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The Orchard is a family run centre for children based in   Corofin, Co Galway set in 3 acres of beautiful woodland. The Orchard offers a range of activities and classes for children aged from 6 months to 12 years. Open 51 weeks per year from 7.30 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday.

The Orchard participates in the free Pre-School ECCE scheme.  We are HSE registered, members of St Nicholas Montessori society and fully insured.

Our policies and procedures are in line with CHILDREN FIRST: National Guidance for the protection and welfare of children



All our rooms, which includes babies room, toddler room, playschool room, Montessori room, after school room, sleep room, dining room and kitchen, are bright and spacious.

We have child sized washbasins,  toilets and urinals along with full baby changing facilities.


The Orchard is situated just behind Cummer National school. Together we have created direct access to ensure a safe passage of children to and from school. Outside we have two play areas for the younger and older children.  Both areas have been made using a ‘wet-pour’ safety surface and include wonderful new play equipment.  A large covered sandpit area also means that we can be outside whatever the weather


Our Philosophy

The Orchard is dedicated to provide an enriching and challenging educational environment, where each child is encouraged to grow to his or her fullest potential academically, socially and emotionally. We  strive to provide a welcoming, calm and caring environment where children are able to play and learn at their own pace, making discoveries and choices for themselves along the way.



We offer a fantastic adventure outside in our 3 acres of grounds which include a secret garden, a basketball/football court and a pet farm which contains ponies, pot belly pigs, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs and an assortment of hens.  The children visit and feed our animals regularly.


Our approach is based on the principles that each child is unique and every effort should be made to help them develop to their fullest potential. From a solid foundation children will grow to be confident and competent learners for life


Our Teachers  

The Orchard is the fulfilment of a lifelong dream for Sharon McCarthy. Sharon has over 20 years Montessori experience in London and Ireland. She trained at the prestigious St Nicholas Montessori College in London and is passionate about children and their start in life. She also holds a degree in Early Childhood Studies and Practice with NUI Galway, and is a parttime tutor of childcare with GRETB. Sharon  has highly trained staff who are caring role models for the children at The Orchard.The teachers are either Montessori trained or have completed a childcare training. There is a staff member with first aid training on the premises at all times

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The Orchard Childcare Centre Cummer Corofin Co. Galway Tel 093-32742



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