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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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Early Years Hive - Scheduled Maintenance

Early Years Hive - Scheduled Maintenance ncs logo long

Dear Service Provider,

Both the National Childcare Scheme website (NCS.gov.ie) and the Early Years Hive will be unavailable on Wednesday, 11th March for a maximum of 4 hours between 3pm and 7pm, due to scheduled maintenance.

During this time, the Early Years Provider Centre (EYPC) will have limited capacity to assist as internal systems will also be affected.
We try to keep temporary downtime such as this to a minimum, however, they are essential for the development and improvement of the Early Years Hive.

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

Early Years Team

Covid-19 – Statement from the Department of Education and Skills

The Department of Education and Skills is liaising closely with the Department of Health on a continuing basis. des

Any decision to close schools will be made on public health advice. There is no such advice at this point. It is essential that any decisions regarding responses to Covid-19 are proportionate, necessary and based on specific public health advice. No other response is appropriate.

Public health professionals will contact schools if there is any action to be taken. Schools should not take unilateral action.

Schools, pre-schools and higher education settings have been provided with advice and guidance in respect of Covid-19. There is up to date guidance for schools and parents on education.ie/covid19.

The Department is deeply conscious of the significance of decisions concerning school closures, and the potential impact any such decisions would have on parents, families and the wider community.

This is an evolving situation and the health advice is being updated on a daily basis. The Department of Education and Skills and Department of Health will continue to work closely together on this issue.

Covid-19 – Statement from the Department of Education and Skills

 

Guidance for staff in childcare and educational settings, including language schools about novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance for staff in childcare and educational settings, including language schools about novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) V1.1.05.03.2020hpsc HSE logo

This guidance will assist educational settings, including language schools, and childcare settings in providing advice for staff and host families on the following:

  • the novel coronavirus, COVID-19,
  • how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19,
  • what advice to give to individuals who have travelled from countries where COVID-19 is circulating within the last 14 days
  • what to do if someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 has been in a school or other educational setting, or is staying with a host family
  • what advice to give to individuals who have travelled from countries with ongoing transmission within the last 14 days
  • advice on how to clean /disinfect areas where there has been a case of COVID-19 in an educational or childcare setting


Please click on link to view the guidance in full:  Guidance for childcare and educational settings about COVID-19 V1.1, 05.03.2020

***Department of Children and Youth Affairs policy on service closures due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)***

***Department of Children and Youth Affairs policy on service closures due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)*** DCYA new logo

  • If a service is directed to close by the HSE, DCYA will approve closure on force majeure grounds, so that subvention will continue to be paid under all DCYA programmes, ECCE, NCS and the legacy schemes. The service will not be required to make up days for those closed due to approved force majeure.
  • If a service choose to close, without being directed to by the HSE, any application for force majeure will be considered on a case by case basis, in accordance with current practice. This policy is being kept under review and we will be guided by the HSE in the case of services which close due to concerns about COVID 19
  • If a parent chooses to keep a child at home due to illness or fear of illness the usual rules apply. Children can be absent for up to 4 weeks without a loss of funding for the service. If a child or their parent is ill, they can apply to their CCC for approval for an additional 8 weeks of subvention while the child is absent. If a child is absent for more than 4 weeks, without any illness, the CCCs will consider requests for continued funding on a case by case basis. If the absence is due to a parent keeping their child at home due to fear of illness, the CCCs may take this into consideration when considering the request.

Further guidance on this point will be issued in the coming weeks.

Reminder: Early Learning and Care & School Age Capital 2020 Programmes Application

Reminder: Early Learning and Care & School Age Capital 2020 Programmes ApplicationPobalLogo

Dear Service Provider,

The application process for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Capital 2020 is now open and will close 27th March 2020.

For any services who wish to apply, or who may have applications in Draft status, we encourage these applications to be submitted as soon as possible in order to avoid any technical issues.

Please note our lines are always very busy approaching the deadline date. We strongly advise the submission of applications before the 27th March to ensure that any technical issues raised can be resolved.

Any issues or queries raised with the Early Years Provider Centre (EYPC) team after Wednesday 25th March 2020 may not be resolved before the 3pm application submission deadline and could impact you being able to complete/submit your application in time.

If you have any queries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 5117222.

Early Years Team

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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