Congratulations Toddlers Lodge


Congratulations to Toddler’s Lodge Preschool in Newbridge who, along with Little Moo-Moos Playschool in North Dublin, were the two big national winners at the Early Childhood Ireland Awards for innovation and learning stories in Dublin’s Gibson Hotel on Saturday 18th June 2016 , where over 30 childcare services from around the country picked up awards.   

Toddler’s Lodge Preschool won the National Learning Story Award for its story entitled “All Aboard Oisin’s Train” which starts with young Oisin’s adventure driving a real train with his Daddy.  When he comes into preschool motoring with enthusiasm to tell all, we see how Oisin’s experience, with a little bit of encouragement from the three early educators at Toddlers Lodge, spirals into an imaginary train journey for everybody.   The children waste no time in creating their own train called “Santa’s Polar Express” which brings them on a journey of discovery across the Pyramids in Egypt and Dublin Zoo.  

According to Toddler’s Lodge Preschool Manager Jenny Eustace, “This is like winning the lotto for us!  I want to thank the children and parents involved for sharing their story which has become a wonderous learning experience and for all their support and encouragement throughout the year.  This award is a team award for me, for Linda and for Tasha and for all the hard work we’ve put in over the last 20 years.  It was our goal and now we’ve done it and we’re over the moon.” 

We must also congratulate Tots Creche and Daycare, Newbridge; Giggles Playgroup, Newbridge; Kidz@play, Maynooth and Early Days Montessori Playgroup, Naas who also won awards, with all winners listed on, providing stories that give a real insight to families with children currently in preschool or due to start in September of the wonderful play based curriculum in action in Kildare and nationwide.