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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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Tuesday 13th November 2018 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the Offaly Centre for Independent Living.  Cost is €5 per person.aftershool workshop poster

To book a place click HERE

This workshop will focus on after-school environments, activities and best practice and is suitable for all individuals who work with children aged 5 years and upwards.

This training is open individuals who work with children in early years settings in the county of Offaly only. Maximum of 3 places per childcare service.

Early Years Network - Saturday 17th November

Early Years Network will take place on Saturday 17th November 2018 in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore from 4.00pm to 7.00pm.Early Years Network poster

This networking event welcomes all individuals working in the Early Years Sector in Offaly to come together to share and celebrate best practice over AFTERNOON TEA.

It is an opportunity to meet and network with other Early Years Professionals in the County.
Afternoon Tea followed by light entertainment.

Individuals are invited to display and share samples of best practice from their own Early Years Service.

To book into this please click HERE 



Compliance Announcement 2018/2019 Programme cycle:

Unannounced compliance visits will commence in October 2018 and continue to the end of August 2019. Note: Services operating ECCE only sessions will not be visited outside of the ECCE PobalLogo
programme cycle.

As previously, the compliance process will involve a series of standardised on-site checks aimed at ensuring adherence with certain programme rules and contract conditions as set out by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA). To ensure compliance with each programmes requirements, services must familiarise themselves with the following:
· Relevant programme Grant Funding Agreements
· Rules for DCYA Childcare Funding Programmes (including Appendix 2 “Good Practice Guide - Attendance records”)
· PIP “How to” Guides
· Announcements available on the PIP Portal (and Pobal and DCYA websites).
· Letter from the DCYA for CCS services 2018 regarding the snapshot window.

Compliance visits will comprise checks on records held on site in respect of the following Early Years Programmes i.e.
· Free Pre-school Year in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme
· Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programmes
· Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme
· Community Childcare Subvention (Plus) including Universal (CCSP/U) Programme
· Community Childcare Subvention Resettlement/ Transitional (CCSR (T)) Programmes

It is advised that services prepare for an unannounced compliance visit by collating relevant information for review e.g. in a Compliance Folder/File which can be made readily available to the Visit Officer on arrival. This will ensure minimum disruption and expedite the compliance visit. It is acknowledged that some services file their records in alternative ways which is acceptable, but it should be noted that records must be available to enable the Visit officer to complete the compliance visit in a reasonable timescale. In this regard we request that there is always a staff member on site with access to the Compliance Folder / records in the event of an unannounced visit. Please only maintain compliance related information in the Compliance Folder.
Please see the link to the Service Provider Checklist 2018-2019 which is available on the PIP Portal, to assist services in collating the relevant information to meet compliance requirements. Please note that this checklist contains a separate section for each of the Early Years programmes.

Parental Seminar

The National Council for Special Education is hosting a brief seminar for parents on Wednesday 28th November 2018 at the Offaly Centre for Independent Living, Tullamore at 10.30am.   

NCSE parental seminar

PIP Portal Enhancements

Further to our announcement on the PIP Portal Enhancements, a PIP Portal User Guide is now available to view.

We encourage you to pay particular attention to the ‘Funding’ section of the portal, as a number of changes have been introduced to provide more visibility of the financial information related to your active programmes and payments. An infographic is also available which explains how Pobal calculates payments for DCYA Childcare Funding Programmes (ECCE, CCS/P and TEC).

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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