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As a community playgroup we want our children to be involved in and with their local community. Over the last few months we have organised various visits for them. These have included a visit from the farming community and we also went on visits to local primary schools and a nursing home. As you can see from the photos, a good time was had by all!

Sitting in the cab of a tractor was very exciting!

We had a visit from local farming contractor, Brian Dickey & Co, who brought his tractor and baler to the playgroup grounds. The children loved getting to sit in the tractor cab and seeing the huge machines.

On the bus to go to sing for the residents of a local nursing home
The children enjoy a treat after singing at a local nursing home

The children had an exciting day out as they visited Prospect Nursing Home. As it was coming close to Christmas, they sang Nativity songs for the residents and were well rewarded afterwards with lots of buns! Also in the run-up to Christmas the group visited Ballymena Primary School to see Mr Hullabaloo and also went to hear some storytelling and a Nativity Play at Dunclug Primary.

Our post box for letters to Santa

Coming up to Christmas we had our own special post box for posting letters to Santa. As you can see it looks like Santa has been here to collect some letters and left a bit of a mess behind him! So as you can tell we’ve had a busy few months and the children have had lots of opportunities to connect with the local community.

High Kirk Community Playgroup is based in Ballymena. It provides a quality learning environment for the pre-school child. The sessions starts at 9:10am and end at 12:10pm from Monday to Friday. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more.

At Ballymena based High Kirk Community Playgroup we have just our Sports Day in the middle of a very busy month. Our Sports Day is a much anticipated day of fun, games and learning. Some of the most important things that children can learn from an organised sports time is how to take turns, play fair and how to work as a team. These skills are invaluable in all walks of life and we enjoy watching the children gain experience in the playgroup.

Sports Day at High Kirk Community Playgroup – Ballymena

Of course this is just the start of the benefits of sports for children. Physical exercise is brilliant for children and helps them to maintain a healthy weight.The ball games we play can help with coordination. Sports can also help with emotional well being as achievements can build self esteem. The social skills gained by working in a team together are very important and this is also a great time for children to learn about the reality of winning and losing.

Thanks to First Touch who have visited for the third time this year.

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Don’t they look like they had fun! And after sports day there is a very important thing we the children were looking forward to. ICE CREAM!! As a special treat the kids enjoyed ice creams together after their exercising.

Sports Day at High Kirk Community Playgroup - Ballymena

We hope that you enjoy seeing the children of High Kirk Playgroup enjoying their time here and learning so much at the same time. Keep checking the High Kirk Community playgroup blog to keep up with what we are doing.

High Kirk Community Playgroup continues to be a busy place. The children who attend here had some great visits over the past few month. As we learn and play together we have enjoyed lots of different activities.

Learning with Lambs

The children of High Kirk Community Playgroup thoroughly enjoyed meeting Jill Farmer, from Learning with Lambs, along with Samson and Delilah.  The children were given the opportunity feed and touch the lambs. Additionally they were also involved in a fun craft activity were they made lambs and then participated in song time using their creations for props.

Springtime at High Kirk Community Playgroup : Part 1

Springtime at High Kirk Community Playgroup : Part 1

 

Mothers’ Day Tea Performance

Mothers’ Day Tea Performance was well attended and after Tea and Scones the children’s performance was rapturously applauded.

 

Problem Solving and Role Playing

The children particularly enjoy outdoor play, in all weather, and this can be seen in their enthusiasm as they learn to play collaboratively whilst they problem solve.  Peek a Boo is a good game.  They also enjoy learning cricket, climbing and role play pirates is always fun too. Children learning to put on their own coat is a task that is always appreciated by the staff.

  

Role play indoors and outdoors for Pirates, Knights and Castles has been very popular with the children.  They even stop to ‘read’ and share books for ideas.

We hope that you enjoy seeing the children of High Kirk Playgroup enjoying their time here and learning so much at the same time. Keep checking the High Kirk Community playgroup blog to keep up with what we are doing.

February and the start of March have been very busy and productive months for the children of High Kirk Community Playgroup.

In February our theme was people who help us. There was quite a diverse range of visitors to inspire the children and the photographs show how learning can be fun.

