27th April, Early Years Service Profile 2017/2018
The deadline for completing your survey is 5pm on Friday 27th April.
For more info and guidelines for completion please see https://bit.ly/2vot90U
1st May, Launch of the AIM application process for September 2018 pre-school year
The application process opens for children eligible for the ECCE programme for the first time from September and also if a child who is currently availing of AIM supports is moving to another pre-school in September 2018.
For children who are currently receiving AIM supports services must submit a 2nd year extension request for all eligible children via the AIM tab on the PIP Portal. For more information please see the PIP announcement on your home page.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
Changes in data protection from May 25th
As you are all aware there are significant changes taking place in relation to data protection from 25th May. Wicklow CCC were hoping to organise an information session for providers but we are awaiting on guidance from DCYA regarding any particular issues which may arise for the sector. If and when we receive more information we will let you know. In the meantime we would advise that you make yourself familiar with the changes please see http://gdprandyou.ie/ as the onus is on the holder of the information to ensure proper procedures are being followed.
Wicklow County Childcare’s website
We have made some changes to the look of our home page http://www.wccc.ie/ to facilitate ease of searching for information on our website plus we have a new look search engine for the Search for Childcare function http://www.wccc.ie/parents/find-childcare-in-your-area/?action=search. We suggest that providers check their service contact details and if any info has changed please let us know so we can update it.
We have had some queries from services regarding eligibility of children for ECCE from September 2018. Once children are 2 years and 8 months before 1st Sept 2018, they can join the ECCE scheme at any time during the academic year, provided the Service has a space.
PIP Portal Maintenance
Please be advised that PIP Portal will be unavailable from 6 to 10 pm for the next three Tuesdays due to essential maintenance.
Scheduled outage dates and times are:
Tuesday 01.05.2018 (6-10 pm)
Tuesday 08.05.2018 (6-10 pm)
Tuesday 15.05.2018 (6-10 pm)
TRAINING & INFORMATION EVENTS:
Early Years Conference
The National College of Ireland would like to remind you of the Early Years Conference it will hold on Wednesday 13th June 2018. Practitioners, educators and researchers to submit an abstract to share their work in this area with the early childhood community. Submission of abstracts is open until this Friday 27th April. For more info see https://www.ncirl.ie/ELI/Research/Home-Learning-Conference
Childcare Professionals Event
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. The three one hour sessions will consist of Yoga for Children, Helping children to think and communicate well using the P4C approach (Philosophy for children) and Exploration of Curriculum Foundations within the context of Childrens art experiences.
For further details about this event and booking form please see our website https://bit.ly/2GSiUXQ. Please ensure you enclose payment with your booking form.
Some spaces still left on the following upcoming training events:
• Support & Supervision – 9th May, Glenview
• DCYA Schemes Info – 14th May, Glenview & Arklow 21st May
• Equality, Diversity & Inclusion – Blessington commencing 19th May and Newtown commencing 2nd July
• Children First – Child Protection – 15th Sept, Laragh & 13th Oct, Arklow
For details about these workshops and our booking form please see our website https://bit.ly/2kwRStO