Fairy Folk Montessori and After-school have been awarded an All Ireland Centre of Excellence by Early Childhood Ireland (ECI).
This prestigious award is awarded to a handfull of childcare services every year and Fairy Folk have become the first in Kilkenny to recieve this award, something that the staff and the families attending the service are very pround of indeed.
The Award was presented to Fairy Folk at The Early Childhood Ireland Gala Dinner in Belfast recently by Northen Irelands Junior Minister Jonathen Bell.
The All Ireland Centre of Excellence award is a programme that encourages and supports childcare providers to ensure that the quality of provision in their facilty is of an excellent standard.
There were 10 areas of practice examined, these focused on relationships within the service, the curriculum and partnership with parents.
“Its a fantastic achievement for Kilkenny” said Gretta Murphy Co-ordinator of Kilkenny County Childcare Committee. ‘This is the first Early Childhood Ireland (ECI) Centre of Excellence in our county and because the programme is examined so rigorously by ECI, we can be sure that the quality of the experiences for children in Fairy Folk are of the high standard required for this award’
Fairy Folk was established in 2004 by Maria Hitchcock with 15 children and has now grown to provide a service for almost 50 families in Kilkenny.
Maria believes that high quality early education and care for children improves their overall health and promotes their development and well being. At Fairy Folk a child’s world opens up in new ways as they begin to interact with others, improve coordination and strengthen their cognitive skills with plenty of hands-on activities.