The Old School House, a pre-school in Ballapousta were delighted to find out they had won the Learning Story Award from Early Childhood Ireland last week.
The children in the pre-school designed a whole new species of dinosaur, called the Ballapoustex, for the story.
“In this learning story we see how recycling boxes turned into an opportunity for the children to create a new species of dinosaur – the Ballapoustex – who now stands guard in the parents room as a daily reminder of the children’s creative skills, “ a member of the judging panel explained.
“The particular strengths of this story was the use of open ended materials, the consultation with children and the child led nature of the activity.
“Well done to everyone involved.”
Nestled in the heart of Ballapousta and only 5kms from Ardee, the Old School House is a very unique and special preschool.
Far removed from the larger corporate childcare facilities, Ballapousta preschool offers dedicated childcare in small groups, nurturing individuality and respecting diversity.
The pre-school pride themselves on creating a home-away-from-home for both their preschool and afterschool children, and focus on learning through play by getting involved with nature in an eco-friendly environment.
They are also the first preschool in Louth to get their Green Flag which will be arriving on May 28.
Early Childhood Ireland represents over 3,300 preschools, daycare (crèche) and afterschool centres nationwide supporting over 100,000 children and their families.
Its Learning Story Awards focus on teaching and learning with young children and captures children’s competence and eagerness to learn.