• WCCC Weekly News & Updates 6th September

    Posted on September 6, 2019 by in News Updates

    Please see below important news and updates for week ended 6th September, plus details of our upcoming training.

    As outlined in an email sent to all services on 17th August this year DCYA have tasked CCC’s with reviewing only a portion of fees lists.  Therefore not all fees lists are being reviewed this year, so if you would like us to specifically check your fees list please contact us and we can do so.

    Important Dates

    Monday 9 September

    • IT system training for the National Childcare scheme begins (see below for details)

    Friday 13 September 2019 at 3pm 

    • NCS Transition Support Payment applications must be submitted by this date – National Childcare Scheme transition support payment applications – To apply for this payment you must first activate your NCS contract on PIP. Pobal have stated that late applications will not be permitted and there will be no exceptions.

    Friday 20 September 2019

    • ECCE registration-based payments begin

    Friday 27 September 2019

    • Amendments to 2018/2019 (last year’s) ECCE registrations to be completed
    • Graduate and childminder bursary application deadline

    Friday 11 October 2019

    • NCS capital applications close at 3p.m.

    Friday 6 December 2019

    • Payments for amended 2018/2019 (last year’s) ECCE registrations to be issued.


    Draft Childminding Action Plan

    The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, launched the Draft Childminding Action Plan on 29th August, for the purpose of public consultation. The Draft Action Plan sets out proposals for improving access to high quality and affordable early learning and care and school-age childcare through childminding. https://www.dcya.gov.ie/documents/publications/20190829DraftChildmindingActionPlan.pdf

    A call for submissions and online survey are available on www.dcya.gov.ie and a number of focus groups of childminders will take place over the coming weeks.

    Access and inclusion Model (AIM)-Level 7 Payments

    As per the payment schedule on PIP, the first payments for AIM Level 7 will be on Friday 13th September 2019. In order to ensure payment on this date, the child/children in receipt of Level 7 support must have an active and approved registration on PIP for the relevant programme call by close of business on Wednesday 4th September. Please note, weekly catch up payments will be made also. If you have any queries, please contact aimteam@pobal.ie.

    Higher Capitation 2019

    The How to Guide for the Higher Capitation 2019 is now available on PIP. An updated version of the FAQ for Higher Capitation is also available.

    Early Years Conference: First 5 Strategy – How to make the vision a reality – Saturday September 14th in the Sheraton Athlone Hotel, Co. Westmeath.

    Please see link below for further details:-


    Early Learning and Care Services – Commercial Rates

    The Department of Children and Youth Affairs would like to remind early learning and care facilities of the following in respect of commercial rates

    The valuation/rating code as it applies to early learning and care facilities was last altered following the commencement of the Valuation (Amendment) Act 2015 in June 2015.

    In summary childcare facilities fall into three groups, of which one is considered to be rateable:

    1.        Group 1 type facilities are exempt by way of Paragraph 22 Schedule 4 Valuation Acts 2001- 2015 which provides for the exemption of a building used exclusively for the provision of early childhood care and education and occupied by a body which is not established and the affairs of which are not conducted for the purpose of making a private profit i.e. a not for profit organisation.
    2.        Group 2 type facilities are exempt under Paragraph 10 Schedule 4 Valuation Acts 2001- 2015 on the basis that the facility is used exclusively for the provision of educational services (ECCE) only.
    3.        Group 3 type facilities are essentially businesses established for the purpose of making a private profit and are therefore rateable.

    There are also a number of early childhood care and education facilities which are exempt under Paragraph 16 Schedule 4 of the Valuation Acts 2001- 2015 on the basis that the facility is occupied by a charitable organisation and used exclusively by that body for charitable purposes.

    Issues concerning commercial rates are the responsibility of the Commissioner of Valuation. The Valuation Office falls under the aegis of the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government.

    If you have any queries in relation to commercial rates please contact the Valuation Office, Block 2, Irish Life Centre, Abbey Street Lower, Dublin1, D01 E9XO. Telephone 01 8171033. E-mail valuationservices@valoff.ie.

