Childminding Ireland is the National Childminding Association and proud to be the home of childminding in Ireland.
We are a not for profit organisation set up and run by former childminders. Our sole focus is childminding and we’ve spent decades championing the cause of childminders in this country.
What is childminding?
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.
Why become a childminder?
How do I get started?
Where do I find support?
Need guidance or support on a particular childminding issue? We are here to help!
Training & practical webinars for childminders
Read our top tips here
Members get support from other childminders in our closed Facebook Group
Access our blog for helpful articles. Links & publications.
Out of Hours
Confidential help line open out of office hours. Operated by trained childminders.