Childminding Grants and Tax

Start-up Grants for Childminding Services

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.

To apply you must:

  • Mind or intend to mind at least 3 children part time (or 1 child full time and 1 part time)
  • Be notified/known to the local Childcare Committee or registered with TUSLA, if required.
  • Provide evidence of appropriate insurance for your service.

Contact us at Fingal CCC on 01 4851727 or  to find out when the next round of grants is available in this area.

Childminders Tax Exemption

If you are a childminder you can avail of a tax exemption on this childminding income. Below are some criteria for the exemption:

Details of the Scheme
  • You must be registered to the Tax Office as Self-Employed.
  • The childminding service must be provided in your own home.
  • You may care for up to 3 children at any one time, excluding the childminders own children. You could, conceivably, mind 3 children in the morning and 3 different children in the afternoon to qualify.
  • The gross annual income for the childminding must not exceed the limit, which is currently set at €15,000 per annum. You could have any income from another source, and still avail of the exemption on their childminding income.
  • You must submit an annual return each year, and you must elect for the relief.
  • You must be notified to Fingal County Childcare Committee.
  • The income to which this tax relief applies remains liable for PRSI. Since childminders are self-employed there is no employer who can deduct the PRSI. When a person makes the election for the relief in their tax return, their names will be sent by Revenue to the Department of Social and Family Affairs. That Department will write to the people requesting payment of a flat rate of PRSI for the year, currently €500.

If a childminder does not apply for the Childminders Tax Exemption, or is earning over the current €15,000 gross threshold per annum, then the income is fully taxable. However, there is an entitlement to deduct a variety of expenses, which may be incurred whilst earning the income before tax is applied, i.e. toys, equipment, food etc.

For more information please contact the Fingal County Childcare Committee Office on (01) 4851727 or email Additionally, you can click on the link below to visit Tax Exemption on Revenue.

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Complaints Form

If you have a query please contact us on 01 4851727 or   

But if you have a complaint please fill in the form below. Staff are trained to answer your queries/complaints and every effort is made to resolve them promptly and efficiently. We endeavour to get back to you within 48 hours.