Charities Regulator number 20060558
Registered Company Limited by Guarantee
The main day to day funding of Louisburgh Childcare Ltd Full Day Childcare (creche) service comes from Core Funding, the National Childcare Scheme and co-payments from parents.
The National Childcare Scheme
The National Childcare Scheme was introduced in November 2019 and the rates were increased substantially on 2nd January 2023. It provides subsidies to parents for childcare costs in Tusla-registered childcare facilities.
There are two types of childcare subsidy for children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years of age:
A universal subsidy which is not means tested and which gives parents €1.40 per hour per child towards childcare costs.
An income-assessed subsidy which is means tested.
Your childcare provider, including childminders and school-age childcare services, must be registered with Tusla and have a National Childcare Scheme contract with the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.
Registration and cost
The maximum amount of children that the full day childcare service can cater for is 15 at any time.
The daily rate per child is €40 and for €25 per half day.
Tusla’s Early Years Inspectorate is responsible for the regulation of pre-schools, play groups, day nursery, crèches, day-care and similar services which cater for children aged 0-6 years.
Under the Child Care Act 1991, Tusla is obliged to assure the health, safety and welfare of pre-school children attending services in their area. All pre-school service providers must notify Tusla of their service. Tusla provides us with support, advice and guidance in running our services through the close working relationship with the Early Years Development Worker.
As Louisburgh Childcare provides a full day childcare service we are subject to inspection by Tusla under the Childcare (Preschool Services) Regulations Act 2006. The regulations are concerned with the standard of the service in areas including health, welfare and development of the child as well as behaviour, child/adult ratios, premises and facilities, floor space, heating and ventilation, sanitation, food, safety measures, facilities for rest and play and insurance. Inspection is designed to ensure the health, safety and welfare of children and the promotion of their development. It is also to ensure that pre-school services comply with relevant statutory requirements including the pre-school Regulations.
The Tusla inspector inspects the premises each year to ensure safety and hygiene standards are adhered to. Shortly after the inspection Tusla are required to put the report on their website, for public viewing.
Louisburgh Childcare Ltd is registered for 15 children in the full day childcare service. Staff are fully qualified and have Garda Vetting, and are re-vetted every 3 years.
Louisburgh Childcare has successfully registered its full day childcare service (creche) with Tusla and the certificate of registration is displayed at Cairde Caher.
Early Childhood Ireland, (ECI)
We are members of ECI, (Early Childhood Ireland) which offer a wide range of support services for childcare providers. Louisburgh Childcare Ltd is fully insured (under ECI) against accidents and for outings.
Mayo County Childcare Committee
Louisburgh Childcare has a close working relationship with Mayo County Childcare Committee who provides us with support, guidance and advice in our provision of quality childcare services. The Mayo County Childcare Committee's (MCCC) remit is to deliver early childhood care and education programmes which support children and families in Mayo. Mayo CCC works collaboratively and collectively with the Dept. of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth, Pobal and Voluntary Childcare Organisations to achieve this.