Our dedicated preschools provide early childhood care and education to children between two and six years.
We have five Early Childhood Development Service (ECDS) centres located in Ballyfermot, South West inner City, Inchicore, North Strand and County Meath.
Our centre in Mosney County Meath works with children whose parents are asylum seekers.
Early education is the first and most
important step toward a successful, self-sufficient future for the children in
our community. The focus of the work is to promote confident, social and
inquisitive children in interacting with and exploring the environment and
their world. School readiness is a strong indicator of long term learning
success and our aim is to work with children and parents so that the child can
begin school happy and confident having experienced a positive preschool
environment. Children attending are provided with opportunities to express
themselves through the media of art, music, sport and child literature in a
learning atmosphere of tolerance, respect and fun.
Child development is supported in numerous ways. Our Centres follow a play based curriculum, are Siolta accredited (the national quality framework for early years services) and follow the Aistear curriculum. Our professionally trained staff use Child Observational Records which support the child’s development in confidence, competence and creativity throughout his or her placement. These assessments provide ongoing observation in developmental areas such as movement and music, maths and science, language and communication. Child development assessments lead to early detection of additional needs and appropriate plans for intervention and support for the child are made through onward referrals to appropriate services when required such as Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Assessment of need,etc.
As a professional organisation we work under best practice guidelines and legislation which strives to protect the rights and welfare of children. Parents are supported and included through the provision of parenting programmes, educational talks, parents advisory committees, family fun days, sports days and open days.
The DoCCFS are committed to research and evaluation of our Services. To achieve this, we need your co-operation and participation. This will help us to improve our services and support the children and families that we work with. You will be asked to complete a detailed questionnaire which will allow us to measure the effectiveness of the work that we do with your child.
Children attending our Centres receive a range of nutritionally healthy snacks throughout the day.
Places are allocated based on need and age. A selection committee which may consist of a Public Health Nurse, Social Worker, Speech & language therapist, local agency and a member of staff allocate places. Fees vary per centre, for further information please contact the centre manager. An application form can be downloaded here and can be posted or hand delivered to a centre in your area.