This session is designed to cater for all children 2yrs 8 months up to school age. These children participate in the ECCE hours from 9.15 – 12.15pm and thereafter in free play time. Each child is allocated a key worker who is available to talk to parents/guardians about their child’s routine, and is responsible for carrying out observations.
The ECCE Session incorporates a planned Aistear (2009) Emergent Play Curriculum that is adapted to suit each child’s interests, age and stage of development and is child led. Our aim is to provide heuristic care to children of all ages, stages and abilities.
We provide child led learning experiences, encouraging the child to become more independent, in key foundation areas:
ECCE Session Ratio 1:11
We provide child led learning experiences, encouraging the child to become more independent, in key foundation areas of early maths concepts, early language & literacy, and social & emotional behaviour skills.
Activities include: sensorial, group activities, individual activities, role play, problem solving, outdoor play, principles. The ECCE room is planned using Síolta (2000) CECDE standard environments and include: home corner, art area, construction area, table top and outdoor area.
The Early Years Professional’s (EYP’s) plan the ECCE curriculum and the activities or “themes” are adapted to children’s interests and can be changed daily to support children’s interest, to ensure that the child led approach is met.
The curriculum is supported by free play which is a tool that enables EYP’s to observe the children’s interests and assess prior learning experiences. The curriculum is documented in the “ECCE Classroom Learning Journal” and is accessible at all times to children, staff & parents. This is also used as a reflective piece for EYP’s. The journal contains photographs, a sample of the children’s work and verbal communication from the children. Reflective practise is an important aspect in the preschool environment and each child has monthly observations, carried out by their key worker (EYP) to document & reflect on further developing your child’s learning.
The ECCE curriculum and the activities or “themes” are adapted to children’s interests and can be changed daily to support children’s interest, to ensure that the child led approach is met
ECCE children will be offered the facility to remain in the centre for additional hours after the 12.30pm pickup in order to wait and be collected with siblings in the national school. These children will engage in a variety of activities each day. If a child is staying on until 2 or 3pm they will be required to bring a lunch to be reheated in the centre