Core Objectives of Clare County Childcare Committee
The objectives of the National Strategy 2011-2013 – Early Childhood Care and Education Programmes are defined as follows:
To develop comprehensive childcare supports, infrastructure and services where the holistic well-being of children and families are fundamental.
To enhance quality early childhood education and care and school-age provision.
To consolidate investment in the sector in order to support the continuing development of a stable, integrated and sustainable infrastructure.
Through ongoing professional development, to build on the capacity of the ECCE sector to enhance and develop quality services for children and their families.
To ensure effective and transparent collaboration, communication and consultation, and optimum use of resources by all stakeholders in early childhood care and education.
Key Priorities for 2013
Our priorities for 2013 are those identified by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs:
•Supporting the delivery of the three national programmes (ECCE, CCS, CETS)
•Supporting sustainability throughout the sector
•Supporting childcare providers
•Síolta – the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education
•Aistear – the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework
•Managing challenging behaviour
•Child Protection Early Years Committee
•Rollout of Children First Training
Literacy & Numeracy
•Supporting the implementation of the National Strategy to improve Literacy and Numeracy
•Workshops supporting Literacy & Numeracy
Clarecare, HSE, County Development Board, Community Providers Representative, County Enterprise Board, Trade Unions, Parent Representative, Local Development Company, Private Providers Representative, FÁS, Community Forum and Adult Education.
National Strategic Plan 2011 - 2013 Early Childhood Care and Education Programmes
The City and County Childcare Committees and Voluntary Childcare Organisations, led by the Childcare Directorate of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and assisted by POBAL, will work collectively and collaboratively during 2011 - 2013 to deliver early childhood care and education programmes which support children and families.