All our rooms are bright, spacious and fun. They are carefully laid out so that they are practical for their purpose. The set up of the rooms ensure that children have smooth movement from activity to activity yet feel secure within the room itself, they are assessed at various times throughout the year and the room environment is changed, dependent on the needs of the children in the room at that time.
All rooms open onto a fully secured playground area which is fitted with soft play tiles, grass and tarmacadam. This allows us to conduct outside activities daily, weather permitting, of course. We have two areas, one for the smaller children with small climbing frames, swings and a number of outdoor toys. We were also fortunate enough in April 2016 to have a number of parents volunteer to help us develop our outdoor area and we now have a fabulous covered sand pit, and soft play area, that the children play in every day. The larger area is suitable for older playschool and afterschool children and has a grass area for football, a larger climbing frame and larger swing set.
Our baby room accomodates children from 6 months onwards, it has a capacity of 6 babies (up to 12months) and is based on a ratio of 1 adult to 3 babies. The room is filled with age appropriate equipment for the babies, and as we have underground heating, it is nice and cosy for those just beginning to move around. The child’s day is based around the routine already established at home. Lots of activities go on throughout the day and the children also mix with those in the toddler room, in order for them to aquaint themselves with their next room, and the staff attached to that room. Babies will be moved into the toddler room, either when space allows or when we feel they are ready and able to cope with the bigger room and the large number of children. Either full day care or part time day care applicable to this room.
This is the next stage after the baby room, and can accomodate up to 11 toddlers between 1 and 3 years. It is based on a ratio of 1 adult to 5 toddlers (1-2years), or 1 adult to 6 toddlers (2-3 years). There is a daily curriculum within the room, to encourage the children’s learning through various fun activities, based on an emergent curriculum and the children’s current interests. Sleeping requirements are accomodated within the parents wishes. Either full day care or part time day care applicable to this room
Junior Playschool Room
Junior Playschool room accommodates children between 3 and 4 years, it is run on a similar basis to Senior playschool, but encompassing age appropriate activities for those attending. This room has a capacity of 14 children and is based on a ratio of 1 adult to 8 children. The majority of children in this group are toilet trained, although it is not compulsory, children attending should be completely toilet trained or in the process of being toilet trained. Junior playschool runs from 9am to 12 noon, those attending full day care or part time day care may also be accommodated in this room.
Senior Playschool Room
This room can accommodate up to 19 children and is based on a ratio of 1 adult to 11 children. The staff within this room focus on getting the children ready for attending school, by encouraging their independence and teaching them how to listen and follow an instruction. Obviously play is as important in this room as in all other rooms, and children are encouraged to socialise with their friends during their time in playschool, while learning to share, compromise, etc. As in all other rooms, the curriculum emerges based on the children’s interests which have been noted by the practitioners in the room. Senior playschool runs from 9am to 12 noon, those attending full day care or part time day care may also be accommodated in this room.
Children are collected from St Mary’s National School at either 2pm or 3pm. They are provided with a hot meal. Homework is supervised, and lasts no longer than 1 hour, if homework is not completed in an hour, children must complete it at home.Once homework is complete children are then given the opportunity to choose their own activities.