• Weekly Update – 16th June

    Posted on June 16, 2017 by in News Updates


    ECCE fees list and service calendars – Notice on PIP today:-

    From Friday 16th June, 2017 Service providers will be able to complete and submit ECCE Fees Lists and Service Calendars.

    Please note that some changes have been introduced to the service calendars this year. Please refer to the How to Guide for more details:

    –         Bank holidays have been auto populated

    –         Where a service is closed for 3 days or more in one week or on a week that a bank holiday falls 3 days + bank holiday (4 days), this will automatically populate as a non payment week.

    –         Services are required to open for a minimum number of weeks per term.  The recommended number of weeks per terms are :

    28 Aug – Dec 15 weeks
    Jan – March 11 weeks
    April – June  12 weeks.

    –         The April – July term runs for an extra 2 weeks until 13 July 2018 for those services running ECCE for 41 weeks.

    A How to Guide  and How to Videos for Service Calendars and Fees Lists have been prepared and posted to the portal to assist you with this process

    Are you moving your service or changing your legal status?

    The DCYA have created the Change of Circumstances Form for use by Service Providers making changes to their Organisation. The form will be included in the 2017/2018 Contract Application Pack and must be completed by contract holders wishing to make changes to their Service’s details.

    When there is a change to legal structure, it is a requirement that a new application, along with the change of circumstances form, be submitted to prog_applications@dcya.gov.ie.

    Click HERE to view a short Video about the Change of Circumstances Form and HERE to view the Document.

    Non-contact time payments

    You will have seen a notice on PIP confirming that there will be a payment for non-contact time this summer.  The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs issued a Press Release on Monday with some more details, please click on this link for more details https://www.dcya.gov.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=4237

    Affordable Childcare

    Information packs about the  affordable childcare were sent to each childcare service last week, information for parents is also now available on www.affordablechidcare.ie.   If you have any queries please contact us on 0404 64455.

    The DCYA and Pobal are holding information roadshows regarding the changes.  The events are in Dublin on 22nd June 6-8pm, The Maldron Hotel, Tallaght and Kilkenny on 28th June 6-8pm in The Newpark Hotel.

    More information and booking details can be found here.  Booking is essential.  The demand for places has been very high so Wicklow CCC will hold an information session on Monday 3rd July in The Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs at 7pm, again booking is essential.

     Schemes 2017/2018

     Grant Agreements (Contracts)

     The Grant Agreements for 2017/2018 are now available on the PIP home page for service providers to review with an accompanying notice from DCYA.

     CCS Plus contracts

    Every provider should have automatic access to the new CCS Plus contracts that will allow you to offer the universal payments to parents. If it is not available on your service page please email pipdocuments@pobal.ie with your DCYA reference number and Pobal will upload the contract for you to activate.

    Primary Authorised User (PAU)

    You are required to complete your service details in order to go into contract. This may be just a matter of confirming that your details are the same as last year or making minor changes.  If in doubt, please contact us.

    AIM Programme

     The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) Programme are accepting new* applications for children commencing/returning to the ECCE programme in 2017/2018.  Please see your PIP home page.  Pobal are advising applicants to submit applications as soon as possible.  Childcare providers already in receipt of AIM L7 capitation for children returning in September will be eligible for support.  Information on this process will be available on your PIP home page in the coming weeks.

    Wicklow CCC Training

    Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

    To book a place on one of the EDI workshops below, please complete our online booking form.

    Laragh 15th July 10am – 4pm  FULL
    19th July 7pm – 10pm  FULL
    24th July 7pm – 10pm  FULL
    26th July 7pm – 10pm  FULL
    Baltinglass 9th Sept 10pm – 4pm
    11th Sept 7pm – 10pm
    18th Sept 7pm – 10pm
    25th Sept 7pm – 10pm
    Bray 16th Sept 10am – 4pm
    19th Sept 7pm – 10pm
    26th Sept 7pm – 10pm
    3rd Oct 7pm – 10pm
    Newtown 23th Sept 10am-4pm
    3rd Oct 7pm – 10pm
    10th Oct 7pm – 10pm
    19th Oct 7pm – 10pm
    Wicklow 24th Oct 2pm-8pm
    31st Oct 2pm-5pm
    7th Nov 2pm-5pm
    14th Nov 2pm-5pm
    Tinahely 14th Oct 10am – 4pm
    17th Oct 7pm – 10pm
    23rd Oct 7pm – 10pm
    6th Nov 7pm – 10pm
    Blessington 11th Nov 10am – 4pm
    13th Nov 7pm – 10pm
    20th Nov 7pm – 10pm
    27th Nov 7pm – 10pm
    Glenview 18th Nov 10am – 4pm
    23rd Nov 10am – 4pm
    30th Nov 10am – 4pm
    7th Dec 10am – 4pm

     Siolta Aistear Introductory Workshop

    The Síolta Aistear Introductory workshop provides an overview of the two national early years frameworks, Síolta and Aistear, and the online support tool, the Aistear Síolta Practice Guide.

    The 2.5-hour workshop will support participants to;

    • learn about the purpose and structure of Síolta and Aistear
    • explore the connections between the two frameworks
    • find out more about the Aistear Síolta Practice Guide
    • examine the possibilities for further support and guidance in relation to Aistear and Síolta in the early childhood sector.

    The next workshop will be held at the following venue:

    • Arklow Bay Hotel – 14th Sept, 3 – 5.30 pm

    Speech & Language Development

    The two workshops organised for October are now full.  Please contact Judy if you would like to be placed on a waiting list for any subsequent workshops.

    CCS – April 2017 Expenditure Returns

    The deadline for submitting the April CCS returns was Friday 2nd June 2017.

    If you have not submitted your April CCS return please do so immediately.

    Future CCS payments may be affected if you do not submit your return.

    If you have any questions or require assistance in completing the return, please contact your Support Officer.

    Please disregard this notice if you have already submitted your April CCS return.

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