Local Jobs Board for Kerry

Kerry County Childcare Committee are pleased to announce that our local Jobs Board is back! Kerry County Childcare Committee recognize and support the importance of a strong and professional staff team in the delivery of high-quality early years care and education for the benefit of the children in your service.


If you would like an upcoming vacancy to be included on this Jobs Board, please send to Kathryn O’Donnell via email kathryn@kerrycountychildcare.com Please remember to include: the title of the position, duties involved, qualifications required, and experience needed for the role, preferred method of application and contact details, as well as the closing date for applications (Positions advertised will end after 30 days unless specified).

Should you require support around recruitment and HR in your service please contact Kathryn O’Donnell, Support & Development Officer  0872751760 or  kathryn@kerrycountychildcare.com 


If you are looking to secure employment in the early years sector in Kerry, and if you need to verify your qualification is suitable for working in an Early years’ service, please see the details and links below:

Is my qualification suitable for working in an Early Years’ Service?

Under the Early Years Services Regulations all staff members must hold a recognised minimum qualification at QQI level 5 or above. The DCEDIY recognised qualifications list is the most comprehensive list currently available at DCEDIY Early Years Recognised Qualifications)

If you can’t find your qualification, then the procedure for applying to have your qualification recognised is in the link here: Application Form: Qualification Recognition for work in the Early Learning and Care sector in Ireland which you can do by filling in the application form.


Garda Vetting in Early Years Services.

Garda Vetting is a legal requirement for anyone undertaking “relevant work or activity”, as defined in the National Vetting Bureau (Children And Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012. The Act also creates offences and penalties for persons who fail to comply with its provisions.

The Barnardos’ Vetting Service can process your vetting applications for all categories of Early Years Services.

We can also process vetting applications for self-employed Childminders.

There is no fee for Early Years Services or Childminders for using this service.

For more detailed information on how to apply to process vetting and the stages of the vetting process please visit our website  https://www.barnardos.ie/our-services/garda-vetting or email vetting@barnardos.ie or call us on 021 4547060.

Unfortunately we cannot process vetting applications for active current members of Early Childhood Ireland.


If you have Qualifications to work with young children from Birth to 6 years, and you would like to work in Ireland, please complete this short form. We will arrange an Information & Support Day to help you complete an application form to have your qualifications recognized officially by the Government, so you can apply for work here. Please complete this form in English; you might use a translation app such as https://itranslate.com/

Якщо ви маєте освіту для роботи з маленькими дітьми і хотіли би працювати за фахом в Ірландії, заповніть цю коротку форму. Ми організуємо день інформаційної підтримки, де допоможемо вам заповнити форму, щоб ваша кваліфікація була офіційно визнана урядом і ви могли подати заявку на роботу тут. Будь ласка, заповніть цю форму англійською мовою; Ви можете використовувати програму для перекладу, наприклад  https://itranslate.com/

Please see link below to the questionnaire:



Please note that any queries, job applications or CV’s are to go DIRECTLY to the Service that is recruiting NOT to Kerry CCC


Job Vacancies in Kerry


Creche Room Leader – Shanakill Wise Owl

We are recruiting a Creche Room Leader to work in the toddler room with children aged 1 – 3 years.

Salary – 16-18 euro per hour depending on experience and qualifications.

 Candidate Requirements for Room Leader:

  • Candidates must have at least 2 year of experience.
  • Qualifications at Level 7/8 an advantage.
  • Candidates must hold a minimum of QQI Level 6 (or recognised equivalent Major Award) Childcare qualification.
  • Must have knowledge of toddler’s room / ELC regulations, policies and procedures
  • Candidate details will be submitted for Garda vetting.

Duties & Responsibilities of Room Leader:

  • To act as a positive role model and lead the staff team in the room in the delivery of a programme of the highest standard and in accordance with Aistear and Síolta both indoors and outdoors.
  • To support and assist in the provision of full-time day care of the highest quality, in a holistic setting.
  • To, guide, observe, stimulate and supervise children in a safe and caring environment as part of the childcare team.
  • To act, if required as a key worker to specified children.
  • Ensure the safety, security and well-being of all children in your care.
  • To adhere to the Child Care 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016, the Child Care Act 1991, and all other relevant legislation and Regulations.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: €16.00-€18.00 per hour

Expected hours: 40 per week

Benefits: Bike to work scheme, Childcare, Company events , Employee discount, On-site parking, Sick pay

Schedule:      Monday to Friday

Supplemental pay types:  Yearly bonus

Experience: Creche / Toddlers Room Leader: 2 years (preferred)

Language: English (preferred)




Cumann Iosaef Community Preschool and Afterschool Service

We are recruiting a permanent afternoon session playgroup leader.

