ECCE Update : 2016

ECCE updates :thanks to all the response we are now full for ECCE year Sept 2016-June2017. We are still taking bookings for 2017-2018 and 2018 -2019 . Eligibility is based on the child’s date of birth as places fill quickly please contact Denise – denisejoannasheridan@gmail.com or 0857283333 with any queries.

Arts in Education : Ulla Beag Print Media

Delighted that we have been published on Art in Education Portal for our collaborative project with Lynn Kenny on the integration of art into our curriculum to create a more inclusive teaching and learning process. Detailed project can be found here : http://artsineducation.ie/en/
Art in Education

Easter Camp 2016

Easter Camp 2016 now booked out including morning art camps and Tuesday Yoga camps. Next camp bookings will be for July Summer Camp 2016. Contact Denise @ denisejoannasheridan@gmail.com for more information

2015 – Siolta & Aistear in Photos now up!

Snapshot of 2015

Summer 2015 booked out. Halloween camp dates will be released in September.

2015 Big Toddle

Another great day for Barnardos big toddle with our little guys. Lots of colouring ; bubbles; walking ; running and fun again. Thanks to all the parents for their contributions and sponsorship we raised €138. Some lovely pictures here.
Barnardos Big Toddle 2015

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Green School Flag Application 3 – Water management

All A lot of work underway on our water management program our 3rd Green Flag through An Taisces Green School Program so I wanted to pause and give an overall summary and details here for your information on what we have completed to date.
As you are aware we continue to manage our school greenly with a high priority on energy management; water management; sustainable living and litter and waste management and a big thanks as always to everyone supporting us through the green school program.

Executive Summary Our Work 2010-2015
1. Litter , waste management and recycling program :
•Maintained and grown to meet our growing population from 20 children 2013 /2014 to 30 children 2014/2015 per day.
•Cost avoidance of €1050 annually Growth year on year 2013/1014 to 2014/2015 of €350.

2.ENERGY MANAGEMENT

•Heat Consumption reduced by 1100 litres we saved 1.7 tonne of Co2. €900 saving annually.
•Electricity daily consumption reduced from 20 kW to 15 Kw. €233 saving annually.
•2014 First Low Energy Pyjama Day – no lights on from 8-18 saved 5 kW.
•2015 Second Low Energy Pyjama Day – no lights on from 8-18 saved 5 kw.
•Developed ; documented and rolled out an Energy Management curriculum with 12 individual projects.
•Rolled out a home survey and agreed an Energy Management pledge with our families.

3. Travel :
• Rolled out a Car pooling service with no charge reducing our Carbon foot print by 0.837 tonnes of CO2.
•All our afterschoolers participated and were actively involved in WOW days for OGNS.
•Rolled out a Yoga day for our school-goers/ after-schoolers supporting Active program with OGNS.

4..Water Management :
•Mapped our Water Management program to Aistear Learning Goals.
•Developed ; documented and rolled out a Water Management curriculum with 12 individual projects.
•Expanded our Ulla Beag Green Management code to focus on Water
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•Rolled out a home survey and agreed a Water Management pldege with our families.
•Active involvement with out parents
•Developed a dedicated Green Schools Committee webpage on our website www.ullabeag.ie

5. Biodiversity management
•Built insect hotels.
•Planted an edible native hedgerow-2011 in full bloom now.
•Planted native irish cherry trees
•Teaching curriculum teaching our children about native Irish indigenous planting; organic growing for sustainable living and non indigenous plants.
•Child friendly herb garden
•Planted a native apple orchard

5. Natural Playscapes
– recycling our native trees-willow; sally etc in partnership with a local Artist and Sculptor Gerard Bourke we have created natural play areas which are growing with our aging children so the gardens are suitable for 0-12 years now. With lots more plans on the way
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ManagEnergy&Ulla Beag

Please find a 2015 new article written on energy management at Úlla Beag and the benefits of starting at an early childhood level in managing energy. ManageEnergy is a pan European Website supporting and promoting energy management within the public sector and we were interviewed before Christmas on the activities that we carry out at Úlla Beag .http://www.managenergy.net/education/articles/176#.VMiwbLlybnJ

Summer Term & 2014/2015 School year updates

Summer Term & Sept 2014 school year updates –

Booked out and no available spaces :
– Summer Camp 2014.
– Music Yoga & Play 12-36 mths unaccompanied. Pre-booking for Easter & Summer 2015 starts now.
– Afterschool Service 2014-June 2015.
– Tuesday afternoon yoga summer camp weekly (4 yrs +).

______September 2014 pre-booking now_______
– 2014 ECCE Free childcare places Only 2 places left.
– Kindermusik Wiggle & Grow New Term Nov 2014. 6 places. (12-36mths).
-Baby /Toddler / Family Yoga – New term dates coming in Sept 2014.
-Halloween camps will be published wk 1 Sept.

_______Easter 2015 pre-booking now________
– 2 places Wed morning Music Yoga & Play (12-36mths)
– Very limited Child-minding places.(12-36mths)
– 2 places in our 2014 Playgroup Easter 2015(18-36 mths) .
– 3 places in our 2015 ECCE Free childcare year(3.5-5yrs)
– 4 places in our 2016 ECCE free childcare year(3.5-5yrs)

For any more information or pre-booking contact Denise at 0857283333 /denisejoannasheridan@gmail.com.

Second Green Flag Awarded

Our pre-schoolers and play group with our 2 green flags

Our pre-schoolers and play group with our 2 green flags

Afterschool group collecting our second flag 2014
On 20th May 2014 we received our second green flag from An Taisce for Energy Management. Some of our afterschoolers at the awards ceremony. Details can be seen on our Green Schools Committee page.
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