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

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Minister Zappone launches Open Policy Debate on regulations and quality improvement frameworks for School Age Childcare

Minister Zappone launches Open Policy Debate on regulations and quality improvement frameworks for School Age Childcare 19875672 1337059526348124 484620879276509836 n

Thursday 20th June 2019

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs this morning launched an Open Policy Debate on the future development of regulations and a quality improvement framework for School Age Childcare in Ireland.

The focus of today’s debate is on development of full regulations and inspection of school age services in the future and how this might look. The Department is undertaking an extensive consultation in line with its commitment in the Action Plan for School Age Childcare.

This is part of a range of measures to engage with stakeholders on this issue. As well as the Open Policy Debate, a public consultation survey and call for submissions are available online on the Department's website and open until 5th July. The Minister has called on all of those with an interest in School Age Childcare to participate in the online survey or to make a submission on the matter.

To open the discussion there are inputs from a number of speakers on the current and future regulatory context of School Age Childcare Services, draft standards for school age childcare, a children's consultation on afterschool care and a comparison with other jurisdictions. Participants include school age childcare providers, Tusla - the Child and Family Agency, the community and voluntary sector, representative groups including organisations representing, parents and children's rights.

The Minister said: “In setting regulations for School Age Childcare, children’s health, safety and wellbeing must come first. Regulation of School Age Childcare is also essential to allow providers to participate in the National Childcare Scheme. Although we have been discussing School Age Childcare for some time in Ireland, we are in the very early stages of actioning the necessary steps. It is vital that we gain the views of key stakeholders in order to find out what, will work best for children, families and for school age childcare providers.”

AIM Inclusive Play Information Guide

AIM Inclusive Play is the latest addition to the suite of supports provided under the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM). AIM Inclusive Play information guide

AIM Inclusive Play is a set of sensory and educational play resources to support inclusive practice within pre-school settings. This guide supports the appropriate and effective use of these resources.

AIM Inclusive Play Information Guide

Programme Support Payment Closing Date: 21st June

PSP - Closing date reminder PobalLogo
 
Reminder to all providers that the window for applying for Programme Support Payments closes next Friday 21 June 2019 at 3pm.
 
Providers are reminded that no late applications for PSP will be admitted past this date, under any circumstances.

CCSP and TEC Programme calls 2019/20 – Contracting Process

CCSP and TEC Programme calls 2019/20 – Contracting ProcessPobalLogo

Please be aware that the Grant Funding Agreements for CCSP and TEC are now available to activate on PIP for the 2019/20 programme year.

Note: These are roll-over Agreements from the 2018/19 programme year (as referred to in the CCSP Funding Agreement 2018/19, clause 1.10*). However, it is necessary for all services to activate these Grant Funding Agreements for the 2019/20 programme year.

New Services: New services wishing to participate in the CCSP and TEC programmes for the first time must first contact their local County Childcare Committee in order to commence the contracting process.

The following sequential steps must completed on PIP by all services in order to activate the Grant Funding Agreements.
1. Ensure that you have completed the Primary Authorised User (PAU)
2. Certify your organisation details
3. Certify your service details
4. Activate your Grant Funding Agreement

Further guidance on the Contracting process can be found in the How to Guidance section on the PIP Portal.

*CCSP Funding Agreement 2018/19 clause 1.10:
“Term” means a one year period from the date of commencement of the Community Childcare Subvention Plus Programme on 20/08/2018, pursuant to this Agreement or such further period as necessary pending the introduction of the Affordable Childcare Scheme (“ACS”), or such similarly worded scheme, to be introduced pursuant to legislation to be enacted in 2018 which will replace the CCS Programme.

Please note the Affordable Childcare Scheme referred to above relates to the National Childcare Scheme (NCS)

Fees Lists and Service Calendars

Fees lists and Service Calendars must be uploaded by Friday 16 August 2019
Please be aware that these dates differ to those outlined in clause 2.1 (e) of the 2018/19 CCSP Funding Agreement and 2.1(e) of the 2018/19 TEC Funding Agreement:
Guidance on how to upload Fees Lists and Service Calendars can be found in the How to Guidance section on the PIP Portal.

NCS Capital How to guide.

NCS Capital How to guide.National Childcare Scheme Logo

The NCS Capital applications are now open, for more information on how to make your application, and a step by step guide please follow this link:

If you have any further queries in relation to the NCS Capital grant please contact Pobal through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01-5117222.

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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