Bright Sparks Community Creche

Bright Sparks is a well-equipped, purpose built, registered Community Childcare Creche for children from 3 month to 12 years of age.
About Us
Bright Sparks Community Creche is a purpose-built Community 101 place centre which offers flexible and high-quality childcare to families who need care for their children aged 3 months to 12 years old. We are open from 7am-7pm, 51 weeks of the year. With a combined fifteen years of childcare experience, you can rest assured that when you entrust your child with Bright Sparks Community Creche that they are in safe hands. In our Creche, your child is going to be nurtured and supported in a way that promotes positive self-esteem and provides the opportunity for optimal growth in all areas of development. We have an open-door policy, and we work together with parents/guardians/carers in partnership that we consider vital, both regarding the emotional needs of the child, and the wider support needs of the family. We aim for a seamless transition between the home and centre and Bright Sparks helps children feel safe and secure, whilst aiding them with their social, emotional and learning needs.
Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is simple: children develop best when happy, secure, loved and well cared for. We put the needs of the children first and foremost by providing a safe, stimulating, caring and nurturing environment in a beautifully purpose designed premises.

Using the curriculum guidelines laid down in the statutory Tusla Childcare Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 Childcare Regulations (Childcare Act 1991 (Early years Services) (Amendments). Regulations 2016, we plan daily activities appropriate for each age range to encourage learning and development through play. Our children get lots of positive encouragement; they learn practical and creative skills, how to share and concentrate, and lots of other social and educational skills that provide a firm foundation for life. It is no secret that the first five years of every child’s development are the most formative. Simply put, our aim is to promote happy, healthy individual children who through play develop a love of learning, something that stays with them for a life time.

Parents are encouraged to use our approach at home to provide consistency, with staff always on hand to advise how best to achieve this.

Bright Sparks Community Creche is registered with the DCYA Tusla and a member of Early Childhood Ireland. We follow the Soilta Standards / Aistear Principles to help young children develop and approach to learning which emphasizes active learning, independence, cooperation, and learning in harmony with each child’s unique pace of development.

Meet Our Team

Our Team draws a wealth of Childcare experience, we know that fabulous Early Years Practitioners make a great childcare environment and we pride ourselves on having a highly qualified trained and skilled team. Staff are encouraged and supported in developing their skills by studying for higher level Childcare qualifications. All staff undertake mandatory training in Safeguarding, Paediatric First Aid, Health, Fire and Food Safety.

All staff are fully Garda Vetted and all references and qualifications are fully verified by the Management Team.

Bright Sparks Community Creche Manager Donrina Shorunke (High Scope Teacher) and Senior Childcare Worker Sara Daly (High Scope Teacher), has a wealth of experience in childcare, and is supported by a passionate and committed staff team who are dedicated to the well-being and growth of every child in their care and ensure they receive the best experience possible.

Our Pedagogy

Bright Sparks Community Creche Relational Pedagogy

Please don’t be put off by the fancy title. ‘Relational’ might sound as if we’re trying to impress you with academic gobbledegook, but it is the most accurate wording to describe our approach to teaching, learning and care. It also reflects the way we run our setting. We have always focussed on personalising care and education for individual children, and on taking the holistic approach to nurturing their social and emotional well-being. Our relational pedagogy also means that we place great importance on children’s relationship with the natural world, and we ensure that all children spend a significant amount of time outdoors. We encourage children to learn recognise risk and to manage their own safety, which means paying close attention to safety, but allowing children to understand their own abilities and giving them opportunity to be physically active and adventurous whenever possible. At all times we will work in partnership with you, and will place your child’s best interest at heart.

Food

The benefits of childhood nutrition are enormous; a nutritious diet provides your child with good eating habits for life, healthy skin, healthy weight and improved behaviour. We recognise the importance of nutritional and balanced meals, and how they help build a foundation of not only a healthy child but a lifelong food preferences. We follow the Early Years nutrition programme which involves healthy delicious meals daily, providing well balanced, fresh foods to fuel young minds and bodies. Any food allergies or special dietary needs are easily catered for

All children receive the recommended daily allowance of:

  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • Healthy Fats
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Whole grain pastas
  • Rice and bread
  • Dark Leafy Greens

Sample Menu
Breakfast: Choice of Whole Grain Cereals, Toast, Milk
Snack: Crackers, Cheese, Fresh Fruit
Dinner: Roast Chicken, Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables
Tea: Homemade Vegetable Soup, Brown Bread

What is the National Childcare Scheme?
The National Childcare Scheme will provide financial support for parents towards the cost of childcare. The National Childcare Scheme establishes an equitable and progressive system of universal and income-related subsidies for children up to the age of 15.
What is the affordable Childcare Scheme?
By lowering childcare costs, the Affordable Childcare Scheme aims to support parents to return to work and training, to reduce child poverty and to improve child outcomes.” Once the Affordable Childcare Scheme is in place in October 2019, registrations under the existing schemes will cease.
How much is the new childcare subsidy?

If you are an existing tax credits customer you can claim back up to 70% of your eligible childcare costs for children under 16 (or under 17 for disabled children). Depending on your income, you could get up to €122.50 a week for one child or €210 for two or more.

The National Childcare Scheme Parent Support Centre is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

Please call (01) 906 8530 Contact your local City or County Childcare Committee for information on the ,Scheme and services in your area.

Childcare Schemes & Programmes at Bright Sparks

Bright Sparks Community Creche offers the following Government funded Childcare schemes and Programmes

  • Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ECCE)
  • Universal Subsidy towards Childcare costs
  • Training and Employment Childcare scheme (TEC – formerly CETS)
  • Community Employment Childcare (CEC)
  • Community Childcare Subvention Private Programme (CCSP/U)
  • Affordable Childcare Scheme


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