• WCCC Weekly News & Updates 14th September, 2018

    Posted on September 14, 2018 by in News Updates

    Here are the important dates and information to note for the week 10 – 14th September 2018.



    24 September 2018 – CCS August returns

    CCS financial returns for August are on PIP and must be completed by this date. This only applies to community services offering CCS.



    DES Inspectorate Guide to Early Years Education Inspection

    These guides are available on-line on the DES website. The English version can be accessed here, the Irish version can be accessed here. We have attached copies for your convenience. The guide outlines how inspections are done and was developed on the basis of inspections that have been completed since April 2016 and following stakeholder consultations. It came into effect on September 1 and replaces previous versions of the guide.

    Staff contracts

    These documents are really important. By law, every staff member is entitled to a statement of terms and conditions or a contract within two months of starting their employment. It is vital that your statement/contract sets out the terms and conditions of employment, so that everyone is clear about what is expected of them and what the company policy is on a range of issues.

    By law each statement/contract must contain the following:

    • The full name of employer and employee
    • The address of the employer
    • The place of work
    • The title of job or nature of work
    • The date the employment started
    • Details of rest periods and breaks as required by law
    • The rate of pay or method of calculation of pay
    • Pay intervals
    • Hours of work
    • Details of paid leave
    • Sick pay and pension (if any)

    Learner Fund Bursary

    The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) has re-opened the Learner Fund Bursary to Early Years practitioners who are new graduates of a recognised Early Childhood Education and Care degree programme. The local City/County Childcare Committees (CCC) will process and appraise Learner Fund Bursary applications.

    28th September all forms completed and returned by POST OR BY HAND to Wicklow CCC

    AIM Level 1 – Inclusion Co-ordinator (LINC) – 2018/2019 Increased ECCE Capitation – Application Process Open

    The application process for the increased ECCE capitation for LINC during the 2018/2019 pre-school year is now open.  Applications must be made electronically via the PIP. Please see PIP for further details.



    Please see below upcoming training events:

    • Preparation for Dept. Of Education Inspections – 26th September, Laragh

    • Speech & Language Development – 9th October, Glenview Hotel

    • Siolta & Aistear Foundations – 16th October, Glenview Hotel

    • Children First – Child Protection –  1st Nov Blessington

    • Childcare Professionals Day 24th November  – Why Inclusion?

    We are delighted that Colette Murray has agreed to be the keynote speaker at our Childcare Professionals Day.  Colette has led the debate on the inclusion of a diversity and equality approach in early childhood as a trainer, lecturer, advocate and researcher. She established the Equality and Diversity in Early Childhood National Network EDeNn (2008).  The day will also include a number of interactive workshops – more details to follow in the coming weeks.

    For details about these workshops and booking forms please see our website https://bit.ly/2kwRStO


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