WCCC’s November E-Zine, Policy Updates and Workshop opportunities

tuslaFocused Inspection Tool has been revised

The Focused Inspection Tool used by Tusla’s Early Years Inspectors has been slightly revised. To download the newest version, click here

More details available on forthcoming Dept. of Education inspections of early years services

DES LogoClick here to view a comprehensive presentation on the format and ethos of the forthcoming DES inspections of early years services. 10 inspectors have been recruited; all with early years qualifications and practical experience of working in early years settings.

dcya logo largeDCYA publishes list of recognised qualifications for the early years sector

From September 2016, early years practitioners will be legally required to hold a minimum of Fetac Level 5, whilst those services who provide the ECCE programme will be contractually required to have Room Leaders qualified to a minimum of Fetac Level 6. The above list also clarifies the relationship between many qualifications and the requirements for Higher Capitation.

If your qualification does not appear on the list (or at a level different to what you expected) there is a process outlined for clarifying this and a two year ‘grace’ period for those who discover they are no longer eligible for Higher Capitation based on their current qualifications.

Click here to read more

Learner Logo2 Learner Fund 3

In order to support services to ensure that all of their staff meet the minimum Level 5 qualification that will become a legal requirement for all services in September 2016, a third round of Learner Fund has now opened.

Please click here to read the criteria and apply on behalf of your staff.

Don’t delay as time is running out!

Qualifications Survey

Adrienne Slater has joined the WCCC team till the year end as a Research Support Intern. Adrienne is contacting all services to map the qualifications levels of services to help us plan supports on this front.

You can complete the survey for your staff by clicking here.

If you haven’t already done so, please take 5 minutes to fill in the survey. Alternatively you can do this by phone by phoning Adrienne in the afternoons (Mon – Thursday) on 0404 64455 or by emailing Adrienne

Adrienne will also be contacting services shortly about expected capacity for 2016 as part of our preparation to plan the best supports possible for services in the county.

euro-currency-01Budget 2016, the extension of ECCE and what it means for your service

Budget 2016 made radical changes to the ECCE scheme and WCCC has received a high volume of calls from providers regarding what these changes mean for their service. In order to prepare services for these changes (which commence in September 2016) we are offering three FREE workshops in:

  • Arklow (1st December) from 7-9.30pm ,

  • Blessington (7th December) from 7-9.30pm,

  • and the Glenview (25th November) from 7-9.30pm

These will explore the issues that you need to take into account when planning your service for 2016 such as implications for income, planning, qualification requirements and enrolments.

To book your slot on this FREE workshop (first come, first served) please contact Jane or phone 0404 64455

Last few places on WCCC’s Childcare Professionals Day 2015

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Colman Noctor

This popular event takes place in the Glenview on Saturday 14th November. You can click here to check up the lineup but hurry as there are c.90 early years practitioners from throughout the county signed up and less than 20 spaces remaining.

To sign up please contact Jane as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Early Years Tookit

Wooden ToolsOur Early Years Toolkit series is proving very popular (€10 per workshop!). The remaining workshops include:

  • Medicines & Infections/Managing Social Media (7-9pm) The Glenview Hotel Thursday 26th November

  • The Revised Inspection Toolkit (7-9pm) The Glenview Hotel Wednesday 2nd December

Places are limited so please contact Jane as soon as possible or phone 0404 64455

iStock_000004244556_ExtraSmallDeveloping your Child Protection Policy workshop in The Glenview Hotel.

A workshop on developing your Child Protection is available to services who have already taken part in the Always Children First training with Marie and Assumpta. This free workshop takes place in the evening 24th November in the Glenview Hotel and places will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Call 0404 64455 to book your place.

Please note that WCCC will continue the roll out of Always Children First training throughout the county throughout 2016. To put your name on the list for this training please email info@wccc.ie

Four Sunday talks on Healthy Familes, Healthy Kids

Contact Sarah or Lauren to book or for more information for this locally organised event.
































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