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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  • The following statement has been released from DCYA regarding budget 2017.

    “The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has announced that a 15% increase in funding has been secured for services to support children, young people and families in Budget 2017.


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  • ECCE Payments


    ECCE Payment - It has been brought to our attention that some ECCE payments that reached bank accounts this morning are incorrect. 

    We are currently working with Pobal and online support to amend this.

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  • Better Start Quality Development Service Criteria


    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. 


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  • The Community Childcare Subvention Programme (CCS) is now open


    The Community Childcare Subvention Programme (CCS) is now open for registrations for community early childhood services and will remain open until 21st October at 5pm.

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To check when your child is eligible for an ECCE place please enter their date of birth

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