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

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PIP Up-date: Medical Card Information

Medical Card InformationPobalLogoThere has been a slight change in the information required where, after reviewing the HSE database, a medical card and/or GP visit card is not valid for CCS/P. Previously we would have accepted a letter only, from the Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS) outlining medical card/GP visit card details. However, we now accept evidence of a valid medical card or GP visit card by way of letter, email or account print out from the PCRS.

The document submitted must contain the following:
· Evidence showing document is from the Primary Care Reimbursement Service,
· The parent and/or child name and PPSN.
· The card type i.e. medical card or GP visit card.’
· The card start date and end date.

Please refer to the CCS/P Supporting Documents Guide 2018/19 which is available on the PIP portal for further guidance on this change

CCS December 2018 returns

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The CCS December 2018 returns are now available for completion on Pobal Online. The deadline for submitting the completed return is Friday 1st February 2019.

If you have any questions or require assistance in completing the return, please contact your Support Officer.

If you do not submit the return by the deadline, your future CCS payments may be affected.

New Registration System Brings School Age Childcare into Affordable Childcare Scheme

Only registered school age childcare services will be able to provide services under the Affordable Childcare Scheme.  The regulations will come into effect on 18th February 2019 and services will be able to register with Tusla from that date.

Click HERE to download the Frequently Asked Questions on the Registeration of School Age Childcare

Click HERE to download a copy of the Early Years School Age Regulations 

Upcoming Triple P in Offaly

                                      Midlands Area Parenting Partnership
Delivering Triple P positive parenting programmes to Parents in Laois, Offaly, Longford & Westmeath
 
Offaly Jan – June 2019 2 Hour workshops
Two hour Topic Based Workshops for Parents of 2-10 year olds    Date/Time Venue  
Managing Fighting & Aggression Tuesday 12th February 7.30pm- 9.30pm          

Tullamore Community Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore.

Dealing with Disobedience  Wednesday 13th March 7.30pm- 9.30pm
 Youth Café/Sub Project Main st. Birr
Dealing with Disobedience Tuesday 26th March 10am-12pm Tullamore Community Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore.
Dealing with Disobedience  Wednesday 3rd April 10am-12pm
 Youth Café/Sub Project Main st. Birr
Dealing with Disobedience Wednesday 5th June 7.30pm-9.30pm  Youth Café/Sub Project Main st. Birr
Dealing with Disobedience 

Tuesday 18th June7.30pm-9.30pm

 Tullamore Community Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore.
Managing Fighting & Aggression Wednesday 19th June 10am-12pm  Youth Café/Sub Project Main st. Birr

 

Offaly Jan – June 2019 2 Hour workshops
Two hour Topic Based Workshops
for Parents of 11-15 year olds 
 Date/Time  Venue
Getting Teenagers to Co Operate                            Tuesday 12th February 10am-12pm Tullamore Community Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore.
Coping with Teenagers’ Emotions  Tuesday 26th March 7.30pm-9.30pm Tullamore Community Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore.
Coping with Teenagers’ Emotions Thursday 28th March 10am-12pm Clara Family Resource Centre, Clara
Getting Teenagers to Co Operate Monday 1st April    7pm-9pm  Clara Family Resource Centre, Clara
Coping with Teenagers’ Emotions Tuesday 18th June 10am-12pm Tullamore Community Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore.

 

Offaly 7 week Group Programmes 
7 Week Programmes  Date/Time  Venue
Junior Programme for parents of 2-10 year olds Monday 11th February 7pm-9pm  Clara Family Resource Centre, Clara
Junior Programme for parents of 2-10 year olds Thursday 28th February 10am-12pm   Tullamore Community Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore.
Junior Programme for parents of 2-10 year olds  Tuesday 30th April 7.30pm-9.30pm  Tullamore Community Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore.
 
Teen Programme for parents of 11-15 year olds Wednesday 6th February 10am-12pm Youth Café/Sub Project Main st. Birr
Teen Programme for parents of 11-15 year olds Wednesday 27th February 10am -12pm Edenderry Town Hall, Edenderry
Teen Programme for parents of 11-15 year olds  Tuesday 26th February 7.30pm-9.30pm Tullamore Community Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore.
Teen Programme for parents of 11-15 year olds Tuesday 30th April 10am-12pm Tullamore Community Family Resource Centre, Arden View, Tullamore.

 

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     For bookings/enquiries, please contact us on (090) 64 47111
     Website www.askaboutparenting.ie
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New Registration System Brings School Age Childcare into Affordable Childcare Scheme

  • School age childcare services to be registered for first time with Tusla
  • Minister Zappone signs the Childcare Support Act 2018 (Commencement) Order 2018 and the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) (Registration of School Age Services) Regulations 2018, enabling school age childcare services to register and participate in new Affordable Childcare Scheme  
  • The families of over 17,750 school age children benefited from government childcare subsidies last year. Thousands more could benefit in 2019 through the Affordable Childcare Scheme Regulations represent an important first step in the full regulation and inspection of school age childcare services
  • Another major milestone to quality affordable, accessible childcare

Thursday 27th December 2018

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, TD, has today signed Regulations which will provide, for the first time in Ireland, for the registration of school age childcare services.

Minister Zappone has signed the Childcare Support Act (Commencement) Order 2018, bringing into force key amendments to the Child Care Act 1991 in relation to the definition of school-age service.

This paves the way for Regulations- which the Minister also signed- on the mandatory registration of school-age services, procedures for registration and on-going requirements for continuing registration.

School age childcare services have not, to date, been subject to registration and, so, this is a significant step forward in ensuring quality school age childcare for thousands of working families.

Once registered, school age childcare services will be able to participate in the forthcoming Affordable Childcare Scheme launching in late 2019.

This means families availing of these services will be able to access the financial benefits provided by the scheme.

On signing the Regulations, Minister Zappone noted:

“We have been working tirelessly to deliver quality, accessible, affordable early learning and care and school age childcare in Ireland. Paramount to this is the ongoing development and improvement of quality provision for children. As such, I am delighted to establish a statutory registration system for school age childcare services; services that provide such a vitally important support to working parents throughout the country.

Parents can be assured that these new Regulations represent an important first step in paving the way for full regulation and inspection of school-age services in the future. They also ensure that parents will now have access to the Affordable Childcare Scheme when it launches next year. This progressive measure will, therefore, improve both the quality and affordability of school age childcare for Irish families over time.”

Only registered school age childcare services will be able to provide services under the Affordable Childcare Scheme. The regulations will come into effect on 18th February 2019 and services will be able to register with Tusla from that date. More detail on registration requirements are set out in the Frequently Asked Questions document which can be accessed at the following link, click here

A comprehensive and ‘plain English’ explanatory guide will also be published alongside the Regulations on the Department’s website.

Once the registration of school age services has been completed, more comprehensive regulations will be introduced in a move that mirrors the enhanced regulation and inspection of early learning and care settings over recent years.

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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