Waterford Childcare Committee News Bulletin December

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Welcome to the final edition of Waterford Childcare Committee monthly newsbulletin for 2014.  This edition includes information on the new food labelling legislation, update on the childcare schemes, equality & diversity, parent representatives on the local implementation group (LIG) for progressing disability services for children & young people and a list of fairs and markets in Co. Waterford in December suitable for all the family.  For further information and weekly updates please check out Waterford Childcare Committee website or Facebook and you are always welcome to email or phone 051 860444 with feedback or for information and support.
Important Notice: Due to ongoing technical problems with the mainline number (051 860444) this line will cease to operate and will be replaced by a new number in the coming weeks.  All key stakeholders will be advised of the change of number. We would like to wish each of you a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.

New Food Labelling Legislation applies from December

On the 13th December all food businesses will need to comply with new food labelling legislation which was introduced by EU law in relation to non pre packed foods.  All food business serving non pre packed food must list the potential allergens used in the food.

Who does this law effect?
This new legislation includes and effects all early childhood care and education service that serve non pre packed foods.
It requires all childcare services providing food for the children to list the potential food allergens contained in the meal which is being offered.

Equality & Diversity - Developing/Updating your Policy

The workshop advertised in previous bulletins will be held on 28th January  in Waterford Childcare Committee Offices, Kilmacthomas from 7.00pm to 9.30pm.
Máire Ní Cheitín will facilitate the workshop which will guide practitioners in preparing and/or  updating their Equality and Diversity Policy for their early years setting. The workshop will reflect the Síolta Standard 14 and Aistear Theme of Identity & Belonging.
Every early years’ setting is unique and will need to develop its own policy but there are a number of key points that need to be considered when developing or updating policies on equality and diversity and these will be discussed at the workshop. All staff members should have an input into the review of a current policy or the development of a new policy as the policy is then more likely to be valued and more importantly put into practice.   It is recommended therefore that as many staff members as possible attend the workshop.
 â€œHaving a written policy on diversity and equality sets the context for the implementation of procedures and for high quality practice” (OMC 2006)
If interested in participating in the workshop please submit your request to the CCC by email or phoning before December 12th 2014. 

The Valuation Bill

An amendment to The Valuation Bill which passed through the Seanad last week, resulting in the proposed abolition of commercial rates for community/not for profit Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services.

PIP News Update and Childcare Schemes (ECCE, TEC & CCS)

The Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP) has been designed to enable the childcare programmes to be managed more effectively and efficiently. Congratulations to all Service Providers who have familiarised  themselves with the steps involved in registering ECCE children through PIP. Services can now edit the ECCE registration form for individual children if required and the drop-down menu is self explanatory.
Until further notice applications  for TEC Places will continue to be made through the local City/County Childcare Committee.
Until further notice CCS applications which were made during the reference week of 20th – 24th Oct should be kept in a secure locked place until information for registration through PIP is available.
Please note the PIP ‘How To’ Guide has been updated and can be accessed on the portal.
Update on ECCE Payments
All services have been informed of the arrangements for ECCE payments over the next couple of months. Payments will be processed on the 2nd of December to reach bank accounts by Friday 5th December.  The payment will cover five weeks, up to 25th January 2015.  The payment will be based on the numbers of children registered and approved.
Payment will only be made to those services who hold an ECCE contract and who have provided a valid tax clearance certificate to Pobal by close of business on Thursday 27th November. Further payments will be processed on Tuesday 9th and Thursday 18th (to reach bank accounts by 12th and 23rd respectively) for those services which submit tax clearance certificates, register additional children or are approved for Higher Capitation after Thursday 27th November. No further ECCE payments can be processed after Thursday 18th December and therefore any outstanding tax clearance certificates must be submitted to Pobal ( by close of business on Tuesday 16th December to ensure payment before the end of the year. Another interim payment will be processed on 6th January 2015 (and should reach bank accounts by Friday 9th January) for services who missed the deadline of Tuesday 16th December.
Update on CCS
CCS services are reminded that only children in attendance with the service during the snapshot week of 20th – 24th Oct will be considered for CCS eligibility. Services attendance records will be checked as part of Pobal compliance visits to ensure the children registered were in attendance during the ‘snap-shot’. Until PIP is open for CCS registrations all Service Providers should continue keep the completed hardcopy CCS Registration Forms (as provided in the CCS Information Pack), signed by the Parent, until further notice.  Preliminary payments for CCS providers have been issued until the end of November 2014. A further ‘preliminary payment’ will issue to all CCS Services to ensure adequate funding for the service for December 2014. For CCS Services which have informed Pobal of an increase in the number of children eligible for CCS they will receive a  balancing payment in January 2015. Please note that a parent of an infant aged 0-12 months unable to apply for CCS subvention before/during the snapshot week may do so at any stage during the CCS year.  DCYA will only consider applications for infants aged 0-12 months throughout the CCS year.  For further information please refer to "Section 17" of the CCS Guide available on the DCYA website

Parent Representatives on the Local Implementation Group (LIG) for Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People           

 A HSE led national programme is changing the way services are provided across the country to ensure more equitable and consistent services and supports for children with disabilities and their families. At local level a  Local Implementation Group (LIG) which includes parent representatives has been established  to plan for the changes.
In the Waterford/South Kilkenny area,  Waterford Childcare Committee has been working with the HSE to support the process of identifying parent representatives for the LIG.
A large parent meeting was held on 9th Oct at which the proposed process for identifying the parent representatives was explained. From the meeting fourteen  nominations of interested parents were submitted to the HSE. On 18th Nov a second meeting was held with the nominated parents and the HSE Disability representatives. The parent group self selected the three  representatives who will represent the wider parent group on LIG and these are Dermot Dooley, Linda Falconer and Ita Whelan.
In addition the group of 14 parents plan to continue to meet as a support network to the parent representatives on LIG.
We look forward to continuing to work with the HSE, Parent representatives and the wider parent group.
Please refer to the HSE website for more information about the programme:

Childminding Development Grants

Twelve childminders have been approved funding under the childminding development grant. The grant will facilitate the childminders to purchase childcare and safety equipment and toys for their childminding services to the value of €300. The grant provides a good opportunity to refresh much needed equipment and to purchase new play resources for the childminders service.
In addition Waterford Childcare Committee has put together a lovely resource pack on the Aistear theme of Identity and Belonging. The pack is valued at €200 and contains a range of items including the High Scope Book “You’re not my friend anymore” This book expands on High Scope's six-step problem-solving approach with a series of 21 scenarios based on real-life interactions with young children. A selection of wooden musical instruments and art and craft resources are also included to facilitate children to express themselves creatively. A pack of disability figures is also provided to represent the diversity in the local community and to initiate discussion with the children on the theme of identity and belonging.

We have arranged for Imelda Madigan, High Scope Ireland to facilitate a specific workshop for grant recipients. Imelda will address the area of social and emotional development and explore how the contents of the Identity and Belonging pack can be used by childminders in their daily interactions with children.
 The workshop will be held on Wednesday 21 January 2015 in the training room of Waterford Childcare Committee, Business Centre, Kilmacthomas from 7.30 to 9pm. The workshop is available free to childminders who have been approved for the childminding development grant and childminders will collect their Identity and Belonging pack at the event. To book into the event please call 051 860444 or email

Better Start National Early Years Quality Development November 2014
Better Start describes the broad suite of supports provided under the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), collaborating with the Early Years Education Policy Unit of the Department of Education and Skills (DES) to ensure a single, cohesive approach to quality across the ECEC sector in Ireland. Better Start is a national initiative with a centralised management and coordination brief. A new initiative, an Early Years Specialist Service has been added and this programme is jointly managed by Pobal and DCYA.
Full details as follows: Better Start National Early Years Quality Development

Report on the Process of Pre-school Inspection Practices and the Report on the Quality of Pre-school Services by Dr. Sinéad Hanafin

