Busy Bees a godsend for busy mums

Shauna Doherty with sons Harry and Elliot, Helen Mullan and son Xander, and Tracey O'Kane and son Oisin. (DERR0212SJ16)

Shauna Doherty with sons Harry and Elliot, Helen Mullan and son Xander, and Tracey O'Kane and son Oisin. (DERR0212SJ16)

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An after school club at a Limavady primary school is proving a godsend for busy mums.

Busy Bees runs from 2-3pm each day at Termoncanice PS. For parents with more than one child at the school, the club offers the choice of being able to pick up their children at the one time.

Parent Helen Mullan said it builds confidence in children and allows them to interact with people, and not only in their own classes.

“I see a real change in Xander,” said Helen referring to her five-year-old son in P1. “It‘s a big help when you’re working and you’re trying to organise child care, and especially when you have other children at the school too. It means all four of my children come out now at the one time at 3pm.”

Tracy O’Kane agrees it has helped her son Oisin in P2.

“I think it’s brilliant because I have two other children at the school and they finish at 3pm,” she said. “I am a working parent so this is brilliant and it really helps Oisin. He plays with other children and mixes well. Having it until 3pm is great, and the children love it.”

Shauna Doherty’s children Harry is in P2, and Elliot is in P1.

“It’s great to have the choice if you need your child to stay in until 3pm,” said Shauna. “It helps children develop socially and to communicate and learn from other children, and all for 20 pence a day.”

Termoncanice Principal, Christina Doherty said after a parent consultation in October about the length of the P1 and P2 school day: “We decided to launch our ‘Busy Bees’ club. It’s fully staffed by our classroom assistants, provides a safe, happy environment where our younger pupils can enjoy a healthy snack and enhance their learning though a well-planned range of games, songs, stories and activities. Over 70 pupils use this fun learning club daily, and the parents are loving it too.”