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

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Addendum to Children First Guidance

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Minister Zappone publishes Addendum to Children First Guidance

Friday 18th January 2019

Groups, clubs and services working with young people are required by law to assess and manage online risks, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

Minister Zappone has signed and published an addendum to Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children on on-line safety.

It makes clear that all organisations and services working with young people must include online risks and safeguards in their legally required Child Safeguarding Statements.

Safeguarding Statements have been a legal requirement since March 2018 after Minister Zappone commenced all sections of Children’s First in December 2017.

Speaking today the Minister said “The internet is a hugely valuable resource that has brought so many positive opportunities for learning, creating and communicating across the whole of society.

However, with these increased opportunities has come increased risks. There are those online who wish to harm, hurt or abuse our children. We all have a responsibility to offer protection and safety from this danger.

This responsibility extends to relevant services who offer internet access, PCs and wifi. Organisations who work with our young people need to know how to identify and manage these risks, and know the appropriate response if a child is at risk."

The Minister noted that the Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children was fully revised and published in 2017 to reflect the provisions in the Act and stated “This addendum to the guidance does not alter or increase the obligations on organisations providing services to children under the Act, rather it clarifies that the specific issue of online safety should be considered when carrying out risk assessments and preparing Child Safeguarding Statements.”

The Minister added that a range of Government Departments and agencies have a role in relation to internet safety saying that, “the cross-Government approach required to tackle online safety issues is recognised in the Government’s Action Plan for Online Safety, which sets out the wide range of actions and activities that are underway across a number of Government Departments to support and promote online safety for children and adults”.

Addendum to Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children

Guidance on Developing a Child Safeguarding Statement

PIP Up-date: Medical Card Information

Medical Card InformationPobalLogoThere has been a slight change in the information required where, after reviewing the HSE database, a medical card and/or GP visit card is not valid for CCS/P. Previously we would have accepted a letter only, from the Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS) outlining medical card/GP visit card details. However, we now accept evidence of a valid medical card or GP visit card by way of letter, email or account print out from the PCRS.

The document submitted must contain the following:
· Evidence showing document is from the Primary Care Reimbursement Service,
· The parent and/or child name and PPSN.
· The card type i.e. medical card or GP visit card.’
· The card start date and end date.

Please refer to the CCS/P Supporting Documents Guide 2018/19 which is available on the PIP portal for further guidance on this change

CCS December 2018 returns

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The CCS December 2018 returns are now available for completion on Pobal Online. The deadline for submitting the completed return is Friday 1st February 2019.

If you have any questions or require assistance in completing the return, please contact your Support Officer.

If you do not submit the return by the deadline, your future CCS payments may be affected.

New Registration System Brings School Age Childcare into Affordable Childcare Scheme

Only registered school age childcare services will be able to provide services under the Affordable Childcare Scheme.  The regulations will come into effect on 18th February 2019 and services will be able to register with Tusla from that date.

Click HERE to download the Frequently Asked Questions on the Registeration of School Age Childcare

Click HERE to download a copy of the Early Years School Age Regulations 

Upcoming Triple P in Offaly

                                      Midlands Area Parenting Partnership
Delivering Triple P positive parenting programmes to Parents in Laois, Offaly, Longford & Westmeath
 
Offaly Jan – June 2019 2 Hour workshops
Two hour Topic Based Workshops for Parents of 2-10 year olds    Date/Time Venue  
Managing Fighting & Aggression Tuesday 12th February 7.30pm- 9.30pm          

Tullamore Community Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore.

Dealing with Disobedience  Wednesday 13th March 7.30pm- 9.30pm
 Youth Café/Sub Project Main st. Birr
Dealing with Disobedience Tuesday 26th March 10am-12pm Tullamore Community Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore.
Dealing with Disobedience  Wednesday 3rd April 10am-12pm
 Youth Café/Sub Project Main st. Birr
Dealing with Disobedience Wednesday 5th June 7.30pm-9.30pm  Youth Café/Sub Project Main st. Birr
Dealing with Disobedience 

Tuesday 18th June7.30pm-9.30pm

 Tullamore Community Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore.
Managing Fighting & Aggression Wednesday 19th June 10am-12pm  Youth Café/Sub Project Main st. Birr

 

Offaly Jan – June 2019 2 Hour workshops
Two hour Topic Based Workshops
for Parents of 11-15 year olds 
 Date/Time  Venue
Getting Teenagers to Co Operate                            Tuesday 12th February 10am-12pm Tullamore Community Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore.
Coping with Teenagers’ Emotions  Tuesday 26th March 7.30pm-9.30pm Tullamore Community Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore.
Coping with Teenagers’ Emotions Thursday 28th March 10am-12pm Clara Family Resource Centre, Clara
Getting Teenagers to Co Operate Monday 1st April    7pm-9pm  Clara Family Resource Centre, Clara
Coping with Teenagers’ Emotions Tuesday 18th June 10am-12pm Tullamore Community Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore.

 

Offaly 7 week Group Programmes 
7 Week Programmes  Date/Time  Venue
Junior Programme for parents of 2-10 year olds Monday 11th February 7pm-9pm  Clara Family Resource Centre, Clara
Junior Programme for parents of 2-10 year olds Thursday 28th February 10am-12pm   Tullamore Community Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore.
Junior Programme for parents of 2-10 year olds  Tuesday 30th April 7.30pm-9.30pm  Tullamore Community Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore.
 
Teen Programme for parents of 11-15 year olds Wednesday 6th February 10am-12pm Youth Café/Sub Project Main st. Birr
Teen Programme for parents of 11-15 year olds Wednesday 27th February 10am -12pm Edenderry Town Hall, Edenderry
Teen Programme for parents of 11-15 year olds  Tuesday 26th February 7.30pm-9.30pm Tullamore Community Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore.
Teen Programme for parents of 11-15 year olds Tuesday 30th April 10am-12pm Tullamore Community Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore.

 

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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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