Child care

The aim of the childcare unit is to work in partnership with parents in the development of the children in our care. To work with and support the parents in the recognition that they are the primary carers if their children.

The childcare unit is both bright and spacious. The unit provides high quality childcare for children across the 3 months to pre-nursery age, to enable parents coming in to the centre to use the facilities offered.

The childcare programme is organised by a Child-Care Manager, a Child-Care Organiser and a team of qualified staff who run the unit on a day-to-day basis.

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday   8.30am-5.30pm


We aim to provide high quality learning and a safe play environment for children. We implement a broad balanced curriculum that will address the needs of the children in all areas of their development this will ensure continuity and advancement of their intellectual and social development.

We implement the High-Scope programme. High-Scope is an early learning plan for pre-school children based on the idea that children learn best from activities, which they plan and carry out them-selves. The parents have also gained from this working in partnership with the unit to assess how their child’s development is progressing. Parents are involved in their children’s learning through workshops, information sharing, and meetings.

The childcare provides an invaluable resource to the parents through the provision of high quality care for their children. Parents expectations of their children will rise and so too their confidence in themselves as parents.

You can access information on this project by contacting:
Irene Glassey
Childcare Manager
028 90 240642


Shankill Women’s Centre Childcare Staff have participated in The Media Initiative for Children (MIFC) Respecting Difference Programme which has been developed by Early Years - the organisation for young children in Northern Ireland and  the Peace Initiatives Institute in the USA. The Programme uses a combination of cartoons, puppets, curriculum, training and support to help young children see one another without labels or bias.

Children begin to learn prejudice as young as 3 years old. For children in Northern Ireland, the prejudice can extend to Protestants or Catholics, migrants and those who are disabled, among others. Research has found that children need opportunities to discuss and acknowledge the similarities and differences between themselves and others.  The Media Initiative for Children helps children to understand the meaning of acceptance and respect for others