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

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Learner Fund Bursary 2020

The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will re-open the Learner Fund Bursary to Early Learning and Care practitioners who are new graduates of a Poster Learner Fund Bursary 2020recognised Early Childhood Education and Care degree programme. The local City/County Childcare Committees (CCC) will process and appraise Learner Fund Bursary applications.

The following rules apply to the Graduate Bursary:
1. The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be either:

a. On the DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list and indicated as meeting the qualification requirements for room leader – higher capitation.
Or
b. The applicant must hold a letter of eligibility to practice from DCYA which states that the qualification meets the standard for the higher capitation rate.

2. The award must be placed at level 7/8/9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and achieved in the academic years 2014 - 2020.
3. The bursary amount will be €750.
4. The qualification must be a full, major award; the bursary cannot be paid in respect of partially completed awards.
5. Letters from third level education providers which state that a partially completed award is equivalent to a full award should not be accepted.
6. The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be that which qualifies the person to work in the Early Years sector (and is at least level 7 on the NFQ).
7. Applicants may only apply once and cannot be granted the Learner Fund bursary for a second time if they have already received it before i.e. the bursary will be paid for one of the following - a level 7 OR a level 8 OR a level 9 qualification.
8. The applicant cannot have received any public funding in support of their completing the award relating to this application.
9. The bursary is available to experienced practitioners only; applicants must have been working in a Tusla registered Early Learning & Care Service prior to beginning their course.
10. Applicants must be currently working in a Tusla registered Early Learning & Care Service.
11. Staff working in standalone School Age Childcare services are not eligible to apply.
12. Application must be made by the holder of the award and not by any third party on their behalf.

Please Note:
With regard to (5) above: Only students who have registered for and successfully completed a Level 7, 8 or 9 Award are eligible. In some specific cases, students who have registered for a Level 8 Award but successfully completed and exited with a Level 7 Major Award are eligible. This is only possible in 3 colleges as follows: National College of Ireland (Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education), Cork IT (BA in Early Years Education), London Metropolitan University offered through Portobello Institute (BA [Ord] Early Childhood Studies) as they appear on the DCYA published list of qualifications. Students enrolled in these courses who are continuing with their studies are not eligible for the Graduate Bursary until they fully complete their studies.

With regard to (8) above: DCYA is aware that an increasing number of qualified practitioners choose to pursue postgraduate education to further advance their practice, but is not in a position to provide funding in respect of this. If an applicant does not have an eligible undergraduate degree, and has a post-graduate award which is not on the published list, they should apply for qualifications recognition as a priority.

Sharing of data with relevant parties: The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is committed to protecting the
rights and privacy of individuals in accordance with both European Union and Irish data protection legislation. See DCYA Privacy Notice: www.dcya.gov.ie/documents/aboutus/20180822_DCYADataPrivacyNotice.pdf

The CCC decision is final: There is no appeals process for the Graduate Bursary payment. The decision of the CCC is final for the purposes of the bursary application and process, and no delays to the timely conclusion of the process should occur. If an applicant is not approved and wants clarification on this, they can contact DCYA directly.

Application requirements:
I. Application form to be completed in full and by the deadline specified.
II. Applicants must be currently working in a Tusla registered Early Learing & Care service.
III. Supporting qualifications documentation (including photographic identification) must be provided with
the application form.
IV. In lieu of graduating certificates, transcripts from the third level education institution can be accepted.
V. The transcripts must be in document/hard copy form and endorsed by the institution; screenshots of
online student records cannot be accepted.
VI. The transcript can only be accepted if it clearly shows that the full award has been achieved.

Timeframe for applications:
14th September  Call for applications open by CCCs
23rd October 
All forms must be fully completed and returned (incl. photographic evidence) by email to your local CCC no later than 5PM on Friday 23rd October 2020.
Week of 7th
December  
CCCs pay approved applicants
To download the application form and guidlines please click on the links below:
 
 
 
For further details please contact Deirdre in Offaly County Childcare on 057 9135878 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

REMINDER: FAR Quarter 3 closing date is the 18th September 2020

Please note that the FAR Quarter 3 closing date is the 18th September 2020.First Aid Responder 1

To apply for the FULL FAR Reimbursement Fund, a registered service or registered childminder must:
• Have an employee who has completed or have themselves completed either the full 18 hours FAR course or the 12 hours Refresher FAR course since January 1st, 2019.
• Have paid for the employee / registered childminder to participate in the training.
• Submit a copy of the receipt for training and a copy of the PHECC accredited FAR certificate.

