Laois Childcare Provider Receives a Major Accreditation

Kilminchy School House

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

Sonya Duggan from the Kilminchy School House in Portlaoise was accredited 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 provides 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 that 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 keyword in understanding Sonya’s approach which when combined with her own unique personality adds 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 is 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 that operate to their own standards but have nothing to measure them by.

Delighted to receive Business All-Star Accreditation recently. We were very busy over the Summer working with the…

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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 the 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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To learn more about Kilminchy School House, visit their All-Star showcase page here.

The process to select the next group of Business All-Star accredited companies have begun and further information is available at

This post first appeared in Laois-Nationalist.