Thomastown Community Kindergarten


Thomastown Community Kindergarten

Thomastown Community Kindergarten

Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, Ireland

The application deadline has passed.

Activity description

We are carrying out this project to provide an alternative and holistic form of early years education to our local community. The project – Thomastown Community Kindergarten – is a Steiner Waldorf based Kindergarten and its objectives are to provide a warm, nurturing environment to children aged 2.5+ - like a home away from home. The main objective of Steiner Waldorf education is to educate the whole child, head, heart and hands. The Steiner Waldorf early years curriculum is broad and balances the needs of children. By hosting EVS volunteers, our objectives will be to ensure our volunteers have a positive experience at the project, their learning is maximised and facilitated by the project and at the end of their placement they will have increased their awareness of the role as a European citizen and their employability. It achieves its objectives by encouraging/facilitating learning through play, emphasis on nature-based play, the maintenance of rhythms & unhurried learning.

Accommodation, food and transport arrangements

Accommodation is self catering in a house sharing with another volunteer and the house owner who is away 5 days of the week. It is a very comfortable house with a garden. Volunteer will have their own bedroom. They will get an allowance for food. The Kindergarten is within walking distance of the accommodation 20-25 minutes.

Training during the activity

Training will be hands on - initially shadowing a member of staff. Following this, it is hoped the volunteer will avail of other training opportunities that arise. On arrival and mid way training provided by our National Agency will be available too.

Participant profile

• Interested in working with young children and evidence of some previous experience of this e.g. babysitting • Interested in the Steiner method of education and interested in learning more about it or evidence of having read about it. • Interested in Childcare/teaching as a career • Have skills or interests that could be easily transferrable into learning experiences while in the Kindergarten e.g. volunteers with an interest in arts and craft, music, gardening, cooking, fundraising, blogging, could easily use their skills to complete a project while in the Kindergarten

Activity dates

A total of 43 week(s) during the period 24/08/2020 to 30/06/2021


Activity location

Thomastown, Co Kilkenny Ireland


Looking for participants from

Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Belarus, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Moldova (Republic of), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, Ukraine, United Kingdom


Activity topics

Education and training

Creativity and culture


Deadline for applications

Application deadline: 31/07/2020