After School

In recent years numerous studies have been conducted on the benefits of After School in various countries. Research shows that quality After School Services have the potential to impact on: the children who attend; their families; the schools; employers; local communities; society, health and…

This self evaluation tool has been developed and organised in seven units, covering all of the essential elements of an effective school age programme as
identified by a range of researchers (see Halpern, 1999, 2000, Fashola, 2000, Eccles, 1999, Little, 2007, Moloney, 2007):

Developing School Age Childcare

In an Irish context, there is a need to provide a childcare facility to meet the care needs of children whose parents’ work or educational timetables are incompatible with school timetables. To fully address the gaps between school hours and the parents’ timetables, such a childcare service may be required to provide for the care needs of children before…


Welcome to the Border Counties Childcare Network’s web site.

The Border Counties Childcare Network (BCCN) is a unique network funded by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform’s Equal Opportunities for Childcare Programme 2000-2006 and by the Health Services Executive – North Eastern and North Western Areas. The funding is primarily aimed at supporting the development of a co-ordinated approach to the delivery of high quality early childhood services in the counties of Monaghan, Meath, Louth, Cavan, Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim. The BCCN has six full-time posts; Denise McCormilla, Project Manager; Catherine Dowd, Assistant Project Manager; Mary McSkeane, Training Officer; Linda Lafferty, Quality Development Officer; Michelle Hart, Quality Implementation Officer; Mary Coleman and Mary Hughes who job-share the post of Clerical Assistant; and one part-time post which is held by Dympna McAdam, Admin. Assistant – Training Department.