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

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Programme Readiness 2018/19

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The re-contracting process with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) childcare funding programmes 2018/2019 will begin on Monday 28th May.

The process this year will be similar to last year, where each service must certify a 2018/19 PAU, Organisation details and Service details in order to activate any contracts.

This year the process will be released in two phases. Phase 1 will be available from Monday 28th May and will entail:
- PAU Certification
- Organisation details certification
- Service details certification

Phase 2 will be available from Monday 11th June and will entail:
- Re-contracting
- Fees lists
- Service Calendars

How to guides will be posted on the PIP portal in the coming days.

Note: For Services who still wish to activate a 2017/18 contract:

From Monday 28th May, services will have to complete the 2018/19 Readiness tasks in order to activate any contract. If you wish to activate a 2017/18 contract using your current PAU, you must do so before 3pm on Thursday 24th May. After this date you will have to certify your 2018/19 PAU before you can activate any contract.

If you are a new organisation and wish to participate in the DCYA childcare funding programmes you must contact your local City/County Childcare Committee for an application form for the programme you wish to participate in.

Key partnership’with National Parents Council ‘to give parent’s a voice in early years care and education’

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone announces ‘key partnership’with National Parents Council‘to give parent’s a voice in early years care and education’

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  • National Parents Council to provide dedicated supports to parents of children in early years settings
  • Series of workshops for parents with children ‘transitioning’ from pre-school to primary to commence immediately
  • Further dedicated supports to follow later in the year.

Monday 14th May, 2018

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone has welcomed ‘a key new partnership’ between her department and the National Parents Council.
Speaking on the launch of this new partnership Dr Zappone said:

“My department works closely with childcare providers, practitioners and the various organisations that are working hard to represent and develop the world class early years sector that Ireland deserves.

This new partnership with the National Parents Council, who for years have strongly advocated on behalf of parents at primary level, will provide a clear pathway for parents with children in pre-schools, crèches and with childminders to have their voices heard at the highest level. I feel it represents a significant, progressive step forward.”

As part of the new supports on offer, the National Parents Council will be rolling out a series of workshops for parents who have children moving from pre-school settings to primary education. CEO of the NPC, Áine Lynch remarked:
“We have rolled out a similar programme for parents with children moving from primary to post primary which has been positively received and we feel that the move into primary school also represents a key milestone. Supporting this transition will hopefully assist the best possible start for parents and their children on their journey at primary level.”

Ms Lynch added:

“The growth of the early years sector in Ireland has been phenomenal in recent years. The range of supports now available for children, their parents and services compared to five years ago is wonderful, but this also presents challenges for parents to navigate the range of supports on offer. We will be working closely with the DCYA to offer up to date advice and information to parents going forward”.

Parents can find out more about the National Parents Council and their new Transitions workshops by visiting http://www.npc.ie/

Information on the current range of childcare supports available to families can be found at http://affordablechildcare.ie/

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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