SureStart Ards Programmes

Country Tots/Dakota Tots

Surestart Developmental Programme for 2-3 year olds is a government funded initiative through the Department of Education (with no cost to parents) for 2 year old children within the Surestart Ward Areas.
We deliver 2 programmes – one in the Peninsula (Country Tots) and the other in Ards (Dakota Tots). There are 24 places in total and the programme runs from September to June on Mon-Wed from 9.30am-12.00noon.
The programme acknowledges the importance of these early years in a child’s life and recognises the parents as primary educators: They are the people who have the biggest impact on a child’s life.
The aim of the programme is to support that role and help the child develop to their full potential.
Counrty Tots/Dakota Tots meets the needs of the individual child in a child centred environment where a holistic approach is used.
As well as the usual play experiences, your child will have additional sensory play experiences using natural and household materials that they can explore in a safe environment with the support of staff.
A minimum of 80% attendance is required and throughout the year there will be some Stay & Play days which a parent/carer is required to attend with their child.
Applications are available at the start of January and must be returned by April, for the following September’s intake.

  • Suitable for: Children in their pre-pre school year
  • Duration: Sept - June, 3 mornings per week
  • Creche: No
  • Dates & Times: View Calendar

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