Teanga Tí for Networks with Preschool Children
Glór na nGael supports playgroups where Irish is the language of these groups. The Glór na nGael playgroups give children the opportunity to begin learning social skills and to hear the Irish language in a natural setting outside the home. Parents are able to enjoy relationships and build a support network.
A minimum of five will be involved in each group. It is possible that parents are fluent in Irish, have moderate Irish and are trying to improve their ability or have little Irish but want to achieve a higher standard. There is a place for them in this scheme.
Those interested in setting up a playgroup can contact Glór na nGael for advice.
The aims of the playgroup are:
- Creating a stimulating environment for young children, where they can meet and play safely and comfortably;
- Encourage children to use Irish;
- Give parents who speak Irish the opportunity to use it with other parents;
- Assist in the acquisition and maintenance of the children ‘s Irish, in a natural setting;
- Foster a language link between the children and between the parent; and
- Encourage parents to make the positive choice to speak Irish at home.
If you are interested in setting up a playgroup, Glór na nGael development officers are available to provide advice and support.
Below is information on some of the Irish and bilingual Playgroups operating throughout the country. Some are based or operating independently of Glór na nGael but Glór na nGael is always there to provide support and advice.
If you run an Irish or bilingual playgroup, or would like to set one up, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be put in touch with the Development Officer in your area for advice and support.