WCCC’s March E-Zine and Training Update


The year is flying by and we are glad to see the days lengthening and the weather improving.

Below we have some updates that may be of interest to you or someone you know.

If you require any more information anything below, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0404 64455 or info@wccc.ie

Aistear/Siolta Practice Guide has been launched!

Practice Guide LogoThe NCCA has been working on a Practice Guide which aims to make Aistear and Siolta available to Early Years Educators in a format that is accessible, understandable, available and in a practical, visual, example led format. The Aistear/Siolta Practice Guide is underpinned by seven ‘Pillars of Practice’. To find out more CLICK HERE

RSA’s ‘Check it Fits’ service available throughout east Wicklow this week – free service

The RSA’s team will be on hand to offer advice in this important area in Bray, Arklow, Wicklow and Greystones over the coming week. CLICK HERE to find out the dates and times

Jan - Into the Wild Workshop.14.03.15 editedInto the Wild: WCCC’s Outdoor Play Workshops

This workshop, facilitated by Dr Jan Petersen of DIT was a massive success.

I really enjoyed the day.  To see it beats reading about it as it was very impressive while appearing to look so simple.  I would love more of my co-workers to see it first hand.  It was also great to network with other childcare professionals.  Lunch was delicious too!  Jan and Mary have such a honest practical approach to the care and education of children in the outdoors and they were both a pleasure to spend time with.  Recommend highly. – Participant Feedback


We are hoping to hold another event with Dr Jan before the summer, which may take place in one of Wicklow’s many beautiful outdoor locations to accommodate larger numbers. If you are interested in attending such a workshop please email Susan so that we can gauge interest.

WCCC would like to thank the Park Academy’s Nature Kindergarten for opening up their service and being so welcoming for this event.

iStock_000001682638_ExtraSmallMassive interest in Speech and Language Development workshop in Wicklow Town

Such was the level of interest in the Speech and Language Development Workshop featured in our February E-Zine that a 2nd evening has been scheduled on Thursday 14th May at the Grand Hotel from 7.30-9.30pm to accomodate interest in the local area.

If you would like to book your place on this free practical event, faciliated by local Speech and Language Therapist Tricia Curtis, please contact Jane to ensure you avoid disappointment

Policy Workshops and ‘Pillars of Practice’ workshops prove highly popular

Both our Inspection Policy briefings and our 4 week ‘Pillars of Practic’ workshops booked up extremely quickly. We will however be holding similar events throughout the year. If you would like to put your name down for similar events or have a suggestion for a particular policy/procedure area that you would like to see addressed please contact Jane or a member of the WCCC team as we are always keen to ensure the relevance of our supports to match the needs of parents and providers on the ground.

Childminding Ireland AGM takes place in Dublin on 18th April

Click here to read more about this event for childminders with special guest speaker Dr John Sharry.

Childminding Hub Logo FinalChildminding Hub in Kilcoole

Click here to find out more about this support network for Childminders which takes place monthly in Junglemania in Kilcoole or contact us if you would be interested in leading a similar initiative in another part of the county.

Fascinating research on Traveller Children’s experience in early years settings completed by WCCC’s Marie Cuddihy

irish-traveller-children-007Marie, the Development Officer for North Wicklow last year completed a Masters in Early Years Education from Queen’s University in Belfast and as part of her studies completed an excellent piece of research into the experience of the Traveller child in Early Years settings, based on analysis from here in Co. Wicklow. Well done to Marie on an illuminating piece of work that is gaining widespread praise and it is highly recommended reading. CLICK HERE to read more and download Marie’s research.

Free Family Literacy workshops in Arklow starting April

WCCC in conjunction with KWETB are delighted to offer this FREE series of workshops on the topic of Family Literacy. This programme was first run in Bray in 2014 and received extremely positive feedback. The workshops are particularly of use to services who may come into contact with either children from ethnically diverse heritage or marginalised communities. The workshops will take place over three consequtive Wednesdays from 2pm-4pm in Arklow starting on Wednesday 15th April. Please contact Marie to sign up.

Could a JobsPlus childcare worker be useful at your service?

JobsPlus is an incentive from the Department of Social Protection to encourage and reward employers who offer employment opportunities to the long term unemployed. Grants of €7,500 and €10,000 are available.

Regular cash payments will be made to qualifying employers to offset wage costs where they engage jobseekers from the Live Register. Time on Community Employment counts as qualifying time.  The level of payment is increased for the recruitment of those out of work or on CE for more than two years.

The Incentive will provide two levels of payment payable monthly in arrears:

  1. a payment of €7,500 over two years to an employer for each person recruited who has been unemployed for more than 12 but less than 24 months and

  2. €10,000 over two years to an employer for each person recruited who has been unemployed for more than 24 months.

This Incentive is open to all employers in the private, community, not-for-profit and voluntary sectors. In order to qualify an employer must offer full time employment of at least 30 hours per week, spanning at least four days per week. The employer must with the Revenue Commissioners as a PAYE employer.

To apply, log on to www.jobsplus.ie and complete an online application form, with the name of the company, size of workforce, bank details, economic sector of company and includes providing permission for an officer of the Department of Social Protection to check their tax clearance certificate online. Once approved, the employer can register, and look to employ someone under the scheme.

For more information about this scheme, go to http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/jobsplus.aspx

For information about fully qualified candidates (with FETAC 5 or 6 in Childcare) currently on a CE placement, contact: Miriam O’Regan CE Childcare Programme Manager, miriam.lbfrc@gmail.com

Level 7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Education & Care – Open Evening 30th March

IT Carlow are offering a subsidised Level 7 BA in Applied Early Childhood Education (which qualifies for higher capitation) over one year. An open evening for interested participants takes place on 3oth March, CLICK HERE for more details

Child Protection Update

Training of early years services in Foundation Level is contiuing apace. Over 250 people have been trained to date. Training is free of charge to attend and food will be provided at the six hour training sessions. However, spaces are limited to two per service currently and priority is given to services who have not received Child Protection training over the past three years. Please note we have had a number of non-attendees at recent training sessions which is frustrating and as there is a long waiting list for this type of training we would appreciate if adequate notice was given so that the valuable space could be re-allocated to another person on the waiting list. Please email us if you would like to be put on the list for our forthcoming workshops and if you have a specific Child Protection query, do not hesitate to contact either Assumpta or Marie

Carol, one of the Provider’s Reps on WCCC’s Board with WCCC Coordinator

Providers Network Meeting – Wicklow Town

These ever popular events are a great opportunity to nurture perr to peer support with your local colleagues. A Providers Network Meeting will take place on Thursday 26th March at WCCC’s Offices at Kilmantin Hill at 7.30pm. If you intend on attending, please email Susan

Community Providers Network Event – 28th April

A network event for Community Porviders will take place on 28th April at 7.30pm at the Glendalough Hotel.

Please email us to book your place on this FREE event

Workshops for TEC Providers

We will be shortly (w/c 13th April and w/c 20th April) be hosting a series of practical workshops for TEC Providers throught the county, particularly relating to the use of PIP in relation to these childcare programmes.

Workshops will take place in Arklow, Blessington, Bray and Wicklow Town. Please email Assumpta to find out more.


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