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Glenfields Launch of Childcare service

Glenfields Childcare Service was launched by the Lord Mayor, Cllr. Michael Ahern on the 15th June.

Glenfields Creche
Left to Right, Helena O’Sullivan (Manager) Sr. Mary O’Mullane (Bon Secours), Sr. Mary Margaret (Bon Secours), Eleanor Moore (HSE South), Kathleen Lynch TD, Paul Moynihan, Senior Executive Officer &  Derry O’Donovan, Housing Welfare Officer, Cork City Council, Nick Condon (Bon Secours)

Cork City Council provided the Glenfields purpose-built Childcare Facility as part of the Glenfields Housing development in Ballyvolane. The building was funded by the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. It is now operational for over a year. Cork City Council has a good record in providing accommodation for community facilities. Specifically with regard to Childcare, the City Council has recently provided purpose-built facilities for Lus-na-Meala Naíonra in Banduff, the Togher Family Centre and are currently developing facilities and funding for Barnardos’ “Brighter Futures” in Knocknaheeny, Cushing House in Farranree, Susie's Field in The Glen.. Alongside these are many other Family Support and Childcare Services accommodated in our various housing estates and other forthcoming purpose-built projects.

From the beginning, a partnership involving Housing and Community, Cork City Partnership, Cork City Childcare Company and HSE co-ordinated the development of the building and the management of the Glenfields service. This partnership previously developed and currently manages the childcare service in Lus na Meala, Banduff. They now form the management committee along with the Bon Secours, the parents and the Ballyvolane Community Association. A Manager and eight staff run the service, catering for over 65 children on a full day and sessional basis.  The building has a crèche, a pre school, provides meals for the children and is open from 8.30 am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Also the centre caters for a local elder care group who meet on a weekly basis, providing a social outlet for elderly people living in the area and a meeting space for a local art group.

At different stages this community based service has been supported by Housing Capital, Housing Maintenance, Roads, Parks and the Builder. Revenue Funding is provided by a combination of Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme, the HSE South and the Bon Secours. Some special needs services are supported by voluntary organisations.

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