• WCCC Weekly News & Updates

    Posted on April 12, 2019 by in News Updates

    Important Dates

    1st May 2019 – AIM level 7 applications open

    13th May 2019 – Programme support payment applications will open

    18th May 2019 – Registration for stand-alone school age services closes

    21st June 2019 – Programme support payment applications close

    18th August 2019 – Registration for existing School Age Services closes

    National Childcare Scheme Information Sessions





    8th March – 13th  May 2019 – Information sessions are live on Eventbrite, only three sessions left, so don’t miss out.   These sessions are for all providers, including childminders, as it will benefit you to hear about the new scheme and the new online platform.  Please see attached information booklets on the new scheme.

    Book via Eventbrite

    NCS Website



    Registration of School-age Childcare services

    Tusla has informed CCC’s that FAQ’s will be updated on an on-going basis, on receipt of questions and queries received from the sector, which are always welcome. Queries can be sent via email to sac.registration@tusla.ie at any time. The newest version of the FAQ document will be available on the Tusla website www.tusla.ie

    Wicklow Childcare Committee are running a free information workshop for Standalone School-age Childcare services and Childminders on the following date;

    Tuesday 7th May, 7pm – 9pm

    Glenview Hotel

    To book a place please complete our online booking form on our website.


    What is the National Childcare Scheme?

    The National Childcare Scheme is a pathway to truly accessible, affordable, quality childcare. From October 2019 it will replace all previous targeted childcare programmes with a single, streamlined and user-friendly Scheme to help parents meet the cost of quality childcare.

    Supports are available for families with children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years who are attending any participating Tusla registered childcare service, including any Tusla registered childminder.

    For further information relating to the National Childcare Scheme please visit https://ncs.gov.ie


    AIM level 7 supports

    If you have a child/children with AIM level 7 supports currently attending your service and they are starting their second year of ECCE in September, you must put in an AIM extension request. This can be done through the AIM tab on PIP from Wednesday 1st May.

    If you have a child who will be starting the ECCE scheme in September who will need AIM support, you will be able to access the Access and Inclusion Profile on PIP from Wednesday 1st May.  You are advised to apply as early as you can.

    First Aid Responder (FAR) Reimbursement – Registered Early Years Service & Registered Childminders

    Under the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016, a new regulatory requirement will come into force from June 1st, 2020. From this date under Regulation 25, there must be a person(s) who has trained in FAR (First Aid Response) with a trainer approved by the Pre- Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) immediately available to children attending the childcare service.

    The DCYA has opened a FAR Reimbursement Fund which will fund one FAR first aid training place per registered early learning and care services / registered childminders to a maximum of €225 per full course or €175 per refresher course.  To support the sector to meet this requirement services can claim back the cost of one staff member attending this training.


    The training: on completion of this 3-day/18 hr course, the First Aid Responder will be equipped with the necessary practical skills, knowledge and confidence to give effective life support, diagnose and treat injuries or illness, and maintain care and comfort of a patient who has become suddenly ill or injured in the workplace or elsewhere until the arrival of emergency medical services.  Services can claim back the cost of one person attending FAR (either full or refresher) on behalf of your service.  To do this you must submit an application form, with a copy of the FAR certificate and a receipt for the cost of the course. WCCC will be processing the payments quarterly; the payment schedule is as follows:


    Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
    Application closing date (for payment in that quarter) 14th June 2019 13th September 2019 19th November 2019 13th March 2020
    Payment dates 28th June 2019 27th September 2019 13th December 2019 27th March 2020



    PHECC FAR Certified Trainers


    Reminder of the week

    We get quite a lot of phone calls/emails from early learning and care providers very concerned about a new rule that Tusla/DCYA/Pobal are introducing that a friend/colleague told them about or that s/he read on social media. We are always happy to support providers with any queries they may have, but we would urge you to take some of the things that you hear/read with a pinch of salt if they haven’t come directly from the agency/organisation involved.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or need clarification on any new regulations by any of these bodies.


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