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

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FREE Triple P Group Programme



Parents of Children 0 – 7years

Triple P gives you tips & strategies to help manage children’s behaviour, build positive relationships, meet with other parents and make family life more enjoyable.

DATE Wednesday 6th April 2016
TIME 10am – 12 noon
VENUE Sub Project, Youth Cafe, Main St, Birr

The Triple P Group Programme takes 7 weeks, with just 4 weekly two hour sessions, followed by 2 weekly support calls while you use the strategies at home.

Free Triple P 2 hour Workshop

On Dealing with Disobedience
Date Wednesday 15th June 2016 Date Tuesday 21st June 2016
Time 7:30 – 9:30pm Time 10am – 12noon
Venue Sub Project, Youth Café, Main Street, Birr

To book your place please contact the Triple P  office on 090 6434070 or call Tracey on 086 0634066. You are welcome to visit the website for information on more Triple P events or the Triple P Facebook Page.

DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications Updated

Please be advised that the Published list of DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications has been updated and is available view at A summary of the updates is also available.

This list was last updated on the 25th February 2016. The list was updated based on decisions of qualifications recognised from applications submitted before December 2015.

• For those whose qualification has been assessed and deemed not appropriate for recognition, notification has been issued and the person in question has been advised to contact their local CCC with regard to accessing the Learner Fund 3, for Level 5 courses.
• Letters of eligibility are also currently being issued to those people whose qualification or portfolio of qualifications will be deemed recognised by the DCYA, for that individual, however cannot be added to the published list.

The next qualifications validation meeting will take place at the end of March 2016, and will consider applications for qualification recognition submitted from December 2015.

The published list will soon be converted into an online searchable database that will indicated qualifications recognised and qualifications assessed and deemed not appropriate for recognition.

Click on the link below to view the updated list.

Summary of Qualifications as of 25th February 2016

Minister Reilly announces reform of the Higher Capitation for ECCE Services

Minister Reilly announces reform of the Higher Capitation payment made to providers of free pre-school to support building further capacity and quality.

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly, today announced the reform of the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Higher Capitation model to support capacity building and quality development across pre-schools. The changes will take effect from September 2016.

From September 2016 in ECCE services, Higher Capitation will be paid to individual ECCE sessions (or rooms) which are led by Early Years professionals with a relevant Level 7 qualification or higher. This changes the current model where the higher capitation rate is only paid if all sessions / rooms in the service are led by staff qualified at Level 7 or higher. This reform will allow more services to benefit from extra capitation. From September, services that have multiple ECCE rooms, but only one with a Pre-school Leader with the necessary higher capitation qualification, can avail of this higher funding for part of their service.

When the ECCE programme was first launched in 2010, the Higher Capitation model was introduced as a quality development measure to encourage the development of a qualified workforce to deliver an education focused curriculum to children in pre-school settings. A limited number of childcare staff at the time had higher level qualifications in early childhood care and education. Today, approximately 38% of services participating in the ECCE Programme are currently in receipt of the Higher Capitation grant. These services meet the ECCE Higher Capitation requirements in all of their ECCE Rooms. It is expected that from September 2016 up to 50% of services will qualify. The sector has asked for this change for some time and believes that it will encourage services to expand and to further develop the quality of their service.

The reform of the Higher Capitation model is one of a number of measures being taken by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to encourage an increase in the number of ECCE places available to meet increased demand from Sept 2016. From then, all children will be eligible for free pre-school from the time they turn 3 until they start in primary school. Children will be eligible to enter pre-school at three entry points after they turn three, September, January and April. The number of places will need to expand from 67,000 in 2015 to 127,000 by April 2017. Minister Reilly recently announced €4million in capital funding, aimed also at expanding the number of ECCE places.

Minister Reilly stated “Reforming the current Higher Capitation funding model will not only help to support the expansion of the ECCE programme that I announced as part of Budget 2016, but also, it gives recognition to the fact that there are increasing numbers of higher qualified staff working in the early childhood care and education sector. As part of the Budget, I also announced the increase in the Higher Capitation rate from €73 to €75 euro per child from September of this year.”

From September, the ECCE Higher Capitation rate will be passed on to services, based on the number of children allowed to participate in the qualifying Higher Capitation room.

Minister Reilly added “Attracting and retaining higher qualified staff into the Early Years sector is good for both children and services. The provision of this higher capitation rate to more services may provide an opportunity for employers to consider passing some of it on to their graduate staff. I am aware that some employers in existing services in receipt of Higher Capitation already do this.”

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has begun preparing for the administration of this reform and details of qualifying criteria and the application process will be communicated before August 2016.

Minister Reilly announces the release of €16m for 8,000 extra places under Community Childcare Subvention

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly, today announced the release of €16m extra funding from Budget 2016 so that the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) scheme, which subsidises childcare for certain low income parents, will be made more accessible by being available through Private Childcare Service Providers. The extension to the scheme will apply from Monday 7th March 2016 and is expected to fund around 8,000 additional childcare places.

In July 2015, Minister Reilly published a report which found that many parents eligible for this subvention, which can amount to as much as €95 per week per child, could not access it. This was because, until now, the scheme could only be provided through Community Childcare / Not for Profit services, which did not serve every area of the country. The Report recommended that the CCS should be made available to private childcare providers as well as community / not for profit services to improve accessibility and options for parents and children.

The extra 8,000 places will be in addition to the funding that the Minister provided in late 2015 which enabled community services to increase their existing numbers of children under the CCS scheme.

The Minister said today “I am delighted to be able to extend the provision of CCS funding to private childcare providers, allowing many previously excluded, parents and children to access this funding. The extra resources will make a significant difference to eligible parents on low incomes.”

The Minister made this announcement after considering data which showed that parents eligible for the scheme could not always be catered for by existing community services. Those eligible were not necessarily clustered in particular areas but distributed right across the country, many in areas where no community service existed, or, in some cases where that service was full.

There are approximately 4,700 services delivering early childhood care and education services in Ireland. Up to now, only 1,000 of these were able to access the CCS scheme. It is expected that as many as 1,000 services may apply to be part of the scheme from March.

Minister Reilly added “The extension of CCS, firstly across the community sector and now to private childcare providers is another step in assisting families with the expense of childcare. It will also provide additional income for providers and assist them in providing high quality services.”

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Pobal have issued a call for Private Childcare Providers to submit expressions of interest to enter into contract to deliver CCS.

Learner Fund 3 Re-Opening


The Learner Fund, which is currently subsidising thousands of learners who applied in 2014 is now open for online applications.

Learner Fund 3, (re-opened 11/02/16) offers a subsidy towards the cost of training to support existing early years practitioners, who wish to continue working directly with children, to attain the minimum qualification required under the revised Child Care Regulations.

Eligible courses must be completed by 31st December 2016 and result in a full Level 5 Major Award on the NFQ.

See DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications information document and list at for more details.

Applications should be submitted by service providers on behalf of their staff members, with the staff member’s authorisation.  Learner Fund 3 is re-opened for applications until 10th March 2016 (6 p.m.)

Please log into the PIP portal where there is a link to the application process. Further information and guidelines on how to apply are available on the PIP portal and Learner Fund portal. Please read these guidelines carefully before making an application.


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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