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

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National Childcare Scheme Training - Phase 2 - (Tullamore)

Phase 2 Training Sessions: Using the System.National Childcare Scheme Logo
These sessions will provide practical training on the use of the National Childcare Scheme’s IT system, covering both the service provider portal and the parent application process.
All training sessions will take place in the Offaly Centre for Independent Living, Tullamore.  Click on the link below to book into a FREE session today
Date and Time Link to make a booking
Tue, 10 September 2019:  2:00pm – 5:00pm
Eventrite - 10th September, 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Sat, 14 September 2019:  10:00am – 1:00pm Eventbrite - Sat 14th September, 10am - 1.00pm
Sat, 14 September 2019:  2:00pm – 5:00pm Eventbrite - Sat 14th September: 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Wed, 25 September 2019:  2:00pm – 5:00pm Eventbrite - Wed 25th September: 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Wed, 25 September 2019:  7:00pm – 10:00pm Eventbrite - Wed 25th September: 7.00pm - 10.00pm

ECCE 2018/2019 Programme Closure

The 2018/2019 ECCE Programme which officially ran from 27th August 2018 to 28th June 2019 will close at 6pm Friday 9th August 2019. PobalLogo

Pobal will change the status of all ECCE 2018/2019 Contracts to ‘Inactive’ and this will appear on the PIP Portal.
At this point, Early Years Services will not be able to create new child registrations on the PIP Portal.

Please check all ECCE 2018/2019 registrations in advance of 9th August 2019:
· If new registrations are required please submit before the deadline of 9th August 2019.
· Amendments can be made until 27th September 2019.
· Payments on these registrations will be facilitated until 6th December 2019.

Any overpayments made to services in 2018/2019 will be carried forward and deducted from the preliminary ECCE payment for 2019/2020.

Higher Capitation Applications will also be closed from 31st July 2019, after which point, no new submission of Applications may be made. Resubmissions of existing Higher Capitation Applications may be possible until 9th August 2019.

If your service is closing please inform Pobal via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Publication of AIM Rules 2019/2020

The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) Rules for the 2019/2020 ECCE programme year may now be viewed on the AIM website, AIM Logo

It is hoped that the AIM Rules will be a useful resource for the sector and providers are encouraged to bring the document to the attention of their staff. As indicated in the ECCE contract, preschool services that avail of AIM are obliged to comply with the AIM Rules. As such, preschool providers are asked to familiarise themselves with the document. It is anticipated that the Rules will be updated from time to time to reflect developments in the sector. Providers will be notified of any such updates.

Preschool providers and practitioners should note that, while much of the AIM Rules document sets out in clear terms the rules and procedures that are already in place, there is a change in relation to additional capitation payments for Inclusion Coordinators. From 2019/2020 ECCE programme year, it will no longer be possible for Inclusion Coordinator additional capitation payments to be backdated to be beginning of the programme year if the application is submitted late in the programme year.

As a LINC graduate does not become an Inclusion Coordinator until they sign the Declaration Form agreeing to take on the role, there is no reason to backdate additional capitation payments for Inclusion Coordinators to the beginning of the programme year where the application is received late in the programme year.

To support services to adjust to this rule change, for the 2019/2020 programme year, the additional capitation can be backdated to the beginning of the programme year provided that the application form reaches Pobal by 31st October 2019. This will also accommodate new LINC graduates whose graduation verification will only reach Pobal by late September.

Preschool providers are asked to bring this change to the attention of their staff, where relevant.

CPD Payments for Hanen, Lámh, and NSAI Training 2019

CPD Payments for Hanen, Lámh, and NSAI Training 2019 PobalLogo

CPD Payments will be issued to all services for participants who completed Hanen and/or Lámh between April 2019 and 29th of June 2019 and/or Aistear and Play (NSAI) between March 2019 and 5th June 2019 on the 19th of July 2019.

Please note that each staff member can avail of a maximum of 18 hours of paid CPD training per calendar year and payments are calculated on this basis. Payments for all participants will be made to the employer/ childcare setting and NOT to the individual. Re-imbursement by way of payment or time worked is the responsibility of the employer.

The rate of payment is €13 per hour.

If you have any queries regarding your payments; please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01-5117222

Investing in the Rights of the Child, Gender Equality and Climate Change focus of Irish Permanent Representation to UN

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Minister Zappone to address UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF)

Monday 15th July 2019

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, will address the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) during a permanent representation to the UN, starting Monday (15th July).

Minister Zappone will address a panel meeting of the Ireland and Global Education Monitoring Report at Ireland’s Permanent Mission to the UN. Minister Zappone will discuss the measures taken in Ireland to strengthen early-years education provision.

In commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child this year, Minister Zappone will attend the, “Leave no Child Behind: Achieving the SDGs through investing in the Rights of the Child” event at the HLPF. The Minister will highlight how Ireland is implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with an emphasis on investing in child rights as a key accelerator for progress.

On Tuesday (16th July) Minister Zappone will address “Role of Youth and Civil Society in Climate Action”, an intergenerational dialogue in advance of the UN Youth Climate Summit taking place in September. The Minister will highlight the importance of the need for genuine engagement between leaders and youth on the issue of climate action.

Minister Zappone will also speak at the High Level Plenary Meeting, “Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development”. Minister Zappone will focus on Ireland’s Policy for International Development “A Better World” and Gender Equality.

Minister Zappone said:

“Among my priorities as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs is to ensure that every child and young person, in Ireland, male or female, has equal opportunities to thrive and reach their full potential in all aspects of their lives. We have placed gender equality at the heart of our new policy for international development, A Better World. The policy commits to increasing Ireland’s support to programmes directly related to achieving gender equality.

A joint-up approach between the education sector, industry and employers, the political system and the civil society is required to remove any obstacles remaining which limit the involvement of young women in the workplace and other sections of society. Our Education Institutions and workplaces should always be beacons of equality, diversity and inclusion. If we allow women to become excluded from future job growth, it would not only harm gender equality in our society but would also leave our economy short of their talent, skills and knowledge.”

Minister Zappone will also meet with Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of UN FPA along with Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason.

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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