The values and standards demonstrated at our centre include a respect, an understanding, and an acceptance that children, parents, trainees, students, project participants and staff have different needs and expectations bearing in mind the inclusion of positive equality and diversity measures and an anti-bias approach to all aspects of our day. Within the diverse community of the centre, these needs are dealt with in a positive, constructive and caring manner. We are pleased to be part of the growth and provision of quality childcare and its associated practices.
Our focus on care Full and part-time childcare is provided by our team of professionally trained and experienced staff. Presently we care for up to 120 children at any one time. The children range in age between 3 months – 12 years and parents avail of our service daily, Monday to Friday, between 7:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Children aged 3 months to 5 years are invited to attend for 2, 3 or 5 full days. Part time options are also available.
Within the frameworks of Siolta & Aistear we follow High Scope, Wide Eye & Montessori as part of our programme of care and education.
The boys and girls attending our School Age Club attend in the afternoon, during in service days and mid term breaks, summer camp and other school holidays. We continue to develop our School Age Club for children aged 4 – 12 years with the same high standard of care and attention offering themed activities including extras like Dance, Yoga, Music and Fundamental Movement (also enjoyed by our younger age groups). With capital funding under the National Childcare Investment Programme 2007 – 2011 we further developed and renovated our facility and service.
The Centre has a year round calendar of events incorporating both indoor and outdoor programmes of care, play and learning through child-centred, age appropriate and child initiated activities. We celebrate a broad range festivals and activities reflecting the different nationalities of the families and staff attending our centre.
The building is spacious and bright with lots of natural lighting. Rooms include playrooms with open shelving displaying colourful toys, books and colouring material for children’s easy access. Sleep & rest rooms are warm and inviting where children cat-nap and snooze and wake full of energy. Our welcoming reception is full of child-centred activities including an indoor climbing frame, wobbly mirrors and noisy wall-mounted toys to roll and twist! Our enclosed garden and play areas, which play host to a variety of fun and games, surround our building. On rainy days we can enjoy our games room which has a variety of games tables, a collection of Buntús props for physical games and a built in state-of-the-art climbing wall.
The provision of home cooked meals and snacks
We employ a full time chef whose purpose is to provide freshly prepared meals for children throughout each day. Extra care, vigilance and attention are required for children with special dietary requirements, of whom we have several. Part of the provision of meals includes offering parents advice on weaning their babies on to solid food and caring appropriately for the nutritional needs from babies right through to the older children in need of a hot home-cooked meal when they join us after their busy day at school. All meals are prepared and managed with full traceability through HACCP.
Participation and progression
We encourage the involvement of everyone concerned to participate in our growth and progression. Ideas and suggestions received are promptly acted upon. These are received both formally and informally through Staff, Parents Committee and Board of Directors meetings. We also have busy and pro-active Finance, Human Resource and Premises Committees linked to the Board of Directors. Children, parents and staff can draw on these for support, progression and guidance.
We continue to enjoy both off and on-site certified training in association with FAS, CFTE, WIT, High/Scope Ireland, ECI (Early Childhood Ireland) & the City & County Childcare Committees. Studies covered include childcare courses which are warded FETAC Level 5 & 6 & beyond, which are ongoing throughout the year. Specific pieces of training includes First Aid, Manual Handling, Food Handling & Hygiene, Child Protection, Adult Child interaction, Diversity and Multicultural activities, Child Development, Creative Play, Music, Story telling, Special Needs Assisting & Behaviour Management.