Brigit’s Hearth programmes focus on infants and young children. We believe in the importance of allowing time for every stage in human development. 


PROGRAMMES

Over the last 10 years we have been exploring new ideas for the care of young children outside their homes. We have become very aware of the responsibility of caring for young children at such a vulnerable and crucial age

The facility can accommodate 26 children ages six months to 6 years old in a mixed age family setting. We provided part time and full time care. As a Community Developed project we offer both the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) subsidy for 3 and 4 years old and the CCS and CCS Plus subvention for
low income families.


the house

Every morning the children are welcome in the house. The adults are engaged in the preparation of the food and other activities /crafts related to the day and the season. During this time the children can join the domestic activities or free play in the open plan kitchen / living room. In good weather and at the beggining of our new season, when new children are settling, we spend the mornings (9 to 12) outdoors where the adjusting is easier. The palyroom is a very active place during the afternoons  (1.30 to 3) for those children participating in our longer programme.

We chose to heat our house with a high efficient wood burner that we light every morning before the children arrive. The burner,  heart of the house, occupies the center of our house. This way we all benefit from the lovely glowing light that creates a real home feeling, specially in those wintery dark mornings.

The fire, the smell of the fresh baked bread and the bubbling soup, the warmth of the soft colours and natural materials on our walls and floors, it all contributes to create the Home Experience that it is crucial to healthy human being development.   


the woods

At Brigit’s Hearth the children spend an average of 2.5 to 3 hours outdoors in all kinds of weather. Our goal is to provide the children with an early experience of the beauty of a natural landscape throughout the seasons as well as building a healthy immune system and strengthening gross motor skills.

We are at the privileged location of Raheen Woods Estate, an ancient reservoir of natural woodland and the home of the oldest, more than 1,000, oak tree in Ireland: the “Brian Boru Oak”, named after the last High king of Ireland whose palace was in Killaloe. The time spent in this ever changing environment will lead the children into a life-long relationship with nature. Our surrounding woods, meadows and gardens will teach environ- mental stewardship.


Summer Camps

More information on Summer camps contact us.


PROGRAMMES

  • Morning in the Woods: From 9 am to 12 pm. We offer this programme to small children as an introductory experience to our longer programes. This is also the programe for those children participating in the three hour free per-school scheeme. Parents are required to participate during the first day / days. Children from all the other programmes are also with us during these hours. 
  • Welcome to our table: From 9 am to 1.15 pm. This programme includes a warm home cooked meal and shared time at the table for stories, songs and games. Minimum age required 3. 
  • Stay for the Day:  from 9 am to 3 pm. This  includes sleep and afternoon snack. It is the programme for those children under 3 whose parents need extended care as it offers the under 3 years old the compulsory sleep that is part of our policy for this age children. Older children also welcome. The programme for the older children includes a 20 minute rest after lunch. 
     
  •  Long Day: from 8 am to 6 pm. Exclusively for working parents and subject to a children's settling trial period. We only offer this programme when there are a mínimum of 6 children on demand.
 

PARENT AND CHILD PROGRAMMES

    • Parent and Baby:  Four week courses for babies 2 to 6 months old ( not yet crawling ). Learn about Emmy Picker's insights on the importance of 'self initiated movement' and take time to observe the movements of your baby. Share time with other parents. Learn lullabies and finger games. 

     

     

    • Hand in Hand: Four week course for children from 1 ( walking ) to 3 years old. This course  is designed to introduced parents and children to the 'art of walking hand in hand '. We promenade the woods, allow the children time for free play and share a fruit snack.

     

    • Upcoming dates 2018:

    April 20th and 27th

    May 4th and 11th

    from 10am to 11:30am

    Cost €50 (payable in advance)

    facilitated by Veronica Crombie                                                                                                                                                                            

    For more information, registration, dates and prices please contact us 


    * We also deliver the ECCE Government Preschool Year for children aged between 3.5 to 4.5 at the time of registration in September. This programme runs along the hours of our  Morning in the Woods programme - 9am to 12.

    ** The minimum attendance to any of these programmes is of 3 days per week. The minimum registration length is of 3 months. 

    *** The registration process requires an interview and a home visit.