Alexandra College Junior School offers two preschool years – a class for 3-year-olds and a class for 4-year-olds. The preschool provides a happy and exciting learning environment in which every girl will be encouraged to achieve her full potential.
The preschool children experience all the excellent indoor and outdoor facilities that the Junior School has to offer and eases their transition into the KG Lower class. Girls who attend the preschool will be guaranteed a place in the Junior School. The students participate in many activities in the Junior School throughout the school year. The programme encourages individual and social development, resulting in a community of self-sufficient, curious and happy children who eagerly participate in all class and social activities.
The preschool year runs for 38 weeks. The preschool class will run from 8.45am to 1.00pm, Monday to Friday. Early drop off is available at no extra charge from 8.00am. After School Care is available at an extra cost from 1.00-6.00pm Monday to Friday during term time.
The number of students our Preschool can accommodate
Optional Extra classes
Ballet and Playball classes will be available at an extra cost in the afternoons (after 1pm)
As there is already a lot of interest in places for the preschool, please contact the Junior School at 01 4704617 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in a place for your daughter.
Aistear is the new early childhood curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland. Because early childhood marks the beginning of children’s lifelong learning journeys, this framework is called Aistear, the Irish word for journey. It provides information to help practitioners, including infant teachers and Early Start teachers, to plan for and provide enjoyable and appropriately challenging learning experiences that will allow all children grow and develop as competent and confident learners. Aistear describes the types of learning experiences that are important for children in early childhood, and offers lots of practical ideas and suggestions. Examples of how this learning might be nurtured are also given.
Part 1 sets out 12 principles. Many of these are similar to the principles in the Primary School Curriculum with some additions, for example a principle on learning through play and one on children as citizens. Part 1 also describes the content of children’s learning. Unlike the Primary School Curriculum, Aistear does this using four themes rather than using subjects and curriculum areas. The themes are:
- Identity and Belonging
- Exploring and Thinking.
Each theme connects with most, if not all, of the subjects in the Primary School Curriculum. Through the themes,Aistear focuses on developing children’s dispositions and skills, nurturing attitudes and values, and building knowledge and understanding of their world:
- dispositions such as curiosity, independence, perseverance, and playfulness skills such as walking, climbing, cutting, and mark-making
- attitudes and values such as respect for others, care for the environment and positive attitudes to learning and to life
- knowledge and understanding such as developing a sense of colour, shape and number, learning how things work and that words have meaning.
Part 2 of Aistear consists of four sets of guidelines.
These focus on
- enriching learning through interactions
- learning through play
- using assessment to support learning
- working with parents.
The preschool year runs for 38 weeks, from the end of August to the to mid-June.
Fees for Preschool Classes:
Non-ECCE Children – €4900 (38 weeks)
ECCE Children – ECCE grant contribution of €64.50 x 38 weeks = €2451.
Preschool fees for student who is eligible for the ECCE grant = €2449 (€4900 – €2451 = €2449)
8.45am -12.00pm – No charge
12.00pm – 1.00pm – €64.50 per week
Optional Extras (after 1.00pm)
- Ballet €200 per year
- Playball €200 per year
After Care (1.00pm – 6.00pm) – €5 per hour