BEL Childcare recognises that the early childhood years are the most important time in the life of a family and the most influential time for children as they start on the road to learning. Children of this age are naturally curious and interested in the world around them. This magical time of extraordinary cognitive, emotional and physical growth, combined with an excellent early childhood program, sets the foundation for later learning and social relationships.”
6 months up to 18 months approx.
1:3 for children under 1 year
1:5 for children over 1 year
Our Baby Room offers a colourful and inviting play area where babies can explore freely. During this crucial time for language development, our teachers are constantly communicating with the babies by talking to them, naming objects, describing their actions and routines, and singing songs. Teachers encourage fine motor development through the use of grasping and stacking activities, as well as art projects, such as painting with their hands. Gross motor development is also encouraged through exercises suited to each baby’s age and developmental stage, such as tummy time, sitting, rolling, crawling, standing and walking.
From 12 months up to 2½ years approx.
1:5 children under 2 years
1:6 children over 2 years
In the Wobbler Room, children begin to experience a little more structure in their routine. The teachers in this room conduct a daily group time during which they sing songs, listen to stories, and learn new vocabulary. New fine motor activities are introduced including basic jigsaws and colouring. The children also begin experimenting with various materials such as water, foam, glue, jelly, and more. Mealtimes become more social in this room as children learn to sit at the table, recognize various foods, feed themselves, ask for more, and express when they are finished.
From 2 years up to 3½ years approx.
1:6 children under 3 years
1:8 children over 3 years
In the Toddler Room, our teachers focus on helping each child gain more independence. Communication is key in this room as children are beginning to express themselves more clearly. Teachers encourage each child’s language development by asking questions, engaging in conversations, reading stories, and participating in play experiences. The development of personal care skills is also encouraged as children embark on the process of potty training with help from our experienced teachers. Other skills, such as hand-washing and tidying up after meal times, are also encouraged in this room.
JUNIOR PRESCHOOL – From 3 to 4 years approx.
SENIOR PRESCHOOL – From 4 to 5½ years approx.
1:11 children (ECCE)
1:8 children (Non ECCE)
In our Junior Pre-School room we run a morning session for children aged 3 to 4 years. This class also receives children from our Toddler Room as they become eligible for the scheme at three different enrolment times throughout the year: September, January and April. The other classroom holds a morning session for our Senior Pre-School class for children aged 4 to 5 ½ years, as well as an afternoon mixed-age ECCE session for children from 3 to 5 ½ years.
Our pre-school teachers implement a child-led, emergent, play-based curriculum that is linked to Aistear and Siolta, and also incorporates the literacy and numeracy skills needed for primary school. The teachers utilise various methods such as games, songs, discussions, stories and technology. Arts and crafts, nature exploration, science experiments and times for free play are just a few of the learning experiences our pre-schoolers enjoy.
BEL Childcare in a Nutshell!
Safe, Nurturing Childcare
Hands-On, Early Learning
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