At Maples creche and preschool in Portlaoise we are committed to providing a warm, stimulating, creative environment that nurtures children to reach their full potential. We place emphasis on early education and the development of the child’s social skills and independence.
We have found that when the children are having fun and enjoying what they are doing they are happy, they learn quickly and that is what we are about at the Maples creche. Teaching the children through fun activities by daily activities art projects songs finger play and games. All rooms are fully equipped with materials for the appropriate age group.
In our toddler room children sleep when they are tired and eat when they are hungry.
Our programme is specifically designed to promote fun and learning activities and to foster creativity and create opportunities for discovery.
Our day consists of:
- Circle time activities
- Daily art projects
- Hands on activities
- Fun learning activities
- Songs and action rhymes
- Outdoor play
In our Toddler Curriculum we have tried to provide a lot of sensory activities that include touching different textures such as fake fur velour corduroy felt plastic hair rollers sand water paint and glue.
PRESCHOOL in portlaoise
In the preschool we are aiming at more advanced equipment, arts and crafts and a daily schedule of activities than they have been using in the toddler room introducing the children to their shapes colours letters and each child develops and early love of learning through our activities and materials.
All children develop at different speeds and preschool allows each child whatever length of time they require to master the different tasks set. Many of the activities are designed to develop fine and gross motor skills, language, imagination, emotional and social awareness and are, or course, presented to all the children in a fun and play oriented manner.
Many of the activities are designed to develop fine and gross motor skills, language, imagination, emotional and social awareness and are, or course, presented to all the children in a fun and play oriented manner.
Our carers ensure that each child develops and early love of learning through our activities and materials. We have a theme for every week our themes range from learning about nature, the environment, music, art, different cultures, nutrition and our numbers, letters and colours theme for each week.
We offer after-school care for children aged 5 to 10 years attending local schools. After school children can be brought to and collected from the local schools.
Our afterschool service includes a supervised period for homework each day, hot dinner or evening snack (children get a hot lunch if collected or brought to the Maples Creche at 1.30pm or 2.30pm) and play time.
During the evening children can play freely and take part in organised group activities, including outdoor play.
At Maples Creche we are introducing your kids to the games you played at their age. It is a great way for everyone to get exercise and have fun. Here are some old favourites kids like to play at Maples Creche:
Kerbs, Rounders, Hopscotch, All in together, Duck, Goose, Follow the Leader, Hot & Cold, Simon Says, Tag, Wall Ball, Blind Man’s Bluff, Piggy in the Middle, Traffic Lights, What time is it Mr Wolf?, Kick the Can and many more.
We also have fun activities like painting and gardening where all children can join in. It helps children learn new skills, teamwork and express their creativity.
We continuously assess our curriculum to ensure our learning objectives are being reached and to ensure that we are meeting the needs of each child in our care.