Opening Hours, Fee and Payment Policy

Cuan Bhríde Childcare Centre

Opening Hours, Fee, and Payment Policy


Cuan Bhríde Childcare Centre will be open Monday-Friday from 8.00am to 6.00pm. The full day care hours are from 8.00am to 6.00pm, pre-school morning sessions from 9.30am to 12.30pm and after-school and free play hours are from 2.00pm to 6.00pm. Part time services are available for children in the pre-school room who wish to stay until 2pm, or avail of the breakfast club and stay until 12:30pm. Children will only be allowed to enter the building in the morning if there are two staff members on site. Children are not allowed to be in the building before 8am.

The facility will be closed on all public holidays, Good Friday and the time between 24 December through to the new year. A list of all days the centre is closed will be distributed every September and upon admission. If there are any changes parents will be sufficiently notified. Cuan Bhríde Childcare Centre reserves the right to change the number of days the centre is open.

Cuan Bhríde Childcare Centre participates in the following government schemes:

  1. Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ECCE) Free Pre-School Year Program

  2. Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Program

  3. Training and Employment Childcare Programs (TEC)

  4. Affordable Childcare Scheme

 The fee which a parent will pay will be the cost price of the place as advertised less the relevant subvention amount for each program.

Charges in relation to the following must be stated in advance –

  1. Fees policy is posted in reception

  2. Fees are payable every week or two weeks on receipt of invoice

  3. Fees to be paid in full when children are sick or when parents take holidays

  4. If a child is participating in the ECCE scheme and chooses to attend the centre outside the time of 9:30-12:30 on a regular basis, additional charges based on days and times required will be charged.

  5. If a child is participating in the ECCE scheme, and a parent chooses to have their child attend the centre for a particular number of afternoons, full fees, minus the ECCE scheme hours, must be paid for every day, including sick, holidays, or any other absences during the ECCE calendar year. This price is dependent on the amount of hours the child is in the centre in total and the sessions they attend.

  6. If children participate in ECCE, non-ECCE days must be booked in separately. Full fees apply for non-ECCE calendar days when booked in.

  7. When a child is receiving a subvented rate, and then attends the centre outside the normal “booked” week, fees will be charged at full rate for that time.

  8. Optional extras – Weekly fees and the ECCE scheme does not cover the cost of outings and special events, such as a class trip or photographs. These are not obligatory. If a child does not participate in the event(s), alternative activities will be arranged.

  9. A fees letter will be given to parents in September every year, or when their child first begins to attend the centre, which will be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to the manager. A copy of this will be given back to the parent for their records.

  10. A calendar based on the type of program and amount of weeks the child is in the centre will be given to parents.

  11. Children are to be collected before their session ends. This will allow time for the parent and the teacher to discuss the child’s day. If a child is late being collected (after the session has ended), a charge of €5.00 per child will be added to the invoice for that week. After 10 minutes, a second charge of €5.00 will be added. This will continue until the child is collected.

  12. As the centre is closed at 6pm, all children must be collected before this time.

  13. Cuan Bhríde Childcare Centre will provide snack/drinks during each session.

  14. Children in all day care will also receive a hot lunch in addition to the snacks.

  15. After-school children will receive dinner on arrival.

  16. If parents are providing food, Cuan Bhríde Childcare Centre ask that they follow the Healthy Eating Policy and not to provide sweets or crisps. Chewing gum and nuts are banned. (See Healthy Eating Policy)

  17. Where parents provide containers for food, such as lunch boxes for their child, items should be clearly labelled and will be kept separately.

  18. Snack items brought from home that need refrigeration must be brought to the staff’s attention, so they can put items in the refrigerator.

Updated 12 September 2018