• Important information about our new website and WCCC training in 2013

    Posted on January 3, 2013 by in News Updates

    New WCCC website!

    Welcome to our new website www.wccc.ie. We have updated our website with aim of making it easier to find the information you need and to make it a useful resource for parents and providers alike. In order to make the site as good as possible, if you find any information missing or have a suggestion for a feature that we currently do not have please do not hesitate to let us know by contacting Judy. Here is a quick overview of some of its new features:

    • Childcare search – this function allows you to search for childcare, childminders and parent & toddler groups etc by area and type.
    • Online Resource Library – allows you to download many useful resources and forms straight to your PC.
    • Frequently Asked Questions – Find the answer to some common question or ask us a question you might have. We would be grateful for any questions you suggest.
    • Information on the 3 Government Schemes – including links to useful documents
    • A huge range of information and resources for Childminders
    • e-Newsletters – we aim to communicate more frequently with you in 2013, via our e-Newsletter

     

    Carolyn Marx (Chair of WCCC) said: “As a provider myself I am really delighted with the new website. It is really clear and it is great when doing such a hectic job as childcare to be able to find a ‘one-stop shop’ for reliable and up to date information”.

    She also praised the support offered by the staff of the Childcare Committee, noting: “The experience and knowledge they have built over the past ten years is an absolute fantastic resource for parents and providers in the county to draw on. They are always so friendly and go the extra mile to help.”

    As well as launching the new website, the Childcare Committee also offers a range of training and development opportunities for those working in the childcare sector in the county. Eugene Waters (WCCC Coordinator) explains the type of courses on offer in 2013:

    “We know that it is a tough economic climate out there so we have developed a range of workshops to assist owners and managers of childcare services with issues such as financial sustainability, human resources, record keeping and planning. We are very lucky in this county to have a highly qualified childcare sector that is committed to quality and best outcomes for children. We have a range of workshops, seminars and courses focusing on the quality agenda (Aistear, Siolta and Regulation V) and of course, Child Protection.”

    As mentioned, we are keen to make the site as useful as possible to everyone who uses it, so if you spot something missing, any incorrect information or have a suggestion for a feature, resource or news item, please get in touch.

    Training in 2013 (Important Message)

    The work of the WCCC is primarily funded by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) and as with many other sectors we are facing cuts to our budget in 2013 and 2014. Thankfully, these cuts do not include the 3 Schemes. We have been given a set of key priorities to focus on in 2013. These include: assisting providers to become more sustainable; promoting quality through Aistear; the roll-out of an updated Child Protection model for the sector (2nd half of 2013) and a strong focus on Literacy & Numeracy and Equality & Diversity.

    This ‘re-focus’, coupled with our reduced budget, means that we are not able to offer some training traditionally subsidised by the WCCC. However, we have made efforts to lessen the impact of these changes by working closely with our colleagues in other partner organisations and also have many new courses on offer.

    Here are the main highlights and changes in terms of training in 2013:

    • WCCC will not be offering First Aid, Fire Safety or Manual Handling courses directly in 2013, as we are not permitted to subsidise such courses under new guidleines from our funders. We appreciate the huge importance of this training and our colleagues in Childminding Ireland have kindly offered to provide some of these courses in our place, so hopefully by working together we will be able to meet this need for providers. Click here for information on dates, venues and prices or email Mairead or contact by phone on 01 287 8466
    • Last year we ran a successful pilot programme entitled Making Connections: Quality Enhancement in Arklow, which focused on practical application of Aistear, Siolta and Regulation 5. It covered topics such as Curriculum Planning,Arts & Crafts, Outdoor Play and Layout. Due to the positive feedback from this programme we are pleased to announce that we will be rolling this programme out in the Bray, Tinahely, Blessington and Kilcoole areas in 2013. Click here to find out more.
    • In recognition of the pressures faced by providers working to achieve a sustainable service in the current climate and dealing with the regulatory requirements of both Pobal and the HSE Pre-school Inspectorate, we are happy to announce that we will  be teaming up with Canavan & Byrne to offer bespoke workshops on Managing your Childcare Business in Challenging Times and Record Keeping & Compliance.
    • Unfortunately, we are not permitted to subsidise Fetac courses in Childcare in 2013. However, if you are looking for a course provider in the county please click here for more details.

     

     

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