Friday, August 13, 2010

Nephin Road Summer Newsletter 2010

We would like to welcome Sophie to Mother Hubbards in Pre Montessori and her parents Karen and Luke,

Louis in Toddlers’ Room and his parents Teresa and Ian.

A big welcome to Ciara, our new member staff in Montessori.

Lauren who was 3 yrs on the 9th of July.

Sarah who was 1yr on the 11th of July.

Eimear who was 5yrs on the 2nd of August

Oscar who was 2yrs on the 2nd of August

Hugh who was 1yr on the 4th of August

Serena who will be 4yrs on the 15th of August

Niamh O’Connor who will be 4 yrs on the 24th of August

We would like to say goodbye to Noah in Montessori and to all who will be leaving for Big School, Very Exciting!!!!!!

We wish them all the best and good luck.
We will miss you guys!!!

Summer Camp
As we are coming to the end our fantastic Summer Camp, Montessori children are having great time doing week to week theme, from Art & Craft to Irish week to cooking week. This week they have been doing Music & Dance learning songs and playing musical instruments.

Sessional Montessori
We would like to remind all parents that sessional Montessori will start from September from 9 to 12. Mother Hubbard’s Montessori will be closed on mid term breaks.

We will be taking a week break for Gymboree next week and will be back on the 26th of August for another 8 weeks.

Everyone at Mother Hubbard’s hopes that all the children, parents and staff enjoy their holidays.

Playing With Your Child
While children do need time to play alone and with other children without adult intervention, research shows that playtime with parents is also important.

Children crave time with parents. It makes them feel special. Parents are encouraged to find time to spend playing with their kids on a regular basis. This should include one to one with each child and group time with all of the adults and kids in the home. If you are a single parent or have an only child, occasionally invite family or friends over to play.

In pretend play, let the child develop the theme. Get into their world. Let them go with it. Ask questions. Play along. Be silly along with them and have fun. Avoid over-stimulation. Know when it is it is time to stop.

Also, when appropriate, parents can use stuffed animals or puppets to act out real-life situations that can teach problem solving or social skills. Let the puppet demonstrate the wrong way to handle a situation. Then, along with input from the child, act out a better way. Afterward, let the child do the same.

More Possibilities:

Play outdoors.

Throw balls.

Push kids on swings.

Make mud pies.

Go on a hike around the neighborhood.

Take a nature walk in your backyard.

Play games – card games – board games – silly and wacky kids games. Help them learn to take turns, how to win and how to loose. Praise them. Encourage them. Laugh with them.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

SLane Road Summer Newsletter 2010

Mother Hubbards Summer Newsletter 2010

Lucy Gargan was 3 on the 13th of July

Liam McNamee was 4 on the 24th July

Clodagh Jane Cassells will be 1 on the 17th of August

Lauren Lodge will be 6 on the 20th of August

Conor Hyland will be 6 on the 19th of August

Megan Mc Govern will be 10 on the 11th of August

Reminders We would like to remind all parents that haven’t already given written notice that their child is leaving at the end of August to do so as soon as possible. Thank You!

Places for our ECCE scheme are filling up quick so if you know anyone who wants to send their child to one of our centres this September so let them know to do it as soon as possible!

Reminder for all parents!!

As it is the end of term for Montessori children we ask all parents to have a look through the lost and found box and identify their children’s belongings as these items will given to charity or thrown out if not claimed by the end of August. Thank You!

We are hoping to organise a trip to the park for the summer campers this month so keep an eye out on the notice board for information. Thank You!

A Big Goodbye!!
We would like to say goodbye and good luck to all the Montessori children leaving us to go to Big School next week!! We hope they have great fun and make lots of new friends!!

You can receive this newsletter via email each month just give your email address to any member of staff. Thank You!

What we did in the rooms last month;

Did lots of painting, gluing and pasting, water and sand play and went on lots of walks!
Made a train, painted rain drops, made an art book and did lots of baking! They also had lots of outdoor play and music and dancing!

Summer Campers
The first week of summer camp the children did mosaic boats, made fairy cakes and rice krispie buns and tried out different types of painting.

