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About Us

Waterford Childcare Centre is a community based not-for-profit childcare facility with charitable status whose Board of Directors is drawn from parents, local business and industry.  We are in the Northern Extension of the Industrial Estate within easy access of the city centre, business and industrial areas, FÁS, WIT, AEC and WCFE.

Our vision

In our bustling community based childcare centre we facilitate families requiring full time, part time and tailor-made childcare.

We welcome babies, toddlers, pre-school and school age children throughout the year on a daily basis between 7.45 a.m.- 5.45 pm except when we close for 1 week during Christmas and on Public Holidays.

Our building is warm and welcoming, spacious and bright with lots of natural lighting flowing in from our garden and external play areas.

We encourage the involvement of everyone concerned to participate in our growth and progression. Ideas and suggestions are always welcome. We share information with all concerned both formally and informally through children, parents, staff, Parents Committee and Board of Directors. Feedback is always appreciated.

Our Mission Statement
Waterford Childcare Centre provides quality childcare, where each child’s individual needs are met, in a pro-active, progressive and friendly manner.

Our Ethos
The values and standards demonstrated at our centre include a respect, an understanding, and an acceptance that children, parents, trainees, students, project participants and staff have different needs and expectations bearing in mind the inclusion of positive equality and diversity measures and an anti-bias approach to all aspects of our day.

Within the diverse community of the centre, these needs are dealt with in a positive, constructive and caring manner. We are pleased to be part of the growth and provision of quality childcare and its associated practices.

The History of WCC
In 1992 a team of visionary people came together with a focus to develop a community childcare centre in the heart of the industrial area within easy access of the city centre, business, schools and colleges to facilitate parents working outside and inside the home and those availing of further education.
The centre opened in July 1994 and since opening, our centre and service has grown to include baby, toddler, pre-school and school age childcare with the inclusion of care and education programmes based on the frameworks of Siolta & Aistear.

Sources of Funding
On site staff and resources are extended with assistance from the Dept of Social Protection (DSP) and our Community Employment Scheme.

Childcare fees are subsidised by the Childcare Directorate of the Dept of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) through our Community Childcare Subvention (CCS), Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) & Childcare Education & Training Subsidy (CETS) schemes.

Our centre has been renewed and renovated with funding under the Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme (EOCP) & the National Childcare Investment Programme (NCIP).

Waterford Childcare Centre is a legal charity (Number 11292), registered with the CRA.