• WCCC Weekly News & Updates 22nd February

    Posted on February 22, 2019 by in News Updates

    Important Dates

    School Age Childcare Regulations

    Commenced February 18th – If you are currently running a school age childcare service or intend to open a school age childcare service you now have to register with Tusla.  Please see attached documentation for your information.

    Capital Funding

    The 2019 Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes will open for applications from 25th February to 27th March 2019.

    Closing date for applying for new DCYA No is 13th March.

    Affordable Childcare Information Sessions

    8th March – 13th May – Times and locations to be confirmed.

    Announcements

    FAR Update

    Wicklow CCC will be in contact early next week with all Tusla registered providers and childminders regarding the FAR reimbursement process (one place per service).

    Early Learning and Care/School Age Capital Grants Information Sessions

    Wicklow County Childcare Committee are hosting information sessions on the Early Learning & Care and School Aged Childcare Capital Grants Programme 2019 on the following dates;

    6th March, 7pm – 8pm Donard

    11th March, 7pm – 8pm Glenview Hotel

     Book Now

    Please see below link to the applicant guidelines for the Early Learning & Care and School Age Childcare Capital Programme 2019.  Please note the closing date is 27th March at 3pm.    Should you require further information please contact us on 0404 64455.

    We will be presenting the eligibility criteria for each of the strands A-C, supports and resources available and an opportunity for questions and answers.

    Please note, applicants that are applying for a new DCYA reference number in order to make an a Capital grant application will need to complete and return the new DCYA reference number application form and the PIP mandate form no later than 13th March.  If Childcare/SAC providers are changing address or new build, a new DCYA reference number is required.

    Guidelines

    Minister Zappone announces the streamlining of existing targeted childcare schemes in preparation for the transition to the new Affordable Childcare Scheme in October 2019

    The Community Childcare Subvention Scheme (CCS) will be merged with the Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP) scheme once the current programme year comes to an end in August 2019.

    Funding for parents remains unaffected by move.

    All of the other targeted childcare schemes will continue for the full 2019/20 programme year.

    An extensive information campaign on the Affordable Childcare Scheme will rollout over the coming months.

    Please see link to an updated frequently asked questions document regarding the Affordable Childcare Scheme which will commence the end of October 2019.

    FAQ’s

    Launch of Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care Level 7 in Wicklow for September 2019 

    Institute of Technology Carlow in partnership with Wicklow County Childcare Committee will be offering a Level 7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care starting in Wicklow in September 2019

    This Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care programme which is part funded by MBE Skillnet and is designed for those who hold a FULL QQI Level 6 major award in childcare and who are working full-time in the sector with at least 3 years’ full time experience.  Please see attached flyer, timeline and application form.

    If you are interested in enrolling on this Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care programme, please complete the attached application form and return to the Wicklow County Campus, IT Carlow before 12pm on Friday 15th March  2019.  You can email your application to elaina.oflaherty@itcarlow.ie

    If you have queries please contact Elaina at the Wicklow County Campus on 0404 67125 or email Elaina.oflaherty@itcarlow.ie.

    Please note:

    This is possibly the last year we will be offering the one year add on Level 7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care as from September 2020 IT Carlow have advised that all Level 7 Early Years programmes in the country are likely moving to 3 years degree programmes and Level 8 programmes to 4 years degree programmes in line with the Department’s strategy for the Early Childhood workforce development plan.  At this point the information is that from September 2020 new changes to all existing programmes will come into effect. Therefore, this is likely to be the last cohort for the one year Level 7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care.

    Application Form Level 7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education Care 2019 Wicklow

    School Age Childcare Registration

    From February 18th 2019 (commencement date) all school age services are required to register with Tusla.

    Points to remember – If you are already registered with Tusla as a pre-school service, you will be allowed six months from the commencement date of the Regulations in order to apply for registration. This means that you must apply to register by 18 August 2019. If you are not already registered with Tusla as a pre-school service, you will be allowed three months from the commencement date of the Regulations in order to apply for registration. This means that you must apply to register by 18 May 2019.

    Please note: Anyone who intends to operate a school age service in the future must register before the service opens. You must apply for registration at least three months before you propose to begin operating, to allow Tusla time to consider your application. Please see the TUSLA Q&A document in link below for further questions addressed by TUSLA.

    FAQ’s

    WCCC Training & Events Information

    Diversity Equality and Inclusion Training

    The National Training Programme provides practitioners with an opportunity to explore the concepts of Diversity and Equality within the preschool context and will support participants in the development of an inclusive early years environment for all children.

    The programme will help participants to;

    • engage effectively with the Diversity, Equality & Inclusion guidelines
    • support all children to meet the learning goals outlined within the Identity and Belonging and Well-being themes of Aistear.
    • support children and families from minority groups e.g. Traveller Community, Children with Additional Needs, Ethnic Minorities
    • develop an Inclusion Policy as required under the Childcare Early Years Services Regulations 2016

    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.

    Wicklow CCC are pleased to announce that LINC Training will take place in Bray this coming year.

    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 & booking click here

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