Greengables preschool class has 24 places funded by the Department of Education and runs Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 11.45am. We offer a lunch club on a Monday & Wednesday from 11.45am to 12:45pm. While there is a small extra charge for the lunch club, we have found it very benefical not only for the children but also for the parents!
Young children require a curriculum which meets their physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs at this particular stage of their development. They need to be motivated, set challenges and stimulated through play and other experiences to help develop learning.
Our curriculum covers the six areas of learning and development:
Personal, social and emotional development
This area is all about developing a positive sense of self and respect for others.
- Learning to co-operate with others
- Taking turns/sharing
- Building self confidence/independence
- Developing relationships with adults/children
- Expressing emotions through role play
Children develop confidence and competence in communicating, speaking and listening, listening to stories and beginning to read and write.
- Talking and listening in small and large groups
- Hearing and participating in stories and rhymes
- Becoming familiar with books
- Understanding written symbols have meaning
Early Mathematical Development
Developing a growing understanding of problem solving and numbers, through stories, songs, games and play.
- Sorting, matching, counting and ordering
- Early concept of size and quantity
- Counting rhymes and songs
- Use of mathematical language e.g. heavy, light, full, empty etc
The World Around Us
Learning to make sense of the world, finding out about the natural environment, using tools and different materials to make things.
- Talking about themselves and their home
- Changes in the weather
- Growing and caring for plants
- People who help in the community
- Become aware of environmental issues e.g. litter, road safety etc
Children will be helped to develop skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement and to understand the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
- Large motor skills, climbing frame/music and movement
- Movement with increasing control and co-ordination
- Fine motor skills - using tools/scissors/pencils
- Hand-eye co-ordination
Developing imagination and creativity in art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role-play activities.
- Painting & drawing - using wide variety of materials
- Exploring colours/textures
- Using glue/scissor/large variety of materials for junk art
- Dough and clay
- Dancing and singing
- Imaginative play
We greatly encourage parents to become involved in their child's preschool experience and create links with home. This is achieved through various activies including learning bags, library books and our weekend bears - Bertie and Bella.
NB - Parents often express concern about water play during winter. Don't worry! The water is heated, the room is warm and aprons are worn. Any wet trousers or jumpers are changed immediately. The educational value certainly outweighs a few damp clothes!