Meet Our Manager
“Welcome to our Bray centre! I have wanted to work with children since I was a child so spending my days in Park Academy Bray is a dream come true! I trained as a Montessori teacher and have been caring for children in a variety of schools and creches for the last 10 years. I have previously worked as a manager at both Park Academy Beacon South Quarter and Park Academy’s first after-school centre in Booterstown and I really enjoyed my time in both centres. I’m delighted to be to utilizing all of my experience in Bray and look forward to making many more happy memories here.”
Life at our Bray centre
One minute it’s learning about animals or the seasons, the next it’s creating a costume or doing some carpentry. You see Park Academy Bray is a very special place for young learners and its ethos reflects a new and innovative approach to childcare.
Children start in the beautiful baby room, a space that is both cosy and inviting. With its soft carpets and ample floor space, our babies are free to roam and to practice
crawling or walking, depending on their developmental stage. Here our ‘bunnies’ receive lots of attention and stimulation, through activities such as sensory play, music and arts & crafts.
After that, it’s time to move on to the ‘Jellytots’ room where children are encouraged to explore their new environment and develop their independence. The ‘Jellytots’ room is a hub of activity and children get lots of opportunities every day to engage in creative and imaginative play . This type of play is vital for toddler’s development and our ‘Jellytots’ just love to paint, dress up and become absorbed in role play at the various imagination stations. They also have lots of fun outdoors in their own special garden, where they can run, jump and play together.
The OWL Area
Once they are ready, children move into the OWL area (Our World of Learning) – an exciting space that has specially designed to facilitate child led activity.
In this a mixed age setting area, children can interact together and move freely between three specially designed rooms, each of which are dedicated to a particular area of development. These three rooms (the construction room, creation room and imagination room) are stocked with a large range of open ended materials and the children can enjoy working on an array of different projects that are relevant to their interests.
From recycled art & craft creations, to collaborative construction projects, the educational benefits of these activities are endless. Most importantly the freedom to choose their own activities means that the children develop a passion for learning and get an opportunity to discover their own innate skills and talents. Every area is supervised by our enthusiastic and committed OWL team who are there to inspire and encourage the children and to extend their learning at every opportunity.
In addition to our dedicated interest rooms and communal dining space, the OWL area also has fantastic gardens and children are free to spend as much time outdoors as they wish. This freedom allows them to play and explore, whether that’s in the gravel and sand pits, at the mud kitchens or water station, or simply using natural materials to build their own ‘boat’ or fort. This type of outdoor play presents many opportunities for development and provides children with a deeper understanding of how the world works. Contact with nature also has huge benefits for a child’s health and wellbeing.
Such is the emphasis on outdoor learning in OWL, that the team have their own dedicated outdoor educators who lead all projects in this area. From woodwork and planting vegetables, to bird watching and ropework, children have the opportunity to learn about their environment and to explore a range of new skills. These activities are based on our Nature Kindergarten ethos and promote real world learning that is relevant to a child’s life.
Since its opening in March 2016, the OWL area has proved to be a very successful initiative and and has been a very exciting development for childcare in Ireland. But don’t just take our word for it…read what our parents have to say below!
Then arrange a viewing today and come and witness this amazing and innovative new learning environment for yourself. Call our enquiries team now on 1890 273 243.
What parents say about us
‘When we first heard about the new idea for a dedicated OWL area we were a little anxious, but definitely curious, about how our two boys, aged ten and six, would take to it. Well take to it they have. And they have taken to it wonderfully.
Daniel and Samuel move freely from the creative room to the construction room, to the imagination room and back again, supported if necessary by the fantastic OWL team. But not before they get their all-important (and mostly always eaten!) dinners and their homework is done (very important for busy parents).
We enjoy hearing about the interactions our boys have had with the younger children as we feel this encourages empathy and patience. (We also think they like the attention!) It expands their circle of friends in the crèche and they tell us how proud they are of their younger friends and about how someone has just learned how to potty train or to put their coat on by themselves.
The boys love outdoor play and knowing the Park Academy values this ethos gives us great comfort. We know that, whenever possible, they will be outside. And there is not a playstation in sight!
We have been with the Park Academy for nearly 10 years now and we have become accustomed to innovative and child focused changes that they have implemented (including Nature Kindergarten which our youngest attended). The OWL area is just the most recent example of this.’ We look forward to watching our boys continue to flourish in OWL.’
Siobhan and Mark Moraghan
Where to Find Us
Southern Cross Road
Tel: 1890 273 243
Open Monday to Friday 7:30am to 6.00pm