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Welcome to Offaly County Childcare Committee

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

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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.

National Childcare Scheme Transition Support Payment

NCS Transition Support Payment - Further Information ​National Childcare Scheme Logo

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) has a budget of €2m for allocation as a Transition Support Payment to Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare Services who enter into a contract for the new National Childcare Scheme.

Further information on the application process can be found on the NCS website at this link

New Childcare Places to be created in €6.25m investment

Minister Zappone confirms 3,600 New Childcare Places to be created in €6.25m investment 19875672 1337059526348124 484620879276509836 n
Funding for fire safety improvements also awarded

Monday 10th June 2019

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., today announced a total of €6.25m in Capital funding to be awarded to providers of Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare this summer.

The funding will contribute towards the creation of new places for 0-3 year olds, new school age childcare places, and essential fire safety improvements for community-owned services.

The approved Early Learning and School Age Capital funding for 2019 will be made available to childcare centres, crèches and other childcare facilities across three strands, as follows:

Strand A (Early Learning and Care): New places for 0-3 year olds

  • €3.7m total approved (€50k max. grant)
  • 87 applications approved for funding
  • 1,321 new 0-3 places to be created: 205 0-1 places, 1,116 1-3 places

Strand B (Early Learning and Care): Fire safety improvements (community only)

  • €0.3m total approved (€15k max. grant)
  • 33 applications approved for funding

Strand C (School Age): New places for school age children

  • €2.2m total approved (€20k max. grant)
  • 118 applications approved for funding
  • 2,308 new school age places to be created.

The capital funding has been awarded following the completion of a very competitive application and appraisal process.

Pobal have now begun the process of notifying all applicants of the outcomes of the Capital decisions. A list of these successful applications is included below.

Announcing this new funding, the Minister said:

“Quality accessible affordable childcare requires investment. The funding being announced today will translate into over 3,600 new and extra spaces for children up to the age of 15. It is another step as we seek to address the decades of under-investment and neglect by successive governments. Overall Government investment in early learning and care has jumped 117% since 2015.”

Early Years Capital 2019 - Strand A

Early Years Capital 2019 - Strand B

School Age Chilldcare Capital 2019 - Strand C

 

 

National Childcare Scheme Draft Regulations Published

National Childcare Scheme Draft Regulations PublishedDCYA new logo

The Childcare Support Act 2018 (Payment of Financial Support) Regulations, which have not yet been signed by the Minister, are referred to in the NCS contract and the Explanatory Guide. These regulations are now being published in DRAFT form, and can be accessed at this link, so that childcare providers can be fully informed of the terms and conditions of the new Scheme before signing up.

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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