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About Us

Knollcrest Nursery is situated in private grounds on the Church Road in the middle of Moycullen village. It is owned and managed by Naoimh O'Dwyer, and was opened in September 1997.

Knollcrest Nursery provides good quality reliable care for all children, where the child always comes first. The children are carefully supervised at all times and obtain a high standard of play and care.

Knollcrest Nursery is a member of the Early Childhood Ireland ECI. It is also registered with the Western Health Board and is in full compliance with the Childcare Regulations 1996.

Knollcrest Nursery is also fully insured.

Knollcrest Nursery has received the Centre of Excellence Award from the National Children's Nurseries Association in 2002-2003, 2004-2006, 2007-2010 and for a fourth consecutive time 2011-2014. This award demonstrates to parents, visitors and members of the public our commitment to quality and success in implementing and maintaining consistently high standards of excellence.

We are the only full daycare Nursery in Galway City and County to receive this award for the third consecutive time.

Knollcrest Nursery was also awarded the International Green Flag on March 3rd 2010 for Recycling and a second Green Flag for Energy in March 2014. Having worked diligently on the programme over a long period it was a big achievement for a pre-school to reach this standard of environmental awareness. we are currently working on the next Stage of the green Flag Programme under the "Water Theme".

All staff at Knollcrest Nursery have FETAC Level 5 & 6 Childcare Qualifications or Montessori Diplomas and hold current First Aid and Manual Handling Certificates.

The staff also attends regular in-service training in courses for Aistear, Siolta, Food Safety, Behavioural Management, curriculum planning etc.


The same principles of childhood care and education remain regardless of the abilities or disabilities of the child. Knollcrest Nursery is committed to the integration of children with additional needs.

We believe that the child development of young children with disabilities or special educational needs is more likely to be enhanced through attending pre-school services for all children.

Our staff should have an approach to all children that focuses on the positive, observing what the child can do and then considering what both staff members and the child can do about whatever it is that is giving difficulty.

It is important for us at Knollcrest to provide a full range of play experience, shared activities and enjoyable communication.

Over the years we have considerable experience in dealing with such children and have a good working relationship with the various professionals; e.g. Speech and Language Therapist, Child Psychologist, Public Health Nurse, Brothers of Charity.

If you have any questions or queries regarding the childcare services on offer then please do not hesitate to contact us.