About Leitrim County Childcare

Mission Statement:

To facilitate childcare providers to develop appropriate childcare services which respond to and cater for the childcare needs of local parents and their children and meets the objectives of the DCYA and to continue to support and work with childcare providers, parents and other key stakeholders at a local level. 


The Leitrim County Childcare Committee was established in 2001 and is composed of representatives of the key stakeholders in childcare in the County.

Statutory Sector

Tusla, The Child & Family Agency To be filled
Leitrim County Council Declan Boyle 
Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim Education & Training Board Trevor Sweetman
Solas Therese Toolan


Social Partners

People‘s Participation Network  Deirdre Harvey
SIPTU Martina Gilmartin 


Public Representative Paschal Mooney
Parent Representative Siobhan Gildea 


Childcare Sector Representatives

Owners/Managers Network: Private Representative Teresa Singleton
Owners/Managers Network: Community Representative  Irene McGovern
Owners/Managers Network: Community Representative  Stephanie McGovern
Owners/Managers Network: Special Needs Representative Eilish Winters
Childminders Network  Mary Callaghan Mallon


Local Development Agencies

Leitrim Development Company Donal Fox
Leitrim Enterprise Office Nicola McManus

The priority areas of work for the Committee include:

On-going /Core work

  • Supporting the delivery of the three national programmes (ECCE,CCS,TEC)
  • Supporting sustainability throughout the sector
  • Supporting childcare providers and parents


  • Síolta - The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education
  • Aistear - the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework
  • BetterStart Initiative
  • Continuous Professional Development

Child Protection

  • Child & Welfare Training

Leitrim County Childcare Committee is funded by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs and TUSLA, The Child and Family Agency.


Staff Team

Manager Tommy Lavelle
Administration & Programme Support Olivia McTiernan
Childcare Support & Development Worker Nicola Reynolds
Childcare & Family Support Worker (Part-time) Fidelma Durkin
Early Years Education & Care Worker Orla McKeon
Early Years Traveller Literacy Project Worker (Part-time) Debbie Ormiston -Lavelle

Interagency Work:


‘Better Start’ is the new national initiative established by Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) to support the development of quality in the Early Years Sector. This new initiative will provide a specialist on-site mentoring service. Focus currently is being directed towards full day care services however ‘Better Start’ are open to any service that wishes to make a self referral at this stage. For further information visit Better Start website www.betterstart.ie