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Introduction to Childminders

A childminder is a person who single-handedly cares for a small mixed age group of children (maximum 5 pre-school children including their own) in a family home. The hours of work can be flexible to suit the needs of parents and childminder. Parent and childminders negotiate their own private agreement, terms, and fees. Childminders are responsible for the administration of their own business.

Childminders offer family-based childcare which is personal, unique, adaptable and family friendly. The important role childminders plan in childcare is recognised and respected by parents, childcare organisations and childcare associations. There are a number of support agencies and organisations available to assist childminders and parents availing of childminding services.

Childminders Offer:

  • A home from home environment for the child
  • Flexible arrangements that can suit the needs of both the parent and childminder
  • The Childminder has the opportunity to work from home
  • The child can gain the benefits of a mixed group setting in the childminders home


Childminders who cater for any more than 3 preschool children are legally required to notify their service to Tusla (there are exceptions for multiple births). Childminders who fit this category come under the Child Care (Pre-School Services) 2016 Regulations and as such are legally obliged to notify Tusla that they are providing a childminding service – they must be Statutorily Notify. Childminders who care for 3 children or less are exempt from notifying and are invited to contact Fingal CCC for supports and advise in relation to their childminding service. 0n (01) 4851727 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..