Community Employment is an employment programme which helps long-term unemployed people to re-enter the workforce and to enhance and develop their skills. It offers them part-time and temporary placements in jobs based within local communities. In January 2014, an initiative was introduced to provide CE participants interested in pursuing a career in Childcare, with training and qualifications in the Childcare sector, quality experience and a clear career path. At this time, the DLDC Community Employment Childcare Scheme began.

CE participants on the DLDC Childcare Scheme are placed in Community Childcare facilities which are run by voluntary committees. These Childcare positions had all been part of local CE Schemes around the county until January 2014, when they were placed under the umbrella of the DLDC CE Childcare Programme. DLDC became the main Sponsor of the CE Childcare Scheme with all the local Childcare providers becoming sub-sponsors within the Programme. There are also a large number of private Childcare providers around the county but they are not included in the Community Employment programme.

The Community Employment Childcare Scheme is funded by the Department of Social Protection. The Scheme currently operates in a total of 25 different childcare settings in 22 different towns/villages around the county:

  • Little Rascals Playgroup, Rossnakill
  • Milford Community Playgroup
  • Dunfanaghy Community Playhouse
  • St. Gabriel’s Pre-School, Letterkenny
  • Letterkenny Community Childcare
  • Cara House, Letterkenny
  • Raphoe Community Playgroup
  • Donegal Town Community Playgroup
  • Crossroads and Killygordon Community Playgroup
  • CPI Childcare, Castlefin
  • Creeslough Community Childcare
  • Niall Mór Childcare, Killybegs
  • Convoy Community Playgroup
  • Ardara Community Childcare
  • Saimer Community Childcare, Ballyshannon
  • Drumkeen Community Childcare
  • Spraoi le Chéile, Dungloe
  • Learn ‘n’ Play, Glendale, Letterkenny
  • Naíonra An Tearmann, Cuirín
  • Naíolann, Gweedore
  • Twin Towns Community Childcare
  • Glenties Community Childcare
  • Little Smarties, Pettigo
  • Bundoran Community Childcare
  • ABC Community Childcare, Lifford

In order to be eligible for the CE Childcare Scheme, participants must generally be over 21 years of age and be in receipt of a Social Welfare payment for at least 12 months. They must also be willing to undertake the QQI Level 5 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education as this is the minimum requirement for Childcare Workers in Early Years. Whilst on the CE Programme, participants are given a maximum of 3 years to attain their qualification and to gain work experience in a Community Childcare setting.

Training is a major element of the Community Employment Childcare Scheme. All participants on the Scheme are currently completing their QQI Level 5 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education. The participants also complete a number of other shorter courses in the field of Childcare such as Aistear, Health and Safety and Paediatric First Aid.

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For further information on the scheme, contact:


Margaret Carlin
CE Childcare Supervisor

Kate campbell
Ass. CE Childcare Supervisor