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The work of the City/County Childcare Committees is underpinned by the following seven principles:

  1. A commitment by all stakeholders to continue to ensure quality, accessible and affordable childcare services for children and their families.
  2. City/County Childcare Committees, as a key stakeholder, continue to be responsive and flexible in relation to meeting the objectives and requirements of the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) and Pobal.
  3. All actions delivered by and on behalf of DCEDIY/Pobal are in line with the ten year First 5 the Whole-of-Government Strategy for babies, young children and their families to improve their experiences and outcomes.
  4. City/County Childcare Committees are to ensure consistency and uniformity in the delivery of all supports and services and in relation to all communications in the early learning and care (ELC) and school age childcare (SAC) sectors.
  5. City/County Childcare Committees continue to maintain a close working relationship with early learning and care and school age childcare services.
  6. City/County Childcare Committees (CCCs) continue to work in a co-ordinated way, supported by Childcare Committees Ireland (CCI) and in collaboration and partnership with each other and other stakeholders, to deliver supports and services to the ELC and SAC sectors, to ensure that resources are utilised as effectively as possible, and to ensure that consistency across the CCCs is achieved.
  7. City/County Childcare Committees work, on behalf of the DCYA, at local level and should work in collaboration and partnership with other organisations such as Pobal including Better Start QDS/AIM and Tusla in the development and support of ELC and SAC services locally.

For 2021, the following objectives have been identified to assist in guiding the work of

the City/County Childcare Committees:

Objective 1: Support DCYA’s Finance, Governance and Reform Unit to

  • Provide information and support to childcare service providers in relation to issues identified as a result of Compliance Visits in respect of the following DCYA programmes: Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), Access and Inclusion Model (AIM), Community Childcare Subvention Private (CCSP),Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) and the National Childcare Scheme (NCS)
  • Support the DCYA and Pobal CAR in the ongoing improvement of compliance in the ELC and SAC sector.
  • Support the ongoing development and sustainability of the ELC and SAC sector with particular emphasis on the community childcare sector, being flexible and responsive to changing levels of need for support.
  • Support the ongoing development and improvement of governance in the ELC and SAC sectors.

Objective 2: Support DCYA’s Quality Unit to:

  • Deliver Child Protection and Welfare training as per National Programme.
  • Provide information to early learning and care sector in relation to statutory regulations, national policy, qualifications, standards and quality supports.
  • Promote and provide support to parents and pre-school providers in relation to AIM (The Access and Inclusion Model).
  • Provide support to early learning and care and school age childcare services with pre-registrations and change of circumstance.
  • Provide assistance to early learning and care services which need to engage in the post inspection Corrective Actions and Preventative Actions (CAPA) process with Tusla.
  • Provide support in relation to the National Síolta and Aistear Initiative.
  • Engage services through communities of practice approach on a range of topics relating to quality.
  • Provide supports to childminders.
  • Support the development of outdoor play-based learning.

Objective 3: Support DCYA’s (Schemes Oversight) and Communications
Unit to:

  • Communicate effectively with early learning and care services and school age childcare services wishing to operate the national childcare programmes.
  • Communicate effectively with potential applicants (parents/guardians), wishing to avail of national childcare programmes.
  • Communicate effectively with parents/guardians to ensure they are fully informed regarding childcare matters locally including service provision and quality of provision.

Objective 4: Support DCYA’s Projects Unit to:

  • Provide information, support and training to early learning and care services wishing to operate NCS.
  • Provide information and support to potential applicants (parents/guardians) wishing to avail of NCS including assisting access to those supports, with particular focus on vulnerable cohorts and families needing assistance with Sponsorship.

Objective 5: Support DCYA’s Schemes Oversight and (Communications)
Unit:

  • In the delivery and management of the following national childcare programmes and any extensions of these programmes in 2021: Early Childhood Care and Education Programme (ECCE),  Training and Employment Childcare Programme (TEC), Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP), including CCS Universal (CCSU), and CCS Resettlement (CCSR), National Childcare Scheme (NCS) Co-ordinate and administer the Parent and Toddler Grant scheme
  • Provide information, support and guidelines in relation to DCYA’s Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital 2021 funding Programme.

Objective 6: Support DCYA’s Policy Unit to:

  • Assist the Department in delivering on First 5: A Whole of Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families, launched in November 2018, including through piloting various initiatives.
  • Organise, facilitate and report on providers and practitioners consultation and parental consultation for the new Funding Model.
  • Support and promote the development and implementation of a stakeholder panel for the purpose of consultation on the new Funding Model.

Please click below to view the national website for County/City Childcare Committee:

https://myccc.ie/