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

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FREE Triple P Positive Parenting Group Programme in the Midlands

TriplePLogoJanuary / February 2017 schedule: FREE Triple P Positive Parenting Group Programme in the Midlands

Midland Area Parenting Partnership are delivering the FREE 7 week Triple P Positive Parenting Group Programme to parents of children aged 10 years and younger and for parents of teenagers 11 years to 15 years. The details of all programmes and exact locations are on the Triple P Website. Please circulate this information to parents you work with, friends and to colleagues who work with parents of children/teenager year in the Midlands. To book a place or for further information, please contact the Athlone Office at 090 64 47111 .

Triple P is a multi-level suite of programmes and we deliver the following in Laois Offaly Longford and Westmeath:
• Seminars (Level 2) mostly in schools to support transition of children from preschool to primary schools and for children going from 6th class to 1st year. Over 50% of national and secondary schools in the midlands are delivering these seminars in schools as part of the parents enrolment/induction process.
• Workshops (Level 3) are 2 hour stand alone topic based workshops which are delivered in community locations across the midlands for the younger aged children
• Group (Level 4) is our 7 week general positive parenting programme which runs for 2 hours each week for 4 weeks with 2 weeks of phone-call support and a final 2 hour session for both parents of children 10 years and younger and parents of teenagers aged 11 – 15 years.

This is our public calendar for all parents, we also deliver closed workshops and groups to parents in specific areas or that have specific or high level of need. We do not advertise the closed workshops or groups as they are only available to these parents. If you would like to know more about the closed delivery or have a group of parents you are working with who might be interested in this you can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 090 6447111.

OFFALY Date and Time Venue
Group Teen Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:30 – 21:30 Sub Project, Main St, Birr
Group 10 yrs and younger Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:00 – 12:00 Sub Project, Main St, Birr
Group 10 yrs and younger Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:30 – 21:30  Tullamore Community & Family Resource Centre, Arden Rd.
Group Teen Thurs, 23 Feb 2017 10:00 – 12:00 Tullamore Community & Family Resource Centre, Arden Rd.
Group Teen Mon, 6 Mar 2017 19:30 – 21:30 Clara Family Resource Centre, River St, Clara.

Latest Early Years Sector Profile Published

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, recently launched the Early Years, Service Profile, 2015/2016.

The document provides a comprehensive national analysis of the 4,300 services providing early childhood care and education in Ireland. The data is collated by Pobal in conjunction with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Some of the findings in the report:
Attendance: An estimated 171,200 children attended early years services in Ireland during 2015/2016.
Free Preschool Year: The number of children availing of the free pre-school year grew by 16% between 2014/2015 and 2015/2016.
Fees: The average cost of a full-time place was €167.03 per week, €0.16c less than in 2014/2015. The average cost of a part-time place was €99.18 per week, €3.82 higher than in the previous year.
Staff: It is estimated that 25,700 staff work in the childcare sector in Ireland, of which half are employed on a part-time basis

Speaking about the report, Minister Zappone said;
"The publication of this information is particularly timely. At the moment, the sector is undergoing a period of significant policy change and development. It is vital that these changes are underpinned by accurate, reliable information.

I have no doubt that the information contained in this report will help inform the Department’s policy development so that we can meet the goal of providing affordable, quality and accessible childcare for all.”

Read the Report

To supplement the report, Pobal have developed a range of interactive dashboards. These dashboards reflect a range of topics covered in the report and allow readers, for the first time, access data and information at county level.

Click HERE to view the dasboards

Open Policy Debate on the National Early Years Strategy

dcyalogoThe Minister for Children and Youth Affairs hosted an Open Policy Debate on the National Early Years Strategy, at Iveagh House in Dublin on Wednesday 7th December. The event, which brought together more than 80 experts, practitioners and stakeholders, was a key step in the development of Ireland’s first ever national strategy for young children.

The event provided an opportunity to take stock of the ongoing work on the Strategy, and to invite reflection, comments and feedback from representatives of the wide range of sectors that are concerned with early years (0-6 years).

In preparing the Strategy, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs intends to take whole-of-Government approach. Today’s Open Policy Debate therefore brought together representatives from the fields of health, education, early childhood care and education, child protection, housing, community, social protection and social inclusion. Participants included parents’ organisations, statutory and non-statutory organisations and advocacy groups, trade union and business representatives, and Government departments.

The Strategy will take account of the report of the Expert Advisory Group on the Early Years Strategy, Right from the Start, as well as more recent policy developments and Programme for Government commitments. It will also be informed by a consultation which the Department of Children and Youth Affairs has undertaken with children aged 3-5, and by the Open Policy Debate.

Speaking at the Open Policy Debate, Dr Katherine Zappone, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, said, “Early childhood is a time of life which matters deeply in its own right, but it is also a crucial phase of human development when the foundations for the future are laid. What happens in a person’s early years has lifelong effects on their health, wellbeing, social, educational and economic outlook.”

Minister Zappone continued, “In supporting early childhood, we have the potential to change the life chances of an individual for the better and, beyond that, to change all of society – to make it more inclusive, resilient, healthy and hopeful.”

The Open Policy Debate was also addressed by the Taoiseach, who affirmed that “Protecting and promoting the rights of our youngest citizens and providing high-quality and integrated services for children, young people and their parents is a responsibility that I take very seriously.” Reflecting on the theme of Ireland’s centenary year (‘remember, reflect and reimagine’), he also highlighted the opportunity presented by the Early Years Strategy to reimagine the future and work towards a society which supports current and future generations of young Irish citizens to blossom and flourish.

National Healthy Cities and Counties of Ireland Network

Offaly County Childcare Committee is delighted to be part of Offaly's involvement in the National Healthy Cities and Counties of Ireland Network.

On 29th November Minister for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, TD, launched the National Healthy Cities and Counties of Ireland Network and presented certificates of accreditation to the Network members.

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Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme

CCS 2016/2017 Band ApprovalPobalLogo

The CCS band appeals process will be open between Monday 5th December and Friday 20th January 2017. Please ensure you submit supporting documentation with your appeal.

Q: What if I already submitted supporting documentation with the registration?

Please check the registration on PIP:

- A comment in your registration stating ‘DSP documents have been submitted with this registration & will be reviewed shortly’ means that the documentation will be checked by Pobal staff over the coming weeks and you don’t have to do anything until contacted. i.e. you don’t have to submit an appeal. Please review your dashboard on the PIP portal for updates.
- If there is no comment then the band approved will apply, unless an appeal is submitted.

An appeals guideline is available at the following link to help you through the appeals process. To access this please click HERE .

CCS Payments:

Please be advised that the CCS payment to be made week ending the 9th December will be based on the approved* registrations following the publication of the CCS bands at the end of this week.

If you have any further queries please contact online support by telephone on 01 511 7222 or by email to 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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