Offaly County Childcare Committee -   057 9135878

Upcoming Events for Providers

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Additional Needs Seminar

Additional Needs within service settings is one of enormous variety and is ever-changing. Offaly County Childcare Committee hope to support practitioners in developing practical skills and knowledge for a wide range of behaviours and abilities.

An Additional Needs Seminar is currently being organised to support service providers with referring their concerns to the EIT.  It also aims to provide strategies for working with children with additional needs and supporting parents of children who have additional needs.

This has been identified as an area of need for many service providers and we aim to have a number of speakers from a range of different agencies. These will include but are not limited to Speech and Language Therapy, Early Years Intervention Team, Inclusion Ireland, Parent’s Perspectives, SENO and Sports Inclusion.

The seminar will take place in the Tullamore Court Hotel on 14th November 2015.

Behaviour Management

This workshop will consider practical approaches to promoting positive behaviour. It aims to consider factors influencing behaviour, setting behaviour standards, strategies in practice and addressing incidents of challenging behaviour. It will be presented in conjunction with the Triple P Co-ordinators for the Midlands.

Music & Movement

This workshop is being developed in order to highlight the importance of music and movement within daily routines. It also aims to draw attention to a comprehensive learning resource for the Early Years Practitioner. The music and movement songs within the resource will help children work towards the learning goals set out in Aistear.

Young children learn best by doing. Music and movement promotes active involvement in developing vocabulary and mastering a wealth of skills and concepts. This will be an interactive workshop so please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Interactions and Observations Cluster

An Aistear Cluster workshop is currently being developed for services to support them observations and extending interaction with children. This workshop will be supported with resources from the Aistear Síolta Practice guide.  This workshop will take place in Birr, Tullamore and Edenderry.  Please check the events calendar for dates.

Story Telling and Topic Box Workshop

Offaly County Childcare Committee are in the process of building resource boxes linked to themes in order to support planning from children’s interest.

The collection of fun and exciting Topic Boxes will support service providers in delivering creative, investigative and heuristic play opportunities. They can be borrowed from the Tracey Buckley Resource Library at short notice to provide easy, no-preparation resources to follow interests such as Minibeasts, Dinosaurs, Seasons and many more.

Each topic box will be linked to Aistear and provide some activity ideas as well as some display materials. There will be an initial workshop introducing the topic boxes. Services that attend the workshop will be given priority when borrowing them from the library.


Child Protection Training

Two dates for Child Protection Courses have been set for the second half of the year (see dates in calendar). The training will be offered in the first instance to Designated Liaison Persons who have not competed CP training in the past three years. All DLP’s must have undertaken the basic one day training course in order to do the specific training for DLP’s, which should be available later in the year.

Offaly CCC Open Day

On September 17th, Offaly CCC will host an ‘Open Day’ for Services, Childminders and Parent and Toddler Groups. Service Providers, Early Years Workers, Childminders, Students and Parents are cordially invited to attend the open day form 10.00am to1.00pm and 4.00pm to 8.00pm. The ‘Open Day’ will be an informal opportunity to talk to staff and to visit the Tracey Buckley Resource Library and borrow resources. Story Sacks and Topic Boxes will be available to view on the day. Refreshments will be served throughout the day and your own children are very welcome to attend. 

National Concert Hall
Pre-School CPD Course - Musical Play: Teacher Training for Early Years Music

This course will run from 6th to 10th July, 2015 in the NCH and will provide early years educators with the confidence and musical tools to teach music effectively and with ease. The course will develop your skill set using a variety of engaging techniques, so that you have a solid foundation on which to build a deep understanding to pass on to the children in your care. Learn to use your voice effectively, revisit (or meet for the first time) the cornerstones of music education in a creative and active way through movement, play and song.

Aistear Environments Workshop

When co-constructing their learning environment, children become more engaged and reach a greater depth of learning. Aistear Environments workshops will take place on May 11th in The County Arms Hotel, Birr and on May 18th in The Centre for Independent Living in Tullamore. These workshops will explore how children, when given the chance to have their voice heard, can play an integral part in the decision-making process in relation to a change in their environment. Further details and booking forms can be obtained from Ruth on 057 9135878.

 Financial Support Workshop

A two-evening workshop is being developed for services to support them in completing basic financial projections, basic book-keeping, income and expenditure accounts and bank reconciliations. These workshops will take place in Arden View Resource Centre, Tullamore on the 20th and 27th of May 2015. If services require individual support following the workshops, this will be facilitated and an Offaly CCC staff member will visit the service to assist in setting up spreadsheets and to offer support.

Domestic Violence Workshop

A workshop has been organised with Offaly Domestic Violence Support Services (ODVSS) in Tullamore. This workshop is open to anyone who has completed the one day Child Protection and Welfare Training with Offaly County Childcare Committee. The workshop will provide information on the effects of domestic violence on children in your care. It will take place on Wednesday 3rd June in the ODVSS Offices, Cormac Street, Tullamore from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. Training in domestic violence is recommended for services working with children and families as part of the new Child Protection and Welfare Training, The workshop will be provided free of charge. Booking forms are available from Sheena on 057 9135878.  

Effective Governance Workshop

This workshop will take place on Tuesday June 9th in the Centre for Independent Living in Tullamore from 7.00pm to 9.30pm. The workshop will explore all aspects of governing a service including the following:-

  • Governance and Compliance
  • Employment Responsibilities and Law
  • Effective Communication with Staff
  • Accountability
  • Decision-Making
  • How to Stay Compliant within the Early Years Sector

The workshop is aimed at Owner / Managers and Board Members and Managers of Community Based Services and costs €10 per person. Booking forms are available from the office on 057 9135878. 

Management & Leadership Training (Advance Notice)

Managing an early years setting has become a daunting task. Excellent communication and leadership skills are required to deal with the needs of parents, staff, children and external agencies such as TUSLA, Pobal and other relevant stakeholders.

As a support to services, Offaly CCC will organise a Management & Leadership programme for Managers and Leaders of services commencing in September 2015 and finishing in November 2015. This is advance notice if services are considering enaging in training this year. The programme will run over an eight week period. The main purpose of the “Management and Leadership” Programme is to assist Managers in facing the challenges associated with effectively managing an early years’ service, in an ever-changing, diverse and complex environment.

This programme focuses completely on the “personal development and improvement” aspects of management rather than policy and procedure implementation. The overarching purpose of the programme is to develop more confident, assertive and competent managers in the ECCE sector. Canavan & Byrne will deliver this programme in a very practical manner using real scenarios, exercises and case studies and will be highly relevant.

The programme will consist of 8 x 3 hour sessions covering four broad topics

  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Supervision
  • Motivation

The programme is aimed at early year’s workers who have a role in leading and managing their service. The cost of the programme is €50 per participant. The programme will commence on Monday September 21st and end on Monday November 16th and will be run in Tullamore. A minimum of fifteen participants is needed for the programme to go ahead. Booking forms are now available from Áine on 057 9135878. 



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