Parents

Obviously, choosing the person to look after your child while you’re at work is one of the most important decisions a parent can make. At Childminding Ireland we pride ourselves on helping parents find dependable home-from-home childcare where their children can thrive. It’s this family-centric approach, gained over four decades of experience, that makes us the go-to for childminders and parents alike. If you’re looking for dependable, safe and inspiring childcare, we’re here to help.

Benefits of Childminding Just as every family and the children within it are unique, so too are Childminders. The variety of Childminders allows you, the parents/guardians to find the right Childminder for your family. Home based care mirrors the atmosphere and flexibility of home life and allows children to grow and develop in this homely […]Read More
Choosing someone to look after your child when you return to work or training is one of the most important decisions you can make as a parent. Just as every family and the children within it are unique, so too are childminders. The variety of childminders allows parents and guardians to find the right childminder […]Read More
ONE OF THE MOST COMMON QUERIES THAT CHILDMINDING IRELAND DEALS WITH FROM BOTH CHILDMINDERS AND PARENTS IS ON CHILDMINDING RATES AND FEES.  IN ORDER FOR US TO KEEP A FINGER ON THE PULSE, WE REGULARLY SURVEY OUR MEMBERS TO ESTABLISH WHAT THE AVERAGE CHILDMINDER RATES ARE PER HOUR. Typically, the cost is €5/per child/per hour, […]Read More
The parents of the children you mind can lobby their local TDs to help them to understand the importance of introducing the Affordable Childcare Scheme (ACS) in Autumn 2018 and to ensure that ALL childminders can join this system. The ACS, once introduced will have two elements:1 Universal subsidy for all parents of children from six […]Read More

You and your family probably have such a good idea of the perfect childminder you could already paint their picture.
Someone who’s perfect for your current needs and will also grow and evolve as your children and family life do.

1. Search our database

As Ireland’s National Childminding Association, we’re also the easiest place to find the childminding support you and your family need. We’re home to the best database in the country and delighted to offer this one-stop shop for parents looking for a childminder.


2. Select a Childminder

It’s a process that may require several visits or contacts. Drawing on the decades of experience we’ve gained working with other parents, we’ve developed a list of questions for childminders.

Our childminders will be only too happy to answer these questions.

3. Written Contract

We also advise that you have a written contract between you and the childminder, including rate of pay, frequency of payment, method of payment, holidays, sickness or absences, opening hours, notice of termination, items to be provided by parents eg. nappies.

Childminding Ireland has also developed detailed information to help our members prepare for meeting parents.

At Childminding Ireland, we take pride in being an ongoing resource for families using childminding services. So, if you haven’t found the answer to your question here on our website, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d like to help. Simply fill in your details here and we will get back to you.


Through forty years of listening, we have come up with a range of helpful ideas for parents who use childminders. There are also some handy tips on parenting here too. But we’re always opening to hearing more. So, if you have an idea for a blog post you’d like to see please drop us a line. In the meantime, visit our blog to explore what we already have.

Create your own Christmas Baubles

Create Your Own Christmas Baubles Have fun creating our simple Christmas baubles. Children of all ages will enjoy making these. What you will need: Scissors Tissue Paper Coloured Card PVA Glue Ribbon Wide Paintbrush Glitter   Cut circles shape.  (Make pairs)           Cut tissue paper into small circles.        […]

Spicy Pumpkin Waffles

Recipe courtesy of Mummy Cooks             These waffles are moist, delicious and fluffy and your child will love the spices. They are perfect for when the weather is cold, but can be enjoyed any time of the year. You can swap the pumpkin for any type of squash. Makes 6 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Roasted Veg Pasta Bake

Roasted Veg Pasta BakeRecipe 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 oat […]