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

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DCEDIY notice on Parental Declarations

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) wish to advise that Service Providers can again accept confirmation of the acceptance DCEDIY logo of the ECCE, NCS and CCSP Savers ‘Parental Declarations’ by the relevant parent either by email or by hard copy. This is the written agreement between the parent and the Service Provider.

Parents should be given the option of physically signing the agreement or agreeing to it by email. Parents who wish to avail of the email option should:

• be advised that in regard to data protection, the use of email is a less secure option as this will involve the sharing of personal data over the internet via emails,
• be asked to reconfirm the appropriate email address to use.

The Service Provider should ensure that the correct Parental Declaration issues via the reconfirmed email address to the appropriate family. Providers are reminded that they agree to only process shared personal data for the implementation of the relevant DCEDIY childcare programme.

Parents opting for the email option should be asked to respond to your Parental Declaration email and it should be clear from the email chain that the parents agree to what is set out in their Parental Declaration document. Please see below for instruction on how to email the Parental Declaration.

ECCE – You will have the option to print a Parental Declaration form for each ECCE registration on the Early Years Hive. At this point, choose to save the file on your desktop. This can then be emailed to the parent.

NCS – there is no automated parental agreement available for NCS. Please see this guide on how to create such an agreement. Once you have your template, you can email it to the parent. Please note that a signed copy of the Parental Agreement is required by legislation for NCS.

CCSP Saver - You will have the option to print a Parental Declaration form for each CCSP Saver registration on the PIP Portal. At this point, choose to save the file on your desktop. This can then be emailed to the parent.

Thank you,
Early Years Team

Change to Service Ref. Number

Dear Service Provider,PIP and HIVE

The code used to identify ELC and SAC services, formally known as the DCYA Ref. Number, has now changed to the Service Ref. Number.

Going forward, you will be asked for your Service Ref. Number when contacting the EYPC and you may have encountered this already.

This change has already automatically taken place on the Early Years Hive and will shortly be occurring on the PIP Portal. There is no action required from service providers except be aware of the new name.

Thank you,
Early Years Team

Minister O’Gorman launches National Quality Guidelines for School-Age Childcare Services

Minister O’Gorman launches National Quality Guidelines for School-Age Childcare ServicesNational Quality Guidelines for School Age Childcare Services

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., has launched National Quality Guidelines for School-Age Childcare Services.

The National Quality Guidelines describe the features of good quality practice in childcare services for school-age children, including both after-school and holiday childcare services. The National Quality Guidelines will be an important resource for the diverse range of services that provide school-age childcare in Ireland today.

This publication is the output of a Working Group set up by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in line with the first action identified in the Action Plan for School Age Childcare (2017). The Working Group brought together stakeholders and experts in school-age childcare, who worked intensively over an extended period to develop the Guidelines.

These National Quality Guidelines will assist, guide and inspire school-age childcare services to reach beyond the minimum standards set out in regulations. The Guidelines give central importance to children’s rights, child protection and welfare, equality and diversity, and environmentalism.

Speaking at today’s webinar launch, Minister O’Gorman said:

“I warmly welcome the publication of the National Quality Guidelines. These Guidelines will support school-age childcare providers and practitioners to give the best possible care for children.

“We all want to see childcare places that children will look forward to attending, and the guidelines published today will help achieve that. I would like to thank the Working Group for the effort and care they gave to produce this important resource.”

Consultation played a key part in the development of these guidelines. It included a consultation with children in 2016, a consultation with parents and providers in 2019, and a testing of the final draft Guidelines with a number of providers in 2020.

Minister O’Gorman also today published a report on the public consultation that took place to inform the development of comprehensive regulations and quality standards for school-age childcare. The process included an opportunity for public input into an earlier draft of the quality guidelines.

Minister O’Gorman added:

“The publication of the National Quality Guidelines recognises the importance of school-age childcare in the lives of children and families. The consultation process we carried out is part of our commitment to listen to those involved in school-age childcare and ensure that their voice informs new policy”.

The National Quality Guidelines for School Age Childcare Services are available here.

Plans for the roll-out, and training in the use, of the National Quality Guidelines will be announced over the coming months.

Funding for Parent & Toddler Groups

Parent & Toddler Group Initiative Grants 2022

    Applications for the Parent & Toddler Grants 2022 are now CLOSED     

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Tracey Buckley Childcare Resource Library

pic for library April 19th 2012, Offaly County Childcare Committee re-dedicated its Childcare Resource Library to the memory of our friend and colleague, Tracey Buckley, who sadly passed away at the age of 31, in February 2011. Tracey worked with Offaly County Childcare Committee as Clerical Support Worker for four years. One of Tracey's actions was to stock and catalogue the Resource Centre. The Childcare Resource Library will be a permanent reminder of Tracey's dedication to her work and will provide services and students in the county with an invaluable resource.

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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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