Staff and children from Tiny Tots playgroup in Stewartstown and Bosco Playgroup in Cookstown came together to visit An Creagan as part of their shared education work. The bad weather didn’t deter the children from exploring the Wild Woods as they climbed the hills using the rope ladder, ‘dug for gold’ in the Sperrins and made lots of ‘tea’ using the naturally collected spring water.
Fishing in the pond the children found frog span and gently explored the feel of it under their hands taking care to touch it carefully as they learned to respect living things. They even had the opportunity to observe a frog at close range before releasing it carefully back into the pond
Throughout the session the children from both settings were developing friendships and bonding as they developed their physical skills climbing, swinging, reaching and stretching as they explored the outdoors.
he Sharing From The Start initiative which involves over 2400 children is supported by the European Union’s Peace IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. It involves early years settings throughout Northern Ireland and the Southern Border counties forming cross-community partnerships, and the children taking part in joint curricular classes, improving educational outcomes and promoting good relations.
Sharing From The Start is administered by Early Years working in collaboration with the National Childhood Network and the Fermanagh Trust. Together these three organisations have a strong track record of working for the benefit of children and good relations development. Match-funding for the project has been provided by the Department of Education in Northern Ireland and the Department of Education and Skills Ireland.