Information for Childminders

2019 Childminding Development Grant:

Funding has been announced for the 2019 Childminding Development Grant.  This grant is designed to assist Childminders to enhance the safety/quality in their service through the purchase of small capital items such as equipment and toys.  It may also give financial assistance to new or prospective Childminders with their initial set up costs.   The maximum grant available to a Childminder, who fully meets the criteria of the scheme, is 90% of total receipted eligible childcare expenditure, subject to a maximum grant of €1,000.  

For an Application form or further information contact Martina O’Loughlin at (065) 6864862 or email

Closing date for receipt of Applications is 14th August 2019. 

New registration process

There is a new registration process for School Age Childcare services.  See link below for the press release and the Frequently Asked Questions.  Please note No. 15 in the FAQs document for exemptions for certain Childminders.   

Please see Press Release below from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs:

Frequently Asked Questions – Important Updates in this document (relevant to Childminders also):

Dates by which you MUST apply to be registered with Tusla as a school age service if you are obliged to register:
•         18 May 2019 (if you are not already registered with Tusla as a pre-school service)
•         18 August 2019 (if you are already registered with Tusla as a pre-school service)
•         Three months before you intend to start operating a school age service (if your service is not already operating on 18 February 2019)

The DCYA have issued an explanatory document to help services prepare for registration - see link below.



Childminding - Step by Step Guide to Becoming a Professional Childminder

Clare County Childcare Committee published a childminding support pack,”Childminding - Step by Step Guide to Becoming a Professional Childminder”
The pack was originally developed in collaboration with Cork, Kerry, South Tipperary and Waterford Childcare Committees. The Step by Step Guide is an invaluable tool for all childminders who care for children in their own home, assisting childminders to plan and organise their childminding service. For childminders caring for 3 or less children, it will enable them to meet the requirements to voluntary notify their childminding service to the Clare County Childcare Committee.

A childminder who is caring for 4 but not more than 5 children in their family home must register with Tusla.

For further information on the pack please contact Our office on 065 6864862.

Tax Relief for Childminders

To qualify for the Childminders' tax relief, you need to meet the following criteria:

  1. The exemption applies only if the total income in a tax year does not exceed €15,000.
  2. No deductions of any kind are allowed.
  3. You must be childminding no more than 3 children at any one time in your own home.
  4. The exemption must be claimed in an annual tax return, accompanied by evidence of notification.
  5. A separate notification must be made in respect of each tax year for which the exemption is claimed.
  6. A claim for relief under this section does not affect mortgage interest relief nor capital gains tax relief if you sell your house.
  7. This income will not affect your entitlement to home carer tax relief.

Even if you are a PAYE worker elsewhere part-time, (for example, mornings in Tesco), you can still claim the Childminding tax relief for minding children after school.

Garda Vetting for Childminders

Childminders can contact Barnardos to receive an information pack on Garda Vetting.  This will also automatically register them with the organisation.  Please see contact details below.


(01) 4530355

Support for Parents

Childminding provides parents with the opportunity to have their children cared for in a home-based childcare setting. We have an updated list of Childminders operating in Clare and their contact details are made available to parents who contact the office looking for a childminder. Although we do not recommend any childminder, we can enable contact between childminders and parents.

An information booklet for parents – ‘Choosing a Childminder – A Guide for Parents’ which offers assistance to parents when sourcing home-based childcare is available from our office.