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Charleville Community Childcare CLG, 

Broad Street, 


Co. Cork. 

Date: 26th March 2020 


RE:  COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update to Our Parents 26th March 2020. 

Dear Parent/Guardian, 

I hope that you are all staying safe and well. 

As you know, the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic continues to evolve and our Taoiseach addressed the nation on St. Patrick's night on the seriousness of the situation. I am writing to give you an update on our current scenario here in the setting. We are missing having the children here every day and we are looking forward to having them back with us as soon as it is safe to do so. 

For now we have closed the service as per the direction from the Taoiseach. 


Parents will not be charged fees for the closure due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We will be following the government guidelines as to when it will be safe to reopen. 

What can be done to prevent infection?
It is vitally important that we do everything we can to prevent the spread of infection:   

  • Frequently wash hands by using soap and water. We have been using the Safefood Rufus character to help children with hand washing. 

  • Practice good respiratory hygiene i.e. when coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Again, your children will be familiar with this from the setting. 

  • Maintain social distancing i.e. leave at least 2 metres (6 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever. 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth – if you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.

  • Avoid eating under-cooked or uncooked meat and eggs.

  • For now avoid taking the children to see Grandparents or older relatives as this could expose them to the virus.   

  • As this is an evolving situation, keeping an eye on the HSE COVID-19 (coronavirus) page and the Health Protection Surveillance Centre COVID-19 (coronavirus) page for up to date information. Please only use recognised sites for information updates as we have seen the panic that can be caused by incorrect information on social media.  

The best way for you to ensure that your child is safe is to support effective hand washing practices with your child and ensure they are followed at all times. We have also encouraged these practices in our service.  

Some ideas to keep your children engaged and calm in the days ahead 
I hope that if you are working from home that it is going well for you. We have attached some ideas below to help with keeping children engaged and calm which we hope will be useful.  

Rest assured that we are also keeping up to date with the most recent information and guidance from the HSE, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Early Childhood Ireland. We will stay in contact with you over the coming weeks as the situation evolves.  We will be following Government directions as to when we can reopen safely.  

Our biggest concern is to keep everyone healthy and safe. 

Yours sincerely, 

Elaine Mc Carthy and Noreen Keane. 

Centre Managers.


Resources for parents of young children 

Up-to-date ebooks – for free! From all public libraries! 

If you or your child is not already a member of your local public library, now is the time to join! And if you are a member, but don’t use Borrow Box, there has never been a better time to start.  Borrow Box provides eBooks and audio books for free to your phone or other device without having to leave your home. The app has books for children and for young adults. 

You may know that library branches are closed to patrons due to Covid-19, but you and your children can now join the library online and use Borrow Box straight away!  Go to, complete the registration, set a PIN, and you’ll be able to log into Borrow Box and start downloading eBooks and audio books for free.  

Engaging with your baby or young children at home through play 

Parents are the most important people in their children's early lives.  Ireland’s National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, which advise the Government on education in Ireland, produced resources with lots of ideas, suggestions and practical examples of how parents can support their children's learning and development in the early years. 

You’ll find the information here: 

The information is for children aged: 

0-18 months; 12 months to 3 years; 2 ½ to 6 years. 

The good news is that the resources are available in 8 languages: English, Gaeilge; Polski, Francais, Chinese (中国语言), Russian (Pусский), Português and Romanian. 

Remember, play helps your young child learn many new skills and ideas and build new information about how the world works. And very importantly, play is a fun way for your child to do all this. Enjoy playing together!



For more up to date information, please go to our facebook page


September 2020 

You may have seen some of the changes to the outside of the childcare centre from our photos on Facebook, but unless you have returned to us for the summer, you may not know what changes we have made inside the childcare centre. 
Most of the changes are for parents/guardians. We are trying to make the changes as seamless as possible for children. Children who attended our centre up to March 12th 2020 will be familiar with washing their hands regularly and encouraged to practice respiratory hygiene in an age and stage appropriate manner. Play, fun, learning and socialising are of utmost importance as well as familiar faces and COVID-19 related safety. 
Before re-opening, each staff member completed COVID-19 training as well as other webinars and courses.  
For our initial re-opening on June 29th 2020:
- One room is a ‘pod’. 
- Each pod has its own indoor/outdoor play area. 
- Each pod is operating with the same children each week with the same staff. 
- Each pod has their own supply of learning resources and toys.
Each pod is accessed by its own designated door and ground markers for queuing. A one way system is operating with a divider barrier in the archway. 
- We have staggered drop off and collection times.
- A maximum of one adult per child is allowed for drop off and collection - the adult who drops off can be different to the adult who collects as long as they are named on the application form. 
- Each child washes their hands upon arrival with a staff member and again prior to departure. 
- Essential items only from home are allowed (specific details are e-mailed to parents/guardians prior to attending the childcare centre). 
- Indoor shoes are worn by childcare staff and children, inside the childcare centre. 
- We are required to maintain a contact log of the staff, children, people who drop off children and people who collect children for HPSC contact tracing.
- Children who are unwell should not be brought to the childcare centre. Children who become unwell during their childcare day must be collected immediately after a phone call is received from the office. 
- Social distancing should be observed between adults. 
- If parents/guardians are early, do not enter the centre early. 
Parents/guardians are asked to limit the amount of time interacting at the door. 
Parents/guardians are asked not to enter the childcare buildings. 
- Access to reception/office is by an intercom / buzzer - parents are asked to make an appointment in advance where possible (parents/guardians are required to wear your own PPE during any meetings). 
- For queries that are not urgent, parents/guardians are asked to phone the office (063-81498) or e-mail
- We are planning to re-open for the new childcare year on Monday the 31st of August 2020 (to be confirmed).
- Fees are paid by internet banking where possible (details are sent to parents/guardians prior to attending the childcare centre).
- The First5 initiative is an excellent resource for all. 
- The pram/buggy/car seat area is closed.
- Extra time and staffing is provided for extra cleaning during the day and at the end of each day after children have finished.
- Extra hygiene supplies and PPE are available for staff. 
- Parents/guardians must sanitise their hands prior to pressing a doorbell, buzzer or opening a gate. 
- Parents/guardians are required to agree to the changes and complete two COVID-19 related forms before availing of the services of the childcare centre. This information is sent out by e-mail to avoid contact in the office. 
If a child was availing of a scheme up to March 12th 2020, this scheme can be reinstated from June 2020 for the summer. Parents/guardians are asked to agree to the schemes by e-mail to avoid contact in the office. 
- Some forms are online on our website



