Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Slane rd September Newsletter 2010

Mother Hubbards Childcare September 2010 Newsletter

Welcome to our September newsletter. We would like to give a big welcome to all the new children who have started with us in Toddlers, Montessori and After school since the start of September. We hope you it’s a great year and you have lots of fun in Mother Hubbards!

A big welcome to our new Montessori/After school teacher Geraldine Mc Cabe who started with us recently. Geraldine has a Montessori diploma and is currently completing her Fetac Level 6. She has 4 years experience working with Montessori children.

Jessica Mc Evoy who has worked here with us previously is returning on the 27th of September to work with Rachel in the toddler room so welcome back to Jessica! Jessica has Fetac level 5 and has nearly 4 years experience working with children of different age groups!

Parents reminder; Can all parents please tag their child’s clothes and coats with their name as your child’s belongings are easily misplaced and lost.

With the weather getting cold and wet we ask all parents to bring in wellies and raincoats to keep in the centre for when the children go outside!

Cheerios Childline Breakfast together week will be on this year from 4th – 10th October. We are going to host our breakfast on Wednesday the 6th October at 10.30am-11.30am.

Last year, hundreds of people held breakfasts with their friends, families and colleagues raising over €130,000 for Childline – enabling them to increase their call answering rate from 47% to 60% allowing them to speak to more children and young children who desperately need their help.

We ask that all parents donate €3 per child for this worthy cause.

Reminder to all Montessori parents to bring in a scrapbook for their child! Thank You!

We would like to say goodbye and good luck to Josie who is on maternity leave from Friday 10th September.

What we did in the rooms this month;

Toddlers are learning all about Autumn they made spiky hedgehogs and leafy collages to add to their autumn tree.

Playschool are learning about the different types of shops we visit, learning which animals fly and which don’t and did some bubble painting!!

Montessori have been settling into their routine and learning about our classroom rules and getting know their new friends. They also started learning about the lifecycle of the butterfly and made lovely flying butterflies that hang from the ceiling. They also made a caterpillar that creeps along the walls!

Attention Montessori Parents if you have not received the Parents Handbook yet please let the Montessori staff know. If you have can you please sign the sheet at the back and return it to the office! Thank You!

Topic of the Month;

Getting your child to eat lunch!!


Fact; children who eat their lunch at school find it easier to concentrate and behave better than those who don’t!!

10 tips for getting your child to eat their lunch

1.Try making their lunch colourful and interesting. Cut foods into different shapes and into small portions e.g. triangles of sandwiches, chunks of cheese, chopped mixed fruit.

2. Vary the food from day to day, e.g. wholemeal and white bread (or half and half), rolls, pitta, crackers. You can fill these with a choice from the meat, fish or alternative (protein) group or with cheese.

3. Something tasty like a favourite yogurt or fromage frais can be included.

4. A piece of fruit or diced fruit is a quick snack for little break.

5. A carton of milk is an excellent choice of drink and is available in many schools. Otherwise a carton of unsweetened fruit juice or flasks of warm soup or hot chocolate are good alternatives.

6. Try alternatives to bread and rolls with pittas or scones. Encourage your child to have wholemeal varieties.

7. Use salads like lettuce, tomato, and cucumber also in sandwiches/rolls to brighten them up and to help ensure your child gets a good balance of nutrients.

8. Make sure the lunch you prepare is child friendly eg peeled oranges, chopped meat, etc

9. Get your child involved in planning their own lunch as they are then much more likely to eat it.

10. Ensure that you haven't packed a forbidden food: some schools have a ban on certain foods such as chewing gum or crisps

Mother Hubbards,
56 Blackcastle Demesne,
Slane Road,

046- -9059967

Website; www.motherhubbardschildcare.ie

E-mail; navan@motherhubbardschildcare.ie