Welcome to Chirpy Chicks Pre-school Playgroup. At Chirpys we work to prepare children not just to be ready for school, but we hope to empower them to take on the world with curiosity, confidence and positivity.
Where to find us
We’re based in the community run Village Hall in Greyabbey just 10 minutes from Newtownards 🚙. This makes us ideally placed for parents and carers leaving children to playgroup on their way to work or elsewhere during our morning sessions. The hall has lots of space, kitchen facilities for snack time 🍞🥖🍏🍊🍌🥛🧃and also benefits from large green spaces and a secure tennis court for outdoor play 🌲🎾😊.
Location: The Village Hall, 62 Newtownards Road, Greyabbey
Pre-school Hours: Mon-Fri: 9.15am – 12.15pm
Pre-school is an amazing time in a child’s life where they begin to build friendships outside their family and discover what the world is all about, all the while forming their own understanding of how to learn and build who they will become. We’re here to help guide children on their early years journey by focusing on six areas of learning designed to give children a foundation to build on.
Chirpy’s Mission & Vision
Our mission is to make Pre-school an enjoyable time for your child and guide them on their first steps into education . If no one’s having fun no one is learning and during your child’s time at Chirpy’s it’s part of our mission to empower them to take on the world with curiosity, confidence and positivity 🐣🐥😊.
Come Join The Fun
Enrolling at Chirpys
Pre-school has lots of advantages for children as the learning through play philosophy gives them a foundation to build on when they reach primary school. It develops social and emotional skills, helps with language development, physical skills and early maths knowledge. It can also provide families with a cost-effective childcare option especially in today’s financial environment; click through to learn more about how to sign up.
Our Upcoming Calendar Events & Activities
Term 3 brings more fun and we’re back 9.15am Monday April 17th.
We’re closed for the May Day Bank Holiday.
King’s Coronation 👑 – No School
The UK pauses May 8th for the King’s Coronation and all schools are closed for the day.
NI Local Elections
The Village Hall is a Polling Station for the local elections so unfortunately Chirpys is closed on the 18th.
End of May Bank Holiday
We’re open again on Tuesday 30th after the long weekend.
Class of 2023 Graduation
The last day of term brings Graduation 🎓 for our Happy Hatchlings 🐣 and Chirpy Chicks 🐥.
Frequently Asked Questions
Some FAQs that can spring to mind you’ll find here, just click the box for more information. If you’ve any other questions or want to arrange a visit, don’t hesitate to Contact Us.
What time is the Pre-school open?
We’re open 9.15am to 12.15pm Monday to Friday. We’re just like big schools running from September through to June with similar holidays at Halloween, Christmas, Easter and Half-terms.
What age does your child have to be?
The Education Authority sets the age range for pre-school children attending in the year before they start Primary 1. Check our enrolment page for details of the latest enrolment period. For Happy Hatchling children, our ‘pre-pre’s’ they can come and join the fun from 2 years 10 months and up.
Is there a uniform?
We do have a uniform, a blue sweatshirt and yellow polo shirt. It helps everyone feel they belong to part of a team, and gets children used to what school will require when they get there.
Does my child need to be toilet trained?
Ideally they should be on their way but every child learns at a different pace so if we’re helping out with pull-ups for a while that’s fine. Sometimes seeing their friends saying they’re off to the toilet can spur on a bit of determination and independence so just let us know how best to help.
Are all staff qualified and vetted?
Do you accept children with additional needs?
We do and we have adapted our setting to accommodate children with additional needs and continue to develop it. Our staff team have a wealth of experience of working with a broad range of physical and other needs and we’d be happy to discuss any requirements your child may have, and how best we can help families looking to introduce their children to pre-school.
Does my child have to attend every day or can we choose?
The Government gives a free Pre-school place for children in their year before starting P1 and they are expected to attend for the full week or at least 3 quarters of the full month. For Happy Hatchlings (pre-pre) or pre-school paid places you can chose any number for days from one to the full week, whatever suits your family needs.
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