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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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Offaly Mental Health TALK Week 5th – 12th November 2016

OMHEventsOffaly Mental Health TALK Week (OMHTW) is now in its sixth year and will take place from Saturday 5th – 12th November. It is developed and delivered in collaboration with many community, voluntary, statutory and non-statutory agencies, all working together to promote positive mental health in Offaly. This year, we have another packed brochure of events which promote and encourage positive mental health, recovery after mental ill health and which support communities and individuals to become more suicide aware. 

A new venture in 2016 is the OMHTW Pop up Wellbeing Hub in the Bridge Centre, Tullamore. There will be a programme of activities based in the Pop up Wellbeing Hub from Tuesday 8th – Friday 11th November and will include information, talks and workshops on the services providing supports to the people of Offaly. 

The OMHTW working group encourage you, the people of Offaly, to attend the events that are happening around the county during OMHTW. We all experience everyday challenges that may cause us stress at times and in turn our mental health may be affected. We play a central role in supporting ourselves. To support ourselves we need to know what works for us and what we find useful. OMHTW is a great opportunity for us to expand our knowledge and gain insight to the services and supports that are available to us. The OMHTW Working Group is made up of many local supports and services in Offaly who pool their resources together to bring you a varied and interesting week of events.

Click here to find out more about the Pop Up Wellbeing Hub  Events Hub Poster

Click here to find full details on the events happening during the week  OMHTW Brochure

Consultation on new Affordable Childcare Scheme

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 The following statement has been released by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs regarding a public consultation in relation to the new Affordable Childcare Scheme. 

"Minister Zappone today (28th October 2016) published a policy paper on the new Affordable Childcare Scheme for Ireland and launched an online consultation process on the scheme.

The scheme, which was announced as part of Budget 2017, aims to make childcare more affordable and 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. The policy paper published today provides detail on the scheme and can be accessed here.

The Minister is launching a consultation on the detail of the new scheme. She invites everyone- parents, other family members, childcare providers, childminders, advocacy groups and anyone interested in the issues- to share their views. This feedback will then be used to refine specific design features of the new scheme to be introduced in September 2017, as well as informing future policy development. The online consultation can be accessed here or you can contact the Department of Children and Youth Affairs if you would like a paper copy posted out to you.

The consultation builds on a previous consultation held in April/ May 2015 on priorities for Government investment in childcare. This earlier consultation informed the 2015 Report of the Inter-Departmental Working Group: Future Investment in Childcare in Ireland and also the Policy Paper on the Affordable Childcare Scheme being published today."

Please click HERE for further details 

CCS registrations deadline - Extended

The CCS registeradeadline extendedtions for community based services has been extended to Tuesday 25th October. 

 Registerations must be submitted no later than 9pm on the 25th.  Service providers are asked to ensure all the relevant documentation is attached when making the registeration. 

 

Reminder: Fees Lists & Service Calendars

There has been a change to the Fees List & Service Calendar deadline.PobalLogo

The original deadline to submit the Fees Lists & Service Calendars was Friday, 7th October. Now, any services that have submitted Fees Lists & Service Calendars, but have not completed the process, will have until Friday, 4th November to complete it.

Fees List and Service Calendars that are in a ‘queried’ status must also be completed by the 4th November.

A Fees List and Service Calendar must be submitted for each DCYA Childcare Programme for which you are contracted, (ECCE, CCS/CCSP & TEC). Please contact your CCC for further support on completing your Fees List & Service Calendars.

Please log onto PIP to access the How to Guide for each programme.

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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