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Childcare: What parents should look for

Galway City & County Childcare Committee - Press Release - July 23rd 2013

Choosing suitable childcare is a hugely important decision for parents and one that can have a huge impact on their lives. Selecting the ideal setting depends on a variety of issues, including the needs of the child and the parents’ schedules.

Galway City & County Childcare Committee - who co-ordinate and assist the development of childcare services locally and provide information and resources for parents - encourage parents to visit a number of services to become familiar with the various options available.

Mary Giblin, Co-ordinator, Galway City & County Childcare Committee advises that “there are various childcare options available, ranging from full day care to childminding. All crèches and part-time childcare services should be notified to HSE Pre-school Services. In relation to childminders, the guidelines state that if a Childminder is minding more than three pre-school children, then they must notify HSE Pre-school Services. We also encourage parents to ask for the service’s latest HSE Pre-school Inspection Report”.

Parents who are searching for a happy and safe childcare environment will take into account the number of children attending a service, their age and the amount of time they spend in the service.

Here are some more points to consider:
 Does the service feel welcoming to both parent and child?
 Does the atmosphere seem to be warm and caring?
 Is there good interaction between staff and children?
 What type of qualifications do the staff have?
 Is the Manager / Assistant Manager on the premises at all times?
 Are the premises clean, bright, well lit and well ventilated?
 Are the toys and equipment clean and well looked after?
 Is there space for the children to play, both inside and outside?
 Are the premises safe and secure?
 What happens if my child becomes ill or has an accident?

The Choosing Childcare: A Parent’s Guide booklet and video may be viewed on the Galway City & County Childcare Committee website: www.galwaychildcare.com, which offers a wide range of information and resources in relation to childcare.

Parents know more about their child’s individual needs than anybody else and should follow their gut instinct when selecting a childcare setting. A service with a caring and friendly atmosphere and plenty of space where children can learn and discover their world through play can nurture your child’s development and social skills.

A childcare service should always be a welcoming, interesting and exciting place, where children feel free to express themselves and develop their skills in child-friendly surroundings.
If you have any queries or concerns with regard to childcare or wish to receive a list of childcare providers, please contact Galway City & County Childcare Committee at 091 752039 or mail@galwaychildcare.com.


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