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

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Covid Support Helplines for ELC & SAC Providers

There are two helplines available to services who have a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 in their service.

Covid 19
The HSE have a helpline to advise service providers if they have been informed of a Covid-19 case in a child or a staff member. The number is 01 511 9777 It is open Monday – Friday 8.30 – 4.30 and 10 – 4.30 Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

For those services who need support on engaging with the relevant authorities due to a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19, there is an out of hours helpline. The number is 1800 940 341. The service will be available Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from 10.00 – 13.00 and 13.30 – 16.00.

​REMINDER - Managing Changes for AIM LEVEL 7

Dear Service Provider, Pobal updatesAIM Logo

Pobal would like to issue a reminder that any changes to the setting or attendance of a child approved for AIM level 7 funding should be reported to Pobal within 10 working days of the change taking place. Please see below for more information on examples of such changes and the correct method for reporting them to Pobal:

1) Change of Sessions/Session Ratios/Attendance/External Supports: These changes can be reflected by completing a Change of Circumstance review on the Early Years Hive. Please click here to see video demonstration.

2) Prolonged Absence: If the child has been absent for a period of 4 weeks or more, complete a Prolonged Absence review on the Early Years Hive. Please click here to see video demonstration.

3) Absence of AIM Assistant: If the AIM assistant has been absent from the setting for 4 weeks or more, complete a Change in Implementation of Support review. Please click here to see video demonstration.

4) EWSS funding being used: If you have been approved for AIM level 7 funding for a child but are opting to use Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) funding in lieu of AIM Level 7 funding, please complete a service request on the Early Years Hive, entering “EWSS Withdrawal” in the subject line and selecting the following criteria options:

Request Type: Funding
Request Type Detail: Payments Query
Subject: AIM Level 7

In the description of the request, enter all relevant level 7 application IDs, and advise if EWSS has been used since the start of the programme year.

Kind regards,
The Early Years Team

AIM Level 1 – Leadership for Inclusion Coordinator (LINC) Application Process now open for new graduates

Dear Service Provider, LINC LogoAIM Logo

The application process for the increased Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) capitation has now opened for new graduates i.e. those who are graduating in October 2021. This is funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY), in recognition of the leadership and mentoring role that will be delivered by the Inclusion Co-ordinator, during the 2021/2022 pre-school year. The process for existing graduates (those who graduated in previous years) was launched earlier in the summer.

All applicants are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible. Applications received by 5pm on Friday 29 October 2021 will be awarded the additional capitation from the Inclusion Co-ordinator’s start date for the programme year. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as any applications received after this date will not be backdated.

Applications must be submitted electronically via the Early Years HIVE portal. Applicant guidelines can be found here.

Should you have any queries in relation to the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) please contact the Early Years Provider Centre by raising a Request on HIVE as follows:

  • Request Category: Application.
  • Request Type Detail: How To.
  • Request Programme: AIM Level 1.

The Early Years Team

Early Years Hive Scheduled Maintenance

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The Early Years Hive and the National Childcare Scheme website will be unavailable tomorrow, 16 September 2021 at 5.00 pm for a maximum of 3 hours due to scheduled maintenance.

After this time, you will need to refresh your web browser to access the portal again.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your cooperation.

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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