• We are looking for a Parent Representative to join the Board of WCCC – Could it be you?

    Posted on March 30, 2015 by in News Updates


    Wicklow County Childcare Committee (WCCC) seeks a parent representative to serve on the Board of Directors of this not-for-profit organisation.

    WCCC logoWCCC is tasked by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs the assist the delivery of quality early years provision to children in Co. Wicklow. We also support, among other things, parents, childminders and parent & toddler groups as well as holding responsibility for the roll out of Child Protection training across the sector in Co. Wicklow. We achieve this through training, on-site support and the delivery of advice, information and guidance. WCCC was extablished as a not-for-profit organisation in 2001 and currently has a team of 6 staff members. Further information regarding the work of WCCC can be found by clicking here.

    About the role of Director of WCCC:

    • Meetings are scheduled and held on a monthly basis with break over the summer period.  The duration of meetings is normally 2 hours.  T&S may be paid at public rates, dependent on meeting the requisite criteria.  There is  a subcommittee structure e.g. finance, HR etc – membership may involve additional meetings
    • The full membership of the board is currently 18 but this may reduce as a governance review is under way in line with best practice.   There is currently 1 vacancy for a parent representative.  The representative should be willing to join the board as a director of the company (not-for-profit).
    • The representative should have knowledge,  skills and experience in  governance and an interest in  issues concerning children, families and the early years sector.  The representative should be available to attend meetings on a scheduled basis.
    • Board Meetings are usually held in the offices of WCCC in Wicklow Town (opposite Wicklow Historic Gaol) on the last Thursday of the each month (exc. summer months and December) at either 10am or 3pm on a rotational basis.

    Desirable Skills and Attributes:

    secret_life_four_year_oldsDesirable skills that may be relevant to the governance of WCC:

    (Source: Getting to Grips with Governance a resource guide for community & voluntary organisations 2nd edition Apr 2013 The Wheel);
    • Being able to work as part of a team
    • Thinking & acting strategically
    • Devising & implementing a planning process
    • Analysing financial information
    • Setting financial & other targets
    • Monitoring & evaluating performance against targets
    • Identifying & drawing upon  a broad range of knowledge & skills as required e.g.  childcare, working with parents and families or children, finance, HR, project management etc
    • In-depth knowledge & interest in the sector

    When recruiting new members the Board may also consider;

    • Willingness of members to participate in capacity, skills & knowledge development
    • Combined skills, knowledge and experience of the board

     Considerations when selecting a Parent’s Representative

    If you are interested in the above positions, please contact Jane on 0404 64455 or at jane@wccc.ie.

    Applications will be considered by the Board’s Governance sub-group and issues such as prior experiences and skills; the age range of the candidate’s children or whether the parent is part of a group where they can illicit or feedback the wider views of parents (such as parent’s committees in schools or Parent & Toddler groups etc).

    Interested parents should get in contact no later than Thursday 23rd April. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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