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    Auburn Play School is temporarily closed.

    New location opening September 2024 more information to follow.


    Highly qualified staff and low numbers for individual attention.


    If you're interested in finding out more use the form below to contact us.

  • About

    Auburn Play School is an early years service in Cabinteely catering for children from 2yrs 6 mths - 6 years. At Auburn Play School a play-based curriculum is used with a focus on outdoor learning.

    At Auburn Play School there is a relaxed and inviting environment for your child. We provide an open door policy and you are welcome at any time. The curriculum is child-led and based on children's individual interests. You will find a classroom full of exciting activities and a large garden for the children to play.


    Opening hours 9.15-12.15


    To apply for a place simply contact us at auburnplayschool@gmail.com.

  • Why Play?

    Play offers children the opportunity to set up real life scenarios where they can practice, share and learn the skills they will need in later life. It allows them the space to explore and think in creative ways.


    While research on brain development is in its infancy, it is believed that play shapes the structural design of the brain. We know that secure attachments and stimulation are significant aspects of brain development; play provides active exploration that assists in building and strengthening brain pathways. Play creates a brain that has increased flexibility and improved potential for learning and creativity later in life


    Young children’s play allows them to explore, identify, negotiate, take risks and create meaning. The intellectual and cognitive benefits of playing have been well documented. Children who engage in quality play experiences are more likely to have well-developed memory skills, language development, and are able to regulate their behaviour, leading to enhanced school adjustment and academic learning.


    Physically active play allows children to test and develop all types of motor skills. It promotes significant health and wellbeing benefits. One of the greatest benefits of playing is to assist with the development of social competence. Children can build relationships, learn to resolve conflicts, negotiate and regulate their behaviours. In play, children usually have increased feelings of success and optimism as they act as their own agents and make their own choices. Playing is a known stress release; it is often linked to child wellbeing.


    The dispositions for learning, such as curiosity, openness, optimism, resilience, concentration, and creativity are developed in play. Playing is linked to the development of resilience and the beginnings of empathy as children begin to understand other points of view.

    Free play, indoors and outdoors – is where children choose activities and explore and experiment with the materials around them, either on their own or in collaboration with other children.


    It's Fun, children to follow their interests and learn life skills (including literacy and numeracy) at their own pace, in their own way, while at the same time enjoying the process.



    What is the Play Based Curriculum?




    Areas play both indoor and outside for free play

    • Home / shop - explore roles, relationships, skills, including language and numeracy skills and thinking
    • Construction - mathematical skills, design, collaboration and negotiation skills, science cause and effect 
    • Sand, water and playdough - explore science concepts about volume, capacity, consistency, creativity, relaxing
    • Art - creativity, self expression, science, literacy
    • Books - literacy, relationships, quite area

    There will also be some organised activities such as

    • Stories, songs, rhymes – developing language, rhythm, movement and a sense of community
    • Dance and action songs, obstacle course, climbing, group games - where children can move– learn to manage risk – develop a sense of adventure and well-being as well as important physical and mental skills.


    The morning will involve

    • Free play - unstructured playtime gives kids a chance to discover their interests and tap into their creativity. It’s a crucial element for building resilience in children, an attribute they’ll need in order to become happy, productive adults. 
    • Small group time - when children further explore issues and interests that arise in play to extend their knowledge and skills.
    • Large group time - where children have the option to join together to sing, dance or play games
    • Snack times - where children can eat together and chat learning social skills, how to prepare food, hygiene, there is also the option to eat and have a drink at any time. Just like us children could be thirsty or hungry at different times, there is also an option to continue playing rather than breaking the flow of play for a snack (learning moments can happen at any time and dragging a child who is fully absorbed in something could diminish that)
    • Tidy up time - clean up time can be fun and teach children problem solving skills, mathematical concepts, lessons in family life, citizenship skills, responsibility, self-motivation and more.  










  • Staff

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    I am mum to Caelen and have been involved in early years education since 1994, I have worked and studied continuously throughout this time, learning and developing new skills. In 2015 I upskilled after returning to college to gain a degree in the Early Years Education.


    I worked as a Montessori teacher for many years and ran my own school previously for a number of years. I later managed a very large early years service achieving an award for high quality. Most recently I worked as an early years quality specialist engaging in many activities to support quality in early years pre-schools and full day services across Dublin.


    After 20 years of experience with pre-school children, studying and implementing 3 different pedagogical approaches, I take inspiration from all of them in an eclectic mix which is linked to Aistear (the national curriculum framework)and Siolta (the national quality framework). I feel the outdoors is of such importance to the growing child and will focus on using our large garden to go outside as much as possible.

  • Opening hours

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    ECCE Scheme

    9.15am - 12.15pm -ECCE scheme

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  • Location

    We are conveniently located in south Dublin in the Cabinteely/ Killiney/Glenageary area with easy access from the N11 and the M50.

  • Contact Us

    Please fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively you can email us at auburnplayschool@gmail.com.

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