The Tigers are coming to Town!
Leading Irish childcare operator launches in the UK
Tigers Childcare, the Ieading childcare operator in Ireland, with over 13 much loved chilcare centres there, has just opened it’s first of 9 planned launches in the UK, and despite lockdown is already signing up new tiger cubs, along with a big recruitment drive for nursery staff, with its revolutionary take on childcare.
Tigers Childcare was conceived in 2003 by former teacher, Karen Clince in response to demand for high quality after-school provision for children of working parents in and around Dublin. It has grown considerably over the last 17 years, expanding to include full day care and pre-school provision for children aged 4 months and up.
Karen tells us, “We want to provide something that’s unique in the UK when it comes to childcare quality and family experience. Much more than a childcare service, a holistic take on this essential stage. We know many parents are anxious about returning to normality after the past few months and we want them to know that we are with them. At Tigers children are encouraged to have opinions and to question and participate. With 90 per cent of brain development taking place within the first five years of life, these years shape us into the people we will become. We want to provide something that’s unique in the UK when it comes to childcare quality and family experience. From the design of the centre to staff qualifications, we hope to set a new benchmark for childcare provision by applying the same practices, procedures and ethos underpinning our success in Ireland.”
Today, over 1,250 children are looked after by Tigers Childcare in 13 centres in Ireland’s capital and its satellite towns where it is considered a market leader in the provision of high-quality childcare solutions. Karen Clince sits on a number of childcare focused government boards and steering groups and is one of only 50 people in Ireland trained in the world renowned ITERS and ECERS scales, giving her a specialised understanding of what makes a high-standard childcare setting.
The first centre in the UK sits in stunning surrounding, the 7,000 sq ft centre is located in Elephant Park, the exciting new mixed-use development area in the heart of Elephant & Castle, comprising of almost 3000 homes plus shops, restaurants, cafes, green areas and a large central park area. Welcoming 120 children from 4 months to 12 years, the state-of-the-art space aims to make learning fun and memorable with its two large partially covered outdoor play areas, sensory rooms, dedicated crawl spaces and sleeping pods.
The model used by the company is to exceed statutory requirements surrounding childcare staffing. All senior staff have degree qualifications with the remainder qualified in early-years care and education.
Different rooms cater for different age groups from a discoverer’s room for babies to a Breakfast Club room for local school-going children. The facility also incorporates key areas with the aim to constantly challenge a child’s development and make learning fun. Children can enjoy stimulating areas for motor play, dramatic play, block play, gross motor area, small play, mess play, as well as an art centre, book corner and chill-out zone.
For more information, visit: www.tigerschildcare.co.uk