Stepping Stones Pre-School

Stepping Stone Pre-School is where children learn to play and play to learn.

[12/25/19]   Happy Christmas boys and girls have a magical holiday πŸ˜€

Oh the excitement πŸŽ…

He's finally here πŸŽ…

Richard Cohen’s β€œZen and the Art of Early Childhood Education"

Very busy afternoon sessions this week making and decorating our school

Oh the excitement on show day πŸŽΆπŸ‘πŸ€ž

There is no day like show day 🎢


'Read Australia'

Yup !

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas πŸŒ²πŸŽ…πŸŽΆ

Our winter wish tree 🌲

Ready to decorate πŸ˜€πŸŽ…πŸ‘ΌπŸŒ²

Our coffee shop β˜•is open for business..a little expensive 20euro a cup 🀣 but lovely muddy flavour makes it all worth it. Great fun in the outdoors today..

Inspired by the book - Monstersaurus πŸ€’πŸ˜¬πŸ€―πŸ‘ΉπŸ‘ΏπŸ€–

The start of our Christmas Tree project πŸŽ…πŸ€Ά



Anti-cottonwool schools where kids stare down risk and reap the rewards Far from cocooning their students in a sanitary environment, a growing number of public schools are allowing children to race around on bikes, fly off ramps in crates and slide down trees.

It's raining it's pouring 🎢

Rain, rain go away...🌦️🌧️ Great fun exploring where rain comes from today.🌊☁️🌧️

Inspired by "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" πŸ›πŸŠπŸ‰πŸˆπŸ‡πŸ₯­πŸŽπŸ’πŸ“πŸ§€πŸ•πŸ¦‹

Power of Positivity

We should all learn to care more!

Credits: Fosterhjem

Snowflakes, Snowflakes 🎢 We love Snowflakes πŸ’§

The wonder of a rainbow🌈...big interest this week in rainbows, the colours in a rainbow and what makes a rainbow. Here are a few snaps of us working on our own rainbows, as we start on our theme of winter πŸŒˆβ˜”β„οΈβ›„

Why You Should Stop Yelling at Your Kids It doesn’t make you look authoritative. It makes you look out of control to your kids. It makes you look weak.

Bambino Planet

The Decline of Play and Rise in Children's Mental Disorders There's a reason kids are more anxious and depressed than ever.

Massive thank you to Bridget and the staff at Ardmore Open Farm for taking us in this morning. It would be a great little country if we could only roof it πŸ˜†πŸŒ§οΈβ˜”

[10/23/19]   Today we had an inspection from the department of education. We (I) 😁 are very slow to take a complement but today I was reminded to accept and be proud. I can't express how wonderful the girls are, they are always so passionate, dedicated and enthusiastic about your children and the importance of early years education through play.
We were graded in the following areas:
Quality of context to support children's learning and development = very good
Quality of processes to support children's learning and development = very good
Quality of children's learning experiences and achievements = excellent
Quality of management and leadership for learning = excellent

Special thanks and congratulations goes to Katrina Byrne and Evelyn O Brien and to Danielle, Aileen and Sarah as our practice is influenced by us as a team.

The report will be available next month.

Thank you as always for your continued support πŸ˜€

Pumpkin Time 🍊

30 hidden signs of anxiety in children that you need to know Your child won't come out and say, "I feel anxious." You have to watch for these clues.

Waterford Childcare Committee

Childminding – Draft National Action Plan Consultation
Minister Katherine Zappone recently launched the Draft Action Plan (DrΓ©achtphlean GnΓ­omhaΓ­ochta um FheighlΓ­ocht LeanaΓ­) which sets out proposals for improving access to high quality and affordable early learning and care and school-age childcare through childminding. The action plan sets out proposals to extend supports and regulation to all paid, non-relative childminders, with a phased approach to reforms extending over a 10 year period. There is no intention to extend regulation to those who care for children who are related to them or to persons employed by the parents to care for children in the family home. Childminders, parents, other stakeholders and anyone interested in childminding are invited to attend the consultation to share their views.

A cornerstone of the Draft Action Plan is recognition of the differences between childminding and centre-based provision of early learning and care and school-age childcare. Given the home and family setting in which childminders operate, the Draft Childminding Action Plan proposes the development of childminder-specific Regulations. These should be proportionate and appropriate to the home setting. The Regulations will also outline the development of bespoke training and qualifications for childminders.
A key benefit of the proposal to bring childminding into the scope of regulation is that it will allow parents who use childminders to access subsidies under the National Childcare Scheme (NCS), which will require use of Tusla-registered service providers. In this way the Draft Plan aims to support parental choice in type of provider of early learning and care and school-age childcare.

Children Won't Say They Have Anxiety, They Say 'My Stomach Hurts!' Childhood anxiety can be devastating in adulthood if left untreated. Here's how you can help your child cope with their anxiety.

National Childcare Scheme

To find out more about 'Reckonable Income'
go to
or call the NCS Parent Call Centre 01 906 8530
#nationalchildcarescheme #ncs

Association of Childhood Professionals

Just a few pics of us making our own "Bug Hotels" last week. We hope all the creatures and creppy crawlies will be happy in their new digs πŸ›πŸ•·οΈπŸœπŸžπŸŒπŸ›οΈ

Inspired EC

#courage #risk #play #learn

Work in progress.
Sorry boys and girls they had to come today as its raining on Monday. I'll take lots of photos and we will talk about it Monday πŸ˜€

Exploring Autumn πŸπŸ‚πŸƒπŸŽ¨

Identity and belonging inspired by the Artist Paul Klein

🎢The leaves on the trees turn orange and brown 🎢

Integrated Learning Strategies


"The key to helping our children to be calmer, happier, and functioning at their best is to get their whole brain working together. One of the best ways we can do this is with crossing the midline."

Education to the Core

Feed it with love❀️

Exploring Autumn πŸπŸ‚πŸƒ

Integrated Learning Strategies


The Three R’s was written originally by Bruce Perry, MD, of the Child Trauma Academy

link to:

[10/01/19]   Great fun had this morning on our leaf hunt around the gardens. πŸπŸ‚πŸƒ The Autumn winds are kicking in. πŸŒ¬οΈπŸ‚

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Opening Hours

Monday 12:30 - 15:30
Monday 09:20 - 12:20
Tuesday 12:30 - 15:30
Tuesday 09:20 - 12:20
Wednesday 12:30 - 15:30
Wednesday 09:20 - 12:20
Thursday 12:30 - 15:30
Thursday 09:20 - 12:20
Friday 12:30 - 15:30
Friday 09:20 - 12:20
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