Our Staff

Kerry County Childcare Committee has the following staff structure:

Pamela Curran, Acting Office Manager

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.

Email: pamela@kerrycountychildcare.com


Denise Quinlan, Childminder Advisory Officer

Denise’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.

Denise’s role involves the gathering and dissemination of childminding related information, support visits to existing and potential childminders, voluntary notification, organising 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.

Denise 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.

Denise is responsible for the delivery of Always Children First Child Protection Training (Foundation Level & Refresher) and Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Training.

Email Address: denise@kerrycountychildcare.com


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 national quality initiatives and diversity and equality issues. Currently she provides workshops/information sessions on:

* Curriculum Development & Planning
* Siolta – The National Quality Framework
* Diversity & Equality Guidelines for Childcare Providers

She assists where necessary in the introduction of equality and diversity policies and the development of inclusive targets for future provision that reflect equality legislation.

Email: catherine@kerrycountychildcare.com


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

E-mail: kathryn@kerrycountychildcare.com


Niamh Blanche, Development Officer

Niamh’s role currently involves the delivery of Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Training to childcare providers in Kerry.  Her role also incorporates the provision of support to the County Childcare Committees nationally who are working with community services participating in the ‘Community Childcare CE Sustainability Project’.  Niamh is also responsible for supporting the in house administration of the Department of Children & Youth Affairs funding programmes.  She also assists childcare providers in Kerry in the formulation and implementation of plans and projects designed to promote quality childcare provision, as well as supporting the capacity of existing childcare provision, and the establishment of new services and facilities.

E-mail: niamh@kerrycountychildcare.com