The Burren Sonas Kindergarten is a community based preschool service based in the heart of Kilfenora, Co. Clare. We offer a service from 9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m, Monday to Friday. We are in our 13th year of serving families by offering a Steiner based approach to childcare. Our varied programme includes painting, cooking and baking, daily walks, crafts and story telling. We have a lovely collection of wooden toys, games, and dolls made from soft, natural materials. We use organic foods and produce in our daily cooking whenever possible!
My hands are small, my heart is HUGE!
I laugh, I cry, I sing.
I walk and run, I craft and paint
Life’s every little thing.
There is funding for ECCE (free preschool scheme) and the SSC scheme for those who are eligible. Now taking enrollment for January 2018 and September 2018.
When the children arrive, there is a feeling of joy and excitement. They get on their slippers and say goodbye to parents who leave them at the door. We begin with songs and movement circle.
The children learn in a very natural way through actively participating in everyday skills and the imitation of busy happy adults. There is a strong repetitive rhythm to our week which includes creative or practical activities, e.g. painting and rice on Monday, baking bread on Tuesday, crafts and muesli on Wednesday. Then we go outside and as we have to be prepared for all weathers, waterproofs are essential. The children love being outside, walking and being active in nature.
We go indoors; change and we sit together at the table and share a healthy organic meal which the children really enjoy. We wash up and the children go and play. The toys are simple and made of natural materials which encourage them to use their imagination. When it’s time to tidy up we sing a simple song and the children join in and then it’s time for a story or puppet show before we sing our goodbyes.