• WCCC Weekly News & Updates

    Posted on April 20, 2018 by in News Updates


    27th April, Early Years Service Profile 2017/2018

    The deadline for completing your survey is 5pm on Friday 27th April.

    For more info and guidelines for completion please see https://bit.ly/2vot90U



    The Early Years Sector Profile – Survey opened Monday 16th of April

    The Early Years Sector Profile, which Pobal has published for the last 15 years, is a definitive source of accurate and factual information on the sector.  It is used to reflect the reality of current state of the Early Years sector each year.  It is used to plan and highlight areas of work that might need attention and resources.  The more services that fill it in the more reflective of the sector it becomes.  The profile is up on PIP.  In 2017 there was an 84% response rate and this year it is hoped to get a response rate of over 90%.  If you have a question or need support please contact us and we will be happy to help.  Services are asked to complete the service profile for each facility (i.e. one for each DCYA Reference).  Make sure your service profile is included.


    AIM CPD Training Funding for Lámh & Hanen Courses

    A CPD fund for Early Years settings to contribute to costs of staff attending AIM L3 Hanen and Lámh training has been announced as a pilot project by Minister Katherine Zappone.

    Payment of €13 per hour, for up to 18 hours training will be payable on completion of one or both of these two courses, currently being offered by Better Start.  In order to be eligible for payment, the courses must be fully completed (all modules) and attendance certified. Log onto your PIP Portal to view full announcement.


    Details on how to apply for payment and the payment process will be provided over the coming weeks.


    AIM Inclusive Play Resource Packs & Website

    AIM Inclusive Play Packs are being delivered to ECCE settings nationwide over the coming weeks.  These packs contain a set of sensory and educational play resources to support inclusive practice within pre-school settings.  These resources support the development of coordination, audio, visual and tactile skills among all children, particularly children with a disability.  The resources section of the accompanying website http://play.aim.give.ie/ allows you to select the type of skill that you wish to improve on such as Cognitive, Language, Literacy and Communication, Physical, Sensory or Social/Emotional.  Details of how to use each resource can also be found on the website.


    TUSLA Early Years Inspectorate Newsletter

    The latest edition of the Tusla Child and Youth Participation Newsletter is now available. This edition covers topics such as information about the registration office, serving of food size, safe sleep and food allergy training for childcare providers.  It can be viewed via the following link http://www.tusla.ie/uploads/content/LISTEN_UP_Child_and_Youth_Participation_Newsletter_Issue_2.pdf



    New Revised Children First Child Protection Training

    Always Children First Child Protection training has been reviewed and updated to support the commencement of the Children First Act 2015.

    WCCC will deliver training on the following dates:

    • 23rd June, 10am – 4pm, Glenview Hotel
    • 15th September, 10am – 4pn, Brockagh Resource Centre
    • 13th October, 10am – 4pm, Arklow Bay Hotel

    The training is FREE and places are limited to two per service and only available to persons working in Childcare in county Wicklow. To book a place on this course please complete our online booking form.


    Childcare Professionals Event

    Following on from our very successful Childcare Professionals Day in November we are holding a mini Childcare Professionals Day on Saturday 12th of May in The Glenview Hotel 9.30am -1.00pm.  The three one hour sessions will consist of Yoga for Children, Helping children to think and communicate well using the P4C approach (Philosophy for children) and Exploration of Curriculum Foundations within the context of Childrens art experiences.

    For further details about this event and booking form please see our website https://bit.ly/2GSiUXQ.  Please ensure you enclose payment with your booking form.



    Some spaces still left on the following upcoming training events:

    • Speech & Language Development – 24th April, Arklow
    • Documenting, Planning & Curriculum – 26th April, Laragh
    • Support & Supervision – 9th May, Glenview
    • DCYA Schemes Info – 14th May, Glenview & Arklow 21st May
    • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion – commencing 2nd July, Newtown


    For details about these workshops and booking form please see our website https://bit.ly/2kwRStO

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