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Celebrating Jim’s 25 Years of Service to Waterford Childcare Centre

Date: April 12, 2017 Author: Admin Categories: Blog, General, News

Waterford Childcare Centre (WCC) opened in July 1994 and since then, the centre and the related provision of childcare services has grown to include baby, toddler, preschool and school age childcare with the inclusion of care and education programmes embedded in the frameworks of Síolta & Aistear.

Almost twenty five years ago, in early 1992, a group of enthusiastic people came together to plan and develop a community childcare centre in the heart of Waterford City’s industrial centre. Jim Hewison along with Frank O’Donoghue and others representing the business, education and community sector envisaged that Waterford Childcare Centre would be located within easy reach of the city centre, the business community as well as schools, second level colleges and the Institute of Technology. In this way it would facilitate parents working outside and inside the home and those availing of further education.
In 1994, Jim became a Director and remained on the Board of WCC up until his recent retirement. To mark such a dedicated and supported service to all concerned Jim, his wife Siobhan, the centre’s original Chairperson Frank O’ Donoghue and his wife Anna joined the centre’s current Chairperson Kathleen Fitzgerald and members of the WCC team who gathered recently to celebrate Jim’s retirement and listen to great stories recalled about the work of the committee in the early days and how the centre was fashioned on the childcare services of Holland, the lead childcare providers at that time. We heard about the history of the building, Unit 607 in the Northern Extension of the Industrial Estate and how it was transformed with local support into a warm, safe and inviting childcare setting.

 

Jim highlighted the dedication of centre’s Board of Directors over the years and in particular the staff that are valued by the Board for their professional and progressive service. Finally he thanked all of the families and children, without whom there would be no WCC!

 

Almost a quarter of a century later, WCC has grown and flourished into the vibrant and inclusive service it is today. With thanks to Jim and the other Directors who have supported and guided the service since its inception, all present assured him that the good work which he helped to start will continue in earnest.