• Weekly Update – 30th June

    Posted on June 30, 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 is to be available on PIP today.  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.

    Capital Funding

     We have been informed that there should be an announcement on Early Years Capital funding in the near future.   The School Age Capital funding announcement will be after this.

     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.

    If you need any assistance, please contact us.

    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.

    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  – 1 place
      19th July 7pm – 10pm  – 1 place
      24th July 7pm – 10pm  – 1 place
      26th July 7pm – 10pm  – 1 place
    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.










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