With the grant funding provided by Cork Foundation, Northside Community Enterprises is now in a position to employ two additional staff enabling the community enterprises to offer enhanced services at its “Little Hands” Childcare Centre in Farrenferris. Our purpose built childcare facility, Littlehands, offers comprehensive and hands on education and training opportunities to anyone wishing to pursue a career in Early Childhood Care and Education. This course is designed for learners who are interested in pursuing a career in childcare or learners who wish to pursue further studies. Littlehands facilitates learners who wish to care for young people in a range of settings, including nurseries, crèches and playgroups. Through hands on experience learners explore all aspects of a child’s development, from safety and well-being, to regulation and legislation. On completion learners can obtain FETAC Level 5 & 6 qualifications. N.C.E. are extremely grateful to Cork Foundation for giving NCE the opportunity to enhance its services and to market the company to the wider community. This grant has enabled us to develop and grow in our Childcare facility and the company in general. We intend that this person will continue to develop these areas into the future which will benefit the wider community as grants and monies from the enterprises go back into the local economy.