Find­ing the per­fect Montes­sori and creche child­care provider

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE -

AS WE en­ter in to the Au­tumn months, par­ents are faced with the task of think­ing ahead and find­ing the per­fect Montes­sori and creche child­care provider. It is no doubt a daunt­ing task, but par­ents need not worry, there are nu­mer­ous fan­tas­tic crèches and Montes­sori schools through­out the county.

Crèches and Montess­sori schools are run by fully qual­i­fied busi­ness own­ers who of­fer a stim­u­lat­ing, lov­ing and secure en­vi­ron­ment for chil­dren, those aged four months and older. We know that in mod­ern times, par­ents are stretched for time, es­pe­cially those work­ing full­time jobs and the value of ser­vices that crèches and Montes­soris pro­vide should not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

Many of the chil­dren pro­vide food, af­ter school care, school drop offs and col­lec­tions, but above all they pro­vide safe, bright en­vi­ron­ment, where chil­dren can be them­selves and thrive in an en­vi­ron­ment fo­cused on their so­cial de­vel­op­ment. The Early Child­hood Care and Ed­u­ca­tion (ECCE) Scheme pro­vides early child­hood care and ed­u­ca­tion for chil­dren of preschool age.

The scheme is of­fered in early years set­tings (pre-schools, Montes­sori’s, crèches, play­groups) for three hours a day, five days a week, 38 weeks of the year. All chil­dren are en­ti­tled to two full aca­demic years on the scheme.

Chil­dren are el­i­gi­ble to start the ECCE scheme in the Septem­ber of the year that they turn three years old and a child turn­ing three this year, can be reg­is­tered now in June in time for Septem­ber. The ECCE scheme eases the fi­nan­cial bur­den on par­ents ahead of their lit­tle one start­ing in ‘big school’. Montes­sori schools are based on sci­en­tific re­search and are child cen­tred schools.

Montes­sori own­ers adopt an ap­proach that val­ues the hu­man spirit and the de­vel­op­ment of the whole child in terms of the phys­i­cal, so­cial, emo­tional and cog­ni­tive de­vel­op­ment. There are nu­mer­ous friendly, pri­vately owned crèches and Montes­soris and many of­fer weekly hourly rates. Of­fer­ing the lat­est equip­ment, ed­u­ca­tional toys, arts and crafts ma­te­ri­als and games.

Créche and Montes­sori school staff go above and be­yond for the chil­dren in their care, giv­ing chil­dren the free­dom to ex­plore in a safe, pre­pared en­vi­ron­ment. Montess­sori schools are fully reg­is­tered with TUSLA and HSE, AMI (As­so­ci­a­tion Montes­sori In­ter­na­tional) and Early Child­hood Ire­land. Early child­hood Ire­land ad­vises vis­it­ing the ser­vice premises and its fa­cil­i­ties be­fore mak­ing the choice to cor­rectly judge the pro­gramme, at­mos­phere and staff health and safety.

Creche and Montes­sori own­ers work in con­junc­tion with par­ents to en­sure their chil­dren’s needs are met. Many of which have out­door play ar­eas en­sur­ing your child gets fresh air, es­pe­cially in the sum­mer time.

The staff in many crèches and Montes­sori schools are up-skilled reg­u­larly and they are al­ways on hand for your child, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ing their aca­demic and so­cial skills.

They are also there for your lit­tle one on dif­fi­cult days and do every­thing from change nap­pies, feed ba­bies, en­cour­age chil­dren and much, much more. Creche work­ers in­stil a love for learn­ing within each child from an early age, which can only help them to thrive fur­ther down the line. Montes­sori schools and crèches are open week­days, usu­ally from around 8 a.m. till around 6 p.m. Most have very lim­ited places re­main­ing for the com­ing school year, so please phone im­me­di­ately your lo­cal creche or Montes­sori school for de­tails.

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