Gaelic for Toddlers: pàrant is pàisde

7 Feb

More and more, in the last few weeks, I have wished that there were a pàrant is pàisde AKA Gaelic parent and toddlers for my daughter to attend.  My son’s Gaelic nursery kindly gave me details of one in the west end of Glasgow but we can’t make it because we wouldn’t be able to drop off & pick up my son from nursery.  They also gave me details of a local playgroup but, though it may be a little handier, it’s still not practical.

I’m seriously tempted to set up something informal – just tea & biscuits at my house (for the adults, I’m sure I could drum up something more appropriate for a few wee kids) with some other mums I capture meet at my son’s nursery and at the Saturday Gaelic club, and just see how it pans out.  Yes, this means that I’d need to tidy up, a skill I still need to hone, but it would be much more flexible and relaxed than turning up as the new girl to yet another club.  I’ve joined a couple of clubs with my daughter recently and been feeling so out of my depth that I really don’t need to add to it, so maybe that would be the solution.

The difficult question to answer is: what do I actually want out of a pàrant is pàisde?  Whilst an abundance of toys and activities for my daughter would be lovely, I don’t think that’s a crucial part of what I’m looking for (though a few would be good).  In essence, I’m looking for a simple place to go with my daughter where she can play with other children who may one day be in her class and where we can practise some simple songs and phrases to use about the house. I want a place to chat with people who perhaps already have children in the school – not just about school issues, but to know that I could would be great.   I want somewhere to try out this new, alien vocabulary with people who are in the same boat. I want to make some friends who understand this journey we are on.

A quick look on Netmums flagged up a Pàrant ‘s Pàisde in Kilmarnock.  It sounds right up my street, except that sadly, it is nowhere near my street so I can’t pop along.  It describes itself like this:

“The toddlers group is a relaxed, informal group where parents can chat over a cup of tea/coffee and find out more about benefits of a bilingual education and the children can play, take part in craft activities and learn some Gaelic songs and nursery rhymes.  Why not come along and find out more about this fantastic opportunity?”

Sounds lovely, doesn’t it!?

But at the end of the day, none of this matters if I’m the only one who feels a need for something like this.  It would be a very lonely (though tasty) biscuit if I’m the only one sitting eating.  I suppose I should put my feelers out and try to guage interest.  Or maybe just stick with the original plan to capture people at the gates.  Wait, did I just say that out loud…….?

If you (or anyone you know) would be interested in a pàrant is pàisde (or anything like it) then I’d love to hear from you – I’ve got my fingers crossed.


7 Responses to “Gaelic for Toddlers: pàrant is pàisde”

  1. elaine michie February 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    there is one on thursday ten an ibrox primary school let me know if you want more info

    • gaelicmediummum February 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

      Thanks, Elaine. You’re always on the ball. Lyoncross had told me about the Thursday morning group, but I can’t make it at that time. The biggest problem for me is my son’s nursery schedule. There are no full day Mondays or Tuesdays left at Lyoncross, he has to attend a motor skills group on Wednesday mornings and there’s no point doing full days on Thursdays and Fridays as there’s no Gaelic provision in the afternoon – all unfortunate because the ideal would have been to meet with people when he has a full day at nursery. I’ll just need to think on.

      • Joanne MacIsaac September 14, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

        Hi, just wondering if you found Pàrant ‘s Pàisde or even started one you yourself? I run the one in Kilmarnock and have only just found this, would you be interested in coming down to see us, maybe just to see how we run things or even just for a cuppa with mums thinking of Gaelic medium.

        Thanks Joanne

      • Slummy to Yummy Mummy September 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

        Hi, I did find it and have been going along for a few weeks. For those who aren’t sure, it’s on Thursdays from 10am till 12pm and you can just pop along to Ibrox Primary School. A janitor showed me the way to the room.

      • Slummy to Yummy Mummy September 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

        Hi, I did find it and have been going along for a few weeks. For those who aren’t sure, it’s on Thursdays from 10am till 12pm and you can just pop along to Ibrox Primary School. A janitor showed me the way to the room.

        It would be lovely to visit yours one day depending on when it is and how long it would take me to get there/back. A friend and I are going to do something informal in our homes with the children in Gaelic and see how that goes, too.

    • Laura August 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

      hi, can you help me? I can’t seem to find any info on the pàrant is pàisde in Ibrox Primary school like contact numbers or age range. Thanks,


  1. Update « Gaelic Medium Mum - September 7, 2012

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