To apply for the PARTIAL FAR Reimbursement Fund, a registered service or registered childminder must:
• Have an employee who has completed or have themselves completed either the two day online theory element of the full FAR course or the one day online theory element of the refresher FAR course since the Public Health restrictions have been put in place
• Have paid for the employee / registered childminder to participate in the training.
• Submit a copy of the receipt for training and a copy of the letter from the PHECC accredited trainer guaranteeing that the employee has secured a place for the practical element of the FAR course. In this instance a maximum of 2/3 of the Bursary will be paid with the remaining paid on receipt of a copy of the PHECC accredited FAR certificate

PLEASE NOTE:
• All forms must be fully completed and returned to Offaly County Childcare Committee
• Incomplete application forms will not be accepted.
• All required documents must be attached to the application form.
• Information provided by the applicant will only be used for the purpose it was intended and will be retained by the CCC for recording purposes.
• The CCC will make the decision on funding and all decisions are final.
• Funding will cease in 2020

Click on the link to download the form:  FAR Reimbursement Application Form including part funding

​Extension of Covid 19 Capital grant and the Re-opening Support Payment

​Extension of Covid 19 Capital grant and the Re-opening Support Paymentdeadline extension

Dear Service Provider

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs have extended the application process for the Covid 19 Capital grant and also the Reopening Support Payment programme until 5pm on Friday 18th September 2020.

If you have any queries, please raise a Service Request on the Early Years Hive or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kind regards,
Early Years Team

Minister O’Gorman welcomes 50% increase in recipients of Childminder Development Grant

Minister O’Gorman welcomes 50% increase in recipients of Childminder Development GrantDCYA main logo
From Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration, Roderic O’Gorman TD, today announced the award of the 2020 round of Childminder Development Grants.

This year’s round sees a significant increase in the number of childminders who have been approved to receive the Childminder Development Grant in 2020, with 202 childminders awarded grants this year, a 50% increase from 2019, and a total value of €190,543.

The Childminder Development Grant provides up to €1,000 to assist childminders who are providing a childminding service in their own homes, to enhance quality and safety in the service through the purchase of small capital items, equipment, toys or minor adaptation costs. It may also give financial assistance to new or prospective childminders with their initial set-up costs.

In addition to the Childminder Development Grant, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs this year has also provided reopening grants to both childminders and centre-based services, to assist with the additional costs of reopening during the Covid-19 pandemic. So far, 287 childminders have received the Childminding Reopening Grant since July with further applications being processed since the latter scheme ended on 9 September. In addition 4,014 Covid-19 Capital Grants and 3,790 Re-opening Support Payments have been approved for DCYA-funded providers.

Making today’s announcement, Minister Roderic O’Gorman said:

“I am delighted to announce this support for childminders, who provide such a vital service for children and families. Development Grants help childminders make those small changes that can have a big impact.

“I intend to continue extending our supports for childminders over the years ahead. Over the coming months a Childminding Action Plan will be finalised, which will set out plans for bespoke training, regulations and supports and will accelerate access to the National Childcare Scheme for more childminders.”

The Minister thanked both childminders and centre-based providers of early learning and care and school-age childcare for their commitment and hard work in reopening over recent weeks in the challenging context of COVID-19. The very large majority of services have now reopened, and providers are reporting a high proportion of children returning to services.

The Minister also thanked Meath County Childcare Committee for its assistance in administering the Childminder Development Grant in 2020 on behalf of the department.

Clarification on Saver Programme dates

Clarification on Saver Programme datesPobalLogo

Dear Service Provider,

We are aware that there may be some confusion regarding key dates for Saver Programmes.

Please note that the closing date for registrations on Saver Programmes is Monday, 9th November.

Children must have been in attendance in the service on or before 11th September in order to be eligible.

Early Years Team

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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