Bilingual Programmes

Wee Care Day Nurseries, Creche, Child Care

Wee Care is proud to say that we are the first crèche in Northern Ireland to introduce a bilingual environment (French and English) and now (Spanish and English) to our preschool 3-5 year age group. This was introduced in our Windsor Avenue North branch.

This was quickly followed by the introduction of our bilingual Montessori Classroom (Irish and English) in our RTE Branch.

We introduced a Spanish /English bilingual Montessori classroom in our Monkstown nursery as of September 2012.

With the continued success of the bilingual programs in our Windsor Ave and two Dublin branches we decided in 2015 to introduced Spanish and English bilingual into our Antrim Road branch.

 

How it works:

The children follow the main curriculum provided; however everything said in English  by the staff member will be repeated straight afterwards by a native speaking assistant in the second language, therefore immersing the children in the new language. We also provide a range of books, learning materials and activities to aid the children’s learning of the language.

Bilingual pre-school education is popular and successful and is increasing in popularity.

 

Wee Care Day Nurseries - Bilingual classes

Bilingual education has many benefits for the child:

  • Learning a second language helps children develop an understanding and appreciation of different cultures from an early age.
  • Learning a language by being immersed in it has better results than learning a subject in timed lessons.
  • At pre-school age children have a huge thirst for knowledge and therefore have the ability to pick up more information and more quickly.
  • All aspects of development are enhanced by early stimulation. i.e. It is always beneficial to learn something from an early age.
  • Research has shown that learning a second language from an early age may make children more receptive to the idea of foreign languages generally further down the line.
  • Learning about other languages and cultures helps broaden children’s horizons.
  • With the importance of the European Union today, learning a second language would of course, be beneficial for a child’s future prospects.

 

As part of the new curriculum, children will become familiar with modern foreign languages from a much earlier age throughout nursery and primary school.