Early Start


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

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.

February – Updated 14/02/2020

February has started. We have completed our study of “Dinosaurs”. We are all experts at this stage and we enjoyed our work very much. We are now discusssing “People Who help Us”. We have converted our play corner to a hospital and are having fun pretending to be doctors, nurses and patients. We also set up a restaurant and a car garage in our classroom! We are busy pretending to be servers, chefs and mechanics. In our small world area we have a fire station and a police station. Have a look at our photos!

We are also talking about “Opposites“. We have some games and puzzles to play, based on these. We baked cookies for Valentine’s Day. Have a look at our photos. We have included our recipe here.

We have also played outside. We rode our balance bikes and we drove in our Little Tikes cars. In the P.E. hall we have been playing with small balls and cones. We created our own games using these. We also learned how to play the game “Duck, Duck, Goose” and the game “What time is it Mr. Wolf?”

Our February Photos

Our January Photos

Our December Photos

Our Christmas Concert






Some October photos: