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

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Important Update - EYC 2017 EXTENSION TO DEADLINE

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 The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) have agreed an extension for the submission of applications to the Early Years Capital grant 2017. The final date for the applicants to submit an application is now 3pm, Thursday 27th April, 2017.

Please ensure that all sections of your application form are completed, with the required documentation attached before submitting

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On or before Friday, 28th April 2017

Childcare Scheme for Families who are homeless extended

dcyalogoAn €8.25m scheme to provide free childcare to under 5-year olds living in emergency accommodation is being extended outside Dublin to nine other regions, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone has confirmed.

The Minister says Councils in Clare, Cork City, Cavan, Donegal, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Offaly, Wicklow have signed up to get involved

Under the scheme each child is entitled to 25 hours of free childcare a week and a daily meal.

In addition an information campaign is underway to ensure families are aware of this entitlement, with leaflets being distributed through frontline agencies such as Focus Ireland.

Currently just over 50 children are availing of the scheme – but Minister Zappone says there is capacity for many more if they wish to take up the entitlement.  Giving an update on the scheme the Children’s Minister said: “Accessibility is at the very centre of our ambitious plans to move Ireland from one of the most expensive childcare systems in the world to one of the best. Expensive childcare is stopping parents from taking up jobs, training and education opportunities. This scheme is aimed at lifting that barrier for those families in greatest need.

By providng a safe environment for very young children and an important daily meal we are helping to open up opportunities for their parents.  This scheme was identified as providing an important need by those who work in the frontline of the homeless crisis when I met them last year.  We acted swiftly to make it a reality and were able to secure over €8m in funding.  I am encouraging Focus Ireland, other frontline agencies and all local authorities to use every means possible to ensure families are aware of this vital support.

Our expansion beyond the four Dublin local authorities into nine new areas is welcome – but I would like to see us operational in every part of the country. I encourage other Councils to come on board.”

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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