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KCCC Newsletter 2016: Issue 1
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Contents
  1. CEO welcomes the rollout of Level 7 training in Kildare
  2. Tusla Safety Notice - Cots
  3. New Features on PIP
  4. New "Service Profile" on PIP
  5. Customer Service in ECCE
  6. Early Years Education Focused Inspections 
  7. Early Learning Fun - ELF Collection for Pre-schools from Kildare Library Service
  8. "Heads Up" with Recreate
  9. Healthy Ireland Smart Start programme Awards
  10. Big Toddle for Barnardos
  11. ECCE Calculator
Welcome to the KCCC newsletter.  The aim of the newsletter is to provide information of relevant to Childcare Services in Kildare to keep “in the know” of what is happening, both nationally and locally, which may be of interest to all those engaged in childcare in County Kildare.
 
This edition includes an article on Early Learning Fun and initiative by Kildare Library services exclusively for loan to childcare services in Kildare grouped under the four Aistear themes.  Details of how to participate in ReCreates “Heads-Up” project are also included and would encourage Kildare providers to apply for this fantastic opportunity to work with an artist to reuse of materials focusing on children with additional needs.
 
KCCC are aware that the introduction of the higher capitation for Early Childhood services that operate the free pre-school year has resulted in an increased demand for qualified staff to meet the requirements in the County.
 
KCCC will be seeking  Expressions of Interest from Early Years practitioners to roll out a Level 7 – BA in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care, over one year in the county in partnership with Carlow IT.  The programme which is listed on the published list of DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualification. 
 
This one year level 7 BA in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care award will enable Early Years practitioners in Kildare to continue to up skill and in doing so provide real change for the sector and for children.  The programme allows academic progression for childcare workers who previously obtained a full FETAC level 6 qualification in Supervisory Childcare with three years full-time experience in the sector to apply for this programme.  Graduates of the Level 7 will be eligible to go into the final year (year 3) of the BA Honours in Early Childhood Education with IT Carlow.
 
Further details will be forwarded via email in the next couple of weeks.
 
Following on from our Information evening held in Kilashee House Hotel in March, as promised I will be arranging a consultation forum for KCCC providers who wish to voice their concerns/issues with recent policy developments in the sector with the view of the Kildare Childcare sector making a submission into the DCYA on issues of concern.  Further details to follow.
 
I would also like to congratulate all 8 Kildare Childcare Services who received their Health Ireland award on 2nd April, well done on all the hard work involved.
 
If  you would like to contact me for any reason you can do so at
 julie@kccc.ie.
Safety Notice - Cots

Following findings of a Coroner’s Inquest into the accidental death of an infant in an Early Years setting, Tusla, the Child and Family Agency are advising that childcare providers take a number of safety precautions. They recommend prioritising the inspection and maintenance of cots that are being used in childcare services and ensure that this is done at regular intervals in the interest of child safety.
 
Safety Alert briefing note. Please share all staff members.
 
New Features on PIP

 
Change 1 – CCS Eligibility Documents - Previously, CCS Eligibility Documents could only be attached at the time of registering. Any subsequent documents were required to be submitted as “Other” registration requests. Service providers will now be able to attach CCS Eligibility documents using the new Eligibility Update registration request. 

Change 2 – ECCE Leaver - The ECCE Leaver functionality has now been improved to assist service providers when submitting leavers under the ECCE Programme. 
 
Change 3 – Payment Weeks  - A new feature will be added to PIP later  by the next Programme Call.   A Programme Calendar for each of the Funding programmes will be added to the system.
Under each programme, Service Providers will specify their non-payable weeks for the programme year. This is a self-service element to the system that will be filled in once in the programme year. This will then be automated/pre-calculated into their PIP Registration Forms, enabling services to correctly track their specific non-payment weeks on PIP and ensuring the correct calculation of registration values based on operating weeks of a service.

For more information on these changes log on to the PIP Portal.
The ‘Service Profile’ has been developed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Pobal, to become the key national data source on the Irish Early Years Sector. Data will be collected on early years services across a number of headings
 including:
  • service provision,
  • staff,
  • capacity
  • attendance, etc.
All services have been asked to complete this for each facility. The ‘Service Profile’ replaces the previous ‘Annual Early Years Sector Survey’ (AEYSS) . This data is very important for its contribution to inform future policy development and planning for the early year’s sector as well as its use for statistical analysis and research.

Deadline Date: 15th April 2016

Customer Services in Childcare

As childcare service providers, our main focus normally is to provide the children who use our settings with high quality care and education.  And of course this should be our main goal.  But what are the tools that will support us to facilitate this goal in everyday practice. 

Cathy Abraham, 2010, poses the question to us that “parents as partners is a guiding principle in early care and education but what about parents as customers?” 

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Early Years Education-focused Inspections

The focused inspections on the quality of educational provision in early childhood education settings participating in the Free Pre-school Year programme will draw on the expertise of the Early Childhood sector and take account of the approaches and interactions that support the learning and development of pre-school children who are aged 3 years or more. 

The inspections will be informed by the existing national frameworks, Aistear (the curriculum framework for Early Years settings) and Síolta (the quality and self-evaluation framework for the early years’ sector), and research and development in early years’ settings in several other countries. The inspections will focus on a number of key areas, including:

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"Early Learning Fun" 

Kildare Library services have just announced their "Early Learning Fun" collection. This is a selection of books, grouped together under the four themes of Aistear  available exclusively for loan to pre-schools and childcare services in Kildare.
How does it work?
Each set comprises 30 copies of a selection of titles, supporting one of the four themes - 
Communicating, Well-being, Exploring and Thinking, Identity and Belonging and can be borrowed for a period of 6 weeks.
These sets are available for loan on a Kildare Library Service’s block loan ticket.
Block loans are available free of charge from any of the libraries, to childcare services in County Kildare, you just need to drop in during library opening hours and join up! 

 
"Heads Up" with ReCreate

In response to the successful "Recreate Revolution" in 2015, ReCreate have just announced their "Heads-Up" Project. This project aims to demonstrate the benefits of creativity through the reuse of our materials in inclusive educational settings including preschools, with a focus on catering for children with additional needs. 

This project will take place between March and October of this year.

Criteria for applying:
  • Located in the Leinster area
  • Consent from relevant parties in relation to the photographing, documenting and publishing of the process must be given before the project begins
  • Those selected must commit to 16 hours contact time with the artist in your class or setting
  • The artist will only work with one group throughout the 16 hours
  • Two of the 16 hours may be used by the teachers, carers or parents for up-skilling and creative development workshops
To register your interest please contact ReCreate on info@recreate.ie
Healthy Ireland Smart Start Programme

A huge congratulations to the following services who received their "Healthy Ireland" award on the 2nd April, for participating in the Healthy Ireland Smart Start programme.
  • Budding Lilies
  • Busy Fingers Crèche
  • Chatterboxes Crèche
  • Early Scholars Crèche & Montessori
  • Egoli Childcare Solutions
  • Sugradh Pre-school
  • Tiny Tots Pre-school
  • Toddlers & Wobblers Crèche
Big Toddle for Barnardos

The Big Toddle for Barnardos is a fun sponsored walk for toddlers where children themselves have the opportunity to help create positive change for disadvantaged children in Ireland.
Whether you're a crèche, a parent or a childminder, you can organise your own Big Toddle any time so join in the fun and register your Toddle group today.


Register Now

 

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Unit 14, Clane Shopping Center
Clane, Co. Kildare
Tel. 045 861307
Fax. 045 982411
Web www.kccc.ie
E-Mail marie@kccc.ie

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