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Early Years and School Age Capital 2019

Extra spaces and fire-safety priorities for Childcare Investment in 201919875672 1337059526348124 484620879276509836 n

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, TD is pleased to announce the priorities for 2019’s Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes. The Minister has secured €9m for capital grants across 2019.  The budget for the Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes has been set at €6.106m.
A further announcement with details of an additional €3m to be associated with the new Affordable Childcare Scheme will issue early in 2019.  The programmes will be open for applications from early learning and care and school age childcare services in February 2019.

Strands

Capital funding under the programmes will be delivered under the following three strands:

Strand A: Creation of new places for 0-3 year olds - €4.231m (max. €50,000 per grant)
Strand B: Fire Safety for community early learning and care services – €0.875m, (max. €15,000 per grant)
Strand C: Creation of new school age places - €1m (max. €20,000 per grant)
The focus of the funding in 2019 is to continue the expansion of early learning and care places for 0-3 year olds and school age childcare places where this is most needed.

Funding is also being made available to aid community/not-for-profit early learning and childcare services in addressing fire safety issues that have been highlighted in inspection reports.
Commenting on the launch of the Capital Fund, Minister Zappone said: - “2019 is going to be one of the most significant years in our efforts to transform one of the most expensive childcare services in the world into the best. The final groundwork is now being put in place ahead of the launch of the Affordable Childcare Scheme next October.

Across the year I am delighted to have secured more than €9 million in Capital Funding for early learning and care and school age services. Now I can confirm a first round of investment totalling €6.106m. We will start this funding process early in the year to give more time for applications and implementation. More children than ever in the history of the state are accessing government funded subsidies for early learning and care and I am mindful of the pressures and opportunities that this can create for the sector.
In the recent Pobal Annual Sector Profile, almost a quarter of all services indicated their intention to expand in the next 12-months, creating over 15,000 additional spaces for children nationwide. The Government is ready to assist in creating additional capacity at a time of rapid expansion and transformation.

Since 2015 Government investment in childcare is up 117%. Now it is time to take the next big leap as we prepare for the Affordable Childcare Scheme to become a reality which will benefit children, parents and providers for generations to come.”

Further information on the application process, including detailed application guidelines, will be made available to services in January 2019. Childcare providers are encouraged to contact their local City/County Childcare Committee to answer any questions they may have.

Triple P – Fear Less (Reducing Anxiety in Children)

Triple P – Fear Less (Reducing Anxiety in Children) are delivering a 2 hour talk for parents of children aged 6 – 12 year olds, who might be concerned about their child/teen experiencinganxiety in the areas listed below in January 2019.Fearless talk Jan 2019

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Tues 8th January  6.00pm Tullamore Library, Tullamore This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tues 8th January   7.30pm Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Wed 16th January  7.30pm Athlone Education Centre, Athlone This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mon 21st January  7.00pm  Scoil Mhuire, Abbeyleix This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. orSinead This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tues 22nd January     
 6.30pm  Mountmellick Development Association, Mountmeillick  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. orSinead This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs welcomes first anniversary of full commencement of the Children First Act 2015

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone T.D.,  marked the first anniversary of the full commencement of the Children First Act 2015 on Tuesday 11th December 19875672 1337059526348124 484620879276509836 n

Speaking the Minister said, “11 December 2018 marks the first anniversary of a significant milestone in our efforts to protect children from abuse and neglect. This day last year I commenced the final provisions in the Children First Act, placing a legal obligation on certain categories of persons to report serious child protection concerns to Tusla and improving child protection arrangements in organisations providing services to children”.

The Minister highlighted the significant impact that the Act has had, noting that “between December last year and the end of September this year Tusla received almost 9,500 mandated reports of children who may have been harmed or who may be at risk of harm and have been able to take steps to support the children that need help.”

The Minister also highlighted the work that has been done, in organisations that provide relevant services to children, to prepare and publish Child Safeguarding Statements saying “Protecting children is everyone’s responsibility and I would like to commend the organisations across the country that have put time and effort into developing their Child Safeguarding Statements. Your work will help to keep children safe as they engage in educational, sporting and other activities.”

The Minister also encouraged all organisations working with children to check their responsibilities under Children First to ensure that they are in compliance and reminded people that a range of resources are available to support the implementation of Children First, saying “Tusla has produced a range of great resources to support you in implementing Children First. In particular, a 90 minute e-learning training module is available free of charge on their website. I would urge anyone working with children or anyone who is unsure of what to do when they suspect a child is at risk to complete the training. Almost 177,000 people have so far taken the time to do this and they are now better equipped to recognise and respond to child protection concerns”.

Taken together, the Children First Act, the Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences Against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 and the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012-2016, represent a significant legislative framework to promote the safety and protection of children. Recognising this the Minister said “Much has been achieved in recent years to safeguard and protect our children but we cannot afford to become complacent. We must all continue to work together to make Ireland one of the best places in the world to be a child.”

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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