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

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Progress in Childcare, Child protection and LGBTI Rights all recognised in Children’s Report Card 2019

Statement by Minister Katherine Zappone
Tuesday 26th February 201919875672 1337059526348124 484620879276509836 n
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone welcomes the acknowledgement of significant progress made in Childcare, Child Protection and LGBTI Rights policy in the 2019 Report Card by the Children’s Rights Alliance.
Minister Zappone says the Report Card is an important contribution which helps inform policy on how we best protect, support and care for our children.
The Minister added:
“The past 12-months have been significant in policy areas right across my Department and the Report Card recognises this work.
Our children are more protected than ever before. The introduction of Mandatory Reporting together with the legal requirement for those working with children to have Child Safeguarding Statements has resulted in a B Grade in this area.
On Childcare 2019 will be a huge year with the start of the Affordable Childcare Scheme. In the coming days I will be giving updates on the roll out. I welcome the fact that the 117% increase in investment since 2015 is acknowledged with a C+ grading.
All our children are entitled to live free from bullying, harassment and inequality. Our National LGBTI+ Strategy is a world first and is a reality. The A- rating secured recognises the importance of this work.
I will study the Report Card in detail and work with Government colleagues to ensure other areas of policy continue to be advanced.”

AIM Level 1 Funding Reminder

Reminder to services to apply for LINC fundingPobalLogo

To avail of the increased ECCE capitation, eligible ECCE providers must apply annually and when a new Inclusion Co-ordinator commences in their ECCE setting. Entitlement to the increased capitation will not roll across the ECCE programme years.

Applications must be made through PIP and a signed and dated Inclusion Co-Ordinator declaration form attached.

2019 Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital Programmes

Application window open from today (25th February) to 3pm Wednesday 27th March 2019gRANTS
Funding for creation of new 0-3 year old places and school age places.

The application window for the 2019 Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes opened today, Monday 25th February 2019.

Applications for funding can be made through the Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP).

The window will remain open up to .

Decisions are expected to be delivered in June 2019.

The available strands of funding are as follows:

Strand A: Creation of new places for 0-3 year olds - €4.231m (max. €50,000 per grant).

Strand B: Fire Safety for community early learning and care services – €0.875m, (max. €15,000 per grant).

Strand C: Creation of new school age places - €1m (max. €20,000 per grant).

Both early learning and care and school age childcare providers are invited to apply.

Any interested parties are encouraged to contact their local City/County Childcare Committee (CCC) with any questions they may have about the process

Capital Grants Information Session Reminder

A Capital Grants Information Session will take place on Monday 4th March at 7.30pm in the Offaly Centre for Independent Living, Tullamore.  The session will cover the Capital Grant application process, who can apply, what is required for the application and deadlines.  This is workshop is FREE to providers in Offaly.  

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Capital Grants

Reminder- LINC Information Session

The LINC Information Session will take place on Wednesday 27th February at 7pm in the Offaly Centre for Independent Living for all those interested in finding out about the entryLINC Roadshow Facebook Post Image Offaly
requirements and other elements of relevace as well as how you can apply to get a place on the programme.  

To book a place please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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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