9 February 2018 – CCS December returns
Community services must submit all CCS returns by this date.
12th February – 9th March 2018 Applications open to apply for Capital Grants
28 February 2018 – ECCE Level 7/8/9 consultation closes
The Dept. of Education and Skills are consulting on ECCE degree level courses. This is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HVYGWSV
Update on the Development of the Affordable Childcare Scheme
Please see update on progression of the Single Affordable Childcare Scheme by way of the Childcare Support bill from Minister Zappone https://www.dcya.gov.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=4576
Children First Act 2015
Under the Children First Act 2015, all relevant services are required to prepare a child safeguarding statement. The Early Years Child Protection Programme has prepared a guide to drafting this statement, which can be downloaded from the following link: https://www.earlychildhoodireland.ie/child-safeguarding-statement-template/
Tusla have launched an e-learning programme, Introduction to Children First, an interactive course that provides introductory information on the new legal requirements and it recommended that all staff and providers of early years services complete it.
The programme is based on Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children and the Children First Act 2015.
Please click this link to find out further information.
Children First Briefing Sessions
WCCC are running three Briefing Sessions regarding the changes to the Children First Act 2105 on the following dates;
The Briefing Session will look at the implications of the Act for early years providers and will include information on developing a Child Safeguarding Statement.
For details on how to book and dates of regional events please see our website http://www.wccc.ie/training/current-training-courses/children-first-act-2015-briefing-sessions/
Quality of Education Report
The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone published a report on the quality of educational provision in early years settings. See link for more information https://www.education.ie/…/2018-press-relea…/PR18-01-31.html
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion training
The next course in Arklow commencing 3rd February is now full. There are only a few places left in Laragh commencing 10th March . It is highly recommended that 2 people per childcare service take part. We will be running additional workshops in other venues in Wicklow (see dates and venues on our website), however this training will only be available until June and will no longer run after this time frame. As part of your ECCE contract (in the AIM appendix 2 Level 1) providers must participate in the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter and Guidelines. Participants will receive certification and a resource pack upon completion of the training.
Details of all our planned training events are now up on our website.
To book a place on any of these FREE workshops please complete our online booking form.
Level 8 Certification – Carlow IT
Carlow IT are running a new course over 4 days in the Wicklow County Campus – Level 8 Certificate in Management and Governance for Youth and Community Work. This may be of interest and relevance to Board members of community services. For further information please see link below.