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

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Updated CCSP Saver Programme Rules 2020/2021

Updated CCSP Saver Programme Rules 2020/2021saver programme version 2

Dear Service Provider,

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs have updated the CCSP Saver Programme Rules 2020 Version 2 for the 2020/2021 programme year.

Key points are:

  1. the addition of the PUP under eligibility
  2. a Saver retaining their status provided they are in attendance and registered on PIP by the 13th August 2021
  3. the option of the use of email as confirmation for a range of documents
  4. an update of the rules for services who open for 37 weeks
  5. an update for the 50 plus week attendance rule

It is essential that all Early Learning Care and School Aged Childcare Services familiarise themselves with all the updates for the 2020/2021 CCSP Saver Programme Rules. If you require further clarification, please contact your local CCC.

Early Years Team

Minister O’Gorman launches the publication of ‘How’s Your Head – Young Voices during COVID-19’, a national consultation with young people on mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19

Minister O’Gorman launches the publication of ‘How’s Your Head – Young Voices during COVID-19’, a national consultation withHows your head
young people on mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19

A new report from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs has found that the Covid-19 pandemic has had negative effects on young people’s health and wellbeing, especially amongst marginalised groups.

The report, based on the findings of research undertaken by SpunOut and the Department’s Youth Advisory Group, shows how young people struggled with being separated from their friends, and faced significant mental health impacts as a result of Covid-19 and the restrictions.

The report found that:

  • Missing friends was most commonly cited as a challenge faced during Covid-19 (cited by 35% of respondents), followed by impact on health (20%), school/college problems (18%), and cabin fever (16%)
  • Young people’s feelings towards the future were mixed. Over one third of respondents reporting optimism for the future. However, negative feelings such as anxiety, uncertainty, pessimism and fear were also common
  • Young people mentioned a range of positives that they wished to take forward, including maintaining a healthy lifestyle, self-care, quality family time and relief from pressure of commutes and school or college. However, almost one in ten respondents were unable to name any positives.

On the publication of the report, the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman TD said:

“Young people have faced profound and unique challenges throughout the Covid-19 restrictions. Yet despite schools closing, separation from friends and family, and economic uncertainty, they have shown remarkable resilience. We have a generation of young people who are rising to the challenges posed by Covid-19.

“I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the research, and to SpunOut for facilitating the work. As the Recovery and Resilience Plan sets out, supporting young people is not merely a whole of of society task. My Department is committed to playing a lead role on this as we look to overcome the challenges ahead.”

The Department’s Youth Advisory Group, which was invited to respond to the consultation findings, expressed the need for more empathy and compassion towards young people, and felt that young people overall have been unfairly scapegoated for spikes in COVID-19 cases.

The Advisory Group said that, now more than ever, mental health services, educational institutions, and youth services need to work together, so that each is aware of the challenges young people have been facing and can help ease them back into everyday life in the next stage of the pandemic and beyond.

A copy of the report is 

ELC & SAC COVID-19 Sustainability Support Fund is now open for applications

ELC & SAC COVID-19 Sustainability Support Fund is now open for applications sustainability fund

Dear Provider

Further to the Press Release published on Saturday 25th July where Minister Roderic O’Gorman announced a number of funding measures as part of the July Stimulus Funding Package for Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School-Age Childcare (SAC), the DCYA are pleased to inform you that the ELC & SAC COVID-19 Sustainability Support Fund is now open for applications.

This funding is accessible to providers (not-for-profit and for-profit) who can demonstrate that the other measures available as part of the July Stimulus Package are not sufficient by themselves to enable viable operations of their business. Further information in relation to eligibility is available in the Guidelines.

The Application Form, Workbook, and Applicant Guidelines for the ELC & SAC COVID-19 Sustainability Support Fund are available on the Hive and can be accessed here: https://earlyyearshive.ncs.gov.ie/useful-links/.

Support for Service Providers in relation to the completion of the Application Form and Workbook is available via the local City and County Childcare Committees. Contact details can be found in the Guidelines document. Pobal EYPC will not be providing support within this context except where queries relate to accessing the Hive.

Kind Regards
Early Years Team

‘Let’s talk’ - A series of conversations with Dr. Colman Noctor

NPC presents ‘Let’s talk’ - A series of conversations with Dr. Colman NoctorNPC talk advert

Dr. Colman Noctor, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, in a series of four sessions, which will be held each Wednesday in October, will provide support for parents looking at the following:

  • Let’s talk about connecting with your child - 7th October
  • Let’s talk about helping anxious children - 14th October
  • Let’s talk about your child’s online life - 21st October
  • Let’s talk about building your child’s social savvy - 28th October

Each of the four sessions will last for 40 minutes beginning at 8pm and they will be interactive giving parents an opportunity to ask questions.

All sessions will be online and FREE of charge.

You can register to attend one or all of these sessions by clicking this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Lets_talk_a_series_of_conversations_with_Dr_Colman_Noctor or by calling 01-8874034

Booking in advance is essential, as places are limited and will be issued on a first come first served basis.

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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