The Office Staff comprises of Ollie Sheehan (the Owner), Susan Keogh (Joint Manager), Lisa McCarthy (Joint Manager), Jen Jones (Joint Manager) & Virginie Hyvernat (Accounts Manager), Anne Atkinson (Accounts) & Triona Fleming (Accounts).

We are here to oversee and provide a high standard of childcare for all parents and children that avail of our service. We help to guide and support a large team of childcare staff who care for all the children in our setting.

We liaise and complete all admin for external agencies e.g. Tusla, HSE, Pobal, AIM and Better Start supports.

We all share different roles and responsibilities e.g. Company Director,Child Protection Officers, Parent Liaision, Staff Liaison, Student Supervision, Health & Safety Officers, Fire and First Aid Officer.

We all help in the day-to-day running of the setting e.g. answering telephones, responding to emails, dealing with staff queries, supervising rotas and daily admins tasks.

We also oversee the introduction of prospective parents to our setting from viewings to settling in periods.

We carry out interviews when recruiting new staff and take them through the full induction process if they are a successful candidate.

Early Years

Our Early Years’ Service caters for children aged 12 months to 12 years.

Full Day Care Service – caters for children from 12 months to 5 years.

For Your Child:

Welcome to Mary Geary Childcare. When you settle with us, we get to know you and your family. We nurture your needs by observing you and creating activities for you to blossom in our care. Our aspiration is for you to grow, learn and develop into happy, confident and independent children in an environment that is self-loving, nurturing and inclusive to all.

For Parents:

We want children to become aware of their own unique talents and strengths, to know their value and be confident in themselves. Our main aim is to ensure that each individual child is emotionally, socially and physically ready for their next step in life.

Full Day Care Services

Full Day Care Opening Hours

Room Name:Age Group:Ratio:
  Butterfly Room/Caterpillar Room  12 months to 2 years  (1:5)
  Dancing Bluebells/Daisy Chains Room  2 years to 3 years  (1:6)
  Busy Bees Room/Honey Pots Room  3 to 4 years  (1:8)
  Mighty Oaks Room/ Little Acorns Room  4 to 5 years  (1:8)
  Sessional Preschool Rooms  2 years 8 months – 5 years 6 months  (1:11) 
  Afterschool  4 years – 12 years  (1:12)

Opens all year round
Monday to Friday from 7:45am up to 6pm sharp
(except Public Holidays, Bank Holidays, & Christmas Period)

Mary Geary’s Sessional Preschool (ECCE)

Mary Geary’s ECCE preschool caters for children from 2 years 8 months to 5 years 6 months. We currently have 4 ECCE preschool rooms open from Monday to Friday from 8.45am-11.45am / 9.00am-12noon.

First Friends RoomButtercup Buddies Room
Little Ladybirds RoomTory Tops Room

The preschool year runs from the end of August until the end of June. It is closed for midterms, following the same calendar as local primary schools e.g. October, Christmas, February, Easter and Bank Holidays.

A child must be 2 years 8 months by the 31st August of the year you intend to start them in the ECCE preschool, to avail of the ECCE scheme.

The ECCE scheme comprises of 3 free hours each day, 5 days per week, totalling 15 hours free per week.

A child is generally entitled to 2 free years preschool, depending on their start and finish dates. A child cannot be older than 5 years and 6 months, by the set finish date of the preschool year (end of June), before they go to primary school. See example below:

Birth Date Between:ECCE Start Date:ECCE end date:
1st January 2016 – 31st December 20161st September 2019 + 1st September 2020June 2021

We offer a breakfast (7.45am-8.45am) and a lunch club (12-1pm/2 pm) for children attending our ECCE preschool for a monthly fee.

We follow Aistear & Siolta the National Framework Curriculum, which is play based and centred around the interests and needs of the children with Early Years Practitioners as facilitators to learning.

Curriculum focus is primarily on the interests of the children, freeplay, social interaction, self help skills & independence and lots and lots of time spent outdoors.

Children learn at their own individual pace by doing rather than following.

We also work in partnership with the Better Start AIM (Access & Inclusion Model) programme dedicated to children with additional needs.

Mary Geary’s Afterschool

Mary Geary’s afterschool consists of 8 rooms dedicated to children from 4yrs up to 12 years, from Junior Infants to 6th class, attending local and surrounding primary schools.

All For One – Junior InfantsTwo of a Kind – Senior Infants
3 Amigo’s – First ClassFantastic 4 – Second Class
Hexagon – Third & Fourth ClassOctagon – Fifth & Sixth Class

Drop-offs and collections are available for Carrigtwohill, Glounthaune and Leamlara schools

Carrigtwohill Schools

  • Scoil Mhuire Naofa
  • Scoil Chlochair Mhuire
  • Scoil Chliodhna

Glounthaune School

  • Scoil Náisiúnta an Chroí Naofa

Leamlara School

  • Bishop Ahern National School

An important point to consider is that priority for drop off and collections is given to local Carrigtwohill schools. These schools are also feeder schools for the local secondary school, Carrigtwohill Community College (CCC).

Availability for all other schools depends on vehicle space.

A breakfast club is available for children who are being dropped to school from 7.45am until 8.10am sharp – this is to enable adequate time from walking to school or drops in vehicles etc.

General daily routine for an Afterschool child

Full day care is available for afterschool children during mid-terms, holidays and school closures from 7.45am to 6.00pm. Parents can avail of afterschool care with or without mid-terms.

  • Breakfast Club & Drop to school
  • Collection from school
  • Change of clothes
  • Hot Meal – prepared fresh each day
  • Homework  – We do not run a homework club at Mary Geary’s Childcare but we try to facilitate some aspects of homework in the afterschool club, written only – limited to 30mins to an hour depending on the age group. Reading homework is done at home.
  • Freeplay/Sports/Planned activities/Art and Craft/ Outdoors/Games/Reading

During mid-terms and holidays planned activities include: baking, movie day, day at the beach, science day, spa day, arts and crafts/outdoor play to name but a few.

We are a family of different backgrounds driven by the same call: to care, teach and direct children to achieve their best, to grow and to become amazing adults. We humbly help families to shape their children’s character, we laugh, cry and rejoice with them.

We are a relaxed afterschool focused on fun and creative learning in which children can take part in their choice of games and activities either indoors or outdoors. These include arts and crafts, board games, football, golf, exploring the woods, fun at the playground, dancing in our dance studio, and reading a range of different books we provide. Older children have access to a games room they can use on rainy days. A nutritious snack is offered to the children in the evening before the end of day cleaning.

Overall, we feel afterschool in Mary Geary’s offers a wide variety of amazing facilities to promote the children’s learning and development.