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

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National Childcare Scheme: Written Service Provider-Parent Agreement

Notice on PIP for providers:  PobalLogo

Dear Service Provider,

As you may be aware, it is mandatory for service providers to have a written contract or agreement in place with every parent under the National Childcare Scheme. This agreement is a requirement under the Childcare Support Act 2018 and under the terms of the National Childcare Scheme Funding Agreement between the Minister and the service provider.

Once the CHICK has been presented and childcare hours have been agreed, this contract must be physically signed and dated on the same day by both the service provider and the parent and both should retain a copy. The provider must also keep and store the contracts in an accessible format on-site for any compliance visits.

Please see the Compliance section heading of the Programme Information section on the Early Years Hive for more information.

Early Years Team

Minister Zappone welcomes response to the National Childcare Scheme

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, has welcomed the response to the National Childcare Scheme.19875672 1337059526348124 484620879276509836 n

Since the Scheme launched on Wednesday 20 November, 15,859 applications have been received for 24,133 children. To date, the parents of 20,749 children have been informed of what they are entitled to and many of them have accessed these subsidies.

Speaking of the applications received and awards made, Minister Zappone stated:

“I am delighted with the response to the National Childcare Scheme. The parents of over 20,700 children have been informed of their entitlement and many have accessed it. I would like to see these numbers continue to grow, and I encourage parents to visit our website for more information on what they may be eligible for and how to apply.”

Using a verified MyGovID account, families can apply directly for subsidies at Subsidies can then be used with any participating, Tusla registered early learning and care and school aged childcare service, including Tusla registered childminders. The Scheme’s purpose-built IT system aims to process a universal application in a matter of minutes, and an income assessed application in a matter of days.

On the application process, Minister Zappone noted:

“As with any new and highly innovative Scheme, the initial volume of applications has been high and we hope to see this continue. There are a range of helpful resources for families on our website, and we have extended the opening hours of the National Childcare Scheme Parent Support Centre from 8.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Saturday.”

Further information and resources for parents are available at

2020 capital investment programme to increase the number of early learning and care and school age childcare places

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, is pleased to announce the details of the 2020 Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital 19875672 1337059526348124 484620879276509836 n
programmes. The Minister has secured €8.1m for childcare capital grants across 2020.

€7.2m of this will be used for the Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes, an increase of over €1million on the 2019 capital programme for this sector.

The programmes will be open for applications from early learning and care and school age childcare services in February 2020.

Service providers will be invited to apply for funding under the following strands:
Strand A: Creation of new places for 0-3 year olds - €5.5m (max. €50,000 per grant).
Strand B: Works required for regulatory compliance for community services – €1m (max. €1,200 per grant).
Strand C: Creation of new school age places - €700,000 (max. €20,000 per grant).

The funding objective is the continued expansion of early learning and care places for 0-3 year olds, and to create additional places for school age childcare.
Funding is also being made available to support community/not-for-profit early learning and care services in addressing issues identified during the process of Tusla re-registration.
Commenting on the launch of the Capital fund, Minister Zappone said: -

“2019 has been a very significant year in our efforts to transform one of the most expensive childcare services in the world into the best. The landmark and highly innovative National Childcare Scheme launched in November, and I believe it is our future pathway to quality, accessible and affordable childcare in Ireland.
Demand for childcare places continues to grow in many parts of the country, and I am delighted to have secured capital funding of €7.2million to support a further increase in capacity in the sector.
I would like to thank childcare providers for their continued delivery of high quality services, and I am pleased to note that many providers are committed to growing their services to meet growing demand. I recently launched the Pobal Annual Sector Profile for 2019, it also reports that almost a quarter of all services intend to expand in the next 12 months, creating over 15,000 additional spaces for children nationwide. This demonstrates 218,000 places in 2019 compared to 104,000 places 5 years ago. This capital programme will help them to do that.”

The capital programme will be administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department. Further information on the application process, including detailed application guidelines, will be made available to services in February 2020.

Childcare providers are encouraged to contact their local City/County Childcare Committee with any queries on the programme and the application process.

Reminder: Savers Management Window closes on Monday 13th January, 2020

Reminder: Savers Management Window closes on Monday 13th January, 2020 PobalLogo

Dear Service Provider,

This is a reminder that the Savers Management Window for CCSP registrations will close on Monday 13th January, 2020.

Please ensure that you have submitted any amendments to registrations before this date. After this date, any changes to existing CCSP registrations can only be made in the next Savers Management Window, which is scheduled for 14th February.

For more information, please refer to the NCS Savers 2019 FAQs which are available on the PIP Portal under ‘Resources’

Early Years Team

Closing dates for Christmas

We would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year

Our office will be closed from Friday 20th December 2019 and will reopen on Monday 6th January 2020.

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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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