Offaly County Childcare Committee -   057 9135878

About Offaly County Childcare Committee

Mission Statement of Offaly County Childcare Committee

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 who have a vested interest in childcare provision in the County.

Aims of the County Childcare Committees

  • To develop a coordinated strategy for childcare provision in the County
  • To increase the supply of childcare services and facilities
  • To support and develop local networks of providers
  • To update the baseline data provided in the National Childcare Census
  • To develop an information strategy concerning the provision of childcare in the County
  • To establish and maintain effective links with the appropriate structures i.e. Education & Training Boards, Local Area Based Partnerships, Health Services Executive etc

Role of the Committee

Offaly County Childcare Committee has four main roles:

  1. To support the roll out of the ECCE (Free Pre-School Year) in the County
  2. To support the roll out of the CCS (Community Childcare Subvention Programme) in the County
  3. To support the roll out of the TEC (Training & Employment Programme) in the County
  4. To support the support the development of the childcare sector in Offaly through working with the various types of Childcare settings such as:- 
      • Playgroups (both private and community)
      • Montessori Schools
      • Full Day Care - Nurseries & Crèches
      • Naíonraí
      • Traveller Pre-Schools
      • Steiner Kindergartens
      • Childminders
      • After-School Services
      • Parent & Toddler Groups

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