The objective of the playgroup programme is to provide a safe, ordered, interesting and stimulating environment which is reinforced with love, encouragement and praise. In all of our groups our teachings are based around the ideas of Aistear and upon the principles of Síola; Aistear/Síolta National Curriculum Framework.
Our Playgroup Children
Children starting in our Playgroups are two years old. Some of the children in these groups are full-day care while others are part-time and finish at 1pm or 2pm each day. We keep the class size small in our Playgroup as this age group need a lot of individual care and attention.
What happens in Playgroup?
Children arriving from 7.30am will be offered a choice of breakfast cereal, porridge and wholemeal toast. By 9am all groups are in session and the Playgroup usually begin a group activity, followed by individual activities such as, jigsaws, peg boards and threading. Whenever possible the Playgroup children will spend part of their morning in the garden. Garden time is a mix of free play and organised play. We fundamentally believe that playing outdoors is imperative for children’s health and well-being.
At tidy up and snack time children are encouraged to tidy up after themselves and to wash and dry their hands. We encourage parents to send in a healthy, well balanced snack, we provide the drinks and a choice of unsweetened juice or water.
Children wind down with circle time and story time, before nappy changes and nap. Nap time is supervised, and each child has their own bed, sheet, blanket and comforter if necessary. Getting enough rest is important for children’s well-being and to help them to self-regulate behaviour. It is more likely that an overtired child will be pensive and difficult to comfort.
Tír na nÓg Huntstown
26 Huntstown Lawn, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15
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Tír na nÓg Hartstown
6 Oakview Lawn, Hartstown, Dublin 15
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