• WCCC Weekly News & Updates 1st February

    Posted on February 1, 2019 by in News Updates

    Please see below important news and updates for week 28th January – 1st February, plus details of our upcoming training.


    Medical Card information for CCS/P

    When medical card information is submitted for a CCS/P application, it is checked against the HSE database. Sometimes this check does not confirm a medical card. Pobal will now accept the following as additional evidence:

    • Letter
    • Email
    • Account print-out

    These must come from the Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS) and show the parent/child name and PPSN; the card type – whether it is a medical card or a GP visit card; and the start and end dates. This notice is on PIP.


    School Age Capital Grants

    Guidelines setting out the application process for over €6.1m in childcare capital grants have been published.  Announcing the publication, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D. encouraged providers to study the document and prepare the groundwork for their applications.

    The 2019 Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes will open for applications from 25th February to 27th March 2019.  Decisions are expected to be delivered in June 2019.

    Read full article here

    Download Guidelines


    National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making, 2015-2020

    Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, today launched the third annual report on the implementation of the actions in the National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making, 2015-2020.

    The goal of the Strategy is to ensure that children and young people have a voice in their individual and collective lives in their communities, in education, on their health and wellbeing and in legal settings. It focuses on the everyday lives of children and young people and the places and spaces in which they are entitled to have a voice in decisions that affect their lives. The strategy is primarily aimed at children and young people under the age of 18, but embraces the voice of young people in the transition to adulthood up to the age of 24.

    Read full article here



    School Age Childcare Registrations – Childminders

    For childminders who will be registering with TUSLA, please submit any queries you may have to TUSLA’s email address sac.registration@tusla.ie.  Reminder that letters of intent must be received by Friday 8th February 2019.


    Parents Plus Programme



    Safe Internet Day 2019


    WCCC Training & Information Events

    Siolta & Aistear Introductory workshop






    5th February, Glenview Hotel from  7 pm – 9 pm

    For info and booking click here


    Diversity Equality and Inclusion Training






    The next available workshop is on the following dates in Laragh;

    3rd July – 10am – 4pm

    10th July – 10am – 1pm

    17th July – 10am – 1pm

    24th July – 10am – 1pm


    All dates must be attended in order to receive certificate.

    For info and booking click here


    Supporting parents to enable positive behaviour and developmental progress & LINC Info session

    26th February, Glenview Hotel from  6.30 pm – 9.30 pm

    This workshop will look at practical approaches to communicating with parents regarding children’s development and behaviours. This workshop will also address ways in which to present Aim supports to parents in order to create an understanding as to how to best support their child through the preschool years.

    Following the workshop, in advance of the opening of applications for the LINC course this March, a tutor from the Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years programme will be hosting an information session.

    LINC is a free (fully funded) higher education blended-learning programme designed for early years teachers, to promote the inclusion of children with additional needs. After completing the programme, graduates will carry out the role of Inclusion Coordinator and will also meet the educational requirement for room leader status. Once a qualified graduate is working within an early years setting as the INclusion COordinator, the setting will be entitled to an extra capitation payment of €2 per ECCE/CCS/TEC qualified child. Further information about the programme can be found by visiting the LINC programme website www.lincprogramme.ie.

    For info and booking click here


    Forest School Level 3 Certificate training

    Forest School are offering training to Wicklow County Childcare Committee Service Providers at a subsidised rate thanks to funding received from Wicklow County Council and the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership fund.

    Two Irish trainers, Ciara Hinksman of Earth Force Education and Lucy Bell of Growing Wild, are delivering this course in association with Circle of Life Training. Both Lucy and Ciara are Forest School practitioners working with children and adults throughout Ireland since 2013 and have been outdoor educators for over ten years. They are part of the Circle of Life Training team delivering OCN Level 3 Certificate Forest School Leader course in Co. Wicklow.

    The curriculum covered will include:

    1. Understand the Forest School approach to learning.
    2. Be able to participate in Forest School experiences.
    3. Understand methods of identification of woodland species.
    4. Understand how Forest School impacts on the woodland environment.
    5. Understand hazards at Forest School.

    When: Two full days: Friday, 5th April & Friday, 12th April, 2019

    Where: The Forest, Hollywood, Co. Wicklow

    Time: 9:00am to 5.00pm

    Cost: €70 (plus booking fee) only for Wicklow CCC members for two full days

    Book your place here


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