Childminding Development Grant


Childminder Development Grant (CMDG)

This has been announced for 2020, it will run alongside the Childminding Reopening 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.

What funding is available under the Childminder Development Grant?
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.

Who is eligible to apply for funding?


A Childminder who is:

a) Providing an existing childminding service carried out in the Childminder’s home


b) Proposing a new childminding service to be carried out in the Childminder’s home


A Childminder who provides/proposes to provide childminding services (not including Childminders own children) for at least:

a) 3 children on a part time basis


b) 1 child on a full-time basis and 1 child on a part time basis


A Childminder who has:

a) Completed the prescribed Childminding Quality Awareness Programme (QAP)

[Note: A Childminder may be exempt from attending the QAP if they have already completed an equivalent Childminding course or relevant quality related training. [This decision will be made at the discretion of the local CCC for 2020.]


Must provide evidence of appropriate insurance (must show valid insurance period)


Must provide evidence of Tusla Children First E-Learning programme


Required to operate as a Childminder for a minimum of two years following receipt of the grant.


You can download the APPLICATION FORM here.

This should be completed and returned to

The closing date for receipt of applications for Kildare is Thursday 17th August at 5pm

A Childminder can apply for both the Childminding Re-opening Grant and the Childminder Development Grant. If you received/intending to apply for the Childminding Re-Opening Grant please ensure items or equipment purchased under the Childminding Development Grant are different to those purchased/intending to purchase under the Childminding ReOpening Grant.

Childminding Re-opening Grant 

Updated **Updated to say the Childminding Re-opening Grant has been increased to €1000 to ensure government consistency in supports for small business reopening**

The purpose of the Childminding Re-opening Grant is to support childminders who had to close as a direct result of the government restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An individual once-off Childminding grant of €500 per Childminder will be made available to assist with the additional costs of re-opening. Time Frame – Payments will commence on 26 June 2020. The application process will open on 19 June 2020 and close on 28 August 2020. Applicants will be required to complete their modifications/adaptations or have purchased their equipment between 13 March 2020 and 16 October 2020.

Resources for Childminders on re-opening are available on the First 5 website:

Childminding Reopening Grant Guidelines, (DCYA)[Download here].

Application forms are available here: Childminding Reopening Grant Application, (DCYA)[Download PDF here] [Download Word version here].

Please note, applications are to be sent to Regional Childminding Development Officers (full information is available in the files above).


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