Offaly County Childcare Committee -   057 9135878

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Welcome to Offaly County Childcare Committee

Our site is packed with information so whether you're a parent, working with children, interested in a childcare career or just browsing, this is the place for you!

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

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Survey to inform the Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures Mid-Term Review

dcyalogoThe Department of Children and Youth Affairs are asking members of the public to complete a survey which will inform the Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures Mid-Term Review. This survey seeks to review and analyse awareness and visibility, engagement, the implementation process and infrastructure, the strengths and weaknesses of the Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures Policy Framework and it will inform the course of action for phase 2 of implementation.

The survey will take approximately 10/15 minutes to complete.

The survey must be completed by 3rd November 2017.

Please follow the link below to complete the survey:

BOBF Survey

Your input and opinion would be greatly appreciated in completing this survey.

Childcare Subsidies - are you getting what you are eligible for?

Childcare Subsidies - are you getting what you are eligible for? 

Offaly County Childcare Committee will host FREE information clinics to inform parents of the extra supports that may be available to their family under the More Affordable Childcare Scheme.

Please contact us on 057 9135878 to book into a clinic which will be private and confidential.

Clinics will take place as follows between 10am and 1pm in all areas: 

  • 25th October, Arden View Family Resource Centre, Tullamore:
  • 26th October, Dooly’s Hotel, Birr
  • 1st November, Clara Family Resource Centre, Clara 
  • 3rd November, OLDC office (above library) Edenderry   

Offaly CCC will be distributing information in the following locations:

  • Bridge Centre Shopping Centre, Tullamore on the 19th October
  • Tesco in Birr on the 20th
  • Dunnes Shopping Centre, Edenderry on the 20th October

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Budget 2018 - Highlights

dcyalogoKatherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has announced extra funding of €73m for children, youth services and families, bringing the total investment by her Department to €1.38 billion for 2018.

The Minister said: I am very pleased that we have delivered as promised on the commitment to continue investing in our children and young people. Today’s €73m package secures much- needed additional resources for Tusla, the Child and Family Agency and provides a full second year of the ECCE free pre-school scheme, with a heavy emphasis on quality. It also recognises the importance of improved conditions for our early years workforce.

Click HERE to read the Minister's statement in full.

Highlights for Budget 2018 

ECCE (Free Preschool Year)

From September 2018, the ECCE scheme will be made available to all children over the age of 2 years and 8 months for two full programme years.  From September 2018 there will only be one entry point in September of each year, the upper age limit on finishing ECCE will remain at 5 years and 6 months.

From September 2018 the capitation rates will increase by 7%

  • Standard Capitation will increase from €64.50 to €69
  • Higher Capitation will increase from €75 to €80.25 

Other Early Years Developments:

Programme Support Payments:  previously know as non-contact time payments, to assist with non-contact costs associated with the schemes are now fully secured and will available in 2018 and thereafter.  

Sustainability Efforts:  An Additonal €500,000, in addition to the €1 million secured in Budget 2017, will be made available to support providers whose viability is under threat.

Capital:  An additonal €1 million for capital expenditure for early years and school aged childcare has been added to the €7.5 million baseline capital funding

Inspection:  An addtional €1 million for investment inspection and registration in Tusla and Deparment of Education and Skills to assure the quality of early years services. 

 

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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