Nenagh Creche Wins National Award

Nenagh Childcare Centre have won the Maternity and Infant Community Crèche of the Year 2011 Category Award

Nenagh Childcare Centre have won the Maternity and Infant Community Crèche of the Year 2011 Category Award

The SMA Nutrition Maternity and Infant Awards, now in their fourth year, celebrate the very best in products and services for mothers and babies throughout Ireland. The awards also honour unsung heroes through the People Awards and the category of crèche in which we were a winner was open to notified community crèches operating as not-for-profit services nationally.

Appointed specialists, CanavanByrne and Safehands carried out a visit of each crèche finalist to carry out an independent audit, covering health and safety, adult / child engagement, curriculum delivery and initiatives, partnership with parents, policies and procedures, food and nutrition and equality and diversity. How the service has responded to quality initiatives such as Aistear and Siolta was also considered.

The judges had the following to say: “This centre excelled in the delivery and planning of a very dynamic curriculum to all age groups from babies upwards linked to the Aistear, the Early Years Curriculum Framework. The judges were particularly impressed with how observations of children are used to plan the curriculum. The outdoor play area was also very impressive with options for children to explore, dig, use the tunnel through a large mound and the slide on the mound. There is a wonderful mosaic which all the children participated in completing through an ‘artist in residence’ programme through the County Council last year.”

Nenagh Childcare Centre provides a community-based quality childcare service, housed in a purpose-built facility on the campus of Nenagh Civic Offices.

The facility opened in September 2004 and has developed into a high quality daycare and after school service providing childcare to the whole of the community with a focus on including children from low income families who are accessing training, education and work.

The centre focuses on having a child centred ethos with a professionally trained staff while also providing training and progression opportunities through CE and other labour market initiatives. They work in partnership with a wide range of agencies including FÁS, Early Intervention Service who support children in the centre with physical and learning disabilities and the HSE and Social Work Department.

The centre works closely with parents to foster a trustworthy and warm environment where parents feel valued and welcome.

Each room works with parents to develop a programme of activities and experiences that will take their child onto the next developmental milestone. Each child has an individual learning plan and record of achievement which continues with the child as he / she moves throughout the centre. The centre works hard at building children’s self-esteem through praising children’s efforts and celebrating their achievements.

Aistear is the curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland and is used throughout the centre.

“We are proud and delighted to have received this award and I would like to congratulate staff, parents, children and board members and anyone who helped along the way for their support and commitment,” said Noreen Fogarty, manager.