AIM inclusive play website
This website supports your use of the resources in the AIM inclusive play pack. There are additional documents, videos and guides on the site which can be accessed here.
Learner Fund Bursary Feb 2018 Notice
The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will re-open the Learner Fund Bursary (announced early 2017) to Early Years practitioners who have completed a major award in Early Childhood Care and Education at Level 7, Level 8, or Level 9 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications since the inception of the Learner Fund (2013). This qualification must be on the DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list. The bursary amount will be €750. The local City/County Childcare Committees (CCC) will process/appraise Learner Fund Bursary applications Important Dates: 26th Feb – Deadline for application open by CCCs. 14th March – Deadline for application closes 5pm. To be considered eligible for the Learner Fund Bursary, an applicant must:
Applications will be made through your local CCC. The DCYA will make the decision on funding and all decisions are final. https://gallery.mailchimp.com/faafa20f5ff756259c10a026a/files/19235f04-455b-43bc-ae9e-bf0db64dc4c4/Learner_Fund_Bursary_Application_February_2018.docx For further details and/or an application form contact Máire on 051-295045 or 087-2718072 or contact a member of the WCCC team on 051-295045.
Learner Fund Bursary Feb 2018 Notice
The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will re-open the Learner Fund Bursary (announced early 2017) to Early Years practitioners who have completed a major award in Early Childhood Care and Education at Level 7, Level 8, or Level 9 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications since the inception of the Learner Fund (2013). This qualification must be on the DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list. The bursary amount will be €750.
To be considered eligible for the Learner Fund Bursary, an applicant must:
Applications will be made through your local CCC. The DCYA will make the decision on funding and all decisions are final.
For further details and/or an application form contact Máire on 051-295045 or 087-2718072 or contact a member of the WCCC team on 051-295045.
Waterford Children First Act briefings:
The Children First Act, 2015 was fully commenced on December 11th, 2017 and gives early years services new legal responsibilities.
This Briefing Session will look at the implications of the Act for early years providers and will include information on developing a Child Safeguarding Statement.
The Session is for everyone involved in early years services but will be if particular interest to you if you are a:
The National Early Years Committee has now developed the following documents which will be emailed by WCCC to ALL services following the briefing sessions:
IN ADVANCE of the session, it is useful to download and be familiar with the following TUSLA documents:
A Guide for Reporting Child Protection and Welfare Concerns:
Guidance on Developing a Child Safeguarding Statement
Dates of sessions:
19th February -The Park Hotel Dungarvan- 5-6.30pm
20th February- WCCC Training Room, Kilmacthomas – 6.30-8pm
(please call/email or FB message to confirm your attendance in advance)
WCCC will host briefing sessions on the Children First Act, 2015 for Early Years Services as follows
Monday 12th February St Brigids Childrens Centre, Waterford City 6.30-8pm
Monday 19th February The Park Hotel Dungarvan 5-6.30pm
Tuesday 20th February WCCC Training Room, Kilmacthomas, 6.30-8pm
Please call our office to book a place 051-295045
AIM training levels 1, 2 and 3.
Minister Zappone announced additional training for childcare practitioners to support the Access and Inclusion Model. This training will be offered over the coming year.
Level 1 – Universal
This training is currently being developed and roll out is expected to begin in September 2018. There will be a number of different modules, with accessible learning built in such as podcasts and training videos as well as face-to-face training.
Level 2 – Targeted
Sensory integration on-line course. 500 places in 2018
Hanen: building language and social skills. 27 courses with 540 places in 2018
Lámh: signing system. 30 courses with 350 places in 2018
Level 3 – Intensive
A training fund is being established for specific training.
At the moment we don’t know when this training will begin or how the places will be allocated. We will keep you posted on any developments.
Beannachtaí na Féile
On behalf of the Board and Staff Members of Waterford Childcare Committee, I wish to offer very best wishes to you, your Board & Staff Members, Children and Families attending your service this Christmas and New Year.
We especially keep in our thoughts all who have been sadly bereaved in the past year and we hope that you may be surrounded and draw comfort from the good will, love and support of family, friends and colleagues.
I wish to acknowledge and thank you all for your hard work and commitment to children and families in Waterford – the service which you offer is invaluable.
The Board and Staff Members of Waterford Childcare Committee endeavour to support you in your work and we will continue to do so in the coming year 2018 – we always welcome your calls and requests for information, support and training opportunities and encourage you to contact us for helpful assistance. I wish to thank you also for your acknowledgement and support of our work which we greatly appreciate.
As you may be aware, Noirin Healy Magwa a valued member of our team will retire at the end of December – we thank Noirin for all of her work and commitment over the years. We wish Noirin the very best as she embarks on the next leg of her life journey.
The office will be closed from Thursday 21st December to Friday, 5th January, 2018.
Consultation on the Draft Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF)
Invitation to participate and give feedback via on line survey on TUSLA Early Years Inspectorate Draft Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF)
The role of the Early Years Inspectorate is to promote and monitor the quality, safety and appropriate care of children by robust inspection of the sector. In order to support service providers TUSLA have been engaged in a process to develop a Quality and Regulatory Framework that sets out the requirements for compliance under the 2016 Early Years Regulations.
A preliminary consultation on the draft document took place from January to March 2017 with representative stakeholders and extensive feedback was received. The Early Year’s Inspectorate is now inviting all interested parties to give their feedback on this draft of the QRF. The purpose of this consultation is
The consultation is through a survey and the questionnaire opens on Thursday 30th November and will close on Monday the 15th January 2018 which can be found at the following link:
Parents, childcare providers and others with an interest in childcare are today being urged to submit evidence to inform the first stage of the Independent Review of Costs of Providing Quality Childcare.
Minister Katherine Zappone has launched the Early Years Sector Profile Report 2016/2017. Link to Full Report here, which is developed and published by Pobal for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs annually. Pobal took the opportunity to thank services for taking the time to complete and submit the survey. The report provides a rich source of data on the early years sector in Ireland in presenting an overview of the early years sector for the academic year 2016 / 2017. It is based on survey responses from 3,707 services across Ireland (84% of all childcare facilities) in May 2017 and information from the childcare ICT system (PIP). This report provides insight into childcare numbers, fees, staff qualifications and wages nationally. County level information is available here