Our Care and Education Team


Meet Our Team

Louise Barrett

Director of Childcare

Louise has been an integral part of the Park Academy team for over 18 years. She has held many positions during this time from Early Years Educator, Crèche Manager in one of our busiest centres, to General Manager. Louise is now the Director of Childcare and leads the Care and Education Team in driving quality and compliance in all our centres.

Louise has a wide knowledge base of caring for young children in early years settings and offers great support to our Management team in this area. She holds qualifications in Childcare, Montessori teaching, Forest Schooling, Crèche Management and is a qualified Access and Inclusion Coordinator. In addition, Louise is currently completing her B.A. Hons. Degree in Early Childhood Education. In her spare time she is a busy mum enjoying her three gorgeous children.

Shiona O’Sullivan

Care and Education Manager

Shiona has been part of the Park Academy Childcare team for 15 years and is currently the Care and Education Manager. She oversees the team, ensuring that Park Academy is continuously meeting the high standards set out in the Aistear and Siolta Framework. Shiona believes that every child is an individual and learns as an individual so it is our job to make sure that we allow the children to direct their learning in a stimulating environment.

Shiona has held many roles in Park Academy ranging from Early Years Educator to Crèche Manager. Shiona is a qualified Montessori teacher. She also has her Créche Management qualifications and is currently studying Leadership in Inclusion in an Early Years Setting.

Shiona has her own two little girls who give her so much fun and enjoyment.

Sharon Cooke

Audit and Compliance Manager

As Audit and Compliance Manager, Sharon works closely with both the Care and Education team and our Early Years Educators to ensure that Park Academy is compliant under all of the 2006 Preschool Regulations, Child Care Regulations (the Child Care Act 1991 [Early Years Services] Regulations 2016). Her role encompasses not only compliance under the Regulations but Sharon also ensures that the highest standard of care is maintained throughout our centres.

Sharon has worked with The Park Academy for nine years and was actively involved in opening our crèches and so has a wide knowledge base pertaining to set up and best layout of rooms.

Sharon has qualifications in Nursery Nursing, secured a Diploma in Crèche Management and is currently studying Leadership and Inclusion in an Early Years Setting.

Sarah Quinn

Education Coordinator

Sarah, our Education Coordinator, has played a pivotal part in The Park Academy for the last 12 years. She is responsible for the rolling out of our new OWL Curriculum, she trains and mentors our pre-school teams and works closely with our Centre Managers to ensure that Park Academy continuously provides a child-led, play-based Curriculum that is in line with Aistear, the National Curriculum Framework.

Sarah contributed greatly to the setting up of our outdoor Nature Kindergarten in 2013, and worked there for a while when it first opened mentoring the team on outdoor learning.

Sarah believes that children should be allowed be who they are – children. “A child’s preschool years present a small window of opportunity for them to discover the world around them. Children learn best – through play, in a safe, fun environment where the child’s interests are at the heart of everything”.

Helen Sutherland

Early Years Compliance

Helen supports our team of dedicated childcare professionals to ensure Park Academy is compliant with Regulation 19, which is the Health, Welfare, and Development of the child. She leads on ensuring that the learning and development of each child in our care is enhanced within a secure environment.

She has been part of The Park Academy team for over 15 years. She was actively involved in opening our crèches, including the centre set up and layout of the rooms. During her time here Helen has overseen  the running of many rooms and all  to the highest of standards. She is a very skilled Early Years Educator and has gained a wealth of experience and understanding of best practices in childcare and early year’s education.

Helen holds qualifications in Early Years Education and Forest Schooling.

Jenn Fitzmaurice

Training Mentor

Jenn is our Training Mentor for new and existing team members. An important part of Jenn’s role is working with our Centre Managers to identify what their training requirements are and aligns the staff training needs with the HR Department, who in turn facilitate training and development.

Jenn has been part of the Park Academy team for over nine years. She started with Park Academy as an Early Years Educator, and worked her way up to Team Leader, Senior Team Leader, then Junior Manager before taking on the role of Team Mentor on the Care & Education team.

Having worked with children and staff over the years, I believe it is about the journey, not the outcome. Every day is different in Park Academy and working together as a team is what makes it such a great place for our children, our parents and of course our staff.”

Jenn has a Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education.

Charlene Quinn Byrne

Club Coordinator

Charlene is Park Academy Childcare’s Afterschool Coordinator and has a very busy role. She oversees all of our Afterschool Clubs, school collections, extra-curricular activities and organises our Easter and Summer camps.

Charlene loves working with children. Her vision is to ensure that each child feels valued, listened to, gains confidence and most importantly, is happy. Charlene ensures that our Clubs provide the children with what they need which ranges from homework support, providing a relaxing environment after a busy school day and most importantly, keeping the “fun” factor a top priority throughout.

Charlene has been part of the Park Academy team for the last seven years. She holds qualifications in Montessori and Childcare and is currently studying for her Degree in Early Childhood Education. Charlene is also a qualified paramedic and has done tremendous charity work both in Ireland and abroad.

Eamonn Lynch

JUMP Coordinator

‘Coach Eamonn’ runs Park Academy’s JUMP Programme, which is a sports-based curriculum designed to get children involved in physical activity from as young an age as possible. All of our Jellytots age group through to our Afterschool Clubs, get to participate in the JUMP Programme once a week.

I have been working in Park Academy Childcare for the last five and half years and my personal journey has been fantastic. To work for a company with such innovation and vision has been a truly amazing experience.”

Eamonn holds qualifications in Sports Coaching and has a Diploma in Leisure Management.  He also has a Fetac Level 6 in Early Childhood Education and lectures in Physical Activity for Children.

Julie Dillon

Music Teacher

Julie has been Park Academy’s Music Teacher since January 2017. Julie is responsible for facilitating our early years pre-instrumental music and movement classes and all the children from the babies to the Afterschool children love their time with Julie and her team of “puppets”.

Julie is a professional singer and composer and has taught music to children and adults for over 15 years. Julie encourages each child to “dance to the beat of their own drum” literally! She loves seeing a child’s confidence, language, and coordination skills improve as they play and sing along to popular nursery rhymes and age-appropriate songs.

Julie has music qualifications from Trinity College Dublin and Newpark Music School and has recently completed an early years and primary school Music and Drama Teacher Training course in the Ark Theatre in Dublin.