Wicklow Childcare Committee Staff

The staff provide advice and assistance to existing and potential Childcare providers, to Childminders and those thinking of Childminding, and to parents, on all childcare issues for children between the ages of 0 and 14.

Assumpta O’Neill

County Childcare Manager

Assumpta O’Neill, joined WCCC in April 2003 as a Development Officer for South and West Wicklow and became the County Childcare Manager (Acting) in March 2017. Assumpta is a qualified trainer and facilitator. She delivers training to providers and parent and toddler groups throughout the county on many subjects such as Siolta, Aistear, Policies and Procedures, Child Protection and Equality and Diversity. She previously worked with UCD as a tutor and also as a Rural Development Officer with Carlow Leader. She has vast experience in community and rural development, project management, facilitation and training delivery. She has a B.Sc. in Rural Development from UCD as well as Mediation and Conflict Resolution training (also UCD) and FETAC qualification in Equality and Diversity. Assumpta has a Masters in Leadership in Early Childhood Education and Care and a H Dip in Early Childhood Care and Education from South East Technological University.

Telephone: 087-246 5933 or 0404-64455


Jane McNulty

Programme & Finance Officer

Jane McNulty is responsible for all aspects of financial management, compliance and monitoring within the Wicklow County Childcare Committee. Jane has worked extensively throughout the UK and most recently at the Wicklow Montessori School, during which time she attained Fetac Level 5 in Childcare and worked on the delivery of ECCE.

Telephone: 0404 64455


Wicklow Childcare Development Team

Adrienne Slater

East Wicklow - Development Officer

Adrienne became the Development Officer for East Wicklow in March 2017, having worked with WCCC on a number of projects including analysing ECCE capacity and mentoring community childcare services in Bray as part of the SPECS project. Adrienne brings more than a decade experience as an early year’s educator and manager in various settings. She has completed a BA Honours Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education and an MA in Child, Youth and Family Studies through IT Carlow. Since joining the WCCC she completed a Level 9 MA certificate in Teaching and Learning. Adrienne is also a qualified trainer in the areas of Children’s First child protection training and Equality Diversity and Inclusion training. She also lectures on the Early Years degree course and the MA in Leadership in Early Years Education from South East Technological University.

Telephone: 0404 64455 / 086-0818479


Bernie Connell

West Wicklow - Development Officer

Bernie Connell joined the WCCC Team as a Development Officer in August 2020. Bernie’s experience in the early years sector is wide ranging, from managing a large community service in South Dublin and being a Tutor on the Leadership for Inclusion program, (LINC). The community service was in a DEIS area, supporting CE, Tús and JobBridge personnel alongside a large full time staff. Bernie has delivered training for Kildare Wicklow ETB for over 10 years in FETAC levels 3 to 6. This “on the ground experience” combined with professional knowledge gave Bernie a first-hand insight into the challenges facing early years providers and the requirement to build capacity and competence in the quality of provision allowing her to promote, develop and support quality practice in early years settings as part of the Government’s wider quality development agenda. Bernie has a BA in Applied Linguistics, a H dip in Early Years, a diploma in Mentoring and Coaching Early Years and previously worked as a French and Spanish Teacher. In a previous life Bernie worked in accounts so has a good background knowledge to assist services with sustainability issues.

Telephone: 0404 64455 / 087-2207698


Lorraine McConnell

North Wicklow - Development Officer

Lorraine McConnell joined WCCC in 2017. She is the Development Officer for North Wicklow. As a previous owner of both full day care and sessional childcare services for over twenty-five years, she has vast experience in the areas of day-to-day operations including finance, early years curricula, child development and partnerships with families. As part of her role in WCCC Lorraine promotes and supports quality practice in early learning and care and school age settings. She holds a diploma in Montessori Education from St. Nicholas College, a BA in Early Childhood Education and Care through IT Carlow and a Masters in Leadership and Management in Education from Trinity College Dublin. Since joining the WCCC she completed a Level 9 MA certificate in Teaching and Learning. Lorraine is a qualified trainer in several areas including the area of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and has lectured on the Master of Arts in Leadership in Early Years Education from South East Technological University.

Telephone: 0404 64455 / 087-2235255


Judy van den Belt

Training & Information Officer

Judy van den Belt joined as part-time administrator in January 2007. Her role involves organizing training courses run by the WCCC, updating WCCC’s website and social media platforms, providing information about our services and GDPR compliance. Judy has worked in multinational companies Microsoft , AT&T and numerous international shipping agencies. Her background is in Export/Imports, Export Compliance, Sales, Office Administration and Customer Service.

Telephone: 0404 64455