CRÈCHE AND MONTESSORI
Our aim at Whitefriar’s Creche and Montessori is to provide your child with a safe, secure, environment, where they can grow and develop at their own pace, and where they are guided and encouraged to reach their full potential. As well as taking care of the basic need and ensuring that they are happy and settled, we offer them a sense of continuity and encourage their independence.
Our staff’s extensive experience and knowledge of childcare, this ensures that your child will have the freedom to grow, learn and explore in safety and encourage their sense of curiosity and adventure. We strive to provide the highest standards of care and education for all children, no matter what their age and ability. Whitefriar’s Creche and Montessori also believes that all children, no matter what their sex, colour, ethnic origin, culture, religion or disability, are entitled to the same high standards of care and education.
Cereal 8:00AM – 9:00AM
Toast 9:00AM – 9:30AM
Lunch 11:30AM – 12:00PM
Fruit & Yogurts 2:30PM – 3:00PM
Sandwiches 4:30PM – 5:00PM
From day one it is important that your child gets the right balance of healthy and nutritious food. This will help your child to start eating the right food early and develop a pattern for life.
Parents of children with special dietary requirements will be asked to provide as much information they can regarding their child’s food.
Parents are also asked not to bring into the créche snacks such as sweets/crisps as this will break their routine of eating at meal times.
Arrangements can be made for special occasions i.e. Birthdays etc. and should be discussed with the Manager of the créche.
Whitefriars After-school provides an afternoon service to school going children aged between 4 to 12 years. During term times we offer a pick-up service from St. Brigids, Warrenmount, St. Enda’s and St. Francis Street CBS. The afternoon session is co-ordinated to include a variety of activities for all age groups. We have art’s and craft’s, messy play, baking, computer games and music activities as standard on all our weekly plans.
We also offer a homework group which is supervised by a qualified member of staff, where we encourage children to problem solve independently but if or when help is needed we can offer it in a supportive way. We limit homework to 30 minutes as interest wanes after this time and children would miss out on other important aspects of the session.
A hot lunch is served daily incorporating a variety of different foods from a 3 week rolling menu. Meal times are a social time where we discuss our plans for the day, share our news and have a general chat as we share the meal together. Children enjoy helping with the setting the table, serving each other and clearing up afterwords. Free play is an important part of our After-school sessions. We have a large selection of toys and games for children to play with and a variety of areas such as dress-up, home corner, construction area and soft area to relax after a structured day of school.
During mid-terms and holidays we open for full days and run camps. These camps include all the activities our After-school sessions provide (less the homework group-hooray). The other activities include outings, party days, cinema days, treasure hunts, trips to the park, obstacle courses and lots more. The camps are run by qualified childcare workers and are charged at very competitive rates.
After homework is done the children are free to play and relax in a safe, secure environment where they can be guided and encouraged to reach their full potential.
As well as taking care of their basic needs and ensuring that they are happy and settled, we will offer them a sense of continuity and encourage their independence.