Wicklow County Childcare Committee Training

With a focus on increasing the quality of childcare provision in the County, WCCC has organised a range of training courses for Childcare Providers and Childminders throughout County Wicklow since its first training programme in Autumn 2003. For information on our current courses, workshops and events or training by other providers please click on the relevant link below.

If you require any further info or have any queries about our training courses please email judy@wccc.ie.



First Aid Training in Early Years

The First Aid Responder (FAR) Education and Training Standard established by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) is recognised by Tusla as the first aid course for children that meets the regulatory requirement. In an early years setting the number of people required to be trained in first aid for children (FAR) and that are available for first aid response is based on the service’s risk assessments, including the size of the service and the hazards identified.

Currently where a service provides evidence that a person(s) is trained in First Aid for children and is available to children at all times the regulatory requirement is deemed to have been met by the Tusla Early Years Inspectorate.

For more info see: https://www.tusla.ie/services/preschool-services/early-years-pre-school-inspection-services/first-aid-training-in-early-years-services/


Bryan Higgins First Aid Services087 9489709
First Aid 4 All086-8568315
Early Years First Aid059-9162924 / 085-8393441
Health and Safety Training Ireland089-4128681
Canavan & Byrne01-6235908
First Aid Coaching087-9723753 / 021-2398647
Responsive Training087-6300544
Platinum Safety087 648 7556
Optima Training061-514744
Focus Training Ireland089-4009937
Learn How Training086-8865470
James Maye Occupational First Aid Services087-6269214


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:


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.

Access and Inclusion Model (aim.gov.ie)


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:



The Barnardos Learning and Development Service offers a comprehensive range of innovative training which supports best practice and is suitable for anyone working with or caring for children.

See their website for a list of current training:


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.

Scealta – The Early Childhood Ireland Blog – Early Childhood Ireland

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

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.