In my opinion, very few kindys compare in their ability to consider and foster each individual child’s personal development and equip them with the skills necessary to easily transition into the following prep year.
Ballymore is a wonderful nurturing place for children (and parents) to start their educational journey. The staff put considerable thought into creating a holistic learning environment which is rich with opportunities for children to grow and blossom at their own pace. I think Ballymore is the perfect kindy program as it provides children with the opportunity to build a set of essential social and emotional skills so that they feel well prepared and ready to transition into prep.
Ballymore Kindy offers true play-based learning in the best possible setting and to the highest degree. The activities available to the children are set out in an organised thought engaging and attractive manner. The teachers are all highly qualified and allow the children to lead, to the extent they build on and extend the learning of subjects that interest the child. The framework for learning at BK is second to none and it is a privilege to be a part of this community.
My most significant impression of Desley has been her endlessly patient, thoughtful and constantly considered approach to her interactions with each child.
Desley builds trust and rapport with both children and parents. It never ceases to amaze me how she manages to use a calm, firm tone to make a resistant child agree, or how she manages to console an upset child after drop off. This is evident every day and a testament to her many years of experience and unrivalled professionalism.
I will simply say that Desley makes parenting less scary. When you know your child is being nurtured and educated by someone so positive and inspiring, you realise we are not alone in wanting the best for our children. I feel blessed to have been able to give both of my children a year with Desley as she has not only helped prepare them for school and their life ahead but she has also prepared me.
Cherri and Michael Ryan
Within a few weeks of the year beginning, Desley knows all the children well and adapts her approach according to their learning needs. We have witnessed her adaptability in this regard, having had both of our children attend. They are quite different in personality and learning needs and Desley’s approach has differed accordingly, such that they both have blossomed at Ballymore Kindy.
Billy, aged 6
Dear Mrs Jones, Thank you for teaching me at kindy. I am very smart now!
Felix, aged 5
I loved the obstacle course. They changed it every day and sometimes it was very tricky. I miss Mrs Jones.
Annie, aged 6
I loved the spray bottle painting. I loved when Joe the Scientist and Brendan with his instruments came to visit us. I liked the chickens.
Millie, aged 5
I love Ballymore because of the painting and the drawing. I carry the plank with my friends and we play the chugga chugga train.
Kate, aged 4
I love playing with my friends and making up pretend games.
Louise Stoakley, 2016
Ballymore Kindy was such a wonderful experience for our whole family. The kindy itself is a beautiful, natural space. Desley,Yvonne and Karen provide an inclusive environment to nurture each child's broad range of interests. Desley brings a wealth of insight into child development and not only prepared my son for the transition to prep but also helped us as parents be better prepared