What age can my child start at Kids Klubs?

Kids Klubs Childcare in Kells, Co. Meath offers a full crèche service for children aged 6 months to 12 years.

How do we incorporate Aístear into the pre-school curriculum?

We use the Aims and Learning Goals within the four themes of Aístear to guide the daily and weekly plans for the pre-school children. The Aístear Framework is complimented with a fully qualified Montessori teacher, where contextual learning is a priority. We shy away from repetitive worksheets to provide learning opportunities through play. Playing ‘shop’ creates many opportunities to use mathematical language and understanding, and we learn about letters by going out into the community with a camera and mark-making materials, to find the letters on road signs, car registrations, or drain covers!

What are the adult/child ratios?

The adult/child ratios vary depending on age of child, and length of hours they attend, and whether they are availing of the ECCE. Please see Information Area on premises for current adult/child ratios in accordance with Tusla regulations.

Are Kids Klubs registered with Tusla?

Kids Klubs are notified to Tusla and any other relevant government bodies, including Pobal, the Dept., of Children and Youth Affairs, and the local childcare committees. We are also members of Early Childhood Ireland.

When can/should I visit the creche?

Kids Klubs offers an open door policy, but we would remind you, we are often busy caring for your children, and may not always be able to meet with you at that point. It is recommended you arrange a time to meet the manager /proprietor to view the premises. This enables us to arrange cover for the time we spend with you.

Does Kids Klubs close during the year?

Kells is open all year round and only closes for Bank Holidays. The Dublin branches usually close for a few days over the Christmas and New Year period, depending on the calendar, and bookings. Parents/Guardians are notified well in advance of any closures or changes to opening hours.

What are the opening hours at Kids Klubs?

Kells : 7.00am – 6.30pm
Kids Klubs opens Monday – Friday.

Do siblings/relatives get to spend time together if in different groups?

At Kids Klubs, we value the relationships between children, and encourage quality time together throughout the time they spend with us.

Do Kids Klubs provide any meals and drinks throughout the day?

Kells has a full working kitchen and provides a buffet breakfast of cereal and toast, and an optional fresh daily cooked meal, and a light tea. Additional cost may apply depending on the level of care you choose. For the Dublin branches, families provide the meals/snacks their child will be eating. Each classroom has a fridge and a microwave, and we can store/reheat foods accordingly. Records of all are kept.

Water and milk is supplied throughout the day.

Will I get a copy of your Policies and Procedures?

Upon signing up with Kids Klubs, you will receive a full copy of our current policies and procedures. You are asked to read, sign, date, and return the acceptance slip to say you agree and adhere. If you have any queries about our policies and procedures, we can arrange a time to talk through your concerns.

Throughout the year you will be issued with any updates or amendments. We follow guidelines from Tusla and the local childcare committees when writing our policies and procedures. We also invite parental involvement.

What activities/projects take place at Kids Klubs?

All age groups at Kids Klubs participate in a wide range of activities and fun projects. For the pre-school children we organise “Fantastic Fridays ". Most Fridays a theme is chosen e.g. indoor beach party, camping day, pirate day, where children and staff are encouraged to dress up and enjoy lots of art and fun games. These have become very successful and extremely enjoyable for all involved.

Each pre-school class has a monthly curriculum which is emailed to you at the beginning of the month. The after-school curriculum of activities is posted in the classroom.

What is play?

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) has recognised play as a fundamental right to a child’s development. It is the child’s way of understanding the world around them, and extensive research shows that play is vital for healthy brain development. This brain development is at its peak during the first five years of life.

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