Offaly County Childcare Committee -

 Áine Brummell - 086 866 4015, Sylvia Mooney - 085 178 3399, Frances Doyle - 085 228 4121, Siobhán Egan - 085 178 3397, Noeleen Brummell - 085 1393042

Development Grant

Childminder Development Grant

Applications for the CMDG are now OPEN for 2024

Closing date 7th June 2024

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, has announced the opening of the 2024 Childminding Development Grant.
The Childminding Development Grant provides up to €1,000 to assist childminders who are providing a childminding service in their own homes.  Click below for application form and guidelines on how to apply. 

Guidelines for Applicants/Childminders

What is a Childminder Development Capital Grant (CMDG)?
The CMDG is a small capital grant designed to assist existing and potential childminders to enhance safety and quality in their childminding service. The 2024 CMDG also includes an IT grant.

What funding is available under the CMDG?
A grant of up to €1,000 is available to eligible childminders annually. Childminders can apply for the full Childminding Development Grant amount every year however only certain items may be purchased on an annual basis. (See eligible expenditure below and FAQ document). If the CMDG national budget is oversubscribed, an applicant may receive a lesser amount than applied for. Successful applicants are paid 75% of the grant in advance, the applicant must spend 100% of the grant approved and the remaining 25% is paid in arrears. Following submission and approval of the CMDG Expenditure Report and receipts for the full amount granted, the remaining up to 25% is paid to the childminder.

Who is eligible to apply for the funding?
All existing or potential childminders. Where a Childminder is subject to the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 and (Early Years Services) (Registrations of School Age) Regulations 2018, the service must be registered with Tusla before applying.

What supporting information/documentation must be submitted with the application form?
• Fully completed application form.
• Evidence of appropriate childminding insurance. (Submit a copy of the schedule of insurance, insurance must be in date at the time of application).
• Copy of Tusla Children First E-Learning Programme certificate (Must be dated within last 3 years).
• Current Tax Clearance Certificate, dated within the year of application.

What can the CMDG be used for?
The CMDG can be used to purchase items that enhance safety and quality in the childminding service. The 2024 CMDG also includes provision for purchase of certain IT equipment, subject to conditions. The following list gives examples of the different types of costs that are eligible and ineligible for the grant. If you are unsure of eligible spend, contact Offaly County Childcare Committee for support.

To find out more please contact Darina between Tuesday and Fridays as follows:

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Phone: 057 9135878/ 085 1703772

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