    Learner Fund Graduate Bursary

    The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will re-open the Learner Fund Bursary to Early Learning and Care practitioners who are new graduates of a recognised Early Childhood Education and Care degree programme. The award must be placed at Level 7/8/9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and achieved in the academic years 2013 – 2019.  Applications are open from 19th August and close on 27th September 2019. Information and application form

    Learner Fund Childminders Bursary

    The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will open the Learner Fund Bursary for Childminders who are registered with Tusla and hold a Level 5 or Level 6 award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). The award must be placed at Level 5 or Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and achieved in the academic years 2013 – 2019.  Applications are open from 19th August and close on 27th September 2019. Information and application form

    First Aid (FAR) reimbursement

    We would like to remind you, if you have not availed of it already, of the Minister’s agreement to financially support Registered Providers compliance with Regulation 25, First Aid: First Aid Responder ( FAR).  This funding, available through a FAR Reimbursement Application Process, administered by ourselves enables you to access a full or refresher FAR training at a reimbursement cost of 1 x course, up to the value of €225.

    As per previous communications on FAR, this funding covers one place per registered service, in order to claim the costs of funding, you must ensure the following;

    • The FAR trainer can issue you with a Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council Certificate
    • You complete the FAR Reimbursement Application Form (available here) and return it to us accompanied by a copy of your certificate, along with a copy of your payment invoice/receipt.

    Please note:

    The timeline for all registered services to comply with Regulation 25, is beginning of June 2020, therefore we urge you to ensure you engage in this training and avail of this financial support as soon as possible.

    We will process payments on a quarterly basis.  The closing date for the next quarter is Friday 13th September.

    CCSP Booking Deposits

    The Department of Children and Youth Affairs would like to clarify that the rule regarding CCSP booking deposits remains unchanged for the 2019/20 programme year.

    There has been some uncertainty due to a change of wording in the 2019/20 rules, however, Service Providers are still only required to refund the portion of the booking deposit equivalent to two weeks DCYA subvention. It is at the discretion of the Service Provider how and when the remainder of the deposit is refunded.

    Universal Design Guidelines

    The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, launched the Universal Design Guidelines for Early Learning and Care Settings on Monday 10th June.  These guidelines offer guidance on building, renovation and refurbishment of centres for Early Learning and Care in Ireland.  It is quite a large document and has been split into different sections to make it easier to access the information you require.  There is a self-audit tool that will help existing services through the assessment of their current premises which is very useful.  These guidelines will be useful for anyone who is thinking of developing/building a new centre or making changes to an existing service.  All the information can be found at:-


    TUSLA – Early Years and School-age Childcare Registration

    The portal is now live for registrations.  All services are in the process of being issued with a memo containing instructions of how to proceed.

    We would urge all services to read the documents which have been made available by Tusla to assist with registration.

    Each service will be able to log onto the portal and create an account so they can complete their registration.

    General queries regarding the overall application process can be made to: sac.registration@tusla.ie

    Queries specifically regarding school age applications must be made to: sac.registration@tusla.ie

    Queries regarding early years content of application must be made to: ey.registration@tusla.ie

    With regard to fire planning and fire certs while we are here to support you in any way we can we are not in a position to give any specific advice on the issue and neither can Tusla or the inspection or registration teams. 

    Planning and fire certification are the remit of the local authority and only they can answer your queries.  For services who have yet to begin the process we would urge you to do so as soon as possible.

    National Childcare Scheme






    The National Childcare Scheme

    Phase 2 Training Sessions – Using the system – Now Open for bookings

    These sessions will provide practical training on the use of the National Childcare Scheme’s IT system, covering both the service provider portal and the parent application process.

    They will start on 9th of September 2019 and will run until the 24th of October 2019.

    To book a session please go to the NCS website here



    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. All of the courses planned in Wicklow are now fully booked for this year but if you need to be trained please contact us and we can add your name to our waiting list.

    Children First Programme trainers have to be monitored on a regular basis to deliver this training.  In order to facilitate monitoring of trainers Wicklow CCC are running a course in conjunction with Carlow CCC on Tuesday 15th October in Carlow Town.  There are 8 places available to Wicklow participants and they will be filled on a first come first served basis.  If you are interested in attending this course please contact us on 0404 64455 or email info@wccc.ie

    Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Training


    The next training will be held in the Glenview Hotel on the following dates:

    9th  November – 10 to 4pm

    14th November – 7 to 10pm

    21st November – 7 to 10pm

    28th November – 7 to 10pm

    All four dates must be attended in order to receive certification.

    To book a place please complete a Booking Form

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