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

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Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programmes

Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programmes

The objective of the TEC Programmes is to support parents on eligible training courses and eligible categories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places.
The TEC Programmes are:

Childcare Education and Training Support programme (CETS)
The CETS Programme formerly catered for FAS and VEC training course participants and now provides childcare on behalf of the Local Education and Training Boards.

After-School Child Care programme (ASCC)
The ASCC is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and provides afterschool care for primary school children for certain categories of working parents and parents on DSP employment programmes (not including Community Employment).

Community Employment Childcare programme (CEC)
The CEC is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and provides childcare for children of parents who are participating on Community Employment schemes.

*Important Notification from the DCYA regarding ECCE Child Registration Opening Dates*

The opening date for ECCE child registrations will now be Monday 29th Aug.

To ensure a smooth roll out of the expanded ECCE Programme for 2016/17, registrations will be opened in groups of CCC areas. Pobal will contact individual CCC's in relation to the opening dates for ECCE registrations in each CCC area.

All CCC areas will be open for ECCE child registrations by Friday September 2nd, at the latest.
- CCSP & CCSR registrations will open on Monday 22nd Aug.
- TEC registrations will open on Monday 29th Aug
- CCS registrations will open on Monday 19th Sept.

The How to Guides for all programme registrations will be available shortly. If you have any queries in relation to ECCE registrations please contact PIP support on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ECCE Higher Capitation Applications Process 2016 / 2017

The 2016/17 ECCE Higher Capitation Applications Process is now available on the DCYA website.  

Follow link and scroll down to ‘ECCE Higher Capitation for Service Provider’ :

http://www.dcya.gov.ie/viewdoc.asp?fn=%2Fdocuments%2FECCE-Scheme%2Fintro.htm&mn=chip&nID=2

As outlined therein, from September 2016 in ECCE services, Higher Capitation will be paid for individual ECCE Sessions where the ECCE Room leader holds a qualification recognised as meeting the minimum contract requirements for ECCE (“Higher Cap”) as set out on the published list of ‘Early Years Recognised Qualifications’, (or must otherwise be deemed eligible by the DCYA), and have a minimum of 3 years’ experience working in the childcare sector.  Services that have multiple ECCE sessions, but only one/some with a Room Leader with the necessary higher capitation qualification can avail of higher capitation funding for the part(s) of their service delivered by the ECCE Room leader(s).

The ECCE Higher Capitation rate will be passed on to services up to a total of the number of ECCE children allowed to participate in the qualifying Higher Capitation room based on an aggregate of:

(a)        The relevant ‘capacity’ for ECCE-registered children allowable in the session to which the Higher Capitation Room Leader is assigned.
(b)        The ECCE staff:child ratio in the session to which the Higher Capitation Room Leader is assigned.

The service should ensure that ECCE-registered children are assigned to the Higher Capitation session for which they are claiming higher capitation funding.  The service will receive a rate of capitationup toa ‘full time equivalent’ number of ECCE children.  The rate of capitation for which a service will be paid will depend on the full-time equivalent number of ECCE children registered on PIP.  This number may change during the pre-school year, depending on the service’s ECCE registration patterns however ECCE Higher Capitation cannot be claimed for ECCE-Registered children not attending ECCE Sessions led by a Higher Capitation-qualified Room Leader.

The Early Years team is now accepting ECCE Higher Capitation applications from service providers,   The following documents are available for information and download:

ECCE Higher Capitation Application Process 
Higher Capitation FAQs document
Application Form
Amendment Form
Session Capacity Reduction Form

Completed applications can be submitted via email to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or by post to:

FREEPOST F5055

ECCE Higher Capitation

Early Years Policies and Programmes

Department of Children and Youth Affairs,

43-49 Mespil Road,

Dublin 4.

D04YP525

Learner Fund 4 Re-opened with new Criteria

Following a review of Learner Fund 4, DCYA have amended the criteria to take account of feedback it has received in respect to the on-going training needs of the early year’s sector and the continuing qualification recognition process.

The opportunity to submit a Learner Fund 4 application is being provided to a targeted cohort of Learners as follows:

  • Early Years staff who received DCYA letters (after LF4 closed on March 10th 2016) and which confirms that their qualifications do not meet the requirements for the DCYA qualifications list/ ECCE Contractual requirements, are eligible to apply for LF4.
  • Early Years services who are expanding ECCE provision (additional room(s)) and as a result need a L6 person/s as a room leader/s - this round of LF4 is open to more than 1 application per service.
  • Early Years staff who; hold 5 QQI relevant certified/completed components at Level 5 will now be able to apply for a Level 6 award (To be eligible, it is expected that these applicants will be already known to their respective CCCs and invited to submit an application).
  • N.B.: Please contact: Clare County Childcare Committee by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any queries/information/clarification in relation to the 5 QQI relevant  certified/completed components.

Learner Fund 4 will re-open from 2.00pm August 4th  - 6.00pm October 28th 2016

Applications should be submitted by the employer on behalf of the eligible staff member/s. All Learner Fund 4 courses should be completed by  December 2017 and allow the Learner to achieve a major award at  Level 6 on the NFQ.

 

Publication of Reports of Education-focused Inspection in Early-Years Settings participating in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme

The first reports of education-focused inspections in pre-schools participating in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme implemented by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs were published by the Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills on the 30th June 2016.

These inspections examine the quality of pre-schools’ provision for children’s learning and report on the standards of young children’s learning in the early years’ settings. They provide information to parents about how well pre-schools are providing suitable learning experiences for young children and how well children’s needs are being met by pre-school staff. The clear, easy-to-read reports are available on the DES website, www.education.ie and on the DCYA website, www.dcya.ie

Since mid-April 2016, when the inspections began, a total of 182 pre-schools have been inspected. The inspections are being carried out by specialist early-years inspectors in the DES Inspectorate on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Department of Education and Skills.

The early-years education-focused inspections are part of a range of steps being taken by both Departments to improve quality and standards in the early-years sector. As well as reporting on the quality of the provision in the pre-schools, the early-years’ inspectors advise staff in the pre-schools about how to improve their work with children. These education-focused inspections complement the regulatory inspections carried out by TUSLA, the regulatory body for early-years provision.

The inspections reflect the broad range of early-years settings delivering the ECCE programme. The reports describe many positive features of the pre-schools visited, including the strong commitment of pre-school staffs to deliver high quality education experiences for children. The reports also show the challenges facing the early-years sector, many of which need to be addressed through investment and capacity building. Some of these challenges include: inclusion of children from diverse backgrounds, fostering positive partnerships with parents and enabling smooth transitions from preschool to primary school.

Welcoming the announcement, the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD said, “The Programme for Government commits to prioritising early years’ investment to reap a host of positive outcomes, including higher secondary school completion, employment rates and higher lifetime earnings. These measures underpin a targeted investment approach based on international best practice for young children. These inspections are part of a range of steps being taken by government to improve quality and standards in the early-years sector.”

Today’s announcement is a very positive development and one which parents in particular will welcome. Improving the quality of early years provision and providing accessible information to parents about schools and pre-schools is a priority for me.”

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD said "the Early Childhood Care and Education programme has transformed daily life for thousands of families, thanks to the dedication, hard work and skills of providers. I want to thank all who co-operated with the inspections which will ensure that we maintain the high level of service available while at the same time providing information to parents to allow them to make informed decisions when choosing pre-school for their children."

“These inspections will certainly support the other steps that I and my Department are taking to improve the opportunities for young learners at a very crucial stage of their learning and development” she added.

Link to Inspection Reports

 

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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