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

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Guidance for staff in childcare and educational settings, including language schools about novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance for staff in childcare and educational settings, including language schools about novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) V1. HSE logo

This guidance will assist educational settings, including language schools, and childcare settings in providing advice for staff and host families on the following:

  • the novel coronavirus, COVID-19,
  • how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19,
  • what advice to give to individuals who have travelled from countries where COVID-19 is circulating within the last 14 days
  • what to do if someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 has been in a school or other educational setting, or is staying with a host family
  • what advice to give to individuals who have travelled from countries with ongoing transmission within the last 14 days
  • advice on how to clean /disinfect areas where there has been a case of COVID-19 in an educational or childcare setting

Please click on link to view the guidance in full:  Guidance for childcare and educational settings about COVID-19 V1.1, 05.03.2020

***Department of Children and Youth Affairs policy on service closures due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)***

***Department of Children and Youth Affairs policy on service closures due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)*** DCYA new logo

  • If a service is directed to close by the HSE, DCYA will approve closure on force majeure grounds, so that subvention will continue to be paid under all DCYA programmes, ECCE, NCS and the legacy schemes. The service will not be required to make up days for those closed due to approved force majeure.
  • If a service choose to close, without being directed to by the HSE, any application for force majeure will be considered on a case by case basis, in accordance with current practice. This policy is being kept under review and we will be guided by the HSE in the case of services which close due to concerns about COVID 19
  • If a parent chooses to keep a child at home due to illness or fear of illness the usual rules apply. Children can be absent for up to 4 weeks without a loss of funding for the service. If a child or their parent is ill, they can apply to their CCC for approval for an additional 8 weeks of subvention while the child is absent. If a child is absent for more than 4 weeks, without any illness, the CCCs will consider requests for continued funding on a case by case basis. If the absence is due to a parent keeping their child at home due to fear of illness, the CCCs may take this into consideration when considering the request.

Further guidance on this point will be issued in the coming weeks.

Reminder: Early Learning and Care & School Age Capital 2020 Programmes Application

Reminder: Early Learning and Care & School Age Capital 2020 Programmes ApplicationPobalLogo

Dear Service Provider,

The application process for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Capital 2020 is now open and will close 27th March 2020.

For any services who wish to apply, or who may have applications in Draft status, we encourage these 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 date. We strongly advise the submission of applications before the 27th March to ensure that any technical issues raised can be resolved.

Any issues or queries raised with the Early Years Provider Centre (EYPC) team after Wednesday 25th March 2020 may not be resolved before the 3pm application submission deadline and could impact you being able to complete/submit your application in time.

If you have any queries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 5117222.

Early Years Team

Saver Management Windows

Dear Service Provider,

Please be advised that the current Saver Management Window will be closing at midnight on Monday, 9th March. Please ensure that any and all required amendments are made to CCSP, CCSU, CCSRT, or TEC Registrations before this time.

Amendments to CCSP, CCSU, CCSRT, or TEC Registrations cannot be made after this time until the next Saver Management Window which will open on the 3rd of April.

Leavers and cancellations may be completed as usual at any time. Please see below the list of upcoming Saver Management Windows.

Saver Management Windows

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14th February, 2020 ​9th March, 2020
​3rd April, 2020 27th April, 2020
26th June, 2020 20th July, 2020

Early Years Team

Minister Zappone welcomes recognition of progress made in Children’s Rights Alliance Report Card

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Published: 3 March 2020
From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Progress reported under several headings, including subsidised & school-age childcare, childminding and educational disadvantage

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone today welcomed the recognition of significant progress made in areas including school-age childcare, childminding, and educational disadvantage in the 2020 Report Card by the Children’s Rights Alliance.

Minister Zappone recognises the Report Card plays an important role in highlighting how Government policy can best protect, support and care for our children.

Welcoming the report’s positive grade in relation to childcare, the Minister said:

“In the last five years, State investment in early learning and care and school-age childcare has increased by an unprecedented 141%. This funding has been used to remove barriers to access so that children can enrol and meaningfully participate in high-quality early learning and care and school-age childcare.

First 5: A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families 2019-2028, sets out an ambitious programme of work across Government Departments to improve the experiences and outcomes of children in Ireland from birth to age 5 across all aspects of their lives in the coming ten years. As the Report Card acknowledges, particular achievements in the last year include the introduction of the National Childcare Scheme, the draft Childminding Action Plan and the School-Age Childcare Regulations.

I welcome the very positive response to the new National Childcare Scheme - the introduction of this Scheme provides a robust, sustainable platform for future investment in childcare in Ireland. I have ensured that the Scheme is designed to be responsive to adjustments deemed necessary by Government. My Department will be monitoring the scheme closely to ensure it supports those most in need.”

With regard to the Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) service, the Minister welcomed the CRA’s support for the ongoing work of establishing the service. She shares the CRA’s view that law reform in this area has the potential to make a real impact to the lives of children. As noted by the CRA, it is now in the hands of the 33rd Dáil to ensure that the impetus is not lost and that priority is given to finalising legal reform in this area, and the Minister very much hopes that this will be the case.

Notwithstanding this progress, tackling issues around affordability, accessibility and quality provision of early learning and care remains a priority for the Department of Children & Youth Affairs. A number of important reform projects are underway to address these issues, including the development of a new Funding Model and a Workforce Development Plan.

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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