School Age Childcare Regulations
Commenced February 18th – If you are currently running a school age childcare service or intend to open a school age childcare service you now have to register with Tusla. Services that provide childcare for school-age children only must apply for registration by 18th May 2019 and are encouraged to start this process straightaway. School-age services that are already registered with Tusla as pre-school services must apply for registration by 18th August 2019. New services must apply for registration at least 3 months before opening.
Please see documentation for your information.
The 2019 Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes opened for applications from 25th February to 27th March 2019.
Affordable Childcare Information Sessions
8th March – 31st May – training sessions now live on eventbrite.
They will start on the 25th March 2019 and will run until the end of May. To book your place please log onto www.ncs.gov.ie/provider or you can also book through this Eventbrite link which will show you the dates for the Wicklow sessions.
LINC Training Programme 2019/2020
On Tuesday 5th March, Minister Zappone announced up to 1,150 free places on the Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC) Higher Education Programme.
Training will be held in Bray commencing September 2019. If you interested in participating in the LINC Programme, they are running a competition from the 4th to the 15th of March where eligible applicants will be entered into a draw for a laptop.
This is the last year of the LINC programme. More information on the programme can be found on www.lincprogramme.ie.
National Childcare Scheme launch
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, T.D. and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr.Katherine Zappone on Monday launched the National Childcare Scheme. Please see attached information booklets on the new scheme.
Please note that the County Childcare Committees in each county will be delivering training sessions on the National Childcare Scheme. These sessions will cover the rules of the Scheme and their practical application, as well as compliance requirements for providers who choose to participate.
First Aid Responder(FAR) Training Update
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.
To support the sector to meet this requirement services can claim back the cost of one staff member attending this training. The FAR training reimbursement fund is now ready.
An email was sent to all services on Monday with a list of available FAR trainers who have expressed an interest in offering the training in County Wicklow and details of how to apply for the refund, see documents below. This is not a recommended or approved list and it is up to each provider to decide where to avail of training. The important point is that trainers have to be PHECC accredited First Aid Responder (FAR) trainers and it must be a PHECC FAR training course. WCCC are not organising the training courses, so services need to contact the training provider directly to arrange their training.
Early Learning and Care/School Age Capital Grants Information Sessions
Please see below links to the applicant guidelines for the Early Learning & Care and School Age Childcare Capital Programme 2019. Please note the closing date is 27th March at 3pm. Should you require further information please contact us on 0404 64455.
The application process for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare Capital 2019 is now midway to the closing date of 27th March 2019. For any services who wish to apply, we encourage applications to be submitted as soon as possible in order to avoid any technical issues.
Please note Pobal lines are always very busy approaching the Deadline day. Any issues or queries raised with the Online Support team on Friday 22nd March 2019 may not be resolved before the 3pm application submission deadline and may impact on you being able to complete/submit your application in time for the deadline.
Higher Capitation Information
Early Years Services should notify Pobal of any changes that may affect their Higher Capitation award throughout the year. This will ensure that each Service Provider receives their full entitlement. Particular care should be taken in relation to staffing arrangements and FTEs. For details click link below:
AIM Level 1
To avail of the increased ECCE capitation, eligible ECCE providers must apply annually and when a new Inclusion Co-ordinator commences in their ECCE setting. Entitlement to the increased capitation will not roll across the ECCE programme years. Applications must be made through PIP and a signed and dated Inclusion Co-Ordinator declaration form attached.
Institute of Technology Carlow in partnership with Wicklow County Childcare Committee will be offering a Level 7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care starting in Wicklow in September 2019
This Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care programme which is part funded by MBE Skillnet and is designed for those who hold a FULL QQI Level 6 major award in childcare and who are working full-time in the sector with at least 3 years’ full time experience. Please see attached flyer, timeline and application form.
If you are interested in enrolling on this Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care programme, please complete the attached application form and return to the Wicklow County Campus, IT Carlow before 12pm on Friday 15th March 2019. You can email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have queries please contact Elaina at the Wicklow County Campus on 0404 67125 or email Elaina.email@example.com.
This is possibly the last year we will be offering the one year add on Level 7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care as from September 2020 IT Carlow have advised that all Level 7 Early Years programmes in the country are likely moving to 3 years degree programmes and Level 8 programmes to 4 years degree programmes in line with the Department’s strategy for the Early Childhood workforce development plan. At this point the information is that from September 2020 new changes to all existing programmes will come into effect. Therefore, this is likely to be the last cohort for the one year Level 7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care.
Forest School are offering training to Wicklow County Childcare Committee Service Providers at a subsidised rate thanks to funding received from Wicklow County Council and the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership fund.
Two Irish trainers, Ciara Hinksman of Earth Force Education and Lucy Bell of Growing Wild, are delivering this course in association with Circle of Life Training. Both Lucy and Ciara are Forest School practitioners working with children and adults throughout Ireland since 2013 and have been outdoor educators for over ten years. They are part of the Circle of Life Training team delivering OCN Level 3 Certificate Forest School Leader course in Co. Wicklow.
The National Training Programme provides practitioners with an opportunity to explore the concepts of Diversity and Equality within the preschool context and will support participants in the development of an inclusive early years environment for all children.
The programme will help participants to;
The next available workshop is on the following dates in Laragh
3rd July – 10am – 4pm
10th July – 10am – 1pm
17th July – 10am – 1pm
24th July – 10am – 1pm
All dates must be attended in order to receive certificate
Supporting parents to enable positive behaviour and developmental progress
12th June, Arklow Bay Hotel 7 – 9pm
This free workshop will look at practical approaches to communicating with parents regarding children’s development and behaviours. This workshop will also address ways in which to present Aim supports to parents in order to create an understanding as to how to best support their child through the preschool years.
Child Protection – Child Safeguarding Training
This new training programme and has been updated to reflect the changes in the revised Children First: National Guidance and the Children First Act 2015. This Foundation Training is a standardised programme for all staff involved in direct work with children and families. All Designated Liaison Persons (DLP) and Deputy Designated Liaison Persons (DDLP) will be prioritised for this training. There will be no refresher training available in 2019.
Please note: The E-Learning programme “Introduction to Children First” must be completed prior to attending this training. You will be required to forward a copy of your E-Learning completion certificate to complete your booking for this training.
This is a Child & Family Agency accredited module that has been developed for the early years’ sector. Certification is valid for three years.
12th August, 10am – 4pm, Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh
20th August, 10am – 4pm, Ballywaltrim Community Centre, Bray