Playgroup is also known as Pre- Montessori in Fonthill Lodge because sometimes the children are introduced to Montessori equipment for practical Life skills.

Your child will move into Playgroup after Toddlers. Playgroup children are usually toilet trained. The room has a little bit more structure with more time being spent doing specific activities.

The curriculum is well thought out and based on the children's needs and interests. Activities may include outdoor play with obstacle courses or a parachute game. Arts and crafts is a very popular choice with this age group, as is any type of sand, water or messy play which get all the senses going. The curriculum follows an Aistear Framework and is play based, however there will be plenty of learning happening too.

Children are provided with a hot, home cooked meal and sit together with friends at the table and chair. Rest / sleep time is facilitated in conjunction with parents and children's individual needs. We provide plenty of books and a cosy area for the children to take a break from the busy environment whenever they wish!

Life skills such as hand washing, dressing and self feeding are encouraged by our team of qualified and caring staff. The children develop their social and emotional skills in our calm, loving environment where sharing, caring, conflict resolution and respect are taught by example.

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