• WCCC Weekly News update

    Posted on January 26, 2018 by in News Updates

    Please see below important dates and information to note for the week 22 – 26 January, 2018.


    28 February 2018 – ECCE Level 7/8/9 consultation closes

    DES consultation : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HVYGWSV closes on this date

    Capital Grants 2018 Information and Reminder

    Pre-application briefing notes with important information and dates, in advance of the opening of applications for Early Years and School Age Capital grants in 2018.

    Pre-application briefing notes



    Briefing Sessions on the Children First Act, 2015 for Early Years Services

    The Early Years Child Protection Programme are holding Regional Briefing Sessions on the Children First Act, 2015 for Early Years Services.

    The Children First Act, 2015 was fully commenced on December 11th, 2017 and gives early years services new legal responsibilities.

    This Briefing Session will look at the implications of the Act for early years providers and will include information on developing a Child Safeguarding Statement.

    The Session is for everyone involved in early years services but will be if particular interest to you if you are a:

    • Service Manager
    • Chairperson of a board of management
    • Member of a board of management
    • Childminder (registered with Tusla)
    • Designated Liaison Person for Child Protection

    To book on one of the regional sessions, please book via Eventbrite

    When booking – please note that 2 places are available per service.

    For your convenience Wicklow CCC are also holding similar briefing sessions on the above over the coming weeks on dates below:

    • Arklow Bay Hotel, Monday 5th February 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm
    • Baltinglass Parish Centre, Tuesday 27th February 7.00 – 8.30pm

    To attend this briefing session please complete our online booking form


    Tusla launches new online portal for reporting child protection and welfare concerns

    To support efficient, safe and secure making of reports of child protection and welfare Concerns, Tusla (The Child and Family Agency) have launched an online web Portal (https://portal.tusla.ie/) for making reports of concern. This new portal currently allows Mandated Persons to register and report a concern online.

    The facility for all other professionals/persons* to register to submit reports will be added in the near future. *Check schedule 2 of the Children First Act 2015 to find out if you are a Mandated Person.

    This is now be the main method* to submit a report of a Child Protection and Welfare Concern to Tusla issues.

    For more info see our website


    Update on the development of the Affordable Childcare Scheme

    • Huge progress as families of 66,000 children receive extra supports
    • Legislation to commence second stage imminently
    • IT infrastructure tender request to issue
    • Interim measures to remain in place for term start in Sept 2018

    For info please see recent announcement from the Minister on continuation of ACS for this year


    Designing Accessible Childcare Centres

    A further step is to be taken to make childcare centres accessible to all children with the development of New Universal Design Guidance, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

    The Guidance will be used for refurbishment, renovation and the building of centres.

    Officials from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) at the National Disability Authority will oversee this development. CEUD is the only statutory centre for Universal Design in the world.

    For more info see DCYA article



    Equality, Diversity & Inclusion training

    The next course in Arklow commencing 3rd February is now full.  There are only a few places left in Laragh commencing 10th March . It is highly recommended that 2 people per childcare service take part.  We will be running additional workshops in other venues in Wicklow (see dates and venues on our website), however this training will only be available until June and will no longer run after this time frame. As part of your ECCE contract (in the AIM appendix 2 Level 1) providers must participate in the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter and Guidelines. Participants will receive certification and a resource pack upon completion of the training.

    Details of all our planned training events are now up on our website.


    To book a place on any of these FREE workshops please complete our online booking form.

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