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

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Post graduate diploma/Master of Arts in Leadership and Advocacy for the Early Years

Post graduate diploma/Master of Arts in Leadership and Advocacy for the Early Years - IT Sligo 

Ireland’s Early years sector has a dynamic, exciting and challenging future. To equip this sector to address these challenges, requires transformational leaders who will positively impact on the creation of the highest quality childcare services for children and their families. This Level 9 blended delivery programme recognises the importance of developing effective leadership and advocacy competencies while supporting participants pursue full time careers in the sector.

Career progression
Graduates of this two year programme have advanced their careers in the Early Years into a diverse range of leadership roles including: Managers of Early Years services, National Aistear Coordinator, Managers of County Childcare Committee, Better Start mentors. Lecturers/ QQI Tutors, Managers and Team Leaders of Early Intervention Family Support services.

Level 9 Programme Delivery
All applicants will complete the Level 9 Post Graduate Diploma and proceed to complete the Masters on successful award of the Post Graduate Diploma. 24 places available
Duration 4 Semesters Commencing September 2018 ( Subject to demand)
Structure Post Graduate Diploma 6 modules, 2 modules,
Semesters 1.2 3 60 ECTS Credits *

MA -2 modules, Semester 4 30 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 September –December
Weekly 2 hour online lectures 7-9 pm
5 day residential workshops October on campus at IT Sligo
Semester 2 January-May
Weekly 2 hour online lectures 7-9 pm
5 day residential workshops May on campus at IT Sligo

Post Graduate Diploma €5000 .with a subsequent €2,500 for the Add on MA.
Flexible payment options can be negotiated.

Entry Requirements
2.2 BA Honours in ECCE or cognate discipline and will have a minimum of two years experience working in the early years or a related field on completion of the post graduate programme. All applicants will be interviewed on the 20th June.

For further information please contact
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Transitions from Pre-School to Primary School workshop for Parents

Introducing National Parents Council Primary Early Years Services

The transition from pre-school to primary school can be one of the most important transitions that your child will make.
By providing this programme for you, we can support you to support your child to make a smooth transition between pre-school and primary school.
The success of this transition can benefit your child all the way through primary school providing better outcomes for your child socially, emotionally and educationally.

At the training you will………

  • Meet other parents whose children are staring primary school
  • Explore the possible changes you and your child may experience during this transition
  • Learn how you can support your child at home through play and meaningful interactions
  • Receive a brief overview of the primary school curriculum, how and what your child will learn
  • Support you to prepare for new routines for both you and your child

This workshop will take place on Thursday 21st June in the Tullamore Court Hotel at 7.30pm and admission is FREE

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Transitions workshop

Social Media in Early Years Services Workshop

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Barnardos is delighted to announce an upcoming workshop on

Social Media in Early Years Services

The aim of this training is to assist participants to understand the importance of good practice when using social media in early year’s services. Participants will explore the link between children’s rights and good practice. Benefits as well as inherent risks of social media will be demonstrated.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits and risks of social media in the early years
  • Link children’s rights to good practice when using social media
  • Discuss the application of Síolta and Aistear to social media use in the early years
  • Develop ideas that will assist practitioners to develop a code of conduct and policy on social media use
  • Identify where to access further information and support regarding social media in the early years

The course will involve presentation, case studies and group exercises.
Facilitated by Heino Schonfeld, Barnardos Learning and Development Service

  • When: 12th June 2018
  • Where: Barnardos National Office, Christchurch Sq, Dublin 8
  • Time: 6.30-8.30pm
  • Cost: €20 (subsided by Pobal funding)

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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