• WCCC Weekly News & Updates

    Posted on May 4, 2018 by in News Updates

     

    Here are the important dates and information to note for the week 30th April – 4th May 2018.

    DEADLINES/IMPORTANT DATES:

    4th May, Early Years Service Profile 2017/2018

    The deadline for completing your survey was extended.  Thank you to those who have completed it and to everyone for taking our telephone calls to remind you.  We would be really grateful if those that have still to complete, could do so as soon as possible.

    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:

    Closure due to the referendum

    Attention services located on school premises being used as a polling stations on Friday, May 25 and closing on that day.

    DCYA has confirmed that the closure of a service due to the referendum cannot be regarded as a force majeure closure. Force Majeure, covered under Clause 12 of the Grant Agreement for DCYA programmes pertains to unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather, flood, lightning, fire, power and water supplies etc. Referendum/national elections dates are announced in advance and therefore closures due to such events cannot be considered unforeseen.

    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.

    ECCE 2018/2019

    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 08.05.2018 (6-10 pm)
    Tuesday 15.05.2018 (6-10 pm)

    TRAINING & INFORMATION EVENTS:

    Some spaces still left on the following upcoming training events:

    • Support & Supervision – 9th May, Glenview
    • Childcare Professionals Event, 12th 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

     

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