Kerry County Childcare Committee has the following staff structure:
Aileen Kelleher, Manager
Aileen Kelleher is the Manager of Kerry County Childcare committee and has been with the company since 2018. She has overall responsibility for the work of the company. Aileen’s primary role is to develop and drive through the strategic goals of the company.
Pamela Curran, Administrator / Project Administration Support Worker
Pamela has responsibility for 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.
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
- DCEDIY 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
Eilish Anne Woods, Administrator / Receptionist
Eilish’s role is to provide administrative support to the team and to act as the first point of contact for Parents, Early Years Professionals and other key stakeholders.
She is also responsible for updating the website and managing social media platforms.