• WCCC weekly news & updates 11th January

    Posted on January 11, 2019 by in News Updates


    School Age Childcare Regulations 2018

    Minister Zappone made an announcement on 27 December regarding the introduction of School Age Childcare Regulations.  Please see link below to the announcement.  There is a link within it to the actual legislation and also a very useful question and answers document.  Only registered school age childcare services will be able to provide services under the Affordable Childcare Scheme.  The regulations will come into effect on 18th February 2019 and services will be able to register with Tusla from that date.



    Early Years and School Age Capital 2019

    Minister Zappone made on 28 December outlining the priorities for the 2019 capital grants. The applications will open in February and more details will be circulated shortly. There are to be two rounds of capital funding this year with additional grant funding associated with the affordable childcare scheme to be announced later.

    There will be three funding strands:

    Strand A:  Creation of new places for 0-3 year olds max. €50,000 per grant

    Strand B:  Fire Safety for community early learning and care services max. €15,000 per grant

    Strand C:  Creation of new school age places max. €20,000 per grant

    At the moment, we do not have any more details on the application process or exactly what can be applied for, once we do we will keep you informed.


    Keeping your higher capitation information up to date

    Please remember to inform Pobal if there are any changes to your Higher capitation during the year. There are details of what to do on PIP.

    You should change your higher capitation information if there are:

    • Mistakes on the staff details
    • Staff are absent for more than four weeks
    • Staff member goes on maternity leave
    • Staff member leaves your service

    For those services that have mixed higher and standard capitation sessions, Pobal must be informed if there are changes in the FTE.

    If you have any questions about this, contact your development worker.


    AIM leaflet and poster

    The DCYA AIM team has developed a new information leaflet and poster for services and parents (see links below). These can be shared on your website or through social media pages. It would be really helpful if you could include the link to the AIM website www.aim.gov.ie if you do share the leaflets.

    AIM Poster 2019

    AIM Information Leaflet 2019


    Online Patronage Process System

    The Department of Education and Skills is currently undertaking a patronage process for 12 new primary schools due to open in September 2019, one of which is in the Wicklow area of Kilcoole/Newtownmountkennedy. Parental preferences for each patron together with the extent of diversity currently available in these areas, are key to decisions in relation to the outcome of this process.

    An Online Patronage Process System (OPPS) website https://patronage.education.gov.ie/ has been developed by the Department to provide objective information to parents which will allow them to make an informed choice about their preferred model of patronage for their child’s education.

    Parents of children living in the school planning area who are likely to enter primary education from 2019 to 2023 may be eligible to express a patronage preference and are encouraged to do so. Parents can access the OPPS website in order to express their preferences in relation to their preferred model of patronage and their preferred language of instruction. The closing date is 15th January 2019.


    WCCC Training

    The following training events are planned for 2019.  Details of dates and how to book can be found on our website via link http://www.wccc.ie/training/current-training-courses/

    ·        AIM – Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

    ·        Always Children First – Child Protection

    ·        Pobal Compliance

    ·        Supporting parents to enable positive behaviour and developmental progress

    ·        Síolta & Aistear Foundation Level

    Carlow IT

    Level 8 (10 credit) Special Purpose Certificate in Leading Contemporary and Quality Practice

    Parenting Course Dunlavin

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