• WCCC Weekly News & Updates 24th May

    Posted on May 24, 2019 by in News Updates

    Important Dates

    Friday 24 May, 2019 – Sector profile closes

    Friday 7 June 2019 – National Childcare Scheme contract opening date

    Monday 10 June 2019 – NCS capital grant applications open (see below for details)

    Friday 21 June 2019 – Programme support payment applications close

    Sunday 18 August 2019 – Registration for existing School Age Services closes

    Friday 11 October 2019 – NCS capital applications close at 3p.m.


    Early Years Service Profile 2018/2019 Closing today

    ​The 2018/2019 Early Years Service Profile launched on Monday 13th May.  The annual survey is developed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Pobal in consultation with key stakeholders in the early years sector.

    The deadline for completing the survey is today 5pm, Friday 24th May.  You can download a copy of the guidelines below.

    If you have any queries about completing your service profile, please contact Wicklow County Childcare on 0404-64455 or the Pobal Helpdesk at: Email: onlinesupport@pobal.ie Tel: (01) 511 7222

    School-age Childcare 












    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.

    Wicklow Childcare Committee are running a free information workshop for existing School-age Childcare services and Childminders on the following date;

    Tuesday 18th June,  7pm – 9pm

    Blessington Education Centre

    To book a place please complete our online booking form on our website.


    School age childcare consultation

    On Tuesday the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, launched a consultation process on future regulations and a quality improvement framework for school-age childcare. Draft regulations can be found on the DCYA website.

    Submissions can be made by children, the public and providers using either an online survey or by written submission.

    The online survey can be found here.

    You can read the full announcement here.


    National Childcare Scheme






    Providers Information Session

    Wicklow CCC has recently delivered eight information sessions on the new National Childcare Scheme.  Since delivering the final session last Monday 13th of May, we have had enquiries from services looking for another information session.

    Wicklow CCC are quite happy to do this but we would like to get a sense of the numbers of services/people who would be interested in attending.  If you or your staff are interested in a follow up session can you please email info@wccc.ie  by Friday 24th May.

    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.

    Capital Funding

    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.

    Please note:

    • Applications for funding can be made through the Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP) from 10th June 2019.
    • The maximum grants will vary depending on the size of the service availing of State supports, and will range from €500 to €2,000.
    • Providers must have entered into a contract to participate in the National Childcare Scheme to avail of the NCS Capital funding.
    • Further details on the format for the recording and reporting of attendance will be set out in an Appendix to the NCS Contract.
    • Only eligible ICT equipment and software purchased from the date a service signed their National Childcare Scheme contract will be eligible for consideration.
    • Services must only apply for the amount of eligible expenditure incurred, up to the maximum grant applicable to the service.


    Closure due to Referendum

    For Services located on school premises being used as a polling station on Friday, May 24th and closing on that day.

    The DCYA has confirmed that the closure of a Service due to the referendum cannot be regarded as a force majeure closure. Force Majeure, covered under Clause 12 of the Grant Agreement for DCYA programmes pertains to unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather, flood, lightning, fire, power and water supplies etc. Referendum/national elections dates are announced in advance and therefore closures due to such events cannot be considered unforeseen.

    However, while the closure of a Service due to the referendum cannot be regarded as a force majeure closure, Service Providers are not required to amend their calendars or make up the day. This will not affect your payments.


    Minister publishes detailed implementation plan for First 5









    The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, yesterday unveiled the Government’s initial implementation plan for ‘First 5’, Ireland’s first ever strategy for early childhood.

    First 5 is a radical ten-year strategy that will deliver:

    • A broader range of options for parents to balance working and caring
    • A new model of parenting support
    • New developments in child health, including a dedicated child health workforce
    • Reform of the Early Learning and Care (ELC) system, including a new funding model
    • A package of measures to tackle early childhood poverty

    The Implementation Plan describes the ambitious steps that will be taken in the initial implementation phase – from 2019 to 2021. Its development was led by an Inter-Departmental Group chaired by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

    Read the full announcement here.

    AIM Informed Consent






    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.

    First Aid Responder (FAR) Reimbursement – Registered Early Years Service & Registered Childminders








    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 of 14th June for applications is soon approaching for round one reimbursements.

    Please see details on our website about the FAR reimbursement Fund 2019 and how to apply.  If you have any queries please contact Jane on 0404-64455 or jane@wccc.ie



    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.

    Children First E-Learning Programme

    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:

    12th August, 10am – 4pm, Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh

    20th August, 10am – 4pm, Ballywaltrim Community Centre, Bray



    GDPR Training Tutorial for Early Years Services







    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/

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