Our Play Group Settings:
When you walk into our playgroup setting the children are learning through play and you will see them play with sand, water, bricks, paint, puzzles, books.
The children will be talking, laughing, reading, writing, building, dancing, singing and most of all they will be pretending – pretending to be a mother or father or child, pretending to be a builder, an engineer, a shopkeeper, a hairdresser, learning from one another and showing us all how competent they are and what they have learned about the world around them.
Bee Hive Room- Babies
This newly redesigned baby room allows plenty of space for your curious babies to explore the world around them. In all our rooms the toys and equipment are carefully selected with special consideration to promoting the children’s physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social development.
We provide the right environment and experiences to meet these rapidly developing abilities. Our program emphasizes the importance of positive, supportive interactions between us and your child.
Honey Bees Room – Wobblers & Toddlers 1-3years
This bright and spacious room offers the toddlers a variety of play activities.
There is a viewing panel directly into the Sleeping room. There are 2 large glass double doors, which lead directly into the playground.
The windows are low to offer views to the outside. In this room children will access to a variety of stimulating toys, soft play and books appropriate to their age and ability.
All toys and equipment are carefully selected with special consideration to promoting the children’s physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social development.
We use materials that help refine finger movement and hand/eye co-ordination; simple books, screw on/off toys, shape sorters, building blocks and simple wooden jigsaws.
We participate in activities which promote cognitive and language development; i.e. books and stories, action songs, nursery rhymes, imaginative play and table top activities.
Our Team takes great pride in creating a curriculum that meets the needs of the children in our care and their unique learning styles. Individual attention is given to assure each child’s needs and interests are catered for.
Our curriculum includes a weekly theme that encourages the children to explore and learn about the natural world around them. We understand that the early years of a child’s life is an amazing time of growth and learning that serves as the foundation for future stages of development.
Toddlers are also introduced to play dough, paint, sand and waterplay, foam play.
Honey Bees full day care opening hours are 07.30am-6.00pm
Bumble Bees Room – Children aged 3 Years – 6 years
These attractive well-equipped rooms allow children to prepare for school.
Here the children will aquire the Irish language through play.
Every child will be offered creative learning activities such as drawing, painting, sand and water play, puzzles, books and music.
Here every child will have the chance to develop their language skills and staff will encourage curiosity as well as promoting social, emotional and physical development.
The following are some of the activities available for children:
- Drama: re-enacting stories and nursery rhymes.
- Messy play; sand, water, play dough and foam play.
- Irish Books and stories
- Table toys; Jigsaws, puzzles, bricks, threading and lacing.
- Puppet theatre.
- Musical activities
- Junior Chefs Culinary Delights- Cookery Skills
Bumble Bees full day care opening hours are 07.30am-6.00pm
Bumble Bees Play School hours are 09.30am-12.30pm during school term only.
The Bees Knees After School Club
As we understand that children are tired after their day at school, the rooms are set out to incorporate a chill out zone, an activity area, a homework area, a free play area, a book area, computers area and outdoor play area.
There are a number of Activities, which include:
- Homework club
- Arts and crafts
- Junior Chefs Culinary Delights- Cookery Skills
- Active games
- Board games
- Physical Education
The Bees Knees Breakfast Club opens from 07.30am – 09.20am during school term and the children will travel to school on the school bus.
The Bees Knees After School Club hours are from 2.00pm – 6.00pm.
Children who finish school at 2pm will be collected from the school and those who finish at 3pm will be able to avail of the Bus Eireann school bus.
Children attending the after school club will be given the opportunity to avail of full-time care during school holidays.
Hours of Service for Summer Camps/during School holidays are 07.30am-6.00pm.
Large secure outdoor area
For more pictures of our secure outdoor area as well as our other facilities,please visit our Gallery section
Our Daily Routines!
9.30-9.50am Greeting Circle Time
10.00-10.50am Free Play and small group time: Sand play/ Water Play/ Construction Play
Jigsaws/ Reading/ Home corner etc
10.50-11.15am Tidy Up Time Snack Time and Tooth Brushing Time
11.15-11.45am Letter of the week group activity Time
11.45am Tidy Up, Toilet & Nappy Changing Time (Honey Bees Room)
12.00noon Outdoor Play
1.30pm Dinner Time (Hot Dinner)
2.00-2.30pm Cartoon Time
2.30pm-4.00pm Small Group Time
4.00pm Snack Time
4.15pm Toilet and Nappy Changing Time
4.30pm Free Play/Outdoor Play until home time
We follow whatever routine your child in used to at home, we aim to provide a home from home for your child.
Ideas for Lunchboxes:
- Go Crackers! Plain or whole-wheat crackers/ with cheese/ banana!
- Go Fruity! Bananas, apples, oranges, kiwi’s, grapes etc
- Go Cheesy! Cheese strings, baby bel, cheese dippers, cheese spread!
- Go Dairy! Milk, fruit / plain yogurts, muller fruit corners!
- Go Veggie! Carrot sticks- great for teething!
- Sandwiches/bagels/pitta bread/bread rolls with ham, cheese, jam
- Pasta shapes/soups & bread/Noodles
- Baked potatoes with a range of fillings such as coleslaw, beans, ham & cheese or even pop on an extra portion of dinner so your child can take it the next day
- Drinks: Non fizzy, No added sugar drinks are ideal for their teeth.
While you are preparing your evening meal at home make a little extra for your childs dinner the following day, put it into a sealed container and refrigerate!
Some Hot Meal Ideas:
- Spaghetti Bolognese
- Potato & Veg with Chicken/Ham etc
- Pasta shapes & Sauce
- Chicken Kiev & Vegetables
Children learn from other children’s eating habits and they will learn to eat new foods. Our aim is for everyone to adopt healthy food habits and therefore pass the habit on.