Eivers Lane Childcare Committee is a purpose-built community childcare service which opened its doors on November 2, 2009. It is run by a voluntary committee who meet on a monthly basis with the manager to oversee the running of the centre.
The service caters for children from 5 months to 12 years and at present we have 154 children enrolled over the week and we employ 19 staff.
We thank Leitrim Development Company who facilitate the Community Employment Childcare Scheme, Tús Employment Scheme and Rural Social Scheme.
Due to increasing numbers from opening we recently extended the service to hire the Canon Donohue Memorial Hall to facilitate the ECCE - Early Childhood Care & Education free pre-school service. This scheme entitles all children to one year free pre-school.
We also administer the CETS - Community Education Training Scheme for parents who have returned to full time education and CCS - Community Childcare Subvention Schemes from the Department of Children & Youth Affairs which is administered through Leitrim County Council Childcare Committee.
We were delighted to receive just over €29,000 funding from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs Capital Grant fund 2012 which enabled us to add an outdoor canopy to the children’s play area and also build the addition of a staff room for the service.
We also received €3,800 from the National Lottery Grant 2012 and €3,000 from the HSE Quality and Standards Grant which allowed us to erect a jungle gym and outdoor seating for our outdoor area, and additional play equipment for all rooms in the service.
Working as a community, not for profit organisation and with exceedingly increased running costs, the benefit of the additional funding towards the service is great.
Fundraising is crucial to the running costs of the service and additional grant aid from the capital grant, National Lottery, HSE, etc is vital to ensure the upkeep and update of new equipment for the children.
We would like to thank everyone for celebrating with us.