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

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Parents Notice – School Age Childcare

Childcare services for school-age children must now register with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. School-age childcare services have not, to date, been subject to registration, sotusla logo strap centered this is a significant step forward in ensuring quality school-age childcare.

Services must register their service if their primary purpose is to care for children where their parents are unavailable.

Services that provide childcare for school-age children only must apply for registration by 18 May 2019 and are encouraged to start this process straightaway. School-age services that are already registered with Tusla as pre-school services must apply for registration by 18 August 2019. New services must apply for registration at least 3 months before opening.

School-Age Childcare services that are registered will also be eligible to apply to participate in the forthcoming National Childcare Scheme.

What is the National Childcare Scheme?National Childcare Scheme Logo
The National Childcare Scheme is a pathway to truly accessible, affordable, quality childcare. From October 2019 it will replace all previous targeted childcare programmes with a single, streamlined and user-friendly Scheme to help parents meet the cost of quality childcare.

Supports are available for families with children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years who are attending any participating Tusla registered childcare service, including any Tusla registered childminder.

For further information relating to the National Childcare Scheme please visit https://ncs.gov.ie/parent

Zappone: Poorest families will not lose out over new childcare support scheme

Single parents’ support group expresses scepticism over Minister’s promise image Zappone

The poorest families will not “lose out” as a raft of childcare supports are phased out later this year, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has promised.

She was speaking following reports that some of the “poorest single parents” would lose up to €80 a week and could be forced to give up work as the new National Childcare Scheme (NCS) begins from October replacing a range of childcare support schemes.

Though the Department of Children says the new “streamlined” scheme will benefit more families including those on up to €90,000 a year, with means-tested financial supports to access private and community childcare facilities, many single parents on low incomes needing pre- and after-school care are set to lose out.

One single mother living in south Dublin, working in healthcare and taking home €26,000 per year, told The Irish Times the €145 a week she gets towards care for her eight-year-old son will be cut to €63.75 per week. This is because the Community Childcare Subvention programme she and her son are currently entitled to is being phased out. Under the new scheme she will be entitled only to 17 hours of after-school care per week, paid to the care facility at €3.75 per hour.

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Ms Zappone said she had told officials to look at adjustments to the NCS that might be needed “to protect and benefit lower income parents”.

“I want to confirm that no one will lose out, especially those at the lower end of the income scale, as we transition to the new scheme,” she told the annual conference of Early Childhood Ireland, the representative body for childcare providers, at the weekend.

“By removing many of the restrictive eligibility requirements of the existing programmes, a far greater number of families will have the ability to apply for and receive targeted, income-related subsidies. Many families will, for the first time, be entitled to subsidies which reduce their childcare costs significantly.

“There may, however, be a small number of cases where a family who is currently receiving the maximum rate for full-time childcare under an existing programme may receive less under the National Childcare Scheme, particularly if their child is, in reality, receiving afterschool care rather than full-time childcare.”

She said families could choose to stay on their existing scheme for a year, until August 2020.

“I have also directed my officials to undertake research and analysis to examine any adjustments to the NCS which might be required to address unusual or anomalous cases, where this is the right thing to do to protect and benefit lower income parents.”

Louise Bayliss, co-founder of Spark (Single Parents Acting for the Rights of our Kids) however said she remained sceptical.

“I find it hard to believe she’s suddenly concerned. She has known about this since 2016 and only moves to do something about it now after it has been in the media. What is needed is a cap on what low-income households will have to pay for childcare, and that is very complex.”

National Childcare Scheme,Early Learning & Care Capital Funding Announcement

Minister announces capital funding for service providers who sign up to the National Childcare SchemeNational Childcare Scheme Logo
  • Funding will allow providers to purchase ICT support to assist in recording and reporting children’s attendance 
  • A ‘one stop shop’ template for maintaining attendance records will also be available to meet providers’ needs 
  • Initiative complements other National Childcare Scheme supports, including the Transition Support Payment, the national communications campaign and nationwide training programme for providers
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone T.D., has today announced that capital funding will be available to service providers who sign up to the new National Childcare Scheme. The funding will allow service providers to purchase ICT support which will assist them in recording and reporting children’s attendance. Announcing the funding, Minister Zappone noted:   
 
“The National Childcare Scheme has been designed to be flexible and responsive, with families’ needs and the business requirements of our dedicated childcare service providers in mind. We know that family life happens, and the Scheme’s attendance rules recognise and respond to this. 
 
I also want to make it as easy and efficient as possible for providers to meet their obligations in relation to recording and reporting attendance. This ICT support grant, coupled with our new ‘one stop shop’ template, will do just that, ensuring streamlined administration and more time spent doing the work that really matters – providing quality Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare to our nation’s children.”
 
A standard template for maintaining attendance records will also be made available to providers. This template will meet providers’ needs not just for the National Childcare Scheme but also the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme and Tulsa registrations. On the development of the template, Minister Zappone further commented:
 
“This is another important step in supporting providers to meet requirements which are necessary to ensure that public funds are used to support the maximum number of families possible. For the first time, there is a single, coherent document on which they can rely in terms of meeting their attendance recording obligations.” 
 
Applications for capital funding are set to open in June and detailed guidelines on the application process will be published on www.ncs.gov.ie in the coming days. 
 
Providers can purchase ICT support which meets the eligibility criteria and will be reimbursed for the amount spent up to the maximum amount allowable.  A full list of eligibility criteria will be laid out in the application guidelines. 
 
The maximum grants will vary depending on the size of the service availing of State supports, and will range from €500 to €2,000.

C.A.P.A. & Inspection Process

Where non-compliances have been documented in your inspection report, you are required to complete a CAPA.  

This workshop will discuss the inspection process and support participants to complete a CAPA which highlights how you intend to address any non-compliances and prevent these non-compliances reoccuring in the futre.

The workshop will take in the Offaly Centre for Independent Living on the 1st May at 7.30pm, cost is €5 per person.  To book in click HERE

 

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Up coming Triple P Workshops

Below are details of Up-coming workshops with Triple P, please contact Triple P on (090) 64 47111

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Triple P Arpil June 2019

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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