Friday 21 June 2019 – Programme support payment applications close
Sunday 18 August 2019 – Registration for existing School Age Services closes
Friday 13 September 2019 – NCS Transition Support Payment applications close
Friday 11 October 2019 – NCS capital applications close at 3p.m.
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, launched the Universal Design Guidelines for Early Learning and Care Settings on Monday 10th June. These guidelines offer guidance on building, renovation and refurbishment of centres for Early Learning and Care in Ireland. It is quite a large document and has been split into different sections to make it easier to access the information you require. There is a self-audit tool that will help existing services through the assessment of their current premises which is very useful. These guidelines will be useful for anyone who is thinking of developing/building a new centre or making changes to an existing service. All the information can be found at:-
The process for getting into contract for all of the schemes – ECCE, CCSP, TEC and NCS 2019/2020 is now available on PIP. Please log in to PIP on a regular basis to see all the up to date information. If you need any support or assistance please contact us. More detailed information in relation to NCS will be available shortly.
The ABC Project in Bray SPECS have developed a preschool to primary school transfer form which they are happy to share with all early year’s services in the county. Transition Form- June 2019.
It is a legal requirement to register and you will need to be a registered service to enter into contract for the new national childcare scheme.
Existing services have until 18th August to register.
Providers Information Session
Wicklow CCC has recently delivered nine information sessions on the new National Childcare Scheme.
The last session is as follows:-
Wednesday 19th June at 2pm in The Brockagh Centre, Laragh
To book a place on either of these two sessions please do so on the link below:-
Parents Information Session
Wicklow County Childcare are hosting free information sessions in July for parents, which will explain how the new scheme will work and how parents can prepare in advance to register for their MyGovID account, which is required in order to access the National Childcare Scheme subsidies. Please pass this information onto parents in your service. Parents can register for these information sessions via eventbrite.
The guidelines set out the application process for capital funding which will allow service providers, who sign up to the new National Childcare Scheme to purchase ICT support, which will assist them in recording and reporting children’s attendance.
Providers can purchase ICT support which meets the eligibility criteria and will be reimbursed for the amount spent, up to the maximum amount allowable. A full list of eligibility criteria is laid out in the application guidelines available below.
In order to apply for AIM Level 4, 5, or 7, you must also submit consent from the Parent/Guardian. This consent is essential for the support of preschool children. The form is a legal document as it covers the sharing of information between professionals. It needs to be completed in full, signed and dated. Be aware that incomplete forms can cause delays in applications.
From the end of the month only version 2 of the consent form will be accepted. Please make sure you are using the right version. You can download a copy here.
Are you working in an Early Years Service or are a registered childminder and completed First Aid Responder (FAR) training either a full course or refresher since January 1st 2019?
The DCYA has opened a FAR Reimbursement Fund which will fund one FAR first aid training place per registered early learning and care services / registered childminders to a maximum of €225 per full course or €175 per refresher course. To support the sector to meet this requirement services can claim back the cost of one staff member attending this training.
Services please note that the deadline for round one reimbursements is 14th June.
Child protection and welfare training for the early years sector in Wicklow is delivered by Wicklow County Childcare Committee. The role that early years practitioners have in the lives of children and their families means that they are uniquely placed to recognise when there are concerns about the safety, welfare or well-being of a child. Early years practitioners and services also have a responsibility for safeguarding the children in their care through their policies, procedures and practice.
This is a new training programme and has been updated to reflect the changes in the revised Children First: National Guidance and the Children First Act 2015. This Foundation Training is a standardised programme for all staff involved in direct work with children and families. All Designated Liaison Persons (DLP) and Deputy Designated Liaison Persons (DDLP) will be prioritised for this training. There will be no refresher training available in 2019.
Please note: The E-Learning programme “Introduction to Children First” must be completed prior to attending this training. You will be required to forward a copy of your E-Learning completion certificate to complete your booking for this training. E-Learning available via link below.
This is a Child & Family Agency accredited module that has been developed for the early years’ sector. Certification is valid for three years. Cost €10 per person payable at time of booking via eventbrite.
The next available dates are:
REMINDER The online General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Training Tutorial for Early Years Services is available on the PIP Portal until 23rd October 2019. https://pip.pobal.ie/