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

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Early Years Capital 2017

PobalLogoEarly Years Capital 2017
DCYA have released 3 instructional videos to assist you in completing your Early Years Capital Funding 2017 application.
Additional information has also been included under Strand 2 programme requirements,’ Meeting the Strand Priorities’ . Please review this additional information in the EYC 2017 Application Guidelines
To view these videos and any updates regarding the EYC please visit the announcements section on your PIP Portal.

School Age Childcare Capital Programme 2017 is now Open

PobalLogo€3m is being provided to increase the number of School Aged Childcare (SAC) places in 2017 and to contribute to improving the quality of existing school aged services

Funding is available under the following strands:
Strand A: Establishment of new SAC services
Strand B: Expansion of existing SAC services
Strand C: Improvement of existing SAC services

Applicants must complete an online application form through the PIP system using their DCYA reference number. Applicants who do not have a valid DCYA reference number, must contact their local County/City Childcare Committee (CCC) who will advise on the process for obtaining a valid DCYA reference number. CCC contact details can be found here.

For further information, please see the Application Guidelines and How to Guide on the PIP Portal. There is also a video with further information to assist you with the application process.

The School Aged Capital 2017 application process will open on Friday 7th April and will close at 3pm on Friday 5th May 2017.

Procurement for the provision of Services to Measure and Assess the Quality of Early Years Provision in Ireland

dcyalogoThe Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, announced that a request for tenders for the provision of services to measure and assess the quality of early years provision in Ireland will be issued later this evening.

An assessment of the quality of early years provision in an Irish context was first recommended in the 2013 'Right from the Start: The Report of the Expert Advisory Group on the Early Years Strategy'. By using internationally recognised assessment tools, the Expert Advisory Group noted this should 'inform implementation priorities for the Early Years Strategy and provide a baseline for subsequent assessment of the impact of quality raising measures adopted by the Strategy’.

In July 2015, the Report of the Inter-Departmental Group on Future Investment also included among its recommendations that such an assessment of quality be undertaken on a triennial basis 'to benchmark progress and to ensure that, over time, the impact of improved quality provision on outcomes for children can be assessed'.

Minister Zappone secured funding to conduct this assessment of quality in Budget 2016. The key objectives of the study are to:
• develop and pilot a measurement instrument(s) to assess the quality of early years provision in the Irish context;
• undertake a baseline assessment of quality in a representative sample of registered early years settings in Ireland and;
• provide a baseline for subsequent assessment of the impact of quality raising measures in the childcare sector.

Announcing the commencement of this renewed focus on measuring and assessing the quality of early years provision, Minister Zappone said “I am delighted to be able to announce this pioneering enterprise; I believe the ability to measure and assess the quality of early years provision in Ireland will prove a landmark step forward in the quality agenda as we strive to develop greater access to affordable, high quality childcare for parents.. This work will not only provide my Department with an evidence base that will inform future policy decisions; work which is fundamental in realising the best outcomes for children in early years; it will also assist in our journey to professionalise the invaluable work of the sector.”

The ‘Request for Tender for the provision of Services to Measure and Assess the Quality of Early Years Provision in Ireland’ can be located on The closing date for responses to the tender through is May 29th, 2017 at 5 p.m. It is anticipated that the Study, comprising instrument development and data analysis phases, will commence in September 2017, and take approximately two years.

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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