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

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Final Year of the LINC Programme

Are you thinking about applying for LINC this year? Applications are open for the final year of the programme commencing in September 2019.week three LINC

Closing date for applications is April 4 2019, more information can be found on   www.lincprogramme.ie

 

Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Capital 2019 Deadline

Please be advised, applications are open for the Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Capital 2019 Grant. We would encourage services with an interest in the grant to apply as soon as possible in order to avail of this excellent opportunity for funding. Only applications that are submitted by the deadline of the 27th of March at 3pm can be considered for funding.

Capital Grants deadline

Zappone confirms Childcare Programme Support Payments worth over €19m

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Payments to issue end June

Thursday 21st March 2019

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., today announced details of the forthcoming Programme Support Payment (PSP), due to be made available to all early learning and care providers this summer.  Over €19m will be made available to early learning and care services under the measure from June 2019.

The payment will be calculated as equal to 7 days’ (1.4 weeks’) registrations for ECCE at Standard Capitation, and 14 days’ (2.8 weeks’) registrations for CCS(P) and TEC.

The application window for PSP will open for six weeks from Monday 13 May to Friday 21 June 2019 and the application form can be accessed through the Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP).  Payments will issue the following week.

The Programme Support Payment is made in respect of the additional time required of providers of DCYA-funded early leaning and care programmes, to complete registrations, paperwork and administrative work and to perform activities outside of contact time with children, such as preparing materials for early learning and care sessions and assisting parents in understanding how they might benefit from the various childcare schemes supported by the State.

Making the announcement Minister Zappone said:  “For children, parents and providers 2019 is a hugely significant year with the launch of the National Childcare Scheme. As the countdown to October continues it is important that providers are supported to ensure that the biggest change ever undertaken in early learning and childcare becomes a reality. This investment, part of the 117% jump in Government funding since 2015, will help us build a scheme which will serve families in Ireland for generations to come. We have come a long way – and we must never go back!”

NB: Please note that the application window closing date (Friday 21 June 2019) is final, and that no applications for PSP will be admitted beyond this point under any circumstances.

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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