• WCCC weekly news & updates 8th March

    Posted on March 8, 2019 by in News Updates

    Important Dates

    School Age Childcare Regulations


    Commenced February 18th – If you are currently running a school age childcare service or intend to open a school age childcare service you now have to register with Tusla.  Services that provide childcare for school-age children only must apply for registration by 18th May 2019 and are encouraged to start this process straightaway. School-age services that are already registered with Tusla as pre-school services must apply for registration by 18th August 2019. New services must apply for registration at least 3 months before opening.

    Please see  documentation for your information.

    Early Years Providers Registration Update

    School-age Policies Registration Checklist



    Capital Funding

    The 2019 Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes opened for applications from 25th February to 27th March 2019

    Closing date for applying for new DCYA No is 13th March.


    Affordable Childcare Information Sessions

    8th March – 31st May – Times and locations to be confirmed next week.

    LINC Training Programme 2019/2020

    On Tuesday 5th March, Minister Zappone announced up to 1,150 free places on the Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC) Higher Education Programme. 

    Training will be held in Bray commencing September 2019.  If you interested in participating in the LINC Programme,  they are running a competition from the 4th to the 15th of March where eligible applicants will be entered into a draw for a laptop.

    This is the last year of the LINC programme.  More information on the programme can be found on www.lincprogramme.ie.

    DCYA Announcement


    First Aid Responder(FAR) Training Update

    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.

    To support the sector to meet this requirement services can claim back the cost of one staff member attending this training. The FAR training reimbursement fund is now ready.

    An email was sent to all services on Monday with a list of available FAR trainers who have expressed an interest in offering the training in County Wicklow and details of how to apply for the refund, see documents below.  This is not a recommended or approved list and it is up to each provider to decide where to avail of training.  The important point is that trainers have to be PHECC accredited First Aid Responder (FAR) trainers and it must be a PHECC FAR training course.   WCCC are not organising the training courses, so services need to contact the training provider directly to arrange their training.

    Reimbursement Conditions & Timeline

    Reimbursement Application Form

    List of PHECC FAR Training Instructors


    Early Learning and Care/School Age Capital Grants Information Sessions

    Please see below links to the applicant guidelines for the Early Learning & Care and School Age Childcare Capital Programme 2019.  Please note the closing date is 27th March at 3pm.    Should you require further information please contact us on 0404 64455.

    Please note, applicants that are applying for a new DCYA reference number in order to make an a Capital grant application will need to complete and return the new DCYA reference number application form and the PIP mandate form no later than 13th March.  If Childcare/SAC providers are changing address or new build, a new DCYA reference number is required.

    Download Guidelines

    Higher Capitation Information

    Early Years Services should notify Pobal of any changes that may affect their Higher Capitation award throughout the year. This will ensure that each Service Provider receives their full entitlement. Particular care should be taken in relation to staffing arrangements and FTEs.  For details click link below:

    Higher Cap


    CCS/CCSP Provisional Registrations

    Where a registration has been approved but no band awarded, this is because the DEASP database could not verify parent entitlement & HSE database could not validate a medical card/GPVC. A note will be put in the status comment of the registration outlining same and requesting that documents be attached by way of appeal.

    If the service does not appeal within one month Pobal will decline these registrations.


    New Tusla website

    A new website has been launched by Tusla, designed by young people with experience in care, to help children understand what it means if Tusla is involved in their lives.  See https://changingfutures.ie


    AIM Level 1

    To avail of the increased ECCE capitation, eligible ECCE providers must apply annually and when a new Inclusion Co-ordinator commences in their ECCE setting. Entitlement to the increased capitation will not roll across the ECCE programme years.  Applications must be made through PIP and a signed and dated Inclusion Co-Ordinator declaration form attached.

    Launch of Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care Level 7 in Wicklow for September 2019

     Institute of Technology Carlow in partnership with Wicklow County Childcare Committee will be offering a Level 7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care starting in Wicklow in September 2019

    This Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care programme which is part funded by MBE Skillnet and is designed for those who hold a FULL QQI Level 6 major award in childcare and who are working full-time in the sector with at least 3 years’ full time experience.  Please see attached flyer, timeline and application form.

    If you are interested in enrolling on this Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care programme, please complete the attached application form and return to the Wicklow County Campus, IT Carlow before 12pm on Friday 15th March  2019.  You can email your application to elaina.oflaherty@itcarlow.ie

    If you have queries please contact Elaina at the Wicklow County Campus on 0404 67125 or email Elaina.oflaherty@itcarlow.ie.

    Please note:

    This is possibly the last year we will be offering the one year add on Level 7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care as from September 2020 IT Carlow have advised that all Level 7 Early Years programmes in the country are likely moving to 3 years degree programmes and Level 8 programmes to 4 years degree programmes in line with the Department’s strategy for the Early Childhood workforce development plan.  At this point the information is that from September 2020 new changes to all existing programmes will come into effect. Therefore, this is likely to be the last cohort for the one year Level 7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care.

    Application Form Level 7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education Care 2019 Wicklow

    Forest School Level 3 Certificate training

    Forest School are offering training to Wicklow County Childcare Committee Service Providers at a subsidised rate thanks to funding received from Wicklow County Council and the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership fund.

    Two Irish trainers, Ciara Hinksman of Earth Force Education and Lucy Bell of Growing Wild, are delivering this course in association with Circle of Life Training. Both Lucy and Ciara are Forest School practitioners working with children and adults throughout Ireland since 2013 and have been outdoor educators for over ten years. They are part of the Circle of Life Training team delivering OCN Level 3 Certificate Forest School Leader course in Co. Wicklow.


    WCCC Training & Events Information


    Diversity Equality and Inclusion Training

    The National Training Programme provides practitioners with an opportunity to explore the concepts of Diversity and Equality within the preschool context and will support participants in the development of an inclusive early years environment for all children.

    The programme will help participants to;

    • engage effectively with the Diversity, Equality & Inclusion guidelines
    • support all children to meet the learning goals outlined within the Identity and Belonging and Well-being themes of Aistear.
    • support children and families from minority groups e.g. Traveller Community, Children with Additional Needs, Ethnic Minorities
    • develop an Inclusion Policy as required under the Childcare Early Years Services Regulations 2016

    The next available workshop is on the following dates in Laragh

    3rd July – 10am – 4pm

    10th July – 10am – 1pm

    17th July – 10am – 1pm

    24th July – 10am – 1pm

    All dates must be attended in order to receive certificate

    For info and booking click here

    Supporting parents to enable positive behaviour and developmental progress

    12th June, Arklow Bay Hotel 7 – 9pm

    This free workshop will look at practical approaches to communicating with parents regarding children’s development and behaviours. This workshop will also address ways in which to present Aim supports to parents in order to create an understanding as to how to best support their child through the preschool years.

    For further info and booking click here


    Child Protection – Child Safeguarding Training

    This 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.

    This is a Child & Family Agency accredited module that has been developed for the early years’ sector.  Certification is valid for three years.

    12th August, 10am – 4pm, Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh

    20th August, 10am – 4pm, Ballywaltrim Community Centre, Bray

    For further info and booking click here


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