The second week was all about the topic Under the Sea, the children made a sea scene with fish collages and paper plate crabs.

The third week the children learned all about fruit they had a fruit tasting, made smoothies and made fruit collages.

The fourth week the children had a Drama week where they had a dress up day, face painting, puppet show and music and dance in the garden!

Car Travel with Children – Ideas to make the journey easier!!

Before the journey

• Prepare some activities that might help distract your children

• Pack well for the journey - Bring whatever you need to be comfortable- pillows, blankets, favourite toys etc.

• Snacks - Choose snacks which won't melt in the car and are not likely to crumble in their packs.

• Drinks - avoid fizzy drinks as you or your child may get soaked when they are opened! Also bear in mind that you have no way of resealing drinks in cans once opened.

• Changes of clothes for babies and toddlers are a good idea

• Ask your older child to make a compilation tape for the journey. You'd be surprised how many of the songs you will recognise!

• Make sure to bring along some of your child's favourite toys and maybe a surprise for when things get sticky!

Create your own in-car entertainment!

Why not try out some of the following activities:

• Songs, rhythms - Either you can sing or pop in one of the many great tapes available. Action songs are a real hit with younger children; remember such classics as: 'Two little dickey birds', 'I'm a little tea pot, or make up your own!

• Stories - There are a number of ways of using stories on a long journey. There is a wonderful selection of children's stories available on tape and CD. Some are sold with an accompanying book which children can use to follow the tape. Most children love it when their parents make up stories for them, a story about a journey would seem appropriate in this situation!

• Books - While some children love reading in the car it may make others queasy so be guided by your own child. An activity book containing jokes and general knowledge questions might be the answer as it would not require intense concentration and can provide fun for all the passengers. Another idea would be to pick a book for the journey which you read aloud.

• Crayons and paper - A great idea if you have space and a little laptop table for your child. There is a danger though that it may end up frustrating all concerned.

• Game Boy or hand held toys- Great for those long journeys and this might be the time to break the rules on time limits you may have on playing with these games!

Here are some ideas for games for all the family when on a long journey: some you will recognise, others you may not!

• I spy - either by letter if your child can read or by colour for younger children, e.g. I spy something red…

• Spot how many counties - Who can name the most counties by checking out other car's license plates

• Spot a dog, cow, church, tree etc. Small children will love this game!

• Look for a blue van, red car, yellow house etc

• Find a triangle, circle, square etc

Mother Hubbards, 56 Blackcastle Demesne, Slane Road, Navan.

046- -9059967



Ongar Summer Newsletter 2010

Mother Hubbards Summer Newsletter 2010


Evelyn turned 1 on the 4th of July

Alannah turned 2 on the 11th of July

Julius turned 2 on the 25th of July

Kaela will be turning 3 on the 13th of August

Michelle turned 3 on the 10th of August

Aine will be turning 4 on the 13th of August

Melissa will be turning 7 on the 13th of August

Bhoomika will be turning 6 on the 25th of August

Happy Birthday to all!

Great News
We are delighted to welcome back Aga Sharma and Samantha Watters from their maternity leave. Samantha has started back in the Wobblers room and Aga is looking forward to starting in the ECCE room come September.

Also we would like to congratulate Irene on her new permanent position within the crèche as Manager.

Aoife has recently left us and we would like to say a huge thank you to her and we wish her all the best in her future career.


- We would like to remind all parents that if their child is leaving the crèche, you must give one month written notice to management. Thank You!
- Due to the high demand for ECCE, all of our places are gone for the coming September 2010 but our Children in the crèche have place already.
- Please do not give the external door code to your child or anyone else. This is to ensure the safety of everyone within the crèche.
- We ask that you label your child’s coat and bag as we don’t want there to be a mix up with belongings.

Summer Camp
The first month of our Summer Camp has gone really well. We hope that all of the children are enjoying it and we are looking forward to having a fun filled August. We are planning a trip to the Aquarium in Bray for the end of August so we will keep parents up to date on the plans.

Mother Hubbards, 6 The Avenue, Ongar, Dublin 15.

01 8260055