Outside of the usual Child Benefit, which is paid automatically, there are some benefits
specifically targeted to the cost of childcare.
These are government funded schemes where funding goes directly to the childcare
provider. This in turn allows them to offer free and extremely well-subsidised childcare
places. See our ECCE and TEC blot (above) for more information.
Do the children have
to bring a packed lunch?
No, all meals are provided. The Montessori-only pupils, who attend from 8:45am–11:45am,
may bring a small midmorning snack. Otherwise, all meals, including snacks, are provided.
How safe is the journey from the local schools ?
All three local schools connect directly to each other and, through a private entrance,
to our back garden! Pupils coming from Scoil Áine, Scoil Íde, Scoil Mhuire and St
Joseph’s never set foot on a public road.
Staff turnover can be high in some crèches.
Is this the case with Bright Sparks?
Not at all. As a manager I feel extremely lucky to have been able to retain the same
team since opening our doors in 2004. Apart from recruiting two new members of staff
this year, our team has remained unchanged. I value greatly this continuity of care
as I feel it’s so important for children to be able to develop a trusting relationship
with their carers.