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General Information

Opening Hours

8am - 6pm • Monday to Friday
We are closed on Bank Holidays, Christmas through New Years, and re-open the next working day after the New Year Bank Holiday.

Government Schemes

ECCE Scheme

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides early childhood care and education for children of preschool age. From September 2018, children will be able to start ECCE when they reach 2 years and 8 months of age and continue until they transfer to primary school (provided that they are not older than 5 years and 6 months at the end of the preschool year). Children will only be able to enroll in preschool in September. There will no longer be entry points in January and April.

Currently €245.10 is taken off your fulltime fee when your child is eligible (September to June only).

Exemptions from Age Limit

If your child is over the eligibility age requirement due to special needs, they may be able to get an exemption from the upper age limit for the ECCE Scheme. There are no exemptions to the lower age limit.


Lakelands Childcare opens at 7.30am and closes at 6.30pm, so food is a vital component to a happy healthy child. We have a healthy eating policy offering lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and only water and milk for drinks. Our onsite cook prepares a home cooked hot lunch and a healthy teatime snack for the older children; while babies are offered fruit or vegetable purees and finger food.

Meal Times

  • Breakfast consists of baby porridges, porridge,
    Weetabix and toast with fruit
  • Snacks at approximately 10am, 2pm, 5.30pm
  • Lunch at approximately 12pm
  • Teatime at approximately 4pm
  • (We incorporate babies own routine that you have implemented at home).

Sample Weekly Lunch Menu

  • Monday Macaroni Cheese
  • Tuesday Roast Chicken with Mash & Vegetable Selection
  • Wednesday Sweet and Sour Pork with Fluffy Rice
  • Thursday Salmon and Broccoli Bake with Pasta
  • Friday Turkey Casserole with Mash or Rice

All meals are served daily with either steamed rice, freshly mashed or roasted potatoes, pasta, couscous. Lots of fresh vegetables are added along with beans, lentils, bulgur wheat etc. Certain allergens/foods may be omitted to suit diet, please speak with our chef and or staff/management. We cannot guarantee a nut free/allergy free environment however we have a nut free policy in place.

Snacks and drinks are offered regularly throughout the day to include milk, water, rice cakes, cheese cubes, raisons, apricots, crackers, fresh fruit selection, and much more.

What is Provided?

All food and snacks are provided. You will need to provide baby milk/formula or breast milk; once child is off formula we will supply cows milk. Nappies, wipes, ointments and a daily change of clothes must also be provided.

Parking & Public Transport

Plenty of parking outside for drop off and pick up.
Convenient to both Sandyford and Kilmacud Luas stops.
75 bus stops outside.

Garden & Outdoor Time

We get out as often as we can to our garden with slide, sand pit, bikes and trikes. Or with double buggies to bring babies for a walk.

Data Protection Policy

Lakelands Childcare have a Data Protection Policy in place to protect the information about our staff and the parents and children associated with our setting. Any paper work such as forms or documents discussed will be shown to you, along with our policy document when you have been guaranteed a place in the crèche. You can become familiar with all our paperwork and the reason for its use.

All other data / application forms are destroyed by shredding.

Other Policies

We have an extensive detailed policy booklet to ensure a well-run childcare service. Please contact us for more details on our policies.


For information on fees and any questions you may have please contact us for a viewing and a detailed brochure. €245.10 is taken off your full-time fee when your child is eligible for the ECCE Scheme (September to June only).


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