Roscommon County Childcare Committee (Roscommon CCC) was established in 2002 and is a partnership of the statutory, voluntary, community, and private sectors, including parents and families, working together for the enhancement of early childhood care and education in County Roscommon.
Roscommon CCC is the first point of contact for the public in seeking advice, information or support on early childhood care and education. In 2014, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) launched the National Better Start Initiative. Better Start describes a suite of quality supports being provided to the early childhood care and education sector in Ireland. Roscommon CCC’s role under this initiative is to identify local support needs, provision of local support and administration of funding programme support.
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) operates a number of childcare schemes which provide free or reduced rate childcare to eligible children. These schemes are administered locally by the City and County Childcare Committees. In Roscommon, Roscommon Childcare Committee is responsible for the local delivery of the schemes. Please click 2016 Programme information Guide to get information on all childcare programmes
This section includes information on a wide range of topics relevant to those operating an Early Years (Childcare) Service
The Better Start Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) is a model of supports designed to ensure that children with disabilities can access the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme. Its goal is to empower service providers to deliver an inclusive pre-school experience, ensuring that every eligible child can fully participate in the ECCE programme and reap the benefits of quality early years care and education.
Better Start is a national initiative established by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) to bring an integrated national approach to developing quality in Early Years Education and Care (ECEC) for children aged from birth to six years in Ireland.
The ECCE – Early Childhood care and Education Programme is designed to give children access to a free pre-school place of appropriate programme-based activities in the years before they start primary school. The Early Childhood Care and Education Programme is a universal free pre-school programme for children from the age of 3 years old.
Use the ECCE Calculator to determine what year a child will be eligible
Roscommon County Childcare Committee Customer Charter & Complaints Procedure