Butterflies Playschool

About Butterflies Playschool and our Ethos

Butterflies Community Playschool opened in August 2005 and has been running strong since then. It is a purpose-built room which can accommodates up to 22 children between 2 yrs 9 months and 6 years. The free 2 year pre-school Early Childhood Care and Education Programme (ECCE) is available to all children 3 years upwards.

At Butterflies we understand that the transition from toddler to child is a special period in childhood life, a stage in which children begin to acquire important learning skills and begin to show signs of individual talents and behaviour.

Butterflies Community playschool and the early year’s educator’s welcomes and provides each individual child with a learning environment where the atmosphere gives children a sense of security, knowing and trusting that their voices are heard in an understanding and non-judgmental manner by both adults and peers. This is a solid preparation for valuable and meaningful life skills, such as, Care & Understanding, Basic learning skills, Social, Emotional, Creative and Physical development while respecting each child’s individualism.

Butterflies is registered with the child and family agency TUSLA and DCEDIY (Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth) and is open to inspection on an annual basis in accordance with the childcare act 1991 and subsequent amendments 2006, and 2016 which inform the pre-school service regulations.  All inspection reports are available to read at the playschool or online.


Playschool times and holidays

Butterflies offer 2 sessions a day from Monday to Friday.
Morning Session – 9.00am-12.00pm or Afternoon Session – 12.45pm-3.05pm
We offer the free pre-school years (ECCE) and the National Childcare Scheme.
Our full calendar for the year with holiday listings can be downloaded below.

Playschool Calendar 2021-2022


Let’s chat

Starting your child in playschool can be a daunting time for parents, but we are here to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to call Antonette or Lucy on (086) 8726632. To place your child on our waiting list, please download our registration form below, send it back to us at playschool@knockmore.ie and a member of staff will contact you.

Butterflies Registration Form

Our Staff

        Staff           Qualifications             Experience
Antonette Duffy


BA in Early Years

Nursery Nurse Diploma,

Montessori Diploma, First Aid, Food & Hygiene, Fire Training, Child Protection, Physical Development

HighScope Certificate

25 years working with children in various facilities; e.g. day care centre, hospital crèche, assistant teacher, Montessori teacher and manager
 Lucy Horan

 Senior Assistant

FETAC Level 5/6 in child care and business studies, level 6 in Special Needs, LINC, diversity & inclusion Coordinator, Occupational First Aid, 5 years working with children, in a community-based playschool
Position to be filled

Childcare Assistant

FETAC Level X in child care


X years childminding and X years work experience in a community playschool



Curriculum: HighScope

The HighScope method has been used throughout the world for over forty years. It originated in America and has been researched avidly.

It has been found that children using this method benefit in not only their young lives but later in life as it gives useful life skills. Children are encouraged to plan for themselves during a session choosing materials and activities that they can explore, ask and answer questions, solve problems and interact with classmates and adults.

In this environment children naturally engage in ‘key experiences’ and activities that foster developmentally important skills and abilities. Furthermore, this form of pedagogy falls in the parameter of the Irish national curriculum framework of Aistear and Siolta.

Aistear was introduced in 2009 and is the national early childhood curriculum framework of Ireland, from birth to six years. The framework uses four interconnecting themes (well-Being, Identity and Belonging, Communication and Exploring and Thinking) to describe the content of children’s learning and development. (see https://www.ncca.ie/en/early-childhood for more information)

Siolta introduced in 2006 is the national quality framework for early year’s services. It is comprised of three distinct but interrelated elements: principles, standards and components of quality, all of which are vital areas of importance for children’s services and supports for early year’s educators. (see siolta.ie for more information)


Daily Routine

Activities and equipment in the playschool are designed to meet the child’s social, emotional, intellectual, language and physical needs.  We encourage each child to reach their full potential. Each day we try to follow a consistent routine as follows:

Routine Description
1. Greeting time: Children can tell their news, sing songs, we also decide who has responsibilities e.g. 5 min hand.
2. Small group time: This is a teacher lead activity to show children something they have observed, and the adult can help to advance their exploration.
3. Planning time: The children decide with the teacher’s involvement what they would like to do during the session.
4. Snack time: This is available to all children but is not compulsory and children may continue to work/play.
5. Work time: Children play and discover new things while working in the playroom.
6. Tidy up time: The children are asked to put away anything they were working with and to help others.
7. Lunch time: Children and staff sit together to eat and socialize children and staff sit together to eat and socialise.
8. Large group time: This consists of a vigorous activity such as ‘musical body parts’ or ‘parachute game’ etc.
9. Home time: Children are called (one at a time) by an adult to the exit door to go home.


Activities/Equipment available

Water Area: Bottles, sieves, boats, fish, dolls, numbers, funnels, pumps, pipettes etc.

Sand Area: Spades, buckets, diggers, other vehicles, cooking utensils etc.

Art Area:  Markers, crayons, pencils, paint, glue, paper, scissors, stamps, wool, pom poms, feathers, pipe cleaners, playdough, many other art materials, tables for art & games.

Construction Area: Soft toys, dinosaurs, trucks, cars, trains and train track, wooden and LEGO bricks, Farmyard & animals, dolls house, puzzles, music instruments, other building equipment etc.

House Area: Kitchen and equipment, dress up clothes and shoes, bags, hats, dolls, etc.

Rest/Library Area: bean bags, and books.

Outside Area: Tricycles, cars, balance bikes, bicycles, scooters, garden equipment, large sand weather proof area, slide, treehouse, shed (used for a house area), water tables etc.


Parents Corner

Here you will find any notices for the parents throughout the year.  Under non-covid circumstances we would also put these on the notice board outside the playschool to ensure you are kept informed but during covid, parents are unable to enter the building but don’t worry we will keep you updated by text or email as necessary. Click on the text to read the notices below

Healthy Eating
Important Notice re Safe food



Santa’s Surprise visit