The childcare services that WCD offer are Pre-School Services and the After Schools programme. Currently we have Pre-School services in operation in Athlone, located in Brawny Square and Paistí Beaga, Lissywoolen.

As well as the Pre-Schools services we also operate After-Schools services, one in Educate Together National School based in Mullingar, and the remainder in various schools and community settings in Athlone.

Our After-schools projects are funded through the National Childcare Investment Programme, under  the Community Childcare Subvention Scheme (CCSS),via POBAL and the Dept of Children and Youth Affairs.

Our preschools are funded in the main through the Early Childhood Care and Education scheme (ECCE) – better known as the “Free Pre-School Year”,  via POBAL and the Dept of Children and Youth Affairs.

The projects are also funded and supported by the Dept. of Social Protection, and by Westmeath County Childcare Committee.

Our After-School services run from the start of the school year until July, and includes camps at Halloween, Easter and in July, when the schools are closed. Services are available 4 hours a day, Monday-Fridayduring the school year, and includes a hot snack, homework supports, art and cultural activities, sports, fun and games. A trained primary school teacher is on hand Monday to Thursday to help with homework.

Our Pre School services operate on the school calendar, and are open in the mornings. Our preschools are inspected by the HSE.

Our staff include permanent staff in each premises, plus staff employed on work experience programmes such as Community Employment and TUS. Our staff are Garda vetted, and are trained in various FETAC Childcare Modules.

Our services are coordinated by our Childcare Services Manager, Sinead Casey. For further information on our Childcare Services please contact Sinead in our Athlone office on 090 6494555, or by email,

Afterschool Childcare Worker Relief Panel Jan - June 2017

wcdlWestmeath Community Development is in the process of creating a panel of Afterschool Childcare workers to work in our Athlone afterschools from January 2017 -June 2017.

It is expected that the relief panel will be called on for 20 hours per week, across our 6 services, and the relief childcare workers will work 2-3 hours per day, and 2-3 days per week. 


  • Must have training in childcare, Minimum QQI Level 5.
  • At least 2 years experience of working with children.
  • Must be flexible and available to work at short notice at any of our Athlone Afterschool’s.
  • Must have access to a car.
  • Trained in Children First guidelines
  • Good communication Skills
  • Good team worker
  • Must be able to work of own initiative

Applications by CV can be sent to Sinead Casey, Afterschool’s Manager, Westmeath Community Development, Business Development Centre, Parnell Square, Athlone, or by email to

Enquiries can be made to Sinead at 0906494555 or by email to

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Afterschool Workers x 3 (Athlone - CE Scheme)

Westmeath Community Development's Afterschool Service is looking to fill 3 CE (Community Employment) positions for Afterschool workers which will be based in the Athlone (West) area. 


Helping children with homework, preparing light meals, out of school activities. This is a development opportunity and participation in work-related accredited training will be a requirement. Applicants must supply suitable character references and be prepared to complete a Garda vetting application form.


€ CE Rates

Number of Positions:


Days, Hours & Start Date:

Days per week: 5 (Afternoons)
Hours per day: 4 (3.5 hrs on Fridays)
Hours per week: 19.5
Start Date: Pending Garda Clearance

Experience Required:

No Experience Required – Full training will be given.

How to Apply:

Please contact your local DSP Employment Services/Intreo Office to check your eligibility and to apply for this vacancy.

Job Reference Number will be required - Ref. ES-1035296

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Positions for Qualified Primary School Teachers

wcdlWestmeath Community Development has hours available for qualified primary school teachers in our After School services and Homework Club, based in Athlone.

The positions are available from Monday to Thursday and will be for between 1.5 hours and 2 hours per day, 3pm to 5 pm, and will run parallel will the school calendar. The rate of pay for the post is €23 gross per hour.

Our After-schools projects are funded through the National Childcare Investment Programme, under the Community Childcare Subvention Scheme (CCSS), via POBAL and the Dept of Children and Youth Affairs. The projects are also funded and supported by the Dept. of Social Protection, and by Westmeath County Childcare Committee. Our Homework Club is kindly supported by IPB Insurance.

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Pre School & After School Open/Registration Day

WCDL Childcare Services Pre-School & After-School Open/Registration Day

May 30th, 2014

Westmeath Community Development Childcare Services have Pre-schools and After-schools located in:

  • Brawney Square Lissywollen

Also After-school services located in:

  • Brawney Square Lissywollen
  • Monksland Community Centre
  • Battery Heights Community Hse (relocating into Dean Kelly in September)
  • St Paul’s Primary School
  • Willow Park Community Centre
  • St Mary’s N.S

Monksland Community Centre from 2.30pm to 5.30pm

Battery Heights Community House from 2.30pm to 5.30pm

St Paul’s Primary School from 2.30pm to 5.30pm

Willow Park Community House from 2.30pm to 5.30pm

St Mary’s Grace Park from 2.30pm to 5.30pm

Brawney Square Community Centre from 10am– 1pm (Pre-school) and 2.30pm to 5.30pm (After-School)

For information contact: Sinead Casey, Childcare Services Manager on 0906494555 or 0877729172 , or why not log on to or email