Cherry Orchard Community Childcare Services is a modern, state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility. The class rooms are individually designed for delivery of quality childcare provision to children of various ages. There are two outdoor play areas. One is paved with soft tiles, and is used by all ages for various activities, such as football and bike riding. The other is a grassed playground with two slides, a sand pit, a tree house, gardening area and a climbing feature. At present we accommodate 110 children.
We provide a curriculum that children are actively involved in and gives them choice over their learning. We provide a curriculum that promotes children's development in how they approach learning, social, emotional and and physical development, health, language, literacy, communication, mathematics, creative arts, science, technology, and social studies.
Nutritional meals, advice, information and support is provided on a daily basis. Advice, information and support is also provided to parents and we have an open door policy. The service opens from Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and operates for 50 weeks of the year, closing for one week at Christmas and one week at Easter.
Cherry Orchard Community Childcare Service was founded by local people who identified a need for childcare services in their area. The service is currently managed by a voluntary board of management including members of the local community. It is a non-profit organisation which aims to provide high-quality, affordable childcare to children and parents of the area.
The project’s development was achieved through the efforts of local people who managed to persuade others to come on board, such as; Link Community Development Project, Ballyfermot/Chapelizod Partnership, Barnardos, Dublin City Council, Ballyfermot Youth Services, Pobal, and the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Their combined efforts ensured the provision of the high-quality childcare service in Cherry Orchard.
A key objective of our childcare service is to cater for the needs of children from various cultural backgrounds in Ballyfermot and to foster increased understanding and integration between them.
The service was opened by President McAleese in 2010.