Crèche celebrates 20th anniversary & creates new ECCE places with Early Years Capital funds
08 August 2016
Clare Family Resource Centre is celebrating 20 years as a provider of quality childcare for families in Ennis, County Clare.  Run by a voluntary group of directors, the service is one of the largest community crèches in the county. The centre caters for children between the ages of six months and ten years and offers a full range of early years services including, full-time day-care, part-time, morning and afternoon sessional and an afterschool service. 
The centre has a strong focus on addressing disadvantage and benefits from several Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) funded programmes including Community Childcare Subvention (CCS), the Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programmes and Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) all of which Pobal administers on behalf of the department.
Clare creche.jpgDuring the recent 20th anniversary event the service celebrated with many of children and families whom they have educated, cared for and supported over the years. In fact, the service is now catering for children whose own parents attended the facility as infants.
CFRC is a diverse and multi-cultural environment with children from Nigeria, Poland, South Africa, USA, France, Morocco, Egypt, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia and Lithuania currently attending.  The childcare workers are also from diverse backgrounds and many are bilingual.
The manager, Ms. Maureen Keane has worked in CFRC for 15 years and her focus is on managing a happy child-centred environment which cherishes the children and allows them to grow through indoor and outdoor play
The service also has another reason to celebrate. Currently the facility can cater for approximately 134 children, however, they have recently been granted Early Years Capital 2016 funding, provided by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and administered by Pobal. This funding will enable them to expand their space to accommodate 20 new Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) places for pre-school children from September this year.
Ms Keane said: CFRC would not be in existence today without the assistance of the DCYA and Pobal. The funding and on-going support and governance allows the centre to offer all-inclusive, quality childcare to all children in the Ennis area.”
As well as the recently approved Early Years Capital 2016 funding, the service had also benefitted from a previous Early Years Capital grant in 2015 which enabled them to purchase much needed equipment.