Waterford Childcare Centre

Waterford Childcare Centre


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Big Thank you to Aisling, Sandra and Lulu and all Calvin's friends in Senior Toddlers at the wonderful Waterford Childcare Centre for the lovely hand made get well soon card and present! He was so happy!!😀

Waterford Childcare Centre is a not-for-profit childcare facility. based in the Northern Extension of the Waterford Industrial Estate. We cater for kids of all ages - from new arrivals up to school age children.

The values and standards demonstrated at our centre include an understanding and an acceptance that children, parents, trainees, students, project participants and staff have different needs and expectations. Within the diverse community of the centre, these needs are dealt with in a positive, constructive and caring manner. We build on the uniqueness of the centre knowing that we have encouraged others to emulate our good work. We are pleased to be part of the growth and provision of quality childcare and its associated practises.

Mission: Waterford Childcare Centre provides quality childcare, where each child's individual needs are met in a pro-active, progressive and friendly manner.

Valentine's play in Senior Montes this morning...

Happy Balance Times Day!

Making and sharing our Secret Valentines in Junior Preschool 😍


We are inviting all our centre's parents to sign up to TeachKloud. It's a great compliment to what we do and your child's daily records are now logged on TeachKloud. There are some great supports available to us as practitioners also!

Early Childhood Educators will love this! Top strategies for Inquiry-Based learning in early childhood education and care.

During their recent visit, the students from DSI, St. John's College, joined in some Fundamental Movement challenges, played games with the children, chatted with staff about their work and staff also took part in a Questions & Answers session to assist the students with their Work Practice Module assignment. We thoroughly enjoyed the day!

Celebrating your birthday with your nanny and your cousin - what more could you ask for! Happy Birthday to you!

PJs and pampering! Hope your day was as much fun!

We had a super time with the students from DSI, St. John's College, who toured our centre and joined us for tea and treats. Afterwards we enjoyed an impromptu disco! #addfriendstoyourtea

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Oh! What excitement! Happy Birthday!

As you may be aware the Early Years Alliance (EYA) is organising a national protest which will be held on Wednesday February 5th in Dublin to highlight the ongoing crisis in the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector.
Where possible providers, practitioners and parents are invited to join the EYA on the day of the protest to show support for investment in high quality and affordable ECEC services. Some services are closing on the 5th. However we are staying open. Some of our staff will attend the protest. The rest of us look forward to marking the day @ WCC with a hand holding ceremony in solidarity with those who are attending.
For those who can't attend, EYA would like you to spread the message of support far and wide – with other parents, your friends, family and colleagues. I have summarized some recent correspondence from the EYA below:

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For those of you interested in learning some Lámh please see the courses being run in Waterford by the DSI Branch (Down Syndrome Ireland) in February 2020:

****Lámh Module One Course****
When? Saturday 15th February 2020
Where? DSI Branch Office Johns College The Folly
Cost? Eur 40 per person

100 Lámh Signs - Full Day Course - 10am to 4pm
Suitable for Parents and Staff
Please follow the link below to book places.
Limited to 12 places.


(Lámh have recently reduced the Module One materials fee from Eur 42 per person to Eur 32 per person so the fee of Eur 40 per person for this course includes the materials fee and Eur 8 for lunch and tea/coffee.)

****Lámh Module One Add On Course****
When? Saturday 22nd February 2020
Where? DSI Branch Office Johns College The Folly
Cost? Eur 28 per person

80 Lámh Signs - Half Day Course - 10am to 2pm
Suitable for Parents and Staff
Please follow the link below to book places.
Limited to 12 places.


The Order of Lámh Courses is as follows:
•Little Lámh - Half Day (26 signs)
•Family Lámh Part One - Five Classes (152 signs) •Family Lámh Part Two - Half Day (90 signs) •Module One - Full Day (100 signs) •Module One Add- On - Half Day (80 signs) •QQI Level 5 - Four Days (500 signs)

As you may know there is a Status Orange - Wind warning for counties including Waterford tomorrow morning. Unless otherwise advised we look forward to seeing you from 7.45 am as usual. Stay safe everyone!

A message from our Senior School Age Club's Architect, Engineer and Builder: Safe driving and safe parking everybody!

Senior Toddlers have supper ready!

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Double birthday celebrations... Happy Birthday to you both!

Some dates for your diary...

Were you lucky enough to have a Golden Ticket for our Annual School Age Club Dinner Dance? A fab time was had by all - just enjoy the smile these photos will give you! Huge thanks to everyone for making the afternoon a memorable and happy time for everyone.

