Naíonra Bealach Chonglais
NAÍONRA Bealach Chonglais in Baltinglass is one of the longest established Naíonraí in the country. In the Naíonra a group of children come together daily for 3 hours of pre school activities through Irish, in a safe environment, under the guidance of their supervisors.
Here children aged 3-5 years are given the opportunity to acquire the Irish language naturally through the medium of play, rhymes, songs, stories, arts, sports and study of their environment.
The idea is that the child will acquire this second language in the same way in which he/she acquired the first – by listening, understanding, isolating words, phrases and sentences. The pre-school child is already actively involved in language learning and the Naíonra presents an ideal situation for that purpose, listening and understanding are the essential first steps to speaking.
The first language does not lose out when the child begins to acquire another, on the contrary the total language ability is promoted and children at that age have no problem separating one language from another. Children who have completed their preschool in Naíonra have a head start when it comes to studying Irish at primary school.
The Naíonra participates in the free pre-school scheme (E.C.C.E.) And also adheres to Síolta preschool curriculum and the buntús sports programme.