Kerry County Childcare Committee has the following staff structure:
Pamela Curran, Administrator / Project Administration Support Worker
Pamela is responsible for organising, supervising and co-ordinating office operations and procedures as well as all financial duties to ensure organisational effectiveness, efficiency and funding compliance. She is also responsible for the preparation of budgets and financial management and supports community providers to meet their Pobal financial reporting requirements. Pamela also provides information and support in relation to the funding programmes.
Linda O’Donnell, Childminder Advisory Officer
Linda’s role is to assist people interested in establishing or developing their childminding services in their homes by offering information, training and support as required.
Linda’s role involves the gathering and dissemination of childminding related information, support visits to existing and potential childminders, voluntary notification, organizing and delivering childcare related training, assisting childminders access funding as well as offering phone line information and support. This is a free and confidential service.
Her role also involves offering assistance and support to parents seeking childminding care throughout Kerry.
Linda also provides support to Parent & Toddler Groups throughout Kerry and administers the Parent & Toddler Grants for Kerry County Childcare on behalf of the Department of Children & Youth Affairs.
Linda is responsible for the delivery of Always Children First Child Protection Training (Foundation Level & Refresher) and Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Training.
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Catherine Callaghan, Quality Officer
The role of Quality Officer is primarily to promote equal access, participation and outcomes for all children irrespective of their background, gender, race, special needs or being a member of the Traveller community. To promote inclusive quality childcare provision
Catherine provides support, information and training on quality initiatives
She is a Siolta mentor and delivers training related to the National Siolta Aistear Initiative.
She provides information and support to both existing and potential Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare services in relation to:
- Tusla’s Quality and Regulatory Framework
- DES EYEI Framework for ELC services
- DCYA Universal Design Guidelines
- Setting up/expanding ELC/SAC services
Catherine is a Tusla registered Always Children First Trainer and delivers Foundation level training to the childcare sector and can provide support with the development of Child Safeguarding Statements
She provides information and support on the following:
- Tusla registration and Change in Circumstances process for ELC and SAC services
- Pre inspection supports
- Assistance to ELC services engaging with the CAPA process
- Post Tusla/DES inspection supports including liaison with Better Start where required.
- Complaint management and registration conditions
Catherine also facilitates provider networks and communities of practice
Kathryn O’Donnell, Support & Development Officer
Kathryn’s role encompasses a wide range of supports for existing and prospective childcare providers underpinned by best practice. Both self-employed & community providers can avail of the following supports:
Develop and Build Capacity: Good governance, staff management interactions, decision making & effective communication, problem solving, conflict resolution and team building.
Staff & Management Interactions: Staff Support & Supervision, Performance Management, and Motivation for Staff Teams, Leadership and Management
Recruitment & Selection: Supports to Services for Recruitment and Selection of Staff include, drafting of the job description/person specification, application form, advertising the position, Shortlisting of candidates for interview, Interviews & selection, Record management, and Induction.
Developing, Implementing and Reviewing policies and procedures
Facilitating the development of a Code of Behaviour for Staff Teams
Information Sharing, Support & Facilitating local and county wide networking
Training: Trainer in Always Children First Foundation & Refresher Level; Trainer in Diversity, Equality & Inclusion