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BEL Childcare Services Overview

img1Starting in a Crèche or Pre-School setting for the first time is a big leap for both parents and children. This experience must be a process of establishing trust with parents and teachers, so that children can become independent as they grow in confidence to manage the world outside of home.

With the benefit of over 25 years experience in Early Childhood Education, we at BEL Childcare are dedicated to creating a secure, vibrant, stimulating and nurturing environment for your child during this influential time. We look forward to being partners with you as we guide and encourage your children to grow and discover themselves as young learners.

We have established our services so that children in our care can feel safe to explore a new environment, new materials and new relationships. At BEL Childcare we welcome both children and parents into a community and a partnership with teachers. We look forward to being partners with you as we guide and encourage your children to grow and discover themselves as young learners.

BEL Childcare Service Summary

Safe & Secure Childcare Facilities

Situated in Cork City suburbs, BEL Childcare's Crèche & Pre-School facilities ensure the highest safety standards.

Crèche & Pre-School Services

Care provided to children from 15 months to 5 ½ years of age.

Qualified, Professional Educators

Our Teachers are highly trained, enthusiastic and experienced in all aspects of early years education and care.

Participates in ECCE & Other Government Schemes

The ECCE scheme provides all children in Ireland with 2 years free Pre-school Education. The scheme is available to children aged approximately 3 to 5 ½ years, depending on their date of birth. Information on other Government schemes currently available through BEL Childcare can be obtained from our offices.

Full & Part-Time Options

We provide a range of options for care, including full-time, part-time and sessional. Our part-time options include both morning and/or afternoon sessions.

Healthy Meals & Snacks

BEL Childcare promotes healthy eating by providing a well-balanced & nutritious diet to all children attending the service.

Download a sample menu.

BEL Classrooms Overview

Our classrooms and staff to children ratios are as follows. Please note that the ages listed are approximate and represent the youngest child we cater for in each room:

Wobbler Room (12+ months) – operating until November 2024
1:5 children under 2 years

Junior Rooms (15+ months old) – from November 2024
1:5 children under 2 years
1:6 children over 2 years

Senior Rooms (2/2.5 + years approx. to age of ECCE eligibility)
1:6 children over 2 years (non-ECCE)

Pre-School Rooms: (from 2 years 8 months to 5½ years approx. depending on child’s date of birth)
1:8 & 1:11 children

BEL Services, Facilities & Resources

Full & Part time Day Care & Sessional Care
Nutritious meals and snacks prepared on site by our cooks
Morning & afternoon ECCE Pre-School sessions
Breakfast & Lunch Club options before & after ECCE session
Optional healthy snacks for breaktime provided during ECCE session
Government Schemes: NCS, ECCE etc.
Play-based, emergent curriculum based on Síolta and Aistear
Stimulating classrooms and rest areas
5 complimentary hours settling-in period at the crèche
Experienced on site Management Teams
Fully qualified and Garda vetted staff
Inclusive care provided with AIM, LINC & Float staff
Detailed Reports & Feedback Daily
Regular developmental checks & observations of each child by key workers
Opportunities for parental involvement through career visits, mystery readers etc.
Preschool Graduation & Class concerts
Santa’s visit & surprise
Secure, partially covered outdoor play areas
Convenient parking


Parent Testimonials

My son and daughter both started with BEL in the baby room, a daunting experience for us handing over our precious little ones to anyone for the day, but the staff in BEL make it a very positive experience for all. We’ve always found them easy to talk with and found the handover in the morning and back in the evenings was always excellent. The introduction of the Little Vista app also means I can now talk to the kids more about their day and what they learned.

In every room from babies to wobblers, toddlers and now in pre-school, our kids have been very fond of their carers – giving them big hugs in the morning and evening. Knowing that they are well cared for, well fed and stimulated throughout the day, has made BEL a very pleasurable experience for all the family and I couldn’t thank all the staff enough for this.

Anne Cooke
Parent of a 4 & 5 Year Old

Pawel Jankowski & Eimear Young-Jankowska
Parent of a 1 Year 6 Month Old & 3 Year Old
We have two daughters attending BEL full-time. Both have been attending since they were 11 months old. From our first ‘research’ visit, when we were shown around the centre, our experience has been positive. Handing your babies over to somebody new for 8-9 hours a day is not easy, but we have found the staff to be kind, patient and full of happy, smiling facial expressions, which our girls have responded very well to.

For our second little girl, the move from being with mum full-time to crèche full-time was a hard one. On those first few days in crèche, I appreciated the phone calls from staff to collect her early, as she was so upset. Honesty is the best policy! The baby room staff are to be commended for their patience and resilience in settling my little one into her new environment.

Our older daughter has moved up through the crèche to pre-school and each move was handled carefully – gradually exposing our daughter to the new room until she was comfortable with it, while also providing plenty of interaction with us as parents. All the staff across the rooms, are to be commended for their nurturing and attentive qualities.

I would totally recommend BEL Childcare as the staff are truly amazing and I’ll be forever grateful for their kindness in caring for my children. The peace of mind I had returning to work after maternity leave for both my children was invaluable, knowing that my children were receiving the best possible care. Both my children run into class every morning and sing the names of their children en route to crèche.

My children have attended since they were 11 months old, with one now in pre-school and I cannot speak highly enough of their teachers, who are loving, patient, friendly and accommodating – no ask is too great. This is also true for the admin staff, who are efficient, approachable and keep us up to date on events. The resources, such as arts and crafts and meals are top class. BEL was recommended to me and I’ve no regrets whatsoever. Thanks to all at BEL.

Aileen O' Sullivan
Parent of a 2 & 4 Year Old

Questions or Queries?

We understand that a parent will have many questions or concerns when enrolling their children into a childcare facility. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or queries. We're happy to help!