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

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AIM Informed Consent

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Dear Service Provider,

With effect from 20th July 2020, the parental AIM consent form was updated. Please remove any previous AIM Informed consent forms you may hold on your desktop. Older consent forms will not be accepted and will be referred back.

Link to the new consent form below:

In order to apply for AIM Level 4, 5, or 7, consent from the Parent/Guardian is required to be submitted with the child’s application. This will enable the Early Years Specialist and other professionals to support a child’s inclusion in the pre-school for the duration of his or her ECCE registration and to plan for his or her transition to primary school.

The information required on the AIM informed consent form includes;

  • The child’s name
  • The Service DCYA reference number
  • The setting name
  • Signatures of the Parent’s/Guardian of the child.

The form should then be uploaded onto PIP and submitted with the application. This form is a legal document and should be legible, completed in full and all signatures need to be dated.

Applications cannot be processed without been fully completed and will be referred back to the service for completion.

Early Years Team

Updated CCSP Saver Programme Rules 2020/2021

Updated CCSP Saver Programme Rules 2020/2021saver programme version 2

Dear Service Provider,

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs have updated the CCSP Saver Programme Rules 2020 Version 2 for the 2020/2021 programme year.

Key points are:

  1. the addition of the PUP under eligibility
  2. a Saver retaining their status provided they are in attendance and registered on PIP by the 13th August 2021
  3. the option of the use of email as confirmation for a range of documents
  4. an update of the rules for services who open for 37 weeks
  5. an update for the 50 plus week attendance rule

It is essential that all Early Learning Care and School Aged Childcare Services familiarise themselves with all the updates for the 2020/2021 CCSP Saver Programme Rules. If you require further clarification, please contact your local CCC.

Early Years Team

Minister O’Gorman launches National Quality Guidelines for School-Age Childcare Services

Minister O’Gorman launches National Quality Guidelines for School-Age Childcare ServicesNational Quality Guidelines for School Age Childcare Services

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., has launched National Quality Guidelines for School-Age Childcare Services.

The National Quality Guidelines describe the features of good quality practice in childcare services for school-age children, including both after-school and holiday childcare services. The National Quality Guidelines will be an important resource for the diverse range of services that provide school-age childcare in Ireland today.

This publication is the output of a Working Group set up by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in line with the first action identified in the Action Plan for School Age Childcare (2017). The Working Group brought together stakeholders and experts in school-age childcare, who worked intensively over an extended period to develop the Guidelines.

These National Quality Guidelines will assist, guide and inspire school-age childcare services to reach beyond the minimum standards set out in regulations. The Guidelines give central importance to children’s rights, child protection and welfare, equality and diversity, and environmentalism.

Speaking at today’s webinar launch, Minister O’Gorman said:

“I warmly welcome the publication of the National Quality Guidelines. These Guidelines will support school-age childcare providers and practitioners to give the best possible care for children.

“We all want to see childcare places that children will look forward to attending, and the guidelines published today will help achieve that. I would like to thank the Working Group for the effort and care they gave to produce this important resource.”

Consultation played a key part in the development of these guidelines. It included a consultation with children in 2016, a consultation with parents and providers in 2019, and a testing of the final draft Guidelines with a number of providers in 2020.

Minister O’Gorman also today published a report on the public consultation that took place to inform the development of comprehensive regulations and quality standards for school-age childcare. The process included an opportunity for public input into an earlier draft of the quality guidelines.

Minister O’Gorman added:

“The publication of the National Quality Guidelines recognises the importance of school-age childcare in the lives of children and families. The consultation process we carried out is part of our commitment to listen to those involved in school-age childcare and ensure that their voice informs new policy”.

The National Quality Guidelines for School Age Childcare Services are available here.

Plans for the roll-out, and training in the use, of the National Quality Guidelines will be announced over the coming months.

Funding for Parent & Toddler Groups 2020

Parent & Toddler Group Initiative Grants 2020Parent and Toddler Group Initative Grants 2020 Poster

The Parent & Toddler Grants Initiative for 2020 has been announced.  The grants scheme will run for the academic year September 2020 to June 2021. Because the grants will operate on an academic year the time frame for applications will be very tight. Applications have been sent to Parent & Toddler Group Contacts with a closing date of Thursday September 24th 2020.

Notification of decisions and payment of grants will be made by Friday 9th October 2020.

Information on grants available:

Applications for funding under this scheme should only be made by Parent & Toddler Groups that are organised on a not for profit basis and involve the participation of parents in the community. Grants will normally range from €100 to €1,000. Existing groups can apply for a maximum grant of €800. New start up groups may apply for a maximum grant of up €1000.

Funding will be available for:

  • Toys, equipment and books
  • Children’s activities, e.g. arts and crafts, music
  • Limited funding will be available towards insurance, rent or minor refurbishment, up to a maximum of 30% of total funding

Funding will not be available for:

  • Groups operating out of private homes
  • One off events such as outings, parties and trips
  • Groups with a closing balance of €3,000 or more in the previous year
  • Groups who received funding in previous years and did not return the Progress Report and receipts for items purchased
  • Groups who do not submit evidence of appropriate insurance when making their application

Additional Information:

  • P & T Groups should have a Bank Account/Credit Union Account. The money taken at each session, any grants received by the group or money received from fundraising should be paid into the account. It is recommended that spending on the group’s behalf should be paid for by cheque/draft. All transactions involving the group’s money should be recorded and all receipts kept
  • Applications from P & T Groups will only be accepted from groups known to Offaly CCC, new groups should make arrangements to meet an OCCC staff representative prior to application deadline
  • P & T Groups must submit evidence of appropriate insurance (not applicable to new groups)

How to apply:

• Please fill in the attached application form, using clear block writing
• Please ensure that all sections are completed (Application form, Annual Income & Expenditure Account, Progress Report)
• Simple financial records are important for groups in receipt of grants as they offer protection for all involved However, newly formed groups do not need to provide a financial record until they are in existence for one year
• Please ensure the application is signed by 2 committee members
• Applicants are required to submit up to date bank statement/credit union statement (no older than 2 months) with their application form.
• Forward Evidence of insurance with application
• Forward Evidence of receipts for items purchased with last grant, along with progress report
• Grant Applications will not be recommended if: They do not include adequate information, i.e. all sections of the application form must be completed

Please note: Information regarding the Parent & Toddler Grants is sent from Offaly County Childcare Committee to a named contact person in each Parent and Toddler Group in the County, therefore it is very important to keep the CCC informed if the contact person or contact details should change. If this is the case, please contact us as soon as possible on 057-9135878 to advise.

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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