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Welcome to Offaly County Childcare Committee

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

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Questions asked to Tusla Early Years Inspectorate with regard to: Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) (Amendment) Regulation 2016

24 Tusla Prevention Partnership Tusla recently distributed the revised Question & Answer document: “Questions asked to Tusla Early Years Inspectorate with regard to: Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 and Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) (Amendment) Regulations 2016.” to all childcare providers.

To view the document please click on the link below:

V2 Questions asked to Tusla Early Years Inspectorate December 2016

Summary of Amendments and New Questions QA Tusla

Community Childcare Subvention Appeals closing date for Community providers

Just a reminderThe CCS band appeals process has been open since Monday 5th December and will close on Friday 20th January 2017.

Please check PIP for all CCS registration up-dates regarding approved bands.  If for any reason you wish to appeal the approved band please ensure you submit supporting documentation with your appeal by the closing date. 

For full details on the appeals process please click HERE 

Bursary for Level 7, 8 and 9 Graduates now available

The DCYA plan to pay a Bursary (of approx. €750) to EY practitioners who have completed a major award in Early Childhood Care and Education at Level 7, Level 8, or Level 9 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications since the inception of the Learner Fund (2013). This qualification must be on the DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list.

For more information please click on the link below for guidelines and the application form.  Closing date for applications is Tuesday 17th January 2017. 

Learner Fund Bursary guidelines and application form

For a full list of the DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications click Here

FREE Triple P Positive Parenting Group Programme in the Midlands

TriplePLogoJanuary / February 2017 schedule: FREE Triple P Positive Parenting Group Programme in the Midlands

Midland Area Parenting Partnership are delivering the FREE 7 week Triple P Positive Parenting Group Programme to parents of children aged 10 years and younger and for parents of teenagers 11 years to 15 years. The details of all programmes and exact locations are on the Triple P Website. Please circulate this information to parents you work with, friends and to colleagues who work with parents of children/teenager year in the Midlands. To book a place or for further information, please contact the Athlone Office at 090 64 47111 .

Triple P is a multi-level suite of programmes and we deliver the following in Laois Offaly Longford and Westmeath:
• Seminars (Level 2) mostly in schools to support transition of children from preschool to primary schools and for children going from 6th class to 1st year. Over 50% of national and secondary schools in the midlands are delivering these seminars in schools as part of the parents enrolment/induction process.
• Workshops (Level 3) are 2 hour stand alone topic based workshops which are delivered in community locations across the midlands for the younger aged children
• Group (Level 4) is our 7 week general positive parenting programme which runs for 2 hours each week for 4 weeks with 2 weeks of phone-call support and a final 2 hour session for both parents of children 10 years and younger and parents of teenagers aged 11 – 15 years.

This is our public calendar for all parents, we also deliver closed workshops and groups to parents in specific areas or that have specific or high level of need. We do not advertise the closed workshops or groups as they are only available to these parents. If you would like to know more about the closed delivery or have a group of parents you are working with who might be interested in this you can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 090 6447111.

OFFALY Date and Time Venue
Group Teen Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:30 – 21:30 Sub Project, Main St, Birr
Group 10 yrs and younger Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:00 – 12:00 Sub Project, Main St, Birr
Group 10 yrs and younger Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:30 – 21:30  Tullamore Community & Family Resource Centre, Arden Rd.
Group Teen Thurs, 23 Feb 2017 10:00 – 12:00 Tullamore Community & Family Resource Centre, Arden Rd.
Group Teen Mon, 6 Mar 2017 19:30 – 21:30 Clara Family Resource Centre, River St, Clara.

Latest Early Years Sector Profile Published

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, recently launched the Early Years, Service Profile, 2015/2016.

The document provides a comprehensive national analysis of the 4,300 services providing early childhood care and education in Ireland. The data is collated by Pobal in conjunction with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Some of the findings in the report:
Attendance: An estimated 171,200 children attended early years services in Ireland during 2015/2016.
Free Preschool Year: The number of children availing of the free pre-school year grew by 16% between 2014/2015 and 2015/2016.
Fees: The average cost of a full-time place was €167.03 per week, €0.16c less than in 2014/2015. The average cost of a part-time place was €99.18 per week, €3.82 higher than in the previous year.
Staff: It is estimated that 25,700 staff work in the childcare sector in Ireland, of which half are employed on a part-time basis

Speaking about the report, Minister Zappone said;
"The publication of this information is particularly timely. At the moment, the sector is undergoing a period of significant policy change and development. It is vital that these changes are underpinned by accurate, reliable information.

I have no doubt that the information contained in this report will help inform the Department’s policy development so that we can meet the goal of providing affordable, quality and accessible childcare for all.”

Read the Report

To supplement the report, Pobal have developed a range of interactive dashboards. These dashboards reflect a range of topics covered in the report and allow readers, for the first time, access data and information at county level.

Click HERE to view the dasboards

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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