Cheeky Cherubs Early Years Schools strive to promote quality and our team are very high achievers which is evident from the awards we have received over the past few years.
Early Childhood Ireland supports and represents the people who play a role in the development, delivery and oversight of quality Early Childhood Care and Education in Ireland. Some awards we have received from Eearly Childhood Ireland include:
Síolta, the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education, was developed by the Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills.
The aim of the Siolta programme is to introduce participants to the principles, standards and processes of Síolta so that they become familiar with the framework and are informed, ready and able to engage with the Formal Siolta QAP.
It was a two year process which involved us creating a 90,000 word portfolio documenting and showing evidence of our high standards. We also attended monthly cluster groups in the evenings and worked with our Síolta mentor, Lucy Connolly, through several onsite visits. The journey culminated with a final validation visit in April 2014. This was a very positive experience and the validator’s feedback was excellent. We received the highest level of quality possible, a Level 4 the highest standard, across the board. This is a huge achievement and is testament to the hard work the Cheeky Cherubs team put in. We received a plaque for this Accreditation and proudly display it, along with our other awards, in the lobby.
Learning Stories Awards:
Early Childhood Ireland launched the “Learning Stories Awards” in 2012. These awards were initiated to showcase the wonderful work and learning that is happening in members’ services. Cheeky Cherubs are at the top end of the quality ladder and are delighted to contribute. We have won awards for our Learning Stories in 2013 and 2014 as well receiving Highly Commended certificates. Our Learning Stories are displayed in our centres and we continue to submit our ongoing work for consideration of further Learning Story Awards.
The Early Childhood Ireland Innovation Awards recognise Early Child Care and Education services who generate spirit, energy and drive in providing better experiences for the children and families accessing their services. In 2014, we won an award for “Innovation in Environment and Design”, for bringing practices normally found in a Reggio Emilia Preschool into an Irish context. Our emphasis on open plan environments and allowing the children to move freely from one space to another as well as our focus on the dining experience here in Cheeky Cherubs clinched the award for us.
International Green Flag Award:
An Taisce, the National Trust for Ireland, is the foremost environmental organisation in Ireland. Its range of interests extends from the natural heritage of land, air, water, flora and fauna, to the heritage of buildings and gardens. Through its local, national and international networks, it seeks to educate, inform and lead public opinion on the environment and influence policy and development.
At the National Green Flag Ceremony on Tuesday 27th May 2014, Cheeky Cherubs Early Years Schools was awarded an International Green Flag in recognition of our efforts in working towards a sustainable lifestyle through “Litter and Waste” reduction and recycling.
It was a lengthy process and included documenting and putting in place committee meetings, an environmental review, developing an action plan, monitoring and evaluating our progress, co-ordinating litter picks within Cheeky Cherubs and also into the community (around the local estate), incorporating recycling materials into our activities and curriculum, involving and informing and of course coming up with our very own “Green Code”
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All Ireland Centre of Excellence Award
Cheeky Cherubs Early Years Schools are proud to have been awarded the prestigious National Children’s Nursery Association (NCNA) All Ireland Centre of Excellence Award. The prestigious Centre of Excellence Awards are awarded to Early Years Care and Education providers who are committed to raising standards and providing quality services. Providers are assessed under various criteria including activities and programmes for children; relationships in the nursery; partnerships with families; health, safety and hygiene; staff conditions and professional development; physical environment; food and nutrition; management and administration; implementation of policies and procedures and evaluation and review of the Early Years Centre. This award is proof of the quality standards across Cheeky Cherubs Early Years Schools.