All About Us
What Sets Us Apart
Ardfinnan Community Playschool was established in 2004 with the aim to provide a safe stimulating and friendly environment in which children can grow and express themselves. A place where each child is cared for, listened to and their interests are catered for. Ardfinnan Community Playschool is registered with Early Childhood Ireland. It is a committee run, non- profit making group. We are a sessional service operating over a 38 weeks year offering morning and afternoon sessions.
In 2015 we won the “Innovation in Celebrating Community” Award from Early Childhood Ireland in recognition of our learning of the community we live in. In 2016 we were awarded the accolade of “Healthy Ireland Preschool Service”. This programme focused on health promotion, oral health, nutrition health and safety, physical activity and emotional well-being, it is run by the HSE. In 2017 we were successful in achieving our “Síolta Quality Assurance Award”, this is a national award aimed at ensuring high quality childcare settings are recognised. In 2018 we were recognised for our Learning Story by Early Childhood Ireland. In 2020 we shortlisted by Early Childhood Ireland LINC Award for Leadership in Inclusion. We were successful in retaining our Síolta award in 2022 scoring top marks in all categories.
This year 2023 we have again been awarded the Healthy Ireland Smart Start Award; this award recognises all pre-school services that participated in the HSEs Healthy Ireland Smart Start programme delivered by NCN. The award acknowledges the role and influence the pre-school setting has in promoting children's health and well-being.
Meet Our Staff
Our Early Years Educators
Erica Condon is our playroom leader. Erica has 15 years’ experience working with children, she is fully qualified holding a FETAC Level 6 in Childcare, a Level 7 LINC Award and holds certificates in other relevant courses.
Elaine Cowan is our administrator & playroom assistant. Elaine has 14 years’ experience working with children; she holds a FETAC Level 6 in Childcare and a FETAC Level 5 in Bookkeeping & Payroll and holds certificates in other relevant courses.
Jenn Baker is our playroom assistant. Jenn has 6 years’ experience working with children, she holds a FETAC Level 5 in Childcare and Level 8 in Social Science, she holds certificates in other all relevant courses.
Photo left to right - Erica Condon, Elaine Cowan & Jennifer Baker