Thank you to Ellen and her team who served us delicious home baked treats all morning! Special thanks to everyone involved - children, parents and staff for making Santa's visit a wondrous occasion! Also happy St. Nicholas Day to everyone celebrating today too!

Senior Montes, Junior Montes, Senior Toddlers and Junior Preschool had a great big warm welcome for Santa too! Special thanks to our Elves who did a fantastic job helping Santa throughout the morning!

Here's some super memories from Santa's special visit to Junior & Senior Babies and Junior Toddlers...

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Why Interaction Matters - Part 1

We love the Hanen approach @ WCC!

Just how powerful are back-and-forth conversations for a child’s language learning? Well, new evidence shows that back-and-forth interactions between an adul...

Some Lámh sign language for Christmas time... We make a Santa beard shape and pretend to carry a sack of toys over our shoulder for Santa Claus. We make a beard shape and the tree shape for Christmas tree. To sign Reindeer just show us your antlers! For our snowman gently flicker your fingers from raised arms for 'snow' then touch your shoulders and your pockets for 'man'! Super job Senior Preschool!

For WCC parents who have yet to log on to TeachKloud here is a link to some video and instructions on how to register and confirm an account on TeachKloud:


We have only 3 more sleeps until Santa visits WCC. Oh what great excitement!

Our Santa memo includes details of Santa's visit, an expected visit from the Elf on a Shelf and our Christmas opening and closing times. Please collect a memo from your child's playroom.

Parents are encouraged to contact NCS with any questions regarding the new scheme.

The #nationalchildcarescheme is open for online applications! Visit our website www.ncs.gov.ie for more information 🐝 #ncs

Tomorrow we will have a letter explaining the new experience of TeachKloud and it will explain how parents can join. We encourage all parents whose children attend WCC to join TeachKloud over the weekend so that we can share records of our routines and activities with you through TeachKloud from next week onwards.

After requesting any old cups, plates, kitchen utensils, jugs, baking trays, etc.to recycle for our role play in our playroom kitchens, we received some great pieces for play. Senior Montessori is putting everything to great use! Thank you to all concerned!


We now have easy access to the NCS calculator... Just click on the link below.


TeachKloud is a cloud-based management and compliance system for early childhood services. It will allow us to connect to parents and guardians with daily records, learning stories and much more. Over the coming days we will be inviting parents and staff to join TeachKloud and we're looking forward to this new experience.

We encourage everyone to use Lámh Sign Language this month we are focusing on some simple signs to use with our friends. Try these signs yourself…

Junior Preschool create some seasonal marshmallow snow prints! Great idea!

Carmen set up a Travelling Coloured Water experiment in Senior Montes to encourage our preschoolers to engage in everyday science and Science Week Ireland Thank you Carmen!

It's never too early to receive a special message from Santa...

Building with big wooden blocks and little wooden blocks, jumping in muddy puddles and driving the train! These are some of our Toddlers favourite activities!

Nothing like a cuppa to start the day!

The South East Science Festival is running from 6 -17 November in association with Calmast as part of Science Week Ireland. Here's a selection of some of our STEM activities showing our busy preschoolers thinking, creating, problem solving, exploring... Well done everybody!

PJs and Pampering in Junior Preschool!

Ellen, TY student, visited this week. It was lovely having her back with us. Once upon a time Ellen was in Senior Preschool herself!

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Be Safe Be Seen at Halloween!
Holding hands and sharing Well Being messages
A song for "Lá 'le Pádraig"
Award winning singers @ WCC!
Great work!
We're off to see the Wizard!
Senior Preschool use Lámh to sign the words of their songs.
Senior Preschool Class of 2017




Northern Extension, Industrial Estate

General information

The centre was established to fill the void created by the lack of a suitable community childcare facility for those returning to full or part time work and/or education, with a particular emphasis on mothers who wished to rejoin the work force. In 1992 a team of dedicated people got together to assess these needs including local employers, the chamber of Commerce and representatives from FÁS, IDA, union and educational institutions. Information was gathered locally, nationally and internationally with assistance from the leading childcare experts in Holland, who were considered, at the time, to be the leaders in childcare. Next, suitable premises and an ideal location were needed. The heart of the industrial area with its proximity to the local businesses, colleges and services including FÁS, IDA, WIT, AEC, Centre for Further Education, etc. was chosen and today over 70% of the parents using our facility work on the Industrial Estate. The hard work of the dedicated committee came to fruition in July 1994 when the centre was opened by president Mary Robinson.
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