FEEDBACK AND REWIEVS:

qmMy son joined Tallaght’s Once Upon a Time branch in May 2017. From the moment we went for our first meeting we had the warmest welcome and almost 8 months on we still get that same warm greeting every morning. I have come to know the staff and each of them are friendly, kind and attentive. It gives me great satisfaction and reassurance to know that my little man is so well looked after. Like any parent, leaving your little one to go to work can be a very daunting process but I feel that all of the staff at OUAT go above and beyond to make it easier for parents and children adjusting to this. It wasn’t so long ago I was dropping off a baby but because of all the activities, songs and playtime, I now have a confident little man who looks forward to going in each day. The crèche itself is bright, colourful and spotless. The variety of food on offer is excellent and it has made it easier to introduce new foods at home also. Overall I find the crèche and staff excellent and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Jacinta Hyland
Business Readiness & Operational Support


qmOur Son has been attending ONCE UPON A TIME CRECHE – TALLAGHT since March 2016

He was 6 months when he first joined the crèche which was newly opened in the January of 2016.

We have found Once Upon A Time to be a fantastic crèche in which I recommend to anyone I know looking for a placement for their child.

The management and the team do a great job ensuring all the children’s needs are looked after. Each child is treated with alot of love and affection from the Management and Team ..Any queries we may have are dealt with Promptly from the management which I have found very helpful..

The facilities are also brilliant as it is a purpose built crèche newly opened in January 2016 and has been well maintained.

The location is perfect and there is never a problem with parking for picking up or dropping off.

We are given a detailed daily report every evening on collection outlining everything from food times to nappy changes to sleep time to activities done during the day.. There is also a monthly development report so you can see how your child is improving from month to month.

Before choosing ONCE UPON A TIME I done a lot of research on creches and this beat them all on Quality, Cleanness and Value for money..

Overall we are very happy parent’s and we have no worries or concerns once we Drop our son off every morning we know he is in very safe and loving hands.

Jennifer & Alan


qmOur little man Max, has been attending Once Upon a Time since he was 19 weeks old. We were nervous leaving him at such a young age but the staff allayed all our fears and Max has thrived under their care.

He goes in every morning with a smile on his face and loves all the girls especially Cathleen. We love to get Max’s daily diary home every evening to see what he has been up to all day! Once Upon a Time really has been a home away from home and we have been extremely happy with everything so far.

Jennie Browne
(Baby Room parent, Herbert Place)


qmWe highly recommend Once Upon a Time, in Carrickmines manor. Our son Jacopo started there when he was only 8 months and settled immediatly during induction as the staff are so patient and caring with him. We have no worries about leaving him with them even though it is an all day-full week stay.

It is a nursery and Montessori school where the staff are all really good and the place is bright, fresh and cheery with a really dynamic feel. And not only that, the cost is pretty fair probably a little better then some others.

It is run very professionally and surely children will get a pleasant learning experience. We would strongly recommend OUaT to all parents.

Veronica Manfrini
(Baby Room parent, Carrickmines)


qmSince our first contact with Once Upon a Time in Dun Laoghaire we have been impressed with their professionalism and the child focused program of care. Our daughter started in the Baby room at 5 1/2 months old with a Gluten Free Diet requirement, this was no problem and all meals and snacks were seamlessly adapted or subsituted. The staff were amazing at settling both our minds and our daughter into her new routine. Now she has progressed into the Wobbler Room and continues to love the environment and the staff. Fantatsic is the only word to sum up the package at Once Upon a Time in Dun Laoghaire.

Steve Ackland
Managing Director Galway Marine Chandlers Ltd
(Wobbler Room parent, Dun Laoghaire)


qmHaving used Once Upon a Time crèche in Dundrum for the last 4 years for our eldest children, when we recently moved house we were delighted when the Carrickmines branch opened so that we could keep the kids with the Group.

The facilities in Carrickmines branch are second to none – the room sizes and outdoor play areas are huge. The equipment and toys are new and colourful and so stimulating for the children and our little people are so very happy and thriving. The atmosphere is always welcoming, loving and friendly I can’t praise Marta and her staff enough. We have never once had to question or worry about the level of care that is provided.

I have absolutely no reservation in recommending Once Upon a Time Group and in particular the Carrickmines facility.

Jo Croft
Client Services Executive & Mom to Caitlin (4), Conor (2) and Charlotte (1)
(Carrickmines parent)


qmIn January 2013 Niels and Tiernan joined once upon a time in Carrickmines a brand new facility which is located close to our house. The experience we have had in the last months has been excellent, our children love going to Once upon a time and love their minders/teachers.

The dedication and warmth of the staff in the facility has been nothing but an eye opener to us in regards to the dedication of the staff. The staff have been instrumental in the pre school development of Tiernan and the pott training of Niels and general well being of both boys.

I could not recommend highly once upon a time Carrickmines and thank you to Marta, Asia, Tara and Aine. WE as parents are very happy to have you in our lives.

Canice Pollard
(Carrickmines Parent)


qmMy youngest son has a great time in the pre-monti room. The large, enclosed, outdoor play area was a big draw for us when initially deciding on this crèche and he get outs as much as the weather allows.

Indoors he’s kept well entertained, coming home with paint under his fingernails and new songs in his head.

Lauren and Amy are wonderful with the kids and must have the patience of saints. Like all the staff, they are warm and accommodating yet the crèche as a whole is very professionally managed.

Aonghus Butler
(Pre-Montessori Parent, Dun Laoghaire)


qmOur two children are very happy at Once Upon a Time Dundrum. Our eldest has been going for 4 years and still gets excited going in, especially on toy day and trip day.

Ger and I find all the staff friendly, helpful and always enthusiastic.

We have found our children are interested and excited about the teaching methods at Once Upon a Time. We especially found Grace and Laura’s manner and commitment to the kids outstanding.

We look forward every afternoon to hearing the kid’s stories about what they got up to that day.

We would have no hesitation in recommending Once Upon a Time Dundrum to other parents.

Carley Minchin-Byrne
(Junior Montessori parent, Dundrum)


qmMy little one has been in Once Upon a Time since she was 10 months old. She is now three and a half and we couldn’t have been happier with our choice of school. The main things for me are the loving care of the staff, the cleanliness, the regular replacement of toys and books, the importance they give to nutrition and of course, learning. Also, being a small crèche, it does feel like a big family, in which a new room when the little ones move to the next stage is not felt as a big change. All this gives us peace of mind.

Cynthia Perucca
(Montessori Parent, Herbert Place)