• Weekly News & Updates 20th September

    Posted on September 20, 2019 by in News Updates

    Important Dates

    Friday 20 September 2019

    • ECCE registration-based payments begin

    Friday 27 September 2019

    • Amendments to 2018/2019 (last year’s) ECCE registrations to be completed
    • Graduate and childminder bursary application deadline

    Friday 11 October 2019

    • NCS capital applications close at 3p.m.
    • Deadline for registrations on the legacy schemes.  After 11th October 2019 no new registrations for the legacy schemes will be accepted. It is imperative that all CCSP and TEC registrations are completed by this date.

    Friday 6 December 2019

    • Payments for amended 2018/2019 (last year’s) ECCE registrations to be issued.

    Announcements

    School Age Childcare

    Childcare services for school-age children must now register with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. School-age childcare services have not previously been subject to registration or regulation, so this is a significant step forward in ensuring quality school-age childcare.

    School-age services must register with Tusla if their primary purpose is to care for children where their parents are unavailable.

    All services that currently provide childcare for school-age children must have applied for registration and are urged to start this process straightaway if they have not yet done so. New services must apply for registration at least 3 months before opening.

    School-age childcare services that are registered will be eligible to apply to participate in the forthcoming National Childcare Scheme. It is particularly important that any standalone school-age childcare service wishing to take part in the National Childcare Scheme and who has outstanding information required by Tusla should furnish this information to Tusla as soon as possible to ensure registration in time to go into contract for the National Childcare Scheme.

    If you need support in preparing your application for Tusla-registration or submitting supplementary information to Tusla, please contact your local City/County Childcare Committee (see www.myccc.ie for details).

     

    Minister Zappone announces Expert Group to develop a new Funding Model for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare

    18th September 2019

    The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, today announced the formal initiation of a project to develop a new Funding Model for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare and the establishment of an Expert Group to lead this work.  Full announcement in link  https://bit.ly/2krmOwR

     

    Minimum Number Exemptions

    As in other years, if you do not meet the minimum required number of 8 ECCE children, you can apply through us for a minimum number exemption.

     

    Draft Childminding Action Plan

    The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, launched the Draft Childminding Action Plan on 29th August, for the purpose of public consultation. The Draft Action Plan sets out proposals for improving access to high quality and affordable early learning and care and school-age childcare through childminding.

    The call for submissions and an online survey are open and available in both English and Irish on the DCYA website: https://www.dcya.gov.ie/docs/EN/29-08-2019-Minister-Zappone-launches-Draft-Childminding-Action-Plan/5521.htm until 10th October. The draft action plan can also be viewed by following this link.

    The public consultation will also include focus groups with childminders and an open policy debate for which we will provide further information shortly. The overall objective of the draft action plan is to improve access to high quality and affordable early learning and care and school-age childcare through childminding. We would encourage participation in the consultation to ensure that DCYA have as wide a consultation process as possible.

     

    LINC AIM – Level 1 Inclusion Co-ordinator

    AIM Level 1 Inclusion Co-ordinator (LINC) – The application for the increased ECCE capitation can be found on PIP under the AIM tab.

    Please note applications must reach Pobal by 31st October in order for the additional capitation to be backdated to the beginning of the programme year.

     

    Higher Capitation 2019

    The How to Guide for the Higher Capitation 2019 is now available on PIP. An updated version of the FAQ for Higher Capitation is also available. We have had a number of enquiries regarding when the Higher Capitation will be paid. Pobal informed us that Higher Capitation application forms will not be reviewed until October. Appraisals by the ECCE Team will commence in October, and Services will be paid following approval. Payment will then be made in line with the ECCE schedule.

     

    Learner Fund Graduate Bursary

    The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will re-open the Learner Fund Bursary to Early Learning and Care practitioners who are new graduates of a recognised Early Childhood Education and Care degree programme. The award must be placed at Level 7/8/9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and achieved in the academic years 2013 – 2019.  Applications are open from 19th August and close on 27th September 2019.

