Julie McNamara, CEO

Julie McNamara is the CEO of Kildare County Childcare Committee where she has worked since 2004.  Julie is a UCC graduate, of the first BA in Early Childhood Studies Degree in Ireland, where she obtained a First Class Honours Degree in 2000.  Julie also holds a M.Soc.Sc in Youth and Community work and a Diploma in Community Leadership. 

Julie has worked in the Community and Voluntary sector since the age of 17 which has included: volunteering for Oxfam in India, Simon Community in Galway, and as a Childcare worker for the Traveller community in Cork.  Julie has worked in the area of disability and coordinated a Project for young men at risk in Mallow, Co. Cork prior to returning to Kildare to take up her position with KCCC. 

Julie is passionate about working for young children and families and values the rights of the child.  Julie works from the principles of community development and believes everyone has the right to be heard, included and empowered. Julie believes Early Childhood lays the foundations for the rest of the life cycle and is committed to working towards ensuring young children in Kildare receive the best outcomes possible. 

Julie is Mother to Aisha, enjoys her job, running, yoga, cooking, gardening, travelling, and music.   

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Marianne Casey,  Development Officer

Marianne Casey joined Kildare County Childcare Committee in September 2006 as a Development Officer. Marianne completed a course in Early Childhood Care and Education in DIT and a post graduate H.Dip. in Early Childhood Education and Care in Carlow IT. She has also attained FETAC level 6 qualifications in Train the Trainer, Equality and Diversity and a Certificate in Creative Drama from DIT. Marianne also holds a qualification in High Scope Training of Trainers and is a qualified Always Children First Child Protection Trainer. Marianne has been working in the Childcare sector since her graduation from DIT and her practical experience spans over 26 years working at all levels in Community Childcare services. These include Barnardos, Fingal ICTU Centre and St. Helena’s in Finglas. Her experience includes working in Early Years childcare provision, working with children and families in their own homes, running school aged childcare and teenage programmes, parenting support and training, including support and advice to parents in recovery from addiction, management and coordination of projects and programmes as well as facilitation and training delivery.

Marianne’s role in Kildare County Childcare Committee is to provide advice and support in the development of Quality to Early Years and School Aged Childcare Services this is achieved through on site consultative visits, training workshops and developing supporting documentation to help services to engage with the National Frameworks of Aistear and Síolta. Marianne also delivers Children First Child Protection and Welfare training to Early Years providers throughout County Kildare.  

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Bernie Connell, Development Officer

 Bernie joined KCCC in November 2019. She has a coaching and mentoring Diploma with Early Childhood Ireland (City and Guilds) and has completed a Level 8 HDip in Early Years with Carlow IT. With a degree in applied linguistics, Bernie is fluent in French and Spanish and has a background in accounts of almost twenty years.

Bernie has been a Linc tutor for the North Dublin area for the past two years.  This position included mentoring students on inclusive culture, practice and pedagogy.  Bernie has mentored over 200 students through the Linc (leadership for Inclusion) programme.  Previously Bernie managed a large community service in Tallaght for seven years, so is well aware of the challenges facing the sector.

Bernie's role in Kildare CCC is to provide advice and support in the development of quality to the Early Years and school age childcare services in Kildare.  Bernie will engage with services through workshops, training events and mentor visits and will support services on issues relating to sustainability.  Bernie is an early year’s play advocate and is full of enthusiasm for her new development officer role.  Contact Bernie at:


Emily Moore, Programme Administrator

Emily has worked in KCCC since 2006 and has seen a lot of changes in the sector over the last few years since the arrival of the ECCE scheme in April 2009. With the introduction of the ECCE scheme in 2009 KCCC developed a closer working relationship and contact with the services providing childcare in Kildare.


Emily, in her role of Programme Administrator, offers the provision of information, support and advice on National Programmes for childcare providers in Kildare, from ECCE and TEC CCS/P. Assisting services with re-entry and new entry to contracts. A significant element of the role involves the completion of Fee policy forms and advice on all areas of PIP registrations and queries.  Emily's background over many years has been with Community organisations, Office Administration and Customer Service.

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Catherine Colleton, Assistant Programme Administrator

Catherine joined KCCC in March 2019 as Assistant Programme Administrator. Catherine has a BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and Care and has worked in the childcare sector for 10years. She has also completed QQI Level 6 Train the Trainer and is a qualified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer with 12+ years experience coaching children's gymnastics. 

Catherine's role in KCCC is to provide support and advice in relation to National Programmes, including AIM, to childcare providers in Kildare and also to provide support to parents. 

Catherine is mother to Cora and enjoys spending time with her family, fitness and music. Contact Catherine on - 


Ashling Henderson, Administrator

Ashling Henderson has extensive experience in Administration, Clerical and Customer Service, she has a background in Health Services. 

She holds a Higher Certificate in Science and worked as a Pharmacy Technician previous to joining KCCC.






Louise Finnegan, Clerical Officer

Louise is a Clerical Officer with Kildare County Childcare Committee, joining the team in March 2019. She is a graduate of NUI Maynooth with BA (Hons) in Economics and Finance. She has worked in Banking and Fund Administration for more than 10 years and is now enjoying working with KCCC and learning about the early years sector, while providing administration support. In her spare time Louise enjoys spending time with her family.




Jane Beatty, Communications Officer

Jane Beatty is Communications Officer with Kildare County Childcare Committee. She has extensive experience of information provision in the semi-state and not-for-profit sectors, including NCGE (an agency of the Department of Education and Science), Barnardos, OPEN and Northside Partnership. Currently studying the Masters in Child, Family and Community Studies in TU Dublin, Jane also holds a BA(Hons) in History and English and a Higher Diploma in Library and Information Studies. Jane's experience includes Information management, editing publications and writing/editing online content. Jane is interested in making information more accessible and understandable.
Jane enjoys gardening, being outdoors with her family and travel.

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