The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Michael O’Connell officially opened the Baile Beag Crèche in Ardbhaile, Mayfield on the 16th June on the same day he had officially opened the Glen Preschool. Also in attendance were Councillors John Kelleher and Ted Tynan together with staff, parents, children, invited guests and the Board of Management. The Lord Mayor spoke highly of the service, while the Chairperson described the need for the quality service provided by the staff. Entertainment and refreshments were provided for attendees in the Ardbhaile Community Centre.
Landscaped Play Area at the rear of the building which was completed in May 2011.
Baile Beag Community Childcare is managed by a committee that includes Cork City Council, Cork City Partnership, Cork City Childcare, FÁS, NYP, Community Garda representation and is supported by Barnardos.
The crèche is located in the Community Centre in Ardbhaile. In the 2010 the original Community Room was converted to a purpose built childcare facility for one to three year old children. The reconstruction of the building provided by Cork City Council was funded by Pobal through the Dormant Accounts Fund(RAPID strand). The Mercy Order who already have a presence in the area also supported the project.
Through funding from FÁS and Cork City Council (Community and Enterprise), a safety fence and a landscaped designed Play Area at the rear of the building was completed in May 2011.
The primary service for children is a daily group service for 12 children aged 1-3 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm which addresses each child’s holistic developmental needs. The service uses a Quality Early Years Programme that meets the requirements of Aistear, the Early Years Curriculum and Síolta the National Quality Framework for Early Years. This is an approach of active participatory learning for children which focuses on the five principles of materials, manipulation, choice, child language and thought and adult scaffolding.
The service will also provide support for the parents of the children in the service, addressing some wider issues impacting on parenting capacity in order to support the development of the child, as determined by a needs analysis carried out in the area.