• WCCC News & Updates

    Posted on July 6, 2018 by in News Updates

    Here are the important dates and information to note for this week

    DEADLINES/IMPORTANT DATES:

    There are no deadlines this week

    FOR YOUR INFORMATION:

    Compliance Visits

    Please see notice on PIP re Compliance visits for those services that are open during the summer months.

     For services who are scheduled to be open during the summer, if you are closing any day due to the good weather or for any other reason, your calendar will need to be amended so can you please let us know.  If Pobal decide to visit your service on such a day and you are closed you will be deemed non compliant.

    Pobal Support

    Following a review of Pobal’s Online Support opening hours, please note that during July Online Support will operate 9 – 5 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 10 am – 5pm on Wednesday to facilitate staff training.

    These changes are being introduced to increase the number of staff available to answer queries at peak hours.

    To contact Online Support call 01 5117222 or email us on onlinesupport@pobal.ie.

     

    The Pobal website has been recently upgraded. This means the current saved link you use to access the PIP portal may not work.

    Please log into your PIP and save the link in the announcement to your favourites so that you can access the PIP portal easily.

     

    Changes to Fee Policies

    Before submitting your ECCE Fees list on PIP please familiarise yourself with the “How to Guide” as there are some changes for 2018.

    Please see here for the How To Guide  – also available on PIP.  If you need any assistance please contact us before submitting your policy as

    it has come to our attention that quite a number of fees lists have been submitted with inaccurate content.

    These fees lists will now have to be moved into queried, allowing you to make amendments once you have consulted the How to Guide.

    Following on from this if you still need any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Optional Extras

    Please find a link to the DCYA Childcare Funding Programme Optional Extras Guide below –

    DCYA Childcare Funding Programme Optional Extras Guide 2018-2019

    When drawing up your fees lists remember the following:

    Additional charges must be ‘optional’ and parents must be free to opt out or in.

    Additional charges must be fair – you cannot charge for something that is normally part of the preschool provision i.e. your fee-paying parents would get without paying extra.

    Be specific about what the parents are being expected to pay for. If you are going to charge for late collection, specify what that means.

     

    Bilingual Leaflets for Early Years Practitioners and Parents

    This leaflet was developed by the HSE Speech & Language Dept in association with Waterford Childcare Committee.

    It contains key messages to support children whose first language is not English and to promote good practices in bilingualism for both parents & early years practitioners.

    The leaflet for parents is available in the following languages – Arabic, Czech, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Russian.

    If you require copies please contact us.

     

    TRAINING & INFORMATION EVENTS:

    We have limited availability on the following upcoming training events:

    Enjoying Irish with Young Children – 13th September, Glenview Hotel

    Preparation for Dept. Of Education Inspections – 26th September, Laragh

    Speech & Language Development – 9th October, Glenview Hotel

    Siolta & Aistear Foundations – 16th October, Glenview Hotel

    Children First – Child Protection – 6th Oct Arklow, 1st Nov Blessington

     

    For details about these workshops and our booking form please see our website https://bit.ly/2kwRStO

    Equality, Diversity and Inclusion training

    The remaining EDI course is now fully booked, due to popular demand we will be running another course in the Autumn.  The course will be held in The Glenview Hotel in early Autumn, dates will be confirmed in the near future.   If you are interested in attending this course please contact us by e mail info@wccc.ie.

    GDPR Letters

    Can we also remind those of you who still have to return information to us in relation to the data we hold belonging to you to do so as soon as possible.  It is essential that we have this  information so we can communicate with you in relation to various matters.

     

    Courses in I.T. Carlow Wicklow Campus

    Certificate in Data Protection

    IT Carlow are delivering a 3 day special purpose Level 8 module on Data Protection commencing in late September.  The fee is €75.

    Masters in Leadership

    Please see attached flyer on the Masters In Leadership (Level 9 Major Award) which IT Carlow will be delivering in their Wicklow Campus in Clermont commencing in September.  This course is available either full time or part time.

     

    As always if you have any queries in any of the above information please contact us.

     

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