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

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Minister Zappone welcomes EU recommendation in relation to early years’ care and education “Work on affordable childcare has commenced”

dcyalogo“I welcome this recommendation. I agree that we need to do more. I believe that the steps we are taking to introduce more affordable childcare this September will have a significant impact on helping parents to take up jobs or go back to training and education.  For four years, we have received a recommendation in relation to childcare. This year it is being recommended that we enhance social infrastructure including quality childcare.

We are also being asked to deliver an integrated package of activation policies to increase employment prospects of low-skilled people and to address low work intensity of households”.  The Government has invested an additional €19m in childcare for 2017. As a result tens of thousands of children and their families will benefit from childcare subsidies.

From September, existing targeted childcare supports provided under the Community Childcare Subvention Scheme (CCS)will be enhanced significantly, some by up to 50%.  In the case of the top rate of CCS, the subsidy will rise from €95 per week to €145 per week. This is a meaningful increase. It will greatly help many families to return to education and employment.

In addition, all children from 6 months to 36 months in Tusla-registered childcare services will be eligible for some level of childcare support. Those in full time care will receive €80 per month towards the cost of their childcare. The financial supports will be provided directly to Tusla registered childcare providers. All Tusla-registered childcare providers, community and private, can sign up to provide these Schemes, ensuring accessibility throughout the country in a range of services to suit the needs of parents.

Information Campaign on Affordable Childcare
An information pack arrived in the letter boxes of thousands of childcare providers this week. Information roadshows throughout the country are starting in the coming weeks. A dedicated website went live on Friday. Currently it is providing information to help providers to access the system. It will be expanded over the coming weeks to provide information for parents.

Minister Zappone concluded “Whilst the €19m secured in Budget 2017 is a good start, much more must be done if we are truly to have affordable, accessible, quality childcare. It is clear more funding is needed so we can continue our radical new approach that improves both the affordability and quality of childcare simultaneously. The European Commission is correct. We do need to build our social infrastructure. We are putting the building blocks in place for this September. It is however only the start.

I am ambitious for childcare in Ireland. It has to be affordable. We have to provide good quality care. We also have to ensure that our workforce in the childcare sector is properly recognised for the important work done on a daily basis for our youngest citizens.  There are 14 commitments in the Programme for Government relating to this objective. We made a good start in Budget 2017. My focus is to make sure that Budget 2018 provides us with the funds to meet our ambition of moving from one of the most expensive countries in the world for childcare to one of the best.”

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Press Release launching the affordable

Bachelor of Arts Honours in Early Childhood Education & Care - Level 8 – Tullamore is now open for applications.

Bachelor of Arts Honours in Early Childhood Education & Care - Level 8 – Tullamore is now open for applications.

Application Forms:

Available from 18th May 2017. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for one.

Completed forms must be sent to:

Olivia Harvey,
Faculty for Lifelong Learning,
Institute of Technology Carlow,
Kilkenny Road,
Carlow R93 NN90

Or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date of Friday June 2nd 2017 at 1pm

Please note that application form in its entirety must be completed

Offer of places: Before 5pm on Friday 15th June via email

 Acceptance of place: Before 5pm Friday 22nd June via email

Deposits: Deposit of €300 must be paid before Friday 29th June. This will secure your place on the programme. All monies must be paid directly to IT Carlow

Childcare for children with disabilities – support scheme reopens “Accessibility vital in radical new approach to childcare”

dcyalogoApplications for supports for children with disabilities to enter the free pre-school programme in September are now being accepted, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

Announcing that the Access Inclusion Model programme (AIM) is now accepting new applications, Minister Zappone urged parents and pre-school providers to apply early to ensure supports can be put in place quickly.

The Minister says accessibility is a key strand of the radical new approach to childcare, which will also see More Affordable Childcare rolled out in September.

Under AIM, a suite of supports – universal and targeted – are available to ensure children with a disability can participate in, and benefit from free pre-school.

Speaking on Friday, the Minister said:

“We are embarking on a radical new approach which will transform our childcare from being one of the most expensive in the world to one of the best.

Accessibility, together with affordability and quality, is at the very centre of our approach.

The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) has transformed young lives by ensuring that children with disabilities can fully participate in the free pre-school programme.

Since I launched AIM last June, it has provided targeted support to 2,113 children in almost 3,500 instances.

Today, I am urging parents and pre-school providers who wish to avail of AIM to make their applications now so that they can plan for enrolments in September and importantly plan for a smooth and supported transition to pre-school for children with a disability.

I am committed to working towards a more vibrant, inclusive and tolerant society which supports all children, equally, to realise their potential – AIM is critical to delivering on this commitment”.

For further information on AIM, please visit


The deadline for the submission of applications to the School Aged Childcare Capital Programme 2017 has been further extended.

deadline extendedThe final date for applicants to submit an application is now 3pm, Wednesday the 17th May, 2017.

We are extending the deadline to facilitate services that wish to apply for new vehicles under SAC. If you have already submitted your form and want to now include a new vehicle, YOU MUST contact Pobal online support at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before COB (5pm) on Monday the 15th of May so your application can be returned to draft status on PIP.

Once the application form has been returned to draft status, you can make the changes and submit.

**Please note you must submit the form again in order for your application to be considered**

Please ensure that all sections of your application form are completed including the Grant Requested amount and that the required documentation is attached before submitting.

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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