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Kidz@Play Playschool Maynooth

14/15 The Grove,
Newtown Hall,
Co. Kildare

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About Maynooth

At Kidz@Play Maynooth we offer part-time & full-time childcare options, from ECCE sessional preschool classes to before school, after school and daycare options, for kids aged from 2 years & 8 months.

We are registered for all government subsidised after school programmes and food options are available following consultation with parents. We also offer places to children who are waiting to qualify for free places at a competitive rate.

ECCE Sessional Preschool Morning & Afternoon Classes

Kidz@Play hosts 22 children per class to 3 qualified and experienced early years educators, with session times as follows:

Session 1: 8.45am – 11.45am
Session 2: 12.20pm – 3.20pm

School Terms

Our Playschool year begins usually during the last week in August and runs for 38 weeks up until June, with closures generally as per the Primary School calendar.

Term closures are given in advance and are usually mid-terms, Christmas and Easter. After school service operates during school terms.

Opening Hours

  • Monday: 7.30am – 6.00pm
  • Tuesday: 7.30am – 6.00pm
  • Wednesday: 7.30am – 6.00pm
  • Thursday: 7.30am – 6.00pm
  • Friday: 7.30am – 6.00pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Our opening hours for ECCE operate during the 38-week school year calendar, which is usually from late August to late June.

Our Mission Statement

At Kidz@Play Maynooth, we believe in the importance and power of play as a method of learning and development for pre-school children.

The central approach in our playschool focuses on children who are viewed as capable, confident and active in their learning and development, and our skilled practitioners ensure the environment supports play as a vehicle for learning and development. Children’s interests are skilfully observed and documented, with plans for progression and extension of learning created in line with Aistear, the National Curriculum framework for early childhood care and education in Ireland.

Partnership with parents and sharing children’s interests with parents and children is central to our vision and belief.

“Play is central to the well-being, development and learning of the young child.”
– Síolta, the National Quality Framework in Ireland

“The Power of Play helps children to turn into life-long learning”
– Bruce, 2004


I cant recommend the Kidz@Play girls enough. My son has been attending speech and language to bring on his speech. After being diagnosed with speech delay, he had limited words when he started playschool and was still in nappies! Within a few weeks he had developed the confidence to more or less train himself to use the toilet but his speech and vocabulary has come on so much. He’s like a different child! His key worker is Laura. He adores her and is always talking about her at home, but he loves all the girls and it’s so nice to see all the girls take so much time and effort and patience for not only him, but every child in their care.

Grace G

I can highly recommend Kidz@Play. My daughter speaks fondly of her time at school and her teachers. There is great excitement going to school each day and always something new to try.


Kidz@Play and all the staff are exceptional. My son has gone to both settings in Kilcock & Maynooth. They go above and beyond to help children grow, learn and most importantly be happy every single day! I’m lucky enough to have my youngest starting in 2020 and I wouldn’t want him to go anywhere else. A credit to our Early Childhood Education. 

Sarah R

My three children have all attended Kidz@Play and I have always had peace of mind with the care offered by all the teachers in the setting. The warm, caring home from home environment shines through and it is always very obvious how the children’s wellbeing is first and foremost in all that Kidz@Play stand for. Excellent service and highly recommended.

Tanya C

Well what can I say? Kidz@Play, what an amazing group of people who took on a challenge of looking after our dear son who has additional needs. You all went above and beyond in helping him get through his time in play school. We as his parents were stunned with the road you all took to make sure he was happy. You were not on our doorstep either, but even with a 20 minute drive, it was most definitely the best decision we made finding you in Kilcock, as not any ordinary play school was suitable for Paul. He didn’t have to fit in a box, he was let be himself, but was also totally involved in everything you did and you made him so much part of all activities on a daily basis and that we are grateful for. Thanks for all the work you did for us and our beloved son. Keep going making lots of memories for our little dears. You are amazing in what you do and any parent or child would back me on this. Thanks again.

Susan C

Where do I start with my praise for Kidz@Play? I had 2 children who have passed through this most wonderful school. The staff are so caring and attentive to all the students’ needs and wants. Every student was greeted with smiles and enthusiasm. Communication between school and home was quick and accurate. A really important aspect which I didn’t rightly appreciate at the time was how easy Kidz@Play made the transition from Playschool to Primary school. The classroom in Kilcock is in Scoil Coca Naofa and they share a lot of facilities and Kidz@Play and follow the Aistear programme which links directly into Junior Infants in Primary school.


I cannot recommended this wonderful group of ladies in Kidz@Play enough as an option for your child care needs. Not only have they provided endless support for Clara from ECCE hours to after school care, but have also given me peace of mind knowing she has been cared for like one of their own. Clara is encouraged to develop independently through their many group activities, art, songs, dancing and even water fights in the summer; the list is endless and she loves every minute. They’ve also giving her a love for fruit and veg through their award winning platters – thanks Amy. If I have one negative comment it’s that I have to wait three years until my new baby girl can join in the fun. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication. Much appreciated.

Evelyn, Darren and Clara

As a parent of a child with special needs, it was nerve-wrecking sending our son Henry off to his first day in playschool. I wish I could’ve gone back and told myself not to have been so worried and stressed out. The team in Kidz@Play were absolutely incredible, making sure he had the best time in playschool, from learning to do new things, having fun and always including him. We’ve since moved house and when we were back in Maynooth, we called in to visit and Henry was welcomed with so many smiles! He still talks about his playschool days, which to me is the best review you could get. Happy memories!


Very friendly staff, my son still misses and asks when he will return to playschool. Kidz@play is a place where my son feels very good. Learning through habits and daily activities works perfectly. My son loved playing in the garden and painting, playing with water and sand. He also misses his favourite teachers. We can’t wait to return. Friendly and safe place. I highly recommend.


Over the past 10 years we have had three children attend Kidz@Play Playschool and to say they have enjoyed their time there is an understatement. Every morning, the children are greeted by such friendly and welcoming faces. The staff take the time to get to know each child and their families so that everyone is comfortable; the children and the parents. We are kept up to date about the fun, adventures and learning that the children have experienced; reinforced by the photos and stories that are shared with us and presented in a lovely little book/folder that my children love to look back on even years later! Kidz@Play addresses the educational needs of each child as well as their emotional and social wellbeing. The children participate in a range of activities that encourage them to engage and question and analyse the world around them. We have a 4th child enrolled for this coming September and we look forward to him starting his journey with you. We couldn’t speak more highly of this wonderful playschool.

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