• WCCC News & Updates

    Posted on July 20, 2018 by in News Updates

    Here are the important dates and information to note for this week 20th July 2018.

    DEADLINES/IMPORTANT DATES:

    There are no deadlines this week

    FOR YOUR INFORMATION:

    Grant Agreements 2018/2019

    Please be advised the Grant Agreements for 2018/2019 are now available on the PIP portal for service providers to review.

    Compliance Visits

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

    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.

    Fee Policies

    We would ask services who have uploaded their fee policies to check their status on PIP.  For those in draft they need to be completed and submitted, and those queried please amend and resubmit.

    For services who still have to commence  your  Fees list on PIP please familiarise yourself with the “How to Guide” which are up on PIP as there are some changes for 2018 (particularly page 5, please see attached screen shot).

    If you need any assistance please 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.

     

    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 –  1st Nov Blessington

    Childcare Professionals Day 24th November – Details tbc

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

    Equality, Diversity and Inclusion training

    If you are interested in attending the final EDI course which will commence in September please contact us by e mail info@wccc.ie.

    Healthy Ireland Smart Start

    The National Childhood Network in conjunction with the HSE are running a Health Ireland Smart Start training programme in The Brockagh Centre, Laragh on Monday 23rd July.  Please see links below for more details.

     https://www.ncn.ie/images/healthyirelandsmartstartresourcesforproviders/BecomeaHealthyIrelandPre-schoolService.pdf

    https://www.ncn.ie/index.php/training/training-book-online


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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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