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Learner Fund Bursary 2021

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth  (DCYEDIY) will re-open the Learner Fund Bursary 2021 for the following bursaries:

  1. Graduate Bursary 2021
  2. Childminder Bursary ( TUSLA registered) 2021

Applications forms can be sought from Coiste Curam Leanaí Phor Lairge Applications opened 16th August  2021 and the closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 1st October 2021
For applications forms or queries on the Learner Fund Process please contact Máire Cooke, CCLPL  on 087-2718072 or email mcooke@cccw.ie
For further information on each bursary click on the relevant link below:
Graduate Bursary 2021 – Page 1
Graduate Bursary 2021 – Page 2
Childminder Bursary 2021

Parent & Toddler Group Initiative Grants 2021

Applications for funding under this scheme should only be made by Parent & Toddler Groups that are organised on a not for profit basis and involve the participation of parents in the community. Grants will normally range from €100 to €1,250.  Existing groups can apply for a maximum grant of €800.  New start up groups may apply for a maximum grant of up €1250.

Funding will be available for:  

  • Toys, equipment and books for indoor and outdoor activities
  • Storage for equipment
  • Training for parents, e.g. paediatric first aid, committee skills, parenting courses
  • Children’s activities, e.g. arts and crafts, music
  • Limited funding will be available towards insurance, rent or minor refurbishment, up to a maximum of 30% of total funding for existing services.
  • Limited funding will be available towards insurance or rent, up to a maximum of 70% of total funding for new services.
  • The closing date is 30th July 2021

For further details on the Parent & Toddler Grant please contact Coiste Cúram Leanaí Phort Láirge on info@cccw.ie or 051 295045

Childminding Development Grant

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth have issued the application process for the Childminding Development grant for 2021. This grant assists childminders who are caring for children in their own home to purchase safety and play equipment up to the value €1,000.

The purpose of the Childminder Development Grant is to offer an incentive, in the form of a small capital grant, to Childminders to enhance and support their awareness of quality childcare.


The Childminder Development Grant is designed to assist Childminders, already providing a childminding service in their own homes, to enhance safety/quality in the service through the purchase of small capital items, equipment, toys or minor adaptation costs.  It may also give financial assistance to new or prospective Childminders with their initial set up costs. All applicants must be committed to maintaining/improving the quality of their childminding service.

What funding is available under the Childminding Development Grant?

The maximum grant available to a Childminder, who fully meets the criteria of the scheme, is 90% of total receipted eligible childcare expenditure, subject to a maximum grant of €1,000.

Who is eligible to apply for funding ?


ü A Childminder who is:

a) Providing an existing childminding service carried out in the Childminder’s home


b) Proposing a new childminding service to be carried out in the Childminder’s home

ü A Childminder who provides/proposes to provide childminding services (not including Childminders own children) for at least:

a) 3 children on a part time basis


b) 1 child on a full-time basis and 1 child on a part time basis

ü Must provide evidence of appropriate insurance (must show valid insurance period)
ü Must provide evidence of Tusla Children First E-Learning programme

(This is a free 1.5hr online programme available on https://www.tusla.ie/children-first/children-first-e-learning-programme/


ü Required to operate as a Childminder for a minimum of two years following receipt of the grant.

What can the grant be used for?

The grant can be used for the purchase of small capital items such as items to enhance safety/quality in the service; equipment; toys or minor adaptation costs to improve the quality of service provided. The following list (which is not exhaustive) gives examples of the different types of costs that are eligible and not eligible for the grant (please consult with your local Childcare Committee if you have queries in relation to eligibility).

Eligible Equipment

Safety items – fire blanket, fire extinguisher, smoke alarm, socket covers, cupboard locks, first aid kit, stair gate, fireguard, car seat etc.

Childcare equipment – changing table / mat, sterilizer, double/single buggy, high chair, cot, sturdy child sized table & chairs, booster seat, step up stools, potty, bedding, car seat, foot operated bin, storage etc.

Indoor/outdoor play equipment – swing, slide, climbing frame, sand box & water tray, ride on toys, building blocks, art & craft supplies, books, appropriate toys for various age groups, etc.

Minor adaptations – fencing, gates, painting, and flooring, developing a changing area / outdoor play space etc.

Please Note:

Ensure that all equipment purchased complies with The EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC to ensure that equipment meets safety requirements.

Ensure that, for minor adaptions, that the person is a registered contractor.

What is not acceptable eligible equipment?

Trampolines, subscriptions, consumables, walkers, travel cot, electronic equipment including: games/consoles, IT equipment, batteries.

 What is not acceptable eligible expenditure?

Delivery cost of items, second hand items, bags (packing at the shop), installation/worker labour costs, items that would be considered for home use rather than childcare use.

Closing date for applications:  16 July 2021


Application Forms and further information

Please send an email to info@cccw.ie or contact staff on 051 295045


Enhancing Outdoor & Risky Play in your Home Environment

Free online workshop specifically for Childminders

Enhancing Outdoor & Risky Play in your Home Environment

This free workshop takes place online on Thursday 10 June 7.30-8.30pm

To enrol:

Please click on the link below to provide your name and email and we will send you a link to the workshop before the event.



Further details available by contacting us on 051 295045 or emailing info@cccw.ie


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.