High Kirk Playgroup learn together in February and March

High Kirk Playgroup learn together in February and March

Vets 4 Pets visited to teach the children the importance of caring for their pets as well as the role of Vets. Then later in the month we invited Fire Personnel to visit and to teach the children the importance of safety in the home. They also taught us about the role of the Fire Brigade in our community. The children enjoyed trying on their equipment and using the hose.

High Kirk Playgroup learn together in February and March

Making Playdough is one activity the children of High Kirk Community Playgroup particularly enjoy. This wonderful activity gives the children the opportunity to explore how the ingredients change as they mix together, about quantities and how to be safe in the kitchen and of course the children love to get messy too.

Craft is another activity where children can use their imagination and problem solving skills and in this picture you can see the pleasure obtained in creating their helicopter. This led to a discussion around lifeboats and helicopter rescue and was a brilliant learning opportunity.

Another important visitor was Alison the Optician. The children enjoyed trying on different shaped glasses and the importance of caring for your eyes.

On the 1st March Angela The Librarian visited High Kirk Community Playgroup and the children were enthralled by her puppets, storytelling song and rhyme session. We are really looking forward to a visit to our local library.

2nd March was World Book Day and this is a very important date in the High Kirk Community Playgroup Calendar. We like to use this date to reinforce the importance of early literacy and the positive aspects of sitting down with children and reading.

The children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite character from either a book, rhyme or fairytale. This as you can see, from the pictures, captured the children’s imagination and we would like to thank the parents for all their hard work in putting together the costumes.

Phew, what a month. Please keep an eye on the High Kirk Community Playgroup blog to keep up with all that we do here in Ballymena.

In Ballymena, High Kirk Community Playgroup have enjoyed lots of activities and games. Although it is lots of fun the best bit about High Kirk Community Playgroup is that our children learn as they play and are exploring the world together.

This month we had lots of great activities which were designed to help the children to learn new lessons.

Firstly we had a pyjama party where the children came in wearing jammies and onesies and explored the concept of Day and Night.  We were even able to encorporate one of our favourite storybooks ‘Can’t you Sleep Little Bear’ by Martin Waddell. If you would like to share this story wth your kids then please click below to watch a beautiful video accompanied by the story.

The children learned about the concept of small, medium and large and we all enjoyed our Farmers Dress up Day! Just take a look below!

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Farmers Day invited the children to dress up and meet local farmer Victor Steele who kindly brought his tractor. It was a very big hit with all of the children and everyone enjoyed talking to Victor. The children made soup and learnt about how vegetables are harvested at this time of the year and names of lots of different types of vegetables and fruit.

This month the children also had great fun developing skills with First Touch who teach them how to play together and learn ball skills. And then we enjoyed planting bulbs which we will all keep a close eye on for some new flowers in the springtime. Some of the children will find it hard to wait that long!

And finally last month we investigate a very exciting type of mountain –  A volcano! Not only did we learn lots about volcanos but we actually got to build some too.

As you can see it was educational, fun and fairly messy too! What a great way to learn.

If you are considering sending your child to High Kirk Community Playgroup and have any questions please contact Mrs Dempsey on (028) 256 44834.

The High Kirk Community Playgroup trip to Carnfunnock Country Park was held in June.

High Kirk Community Playgroup trip to Carnfunnock Country Park

The day out was a big celebration of all that the children had learnt throughout their year at High Kirk Community Playgroup. All the children had lots of fun and the staff enjoyed their day out too.

Here are some of the pictures.

High Kirk Community Playgroup has been offering a quality learning environment for pre-school children in Ballymena for 20 years.Children of Pre-school age are provided with a funded placement and High Kirk Community Playgroup have arranged an open day for any parents who might be interested in sending their children along. The well established playgroup offers a high standard of care and education open to all children in the community, with qualified staff who are passionate about helping your child to grow, learn and play preparing them for school and giving them a head start in life-long learning.

At High Kirk Play Group we are just starting our new term. We love meeting lots of new children and their parents. If you would like to know more about the learning, trip and visits your children can expect at High Kirk Playgroup please click here to read our blog.

This month at High Kirk Community Playgroup has the opportunity to meet a shepherdess and some of her lambs. Learn with Lambs had a brilliant visit here and the kids really enjoyed meeting and learning about these lovely little farm animals.

