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About Us

Tadpoles Childcare opened in September 2007 with only 2 children and 3 staff members in attendance. Since then we have grown to a team of over 10 staff members completely committed to the many children and families who attend our Crèche, Montessori and Afterschool club.

Staff

At Tadpoles we believe that having qualified, experienced, dedicated and caring staff is the most important element in any childcare setting. Staff are selected for their qualifications, experience in working with children and their personal attributes. We pride ourself in all our staff being qualified to a minimum of Fetac level 5 with many holding a Fetac level 6 qualification in childcare or equivalent. Staff have up to date paediatric first aid certificates and attend training in health and safety.

Staff complete bi monthly developmental reports for all children in their care and once a year we hold a parent evening for all our toddler and Montessori parents so parents and staff can have time to sit down and discuss how each individual child is progressing in all the various aspects of their development.

Cirriculum

We promote each child’s independence through a wealth of learning opportunities, both structured and flexible. Our curriculums for each age group are based on the principles of the Siolta and Aistear frameworks. Play and Montessori methods are dominant in the curriculums while taking into account other valuable early learning practice methods. The curriculums are devised by the staff working in each room under the guidance of the manager and take into account the individual children’s needs and interests. Weekly curriculum plans are displayed by the staff on boards outside each room so that parents have an understanding of what their children are participating in and learning in Tadpoles on a daily basis.

Sample Toddler and Montessori Menu – Spring/Summer 2013

Week 1

Monday Dinner Creamy Salmon Pasta
Tea Turkey Rolls
Tuesday Dinner Lamb Korma and Couscous
Tea Cracottes with Cheese
Wednesday Dinner Pasta Bolognese
Tea Homemade Fruit Scones
Thursday Dinner Celery and Tuna Fish Pie
Tea Homemade Pizza
Friday Dinner Lemon Chicken with Leeks and Rice
Tea Ham Sandwiches

Week 2

Monday Dinner Tuna Pasta Bake with red Lentils
Tea Chicken Rolls
Tuesday Dinner Beef Curry with Rice
Tea Pancakes with Butter
Wednesday Dinner Penne with Bacon and Leeks
Tea Tuna and Sweetcorn Sandwiches
Thursday Dinner Chicken and Broccoli Bake
Tea Homemade Apple and Cinnamon Muffins
Friday Dinner Dinner Mild Chilli with Rice
Tea Cheese Rolls

Week 3

Monday Dinner Vegetarian Lasagne
Tea Homemade Pizza
Tuesday Dinner Spaghetti Bolognese
Tea Ham Sandwiches
Wednesday Dinner Sweet and Sour Chicken with Rice
Tea Homemade Cherry Scones
Thursday Dinner Tomato and Beef Tagine with Sweetcorn Couscous
Tea Turkey Sandwiches
Friday Dinner Fish Fingers with Mash and Peas
Tea Potato Farls

Week 3

Monday Dinner Pasta with Chunky Vegetable Sauce
Tea Cheese Rolls
Tuesday Dinner Tuna Provencale with Rice
Tea Beans on Toast
Wednesday Dinner Beef and Carrot Casserole
Tea Raisin and Cinnamon Scones
Thursday Dinner Chicken Tarragon with Rice
Tea Pancakes with Butter
Friday Dinner Pasta Milanese
Tea Cheese Sandwiches

Safety and Security

Entry and exit from our building is controlled by CCTV.We also have CCTV in all our care rooms as an added safety measure. We also have controlled internal entry and exit points and intercom systems in the building so that no person can enter or exit the building without the knowledge of the staff members. Children are signed in and out and a detailed application form ensures there are procedures in place if anyone other than the child’s parents are due to collect them.

Parents must complete a detailed application procedure so that staff are aware of each child’s medical history and any additional needs they may have. Each child has a daily record sheet which goes home with them every evening. The record sheet details each child’s sleep, meals, nappy changes/ toileting, medical administration and activities daily. Any accidents/ incidents are recorded in our accident/ incident book and a copy is sent home each evening.