• WCCC Weekly News & Updates

    Posted on March 29, 2018 by in News Updates


    21 March – Early ECCE registrations open

    If you wish to register children starting ECCE in April before the Easter holidays, the registrations are being opened early. See below for details.

    12 April – LINC course 2018/19 applications close

    You must have submitted your application by 4 p.m. on this date. Please see below for further details.



    Early ECCE registrations

    Normally registrations for ECCE open 7 days before the starting date. However, if you have children starting ECCE in April you will be able to register them early. You don’t have to use these dates however.  If the child is due to start on 9 April, you can register them on PIP from Wednesday 21 March. If the child is due to start ECCE on 16 April, you can register them from Wednesday 28 March.


    The Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC) special purpose award course is run by the LINC consortium. Applications are now open, and you can access the application process here. The course consists of 6 modules delivered through both on-line and face-to-face sessions. All the information about the course can be found here. The face to face sessions are delivered in 11 locations around the country. More information about the course delivery locations can be found here.


    Childcare providers are today being urged to participate in an online survey as part of the Independent Review of Costs of Providing Quality ChildcareStatement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Dr Katherine Zappone TD

    Monday 26th March 2018

    Childcare providers are today being urged to participate in an online survey as part of the Independent Review of Costs of Providing Quality Childcare.
    This Independent Review – which was announced by Minister Zappone last autumn – is a Programme for Government commitment.
    The Review, which is being undertaken by Crowe Horwath on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, seeks to:
    ·        Analyse the current costs of providing childcare in Ireland and factors that impact on those costs;
    ·        Develop a model of the unit cost/costs of providing childcare that allows analysis of policy changes and variation in cost-drivers, including the  potential   impact of increased professionalisation; and
    ·        Provide an objective, high level market analysis of the childcare sector in Ireland, including analysis of fee levels charged to parents.

    The results from this survey of childcare providers will feed into the development of a cost model and cost calculator for childcare provision. Importantly, the results will also inform the Estimates Process for Budget 2019 and for subsequent budgets.

    Speaking about the Review, Minister Zappone urged childcare providers to take part.

    I am urging childcare providers to engage honestly and openly through this confidential survey.   A good response rate will be critical to ensure the credibility of the survey findings to bring about needed change”.

    The survey runs from 27 March until 12 April. For further information, contact Crowe Horwath at (01) 448 2200 who have informed us that a link to the survey was emailed directly to all providers.



     Childcare Professionals Morning Event

     Following on from our very successful Childcare Professionals Day in November we are holding a mini Childcare Professionals Day on Saturday 12th of May in The Glenview Hotel 9.30am -1.00pm.  The three one hour sessions will consist of Yoga for Children, Helping children to think and communicate well using the P4C approach (Philosophy for children) and Exploration of Curriculum Foundations within the context of Childrens art experiences.

    For details about the workshops, booking form and cost, please see our website http://www.wccc.ie/training/current-training-courses/childcare-professionals-event/


    Equality, Diversity & Inclusion workshops

    Please note that there are some places left on the following courses ONLY:

    • Blessington commencing 19th May
    • Glenview Hotel commencing 9th June
    • Newtownmountkennedy commencing 2nd July

    The free training is a 15 hour commitment and further details can be found on http://www.wccc.ie/training/current-training-courses/aim-diversity-equality-inclusion-charter/

    As per Appendix 2 of your ECCE contract (SEE BELOW), WCCC has arranged 17 courses in Wicklow which started in 2017 and will finish in July 2018.

    “APPENDIX 2: General Terms and Conditions governing participation in the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM)

     AIM Level 1 – The Registered Provider will engage with the CCC and participate in the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter and Guidelines training.  On completion of the training, the Registered Provider must sign up to a National Inclusion Charter and create their own Early Childhood Care and Education National Inclusion Policy”


    First Aid Refresher Course

    Childminding Ireland are holding a refresher first aid course in Wicklow on 14th April and have some places available.


    For further information on this course or any of our other courses please see our website http://www.wccc.ie/training/current-training-courses/ or contact judy@wccc.ie

    To book a place on one of the above free workshops please complete our online booking form on our website http://bit.ly/2lbWaXW


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