About Us

Raglan is a small, award winning crèche, established in 1986.

We provide a caring, happy and safe environment for each and every child. Being a small crèche enables us to create a relaxed and happy atmosphere creating a ‘home away from home” for your child. The needs of parents and guardians are always taken into account at Raglan and we do our utmost to accommodate your individual requirements.

We embrace an ethos that leads to happy children, happy caring staff, happy parents and positive interactions.

We provide an environment which encourages children to express themselves freely and spontaneously, and promotes an enthusiasm for learning which is child led rather than adult led, allowing each child to blossom, feel secure and loved. Raglan is owner run and managed which is a very important aspect of our facility. We know each child really well, their likes and dislikes and what makes them tick!

We are constantly re-evaluating our service to ensure that we continue to provide the highest standard of care.

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Our Promise

Our Philosophy

We at Raglan work in co-operation and partnership with parents in all aspects of the care of their children. We embrace equality, irrespective of gender, race, religion or disability. We embrace an ethos that leads to happy children, happy caring staff, happy parents and positive interactions. We maintain a safe, developmentally appropriate environment. We respect, support and celebrate children’s individual needs, culture and differences. We provide an environment, which encourages children to express themselves freely and spontaneously, and supports their enthusiasm for learning. In as much as is possible we provide care in a home from home setting We are a small crèche with small numbers in our group settings. We are constantly retraining and upgrading our standards of care.

Our Objectives

To provide a safe secure, stimulating environment which embraces all children and values their race and language, gender, age, ability, culture, class and religion. To value all children as individuals and appreciate their uniqueness. To value parents and carers as the primary educator of their child To have high expectations of the children and of ourselves. To ensure that all staff receive appropriate training and maintain high levels of practice. To develop practice which is based on a philosophy of responsibility towards each other. To enthuse the children about the extensive range of creativity and imagination experienced through the arts. To recognise children as part of communities, peer groups, families and the wider society.

Our Aims

We support the learning and development of each individual child by providing an integrated, balanced, broad, stimulating and differentiated curriculum, working in partnership with parents, carers, and the children. We provide a secure learning environment, which enables children to be. Respectful of themselves and others. Happy and confident, Independent and Interdependent, Compassionate and Caring, Tolerant and Patient, Curious and Creative, Appreciative and Appreciated.

What We Offer

Raglan is open from 8.00 am. to 2.30 pm Monday to Friday and we are open nearly all year round. We are not a sessional service. We offer 2,3,and 5 day spaces.Raglans settling in period for children is gentle and we take our lead from the child depending on how they are doing and for the first couple of days the Parent stays with them for the short while they are with us. Then we gradually build up the time they are here.

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Little Wigs ( 1 - 2½ )

The little wigs is a High/Scope environment and is child lead. Making choices for themselves, they are happier and more independent, leading to fewer tantrums. Toddlers are curious and busy little people. We encourage them to explore and develop at their own pace. We provide a balance between play and the developmental needs of each child. We encourage independence and free choice in a safe and nurturing environment.

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Big Wigs ( 2½ - 5 )

In the Bigwigs we find a good happy medium between Playschool, High Scope and Montessori influences so the room has a certain amount of structure, without being too school like. Activities are based on the children’s interests and we facilitate learning through encouragement and by supporting and extending the child’s development.

ECCE Scheme

We participate in the ECCE scheme designed to give children access to a free Pre-School Year of appropriate programme-based activities in the year before they start primary school. Participation in a pre-school programme provides children with their first formal experience of early learning, the starting-point of their educational and social development outside the home. Children who avail of pre-school are more likely to be ready for school and a formal learning and social environment.

CETS Scheme

The purpose of this programme is to benefit parents on eligible FÁS and VEC courses. The CETS programme is managed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) on behalf of FAS and the VECs who in conjunction with the Dept of Education and Skills, decide who is eligible and the main terms and conditions of the programme.


HighScope is a quality approach to early childhood care and education which has been shaped and developed by research and practice over a forty year period. It identifies and builds on children's strengths, interests and abilities.The HighScope curriculum is used internationally in a variety of settings including day care, créches, playgroups, nursery and primary schools.The central belief of the HighScope approach is that children construct their own learning by doing and being involved in working with materials, people and ideas.

More about HighScope can be found here - http://www.highscope.org

Active Learners

High Scope views children as active learners, who learn best from activities they plan, carry out, and reflect upon.
  1. Children learn from personal interaction with ideas, direct experiences with physical objects, and application of logical thinking to these experiences.
  2. The components of active learning are, manipulation, choice, language from the children, and support from the adults.
  3. Children enjoy a “hands on approach,” not teacher directed approach.
  4. Children are actively involved with materials, and with support from adults can express what they are doing and further develop and refine their language and cognition skills.
  5. The High/Scope educational approach supports active learning through a daily routine largely made up of plan-do-review, in addition to other activities described.
  6. The planning process children to use language to make a choice about the materials they are going to work with, which provides for a consistent time to express their choice, build on their own interests, and recognize themselves as individuals who act on decisions.

Planned Activites

The role of the adult in the High/Scope approach is to plan activities based on the children’s interest, facilitate learning through encouragement, and engage in positive adult-child interaction strategies.
  1. Work time allows the children to carry out those plans with the support of the adults to encourage, extend those ideas and provide opportunities to solve problems
  2. Clean-up time is naturally integrated into the plan-do-review cycle at the end of work time. At this time children return materials to their labelled places on open shelves.
  3. Small group time is used to develop closer relationships between teacher and children in which the teacher plans the materials for small groups and begins the session, but leaves the remainder of the time to the children to explore the materials in an open-ended fashion.
  4. Circle time allows the whole group to meet together with an adult for 10-15 minutes to play games, sing songs, or do basic movement activities.
  5. The framework or curriculum element of the High/scope approach is based on the key experiences, which guide the teacher in supporting and extending the child’s development. Such key experiences include creative representation, language and literacy, social relations and initiative, movement, music, classification, seriation, number, space and time


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Our daughter Eva attended Raglan Child Care Center for three years between the ages of two and five. She was very happy and stimulated and looked forward to playschool each day. Jean is very creative and very warm with the children and great at appreciating their individual personalities.

Claire Prior & David Swift
My two daughters attend this wonderful centre. Jean and the staff encourage the children’s creative spirits: the girls love to show me their daily ‘masterpieces’. As a smaller facility, I am delighted with the personal care and attention my girls receive. The friendships they have made and the fun they have are so important in their lives. My girls’ smiles say it all.

Hugh Holmes
Our daughter Nina Lola attended Raglan Childcare Center for over 3 years. We couldn't have found a better place, we were very lucky because Nina Lola was so happy to go to the creche everyday and she has learnt so much. She grew up in a safe, fun, loving environment. Jean is a very professional, lovely, caring lady who is giving a lot of her time and energy to both children and parents. We are delighted that Jean and Nina Lola still have a great relationship

Daisy Berteloot & Nicolas Beaufils
All 3 of my children have attended Jeans and absolutely adore her. My eldest still loves to run in for a hug when dropping off his sister's in the mornings. Two of my children had delayed speech and Jean helped them on a daily basis with their speach and followed through with any work I was given by the speach therapist. It is a small creche which means they all get the individual attention a child needs.


Contact Us

Raglan Childcare Center

35 Oliver Plunkett Avenue,
Dun Laoghaire,
Co. Dublin
A96 DW27

By Bus
4, 46A, 63

From the DART (Dún Laoghaire), You can take the 46A or 63

Phone: 01 2841474
Email: jean.larmour@gmail.com

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