Early Years and School Age Capital 2018 Returns
Please be advised, all outstanding EYC and SAC capital returns must be submitted to Pobal by the 30th of November 2018. Any returns not submitted by that date WILL NOT receive the final 10% of the grant. Services that do not submit returns will be subject to funding being withdrawn and risk having to return the 90% of the grant that has already been paid.
Early Years Inspectorate Quality and Regulatory Framework Briefings 2018
Throughout November and December, the Early Years Inspectorate will deliver a limited series of briefing sessions on the recently published Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF), as well as providing an update on the process for the re-registration of Early Years Services in 2019, and a summary of the Inspectorate’s annual report, which will be published shortly.
The nearest locations for Wicklow providers are;
19th November 2018 – The Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport, Stockhole Lane, Swords, Co. Dublin
10th December 2018 – The Citywest Hotel, Naas Road, Saggart, Co. Dublin
Spaces at the venues are limited, and it is anticipated there will be a high demand. Therefore it is advised to book early, as tickets will be allocated on a first come/first serve basis. The Inspectorate will not be in a position, at this time, to accommodate those who have not reserved a place in advance.
Book your space via the eventbrite link: https://bit.ly/2PjxFr6
New Affordable Childcare Scheme to open for applications in October 2019
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has announced that the new Affordable Childcare Scheme will open for applications in mid October 2019, with payments flowing from November 2019. The scheme will offer a single, easy to access system of financial subsidies towards childcare for families in Ireland. Through this, it will enhance affordability and accessibility, and provide a platform for investment in quality childcare to benefit current and future generations.
From October 2019 everyone will be able to apply for the new Affordable Childcare Scheme. To ensure a smooth transition for both parents and providers, the current childcare subsidy schemes will remain in place for the 2019/20 programme year. People will be able to register for the current schemes as normal, from August 2019 up until the new Affordable Childcare Scheme launches. After the launch date, people can choose to move over to the new Scheme or to remain on their old scheme for the remainder of the programme year. This will provide certainty for current scheme beneficiaries, offer ample time to apply for the new scheme and ensure that no family is worse off during the transition period. Once the Affordable Childcare Scheme is in place in October 2019, registrations under the existing schemes will cease.
Comprehensive information, training and supports will be available to parents, childcare providers and other stakeholders from early next year in readiness for the launch of the scheme.
To read the full announcement see https://bit.ly/2zG0gMz
GDPR for Management Training
As you are all aware, the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018 and all organisations are responsible for ensuring that they are meeting their obligations under the GDPR. Of course, Data Protection legislation has been in force for quite some time and there is an obligation on all of us to ensure that we are compliant with all relevant legislation.
However, in response to concerns within the Early Years sector relating to GDPR readiness, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) is offering complimentary online General Data Protection Regulation Training to all childcare services to support you in meeting your Data Protection obligations. This training is designed and delivered by iHasco.
For more details see https://bit.ly/2z1DZct
Understanding Children’s Behaviours, 12th November
FREE event for Parents & Early Years Educators. The information evening aims to look at the behaviours that children are presenting with be it at home or in the education setting. These behaviours are not necessarily due to a medical diagnosis they could be a way of coping for the child, a manifestation of something else for example a frustration due to an inability to communicate, they could be learned behaviours or a symptom of something else going on in the child’s life e.g. trauma, bereavement, attachment issues, sensory issues.
This workshop will delve into the science behind behaviours and possible causes. It aims to bring clarity as to why some children react/act in certain ways. It is hoped that by understanding the reasons or causes parents and educators can develop strategies to help these children through these difficult episodes and minimise the disruption for all involved. The overall objective of this workshop is to build empathy and compassion so that the approach is about helping the child through these challenging times in order to effect real change from within the child as opposed to just focusing on particular negative behaviours.
Childcare Professionals Conference – Why Inclusion? 24th November, Glenview Hotel
WCCC are delighted to host our Annual Childcare Professional’s Day on Sat 24th November, focusing on the theme of Inclusion, following on from the successful role out of the Equality Diversity and Inclusion training, which the majority of services have now completed. Based on your feedback we have tailored this day in order to explore the key areas identified as challenging for Early Years Educators.
Through fun interactive workshops and informative presentations hosted by Early Years Specialists, you will gain further knowledge and obtain useful strategies to bring back to your daily practice. A great team building day out, lunch included and a fantastic opportunity for networking with early years educators and providers.
Places are booking up fast so book please submit your booking form asap. Discounts available for multiple staff from the same service.
For details of the speakers and workshops please see http://www.wccc.ie/training/current-training-courses/childcare-professionals-day/
We have a number of useful publications which we will be distributing to services in the coming weeks. In order to keep costs down and save on postage we will be giving them firstly to services who attend the Childcare Professionals Day. If you are not in a position for yourself or a staff member to attend this event these will be available in the week beginning 26th November. Should you have any enquiries about these please contact us.
Workshops in West Wicklow for Parents of young children with ASD