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

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New Affordable Childcare Scheme to open for applications in October 2019

  • Existing childcare subsidy schemes to remain in place for 2019/20 programme year, ensuring certainty for families and ‘continuity of care’ for children19875672 1337059526348124 484620879276509836 n
  • Comprehensive information and training supports to be rolled out from early 2019 offering a supported transition period for families and childcare providers

Tuesday 6th November 2018

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has announced that the new Affordable Childcare Scheme will open for applications in mid- October 2019, with payments flowing from November 2019.
The scheme will offer a single, easy to access system of financial subsidies towards childcare for families in Ireland. Through this, it will enhance affordability and accessibility, and provide a platform for investment in quality childcare to benefit current and future generations.

“I have been steadfast in my commitment to deliver the crucial change that families need, and so I am delighted to be able to announce the timeframe for the introduction of the new Affordable Childcare Scheme” commented Minister Zappone.

“We are building the radical new childcare infrastructure needed to transform childcare in Ireland from one of the most expensive in the world into one of the very best. This involves putting in place a legislative framework, through the Childcare Support Act 2018, and building a world class IT system to allow parents to access tailored childcare supports that will meet the needs of each family. By lowering childcare costs, the Affordable Childcare Scheme aims to support parents to return to work and training, to reduce child poverty and to improve child outcomes.”

From October 2019 everyone will be able to apply for the new Affordable Childcare Scheme. To ensure a smooth transition for both parents and providers, the current childcare subsidy schemes will remain in place for the 2019/20 programme year. People will be able to register for the current schemes as normal, from August 2019 up until the new Affordable Childcare Scheme launches. After the launch date, people can choose to move over to the new Scheme or to remain on their old scheme for the remainder of the programme year. This will provide certainty for current scheme beneficiaries, offer ample time to apply for the new scheme and ensure that no family is worse off during the transition period. Once the Affordable Childcare Scheme is in place in October 2019, registrations under the existing schemes will cease.

Comprehensive information, training and supports will be available to parents, childcare providers and other stakeholders from early next year in readiness for the launch of the scheme.

Enhancements to the Affordable Childcare Scheme announced as part of Budget 2019 will mean that an even greater number of families will now benefit from the scheme. The significant increase in the maximum net income threshold to €60,000 per annum means that an estimated 7,500 additional children will benefit from the scheme relative to the original proposals, including some families with gross income of up to €100,000 per annum. Over 40,000 other children, already eligible, will see increases to their subsidies.

Childcare providers, who play an integral role in the delivery of all of the DCYA childcare schemes, will continue to receive a Programme Support Payment (PSP) in 2019. Budget 2019 provided funding of €19.4m for PSP, an increase of nearly 8%, which will bring the total amount of PSP paid to childcare providers since 2017 to over €55m in recognition of the administrative support they offer in delivering the schemes’ benefits to parents.

Further information relating to the launch of the scheme will be made available at over the coming months. Families can also find information on the website in relation to existing supports to make childcare more affordable in Ireland.

Childminders Information Workshops

Offaly County Childcare Committee will host two Information Workshops for people who are thinking of or would like to become a Childminder.  

The aim of these workshops is to support new childminders to set up their childminding business using best practice. Information topics will include record keeping, compliance, childminding grants and safeguarding practice.

 To book a place please click HERE

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In order to check the current status of your Higher Capitation application on the PIP Portal, please refer to the Higher Capitation section of the ‘My Service’ tab, or you can view the current status in the top right corner of the opened Higher Capitation application form.

AIM Level 1 (LINC) approval is confirmed via email notification issued by the AIM Team once application appraisal has been completed.

***The ‘Funding’ tab on your PIP Portal should not be used to check the status of Higher Capitation or AIM Level 1 (LINC) applications. This tab displays both Higher Capitation and LINC Capitation with an ‘Approved’ status for all ECCE Services by default, as all ECCE Services are entitled to apply for these extra Capitations i.e. approved for application. The ‘Funding’ tab can be used to check the funding amounts for Higher Capitation and LINC after the applications have been approved. ***


Tuesday 13th November 2018 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the Offaly Centre for Independent Living.  Cost is €5 per person.aftershool workshop poster

To book a place click HERE

This workshop will focus on after-school environments, activities and best practice and is suitable for all individuals who work with children aged 5 years and upwards.

This training is open individuals who work with children in early years settings in the county of Offaly only. Maximum of 3 places per childcare service.

Early Years Network - Saturday 17th November

Early Years Network will take place on Saturday 17th November 2018 in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore from 4.00pm to 7.00pm.Early Years Network poster

This networking event welcomes all individuals working in the Early Years Sector in Offaly to come together to share and celebrate best practice over AFTERNOON TEA.

It is an opportunity to meet and network with other Early Years Professionals in the County.
Afternoon Tea followed by light entertainment.

Individuals are invited to display and share samples of best practice from their own Early Years Service.

To book into this please click HERE 



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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