Child Care

Child Care

The University Creche

Spraoi Early Learning Centre operates the University Crèche, located at 50, Upper Newcastle.

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About Spraoi

  • At Spraoi the focus is on learning through play. They implement the Aistear curriculum and incorporate elements of Steiner and Montessori.
  • The centre has been refurbished to meet the needs of children between 6 months and 12 years.
  • Their software app keeps parents updated in real time about their children's day, thereby including parents, as the primary educator, in the care of their child.
  • The balanced and varied menu is prepared in house to meet the nutritional needs of the child and the new garden growing project links in with this.
  • For smaller children the focus is on sensory play and Spraoi are working to develop the sensory experience both internally and externally in the crèche garden.
  • Parents play an integral role in their child’s development and are encouraged to be partners in their child’s educational and social progress. The current members of the NUI Galway Crèche Parents’ Committee include Prof Michelle Millar (Chair), Karen Dooley, Eoin Daly, Noel Cronin, Tom Lohan, Brandon Walsh (Students Union), Nicola McNicholas and John Hannon (Student Services)
  • Parents of children who are interested in enrolling children in the Crèche should contact
  • For a tour of the centre or more information, please contact Crèche Manager, Karen Hamilton on 091 493739.