Oh to be young again !!! I attended Edenmore National School and never once did I
go to school in pyjamas!!. However, where we once played football and fished for
‘beardies’ in the stream, there now stands a beautiful, bright and cheerful building
housing the Edenbeag Childcare Centre. This childcare facility was founded in 1999
but had to work out of a portacabin until this purpose-built centre was completed
adjacent to the National School at Edenmore. A grant was secured from Pobal as well
as other funding and it opened in 2010 and there are 23 children attending the Pre-school
and 35 for After-school activity. There are four members of staff - Brenda Treanor,
Louise Treanor, Danielle Mullen and Nicola Treanor and the centre is open from 9am
to 5pm five days per week. A marvellous facility and, when I arrived in, I immediately
sensed a great relaxed and happy atmosphere. Why was I there - well it was Pyjama
Day and the Centre was participating in this National event. The National Children’s
Nurseries Association (NCNA) organise National Pyjama Day each year and this is the
eighth year. All over Ireland on Friday 25th March childcare facilities will have
a Pyjama Day, which is a fund-raising event. This years’ chosen beneficiary charity
is The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) ‘Hospice Homecare for Children’ programme,
which is a most worthy and fitting charity and ties in with the motto of the day
of children helping children and having fun! National Pyjama Day has so far raised
almost €2 million for children's charities in Ireland.
The Irish Hospice Foundation is working to improve the currently inadequate services
that are available to children with life-limiting conditions and their families.
National Pyjama Day 2011 hopes to raise €350,000 this year to help establish a network
of 8 Pyjama Day outreach nurses throughout the country to co-ordinate this care.
So well done to Edenbeag staff, children and parents. Below we shapped a few of the
children lost in their own activity.