Our Story

Our experienced, caring and qualified team deliver the best possible care for your child

Childcare to suit you and your family

Conveniently located in Glanmire, our custom built creche opened at the beginning of 2009. This architecturally designed childcare facility was built with the needs of children in mind. Our bright and airy rooms are complimented by a large outdoor play area, making the creche quite a unique facility. We work with the Cork County Childcare Committee and TUSLA to ensure we are providing the best possible care and education for children in Cork. We are also members of Early Childhood Ireland. Our experienced, caring and qualified team deliver the best possible care for your child. Our detailed Policies & Procedures’ booklet is available on request.

Our Staff

Crawford childcare is staffed by experienced and qualified childcare workers living in Cork, who encourage children to learn in a positive and safe environment which stimulates them to reach their potential. Our staff are garda vetted and are continuously engaging in professional development, with ECCE updates and regular training.

With 3 dedicated rooms in our Glanmire childcare facility, our aim is to care for your child as you would do at home. We want you to feel happy and secure in the knowledge that the care of your child is our main priority. All of our staff hold at least a FETAC Level 5 in Childcare qualification and our Montessori teachers are qualified to level 8. Each room is led by a Supervisor and a team of experienced staff. Most of our staff have been with us since we opened and many are parents themselves. We follow the national frameworks of Siolta and Aistear. From time to time we also take Childcare Students on work experience. Experience in our Montessori school helps to equip them for their future roles and it also benefits our staff and children as they are exposed to the latest childcare teachings.

Conveniently located in Glanmire

Fee Structure

At Crawford Childcare we are happy to provide full and part-time day care. In our experience we find the minimum level of part-time care is 3 half days per week. Anything less than this can be unsettling & confusing for your child.

  • In order to secure a place for your child we require a 2 week deposit which is refunded when your child leaves
  • Once a deposit is paid there can be no reduction in the number of days of care for the first 6 months. After this period, one month's notice must be given to management and we will try to facilitate you as best as possible
  • We require one month's notice in writing should you decide not to take up a place or should you decide to vacate a current place at our childcare facility.
  • Fees are payable monthly in advance by standing order on the 1st day of the month.
  • For more detailed information on our fees please contact us.

What our parents say

What some parents with babies have to say

Our daughter Clíodhna has been attending Crawford Childcare for two days each week since January 2010. In that time she has been in the baby room, where the upper age is 18 months, and the baby/staff ratio is 3:1. We have found the staff to be very friendly, and Clíodhna is always excited when I drop her off there on those two mornings. The crèche has a secure outside area so the children can play in the fresh air when the weather allows.

Cian McCarthy


The staff all have great relationships with the kids and do a fantastic job creating a fun, safe and happy environment. My son has been growing in confidence from his time there. It’s great to see him learning so much and becoming more independent but it’s also reassuring to know that the staff are there to give plenty of cuddles when he needs them too!

Emma Kirwan


Our little girl has recently started in the baby room and loves to go in in the mornings, it's a real testament to the girls looking after her. The staff are very enthusiastic and really engage with the children. They pay attention to the small details and report back with progress and any interesting or funny stories from the day. We love the regular updates from the written reports, Facebook and the blog on the many activities going on in Crawford Childcare.

Sile O’Connell


What some parents with toddlers have to say

Our son, James, has been attending Crawford Childcare in Glanmire for the past six months and has just moved from the baby room to the toddler room. We, as parents, have had a very positive and excellent experience with all aspects of Crawford Childcare.

The staff are highly trained, very friendly, professional and courteous at all times and there is a genuine warmth with each child that will give you as a parent a sense of comfort each time you leave your child in their care. There is a lot of practical interaction with the children in the form of songs, painting, parties etc. and our little bundle has certainly progressed greatly in his short time there. The environment is bright and spacious and there is a wonderful open garden space where they can run around (safely) during the summer months. I would highly recommend Crawford Childcare to any parent.

Michael and Nuala Kiely


What parents have to say about Crawford Montessori

I have found the facilities in Crawford Childcare excellent. The Montessori room is colourful and the staff are very friendly and understanding. The outdoor area is fantastic too. My daughter comes out of Montessori with a smile on her face, which is more than enough for any parent.

Ciara Healy


Our daughter has attended Crawford Childcare for the past 2.5 yrs. Over this time, I have always felt that she has been cared for at the highest level. She always looks forward to seeing the staff and her friends. She has really developed and is learning new things daily. This is even more evident since starting Montessori. The staff have been excellent and have been very flexible when necessary. The staff also keep well you well informed of any changes and/or any relevant information.

Karen Keating


The Montessori room in Crawford Childcare is a warm, fun environment where each child can learn and play, encouraged by wonderful, qualified and competent staff.

Jill Nadal


Crawford Montessori is a great facility for kids with dedicated, friendly staff and the range of activities that are done with each child is fabulous. My son Ronan loves coming each day and has learnt so much thanks to the dedicated, fantastic staff.

Nathalie Mackey


Our daughter Sophie has attended Crawford Childcare since 2012 and is now in the Montessori class. The staff are unfailingly professional, pleasant, encouraging and caring. The open door policy is friendly and reassuring as parents are welcome to walk in at any time. The Montessori classroom is an exciting learning environment and on any given day the children may have been on a hike, performed a puppet show, practiced their letters & numbers or created hand-made cards to be treasured by Mums and Dads. In general Crawford Childcare provides a nurturing and happy atmosphere and our daughter loves going to school to see her friends and teachers every day.

Sarah Barnes Aabo & Charlie Aabo