In order to practise as a Child-minder in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to register as a chlid minder at the Social Welfare Services of the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance.
Any person receiving or intenting to receive children should apply to the Director of Social Welfare Services for registration and on receipt of such an application the Director, subject to the provisions of Children Law 1956 (chapter 352, section 28), and Children (Amendment) Law 2014 Ν.181(Ι)/2014 registers all persons who: for reward receive into their homes children under the age of six to be looked after as aforesaid.
Every natural person is eligible to register at the Child Minders Registry, provided that Social Welfare Services is satisfied that he/she meets the following criteria:
The applicant is informed regarding the authorisation decision within four months from the date that the application form and supporting documents have been dully submitted. The authorisation shall not be deemed to have been granted if the Social Welfare Services has not replied within the period specified.
The Certificate of Registration of a Child-Minder is valid infinitively, subject to the annual renewal of the Health Certificates and the Certificates of Clear Criminal Record mentioned above.
Obligations and Supervision
Registered Child-Minders are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Children's Law, and relevant Regulations, as periodically amended.
Any person authorized by the Director of the Social Welfare Services may at all reasonable times enter any premises which are used for childcare and may inspect the premises, the children looked after, their welfare arrangements as well as any records relating to them.