Early Start


A big welcome from Sharon and Maria to the Early Start Web Page!

Enrolment for Junior Infants and Early Start for September 2020, takes place between January 20th and January 31st. Please tell your friends and family.

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 Education.  All teachers are fully qualified and very experienced in infant and primary education.

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 “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.

Our January Photos Updated 22/1/20

We have settled back into school. This month we are talking about dinosaurs. We have learned lots of information. We have looked at lots of pictures and books. We made a dinosaur swamp and we put our dinosaurs into it. We looked for dinosaur fossils in the sand. We hid dinosaurs in balloons. We then added water to these and then placed them in the freezer. It was our job then the next day to help the dinosaurs escape from the eggs. We made pictures of dinosaurs. We sang some dinosaur songs and even did a dinosaur dance. Ask us some questions about what we did!

We have also played a game called “Odd One Out”. Sharon and Maria would put four objects on the ground e.g. 4 dinosaurs, 4 animals, 4 toys. We would have to choose the “Odd One Out”. This was great fun and sometimes quite tricky as there could be more than one answer. We also worked on some puzzles where we had to put things together e.g. Whats goes with shoes? socks!

We also played outside. We rode our balance bikes and we drove our Little Tikes cars. In the P.E. hall we did lots of work with balls. We are amazing footballers and basketball players!!!! Overall we are amazing at everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our Christmas Concert

Our December photos:





Some October photos: