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Early Years Team

Minister Zappone welcomes recognition of progress made in Children’s Rights Alliance Report Card

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Published: 3 March 2020
From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Progress reported under several headings, including subsidised & school-age childcare, childminding and educational disadvantage

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone today welcomed the recognition of significant progress made in areas including school-age childcare, childminding, and educational disadvantage in the 2020 Report Card by the Children’s Rights Alliance.

Minister Zappone recognises the Report Card plays an important role in highlighting how Government policy can best protect, support and care for our children.

Welcoming the report’s positive grade in relation to childcare, the Minister said:

“In the last five years, State investment in early learning and care and school-age childcare has increased by an unprecedented 141%. This funding has been used to remove barriers to access so that children can enrol and meaningfully participate in high-quality early learning and care and school-age childcare.

First 5: A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families 2019-2028, sets out an ambitious programme of work across Government Departments to improve the experiences and outcomes of children in Ireland from birth to age 5 across all aspects of their lives in the coming ten years. As the Report Card acknowledges, particular achievements in the last year include the introduction of the National Childcare Scheme, the draft Childminding Action Plan and the School-Age Childcare Regulations.

I welcome the very positive response to the new National Childcare Scheme - the introduction of this Scheme provides a robust, sustainable platform for future investment in childcare in Ireland. I have ensured that the Scheme is designed to be responsive to adjustments deemed necessary by Government. My Department will be monitoring the scheme closely to ensure it supports those most in need.”

With regard to the Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) service, the Minister welcomed the CRA’s support for the ongoing work of establishing the service. She shares the CRA’s view that law reform in this area has the potential to make a real impact to the lives of children. As noted by the CRA, it is now in the hands of the 33rd Dáil to ensure that the impetus is not lost and that priority is given to finalising legal reform in this area, and the Minister very much hopes that this will be the case.

Notwithstanding this progress, tackling issues around affordability, accessibility and quality provision of early learning and care remains a priority for the Department of Children & Youth Affairs. A number of important reform projects are underway to address these issues, including the development of a new Funding Model and a Workforce Development Plan.

Early Learning and Care & School Age Capital 2020 Programmes Application

Early Learning and Care & School Age Capital 2020 Programmes Application window opens from 12pm, 28th February to 3pm Friday 27th March 2020PobalLogo

Applications for funding can be made through the Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP).
The window will remain open up to Friday 27th March 2020 at 3pm.

Decisions are expected to be delivered in June 2020.

The available strands of funding are as follows:
Strand A: Increase places for 0-2 years and 8 months (max. €50,000 per grant).
Strand B: Maintenance grant for community Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare services (max. €1,200 per grant).
Strand C: Increase of school age places (max. €20,000 per grant).

Both Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare providers are invited to apply.

Interested parties are encouraged to contact their local City/County Childcare Committee (CCC) with any questions about the process to complete an application form.

If you require further assistance please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01- 5117222.

Further information for pre-schools in relation to Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Further information for pre-schools in relation to Covid-19 (Coronavirus) PobalLogo

Dear Service Provider,

We would like to direct your attention to a dedicated webpage on the website of the Department of Education and Skills which contains more information on the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) – Link.

This includes a letter from the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Tony Holohan, addressing the recent school closure as a result of the confirmed Covid-19 case as well as a link to advice issued by the HSE in relation to pre-schools - Link.

Early Years Team

Let’s Talk About Early Learning and Care

*****Let’s Talk About Early Learning and Care*****

A Consultation event for all Early Year Providers & Staff will take place in Offaly in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Tuesday 31st March from 7.00pm to 10.00pm.

These consultation events are part of a wider consultation process that will inform developments in Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare, as part of First 5, the ten-year whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families.

To book a place please see the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/offaly-ccc-first-5-consultation-tickets-96694099655?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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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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