• WCCC Weekly News Update 1st March

    Posted on March 1, 2018 by in News Updates

    Here are the important dates and information to note for the week 26th February – 1st March, 2018.


    9th March 2018 – Capital grant applications close

    Your grant application/s must show a ‘submitted’ status by 3 p.m. on this date to be considered

    14th March 2018 – Learner fund bursary levels 7/8/9 applications close

    Applications for the learner fund bursary must be submitted by this date. Please see below for details.

    9th March 2018 – National Pyjama Day

    This is the largest one-day fundraising event organised by the early childhood care and education sector in Ireland. Now in its 15th year, the event has raised more than €2.75 million for charities that support children with additional needs.  For more information see https://bookings.earlychildhoodireland.ie/EventsPortal/Bookings/BookEvent?EventName=National%20Pyjama%20Day%202018%2000411




    DCYA is advising childcare services that local decisions should be taken based on the weather status in their part of the country. In making this decision DCYA strongly advises that services have regard to any Met Eireann weather warnings in place, particularly when a red warning is in operation, the availability of transport, the accessibility of roads and whether schools in the area are open.

    The safety of children, parents and staff is of utmost importance and we are aware that some services have already taken the decision to close their services on foot of the current snowfall in parts of the country. The worst weather is currently predicted to occur on Thursday and Friday. DCYA will continue to attend the daily meetings of the NECG and update further as the day.

    Information from across all government departments regarding the effects of the current weather situation can be found by visiting www.gov.ie


    Early years settings should take decisions based on local conditions and the safety of staff, children and parents.

    Should weather conditions in your locality determine that you must close your service, Clause 12 of the Grant Agreement for DCYA programmes refers to Force Majeure and the fact that services forced to close will be paid for children registered for current schemes.

    In the event that you must invoke Force Majeure, please download and complete the Force Majeure form from PIP and send onwards to pipdocuments@pobal.ie within four weeks. Should you require support with this process please contact Online Support by emailing onlinesupport@pobal.ie or call 01 511 7222. DCYA will continue to update the sector via PIP updates and communication with stakeholders as the weather situation evolves.

    Force Majeure

    Please see extract from ECCE contract re Force Majeure clause in light of the Status Red Alert issued.

    Force Majeure

    12.1. If and to the extent that either party (the “Affected Party”) is hindered or prevented by circumstances not within its reasonable ability to control, including but not limited to, acts of God, inclement weather, flood, lightning, fire, trade disputes, strikes, lockouts, acts of terrorism, war, military operations, acts or omissions of third parties for whom the Affected Party is not responsible (“Force Majeure”) from performing any of its obligations under this Agreement, the Affected Party shall be relieved of liability for failure to perform such obligations.
    12.2. The Affected Party shall promptly notify the other party of the estimated extent and duration of such inability to perform its obligations and upon the cessation of the event of Force Majeure the Affected Party shall notify the other party of such cessation.

    12.3. In the event Force Majeure continues for more than 45 days then either party shall have the right to terminate this Agreement on written notice to the other party.

    Hope this clarifies any concerns services may have regarding closure this week.

    Level 7/8/9 learner fund bursary 2018

    Applications for the level 7/8/9 learner fund bursary open on Monday. An award of €750 is available for those who have graduated with a major award in Early Childhood Care and Education at Level 7/8/9 on the National Framework of Qualifications in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 or 2017.

    In order to apply you must:

    • Have a Qualification which is on DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list
    • Have a graduating certificate. If your certificate does not have the full name of the course a transcript will be required to confirm the course was ECCE. For example NUI certificates in Latin state that the holder received a Bachelor of Arts but not what subject it is in.
    • Have been working in a registered Early Years Service prior to beginning their course;
    • Be currently working in a registered Early Years Service;
    • Have submitted a completed application form (along with all relevant documentation) to us no later than 5 pm on Wednesday 14th March 2018.

    Full details of the qualifying criteria and the application form are attached to this email.



    Preparation for Dept. Of Education Inspections workshop

    As we had to postpone this workshop on Tuesday, we will reschedule a new date for this month.  Services who were registered for the workshop will be notified of the new date next week.

    Level 7

    Wicklow CCC are again  delighted to be working with Carlow IT on the provision of the Level 7 BA in Applied Childhood Education & Care, which will be available at the Wicklow County Campus, Clermont, Rathnew from September 2018.  The details are being finalised at present , there will be more information in next weeks update.  In the meantime, should you wish to receive information if it becomes available before next Friday please e mail info@wccc.ie

    Diversity, Equality and Inclusion training

    Please note that there are places left on the following courses ONLY:

    • Laragh commencing 10th March
    • Blessington commencing 19th May
    • Glenview Hotel commencing 9th June
    • Newtownmountkennedy commencing 2nd July

    The training is a 15 hour commitment and further details can be found on http://www.wccc.ie/training/current-training-courses/aim-diversity-equality-inclusion-charter/

    As per Appendix 2 of your ECCE contract (SEE BELOW), WCCC has arranged 17 courses in Wicklow which started in 2017 and will finish in July 2018.

    “APPENDIX 2: General Terms and Conditions governing participation in the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM)

    AIM Level 1 – The Registered Provider will engage with the CCC and participate in the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter and Guidelines training.  On completion of the training, the Registered Provider must sign up to a National Inclusion Charter and create their own Early Childhood Care and Education National Inclusion Policy”

    For further information on this course or any of our other courses please see our website http://www.wccc.ie/training/current-training-courses/ or contact judy@wccc.ie

    Date for your Diary

    Following on from our very successful Childcare Professionals Day in November we are holding a mini Childcare Professionals Day on Saturday 12th of May in The Glenview Hotel 9.30am -1.00pm.  Confirmed sessions includes Yoga for Children and Helping children to think and communicate well using the P4C approach (Philosophy for children).  We are awaiting confirmation on one other session.  More details to follow for further information please contact judy@wccc.ie.

    Storytelling – supporting children’s learning workshop

    Some spaces still left on this FREE workshop, which takes place in the Glenview Hotel, 5th March 7pm – 9pm.  For more info see http://bit.ly/2GDyrWR

    LINC/AIM information session

    Mary Immaculate College and Wicklow CCC will be holding a joint information session on Tuesday 13 March at 6.30 in The Glenview Hotel. The session will last for approximately 1.5 hours. A LINC tutor will give a presentation on the course and answer any questions you may have.  WCCC will also give an overview of AIM and will answer any queries you may have.  To book a place please contact info@wccc.ie.

    Child protection training

    At the moment we are not running our child protection training for childcare services. The emphasis is on the preparation of child safeguarding statements. Then the trainers will receive an updated programme that takes into account the provisions of the Act. We will keep you updated on when the training will recommence.

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