The Larkin Unemployed Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 9pm. Closed for lunch 1 to 2pm.

Call into the centre at 57-58 North Strand Road, North Strand. Dublin 3.
Tel: 8365544 Fax: 8366819



The Pre-School caters for children who are toilet trained and aged approximately two and a half to under 5 years. Transitioning to Early Start/School is based on the individual needs of the child and consultation with parents.

In the Pre-School children are supported to learn to be part of a group and to develop key skills of independence and self-reliance. Our programme focuses on play as a method to encourage curiosity and a sense of mastery over a range of materials.

We use open-ended play materials such as playdough, painting, sand and water to support the child’s confidence and ability.


We use music and movement to develop verbal and physical ability and storytelling sessions for both individuals and groups to promote communication and language skills.

Blocks and construction equipment help the child to understand size, shape, height and depth. We offer lots of opportunities for imaginary and creative play, through art and craft materials, role play, and a home corner area.

A range of different activities

We use our outdoor area every day (weather permitting) as an extension of the playrooms. Outdoor play helps the children to develop not just physical skills but also social skills.

Entrance hallEntrance hall

To help the children get used to the written word, books are freely available and through story telling, rhymes and songs we help develop and build a child’s language.


Mealtimes are recognised as an important aid in a child developing good social skills.

Dining area

We have a self-service trolley where the children learn to set their placemat, serve themselves and tidy up after their meals.


We are a member of Early Childhood Ireland.

Inspected by Tusla, Environmental Health Officers & Pobal.

We endeavour to comply with all relevant Childcare Regulations.


Ballybough Community Centre, Ballybough Road, Dublin 3

Telephone: 8363116


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