i am considering childcare options and I was toying with the idea of having a childminder mind our 2 in our home when I return to work. At that stage one of them will be 20 months and the other will be 6 months. Can anyone advise as to what the actual cost of this would be (roughly). I am aware that I will also have to pay prsi etc as I will be an employer. Has anyone gone down this route? How much is the actual cost (roughly)? Are there any tax breaks I can claim if I am effectively becoming an employer? Is there anything else I should be aware of in this regard?