Essential skills/qualifications

  • A professional qualification in childcare is essential. A major award in Childcare/Early Education at a minimum of Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications  or an equivalent nationally recognised qualification /Higher Education Award in the Childcare/Early Years Education field.
  • An up to date First Aid Responder Certificate
  • Applicants will have at least 3 years experience of working in a position of responsibility with children in a Preschool, and have a broad understanding of working with children in the 1-12 age range.

CV’s to be handed in to the Childcare Coordinator, Cumann Iosaef Community Preschool and Afterschool Service, Cumann Iosaef Community Centre, Balloonagh, Tralee by Friday 14th June 2024

Shortlisting will take place.

Interviews to be held on 20th June 2024

Cumann Iosaef Community Preschool and Afterschool Service is an equal opportunities employer and is managed by a voluntary management committee.


Childcare Practitioner

Na Leanai Childcare Centre, An Tóchar, County Kerry, V92YW73

We are currently recruiting for Full-Time & Part-Time Childcare Practitioners who will be caring for children from 5 months to 5 years.


  • To ensure a safe, secure and healthy environment for the care, safety and welfare of the children
  • Actively engage the children in developmentally appropriate learning activities to facilitate the potential development of each child.
  • Promote and help maintain an organised, clean, safe, well equipped and culturally sensitive learning environment
  • Observe and record children’s progress
  • To communicate effectively with children, parents and staff alike.

Qualifications & Experience

In order to be successful in this position the applicant must have:

  • Minimum FETAC Level 5 Childcare qualification or equivalent
  • Social Care qualification, prior to and including 2015 are accepted
  • Ideally a Minimum of 1 year’s practical experience in a childcare setting
  • First Aid, Manual Handling and Food Safety Certified an advantage
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

(Positions are open to students studying childcare)

We try our best to reply to every applicant, however occasionally due to the number of applicants we will only be able to respond personally to successful candidates. Hopefully you will be one of those. If not, please do feel free to send your CV again for future positions.

Pay: €15.00-€16.00 per hour

Experience: Childcare: 1 year (preferable but not essential)


Application Process

Applications: Please email CV’s to Na Leanai Causeway: naleanai01@gmail.com

Application deadline: 10/06/2024
Expected start date: 06/08/2024




Early Years Educator

Bellview Woods Childcare are currently recruiting experienced Early Years Educator’s to join our fantastic team based in Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

Positions: Full time

Working hours: 30 to 40 hours per week – Crèche opening hours are from 7.45am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, 52 weeks of the year. Shifts vary from week to week.

The successful applicants will be responsible for but not limited to:

  • All aspects of the care and education of the children in Bellview Woods Childcare
  • Coordinating and implementing indoor and outdoor play activities, arts & crafts with all children
  • Positive interactions with the children at all times, not just supervision
  • Ensuring the overall safety and well being of the children
  • To co-operate with TUSLA Early Years Inspectors and health board inspections.
  • To be dynamic and with the ability to multi-task with a caring and professional manner.
  • To come up with new ideas and activities to encourage the children’s development
  • Maintenance of records relating to feeding, nappy changing, sleep routine, medication administration, accident report forms, observations etc.
  • To ensure the provision of a quality service to children and parents
  • To liaise with parents/guardians of the children and keep them informed of the children’s progress and well being
  • Ensuring a good standard of hygiene and the general cleaning duties for the childcare facility
  • To work as part of a team and liaise with other team members
  • To report all areas of concern to the manager
  • Implementing Síolta and Aisteár within the service.
  • Attending relevant training
  • Any other reasonable task assigned to you by management

Qualifications and Requirements

  • All applicants must have minimum QQI / FETAC Level 5 or higher and be eligible to work full time in Ireland. All other qualifications must be recognized by the DCYA.
  • We are eager to find a candidate with a genuine passion towards Early Years. The perfect candidate would be hardworking, ambitious, creative and a real team player
  • Additional experience and qualifications are highly desirable. Garda Vetting (and international police clearance if having lived outside of Ireland for more than 6 months) will also be required
  • Fluent in both written and spoken English
  • A working knowledge of Aistear & Siolta an advantage
  • Ability to work in partnership with parents
  • Team player
  • Ensure a safe, secure and healthy environment for children, parents and staff
  • Strong communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • A genuine love and interest for working with children

**Please note, applications will only be accepted for those who hold a Degree/Qualification in Childcare or related Discipline**

Bellview Woods Childcare



Co. Kerry

P: 064 66 36800

E: BellviewWoods@Bestcreche.ie


Childcare Worker

Sliabh Mish Childcare Services Ltd T/A Happy Valley Childcare Service Castlemaine are
recruiting for the post of:
Childcare Worker
Sliabh Mish Childcare Services are a voluntary organisation operating a pre-school and afterschool programme, based in Castlemaine, Co. Kerry. Sliabh Mish Childcare Services are
recruiting a Childcare Worker to join their team immediately.
Hours of work: 10 – 37 hours (flexible) per week – 07:30 to 18:00 Monday to Friday.
Pay Scale: Competitive (dependant on experience and qualification)
Staff discount for childcare available.
Person Specifications
 Minimum QQI Level 5 Early Childhood Care & Education qualification is essential.
 Satisfactory completion of Garda Vetting requirements.
 Kindness, warmth and responsiveness to the needs of children.
Previous experience is desirable but not essential.
Full, clean driving licence.
To apply for this position please forward a CV and cover letter to:
Appointment is subject to satisfactory references and Garda Vetting. Candidates must provide
two written references and proof of qualifications at interview.


