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:
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.
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: