Archive for July 2016

Expansion of Free Preschool Year

In October 2015 an announcement by the Department of Children & Youth affairs (DCYA) was made about expanding the free preschool year or Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme.

Unfortunately this has been commonly reported as a second free preschool year. This is not the case. The ECCE scheme has been expanded. So what does that mean?

From September 2016 children can start the ECCE scheme when they are three and stay on it until they start primary school, as long as they are no older than 5 ½ at the end of the preschool year – which is in June. Because a child can’t start before they are three, you can enrol your child in September, January and April depending on their birthday. Here is a simplified chart:

Birth Month Enrolment Month
January – March April
April – August September
September – December January

Please note the following:
Enrolling your child at a preschool in September, January or April is dependent on there being space available. A childcare service is not required to keep spaces available for the January or April intakes. Also remember that if you choose to only send your child to preschool 3 days per week, the service may not have the space to offer you the other 2 days if you decide to send your child more frequently later in the year.

If you wish to check when your child is eligible to start the ECCE scheme, please contact us on 022-49848 or

We currently have a very limited number of ECCE spaces available for this September.

Now Enrolling for September 2016!


We are now taking bookings for September 2016 in:
Baby Room
Toddler room
Toddler Club for ages 2 to 3
ECCE Free Preschool
Afterschool Club

Please contact us on 022-49848 to discuss your childcare needs.

Summer Newsletter

Summer 2016 update

  • Preschool Graduation took place on Friday 17th June, 8 children graduated from Preschool. 6 will start Liscarroll NS in September and 2 will start in Churchtown NS. We wish them all the very best as they head off to Primary School and we know that they have all become confident & competent learners! Many of them will return as After Schoolers in September.
  • Preschool tour to Little Rascals took place on 26th A busload of very excited Preschoolers (and staff!) headed off on a big Mallow Coaches bus to Little Rascals in Mallow. Here we enjoyed 2 hours of play in the soft play centre and enjoyed a hot lunch before returning to crèche tired but happy! A great day out had by all.
  • In May we had our Healthy Ireland Smart Start assessment. This involved the preparation of a portfolio of all the work that was done all year on this programme as well as an assessment by an external assessor. All the hard work paid off and Teach na nOige have been put forward for the Healthy Ireland Smart Start Award. This programme involved a lot of work incorporating Nutrition, Physical Activity, Oral Health, Health & Safety, Health Promotion & Emotional Well being into our curriculum. Well done to the Preschool staff who put so much into this programme and to the parents for your support in following up this work at home. Healthy Ireland will be a big part of our curriculum going forward.
  • We go outside every day so please supply everything your child will need to cope with the unpredictable Irish weather! Also, please ensure a full set of spares is supplied for your child. Please label all items.
  • Reminder re Healthy Eating Policy: Fruit/Veg or low sugar yoghurt only for morning snack please. All children must adhere to this policy from September 2016. It is recommended by the HSE that children use a beaker rather than a bottle after the age of 12 months. 
  • From 29th August 2016, Teach na nOige will be a cash free building. This is for security and governance reasons. Cash fees will no longer be accepted. Payment can be made by cheque / direct debit / internet banking. Please contact the office for the bank details to set up your account in time if you have not already done so.
  • We are no longer accepting clothes collections for recycling. It has become increasingly difficult to get companies to collect/pay for collections. Any other fundraising ideas would be most welcome!