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Extracurricular Activities at Park Academy Childcare
At Park Academy Childcare we are committed to the holistic development of each and every
child. We provide for the needs of the whole child and this is reflected in the many
extracurricular activities that we offer. From music and mini-me yoga, to sports and cookery,
our children get to explore many different interests and enjoy the numerous benefits that
these activities have to offer. Our aim is not just to enhance a child’s academic understanding
but also to increase their understanding of themselves as an individual. For this reason we
focus on nurturing many other important areas such as social, physical, creative and spiritual
Whether it’s improving physical coordination, learning how to relax through yoga or
discovering a passion for cookery, a child will gain something positive from each and every
activity that they engage in. Together these benefits will make a positive contribution to a
child’s overall development. That’s not to even mention the great fun and enjoyment that
these interesting activities provide!
Here are just some of the activities that the children at Park Academy Childcare enjoy…
The JUMP Programme
The Jump Programme is a dedicated sports and fitness programme for children, which aids
their physical development and helps to keep them active. These exercise classes are specially
devised by Park Academy’s Professional Sports Coach Eamonn who attends our creches weekly
to facilitate JUMP. Coach Eamonn has devised a special programme for each age group which
introduces children to a variety of physical activities. These range from ball and teamwork
games, to sports such as gymnastics and rugby. No matter what the activity though, the main
goal at JUMP Programme is always to have lots of FUN!
To find out more about this programme and its benefits for children, visit our
JUMP Programme section.
Children’s Cookery & Baking
At Park Academy Childcare, we have a team of dedicated chefs who prepare delicious,
healthy meals for the children each day. Our chefs love to share their tips and recipes with
our parents and contribute regularly to our blog. They also love to share their expertise with
the children by providing children’s cookery classes and demonstrations.
We believe that it is so important to provide children with basic life skills, so that they can
become confident, well-rounded individuals. Our baking and cookery classes are a perfect
example of this ethos, as they equip children with the skills they need to be independent.
Cooking and baking also introduces children to some of the basic principles of science and
encourages them to think about the food that they are putting in their bodies. This is the
first step in enabling children to make healthy choices.
Our baking and cookery classes are a very popular activity and there is nothing that the
children love more than getting their fingers sticky! From our tots to our afterschool bunch,
every child is involved in the process, whether that’s stirring the mixture for muffins or
kneading the dough for homemade bread or scones. The pride that a child feels from this
contribution really helps to enhance their confidence and self-esteem.
To read about our nutrition policy and our healthy creche menus visit our child nutrition page.
Following the huge success of our Nature Kindergarten, the very first of its kind in Ireland,
the team at Park Academy Childcare have created an Outdoor Education Programme so that
all of our children can benefit from this wonderful learning experience.
Outdoor play has been steadily declining in recent years, due to advances in technology and
changes in family lifestyles. This is a major contributing factor in the rise of childhood
obesity in Ireland. Therefore it is now more important than ever that children get
opportunities to spend time outdoors and to engage in active, child-led outdoor play. Our
outdoor education programme aims to provide these opportunities, while also educating
children about their natural environment in a fun and exciting way. Visit our
Outdoor Education Programme section to find out more.
In addition to these activities, our creche managers utilize their team’s individual strengths
and abilities and encourage them to share these talents with the children. Through the
expertise of our talented childcare team, the children have practiced yoga, learned martial
arts and mastered many a BOKWA dance routine. They have also excelled in Irish dancing,
developed very green fingers and conducted many a successful science experiment!
We are also lucky to have a number of native Spanish speakers on our team, who provide regular Spanish lessons for the children. Learning a second language at a young age has huge benefits
for a child’s future linguistic development and introduces the children to new and exciting
Together, these activities provide a variety of different experiences for the children and
encourage them to uncover their own unique talents and passions. By celebrating our team’s
strengths and diverse cultures, we also hope to communicate a very powerful message to
children, that they too can use their strengths and abilities to make a valuable contribution
in the world.
Every year our ‘Smarties’ pre-school class take part in a special graduation ceremony at Park
Academy and this gives the children an opportunity to showcase some of the skills that they have developed throughout the year. Our bi-annual show ‘Park Academy’s got Talent’ is always a
spectacular event with our little stars dazzling their delighted audience of Mums and Dad’s!
Find out more about this exciting event here.