Eir have repaired the phone lines and we now able to take calls on the landline - 057 9135878. We would like to thank everyone for their patience.
Following Ophelia, the phone lines are down in Offaly County Childcare Committee offices. If you need to reach us please contact any of the staff mobiles or the office mobile on 085 8830042
Childcare Subsidies - are you getting what you are eligible for?
Offaly County Childcare Committee will host FREE information clinics to inform parents of the extra supports that may be available to their family under the More Affordable Childcare Scheme.
Please contact us on 057 9135878 to book into a clinic which will be private and confidential.
Clinics will take place as follows between 10am and 1pm in all areas:
- 25th October, Arden View Family Resource Centre, Tullamore:
- 26th October, Dooly’s Hotel, Birr
- 1st November, Clara Family Resource Centre, Clara
- 3rd November, OLDC office (above library) Edenderry
Offaly CCC will be distributing information in the following locations:
- Bridge Centre Shopping Centre, Tullamore on the 19th October
- Tesco in Birr on the 20th
- Dunnes Shopping Centre, Edenderry on the 20th October
Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has announced extra funding of €73m for children, youth services and families, bringing the total investment by her Department to €1.38 billion for 2018.
The Minister said: I am very pleased that we have delivered as promised on the commitment to continue investing in our children and young people. Today’s €73m package secures much- needed additional resources for Tusla, the Child and Family Agency and provides a full second year of the ECCE free pre-school scheme, with a heavy emphasis on quality. It also recognises the importance of improved conditions for our early years workforce.
Click HERE to read the Minister's statement in full.
Highlights for Budget 2018
ECCE (Free Preschool Year)
From September 2018, the ECCE scheme will be made available to all children over the age of 2 years and 8 months for two full programme years. From September 2018 there will only be one entry point in September of each year, the upper age limit on finishing ECCE will remain at 5 years and 6 months.
From September 2018 the capitation rates will increase by 7%
- Standard Capitation will increase from €64.50 to €69
- Higher Capitation will increase from €75 to €80.25
Other Early Years Developments:
Programme Support Payments: previously know as non-contact time payments, to assist with non-contact costs associated with the schemes are now fully secured and will available in 2018 and thereafter.
Sustainability Efforts: An Additonal €500,000, in addition to the €1 million secured in Budget 2017, will be made available to support providers whose viability is under threat.
Capital: An additonal €1 million for capital expenditure for early years and school aged childcare has been added to the €7.5 million baseline capital funding
Inspection: An addtional €1 million for investment inspection and registration in Tusla and Deparment of Education and Skills to assure the quality of early years services.
The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will re-open the Learner Fund Bursary (announced early 2017) to Early Years practitioners who have completed a major award in Early Childhood Care and Education at Level 7, Level 8, or Level 9 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications since the inception of the Learner Fund (2013).
This qualification must be on the DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list. The bursary amount will be €750. Applications will open on 16th October and remain open until 7th November 2017 at 5pm. If you have not graduated before 7th November, you cannot apply in this round, however another round of the bursary will be opened in the new year to facilitate late graduations.
Offaly CCC will email applications to all services in the county on 16th of October. Application forms and criteria for the bursary will be available on the CCC website from this date.