Unrivalled reputation spanning almost 30 years

Fonthill Lodge Childcare is a family run service offering the highest standards of childcare and education in Lucan / Palmerstown & Clonee.

We care for children from apx. 12 months old up to 5th class in primary school. We offer drop off and collection to many of the primary schools in Lucan, Palmerstown, Clonee, Dunboyne, Little Pace and Ongar.

Our staff are qualified, skilled, trained and supported, ensuring we have one of the most loyal, kind, knowledgeable and child-focused teams in Ireland.  

We strive to provide affordable and flexible options for parents with part time, sessional and full time care available. NCS & ECCE funding schemes are accepted and run in both services.  

Healthy, tasty and nutritious meals are home-cooked on site by our dedicated cooks. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are provided. 

Both our services are purpose built creches with spacious class rooms, quality equipment and plenty of resources. Both creches have very large, private outdoor play areas for all age groups.

Our focus is to provide a safe and loving environment for children. We respect and appreciate our staff and they in turn, help the children in their care feel happy and safe to learn through play and a large variety of experiences.

National Childcare Scheme

The National Childcare Scheme (legally known as the Affordable Childcare Scheme) is a national scheme of financial support for parents towards the cost of their childcare. The Scheme includes two types of subsidies towards the cost of quality childcare:

1) A universal subsidy is payable for children between the ages of 24 weeks and 36 months who are using childcare services with an approved childcare service provider. It is also payable for a child who is older than 36 months but does not yet qualify for the Early Childhood Care and Education programme. The universal subsidy is not means-tested and is available to all qualifying families of any income level.
2) An income-related subsidy is payable for children from 24 weeks to 15 years of age who are using childcare services with an approved childcare service provider. The level of subsidy is determined by the family’s reckonable income. 

2 Free ECCE years

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides free early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. Children can start ECCE when they are 2 years and 8 months of age and continue until they transfer to primary school (provided that they are not older than 5 years and 6 months at the end of the pre-school year) .

The State pays for children to attend our Preschool for 3 hours per day, Monday to Friday for 38 weeks (September -June). Children who already attend fulltime / part time childcare may also avail of this service and their fee will be reduced by €262 per month.

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