Early Start


For enquiries about places in Early Start for September 2020. Please complete the online form on the “Home Page”

A message to our 2019/20 kids in Early Start

A message to our new kids in Early Start

A big welcome from Sharon and Maria to the Early Start webpage.

Welcome everyone to Scoil Mhuire Junior and to the Early Start Web Page. Early Start is a one year pre-school programme for children who are aged between 3 years 2 months and 4 years 7 months on the 1st of September of the year in which they are enrolled.

40 primary schools in the country have an Early Start Unit. We are one of these schools. These are funded and staffed by the Department of Education.  All teachers are fully qualified and very experienced in infant and primary education. The Early Start day begins at 8:50 and finishes at 11:20.

Early Start is regarded as an integral part of the primary school and benefits from the managerial and administrative services of the school. The children have access to all of the facilities of the school, including yard and P.E. hall. The children in the Early Start Unit also participate in a lot  of organised school activities e.g. assemblies, science day etc.

This is the Early Start web page for Scoil Mhuire Junior. Here we will keep you, as parents and guardians, up to date with what the children are doing in school. We will post photos of the children at work and at play. 

In Early Start , we use the “Early Start Guidelines” and โ€œAistearโ€ which is โ€œThe Early Childhood Curriculum Frameworkโ€.  It encourages play. Play helps children to develop a broad range of skills and understandings. We play both indoors in our classroom, in the school P.E. hall and outdoors on our yard. Play, music, story, art, movement and circle time are all important parts of the Early Start school day.