Extra activities which are currently included in your crèche fee.
Niamh is a qualified modern dance teacher (FDI, LABAN CDT) who teaches the ISTD Modern Theatre Dance syllabus to the Junior and Senior groups on Monday mornings. She also incorporates free movement, rhythm and music appreciation.
Children from the junior and senior Montessori groups attend swimming lessons on alternate Tuesdays at the Glenview Leisure Centre, subject to parental and medical approval. Classes are held between September and June and transport is provided to and from the pool by mini-bus. The children are well chaperoned and fully insured at all times.
Clare is a fully qualified swimming instructor and she joins the children in the water for fun and swimming instruction. The children’s group leaders are also in attendance.
The crèche provides togs, towels, swimming caps and armbands. We also attend to the laundry requirements.
Parents are asked to avoid clothes with buttons on swimming days, as these are very time-consuming when dressing a number of children. Tracksuits are ideal for this activity.
We leave the crèche promptly at 9.30am so please ensure that your child is here no later than 9.00am.
Stretch-n-Grow is a specially designed fitness programme for pre-school children in the form of a forty-five minute class conducted weekly by a fully trained instructor.
The main aim of the programme is to teach young children that exercise and healthy food choices are important and fun. These classes take place on alternate Tuesday mornings.
Pauline Fegan (TCRG commission organisation) is a professional Irish dancing teacher with her own school of dancing in Bray. Pauline joins us in the crèche each Wednesday morning to teach the senior and junior Montessori groups. She has a wonderful talent for involving the children in the rhythm, music and culture of Irish dancing.
An optional extra to the crèche fee.
Girls and boys over the age of 3 years are welcome to join our ballet group. We attend the Dance Academy in Bray run by Sadhbh O’Dunlaing N.C.V.A. (Dip.) R.A.D. (T.Dip).
The children learn through songs and nursery rhymes. Ballet gives the children a sense of achievement through the joy of dance while improving posture and co-ordination.
There are 3 terms comprising 10 lessons in each and fees are paid directly to Sadhbh. Classes are held on Thursday afternoon. The children walk to their class with the staff of the senior Montessori room.
The crèche supplies the required uniform for class.
Jean McDonald teaches yoga to the junior and senior groups every Friday morning using imagery to encourage the children to become more tuned into their bodies.
Outings and walks
When children take part in activities outside the crèche premises they wear a Clare Elizabeth Crèche high-visability vest for easy identification. They are attached at the wrist to our ‘easy-mind’. The easy-mind is designed to prevent a child from breaking away from the group.
Group leaders carry a first aid kit and mobile phone on all walks. The children are well supervised and insured at all times.
A word from our parents…
“Thank you so much for all the care and kindness you have shown to Sarah and Jim since January 2009. The time has flown, we can’t believe it’s time for ‘big school’!
It’s been a real pleasure to know that Sarah and Jim have been in such capable hands and have been given the opportunity to experience wonderful adventures from the swimming trips, the days out in the secret park, ballet, nativity plays not to mention the artwork, stretch and grow, toy days, playing in the garden from snowy days to sunhat days, visits from Santa Claus and ‘Chinese’ rabbits, but most of all in between all the yoga, Irish dancing and trips to the library both Sarah and Jim have had hugs, chats and lots of TIME given to them by all of you, your patience and encouragement are truly appreciated and we consider ourselves lucky to have had our turn in Clare Elizabeth Crèche.
Collette, Brian, Sarah & Jim.