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Research into the benefits of attending a good pre-school show that children have improved mathematic and reading ability and social skills. These benefits last for several years and give children a ‘leg-up’ when they enter primary school.

Listowel Family Resource Centre has further developed the Pre-School Services and now operates:

  • Junior Pre-School
  • Pre-School
In addition, every August a ‘School Readiness Programme’ is run aimed at children who are enrolled in primary school for September.
Junior Pre-School
Junior Pre-School was established in September 2013. The aim of the Junior Pre-School is to support and encourage children to transition, at their own pace, from Crèche to Pre-School within the Children’s Centre.

Junior Pre-School operates:fullbloom

  • 8.45am to 12.45pm daily
  • Flexibility for parents offering sessional or part-time care

Junior Pre-School can cater for up to 10 children at any one time.

The curriculum is play based & age appropriate following Aistear themes and the children’s interests and stages of development. Various activities are provided for the children on a daily basis e.g. Sand, Water, Arts & Crafts, Table top activities, outdoor activities etc.

Pre-school starts at approximately three years. Our trained Pre-School staff develops each child’s reading, writing and numeracy through our extensive curriculum and development programmes. Our aim is to provide the children with a sound educational grounding and to ensure they enter school happy and confident.

Pre-School operates daily:

Morning Session8.45am to 12.45pm

Afternoon Session 1.00pm to 5.00pm

flexibility for parents providing sessional, part-time and full-time care

Pre-School can cater for up to 20 children at any one time.

Curriculum & Activities:
Every day we strive to make your child’s learning exciting through encouraging vibrant creativity and imagination. Art, craft, water and sand play, stories, role play, table-top activities, messy play are central to a child’s learning. We have many themed experiences for the children each year planned adhering to the Aistear curriculum. Our annual Christmas concert is a good example, which exposes the children to performance based skills.
Additional programmes we offer include:
  • Self-Care Programme: brushing teeth, hand washing, buttons, zips, shoe laces, general hygiene
  • Safety Programme: keeping safe, bullying, who to speak to, what to do when you think you are in danger or uncomfortable. This is done through storytelling, discussion and child-centred activities

We encourage and support all children to participate in as many other adventurous projects throughout the year, acknowledging that young children learn in a holistic way through play and other key experiences. We offer a safe, loving and stimulating environment with reassuringly high standards of care and excellent educational facilities.