Little bit about the proprietor:

The proprietor is Colette Murphy.

I have been running 'Little Rascals' for the past 22 years in july 2019. . The Big day celebration was  on 15th July with   20 years in business, 1997 to 2017 .Before this I worked and then  managed a creche in Dublin for three years. I started my studies with Child Psychology and then pursuing on with Child Development. I also  received training  in Dublin  from City and Guild where I received a higher diploma in childcare. I have completed a lot of training since then just to name a few, further studies in Child Development, Creche Management,Behaviour Management level 1,2,3,   Diploma Nursery Management, Certificate in Art and Crafts for under 8yrs, Food Nutrition with E.H.O, Food Management E.H.O, Children First, First Aid and Manual Handling up -dated every 3 years, and Tutoring Diploma with the IPPA where I Tutor Play and the Developing Child Course.I also have a Diploma  in  teaching Montessori Education.Another certificate I received is level 6 in Supervision in childcare, with the College of Progressive Education. During the year I attended training on physical education for children with Buntus coaching.I went back in 2010 to further my education in the London Metropolitian University and received by BA in Early Education and Childhood Studies.I advanced to Child Psychology four years later.I feel in early education you can never have enough training, Inservice training,workshops I attend regularly.

Because of my experience I am involved in a lot of associations where I love to share my ideas and help others.

Little Rascals Creche is a purposely built creche. We are dedicated to providing high quality childcare and committed to encouraging the holistic development of the child.we like to treat each child as a unique individual in our stimulating,Friendly and comfortable environment.

We follow the Aistear and Siolta Curriculum Framework.In our setting we provides learning through imagination, creativity and play. Our daily curriculum each day would involve the children speaking Irish and been spoken to in Irish. 'Little Rascals' have produced their own workbooks for each child where children will develop and improve hand and eye co-ordination, concentration, writing and colouring skills, independent skills, problem solving, just to name a few.

Our Curriculum follows the Siolta and Aistear Early Childhood Curriculum Framework. Aistear is the new curriculum framework for children from birth to six years introduced in October 2009.Our Curriculum is well planned out from Daily to weekly to Monthly to yearly, and is inspected by the Department of Education.

'Little Rascals' also has in place development checklist each year for  each child, we also hold parent/child meetings so parent can discuss their child's progress in our creche, which is very important.

Some of our own activities include art and crafts, painting, gluing and sticking, group posters,sand and water, playdough, stories, drama,singing and 'little sports', Buntús a fitness programme that we do each week.

In May 2017 I furthured by Education and went back to study and complete workshops in Yoga Teaching and now this is done once a  weekly with the children.

We have a large outdoor area with has rubber mats/safety surface, so the children can get out every day.

We also have a cook who comes in each day to prepare and cook a well balanced nutritious hot dinner for the children. Our menu varies from week to week and have been planned and taken into account the food pyramid which is vital for a healthy diet of each child. This menu was in conjunction with the nutritionists and dietitions of the H.S.E. and we follow their menu.

We provide a summer camp during the summer from 3yrs to 12yrs

For the past 13 years our Montesori children, perform a school performance show, usually in the Local theatre.This gives the children a once in a lifetime opportunity been on stage at an early age.

Another highlight for the Montessori school year is our "Little Graduation Day"cermony held at the end of the school year.At the end of our school year we take the children on a little outing usually to the Pet Farm.

All our Staff are highly qualified all have done their fetac level 5,6 Early Education courses, manual handling, First aid training and have a lot of experience behind them.In the last few years many of my staff have completed the level 7,8 BA Early Education.

To view the creche just give us a call to arrange a appointment convenient to you @091-520815 or 087 1427584


















Shangort Road, Knocknacarra , Co. Galway | Phone: 091 520815 | Email:
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