• Important update for successful Learner Fund Applicants

    Posted on July 25, 2014 by in News Updates



    Choosing your course

    Learner Fund LogoI’d like to draw your attention to  some information that has been sent to us by the various approved training providers which may assist you in choosing which training provider to pursue your studies with.

    Please note that WCCC does not recommend or guarantee the quality of any of the approved trainers and are passing this literature supplied to us by the training providers onwards for information purposes only.

    For those of you that have elected to study in a classroom (as opposed to the online or blended options) we suggest that you confirm with your preferred training provider where these classes are likely to take place. Training providers will need to reach minimum numbers of learners to make a class viable so it is important that you are reasonably confident that the class will take place within a reasonable distance of travel.

    KWETB (formerly known as Wicklow VEC) need to firm up how many learners wish to carry out their classroom based study with them in order to firm up which of their centres in Wicklow (Bray and Wicklow Town currently proposed) or Kildare (Naas and Athy) have sufficient numbers to host stand alone classes.

    If you wish to study at one of KWETB’s centres they ask that you make contact with them no later than Friday 8th of August by contacting either of the following:

    Mary Mooty marymooty@kwetb.ie | 0404 60505


    Bernie Fitzgerald berniefitzgerald@kwetb.ie | 0404 60507

    Changing your mind

    If you decide that you do not want to proceed with your training it is very important that you let WCCC know by emailing info@wccc.ie

    I would remind people that it will be a minimum requirement in September 2015 for all people working in the early years sector to have at least Fetac Level 5 in Childcare and Fetac Level 6 in Childcare if you are an ECCE room leader. If you are unsure of how this affects your position, please speak with your line manager or call us here on 0404 64455

    If you have chosen a mode of study and wish to change it for another (for instance, if initially you had decided to study online but now wish to study in a classroom in place) there is a limited window of opportunity to change this. This involves the WCCC re-issuing you with a new confirmation email reflecting your new choice. If you would like to avail of this option, it is important that you contact Eugene Waters (eugene@wccc.ie) as soon as possible.

    Information from external training providers

    This information is provided by approved Learner Fund providers, please contact your preferred training provider directly for further information and guidance.
    WCCC is not responsible for the accuracy of the information supplied below.


    Kildare and Wicklow ETB (formerly Wicklow VEC & Kildare VEC)

    Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB) are seeking expressions of interest from Childcare Practitioners who have been approved under the Learner Fund, and who wish to attend courses run by KWETB.

    It is proposed that courses will be run in:

    • Bray,
    • Wicklow Town,
    • Newbridge,
    • Naas and
    • Athy.

    Courses will run two evenings a week over one academic year in our dedicated education facilities. KWETB are the largest education provider in Kildare and Wicklow, delivering education and training to over 22,000 learners. All Tutors are qualified and experienced in delivering training to adult learners.To express your interest in attending a KWETB course, or to enquire further please contact:

    Mary Mooty marymooty@kwetb.ie | 0404 60505 or Bernie Fitzgerald berniefitzgerald@kwetb.ie | 0404 60507

    Please have your learner reference number and details of any completed modules to hand. Courses will be run subject to sufficient numbers.

    Deadline for receipt of Expressions of Interest is 5pm, Friday 8th August

    Chevron Training

    Chevron Training are an approved trainer and have supplied the following information (along with details of their tutor’s qualifications) to WCCC.


    • Blended/online:  This course will include locally based practical skills demos and exams on weekends throughout the year in the Wicklow region.
    • Blended(Online & Classroom) For learners who are looking for a more hands on practical based course; we can provide an initial group induction with one of our highly qualified tutors, online home study and interactive workshops during the course, at convenient times and at localised venues, making sure learners achieve excellent grades in their projects throughout their course.

    Contact Brian Denton for further information:

    Chevron Training & Recruitment Ltd, Anne St, Wexford
    Phone: 1890 252 647
    Mobile: 087-2480617
    Email: brian@chevrontraining.ie
    Website: www.chevrontraining.ie

    Midlands School of Childcare

    Midlands School of Childcare are offering awards at both Level 5 and Level 6.

    FETAC Level 5 National Vocational Certificate (5M2009) Early Childhood Care and Education

    Assessment: Students will be evaluated as follows: Examination, observation of Presentation of Exercises, Written Assignments & Project Work & Learner Log

    Course Duration: As this full Certificate Course is being offered on a Modular Full-time or Part-time basis each module is expected to cover 150 Hours. Part-time over 9 Months Saturdays from 10-5 or two nights per week.

    Work Experience:  Learners will be advised at commencement of each module the Work Experience Requirements

    Preferred Entry Level: The minimum age of entry is 17 Years. Leaving Certificate Standard or relevant life / work experience

    Letter of introduction to accompany application and Booking Deposit, Minimum on A4 hand written page to include:

    Name, Address, D.O.B. etc. Courses attended or recent relevant experience, Why you would like to participate in this course? hopes for the future. Short Interview to establish suitability

    NB: €50 Deposit. Deposit is non refundable unless course has been cancelled by us.
    FETAC Level 6 National Vocational Certificate (6M2007) Supervision in Early Childhood Care and Education & MSCC Montessori Diploma

    As above (see Level 5 info)

    Early Childhood Ireland

    ECI LogoECI are offering Fetac Level 5/6 through a number of modes.  Early Childhood Ireland have been approved by Pobal as a Training Provider to deliver accredited training as part of the Learner Fund.

    The Learner Fund will subsidise the cost for eligible learners to undertake accredited Level 5 and Level 6 courses. By September 2015 all staff will be required to have Level 5 and all (ECCE) room leaders will be required to have Level 6 in Childcare.

    If you are an approved Learner Applicant and are interested in training with Early Childhood Ireland, please fill in our Expression of Interest form by clicking here.

     Further approved training providers may be listed on your confirmation letter, the above list is not exhaustive.
    This page may be updated if additional information is supplied in future.
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