Little Acorns, Derrymore

Little Acorns, Derrymore


Little Acorns have a vacancy for an assistant for the Playgroup, Breakfast & After School Club.

Must have at least level 2 diploma in childcare or equivalent or working towards qualification.

For more information email Jasmine at [email protected]
Or forward CV to above email address before 22nd July.
Congratulations Jasmine on your graduation.
Our sponsored walk raised £297. A big thanks to everyone who took part
Today has been a very emotional day for Marie and myself as this chapter of our lives ends and we begin a new chapter of retirement. We have had a fabulous time in Little Acorns and have great memories of our wonderful children. I would like to thank each and every one of you for your lovely comments, gifts and cards. My table isn’t big enough to display them all!!
So, have a fabulous summer, thank you for everything. Goodbye Christine xx
We completed 50 miles yesterday on our daily mile challenge. Well done everyone.
Just to remind everyone there will be no after school tomorrow as the majority of the children are on the school trip. I hope you all enjoy your day and hopefully the weather will be good.
Wow! What talent there is in St Mary’s Primary school. A big thank you to all the pupils for the fabulous concert today, to Mrs McAtarsney and all the teachers for putting it together. Marie and I were totally overwhelmed by your generosity and thoughtfulness. It has been lovely to see our Little Acorns blossom with confidence. We really appreciate your kindness.
Lots of love
Marie & Christine
What a fabulous night Marie & I had at our retirement party on Saturday night. We would like to thank The Derryhirk for making us so welcome and for the fantastic food, The Derrymore Ceili Club for the Ceili, what fun that was, Seamus for the disco, all the parents and children who came and helped us celebrate, but most of all to Little Acorns Committee who arranged an evening full of surprises. Marie and I were completely overwhelmed by everyone's kindness and we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. Xx
Fantastic day in after schools with Jumping Clay coming in! The children had a great time making a clay Octopus 🐙 🤩
Saying goodbye to two of the best!!
Set to be a great night! Don't forget if you want to say farewell to Christine and Marie then the ceili starts at 8pm, food provided :)
This coat has been left in the Playgroup so if you own it please let me know.
Welcome also to Clare who is working as part time assistant until June. Thank you for all your hard work Clare.
We would like to welcome Jasmine as our new leader. We wish her every success in her new post.
Still time to apply closing date Mon 16th May.

Little Acorns have a vacancy for an assistant for the Playgroup, Breakfast & After School Club.

Must have at least level 2 diploma in childcare or equivalent or working towards qualification.
For more information email Christine at [email protected]
Or forward CV to above email address before 16th May
List of Prize winners from our Easter Raffle

Little Acorns Playgroup, established in September 2009, is a purpose-built pre-school playgroup.

Operating as usual


Morning everyone!

We are currently in the process setting up a new seesaw for the After school & Breakfast Club.

You will receive an invite to join & a letter to explain the process. The After school seesaw will be used to provide better communication with our After school parents i.e reminders, announcements & letters 🤩

Please continue to use our wattsapp for messages about bookings/changes to days 😊

Photos from Little Acorns, Derrymore's post 07/11/2023

We had so much fun making chocolate ‘Sparklers’ in After Schools ⭐️ 🎆


A wonderful opportunity- not to be missed 🤩



We hope you all had a lovely Halloween break!

With St.Mary’s finishing at 2PM next week for interviews, we are requesting that parents please confirm if they are not planning to send their child any days next week. If you could please send any changes to the LA Mobile WhatsApp @ 07841391902 📞

**Priority will be given to those on the register - any additional availability will be posted on our page**

Photos from Little Acorns, Derrymore's post 06/11/2023

Hi everyone. We hope you all had a lovely Halloween!🧡

Thank you all so much to everyone who supported/came to our Halloween Disco - we raised an amazing £641.🤩

We continue to be overwhelmed by your support and generosity - we cannot thank you all enough!🎃


Congratulations 👏🏼

What an amazing outcome 🤩

Breaking News

On behalf of our amazing PTA we would like to thank everyone far and near who helped us with our Cash for Kids NI schools challenge.

We are completely blown away by the support and generosity of all who donated to our school.

We raised £25,842 which put us in 3rd place. This means we will receive an additional £2000.

Thanks to all the members of the PTA who worked so hard to raise this much needed money for our school.



There’s TWO HOURS LEFT to donate to our Cash for Kids NI Schools Challenge! The fundraiser closes TONIGHT AT 10PM! Thank you so, so much to everyone who has donated today!!! Our school community is the BEST!!!!

We have a big thank you we need to make.... to a camera shy Christopher Hannon! We have photographed his dad Paul instead!

Our sincerest thank you to our past pupil Christopher who very generously donated a massive 150 pumpkins to our recent sell out event. We are EXTREMELY grateful!

Christopher is dad to school pupils Charlie (P1) and Ruby (P3) and husband to our PTA member Cecilia.

Paul also needs a big thank you too because he sourced the pumpkins and transported them back to the lough shore.

This gesture was much, much more than we could ever have hoped for when we began planning this family fundraising event!

We would ask you to show your appreciation in return and remember to Christopher’s fruit & veg shop located at Whitehall Gate, Aghagallon. Please follow his shop on Facebook here: Hannons Fruit & Veg, Aghagallon

His dad’s shop is at Edward Street, Lurgan....but he’s not on social media!

And of course, you know the drill by now....Share Our Cash For Kids NI Fundraising Link and if you can, make a donation before 10pm:

Photos from Little Acorns, Derrymore's post 27/10/2023

Painting Pumpkins in After Schools 🎃💛


Closing date tomorrow (27th) 🤩

Breakfast Club & After School Deputy Position 🍎

St. Mary's Primary School, Derrymore | Cash for Kids Schools Challenge Northern Ireland 2023 | Cool FM, Downtown Radio and Downtown Country Cash for Kids 26/10/2023

Follow the link to make a donation ❤️

St. Mary's Primary School, Derrymore | Cash for Kids Schools Challenge Northern Ireland 2023 | Cool FM, Downtown Radio and Downtown Country Cash for Kids UPDATE: Hi everyone, we are overwhelmed at the generosity of our local community. We set a target that would help our fundraising throughout the year and have totally smashed it! Thank you so much! If we could increase our target, we would but please keep donating, the difference this money will mak...


Amazing raffle prizes to be won! If you’re not in it, you can’t win it 🤩

Please follow the link below to make your donation ❤️

There’s only FOUR days left of the Cash for Kids NI Schools Challenge and we hit the £7000 mark on our online fundraising page last night! Wow!!!

Don’t forget to snap up your raffle tickets!!! Who wants to win a £500 Smyths Toys Superstores voucher for Christmas??? 🎄🎄🎄

First prize is a £500 toy voucher for one lucky winner - very kindly donated by a local business! 🎅🤶

Second prize is much sought after Premier front row tickets (at the glass!!!) to a thrilling Belfast Giants ice-hockey game at Christmas for two adults and four children – generously donated by the Carlin family! 🥰

There’s more prizes too – from in Aghalee, Ryan Farr Sports Massage Therapy (also Aghalee) and

Tickets cost £10 each - enter via our online fundraising page! Make sure to leave your NAME & the words “RAFFLE TICKET” on your message! (Please note: The option to leave a message comes after you’ve completed your donation)

Link to enter prize draw:

The draw closes when the Cash For Kids School Challenge ends on Friday 27th October 2023 at 4pm.


A fun week before Halloween 🧡



Can’t wait to see you all there 👻

Join us for our annual Halloween Disco 🎃 We can’t wait to see you all there! 🦇


Breakfast Club & After School Deputy Position 🍎


Only 11 days until our Halloween Disco 🕺🏼 🎃 - we can’t wait to see you all there 🧡

Come along for Music, Dancing, Activities & More 🤩

Join us for our annual Halloween Disco 🎃 We can’t wait to see you all there! 🦇

Photos from Little Acorns, Derrymore's post 10/10/2023

Making ‘Mummy’ Halloween Cookies 👻


👉Donate Online To Our Cash For Kids School Challenge 👈

Thank you so much to everyone who has made a donation so far via our online Cash for Kids NI fundraising page. We greatly appreciate each and every donation! 💖

This afternoon, we are currently No. 6 on the leaderboard – let's see if we can get even higher so we can purchase new ICT equipment for our primary school! At present, we need to raise a further £160 online to overtake the next school on the fundraising chart.

Can You Help Spread The Word???

SHARE this post onto your page and/or

TAG your friends, family and local business owners.

We need as many people as possible to know about our fundraising challenge!

Donate here:


⭐️Cash For Kids Schools Challenge ⭐️

We are delighted to let you all know that the Friends of Derrymore PTA has been chosen to take part in the “Cash For Kids Schools Challenge” and we need your help!!! 🥳

Our school needs new ICT equipment and we would greatly appreciate your support with our fundraising drive! 💻

We're in with the chance of winning one of three Cash for Kids NI top up grants! The first prize is a £5000 top-up grant, 2nd prize = £3000 and 3rd prize = £2000.

