• WCCC Weekly News & Updates 5th April

    Posted on April 5, 2019 by in News Updates

    Important Dates

    National Childcare Scheme Information Sessions

    8th March – 13th  May 2019 – Information sessions are live on eventbrite.  These sessions are for all providers, even if you are an ECCE only provider, it will benefit you to hear about the new scheme and the new online platform.   If any services missed the session they were booked on, they can rebook on one of the remaining four information sessions.

    Book via Eventbrite

    NCS Website


    18th May 2019 – Registration of stand-alone school-age childcare services



    Programme Support Payments

    Applications for the Programme Support Payments will open on Monday 13 May and close on Friday 21 June. We will be putting a reminder in the bulletin nearer the time.

    The payments equate to 7 days’ (1.4 weeks’) registrations for ECCE at Standard Capitation, and 14 days’ (2.8 weeks’) registrations for CCS(P) and TEC.

    The application form will be available on PIP. Payments will issue the week after the closing date for applications.

    Please note that no applications will be accepted after 21 June.


    National Childcare Scheme

    The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has welcomed the news of the overwhelmingly positive response to the new National Childcare Scheme, the pathway to quality, affordable, accessible Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare.

    A huge year for childcare in Ireland, a nationwide Communications Campaign is now underway to raise awareness and help both parents and providers to prepare for the National Childcare Scheme’s opening in October. The Scheme’s website, www.ncs.gov.ie went live on Monday 11th of March, and with over 23,000 hits so far is already proving hugely popular.

    The website contains tailored information for families looking to access the Scheme and providers interested in participating, with dedicated parent and provider pages. Information leaflets, detailed booklets and a range of Frequently Asked Questions have been published and are available to download. More resources will be added in the coming weeks, including an Irish language version, instructional videos and how-to guides. 


    Minister Zappone welcomes the report of the National Disability Authority with regard to overage exemptions for the ECCE free pre-school programme

    Friday 29th March 2019

    The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone and the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Joe McHugh, welcomed and published the report by the National Disability Authority (NDA) of the consultation process into overage exemptions for certain children in the Early Childhood Care and Education programme (ECCE). In welcoming the report, which was jointly commissioned by the Ministers for Children & Youth Affairs and Education & Skills and is being published today, Minister Zappone stated

    ‘The free pre-school programme is an important cornerstone of the Government’s commitment to high quality early learning and care. It is critical that all children are supported to participate fully in the programme. This report provides us with important evidence regarding the needs of children with disabilities which can now inform our future thinking in this important area.’

    In December 2017 Minister Zappone announced her decision to pause the proposed rule changes on overage exemptions to the pre-school programme to allow for a consultation process where all voices, including those of parents of children with disabilities, could be heard in relation to the proposed change.

    Both Ministers have conveyed their thanks to the NDA for their hard work and commitment in producing the report and for the invaluable contributions by parents, advocacy groups and other stakeholders who engaged with the NDA to assist in the production of the report.

    See the full announcement here

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

    Under the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016, a new regulatory requirement will come into force from June 1st, 2020. From this date under Regulation 25, there must be a person(s) who has trained in FAR (First Aid Response) with a trainer approved by the Pre- Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) immediately available to children attending the childcare service.

    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.

    The training: on completion of this 3-day/18 hr course, the First Aid Responder will be equipped with the necessary practical skills, knowledge and confidence to give effective life support, diagnose and treat injuries or illness, and maintain care and comfort of a patient who has become suddenly ill or injured in the workplace or elsewhere until the arrival of emergency medical services.  Services can claim back the cost of one person attending FAR (either full or refresher) on behalf of your service.  To do this you must submit an application form, with a copy of the FAR certificate and a receipt for the cost of the course. WCCC will be processing the payments quarterly; the payment schedule is as follows:


    Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
    Application closing date (for payment in that quarter) 14th June 2019 13th September 2019 19th November 2019 13th March 2020
    Payment dates 28th June 2019 27th September 2019 13th December 2019 27th March 2020



    PHECC FAR Certified Trainers


    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

    19th October, 10am – 4pm Arklow Bay Hotel

    Transitions workshop

    The National Parents Council will be running sessions for parents around the country to support them to support their children make the transition from pre-school to primary school.  These sessions will also support parents of children who may have special educational needs.

    You can book a place via link below or contact cdowney@npc.ie or at  01 8874484.

    Book a place

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