Early Start



Early Start is a one-year pre-school programme.

Sharon and Maria run the Early Start classroom.

A big welcome from Sharon and Maria!

Welcome everyone to Scoil Mhuire Junior and to the Early Start Web Page. Early Start is a one year pre-school programme . 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 EducationAll teachers are fully qualified and very experienced in infant education. As Early Start Units are situated in and are a part of a primary school, they 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 “Aistear” which is “The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework”.  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.

See the rest of our Halloween Disco photos below.


We have had a very busy month:
  • We discussed our senses – hearing, seeing, smelling, touching. We completed a lot of activities based on these, including puzzles, stories, songs and messy play.
  • We spoke about feelings – happy, sad, worry, grumpy etc. We discussed what makes us feel like this.
  • We spoke about being a good friend. What to do if a friend upsets us.
  • In the P.E. hall we worked on our balance. We walked along benches in different ways.
  • We read some lovely stories, including “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”. We even made some porridge!   We all tasted it!
  • We looked at and discussed some very funny picture cards – there was something wrong in each picture. We had to spot the problem.
  • We saw the “Sam Maguire Cup”.
  • We watched our eggs hatch. We had two lovely chicks. We even got to hold them. They will now go to their new home on the farm.
  • Most of all we played and we played!!!!!!


We have had lots of fun this month. We started our Halloween preparations. We had great fun during messy play. During messy play time, we made magic potions. We played with “slimey glup”. We used tweezers to move our plastic maggots and spiders!   We did lots of painting.

We also visited the home school room and we carved “Jack O Lanterns” from pumpkins. Our parents came in to help us with this. Thanks to Heather , our home/school liason officer who helped us with this.  Check out the “post” at the start of the web page for photos of this.

Some October photos: