• WCCC Weekly News & Updates 3rd May

    Posted on May 3, 2019 by in News Updates

    Important Dates

    1st May 2019 – AIM level 7 applications open

    13th May 2019 – Programme support payment applications will open

    18th May 2019 – Registration for stand-alone school age services closes

    7th June 2019 – Applications open to enter into contract for the National Childcare Scheme

    21st June 2019 – Programme support payment applications close

    18th August 2019 – Registration for existing School Age Services closes

    National Childcare Scheme Information Sessions





    Information sessions are live on Eventbrite, there is only one session with places still available, so don’t miss out.   These sessions are for all providers, including childminders, as it will benefit you to hear about the new scheme and the new online platform.  Please see attached information booklets on the new scheme.

    Book via Eventbrite

    NCS Website


    Registration of School-age Childcare services

    Tusla has informed CCC’s that FAQ’s will be updated on an on-going basis, on receipt of questions and queries received from the sector, which are always welcome. Queries can be sent via email to sac.registration@tusla.ie at any time. The newest version of the FAQ document will be available on the Tusla website www.tusla.ie

    Wicklow Childcare Committee are running a free information workshop for Standalone School-age Childcare services and Childminders on the following date;

    Tuesday 7th May, 7pm – 9pm

    Glenview Hotel

    Tuesday 18th June, 7pm – 9pm

    Blessington Education Centre

    To book a place please complete our online booking form on our website.

    National Childcare Scheme, Early Learning & Care Capital Funding Guidelines now available

    The guidelines set out the application process for capital funding which will allow service providers, who sign up to the new National Childcare Scheme to purchase ICT support, which will assist them in recording and reporting children’s attendance.

    We have been advised by DCYA that information will be up on PIP in the near future in relation to entering into contract for the new National Childcare Scheme.

    Providers can purchase ICT support which meets the eligibility criteria and will be reimbursed for the amount spent, up to the maximum amount allowable.  A full list of eligibility criteria is laid out in the application guidelines below.

    Please note:

    • Applications for funding can be made through the Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP) from June 2019.
    • The maximum grants will vary depending on the size of the service availing of State supports, and will range from €500 to €2,000.
    • Providers must have entered into a contract to participate in the National Childcare Scheme to avail of the NCS Capital funding.
    • Further details on the format for the recording and reporting of attendance will be set out in an Appendix to the NCS Contract.
    • Only eligible ICT equipment and software purchased from the date a service signed their National Childcare Scheme contract will be eligible for consideration.
    • Services must only apply for the amount of eligible expenditure incurred, up to the maximum grant applicable to the service.

    SAC Guidelines


    AIM level 7 supports

    If you have a child/children with AIM level 7 supports currently attending your service and they are starting their second year of ECCE in September, you must put in an AIM extension request. This can be done through the AIM tab on PIP from Wednesday 1st May.

    If you have a child who will be starting the ECCE scheme in September who will need AIM support, you will be able to access the Access and Inclusion Profile on PIP from Wednesday 1st May.  You are advised to apply as early as you can.

    First Aid Responder (FAR) Reimbursement – Registered Early Years Service & Registered Childminders

    Under the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016, a new regulatory requirement will come into force from June 1st, 2020. From this date under Regulation 25, there must be a person(s) who has trained in FAR (First Aid Response) with a trainer approved by the Pre- Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) immediately available to children attending the childcare service.

    The DCYA has opened a FAR Reimbursement Fund which will fund one FAR first aid training place per registered early learning and care services / registered childminders to a maximum of €225 per full course or €175 per refresher course.  To support the sector to meet this requirement services can claim back the cost of one staff member attending this training.


    The training: on completion of this 3-day/18 hr course, the First Aid Responder will be equipped with the necessary practical skills, knowledge and confidence to give effective life support, diagnose and treat injuries or illness, and maintain care and comfort of a patient who has become suddenly ill or injured in the workplace or elsewhere until the arrival of emergency medical services.  Services can claim back the cost of one person attending FAR (either full or refresher) on behalf of your service.  To do this you must submit an application form, with a copy of the FAR certificate and a receipt for the cost of the course. WCCC will be processing the payments quarterly; the payment schedule is as follows:


    Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
    Application closing date (for payment in that quarter) 14th June 2019 13th September 2019 19th November 2019 13th March 2020
    Payment dates 28th June 2019 27th September 2019 13th December 2019 27th March 2020



    PHECC FAR Certified Trainers


    Child protection and welfare training for the early years sector in Wicklow is delivered by Wicklow County Childcare Committee. The role that early years practitioners have in the lives of children and their families means that they are uniquely placed to recognise when there are concerns about the safety, welfare or well-being of a child. Early years practitioners and services also have a responsibility for safeguarding the children in their care through their policies, procedures and practice.

    This is a new training programme and has been updated to reflect the changes in the revised Children First: National Guidance and the Children First Act 2015. This Foundation Training is a standardised programme for all staff involved in direct work with children and families. All Designated Liaison Persons (DLP) and Deputy Designated Liaison Persons (DDLP) will be prioritised for this training.   There will be no refresher training available in 2019.

    Please note: The E-Learning programme “Introduction to Children First” must be completed prior to attending this training. You will be required to forward a copy of your E-Learning completion certificate to complete your booking for this training. E-Learning available via link below.

    Children First E-Learning Programme

    This is a Child & Family Agency accredited module that has been developed for the early years’ sector.  Certification is valid for three years.  Cost €10 per person payable at time of booking via eventbrite.

    The next available dates are:

    12th August, 10am – 4pm, Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh

    20th August, 10am – 4pm, Ballywaltrim Community Centre, Bray

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