What is Childminding?

A Childminder is a person who singlehandedly minds children in the Childminder’s own home. Childminders are self-employed, agree their own terms, fees and conditions with parents, and are responsible for their own tax and PRSI arrangements.

Childminders offer home-based childcare in their own homes. This care is personal, unique, adaptable and family friendly. Childminders play an important role in supporting families: between 70% – 80% of all childcare in Ireland is carried out by paid and unpaid Childminders. They are valued, recognised and respected by parents and childcare organisations alike.


Certain categories of Childminders come under the Child Care Act (Early Years Services) 2016 Regulations and are legally obliged to notify Tusla that they are providing a Childminding service.

The following Childminders are exempt from the Child Care Regulations 2016:

  • Childminders who care for children they are related to
  • Childminders who care for no more than three pre-school children of different families

Childminding Development Grant

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth provides Childminding Development Grants of up to €1,000 to those who provide or intend to provide a childminding service in the Childminder’s own home. You may apply for a grant every two years to purchase equipment or make small home modifications for your service.

Contact us at info@dlrchildcare.ie or 01 2896600 to find out when the next round of funding is available.






Learner Fund Childminder Bursary 2023

Applicant Guide

2023 Learner Fund Graduate Bursary Application Form2023

Learner Fund Graduate Bursary Rules for Applicants (1)

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) will open the Learner Fund Bursary for Childminders who are registered with Tusla and hold a Level 5 or Level 6 award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). The local City/County Childcare Committees (CCCs) will process and appraise Learner Fund Childminder Bursary applications.

The following rules apply to the Childminder Bursary:

  1. This qualification for which the bursary is paid must be on the DCEDIY Early Years Recognised Qualifications list.
  2. The award must be placed at level 5 or Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and achieved in the academic years 2015 to 2023 inclusive.
  3. The bursary amount will be €750.
  4. The qualification must be a full, major award; the bursary cannot be paid in respect of partially completed awards.
  5. Letters from training providers which state that a partially completed award is equivalent to a full award will not be accepted.
  6. The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be that which qualifies the person to work in the Early Learning and Care sector.
  7. Applicants may only apply once and cannot be granted the Learner Fund Childminder Bursary for a second time if they have already received it before.
  8. The applicant cannot have received any public funding in support of their completing the award relating to this application.
  9. Applicants must currently be a Tusla registered Childminding Service.
  10. Application must be made by the holder of the award and not by any third party on their behalf.

Please Note:


With regard to (2) above: the graduating certificate must be provided with the application form along with photographic identification. If not available, a full and confirmed statement of results should suffice. The statement of results must indicate that the qualification is awarded.


Sharing of data with relevant parties:

Information provided by the applicant will be used only for the purpose it was intended and will be retained by the CCC for financial audit purposes. Names and Email addresses may be shared with other City and County Childcare Committees for the purposes of verification and validation of previous grant support history.

Names of applicants and qualification level are disclosed to Pobal for the purposes of administering payments arising from applications. Information may be shared with DCEDIY but will not be stored or retained in any way by DCEDIY. The DCEDIY Data Privacy Statement applies and can be viewed on their website: https://www.gov.ie/en/organisation-information/68bb14-department-of-children-and-youth-affairs-data-protection/


The CCC decision is final: There is no appeals process for the Childminder bursary. The decision of the CCC is final for the purposes of the bursary application and process, and no delays to the timely conclusion of the process should occur. If an applicant is not approved and wants clarification on this, they can contact DCEDIY directly.


Application requirements:

  1. A service reference number is required. If a Childminder does not have a  service reference number, they will need to on-board through the Hive system (https://earlyyearshive.ncs.gov.ie/). This process may take time, so applicants are advised to complete as soon as possible.
  2. Application form to be completed in full and submitted by the deadline specified.  The application provided is a word document.  Please complete as a word document.  Then print this document and sign using a ball point pen.  The signed document should be scanned and emailed to susan@dlrchildcare.ie with all supporting documentation by 5pm Friday 29th September.  The original signed document with all supporting documentation must also be posted to Susan Walsh to be received by 5pm 29th September at: