• WCCC Weekly News & Updates, 16th March

    Posted on March 16, 2018 by in News Updates



    21 March – Early ECCE registrations open

    If you wish to register children starting ECCE in April before the Easter holidays, the registrations are being opened early. See below for details.


    23 March – Level 7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education and Care

    The closing date has been extended to 5pm on this date.


    12 April – LINC course 2018/19 applications close

    You must have submitted your application by 4 p.m. on this date. Please see below for further details.



    Early ECCE registrations

    Normally registrations for ECCE open 7 days before the starting date. However, if you have children starting ECCE in April you will be able to register them early. You don’t have to use these dates however.  If the child is due to start on 9 April, you can register them on PIP from Wednesday 21 March. If the child is due to start ECCE on 16 April, you can register them from Wednesday 28 March.


    The Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC) special purpose award course is run by the LINC consortium. Applications are now open, and you can access the application process here. The course consists of 6 modules delivered through both on-line and face-to-face sessions. All the information about the course can be found here. The face to face sessions are delivered in 11 locations around the country. More information about the course delivery locations can be found here.

    Safeguarding Statement

    Have you written/started your child safeguarding statement? Don’t forget all early years services are required to have one since 11th March.  If you have any questions or queries, don’t hesitate to contact us.



    First Aid

    In light of the 2020 FAR training requirements, KangaKare in Arklow have decided to organise in-house First Aid training to refresh their First aid so they are covered until required to have the FAR Certificate in May 2020.  They have a couple of spaces available if anyone wants to book a place.  The dates are:

    Refresher: 21st and 22nd March 6pm-10pm

    Full course: 7th, 8th and 13th April

    Please contact them directly on:

    Mandy Kiernan


    KangaKare Arklow Ltd

    Phone: 0402 333 44


    Support & Supervision workshop – 20th March

    The Early Years Services Regulations (2016) requires managers to provide their staff teams with regular support and supervision and requires an active policy on support and supervision within the service.

    Siolta, the National Quality Framework for Early Education places a significant emphasis on support and supervision sessions with staff (Standard 10). With this emphasis on support and supervision, which may for some services be a relatively new concept, Wicklow County Childcare Committee are holding an introductory session to reflect on what support and supervision is and how it can benefit our staff, our service and our children.

    Venue: WCCC Office, Wicklow Town, 20th March 1pm – 2.30pm (light lunch will be provided)

    Storytelling workshop – 26th March

    This free workshop explores how Story Telling can be used to support children’s learning and development in a fun and meaningful way.  It will provide examples of how to engage children in dynamic and engaging storytelling activities and  will demonstrate various techniques to explore how this wonderful activity can be used to promote children’s learning and development by Early Years practitioners.

    Venue: Glenview Hotel, 26th March 7pm – 9pm

    To book a place on one of the above free workshops please complete our online booking form on our website http://bit.ly/2lbWaXW

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