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

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Expansion of the CCS Programme: Community/Not-for Profit Childcare Services can now apply for CCS Plus

dcyalogoThe Department of Children and Youth Affairs has announced the expansion of the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme to Community/Not-for Profit Childcare Services which will enable community services to enrol new children not currently on the CCS programme.

What is CCS Plus?
The CCS Private Contract is being rebranded the CCS Plus Contract and is effective from 2 January 2017. This will allow Community/Not-for-Profit Childcare Providers to make child registrations for those attending the service and are eligible from 2 January 2017 onwards under CCS Plus (CCSP) once they enter into contract. Community/Not-for-Profit Childcare Providers can operate both the CCS and CCS Plus programme. 

What it means for parents:
• Parents who enrolled their child/children in a community based service after the snapshot month can now access a childcare place from January 2nd 2017.
• Increase a child’s level of service, for example, a child currently attending 2 days can increase to 5 days.
• Apply for change in CCS eligibility, if a parents entitlement circumstances has changed, for example child currently accessing Band B but due to new circumstances is now entitled to band A.
• Enrol ECCE children for weeks the ECCE programme does not apply i.e. Easter and Summer holidays once the service is open.

What are the notable differences between CCS and CCS Plus (CCSP)?
• Registrations under CCS Plus may be entered at any time (from 2 January 2017) and are not limited to the snapshot period.
• If a child leaves the CCS Plus the parent must give 2 weeks’ notice as is also the timeframe for children being absent
• Please note that for 50 to 52 week CCS services, only weeks the service is open are paid for under the CCSP programme.
• CCSP eligibility must be attached to each registration showing the proof of eligibility within 1 month prior to or during the child’s start week on the registration. Medical and GP visit cards must be valid at child’s registration start week.
• Each CCSP registration is manually processed and is not sent for verification to the Department of Social Protection and HSE.
• Please note: If a parent was funded under CCS last September and wishes to withdraw from CCS due to increase in level of service or change in circumstance funding must be released from CCS first before entering CCSP.

Is the CCS Plus available now?
This process is currently being developed on PIP but is due out in early March. Updated notices will be issued closer to the time along with updated How to Guides on CCSP.

For further details click here CCS Plus

Child Protection Refresher - 16th February is CANCELLED

Please note the Child Protection Refresher training has been cancelled due to low numbers.  Both the refreshers due to take place in March and April are filling up fast.  

For further information on Child Protection training please contact Sheena on 057 9135878.

Minister Zappone publishes Heads of Bill on new Affordable Childcare Scheme

dcyalogoAffordable quality childcare is another step closer as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone today(30th January 2017) published Heads of Bill and General Scheme to allow for a radical new approach.

The Affordable Childcare Scheme, which was announced as part of Budget 2017, aims to make childcare more accessible for families, by providing universal subsidies for all children under 3 and targeted subsidies, based on net parental income, for children up to 15 years.

Announcing the publication, Minister Zappone said, “Our timelines and goals are ambitious to turn Irish childcare around from being one of the most expensive in the world to the best – however we continue to make steady progress.

I know that parents who face costly childcare, and those who simply cannot afford it, are carefully watching our progress. Their needs and the needs of children lie at the very centre of our proposals.  We are working hard to ensure the legislation and the IT infrastructure are in place and that full information on the scheme will be available in good time.”

Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs, Jim Daly TD, added:“This is a further demonstration of the commitment of this Government to assist working class people to cope with the costs of raising a family. This scheme will provide payments of up to €1000 per year for families at all income levels, with higher rates of subsidy for families with lower incomes, and will greatly ease the burden on parents.

I look forward to its speedy passage through the Oireachtas and will continue to work closely with Minister Zappone and her officials to ensure every assistance is provided to parents who are struggling with child care costs.”

Work will now commence on turning the Heads of Bill into legislation, which the Government has prioritised with a view to having the legislation enacted prior to the opening of the scheme later this year.

Click on the links below for the Heads of Bill along with Questins and Answers.

Affordable Childcare Scheme - Heads of Bill and General Scheme

Q & A on the Affordable Childcare Scheme

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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