The Sugradh Childcare Centre
Sugradh Childcare Centre is a community based childcare centre which provides a high quality, accessible and affordable childcare service to children and their families in the community. We have four childcare rooms:-
Age group: We take children from 12 months to 5 years.
Opening Hours: half day -9am – 1.30/ 2 pm. Full day 9-5 pm-dependant on demand.
Currently, depending on demand the centre is open for 51 weeks of the year. We close for a 1 week at Christmas.
FEES: Fees vary according to each family’s individual circumstances. (see below). Half day and full day rates are available.
The Community Childcare Subvention Scheme (CCSS) was replaced by the CCS in September 2010. The CCS programme allows eligible parents to access reduced childcare costs at participating community childcare services. The CCS continues to be restricted to community/not-for-profit childcare services.
The CCS Scheme continues to support disadvantaged parents and provides support for parents in low paid employment and training or education. The changes from the CCSS are as follows:
- Band A has been expanded to include parents on Family Income Support (FIS).
- Band A parents who are in receipt of Job Seekers Benefit/Assistance receive subvention for a maximum of five hours of childcare per day, or 2.5 days per week. (known as Band AJ)
- Band B includes low income working parents above the FIS threshold, for example parents holding medical or GP visit cards.
- Subsidies range from €95 for a full week and €50 for a part time space.
ECCE: We also offer free childcare places under the Free Pre School Year Scheme.
The Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ECCE) provides a free year of early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. In general, children are eligible for the ECCE scheme if they are aged over 3 years 2 months and less than 4 years 7 months on 1 September of the year that they will be starting. The upper age limit can be extended in some cases.
The State pays a capitation fee to participating playschools and day-care services. In return, they provide a pre-school service free of charge to all children within the qualifying age range for a set number of hours over a set period of weeks. In Sugradh Childcare Centre we offer 3 hours free preschool five days a week for 38 weeks a year to all children in the year before they attend primary school.
In general, children only qualify for ECCE in one school year. However, a child who has been assessed as having a disability may be able to spread their free pre-school year over 2 years.
We are inspected yearly by the HSE and a copy of our latest report is available for all to read on our training notice board in the childcare corridor.
Maintenance and Development of Existing Services.
Sugradh Childcare Centre applied and was accepted to participate in the CETS Scheme. Contracts were signed in January 2014. Our HSE Inspection Report was received on 6th March 2014. We were inspected on 7th August 2013. A few minor issues need addressing (see report). This report is now available on line at www.pobal.ie.
In February on the 13th and 14th the Childcare Centre closed due to storms/ no electricity/ no water. During Easter we ran Camp for 2 weeks during the Easter Holidays. 45 children attended during this period. The Camps ran from 9.30-1.30 pm and cost €40 per child. We continued to receive new bookings in childcare during the next 6 months (3 bookings in April, 1 new booking for after schools).
During May/June we were short staffed in childcare as childcare staff had to take holidays before the summer period. We also had some staff off sick and one childcare CE worker finished. On 8th May we received a compliance visit from Pobal in relation to ECCE and CCS. All records/ parent contracts and documentation were checked. Pobal asked that in the future we need to state on all parent contracts and camp leaflets that Summer Camps are ‘optional extras’. Subsequently, we received an e mail from Pobal in relation to our compliance visit stating that we were compliant in all matters relating to ECCE and CCS Scheme.
Playschool children went to the Play Barn, New Ross on Friday 30th May on their school tour. Playschool graduation took place on Friday 20th June with 24 children graduating. On Monday 23rd June childcare appraisals were carried out with all staff. Also in May, Parents from our Parent and Toddler group attended an information session in Play zone Wexford organisied by Wexford County Childcare which was facilitated by a Speech and Language Therapist and Community Dietician. At the end of May the Parent and Toddler group visited Secret Valley Farm. The Group finished up for the summer on 24th June.
During the summer months of July and August we opened 2 childcare rooms and 15- 18 children attending most days. Most childcare staff worked 2 or 3 days a week during the summer months. They had to sign on for the remainder of the time. A very successful Summer Camp ran for 4 weeks in July. 99 children attended, 50 of which were in the target group (31 girls and 19 boys). In September, we were short staffed in childcare due to difficulties recruiting under the CE scheme, staff sickness and holidays etc.
In September 2014, we had 76 children booked in for the year. Bookings are up on last year. 20 new children started in September this year. We still had spaces remaining in Toddler room, Little Tots and during the afternoons. In September 2014, Pat O Brien volunteered to run the Parent and Toddler Group every Tuesday. Roisin Assinder who was running the group before the summer holidays is now working in the childcare rooms. In September/ October we had XX in the Parent and Toddler Group. In October, Pat o Brien finished up volunteering with the parent and toddler group as she was successful in gaining employment. The group is now facilitated by Jacinta Cruise and Grace Browne.
Also in September, Liam Walsh re painted the Snake at the front of the building so children can walk safely from the car park to the front door. Discussions took place around setting up a panel to cover vacancies in childcare due to illness, maternity cover etc. This lead to an internal and external panel of childcare staff being set up. Garda David Ryan visited Sugradh Childcare Centre on 3rd October and the children learnt about road safety that week. The Fire brigade visited Sugradh Childcare Centre on 9th October. An Action Breast Cancer fundraiser took place on 9th Oct.
Halloween Camp ran from 28th October 2014 – 31st October 2014 with 25 children attending. Between October and November 4 new children started, 2 in childcare and 2 in After Schools.
On 1st, 2nd and 3rd December children in Sugradh Childcare Centre visited Santa in his Grotto. A Christmas Jumper fundraiser was held on 10th December and Playschool and Playgroups Christmas concert was held in Ramsgrange Church on 18th December. Toddler Room and Little Tots also had a get together/ sing song on the 19th December. Parents were invited back to the centre for tea/ coffee after both concerts. Our yearly Christmas Raffle was greatly supported by parents. Parents in the Childcare Sub Committee met to put food hampers together (food items donated by parents).