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UCD: University College Dublin: Oakmount Crèche

Welcome to the childcare facility for UCD students and staff.

UCD has had a crèche on campus for approximately 30 years. The crèche has seen many developments over the years, growing from a 40 place facility into a nursery that now has places for over 60 children. The current purpose-built centre was done up in 2006 and is situated near the Clonskeagh entrance of the campus. It is located beside a beautiful woodland area, it is a one storey building and it has two large gardens at its disposal where the children explore, have fun and play games with their friends in a safe environment.

Oakmount Crèche is operated as a not for profit company. It has a board of directors and a committee, with both staff
and student parent representatives, who meet regularly to discuss issues, support centre management and develop plans for the centre.

All the staff are qualified childcare professionals and are supported with further education and training.

If you would like to organise a tour of the crèche, please have no hesitation in contacting us either by email or by phone.
We will gladly organise a tour where as a parent you can see an environment that is described as a “home away from home” and why Oakmount Crèche prides itself on not just being a crèche, but a family orientated community.


Centre Manager: Jennifer Kinsella

Telephone: 01-2695143

Email us!

UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland. Tel: 353-1-7167777

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UCC; University College Cork;

Crèche Cois Laoi is managed and supported by Áras Na Mac Léinn. The crèche caters for 80 children of students and staff of University College Cork.

On Monday 12th April Crèche Cois Laoi was presented with an All Ireland Centre of

Excellence Award and has become the first university Crèche to achieve this status.

Crèche Cois Laoi operates under the auspices of Áras Na Mac Léinn and is located at the Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, UCC.  The crèche has places for up to eighty children and has a staff of twenty.

Crèche Cois Laoi’s mission is “To provide the highest quality childcare for the children of staff and students of UCC in a safe, loving and accepting environment within which each child is supported in developing their potential at their own pace and where self-respect and respect for others is constantly promoted.”

Angela Cronin is the Manager at Crèche Cois Laoi. She was delighted that the crèche received this award and in her praise of the staff on being awarded The Centre of Excellence said: “I would like to thank all the staff at Crèche Cois Laoi for their commitment and dedication in working to bring the Crèche to the high standard that we have achieved. We have all learned so much during the process and we can see how the improvements and changes that we have made are positively impacting on the children.”

The Centre of Excellence Award is bestowed by the National Children’s Nurseries Association (NCNA).Angela Cronin explained: “NCNA members recognise and promote the value of providing quality day care for each individual child in their care. Quality childcare positively influences children’s earliest experiences in day care and plays a vital role in their future development. The All Ireland Centre of Excellence Award acknowledges the NCNA members who are providing excellent standards of care for children in Ireland.”

Location:  Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, College Road

Crèche Manager:  Angela Cronin

Phone: 021 – 4901607



NUIG; National University Galway;

NUIG provides the following supports for students with children.

A list of community-based childcare services that are available in the area please

The University Crèche is located near the campus at No. 50 Upper Newcastle Galway, close to Corrib Village.  It has been designed furnished and equipped to the highest standards so it caters for children from 3 months to 5 years and consists of a baby/wobbler room, toddler room and Montessori and play rooms. At the moment we cater for 45 children. A purpose built extension has just been completed and is due to open this summer.  We would advise all prospective students to reserve your place as soon as possible as places are given on a first come first served basis.  For more information contact Christine or Fiona on 091-493739.

Childcare Support

If you require one to one advice there is support available for students who are parents. Please contact; Cindy.

Childcare subsidy

Applications for the childcare subsidy with be available in October/November and will be advertised as part of the Student Assistance Fund.


Una McDermott, Administrative Assistant, Aras Ni Eimhigh
Tel: +353 91 495282, Ext. 5282

Cindy Dring, Health Promotion Officer Aras Ni Eimhigh
Email: Cindy. ring
Tel: 353 91 492048, Ext. 2048
Mobile: 087 8526367


University Limerick:

Silver Apples Crèches

Mission Statement

At Silver Apples Crèche we are committed to providing quality childcare to the children who attend the crèche. We provide a warm, friendly and caring environment, where each child is valued as an individual. We provide each child with a range of challenging activities to support the child to reach his/her potential.

“Aims and Objectives

To provide quality childcare.

To provide a range of stimulating and challenging activities for all children who attend the childcare service.

To work in partnership with parents/guardians and the University of Limerick.

To work cooperatively with the HSE (Health Service Executive) and other childcare agencies as appropriate and necessary.”

Ref: Email:

Silver Apples Crèche cater for the following age groups:

Babies:  14 weeks to 1-year-old approx up to an after School Service:  age 4/5 to 12 years.

Baby Room; the crèche has a fully equipped baby room with a range of developmentally appropriate toys, equipment and materials. Individual care programme developed for each baby, with daily report provided for parents.

Baby Sleeping Room
This room is located beside the baby room and each baby has its own individual cot and bed linen.

Waddler / Toddler Room
This group of toddlers have their own play area including access to wet play, sand and creativity areas.

Waddler / Toddler Sleeping Room
This is located alongside the activity room with a range of cots and beds to allow for the developmental needs of this group of toddlers.

Pre-School Rooms
There are 2 pre school rooms located within the crèche. Each individual room is equipped with a range of age appropriate equipment and children have access to a messy play area and quiet areas for reading and relaxation.

Magic Room
Named for the children by the children, this room is truly a magical space reflecting the outdoor location of the crèche with seasonal light adding a surrealistic dimension to this room. The main purpose of this room is to provide opportunities for the children to access a range of sensory materials. All children have access to this area as reflected in the different care programmes provided by each individual group.

Children’s Library
Established in 2005, this library houses a beautifully illustrated range of Equality and Diversity books to encourage discussion and awareness of the global world by the children and staff. The library has a quiet central location with in the crèche and is regularly used by the children from age 2 upwards and is also equipped with a selection of soft furnishings including bean bags, story cushions and sofas.

Outdoor Area
Each play room has direct access to an out door area which is equipped with swings, slides, wooden play house and all weather play surface and grassed areas. The children are actively involved in growing seasonal vegetables and flowers. In addition to this the crèche makes use of the many nature trails located on campus and children enjoy trips and picnics throughout the year.

Manager: Oliver Moloney

Postal Address
Silver Apples Crèche
University of Limerick

Phone: +353 61 213468


Ballyfermot College Further Education:

The College has a purpose built crèche which is of excellent standard. This crèche is registered with and inspected by the HSE.

The crèche is located in the Ballyfermot Civic Centre. This is a five minute walk from the College campus.

The crèche can cater for 23 children ranging in age from 3 months to 4 years.

Due to the limited number of places early application is advised to those students who wish to avail of the crèche provision.

It is now a requirement that the student is VTOS approved to avail of a place in the crèche.

For further information contact the College, or the crèche directly at (01) 6207145.


Tallaght Institute of technology:

ITT does not have a crèche on campus but it provides a childcare assistance fund to help students with the cost of childcare while they are attending college.

Childcare Assistance Fund

ITT Students Union operates a Childcare Assistance Fund to assist students with the costs of childcare.

Application forms are available from the Students Union.
For more information contact:
Ciaran McEvilly, SU Welfare Officer
Ph: 01 4042562
Pauline O’Reilly, SU Secretary
Ph: 01 4042553

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