Monday, June 21, 2010

Flowerhill June Newsletter 2010

Mother Hubbards Newsletter June 2010

Look who has a birthday this month:

Mia in the Montessori room who turned 4 years old on the 5th June

Alanna in the Montessori who will turn 4 years old on the 22nd June.

We would like to say goodbye to all the children in the Montessori room who are leaving at the end of the month to go to Big School. We wish you all the very best in the future years ahead of you all.

We would also like to say Goodbye to Alanna in the playschool room, we will all miss you and hope you are very happy in your new home.

We hope to see the sessional playschool children back in September ready to start another year of fun with us!

Sessional Montessori and playschool children will finish up on Wednesday 30th June 2010 for the summer at 12.15p.m.

Could all parents please send in a sun-hat and sun-cream for their child if they have not already done so
Summer Camp 2010
This year our Summer Camp will run up in our Slane rd. centre. It will run on a week to week basis from 9.30-1.30 for the 3-4 year age group and 9.30-2.30 for the 5-9 year olds. If you would like a booking form please ask a member of staff.

ECCE September 2010
Mother Hubbards will be participating in the ECCE Free Pre school Year again in September 2010. If you know anyone who is interested in enrolling their child for the Montessori please give them our details. The Montessori session will run from 9.00am to 12.00 am from September 2010, there will also be an optional extra half hour from 12.00-12.30 for parents to keep their child at an additional cost. An administration fee of €30 will be charged at the start of the Montessori year which must be paid by all children attending. If you would like any further information please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Sharon (Manager) has recently completed a Fetac Level 5 Occupational First Aid Course with Berrick Resources.

Montessori Trip
The Montessori children had a great time on their trip to Newgrange Farm. They got to hold little baby chicks, rabbits and more. They also got to bottle feed some of the sheep and milk a (pretend) cow. They fed the geese bread and gave out some bird seed in the bird pens. They also really enjoyed the tractor and trailer ride nearly as much as the mammy’s and staff did!!

Sports Day
The Montessori and Playschool children had great fun at their Sports day, all receiving medals and certificates for taking part. The children took part in the egg and spoon race, sack races, obstacle courses and lots more.

End of Year Party
The Montessori and playschool children will be having their end of year party on Wednesday 30th June. If your child is not due in this day you can bring them down from 9.30-11.00 for fun and games.

What’s been going on in your child’s room this month…

Playschool Room

The children have been busy doing their summer display, making fish and ice-creams. They have also been learning about different types of transport and have a display on this. The children have also been talking about pirates and made treasure maps and chests for this.

Montessori Room

The children have been learning about different types of weather and have a weather display up in the room. They were also learning about opposites and living and non-living things. The have began work on the theme All about Me.

Afterschool Room

The afterschool children have been very busy this month. They were learning about volcanos and even made their own volcano. They did an experiment with this which they all really enjoyed. They have also learned about the life cycle of a butterfly and have had fun quiz’s on different topics over the last few weeks. They made a rollercoaster which is on display in the room also.

The following article is taken from

Suncare for Children

"The higher the SPF, the longer your child's skin is protected from burning."

Your child's skin is very sensitive to the suns rays. Children cannot tell you when they have had enough sun, in fact most of them cannot even shade their eyes. It's important as a parent to make sure that your child is adequately protected from the sun. The risk of developing skin cancer in later life is increased in children who have been overexposed to the sun in their early years.

Many people are confused by terms used by suncare manufacturers such as UVA , UVB, SPF and star ratings. This can make choosing the correct suncare products for your children difficult.

UV stands for ultra violet rays. The sun produces ultraviolet radiation. Two types of this radiation reach the earth's surface.

UVA Rays

Ultraviolet A rays (UVA) promote premature aging and wrinkles

UVB Rays

Uultraviolet B rays (UVB) which stimulates the production of a dark pigment in the skin called melanin. This melanin production is the skin's attempt to protect itself from the burning properties of UVB, so in fact a tanned skin is actually damaged skin.

