Dear Early Years Practitioners
I hope you have all enjoyed the summer, it is frightening how quickly it has flown by and how soon the new programme year will begin. Below is an update on training and information relating to the early years sector in Wicklow that I hope you find interesting and useful. Please let us know if you have any queries or require any support. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0404 64455.
In response to WCCC’s survey of early years services in Co. Wicklow we are delighted to bring you our Early Years Toolkit series of workshops, which will take place on a monthly basis between now and Christmas.
The five workshops focus on areas that early years services identified as in need of support.
The courses are €10 each or a service can book all 5 for only €40! It is up to you which member of staff attends each of the workshops as some are more relavant to managers and owners, whilst others may be of benefit to all staff.
If you would like to book a place on what is sure to be a popular series of practical workshops, please contact Jane by clicking here or by phoning 0404 64455. Please indicate the name of the person attending and their email so that we can send out reminders closer to the time or notify if there are any changes.
IT Carlow are holding an Open Evening at their Wicklow Campus on Tuesday 18th August from 6 – 8 pm, including a host of early years qualifications. Click here for more information
Click here to read more on which services were awarded funding in the recent round of Capital Grant funding made available by DCYA.
Click here to read more about the terms and conditions of the grant and how to proceed with your purchases.
Your approved Fees Policies are now available on PIP. When you access your PIP homepage please click on the Programme tab (across the top) and you will see your Published FPPs on the right hand side. This contains the approved letter, calendar and fee policy for each of the programmes that you are currently in contract for.
These should be the ONLY version of the documents that you will give to parents. Your Pobal compliance officer will check that these published documents are the actual documents that parents have been given.
Please note you will also be asked to give the “Dept of Children and Youth Affairs Letter to Parent/Guardian” to parents . This letter is not yet available on PIP.
If you have any queries in relation to your Fees Policies please do not hesitate to contact us.
You can also download the ECCE Programme Payment Schedule for 2015 which outlines out when you will be paid and how much. We recommend printing a copy out for your records as it is a really useful document. Click here to see it.
We wish you all the best in your new programme year 2015/16.
This 2 day free course is for Childminders and those thinking of Childminding. It’s the only government sponsored training programme for Childminders.
The course runs over two days (19th and 26th September). Click here to find out more.
The Childminding Hub is a peer support network that meets once a month in Junglemania in Kilcoole, click here to read more and pop along.
Click here for all the terms and conditions and to download your application form for this grant of up to €1,000
Minister James Reilly launched the Inter-Departmental Group’s findings on the future of the early years sector with major signposts as to where things may be heading in the sector. Click here to read more.
Meanwhile, CCCs (through their representative body CCI) gave presentations to the Oireachtas Committee on Affordable High Quality Childcare. To read what the CCCs had to say, please click here.
Linda runs an amazing outdoor parent & child group in Blessington called the Cuan Parent and Child Group (click here to visit their Facebook page)
This summer, Linda is working in China; teacher training and mentoring in new Steiner Early Childhood settings.
Linda has found it to be an mutually enriching experience to date, she said:
The growth of Steiner Waldorf Kindergartens and schools is a new development in education in China. Parents, educators and some state school teachers are passionately seeking a change from the current educational system. Some have found a connection between their ancient philosophies of Taoism, Chinese Medicine and the educational approach of Rudolf Steiner.
It has been a valuable and inspiring experience for me and I now have new colleagues on the far side of the world!
Click here to find out more about the Steiner Approach to Early Years education.
ISKA are hosting a conference entitled Learning Through Movement – Neuro Development in Early Childhood on September 18th in Kildare Town – Click here for further details
We’ve pulled out some of the interesting facts and figures from POBAL’s annual survey and highlighted some of the information relating to Co. Wicklow. Click here to read more.