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About Us

  • Edenmore Early Education Centre was set up in 1975 by the Poor Servants of the Mother of God to support vulnerable families in their parenting role we were located in St Gabriel’s Convent on Glenayle Road.
  • In 1990 a Board of Management was set up to continue to run the Centre after the sisters moved on, we then moved to the annex building in St Monica’s infant girls school in Edenmore.
  • In 2010 we received funding from the National Childcare Investment Programme to build a purpose built facility. In 2011 the Minister for children Francis Fitzgerald officially opened our wonderful new building.
  • The Centre is funded by the child and family agency Tulsa and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Our class rooms are developmentally themed and children move from class room to classroom throughout the day. We have a Play room, Messy room, workroom, construction and music room, library, multi-sensory room, gross motor room and a fabulous outdoor classroom. Our children have holistic experiences and processes within a deliberate and organised environment. This environment offers blocks of structure and choice based on the needs of the individual child.


Play is central to all our activities. Our aim is to ensure that upon leaving our service children are equipped with confidence, life skills and the ability to achieve their full potential.


One of the things you will see around the building is a quote that we feel reflects our ethos:


“A child is like a butterfly in the wind. Some can fly higher than others, but each one flies the best it can.

Why compare one against the other? Each one is different. Each on is special. Each one is beautiful.”

We cater for up to 60 children from 2 years to 6 years, some of whom we integrate with special needs.  We have pre-school groups where we offer ECCE (the free preschool year) and  sessional play groups for younger children.


We run a parent and toddler session every Tuesday from 9 am-10.30 am and Wednesday 12.15pm-1.45pm. This is for all children from birth to preschool age and their parents, grandparents and minders

  • We offer courses for parents with:
    • Behaviour management sessions for parents experiencing challenging behaviour at home
    • Healthy eating classes
    • Dental hygiene sessions
    • Occupational therapy information sessions
  • We have parent coffee mornings
  • We provide hot home cooked meals
  • Children do not need to be toilet trained
  • We facilitate assessments for children with special needs
  • Our service is open from 8.30am to 3.30pm
  • Preschool ECCE  hours 8.45am to 11.45am
  • Optional hours for ECCE/preschool children only 11.45am to 2pm

Our service is part funded by Tusla the child and family agency and The Department of Children and Youth Affairs therefore fees are subsidised.

  • ECCE free school place. We operate the ECCE programme for 3 hours per day, 5 days per week for 38 weeks which amounts to 183 open days. This service is free of charge. Under the ECCE programme, additional weeks outside of the 38 week model are optional in sessional services, however because our service provides a full/part time day care service fees are charged on a monthly basis for 42 weeks rather than 38 weeks. Therefore  there is a once of fee of €300 or €30 for 10 months.
  • Parent and Toddler €6 per session
  • Preschool not availing or ECCE €330
  • Optional hours for preschool children €200 per month

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