WCCC was formed in 2001 and is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) to improve the quality of childcare in Co. Wicklow. To advance and support the provision of childcare facilities on a local level, City and County Childcare Committees (CCCs) were established in 2001. Funded by the DCYA, 30 of these organisations operate across Ireland and over the last 15 years have been at the centre of all state developments and initiatives aimed at supporting the early years sector. In addition to supporting the administration of all Government funding programmes for childcare, City and County Childcare Committees act as the local ‘one stop shop’ for early childhood services, childminders and parents looking for support with quality development, HR, governance, financial sustainability and continuing professional development. Collectively, City and County Childcare Committees have a national reach into all 4,300 early childhood services across Ireland.
WCCC submits a yearly Local Implementation Plan to the DCYA for approval. This informed by both local need and wider national policy on early years, for example the implementation of child protection training; an initiative that WCCC took responsibility for in 2014. WCCC is currently working on a Local Strategic Plan for 2016-2019, which will be informed by local need and in line with the forthcoming National Early Years Strategy and the government’s Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures national policy framework for children and young people.
WCCC is a not-for-profit registered charity that is also a company limited by guarantee. WCCC reports to the DCYA (via POBAL), to the Companies Registration Office (Co. No. 364781), the Revenue Commissioners and more recently, the Charities Regulatory Authority (CHY No: 14806).
WCCC is governed by a Board of Directors. This Board is representational in structure – i.e. made up of various stakeholders with an interest in the aims of WCCC. To view the current Board Membership click here.
WCCC currently has 6 paid staff; a Manager, Finance Officer, Training and Information Officer and three Childcare Development Officers. To read more about WCCC’s staff, click here.
WCCC has a core budget of c. €307k (in 2014) excluding funding that is administered via POBAL on behalf of the DCYA. A further €31,454 of grant funding (excl. the government’s childcare schemes) were administered directly through WCCC.
77 % of WCCC’s income in was spent directly supporting Early Years Sector in Wicklow (see What does WCCC do? above); a further 10% was given out as grants to Parent & Toddler Groups (3%), Childminding Development Grants (2%) and to early years practitioners upskilling their qualification through the Learner Fund (5%) whilst the remaining 13% contributed to the overhead costs of the organisation.
To read a copy of WCCC’s 2014 Audited Accounts please click here
WCCC prides itself on collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders to maximum the impact of its work; avoid duplication of government resources and achieve the best possible outcomes for children and young people.
WCCC welcomes constructive advice, feedback and complaints (& compliments!). To make a complaint click here or to offer feedback, suggestions or a compliment please click here.