WCCC’s August E-Zine

Dear Early Years Practitioners

WCCC logoI hope you have all enjoyed the summer, it is frightening how quickly it has flown by and how soon the new programme year will begin. Below is an update on training and information relating to the early years sector in Wicklow that I hope you find interesting and useful. Please let us know if you have any queries or require any support. Our email is info@wccc.ie or call 0404 64455.

WCCC’s Early Years Toolkit Series

In response to WCCC’s survey of early years services in Co. Wicklow we are delighted to bring you our Early Years Toolkit series of workshops, which will take place on a monthly basis between now and Christmas.

The five workshops focus on areas that early years services identified as in need of support.

The courses are €10 each or a service can book all 5 for only €40! It is up to you which member of staff attends each of the workshops as some are more relavant to managers and owners, whilst others may be of benefit to all staff.

Wooden ToolsBelow are the dates for each of the workshops.

  • Record Keeping (7-9pm) The Glenview Hotel Thursday 24th September

  • Management & Staffing (7-9pm) The Glenview Hotel Wednesday 14th October

  • Reducing Your Costs (7-9pm) The Glenview Hotel Thursday 5th November

  • Medicines & Infections/Managing Social Media (7-9pm) The Glenview Hotel Thursday 26th November

  • The Revised Inspection Toolkit (7-9pm) Blessington (Venue TBC) Tuesday 1st December*

  • The Revised Inspection Toolkit (7-9pm) The Glenview Hotel Wednesday 2nd December*

*A service may attend either of these two workshops but not both.

If you would like to book a place on what is sure to be a popular series of practical workshops, please contact Jane by clicking here or by phoning 0404 64455. Please indicate the name of the person attending and their email so that we can send out reminders closer to the time or notify if there are any changes.

itcarlow_logoIT Carlow Opening Evening at its Claremont Campus in Rathnew

IT Carlow are holding an Open Evening at their Wicklow Campus on Tuesday 18th August from 6 – 8 pm, including a host of early years qualifications. Click here for more information

131 Capital Grants awarded in Co. Wicklow

Click here to read more on which services were awarded funding in the recent round of Capital Grant funding made available by DCYA.

Click here to read more about the terms and conditions of the grant and how to proceed with your purchases.

Reminder regarding Fees Policies and Calendars and the 2015 ECCE Payment Schedule

FrustratedManagerWCCC have completed our review of almost all of your Fees Policies.

Your approved Fees Policies are now available on PIP. When you access your PIP homepage please click on the Programme tab (across the top) and you will see your Published FPPs on the right hand side. This contains the approved letter, calendar and fee policy for each of the programmes that you are currently in contract for.

These should be the ONLY version of the documents that you will give to parents. Your Pobal compliance officer will check that these published documents are the actual documents that parents have been given.

Please note you will also be asked to give the “Dept of Children and Youth Affairs Letter to Parent/Guardian” to parents . This letter is not yet available on PIP.

If you have any queries in relation to your Fees Policies please do not hesitate to contact us.

You can also download the ECCE Programme Payment Schedule for 2015 which outlines out when you will be paid and how much. We recommend printing a copy out for your records as it is a really useful document. Click here to see it.

We wish you all the best in your new programme year 2015/16.

Childminding Hub Logo FinalIntroduction to Home Based Childcare and the Childminding Hub

This 2 day free course is for Childminders and those thinking of Childminding.  It’s the only government sponsored training programme for Childminders.

The course runs over two days (19th and 26th September). Click here to find out more.

The Childminding Hub is a peer support network that meets once a month in Junglemania in Kilcoole, click here to read more and pop along.

Deadline for Parent & Toddler Grant Applications is Friday 25th September

Click here for all the terms and conditions and to download your application form for this grant of up to €1,000

Changes afoot in the Early Years Sector

Minister James Reilly launched the Inter-Departmental Group’s findings on the future of the early years sector with major signposts as to where things may be heading in the sector. Click here to read more.

CCI LogoMeanwhile, CCCs (through their representative body CCI) gave presentations to the Oireachtas Committee on Affordable High Quality Childcare. To read what the CCCs had to say, please click here.

 Steiner in China: WCCC Board Member mentors Steiner Waldorf approach in Asia 

Linda in ChinaLinda Grant represents the Irish Steiner Kindergarten Association (ISKA) on the Board of WCCC.

Linda runs an amazing outdoor parent & child group in Blessington called the Cuan Parent and Child Group (click here to visit their Facebook page)

This summer, Linda is working in China; teacher training  and mentoring in new Steiner Early Childhood settings.

Linda has found it to be an mutually enriching experience to date, she said:

The growth of Steiner Waldorf Kindergartens and schools is a new development in education in China. Parents, educators and some state school teachers are passionately seeking a change from the current educational system. Some have found a connection between their ancient philosophies of Taoism, Chinese Medicine and the educational approach of Rudolf Steiner.

It has been a valuable and inspiring experience for me and I now have new colleagues on the far side of the world!

Click here to find out more about the Steiner Approach to Early Years education.

Click here to see all of the Board members of WCCC and here for how to get in touch or express your views.

ISKA are hosting a conference entitled Learning Through Movement – Neuro Development in Early Childhood on September 18th in Kildare Town – Click here for further details

POBAL LogoPOBAL Annual Survey of Early Years Sector 2014

We’ve pulled out some of the interesting facts and figures from POBAL’s annual survey and highlighted some of the information relating to Co. Wicklow. Click here to read more.


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