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

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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.

 

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Funding for Parent & Toddler Groups

Parent & Toddler Group Initiative Grants 2019

The Parent & Toddler Grants Initiative for 2019 has been announced.

The grants scheme will run for the academic year September 2019 to June 2020. Because the grants will operate on an academic year the time frame for applications will be very tight. Applications have been sent to Parent & Toddler Group Contacts with a closing date of September 6th. Appraisals will take place on the week of 9th September and Parent & Toddler Groups will know the outcome by week of September 16th.

Parent and Toddler groups will be invited to attend a Parent and Toddler Network evening on Frdiay 27th September.  

All grant contracts must be returned by November 15th to ensure groups are paid before the end of the financial year.

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Capital Grants

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Guidelines setting out the application process for over €6.1m in childcare capital grants have been published today (31st January 2019).

Announcing the publication, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D. encouraged providers to study the document and prepare the groundwork for their applications.

The 2019 Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes will open for applications from 25th February to 27th March 2019.

Decisions are expected to be delivered in June 2019.

The available strands of funding are as follows:

Strand A: Creation of new places for 0-3 year olds - €4.231m (max. €50,000 per grant).

Strand B: Fire Safety for community early years services – €0.875m, (max. €15,000 per grant).

Strand C: Creation of new school age places - €1m (max. €20,000 per grant).

Both early learning and care and school age childcare providers are invited to apply.

The Application Guidelines is a detailed document containing all the information prospective applicants need to prepare themselves for making an application under the programmes.

Any interested parties are encouraged to contact their local City/County Childcare Committee (CCC) with any further questions they may have, so that they can begin work and submit their applications as early as possible.

Minister Zappone added: “This is a significant year for childcare. It will see overall Government funding increase by 117% from 2015. This year I am delighted that we have been able to secure over €6.1m for capital work which can be carried out over the summer, with a further €3m to follow on the roll out of the Affordable Childcare Scheme in the later part of the year."

“Last year’s programmes saw the creation of 1,950 new early learning and care places and 807 new school age places, as well as funding 111 essential maintenance projects for community services. I anticipate that 2019’s programme will continue this good work."

“Publication of the guidelines in a timely manner will give providers more time to consider and prepare their applications so that children can enjoy the benefits at an early date.”

[Please note: Applicants are advised to pay special attention to the requirements regarding valid DCYA reference numbers included in the Application Guidelines. The closing date for applying for a new DCYA reference number for 2019 Capital is 13th March 2019)

Application Guidelines Early Learning and Care and School age services Grants 2019


 

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Story Sacks Available to Services

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A Story Sack is a large cloth bag containing a favourite children's book with supporting materials to stimulate language activities and to make reading a memorable and enjoyable experience. We have lots of Story Sacks available for Services to take out on loan. Please contact us on 057-9135878 for further details and to borrow one of our Story Sacks.

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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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