Information for Childminders

New National Action Plan for Childminding (2021 – 2028)

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Mr Roderic O’Gorman T.D., launched the National Action Plan for Childminding in April 2021. The National Action Plan aims to improve access to high quality and affordable early learning and care and school-age childcare through childminding, and sets out a phased approach to bringing childminders within the scope of State-funded supports and regulation over the period 2021-2028.

For more information, please click on the links below:

www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/df207-national-action-plan-for-childminding-2021-2028/

Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/nationalactionplanforchildminding
YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCbDzj7-W-ptvqOFk0ysiYQ
NAPC video English - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnRYczchryY&t=8s
NAPC video Gaeilge - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuiR66nvTJk

New Guide to Becoming a Childminder

A new Childminding Information Pack has been developed by the Childminding Development Officer team.  Part of this pack is a guide to becoming a Childminder. Please click on the link below to view this guide:

http://www.westmeathchildcare.ie/files/A_Guide_to_becoming_a_Childminder_V1.pdf

If you have any questions about becoming a Childminder and would like further information/support documents, please contact our office on 065 6864862 or email martina.oloughlin@clarechildcare.ie

Tax Relief for Childminders

To qualify for the Childminders' tax relief, you need to meet the following criteria:

  1. The exemption applies only if the total income in a tax year does not exceed €15,000.
  2. No deductions of any kind are allowed.
  3. You must be childminding no more than 3 children at any one time in your own home.
  4. The exemption must be claimed in an annual tax return, accompanied by evidence of notification.
  5. A separate notification must be made in respect of each tax year for which the exemption is claimed.
  6. A claim for relief under this section does not affect mortgage interest relief nor capital gains tax relief if you sell your house.
  7. This income will not affect your entitlement to home carer tax relief.

Even if you are a PAYE worker elsewhere part-time, (for example, mornings in Tesco), you can still claim the Childminding tax relief for minding children after school.

Garda Vetting for Childminders

Childminders can contact Barnardos to receive an information pack on Garda Vetting.  This will also automatically register them with the organisation.  Please see contact details below.

Barnardos:

(01) 4530355

Support for Parents

Childminding provides parents with the opportunity to have their children cared for in a home-based childcare setting. We have an updated list of Childminders operating in Clare and their contact details are made available to parents who contact the office looking for a childminder. Although we do not recommend any childminder, we can enable contact between childminders and parents.

An information booklet for parents – ‘Choosing a Childminder – A Guide for Parents’ which offers assistance to parents when sourcing home-based childcare is available from our office.