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

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Continuous Professional Development Events April - June 2019

Name of Event Date of Event   Venue Time Cost  

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National Childcare Scheme (NCS) Information Workshop
Tuesday 
30th April
Offaly Centre for Independent Living, Tullamore 7.00pm-10.00pm FREE NCS - Tullamore 30th April
National Childcare Scheme (NCS) Information Workshop
Wednesday
8th May
The County Arms Hotel, Birr 7.00pm – 10.00pm FREE NCS - Birr 8th May
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Training
 Saturday11th,
Wednesday 15th, 22nd and 29th May
Offaly Centre for Independent Living, Tullamore 10.00am-4.00pm (Sat) &
7.00pm – 10.00pm (weekdays)
€10 per person   EDI - 11th, 15th, 22nd & 29th May
National Childcare Scheme (NCS) Information Workshop
Monday
13th May
Offaly Centre for Independent Living, Tullamore 7.00pm – 10.00pm  FREE NCS - Tullamore 13th May
Always Children's first Child Safeguarding Awareness Training
(For DLP’s only, 1 booking per service) 
Saturday
8th June
Offaly Centre for Independent Living, Tullamore 9.30am – 4.30pm €10 per person Always Children's First Child Safeguarding Awareness Training - 8th June

Taoiseach and Health Ministers to launch 2019 Healthy Ireland campaign

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Health Simon Harris TD and Minister for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne TD have today (Monday) launched the 2019 Healthy Ireland campaignp8PH8zWH
and announced funding of €1 million to boost community engagement on health and wellbeing in every county.

Analysis by the Healthy Ireland Unit in the Department of Health shows that 60% of Irish adults are overweight or obese, with only one in three adults meeting physical activity guidelines or eating enough fruit and vegetables.

This year’s Healthy Ireland campaign aims to address this by encouraging people to make positive choices to improve their health and wellbeing across three main themes – Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Mental Wellbeing.

The 2019 campaign seeks to raise public awareness of gov.ie/HealthyIreland as the place to go that brings trusted sources of information and supports together in one place to help people get started on making healthy changes.

Unveiling the new campaign, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: “When you are trying to switch to a healthier lifestyle, it can be hard to know what to do and even where to start. The Healthy Ireland 2019 campaign aims to help you get the information you need to make positive changes to improve your physical and mental health. Through Healthy Ireland, we are growing awareness in every county to make it easier for you to know where you can make that healthy start in your own community so you can eat better, exercise more and feel better. If you want to get started, check out gov.ie/HealthyIreland for more information.”

Speaking at the event, Minister Simon Harris said: “Promoting the health of our population to prevent illness is an essential part of our Sláintecare strategy. Under the Sláintecare Action Plan we will progress a programme to engage and empower citizens in their own health and wellbeing. The new phase of the campaign being launched today will help us get the messages of Healthy Ireland to an even wider audience. The work already underway through Healthy Ireland at national and local level, including through the growing Healthy Cities and Counties initiative, will be expanded as we seek to engage every family and community in improving the health of the nation.”

Minister for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne said: “Our mission is to get the Healthy Ireland message into communities all across the country, so that people can find the information and support to make healthy changes close to home. I’m delighted that we are making additional funding available to every local authority to help boost the work to raise awareness and strengthen connections at local level, so we can bring Healthy Ireland to life in every community. We want everyone, young and old, to feel supported in their communities in taking steps, big and small, towards a healthier lifestyle.”

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health said: “Improving the health of our population is the ongoing priority for all of us who work in the health system, but it’s important to acknowledge that health and wellbeing is also a priority for us as a society. We have made some good progress in implementing Healthy Ireland with significant support from the growing alliance of partners and champions for health and wellbeing across many different sectors, at both national and local level, including local authorities, schools and colleges, workplaces and community groups. A key role for the health system as we move forward is to continue to build capacity in these other sectors so that they can play an even stronger role in leading and sustaining a national movement for health and wellbeing and increasing our collective focus on prevention.”

Early Years Sector Profile Report 2017/2018

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D. Launches Early Years Sector Profile Report 2017/2018Early yeaars sector profile report 2018 2018

Minister Katherine Zappone has launched the Early Years Sector Profile Report 2017/2018, developed and published by Pobal for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). The comprehensive findings are based on the largest ever survey of the early years sector, with responses from a total of 3,928 childcare services (88% of childcare facilities) providing significant insight into current childcare numbers, fees, staff qualifications and wages.

Overall, there are estimated to be 202,600 children attending early years services nationwide (an increase of 9%). While the total capacity within the sector has grown by approximately 6%, this has not kept pace with increased demand, with the total number of vacant childcare places reducing by 31%.

Nationally, the cost of a full-time childcare place has increased by just below €4 (to €177.92), compared to a €7 increase last year. Over the last 12 months, fee increases have been more prevalent in community based services and in those located in rural areas. Despite this increase, fees remain more expensive in affluent areas, in cities, and in private facilities.

Currently, the childcare sector employs over 29,500 staff, almost 26,000 of whom work with children. The average qualification level of childcare staff has increased, with 65% to Level 6 (up 2%). The 2017/2018 report also revealed 47% of all staff work part-time, 3% less than last year. On average, staff working with children earn €12.17 per hour; almost half of these are early year’s assistants, earning an average of €11.20 per hour. The staff turnover rate in the last 12 months was 24.7%, down slightly from 28% the previous year.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D. formally launched the report and speaking at the event said:

“We are experiencing a period of transformative change in the Early Learning and Care sector in Ireland. Over 200,000 children attended an early learning and care setting last year; an experience that will impact these children positively as they make their way through life. More than 84,000 benefited from the enhanced measures introduced last year.

The new subsidies we introduced last year have stabilised the cost of childcare, which has only grown by 2% this year and the new Affordable Childcare Scheme will launch in late 2019. Investment in childcare has grown 117% over recent budgets and these figures show that this is working.

The number of staff working in the sector has grown by 8% to nearly 30,000 and we welcome the nearly 100 new services delivering our schemes this year; improving access to quality early learning across the country.”

Denis Leamy, Pobal CEO added:

“Once again, the Early Years Sector Profile Report, developed and published by Pobal has revealed important findings, analysis and key insights into the early years sector. The responses received from our colleagues in the early years sector, allow for the formulation of accurate and dependable analysis, highlighting existing opportunities and challenges. Pobal are proud to produce this important publication on an annual basis and we are mindful of the significance of the report and how key findings are used to inform and guide future developments and policy within the sector”.

The detailed report, presents an overview of the early years sector in Ireland for the programme year 2017/2018. Report analysis is based on survey responses received in late April and early May 2018 and supplemented with information available from the national childcare ICT system – ‘Programme Implementation Platform’ (PIP).

Responses also demonstrated that, nine in ten children who are currently attending early years services receive funding from one of the three DCYA funded programmes (ECCE, Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) / Training and Employment Childcare programmes (TEC)). During the programme year, over 185,500 children were supported by programmes, an increase of 24% on the previous year. The report also found, 7% of children attending early years services had additional needs.

 
The county level data included in the Early Years Sector Profile Report 2017/2018 is now available in the form of interactive dashboards.  The dashboards are presented on eight separate pages and can be accessed here.
 
Each page includes information that is linked, so for example, if you click on a county the graphs or text boxes in that page will reflect the numbers for the selected county. We have also included filters for facility type, urban/rural location and Deprivation Index on most pages to allow you to examine the data in more detail. If you have questions regarding the dashboards, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">
 
 

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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