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Privacy Notice

This is the website privacy notice of Cork County Childcare Committee.  The use of ‘we’, ‘us, ‘our’ means Cork County Childcare Committee.


We at Cork County Childcare Committee will always respect your right to have your personal data processed in a safe and secure manner. This privacy notice will explain our firm commitment to protecting this right.


Who we are & how to contact us:

Cork County Childcare Committee is one of thirty City and County Childcare Committees (CCCs) nationwide. Funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, we provide information and support to early years providers, parents and childminders to implement national childcare policy at a local level in Cork County.


We operate from two locations in Cork. Our main office for general correspondence is Market House, Buttevant, Co Cork, P51 FRDO. For general queries or if you have any questions about how we process your personal data, request further information or where you would like to exercise your ‘access rights’ please email us:, or phone us on 022 23880.

Data Controller:

Cork County Childcare Committee is the data controller for personal data we process about you such as when you logon to our website and send us a message via the ‘contact form’.


Who does this privacy notice relate to:

This notice summarises our data processing practices in relation to you when you visit this website. For offline processing of personal data, you can request a copy of our Data Protection Policy.


This website is intended for early years providers, parents, childminders and employers who work & operate in the early childcare services industry.

Data Protection:

We take our responsibility to protect your data seriously and will not collect any personal data about you on this website without your clear knowledge and permission. Any personal data which you volunteer to us will be treated strictly in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Irish Data Protection Acts 1988-2018 and the ePrivacy Regulations S.I. 336/2011.


We ensure that all your personal data is processed lawfully, fairly and transparently, is collected for specific, explicit and legitimate purposes only, and not processed in any manner incompatible with those purposes, your data is kept safe and secure, kept accurate and up to date, is adequate, relevant and not excessive and is retained for the purposes for which it was obtained for no longer than is necessary.


Personal data we keep about you:

Cork County Childcare Committee respects the rights of its users and does not collect personal information of any kind via its website, with exception of queries submitted to Cork County Childcare Committee via the feedback form on the website

Where a user submits a query through the feedback form on the website, that information will be used only to respond to the query.  Non-identifying data from such queries may be used for research or statistical purposes only.

For general web browsing no personal information is revealed to us, although certain statistical information is available to us via our Internet service provider.  Technical data such as your IP address and address of the server you are using, type of browser, date & time you access the site and the internet address linking to our site. We may also use temporary “session” cookies which enable a visitor’s web browser to remember which pages on this website have already been visited. Please refer to our Cookie Notice on the bottom of each page  for further information.

Some of the above information is used to create summary statistics, which allow us to assess the number of visitors to our site and to identify what pages are accessed most frequently.  We use these statistics to help us make our site more user friendly.

Lawful basis for processing:

We process your personal data based on the following lawful basis:


  • Processing based on your consent (e.g., where you voluntarily submit your details, submit a request for information or request to be added to our database).

  • Processing based under public interest (e.g., where it is vested in us as a Controller to provide publicly funded support services to you as an early year’s educator, parent, childminder or employer working in the early childhood area).

  • Processing necessary for us to pursue our legitimate interests (e.g., where we process technical data so to improve the effectiveness of our website).


Your rights:

Under data protection law, you as a ‘data subject’ have certain rights. Subject to certain restrictions, which are set out below, you can exercise these rights in relation to the personal data we process.


  • The right to be informed about the processing of your personal data.

  • The right to access your personal data.

  • The right to rectification of your personal data.

  • The right to erasure of your personal data.

  • The right to data portability.

  • The right to object to processing of your personal data.

  • The right to restrict processing of your personal data.

  • Rights in relation to automated decision making, including profiling. 


If you are not satisfied with how we process your personal data, you have the right to complain to the Irish Data Protection Commission ( We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the Data Protection Commission, so please contact us in the first instance.


We may need you to provide additional information in order to enable us to identify your personal data and/or to verify your identity when you exercise these rights.


Restriction of data subject rights in certain circumstances:

There are some restrictions to these rights, details of which are included in our Data Protection Policy and Subject Access Request Policy. Article 23 of the GDPR allows for data subject rights to be restricted in certain circumstances.


Who we share your information with:

We do not share your information with third parties other than those set out in this notice.  We may share your information in the following circumstances:


  • Service providers: We may need to share your personal data with our service providers, such as where necessary to provide our services to you. All of our service providers will be obliged to keep your data safe and secure.

  • Legal and safety: In certain instances, we may share information where we reasonably believe that it is necessary for legal reasons, to defend our legal rights, to enforce our terms of use or to protect our rights, property, users, customers, or the safety of any person. For example, we may provide personal data when ordered by a court to do so.

  • Insurance: we may be required to share your details with our insurers.

  • Business transfer: Where some or all of our organisation and/or its assets may potentially be or have been acquired, we may need to transfer your personal data to the new or prospective owners.

  • We may be required to share your information with a third party other than a service provider where you have given your consent for us to do so.


Where we store personal data:

We generally store personal data on servers located inside the European Economic Area (EEA).


International Transfers:

We may need to transfer your data to other third-party service providers in countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA consists of countries in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway: they are considered to have equivalent laws when it comes to data protection.


This kind of data transfer may happen if our service providers are based outside the EEA.


If we send your data to a country that is not in the EEA, we will ensure the appropriate transfer mechanisms are in place such as:


  • An adequate level of protection for personal data by the European Commission.

  • Where we use certain service providers, we may use specific contracts (standard contractual clause) approved by the European Commission which give personal data the same protection it has in the EEA.


Please contact us if you want further information on the specific mechanism used by us when transferring your personal data outside the EEA.


How long we keep your data for:

We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal or reporting requirements.


How secure is your data:

We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal data on our instructions, and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.



We strive to provide you with choices in relation to how you would like us to communicate with you. As you are connected to the early childhood services sector you may receive marketing communications from us where you have given us permission, or you have not opted out to receiving such information.


We do not sell or distribute your personal data to third parties for purposes of allowing them to market products and services to you.


Social Media:

We operate a social media page on Facebook.  This notice includes how Cork County Childcare Committee will use any data collected from those pages.  However, it does not cover how the providers of social media websites will use your information.  You are advised to check the privacy policies/notices of these social media sites to find out how they process this information.


Third Party Websites:

Our website contains links to third party websites that we believe may be of interest to you (i.e., childminders, early childcare services). This privacy notice only governs and we are not responsible for the privacy policies that govern third party websites that we might link to.  When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy policy of every website you visit.



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Governing Law and Jurisdiction:

This notice and all issues regarding this website are governed exclusively by Irish law and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Irish courts.


Changes to this Privacy Notice:

We may revise this notice on occasion. This privacy notice was last updated in May 2023. 

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