30 November, 2017 – Capital financial returns submission deadline
All financial returns for the Early years capital and school-aged childcare capital must be submitted by this date.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
Compliance Visits / Compliance Checklists
Pobal have confirmed that unannounced compliance visits commenced in November 2017 and continue to the end of August 2018. For further information, and to find a link to the 2017/2018 Compliance Service Provider File Checklist, please see the PIP announcements section of your PIP portal. This checklist contains a separate section for each of the Early Years programmes.
As in previous years, the compliance process will involve a series of standardised on-site checks aimed at ensuring adherence with certain programme rules and contract conditions as set out by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA).
Compliance visits will be carried out in respect of the following Early Years Programmes:
The HSE advises that everyone should be aware of the possible risk of spread of measles whenever groups of people gather and particularly childcare services and when attending healthcare services such as GPs or Emergency Departments. For more info see the HSE website http://bit.ly/2A5RoCF
Tusla – Children First information booklets and e-learning programme
Materials will support practitioners and public in implementing revised Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children and mandatory reporting
Tusla – Child and Family Agency have a suite of Children First information booklets and an accompanying e-learning programme. The booklets support the forthcoming introduction of the revised Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children and commencement of remaining provisions of the Children First Act 2015.
For more information see:
Tusla has issued its first Early Years Inspectorate Newsletter. This issue deals with the topics of Infection Control, Q & A, The Quality Regulatory Framework and an Introduction to the Newsletter.
The newsletter is available to download from our website http://bit.ly/2zX9N4i
Universal Children’s Day 20th November 2017 – events for babies and for parents of young children
The Katharine Howard Foundation has arranged two events with a focus on pregnancy and early childhood:
For more information go to the following link:
Goodbye Paperwork, Hello Happy Children
Very interesting article in relation to child initiated play – take a read
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING/WORKSHOPS:
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion training
WCCC are still rolling out the EDI training however only have limited places still available in 2017, so we advise you to book asap to secure a place. For details of the dates and venues please see the training section of our website.
CAPA – Correction Actions and Preventative Actions
Early Childhood Ireland, in collaboration with TUSLA Early Years are running these workshops and have some spaces still available at the following venue:
Glenview Hotel, 23rd November 7 – 9pm
Booking is essential as places are limited in each venue. Attendance is limited to one person per setting as the workshop is specifically for the registered provider who would be responding to a non-compliance.
Please book online (you can use the search option at the top of the bookings page to search for your preferred location). Additional venues will be added in the coming weeks.
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.