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
Now Open Learner Fund Bursary
Applications for level 7/8/9 bursary is now opened, If you wish to apply, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting a form. The closing date for applications is close of business 5pm on the 7th November.
Learner fund bursary
The DCYA will re-open the Learner Fund Bursary Fund from 16th October 2017 to early year’s practitioners who have completed a major award in Early Childhood Care and Education at Level 7/8/9 qualification on the NFQ since 2013. Applications can be made through your local CCC.
To be considered eligible, an applicant must:
If you have previously received the Learner Fund bursary or received any public funding towards the cost of your course, your application will be not be considered eligible. If you are not due to graduate until after 7th November 2017, the bursary will open again in January, so you will be able to apply then.
16 October, 2017 – Learner fund Level 7/8/9 bursary applications open
Application forms will be made available from this date from your local childcare committee. Contact Waterford Childcare Committee on 051-295045.
7 November, 2017 – Learner fund bursary application deadline
Completed application forms along with all relevant documentation must be submitted to local childcare committee no later than 5 p.m. on this date. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted
If you wish to apply for the bursary, please contact WCCC on 051-295045 or through email@example.com
Learner Fund Bursary 2017 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.
Applications will open from 16th OCTOBER 2017 and close at 5p.m. on 7th NOVEMBER 2017.
Applications will be made through your local CCC. The DCYA will make the decision on funding and all decisions are final.
Further information in relation to eligibility criteria and application forms will follow on our website, face book page and news bulletin in the coming days.
National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 
Minister Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, yesterday announced that following almost two years of preparations all remaining provisions of the Children First Act 2015 will be commenced on 11th December 2017.
These include the provisions in relation to mandatory reporting of child abuse and in relation to placing a legal obligation on organisations providing services to children to prepare and publish a Child Safeguarding Statement.
Minister Zappone was speaking at the launch of Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children  which revises and replaces the 2011 edition of the Children First Guidance. Oct 17 Children First
At the same launch, Tusla published an accompanying suite of Children First resource documents for those individuals and organisations who will acquire legal obligations under the Children First Act 2015. Tusla also launched a comprehensive 90 minute basic Children First training programme, to be universally available on line, free of charge. The Tusla suite of Children First resource materials and information on access to the e-learning module is available at www.tusla.ie.
Here is a list of training taking place in October any enquiries please contact the office on 051 295045.
An easy guide to understanding which childcare funding programmes are applicable to you and your child is now available Parents Guide
The info-graphic is interactive – just click on the flower heads which will link you to the relevant pages of the Affordable Childcare and DCYA website.