Child Care

Childcare Service Overview

Clever Clogs Child Care Service provides children and their families from Croom and its surrounding areas, a safe, welcoming, stimulating, age-appropriate environment in all our services. Here at Clever Clogs, the children are encouraged to learn, grow, and actively explore, to become competent and confident individuals. As a Community Child Care Service, we cater for all children of all cultures, race, religion, socio economic background and special needs. We provide a service that treats each child with the upmost respect and each child is valued as an individual and is encouraged to reach his/her own maximum potential at they own pace.

The staff are highly qualified, and we have a high adult: child ratio.

We take pride in developing a strong partnership with parents/guardians, committing to working together to build a solid foundation for lifelong learning for all the children.

Here at Clever Clogs, we operate the National Childcare Scheme and the ECCE (Early Childhood Care and Education) scheme.

The National Childcare Scheme (NCS) provides financial support for parents towards the cost of childcare.

The ECCE scheme provides children from 2 years 8 months to 2 free years of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Breakfast Club

This operates in the ground of Croom Family Resource Centre from 8am to 9am daily. Children are provided with a nutritious breakfast and can do some arts and crafts, outdoor play, or free play. They are accompanied to Croom National School for the start of the school day.

Pre School:

We run a morning session from 9am to 12noon and currently cater for 22 children. Children can start from 2.5 years of age. Our qualified staff provide the children with a basic educational grounding to ensure they enter school happy and confident. The curriculum is play based and age appropriate. We adhere to the principles of Siolta, the national quality framework. The activities we do follow Aistear’s themes, aims and learning goals. We are inspected regularly by the Child and Family Agency’s Early Years Inspection Team and fully comply with all Pre School regulations.

After School Service

We cater for children who are attending primary school and operates from 1:40pm to 5:30pm daily providing sessional and part time models.

Our professional service includes a diverse programme which allows children to thrive in a stimulating yet warm and welcoming environment. Our relaxed, yet carefully designed curriculum will meet the needs of each individual child.

Children are supported in doing their homework daily. We consider the way individual children learn and encourage a positive attitude towards homework. Children are encouraged to learn good habits and take responsibility for doing their homework. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that the homework is completed daily. There is allocated time for homework followed by play and activities.

Our activities are centred on areas such as arts and crafts, indoor/outdoor sports, group, and individual games, reading, sand/water play, dress up, imaginary play, computers, football, drama and cookery, organised outings, and group projects. Our secure outdoor area ensures each child gets the opportunity to be outdoors daily. The children are involved in designing activity plans which ensures that the programme is child led.

Out of School Programmes

We provide childcare camps during school holidays (Halloween Break, Easter Break, Summer Holidays). The emphasis on all our Camps is on taking part. Our daily programmes are designed to ensure excitement, fun and variety in each day. We are proud of our camps; they have been tried and tested and we know that our programme will offer your child a very worthwhile experience.


The goal of AIM (Access and Inclusion Model) 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.