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This Weeks News & Information Bulletin
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Deadlines / Important Dates

Friday 3rd May 2024
Parent & Toddler Group Grant Application closing date
Friday 26th June 2024
Deadline for submission of Core Funding Financial reporting 


Parent & Toddler Group Grants 

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) has announced the launch of the 2024 Parent and Toddler (P&T) Grant.

This year the DCEDIY will continue to support P&T groups with a special focus on increased participation in P&T sessions of recently arrived parents and children from Ukraine and other countries.

Funding allocations for 2024 will be based on applications received and recommendations put forward by each CCC, subject to DCEDIY approval. The closing date for receipt of applications from Parent & Toddler groups is Friday 3rd May 2024.

Contact us for an Application Form on 022-23880 or

The Press Release on the 2024 Parent and Toddler Grants can be viewed HERE 

Childminding Business Information Sessions

Cork City & County Childcare Committee are running the 4 Part Business Information Series for childminders throughout April and May. These sessions are for both existing and potential childminders and will be delivered in the morning from 10am -11.30am and in the evening from 7pm to 8.30pm. 

To book a space on any of these information sessions please click Here.
If you have any queries, please contact / 022-23880.


Core Funding Reporting Requirement -  Year 1

The Financial reporting requirements in this transitional phase is an Income and Expenditure Report. All relevant documents are available on Hive> Resources> Programme Documents> Core Funding documents> Core Funding Reporting Requirement Year 1 (2022/23) Click Here.

The Income & Expenditure report will be submitted on a new portal, which will open in two stages: 
•    The portal will be open to providers to register and to link their nominated accountant on or before the 29th April. 
•    The portal will be open on or before the 31st May to accept completed Income and Expenditure report templates
•    The deadline for submission of the completed Income & Expenditure report template is 26th June. 

Please click Here for an up-to-date Core Funding Financial Reporting Requirements Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) which can also be found under Programme Document. 

Please contact your Development Worker if you require support.
Click Here for further information in full Bulletin

Consultations on the draft childminding regulations

Cork City & County Childcare Committees have scheduled another online Childminder Focus Group on the proposed new childminding regulations.  This focus group will take place online on Monday 15th April from 7pm to 9pm.  Book your place:
To book your place at one of the consultations please click Here:

Your opinion matters.  Your voice, your experiences and your ideas are valued.  Join the Focus Groups and play an integral role in shaping the future of childminding in Ireland.  All childminders in Cork City & County are welcome to attend, please share this information with any childminders you may know.  Attendance and feedback will be anonymous.

For further information on the focus groups, please contact:
Nessa on 021 4310500 /
Denise on 022 23880 /

Trauma Informed Training

Cork County and Cork City Childcare Committees in partnership with Tusla have organised Trauma Informed Training for Childcare Providers. Further information on the training provided is available on the following link click Here. This training may fulfil goals as identified through the Core Funding Quality Action Plan. Places on the course need to be booked by completing the attached booking form and returned to
Current Training Dates: Both dates must be completed to receive certification.
•    Saturday 11th & 18th May from 9am to 1pm
•    Tuesday 14th & 21st May from 2pm to 6pm
•    Thursday 23rd & 30th May from 2pm to 6pm
•    Saturday 8th & 15th June from 9am to 1pm
•    Saturday 28th Sept & 5th Oct from 9am to 1pm

AIM Information Sessions for Parents & Providers

Cork City and County Childcare Committees together with Better Start are hosting AIM information sessions for Providers & Parents. 
Both sessions will be held online on 1st May
Providers session @4pm-5pm
Parents session @7pm- 8pm
Please see attached posters, we would be grateful if you could share the parents one with parents in your setting. 

AIM Service Providers Info Session Poster Here

Aim Parent Information Session Poster Here

Click Here for further information in full Bulletin

Welcome to April Happy Talkers!

In the Happy Talk Calendar this month we are learning new words, through play and fun, we love to play with the rhymes we know, to build our vocabulary, our sentences, and our stories.
We practice Listening Carefully in this month’s Happy Talk Mindful Moment! Listening helps us learn, relax, and enjoy lots of things! (Please see the calendar for April 2024 Here)

Information Sessions 

Cork County Childcare Committee are holding Information Sessions for ELC/SAC partner services on the Core Funding Financial Reporting requirements. These sessions will take place as follows:
Session 1: Tuesday 9th April 2.30pm (Online via Microsoft Teams)
Session 2: Thursday 11th April 6pm (Online via Microsoft Teams)
These short information sessions will outline the transitional requirements in place for year 1 and year 2 of Core Funding.
Click Here to book:
If you require more detailed support, please contact your Development Worker.


Cork County Childcare Committee was formed in 2001 and is funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) to improve the quality of childcare in Cork County.   

In addition to supporting the administration of all Government funding programmes for childcare; City and County Childcare Committees work with early childhood services and childminders looking for support with quality development, HR, governance, financial sustainability and continuing professional development.  

We also work with Parents to locate childcare best suited to their families needs, and advise on relevant government funded schemes etc.


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