Pre-School Manager, Happy Days Pre-School

Maternity Leave Position

Curranes N.S., Castleisland.

This is a term-time position (academic school year calendar).

  • 20 hours per week. 8.50am – 12pm
  • 29th August ’24 – 28th March ’25.
  • Salary: ERO rates apply.
  • Level 6 childcare qualification essential.
  • This appointment is subject to 2 phone reference checks, Garda vetting and the successful completion of a first aid course.
  • Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV to childcare@curranesns.ie.
  • Closing date: Wednesday 22nd May 2024.
  • Happy Days Pre-School is a sessional pre-school, catering for children aged 2 years and 8 months to 5 years and 6 months. The successful applicant will be solely responsible for the operation of the pre-school, under the guidance of the Curranes Community Childcare Committee.


 Bluebells Preschool & Afterschool

Loreto National School, Muckross, Killarney
Position: Early Years Educator / Afterschool Room Leader
Hours: 38 hours per week (39 weeks of the year)

  • Working with preschool children aged 2.6 years – 5 years
  • Working in the afterschool with school aged children
  • Implementing a programme of play which follows Aistear and Siolta guidelines
  • Take part in the planning of the preschool curriculum
  • Responsibility for the afterschool programme of care
  • Ability to document and record observations
  • Good working knowledge of the childcare regulations and Childrens first training

Qualifications:  Minimum Level 6 Childcare Qualification, Level 7 or 8 an advantage

First Aid Certificate (FAR training an advantage)

Method of Application: Apply via c.v to info@bluebellskillarney.ie

Closing Date: Friday 24th May 2024
Service Contact Details: Rosemary Falvey, Alison Maher

Bluebells Preschool & Afterschool, Loreto National School, Scartlea, Muckross, Killarney. Co. Kerry V93AY90      087 1143327


Exciting career opportunities with St. Brigid’s Childcare Service.

Vacancies include Community Employment Participants, Childcare Workers and Graduate Room Leaders.

Competitive rates of pay – above ERO minimum.

Please send a letter outlining your suitability and a copy your CV to:

Chris Coffey Chairperson

St. Brigids Community Centre

Hawley Park


Or contact Maureen for more information on 0667128521



Naionra an Chaisleain is currently recruiting for the position of Room Leader/Supervisor

Start Date: End of Aug

Hours: 8.30 – 1pm Monday to Friday (term time)

Salary Ero rates

Closing Date for Applications 14th June

Naionra an Chaisleain is located in Castlegregory village.  We provide preschool services for children from 2yrs 8mts to 5 yrs. our service runs Mon – Fri 9.15 to 12.15 for 38weeks per year, our preschool is a home away from home where children are supported to grow and learn in a fun and playful environment.

Successful candidates will hold the necessary childcare experience, knowledge, and a min Level 6 qualification in Early Childhood Education.

A Good understanding of the Irish language is desirable but not essential

Desired Skills and qualities would include:

  • Good Leadership and organisation skills.
  • An ability to work as part of a team
  • Be able to communicate with parents in providing the best possible care and education for their child
  • A good knowledge and understanding of child protection and their duties and responsibilities under children first
  • An inclusive approach to practice and an understanding of Diversity Equality and Inclusion guidelines.
  • Ability to assess and plan for children’s learning development using Aistear & Síolta practices
  • To document children’s learning and development
  • Ability to work on own initiative.
  • Have a fun and energetic personality.
  • Be naturally warm and respectful towards children & their needs

Application Process:  Please forward a curriculum vitae with a cover letter via email to marymitchellwhelan@gmail.com

Successful shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

Offers of positions is subject to successful Garda vetting, and reference checks.


Name of Service: Childs play Creche

Location: Ardfert
Position: childcare Practitioner

Hours: 35-40
Duties: Duties would be to work on the toddler side ages 1yrs- 2yrs, Observations, Good team work, and to plan activities for curriculum

Qualifications: Level 5/6/7/8/

Method of Application: Email: Childsplay.sackville@gmail.com or call 0838839949

Closing Date: N/A
Service Contact Details: 0838839949


Disclaimer: Please note: Kerry CCC will delete/shred any unsolicited CV’s received either by email or in hard copy.  This page is hosted by Kerry CCC. The role is purely as a host, please see contact details for each job vacancy advertised. While the job posts are monitored, we cannot recommend or endorse any entry that has been submitted.