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What to Expect as Children Return to Childminding

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There are always children who experience separation anxiety from parents. Some say it is more likely to be heightened as children return to childcare post lockdown. This is because children have become used to being at home during the hours they would have been with their childminder. There is some evidence that this is true… Continue reading What to Expect as Children Return to Childminding

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Emma’s Autumn Amble Wins Art Competition

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Childminding Ireland’s Art Competition saw a fantastic variety of children’s art work ranging from cute penguins and dramatic mountain scenes to hand drawn portraits of Harry Potter and first finger paintings from the youngest entrants. There was even an entry from 11 month old Lili! The competition, now in its fourth year had a record… Continue reading Emma’s Autumn Amble Wins Art Competition

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Childminding During COVID-19 Guidance Documents

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Childminding Guidance Documents to support you as a childminder working during COVID-19 are below: Childminding During Covid-19 Guidelines updated March 2021 (PDF) Childminding Risk Assessment Template updated March 2021 (PDF) Covid-19 Infection Control Policy for childminders updated March 2021 (Word Format – for you to adapt to suit your childminding service) Sample Childminding Covid-19 Contract… Continue reading Childminding During COVID-19 Guidance Documents

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2020 Childminding in Ireland Survey

Childminder Aideen McCormack in Ennis Co Clare. Photograph by Eamon Ward
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Are you a childminder or a nanny? We really need to hear your opinions. In order to do so, we have put together the 2020 Childminding in Ireland Survey which is available at this link. The survey takes 7 minutes or less to complete. All responses are anonymous. The purpose of the survey is to… Continue reading 2020 Childminding in Ireland Survey

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Art Competition 2020

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Calling all budding young artists! The Childminding Ireland Children’s Art Competition is back again this year to celebrate and nurture the talents of the children you look after. It was a great success over the last three years and the artwork really brightened up our offices. We are really looking forward to receiving this year’s… Continue reading Art Competition 2020

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Access and Inclusion Model (AIM)

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The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) provides a range of supports to enable children with a disability to meaningfully participate in the ECCE preschool programme (www.aim.gov.ie). Parents/carers/legal guardians and preschool providers make AIM applications jointly, through an on-line system. New Application for AIM 2020/21 New applications for Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) support for 2020/21… Continue reading Access and Inclusion Model (AIM)

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Retain the Department of Children and Youth Affairs

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Childminding Ireland have today (10 June 2020) written to the three Party Leaders, Leo Varadkar, Micheál Martin and Eamon Ryan, to express our strenuous objections to the reported loss of a cabinet position for children and youth affairs. Children and young adults will define our society, and their choices and voices must be respected and… Continue reading Retain the Department of Children and Youth Affairs

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Nothing new about childcare pods…

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There is nothing new about Childcare pods – Childminders having being doing it for years! Childminders have been minding small groups of children in a home based setting for years. The same person minds the child throughout their childhood. Children are rooted in their local communities. Minding children of different ages means that they learn… Continue reading Nothing new about childcare pods…