Clonmany Community Preschool
Clonmany Community Preschool is located in the heart of the village and was established in 2001. The preschool offers the ECCE sessional service for 38 weeks a year for three hours per day from 9:30am to 12:30pm for children from 2 years and 8 months upwards. All children are entitled to avail of two years free preschool.
We follow the national Aistear Curriculum and have incorporated some Montessori elements into the setting. Montessori fundamentals include hands-on play and learning from doing. We use Montessori equipment for learning numbers, sounds, practical life, arts and crafts and geography. We have use of the large main hall in the centre and the children love to spend some time on the bikes and trikes in this area.
A healthy snack is provided for children and we supply high quality waterproof outdoor suits for each child. Outdoor play is a central part of our curriculum and we try to get outside every day to spend some time in the garden – which contains a wooden cabin, swings, water feature, poly tunnel, mud kitchens, willow hut and sand pit! The garden contains a variety of materials and areas for all children to explore and partake in fun and meaningful experiences.
Throughout the year we try out different activities such as Yoga, PE, Drama and each month a music teacher comes to the setting to do songs and rhymes with the children. Staff are highly trained, professional and committed to ensuring each child has the best experience at preschool. Clonmany Community Montessori provides a fun and engaging curriculum with kind and caring staff and lots of time spent in the outdoor garden area.
“There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature; to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature” – Maria Montessori
Modern life can be super busy! Take the stress out of your mornings with our Breakfast Club Service which runs daily from 7am to 9:30am. Breakfast Club guarantees your child will have a fun and safe place to meet their friends before school – a huge benefit for those children who find school and socialising challenging.
We provide a healthy breakfast which will have a positive impact on your child’s progress in school and a range of stimulating toys, activities and books so they can ready themselves for the day ahead. Daily meal choices consist of cereal or porridge, eggs anyway you like, toast and fresh orange/apple juice.
Our staff will then drop your child safely into the care of their teacher at school.
Clonmany Community Afterschool
Clonmany Community Afterschool runs a full program of play activities that target different types of learning, guaranteeing your child has plenty of fun and learns new skills along the way. We provide with nutritious tasty meals where children try new foods and experiment with new flavours in the company of their peers. The children are occasionally encouraged to help out with food preparation in a fun and safe manner which also provides essential life skills. We recognise that every child is different and we take the time to observe and focus on their individual strengths so that each child reaches their full potential.
We understand that your time with your children is precious so we provide help with homework ensuring most, if not all is completed before they return home to you.*
Clonmany Community Afterschool runs Monday to Friday from 1pm to 7pm. The daily rate is €3.50 per hour**. School lifts are also available, however please note School lifts must be pre-booked.
* Parents/Guardians are asked to sign your child’s homework diary and double check all homework is completed.
** Subsidies are available for most children, please enquire for more information on this.
During midterms, Easter and Summer holidays we continue to offer our childcare services. Our Summer programme is jampacked with Summer Activity Camps that are attended by children from as far away as Spain! During our Summer time we utilise our outdoor play area and organise supervised trips to the beach and other local attractions! The fun doesn’t stop at Clonmany Community Centre, Summer Activity Camps include cooking classes, survival camps, circus camps, arts, crafts, music, nature and lots more!