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

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Management & Leadership Training Programme September 2015

Managing an early years setting has become a daunting task. Excellent communication and leadership skills are required to deal with the needs of parents, staff, children and external agencies such as TUSLA, Pobal etc.

As a support to services Offaly CCC will organise a Management & Leadership programme for Managers and Leaders of services commencing on Monday 21st September and finishing on Monday 16th November. The programme will run out over eight weeks. The main purpose of the “Management and Leadership” Programme is to assist Managers face the challenges associated with effectively managing an early years’ service in an ever-changing, diverse and complex environment.

This programme focuses completely on the “personal development and improvement” aspects of management rather than policy and procedure implementation. The overarching purpose of the programme is to develop more confident, assertive and competent managers in the ECCE sector. Canavan & Byrne will deliver this programme in a very practical manner using real scenarios, exercises and case studies and will be highly relevant.

The programme will consist of 8 sessions x 3 hours per session under four broad topics of Leadership, Communication, Supervision and Motivation.

The programme is aimed at early years workers who have a role in leading and managing their service. The cost of the programme is €50 per participant. The programme will commence on Monday September 21st and end on Monday November 16th and will be based in Tullamore. A minimum of fifteen participants is needed for the programme to go ahead. Booking forms are available from Áine on 057 9135878.


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Funding for Parent & Toddler Groups

Parent & Toddler Group Initiative Grants 2018

The Parent & Toddler Grants Initiative for 2018 has been announced and Offaly County Childcare Committee has been allocated a budget of €3,898.

The grants scheme will run for the academic year September 2018 to June 2019. Because the grants will operate on an academic year the time frame for applications will be very tight. Applications will be sent to Parent & Toddler Group Contacts in August with a closing date of September 7th. Appraisals will take place on 12th September and Parent & Toddler Groups will know the outcome by week of September 17th. All grant contracts must be returned by November 16th to ensure groups are paid before the end of the financial year.

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Capital Grants


The Early Years Capital Grants Programme (EYC2015) is now closed for applications. Applications are currently being reviewed and all applicants will be notified by e-mail of the outcome of their application once the review and decision process is completed. Notification e-mails are expected to issue before the end of July 2015. 

Best of luck to all providers who submitted an application!



Story Sacks Available to Services


A Story Sack is a large cloth bag containing a favourite children's book with supporting materials to stimulate language activities and to make reading a memorable and enjoyable experience. We have lots of Story Sacks available for Services to take out on loan. Please contact us on 057-9135878 for further details and to borrow one of our Story Sacks.

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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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