OUR STORY

Play and Learn is a family run service which is owned and operated by Allison Farrell. Allison has her BA (Hons) degree & Postgraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and Care. Play and Learn currently has two early years services, Play and Learn Preschool & Afterschool which is a preschool and afterschool service located in Carlow and Play and Learn Creche & Montessori which is a full day care service located in Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

Allison is passionate about the early years and strives to provide only the highest quality of care and education to the children who attend her services. Allison opened the doors to her first service in 2016 and it has grown from strength to strength now employing a team of 9 staff and operating at full capacity. Due to the success of Allison’s current service she made the decision to spread the joy, fun, learning, laughter and love and open a second branch. The Paddocks creche was an unexpected opportunity but as Allison has close links with Kildare, her Mum being from Naas and her grandparents still living in Sallins, it was an opportunity Allison grabbed with both hands. Allison is looking forward to growing and developing Play and Learn Newbridge with the same passion and enthusiasm that she put into Play and Learn Carlow.
Allison prides herself on the quality of her team of educators whom she handpicks. Allison ensures each room has a BA (hons) degree qualified team leader and ensures all educators engage in continuous professional development. This ensures they provide the best and most uptodate care and education to the children in their care. Play and Learn also prides itself on its inclusive practise, ensuring all children are given equal opportunities to reach their full potential. We operate an open door policy, and welcome parents into our service to share ideas, carry out activities or volunteer for special occasions. We recognise the parents as the primary educators in their children’s lives, therefore partnership with parents is an extremely important aspect of our ethos.

Play and Learn places huge emphasis on the importance of outdoor play, and the role it plays in children’s learning and development. Children are given ample opportunities to engage in outdoor play. Play and Learn is primarily play-based with elements of the Montessori method of teaching and learning incorporated into the daily routine. Practical life skills, independence skills and social & emotional development are central to Play and Learns daily routine. Aístear; the early years curriculum framework & Síolta; the early years quality framework, guide our practise and therefore we operate an emergent curriculum & children’s rights based approach to learning where children’s voices, opinions and ideas lay the foundation for everything we do. We look forward to welcoming you all to our service!