About KCCC

The Kildare County Childcare Committee was established in 2001. We are responsible for the promotion of cross-agency cooperation and coordination in the delivery of childcare services at a local level in County Kildare for all children from birth to 14 years.

The Committee comprises of local representatives from the statutory, community and voluntary sectors, social partners, childcare providers and parents in County Kildare.


Full Time

Part Time

The Kildare County Childcare Committee Office is open Monday to Friday 9.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm and 4.30pm


Patricia Garland-Maloney, Chairperson

Patricia was introduced to K.C.C.C. through Boardmatch Ireland and joined the Board in August and was dully elected Chairperson.

By profession, Patricia is an independent H.R. consultant working with a variety of clients in the S.M.E. Global and E.M.E.A. organisations. Since 1996, Patricia has worked with some of the largest organisations both in the world and within their own sector, e.g. Nestle, Takeda, Iomega to name a few. She was the Director of H.R. for the Special Needs Olympic World Summer Games 2003- the world’s largest sporting event held in 2003, and the first time  the Games were ever held outside the U.S.A. hosting 7000 athletes from around the world, while capturing the hearts and imaginations of the people of Ireland. In her capacity as H.R. consultant, Patricia has advised owners/managers and senior management teams on best practice H.R. operations and change management programmes. She has provided advice to childcare organisations, nursing homes and special interest groups assisting them to develop and implement Corporate Governance, Codes of Practice and Regulatory Compliance. Patricia holds an honours degree in Personnel Management and Industrial relations, is a Chartered Member of the C.I.P.D. a Six Sigma Enterprise Black Belt and a Patient Advocate for Residents of Nursing Homes.

Patricia has successfully delivered organisation restructuring programmes in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She is a Member of the Board of Directors of Bloomfield Health Services and Irish Autism Action.


Catherine Boonstra is the representative for Kildare Youth Services on the board of Kildare County Childcare Committee.

Catherine trained as a Childcare Worker in Cathal Brugha Street College and undertook further training to become a Marte Meo Family Therapist and Supervisor. She has undertaken further studies in the area of management and holds a Diploma Management and Industrial Relations from the National College of Industrial Relations.

Catherine has worked in the area of childcare/family support and fostering for the last 30 years. She initially worked in the Residential Care Sector where she managed a residential unit for many years, and has been working in the area of family support for the past 13 years. Catherine is currently employed by Kildare Youth Services as Project Leader in “The Naas Child and Family Project” and has been in this role since the project was established in 1999. Catherine is originally from Naas and lives locally.


Kathleen Cash is a Private Service Provider on the board of Kildare County Childcare Committee.

Kathleen is the owner/Manager of Tír Na NÓg, Athy which she started in 1996 as a small concern; it has grown to meet the changing and growing needs of families and communities in the area. In recognition of the high standard of care and education of the children at Tír Na NÓg they have been awarded three All Ireland Centre of Excellence awards and have been recognised as a certified Montessori Environment.

Kathleen enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise with the wider community and is involved at several different business levels. She is actively involved in the Athy Chamber of Commerce and is a member of Kildare Enterprise Women’s Network.


Anthony Egan is the representative for the County Kildare Community and Voluntary Forum on the board of Kildare County Childcare Committee.

Anthony currently holds the position of Chairperson on the County Kildare Community and Voluntary Forum. The aims of the forum are to articulate and represent the diverse and common views of the community, voluntary and disadvantaged sectors through consultation and communication. The forum also has a mandate to empower community participation. They promote social inclusion and equality by influencing policy and decision -making by local authority and other statutory agencies on the economic, social and cultural development of County Kildare.

Anthony is also an active member of his local residents association and has represented Naas as an Independent Councillor on the Naas UDC from 1999 to 2004.


Emer McDaid is the representative for the Vocational Educational Committee (VEC) on the board of the Kildare County Childcare Committee.

Emer qualified as a primary school teacher in 2001 from St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. Her first posting was in De la Salle Primary School in Ballyfermot, where she worked for two years. In 2004, after a long career break travelling Emer moved to Scoil an Linbh Íosa, Ballycane in Naas where she is still based today.

In May 2012 Emer qualified as a Psychotherapist, having completed a three year part-time Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. her ambition is to specialise in Child and Adolescent Counselling which will require further study in the future.

In June 2009, Emer was elected as a member of Naas Town Council. She is a member of the Fine Gael party. She was selected as a Council representative on the board of the Co. Kildare VEC. In 2013 Emer became the Mayor of Naas.

In her spare time, Emer runs to keep fit and and sane! She enjoys travelling during the school holidays.


Seamus Moore, Representing Kildare LEADER Partnership


Ted Murray is the representative for Local Enterprise on the board of Kildare County Childcare Committee.

Ted currently holds several positions: he is C.E.O. of Clane Project Centre, Manager of Thompson Enterprise Centre, Director of Kildare Leader Partnership and Facilitator for Clane’s Men’s Shed and Clane Youth Project.

Ted worked in the E.S.B. in various technical roles for thirty five years.He is former Chair of Clane Community Council. He is Captain of Jones Golf Society. He is a member of National Enterprise Centre Association, County Kildare Failte and North Kildare Chamber.

Ted is a long term community activist and to the fore in many local initiatives. He has held many responsible roles within his community and comes with a wealth of practical experience in dealing with local and national issues. He recently acquired a Diploma in Rural Development from N.U.I. Maynooth to add to his achievements.


Mary Waters is the representative for Kildare Farmers Association on the board of Kildare County Childcare Committee.

Mary was educated at St. Mary’s College, Naas. She has been involved with Kildare Farmers Association for over twenty years and has attended meetings on behalf of farm families for the past ten years. She is an active member of the association which is voluntary.