Nuture’s Best Créche awarded top marks

Nurture’s Best Créche – twice awarded ‘Centre of Excellence’ status – has also been awarded top marks in the ‘Gold Standard Framework for Créches’.

It is one of only ten créches nationwide from the large Quality Assurance Pilot Programme who achieved the highest-level validation in all 75 areas examined.

They provide a full range of childcare, full and part-time, ECCE free pre-school year and an after-school club, where the children enjoy fun-filled days with fun educational opportunities, including music, yoga, French, art, sports and much more to keep their minds and bodies actively developing.

They have spacious rooms, a large playground with its safety surface and covered outdoor space for outdoor play on rainy days. They have their pet rabbit, Belle, and their flower and vegetable sections to keep them busy.

Children are also introduced to sports at a young age. They all love the weekly harbour walks down by the marina, observing the boats, Shannon and wildlife.

EXCELLENT PROGRAM –

Fun Filled Days The programme is very much child-led and often includes parents and families becoming involved in projects the children have shown interest in.

They also have themed sessions each day and a visit from a professional, such as a doctor or member of the gardaí.

During Music Week, they had musicians playing in each room. Fun outings also feature theatre, art exhibitions, pet shop, heritage visits etc. OUR

HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEAM

Their staff are all qualified, experienced and friendly. Staff training is of great importance to them and all their staff have childcare qualifications and occupational first aid training to complement our strong Professional Development Policy.

Four of our team have visited Italy for training in the world-renowned Reggio Emilia pre-school methods.

MONTESSORI – ‘Excellent Pre-School Year’

They have a fantastic pre-school year, which gives children a headstart before entering the primary school system.

In the world renowned Montessori system, the children learn in a structured, theme-based environment, using books, art, music and lots of imagination and topics are chosen considering the interests of the children.

The children are encouraged to explore and understand themselves and the world around them while also learning language and maths, as well as practical life skills and cultural awareness.

The Montessori method greatly encourages children to develop a strong sense of individuality, responsibility and promotes their natural strengths. Montessori is a daily three-hour session, which runs during school terms. Children already in our care usually attend Montessori after age three at a greatly reduced rate.

WORLDWIDE MENUS – HOME COOKED FOOD – EXCELLENT NUTRITION

Nutrition is of great importance and our chef serves freshly cooked food from our worldwide menu. Lots of fruit and veg and children are introduced to cous cous, houmous and many flavours and textures.

The crèche have been delighted to see many ‘fussy’ eaters broaden their palettes over the years.

TUS MAITH – LEATH NA HOIBRE

We provide Childcare for Parents on all Training Schemes and will shortly be able to take Children for Parents in the Back to Work Schemes. Why not come and have a look around and see all we have to offer – call Anne Marie on 086 103 7806.

Connacht Early Childhood Educators lobby for better support

After years of lobbying by the Childcare Sector, Budget 2016 has finally brought some much-needed initial investment to families and the childcare sector.

Nurture’s Best Créche, as one of the founding members of the Connacht Early Childhood Educators Group, has been at the forefront of this.

Caroilin Callery, the owner of Nurture’s Best Créche, and her Connacht colleagues have met with a number of Ministers, key politicians and representative groups several times over the past three years.

Details have yet to be released but in relation to the second free pre-school year, many parents have asked whether children over the age of three years and two months can be enrolled this year and avail of the second year next year also. The answer is yes, but parents are advised to do so quickly.

They can also enter under Late Entrants at any time but the earlier the better for the child.

Early Childhood Ireland confirmed: “Children who were aged between three years and two months and four years and seven months in September this year are eligible for late entry into this year’s ECCE programme and also able to continue in the programme in September 2016 – once they are not older than five years and six months at the end of the current pre-school year.”

Nurture’s Best welcomes the investment, as a first step in what they believe must be a five-year programme to create a viable infrastructure that is accessible, affordable and sustainable.

They especially welcome the allocation for children with special needs as they have seen how early intervention makes such a difference to children who need extra support.

There are still many areas still to be addressed and these include: family support for those struggling with under-3s childcare costs and the lack of respect from Government for the childcare workforce evidenced in low levels of capitation in current schemes, low wages in the sector, no allowance for non-contact time, etc.

As members of Connacht Childhood Educators Group, they intend to keep lobbying strongly to ensure the best supports for children, parents, families and their staff.