• WCCC Weekly News & Updates

    Posted on March 9, 2018 by in News Updates



    11th March 2018 – Child Safeguarding Statement last date for implementation

    See below for more information.


    14th March 2018 – Capital grant applications close

    The date for receipt of applications was extended due to weather disruptions last week.  Your grant application/s must show a ‘submitted’ status by 3 p.m. on this date to be considered. Please see http://bit.ly/2GopUYG for details.


    14th March 2018 – Learner fund bursary levels 7/8/9 applications close

    Applications for the learner fund bursary must be submitted by this date. Please see http://bit.ly/2sCqGOV for details.


    16th March 2018Level 7 in Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care application close Commencing in Rathnew Campus, September 2018.  See link for details http://bit.ly/2HIosBe



    Force Majeure Closures

    A reminder for services forced to close due to the adverse weather conditions, please ensure you complete a Force Majeure on PIP within four weeks of the closure.


    Child Safeguarding Statement

    From March 11th, 2108 all early years services will be required to have a Child Safeguarding Statement under the Children First Act, 2015.  The Early Years Child Protection Programme and its partner organisations have been busy disseminating information and  resources to support early years services to meet this new requirement.

    Child protection and safeguarding have always been central to the work of early years services and, everyone involved in the Early Years Child Protection Programme has been heartened by the commitment and response from the sector to the new requirements.

    Since January, 2018 thousands of services and early years professionals have :

    • Attended a Briefing Session on the Children First Act, 2015
    • Completed the Tusla e-learning: Introduction to Children First
    • Downloaded and accessed the support documents

    We have also heard from many, many services who have completed their Child Safeguarding Statement and feedback has been that it provided and opportunity to review all safeguarding measures and identify any work needed to comply with the new legislation.

    If you have yet to start work on your Child Safeguarding Statement,  there is still time , download the attached documents and/or contact your local childcare committee for more information.


    Overage Exemptions

    DCYA announced this week that Parents of children with disabilities who are deciding whether to defer their child’s entry into free pre-school will be able to avail of two full years irrespective of any future policy changes.   To read the press release see http://bit.ly/2D0E5jy and for details of the consultation process in relation to proposed changes to the rule on exemptions to the upper age limit to the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme see http://bit.ly/2oQ809g.


    FAR Clarification

    All early years services should have received a letter this week from Tusla clarifying the position with regard to First Aid Training.  We have attached the letter for your information.




    Postponed workshops due to bad weather

    The two workshops that were postponed have now been rescheduled for the following dates:

    • Preparation for Dept. Of Education Inspections workshop will be held on the 20th March in the Glenview Hotel.
    • Storytelling workshop will be held on the 26th March in the Glenview Hotel.


    Diversity, Equality and Inclusion training

    Please note that there are places left on the following courses ONLY:

    • Blessington commencing 19th May
    • Glenview Hotel commencing 9th June
    • Newtownmountkennedy commencing 2nd July

    The training is a 15 hour commitment and further details can be found on http://www.wccc.ie/training/current-training-courses/aim-diversity-equality-inclusion-charter/

    As per Appendix 2 of your ECCE contract (SEE BELOW), WCCC has arranged 17 courses in Wicklow which started in 2017 and will finish in July 2018.

    “APPENDIX 2: General Terms and Conditions governing participation in the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM)

    AIM Level 1 – The Registered Provider will engage with the CCC and participate in the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter and Guidelines training.  On completion of the training, the Registered Provider must sign up to a National Inclusion Charter and create their own Early Childhood Care and Education National Inclusion Policy”

    For further information on this course or any of our other courses, please see our website http://www.wccc.ie/training/current-training-courses/ or contact judy@wccc.ie


    Date for your Diary

    Following on from our very successful Childcare Professionals Day in November we are holding a mini Childcare Professionals Day on Saturday 12th of May in The Glenview Hotel 9.30am -1.00pm.  Confirmed sessions includes Yoga for Children and Helping children to think and communicate well using the P4C approach (Philosophy for children).  We are awaiting confirmation on one other session.  More details to follow for further information please contact judy@wccc.ie.


    LINC/AIM information session

    Mary Immaculate College and Wicklow CCC will be holding a joint information session on Tuesday 13 March at 6.30 in The Glenview Hotel. The session will last for approximately 1.5 hours. A LINC tutor will give a presentation on the course and answer any questions you may have.  WCCC will also give an overview of AIM and will answer any queries you may have.  To book a place please contact info@wccc.ie.

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