Ashbourne is proud to be an NCNA All Ireland Centre of Excellence 2009-2012
The All Ireland of Excellence Award acknowledges NCNA/Early Years members who are providing excellent standards of care for children in Ireland. Holders of the award demonstrate a commitment to quality, and success in implementing and maintaining consistently high standards of excellence.
The Ashbourne Centre, opened in January 2007, is a fantastic purpose-built child care centre providing a warm, homely and stimulating environment, and offering high quality early care and education for babies and children aged from 3 months to 6 years. The secure, enclosed outdoor facilities include a flower and vegetable garden where children can grow their own produce, open space for fun and exploration with access to a climbing frame promoting gross motor skills, and a separate baby garden.
The friendly Ashbourne staff team is well qualified and highly experienced. They offer full-time care, with 2,3,or 4 full day options, also morning and afternoon sessions for pre-school children.
The Ashbourne Centre is the first building on the left located just inside the entrance to the Rath Lodge housing estate at the north end of Ashbourne Village. It can also be easily accessed by taking the Rath Roundabout exit on the new N2 Motorway.
Here are some of the things parents have to say:
"Since joining Bright Horizons over two years ago we have never looked back."
"We love everything about Bright Horizons! Here are just a few: Excellent Facilities, Brilliant and Creative Activity Programmes, Home Cooked Meals, Professional and Friendly Staff and Great Communication - this list is endless….we can honestly say to us, Bright Horizons is an extension of our family"
Bright Horizons has been consistently recognised as one of the Best Workplaces in Ireland for the last 4 years by the Great Place to Work Institute.
Hours of Operation
7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Infants, Toddlers, Twos, Preschool, School Age
Nutritious snacks, breakfast and lunch provided daily
Centre & Programmes Highlights
Back-Up Care Available, Family Resource Room, Parenting Seminars
At Bright Horizons children learn and grow through our unique curriculum for learning, "The World at Their Fingertips". Through "World" children are empowered to become confident, active lifelong learners, supported by a well trained and experienced staff team.
The Bright Horizons Centres are now introducing Aistear the Irish National Curriculum Framework. The framework is based on 12 broad principles, for babies and children aged from birth to 6 years, the observations conducted by the staff will link into the new framework. The staff will continue to have training on Aistear.
The environments within the centre invite children to learn and to see a world of possibilities that are within their reach and our “Ready for School” programme helps children approach school with self help skills and confidence that will enable them to succeed.
Bright Horizons offer our “Growing Readers” programme as we realise the importance of Early Language Development for all our children.
ECCE Government Scheme
The Ashbourne Centre is registered for the Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme. It aims to provide free/subsidised pre-school education to children aged between 3 years 3 months and 4 years 6 months on 1st September each year. Ashbourne offer the ECCE scheme from 9.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-5.00pm.
Please contact the centre to discuss your individual child care requirements and arrange a tour.