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Caherlistrane (Donaghpatrick N.S.)

H91 W3Y6

Little Hands

Caherlistrane (Donaghpatrick N.S.)

We are located in Donaghpatrick N.S. in Caherlistrane (H91 W3Y6)

We provide breakfast club, montessori and afterschool care.

We have two playrooms and a large outdoor area.

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We opened in Donaghpatrick National School, Caherlistrane in 2013. We have two bright and spacious rooms in which we provide quality care and education to children aged 2 years – 12 years. 

This is a full day care service which offers sessional (9.20am-12.20am), part-time daycare (9am-2pm), full daycare (7am-6pm), breakfast club (7am-9am) and afterschool club (2pm-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 2 large playrooms and a secure outdoor area which are equipped with age-appropriate materials per stage of development. We also have a sheltered outdoor classroom which allows the children to enjoy outdoor learning regardless of the weather.

The transition to school is much smoother if they are attending Donaghpatrick National School as the children are familiar with the school setting and community when they finish preschool. 

We have a junior preschool room where children in their first year of preschool and under attend. This room uses a play based approach and age appropriate activities are planned using the Aistear curriculum. Our senior Montessori room caters for children in their second year of preschool. This room also uses a play based approach and follows the Aistear curriculum, in this year the child will be taking part in different activities to prepare them for primary school. 

School aged children can attend this service before school (7am-9am) and afterschool (2pm-6pm). These 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 schools large outdoor area and Astroturf which is used for fun and games once homework is completed. 

Darina, Rosie, Sharon and Lisa work in this service.

Our team:


Darina is our manager at Little Hands, Donaghpatrick N.S, Caherlistrane. Darina began working with us in September 2016. She has over 10 years’ experience in childcare and finds working with children very rewarding. Throughout her experience, she has had the opportunity to watch each child develop through their own milestones and see their happy smiles when they accomplish their own goals. She values her role in enabling each child to become independent learners and readily transition into primary school. Darina has a Level 8 degree in Early Childhood Education.


Rosie has worked with Little Hands for 5 years. She has 7 years’ experience in childcare as well as having her own children. Rosie works with our preschool children and aims to help them prepare for primary school. She has completed Fetac Level 6 in Early Childhood and has also completed The Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years programme, LINC course. She has worked in a range of different roles and has experience of working with children with additional needs.


Sharon works in our breakfast club, preschool and afterschool club. She began working at Little Hands in July 2021. She had 9 years’ experience of working in childcare. She has completed her Fetac level 5 and QQI Level 6 in Early Childhood Education. Sharon is enthusiastic, caring and she has a genuine love for children.


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.

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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.