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

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Changes to the public health management of cases and contacts in children aged 12 years and younger

Dear Provider, DCEDIY logo

We are writing to you today regarding the update and FAQ documents from the HSE for Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC) managers and school principals on the changes to Covid-19 testing and contact tracing for children, 3 months to under 13 years (and inclusive of all children attending primary school).

Over a short transition period the HSE public health dedicated helpline for ELC/SAC services – 01-5119777 will remain open if you have a confirmed case of Covid-19.

The National Covid-19 out of hours helpline - 1800 940341 will also remain available from 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday.


Documents below:

Update from HSE for Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC)

FAQs for School Principals, Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC) Managers or those hosting sports/social activities for children ages 3 months to less than 13 years, or in primary school.


If you have any general queries please contact your local City and County Childcare Committee ( for support.

Kind regards,
Early Years Communications Team

Early Years Division

Training - Better Start QDS Webinar

Dear Service Provider, Better Start

Better Start has added more dates for its free webinars on the Quality Development Service.

You are invited to join the Better Start team to hear about the Quality Development Service and how Better Start can work with your setting to provide quality outcomes for children.

An overview will be provided of the Better Start Quality Development Service and the professional development options that are available to Early Learning and Care settings.

The next two events will take place between 7.00-8.00pm on Tuesday 5 October and Tuesday 19 October 2021.

To register, follow this link to the Better Start website’s training and events section:

The Early Years Team

NCS Scheduled Maintenance on 24th September 2021

Dear Service Provider, Hive NCS

The National Childcare Scheme IT system is undergoing scheduled routine maintenance from 5pm tomorrow, Friday 24 September 2021.

Parts of the NCS application process may be unavailable for a few hours from this time.

We regret any inconvenience this might cause.


The Early Years Team

Virtual Cluster Childminding Network Event

You are invited to a Virtual Cluster Childminding Network Event with Music Generation organised by Carrieann at Longford CCC for Monday 4th of October at 7:00pm. Virtual Network Childminder Meeting 4.10.21 002

The session will focus on Incorporating Musical Practice with Children into their Everyday. Please find attached a flyer with information on the event.

You can book directly through the Eventbrite link below or via the Longford Childcare Committees event page which is on the flyer.

Direct link to Eventbrite:

Supporting Child Well-Being

Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years

This month the See Change campaign ( is promoting the inclusion of people who may need additional support in the area of mental health.

To support this campaign LINC are sharing this poster on Supporting Child Well-Being. Free to download by clicking on the link:

Supporting child well being poster




















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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