Wicklow County Childcare Committee

Wicklow County Childcare Committee (WCCC) provides advice and assistance to existing and potential Childcare providers, to Childminders and those thinking of Childminding, and to parents, on all issues for children between the ages of 0 and 14. WCCC is also responsible for implementing a robust child protection regime for the sector. It provides a range of administration and quality supports to parents, early years settings (including childminders) and parent & toddler groups through a programme of workshops, training, signposting, grant administration, oversight of the governments childcare programmes (ECCE, TCE and CCS), information, advice, and guidance.



Our PPN Representatives

Margaret Coen

Margaret Coen

PPN Representative to the County Childcare Committee

Margaret currently works in the Arklow Further Education & Training Centre delivering training, mainly in the area of childcare and community care with the Back to Education Initiative and VTOS Students at QQI Level 4&5. She previously delivered QQI/FETAC Level 6 Early Childhood Care & Education Programme with Early Childhood Ireland, VEC and private providers. Margaret has 3 years’ experience working in Wicklow as childcare assistant in pre-school and after-school Steiner-based setting and many more years’ experience working as a child minder. In a voluntary capacity Margaret is Secretary of Friend of the Murrough, a local group working to protect and enhance our coastal paths and create new recreational amenities for the Public. She is also Co-ordinator of the Friends of the Murrough Coastcare group. Margaret’s other voluntary experience includes: working for a year with Sunbeam House assisting on an Arts, Cultural & Social Skills Programme with adults with an intellectual disability in their community outreach programme, Start Strong supporter, Auditor of the Mature Students Society in UCD, Mentor in a UCD peer support programme, and Mentor for chilcare trainee tutor with Early Childhood Ireland. Margaret holds a Master’s in Psychological Science and her thesis concerned childhood injury and individual household and neighbourhood factors, based on the Growing Up in Ireland database with a particular focus on children’s access to green space. Margaret hopes to bring a perspective that includes an acknowledgement of the importance of the environment to both the developing child and the wider community in terms of mental and physical wellbeing as well as a positive contribution though her communication skills and passion for children’s rights.

Kathleen OConnor

Kathleen O’Connor

Kathleen is a community health worker and assistant coordinator of the Wicklow Primary Healthcare Travellers Group. Kathleen works with young mothers, young children and youth groups in CEART (Centre for Education & Resourcing of Travellers).