Buntús Start is an Irish Sports Council programme which was set up in County Louth by Louth Local Sports Partnership and Louth County Childcare Committee. For further details of the work that Louth County Childcare Committee are involved in please click on their website www.louthchildcare.ie. Buntús Start is a comprehensive physical activity programme for children aged 2-5 years old. It has been designed for use in pre-school settings so that pre-school and playgroup leaders can provide a wide range of learning opportunities for young children to develop their fundamental motor skills, manipulative skills, co-ordination and balancing skills and develop a positive attitude to physical activity.

Buntús Start helps adults working with children to establish positive attitudes to activity and a healthy lifestyle through enjoyable activity with children. Buntús Start offers a combination of adult-initiated and child-led activities and enables adults to choose and plan appropriate activities as well as giving children opportunities to freely select and explore. Whilst using Buntús Start children have opportunities to develop naturally through individual involvement in physical play, small group activity and to participate in whole-group activity.

Buntus Start Training is taking place in Drogheda & Dundalk as follows:

  • Barbican Centre, William Street, Drogheda
    Saturday 7th & 21st of March 9am – 12pm
  • Murihevnamore Community Centre, Dundalk
    Saturday 18th & 25th of April 9am-12pm

Anybody interested in the training must attend both sessions and upon completion will receive a certificate of attendance.

The cost of the course is €150.00 which includes the cost of the Buntus Start bag of equipment and the training for all your staff. Payment for the course must be made directly to Louth Local Sports Partnership and NOT Louth County Childcare Committee Ltd. For booking form please click Buntús Start Booking Form 2015.

For any Provider who has already received this training, but need a new Buntus Bag – these are available at a cost of €170.00 – again please contact Debbie Mc Areavey to place your order and arrange payment. on 042 9324299 or e-mail debbie.mcareavey@louthcoco.ie

The aim of Buntús Start is:

To extend the physical, creative, personal, social and emotional capabilities of pre-school children through enjoyable, planned, physical development play activities in the areas of spatial awareness, basic motor skills, co-ordination and control skills and aiming, predicting and estimating skills.

Buntús Start offers a wealth of physical learning opportunities to enable children realise their potential and to become active and independent learners through play. Buntús Start activities help children’s learning in other curriculum areas by supporting and developing the following:

  • Personal, social and emotional well being
  • Social and creative skills
  • Attention skills and persistence
  • Language and communication
  • Reading, writing and maths
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Creative development

Childcare facilities that have completed the training to date are:

  • Absolute Angels Creche and Montessori, Drogheda
  • Ages & Stages
  • Aladdins Cave, Ardee
  • Annaglog Pre-School
  • Aunty Paula’s
  • Ballapousta Pre-School
  • Blackrock P&T
  • Bright Beginnings, Lower Point Road, Dundalk
  • Calas Cabin
  • Cead Céimeanna
  • Children’ World
  • Cheeky Monkey Montessori School
  • Connect Family Resource Centre
  • Cooley Community Playgroup
  • Cool 4 Kids
  • Cuidiu Louth/Meath Parents & Toddler Group
  • Dawn
  • Ferndale Creche, Drogheda
  • First Impressions Pre-School
  • Footprints Pre-School
  • Foughert Scholars
  • Greenacres
  • Haggardstown
  • Happy Days Payschool
  • Happy Days Pre-school
  • Hidden Treasures ASC
  • Holy Family
  • Ivy Cottage
  • Jelly Tots Creche
  • Just Kids
  • Kidiwinks
  • Kool Kidz
  • Ladybird Lane
  • Life Style Development Group Ltd.
  • Lis na nOg
  • Little Devils
  • Little Buds
  • Little & Big Rascals
  • Little Friends
  • Little Munchkins Creche
  • Little Nippers
  • Little Partners
  • Little Rascals, Main Rd., Tullyallen, Dgogheda
  • Little Tresure Pre-School
  • Moneymore Childcare Centre
  • Naíonra Dhún Dealgan
  • Nanny Boppers Creche
  • Playmates Montessori School
  • Play 2 Learn
  • Peter Pans
  • Peek a Boo
  • Pugwash Bay
  • Ready, Steady, Grow
  • Realt na Mara Pre-school & Afterschool
  • Redeemer Creche
  • Right Start
  • Sandpit Playschool
  • Scoil Beag, Kilcurry
  • Scallywags Creche
  • Scribbles & Giggles
  • Stepping Stones Communtiy Creche
  • Stepping Stones
  • Squiggles and Giggles
  • Tallenstown Montessori Pre-School
  • Tallenstown P&T
  • Termonfeckin Playschool
  • Tir na Nog Montessori Pre-School
  • Tús Maith
  • The Magic Kingdom
  • Tiny Tots Creche
  • Tiny Tots Nursery
  • Tiny Tots Montessori
  • Toddler Hill
  • Tots and Co. Playgroup, Monasterboice
  • Waddlers & Toddlers
  • The Wendy House
  • WizKids Pre-school
  • WheatonHall Montessori
  • Womans Aid