• WCCC – Weekly News Update – 1st December

    Posted on December 1, 2017 by in News Updates



    Deadline EXTENDED to Monday 11th December for Early Years Capital and School Age Childcare 2017

    Notice on PIP – We are aware that turnaround times for Capital 2017 are tight and therefore the deadline for final reporting on Capital 2017 has been extended to close of business on Monday 11th December 2017.

    Please submit as soon as possible or payment cannot be guaranteed before Christmas.

    If you have any queries please contact online support onlinesupport@pobal.ie


    The Children First Act and Mandated Reporting

    We have posted a copy of the new ‘Children First – National Guidance for the Protection & Welfare of Children’ book to all services which you should receive over the coming days.

    As was mentioned in a previous bulletin, the Minister announced the full enactment of the child protection and welfare legislation from 11th December 2017. This means that mandated reporting comes into force from that date. Services will have until March 11th 2018 to have their child safeguarding statement in place. We will be prioritising training on these statements in the first months of 2018.

    In the meantime the Early Years Child Protection Programme have produced a leaflet ‘The five steps to prepare for the Children First Act, 2015’. We would recommend that as a first step you encourage all staff, owners, Boards and Committees to complete the e-learning course. Details are on the leaflet. This does not replace the training that we have been running for the last 4 years. Our training will resume in March 2018, after we have offered services workshops on preparing a safeguarding statement, which will start early in the new year.

    For more information please see:


    Compliance Visits / Compliance Checklists

    Further to last week’s announcement, to help make sure you are ready for any unannounced visit, be prepared. Make sure your compliance file is ready and on site. Make sure that at least one person has access to the file at all times so that if a manager/owner is off-site when Pobal arrive, they can still do their checks.  There is a check list on PIP, which can be found here itemising everything that should be in the file/accessible to Pobal.

    Overage Exemptions

    Important notice re overage exemptions – Please read attached notice regarding Applications for Overage Exemptions No Longer Accepted for ECCE Programme from 2018/19 Programme Year

     If you have any queries about anything in the bulletin, please get in touch. Don’t forget we are here to help you with all aspects of your childcare business, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.  As always, we welcome any feedback on our communication with you and if you need to have something clarified or discussed in more detail, please contact a member of our staff team.  Please also keep updated through our website and our facebook page where we will continue to post relevant information for our sector.

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