At each stage of the child’s development, we at Pugwash Bay provide a great deal of individual attention, so that we can adapt activities to your child’s needs. Our timetable provides for a wide range of activities including regular quiet and free play periods.
Daily diaries are completed each day for each child and they tell the parents all about the days activities, and development assessments are made regularly.
Babies (12 weeks-1 year)
All babies are cared for in our specifically designed baby unit. We can provide a very high personal level of attention that all babies demand, due to the high ratio of staff to babies. Before your baby would start at our centre our centre manager will discuss with you baby’s specific care plan. We will endeavour to maintain the routine you have in place at home, and at all times you can discuss any concerns or worries you may have. We will not make any changes based on your baby’s progress and development without first consulting with you. Daily records will be kept on your child’s time at the centre and if and when you wish for your child’s diet to change, you can talk this through with your baby’s carer.
Wobblers (1-2 years)
At the appropriate time, children move into our wobbler room. Before this occurs, the parent and senior carer can discuss this beforehand. We will adapt the routine to cater for your child’s needs, as they become more independent. They will have the opportunity to experiment with paint, water, sand and clay and other “fun” activities.
They will be allowed rest periods when needed, but the routine becomes a little more structured. Being parents ourselves we understand that at this stage the children will be eager to experiment, but will still need hugs and cuddles as they had as babies.
Toddlers (2 – 3 years)
When the children reach our toddler room, they are offered a more structured learning and play environment, once again catered for their specific needs. This is a transitional time for your child and while in this room you will see many changes.
Your child’s vocabulary will increase and they will start to put sentences together, instead of just words. The Pugwash Bay team will constantly encourage their language development and good behaviour and social skills. Also during this time it is important that we work together with toilet training and that we follow the same routine.
PreSchool (3- 5 years)
We start our pre school at approximately 3 years. Our highly trained pre school staff will develop each child’s reading, writing, and numeracy skills, through our extensive curriculum and development programmes copy of this curriculum is available to all parents. But once again we do not lose sight of the fact that each child is an individual and that their happiness and well being is of the utmost importantance. Our aim is to provide the children with a sound educational grounding and to ensure they enter school happy and confident. We keep progress files on all the children, which are shared with parents.
After School Care
In Bay Estate, Knockbridge and Lis Na Dara we offer a high quality After School Service where children are cared for from they finish school until 6pm. We understand that when children arrive from school they need some time to relax, unwind and make their own choices. We provide free play to allow a smooth transition and to help them burn some of the energy they have built up while sitting at their desk in school. Next they have a snack and then it’s homework time. Staff provide a calm and quite environment in which children will be encouraged and supported to get as much homework done as possible. The rest of the evening is occupuied with fun and exciting activities such as arts and crafts, music and movement, drama, outdoor play etc. Your child will truly be worn out by the time you get them home and with homework out of the way that just leaves quality time for you and them!
Pugwash Bay curriculum covers.
- Pre reading skills
- Art and creativity
- Music and improvement
- Personal and social development