It is required that all registered Childminders, emergency contact person and any adult who may be in contact with the children in the service, apply for Garda Vetting. Under the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 all staff, students, and volunteers who have access to children should be Garda Vetted. You should include all adult family members and your emergency contacts.

Contact Barnardos Vetting Service on (021)4547060 or by e-mail and ask for the childminders info pack.


A childminder must show at least two written past employer references (one being most recent employer) if they have been in previous employment. References must be from reputable sources if a person had no past employers, be in writing, dated and signed by referee stating position held, contain the address, phone number, logo or headed paper of the referee and the organisation’s stamp where applicable. All references must be validated by TUSLA Early Years Inspectorate.