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Let’s Get Ready

Recently launched Let’s Get Ready – a gov.ie resource to support young children and their parents/guardians for the transition to pre-school or primary school.
The website is now live at Let’s Get Ready and will be updated regularly over the coming months, with new material added as it becomes available.
The campaign was developed in collaboration with the Department of Education, with support from a range of agencies and organisations.

National Action Plan for Childminding

The National Action Plan for Childminding is a pathway to be developed over the next 8 years that sets out steps towards regulation, support and subsidies, for all paid, non-relative childminders. The Action Plan will involve change and significant benefits for childminders, children and the families using their services.

The aim of the Action Plan is to provide greater recognition for childminding and to support childminders in their work of providing high quality early learning and care and school age childcare, thus supporting child development and learning outcomes and helping families.  National Childminding Plan

Tá Seachtain na Gaeilge 2021 linn!


Bainigí úsáid as bhúr Gaeilge i rith agus i ndiaidh 1ú go 17ú Mí Márta. 

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Minister O’Gorman announces additional investment to support children with disabilities in pre-school care

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., recently announced that additional funding for the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) secured in Budget 2021 will be made available from January. AIM payments, which enable ECCE (free pre-school) providers to support inclusion of children by reducing the adult-child ratio within the pre-school room, will rise by 7% from €195 to €210 per week.

The Access and Inclusion Model supports the meaningful participation of children with disabilities in the ECCE programme. The ECCE State scheme, provides 2 years of free pre-school for children between 2 years 8 months and school entry. AIM includes seven levels of supports for children and the pre-school, one of which funds services either to reduce the number of children in the pre-school room or to buy in additional assistance to enable a lower adult-child ratio. This assistance is a shared resource for the pre-school room, ensuring children with a disability can participate, learn and socialise with their peers in an inclusive and supportive environment.

Since AIM was introduced in 2016, over 11,000 children have benefited from lower adult to child ratios. This AIM support generally allows 2 qualified early education practitioners to work with each group of 11 children. Tens of thousands more children have benefited from the other supports available through the AIM programme.

Minister O’Gorman welcomed the increase in funding stating:

“Every child should have access to high quality early learning and care. Through the award-winning Access and Inclusion Model, we can support children with disabilities in accessing mainstream pre-schools and help pre-schools recruit and retain qualified staff to support inclusion. This increase in funding is a clear sign of my Department’s commitment to continue fostering an inclusive culture, one where all children are supported in benefitting from early learning and care.”

The increased capitation will be paid to early learning and care services approved for AIM additional assistance support from the first week of January 2021. The 7% increase will align AIM capitation rates to current ECCE capitation rates, which were increased by 7% in September 2018.

For more information on the Access and Inclusion Model see www.aim.gov.ie

The early learning and care and school aged childcare Capital Programme for 2021.

The funding available for the 2021 Capital Programme is €8.3million. The distribution of capital funding is determined on an annual basis, having regard to the needs of children, families and service providers, and Departmental priorities. The priority for the 2021 Capital Programme will be a fire safety capital grant.


“Supporting Your Child’s Transition from Pre-school to Primary school”.

Do you have a child starting school in September? The National Parents Council Primary are running free online Interactive workshops on “Supporting Your Child’s Transition from Pre-school to Primary school”. They will be full of practical hints, tips and advice to support you to support your child’s transition to primary school.

The sessions are taking place online from the 9th November just click on the link below to register, here you will find a choice of dates and times for the event.


Each session will be limited to 15 parents to allow for discussion and questions.



Coiste Cúram Leanaí Phort Láirge Staff Contact Details

Coiste Cúram Leanaí Phort Láirge Staff Contact Details

Coiste Cúram Leanaí Phort Láirge remains fully operational however some of the team are working remotely in line with Covid 19 precautions.
Please do not hesitate to contact the office directly by phone or to contact individual members of the staff team by mobile phone and email. A staff member will be present in the office during our normal office hours 9am to 5 pm and all other staff are working from home and available to assist by mobile phone or email contact details and days staff are available as follows;
Mon to Fri
Office: info@cccw.ie 051 295045
Rose: rmurphy@cccw.ie 087 9050484
Mon to Wed
Andrew: adoherty@cccw.ie 087 6980772
Deirdre: dlindy@cccw.ie 087 2093202
Tuesday to Friday
Rosemarie: rcusack@cccw.ie 087 9322311 Jacqui: jdesiun@cccw.ie 087 9802956
Wed to Friday
Máire: mcooke@cccw.ie 087 2718072