Gordan Jeyes Chief Executive Tusla welcomed the findings of the recently published Report on the Process of Pre-school Inspection Practices and the Report on the Quality of Pre-school Services: Analysis of preschool inspection reports by Dr. Sinéad Hanafin.  Mr. Jeyes stated that “the Reports have implications for everybody – for Tusla, for the Early Years Inspectors, for childcare providers, but most of all for the children availing of these services. Significantly, they confirm the importance of ongoing investment in the areas of education, training and other supports for early year’s services. It is re-assuring to note that, overall, the process of inspection is comprehensive, wide-ranging and forensic. The reports also identify what improvements can be made and the learning is currently informing our practice development.  Early years care and education can have specific economic benefits and have the potential to play a key role in the overall education of Ireland’s children. It is a common good that should be cherished and developed as Ireland pursues its aspiration to world-class childhood for all.”
The Reports are available at the following link


Waterford City and County Library Service

The Library service across the city and county is a very valuable resource for the whole community including childcare services. The libraries have a good selection of books for all ages and have DVDs, music CDs and books on CD. Every year the library celebrates different events such as Children’s Book Festival and Science Week by having special activities and author visits and they also have loads of different activities happening throughout the year.
Contact names for Libraries to find out more about your nearest library service:
Central Library, Waterford City: 051 849975
Lismore:058 21377
Ardkeen, Waterford City: 051 849755                                  
Dungarvan:058 41231
Tramore: 051 381479
Kilmacthomas:  051 294270
Brown’s Rd, Waterford City:  051 849845
Portlaw: 051 387402
Cappoquin:  058 52263
Tallow: 058 56347
Dunmore East: 051 381479   

Learner Fund

In light of the introduction of the new qualification requirements, the DCYA made funding available for the up skilling of staff and improving the quality of care delivered to children.  The second round of the learner fund was open for 2 weeks in November and has since closed. For those who applied in this round, further information will follow in the next few weeks with regards to the next steps.


Waterford Sports Partnership receiving their Pride of Place award in the Community Health-Physical Activity Category for Cities  at the 12th Annual IPB Pride of Place Awards in association with Co-operation Ireland at Treacy's West County Hotel Ennis. Back Row: Michael Walsh, CEO Waterford City & County Council, RTE Sports Commentator and MC Marty Morrissey, Ronan Foley, Chief Executive IPB, Dr. Christopher Moran, Chairman, Co-operation Ireland and Tom Dowling, Chairman, Pride of Place.  Front Row : Muriel Tobin, Waterford PPN, Jacinta Burke, Chairperson, Waterford Sports Partnership, Rosarie Kealy, Co-ordinator, Waterford Sports Partnership, Brian O’Neill, Youth Sports Development Officer, Waterford Sports Partnership, Cllr James Tobin, Mayor of Waterford City & County and Jacqui de Siún, Waterford Childcare Committee.




Newspaper Articles

Brain food: how poverty harms children’s learning, too many children are going to bed hungry, and it’s having a detrimental effect on their education. New initiatives are intended to change this
Choosing to be a stay-at-home parent
How to be a decent parent without over parenting
Dyslexia: ‘She tried her best but she wasn’t getting results’
Jill Maher’s daughter Katie has dyslexia, but after an early assessment she has been able to achieve great results.
In 2012, the New York Times reported an increase in men entering careers such as nursing and teaching; citing money, quality of life and a gradual erosion of gender stereotypes as reasons behind the trend. Childcare worker, Mick Kenny, agrees that there has been a change since he began his career in 1996.
Managing children's Christmas expectations

Christmas Fairs & Markets

With Christmas fast approaching, here a few links for some family festivals that may be of interest to you and family.

Waterford Winterval - 21st November until 23rd December 2014
Dungarvan Aglow- 29th November until 23rd December 2014

Tramore Christmas Carnival – 3rd December 2014
The Santa Express Suir Valley Railway

Winter Wonderland at Ardmore Farm-











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