Our bright, modern premises is centrally located in Ballymena. We are an educational preschool setting, providing 26 part-time places, 9.10 am – 12.10 pm Monday to Friday during term time.
Our learning environment includes indoor and outdoor resources, which enhance imagination, language, physical and social skills. Above all children are encouraged to build self-esteem and develop independent thinking.
The playgroup is registered with:
- Early Years: The Organisation for young children
- Northern Health and Social Care Trust – The Early Years Team
Mrs Lorraine Dempsey
Preschool Leader and onsite Early Years Specialist/AdvisorDesignated Child Protection Officer
BA(Hons) Early Childhood Studies
Mrs Elaine Wray
Deputy LeaderNVQ III Early Years Care and Education
Mrs Kathryn Bailie
Advanced Diploma in Child Care and EducationSENco (Special Education Needs Officer)
We offer funded pre-school places for children in their immediate preschool year as part of the Preschool Education Expansion Programme provided by the Department of Education. We also provide private fee paying places.
The staff in the preschool are fully qualified and specialise in preschool education and the implementation of the PreSchool Curriculum.
Our adult: child ratio is 1:8.
In our pre-school setting, your child will be offered the best possible start to their educational life, giving them a head start in life-long learning.
- Fully qualified staff.
- Bright and welcoming premises with excellent resources.
- Safe, enclosed outdoor play area and large indoor play space.
- Catering for individual strengths and any additional needs
- Active partnership with parents.
All staff provide a carefully planned and structured learning environment, in line with Department of Education guidelines. Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) every three years (last inspection March 2017) Northern Health and Social Trust’s Early Years Team annually (last inspection April 2019)
What will you child learn
Build confidence, independence and self-discipline to enable them to make their own choices.
Learn to express themselves and be creative through many different areas of the curriculum – e.g. role play, books, drama, singing, music, science and the natural world.
It was evident from the parental questionnaires that parents rate this Playgroup highly and have complemented the care and enthusiasm of the staff.
Settling in / All about me
Colour – Blue
Shape – Circle
Colour – Brown
Shape – Square
Event – Scarecrow Dress-Up Day
Visitor – Dunclug Primary School Harvest Performance
Outing – Dickeys Farm Machinery
Light and Dark
Colour – Black
Shape – Triangle
Event – Pyjama Day
Visitor – Community Police
Outing – Ballymena PS for Hullaballoo Drama performance
First Touch Football
Christmas / Winter
Colour – Red
Shape – Star
Event – Children’s Nativity Performance
Visitor – Santa
Outing – Prospect Place
Dunclug Primary School
Winter / Our Body
Colour – White
Shape – Rectangle
Event – Beautiful Moments photography
Visitor – Guide Dogs for the Blind
Colour – Pink
Shape – Heart
Event – Banking Activity
Visitor – Fire Brigade
Fairy Tales / World Book Day (Spring)
Colour – Green
Shape – Revisiting shapes
Events – World Book Day, St Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day Tea
Visitor – Librarian
Colour – Yellow
Shape – Oval
Event – Easter Parade
Outing – Spring Walk
Our Home / Our Planet
Colour – Purple
Shape – Revisiting Shapes
Event – Sports Day
Visitor – Party Animals
Transitions / Holidays
Colour – Orange
Shape – Revisit Shapes
Visitor – P1 Teachers
Outing – Carnfunnock