Children Centre

state of the art

child care facility

Our Children Centre

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 1yr 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.


Benefits to the Children Centre

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.

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.

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.


The curriculum is play based & age appropriate and planned by our dedicated fully qualified team of childcare professionals. We adhere to the principles of Siolta the National Quality Framework. All planning is based on the needs and interests of the children in our care. Activities on offer are planned using Aistear’s themes, aims and learning goals. These are divided into four main areas Well Being, Identity & Belonging, Communication & Exploring & Thinking.


Listowel Family Resource Children’s Centre is notified to the Child and Family Agency that we are providing childcare services. We are inspected regularly by the Child and Family Agency’s Early Years Inspection Team and we comply fully with the Pre-School Regulations as set out in the Child Care (Pre-School Services) (No 2) Regulations 2006 and the Child Care (Pre-School Services) (No 2) Amendment Regulations 2016. Our most recent inspection took place from the 24th & 25th July 2017.

Hours of Opening

Children’s Centre opens Monday to Friday at 8.45am and closes at 5.30pm

We offer sessional, half sessional, part-time or full-day care as required


Our Crèche caters for children from 1yr to three years of age and can care for up to 12 children at any one time. Crèche operates from 8.45am-5.30pm daily providing part time or full day care. New parents & caregivers are welcome to stay and help their child feel comfortable and settled.

Our Crèche provides a warm, welcoming environment for children, parents and caregivers. There is a lot of indoor and outdoor space for children to explore and investigate their surroundings. A wide range of suitable toys and resources are available for your child each day. We believe in providing quality interactions between your child, their peers and the Crèche team. The bright, child-friendly surroundings will encourage your child to feel safe and secure quickly.

Facilities we Provide

Babies and young children are active learners and will develop and learn when activities are play based and fun. Every day water, sand, play dough, role play & dress up, arts & crafts, music & movement, outside play, story time and many more activities and learning opportunities are to be enjoyed by your child.

We provide all the facilities that your child requires for playing, learning, eating, resting and sleeping.

Junior Pre-School

Junior Pre-School was established in September 2013. The aim of the Junior Pre-School is to support and encourage children to transition, at their own pace, from Crèche to Pre-School within the Children’s Centre.

Junior Pre-School operates

Times: 8:45am to 12:45pm daily

Flexibility for parents offering sessional or part-time care

Junior Pre-School can cater for up to 16 children at any one time


Pre-school starts at approximately three years. Our trained Pre-School staff develops each child’s reading, writing and numeracy through our extensive curriculum and development programmes. Our aim is to provide the children with a sound educational grounding and to ensure they enter school happy and confident.

Pre-School operates daily:

Morning Session: 8:45am to 12:45pm

Afternoon Session: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Flexibility for parents providing sessional, part-time and full-time care.

Pre-School can cater for up to 20 children at any one time.


The Afterschool Service caters for children who are attending primary school and operates from 1:45pm to 5:30pm daily providing half sessional and sessional care.

Our Afterschool Service is a home away from home for your child. Our professional service includes a diverse programme which allows children to thrive in a stimulating yet warm and welcoming environment. Our relaxed, yet carefully designed curriculum will meet the needs of each individual child.


Children are supported in doing their homework daily. We take into account the manner in which individual children learn, and encourage a positive attitude towards homework. Children are encouraged to learn good habits and take responsibility for doing their homework. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that the homework is completed daily. There is allocated time for homework followed by play and activities.


Our activities are centred on areas such as arts and crafts, indoor/outdoor sports, group and individual games, reading, sand/water play, dress up, imaginary play, computers, football, drama and cookery, organised outings and group projects. Our secure outdoor area ensures each child gets the opportunity to be outdoors daily. The children are involved in designing activity plans which ensures that the programme is child led.


Children attending local schools are collected by bus and transported to Listowel Family Resource Centre. Children can either be collected by parents at the end of the day or safely taken home by bus. A staff member always travels on the bus. All staff have ‘Passenger Assist’ training completed.


We provide childcare during school holidays (Halloween Break, Easter Break, Mid-terms, Summer Holidays) in the form of camps for older children and a School Readiness Programme for pre-school age children. We combine structured educational sessions with fun and games.

The emphasis on all our Camps is on taking part. Our daily programme is designed to ensure excitement, fun and variety in each day. We are proud of our camps, they have been tried and tested and we know that our programme will offer your child a very worthwhile experience.