Orchard Community Playgroup, Ballykelly and Rosemount Nursery School, L’Derry

The Orchard Playgroup and Rosemount Nursery partnership had a shared session at Sperrin Fun Farm, enjoying and celebrating Christmas festivities together.

Cathy, Rosemount Nursery teacher said “Lovely day meeting up with our friends, playing together and seeing Santa. Perfect way to spend our last day of school in 2022”. Before this Christmas event the preschools had a few ‘Zoom’ sessions. Tara Del, Orchard Playgroup Leader commented that the virtual connections have allowed children to become familiar with one another and get to know names in advance of their Christmas shared session.


The two preschools have been partnered together for a number of years as part of the Sharing From The Start programme. In previous terms they have visited each other’s settings and engaged in football training facilitated by a coach from Maiden City Soccer. The leaders from the two settings have been grateful for the support from their parents, particularly their involvement helping out during the shared lessons.

Leaders also commented that alongside other benefits of their shared education programme they feel their sessions highlight the fact that children will interact and engage naturally, especially in a familiar environment.