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

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Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) Pilot Project

The Department of Education and Skills is looking to select two early learning and care settings to participate in a pilot project which will run over three years with the aim to improve learnerPobalLogo
competence, confidence and disposition to Irish in English-medium schools and early learning and care settings. The approach being piloted (CLIL) provides for the delivery of aspects of the curriculum through a language that is not the medium of instruction in the school. The settings must be participating in the ECCE programme and implementing the Aistear curriculum framework.

As part of the project, CPD resources and training will be provided to participating settings. If you are interested in learning more about this project and applying to participate, you will find the application form and further information at the following link:

REMINDER: NCS TSP applications closing

REMINDER: NCS TSP applications closing PobalLogo

This is a reminder to Service Providers that the closing date for online applications to the National Childcare Scheme Transition Support Payment Fund (NCS TSP) is 13th September 2019 @3pm

In order to apply for NCS TSP, Service Providers must have an activated NCS 2019 contract on PIP.

Late applications past this date will not be accepted, under any circumstances.


PIP Announcement – CPD Training

We will be rolling out further rounds of Hanen Teacher Talk training in September partnering with Teacher Education Centres around the country. Invitations will be sent to settings with Better Start
children receiving AIM support over the last 6 months. Courses will run in Cork City, Cavan, Tipperary, Fingal, Dublin West and Limerick. Invitations will be sent out over the coming week.
Lámh training will also be offered, again partnering with the Teacher Education Centres across the country. We will be prioritizing those services that have children attending their setting that are currently using Lámh. If you have children in your service that are Lámh users, please reach out to your Better Start Early Years Specialist regarding the training.
Please note that each staff member can only avail of a maximum of 18 hours of paid CPD training per calendar year. In the case where one staff member has already completed Hanen training (18 hours), they can attend Lámh training but will NOT be reimbursed. If staff have already completed Aistear & Play Training (12.5 hours), they can attend Hanen or Lámh but will only be reimbursed for the remaining 5.5 hours. Payments will be made to the employer/ childcare setting and NOT to the individual.
Invites are sent directly to relevant services via Eventbrite and services will be offered up to 2 spaces on Hanen Teacher Talk training. Services will be offered 1 space on Lámh courses. The dates may coincide with some LINC training dates, as this will encourage take up and build capacity among other staff. Further info if required from: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Minister Zappone launches Draft Childminding Action Plan

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29th August 2019

  • Draft Action Plan sets out proposals for improving access to high quality and affordable early learning and care and school-age childcare through childminding
  • Proposals to extend supports and regulation to all paid, non-relative childminders, with a phased approach to reforms
  • Public consultation process launched: includes call for submissions; online survey and focus groups of childminders

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, today launched the Draft Childminding Action Plan, for the purpose of public consultation. The Draft Action Plan sets out proposals for improving access to high quality and affordable early learning and care and school-age childcare through childminding.

As well as publishing the Draft Action Plan, the Minister also launched a public consultation process on the proposals. She invites childminders, parents, other stakeholders and anyone interested in childminding to share their views. A call for submissions and online survey are available from today on the Department’s website (, and a number of focus groups of childminders will take place over the coming weeks.

Work on the proposals began in 2016 when Minister Zappone established the Working Group on Reforms and Supports for the Childminding Sector. The Working Group submitted a report of recommendations to the Minister in March 2018. The Draft Action Plan being launched today is firmly rooted in the Working Group report. In line with the recommendations, the Draft Action Plan proposes to extend supports and regulation to all paid, non-relative childminders, with a phased approach to reforms. The Draft Action Plan extends over a 10-year period.

Childminding offers many benefits to children and parents, but currently receives little formal recognition by the State. Despite its many advantages and its continued popularity among parents, it has remained largely unfunded, unsupported and unregulated.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Zappone said, “Childminding is of huge importance to children, to parents, to our economy, and to our society. However, it has not received the support it deserves in our public funding or our system of regulation. This Draft Action Plan aims to address this. It recognises the valuable work that childminders do and aims to ensure they can access the supports they need. The Draft Action Plan sets out positive reform proposals to bring childminding into the mainstream of support, funding and regulation .”

A cornerstone of the Draft Action Plan is recognition of the differences between childminding and centre-based provision of early learning and care and school-age childcare. Given the home and family setting in which childminders operate, the Draft Childminding Action Plan proposes the development of childminder-specific Regulations. These should be proportionate and appropriate to the home setting. The Regulations will also outline the development of bespoke training and qualifications for childminders.

A key benefit of the proposal to bring childminding into the scope of regulation is that it will allow parents who use childminders to access subsidies under the National Childcare Scheme, which will require use of Tusla-registered service providers. In this way the Draft Plan aims to support parental choice in type of provider of early learning and care and school-age childcare.

The Draft Action Plan proposes that a transition phase will allow childminders to take part in the National Childcare Scheme at the earliest possible opportunity, provided they have completed initial training requirements and meet other core regulatory requirements (e.g. Garda vetting, first aid) and go on to complete further training over a period of years. The level of training / qualifications to be required has not yet been determined and is a key focus of the consultation process launched today.

The Draft Action Plan mainly addresses childminders who work in their own homes, who are self-employed. It does not propose to regulate those who work in the children’s homes, who are regarded as employees of the children’s parents (who may be “nannies” or au pairs). The Draft Action Plan does, however, propose to develop resources in relation to the use of nannies or au pairs, including information for parents.

There is no intention to extend regulation to those who care for children who are related to them.

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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