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Fiona Healy - Co-Ordinator

The Co-ordinators role includes the following;

  • to implement national childcare policy at local level
  • to monitor, evaluate and review the work of Meath CCC
  • to manage the office and the team on a daily basis
  • to report to the committee on the financial, staff and production matters
  • to liaise with other CCC's, Pobal and the OMCYA

Fiona joined Meath CCC in November 2002. Fiona is a graduate of DIT where she achieved her MA in Child, Family and Community Studies and is currently undertaking her PhD in Leadership Education with DCU. As an undergraduate she has achieved qualifications in both Pre-School Education (DIT) and Education and Training (DCU).Fiona has been working in the Early Years sector since first graduating from the DIT in 1993. Fiona's practical experience includes working at all levels within childcare centres in Ireland and Australia. Her experience comprises of running play therapy rooms to managing large scale childcare centres catering for a maximum of 150 children, At policy level Fiona worked as part of the project team who researched and wrote the national training and qualifications framework for the early years sector. In 2000 Fiona was employed by Childminding Ireland as a consultant to prepare their locally devised training modules for QQI accreditation.

Now as co-ordinator of the MCCC she is spearheading the development of childcare services throughout the county. Quality and the professionalism of the sector are two of the main topics that Fiona is focused on through her role as co-ordinator.

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Support & Development Officers (SDO)

The Support and Development Officers role include the following:

  • to implement the components of the Meath CCC LIP
  • to build capacity and provide support to childcare providers through training, information and networking
  • to support and develop quality childcare services
  • co-ordinate with the National Voluntary Organisations with the role out of S’olta information sessions
  • Support providers with the implementation of Aistear
  • to support the Office of Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and providers in the administration of the ECCE, CETS and CCS schemes
  • To support the uptake and allocation of CETS places to meet local demand.

SDO 1 - Catherine Coogan

Catherine joined Meath CCC in 2004 straight from an early years centre. Catherine qualified from UCD with a Diploma in Nursery Management. Her background includes over 14 years experience of working in a range of childcare settings including sessional, full day care, drop in centre and school aged childcare. She originally entered the childcare sector as a Montessori teacher and then branched out to gain invaluable experience in the provision of School aged children and full day care. Other qualifications include City & Guilds in Health and Social Care for Children and Young People, and a certificate in Train the Trainers.

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SDO -2 Lorraine Lynch

Lorraine has worked as a Support and Development Officer with Meath County Childcare Committee since July 2004. Lorraine has worked in the childcare field for the past 10 years and holds qualifications in Montessori and Training. Lorraine brought with her a wealth of practical experience from the Childcare sector and has worked in a wide range of settings from full day care, Montessori, playschool and school age childcare. Other qualifications include a certificate in Train the Trainer and she has experience in tutoring childcare modules.

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SDO-3 Liz McGoona

Liz is the newest member of the SDO team joining Meath CCC in November 2006. Liz graduated from American College Dublin in 2004 with a BA in Behavioural Science Psychology. Liz also has qualifications in the Social Care Sector incorporating youth and community care. As a new graduate Liz worked as a special needs assistant for two years.

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Parents Information Officer - Maria Lynch

The Parents Information Officers role includes;

  • to implement the components of the Meath CCC LIP
  • to provide information on childcare and childcare related services to Parents in County Meath.
  • to support parent and toddler groups in County Meath
  • to administer parent and toddler funding

This is Maria's second position with Meath CCC. Maria joined Meath CCC in 2005 through the FAS Community Employment Scheme when she was employed as administrative assistant and took up the position as Parent Information Officer in 2007. Maria has 15 years previous experience in administration.

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Social Inclusion Officer - Maureen Higgins

The Social Inclusion Officers role includes;

  • to implement the components of the Meath CCC LIP
  • the promotion of social inclusion issues within childcare
  • the promotion of greater access of services for those socially excluded
  • support parents and providers with information on special needs procedures

Maureen joined Meath CCC in August 2007 as our Social Inclusion Officer, Maureen has completed training in both Special needs and Computers. Her experience spans over 20 years.

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Administrator - Tina Clarke

The administrators role includes;

  • to provide administrative and financial reports to Meath CCC
  • it prepare all financial reports for external funders
  • to report to the co-ordinator and committee members as necessary

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Administration Support Team - Geraldine O'Connell, Marian Healy and Audrey Clarke.

Geraldine, Marian and Audrey work on a part-time basis for Meath County Childcare Committee. They are a very welcome addition to the team and are the front line staff.

Among their many daily tasks, they provide valuable administration support to the team of Meath County Childcare Committee.

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