St. Catherine’s Kilkenny Road Community Childcare & Family Centre

Our Services

Creche – We offer a crèche service for Wobblers (12 to 30 months) and Toddlers (30 months to 3 years plus) on the Kilkenny Road.

Pre-School Service & ECCE scheme – The Pre-School provides an opportunity for children aged 3 years to school-going age to learn through play.

Opening Times
We offer full and part-time childcare in the Kilkenny Road. Our opening times are from 8.30am to 5.30pm for full-time places.
We also offer part-time places in the mornings from 9.00am – 1.00pm and afternoons from 1.15pm – 5.15pm.
Our ECCE Free Preschool service is open from 9.30am – 12.30pm.

About Kilkenny Road Community Childcare and Family Centre Service

Given the increasing demand for affordable childcare in Carlow, St. Catherine’s were looking for an opportunity to increase our childcare services. Working with Kilkenny Carlow Education and Training Board (KCETB) and the Carlow County Childcare Committee we were delighted to open our new Community Childcare service in the Kilkenny Road Community Childcare and Family Centre in September 2014.

As with our service in St. Catherine’s we are committed to providing a service in the Kilkenny Road Centre that focuses on the individual needs of the child and providing a warm and welcoming environment for children and their parents and carers.

Parent Statement 2023 Kilkenny Road

Service Calendar ECCE Kilkenny Road

Service Calendar CCSP Kilkenny Road

Service Calendar Summary  NCS Kilkenny Road

Our Staff

Our staff are our biggest asset and we promote and encourage their professional development and on-going training. All our childcare staff are fully experienced and qualified to a minimum of QQI Level 5. The majority of our staff are qualified at levels 6 and 7 while we also have staff qualified with a Level 8 in Early Childhood Education and Care. Our Childcare Manager, Judith Byrne has over 15 years experience in Childcare. Both Judith and our Assistant Manager, Pauline Byrne have the Level 8 Early Childhood Education and Care Degree.

St. Catherine’s is fortunate in that our staff turnover is virtually zero ensuring our children get to build long term relationships with their carers. All of our Childcare team, including staff, students and volunteers are Garda Vetted prior to commencing in our service.

Our Facilities and Curriculum

Our childcare services are committed to providing your child with positive play and learning experiences while in our care. Our play-based programme is influenced by the Síolta Quality Framework as well as the principles and themes of the Aístear Curriculum, including wellbeing, identity and belonging, communicating and exploring and thinking.

Our rooms are set out in a range of themes and interests including the following:    

  • Block Area
  • Dramatic Play Area
  • Toys & Games Area
  • Art Area
  • Library Area
  • Discovery Area
  • Sand and Water Area
  • Music and Movement Area

The daily routine of each room involves planning activities that cover all aspects of child development including their physical, social, emotional and language development.

Our Funding/Fees

As a Community Childcare service the Kilkenny Road Community Childcare and Family Centre is registered with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to provide 3 Government schemes:

  • CCS (Community Childcare Scheme)
  • ECCE(Early Childhood Care and Education – Free Preschool Year)
  • CETS (Childcare Education and Training Scheme)

Under the above schemes reduced childcare fees are available for eligible families. For more information on fees please contact us directly.

Kilkenny Road Community Childcare and Family Centre
Kilkenny Road
R93 FX65


Phone: 059 9137392
Fax: 059 9138701

To find out more about our community childcare services on St. Joseph’s Road please Click Here

Pauline Byrne

Childcare Manager

Tel: 059 9137392

For more information