External Training

IMPORTANT: WCCC cannot hold responsibility for the quality or certification of courses run by other organisations. This page is provided for information purposes only. Please check directly with the relevant provider for specific information and details.

To book on any of the courses listed please contact the organisation running the course directly.  Please do not contact WCCC as we will not be able to book you onto any of the courses listed.


Here are some useful links to external training course providers:

First Aid Training

Bryan Higgins First Aid Services 087 9489709
First Aid 4 All 086-8568315
Early Years First Aid 059-9162924 / 085-8393441
Health and Safety Training Ireland 089-4128681
Canavan & Byrne 01-6235908
First Aid Coaching 087-9723753 / 021-2398647
Responsive Training 087-6300544
Platinum Safety 087 648 7556
Optima Training 061-514744
Focus Training Ireland 089-4009937
Learn How Training 086-8865470
James Maye Occupational First Aid Services 087-6269214


Online Resources

There are a number free on-line resources available to providers and practitioners. Below is a link to each.

Aistear Síolta Practice Guide

There are lots resources in the Practice Guide including examples of good practices, resources for sharing, self-assessment tools (where you can take the time to reflect on your practice) and action planning tools.

You can access the Aistear Síolta Practice Guide here: http://aistearsiolta.ie/en/

Check out Mo Scéal resources on the NCCA website. Mo Scéal, (My story) supports the child’s transition from Preschool to  Primary school through a range of resources and examples of good practice: https://ncca.ie/en/early-childhood/mo-sc%C3%A9al


AIM Inclusive Play Resources

AIM Inclusive Play is a set of resources to support inclusive practice within pre-school setttings. These resources, which include equipment, toys and materials, also support the development of coordination and audio, visual and tactile skills among all children, and in particular, children with a disability.

Follow the link below for video demonstrations and learn how to introduce and use resources with young children.



Lámh supports communication – between parents and child, between siblings, between friends. It can be a stepping stone to communicating with the world. Lámh is a manual sign system used by children and adults with intellectual disability and communication needs in Ireland.

Lámh on Instagram:
Check this out. A great way of learning new Lámh signs in a fun way. The stories and themes are topical and updated daily.

Lámh on Twitter:
Another way of brushing up on your signing.


The Hanen Organisation

Hanen offer some free articles to Parents and Early Years Educators. Explore fun activities using the Hanen approach, ‘Tips for Parents’ and ‘Research’ summaries: http://www.hanen.org/Helpful-Info.aspx

Book Nook – The Hanen Centre

The Hanen Centre have a youtube channel where they share some of their favourite children’s books and talk about ways you can use  them with young children to promote their emergent literacy skills.

Follow the link below to see what books you can find and learn new ways to support children’s emergent literacy skills:

Barnardos eLearning course: Learning Environments in Early Years

Learning Environments in Early Years is designed to help you, the early years educator, to provide quality environments for the children you work with.

This free online course is filled with practical examples, grounded in theory, to help you shape the early years’ environment to support a tapestry of rich experiences for children. The course takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and there is a quiz at the end of each section.

Tusla Corrective Actions and Preventative Actions (CAPA) eLearning training Programme

The aim of this eLearning training programme is to support the Registered Provider to:
·        Have a better understanding of what a Corrective and Preventative Action Form is.
·        Develop a response to a noncompliance using Corrective And Preventative Action (CAPA) process.
·        Have clarity regarding the purpose of Factual Accuracy Form.
·        Develop clear Corrective Actions and Preventative Actions.
Click here to complete the  eLearning training programme.

Tusla Early Years Inspectorate eLearning Training – Managing Unsolicited Information

The aim of this eLearning training programme is to support the Registered Provider to:
·        Understand what Unsolicited Information is.
·        Identify how the Registered Provider can prepare, manage and respond if an unsolicited information report has been made to Tusla about their Early Years setting.
·        To provide information and to support the development of a complaints policy and procedure for the Early Years setting.


Inside Education

Inside Education is a weekly podcast for educators interested in teaching. It is released every Wednesday during the school year. Suggestions for and feedback on the podcast are always welcome at insideeducationpodcast@yahoo.com. You can text the programme on 086 8962665.

Podcasts of previous programmes are available at www.insideed.com and from http://seandelaney.com/podcasts/.

The programme is presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

Early Childhood Ireland – Practice Blog

Early Childhood Ireland have a fantastic practice blogs which sharing learning and practice from around the country. Take a look for some inspiration and ideas. https://www.earlychildhoodireland.ie/blog/


Julia Donaldson, Author of The Gruffalo

Julia Donaldson, Author of The Gruffalo, is hosting a weekly session from her home, full of stories, poems and songs. It can be accessed through the official ‘Gruffalo’ facebook page and would be a great resource to share with Parents too. https://www.facebook.com/OfficialGruffalo/


Early Arts UK

This website has interesting resources to share for free. Go to the ‘Resource’ section to find ideas on providing a range of creative experiences for different age groups. The ‘Research’ section to find articles on the impact of creative experiences on the development of young children.


Informing Families Project, National Federation of Voluntary Bodies

The National Federation of Voluntary Bodies with the support of the HSE have developed this resource for professionals who work with families where a child has a disability. The course takes one hour.


Children First E-Learning Programme

Tusla has worked with the DCYA and HSE to developed a universal e-learning training programme called ‘Introduction to Children First’. The programme has been written to support people of all backgrounds and experience in recognising concerns about children and reporting such concerns if they arise. The programme is based on Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children and the Children First Act 2015.

The programme takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete but it can be done in a number of sittings. The programme will allow you to log back in and resume where you left off.  https://www.tusla.ie/children-first/children-first-e-learning-programme/

CPD – Courses provided by Canavan & Byrne

Digital Academy : all courses have 50% off

*Fire Safety *HACCP Level 2 *Manual  Handling (blended learning) *DES Inspections *.An Introduction to Aistear  *Food Allergen Awareness*Inclusion of Children with Additional needs  * Food Safety Essentials

Webinars : all courses only €20 with 50% off

Facilitated by highly experienced and qualified trainers

*Promoting Positive Behaviour *Storytelling *Emotional and Social Development in Young Children *An Introduction to Play Therapy *Supporting Children through Loss and Grief *Support and Supervision * Effective Room Leader  and many more


First Aid Training now Online

For the duration of the closure we are running First Aid Responder (FAR) and Paediatric First Aid online

Practical Assessments  will take place at a later date


Train the Trainer

QQI Level 6 accredited Training

The practical course provides a comprehensive foundation  in

  • Training Session Design
  • Training session Development and delivery.

It will also build your confidence and presentation skills

This is an ideal add-on for qualified early years professionals who wish to enhance their qualification and career prospects.


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