Gymnastics, Jo Jingles and visits to the Library – lots of opportunities for fun and learning for Ebrington Nursery and their friends from Holy Child Nursery who have been working together on the Shared Education project ‘Sharing From The Start’.
The two partners have been visiting each other’s nurseries to play together and have sessions focussing on exercise and music. They’ve also been visiting Creggan Library for story time. Recently they held a joint showcase performance at the Waterside Theatre.
‘Sharing From The Start’ is supported 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.
Pat Concannon from Holy Child Nursery said “Both our schools are involved in Shared Education so this project is a natural fit for our nurseries. The children are really enjoying the new opportunities. We’re able to do a lot more together than we could on our own.” Sarah Caithness from Ebrington Nursery added “Sharing From The Start has been great not only for our pupils but also our staff in terms of sharing expertise. It’s encouraging to have support from parents and see the children enjoying these experiences with their new friends.”
Administered by Early Years, working in collaboration with the National Childhood Network and the Fermanagh Trust, ‘Sharing From The Start’ aims to engage almost 10,000 pre-school children in shared activities on ongoing and sustained basis by 2022. Together these three organisations have a strong track record and over twenty years experience of working for the benefit of children and community relations development.
Audrey Rainey (Early Years), programme manager of ‘Sharing From The Start’ said “We are very excited to see curriculum based work like this taking place and partnerships like Holy Child Nursery and Ebrington Nursery flourishing. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring about positive attitudinal change among children, parents, teachers and the wider community.”