Our Application &
Admission policies

Mary Geary’s Childcare operates an anti-discriminatory policy. We welcome children and staff from all ethnic origins, religious backgrounds, faiths and those who have special needs.

Enrolment Procedure

At Mary Geary’s Childcare we cater for children from the age of 4 months to 12 years.

We have a booking system that operates on a first come first served basis. An Advance Booking Register will record contact details, number of days and hours required.

We maintain a waiting list where there are no places available.

If there is a vacancy or when one arises you will be invited to make an appointment to view the early years service.

Preference is given to full time children, part time places are subject to availability.

The indoor and outdoor facilities, programmes, routines and policies will be covered during this viewing.

A price list and booking form will be given at the end of the viewing.

To secure a child’s place the booking form needs to filled in and returned to the office with a €400.00 deposit. This amount will be refunded when your child leaves the early years service (one month’s notice in writing is required).

Only on receipt of a deposit and booking form will a place be reserved.

Once a deposit is received there will no reduction in the number of days booked for the first 6 months attending the early years service.

After this period a change of days is subject to availability with one month’s notice in writing.

Children enrolling in the ECCE scheme will be signing up for the 52 week scheme, the 38 week scheme applies to sessional care only.

A deposit of €200 is required for a sibling of an existing child. A place is not automatically kept for a sibling. Only when a deposit is received is the place secure. This deposit will be refunded after the sibling has started and attended 6 months.

Mary Geary’s Childcare reserves the right to refuse entry or placement if we believe this will be detrimental to the care and well-being of your child, or the children in our care.

List of Our policies & Procedures

We have an extensive list of policies and procedures in Mary Geary’s Childcare including some of the following:

Child Protection & Welfare Policy
Confidentiality Policy
Safety Statement
Fire Prevention & Evacuation Procedure
Health & Nutrition Policy
Complaints Policy
Child Illness Policy
Collection & Non-collection policy
Medicine Policy
Staff Absences Policy
Outings Policy
Staff Support & Supervision Policy
Managing Behaviour Policy
Risk Management Policy
Sleep Policy
Multimedia Policy
Equal Opportunities Policy
Inclusion Policy
Settling in Policy
Infection Control Policy
Toilet Training Policy & Procedure
Anti-Bullying Policy
Biting policy
Recruitment Policy
Accidents and First Aid policy

*A complete version of our policies and procedures is available in our childcare facility upon request.


The ECCE Programme

Parents can avail of the Early Childhood Care and Education Programme at Mary Geary’s Childcare. The ECCE programme is a universal programme available to all children within the eligible age range – 2 years 8 months before the 1st September. The programme is provided for three hours per day, five days per week over 38 weeks per year and the programme year runs from September to June each year. From September 2018 there is one point of entry for the programme year – September. Childcare services taking part in the ECCE scheme must provide an appropriate pre-school educational programme which adheres to the principles of Síolta, the national framework for early years care and education


The Affordable Childcare Scheme

As Mary Geary’s Childcare is registered with the Child and Family Agency, Tusla, parents can avail of the Affordable Childcare Scheme with us.

If your child is aged between 6 months and 36 months* and is enrolled in Tusla-registered childcare, you are eligible for a non means-tested universal childcare subsidy of up to €20 per week.

Parents can continue to receive the universal subsidy until their child begins their ECCE (free pre school year). In some cases this will be slightly older than 36 months.

If your child is under 6 months old, you may qualify for a means-tested childcare subsidy of up to €145 per week.

CCS Session Type Universal Band (CCS Band U) ( Weekly Subsidy)
Full-time (i.e. 5.01 or more hours)
Part-time (i.e. 3.31 to 5 hours)
Sessional (i.e. 2.16 to 3.30 hours)
Half-sessional (i.e. 1 to 2.25 hours)

Children must be enrolled in TUSLA registered childcare services in order to avail of the universal subsidy.

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