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

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Transitions from Pre-School to Primary School workshop for Parents

Introducing National Parents Council Primary Early Years Services

The transition from pre-school to primary school can be one of the most important transitions that your child will make.
By providing this programme for you, we can support you to support your child to make a smooth transition between pre-school and primary school.
The success of this transition can benefit your child all the way through primary school providing better outcomes for your child socially, emotionally and educationally.

At the training you will………

  • Meet other parents whose children are staring primary school
  • Explore the possible changes you and your child may experience during this transition
  • Learn how you can support your child at home through play and meaningful interactions
  • Receive a brief overview of the primary school curriculum, how and what your child will learn
  • Support you to prepare for new routines for both you and your child

This workshop will take place on Thursday 21st June in the Tullamore Court Hotel at 7.30pm and admission is FREE

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Transitions workshop

Social Media in Early Years Services Workshop


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Barnardos is delighted to announce an upcoming workshop on

Social Media in Early Years Services

The aim of this training is to assist participants to understand the importance of good practice when using social media in early year’s services. Participants will explore the link between children’s rights and good practice. Benefits as well as inherent risks of social media will be demonstrated.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits and risks of social media in the early years
  • Link children’s rights to good practice when using social media
  • Discuss the application of Síolta and Aistear to social media use in the early years
  • Develop ideas that will assist practitioners to develop a code of conduct and policy on social media use
  • Identify where to access further information and support regarding social media in the early years

The course will involve presentation, case studies and group exercises.
Facilitated by Heino Schonfeld, Barnardos Learning and Development Service

  • When: 12th June 2018
  • Where: Barnardos National Office, Christchurch Sq, Dublin 8
  • Time: 6.30-8.30pm
  • Cost: €20 (subsided by Pobal funding)

https://www.barnardos.ie/what-we-do/training/training-events.html

Minister announces total of €6.87m in Capital funding to be awarded to providers of Early Years and School Age Childcare

Minister announces total of €6.87m in Capital funding to be awarded to providers of Early Years and School Age Childcare this summerdcyalogo

  • €6.87m in Capital funding to be awarded to childcare providers across the country
  • More than 2,700 new childcare places to be created nationwide
  • Funding for outdoor play and essential maintenance also awarded

Friday 1st June, 2018

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., today announced a total of €6.87m in Capital funding to be awarded to providers of Early Years and School Age Childcare this summer.

The €6.87m will contribute towards the creation of new childcare places, natural outdoor play areas and the essential maintenance and repair of services nationwide.

The approved Early Years and School Age Capital funding for 2018 will be made available to childcare centres, crèches and other childcare facilities across five strands, as follows:

Strand 1 (Early Years): New places
· €3.86m total budget (€50k max. grant)
· 85 applications approved for funding
· 1,950 new places to be created: 697 0-3 places, 1,253 ECCE places

Strand 2 (Early Years): Essential maintenance & repair (community only)
· €1m total budget (€20k max. grant)
· 57 applications approved for funding

Strand 3 (Early Years): Natural outdoor play area (0-50 capacity services only)
· €1m total budget (€7k max. grant)
· 157 applications approved for funding

Strand 4 (School Age): New places
· €0.76m total budget
· 45 applications approved for funding
· 807 new places to be created

Strand 5 (School Age): Essential maintenance & repair
· €0.25m total budget
· 54 applications approved for funding

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

Pobal will now begin the process of notifying all applicants of these decisions.

The Minister said:
“I am delighted to announce the €6.87m which will create over 2,000 new childcare places across the country. There was an unprecedented amount of applications this year which shows the appetite for expansion within the sector. I will continue to seek increased investment in this area in order to increase capacity and deliver the highest quality of childcare for families in Ireland.”

Early Years and School Age Childcare Capital 2018 - Strand 1

Early Years and School Age Childcare Capital 2018 - Strand 2

Early Years and School Age Childcare Capital 2018 - Strand 3

Early Years and School Age Childcare Capital 2018 - Strand 4

Early Years and School Age Childcare Capital 2018 - Strand 5

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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