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Offaly County Childcare Committee is located at St Joseph's Community Centre in Kilcormac, Co Offaly.

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Attention Childminders

Childminders!Childminder Recruitment Poster

  • Are you a Childminder in Offaly?
  • Are you interested in becoming a Childminder?
  • Offaly County Childcare Committee provide free information, support and advice in relation to all aspects of Childminding in your home.
  • Childminder Development Grants of up to €1000 are available to eligible Childminders every two years.

For further information or assistance please contact Offaly County Childcare Committee:
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(057) 9135878 / 0851783397

Reminder: AIM Level 1 LINC Applications

Reminder: AIM Level 1 LINC Applicationshive LINC

Dear Service Provider,

Reminder: The application process for all qualified LINC Co-Ordinators is now open on the Early Years Hive.

Any applications received by 31st October 2020 will be provided with the additional capacitation from the employment start date of the LINC Co-ordinator. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as any applications received after this date will not be backdated.

Services who had funding for previous years will need to reapply for the 2020/2021 ECCE year.

If you require any additional information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Early Years Team

Learner Fund Bursary 2020 - REMINDER

REMINDER - CLOSING DATE FRIDAY 23RD OCTOBERPoster Learner Fund Bursary 2020

The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will re-open the Learner Fund Bursary to Early Learning and Care practitioners who are new graduates of a recognised Early Childhood Education and Care degree programme. The local City/County Childcare Committees (CCC) will process and appraise Learner Fund Bursary applications.

The following rules apply to the Graduate Bursary:
1. The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be either:

a. On the DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list and indicated as meeting the qualification requirements for room leader – higher capitation.
Or
b. The applicant must hold a letter of eligibility to practice from DCYA which states that the qualification meets the standard for the higher capitation rate.

2. The award must be placed at level 7/8/9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and achieved in the academic years 2014 - 2020.
3. The bursary amount will be €750.
4. The qualification must be a full, major award; the bursary cannot be paid in respect of partially completed awards.
5. Letters from third level education providers which state that a partially completed award is equivalent to a full award should not be accepted.
6. The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be that which qualifies the person to work in the Early Years sector (and is at least level 7 on the NFQ).
7. Applicants may only apply once and cannot be granted the Learner Fund bursary for a second time if they have already received it before i.e. the bursary will be paid for one of the following - a level 7 OR a level 8 OR a level 9 qualification.
8. The applicant cannot have received any public funding in support of their completing the award relating to this application.
9. The bursary is available to experienced practitioners only; applicants must have been working in a Tusla registered Early Learning & Care Service prior to beginning their course.
10. Applicants must be currently working in a Tusla registered Early Learning & Care Service.
11. Staff working in standalone School Age Childcare services are not eligible to apply.
12. Application must be made by the holder of the award and not by any third party on their behalf.

Please Note:
With regard to (5) above: Only students who have registered for and successfully completed a Level 7, 8 or 9 Award are eligible. In some specific cases, students who have registered for a Level 8 Award but successfully completed and exited with a Level 7 Major Award are eligible. This is only possible in 3 colleges as follows: National College of Ireland (Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education), Cork IT (BA in Early Years Education), London Metropolitan University offered through Portobello Institute (BA [Ord] Early Childhood Studies) as they appear on the DCYA published list of qualifications. Students enrolled in these courses who are continuing with their studies are not eligible for the Graduate Bursary until they fully complete their studies.

With regard to (8) above: DCYA is aware that an increasing number of qualified practitioners choose to pursue postgraduate education to further advance their practice, but is not in a position to provide funding in respect of this. If an applicant does not have an eligible undergraduate degree, and has a post-graduate award which is not on the published list, they should apply for qualifications recognition as a priority.

Sharing of data with relevant parties: The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is committed to protecting the
rights and privacy of individuals in accordance with both European Union and Irish data protection legislation. See DCYA Privacy Notice: www.dcya.gov.ie/documents/aboutus/20180822_DCYADataPrivacyNotice.pdf

The CCC decision is final: There is no appeals process for the Graduate Bursary payment. The decision of the CCC is final for the purposes of the bursary application and process, and no delays to the timely conclusion of the process should occur. If an applicant is not approved and wants clarification on this, they can contact DCYA directly.

Application requirements:
I. Application form to be completed in full and by the deadline specified.
II. Applicants must be currently working in a Tusla registered Early Learing & Care service.
III. Supporting qualifications documentation (including photographic identification) must be provided with
the application form.
IV. In lieu of graduating certificates, transcripts from the third level education institution can be accepted.
V. The transcripts must be in document/hard copy form and endorsed by the institution; screenshots of
online student records cannot be accepted.
VI. The transcript can only be accepted if it clearly shows that the full award has been achieved.

