- St. Stephen's De La Salle BNS

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St. Stephen's De La Salle
Waterford, Ireland
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The St. Stephen's pre-school was established in 1980. It is an integral part of St. Stephen's De La Salle BNS. We have two pre-school classes, with two qualified teachers in each class.

  • School Hall: Caroline Elliott and Mary O'Hanlon

  • Scout Den: Wendy Murphy and Joan Grant

The pre-school operates within the academic school year. Our opening times are 9:00am to 12:00pm Monday to Friday.

Our staff includes:

>> Wendy Murphy - Manager
>> Caroline Elliott - Room Leader
>> Joan Grant - Childcare Assistant
>> Mary O'Hanlon - Childcare Assistant

All pre-school staff are Garda vetted and have the mandatory childcare qualifications. In addition, the staff regularly participate in ongoing training provided by the Waterford City Childcare Committee (WCCC). The staff have also trained in Síolta, The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education. St. Stephen's implements the principles of Aistear, the pre-school curriculum, in conjunction with the NCCA (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment).

The philosophy in St. Stephen's pre-school is that children learn through play, in a caring, safe, and fun environment. All of our activities are conducted with this in mind. We help the boys to develop their fine motor skills with activities such as threading beads and using peg boards. Cognitive development is stimulated by playing with blocks, Duplo, stickle bricks, painting, and drama. In a structured, but play based way, the boys are introduced to the concepts of numbers, letters, and colours. Oral language is a part of everyday activities, as the boys are encouraged to give their news and share with the other boys.

Some of the things that the boys engage in during their time in the pre-school include a Christmas Concert, a sports day, an end of year concert and graduation as they move to Junior Infants, our annual tour to Run Amuck in Tramore, and many other activities. See photos from some of the activities in the pre-school in 2017/2018 here!

> Pre-School Highlights - September 2018

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