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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 Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Capital 2019 Application Announcement


PobalLogoThe application process for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Capital 2019 is now midway to the closing date of 27th March 2019.

For any services who wish to apply, we encourage applications to be submitted as soon as possible in order to avoid any technical issues.

Please note our lines are always very busy approaching the Deadline day. Any issues or queries raised with the Online Support team on Friday 22nd March 2019 may not be resolved before the 3pm application submission deadline and may impact on you being able to complete/submit your application in time for the deadline.

Minister Zappone Welcomes Positive Response to the National Childcare Scheme

Minister Zappone Welcomes Positive Response to the National Childcare SchemeNational Childcare Scheme Logo

Saturday March 16th 2019

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has today welcomed the news of the overwhelmingly positive response to the new National Childcare Scheme, the pathway to quality, affordable, accessible Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare.

A huge year for childcare in Ireland, a nationwide Communications Campaign is now underway to raise awareness and help both parents and providers to prepare for the National Childcare Scheme’s opening in October. The Scheme's website, www.ncs.gov.ie went live on Monday 11th of March, and with over 23,000 hits so far is already proving hugely popular.

The website contains tailored information for families looking to access the Scheme and providers interested in participating, with dedicated parent and provider pages. Information leaflets, detailed booklets and a range of Frequently Asked Questions have been published and are available to download. More resources will be added in the coming weeks, including an Irish language version, instructional videos and how-to guides.

Initial analytics indicate a relatively even split in gender engagement with the website, which currently stands at 46% female to 54% male, while the age demographic is 60% 18-34 year olds.

Nationwide training sessions on the National Childcare Scheme for service providers begin on the 25th of March, and places can be booked now via the website. There are currently 185 events listed by region with more being added regularly, and over 2000 bookings have already been made.

RSA - Check it Fits is coming to Offaly

The Check it Fits service is quick, it’s easy, it’s free.Offaly Social Media Check It Fits

On the day our experts will advise on how to fix any problem, demonstrate how to fit the restraint correctly and answer any queries participants might have. Our experts aim to put parent’s, grandparent’s and guardian’s minds at ease that their child’s car seat is safely and securely fitted in their car.

 

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The Bridge Centre  Bridge Street Tullamore 10 April 2019 10.00am – 5.30pm
 
 

National Childcare Scheme Information Sessions for childcare services in Offaly

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Care and School-Age Childcare in Ireland.

Information sessions will be held during April and May for childcare providers in Offaly, these sessions will cover the rules of the scheme and their practical application, as well as compliance requirements for Providers who choose to participate.

To book into an Information Session please click on your chosen date below: 

National Childcare Scheme Information Session: Tullamore 8th April

National Childcare Scheme Information Session: Tullamore 30th April

National Childcare Scheme Information Session: Birr 8th May

National Childcare Scheme Information Session: Tullamore 13th May

National Childcare Scheme : Minister launches the National Childcare Scheme for Ireland

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Additional Transition Support Payment announced for childcare providers

Monday 11th March 2019

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has today announced the launch of the National Childcare Scheme, the pathway to quality, accessible, affordable Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare in Ireland. Announcing the Scheme, Minister Zappone noted:

“In 2017 we began to build a radical new system of financial support towards the cost of childcare under the working title of the Affordable Childcare Scheme. Today, with the scheme now in sight, we are launching it under its new name- the National Childcare Scheme.

The National Childcare Scheme is a landmark new Scheme for Ireland. It is the first ever statutory entitlement to financial support for childcare. Through this entitlement, the National Childcare Scheme aims to improve children's outcomes, support lifelong learning, reduce child poverty and tangibly reduce the cost of quality childcare for thousands of families across Ireland.”

The Minister also announced a national Communications Campaign for the Scheme to raise awareness and help both parents and providers to prepare for the Scheme’s opening in October. The campaign includes:

The launch of a new website-www.ncs.gov.ie
The publication of a range of information resources, including general information leaflets, detailed booklets and Frequently Asked Questions. Further resources, such as online videos, ‘how to guides’ and a useful childcare subsidy calculator, will be added in the months ahead

  • A dedicated helpline from April onwards for parents who have queries in relation to the new Scheme
  • A nationwide training programme for providers, providing over 12,500 training places across 600 venues, with webinars and e-learning options also available (available to book via Eventbrite from today)
  • A media campaign in May encouraging parents to get a MyGovID verified account so that they can access the Scheme in the fastest, most user-friendly way
  • A major information campaign in September and October

An overview of the timeline of key events taking place between March and October 2019 will be available on the new website- www.ncs.gov.ie

The Minister was joined at the launch by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, T.D. Speaking at the launch, An Taoiseach said:

“This Government is making life easier for families. We’ve introduced paid paternity leave for dads, increased maternity benefit, extended free pre-school to 2 years for all children, reduced the amount of income tax paid by middle income families, made free GP care available to more families and we’ll be bringing in paid parental benefit for the first time later this year.

“We realise that childcare costs are a huge financial burden on families, so we want to make it easier and more affordable to access high quality childcare. The cost of childcare can act as a barrier to parents to want to return to work, but who are worried about how much it will cost to do so. It can also be obstacle to parents who want to take up education and training.

“The National Childcare Scheme will change that by providing universal and income-linked subsidies. As well as helping parents it will of course help us to achieve better outcomes for children.”

Recognising the central role of childcare providers, the Minister also announced a once-off Transition Support Payment which will be paid to all providers who participate in the Scheme. The payment acknowledges the work involved in the initial transition period when both the new Scheme and the old legacy programmes will briefly run side by side. In announcing the payment, the Minister also emphasised her gratitude for the dedication and commitment demonstrated by those in the Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare sector.

Under the National Childcare Scheme, families will be supported to meet the cost of quality childcare through a system of universal and income-related subsides. Additional funding provided under Budget 2019 ensures an even greater number of families will now benefit from the Scheme when it opens. The significant increase in the top net income threshold to €60,000 net income per year means that an estimated 7,500 additional children will benefit from the Scheme, with over 40,000 other children, already eligible, seeing increases to their subsidies.

The National Childcare Scheme is paving the way for Ireland’s childcare system to transform from one of the most expensive in the world into one of the very best.

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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