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,

Employment Opportunity - After School Worker

We wish to recruit one After School Worker, to work in our services based in Mullingar, funded under the National Childcare Investment Programme, (NCIP)

Suitable candidate should be comfortable with Irish, English and Maths. Leaving certificate or equivalent qualification would be advantageous. The Successful candidate should have a minimum of Fetac Level 5 in Childcare and have access to transport.

Application Form and Job Description can be downloaded here.  

Completed applications can be returned to Frank Murtagh, Assistant CEO, Westmeath Community Development, Clonmore Industrial Estate Mullingar, Co Westmeath Phone: 044-9348571   Email:

Closing date for receipt of applications is 4.00 p.m. Friday 10th August 2012.

Westmeath Community Development Ltd are an Equal Opportunities Employer


Pre-School & After-School Open/Registration Day


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

  • Paisti Begga
  • Blackberry Lane
  • Brawney Square Lissywollen

Also After-school services located in:

  • Monksland Community Centre
  • Battery Heights Community Centre/House
  • St Paul’s Primary School
  • Willow Park Community Centre

Registration Places & Times

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

Blackberry Lane Community Centre from 10am to 1.00pm (Pre-School) and 2.30pm to 5.30pm (After School)

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 email