Bundoran Community Childcare provides promotes and operates a community daycare centre for children aged six months to twelve years. We provide affordable, quality childcare, with daycare, pre-school, afterschool services and out of school camps to meet the development needs of children and support parents in Bundoran and surrounding areas.
Bundoran Community Childcare provides a positive environment for the children in the locality to socialise and learn. It allows parents to gain employment or further their education.
The community ethos and structure provides for the care and development of children in our pre-school, daycare and afterschool groups. As the centre is community based we provide our service on a first-come-first served basis, regardless of circumstance. We are registered to offer government subsidised schemes such as the National Childcare Scheme (NCS) and the Early Childhood Care & Education Scheme (ECCE Scheme).
The centre works to the guidance of the recommended Early Childhood Frameworks; Síolta Quality framework and Aistear Curriculum Framework. These frameworks ensure that this setting takes a holistic approach to the care and education of children, and aim to support the child’s well-being, their sense of identity and belonging and provision of somewhere for them to socialise and develop their communication skills.
• Síolta, The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education (CECDE,2006): Is a quality framework for all services working with children 0 – 6 years of age in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) sector in Ireland. It is designed to support all those concerned with the provision of quality early education to participate in a developmental journey towards the improvement and enrichment of children’s experiences in early childhood.
• Aistear: Is a curriculum framework for children from birth to six years. It provides information to help adults plan for and provide enjoyable and challenging learning experiences so that all children can grow and develop as competent and confident learners. Aistear describes the types of learning (dispositions, values and attitudes, skills, knowledge and understanding) that are important for children in early childhood and offers ideas and suggestions on how this learning can be nurtured. Aistear also provides guidelines on supporting children’s learning through partnerships with parents, interactions with others, play and assessment.
Aistear present’s children’s learning and development using the following four themes. These are:
* identity and belonging
*exploring and thinking