No one has yet fully realised the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.– Emma Goldman, Author
Our Children’s Centre is a purpose-built, state of the art child care facility. We offer a warm homely setting, with a secure enclosed outdoor facility for extended play and learning. This allows us to provide support and childcare for children aged from 6 months to 12 years.
Listowel Family Resource Children’s Centre aims for the highest quality of childcare that provides a warm, safe and secure environment where each child is supported in their development. We work with parents/caregivers and value our parents as partners in the Children’s Centre. We promote the holistic development of children. We appreciate each child is unique and endeavour to help each child reach their full potential.
Family Support/Holistic Approach
Here in Listowel Family Resource Children’s Centre we believe that quality early childhood care and education must value and support the role of parents. Open, honest and respectful partnership with parents is essential in promoting the best interests of the child. Mutual partnership contributes to establishing harmony and continuity between the diverse environments the child experiences in the early years. The development of connections and interactions between the early childhood setting, parents, the extended family and the wider community also adds to the enrichment of early childhood experiences by reflecting the environment in which the child lives and grows.
Hours of Opening
- Children’s Centre opens Monday to Friday at 8.45am and closes at 5.15pm
- We offer sessional, part-time or full-day care as required
- Our Afterschool’s service commences at 1.50pm until 5.30pm offering sessional and half sessional options
Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity. – Kay Redfield Jamison
We operate according to the National Síolta Quality Standard and the Aistear Framework.
Síolta is designed to define, assess and support the improvement of quality across all aspects of practice in early childhood care and education settings where children aged birth to six years are present.
Aistear is the new curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland. It gives information to help plan for and provide enjoyable and challenging learning experiences so that all children can grow and develop as competent and confident learners.
Aistear uses four themes to outline children’s learning and development. These themes connect and overlap with each other:
- Identity and Belonging
- Exploring and Thinking
We pride ourselves on our child friendly, professionally qualified childcare staff that are trained to ensure the needs of all children are met.
All Childcare staff are:
- Garda Vetted and reference checked
- Have a minimum of Fetac Level 5
- Childcare Team Leaders have qualifications ranging from Fetac Level 6 to BA Degrees in Early Childhood Care & Education
- First Aid and Child Protection trained
- Operating to the highest standards observing our policies & procedures at all times to ensure the safety & wellbeing of all children in our care
- Dedicated to providing a home from home experience of learning & nurturing for every child in our care.
- Knowledgeable on the ethos of family support
Food and Nutrition
We believe well balanced and nutritious food is necessary for proper development of children. Children’s medical and personal dietary requirements are respected and will be catered for on an individual basis. We provide breakfast, hot lunch and healthy substantial snacks in all areas of our Children’s Centre.
Daily menus are carefully planned to be as nutritious, tasty & healthy for all the children in our care. Meals are continuously rotated over a 3 week period affording your child ample opportunity to experience various tastes. We also add new meals as recommended or as we see nutritious and beneficial to the children.
Our meals are prepared in house from the best quality of meat, poultry, fish and fresh vegetables delivered from local suppliers. All food served has low or no added sugar & salt. Our menu follows the Food & Nutrition Guidelines for Pre-School Services recommended by the Department of Health and Children.