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

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Better Start AIM Hanen Teacher Talk training programmes

Better Start AIM Hanen Teacher Talk training programmesAIM Logo

A new programme of specialised training for Early Years Practitioners will be rolled out as part of the AIM programme. The first round of training is Hanen Teacher Talk, which is a certified 3 day course which will be delivered by Better Start Early Years Specialists.

Better Start are collaborating with Teacher Education Centres around the country to ensure local delivery of training. The first round of training will begin in March and April 2018 in Cork, Dublin, Kildare, Leitrim, Limerick and Wexford and will take place on one Saturday per month. ECCE services in receipt of AIM targeted support (Levels 4-7) will be invited to apply.

Further training courses will be available throughout 2018. More information will follow shortly. Watch this Space!

€6.8m Grants open for extra Childcare spaces, play areas and maintenance

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Monday 12th February – Friday 9th March

Childcare centres are being invited to apply for €6.8m in funding for extra spaces, natural outdoor play areas and maintenance work, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

Applications open today (12th February 2018) for childcare and school age services to apply for the capital grants across a range of strands.

Making the announcement Minister Zappone added

“This year we will invest €485 million, an increase of 80% over the last three budgets, to continue working towards accessible affordable quality childcare.

On the capital grants in particular, I know from my visits to services throughout the country how important it is that we continue to invest and build the infrastructure and capacity of the early years sector.

The inclusion of natural outdoor play areas in particular is allowing our children to explore more and seek adventure in a learning environment. I am delighted to support this work with a significant capital investment – which will benefit children, parents and providers in the coming months.

I encourage all providers to see how the funding can be used to boost or improve their existing services and facilities.”

The application window for the 2018 Early Years and School Age Capital Grants opened today Monday 12th February at 12.00am. Services can apply through the PIP system for the next four weeks, until 3.00pm on Friday 9th March.

The Minister has previously outlined the €6.86 million to be spent across Early Year and School Age Childcare under five funding strands as follows:

  Purpose of grant Max. Grant available
Strand 1 (Early Years) Expansion/New €50,000
Strand 2 (Early Years) Essential Maintenance (Community only) €20,000
Strand 3 (Early Years) Natural outdoor play area €7,000
Strand 4 (School Age) Expansion/New €20,000
Strand 5 (School Age) Essential Maintenance (Community only) €10,000

Detailed guidelines on how to apply are available on PIP and services are encouraged to contact their local City / County Childcare Committee (CCC) for any additional support or advice on their application.

Capital 2018 Guidelines

Teen Triple P workshops for parents of teenagers aged 11-15 years

Midlands Area Parenting Partnership are delighted to offer NEW
Teen Triple P workshops for parents of teenagers aged 11-15 years.

Midlands Area Parenting Partnership deliver the Triple P programme to parents in Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath. We are now offering teen workshops to parents of 11-15 year olds. Please circulate this information to parents you work with, friends and to colleagues who work with parents of teenagers in this age range. If anyone would like the calendar in a “word” document, please contact our office on 090 64 47111. Two more teen workshops will be launched at a later date. Please note our new website www.askaboutparenting.ie is under construction.

Triple P workshops are evidence based 2 hour sessions. It is free for parents/carers to attend. These workshops offer suggestions and ideas on positive parenting to help you deal with day to day challenges and promote your teenager’s development. Our new workshop topics are “Getting Teenagers to Cooperate” and “Coping with Teenagers’ Emotions”.

Getting Teenagers to Cooperate Workshop:
This workshop looks at some of the reasons why teenagers can be un cooperative and gives some practical suggestions to help you teach your teenager to co-operate.

Coping with Teenagers’ Emotion Workshop:
This workshop looks at some of the reasons why teenagers can become emotional and gives some practical suggestions to help you teach your teenager manage their emotions
Enquiries and bookings are welcome on Phone: 090 64 47111, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.e

Topic  Date  Venue  Time

Getting Teenagers

to Cooperate

Tuesday 13th February Family Centre, St.Mel’s Road, Longford town  7.30pm-9.30pm
Wednesday 28th February Primary Care Centre, Ballyminnion, Longford town 10am-12pm
Tuesday 6th March Granard- Lus na Greine Family Resource Centre 7.30pm-9.30pm
Tuesday 13th March Westmeath Community Development Offices,
Clonmore Business Park, Mullingar
10am-12pm
Tuesday 13th March Treo Nua Resource Centre, Harpurs’ lane, Portlaoise 10am-12pm
Tuesday 20th March Tullamore Community & Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore 10am-12pm
Tuesday 20th March Clonbrusk Resource Centre, Clonbrusk, Athlone 10am-12pm
Tuesday 20th March Athlone Education Centre. Moydrum road, Athlone 7pm-9pm
Tuesday 10th April Ballymahon Library Ballymahon 7.30pm-9.30pm

