Here are the important dates and a summary of this week’s information to note for the week 22nd – 26th October 2018.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
Compliance Announcement 2018/2019 Programme cycle:
Unannounced compliance visits will commence in October 2018 and continue to the end of August 2019. Note: Services operating ECCE only sessions will not be visited outside of the ECCE programme cycle.
As previously, 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 & Youth Affairs (DCYA). To ensure compliance with each programmes requirements, services must familiarise themselves with the following:
Compliance visits will comprise checks on records held on site in respect of the following Early Years Programmes i.e.
It is advised that services prepare for an unannounced compliance visit by collating relevant information for review e.g. in a Compliance Folder/File which can be made readily available to the Visit Officer on arrival. This will ensure minimum disruption and expedite the compliance visit. It is acknowledged that some services file their records in alternative ways which is acceptable, but it should be noted that records must be available to enable the Visit officer to complete the compliance visit in a reasonable timescale. In this regard we request that there is always a staff member on site with access to the Compliance Folder / records in the event of an unannounced visit. Please only maintain compliance related information in the Compliance Folder.
Please see the link to the Service Provider Checklist 2018-2019 which is available on the PIP Portal, to assist services in collating the relevant information to meet compliance requirements. Please note that this checklist contains a separate section for each of the Early Years programmes.
Any Service Providers that need to close because they are based on a school premises where that school premises is being utilised as a local polling station during the Presidential election day, (or any other election day), will be paid for that full week without any requirement to make up that day. Please be advised that this is not considered Force Majeure so no formal application is required.
TRAINING & INFORMATION EVENTS:
WCCC are holding a FREE event for Parents & Early Years Educators on the 12th November in the Glenview Hotel. We have attached a copy of the poster to this email and would appreciate if you can put the poster on your notice board and distribute a copy to your parents.
Childcare Professionals Conference – Why Inclusion? 24th November, Glenview Hotel
To book a place on this event please complete our online booking form and we will send you a link to purchase your tickets on Eventbrite – €25 p.p to include lunch. If you wish to purchase multiple tickets for your service please specify on your booking form all the names of the staff attending so we can send you a discount code by email for your service, which you can use when purchasing on Eventbrite. Please also specify on the booking form meal preference (chicken or vegetarian) for each staff member attending.
For details of the speakers and workshops please see http://www.wccc.ie/training/current-training-courses/childcare-professionals-day/