Timeframe for applications:

14th September   Call for applications open by CCCs
23rd October All forms must be fully completed and returned (incl. photographic evidence) by email to your local CCC no later than 5PM on Friday 23rd October 2020.

Week of 7th December

CCCs pay approved applicants

 

To download the application form and guidlines please click on the links below:

Learner Fund Graduate Bursary Guidelines

Learner Fund Graduate Bursary application form

For further details please contact Deirdre in Offaly County Childcare on 057 9135878 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Learner Fund Bursary 2020 for Childminders - REMINDER

Learner Fund Bursary 2020 for Childminders - REMINDER CLOSING DATE FRIDAY 23RD OCTOBERPoster Learner Fund Childminder Bursary 2020

The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will open the Learner Fund Bursary for Childminders who are registered with Tusla and hold a Level 5 or Level 6Poster Learner Fund Childminder Bursary 2020
award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). The local City/County Childcare Committees (CCCs) will process and appraise the Learner Fund Childminder Bursary applications.

1. A DCYA reference number is required. If the applicant does not have a DCYA reference number, they will need to on-board through the Hive system (https://earlyyearshive.ncs.gov.ie/). This process may take time so applicants are advised to complete as soon as possible.
2. The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be on the DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list.
3. The award must be placed at level 5 or Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and achieved in the academic years 2014 to 2020 inclusive.
4. The bursary amount will be €750.
5. The qualification must be a full, major award; the bursary will not be paid in respect of partially completed awards.
6. The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be that which qualifies the person to work in the early learning and care sector.
7. Applicants may only apply once and cannot be granted the Learner Fund for a second time if they have already received it before. This includes applicants that may have received a Learner Fund grant in another round of Learner Fund in previous years where the applicant may have previously worked in a centre-based setting.
8. The applicant cannot have received any public funding in support of their completing the award relating to this application.
9. Applicants must be currently registered with Tusla.
10. Late or incomplete applications; will not be accepted.
11. Decision of the CCC is final and cannot be appealed.

Click on the link below to download the application form:

Application form for Learner Fund Bursary for Childminders

NCS: Mid-term Break Updates to Service Calendar and Non-Term Hours

​Dear Service Provider,Early Years Hive

As the majority of schools are closed due to the mid-term break the week of 26th October, it may be necessary to make the following changes on your Early Years Hive portal.

NCS Service Calendar
If your service is closed for part or all of the week, you must mark the closures on your NCS service calendar on the Hive accordingly. You must also note whether it is a subsidised (paid) closure or not.
To add a closure to your NCS service calendar, log into the Hive and follow the below steps:
1. Go to the My Account menu and select Service Calendar
2. In the list of service calendars, expand the yellow triangle on NCS 2021 and select Edit Closures
3. Click Add Closure
4. Select the days your service is closed (individually if it is a subsided closure)
5. Select whether the closure is subsidised (paid) or not
6. Enter the reason for the closure and click Submit

Note: We advise that you select each day individually opposed to using the select period option here. Please be aware that if you use the select period option, you will be unable to mark this closure as subsidised, which may affect payment.

For more information on your NCS service calendar, please see the Service Calendar section of Resources on the Hive.

Non-Term Hours
If there are any eligible children attending your service who require additional hours to their regular registered hours during the mid-term break, you must submit Non-Term hours for them.
To add Non-Term hours to NCS claims, log into the Hive and follow the below steps:
1. Go to the Registrations menu and select NCS Registrations
2. Select the claim you wish to amend
3. Select the weeks that are to be Non-Term from the list and select Bulk Edit
4. Enter the number of Non-Term Hours in the window, submit and confirm
5. Click Submit at the bottom of the page

For more information on NCS registrations, please the Registrations section of Resources on the Hive.

There is also a Quick Guide on Adding Non-Term Hours available and a number of videos available on our youtube channel​ to offer step-by-step guides.

Important: Changes cannot be made to service calendar opening hours or claim hours once a return for that week has been submitted on the Early Years Hive.

We advise making any necessary changes as soon as possible to ensure there are no issues when returns are submitted and payments processed.

If you need further assistance, please raise a Request on the Early Years Hive.

Early Years Team

Supporting Quality Childcare in Offaly

Offaly County Childcare Committee support the development of quality, affordable, inclusive, accessible childcare and family friendly services for all children in every part of the county.

Offaly County Childcare Committee has been meeting since May 2001 and is made up of representatives from the statutory sector, social partners, community groups, voluntary groups, the Community and Voluntary Forum, National Voluntary Children's Organisations, providers of childcare, and parents - all of whom have a vested interest in childcare provision in the county.

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