     

    Learner Fund Childminders Bursary

    The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will open the Learner Fund Bursary for Childminders who are registered with Tusla and hold a Level 5 or Level 6 award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). The award must be placed at Level 5 or Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and achieved in the academic years 2013 – 2019.  Applications are open from 19th August and close on 27th September 2019. Information and application form attached.

     

    First Aid (FAR) Reimbursement

    We would like to remind you, if you have not availed of it already, of the Minister’s agreement to financially support Registered Providers compliance with Regulation 25, First Aid: First Aid Responder ( FAR).  This funding, available through a FAR Reimbursement Application Process, administered by ourselves enables you to access a full or refresher FAR training at a reimbursement cost of 1 x course, up to the value of €225.

    As per previous communications on FAR, this funding covers one place per registered service, in order to claim the costs of funding, you must ensure the following;

    • The FAR trainer can issue you with a Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council Certificate
    • You complete the FAR Reimbursement Application Form (available here) and return it to us accompanied by a copy of your certificate, along with a copy of your payment invoice/receipt.

    Please note:

    The timeline for all registered services to comply with Regulation 25, is beginning of June 2020, therefore we urge you to ensure you engage in this training and avail of this financial support as soon as possible.  We will process payments on a quarterly basis.  The closing date for the next quarter is Friday 19th November.

    TUSLA – Early Years and School-age Childcare Registration

    The portal is now live for registrations.  All services are in the process of being issued with a memo containing instructions of how to proceed.

    We would urge all services to read the documents which have been made available by Tusla to assist with registration.

    Each service will be able to log onto the portal and create an account so they can complete their registration.

    General queries regarding the overall application process can be made to: sac.registration@tusla.ie

    Queries specifically regarding school age applications must be made to: sac.registration@tusla.ie

    Queries regarding early years content of application must be made to: ey.registration@tusla.ie

    With regard to fire planning and fire certs while we are here to support you in any way we can we are not in a position to give any specific advice on the issue and neither can Tusla or the inspection or registration teams.

    Planning and fire certification are the remit of the local authority and only they can answer your queries.  For services who have yet to begin the process we would urge you to do so as soon as possible.

    National Childcare Scheme

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Phase 2 Training Sessions – Using the system – Open for bookings

    These sessions will provide practical training on the use of the National Childcare Scheme’s IT system, covering both the service provider portal and the parent application process.

    The sessions will run until the 24th of October 2019.

    To book a session please go to the NCS website here

     

    Training

    Child protection and welfare training for the early years sector in Wicklow is delivered by Wicklow County Childcare Committee. The role that early years practitioners have in the lives of children and their families means that they are uniquely placed to recognise when there are concerns about the safety, welfare or well-being of a child. Early years practitioners and services also have a responsibility for safeguarding the children in their care through their policies, procedures and practice.

    This is a 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. E-Learning available via link below.

    Children First E-Learning Programme

    This is a Child & Family Agency accredited module that has been developed for the early years’ sector.  Certification is valid for three years. All of the courses planned in Wicklow are now fully booked for this year but if you need to be trained please contact us and we can add your name to our waiting list.

    Children First Programme trainers have to be monitored on a regular basis to deliver this training.  In order to facilitate monitoring of trainers Wicklow CCC are running a course in conjunction with Carlow CCC on Tuesday 15th October in Carlow Town.  There are 8 places available to Wicklow participants and they will be filled on a first come first served basis.  If you are interested in attending this course please contact us on 0404 64455 or email info@wccc.ie

    Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Training

     

    The next training will be held in the Glenview Hotel on the following dates:

    9th  November – 10 to 4pm

    14th November – 7 to 10pm

    21st November – 7 to 10pm

    28th November – 7 to 10pm

    All four dates must be attended in order to receive certification.

    To book a place please complete a Booking Form

     

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