Weekly Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,
Here are the important dates, deadlines and announcements for the week 25 – 29 March 2019.
Thursday 4 April 2019 – LINC applications close
Please see below
Monday 13 May 2019 – Programme support payment applications open
Friday 21 June 2019 – Programme support payment applications close
Monday 19thAugust 2019 – Registration for existing School Age Services must be completed
School Age Childcare
Registration of school age services will take place on a phased basis, starting with stand-alone school age services which are currently not registered as a service with Tusla.
Phase 1
Stand-alone school age services received an invite from Tusla to register their service (Feb 2019).
Phase 2
Early years services already registered with Tusla who also operate a school age service must register their school age service by 18thAugust 2019.
An invitation to register email will be forwarded from Tusla to registered early years’ services also operating a school age service, from May 2019.
See School Age Childcare Registration FAQ attached here.
LINC applications
Applications for the final year of the LINC programme can be made on the website here. For 2019/20 the programme will be delivered in Mallow at the GAA complex
The National Childcare Scheme
The National Childcare Scheme is a landmark new Scheme for Ireland. It is the first ever statutory entitlement to financial support for childcare. It establishes an equitable and progressive system of universal and income-related subsidies for children up to the age of 15. It also provides an innovative and user-friendly online application process to access those subsidies.
Through all of the above, the National Childcare Scheme aims to improve children's outcomes, support lifelong learning, make work pay, reduce child poverty and tangibly reduce the cost of quality childcare for thousands of families across Ireland.
Please click the link below to access the new website, we have also attached information on the National Childcare Scheme plus a copy of the provider’s booklet which you should have either already received or will be receiving in the coming days.
NCS Training Phase 1 - These sessions will cover the rules of the scheme and their practical application, as well as compliance requirements for Providers who choose to participate.
Booking through Eventbrite

Westmeath County Childcare Committee CLG will also be collaborating with Roscommon CCC with a NCS information session on the 18th April in the Hudson Bay Hotel Athlone

Booking through link below

Diversity Equality and Inclusion training May 2019

The purpose of the new Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter and Guidelines for Early Childhood Care and Education are intended to support and guide all those working in the early childhood care and education sector to explore, understand and develop inclusive practices for the benefit of all children and their families.
Topics included in the Equality and Diversity training:
Stages of discrimination
Anti- bias goals
Reviewing the Early Years environment
Challenging discrimination
Booking through Eventbrite below
Visit www.ncs.gov.iefor further information on the National Childcare Scheme and book into one of the NCS Information Sessions taking place around the county over the coming weeks.
If you have any questions or require and further information, contact us on 0449335454