Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Pictured at the Kilminchy School House in Portlaoise with their accreditation and awards award for Business All-Star Thought Leader in Early Childhood Education from the All-Ireland Business Foundation and Global Institute of Logistics were Early Years Educators/Teachers (from l-r): Ellen Duff, Linda Carter, Chiara Hendrix and Faye Sullivan along with (in the middle) the proprietor of the Kilminchy School House Sonya Duggan.


By Joe Barrett.

A CHILDCARE provider in Laois has been awarded a prestigious award and recognised for its work in the early childhood education sector.

Sonya Duggan from the Kilminchy School House in Portlaoise was awarded the Business All-Star Thought Leader in Early Childhood Education accreditation.

Like many other childcare facilities around the country, childcare facilities reopened on Monday 29 June and are working in very challenging times because of the impact and fallout of Covid-19.

The quality mark the Portlaoise business received signifies that the provider has met the highest standards of service and trust.

In coming to its decision the CEO of Global Institute of Logistics who provide the independently verified standard mark for indigenous businesses, based on rigorous selection criteria Kieran F. Ring said: “In a career spanning three decades Sonya Duggan has carefully honed a distinct world view of the role of education in early childhood development. A world view which traces its roots back to the Middle East where she spent almost 10 years of her early career working in the education sector.

The accreditation board was particularly impressed with the range of curriculums from which Sonya has developed her own unique syllabus, sources such as Reggio, Steiner and Forest School to name a few. Holistic is the key word in understanding Sonya’s approach which when combined with her own unique personality add up to a deserving recipient of her designation as Business All-Star Thought Leader.”

The accreditation is overseen by the All-Ireland Business Foundation, whose adjudication panel was chaired by Dr Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick and Kieran Ring, CEO of the Global Institute of Logistics.

Dr Hynes said the accreditation, which is now held by over 350 firms, is needed by the thousands of small and medium businesses which operate to their own standards, but have nothing to measure them by.

She said: “We evaluate a company’s background, trustworthiness and performance, and we speak to customers, employees and vendors. We also anonymously approach the company as a customer and report back on the experience. The business goes through at least two or three interviews, a submission and is scored on every part of the process against set metrics.”

Speaking after receiving the award Ms Duggan said: “I am delighted to receive Business All-Star Accreditation. We were very busy over the Summer working with the All-Ireland Business Foundation to achieve our Business All-Star Accreditation Certificate.

This accreditation is an outstanding achievement and recognises the hard work and dedication of our team in providing a best in class service to all our families . Thanks to our wonderful families for endorsing us and for all your support and to my colleagues for their continued passion, dedication and love in what they do.”

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