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QDOSS public consultations on the future of Out of School Services.

QDOSS is a network of stakeholders who share different perspectives, expertise and a common aim of enhancing and developing the field of Out-of-School services to influence and enable positive educational outcomes for children and young people, particularly those experiencing educational disadvantage.

Members of QDOSS participate in the network as representatives of member organisations. These organisations have a remit in relation to education, childcare, youth work or youth development, particularly in relation to children and young people experiencing educational disadvantage. A core objective of QDOSS is the development of a National Strategy for the provision of Out-of-School services for those children and young people most at risk of educational disadvantage.

We aim to ensure that there is a balance between a variety of interest groups including practitioners, policy makers and researchers.
Current member organisations include:


  • Barnardos
  • Border Counties Childhood Network
  • Children’s Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dublin City Childcare Committee
  • Roscommon County Childcare Committee
  • Educational Disadvantage Centre, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra
  • Irish Local Development Network
  • Limerick City Childcare Committee
  • National Adult Literacy Agency
  • National Voluntary Childcare Collaborative
  • Transforming Education through Dialogue Project, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
  • Trim and Ballivor Community Childcare
  • School Completion Programme, National Educational Welfare Board

What do we mean by “Out-of-School Services”?
Out-of-school services refer to a range of structured programmes, clubs and activities for school-age children and young people (4-18) which take place within supervised environments during the times that they are not in school. Out -of-school activities can take place: before school; after school; at weekends; during lunch hours, and during school holidays. Out-of-school services can be offered in a variety of schools, attached to school and non-school environments, including community centres, child-care centres, places of worship, libraries, parks etc.
Out-of-school services are sponsored by: statutory and non-governmental agencies; schools; community-based groups; faith-based organisations and other voluntary sector groups.

Why are we conducting Regional Consultations?
We wish to meet with representatives from the Out-of-School sector and discuss key issues concerning their services.  Key issues that QDOSS has identified to date with member organisations include: Role of Out-of-School Services; Sustainability and Funding; Training and Practice; Regulation and Policy and Accessibility and Models. 

South Court Hotel, Limerick, Tuesday 16thOctober, 10am -1pm
Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, Thursday 18th October, 10am-1pm
Wynnes Hotel, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 23rd October, 10am-1pm

Please R.S.V.P. by Tuesday 2nd October to:
Limerick – Anne Delaney, Manager, County Limerick Childcare Committee,, Phone: 061 600918
Carrick-On- Shannon – Irene Cafferky,Manager, Roscommon County Childcare Committee, Email:, Phone: 0949622540
Dublin – Dublin City Childcare Committee, Email:, Phone: 01 8733696


The consultations will be followed by a national conference in spring 2013 to address key issues arising from the consultations in the context of our call for the development of a National Strategy for Out-of-School Services. It is anticipated that an international keynote speaker as well as guest speakers from the Irish context will be invited to present.


QDOSS Pre budget submission 2011 Here

'Quality Development of Out of School Services: An agenda for development,' compiled by Dr. Paul Downes 2006

QDOSS SURVEY a mapping exercise of the network membership regarding Out of School provision