WCCC’s June E-Zine and Survey

keep-calm-its-nearly-holiday-time-321x375Dear Parents and Early Years Practitioners

The summer is almost upon us, exams have started and (inevitably) the sun is shining. Please take a moment to look through a few updates that may be relevant to your setting below, including some workshops from WCCC; updates on Garda Vetting, a useful list of summer camps for parents and information on Fees Policies, which are due before the end of the month. There is also information on some interesting vacancies at the Department of Education and Skills and Early Childhood Ireland.

NewsIf you are an Early Years Practitioner, I’d like to draw your particular attention to a very short survey we’ve put together. WCCC is funded by the DCYA to support the Early Years Sector here in Co. Wicklow. In order to ensure value for money and greatest impact. To achieve this we are always keen to ensure that the supports that we offer match closely to the challenges and needs you are experiencing as providers. Please take few minutes to indicate your preferences. The closing date is Tuesday 30th June.

Please CLICK HERE to complete the survey (it will only take 5 mins as it only consists of 6 questions) and we’d be super grateful for your input.

Click on the headings below to read our updates, news and training workshops. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch by email or on 0404 64455

Summer Camps

Childcare 4WCCC has been contacted by a number of parents enquiring where they could find information on summer camps taking place throughout Co. Wicklow. In order to meet this demand we have emailed all services to ask if they want details of their camp to be included (free of charge) on WCCC’s website. CLICK HERE to see the list (please note: WCCC does not recommend any camp in particular. Please contact the Early Years Setting directly for further details or to make a booking onto one of these camps).

Garda Vetting Update

Garda-logo1Wicklow CCC Development Officers attended an update workshop on Garda vetting in May

Click here for the key points from that training, which may be of interest to Early Years Services.

Leadership Workshops for Early Years Managers (2 Afternoons in July at Rathwood)

Leadership-Quotes-44Wicklow and Carlow County Childcare Committees invite you to:

Think it through………
An afternoon of reflection for you as a Manager of an Early Years service with colleagues from your sector.

At the end of the two afternoons you should be clearer on the purpose of your service, how you as a Manager are working and how you can work better.
The sessions will be based on discussions, exchange of ideas and making use of the skills and knowledge in the room on both afternoons

Click here to find out more and book your place for just €10

Childminding Development Grant - Closing Date 19th June

cookingGrant funding of up to €1,000 (subject to terms and conditions) is available to Childminders via Wicklow CCC. The closing date is 5pm 19th June.

Click here to read more and download the relevant application forms. Best of luck!

Fees Policies and Calendars

FPP StepsFees Policies, Calendars and Parent Letters must be submitted (via PIP) to WCCC no later than Friday 31st July. You will be able to download the relevant templates for each of the childcare programmes you are running in your service via PIP and will receive approval and/or feedback online via this system also.

If you require assistance with this process please do not hesitate to contact us here at WCCC as we would be delighted to assist. To read more about this process, please click here.

Better Start

reillyMinister James Reilly formally launched the Better Start Quality Initiative at Leinster House. Click here to read more about the launch or here to find out more about Better Start. The criteria for working with the Quality Development Service element of Better Start has recently been widened, to find out if your service would be eligible for this support please click here. To date, 6 services in Co. Wicklow are working with the Better Start Quality Development Service.

Vacancies at ECI and for Early Years Inspectors at the Dept. of Education & Skills

DES LogoAs part of the launch of education focused Early Years inspections the DES is recruiting Early Years Inspectors. Click here to read more about the job and criteria (clsoing date 18th June). ECI are looking for a Director of Policy and Communication, click here to read more (closing date 9th June)

Child Protection Training and Policy Workshops

Child ProtectionWCCC continues the roll out of Always Children First training throughout County Wicklow. To date, more than 200 Early Years Practitioners have received the 6 hour Foundation Level Training. We will over the coming years have delivered this to every service in the county, a massive positive step for the welfare of all children.

If you have yet to receive this training please contact Jane to add your name to the list, which we are working through methodically. In the Autumn, we will also be offering a series of workshops on your Child Protection Policy, which includes a template that has been put together by the Always Children First working group (of which the CCCs are a member). This is an area which will be a focus of inspection compliance going forward so stay tuned for more on this support for your service after the summer.

Childminding Survey

miriamYou are invited to do an online survey as part of research into Irish childminding by Miriam O’Regan of Dublin Institute of Technology (formerly of WCCC) as part of an MPhil in Early Years Education and Care.

The anonymous survey is about Irish childminders’ and parents’ attitudes to professional childminding and it takes  around 15 minutes. To participate in this research, you simply need to click here to do the online survey.

Parent & Toddler Group Funding Open for Applications

Toddler-Group-Title-300x170Applications for funding under this scheme should only be made by Parent & Toddler Groups that are organised on a not for profit basis and involve the participation of parents in the community. Grants will normally range from €100 to €1,000. Existing groups can apply for a maximum grant of €800. New start up groups may apply for a maximum grant of up €1000.

Click here to find out more and apply for funding for your P&T group

ACP Rally - Saturday 6th June

angry-child-boyThe Association of Childhood Professional’s are holding a rally in Dublin on Saturday 6th June as part of their Fair Pay Campaign.

Click here to read more and to find out the details of the Wicklow branch of the ACP.

Update on Capital Funding

ECCEThanks in no small part to a massive effort on the part of the team here at WCCC (thanks folks!) Wicklow had a very impressive level of applications to the recently announced Capital Grants Programme 2015 and we are hopeful of a very high success rate. Thanks to all providers for making a mammoth effort to get their applications over the line. Fingers crossed for good news!

Ever wondered how WCCC is governed?

policies and proceduresWCCC is funded by the DCYA to support parents, childminders and Early Years settings to deliver quality early childhood care and education throughout County Wicklow. We’re committed to transparent, best practice governance and have signed up to the Governance Code and are fully audited (twice a year!)

We’re a Company Limited by Guarantee but also a Registered Charity. We have a Committee of Representatives from various stakeholders.

To find out what we do, how we do it, where our funding comes from and how it is spent or to see who governs WCCC and how to make your voice heard, click here.

Thank You!

thank-you-clothesline-752x483On behalf of the Board and Staff of WCCC, we’d like to thank all of the parents, early years educators, trainers, childminders and colleagues in other CCCs and agencies who have worked along side us throughout the year to date!

I’d also like to personally thank my great team here at WCCC for always going the extra mile and caring so much about the early years practitioners, parents and children of Wicklow; you’re a great bunch to work with and it’s very much appreciated.

And Finally...Rita Pierson's Inspiring Call!

For many it’s coming to the summer break in what can be a challenging, emotional but ultimately rewarding year. If you need a little inspiration look no further than this wonderful speech by Rita Pierson on TED, an educator with an amazing message who has been changing lives for the better (just like you do!) for more than 40 years!


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