• Emma’s Autumn Amble Wins Art Competition

    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 […]

  • Art Competition 2020

    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 […]

  • Is your Child Waking During the Night?

    By Mary Tynan, Head of Training, Childminding Ireland We all know the effects of a broken night’s sleep and the difficulty we have functioning the next day. Constant disruption to our sleep can have serious implications from a health perspective as well as affecting our daily lives. As a parent of two children, now age […]

  • Gotcha! R.D.A. Pasta Sauce

    Recipe is courtesy of Domini Kemp To find out about Domini’s children friendly cafe, ‘Kemp Sisters’ in IMMA click here.   The following quantity makes enough to fill a 500g jar, plus a bit extra. The basic principle here is to chuck it all in, and either use it up within a couple of days, […]

  • Online Resources

    Here are a selection of online resources which may be of use to you and your family during COVID-19. Children’s Resources Learning Through Play Aistear, the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework has some activities online which you might find useful. Check it out here. Mental Well-being Journal A mental well-being journal for children is now available […]

  • Roasted Veg Pasta Bake

    Roasted Veg Pasta Bake Recipe Courtesy of The Happy Pear SERVINGS: 6 PREP TIME: 10 mins COOK TIME: 40 mins TOTAL TIME: 50 mins INGREDIENTS 500 g wholemeal penne 2 cans of 400g chopped tomatoes 2 red peppers 1 yellow pepper 1 medium leek 2 red onions 3 cloves of garlic 1 courgette 500 ml […]

  • The Aloe Vera Plant

    By Mary Tynan, Heading of Training & Development, Childminding Ireland I was given an Aloe Vera plant over 10 years ago with an expected life span of no more than a month given the absence of green fingers!! However to everyone’s astonishment my Aloe Vera plant continues to thrive today and produces endless offshoots which […]

  • Revamp a Room on a Budget

    Does one of your rooms need a facelift? The first thing to do is select the room you will tackle. Here are our top tips on revamping a room on a budget. 1. Declutter – less is definitely more in a room. An easy (and cheap) way to create a new look to your room […]

  • Children have their say on childminders

    Childrens straight talking, refreshing approach to life is always endearing and this certainly comes across in a series of short videos put together by Childminding Ireland. Childminding Ireland wanted to hear from children about how they feel about their childminders. ‘We know that childminders do hugely valuable work and are a cornerstone of the economy […]

  • Childminding Ireland Art Competition Winners 2019

      Childminding Ireland is delighted to announce the results of its Art Competition 2019. This year we were blown away again by the outstanding creativity of all entrants. The competition is in its third year and has seen the number of entries grow year on year with a record 212 this year! After much deliberation […]