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

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The ‘Service Profile’ has been developed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Pobal, in conjunction with key  stakeholders, to become the key national data source on the Irish Early Years Sector. The Service Profile replaces the Annual Early Years Sector Survey (AEYSS) undertaken by Pobal over the previous number of years.

Due to an unforeseen technical error on PIP, the deadline for the completion of the Service Profile has now been extended until 15th April 2016.

If services experience any difficulty accessing or completing the survey, please contact the Client Services Team by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or alternatively, by telephone to 01-5117222.

Childminding Irelands Síolta/Aistear Practice Guide

Síolta and Childminding Ireland

Childminding Ireland is currently promoting Síolta through the distribution of the Síolta childminding manuals. A registration pack is available on request, to registered members of Childminding Ireland.

Note: Childminders providing the Free Pre-school Year must provide an appropriate educational programme for children and adhere to the principles of Síolta.

Engaging with Síolta

Síolta asks you to think about what you’re doing in a very detailed way – to describe it and then imagine if you could do it differently with a better outcome for the child.

At implementation stage, you provide evidence of your high quality childcare practices and procedures, usually in words or pictures or pieces of work.

It is Childminding Ireland’s task is to help you identify and gather this evidence. A camera in your mobile phone would be a great help: maybe all your family would club together and get you a mini tape recorder – or if you have a large family – maybe a little video recorder! Plant these Síolta now!

Childminding Ireland is preparing guidance for Childminders implementing the Síolta Standards for inclusion in each issue of the Newsletter.

Click here to to access the Siolta Aistear Guide for childminders

If you would like to find out more about Síolta, you can visit or email Childminding Ireland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

FREE Triple P Group Programme



Parents of Children 0 – 7years

Triple P gives you tips & strategies to help manage children’s behaviour, build positive relationships, meet with other parents and make family life more enjoyable.

DATE Wednesday 6th April 2016
TIME 10am – 12 noon
VENUE Sub Project, Youth Cafe, Main St, Birr

The Triple P Group Programme takes 7 weeks, with just 4 weekly two hour sessions, followed by 2 weekly support calls while you use the strategies at home.

Free Triple P 2 hour Workshop

On Dealing with Disobedience
Date Wednesday 15th June 2016 Date Tuesday 21st June 2016
Time 7:30 – 9:30pm Time 10am – 12noon
Venue Sub Project, Youth Café, Main Street, Birr

To book your place please contact the Triple P  office on 090 6434070 or call Tracey on 086 0634066. You are welcome to visit the website for information on more Triple P events or the Triple P Facebook Page.

DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications Updated

Please be advised that the Published list of DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications has been updated and is available view at A summary of the updates is also available.

This list was last updated on the 25th February 2016. The list was updated based on decisions of qualifications recognised from applications submitted before December 2015.

• For those whose qualification has been assessed and deemed not appropriate for recognition, notification has been issued and the person in question has been advised to contact their local CCC with regard to accessing the Learner Fund 3, for Level 5 courses.
• Letters of eligibility are also currently being issued to those people whose qualification or portfolio of qualifications will be deemed recognised by the DCYA, for that individual, however cannot be added to the published list.

The next qualifications validation meeting will take place at the end of March 2016, and will consider applications for qualification recognition submitted from December 2015.

The published list will soon be converted into an online searchable database that will indicated qualifications recognised and qualifications assessed and deemed not appropriate for recognition.

Click on the link below to view the updated list.

Summary of Qualifications as of 25th February 2016

Minister Reilly announces reform of the Higher Capitation for ECCE Services

Minister Reilly announces reform of the Higher Capitation payment made to providers of free pre-school to support building further capacity and quality.

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly, today announced the reform of the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Higher Capitation model to support capacity building and quality development across pre-schools. The changes will take effect from September 2016.

From September 2016 in ECCE services, Higher Capitation will be paid to individual ECCE sessions (or rooms) which are led by Early Years professionals with a relevant Level 7 qualification or higher. This changes the current model where the higher capitation rate is only paid if all sessions / rooms in the service are led by staff qualified at Level 7 or higher. This reform will allow more services to benefit from extra capitation. From September, services that have multiple ECCE rooms, but only one with a Pre-school Leader with the necessary higher capitation qualification, can avail of this higher funding for part of their service.

When the ECCE programme was first launched in 2010, the Higher Capitation model was introduced as a quality development measure to encourage the development of a qualified workforce to deliver an education focused curriculum to children in pre-school settings. A limited number of childcare staff at the time had higher level qualifications in early childhood care and education. Today, approximately 38% of services participating in the ECCE Programme are currently in receipt of the Higher Capitation grant. These services meet the ECCE Higher Capitation requirements in all of their ECCE Rooms. It is expected that from September 2016 up to 50% of services will qualify. The sector has asked for this change for some time and believes that it will encourage services to expand and to further develop the quality of their service.

The reform of the Higher Capitation model is one of a number of measures being taken by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to encourage an increase in the number of ECCE places available to meet increased demand from Sept 2016. From then, all children will be eligible for free pre-school from the time they turn 3 until they start in primary school. Children will be eligible to enter pre-school at three entry points after they turn three, September, January and April. The number of places will need to expand from 67,000 in 2015 to 127,000 by April 2017. Minister Reilly recently announced €4million in capital funding, aimed also at expanding the number of ECCE places.

Minister Reilly stated “Reforming the current Higher Capitation funding model will not only help to support the expansion of the ECCE programme that I announced as part of Budget 2016, but also, it gives recognition to the fact that there are increasing numbers of higher qualified staff working in the early childhood care and education sector. As part of the Budget, I also announced the increase in the Higher Capitation rate from €73 to €75 euro per child from September of this year.”

From September, the ECCE Higher Capitation rate will be passed on to services, based on the number of children allowed to participate in the qualifying Higher Capitation room.

Minister Reilly added “Attracting and retaining higher qualified staff into the Early Years sector is good for both children and services. The provision of this higher capitation rate to more services may provide an opportunity for employers to consider passing some of it on to their graduate staff. I am aware that some employers in existing services in receipt of Higher Capitation already do this.”

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has begun preparing for the administration of this reform and details of qualifying criteria and the application process will be communicated before August 2016.

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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