“Legislative Updates: Non-Relative Childminders Required to Register with TUSLA under the National Childcare Scheme”

Legislative Updates: Non-Relative Childminders to Register with TUSLA under the National Childcare Scheme

Lily’s Childcare in Dublin is keeping a close eye on the latest updates to the National Childcare Scheme, as it will have an impact on the childcare sector in Ireland. One significant change is the requirement for non-relative childminders to register with TUSLA, the Child and Family Agency, after a three-year transitional period. This move aims to improve childcare quality and ensure children’s safety and well-being.

According to Dr. Dora Tuda, a research officer at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), the National Action Plan will provide a three-year grace period, during which childminders will be encouraged to register with TUSLA. However, after this transitional phase, registration will become mandatory. This adjustment is a step towards regulating the childcare industry and ensuring that all childminders meet the necessary standards.


Dr. Tuda highlighted that the National Childcare Scheme may experience low initial uptake, estimating a cost of approximately €35 million per year during this period. However, if the take-up reaches 100%, this cost could rise to €120 million annually. The scheme will apply to paid non-relative care provided in the childminder’s home.

Under the new regulations, parents can apply for a childcare subsidy, amounting to approximately €1200 per year, through the national childcare scheme website. This financial assistance will make early education more affordable for families, helping to alleviate some of the financial burdens associated with childcare.

It is important to note that there is currently limited information available on the size of the “childcare black market,” where unregistered childminders operate. Researchers have not estimated the extent of this market or the potential impact on childminders’ behaviour, such as increasing prices or leaving the sector altogether. However, it is anticipated that these legislative changes will reduce the cost of childcare by around €100 per month per child, benefiting over 80,000 children in Ireland.

The National Action Plan also promises support and training for childminders who choose to participate in the program. This support will contribute to improving the quality of childcare services, as long as the administrative and financial requirements for childminders are kept to a minimum. The implementation of these changes will also alleviate the demand for centre-based care, as finding available spots in creches can be challenging due to high demand.

Lily’s Childcare is committed to staying up-to-date with these legislative updates, ensuring that our services align with the changing requirements of the childcare sector. We strive to provide high-quality early education and care for children in Dublin, prioritising their safety, well-being, and development. Our team is dedicated to creating a nurturing and stimulating environment for children to thrive.

For more information about our childcare services, please visit our website or contact us directly.

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