Weekly Newsletter 15-12-2017


Dear Colleagues,

Hopefully you are in the throes of lovely end of year activities, with glitter everywhere, Christmas performances ready to go and Santa in the wings.


This is the last bulletin of 2017 and the Board and staff of Westmeath County Childcare Committee would like to take this opportunity to wish you, your staff and the children and families that attend your service a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. We look forward to working with you all in 2018.


Here are the important dates and information to note for the week 11 – 15 December 2017.


Westmeath County Childcare Committee offices will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday 21 December and will reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2018.



15 January 2018 – Tusla Quality and Regulatory Framework consultation closes

The consultation with the sector on the new guidelines for the Childcare Regulations closes on this date. See below for more information.


2 February 2018 – CCS appeals window closes

All CCS registration appeals must be completed by this date. Please see below for further details.



CCS 2017 registrations and appeals

This applies to CCS registrations only, not to CCSP.

All 2017 CCS registrations have been approved and the bands awarded, there is a notice on PIP to this effect. Pobal are asking services to review the bands that have been awarded to families.

Where there are documents already attached to a registration that prove eligibility for a different band, Pobal are currently reviewing these. Pobal will let you know via the comment section or registration request if the band stays as is or has been changed. Services do not need to appeal these registrations until they have received a response from Pobal.


If the registration is still provisional it may be due to:

·         A PPSN not validated


·         Overlapping registration dates

·         Initial checks have not been able to confirm eligibility and a band could not be awarded. Pobal will review any attached documents. Attach any documentation you have as soon as possible if you haven’t already done so.

If you wish to appeal the band awarded, you must supply the correct eligibility documentation. You have until 2 February to complete an appeal.


Capital Grants 2018

This year’s programme call will consist of 5 Strands.
-    Strand 1:  Expansion of an existing facility or creation of a new facility (Early Years)
-    Strand 2:  Essential building maintenance (Early Years, community services only)
-    Strand 3:  Creation of new natural outdoor play area (Early Years)
-    Strand 4: The expansion of an existing facility or creation of a new facility (School Age Childcare)
-    Strand 5:  Essential building maintenance & quality improvement (School Age Childcare, community services only)Services can apply for all strands for which they are eligible.


Please note that in 2018, Early Years and School Age Childcare Capital schemes will run concurrently.
It is hoped to open applications early in 2018 to allow for appraisal, decision-making and contracting to take place in advance of the summer.

DCYA reference numbers

Please note-
To apply for funding under any of the strands, ALL applicants MUST HAVE a valid DCYA reference number.   
The DCYA reference number under which an application is made MUST relate to the facility (address) at which the grant monies are to be spent and reported.  


If you intend to move or open a facility at a different address you MUST obtain a new DCYA reference number before the opening of capital applications.  You must have a DCYA reference number for each facility i.e. premises for which you wish to make an application for funding.   


WCCC will be providing more information on the criteria and one to one supports the week of 15th January- 19th January 2018..  If you are interested and require support please contact 044 -9335454.



Merry Christmas,

From all the Staff and Management of

Westmeath County Childcare Committee