We have four weeks to raise as much money as possible - the official fundraising period begins next week on Monday, 2nd October 2023 at 8am until Friday 27th October 2023 to 4pm.

Any money raised during this time will be transferred by us onto the Friends of Derrymore PTA’s unique Cash For Kids fundraising page on the ‘Giving Is Easy’ fundraising platform. (There will also be an online link made available next week for donations too.)

We will keep you all updated on our fundraising total throughout the month. After the competition, all money raised will be granted back to us by Cash for Kids so that we can buy our new ICT equipment.

Two events have been organised to help us raise as much money as we can: a Pumpkin Patch in October and a Table Quiz in November.

Tickets go on sale on Monday morning via our Teachers2Parents app on a first come, first served basis.

Thank you in advance for your support – we look forward to seeing you at our events! 🥰

Friends of St Mary’s Derrymore PTA


Busy week ahead 🤩
Make sure to book in ASAP to avoid disappointment ✏️


Another fantastic week ahead 🤩


Amazing week ahead… Thursdays a super exciting one 🤩


Our 23/24 calendar ❤️- please note that staff training day closure only applies to Playgroup as Afterschool will still operate on those days. Thanks 😊


Join us for our annual Halloween Disco 🎃 We can’t wait to see you all there! 🦇


If you are walking your dog in the area please pick up your dogs mess. The children are walking through it and it's not very nice!!


Another exciting week ahead!

We’ve already had so many new faces join us last week, and we can’t wait to welcome more 🤩


Welcome back!! New year, new activities 💫

Now the kids are all settled back into their routine, we will be starting up our weekly activities again ❤️

There’s always something new going on in Little Acorns, come along and join the fun 🤩


Playgroup Parents - our new Seesaw page is currently down, we are working on getting it back up and running ASAP! ❤️

Photos from Little Acorns, Derrymore's post 29/08/2023

LITTLE ACORNS MAKEOVER 🎨🔨 - see our next post for a video of Little Acrons all set up and ready to go!

It’s been a busy summer in Little Acrons. When creating our 5 year plan for LA, one of our main objectives was moving with current practice, and adopting a Hygge/Reggio approach, introducing a relaxing, spacious and natural environment for the children ☁️

As you can see, we have introduced lots of light wood, created an open floor plan, added lots of greenery and added more natural colours to the room 🪴

I wanted to say a BIG thank you to our committee for all their support with this project and for all the amazing fundraising they plan, organise and run- we couldn’t have done this without all their hard work. I also want to thank the staff for all their hard work, in helping to create this amazing environment 🤍

A BIG thank you also goes to all our parents/the community. We are always striving to put back into Little Acorns, to create the best provision, environment and experiences for the kids - thanks to your generosity and endless support we have been able to do just that! ❤️

We can’t wait to see what the future holds, here’s to another fabulous year 🥳

Photos from wee.adventurers.NI's post 10/07/2023

Great ideas for when the weather isn’t playing ball ☔️


Happy Last Day ☀️

Just a quick message to say a BIG thank you to all our children, parents, committee members, staff and to St Mary’s for working in such close partnership with us!

This year has been nothing short of wonderful and our hearts are so full. Your support, kindness and generosity is deeply appreciated. It wouldn’t have been so special without you all❤️

Best of luck to all the Pre schoolers and P7 leavers, as they move onto the next step of their learning journey - we know they’ll smash it ⭐️

We can’t wait to see you all in September and hope you all have a lovely summer.

The Little Acorns Team 😊


We have loved having Wee Wonders in Little Acrons the past two years - the learning they have provided has been fantastic and we cannot thank Nicola enough ❤️


Look at some of our amazing sunflowers🌻Congratulations to everyone who took part ⭐️


I can’t believe it’s our last week! We have had such a fabulous year❤️

If you are booking in for Thursday please do so ASAP to avoid disappointment 🍕


Don’t forget our Sunflower race ends Monday! 🌻

All you need to do is bring your Sunflower into Little Acorns on Monday (can be dropped in, in the morning), and we will measure them to find our winner! ☀️


Only two weeks of school left but lots of fun activities still to be had 🎨🥳


Another fun week ahead ☀️

Hope to see you all there 🎨


Hi everyone,

Just for today if anyone needs to get in touch please use

07731767455 or our landline

We will be back on our new number tomorrow. Many thanks😊




The countdown is on.... this Saturday, Derryhirk Inn, grab ur friends and come for the craic!! You don't have to have a child in the preschool to attend

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