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

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​Early Years Hive improvements

​Early Years Hive improvementsEarly Years Hive

Dear Service Provider,

We are always looking for ways to improve the user experience for Service Providers on the Early Years. We are happy to highlight the two below improvements that were recently made to the portal.

Resources menu

The Resources menu on the Hive has been updated to better incorporate ECCE. The existing Programme Information, Quick Guides, and FAQs pages all now have both an NCS and ECCE option when clicked through to.

A new page has also been created on the Resources menu called Downloads. All the documents and guides that you have been accessing via Useful Links are now available under the ECCE section of this page. We will keep the documents on Useful Links for a period until providers are familiar with the new pages.

Announcements page

The announcements page on the Hive has been reorganised. Announcements are now presented in a list structure which will make searching for announcements much easier.

To open an announcement, just click on the yellow arrow on the right-hand side on the list entry and select ‘View’. Once an announcement is viewed by the service’s PAU, it will be marked as viewed.

We would advise that you regularly check this page for new updates.

Thank you
Early Years Team

Funding for Parent & Toddler Groups 2020

Parent & Toddler Group Initiative Grants 2020Parent and Toddler Group Initative Grants 2020 Poster

The Parent & Toddler Grants Initiative for 2020 has been announced.  The grants scheme will run for the academic year September 2020 to June 2021. Because the grants will operate on an academic year the time frame for applications will be very tight. Applications have been sent to Parent & Toddler Group Contacts with a closing date of Thursday September 24th 2020.

Notification of decisions and payment of grants will be made by Friday 9th October 2020.

Information on grants available:

Applications for funding under this scheme should only be made by Parent & Toddler Groups that are organised on a not for profit basis and involve the participation of parents in the community. Grants will normally range from €100 to €1,000. Existing groups can apply for a maximum grant of €800. New start up groups may apply for a maximum grant of up €1000.

Funding will be available for:

  • Toys, equipment and books
  • Children’s activities, e.g. arts and crafts, music
  • Limited funding will be available towards insurance, rent or minor refurbishment, up to a maximum of 30% of total funding

Funding will not be available for:

  • Groups operating out of private homes
  • One off events such as outings, parties and trips
  • Groups with a closing balance of €3,000 or more in the previous year
  • Groups who received funding in previous years and did not return the Progress Report and receipts for items purchased
  • Groups who do not submit evidence of appropriate insurance when making their application

Additional Information:

  • P & T Groups should have a Bank Account/Credit Union Account. The money taken at each session, any grants received by the group or money received from fundraising should be paid into the account. It is recommended that spending on the group’s behalf should be paid for by cheque/draft. All transactions involving the group’s money should be recorded and all receipts kept
  • Applications from P & T Groups will only be accepted from groups known to Offaly CCC, new groups should make arrangements to meet an OCCC staff representative prior to application deadline
  • P & T Groups must submit evidence of appropriate insurance (not applicable to new groups)

How to apply:

• Please fill in the attached application form, using clear block writing
• Please ensure that all sections are completed (Application form, Annual Income & Expenditure Account, Progress Report)
• Simple financial records are important for groups in receipt of grants as they offer protection for all involved However, newly formed groups do not need to provide a financial record until they are in existence for one year
• Please ensure the application is signed by 2 committee members
• Applicants are required to submit up to date bank statement/credit union statement (no older than 2 months) with their application form.
• Forward Evidence of insurance with application
• Forward Evidence of receipts for items purchased with last grant, along with progress report
• Grant Applications will not be recommended if: They do not include adequate information, i.e. all sections of the application form must be completed

Please note: Information regarding the Parent & Toddler Grants is sent from Offaly County Childcare Committee to a named contact person in each Parent and Toddler Group in the County, therefore it is very important to keep the CCC informed if the contact person or contact details should change. If this is the case, please contact us as soon as possible on 057-9135878 to advise.

Reminder: Covid-19 Capital and RSP Grant applications

Reminder: Covid-19 Capital and RSP Grant applications 

Dear Service Provider,

The application process for the Covid-19 Capital and RSP Grants will close at 5pm today, Wednesday 9th September.

We encourage any service that wishes to apply or who has an application in draft to complete and submit their application as soon as possible.

Application guidelines can be found below and are also under ‘COVID-19 Reopening Documents’ on the Useful Links page of the Early Years Hive:

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..

Thank you,
Early Years Team

The CCSP Finance and Impact returns (FIRs) for August 2020 returns are available for completion on Pobal Online.

The CCSP Finance and Impact returns (FIRs) for August 2020 returns are available for completionPobalLogo
on Pobal Online.

Dear Service Provider

There is a slight amendment to the form from this period onwards, as we have included headings for NCS, AIM level 7 and sponsorship funding. ECCE is amended to include LINC funding, and CETs has changed to TEC (CETS, CEC & ASCC)

These updates were requested prior to the current Covid pandemic, therefore please include any funding awarded under Covid capital and reopening contracts under ‘Early Years Capital’, and funding awarded by the DCYA under the wage subsidy scheme under ‘Other Funding. Expenditure recorded under Covid reopening and Covid capital should be recorded under Capital Maintenance.

As advised previously the DCYA would like to emphasise the importance for all community services to continue to complete and submit FIRs to Pobal. These returns provide essential information that allows DCYA and Pobal to identify and help services to resolve problems. They also act as an informative tool for services in the effective planning of their financial future and highlight the real effect of closure due to Covid 19 on community services .

FIRs are also a key component of the assessment process for accessing sustainability funding. Services which continue to keep up to date FIRs and encounter a sustainability issue will therefore experience an expedited funding request process, as Pobal’s Case Management team will be better equipped to assess the service’s request for funding.

The deadline for submission of August 2020 FIRS will be 2nd October 2020.

If you require any assistance in completing the return please contact your support officer

Early Years Team

Registrations & Early Years Hive

Registrations & Early Years HiveEarly Years Hive

Dear Service Provider,

We’re delighted to say that registrations for ECCE have reached 64,997; 64,974 for NCS and 11,726 Savers. That’s a total of 141,697 to date of which Pobal have already approved 114,618 (80%).

There continues to be a high volume of activities taking place on the Hive and the peak times for this are between – 11am to 1pm and from 5pm to 7pm.

Our ICT team are continuously monitoring the system performance and we are working hard to ensure the experience for all users is positive.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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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