Coping with Teenagers’ Emotions

Tuesday 20th February Treo Nua Resource Centre,Harpur’s Lane, Portlaoise 10am-12pm
Wednesday 28th February Family Centre, St.Mel’s Road, Longford town  7.30pm-9.30pm
Wednesday 7th March Tullamore Community & Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore 7.30pm-9.30pm
Tuesday 13th March
Westmeath Community Development Offices, 
Clonmore Business Park, Mullingar
   7.30pm-9.30pm
Tuesday 20th March Athlone Education Centre, Moydrum road, Athlone 7pm- 9pm
Wednesday 21st March  Youth Café/Sub Project, Main Street, Birr 10am-12pm

Minister Zappone announces change in recruitment policy for future Tusla Early Years Inspectors

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The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone has today (Friday 2nd February, 2018) announced that the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Tusla – the Child and Family Agency and the INMO (representing Public Health Nurses) have reached an agreement at the Labour Court regarding the future recruitment of Early Years Inspectors within Tusla. Tusla is responsible for inspecting pre-schools, play groups, day nursery, crèches, day-care and similar services which cater for children aged 0-6 years.  
 
To date, EY Inspector positions have required candidates to be registered as a Public Health Nurse and hold a QQI Level 9 qualification (Masters Level). Changes to the Early Years Care and Education sector in recent years and the increasing professionalisation of that workforce had led to calls for a broadening of eligibility to the post of Early Years Inspector. The recent Labour Court recommendation will allow various professions to apply for these posts, including for the first time graduates from Early Years Care and Education, as well as candidates with suitable qualifications in social care, social work, psychology and education. 20% of the childcare workforce now holds a degree. 
 
Minister Zappone welcomed the Labour Court recommendation saying:- 
“This development reflects the on-going professionalisation of the Early Years sector. The broadening of criteria for the recruitment of Inspectors will complement and strengthen the great work that Tusla’s Early Years Inspectorate has been progressing in recent years. The last 18 months has seen massive steps forward in our goal to transform childcare in Ireland. I welcome the recommendation of the Labour Court and recognise that it marks another milestone in the professionalisation of the sector and the development of high quality, accessible services for children and families.” 
 
Minister Zappone secured an increase of 7% in capitation to providers of the free pre-school scheme or ECCE in the recent budget, which commences this September. Further increases are available for services that complete training as part of the Minister’s initiative to make childcare services more accessible to children with disabilities (AIM). An Independent Review into the Cost of Delivery of Quality Childcare is currently underway by Crowe Howarth.

2018 Childcare Capital Programme application guidelines released ‘Play areas, extra places and maintenance to be supported’ Applications open 12th February – 9th March 2018

2018 Childcare Capital Programme application guidelines released
‘Play areas, extra places and maintenance to be supported’
Applications open 12th February – 9th March 2018

Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today announced the publication of application guidelines for the 2018 Early Years and School Age Childcare Capital programmes. These guidelines are to assist providers in making their applications, including a detailed breakdown of funding streams and information on how to apply. This follows the general announcements of programme details made in 2017.

The Early Years and School Age Capital programmes will open for applications from Monday February 12th and close on Friday March 9th. Further information on the programmes and information on how to make an application is available to providers through the Pobal Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP). In addition, providers interested in making an application are encouraged to contact their local City/Country Childcare Committee (CCC) for advice and support.

In order to streamline the application process, early years and school age childcare providers will apply for funding using a single application form on PIP.

Extensive details of the below strands of funding are also included in the guidelines released today:
· Strand 1: Early Years Expansion/New
· Strand 2: Early Years Essential Building Maintenance (Community services only)
· Strand 3: Early Years Natural Outdoor Play Area
· Strand 4: School Age Expansion/New
· Strand 5: School Age Essential Building Maintenance & Quality (Community services only)

Capital 2018 Applicant Guidelines

The timeline for the Early Years and School Age Capital 2018 programmes is as follows:

Actions Key Dates
Application Guidelines 31st January 2018
Go live date for applications 12th February 2018
Closing date for applications 9th March 2018
Appraisals March-April 2018
Decisions May 2018
Notification of Outcomes Issued by end of May 2018

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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