Over 60% of the children attending come from the Southill area, with many others having connections to the area also. The childcare service has developed a strong reputation in the Limerick area due to the warm and welcoming nature of all its staff.
The area of Southill witnessed a decline in population of 31% over recent years. However, with new homes built in the area and more expected, the facility has seen a steep increase in young families seeking to access its services – not just from the Southill area but from the surrounding areas of Fedamore, Castletroy, Janesboro and further afield.
The Tait House afterschool service has gone from strength to strength and will be moving to the new building with added facilities in the near future.
The Tait House childcare facility has 6 rooms catering from babies right up to afterschool. It boasts 4 outdoor play areas along with a kitchen on site for all their nutritional needs. The staff at the facility are continuously upskilling and are encouraged to initiate new, innovative and exciting activities for the children.
Rachel acknowledges that Childcare is a prime concern for parents. Her team offers a safe, affordable option that allows children to socialize and learn in a way that is structured around their needs with lots of outdoor play and fun.
Rachel is proud of the service we provide and always strives to improve based on parental feedback and national best practice models. Rachel highlights her team as integral to nurturing a fun, upbeat and enthusiastic communicators.
“Many of our staff have been here over a decade. Their warm caring nature is what makes the crèche a home away from home for the children in our care. Children are excited to come to crèche each day to meet their teachers and their friends”.
“The facility also runs camps, mindfulness classes and computer classes for afterschoolers in particular during school holidays. Our activities are so diverse and all of these elements when put together are what make this place so special” she added.
Children at the facility are encouraged to partake in different events – for example for the All Ireland Final last year we held a green day and the children all made different art work to display along the walls and show our support for the Limerick team. We hope to repeat this again this year! Most recently the children did activities on recycling and the environment as part of our TLC5 campaign.
Rachel is keen to stress to parents that the National Childcare Scheme (NCS) has changed slightly with changes coming into effect in October this year. Where previously parents used to provide us with specific details the parents will now have to register themselves for funding.
There are two types of supports available on this scheme: a universal subsidy and an income assessed subsidy. To do this they must have a verified MyGovID, public service card, mobile phone and email address.
Once the NCS is up and running they can then register. Once completed they will then provide a Child identification Key (CHICK) which will give all the information needed regarding entitlements. All parents are encouraged to get their verified MyGovID. Parents will have the option to remain on their current scheme for one more year to allow for the smooth transition to the new National Childcare Scheme.
Rachel notes that extra supports are available from Tait House should anyone need them.
Tait House is happy to provide assistance and access to computers to ensure that registration is as smooth as possible. We are happy facilitate a workshop, if required, to clarify the process for parents. We will also follow this with one to one support for applicants through the process which will be private and confidential. Our staff are available to help with any issues that may arise. Parents can give us a call on 061-313019 or pop into the office to me here and we can arrange a time to sit down and go through the application”, she says.
Not many can boast or provide the wonderful environment that our particular service provides. Our house is a 19th century protected structure surrounded by manicured grounds; a rookery and snail farm; event spaces as well as a dedicated enclosed urban garden for afterschool”.