• WCCC Weekly News & Updates

    Posted on February 9, 2018 by in News Updates

    Here are the important dates and information to note for the week 5th – 9th February, 2018.



    12th February 2018- Early Years and School Aged Capital Grant 2018

    Online application form will be available on PIP from this date.

    28 February 2018 – ECCE Level 7/8/9 consultation closes

    The Dept. of Education and Skills are consulting on ECCE degree level courses. Please see link to complete the survey.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HVYGWSV

    9 March 2018 – Capital grant applications close

    Your grant application/s must show a ‘submitted’ status by 3 p.m. on this date to be considered

    12th March 2018 – LINC Programme open for applications

    The application process for students interested in partaking in the LINC Programme for the 2018/2019 academic year will commence 12th March 2018.

    Further information on LINC is available at www.lincprogramme.ie or contact WCCC.


    Early Years and School Aged Capital Guidelines 2018

    Applications will open on PIP on Monday. You can only apply through PIP, hard copies by post or email won’t be accepted. The guidelines we sent with last week’s bulletin are very comprehensive and set out everything that you need to know. These are available on PIP.  We would recommend starting your application as soon as possible just so that you have enough time to get support and source all relevant documents.

    Children First Act 2015 briefings

    As promised we have organised briefings on the Children First Act 2015. The purpose of the briefing is to look at the implications of the Act for early years providers and how to develop a child safeguarding statement.

    The sessions are open to all involved in the early years but would be particularly relevant to:

    • Managers
    • Service owners
    • Chairpersons/Board of management members
    • Registered childminders
    • Child protection designated liaison persons.

    There is no charge for the briefing, booking is essential,  the dates are as follows:

    • Glenview Hotel, Tuesday 13th February at 7pm
    • Parish Centre, Baltinglass 27th February at 7pm

    To attend one of these briefing sessions please complete our online booking form


    Training Info & Events:

    Diversity, Equality and Inclusion training

    The training is a 15 hour commitment and further details can be found on http://www.wccc.ie/training/current-training-courses/aim-diversity-equality-inclusion-charter/

    As per Appendix 2 of your ECCE contract (SEE BELOW), WCCC has arranged 17 courses in Wicklow which started in 2017 and will finish in July 2018.

    “APPENDIX 2: General Terms and Conditions governing participation in the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM)

    AIM Level 1 – The Registered Provider will engage with the CCC and participate in the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter and Guidelines training.  On completion of the training, the Registered Provider must sign up to a National Inclusion Charter and create their own Early Childhood Care and Education National Inclusion Policy”

    For details of upcoming courses please check our website www.wccc.ie and complete the on-line booking form or contact Judy  on judy@wccc.ie for more information.

    LINC Programme

    The application process for students interested in partaking in the LINC Programme for the 2018/2019 academic year will commence 12th March 2018.

    The Leadership for INCLusion in the Early Years Programme (LINC), is a level 6 Special Purpose Award (Higher Education). The programme is designed to enhance inclusion of children with additional needs in early years settings through the development of the role of Inclusion Co-Ordinator (INCO). The programme was introduced as part of the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) in 2016. You may be aware that settings employing a LINC-qualified INCO are entitled to receive additional capitation as part of the ECCE programme.

    Further information on LINC is available at www.lincprogramme.ie or contact WCCC.

    First Aid Training

    Below  is a copy of the article on First Aid  contained in the December issue of the Tulsa News Letter for Early Years Services . From January 2019  FAR is the only first aid course that will accepted by the pre-school inspector  for the purposes of compliance. Only  one FAR trained  person is required to be on the premises at any time. Proportionally more will be required in bigger services. The regulation is satisfied once a FAR trained person is immediately available to children at all times. Services may provide supplementary First Aid Training, at their discretion to additional staff within the service.

    The only circumstance in which a service will be required to have more than one staff member with FAR training is to provide cover where it is a large service which is open for longer than the FAR trained person is on site. Additionally, services which provide outings must also ensure that a FAR trained first aider must accompany the children going on an outing (the second trained FAR trained person staying with the remaining children in the service).

    “First Aid Response (FAR) The Early Years Inspectorate recognise the first aid training course: First Aid Response (FAR) developed by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) and delivered by a training provider approved by PHECC as meeting the required standard for compliance with the revised regulation in early years registered services. PHECC is responsible for approving organisations to become PHECC recognised institutions to quality assure the delivery of the FAR training standard. It is important when accessing FAR training that the PHECC certified FAR Instructor is recognised by PHECC. The FAR offers appropriate training for individuals who require a first aid skill set for both adults and children. The FAR standard includes the full Cardiac First Response Community programme covering the skills of adult, child and infant CPR and relief of choking.

    All successful course participants are given joint PHECC/Recognised Institution FAR certificates. The certificate expires after two years at which time candidates may recertify. From the 1st September 2017: Early year’s staff availing of First Aid Training for the first time must undertake FAR training.  Early year’s staff seeking to renew their qualification must undertake FAR training. Early Years staff seeking a refresher course must undertake the FAR training. Transition Arrangement The Early Years Inspectorate will recognise training and education and assessment relating to certified First Aid courses, the QQI’s level (5N1207) and the refresher certification that took place up to the 31st August 2017. This will be accepted until January 2019. (Please note that it is possible that the QQI component certificate could be dated post 31 August 2017, e.g. October or December 2017 – in such instances where the course has been undertaken prior to 31st August 2017 this certification will be accepted). Documentary evidence of in date certification is required in all instances.”

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