Fingal County Childcare Committee (FCCC) Ltd was established in 2001 as one of the 30 County/City Childcare Committees set up throughout the Country under the Equal Opportunities (EOCP) 2000-2006. FCCC is a limited company and is funded primarily by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). FCCC is a registered charity CHY 19215, it is also a company limited by guarantee and is funded primarily by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA).
The main focus of the FCCC is to encourage the development of childcare locally. We offer information and support to early year’s providers, parents, childminders and employers to improve accessibility, affordability and quality of early year’s services in Fingal County.
FCCC provides advice and information to support parents find an early years’ service, to ask the right questions when they are choosing childcare and to reduce the costs.
FCCC also provides a range of supports to early year’s providers including information and advice on the three government schemes, National Practice Guidelines (Síolta & Aistear), accredited and non-accredited training opportunities, child protection, compliance with Pre-School Regulations and funding requirements and most importantly service development and improvement. We also administer the Learner Fund, Parent & Toddler Grants and Childminding Development Grants. Coupled with this we provide development support to childcare services through one-to-one site meetings, training and workshops.
FCCCs key objectives are aligned with the key aims of ‘The National Strategic Plan 2011-2013’ to deliver early childhood care and education programmes which support children and families. This is embedded throughout the work of FCCC and addressed through the following care strategic development aims: The National Childcare Strategy and National Children’s Strategy.
FCCC’s key aim is to nurture the development of quality childcare for all in Fingal. As such, a critical role is to act in an advisory capacity to coordinate, support and assist childcare practitioners and families in Fingal County. Our team provides a comprehensive service that meets the needs identified by our key stakeholders and aligns with local and national initiatives. We aim to ensure access to a choice of affordable, quality childcare that is responsive to the needs of the child and family within their local community.
· To increase the supply of quality, accessible and affordable childcare in Fingal in line with need and demand
· To raise the profile of childcare in Fingal
· To ensure the resources needed to deliver this strategy
We believe that these core objectives support the critical work resulting from previous investment in the sector including: The National Childcare Strategy, EOCP, NCIP and more recent developments in early years care and education in Ireland, including the Free Pre-School Year, Better Start, Síolta and Aistear.