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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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​​Reminder: Funding agreement for the period 1 February - 5 March 2021 closes tomorrow (26.02.21)

COSP review 09 02 2021Dear service provider,

The funding agreement for ELC/SAC funding measures covering the period 1 February – 5 March closes at 5pm tomorrow, Friday 26 February.

Important: There are two steps services must successfully complete in this process. If your service has completed only one of the below steps, then your application is still in ‘draft’ and requires action.

1.      Go to My Account > COSP Emergency Measures and complete the calendar that is available on the My Account tab; and

2.      Go to Programmes, select Covid-19 Operating Supports, complete each page and accept the Contract Activation.

Please the Technical Guidelines for further assistance with completing the application process. This document is available under the Funding Measures heading on Useful Links.

Thank you,

Early Years Team

Early Years Hive Scheduled maintenance

Dear Service Provider,

The Early Years Hive and the National Childcare Scheme website will be unavailable today at 5pm for a maximum of 2 hours due to scheduled maintenance.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your cooperation.

Early Years Hive

Thank you,

Early Years Team

​Reminder: Capital Grant 2021 Closing Date

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Dear Service Provider,

The application process for the Capital 2021 Fire Safety Grant will close at 6pm, Friday 26th February.

We encourage any service that wishes to apply or who has an application in draft to complete and submit their application as soon as possible.

Application guidelines can be found below and are also under ‘ELC and SAC Capital Programme 2021’ on the Useful Links page of the Early Years Hive:

Should you have any queries in relation to the information outlined above please contact the Early Years Provider Centre by raising a Request on Hive and selecting the following category:

  • ELC Capital Grant query

PLEASE NOTE: If you contact Pobal with an ICT issue within 48 hours of the closing date and time Pobal cannot guarantee that your ICT issue will be resolved in time for you to submit your application.

Thank you,
Early Years Team

FAQs relating to the gradual lifting of restrictions for ELC and SAC

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Dear Provider,

We are writing to you this afternoon to provide you with the new FAQ document covering the period March 8th to March 29th. These FAQs reflect the announcement made by the Minister yesterday evening with regard to the gradual lifting of restrictions on delivery of early learning and childcare services from 8th March.

Kind regards
Early Years Comms Team

Talking Buddies - The kind of talking that makes a Difference

Talking Buddies is a Slaintecare funded initiative from the Speech and Language Therapy Department in Laois and Offaly. They are launching their project tomorrow (February 25th, 2021) toTalking Buddies coincide with Libraries Ireland National Ireland Reads Day, #squeeze in a read. Their key messages include ‘Read to your child everyday’, ‘How to get the most out of books’ and ‘It’s never too early to start reading to your baby’.

They have just published their website On the website they have lots of FREE resources such as videos, leaflets, and posters and they will continue to add to this. Also you can check them out on Facebook, Instagram and on Twitter. 

To celebrate the launch tomorrow they are running some competitions on social media so like and follow them to be in with a chance to win some fabulous prizes!

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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