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33/34 & 87 Hillview Grove, Ballinteer, Dublin D16 P9V9

Early Childhood Education & Care

‘Family, Community & You’

Rascals is reopening from Monday 6th July! šŸ™‚

Hillview Resource Centre provides a low cost quality community based Early chood Education & Care service, Rascals (Play Group) and Ramblers (Preschool) for children aged 18 months to school age across two sites on theĀ Hillview Estate.

The Importance of Play Based Early Education

Here at Hillview Resource Centre we believe that Play is an essential element of Early Childhood Education & Care. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that every child has the Right to Play. Research shows that children learn best when they are involved in meaningful experiences based upon their interests. Play provides these experiences and gives children the opportunity to develop a range of skills that will assist them in their life long learning journey. These skills include communication, problem solving, creativity, imagination and scientific inquiry as well as opportunities to develop early literacy and numeracy skills. Play allows children to make sense of their surroundings and show their knowledge and understanding of their experiences and interactions with the world around them. Children are masters of play, this develops confidence, leadership skills and allows children to become competent young children ready to engage with their world and the learning experiences available to them. Play is FUNdamental for children.

The services are staffed by qualified Early Childhood Educators and our Early Years Coordinator. In a recent Department for Education & Skills ‘focused review’ of our ECCE setting in May 2018 the service were given a service report covering the following areas:

Quality of context to support children’s learning and development Very Good
Quality of processes to support children’s learning and development Very Good
Quality of children’s learning experiences and achievements Very Good
Quality of management and leadership for learning Very Good

We work to an AistearĀ model of curriculum development and have a range of age appropriate play and educational resources; Siolta quality standards underpin all our work across the service and we are now working towards Siolta Validation.

All permanent staff are completing QQI Level 6 (Hillview’s minimum qualification) in Childcare and QQI Level 8 (Honours Degree) in Early Childhood Education. Rascals caters for a maximum of 10 children, Ramblers caters for up to 14 children and there are qualified Room Leaders in each setting who can liaise with parents and direct staff. We work to Early Years Regulations as a part time service provider.

We offer Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Scheme and the Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE), the free preschool year (38 weeks only) over two years from September 2020. Our service is open between 9am to 1pm (9am to 12 noon for ECCE), five days a week. You can find information about the new National Childcare Scheme, which is due to be rolled out this year. Parents Information Booklet (English) and Parents Information Booklet (Irish).

Fees: The fee for part time childcare is ā‚¬120 per child. This is reduced if you are eligible for a ‘subvention’ e.g. CCS/NCS/ECCE. Accounts must be kept up to date and accounts which go into arrears will have services suspended until it the arrears are cleared if full.

Complete a registration form which must be signed and sent to the Project Manager. Download a 2020 Registration Form .

Who to call: Claire McEwen on 087 116 0196 or email claire.hillviewcrc@gmail.com

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