Early Childhood Care

St Audoen’s Childcare Service is a TUSLA service of social care, based on the principals of Prevention, Partnership and Family Support.

The service was established by the Eastern Health Board in 1987, as primarily a health care service providing assistance in the field of early intervention, social inclusion, educational access and family support. Today we continue to share a commitment to improving outcomes for children, families and our community. The service has responsibility for early years education and family support services.

The Child and Family Agency is committed to providing high quality services to children and families at earliest opportunity across all levels of need. Our childcare service operates under the umbrella title of St Audoen’s PreSchool, and aims to work closely with families, outside agencies and professionals so that we can respond quickly to the needs of children. Early identification and provision of help by all of us at community level is in children’s best interests. Working in partnership is a very important aspect of this work, we are a professional service provider dealing with young people and youth services in collaboration with family support services; including Family Resource Centres, Area-based Childhood Programmes, Child and Family Support Network members & TUSLA Internal Family Support.

The service has close links and shares a campus with the National School, but is a separate entity funded by TUSLA with additional funding from the ECCE Scheme. The BOM of St Audoen’s NS oversees and monitors the service. Eilish Meagher operates the childcare service on behalf of TUSLA.

Children, young people and families will be at the heart of everything that we do. There will be a clear focus on the wishes, feeling, safety and well-being of children.

Child Protection Procedures & Children First Guidance, 2011 and legislation will always be followed.


Our Service Aims :

  • To provide a secure and caring environment for our families and children.
  • To foster strong partnerships with families, parents, community and other agencies/services.
  • To promote the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the child: health, physical, cultural, moral and intellectual.
  • To foster self-esteem and to help parents develop positive and secure relationships with their children.
  • To maintain a vision of hope for the future.


What we do:

  • We support and build upon family strengths and capacities.
  • We focus on improving outcomes for children and families.
  • A balanced approach will be struck between developing primary prevention and early intervention services whilst maintaining services at other levels of need.
  • We will be mindful of the latest research about what works well for families and what families need when we are planning and evaluating our service.


As a TUSLA agency we are committed to working in partnership with children, families, communities and other agencies – both statutory and community and voluntary.

Our staff promote human rights and social inclusion.

We are a Trauma Informed Organisation.



  • Due to the nature of our service capacity, we recommend children are 3 years of age before admission; priority is given to the eldest applicants first.
  • Applications are accepted throughout the year but application deadline for each year is December 20th of the year prior to admission.
  • We currently offer one session daily.
  • Limited spaces are available for TUSLA/HSE referrals; PHN, Social Worker, Family Support etc. Please contact Eilish Meagher preschool@staudoens.ie. As part of our work with children and families, we work in partnership with local and national agencies to promote the well-being of all children and their families.


Our Team:

Children and Family members will get to know the following people in our service:

  • Manager & Team Leader: Eilish Meagher
  • Supervisor/Assistant Manager & Key Worker: Lidia Matejko
  • Childcare Practitioners: Jessica McGrane & Oana Lupu
  • Secretary & Admin: Mary Keating
  • Caretaker: Stephen Caffrey


All staff are Garda Vetted and trained in Child Protection Procedures. Our service is registered with TUSLA and subject to frequent inspection.

Our service is a member of Childhood Ireland.


Please Note:

Service attendance does not guarantee admission to St Audoen’s NS, this is a provision of The Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018. Please see St Audoen’s Admission Policy for further info on school admission or contact hello@staudoens.ie.