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 Santa's Visit!

 The Child and Family Education Centre, Broad Street, Charleville had a well anticipated visit from Santa on Friday 11th December. Santa’s Workshop was set up over the previous week by Santa’s helpers and elves to cater for up to 150 children. Santa started the day by visiting the Creche, the Junior Montessori Class, the Senior Montessori Classes and the After-school children in the evening. Each child received a free gift from Santa. The children spent time helping Mrs. Claus with the Christmas baking in Santa’s Workshop as well as doing arts and crafts. Photos of Santa’s Workshop can be seen on the childcare’s facebook page Santa brought mulled wine, hot mince pies, tea and coffee for the parents. While Santa was busy visiting the younger children in their classrooms, the Senior Montessori Classes performed carol singing with the help of their teachers. The Charleville Child & Family Education Centre would like to thank Santa and all the staff whose hard work resulted in a hugely successful day.


We are now taking bookings for September for the Creche / Playroom, Montessori classes and After-school. If you wish to contact the Centre, please ring 063 81498 Monday – Friday. The Childcare Centre wishes parents and staff a very merry Christmas. 


Another Successful Graduation Day in The Child & Family Education Centre!

The end of our Montessori year culminated in a graduation ceremony held over two days. The children performed a concert for their parents, grandparents and family members under a large marquee in the childcare. During the interval, while the children put on their graduation hats and gowns, the Manager thanked the parents and staff for their continued support throughout the year. The parents brought traditional foods, both sweet and savoury, as well as cakes, quiches and sandwiches prepared onsite by Broad Street Restaurant. We have freshly made bread every day and our range of baking includes apple/ rhubarb tarts, deserts and queen cakes (all baked onsite and can be made to order in the restaurant). The weather held up long enough for the families to take lovely graduation pictures and to spend time with other families.


We have a Crèche / Playroom, Montessori rooms and Afterschool. We have a qualified speech and drama teacher. We provide Afterschool homework support to children. The Centre manager would like to wish all of the children, parents and staff an enjoyable summer. 


 Charleville Child & Family Education Centre:

 Winner of the Mayor’s Community Award 2015

We are delighted to announce Charleville Child & Family Education Centre, Broad Street, Charleville, is the winner of the Mayor’s Community Award 2015. The Centre had been shortlisted for the Award in May 2015 by Cork County Council. The Centre was up against other community services in the North Cork area. The Manager of the company was presented with a beautiful Cork Crystal award and a certificate recognising the hard work and achievements of the Centre, presented by Cllr. Alan Coleman, Mayor of the County of Cork. Cork County Council have supported the company from the beginning, over 19 years ago, by providing a house to the company in 1996 to launch a pilot Childcare Centre which was very successful. The company expanded according to the needs of the area and they constructed a purpose built building for the Child and Family Education Centre in 2001 providing a Crèche, Montessori School, After School, Summer and Easter Camps. The Centre caters for children from 6 months to 12 years. The Childcare services and facilities include an outdoor play area, a newly built indoor / outdoor play area, qualified Montessori teachers, qualified staff to Level 6, 7 and 8, a qualified speech and drama teacher and home-work support in the after-school. Nutritious meals are supplied from Broad Street Restaurant. The Restaurant bakes freshly made bread every day and our range of baking includes apple / rhubarb tarts, cookies, deserts and queen cakes (baking can be ordered by calling 063 81498). Having worked hard in the community for the past 19 years, the purpose built Childcare secured employment locally and provides a quality service to parents in the area. The curriculum for each room, designed by the staff and management, is appropriate for each child’s age and stage of development, following Aistear and Siolta frameworks. The staff are currently working on the end of year graduation where the boys, girls and staff showcase artwork from throughout the year and the boys and girls perform songs in a concert for parents / guardians, grandparents and family. Each year the Broad Street Restaurant provides food and tea / coffee to the families who attend. In 2005 the company purchased the McAuley house on the main street. This is a very valuable service to the people in the Community. In 2013 a retail outlet, named The Flower Pot, (located on the main street in Charleville) was purchased to sell products from the Community Services Garden Centre and provide further employment. The Childcare, now in its 15th year in business, is the only Centre in the area providing reduced Childcare under five schemes including free places under the ECCE scheme. The organisation has grown from strength to strength as a result of wonderful hard working loyal staff and the support of voluntary Directors who have set up meeting rooms available to rent and the Broad Street Restaurant which provides meals to people in the Community. Our services allow people in the community to live, work, eat and shop locally. A huge thank you to the people in the Community who have supported us through the years.



063 81498 

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