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Childcare Setting Supports

Early Years Care and Education Initiative

Cork City Partnership recognises the value of early intervention as a means of responding to the needs of vulnerable families living in disadvantaged areas. The Childcare Development Initiative has been a key strategy of Cork City Partnership though the employment of a Childcare Development Worker since 1996 and the development and ongoing support and facilitation of childcare networks in Cork City. Through these networks Cork City Partnership has initiated a range of activities in conjunction with a wide range of community and statutory providers.

Cork City Partnership’s strategy for this Initiative is to develop an effective childcare strategy in partnership with the Cork City Childcare Committee and local childcare networks and others to help parents returning to education, training and work and to develop greater coherency and integration within the childcare sector in Cork.

The key outcomes of the Initiative are:

  • Community Childcare groups supported with funding applications and reporting requirements
  • Training opportunities provided for the Early Years Sector
  • Parents supported and trained in parenting skills
  • Childcare networks provided with a strong voice for childcare services and workers
  • Raised awareness of culture and diversity within the Early Years Sector
  • Improved linkages between the Childcare Sector and the statutory agencies
  • Support and information provided to the Childcare Sector on a regular basis
  • Provision of advice and support to voluntary/community committees operating or intending to operate in the childcare sector
  • Capacity building and support for voluntary childcare management
  • Development of new community childcare services
  • Management/legal/regulatory and financial information to childcare providers
  • Assistance with the delivery of quality initiatives
    • Strong Childcare Networks in Cork City which provide support, training and advocacy on behalf of the childcare sector in Cork City.


Glenfields Community Childcare recently Celebrated their 10 year anniversary. Click here to watch the celebratory video.


There are seven Community Childcare Networks in the City at present:

The City Area Networks are:

  • The North West Childcare Network
  • The Mahon Childcare Network
  • The Mayfield/Glen Childcare Network
  • The Ballyphehane/Togher Childcare Network

These Networks are made up of local childcare providers who meet regularly in their local area to exchange information, train together and organise collective activities.

If you would like further information on any of the Networks, please contact Catherine Sheehan, Childcare Development Officer on 021 4302310 or 0871962036. Email:

The Citywide Networks are:

  • The 0-3 Network, which is made up of service providers who work with the under 3s with the aim of supporting quality provision for this age group
  • The Cork Early Years Anti-Bias Network, which works to promote issues of equality and diversity in childcare and supports groups to implement the anti-bias approach in their services through training and support
  • The Cork Early Years Network, an alliance of childcare organizations, which is the umbrella group for all the other Networks.   Link to CEYN Leaflet here please

If you would like further information on any of the Networks, please contact Catherine Sheehan, Childcare Development Officer on 021 4302310 or 0871962036. Email:

Help is also provided to Community Childcare Voluntary Management Committees and Community Childcare Services

The following services are provided on an ongoing basis:-

  • Committee Skills Training
  • Support to Childcare Employment sub-groups and Staff Liaison Groups
  • Funding applications
  • Pobal Quarterly Returns
  • Development of Policies/Procedures
  • Recruitment/Contracts/Staff Appraisals/Fee Structures
  • Support with Community Childcare Subvention Scheme/ECCE  Issues
  • Training, e.g behaviour management, Value of Play, Child Development, Equality and Diversity training courses for parents
  • Síolta, the National Early Years Quality Framework, Awareness Training for Community Childcare Services and Childcare Networks
  • Aistear, the National Early Years Curriculum Framework, Training for Community Childcare Services
  • Capacity Building
  • Development of Community Childcare Services
  • Awareness Raising actions on Childcare Issues
  • Representation on relevant childcare bodies
  • Organisation of annual Conference and relevant workshops through the Cork Early Years Network.


If you would like further information on the assistance available to Voluntary Childcare Management Committees please contact Catherine Sheehan, Childcare Development Officer on 021 4302310 or 0871962036. Email: