As part of their work together on the Sharing From The Start programme Ramelton Community Playgroup and Learn n Play Preschool Letterkenny visited Milford Library. This fitted in with the partnership’s focus on communication activities and for some of the children this was their first trip to a library.
Sharing From The Start is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. Funding enables pre-schools to take part in Shared Education projects improving educational outcomes and cross-community cohesion, inclusion and diversity. A number of neighbouring pre-school partnerships have been developed throughout Northern Ireland and the Southern Border Counties.
The staff in Milford library had a lot of activities organised. They started off with a story and song session. This was followed by a character hunt. Everyone enjoyed finding the characters and marking them off on their sheet. The children then coloured strips of paper and glued them together to make flowers which were then displayed in each playgroup.
After some lunch together they had a music and movement session. It was a successful morning with everyone enjoying the trip with their friends and joining in with all the activities. Lots of ideas and skills to take back to the classroom. Children learned how to sit quietly and listen to the stories, exploring sounds, pattern, repetition and rhythm. Also explore the use of books and ICT for enjoyment and a source of information. Hopefully, after seeing how it all works, the children may in future visit the library with their parents.
Administered by Early Years, working in collaboration with the Fermanagh Trust and National Childhood Network, the Sharing From The Start project aims to engage almost 10,000 pre-school children in shared activities on an ongoing and sustained basis. Together these three organisations have a strong track record and over twenty years experience of working for the benefit of children and community relations.