Cheeky Cherubs Early Years Schools, Bishopstown
We opened our first centre in May 2005, in a converted bungalow with a deceivingly large secure outdoor area. For eight years, we provided a Full Day Care service in this setting for children from six months to school age, following the Cheeky Cherubs curriculum. In the summer of 2013, we made the decision to adapt this environment to create a new vision for early year’s experiences. The children now plan to work and move from one area to the next in an open plan environment without being confined by walls. There is a huge emphasis on providing opportunities, experiences and stimulating spaces in which the children will grow socially, emotionally and creatively, which in turn will develop their cognitive skills, social and emotional skills and their school readiness. Cheeky Cherubs has won many awards, one of which was for our documentation of our environment and approach to Reggio Emilia in this early years school.
Cheeky Cherubs Early Years Schools, Cork City Council Workplace Crèche
Cheeky Cherubs: Cork City Council Workplace Crèche based in the Cork City Hall was opened in March 2007. Here we cater for up to 50 children, aged from 6 months to 12 years, incorporating an Infant and Wobbler Room, Toddler Room, Preschool Room and After School club. The layout of the building is different to most other settings in that it is spread across two buildings and three floors. Due to its location in the heart of the city, the children can take advantage of the many amenities and sites surrounding it, including; the Fire Station, Cork City Library, functions in the Millennium Hall such as the Cork Pops Orchestra, events for Culture Night, etc., Crawford Art Gallery, the English Market, the Bus Station, the Elysian, Shalom Park, the city centre itself; the list is endless.
As most of the parents of the children attending Cheeky Cherubs Cork City Council Workplace Crèche know each other through work, there is a great sense of community and parental involvement in this centre, the success of which can be seen in our Parent’s Committee. Over the last number of years, we have been involved in many projects and have won a number of awards, including the All Ireland Centre of Excellence Award, Learning Story Awards and environmental awards.
Cheeky Cherubs Early Years Schools, Ballincollig
In 2008, we opened a purpose built crèche in Ballincollig. It has a well thought out design and layout, with a large outdoor space. In this service we care for and educate children from six months to school age and have up to 17 educators, administrators and auxiliary staff. In this setting we have an Infant room and a Wobbler room both of which have their own separate sleep rooms and changing areas. There are beautifully laid out Preschool and Toddler rooms. All our rooms have direct access into our large and inviting Outdoor Area. Following a study visit to Reggio Emilia in Italy in early 2008, we commissioned a number of pieces such as; our miniature kitchens, our light tables and platforms which all add to the uniqueness of Cheeky Cherubs.
In 2012, we built a ‘Passive Classroom’ on site to facilitate our Sessional Preschool classes. This is a very healthy environment for our children and showcases our on-going investment in our service. We are passionate about our environment, a passion which we share with the children who attend Cheeky Cherubs. We have recently been awarded the “Green Flag” for environmental awareness. We have also received awards for our approach to curriculum and our attention to nutrition and the importance of the dining experience. We have received Level Four in the Siolta Quality Assurance program, all of which shows our ongoing dedication and commitment to the care and education of children.