This is the last bulletin of 2017 and the Board and staff of Wicklow County Childcare Committee would like to take this opportunity to wish you, your staff and the children and families that attend your service a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. We look forward to working with you all in 2018.
Wicklow County Childcare Committee offices will close at 4 p.m. on Thursday 21st December and will reopen on Wednesday 3rd January, 2018.
Here are the important dates and information to note for the week 11 – 15 December 2017.
All outstanding EYC and SAC capital returns must be submitted to Pobal. Any returns not submitted by that date WILL NOT receive the final 10% of the grant. Services that do not submit returns will be subject to a funding de-commital and risk having to return the 90% of the grant that has already been paid.
The consultation with the sector on the new guidelines for the Childcare Regulations closes on this date. See link below for more information.
All CCS registration appeals must be completed by this date. Please see below for further details.
Please be advised that the ECCE January registration window has been extended to allow Registrations be made up to two weeks in advance of childcare start date.
Therefore, ECCE registrations with a Start Date of 01/01/2018 may be registered from Monday 18th December, and similarly, registrations with a Start Date of 08/01/2018 may be Registered from 25/12/2017.
The Childcare Support Bill 2017 has been published and will proceed through the Houses of the Oireachtas in the coming weeks. The bill is an essential element in development of the Affordable Childcare Scheme, which will provide a new approach to supporting affordable access to quality childcare in Ireland.
Once launched, the Affordable Childcare Scheme will provide financial support to help reduce the cost of childcare for parents. Through this, it aims to improve access; assist families to return to work and training; reduce child poverty; and improve outcomes for children.
In addition to the Childcare Support Bill, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs also today published a Regulatory Impact Analysis of the Affordable Childcare Scheme.
Full details of the Childcare Support Bill, the Policy Paper and the Regulatory Impact Analysis on the Affordable Childcare Scheme can be found by visiting www.dcya.gov.ie or www.affordablechildcare.ie/nextsteps
The new Children’s First Guidelines were launched on 11th December. The Act introduces new legal requirements for professionals and services with a key role in the lives of children and families. The obligations on mandated reporters take effect immediately on the date of commencement, i.e. 11th December, while organisations will have 3 months from that date to comply with their obligations in relation to publishing a Child Safeguarding Statement. Please see link below to read the new guide.
The report outlines the activities of the Inspectorate which is tasked with inspecting pre-schools, play groups, nurseries, crèches, day-care and similar services which cater for children aged up to six years.
The Inspectorate carried out 2,008 inspections of Early Years Services in 2016, of which 36 were new services seeking to register under the 2016 Regulations. An analysis of 288 inspection reports shows that 78% of regulations were found to be compliant while 22% were deemed non-compliant, showing a clear improvement from 2015 compliance levels (6%).
For more info and to read the report see link below.
Wicklow County Childcare Committee