‘Family, Community & You’
Hillview Resource Centre provides a low cost quality community based Early Education & Care service, Rascals (Play Group) and Ramblers (Preschool) for children aged 18 months to school age across two sites on the Hillview Estate.
The Importance of Play Based Early Education
Here at Hillview Resource Centre we believe that Play is an essential element of Early 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 Years Educators (EYE’s) and our Early Years & Family Support Coordinator. In a recent Department for Education & Skills ‘focused review’ of our ECCE setting in May 2018 the service were given an excellent 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 Aistear 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 16 children and there are qualified Room Leaders in each setting who can liaise with parents and direct staff.
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 2017. 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).
Everyone is asked to complete a registration form which must be signed and sent to the Early Years & Family Support Coordinator who will contact you. You can download a Registration Form
Contact: Storm Pyper-O’Neill, Early Years & Family Support Coordinator on 01 296 5025.