During 2016, a suite of supports will be phased in to enable children with disabilities fully participate in, and reap the benefits of, quality pre-school care and education.
From September 2016, every child in Ireland will be able to start pre-school at age three, and to remain in pre-school until they start primary school.
WCCC have been advised that the ECCE Higher Capitation application process for the 2015/16 Programme call is now open. Please be aware of the link between this process and the list of DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications as published at www.dcya.ie
The Dept of Children & Youth Affairs has just published its list of Recognised Early Years Qualifications, for the purposes of (a) meeting the minimum requirement in the pending childcare Regulations and (b) meeting the contractual requirements for DCYA Childcare Programmes.
Ireland Fight for the Future Campaign believe that inclusion in Ireland for preschool children should represent the values, beliefs, policies and practices which support each child regardless of ability to access and participate fully in all aspects of their lives and within their communities. Inclusive practice is embedded in reciprocal relationships, promoting a sense of well-being and identity and belonging for child, family and pedagogues. One of the main features which encourages and promotes inclusion for young children is the right to access, quality affordable early childhood education and care. There is currently no universal Government funding to support children with special needs accessing the ECCE Scheme to participate fully in mainstream preschool. Research including the National Disability Authority 2012, the National Council for Special Education 2013, the National Policy Framework for children and young people 2014- 2020 all agree that early intervention is cost effective and beneficial to society.
Parent letters, Service letters and FAQ documents are now available to download from your PIP homepage for each of the three DCYA schemes. Please take time to read through all of these documents prior to beginning the registration process.
Minister James Reilly has today announced that almost €7 million in capital funding has been allocated through the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to 2,415 grantees nationwide.
Minister Reilly launches ‘Better Start, the National Early Years Quality Development Service’ initiative to promote and enhance quality of early childhood care and education.
Please remember that the option for CCS appeals closes next Monday the 20th April at 5pm. There will be no facility to lodge an appeal after this deadline so it is very important that you review each application on PIP and ensure the correct band has been approved.
Bob Keating, Principal of St. Brigid’s School Mullingar is giving this presentation sharing his practical experience with you and giving practical solutions and addressing theory and recent developments.
Community Childcare Services have received preliminary CCS payments up until the end of March 2015.
Balancing payments will be made at the end of March following the announcement of CCS Band Eligibility Approvals.
Better Start National Early Years Quality Development is a national initiative of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) collaborating with the Early Years Education Policy Unit of the Department of Education and Skills (DES),
The Childcare Education and Training Support (CETS) Programme is administered by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs.
The Learner Fund will re-open for applications again for a two week period (exact dates to be confirmed).