Childminders regularly receive information via post from Offaly County Childcare Committee. Childminder Publications such as 'National Guidelines for Childminders', 'Childminder Newsletters', 'Information Leaflets' and 'Childminder's Support Pack' are developed and / or purchased for Childminders in order to support them.
Information for Childminders during Covid-19 can be found on the First 5 website: https://first5.gov.ie/guidance
Childminders are invited to attend the Childcare Forum which meets three times a year. Topics at the Forum are discussed in small groups and childminders have the opportunity to form their own groups within the Forum. Forum meetings give childminders the opportunity to network with other childminders for support. Forum meetings are held once every term. For details on the next Forum please contact Offaly County Childcare Committee.
Professional Development Workshops
Offaly County Childcare Committee periodically organises workshops, to meet the needs of the childcare sector, which notified or voluntary notified childminders can avail of as follows:-
- Child Protection Training
- Aistear Planning
- Aistear Environments
- Financial Planning
- After Schools Workshop
To be notified of these workshops, childminders should notify the County Childcare Committee voluntarily of the fact that they are delivering childcare supports and therefore will be added to the mailing list.
For details on upcoming networking events, please see the Training Calendar or contact Offaly County Childcare Committee on 057 9135878.
Childminder Support Pack
There is a Childminder Support Pack available for childminders who have voluntarily notified themselves to Offaly County Childcare Committee. The Pack aims to support Childminders to provide a quality Childminding Service and complements the voluntary notification process and the National Guidelines for Childminders. The Support pack contains sample Childminding Policies & Procedures, Record Keeping Forms and an Information Booklet for Childminders. If you would like to receive a Childminder Support Pack, please contact Offaly County Childcare Committee on 057 9135878.