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

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Announcement of Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Capital 2019

Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Capital 2019 PobalLogo

Pobal is pleased to announce that notification emails have been sent to all Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Capital 2019 applicants. Please read these emails carefully, they outline whether your application was successful or not. For successful applicants, they also detail the next steps involved in the contracting and payment process. If you have any further queries in relation to this grant please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01-5117222.

Launch of the Universal Design Guidelines for Early Learning and Care settings

Minister Katherine Zappone T.D. launches The Universal Design Guidelines for Early Learning and Care settings 19875672 1337059526348124 484620879276509836 n

10th June 2019

Today the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone launches the Universal Design Guidelines for Early Learning and Care (ELC) settings. These guidelines are an important step in making all ELC services accessible to all children. This publication will offer guidance on the refurbishment, renovation and the building of centres for Early Learning and Care in Ireland.

The work was undertaken by Early Childhood Ireland and Trinity Haus (Trinity College Dublin) on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at the National Disability Authority.

This work involved:

  • Reviewing national and international best practice, research and guidance in design of early years settings from a Universal Design approach;
  • Consulting with a diverse range of stakeholders, including early years practitioners, parents and children; and
  • Developing Universal Design Guidelines for Early Learning and Care settings, including a self-audit tool, which aims to support the early years sector in creating universally designed spaces for all stakeholders in both new and retrofit settings.

These guidelines will also be useful for built environment design professionals in private and public sectors working on the design of new build and retro-fitting of Early Learning and Care settings.

Launching the guidelines, the Minister said “Early Learning and Care Services are expanding all of the time. The National Development Plan will further assist this. We want these settings to be accessible and welcoming, not just to children but to families, grandparents and the staff who work there. Above all we want these environments to optimise children’s learning at this critical time in their lives.”

Programme Readiness 2019-2020 Update

Please be advised that as per our announcement on Friday 31st May all Programme Readiness tasks and contracting will begin on Monday 10th June, 2019.

This year Service Providers will be able to activate contracts on a phased basis by county. Please see the time schedule below for your county.

Time County Time County
10 am Carlow
Cavan
Clare
Cork
Donegal
Galway
2 pm

Longford
Louth
Mayo
Meath
Monaghan
Offaly
Roscommon

12 am Kerry
Kildare
Kilkenny
Laois
Leitrim
Limerick
4 pm Sligo
Tipperary
Waterford
Westmeath
Wexford
Wicklow
Dublin

Programme Readiness 2019/20

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The re-contracting process with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) childcare funding programmes 2019/20 will begin on Monday 10th June, 2019. 
 
The process this year will be similar to previous years, where each service provider must certify the 2019/20 PAU, Organisation details and Service details in order to activate any contracts.  
 
This year the following Programme Readiness features will be available from 10th June
-          PAU Certification
-          Organisation Details Certification
-          Service Details Certification
-          Re-contracting for ECCE, CCSP, TEC
-          National Childcare Scheme (NCS) contracting
-          Fees List
-          Service Calendars
-          NCS Transition Support Payment (NCS TSP)
-          NCS Capital
 
Information for ECCE and Targeted Childcare Programmes
The existing targeted childcare funding programmes (other than CCS) will continue until the commencement of NCS , and thereafter in a limited way.  The DCYA have issued the
Rules for DCYA Targeted Childcare Programmes , which outlines the rules for the legacy childcare schemes – Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP) and Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) programmes. Transition DCYA Targeted Childcare Programmes rules are available here
 
Please note that the Community Childcare Subvention Programme (CCS) will terminate at the end of the 2018/19 programme call.
 
ECCE is a standalone programme and will not be affected by the introduction of NCS. DCYA rules for the ECCE programme are available here
 
2019/20 Contracts for the existing DCYA funded childcare programmes will be available very shortly on the DCYA website
 
National Childcare Scheme (NCS)
To allow Service Providers to sign-up for the National Childcare Scheme in advance of the commencement of the Scheme, the NCS contracts will be available on PIP for activation until the NCS commencement in October 2019 (after which all contracting and related activities will take place on the new Early Years Platform).   The NCS contract can be found at this link,  and a set of explanatory notes to the contract is available .
 
Both the NCS Transition Support Payment (TSP) application and the NCS Capital application will be available to all Service Providers who enter into contract on the National Childcare Scheme (NCS) for the 2019/20 programme call. 
 
Only the PAU will have permission to submit these application forms.  Only one application for the TSP and one application for the capital grant can be submitted in respect of a service.  The application forms can only be submitted when the National Childcare Scheme contract has been activated.
 
NCS TSP
The application window for NCS TSP will open for 14 weeks from Monday June 10th to Friday September 13th
Payments will be calculated and issued from October 2019.
 
NCS Capital Grant Scheme
The application window for NCS Capital will open for 18 weeks from Monday June 10th to Friday October 11th
Payments will be issued on a weekly basis from October 2019. 
For more information please refer to the Capital Grant Scheme guidelines which are available at this link.

PIP ANNOUNCEMENTS:

CCS April 2019 returns:PobalLogo

The CCS April 2019 returns are now available for completion on Pobal Online. The deadline for submitting the completed return is Friday 21st June 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.

Programme Support Payments (PSP):

Reminder to all providers that the window for applying for Programme Support Payments closes on Friday 21st June 2019 at 3pm.

Providers are reminded that no late applications for PSP will be admitted past this date, under any circumstances.

Hanen Teacher Talk training:

We will be rolling out further rounds of Hanen Teacher Talk training over the summer months partnering with Teacher Education Centres around the country. Invitations will be sent to settings with children receiving AIM support over the last 6 months. Courses will run in Donegal, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Mayo and Navan. Invitations will be sent out over the coming weeks.

Lámh trainings will also be offered, again partnering with the Teacher Education Centres across the country. Trainings are scheduled for June and July in Cork City, Waterford, Kildare, Blackrock, Mayo, Wexford, Galway and Monaghan.

We will be prioritizing those services that have children attending their setting that are currently using Lámh. If you have children in your service that are Lámh users, please reach out to your Better Start Early Years Specialist regarding the trainings.

Please note that each staff member can only avail of a maximum of 18 hours of paid CPD training per calendar year. In the case where one staff member has already completed Hanen training (18 hours), they can attend Lámh training but will NOT be reimbursed. Payments will be made to the employer/ childcare setting and NOT to the individual.

Invites are sent directly to relevant services via Eventbrite and services will be offered up to 2 spaces for each course. Further info if required from: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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