Children attending the 3 Pre-School Services, located in Brawny Square, Blackberry Lane and Paisti Beaga in Athlone have graduated in style this year, after a fun filled year of preparing them for main stream education through the Aistear and Siolta Curriculum.
At the graduations events in each of the venues in late June the children performed for their parents, reciting poems and songs, and displaying their art work and other work done during the year. One parent noted ‘that the work Staff do with their Children should be praised, my child has learned a lot and can sound out her letters, knows all her colours and can count to ten, the work is fantastic’.
Along with the 3 preschools WCD operates 8 After Schools, 7 in Athlone and one in Educate Together National School based in Mullingar, funded through the National Childcare Investment Programme under the Early Childhood Care and Education scheme – better known as the “Free Preschool Year” and Community Childcare Subvention Scheme (CCSS). The projects are also funded and supported by the Dept. of Social Protection, and by Westmeath County Childcare Committee. Over 200 children attend our childcare services.
Children attending WCD service are guaranteed plenty of fun based activities as well as being provided with a healthy nutritious snack, while also ensuring that home-work is complete daily with a fully qualified teachers in each centre.
The afterschool's also provide a service to children outside of school terms, with camps during Halloween, Easter, and Summer. This Summer Children attending have 2 full weeks of high energy activities to keep them busy including, sports days, baking, arts & crafts along with day trips to Lough Key forest park and Dublin Zoo!
The Preschools service are closed now for the summer and will reopen again in September. The After Schools will finish in mid July and reopen in September also. For information on the WCD Childcare Services, or to enrol a child for September 2013 for either service please contact Sinead Casey, Childcare Services Manager on 09064-94555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .