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H54 WF60 / H54 C593

Little Hands


We have two services in Cahergal. 

A purpose built creche for 2-6 year olds.

A breakfast club, senior montessori and afterschool for 4-12 year olds in Cahergal N.S.

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Cahergal – H54 WF60 (Junior Preschool and Full Daycare)

We have a purpose built preschool which caters for children aged 2-6 years, this is our junior preschool and caters for children in their first year of preschool and under. This is a full day care service which offers sessional (9.15am-12.15am), part-time daycare (9am-2pm) and full daycare (7am-6pm). Full daycare children are provided with breakfast, a hot nutritious meal, afternoon snack and selection of fruit as well as their own packed lunch for the morning snack. Part-time children will be provided with a selection of fruit and a snack, as well as their own packed lunch. Sessional children bring their own packed lunch and will be offered a selection of fruit. We have a large playroom and outdoor area which are equipped with age-appropriate materials per stage of development. 

We have been providing childcare in Cahergal since 2002 to children from 2 years of age to 12 years. 

Helen, Lisa, Brenda, Shalini and Mary work in this service.

Cahergal N.S – H54 C593 (Breakfast Club, Senior Montessori and Afterschool)

In 2017, we expanded our service to the newly built Cahergal National School. We have our own room in Cahergal National School. This service caters for children in their second year of preschool and school age children. Children move from the junior preschool to the senior Montessori in Cahergal National School the year before they attend school. This makes the transition to school much smoother if they are attending Cahergal National School. We have a large and secure outdoor play area with age-appropriate materials for the child’s development, including an outdoor sheltered classroom which allows us to experience outdoor learning all year round.
This service offers breakfast club (7am-9am), sessional (9.15am-12.15am), part-time daycare (9am-2pm) and afterschool club (2pm-6pm). Children are provided with breakfast before school and a hot snack and selection of fruit in afterschool. Written homework is supervised in afterschool. We have use of the school’s large outdoor area and Astroturf which is used for fun and games once homework is completed.

Lynda, Elaine and Lisa work in this service. 

Our Cahergal team:

Helen Mannion

Little Hands Montessori and Afterschool Care was founded by Helen Mannion in 2002. Helen has over 20 years’ experience in childcare. Helen has 4 children, she would often help in their nursery and preschool as a helper while they were growing up in London and Ireland, before deciding to complete her studies in Early Childhood Education. From this Helen gained a lot of experience of how children learn and she has aimed to create environments which facilitate this. In 2002, Helen opened her first preschool when all her children had progressed to primary school. Helen has always provided a hands-on approach in ensuring a high quality of care and education is provided in each of her services. Helen completed The Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years programme, LINC course in 2016 and has the role of the Inclusion Co-ordinator within her services.


Brenda is the manager in our junior preschool at Cahergal. She has worked for Little Hands for 3 years. Brenda has 19 years’ of experience in the childcare sector. Brenda has a Fetac Level 6 in Montessori Education. She ran her own childcare service from her home for 3 years which consisted of a Montessori classroom in the morning and a childminding service in the afternoon. Brenda also worked in Perth, Australia as a kindergarten teacher for 4 years and incorporated the Early Years Learning Frame (EYLF) which is similar to Aistear. She is caring and professional at all times and has a genuine love for children.


Shalini works in our junior preschool and full day care service. She has worked with Little Hands for 2 years. Shalini loves working with children and watching them grow and progress within their environment. She finds it very fulfilling to support a child’s development. Shalini completed Fetac Level 5 in Early Childhood Care and Education, First Aid Responder, HACCP, Fire Safety and Manual Handling and Children’s First training. Shalini is very caring and has a genuine love for children.


Lynda is the manager in our service in Cahergal National School. She has been working with us for 6 years. She began working at Little Hands in 2015. Lynda has over 17 years’ experience working with children. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education. Lynda began working in our junior preschool and moved up to our senior preschool in Cahergal National School in 2017. She also works in our breakfast club and afterschool club. Lynda is wonderful with children and always puts the child’s interests first.


Elaine also works in our service in Cahergal National School. She started working in the childcare sector in 2015 and has worked with children from the ages of 2 – 12 years. She has a wide range of experience with different roles including ECCE room leader, afterschool carer and deputy manager. Elaine joined our team in 2019 and has enjoyed working with the staff and children. Elaine completed Fetac Level 6 in Early Childhood Care and Education Supervision, First Aid Responder, Sensory Processing and Diversity, Equality and Inlusion training. Elaine is a proud mum to a three year old girl who has just finished her first year of preschool at Little Hands. Elaine is expecting her 2nd child in October and will be on maternity leave for the coming year.


Lisa has worked with Little Hands throughout the last 5 years, starting when she was a student working as relief cover and during summers and college breaks. Lisa started working full time following the completion of her degree. She works in both of our Cahergal services and in the afterschool club in Caherlistrane. She completed her Level 8 BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education in May 2020. She has since completed courses in First Aid, Children's First Training, Manual Handling and Fire Safety, HACCP and Sensory Processing. She is currently completing The Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years programme, LINC course. Lisa is caring and enjoys watching each child grow and develop into confident and competent individuals.


Mary works in our junior preschool at Cahergal. She has over 20 years experience in the childcare sector. She began working with Little Hands in September 2020 and she worked in our Caherlistrane service before recently taking up a position in our Cahergal service. Mary has completed her Fetac Level 5 in Early Childhood. She has also completed many continuous professional development courses such as Children’s First, First Aid and Fire Safety. Mary is caring and provides a safe and warm environment for the children. She has a love working with children and she works well as a part of our team.

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