It is the UVB rays that are the most harmful and that cause the typical sunburn. Although melanin can protect the skin to some degree it is important to remember that you can still get a sunburn when you have a tan. Your child's skin is not as thick as adult skin and does not produce as much melanin and so is far more susceptible to damage by UVB rays.

Sun Protection Factor

SPF stands for sun protection factor. This is a measure of the amount of protection a suncare product offers from UVB rays. They generally indicate how much longer you can stay in the sun without burning while using protection.

For instance, if your child starts to burn after 5 minutes in the sun without protection and you used a product with an SPF of 2, they would be protected for twice as long (10 minutes) before starting to burn. If you used a product with an SPF of 35, they could stay in the sun 35 times longer (175 minutes) without burning. The higher the SPF, the longer your child's skin is protected from burning.

Star ratings- These are used to compare the levels of UVA protection in different products. There are four such ratings from one star (good protection) to four star (maximum protection).

Choosing and using a suncare product

When choosing a suncare product, it is important to pick one with a high SPF (over 25), with a high star rating (three or four stars) and one which is waterproof.

Children's suncare products tend to be more expensive than adult ones as they contain more titanium dioxide which is responsible for the "white-look" of most high factor suncreams. This ingredient is expensive but effective and is useful, as you can see where the child is protected (visible protection).

There are also products available which you apply 1 hour before going out into the sun. These are waterproof and claim not to need re-application. If using these products, it is important to make sure that your child is fully protected (remember you can't see this protection) and to allow at least 1 hour after application before going out in the sun.

If your child suffers from eczema, look for a product which is hypoallergenic, contains no lanolin and is labelled PABA free.

While UV rays in hot countries are generally stronger than those in Ireland or the UK in summer, you should not underestimate the strength of the sun. Children are likely to get burned at home, even on overcast or breezy days when the temperature is cool.

General guidelines

Sun protection is not just for holidays, it should also be used in the garden, park or school playground.

• Sunscreens should be rubbed onto the skin,

not into it

• Apply it thickly and evenly over all exposed areas

• Take particular care of ears, neck, hands and feet, not forgetting the legs when your child is sitting in his buggy

• Re-apply generously and frequently- every one or two hours depending on the temperature, skin type, location or time of day

Other sun protection tips

Although sunscreen offers some protection, it is important to remember that it should be used in conjunction with other forms of sun protection-

• Encourage your child to wear a hat and good sunglasses (make sure they offer full 100% UV protection)

• Keep your child out of the sun during the hottest times of the day between 11.00am and 3.00 pm

• Use a parasol or sunshade and remember that your child can still be burned under an umbrella by reflected UV rays

• Babies should be kept out of the sun entirely

• If in doubt cover your child up with a thick weave loose fitting t-shirt, even while in the water

• Make sure your child gets enough fluids- offer frequent drinks, ice lollies are another easy way of making sure your child remains hydrated.

Remember there is no such thing as a healthy suntan!

Suncare for Children

If your child does suffer from sunburn there are a number of ways that you can help relieve the pain.

• Apply cool baths or cool compresses for 10 to 15 minutes several times a day. Baking soda in the water may help relieve the pain (small children may become easily chilled, so keep the water tepid)

• Apply a soothing lotion to the skin.

• Your doctor may prescribe a steroid cream to treat severe sunburn.

• An over the counter pain and fever reducer such as Calpol may be helpful.

Remember to consult your GP in cases of serious sunburn.

Seek medical assistance if:

• There are signs of shock such as faintness, dizziness, rapid pulse, rapid breathing, increased thirst, pale skin, clammy or cool skin.

• Your child has eye pain and eyes are sensitive to light.

• There are symptoms such as nausea, fever, chills or rash.

• The sunburn is severe and painful

Material on this page supplied by the makers of Calpol

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