• Weekly Update – 23rd June

    Posted on June 23, 2017 by in News Updates


     24 July, 2017 – Non-contact payment forms

    You must have completed your non-contact payment eform on PIP by this date. See below for details.

    22 August, 2017 – Contracts activated

     All services must be in contract for each of the programmes they wish to offer by this date. As the DCYA must also activate the contract, make sure your contracts are activated well in advance. This deadline can be found in the appendix of each contract.

    25 August, 2017 – Calendars submitted

     All service calendars must be submitted by this date. This deadline can be found in the appendix of each contract.

    30 September, 2017 – Fees lists submitted

     All fees lists must be submitted by this date. This deadline can be found in the appendix of each contract.

    Non-contact payment

    The non-contact payment eform will be available from Thursday June 29. It will be found in your PIP readiness section – which is on the ‘my service’ tab, where your red/green lights are found. The payments will be made weekly by Pobal. If you submit your form by 11am on a Tuesday, you will be paid by the end of that week. If you submit your form later than that, you will be paid the following week.

    Grant Agreements (Contracts) 2017/18

    Once you have recertified your PAU, Organisation and Service Details (and have 3 green lights) you can go into the ‘Programme’ Tab and activate your contracts.

     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.

    ECCE fees list and service calendars

    You are now able to complete and submit ECCE Fees Lists and Service Calendars on PIP.

    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.

    Affordable Childcare

    Information packs about the  affordable childcare have been sent to each childcare service and information for parents is also now available on www.affordablechidcare.ie  A new FAQ page has been added to the affordable childcare website www.affordablechildcare.ie/faq

    If you have questions that don’t appear in the FAQ section, you can contact us and we will pass them on to the DCYA.   The poster, leaflet and guidelines that you received in the post from the DCYA are now available in Irish on the affordable childcare website.

    The DCYA and Pobal are holding information roadshows regarding the changes.  The next event is in 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 – booking form

     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

    AIM Information sessions

     6th September                   Blessington

    7th September                   Newtownmountkennedy

    25th October                      Bray

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

    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

    Early Years Child Protection Survey

    An Evaluation is being carried out on the Early Years Child Protection Training Programme and the evaluators would like to hear the views of those who have attended the training.    Feedback can be given through a short survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PCFL3C5The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and everyone who completes it will be entered in a draw for a  €350 Wesco voucher for their service.  If you require any further information please contact Theresa Sweeney on 085 840 8509 or by email , Theresa@dccc.ie.

    Invitation to participate in the Healthy Ireland Smart Start Training Programme Summer Training 2017

    Pre-school Providers and staff are invited to participate in the Healthy Ireland Smart Start Training Programme. This programme provides the information, training, resources and guidance required to become officially recognised as a health promoting pre-school service by the HSE. The training will be delivered over 4 consecutive days (9.30am-3pm) commencing Monday 31st July 2017 in the Little Bray Family Resource & Development Centre, Bray.  The programme builds on and enhances staff’s existing knowledge and skills in promoting children’s holistic development. It also builds on other health promoting initiatives pre-school staff may have previously engaged in.

    The programme includes a focus on the following topics:

    • Health Promotion
    • Emotional Well-being/literacy
    • Physical Activity
    • Nutrition & Healthy Eating
    • Oral Health
    • Health & Safety (accident prevention)
    • An Assessment Visit to establish how the service has implemented and made sustainable the learning from the programme and to establish recommendation to become a Healthy Ireland Pre-school service. This will be arranged with you once you have fully implemented the programme into your everyday curriculum across three terms.

    Through the programme Pre-school services are supported to achieve compliance with the Pre-school Regulations and to achieve many of the Síolta standards and requirements of Aistear. Portfolio Evidence collated to meet the requirements of becoming a Healthy Ireland Pre-school service may also be used as evidence to achieve Síolta validation and vice versa. Feedback from DES visits to services who have participated in the programme has been very positive.

    This programme requires definitive management sign on to support practitioners in implementation. Please communicate to your staff what will be required in terms of commitment. A help desk facility will be available to you throughout attendance at the training and following this, to guide you in implementation, policy and practice.

    In recognition of the valuable role Pre-school staff can play in promoting children’s health and well-being, the programme is heavily subsidised by the HSE and participating services will receive a range of resources for their settings and for the parents. Cost of training is €40 per service, one or two staff members may attend.

    In order to participate in the Healthy Ireland Smart Start Training Programme you must agree to the following criteria.

    • nominated staff must be willing to attend the full 21 hours of training or share attendance with other staff willing to share responsibility for implementing the programme
    • be willing to share learning from the programme with other staff so as to implement the health promoting messages into the pre-school setting and everyday practice
    • nominate a key person to liaise with NCN and support other staff implement the programme
    • be willing to work with parents to share the learning from the training  and to hold a Parents Information night or morning on the programme (this is an essential criteria for achieving the Healthy Ireland Award )
    • be willing to have a HI Smart Start Assessor visit your setting on a specified date in order to be validated as a Healthy Ireland Pre-school setting.

    An important element of the programme is to support pre-school services achieve compliance under the Pre-school Regulations if they have not already done so.  In order to achieve the Healthy Ireland Award, the Assessor will need to see a copy of your most recent Pre-school Inspection report and any other relevant documents when they visit your service.

    The programme will be delivered in:

    Little Bray Family Resource & Development Centre, Ard Chulainn, Upper Dargle Road, Bray on Monday 31st July, Tuesday 1st, Wednesday 2nd & Thursday 3rd August 2017 from 9.30am-3pm daily.

    To book a place for your service please visit our online booking facility.

    Click here to view a short video about the Healthy Ireland Smart Start programme.

    For further information please contact NCN on 047 72469 or visit the Healthy Ireland Smart Start section on our website.


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