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

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AIM Level 7 Payment Schedule 2020/21

AIM Level 7 Payment Schedule 2020/21AIM Logo

A copy of the AIM Level 7 payment schedule for 2020/21 can be found here.

As per the schedule, the first scheduled payment will be on Friday 4th September 2020. In preparation for your AIM payments, you must ensure that the child/children who have been approved AIM Level 7 support have an active and approved registration on HIVE/PIP for the relevant programme call by COB on Friday 28th August.

Due to the current high volume of approved applications, not all Service Providers will receive their first payment on this date - however there will also be weekly catch up payments.

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Application for Higher Capitation on the ECCE 2020/21 Programme Call Now Open on Early Years Hive

Application for Higher Capitation on the ECCE 2020/21 Programme Call Now Open on Early Years HiveEarly Years Hive

Dear Service Provider,

Application for Higher Capitation on the ECCE 2020/21 Programme Call is now available for Service Providers on the Early Years Hive.

Please see the Higher Capitation Application Quick Guide under ECCE Resources on the Useful Links page of the Hive for guidance on how to apply.

Early Years Team

​Applications for Higher Capitation on the ECCE 2020/21 Programme Call Open Monday, 24 August

​Applications for Higher Capitation on the ECCE 2020/21 Programme Call Open Monday, 24 AugustEarly Years Hive

Dear Service Provider,

Applications for Higher Capitation on the ECCE 2020/21 Programme Call will be available for Service Providers on the Early Years Hive from Monday, 24 August.

To make Higher Capitation applications on the Early Years Hive, you will need to log in and:

1. Click Registrations on the menu bar
2. Select Higher Cap Applications
3. Select New Application and follow the instruction on this screen

A Quick Guide on making Higher Capitation applications will also be available on the Early Years Hive on Monday.

Application rules remain the same as previous years.

Early Years Team

Consultation on a Workforce Development Plan and a new Funding Model for early learning and care and school-age childcare

Minister O’Gorman launches programme of consultation on a Workforce Development Plan and a new FundingRoderic OGorman
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From Department of Children and Youth Affairs

The Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration, Roderic O'Gorman TD, today announced a new programme of consultation on the future early learning and care and school-age childcare workforce and a future funding model for the sector.

In line with commitments in the First 5 strategy and commitments set out in the Programme for Government, the process to develop a Workforce Development Plan and to develop a new Funding Model commenced in 2019. Both reform initiatives will be informed by an inclusive consultation and engagement process, which begins today. Announcing the programme of consultation, Minister O’ Gorman said:

"I am delighted that work is steadily progressing on a Workforce Development Plan and a new Funding Model. Both are substantial reform initiatives committed to in the First 5 strategy and in the new Programme for Government. These reforms are necessary to ensure high quality, affordable and accessible services for children over the next decade.

"Although the original plans for consultation could not go ahead for public health reasons, we have found other ways to consult parents, providers, practitioners, and other stakeholders. I encourage all interested parties to take part in this consultation and to express their views on these important issues of future funding and the future workforce.

"I hope that this consultation can deliver a meaningful and lasting dialogue about these critical issues as we work to improve the early learning and care and school-age childcare sector for the benefit of children and families, providers, practitioners and wider society.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, original consultation plans, which included large county level or regional gatherings of providers, practitioners and parents were cancelled. However both the Funding Model Expert Group, and the Workforce Development Plan Steering Group and Stakeholder Group, remain committed to ensuring that their work is informed by the views of parents, providers, staff and other stakeholders within the sector. To this end, a new programme of consultation has been scheduled for the coming months.

Separate calls for submissions on the Workforce Development Plan and the new Funding Model are now open. All interested parties are invited to submit to each call using the links provided below. The closing date for submissions is 2 October 2020.

A national survey of households with children under 15 also gets underway this week. The survey, which is being undertaken by Ipsos MRBI, seeks to identify, from the point of view of parents/guardians, the key issues to be addressed in the development of the new funding model.

A series of thematic online consultation events with providers, practitioners, parents and other key stakeholders will take place over September and October. Further information on how to register for and participate in these events will be released in the coming weeks.

Call for Submissions:
Workforce Development Plan (English): Submit Here

Workforce Development Plan (Irish): Submit Here

Funding Model (English): Submit Here

Funding Model (Irish): Submit Here

​Early Years Hive Scheduled Maintenance

​Early Years Hive Scheduled MaintenanceEarly Years Hive

Dear Service Provider,

The Early Years Hive will be unavailable on Thursday, 20th August for a maximum of 2 hours between 5pm and 7pm due to scheduled maintenance.

The PIP Portal will be unaffected by this maintenance.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your cooperation.

Thank you,
Early Years Team

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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