We are currently recruiting for a new post in our Childcare Team:


Part-Time Permanent Contract 

Monday to Friday 10.00am to 2.00pm



To be based in Ozanam House Community Resource Centre, Mountjoy Square West, Dublin 1.


The successful candidate will be a support Early years educator in all 3 pre-school classrooms and will assist in the implementation of all aspects of our childcare pre-school programme contributing to the children’s development socially, emotionally and intellectually.


Applicants should possess the following:


  • Applicants must have a minimum QQI Level 6 in Early Childhood Care & Education or relevant equivalent qualification up to QQI Level 9 in Early Childhood Care & Education.
  • At least 2 years of experience working directly with preschool children in an early years setting
  • Experience of working with this age group in a similar setting
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • A good team player
  • An interest in supporting and empowering young children and their families.


This position is Part-time, Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm (20hrs per week)

& Permanent.


Interested candidates can avail of an application form and full job description by visiting . The closing date for all applications is Friday 13th April 2018.


All appointments are subject to satisfactory references and Garda Vetting

St. Vincent de Paul is an Equal Opportunities Employer


Mark Making

The children in the Koala preschool class have been exploring their writing skills recently so we decided to make a salt tray for a new mark making experience.

First, we coloured the salt with chalk:


This gave us some lovely spring coloured salt to begin exploring


This was a really fun activity that we could share with our friends and with just a shake of the tray can start all over again!


Numeracy Week


We’ve just finished Numeracy Week where our focus was on symbols that we find in our environment. As part of this, we made a map of the area around Ozanam House and included some of the symbols that we see in the area. This prompted fantastic conversation with the children and we’re looking forward to expanding this learning over the coming weeks.

Childcare Centre Activities

We have lots of exciting things going on in our Childcare Centre this week. Check out what the different groups are up to!

Meerkats Group – Playgroup Activities

Sand and water:
Filling containers with water or sand learning to understand full, empty, half full, nearly full, heavy and light.
Using mathematical language to develop understanding of capacity throughout their play
Outdoor Fun:
Growing their own grass in individual pots
Explore and experiment with new materials and objects

Meerkats Group – Senior Afterschool

Dream Wall
Children will draw or paint pictures about what they would like to do when they grow up.
Things they dream about when sleeping or when day dreaming.
Body Mapping
Map out shapes of the body, fill them in either by painting or colour them in, these will go on the wall.

Koala Group – Pre School

Are continuing with the numeracy theme, focusing on capacity.
They are having lots of time outside playing in the sand.
Friday will be cooking day.

Koala Group – Afterschool

Are enjoying skipping and games in the hall.
Taking care of their plants in the garden.
Spending lots of time in the new sandpit in our outdoor area.
Wednesday’s they are creating amazing artwork through “Heads Up” project with an artist facilitator.

Dolphin Group – Pre School

The children are planning to play in the sensory garden with new water area that was created.
They will also be doing lots more threading activities, also doing more cutting with different materials

Dolphin Group – After School

The children are having a slumber party, making tents, playing games and making Rice-Krispie buns.
They will continue to learn and play different card games.