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High Kirk Community Playgroup is based in Ballymena and provides a quality learning environment for the pre-school child. The sessions starts at 9:10am and ends 12:10pm, Monday to Friday.

Our blog regularly shares updates about what the children in the playgroup are up to. Here they are showing off some of their recent awards and certificates.

Community Playgroup Ballymena Community Playgroup Ballymena

At High Kirk Community Playgroup we love seeing each child develop at their own rate as they grow in confidence.

With us the children learn to express themselves and be creative through many different areas of the curriculum – including role play, books, drama, singing, music, science and the natural world. Above all, we aim for all our children to have fun at playgroup for it is then that they learn most effectively.

Community Playgroup Ballymena

We are registered with Homefirst and Early Years: The Organisation for young children, and we offer funded pre-school places for children in their immediate pre-school year. This is part of the Pre-school Education Expansion Programme provided by the Department of Education. We also provide private fee paying places.

The staff in the playgroup are fully qualified and specialise in pre-school education and the implementation of the Pre-School Curriculum. Our adult:child ratio is 1:8.

If you woudl like to know more about High Kirk Community Playgroup then please visit our website or call (028)2564 4834.

Fun in the Snow at High Kirk Community Playgroup. In Ballymena we have had more than our fair share of snow this winter. Hopefully things will get more springlike soon and we are looking forward to some warmer brighter days.

Fun in the Snow at High Kirk Community Playgroup

The snow isn’t enough to keep our children from getting outside. Here are some photographs of what we get up to out and about even when it has snowed. Fun in the Snow at High Kirk Community Playgroup

 

As you can see the snow didn’t keep us from learning and playing together. We just get wrapped up in our coats, scarves and gloves.

Learning is at the centre of all that we do here at High Kirk Community Playgroup in Ballymena. All our staff provide a carefully planned and structured learning environment, in line with Department of Education guidelines. Coming to playgroup helps children learn how to develop relationships and respect for other children and adults. It builds confidence, independence and self-discipline to enable them to make their own choices. We encourage all children to develop at their own rate through stimulating, progressive play. They learn to express themselves and be creative through many different areas of the curriculum – e.g. role play, books, drama, singing, music, science and the natural world.

Above all, we aim for all our children to have fun at playgroup for it is then that they learn most effectively. Stay tuned to see more of the activities planned for the children who attend High Kirk Community Playgroup. 

High Kirk Community Playgroup has opened its doors for a new school year and welcomed lots of new little faces. Starting out in play group is always an exciting event but sometimes children need some time to settle in. We are happy to report that the children of High Kirk playgroup are settling in well and enjoy every day as they learn and play together.

Settling in at High Kirk Community Playgroup - Ballymena Settling in at High Kirk Community Playgroup - Ballymena Settling in at High Kirk Community Playgroup - Ballymena Settling in at High Kirk Community Playgroup - Ballymena

Settling in at High Kirk Community Playgroup – Ballymena

Here is some information about our Community Playgroup here in Ballymena:

High Kirk Community Playgroup is a well-established playgroup which is committed to providing a high standard of care and education for your children. In our pre-school setting, your child will be offered the best possible start to their educational life; giving them a head start in life-long learning.

The playgroup is registered with:Early Years: The Organisation for young children (the largest organisation for young children in Northern Ireland)Northern Health and Social Care Trust – The Early Years Team

We offer funded pre-school places for children in their immediate pre-school year as part of the Pre-school Education Expansion Programme provided by the Department of Education. We also provide private fee paying places.

The staff in the playgroup are fully qualified and specialise in pre-school education and the implementation of the Pre-School Curriculum. Our adult:child ratio is 1:8.

In Our recent ETI inspection in March 2017 High Kirk Community Playgroup achieved an OEC1 rating evidenced by “the consistently high quality pre-school education being provided.”

Please visit our website to read more about High Kirk Community Playgroup in Ballymena.

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.

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.

Ballymena Playgroup explores The World Around Us

The Pre-school Curriculum – The World Around Us was explored by the children of High Kirk Community Playgroup Ballymena leading up to the Chinese New Year.  The children had the opportunity to cook and taste authentic Chinese food in their Red Dragon Restaurant throughout the week.

 

Chinese New Year 1   Chinese New Year 2

Chinese New Year 3   Chinese New Year 4

Chinese New Year 5   Chinese New Year 6

 

There was plenty to eat and the children thoroughly enjoyed cooking, serving and eating their fare.

 

High Kirk Community Playgroup Ballymena – Chinese New Year

High Kirk Community Playgroup Ballymena had a wonderful Farmers Day

Leading up to Harvest the children at the Ballymena Community Playgroup Ballymena were given the opportunity to explore the textures, tastes and smell of a variety of vegetables. Children eagerly helped to make the vegetable soup.

Safety in the kitchen was discussed as the children washed and cut the vegetables before all the ingredients were put into a large pot to make soup.

 

Soup Making 1   Soup Making 2

Soup Making 3   Soup Making 4

Soup Making 5   Soup Making 6

Soup Making 7   Soup Making 8

 

To round off a very busy and interesting day the children, all dressed as farmers, had the opportunity to sit in a tractor and meet a farmer. Afterwards everyone came in from the cold and enjoyed a cup of warm soup.

Ballymena – Community Playgroup – High Kirk– Farmers Day – Soup Making