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Welcome to Offaly County Childcare Committee

Our site is packed with information so whether you're a parent, working with children, interested in a childcare career or just browsing, this is the place for you!

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

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Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital 2019

Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital 2019PobalLogo

The expenditure form for both the Early Years and School Age Capital returns will be live on the PIP portal from 1pm on the 12th of September.

Please log onto the PIP Portal to access the form, this form must be completed for each strand of funding you were successful under.

Guidelines to help you fill in the form are available on PIP . We strongly suggest you read the guidelines thoroughly before submitting the completed forms.

If you have any questions or queries with regards to the expenditure form please contact Pobal online support on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (01)-5117222.

Upcoming Triple P workshops in Offaly

Junior programmes are for parents of children aged between 2 to 10 years. There are a selection of 2 hour workshops and a 7 week group programme running in different venues over the next couple of months. 

Teen Triple P Programmes are for parents of teens between 11 to 15 years offers tips and strategies to help parents cope positively with the challenges of raising teenagers. Details below also include dates of the new FEARLESS Programmes for parents of children aged between 6 to 12 years who are experiencing anxiety in Tullamore and Birr.

All the programmes are FREE for parents to attend but booking is essential.

There is further information on programmes available on  www.askaboutparenting.ie or you can contact Tracey on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087 7041999.

Click on an image below to see full details 

Triple P - Junior Programme Triple P - Teen Programme       Fearless - Tullamore          Fearless - Birr             
Junior Triple P Sept 19 Teen Triple P Sept 19 Fearless 17th Sept Fearless Oct 2019

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) Pilot Project

The Department of Education and Skills is looking to select two early learning and care settings to participate in a pilot project which will run over three years with the aim to improve learnerPobalLogo
competence, confidence and disposition to Irish in English-medium schools and early learning and care settings. The approach being piloted (CLIL) provides for the delivery of aspects of the curriculum through a language that is not the medium of instruction in the school. The settings must be participating in the ECCE programme and implementing the Aistear curriculum framework.

As part of the project, CPD resources and training will be provided to participating settings. If you are interested in learning more about this project and applying to participate, you will find the application form and further information at the following link:

https://www.education.ie/en/The-Education-System/20-Year-Strategy-for-the-Irish-Language/

REMINDER: NCS TSP applications closing

REMINDER: NCS TSP applications closing PobalLogo

This is a reminder to Service Providers that the closing date for online applications to the National Childcare Scheme Transition Support Payment Fund (NCS TSP) is 13th September 2019 @3pm

In order to apply for NCS TSP, Service Providers must have an activated NCS 2019 contract on PIP.

Late applications past this date will not be accepted, under any circumstances.

 

PIP Announcement – CPD Training

We will be rolling out further rounds of Hanen Teacher Talk training in September partnering with Teacher Education Centres around the country. Invitations will be sent to settings with Better Start
children receiving AIM support over the last 6 months. Courses will run in Cork City, Cavan, Tipperary, Fingal, Dublin West and Limerick. Invitations will be sent out over the coming week.
 
Lámh training will also be offered, again partnering with the Teacher Education Centres across the country. We will be prioritizing those services that have children attending their setting that are currently using Lámh. If you have children in your service that are Lámh users, please reach out to your Better Start Early Years Specialist regarding the training.
 
Please note that each staff member can only avail of a maximum of 18 hours of paid CPD training per calendar year. In the case where one staff member has already completed Hanen training (18 hours), they can attend Lámh training but will NOT be reimbursed. If staff have already completed Aistear & Play Training (12.5 hours), they can attend Hanen or Lámh but will only be reimbursed for the remaining 5.5 hours. Payments will be made to the employer/ childcare setting and NOT to the individual.
 
Invites are sent directly to relevant services via Eventbrite and services will be offered up to 2 spaces on Hanen Teacher Talk training. Services will be offered 1 space on Lámh courses. The dates may coincide with some LINC training dates, as this will encourage take up and build capacity among other staff. Further info if required from: 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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