Jellytots Pre-school and Afterschool Care

This is the Official Jellytots Pre-school and Afterschool Club @ your local village community centre in Ballyduff adjacent to the National School.

AS SEEN ON CHILDCARE.IE Things you should know about our preschool service. My name is Deirdre I am the manager and have 15 years experience working with children. Here at Jellytots we offer your child/children the very best of care and education. Our staff have a passion for working with young children and are all fully qualified and Garda vetted. This is a learning through play setting. We use guidelines from both SIOLTA and AISTER the early childhood curriculum. We have ECCE and CETS government schemes in operation so free places are on offer. This is a homely setting and Family are very important to us so parents can be closely involved in how there child learns and are most welcome in this service, we have an open door policy. As members of early childhood Ireland we take our work very seriously and your child will learn through our commitment.. Social and emotional development, speech and language development, intellectual development and physical development and we do this all through playing as this is the childs work. Our service is open from 8am for early drop off and breakfast club, and up until 5:00 pm for CETS and homework club/after school care 5 days a week. We cater for two and a half year olds right up to 12 years of age. Our setting is run from the local community centre in the heart of the village of Ballyduff. The community centre has underwent a complete redevelopment and we have a beautiful new and bright spacious room to the front of the new building. The local national school is directly across the road from us which makes it very handy for parents with more than one child. We also do lots of arts and crafts work with both pre-school and afterschool. During the holiday breaks we also run Art and Craft Camps with plenty games and fun activities. Keep an eye on here for any updates on the pre-school, afterschool and camps. *** Watch this space for updates on the New Community Centre Official Opening!!!*** For any queries on any of the above please don't hesitate to contact us. 085-1048367 or by email: [email protected]

Happy valentine's everyone

Happy valentine's everyone ###x

[02/13/20]   Please be careful on roads this morning..

Some of the children during messy play and our china tea party today .. most enjoyable

Fair play very proud of our sector..

What a day!

More than 30,000 Early Years educators, providers, parents, and students from across the country marched in Dublin today to demand a new deal for Early Years.

Our next step is to continue to build our union to fight for better pay and increased funding for our sector.

Now is the time to join your union.
You can sign up by following this link:

[02/04/20]   Want to do a bit of protest with us please wear somthing red to school tomorrow.

This week we are learning how to be safe when crossing the road... and all about the different kinds of vehicles that use the road.

Photos from Jellytots Pre-school and Afterschool Care's post

The end result of our volcano and lava weeks. Our lava lamps .

Music and dance today sounds of the earth.

All about Volcanoes last week and they were all so interested...

Wiggly woo lives at the bottom of your garden.....

[01/05/20]   Hi everyone hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. Am sure the children have lots to tell us. Here's to a great new year. See you all in the morning.

[12/20/19]   Wishing all our families a warm and peaceful christmas and new year. Enjoy the festivities. Deirdre and all staff at jellytots. Xx 😘😘😘😘

Santa had the elves working on Santa's grotto last night and we are so excited to meet the big man himself. 😘😘😘

All the children have worked so very hard on decorations for our show tomorrow we are so proud of them all. The stage is set. We are ready to go.❤❤ See you all there 11:15 sharp.

As we are in our transport theme the children have been making their own passports, cars, trucks, ships, buses and aeroplanes... busy bees here..

Happy Halloween everyone enjoy the mid term.

[10/08/19]   We have been busy with songs and poems about the seasons . Please don't forget your leaves tomorrow ...😁🌿🌱🍃

[10/08/19]   Hi everyone our theme this month is all about Autumn and the wonderful colours it brings.

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[09/19/19]   Happy Birthday to Jenny on her 30th today #####################

[09/18/19]   Dear parents I have been asked to bring to your attention that parking in side entrance of national school is not permitted as the busses find it hard to get in/or out. Thank you Deirdre

[09/01/19]   We would like to take the opportunity to wish our past pupils all the very best as you begin a new journey in national school. We are so proud of you all. 😘😘😘😘 Deirdre and Co

All set for Monday folks see you all there... Dee 😘😘

[08/29/19]   Morning All, I trust you are all well rested after the holidays. We reopen on Monday next 2nd of September @ 9:20 am. We are all looking forward to getting back to what we do best. Please can you have all relevant information to hand in order to get your child on to our ECCE system. PPS and DOB. As you know we do not store any personal info like pps from any family. Once a child and or parents details go on to the system they are no longer visible to anyone. Apart from names and addresses. For anyone who wants to avail of our part time childcare aimed at preschool age only. The times are 09:30 up to 02:30 Monday to Friday. Our after school pick up between 2pm and 3pm remains the same.
We look forward to seeing you and your little ones again and to meeting our new children and parents.
Here's to another great year ahead. 😀

30.07.2019 Minister Zappone will strengthen child protection and quality requirements for early years services Additional regulations to increase Tusla's enforcement powers

Take a look. Department of Children And Youth Affairs

[07/25/19]   Shocking report last night on RTE. Please rest assured we do everything in our small service to ensure your childs experience is a happy and loving one. If you ever have any queries about our playschool do not hesitate to call in and chat to myself or any member of staff our door is open.
Just before we closed for the summer break we had our Tusla inspection and i just received our report on the health welfare and safety of the children in our care. We are fully compliant in all areas.
Best regards

[06/28/19]   What an emotional but proud day here as we say goodbye to a few little ones as they make their way in life . You have made us all very proud here and we hope you all enjoyed your time with us. 😘😘😘😘😘 thank you to all our wonderful parents and grandparents for all you do and your help is so much appreciated. I will miss you all. Deirdre , Jenny , Ali and new member of our little team Shannon.

[06/18/19]   Our big toddle was lodged today to children who need a little help a massive 678 Euro in total ,,,,wow guys fantastic helpers.

[06/18/19]   School trip to copper coast in morning big bus awaits be early to get your seat. Adventure 😘😘😘😘

Hope all you great Daddy's and Grandads enjoy your day tomorrow . From all children and staff at jellytots. Happy fathers day

They braved the rain and walked the walk in the Big Toddle today. Very proud of them all . Thanks to the parents who could make it and their help afterwards. Well done to all our gold medallist's . Dee and Co.

Our visit to big school last Friday .

[06/11/19]   Hi everyone, so our big toddle / sports day is tomorrow and we hope the weather holds. This is a great opportunity for the children to understand that there are other children in our neighbourhood who are less well off than us and might need help. Children helping children is a super lesson in life . All money raised goes to children in our community and surrounding area's. See you all tomorrow . Dee

[06/07/19]   Reminder : our visit to national school today for some of the group.

It's that time of year please ensure your child has hat and suncream on.
We do supply suncream but you know your child's skin best. Let's all enjoy the sun safely.

After school building giant geomag towers fantastic build guys

Our new eco friendly solution to individual hand drying for all our children . Reducing wasteful paper towels . And keeping children safe from cross contamination . Reducing the risk of harmfull bugs and germs like e_coli and flu. Trying our best here to keep it green. If any parent would like to contribute a pack of face clothes to add to our lot it will further reduce the wash down to 2 washes per week.

[05/10/19]   What a fantastic PJ day we had and a birthday party thrown in for our little Seryn 3 today. Thanks to all our lovely families who took part . We are well over 300 Euro for children in need in Ireland. Very proud of all of you little guys. Well done.

Children are loving our new mag tabs they are so creative and tactile. Fun way of learning to write and draw.

[05/09/19]   National PJ day tomorrow will be a great day and great cause for children in need .

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