The County Childcare Manager, Eugene Waters is transferring to DCYA to work on the new Affordable Childcare Scheme scheduled to be launched in September 2017. Eugene became the County Childcare Manager in 2012 and has been heavily involved in the roll out of PIP and the move to online contracting. Eugene remains part of the WCCC team so you may see him around Wicklow from time to time and we wish him all the best on this important project.
Whilst the DCYA borrows Eugene, our long serving Development Officer Assumpta O’Neill will becoming the Acting County Childcare Manager. Assumpta has worked with WCCC since near its inception; during which time she has supported everything from capital grant applications to the introduction of ECCE to the very succesful roll out of Always Children First. We wish Assumpta every success in her time as County Childcare Manager.
Susan Hill, the longest serving member of WCCC’s team and Development Officer for East Wicklow is retiring this April. Susan has offered untold service to the early years sector in County Wicklow and has supported the inception and growth of many, many services over the past decade, as well as being a champion for outdoor play, proper planning of children’s services and an all round rock of good sense and good humour. Susan will be greatly missed here at WCCC and by providers.
Adrienne Slater is joining the WCCC as Susan’s successor. Adrienne is already familiar with the work of WCCC and the local early years sector having worked on a number of projects with WCCC over the past year, including analysing ECCE capacity; qualification levels and presently mentoring community services in Bray as part of the SPECS project. Adrienne also brings more than a decade experience working as a practitioner in early years services in County Wicklow. Adrienne has also gained early years qualifications at all levels from L5 right up to L9 and we know that she will make a wonderful addition to the team.