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Welcome to Offaly County Childcare Committee

Our site is packed with information so whether you're a parent, working with children, interested in a childcare career or just browsing, this is the place for you!

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

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Early Years Hive Scheduled Maintenance

Early Years Hive Scheduled Maintenance maintaince 23 03 2021

Dear Service Provider,

The Early Years Hive and the National Childcare Scheme website will be unavailable today at 5pm for a maximum of 3 hours due to scheduled maintenance.

After this time, you will need to refresh your web browser to access the portal again.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your cooperation.

Thank you,
Early Years Team

Reminder – COSP extension closes on Friday 26th March

Reminder – COSP extension closes on Friday 26th MarchCOSP reminder 23 03 2021

Dear Service Provider,

All services eligible for COSP for the period of 8th March to 26th March must accept the terms and conditions of the funding, which are currently available on HIVE. Please see the COSP Extension Technical Guide for further details on how to complete this process. Please note, this process must be completed by 5pm on Friday 26th March.

Help and support

Should you have any queries in relation to the Covid-19 Operating Support Payment outlined above, please contact the Early Years Provider Centre by raising a Request on Hive and selecting the following categories:
· Request Type Detail: COSP General Query
· Request Type: COSP
· Programme Request: Covid 19 Supports

Early Years Team

EYPC phone line issues

EYPC phone line issuesEarly Years Hive

Dear Service Provider,

We are currently experiencing an issue with our phone lines. As a result, we are temporarily unable to answer your calls.

We are working on resolving this and will let you know once it have been fixed.

In the meantime you can contact us by raising a service request on Hive.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

Early Years Team

Parents Plus: Motivitating children and teenagers to do fun outdoor and indoor activities

With lockdowns and school closures, the Covid-19 has placed extra stresses on children, teenagers and their parents. In the absence of social activities, there is evidence that children have become more sedentary and parents are struggling to keep them motivated.  Parents Plus have put together some helpful new Parents Plus Resources on keeping children and teenagers motivated to do fun outdoor and indoor activities that keep families connected in a time of lockdown. You are welcome to share these resources with friend and family.

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Making the most of Family Walks Making the most of Family Time Staying connected with  your Teenager Teenage activities for wellbeing
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Minister O’Gorman launches an online consultation on the development of a national model of parenting support services

Minister O’Gorman launches an online consultation on the development of a national model of parenting support servicesconsultation parents support

From Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., has today launched a public consultation on the development of a national model of parenting support services. The consultation will be open until 16th April 2021.

The aim of the model is to develop a more coherent and strategic approach to the development and delivery of parenting support services so that all parents can access the support they need when they need it.

Minister O’Gorman said:

“I am delighted to announce the details for this public consultation on the development of a national model of parenting support services. The aim of this consultation is to gather a wide range of thoughts and ideas on improving parenting support services for all parents. This provides an important opportunity for anyone with an interest in parenting supports, from parents to service providers, to help shape the future of service development and delivery”.

For further information and to participate in the consultation, please see here.

More information on the project to develop a national model of parenting support services can be found here

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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