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

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Early Years Provider Centre (EYPC) - Announcement

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Our dedicated Early Years Provider Centre (EYPC) provides specialised supports to early learning and care service providers in the delivery of DCYA childcare funded programmes. The EYPC is a specific point of contact for service providers to direct queries regarding existing DCYA childcare funded programmes. Since the beginning national health emergency, our Early Years Provider Centre has dealt with over 13,000 queries on the emergency support measures introduced by DCYA, and the reopening of NCS and CCSP/TEC saver programmes. The vast majority of these were directed through e-mail and through service requests on the Hive as the most effective channels available. With early learning and care services operational again the Early Years Provider Centre has re-opened the in-bound telephone call channel since Monday 6th July.

We are conscious of the many asks on you as Service Providers at the moment and would ask you make use of the readily available guidance material which is available on the PIP Portal

NCS Registrations
The NCS FAQs for re opening has been updated with support on common registration queries.

For quick guides to registering children on the NCS see guidance below:

- If you are re registering a child who was in your service before the closure period click here
- If you are registering a new CHICK click here
- If you are registering non term hours click here

Re opening supports
Guidance for applying for the Covid 19 Capital grant and on the Re opening support payment are available on the PIP Portal.

TWSCS
We are currently verifying the information submitted on TWSCS with the information submitted to Revenue.
Any service provider who has passed the Revenue checks and does not have an TWSCS overpayment will receive a final payment this week.
Service providers whose information does not reconcile with information submitted to Revenue will be reviewed further and we will communicate with you in the coming weeks.

If you wish to contact the EYPC, you can do so by raising a Service Request on the Hive or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 01 5117222

Urgent need for services to complete a Summer Reopening Capacity Survey

Urgent need for services to complete a Summer Reopening Capacity SurveyDCYA main logo

Dear Provider,

As you will be aware, following the reopening of services on 29th of June, we have asked all providers to assist us with the ongoing monitoring of summer reopening by filling in a Summer Reopening Capacity Survey.
We would ask again that you take a few minutes at the end of each week to complete and return it.

We are very aware of the pressures you are under and would not be asking for this if this was not essential. The Survey we have developed is very short and is seeking only key information.
We are asking that you complete the survey as you reopen, weekly on Fridays for the duration of this summer period.

The Department need this to help us understand how your sector is being impacted by Covid. We need to know if you are open, how many children are in your service and how many places are vacant.
This will help us make decisions on how best to address the needs of early learning and childcare services and/or school aged childcare services.
It will also assist County Childcare Committees in supporting parents to access childcare.

You can find the survey here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GBGCJ67
This survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

We fully understand that this is an additional task for you during what is a very busy and difficult period. We are asking you for your cooperation in filling in the survey to provide us with the information we view as essential to enable us to support you and the parents you serve.

We look forward to building on the very constructive engagement we have had with the sector during this challenging time for our country and we would like take this opportunity to thank you again for the effort you have put in to get the sector reopened.

Regards,

Early Years Division,
DCYA.

Childminder Development Grant

Childminder Development Grant
PLEASE NOTE THE CHILDMINDER DEVELOPMENT GRANT APPLICATION FOR 2020 IS NOW OPEN

The purpose of the Childminders Development Grant is to offer an incentive, in the form of a small capital grant, to Childminders to enhance and support their awareness of quality.Poster for CMDG 2020

The Childminders Development Grant is designed to assist Childminders, already providing a childminding service in their own homes, to enhance safety/quality in the service through the purchase of small capital items, equipment, toys or minor adaptation costs. It may also give financial assistance to new or prospective Childminders with their initial set up costs.

All applicants must be committed to maintaining/improving the quality of their childminding service.

Funding will be made available to Meath CCC specifically for this purpose – CCI will be informed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) of the funding being made available to them annually for the operation of the CMDG.

Pobal will manage the contractual arrangements of funding to Meath CCC on behalf of the DCYA.

All applications to be submitted no later than the 14th August to :

Offaly County Childcare Committee
St. Joseph's Community Centre
Kilcormac
Birr
Co. Offaly

Childminding Development Grants Application form and Guidelines 2020

http://www.offalychildcare.com/index.php/childminders/development-grant

Updated FAQs v2 on the Reopening Funding Package for Childcare Services

Updated FAQs v2 on the Reopening Funding Package for Childcare ServicesFAQ reopeing grant update

Dear providers,

Please find attached version 2 of the FAQs on the Reopening Funding Package for Childcare Services. This is an update to the FAQs we circulated on 12 June. We have added additional clarifications in response to questions we have received from you and your representative organisations.

The attached FAQs are intended to provide clarity on how this funding package will work. These FAQs aim to be informative but may be added to and/or amended again as more information becomes available. The Department will also continue keeping track of any queries we receive and clarify any remaining areas of uncertainty in another update if necessary. Any future updates will also be circulated, with the changes that have been made highlighted.

As always, your local CCCs will be available to offer support. Please do not hesitate to contact them if you require assistance with interpreting or applying for any element of the new funding package.

Kind regards,

Early Years Division.
DCYA.

Universal Practice Advice to support ELC/SAC services re-open

Universal Practice Advice to support ELC/SAC services re-openBetter Start

Dear Service Provider,

Better Start Quality Development Early Years Specialists are available to provide email and phone support to providers on reopening. Information, advice and practice guidance will be provided for the following areas:

  • Supporting the transition back into Early Learning and Care
  • Supporting children’s social and emotional well-being through
  • Promoting learning and development through Play
  • Nurturing and Responsive Interactions
  • High Quality Supportive Environments
  • Partnership with parents – communication between home and ELC setting

Better Start Quality Development can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by putting Better Start Quality in the email subject line along with your DCYA reference and service name.

Better Start AIM supports a range of diverse early years ECCE settings to assist them in enabling inclusive practice and the optimal participation of a child with disability in the ELC setting. During this re-opening period, Better Start AIM Early Years Specialists are available to provide advice and support to ELC/SAC settings to promote the inclusion of children with disabilities attending over the summer months.

This can include:

  • Supporting the transition back into Early Learning and Care
  • Partnership with parents – communication between home and ELC setting
  • Use of visuals to ‘signpost’ environments to ensure they are accessible
  • Creating a supportive sensory environment
  • Identifying children’s strengths, interests and abilities

Better Start Inclusion can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by putting Better Start Inclusion in the email subject line, along with your DCYA reference and service name.

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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