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Accredited by Siolta Quality Assurance Programme

Síolta is the National Quality Framework for Early Years Children’s Services. Síolta sets out 16 national standards, all of which are vital areas of importance for children’s services. Formal engagement with Síolta involves an ECCE setting implementing the full Síolta Quality Assurance Programme (QAP), supported by a Síolta Co-ordinator. The Síolta QAP is a twelve step process whereby an ECCE setting will carry out a range of activities including; baseline self assessment, action planning and quality development work, evidence collection and portfolio building. At the conclusion of these activities, the ECCE setting will submit the completed Síolta portfolio for external validation. Upon our formal external accreditation in July 2014 we were granted Level Four which is the highest level one can achieve and acknowledges that we achieved all 16 standards to the highest level.

In all we feel we have grown during the two year process, grown to appreciate all that we do. We have a new found appreciation for our environment, for the strong relationships we have with our colleagues and our families. We have developed skills that have thought us more about how to push ourselves that one step further, to improve our service not only for those who use it but for ourselves.

Nóirín Hayes visiting professor at the school of Education, Trinity College Dublin presents Crèche Manager Tríona O’Connor with the Bessborough crèche Siolta Quality Assurance Award

Nóirín Hayes visiting professor at the school of Education, Trinity College Dublin presents Crèche Manager Tríona O’Connor with the Bessborough crèche Siolta Quality Assurance Award

Appreciation of our hard working team

In our crèche we understand how important stability and routine are in a little child’s life. We acknowledge that we need to meet children’s needs of feeling secure and safe and also to keep consistency in the rooms by having the same routine. Our hard working team are our greatest resource.

There is a culture of continued professional development within the Creche. Over 90% of staff have undertaken further studies since 2010. The strengths and abilities of the team here at Bessborough are apparent to all that utilise our services. We maintain strong and informative roles with our families and offer where possible guidance and advice. We have a strong connection with local universities and colleges and our involvement with these results in our team being exposed to those who can share new and innovative ideas. Fresh eyes encourage us to observe our practices and to improve the service we offer here.

(L-R) Liz Cronin (team leader), Tríona O’Connor (crèche manager), Karen Hurley (team leader) and CEO of Bessborough Centre Thomas Quigley at Early Childhood Ireland Award Ceremony at Croke Park Conference Centre.

(L-R) Liz Cronin (team leader), Tríona O’Connor (crèche manager), Karen Hurley (team leader) and CEO of Bessborough Centre Thomas Quigley at Early Childhood Ireland Award Ceremony at Croke Park Conference Centre.

Further info on the Early Childhood Ireland Awards 2015:
www.earlychildhoodireland.ie/early-childhood-ireland-awards-2015