At Stepping Stones, we provide a homely secure yet fun environment for all the children. As play is a very important part of every
child's day, we provide a wide variety of fun based games and materials. We encourage parental input and suggestions and two-way
communication is very important to us at Stepping Stones.
Play-school is an introduction to a more structured routine for the children, they are encouraged to interact with each other and play in groups. The children have short work periods, which include Jigsaws, sorting, paring, learning colours, introduction to numbers and general hand/eye exercises. The children are introduced to circle time to encourage speech and listening techniques. Songs, stories and action rhymes provide great fun.
In the Toddler Room we focus on the Childrens overall development and use a variety of equipment to aid and define their physical intellectual emotional and social skills. There are
different areas for the children to use their imagination i.e. home corner, dressing up area, shop, book corner and many more. We have separate child size toilets to encourage toilet training. We have sleep mats for the children to take a nap if feeling tired. Each child receives a daily report sheet.
In these rooms we aim to link the philosophy of Montessori to
Aistear. Children can avail of this facility from 2 years and 8
months and can stay for a maximum of 2 years.
Dr Maria Montessori believed in creating a child centred environment, which encourages independence, confidence and self-esteem. The Montessori Room is a bright spacious room
where the children go the year before they move on to big school. This group uses specialised Montessori equipment, which promotes the child's overall development. They
become aware of their environment through partaking in little projects and learn to care for and respect each other and their surroundings. The children enjoy a great deal of arts and
crafts, outdoor play and occasional trips.
All our staff are fully Garda Vetted & are qualified from level 5 up to level 8, we also have a member of staff fully trained under the LINC Programme launched by the DCYA (Department of children & youth affairs). This programme allows the Early Years Sector to promote the inclusion of children with additional needs.
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