Catkins Early Years Education Service provides a home away from home in a safe secure nurturing environment.
Catering for children aged from 4 months upwards – Baby crèche, Toddlers, Preschool, Montessori and after school rooms.
We provide optimum learning benefits for your child, incorporating Siolta, Aistear, & Montessori curriculums, maximising numeric and literacy skills whilst having fun!
We have highly trained Qualified Childcare Professionals.
Ali McKeon, Childcare Manager
Paula Garry, Play Leader in Baby Room & Assisting Manager
Una Mulvihill, Montessori Room Leader & Afterschool Room Leader
Mary Rogers, Junior Pre-School
Sandra Flaherty, Creche Cook
We offer a drop in service for parents who need care for children on a once off or at short notice. Large discounts to parents in receipt of social welfare payments through the Community Childcare Subvention Scheme. Free childcare places available through the ECCE scheme.
Catkins runs under Siolta – the National Framework for Early Childhood Education. This nurtures optimum learning benefits for your child, maximising numeracy and literacy abilities.
|Name of Setting||Catkins Early Years Education & Afterschool Service|
|Address||Willow House, Ardnacassa Avenue, Longford Town. Longford.|
|Contact Person||Ali McKeon|
|Position in Setting||Childcare Manager|
|Contact Telephone Number(s)||043 3341511 / 085 8007252|
Description of Setting
|Type of Setting||Full Day Care, Part Time, Sessional & Drop In Service|
|Community or Private||Community Service|
|Curriculum or programme being followed||Siolta National Quality Framework & Aistear Early Years Curriculum Framework|
|Number of weeks open||50|
Adult/ Child Ratio
|3-6 Years (sessional)||1:11|
Our Baby Room
Our Baby Room strives to be a “home away from home”. We understand how hard it can be for parents and guardians to hand over the care of their baby for the first time. Our dedicated and experienced staff try to make this adjustment an easy as possible. We provide a personal level of attention and care to all babies in our care.
We provide diaries, updated daily that detail your baby’s activities, nutrition, sleeping, nappy changes, medical administration allowing you to monitor your baby’s routine closely. As your child grows and develops we will ensure that your baby’s routine changes with their needs.
Babies in our care enjoy fun and exciting days that include sand, art, water play, singing, messy play, sensorial play etc. we also aim to go outdoors with the babies every day for some time.
Our experienced, qualified staff work in conjunction with parents. Our baby room has a separate sleep room from their play room. The sleep room is the place where each child has their own cot. This room offer a soothing, calm, atmosphere where your baby may nap as they need it.
The play room, in contrast, provides a colourful and stimulating environment, where there is a vast variety of age appropriate toys and equipment which will meet every baby’s overall developmental needs in a homely, cosy environment.
Our Junior Pre-School Room
The primary challenge for a child at this stage is to develop advanced communication skills and to explore social and behavioural boundaries. Catkins supports and facilitates this development by providing a more structured environment while at the same time encouraging each child to express his own personality through imaginative and creative play. In our junior pre-school room your child’s vocabulary will increase, your child will start to put sentences together instead of just words. At catkins we constantly encourage language development through various fun activities. Our curriculum strives to challenge each individual child and to promote self-esteem, concentration and positive behaviour. In the Junior Pre- School room the staff work closely with each child to prepare them for the more advanced ECCE environment. We enjoy open communication with parents; we provide detailed report forms for each child in our care as well as Monthly observation and developmental reports.
Our ECCE Rooms
The ECCE Scheme offers 3hour per day, free preschool service for age appropriate children. Our current ECCE hours are 9:30-12:30. We also offer additional hours at a rate of €5 per hour depending on availability & this must be booked in advance.
Our ECCE scheme is incorporated into both our ECCE rooms, ensuring that all children have ample opportunity to develop holistically and are confident and school ready at the end of their time at Catkins. A Key workers system is implemented where staff members are assigned to children at the start of term and work with these children carrying out observations and planning from emerging interests for them. Children enjoy a full programme of planned and spontaneous activities each day. The ECCE preschool concentrates on flexible child centred enjoyable group time where each child is encouraged to take part in singing, rhymes etc.
Outdoor play is part of our daily routine for all children in our service and this is an opportunity for children to exercise, form social connections and play large muscle games. We have two large gardens covered in a variety of surfaces ensuring children are safe while running and playing in the outdoors. We have designated areas outdoors where children can freely choose what and where they would like to play.
Our Afterschool Service
We cater for children from junior infants to 6th Class in our Afterschool service. We are open from 1:30 to 5:30 Monday to Friday. Children from all local schools can attend & we offer a collection service from the Gael Scoile, St. Eimears, St. Micahels, St. Josephs & Melview.
The children will have 45 mins supervised homework time assisted by our staff. Parents are asked to check and sign their child’s homework when they get home as staff are not responsible for homework completion. Children will also have a hot dinner & snacks provided every day.
Children in our afterschool service will have time to go outdoors every day after school to play, or relax indoors with a variety of age appropriate activities for them to participate in.