Buddies Child Care

Mission Statement

This Policy is available to parent’s, staff and children of preschool and school age Service. This information is also available in a child friendly format to children availing of our service.

Buddies is a caring, fun, loving family support environment for the local community, where everyone works together to nourish children’s social, emotional and educational development.

We aim to:

  • Provide quality care and comfort in a safe, friendly environment that meets the needs of children and their families in our community.
  • To offer an early learning programme through the intervention of play activities that allows children to grow in all areas especially social, emotional and holistic development and enable them to reach their full potential.
  • To support families and parents
  • To deliver a childcare service of the highest quality that will develop, improve and sustain each child’s overall quality of life.
  • To ensure that the childcare service is delivered flexibly, attentively and in a non-discriminatory fashion.
  • To ensure that each child’s needs and values are respected in matters of religion, culture, race or ethnic origin, disabilities or impairments.
  • To ensure that the care service in whole is delivered in accordance with agreed standards.
  • To manage and implement a formal programme of staff planning, selection recruitment, training, supervision and personal development to enable childcare needs to be met.
  • To manage the childcare centre efficiently and effectively to make the best use of resources and to maximise value for money for the parent/carer.
  • To value partnerships with parents/carers through encouraging and fostering good communication, being attentive and responsive to feed back and by sharing information.

Your little Buddies are always going to be busy, active, interacting, learning and having lots of fun. We bring modern and on trend ways of learning and experimenting, encouraging creative, social and physical skills. We also promote healthy eating in a fun and attractive way! We explore gardening, the seasons and festivities like Valentines and Easter. We hold special day events like Teddy Bear Picnics, Fancy Dress, Colour Days and of course all birthdays are celebrated too!

Buddies Staff

At Buddies Childcare Centre we are very fortunate to have a reliable, hard-working, enthusiastic, and highly qualified staff working in our Centre.

All staff have been vetted by the Garda Vetting unit. Our staff are all committed to undertaking training in Tusla’s Children’s first, pediatric first aid, manual handling, and child development, which supports children’s holistic wellbeing. All staff will continue to up skill their individual professional development which will contribute to an efficient working team.

In each of our rooms in buddies there is a qualified room leader and we operate a keyworker system for the children to ensure that all the children’s needs and developmental milestones are met.

At Buddies a supportive management structure is in place to ensure all staff are facilitated with the necessary skills needed to maintain a high quality provision in line with Síolta national quality standards and current Legislation and policy.

Each practitioner that is part of our team has to adhere to the Aistear framework for curriculum from 0-6 years. Each Practitioner has the responsibility to provide a play based, child centered, emergent curriculum that engages all children in their care.

As of June 2021 all our practitioners are now fully vaccinated


Elaine Doyle – Coordinater

Laura Healy – Assistant Coordinater

Opening Hours: 7.30am – 6.00 pm Monday to Friday

Contact Details

Phone: 0667148212

Whatsapp/Mobile: 087 6068231

Email: budsfrc2016@gmail.com  |  1buddieschildcare@gmail.com


What We Offer

Here at Buddies, we offer an early learning programme through the intervention of play activities. We have a simulating, creative curriculum which we deliver through Aistear and Síolta that encourages children to be capable, imaginative, independent and social.

Síolta focuses on quality within the centre while Aistear helps staff to provide curriculum to help children’s development through appropriately challenging, positive and enjoyable learning experiences through play for children from birth to six years. For more information www.aistearsíolta.ie 

We are also very proud to work with AIM. The goal of AIM is to create a more inclusive environment in pre-schools, so all children, regardless of ability, can benefit from quality early learning and care. The model achieves this by providing universal supports to pre-school settings, and targeted supports which focus on the needs of the individual child without requiring a diagnosis of disability. For more information www.aim.gov.ie

After Schools & Homework Club

Our After Schools & Homework club offer an afternoon of fun, creative activities and projects, as well as supervised homework. We also offer pick ups from Ballyduff National School.

River Shannon - The Toddler Room

Our Toddler Room is designed to encourage independence, social interactions and early language through a variety of play based programmes.

Long Strand - The Baby/Wobblers Room

Our Baby/Wobblers room is a warm, caring and safe environment for very young children to begin exploring the world around them.

Atlantic Ocean & River Feale - The Preschool & Junior Preschool Rooms

There is currently 2 free preschool years available through the ECCE. These sessions offer a fun, stimulating, creative programme of activities that encourage children’s holistic development, strengthening their social and emotional skills in preparation for Primary School

Our Rates

Please note the list below is our Full Price List. Working families are entitled to reduced fees through the National Childcare Scheme. This is a scheme that provides financial support to help working parents meet the costs of childcare. 

The NCS provides 2 types of childcare subsidy for Children over 6 months of age:

  1. A Universal subsidy for children under 3 (not means tested)
  2. An income-assessed subsidy for children up to 15

This will not affect your Child’s Free Preschool Programme

Your Childcare provider must be registered with Tusla and have a National Childcare Scheme contract with the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

Families in receipt of government benefits may also be entitled to reduced childcare fees. Please contact the centre for more details or see www.ncs.gov.ie

Full Price List

Our Junior Preschool and Preschool years are Fully Funded by the government and are free from children aged 2 years and 8 months. Please contact Elaine to confirm your Child’s age elidgability. Children must bring their own packed lunch.

  • Full Day Care: €35 per day. All meals are included.
  • Part Day Care: €17 per day. All meals are included

(9am – 1.30 pm for the am session or 1.30pm – 6pm for the pm session)

Afterschools and Homework Club – €11 per day. All meals are included. (1.45 pm – 5.15pm)

Summer Camp

We offer a wide range of camps throughout school holidays. Easter Camps, Halloween Camps and of course Summer Camps too. Each camp is filled with fun, interaction and is suitable for all ages. Below is a list of some of the things we cover. We always try and accomodate what “phases” are in trend for each camp. For example the Slime phase was a big hit over the last number of our camps. 

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Outdoor games
  • Obstacle courses
  • Baking
  • Science/Experiments


What we can gaurantee is a super busy and fun week for all ages!