Childcare Committees Ireland: Invitation to Tender

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Childcare Committees Ireland

Childcare Committees Ireland (CCI) is seeking a consultant to engage with Boards, Managers and Staff of 30 County Childcare Committees (CCCs) across Ireland. The purpose of this engagement is to explore and garner opinions and viewpoints which will be collated into a document that can support individual CCCs in their submissions to the Department of Children, Equality, Disability Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) Review of Operating Systems. The DCEDIY’s Review of Operating Systems is currently out for tender and will include a Review of the Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Operating System in Ireland including analysis of options for change.

The 30 CCCs are Company’s Limited by Guarantee. CCCs act as the support and advice agency for Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC) services in their respective areas.

Who is CCI?

Childcare Committees Ireland (CCI) is a national body of 30 City and County Childcare Committee’s (CCCs) and was established in 2012. Since this time CCI has provided a consistent conduit through which the voices of the 30 CCCs are articulated. In addition, CCI has assisted the DECDIY with the development and implementation of policy, projects and programmes within their remit. The National Representative Group (NRG)within CCI consists of 6 CCC Managers who represent CCCs in each of the CCI Areas (3).

Our Vision

CCI exists to provide the Department of Children, Equality, Disability Integration and Youth with a unique structure to influence, implement and advance Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare National Policy.

Our Core Values

Our core values are underpinned by the philosophy of Professionalism, Collaboration, Consultation, One Voice and Leading change.

Objectives of the Research

The objectives of the research are:

  • Review and analyse the national literature for the ELC and SAC Review of Operating Systems.
  • Facilitate discussions with Board members, managers and staff of CCCs.
  • Create a blueprint document that each CCC can use as reference for their own submission to DCEDIY’s review. This should include an analysis of the commonalities amongst CCCs on the future operating structure.

Tasks

The researcher will undertake the following tasks:

  1. Desk research: a literature review of CCIs current documents, strategic plan and any other relevant documents. Review of the DCEDIY Tender, TOR for the Oversight group, Communications plan and associated documents.
  2. Group discussions: Working with NRG (CCI), create a series of Online workshops with Board members, Managers and Staff of CCCs. These sessions facilitated by the consultant will focus on a series of prescribed questions (already agreed).
  3. Deliver a consultation report which will document the findings from the literature review and group discussions. This will highlight the common themes to the questions posed from each of the groups (Board, Managers and Staff) and also highlight areas where there was no consensus or differing views. All input should be captured.

Timescale

The work should begin in late November 2020 with consultations to be completed over a four-five-week period. It is anticipated that the final report will be submitted to CCI by the 15th January 2021.

Outputs

The successful tender for the project will produce the following reports:

  • The contractor will liaise with NRG on a weekly basis and/or as required for the purpose of providing progress updates.
  • Final report to CCI.

Methodology

The successful tender will carry out an initial discussion with CCI National Representative Group. From this a literature review will be carried out. The successful tenderer will facilitate a number of Online discussions (approx. 9 sessions) with people in each of the 3 groups. The findings of these discussions will be incorporated into the final report. The successful tender will liaise with the National Representative Group throughout the process.

Budget

It is estimated that the research will take no more than 8 days to complete, between literature review, online sessions and report writing. The budget available for this consultative work is €4,500 inclusive of VAT.

Requirements

Tenders should demonstrate:

  • Relevant research experience, an understanding or experience of the ELC and SAC sector.
  • Proven experience of working with a diverse group, voluntary board members, managers and staff from a number of CLGs at one time.
  • Proven experience in change management consultation.
  • Experience of qualitative research, including facilitating group discussions.
  • Commitment to the values of the CCI.
  • A proven commitment to professionalism.
  • Evaluation and report writing experience.
  • Experience that demonstrates ethical standards will be met throughout the research process and ensuring that data protection and confidentiality provisions will be met.

Instructions for tenderer and tender process

In no more than 2,000 words, submissions should include the following:

  • Overall approach to the work and the tasks outlined
  • Proposed methodology for the work to be undertaken
  • Name and contact details of the tenderer / organisation and the personnel who would be involved in the delivery of the work
  • Previous experience of all personnel involved in undertaking the work (copies of previous work can be attached to tender if preferred)
  • Detailed costings for the work to be undertaken
  • Timeframe for the completion of the tasks of the research
  • Details of two referees

Tenderers should be submitted by email only to fiona@mccc.ie by Monday 30th November at 5pm.
Please mark the subject line of the email “CCI Tender”.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
19th Nov, 2020
Region
Nationwide
Expiry Date
30th Nov, 2020