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

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Primary school shake-up to focus on ‘play-led’ learning

Article in the Irish Times:
Primary school shake-up to focus on ‘play-led’ learning, Children would not study traditional subjects until aged 10, under new proposals.

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has proposed reforms to primary schools which are based loosely on some of the features of top-performing education systems in countries such as Finland, as well as new research on how children learn.

To read the article in full please click on the link below.

www.irishtimes.com

Expansion of criteria for the Childcare Education and Training Support programme (CETS)

PobalLogoThe Department of Children and Youth Affairs has directed the expansion of criteria for the Childcare Education and Training Support programme (CETS) from the 27th of March 2017 to include parents attending secondary school.

This change means that parents attending secondary school are now entitled to receive childcare funding under the CETS programme.
Participants on the following education programmes are eligible to apply for CETS funding.
· CETS approved Education and Training Board (ETB) courses – (former FAS courses)
· CETS approved Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)
· CETS approved Youthreach
· Back to Education Initiative (BTEI)
· Secondary School Students completing their Junior and/or Leaving Certificate

What a parent needs to apply:
· Child’s PPSN
· Child’s D.O.B
· Parent’s PPSN
· Parent’s D.O.B
· Stamped or headed paper letter of eligibility from relevant course provider/secondary school as proof of eligibility to apply for the CETS Programme.

If you have any queries please contact your local CCC.

Minister Zappone announces 900 free places on the Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC) Higher Education Programme

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Applications will open this week for the second intake onto the Leadership for Inclusion (LINC) higher education programme for early years practitioners which will commence this September. LINC, which was established in 2016 , is a Level 6 Special Purpose Award designed to support inclusion of children with a disability in free pre-school provided under the Government’s Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme.

The LINC Programme is being delivered by a consortium, led by Mary Immaculate College, Limerick together with Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University and Early Childhood Ireland.

Minister Zappone welcomed the announcement of the second intake onto the LINC Programme, noting that ‘the Programme is part of the Government’s commitment to the provision of high quality education and training to upskill the early years workforce. It is a key initiative undethe Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) designed to ensure that children with disabilities can access and participate in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme to the fullest extent possible’.

The LINC Programme contains online and classroom based sessions in order to ensure a flexible and quality learning experience, enabling early years’ practitioners in full-time employment to attend this important continuing professional development (CPD) programme. According to Mr Fintan Breen, LINC National Programme Coordinator ‘early years practitioners have engaged enthusiastically with this Programme and feedback suggests that LINC is having a positive and significant impact on practice within early years’ settings and on the inclusion of children with a disability’.

Last September, the first intake of 900 early years practitioners was funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to undertake the LINC Programme. From September 2017, graduates from this first intake will perform a new leadership role of Inclusion Coordinator within their pre-school setting. This will attract an increase of €2 per child per week in the rate of ECCE capitation payable to that setting.

The application deadline for the LINC Programme is 27th April 2017 and further information on how to apply can be found on  www.lincprogramme.ie

EARLY YEAR’S SUPPORT WORKER MATERNITY COVER DEADLINE EXTENDED

deadline extendedEARLY YEAR’S SUPPORT WORKER MATERNITY COVER DEADLINE EXTENDED
The deadline for receipt of applications has been extended to Monday 27th March at 1pm.

Offaly County Childcare Committee is seeking to recruit a temporary Early Year's Support Worker for Maternity Cover. The successful candidate will have responsibility for supporting the development of Childcare Services in County Offaly and for assisting in the implementation of the Action Plan. The candidate will work with existing childcare services, supporting them with the national quality & curriculum frameworks. The candidate will also be expected to organise activities for childcare services in the county.

Application is by handwritten application form only, CVs will not be accepted. Application form, full job description and personal specification are available on request from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 1pm on Monday 27th March.

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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