A childminder is someone who looks after other people’s children in the childminder’s own home. Crucially, the maximum number of children a childminder can mind in their home at any one time, is six. This means that, unlike those in centre-based childcare, children who attend childminders are minded in small groups.

Siblings of different ages can be minded together, which makes everything feel more natural to children. Best of all, it takes place in a real home, created by the childminder and their family so that children feel at home. Childminding really is home from home care.

  • Incentives

    Access State Benefits like maternity & pension. Eligible for grants.

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  • Flexibility

    Be your own boss & mind your own children – at the same time!

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  • Income

    Find out your earnings per hour. Plus…save on paying childcare costs.

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  • Setting Up

    Decide on the number of children you will mind and understand the requirements for setting up.

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  • Starter Pack

    Membership is only €75pa. Access discounted childminding insurance.

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  • Get Started

    Tips to get you up & running once the paperwork is done

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  • Advice

    Need guidance or support on a particular childminding issue? We are here to help!

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  • Training Courses

    Training & practical webinars for childminders

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  • Top Tips

    Read our top tips here

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  • Network

    Members get support from other childminders in our closed Facebook Group

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  • Resources

    Access our blog for helpful articles. Links & publications.

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  • Discounts

    Members get discounts on health & car insurance and access to Musgraves…

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