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

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Frontier Economics Research Papers

Frontier Economics Research PapersFirst 5 logo

Frontier Economics was appointed as Research Partner to provide research support to inform the work of the Expert Group to develop a new Funding Model for early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare. Under the direction of the Expert Group, Frontier Economics have produced the first set of research papers.

These research papers aim to provide a broad foundational base upon which international comparisons and learnings can be drawn that will be of value for the development of the funding model in Ireland. The authors are solely responsible for the views, opinions, findings, conclusions and/or recommendations expressed, which are not attributable to the Department or the Expert Group.

The first suite of Research Papers are as follows:

1. International Comparisons of Fees, Staff Wages and Public Investment in Early Learning and Care
2. International Approaches to Funding Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare to Reduce Costs for Parents
3. Review of Working Conditions for Staff in Early Learning and Care 
4. Mechanisms to Control Fees Charged to Parents for Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare 
5. Approaches to Identifying Children or Settings in Need of Additional Support

Click Here to download and view all the Research Papers 


First 5: A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families 2019-2028

Independent Review of the Costs of Providing Quality Early Learning and Childcare in Ireland

NCS: CHICKs/Awards ending on the Early Years Hive

NCS: CHICKs/Awards ending on the Early Years HiveEarly Years Hive

November 2020 marks one year since the launch of NCS. As such, some 52-week CHICKs/awards on NCS will be ending soon.

To check the end date of your NCS registrations’ CHICK/award, log into the Early Years Hive portal and follow the below steps:

  1. Go to the Registrations menu and select NCS Registrations
  2. Check the ‘Claim Until’ date of your active registrations as an indication to when a CHICK may be ending (if you did not register all weeks on the CHICK/award, then there may be further weeks to claim)
  3. Expand the yellow arrow on the registration you want to review and click on View
  4. The ‘Subsidy End Date’ on this page tells you when a CHICK is ending (if there is more than one segment related to a CHICK, this will be the last date under subsidy end date)

To ensure that payment under NCS is not affected as a result of an expired CHICK, you are encouraged to contact the parents of any children with awards ending soon to discuss their continued childcare needs. Parents will have received a notification on their applicant portal, please remind them of this and see if they need to apply for a new CHICK. This should be done as soon as possible.

In the case of Sponsor CHICKs: the Sponsor will need to complete a new referral, having assessed the continuing need. When Pobal receives a new referral, a new Sponsor CHICK will issue. The parent of the Sponsored child cannot renew the CHICK.

For further advice and support, please see the Resources section of the Hive or raise a Request.

Parents can contact the Parent Support Centre at 01 906 8530.

Early Years Team

Reminder Savers Management Window closes on 9th November 2020


Savers Management Window

Dear Service Providers,

The Savers Management Window was opened to allow service providers to create registrations for the 2020/2021 programmes for CCSP and TEC and to make necessary amendments to existing registrations for CCSP 2019 and TEC 2019. This is a reminder that the window is due to close on next Monday, 9th November 2020. After 9th November, adjustments to registrations will not be possible until the window re-opens again on the 18th December.

Please see the Savers Management Windows for the 2020/2021 programme year below

10 August 2020
9 November 2020
18 December 2020
11 January 2021
12 February 2021
8 March 2021
26 March 2021
19 April2021
25 June 2021
13 August 2021

Reminder: AIM Level 1 LINC Applications for 2020

Reminder: AIM Level 1 LINC Applications for 2020LINC Logo

Dear Service Provider,

Reminder: The application process for all qualified LINC Co-Ordinators is now open on the Early Years Hive.

Any applications received by 31st October 2020 will be provided with the additional capitation from the employment start date of the LINC Co-ordinator. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as any applications received after this date will not be backdated.

Services who had funding for previous years will need to reapply for the 2020/2021 ECCE year.

If you require any additional information, please raise a Request on the Early Years Hive or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Early Years Team

CPD Payments

CPD PaymentsPobalLogo

Dear Service Provider

CPD Payments were issued on Friday 23rd of October 2020 to all services for participants who partially completed Hanen ‘Teacher Talk’ and Aistear and Play CPD trainings between the 1st of January and the 11th of March. Payments are based on the number of training sessions attended during this time period. Participants were not able to complete the courses due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Please note that each staff member can avail of a maximum of 18 hours of paid CPD training per calendar year. Payments for all participants will be made to the employer/ childcare setting and NOT to the individual. Re-imbursement by way of payment or time worked is the responsibility of the employer. The rate of payment is €13 per hour.

If you have any queries regarding your payments; please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01-5117222

Thank you
Early Years Team

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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