Learning with Lambs at High Kirk Community Playgroup

Learning with Lambs at High Kirk Community PlaygroupLearning with Lambs at High Kirk Community Playgroup

Gill from Learning with Lambs explains:

Each element of the programme has been specifically designed to connect with the children and allow them to have fun while learning about the world around them.  No matter how much I am TOLD about our flock and what we need to do with them, my real learning happens ‘on the job’, handling the lambs and being shown what to look for…that was where our slogan ‘real life learning, real life lambs’ came from.   

I have put my heart into creating ‘Learn with Lambs’ programmes, to ensure that not only are they are factually correct but that they engage and excite children, no matter what their age, background or level of learning. I hope ‘Learn with Lambs’ excites you as much as it does me!

As you can see the visit was a great success. The children had the opportunity to feed lambs and learn how best to care for them. If you would like to find out more about Learn with Lambs then click here to visit their website.

Thanks to Learn with Lambs for visiting us here at High Kirk Community Playgroup in Ballymena.

 

 

 

 

 

High Kirk Community Playgroup in Ballymena have hosted many exciting events for our children. The children who attend High Kirk Community Play group all enjoy it when someone visits, or they get involved in new activities and we love seeing them have fun while learning. Here are some of the things which we have been up to lately:

Party animals paid us a visit and we got to meet all sorts of different animal! The children loved meeting a skunk, an African giant snail, a guinea pig, boa constrictor, tortoise, bearded dragon, and  some stick insects. The children also brought along some of their parents to join in with the fun, although we think the the children were much braver than some of the grown ups.

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Book Start Rhyme challenge also was an exciting activity we enjoyed. The children received certificates for participating in learning ten rhymes also had the chance to make jelly. “Jelly on a Plate” links rhyme with the science behind this yummy pudding – melting jelly cubes and watching it dissolve in warm water then using cold of fridge to set. It was a delicious tasty reward for learning 10 rhymes!

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And at Easter the children of High Kirk Community Playgroup had a brilliant Easter party where everyone wore an Easter Bonnet and took part in the hat parade. Don’t they all look amazing? All the kids had their own individual look which was expertly created with the help of some talented parents.

Thanks to all the parents, children and organisations who help us to make High Kirk Community Playgroup a brilliant place for children to learn and have fun together.

High Kirk Community Playgroup in Ballymena enjoyed a great, and noisy visit from Fun with Drums! They use Rhythm to bring Joy, Creativity, Hope & Engagement to Groups of all kinds! Fun With Drums say:

Our rhythm workshops make music accessible to, and incredibly FUN for, everyone! We like to work in groups so that everyone gets to join in, engage, and interact with each other and with what’s going on – it’s just better, and more FUN, that way!

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The children certainly had lots of fun beating out rhythms and playing along with the Drums for Fun team.

We also have another visit from some special people who help us in the community – the police and the Fire Service. They both came along and explained a bit about their jobs and how they help people to the children.

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We know it is early to tell but we are sure that lots of little ones would like to be in the police and Fire Service when they grow up.

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It was brilliant to enjoy these visits with the children. In February our focus was on People who help us and we thank all who came along and worked with the children at High Kirk Community Playgroup.

Here at High Kirk Community Play Group in Ballymena we have just enjoyed preparing and performing our Nativity Play. Here we are all dressed up and ready to go. High Kirk Community Play Group Nativity was a great success thanks to the children and their hard work.

High Kirk Community Play Group Nativity

We also got a trip out to Prospect Nursing Home where we got a warm welcome and the children enjoyed performing for the residents.

And that’s not all that we got up to over the past few months.

We also enjoyed a visit from Debbie Nelson from Debbie Doolittle’s animal sanctuary.

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Debbie brought lion headed rabbit, ferret, fox, owl and a hedgehog.

And we had fun while learning about how to keep ourselves safe when crossing the road. Road Safety was a brilliant lesson which was enjoyed by all!

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So as we approach Christmas we would like to wish all of our Kids and their families, our friends and supporters a big Happy Christmas and a restful New Year. We will be closed from Monday 21st to Friday 1st January and we re-open on Monday 4th January 2016.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at High Kirk Community Play Group.