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ChildcareChildminding Development Grant

Childminding Development Grant

The purpose of the Childminders Development Grant is to offer an incentive, in the form of a small capital grant, to Childminders to enhance and support their awareness of quality childcare.

The Childminders Development Grant is designed to assist Childminders, already providing a childminding service in their own homes, to enhance safety/quality in the service through the purchase of small capital items, equipment, toys or minor adaptation costs. It may also give financial assistance to new or prospective Childminders with their initial set up costs.

All applicants must be committed to maintaining/improving the quality of their childminding service.

The City/County Childcare Committees (CCCs) will administer the CMDG at a local level. Pobal will manage the transfer of funding to the CCCs on behalf of the DCYA.

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

tick A Childminder who is:
a) Providing an existing childminding service carried out in the Childminder's home
OR
b) Proposing a new childminding service to be carried out in the Childminder's home
tick A childminder should commit to completing Children First Training which will be provided by MCCC. If you have no previous experience in childminding, a Quality Awareness Programme (QAP) can be arranged for you by MCCC, subject to sufficient demand.
tick A childminder must provide evidence of appropriate insurance
tick A Childminder is required to operate for a minimum of two years following receipt of the grant.
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