Under the Childcare (Pre-School Services) Regulations 2006, there is a requirement that all staff, student and volunteers who have access to children should be Garda Vetted. This includes Statutorily Notified Childminders, i.e. those childminders who care for four of more pre-school children and are notified to the Pre-School Service.
Services that are members of Early Childhood Ireland (www.earlychildhoodireland.ie) can apply for Garda Vetting through their organisation. For those services that are not registered with Early Childhood Ireland, the Barnardos Vetting Service can process your Gard Vetting application.
Garda Vetting is best practice for all childminders, those not required to do so can voluntarily opt to be Garda Vetted. Those childminders who go through the Voluntary Notification System with FCCC must have Garda Vetting.