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Minister Reilly announces capital funding totalling €4 million for Early Years services in 2016

Dr James Reilly, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has announced the launch of capital funding totalling €4 million for Early Years services in 2016 (EYC2016).

Minister Reilly stated:

“In Budget 2016 we significantly expanded funding to make more affordable childcare more available to more people. A major initiative was the expansion of free pre-school (under the Early Childhood Care and Education programme) – increasing the number of children who benefit from free pre-school from around 67,000 to 127,000 each year, and reducing parents’ childcare costs for young children by an average of nearly €1,500 (in addition to the savings from the existing pre-school year). We also provided significant funding for a suite of supports to enable children with disabilities fully participate in, and reap the benefits of, quality pre-school care and education.

This capital funding being announced today is specifically for pre-school providers – both community/not-for-profit and private providers – who want to expand their services to cater for more children from September 2016. It’s one of a number of measures I am taking to to increase the number of free pre-school places that will be available across the country over the next year. “
Applications for funding through the EYC2016 will be taken from eligible childcare providers in respect of a contribution towards the total project cost, or the full cost (up to a maximum of €10,000), for the following:
· Build / fit out / refurbishment of an additional room /extension;
· Minor building alterations; and
· Costs for additional play equipment (to a maximum of €5,000) to facilitate an increase in childcare places.
Any funding received must be spent in 2016.

Minister Reilly said
“As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, it’s been a key priority to put in place a plan to build the kind of quality, accessible and affordable childcare that is key to keeping the recovery going. We’ve started this work in Budget 2016, because affordable childcare is important to making work pay for parents, and investment in quality early years services is one of the best investments we can make in our children. We also know from international evidence that high quality early years care and education delivers better outcomes for children, especially for those most disadvantaged, and in turn for society.

This capital scheme is just one of the childcare measures currently being introduced as a result of Budget 2016 to enable more children and families access high quality, free or subsidised early years care and education. I am in no doubt that this investment by government will pay great dividends for parents and children over the coming years.”

From September of this year, children will be able to access free pre-school from the time they turn three until they start in primary school. They will be able to enter pre-school at three entry points after they turn three, September, January and April. Numbers of children attending free pre-school are expected to increase from 67,000 in 2015 to 127,000 by April 2017.

Further information on the EYC2016 programme and information on how to make an application will be available on the Pobal Website at shortly.

FREE Triple P Parenting Programme - Birr


FREE Triple P Parenting Programme

For Parents of Children 0 – 7 years

2hr Workshop on Dealing with Disobedience
Repeating yourself, temper tantrums, arguing with siblings.......come to our free 2 hour workshop on Dealing with Disobedience

Date:  Tuesday 16th February 2016

Time:  7:30 – 9:30pm

Location:  Sub Project, Main St, Birr

7 Week GROUP Programme
(4 weeks where we meet for 2 hours each week followed by 2 weeks of phone calls & meet for final week).

This programme looks at:

• Tips to encourage positive behaviour & build positive relationships
• Strategies to manage problem behaviours
• Tips to reduce family conflict & make family life more enjoyable

Date:  Wednesday 6th April 2016

Time:  10:00am – 12noon

Location:  Sub Project, Main St, Birr


Booking essential, to book your Free place contact

090 6434070

Midland Area Parenting Partnership,

Training for Non-Music Specialists

Early Years Music Cork provides training for early childhood educators who wish to successfully incorporate music into their daily setting.

Early Years Music Cork is pleased to present a one-day engaging study workshop that will focus on the practical skills and strategies that will support early childhood educators.

Training will provide:

  • sample experiences, techniques and materials illustrating the use of singing, movement, instruments and listening in early childhood
  • content which is current, considered best practice and is relevant to early year’s educators

This practical workshop promises to help build confidence in participants own music-making abilities. Workshop participants will be provided with a book, an accompanying CD, access to online resources and a certificate of attendance.

This workshop is now open for booking:

Title of Workshop:                   Kodály-Inspired Music Education in the Early Years
Venue:                                     CIT Cork School of Music
Tutor:                                        Edel McDonnell
Date:                                        Saturday, February 20th 2016
Time:                                       11:00-4:00pm
Cost:                                         €70 (including Booklet, CD & online resources)

For more information and to book your place, please see or email:
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Places are very limited and early booking is advised

Important Update from DCYA

The DCYA have advised that a refund of preschool fees can take place for parents if their child meets the criteria below.


  • Eligible for ECCE in 2015- 2016 (Children born between 01/01/2012 and 30/06/2012)
  • Have been in attendance & fee paying for preschool from September 2015




It is advised that providers complete the registrations on PIP as soon as possible and await the next scheduled payment for ECCE programme (30/10/2015) to arrive in your account before refunds are issued to parents.

Management & Leadership Training Programme September 2015

Managing an early years setting has become a daunting task. Excellent communication and leadership skills are required to deal with the needs of parents, staff, children and external agencies such as TUSLA, Pobal etc.

As a support to services Offaly CCC will organise a Management & Leadership programme for Managers and Leaders of services commencing on Monday 21st September and finishing on Monday 16th November. The programme will run out over eight weeks. The main purpose of the “Management and Leadership” Programme is to assist Managers face the challenges associated with effectively managing an early years’ service in an ever-changing, diverse and complex environment.

This programme focuses completely on the “personal development and improvement” aspects of management rather than policy and procedure implementation. The overarching purpose of the programme is to develop more confident, assertive and competent managers in the ECCE sector. Canavan & Byrne will deliver this programme in a very practical manner using real scenarios, exercises and case studies and will be highly relevant.

The programme will consist of 8 sessions x 3 hours per session under four broad topics of Leadership, Communication, Supervision and Motivation.

The programme is aimed at early years workers who have a role in leading and managing their service. The cost of the programme is €50 per participant. The programme will commence on Monday September 21st and end on Monday November 16th and will be based in Tullamore. A minimum of fifteen participants is needed for the programme to go ahead. Booking forms are available from Áine on 057 9135878.


Please see our events calendar for further details.


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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