Welcome to Westmeath County Childcare Committee

Westmeath County Childcare Committee is committed to creating an environment that values all children, by facilitating the development of an infrastructure of high quality early childhood care and educational services that support the holistic development of children in the context of family and community throughout Westmeath.

We provide extensive supports to Childcare Service providers who wish to avail of the government funding under the National Childhood Investment Programme, Community Childcare Subvention Scheme, Childcare Education & Training Support Scheme and the Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme. We also administer the Parent and Toddler grants and the Childminding Development Grants for County Westmeath. Coupled with this we provide development support to childcare services through information, training and networking events.
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  • Better Start Quality Development Service Criteria


    Better Start Quality Development Service has been offering an on-site mentoring service to Early Years providers since February 2015. If you feel your service would benefit from the support of a Better Start Early Years Specialist you will be interested to know that we have recently revised our allocation criteria. Our priority continues to be to work with large full day care services; however we are aware that some areas have had little access to quality supports. Services will be considered for the support of an Early Years Specialist (subject to availability) if they meet any of the criteria below.

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  • The Community Childcare Subvention Programme (CCS) is now open
  • Please see the following information from DCYA regarding CCS Registrations 2016/17.

    Please see the following information from DCYA regarding CCS Registrations 2016/17.

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  • Capacity Survey of Early Childhood Services

    Please complete the following short survey from DCYA which aims to give us an accurate picture of the capacity for childcare provision throughout Ireland.

    This is a short survey (5 mins max) but the information it provides is extremely valuable for the sector.

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