Donegal Community Playgroup and Montessori are proud to be celebrating 30 years of providing quality preschool and education to hundreds of families in the Donegal town and surrounding areas. To mark the great occasion, there will be a Gala Pearl Ball at the Abbey Hotel this Saturday night, May 25 at 8pm.
You will be met on the red carpet with a champagne reception. This will be followed by a sumptuous four-course meal and then dancing to music by Flipside. Noel Cunningham will be on hand to judge the Best Dressed Lady and Gent on the night and, with 30 great prizes to be given away and loads of surprises on the night, it’s sure to be an event not to be missed!
Tickets are just €30, available from the hotel or the playgroup.
The playschool first opened its doors in 1983, operating from the Methodist Church Hall, then spent 18 years in a pre-fab at the railway station. The group began working on plans for a new building in late 2002 and secured funding from the Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme. The playschool relocated to the Public Services Centre at Dromlonagher for three years. Work began on site in October 2007 and the playgroup finally moved into their new purpose built facility in June 2008.
Donegal Community Playgroup and Montessori operate two sessions per day, five days a week and cater for over 70 families on a sessional or part-time basis.
Playgroup manager Orla Campbell told the Democrat: “We specialise in Preschool Care and Education and cater for children from the age of 2 years 6 months up to school age. We are participating providers of both the ECCE Scheme (free preschool year) and the CCS Scheme (Community Childcare Subvention Scheme) and offer a choice of Traditional Playgroup, Montessori or a combination of both under both these schemes. We follow the Aistears framework for learning and development which is Ireland’s National Curriculum framework for children 0 - 6 years.
“We employ 5 qualified and experienced staff and are also lucky enough to have two CES staff and two Tus workers hands on hand with the children helping us achieve a higher adult to child ratio and enabling us to give each and every child the time they all deserve on a daily basis.
“We are run by a very focused group of volunteers and a manager who bring their own individual talents and area of expertise to the group. We offer opportunities each year to allow new parents to come on board so we can provide both consistency and an equally important parent perspective on decisions regarding the running of the group.
““Still operating after 30 years is a huge triumph for any business particularly in the current climate however we would not be where we are today without the continued support of our local community and for this we are incredible grateful.”