• WCCC Weekly News & Updates 25th January

    Posted on January 25, 2019 by in News Updates

    Please see below important news and updates for week 21st – 25th January, plus details of our upcoming training.



    CCS/P – Medical Card Information

    There has been a slight change in the information required where, after reviewing the HSE database, a medical card and/or GP visit card is not valid for CCS/P. Previously we would have accepted a letter only, from the Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS) outlining medical card/GP visit card details. However, we now accept evidence of a valid medical card or GP visit card by way of letter, email or account print out from the PCRS.

    The document submitted must contain the following:

    • Evidence showing document is from the Primary
      Care Reimbursement Service,
    • The parent and/or child name and PPSN.
      · The card type i.e. medical card or GP visit card.’
      · The card start date and end date.

    Please refer to the CCS/P Supporting Documents Guide 2018/19 which is available on the PIP portal for further guidance on this change.


    DCYA Press Release – Addendum to Children First Guidance

    Groups, clubs and services working with young people are required by law to assess and manage online risks, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

    Minister Zappone has signed and published an addendum to Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children on on-line safety.

    It makes clear that all organisations and services working with young people must include online risks and safeguards in their legally required Child Safeguarding Statements.

    Safeguarding Statements have been a legal requirement since March 2018 after Minister Zappone commenced all sections of Children’s First in December 2017.

    See full announcement


    Early Years and School Age Capital 2019

    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

    See Regulations, Guide & FAQ’s for more info


    NEW AIM leaflet and poster

    The Department of Children and Youth Affairs Access & Inclusion  Model (AIM) team has developed a new information leaflet and poster for services and parents. These new posters and information leaflets are available on our website.

    Download AIM Poster

    Download AIM Brochure


    Upcoming Training

    Pobal Compliance Workshops






    28th January 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm Arklow Bay Hotel

    30th January 7 pm – 9 pm, Blessington Education Centre

    For more info & booking


    Síolta & Aistear Introductory workshop







     5th February, Glenview Hotel from  7 pm – 9 pm

    For more info & booking


    Diversity Equality and Inclusion Training






    The next available workshop is on the following dates in Arklow;

    16th February – 10am – 4pm

    21st February – 7pm – 10pm

    28th February – 7pm – 10pm

    7th March – 7pm – 10pm

    All dates must be attended in order to receive certificate.

    Book now

    Supporting parents to enable positive behaviour and developmental progress & LINC Info session



    26th February, Glenview Hotel from  6.30 pm – 9.30 pm

    This 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.

    Following the workshop, in advance of the opening of applications for the LINC course this March, a tutor from the Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years programme will be hosting an information session.

    LINC is a free (fully funded) higher education blended-learning programme designed for early years teachers, to promote the inclusion of children with additional needs. After completing the programme, graduates will carry out the role of Inclusion Coordinator and will also meet the educational requirement for room leader status. Once a qualified graduate is working within an early years setting as the INclusion COordinator, the setting will be entitled to an extra capitation payment of €2 per ECCE/CCS/TEC qualified child. Further information about the programme can be found by visiting the LINC programme website www.lincprogramme.ie.

    Click here for more information and booking

    Carlow IT – Cert in Leading Contemporary & Quality Practice

    Forest School Level 3 Certificate training

    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 curriculum covered will include:

    1. Understand the Forest School approach to learning.
    2. Be able to participate in Forest School experiences.
    3. Understand methods of identification of woodland species.
    4. Understand how Forest School impacts on the woodland environment.
    5. Understand hazards at Forest School.

    When: Two full days: Friday, 5th April & Friday, 12th April, 2019

    Where: The Forest, Hollywood, Co. Wicklow

    Time: 9:00am to 5.00pm

    Cost: €70 (plus booking fee) only for Wicklow CCC members for two full days

    Click here to book your place

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