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.
Childcare Services 2018.
In January 2018 we had 70 children attending our service. In February all core Childcare practitioners who are key working children held one to one meetings with parents in February in relation to their child’s progress and development. 65 families availed of this opportunity. In February an application was made to AIM (Access and Inclusion Model) for level 7 supports for a child with additional needs in Playgroup room in conjunction with the parent. This was followed by a visit from an Early Years Advisor from Better Start. During 2018 approximately 3-4 meetings were held with Better start in relation to children with additional needs. Meetings were also held with the children’s parents in relation to AIMS process and later in the year in relation to the child’s progress and development. An Early Years Capital funding application was submitted to Pobal on line at the beginning of March. An application was made for €20,000 which was to treat damp areas and re paint all of the childcare corridor / play rooms/ bathrooms and kitchen. A part of this application also included funding for storage shelves in the childcare rooms. In May we found out that this application was not successful.
61 children attended Easter camp over a 2 week period in April 2018. The camp was run from 9.30am -1.30pm for 4 days x 2 weeks over the Easter period. Children were divided up into two groups according to age .Camp activities included Easter crafts, Sports day, cooking activities etc.
In April AIMS funding was received for a child with additional needs in playgroup room. In June, another application was made for level 8 funding under AIMS to support inclusion of child with additional needs in Toddler room (for September 2018). On 6/6/18 Súgradh childcare received their TUSLA Inspection (Collette Ryan.) a few small Non -compliances . All of these issues have been addressed and evidence submitted to TUSLA.
Week 3 and week 4 of Summer Camp ran with approximately 19 children attending both camps. Camp ran from 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday. Activities included arts and crafts, trips to Kennedy Park, clay, sports Day, Disco, Football Skills, Bench Ball. Week 1 and week 4 of Summer Camp were cancelled due to lack of numbers
On 25/9/18 we had 77 children registered in our service (23 children in playschool, 20 in Playgroup, 15 in Toddler room, 11 in Little Tots, 2 new children in the Afternoons and 6 After schools. Toddler room is now taking an extra 6 children on Thursday and Fridays. Also in September, the water quality in Súgradh childcare centre was tested and all lead, e coli, bacteria etc. are within normal levels www.safewater.ie.
There was an Environmental Health Office inspection on 14/9/18 inspecting the temperature of the fridges, number of toilets on the premises, re heating food policies and records and hand washing facilities in childcare. Everything was fine apart from the fridge temperature in playschool. It read 7 degrees Centigrade and should be below 5 degrees and was immediately remedied . It was also recommended that the centre continue with staff training in Food Hygiene so there is now one person qualified in each room.
Halloween Camp ran for 4 days over Halloween Mid Term from 9.30am to 1.30pm. 20 children attended the camp and activities included Halloween arts and crafts, ball games, Spooky Cinema.
In November, another application for support under AIMS Level 5 was made for a piece of equipment (electronic changing table) for child with additional needs to help staff member with lifting and changing child. This was successful.
On 3/12/18 we had 80 children registered in our service (72 in preschool and 8 After schools).