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Sunday 22 January 2017

Recognition for best nurseries

Published 07/02/2010 | 05:00

THE Minister for Children, Barry Andrews, last night presented 16 childcare facilities from around the country with All Ireland Centre of Excellence awards.

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In the same week that health chiefs warned that one-third of childcare facilities were not inspected last year, as inspection personnel were diverted into dealing with swine flu, these 16 childcare providers were found to excel in the early-years care they offer.

The quality mark has been awarded to nearly 100 National Children's Nurseries Association members since 2002 -- all of whom volunteered themselves for a scrutiny that might be expected as a matter of course, thus providing a common standard of care.

The 16 that excelled this year were: Parklands Nursery and Montessori School, Bright Horizons Family Solutions and Nurture Childcare and three Park Academy Childcare facilities, all in Dublin; Chatterboxes and Happy Steps Childcare, both in Co Kildare; Grovelands, Mother Hubbards and Bright Horizons, both in Co Meath; Cairdeas and Grovelands, both in Co Westmeath; St Catherine's Community Childcare in Co Carlow; Cheeky Cherubs in Cork; and Rockmount Day Nursery and Country Kids Day Nursery in Northern Ireland.

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