Playtime Eskra, McClintock Pre-school and Denamona Pre-school visited Knockmany Forest, Augher, as part of their work together on the Shared Education project ‘Sharing From The Start’. The three playgroups link up for shared sessions and they were delighted to visit this facility on their doorstep. The children really enjoyed the outdoor learning with their friends.
The playgroups’ leaders recognise the benefits of being involved in the programme and have said they wouldn’t be able to do these things on their own – by working together they are more opportunities for the children. Parental engagement is another benefit and the groups have been heartened by their involvement and positive feedback.
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.
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.