FINGLAS CHILDCAREOUR DAY
Finglas Childcare Ltd recognises the early years as a distinct time in a child’s life. We believe that children thrive in an environment where their wellbeing is valued and where they can be happy, comfortable and have fun. We support children to make choices and decisions and to learn through ‘hands on’ play experiences.
The Highscope Curriculum is founded on developmental theories that see learning as an interactive growth process
To meet children’s learning and development needs we use the High Scope Infant, Toddler and Preschool Curriculums. High Scope is an early childhood curriculum which supports all areas of children’s development and wellbeing. We chose High Scope because it is proven to have a lasting positive impact on children’s lives.
Our setting also embraces the principles and learning goals of Aistear, the National Curriculum Framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland.
In our early years settings children’s learning and development are nurtured through supportive adult child interactions, an engaging learning environment, a consistent daily routine and the use of ongoing observations and assessment to inform our work.
As we can see the Highscope daily routine offers great choice within a structure for the day. It creates a sense of security and control for the children as they can predict what happens next. It supports initiative as children make choices during the day. It provides a social community as children play in the same space with the same peers and adults and the same routine. Finally, the daily routine provides the adults in the room with a framework to observe children and plan for each child’s care and learning. Short and medium term plans are also made and implemented to take into account individual and group interests and cultural celebrations
It takes a village
As a community organisation we value the involvement of families and the wider community. We see the child in the context of the family, and the family in the context of the wider community. We know that the more involved parents are in their children’s learning and development, the greater the chance children have to succeed. Children visit the library, elder care home and local shops as part of their active participation in the community.
Our settings are staffed with a motivated team of friendly, responsive, capable and confident adults. Finglas Childcare Ltd have an ethos that values and promotes training and we support staff to develop professionally.
Finglas Childcare believe in the psychological and physical benefits of healthy and nutritious food for children. This is why we provide fresh food that is prepared on site in all of our part time and full-time locations.
Depending on hours of attendance children get a healthy breakfast, dinner and snack. Fresh fruit is provided daily and all meals are served with milk or water. Our 2-week menu consists of favourites such as curry, spaghetti bolognese, stew and shepherd’s pie. We never add salt or sugar to our recipes and will always choose the low sugar and low options for sauces or gravies. Allergies and cultural food choices are catered for. Our meats and fruit and vegetables are purchased from the local butcher and green grocer.
Meals are prepared in our fully HACCP approved kitchens that are inspected twice yearly by an Environmental Health officer. Our menu is compiled by our Healthy Eating sub group who use the Safe Food Ireland, Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Pre School Services guide and is reviewed yearly by our subgroup, healthy alternative food suggestions are welcome.
Children are supported to make healthy food choices and have appropriate food portions. They are encouraged to feed themselves independently with the help of their key worker from the time they attend the nursery room. Independent feeding and making choices increase as the child moves to the toddler room and then the preschool/ECCE room.
Finglas Childcare view mealtimes as a social occasion which is why as the children get older they are encouraged to set the table for mealtimes with a table cloth and a vase with flowers. Children distribute delph and cutlery to their peers. Adults in the room are encouraged to sit in with the children at mealtimes and model appropriate eating etiquette in addition to supporting conversation.