Governance of Wicklow County Childcare Committee (WCCC)

What does WCCC do?

NEW Wicklow County Childcare MediumWCCC 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.

Who decides the workplan of WCCC?

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.

What type of organisation is WCCC?

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).

Who is responsible for WCCC?

WCCC Governance StructureWCCC 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.

Who are our staff and how are they managed?

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.

Where does WCCC’s funding come from?

Income PieVirtually all monies into WCCC come from DCYA via POBAL. In 2014, these can be categorised as such:

  • Operational Funding €307,000
  • Parent & Toddler Grant Initiative €8,950
  • Childminding Development Grant €5,924
  • Learner Fund (to end of 2014) €16,580

How is this money spent?

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.

WCCC Exp Pie77 % 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.

  • Support for Early Years Sector in Wicklow (Staffing & Programme Costs) €262,365
  • Overhead costs to run WCCC (Rates, rent, utilities, IT etc) €45,416
  • Learner Fund (to end of 2014) €16,580
  • Parent & Toddler Group Initiative €8,950
  • Childminding Development Grant €5,924

Who audits WCCC’s work?

WCCC’s work, procedures and financial compliance is audited both externally (by O’Callaghan O’Mahony) and on behalf of the DCYA by POBAL.

To read a copy of WCCC’s 2014 Audited Accounts please click here

Does WCCC work with other agencies?

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.

dcya logo largeA non-exhaustive list of some of the main agencies that WCCC works with includes:

  • Government departments such as the DCYA and Dept. of Social Protection
  • Children and Young Peoples Service Committee (Wicklow and Kildare)
  • The Better Start National Quality Development Service
  • The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
  • Agencies such as Túsla and POBAL
  • KWETB and other third level educational facilities
  • The HSE
  • Wicklow County Council, Bray Area Partnership and County Wicklow Partnership
  • Voluntary & Community Organisations such as Ceart, Wicklow Child & Family Project, Little Bray Family Resource Centre, the Marion Centre and the Public Participation Network.
  • CCI (the umbrella network of CCCs throughout the country.
  • Voluntary Childcare Organisations such as Early Childhood Ireland, the National Childhood Network, the Association of Childhood Professionals, Childminding Ireland and Barnardos.

angry-child-boyHow do I give feedback or make a complaint to WCCC?

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.

How can I contact WCCC or one of its Board Members?

If you’d like to raise an issue about the early years sector in Co. Wicklow, please do get in touch, either directly to WCCC by clicking here or via one of our Board Members by clicking here.


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