Due to Covid-19 restrictions, our three childcare centres had to close for several weeks. During that time staff engaged in Continuous Professional Development courses to continue to ensure best practice within each of our centres. The team were also busy preparing for the reopening of services post-lockdown.
The three Centres, Brookview, St Finian’s and Island Key, all re-opened in late June. It was a challenge for the Teams as the reopening process began four weeks in advance with a deep clean of all sites, followed by compliance training and the introduction of Covid-19 protocols. The protocols focus on risk management across the sites, ensuring the safety of all children, families and staff.
Our Childcare Team endeavoured to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on each child. The team were delighted to facilitate several trips during the summer months despite restrictions presented by Covid-19. Children got out and about in their pods each week, with fun day trips planned to Newbridge House Farm, Kildare Maze, Dublin Zoo and Tayto Park. The groups thoroughly enjoyed themselves, taking part in lots of activities and making many happy memories.
The Childcare Team was delighted at the level of engagement with parents throughout Covid-19 restrictions. They’ve also been very pleased with the respect Members have for new protocols of minimising contact and limited movement and ways of working. Our Team looks forward to supporting Members’ childcare needs in the coming months.