What is a childcare Provider?
A Childcare Provider is someone who offers a childcare service to families over a designated period of time each day. This service is usually carried out in a centre or room purposely and solely used for the childcare & education service. A childcare provider will implement a daily curriculum in their work with the children. Types of curricula that may be implemented include; Montessori, Play Based, High Scope, Steiner/Waldorf and Naoinrai.

What type of Childcare service may a Provider choose to offer?
1. Full day care: the pre-school service is offered to pre-school children for more than 5 hours per day.
2. Part-time day care: the pre-school service is offered to pre-school children for a total of more than 3.5 hours and less than 5 hours per day.
*Both Full day and Part-time day care services may also include a sessional pre-school service for children not availing of the full day care service
3. Sessional Service: the pre-school service is offered to pre-school children for not more than 3.5 hours per day.
4. Pre-school service in a drop-in centre: the pre-school service offers day care which is used exclusively on an intermittent basis.
5. School Aged Childcare: the service cares for children who are of school going age. This may be for a time in the morning before school begins, in the afternoon after-school or/and school holidays.

*A pre-school child is a child aged between 0-6 years or a child who is not yet attending National School

Type of curricula being offered in these services may include:
  • Playgroup:¬†this type of service will follow a play based curriculum, whereby learning is supported through based on Play activities
  • Montessori: these services will follow a curriculum based on the theory of Maria Montessori. Didactic materials are used in the process of learning in a planned environment.
  • High Scope: “Plan – do – review” is central to the high scope curriculum, with an emphasis on learning to problem solve, and sharing/listening to others.
  • Naionrai: similar to the playgroup curriculum but incorporates the irish language into the daily plan.
  • Steiner/Waldorf: the aim of Steiner/Waldorf curriculum is to educate the whole child, “head, heart and hands”. The curriculum balances academic subjects with artistic and practical activities