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

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Reminder: Closing date for COSP applications is Friday 26th February 2021

We would like to remind all services that the funding agreement for ELC/SAC funding measures convering the period 1 February - 5 March is currently available on thereminder COSP closing date
Early Years Hive until close of business on Friday, 26th February 2021.

Please review the below important information in relation to the Covid-19 Operating Supports

Application and funding agreement process

There are two steps services must successfully complete in this process. If your service has completed only one of the below steps, the process is incomplete and requires action.

  1. Go to My Account > COSP Emergency Measures and complete the calendar that is available on the My Account tab; and
  2. Go to Programmes, select Covid-19 Operating Supports, complete each page and accept the Contract Activation.

See the  Technical Guidelines for further assistance with completing the application process. This document is available under the Funding Measures heading on Useful Links.

Important: An application cannot be amended once it has been submitted. Please ensure that all information is correct before submitting.

Help and support

Please see the Funding Measures heading on the Useful Links page on the early Years Hive for guidance.

Should you have any queries in relation to the Covid-19 Operating Supports outlined above please contact the Early Years Provider Centre by raising a Request on Hive and selecting the following categories:

  • Request Type Detail: COSP General Query
  • Request Type: COSP
  • Programme Request: Covid 19 Supports

Gradual lifting of restrictions on the delivery of early learning and childcare services

Gradual lifting of restrictions on the delivery of early learning and childcare servicesMarch 1st announcment

Dear Provider,

We are writing to you this evening to send you an announcement from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth on the gradual lifting of restrictions on the delivery of early learning and childcare services.

This announcement follows Cabinet approval of the revised measures this afternoon (23 February) and expands on the references to the reopening of early learning and care statement made by the Taoiseach this evening.

An updated version of the FAQs​ providing more detail will issue tomorrow (24 February).

We are sorry that we are sending you this email in the evening, after normal working hours, however this is such a significant message that we wanted to get the information out to you at the earliest opportunity rather than delay until the morning.

Kind regards

Early Years Communications Team

Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth​

FREE online, interactive workshops “Supporting Your Child’s Transition from Pre-school to PrimaryTransitions from pre school to primary school”

FREE online, interactive workshops “Supporting Your Child’s Transition from Pre-school to Primary Transitions from pre school to primary school”Transitions from pre school to primary 26 01 2021

Is your child starting Primary school in September 2021?

The National Parents Council Primary are running FREE online, interactive workshops “Supporting Your Child’s Transition from Pre-school to Primary school”

They will be full of practical hints, tips and advice to support you to support your child’s transition to primary school.

Where: Online

When: Dates and times starting on 2nd March 2021 (visible when you click the link below to register)

How: To register click on the link below and choose a date and time that suits.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NPCEarlyYears2021

If you have any questions, please contact Clare Downey, NPC Early Years' Service Manager cdowney@npc.i

Minister O'Gorman welcomes re-appointment of Dr. Niall Muldoon as Ombudsman for Children

Minister O'Gorman welcomes re-appointment of Dr. Niall Muldoon as Ombudsman for ChildrenDCEDIY logo

From Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

Published on 17 February 2021

Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, today welcomed the re-appointment by the President of Dr. Niall Muldoon as Ombudsman for Children for a second six year term with effect from 17 February 2021.

The re-appointment follows the recent passing by both Houses of the Oireachtas of a motion, tabled by Minister O’ Gorman proposing that Dr. Muldoon be re-appointed.

In welcoming the re-appointment Minister O’ Gorman said that:

“since taking up the post of Ombudsman for Children six years ago, Dr. Muldoon has led the Office of the ombudsman for Children very effectively and has been a strong and necessary advocate for children."

"Specifically, he has:

• ensured that children within the Direct Provision system can access the services of his Office after 17 years during which that was not the case.

• played a central role in developing and setting up the Barnahus One House Pilot in Galway, which offers a one stop shop for children affected by sexual abuse.

• brought the voices of seldom-heard children to the Oireachtas, through reports such as ‘No Place Like Home’, involving homeless children living in family hubs, and ‘Take My Hand’, involving in-patient children at adolescent psychiatric units.”

The Minister said that investigations carried out by the Office of the Ombudsman for Children, such as Molly’s case and Jack’s case, placed an important focus on care for disabled children. The Minister also welcomed the important systemic change such cases brought in areas such as Health, Education and Child Welfare.

The Minister concluded by saying that:

“I look forward to the Ombudsman for Children continuing to promote the welfare and rights of all children in Ireland during his second term of office.”

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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