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Clare County Childcare Committee continues to be a vital point of contact for information and support for early year’s services (potential and existing), parents, students and local agencies in Clare.

The key actions for Core Work in 2017 (Department of Children and Youth Affairs - DCYA):

1. To support DCYA in the delivery of the following national childcare programmes including support to services in contracting, managing and compliance with these and any forthcoming extensions to these programmes during 2017 i.e. Early Childhood Care and Education Programme (ECCE), Community Childcare Subvention Programme (CCS). Training and Employment Childcare Programme (TEC), Early Years Capital, Learner Funds.

2. To co-ordinate and administer small grants programmes and report to Pobal and DCYA. 
• Childminder Development Grant Administration
• Parent & Toddler Grant Administration

3. To provide support to all childcare service providers (community, private, childminders, parent and toddler groups, after-schools) in accordance with all statutory regulations, national policy and quality standards specifically in the areas of :-
• Governance and board of management training and development 
• Leadership & management supports for early years managers 
• Crisis management supports including dedicated one to one supports to services at risk or of concern
• Signposting in relation to staff qualifications and standards, training and continued professional development 
• Meeting new regulations and implementing the National Practice Frameworks 
• Delivery of Basic Child Protection and Welfare training and follow up policy development workshops 
• Supporting early years services to utilise PIP effectively
• Undertaking research/consultation and the provision of information/data which will inform policy and or programme development when requested  
• Maintaining an efficient communications strategy for the dissemination and promotion information to childcare services and parents

4. To continue to provide information and support to parents, including referrals and signposting to other services or agencies, particularly in relation to:-
• Access to early years services 
• Quality early years provision including compliance with current regulations and funding programme rules
• Family/parenting support services