- Full and part time childcare.
- After School Care
- Playgroup & Preschool Morning Sessions (ECCE Approved)
We accept babies from 6 months into our service. The baby room offers babies space to move, develop and explore in a safe environment with the supervision of our qualified staff who have been with us for a number of years.
The Wobbler Room is for children between 1 and 2 years of age, this is a great age for developing and exploring which we encourage through play. The room is set up with various interest areas for children to explore in a sociable environment. At this age we encourage children during activities and meal times to be a little more independent by showing them how things work and encouraging them to feed themselves under the supervision and support of the room staff .
The Toddler Room is for children from 2 – 3 years, the age in this room can change slightly depending on the child. In some cases children are ready for the Preschool room before they are 3 this can be the case if they have older siblings or both the staff and parents agree the child is ready for the preschool room. In the Toddler Room there is various designated areas of play which is set up based on the interest of the children in the room and are changed as the childrens interests change and develop.
Pre School Room (Year 1 of ECCE Scheme)
Children in the Preschool room age from 3-4 years however some children might start in this room before they turn 3, this depends on the needs of the child and if they are ready.
Although the room offers more structure, there is a strong emphasis on play based and scoial activities. In the room children have a weekly/ monthly theme which is used as a guideline offering them information and education on the world around them. Interest areas are set up based on the children in the room, natural materials and practical life are used through imagination play.
Pre School Room (Year 2 of ECCE Scheme)
Children in the Preschool room age from 4-5 years however some children might start in this room before they turn 4, this depends on the needs of the child and if they are ready.
Similar to the Pre school room for children age 3-4 years, the room offers designated interest areas, as well as reading area. This room offers more structure and sit down table top activities but keeps a strong emphasis on the Childs development through play and language.
A weekly and monthly theme is inplace as a guideline, it is often changed/amended to suit the needs and interests of the children, therefore keeping and developing the Childs interests and vocabulary through both play and organised activities.
In Home from Home Creche, we offer a naíonra preschool session under the ECCE scheme through the Irish language.
A Naíonra is a group of children coming together daily for 3 hours in a pleasant, cheerful and safe environment, under the guidance and supervision of a Stiúrthóir (Leader). The staff structures the environment to ensure all children’s development is catered for, giving the child the opportunity to acquire Irish naturally through the medium of play, which is this particular age group’s chief method of learning.
The Naíonra enables children to acquire Irish as distinct from teaching them in the traditional manner. Children hear Irish being spoken at all times by the Stiúrthóir Naíonra (Naíonra Leader). This method is known as Early Immersion Education (Luath-thumoideachas). With early immersion the child learns through a second language (in this case Irish). The Stiúrthóir understands everything the child says in his/her first language but answers him/her in the second language while also providing him/her with the necessary vocabulary in the second language. The child will begin to use Irish when he is ready to do so, each child at his/her own pace.
ECCE RULES OF QUALIFICATION
If your child turns 3 before the 31st December they will qualify for the ECCE free preschool scheme, if they do not turn 3 until after the 31st December, they can attend the preschool session and you can pay for the service alternatively you can enrol them for the following September under the regulations of the ECCE scheme. Priority will be given to those who qualify for the ECCE scheme.
If your child starts in the preschool and they do not yet qualify for the ECCE scheme they are entitled to the receive the Universal Childcare Subsidy which was introduced in August 2017.
We are an approved service for the NCS scheme. To avail of your entitlement for the scheme please log onto www.ncs.gov.ie and follow the steps. On registering with the scheme you will receive a CHICK code, once you submit the CHICK code to us we can register your child with our service on the NCS scheme and reduction will come into effect on approval.
Childpath is a programme we have implemented which helps you build a unique memory of your child allowing you to monitor, track and analyse the information to improve your child’s learning and development as it happens. You will receive real time instant updates and photo’s as they happen through the day from us on your child’s well-being through your smartphone/tablet or PC.
This is a Quality Development initiative which establishes a cohesive approach to quality across the Early Childhood Education and Care sector in Ireland. We have undertaken this new approach to further enhance our knowledge and the quality of our curriculum and in doing so to better support children’s learning an development in our setting.
The Better Start Access and Inclusion model offers a range of supports to ensure that all children with disabilities can access and fully participate in preschool.
The Broader aim of Better Start is to bring coordination, cohesion and consistency to provision of state funded ECEC quality supports and to work in alignment with statutory ECEC systems
After School Club
We provide a drop off and pick up service from local schools. During holidays and mid-term we bring the children to the beach, Ardgillan Castle and the library making the most of their holiday time.
Kitchen staff are fully qualified on the HACCP system.