Our Childcare Programme provides a full range of Services for children from 3-months to 11 Years.

At MFRC, we use an online app in each room called Child Paths. This app allows parents to log into a family account to access information about their child’s daily activities, meals, nappy changes etc. which is kept up to date by staff. We also upload photos of the children engaged in various activities and observations on each child. Parents can send messages to staff via the app, and can also upload photos to their child’s profile.

We have found Child Paths to be a great tool in fostering good communication between parents and staff, children and parents and also children and staff. Parents can access information pertaining to their child only, and any data stored is kept according to our confidentiality policy. At MFRC, we pay a monthly subscription fee for each family, so it doesn’t cost the parents anything.

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Our Crèche room caters for children from 3 months to 2.5 years old. Here the children are provided with 2 meals, breakfast before 9:30, and a cooked lunch at 12 pm, depending on their booked times. Parents are asked to provide a healthy snack for 3pm, and any additional snacks during the day.

We operate a play-based curriculum influenced by Aistear, which makes learning fun and activities are planned based on the children’s emerging interests and age/stage of development.

The Children are given plenty of opportunities for free play with a range of different toys, outdoor play as well as age appropriate Art and Craft Activities, Messy Play, Sand and Water etc.

We strive to follow as closely as possible, the routine already established at home, as regards nap times and feeds.

The Ratios for this room are as follows:

Babies (3 months – 1 Year) 1 Adult : 3 Babies / Wobblers (1 Year – 2.5 Years) 1 Adult : 5 Wobblers

Our Daycare room caters for children from 2 years to 3 years. Here the children are provided with 3 meals, breakfast before 9:30, a snack at 10:30, and a cooked lunch at 12:10, depending on their booked times. Parents are asked to provide a healthy snack for 3pm, and any additional snacks during the day.

We operate a play-based curriculum influenced by Aistear, which makes learning fun and activities are planned based on the children’s emerging interests and age/stage of development.  The Children are given plenty of opportunities for free play with a range of different toys, outdoor play as well as age appropriate Art and Craft Activities, Messy Play, Sand and Water etc.

There is also an area where children can nap if required, on low level beds.

The Ratios for this room are as follows:
1 Adult : 6 Children

Our Junior Preschool room caters for children aged 2.8 years to 3.5 years, most of whom avail of free preschool as part of the ECCE scheme. Junior Preschool is designed for children who are on their first of 2 preschool years. During the preschool years children learn independence, and emotional and social skills which help them to be ready for the transition of going to school. MFRC provides a morning snack for the children at 10:30.

We operate a play-based curriculum influenced by Aistear, which makes learning fun and activities are planned based on the children’s emerging interests and age/stage of development.

The Children are given plenty of opportunities for free play with a range of different toys, outdoor play as well as age appropriate Art and Craft Activities, Messy Play, Sand and Water etc. It is a 3 hour session, running from 9:30-12:30, but additional hours can be booked for Daycare before or after the session. The Ratios for this room are as follows:

1 Adult : 11 Children

Our Senior Preschool room caters for children aged 3.5 years to 5.5 years, most of whom avail of free preschool as part of the ECCE scheme. Senior Preschool is designed for children who are on their second of 2 preschool years, and will be attending school the following year.

During the preschool years children learn independence, and emotional and social skills which help them to be ready for the transition of going to school. MFRC provides a morning snack for the children at 10:30. We operate a play-based curriculum influenced by Aistear, which makes learning fun and activities are planned based on the children’s emerging interests and age/stage of development.  The Children are given plenty of opportunities for free play with a range of different toys, outdoor play as well as age appropriate Art and Craft Activities, Messy Play, Sand and Water etc. It is a 3 hour session, running from 9:15-12:15, but additional hours can be booked for Daycare before or after the session. The

Ratios for this room are as follows: 1 Adult : 11 Children

Our Breakfast Club & Afterschools cater for children attending the local primary schools.

Children are given breakfast and then taken to school on our bus, accompanied by a member of our childcare staff. Children are again collected from both schools at their finishing time and taken up to the Centre. They are given a hot lunch on arrival and assisted to do their homework.

We operate a play-based curriculum influenced by Aistear, which makes learning fun and activities are planned based on the children’s emerging interests and age/stage of development.   Children are also given plenty of opportunities for free play with a range of different toys, outdoor play as well as age appropriate Art and Craft Activities, Messy Play, Sand and Water etc.

The Ratios for this room are as follows: 1 Adult : 12 Children

Smart Start Quality Award

Macroom FRC received the Smart Start Quality Award in 2018.

This is a quality programme operated through the National Childhood Network and supported by the HSE. It focuses on Macroom Family Resource Centre becoming a Health Ireland Pre-school Service.

Staff in Macroom FRC have already undertaken training in this programme and we hope to roll it out over the coming months.

The main focus of the programme will involve working with Parents & Children on:
  • Health Promotion
  • Oral Health
  • Nutrition
  • Health & Safety
  • Physical Activity
  • Emotional Well-being

This Programme involved some major changes for our staff who took it in their stride. The preparation for the programme was carried out over a twelve month period by our senior staff prior to launching the programme in June 2018.