This event looks to be a highlight – especially for parents hoping to introduce (or re-introduce) their children to the importance and joy of nature. The Clonakilty Kindergarten are hosting a Bee ‘Green Family’ Fun day on the 26 April. The event will be free of charge and open to the whole community. There are interesting workshops in conjunction with GIY, Sustainable Clonakilty and The Hollies Permaculture Centre. Events will include exciting projects such as building birdhouses and bug hotels to vegetable growing, garden crafts and much more – there will be something to inspire parents and children of all ages.
The Clonakilty Kindergarten is a natural playschool for children aged from 2 and a half to 6 years old. It was founded by a group of parents in 2002 as a toddler group and evolved from there. Today, it continues to provide natural, loving and family orientated childcare based on an Aistear Curriculum which enhances childrens development in many positive ways.
The Kindergarten is a not-for-profit community preschool where little minds are encouraged to thrive and little feet are encouraged to explore. The building is bright, warm and spacious and uses natural wooden furnishings and toys.
Based in Lady’s Cross in Clonakilty, the Kindergarten even has its own little wildlife garden, vegetable beds, play area, willow den hideout, outdoor classroom, sandpit and woodland which won the community gardens award in 2009. The Clonakilty Kindergarten supports Community Childcare Subvention and Early Childhood Care and Education Pre-School Schemes. Drop-off sessions are now available but booking in advance by calling 023-8859883 is essential.
A typical session at the Clonakilty Kindergarten includes dressing up, imaginative play with natural toys, baking delicious cakes and cookies, playing outside on the swings or in the sandpit.
Some responsibilities include helping in the vegetable garden and caring for the guinea pigs. Back inside, the children enjoy listening to well-loved tales and nature stories and singing action songs. Everyone sits down together to eat and if there is a birthday, it will be celebrated with cake and a story. Craftwords will include such things as making bird feeders from pine cones, weaving bags with wool and shaping bird boxes in wood. All the children enjoy the home made play dough and creative gluing , sticking and colouring. The session ends with the children gathered together to share songs and say good bye to their teachers and friends. The Clonakilty Kindergarten loves experiences and takes great pride in creating new ones for children and their families. For more information and to keep an eye on upcoming events, follow them on facebook.