Bright Beginnings – Culture, Practice and Pedagogy

Sharing tasks and team building are all part of the early education ethos at Bright Beginnings Preschool on Castleisland’s Church Street. Photographs: Courtesy of Bright Beginnings. 

In March 2009 Bright Beginnings Preschool officially opened its doors. The preschool, which is located at Castleisland Family Resource Centre on Church Street, focuses on providing quality early intervention in small local group settings while providing encouragement for social inclusion and support for all families.


In 2012 the work of the centre was recognised and acknowledged when it was announced as overall winners of the Kerry Community Awards.

A Preschool with a Difference

Bright Beginnings is a Preschool with a difference. It offers very low adult child ratios which fosters a strong child led culture.

At the heart of our daily practice and routine is a well thought out curriculum. Our curriculum follows weekly/monthly themes and is planned with careful consideration.

Through this we focus on the developmental needs of the children. We look at their holistic development.

Social and Emotional Well-being

We place a strong emphasis on social and emotional well-being, as research shows us that children who can manage big feelings and can navigate their social space become the successful adults of the future.

We also zone in on key skills required for school readiness.

Along with having daily outdoor time where we enjoy a variety of activities, we like to take community walks.

Ambling to the Playground

We frequently visit the church across the road and on occasion we love an amble to the nearby playground.

We focus on giving the children a strong sense of belonging within the community of Castleisland.

Both preschool teachers, Mairéad and Cathy have years of experience and training in early childhood education.

We are passionate about early years education and understand the importance of good quality education for preschool children.

Growing in a Visual Culture

Mairéad holds a Masters qualification in teaching visual arts in primary and early education from Crawford College of Art & Design.

Here at Bright Beginnings, we are acutely aware children are growing up in a much more visual culture than ever before.

With every child now having daily access to digital media. We therefore like to integrate the visual arts as much as possible into our curriculum.

Children’s Questions Encouraged

We encourage the children to become familiar with artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Frieda Kahlo, we facilitate the children’s questions about the meaning of works of art and we provide them with the opportunity to create their own art.

This sort of educational opportunity in visual discrimination is a distinct lifelong advantage for children who are growing up in an increasingly complex world.

Enrolling Now for 2021 / 22

Every day is fun and every day the children have access to a variety of learning opportunities.

We would like to think we are making a valuable contribution to the lives of the children attending Bright Beginnings.

We cannot imagine working in any other profession.

We are now enrolling for the 2021/22 school term. ECCE funded places are available for children born between January 1st 2017 and December 31st 2018.

For further details or to book a space please phone us on 066 71 63815 or 087 7553066

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