• WCCC Weekly News & Updates 28th June

    Posted on June 28, 2019 by in News Updates

    Important Dates

    Friday 16 August 2019CCSP/TEC fee lists and calendars need to be loaded on PIP

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

    Friday 13 September 2019 – NCS Transition Support Payment applications close

    Friday 11 October 2019 – NCS capital applications close at 3p.m.

    Announcements

    Fee Policies

    It is that time of year again when fee policies and calendars need to be done for 2019/2020.  The CCSP and TEC fee lists and calendars need to be uploaded by 16th August.  To those of you who have uploaded the fee policies and calendars thank you.  However, we have noticed that there are quite a few errors in the fee policies which have been submitted.  We would advise that you read the How to Guide carefully and if you have any queries please contact us.  We have to query the fee policies which have errors so please check regularly on PIP in relation to this.  We would also ask you to take note of any issues in relation to your fee policies which may have been highlighted in any compliance visit you have had and ensure they are addressed for 2019/2020.  We are here to help so please contact us if you need any assistance.

    Compliance Visits

    The Pobal Compliance team will continue to conduct unannounced visits to services that are operational over the summer months as per the service calendars uploaded to PIP for the 2018/2019 programmes cycle.  For those services still operating, please ensure that all records relating to other programmes which may have ceased for the summer months (e.g. ECCE) are also available for review during such visits. The Service Provider Compliance 2018/2019 checklist should assist in collating the relevant information that forms part of the compliance checks. In addition, it is essential that all Roll books /Attendance records and fee records where applicable are accessible, as the information contained within will also form part of the compliance checks.

    Universal Design Guidelines

    The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, launched the Universal Design Guidelines for Early Learning and Care Settings on Monday 10th June.  These guidelines offer guidance on building, renovation and refurbishment of centres for Early Learning and Care in Ireland.  It is quite a large document and has been split into different sections to make it easier to access the information you require.  There is a self-audit tool that will help existing services through the assessment of their current premises which is very useful.  These guidelines will be useful for anyone who is thinking of developing/building a new centre or making changes to an existing service.  All the information can be found at:-

    http://aim.gov.ie/universal-design-guidelines-for-elc-settings/

    Contracting/Re-contracting

    The process for getting into contract for all of the schemes – ECCE, CCSP, TEC and NCS 2019/2020 is now available on PIP.  Please log in to PIP on a regular basis to see all the up to date information.  If you need any support or assistance please contact us.  More detailed information in relation to NCS will be available shortly.

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    Registration

    It is a legal requirement to register and you will need to be a registered service to enter into contract for the new national childcare scheme.

    Existing services have until 18th August to register.

    National Childcare Scheme

     

     

     

     

     

    The National Childcare Scheme

    As you know, the NCS contracts are on PIP and you can activate yours now. There have been some other developments:

    Providers FAQ can be found on the NCS website here.

    NCS is now on Facebook here.

    The parent support centre is now open and can be contacted on 01 906 8530. We would recommend you give the number to any parent who has queries about the new scheme. It is open Monday – Friday 9.00 – 5.00

    If you want to host an information session for parents, you can get leaflets on the scheme, on getting a mygov ID account etc. as well as other promotional materials. Email your request to ncs@dcya.gov.ie

    Parent Information Sessions

    Wicklow County Childcare are hosting free information sessions in July (8th, 9th & 15th) for parents, which will explain how the new scheme will work and how parents can prepare in advance to register for their MyGovID account, which is required in order to access the National Childcare Scheme subsidies.  Please pass this information onto parents in your service.  Parents can register for these information sessions via eventbrite.

    Capital Funding

    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.

    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 available below.

    Please note:

    • Applications for funding can be made through the Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP) from 10th 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.

    Sector Profile

    Thank you so much for the great response to completing the sector profile. Nationally there was an 83% response rate. Your work on this profile is very much appreciated and will help us to plan and coordinate childcare provision in the county.

    AIM Informed Consent

     

     

     

     

     

    In order to apply for AIM Level 4, 5, or 7, you must also submit consent from the Parent/Guardian. This consent is essential for the support of preschool children. The form is a legal document as it covers the sharing of information between professionals. It needs to be completed in full, signed and dated. Be aware that incomplete forms can cause delays in applications.

    From the end of the month only version 2 of the consent form will be accepted. Please make sure you are using the right version.  You can download a copy here.

    Training

    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 date is:

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

    GDPR Training Tutorial for Early Years Services

     

     

     

     

     

    REMINDER The online General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Training Tutorial for Early Years Services is available on the PIP Portal until 23rd October 2019. https://pip.pobal.ie/

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