Happy Days community preschool is located right in the heart of Ratoath, Co Meath. On the main street and part of the modern community centre, the preschool first opened its doors in 2006 and now welcomes 42 children every day. I had heard lots of stories about what was happing in this little corner of the community; there are Kindness Elves who did good deeds for others, visits to the local nursing home and a Christmas shows that involves the local choir and where everyone is invited. I wanted to learn more, so I sat down with Eilish Balfe, the manager of Happy Days to find out a little bit about how she and her team have been working to make sure the children at Happy Days are proud and active citizens of Ratoath.
When a pre-school child comes home at the end of the school day and you ask them ‘What did you do today’? More often than not the typical answer is ‘Nothing’. But actually this couldn’t be further from the truth, you see the child has been playing and they sure have been busy. There are many different types of play all of which have benefits for the child. Today we look at ‘Dramatic Play’ and the value it brings to ‘The Early Years Curriculum.