Our Philosophy

Little trinity Crèche and Montessori is a purpose built full day child care facility in operation since 2007. We cater for children aged 3 months to 12 years old. At Little Trinity, our aim is to provide a caring, safe and loving environment where children can grow and develop and try new experiences with qualified staff. By providing a safe and nurturing environment where each child learns at their own rate, the children at Little Trinity develop a positive self-image confidence in their abilities and willingness to try new experiences.

We provide nutritional meals throughout the day and also provide breakfast. Our curriculum includes the following; Art & creative exploration, Music & Drama, an introduction to numeracy and literacy, Gardening, Science experiments, Baking, Outdoor play - football, basketball, rugby, swing set etc. Little Trinity is full of fun in a home away home environment.

All staff at Little Trinity are fully qualified in childcare and first aid and are Garda Vetted before they begin working here. The qualifications of staff members are; FETAC Level 5 and 6, Level 6 Montessori, BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Studies and BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Education and Care. Staff qualifications are displayed in their respective rooms and are available for parents to view at any time. Each room provides a daily routine of all age appropriate activities and these activities are displayed on the walls for parents to view.

Little Trinity opens from 7am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday and we are we open 51 weeks of the year, we are closed for one week at Christmas. At Little Trinity we can cater for a maximum of 35 children at any one time. Here is an over view of the different rooms we have, their age range and the staff to child ratios:

Babies: 3 months to 1 year: 1 adult to 3 babies

Tweenies: 1 year to 2 years: 1 adult to 5 children

Playgroup: 2 years to 3 years: 1 adult to 6 children

Montessori: 3 years to 5 years: 1 adult to 11 children

Afterschool: 4/5 years to 12 years: as there are no regulations on afterschool children, we cater for up to 8 after schoolers for health and safety purposes.

Physical Development

  • Through a range of suitable equipment, small and large, indoor and outdoor to enable development of gross and fine motor skills, physical control, mobility and co-ordination
  • Gross motor skills will be developed through access to supervised, safe, suitable open spaces where children can run, jump, skip and climb
  • Fine motor skills will be developed through the use of crayons, scissors, brushes, construction materials, pegs and boards etc.
  • Technological skills will be enhanced through the exploration of natural materials including sand and water

Intellectual Development

  • Staff will encourage children to learn through a variety of equipment enabling children to understand concepts, encourage problem solving and improving memory and concentration skills
  • Children will be helped to reflect on their experiences and encouraged to learn from them
  • Sand, water and bricks aid development of concepts such as volume, weight, size etc., other less tangible concepts such as time will be introduced
  • The use of natural materials will be encouraged to aid development of an interest in science, technology and maths

Language Development

  • Little Trinity recognises that children’s language develops at different rates and will encourage a variety of activities for language
  • Staff will engage in meaningful exchanges, giving children opportunities to practice listening and speaking
  • The provision of shared experiences through outings and visits should encourage conversation and understanding
  • Staff will encourage speech using verbal and non-verbal prompts e.g. a nod or a smile
  • Development of concepts such as under/over, before/after etc.
  • Staff will encourage conversation on a one to one, small group and whole group basis
  • Staff will help children play with words using rhymes, songs and stories

Emotional Development

  • All aspects of the curriculum assist in the emotional development of the child though the following have been identified as more specific to this area
  • Children will be helped to identify, name and explore their feelings, both positive and negative within a relaxed and secure environment
  • Children will be encouraged to express their feelings to help them gain more self-control and should lead to sensitivity to the feelings of others and an awareness of responsibility for their own actions
  • This emotional growth should encourage growth in self-esteem and self-confidence thereby enhancing their relationships with other children and adults

Social Development

  • Children will be provided with opportunities to play together in settings that encourage them to learn to negotiate and co-operate, make concessions, assert themselves and fit in as part of the group
  • Children will be allowed to develop their play without unnecessary interruptions from adults
  • Development of social skills will be encouraged through the use of make believe play, poems and stories, music, outings and group projects

Aesthetic and Creative Development

  • Children will be encouraged to express themselves through music, mime, dance and painting which will also aid development of all the senses
  • Children will be given the opportunity to learn new experiences through introducing extra-curricular activities that may be provided for them by trained professionals from outside of the crèche, for instance the music generation programme
  • Children will be encouraged to develop a vocabulary that allows the child to express relevant concepts
  • Though the provision of a wide range of media e.g., paints, dough, clay, crayons and junk materials children will be encouraged to become more aware of the world around them by expressing their ideas and experiences through these materials
  • The process is more important than an end product, thus being involved in a group activity will give children freedom to express themselves without undue pressure