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

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AIM application now open- Announcements

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New Applications

Children eligible for the 2019/2020 ECCE programme
Where AIM Level 5 equipment and/or alterations are required, the preschool provider, in conjunction with the parent(s) can make an application for AIM Level 5 support via the AIM tab on the PIP Portal.
Once a child is eligible for ECCE an AIM Level 5 application can be made at any time throughout the pre-school year. However we encourage applications to be submitted early to ensure support is in place as soon as possible.

Existing Applications

If a child in receipt of AIM Level 5 equipment is moving to another pre-school in September 2019, a new AIM application must be submitted by the new pre-school provider in conjunction with the parent(s).

If a child child in receipt of AIM Level 5 equipment is transitioning to school in September 2019, transfer of ownership documents will be issued in due course.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you require any support in the submission of your application.

AIM application now open- Announcements

AIM Level 5AIM Logo

New Applications

Children eligible for the 2019/2020 ECCE programme
Where AIM Level 5 equipment and/or alterations are required, the preschool provider, in conjunction with the parent(s) can make an application for AIM Level 5 support via the AIM tab on the PIP Portal.
Once a child is eligible for ECCE an AIM Level 5 application can be made at any time throughout the pre-school year. However we encourage applications to be submitted early to ensure support is in place as soon as possible.

Existing Applications

If a child in receipt of AIM Level 5 equipment is moving to another pre-school in September 2019, a new AIM application must be submitted by the new pre-school provider in conjunction with the parent(s).

If a child child in receipt of AIM Level 5 equipment is transitioning to school in September 2019, transfer of ownership documents will be issued in due course.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you require any support in the submission of your application.

National Childcare Scheme, Early Learning & Care: Capital Funding Guidelines Now Available

PobalLogoThe guidelines set out the application process for capital funding which will allow service providers, who sign up to the new National Childcare Scheme to purchase ICT support, which will assist them in recording and reporting children’s attendance.

Providers can purchase ICT support which meets the eligibility criteria and will be reimbursed for the amount spent, up to the maximum amount allowable. A full list of eligibility criteria is laid out in the application guidelines available  here .

Please note:

  • Applications for funding can be made through the Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP) from June 2019.
  • The maximum grants will vary depending on the size of the service availing of State supports, and will range from €500 to €2,000.
  • Providers must have entered into a contract to participate in the National Childcare Scheme to avail of the NCS Capital funding.
  • Further details on the format for the recording and reporting of attendance will be set out in an Appendix to the NCS Contract.
  • Only eligible ICT equipment and software purchased from the date a service signed their National Childcare Scheme contract will be eligible for consideration.
  • Services must only apply for the amount of eligible expenditure incurred, up to the maximum grant applicable to the service.

AIM application process for September 2019 pre-school year

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For children who are currently receiving AIM supports and are eligible to avail of a 2nd year of the ECCE programme from September 2019

If the child is eligible and is returning to the same pre-school setting for a second year and circumstances have not changed, services in receipt of AIM Level 7 supports must submit a 2nd year extension request for all eligible children. This request can be submitted via the AIM tab on the PIP Portal from Wednesday 1st May.

If the child who is currently availing of AIM supports is moving to another pre-school in September 2019, a new AIM application has to be made by the new pre-school provider in conjunction with the parent(s).

New AIM applications:

For children eligible for the ECCE programme for the first time from September 2019 where AIM supports are required, the pre-school provider, in conjunction with the parent(s) should make an application for AIM by completing an Access and Inclusion Profile.

To apply for a child’s 1st year AIM Level 7 support a service request must be included in the submission of a Level 4: AIM Application. This application form can be accessed via the AIM tab on the PIP Portal and will be available from Wednesday 1st May.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you require any support in the submission of your application.

Apply early!
Applications should be made as early as possible to ensure that the relevant supports are in place when required.

Minister Zappone announces €2.4m Youth Capital Funding for 2019

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Monday 29th April 2019

Dr Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today announced capital grant funding of €2.4m for youth clubs, targeted staff-led youth services and national youth organisations across the country to fund equipment and small capital projects.

There will be three youth capital funding schemes in 2019 and these schemes will support the purchase of equipment for local youth clubs and fund small scale capital refurbishment projects including the upgrade of bathrooms and kitchens and the purchase of office equipment for targeted youth services and national youth organisations.

Over 1,500 community volunteer led youth clubs in practically every community in the country will be eligible to apply for equipment funding.

Minister Zappone stated: “I am delighted to be in a position to announce the launch of these schemes today. As in previous years, I am confident these grants will assist in improving the quality of the services to the benefit of young people involved. In particular, they will improve the physical facilities, many of which are in areas of disadvantage."

Eligible local youth clubs and youth services will be invited by their Education and Training Board (ETB) to apply for funding. National Youth Organisations will be invited to submit their applications for funding directly to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

The provision of €2.4m in capital funding underscores the Government’s continued commitment to enhance the quality of youth services which add such value to our communities. Investing in young people is a key priority for Government. This latest announcement follows the €2m in current funding announced for volunteer led youth clubs earlier this year under the local youth club grant scheme.

This capital funding is in addition to the €60.4m in current funding which has been provided in 2019 for clubs, services and supports for young people.

The Minister thanked Youth Officers in the sixteen ETBs for their work in supporting local youth projects and their assistance provided to her Department in the design and launch of these schemes. Details on the process to apply for funding under these schemes will be announced shortly.

Minister Zappone stated that “Youth Officers play an essential role in the co-ordination of youth service provision to my Department. They act as a contact point in their respective localities and play an important support role to youth clubs and the providers of youth services.”

The capital scheme for volunteer led local youth clubs is open to applications from clubs which are eligible to receive funding under the local youth club grant scheme.

The capital scheme for staff led youth services is open to applications from services which received funding under the targeted youth funding scheme of youth information centre scheme.

The capital scheme for national youth organisations is open to applications from organisations funded under the Youth Service Grant Scheme.

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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