Welcome to our Pre-School, where the Rathdown journey begins!

Rathdown Pre-School (KG1) is open to girls and boys from 3 years of age and aims to provide a happy, fun learning environment within the Aistear Framework, where each child is encouraged to achieve their full potential.

A very special atmosphere prevails in our purpose-built Pre-School classroom, with a full schedule of exciting activities planned each day from 8.45am to 12pm.

The girls and boys explore the four learning and development themes of Aistear: communicating, well being, exploring and thinking, identity and belonging. Each week, they discover a different topic ranging from the seasons to healthy eating or animals.


Hot lunch is available and children can also avail of the Extended Day Programme, which opens daily between 8am and 6.30pm all year round, excluding bank and national holidays.

The Pre-School programme encourages individual and social development, resulting in a community of self-sufficient, curious and happy children who eagerly participate in all class and school activities.

The colourful and spacious classroom includes interactive whiteboards, double paint easels, reading corners, a construction area, sand and water area and lots of child-friendly materials for the students to enjoy.

ECCE Scheme

Rathdown Pre-School is registered for the Government’s Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) Scheme, which provides two free pre-school years for children before they enter primary school. The scheme is open to every child in Ireland aged between 3 years & 2 months and 4 years & 6 months on the 1st September each year.


Teacher evaluation, regular progress reports, parent-teacher meetings and Christmas and Summer reports will keep you informed of your child’s progress throughout the year.