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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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Childminder Learner Fund Bursary

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The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will open the Learner Fund Bursary for Childminders.

Eligible applicants must be registered with Tusla and hold a full level 5 or level 6 award on the National Frame of Qualifications (NFQ) which was achieved in the academic years 2013 to 2019 inclusive.

Applications will open on 19th August and the deadline for submission of applications will be 27th September 2019.

If you would like further information or an application form, please contact our office on 057 9135878 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ECCE 2019/2020 Optional Extras

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In light of the revised Optional Extras Guide which was uploaded on PIP on 3rd of July, there have been changes to allowable and disallowable optional extras (page 3) for the 2019/2020 programme year. The rule in relation to ad hoc extra times requested by parents has also been revised (please see PIP notice dated 3rd July 2019).

As many service providers had submitted their ECCE fees list on PIP before these changes were issued, we would ask that you ensure that your fees list is compliant with the changes. Your CCC may have communicated to you prior to 3rd July that your fees list was approved.

In light of the updated Guide can you please ensure your fees list complies with the changes. If it does not can you please amend and resubmit on PIP.

In addition, following consideration of feedback the Department of Children and Youth Affairs has decided to allow 1 paid trip for ECCE programme year as an optional extra for 2019/2020. We would also like to remind all services (sessional, part time, full time) that they must offer an ECCE ONLY SESSION (for which there is no charge) on their fees list.

September Readiness 2019/2020

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Below is the key information you will need in relation to deadline dates for registrations and payments for the coming weeks.

For detailed programme information please click on relevant programme links below:

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Programme call start date
Final contracting date
Date programme opens for registrations
26th August
23rd August
19th August
19th August
16th August
19th August
26th August
23rd August
26th August

Before registrations can commence:

· Services must be in contract;

· Service calendars and fees lists should be submitted.

In addition, in order for Pobal to process payments, services need to have a valid TCAN.

Payments will be made to the existing bank account associated with the service/programme on PIP; for any changes please notify the Early Years & Young Peoples Directorate via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

However, if services wish to be included in the first preliminary payments, contracting must be completed earlier, as per the table below:

 1st- preliminary payment date
Earlier contract date
(in order to be included in 1st preliminary payment)
Subsequent preliminary payment date:
23rd August
16th August
30th August
16th August
12th August
23rd August
20th August

If you have any queries please contact Pobal Online Support on 01-5117222, or contact your local City/County Childcare Committee.

National Childcare Scheme Training - Phase 2 - (Tullamore)

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These sessions will provide practical training on the use of the National Childcare Scheme’s IT system, covering both the service provider portal and the parent application process.
All training sessions will take place in the Offaly Centre for Independent Living, Tullamore.  Click on the link below to book into a FREE session today
Date and Time Link to make a booking
Tue, 10 September 2019:  2:00pm – 5:00pm
Eventrite - 10th September, 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Sat, 14 September 2019:  10:00am – 1:00pm Eventbrite - Sat 14th September, 10am - 1.00pm
Sat, 14 September 2019:  2:00pm – 5:00pm Eventbrite - Sat 14th September: 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Wed, 25 September 2019:  2:00pm – 5:00pm Eventbrite - Wed 25th September: 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Wed, 25 September 2019:  7:00pm – 10:00pm Eventbrite - Wed 25th September: 7.00pm - 10.00pm

ECCE 2018/2019 Programme Closure

The 2018/2019 ECCE Programme which officially ran from 27th August 2018 to 28th June 2019 will close at 6pm Friday 9th August 2019. PobalLogo

Pobal will change the status of all ECCE 2018/2019 Contracts to ‘Inactive’ and this will appear on the PIP Portal.
At this point, Early Years Services will not be able to create new child registrations on the PIP Portal.

Please check all ECCE 2018/2019 registrations in advance of 9th August 2019:
· If new registrations are required please submit before the deadline of 9th August 2019.
· Amendments can be made until 27th September 2019.
· Payments on these registrations will be facilitated until 6th December 2019.

Any overpayments made to services in 2018/2019 will be carried forward and deducted from the preliminary ECCE payment for 2019/2020.

Higher Capitation Applications will also be closed from 31st July 2019, after which point, no new submission of Applications may be made. Resubmissions of existing Higher Capitation Applications may be possible until 9th August 2019.

If your service is closing please inform Pobal via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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