Friday, October 29, 2010

Ongar October Newsletter 2010

Mother Hubbards Newsletter October 2010

Happy Birthday

This month we would like to wish the following children a very big Happy Birthday:
• Adeena in the Baby Room who was 1

• Ben in the Montessori Room who was 4

We would like to welcome new children who are atsrting with us, Jamie in the Baby Room, Darasimi and Ahmed who have started in the Toddler Room and Fiona who has started in Afterschool. We hope you are all very happy with us at Mother Hubbards.

We would also like to welcome Louise back from her Maternity Leave.

We have to say goodbye to Ellie who is leaving us at the end of the month, we will miss you and hope you come back to visit us soon!

Breakfast Morning
A big thank you to everybody who took part in our Cheerios Childline Breakfast moning. We raised €97.50.


• As the new fees have now come in to effect can all parents please ensure they have changed their standing order to the correct amount.

• The cold weather is starting to come upon us so can all parents please ensure their child has a suitable coat to wear while playing outside.

• As mentioned in the last newsletter can parents please make sure your child has spare clothes in the crèche and also make sure they are labelled.

• A big thank you to all parents who attended out parents evening on Thursday 7th. We appreciate the time you took to come meet with the girls. If you were unable to make it and would like to meet with the girls please contact us.

• Over the coming weeks you will see some unfamiliar faces, we will have some new students with us. It is important that students get their valuable expience.

School Bus
We just like to make parents aware that our school bus leaves at 8.15 sharp each morning.

Halloween (Taken from

Younger kids will love the dressing up aspect of Halloween, so be sure to give prizes for best/most creative/funniest costume. Younger children won't last as long at a party so less games will be required than for older kids. Choose 4-5 games and go with the flow of the party when deciding which ones you will play.

Guess The Ghost

Start by having the kids sitting/standing in a circle.

Have one child leave the room and take a large sheet and have another child stand and hide under the sheet. Mix up the remaining children in the room and then allow the child who left the room to come back inside. That child has to guess who's the ghost, by process of elimination they need to figure out which child is hiding under the sheet. Then that "Ghost" goes out of the room and a different child becomes the new ghost, mix up the remaining children and repeat until all of the children have had a turn being the ghost.

Halloween Toe Mural

The perfect Halloween game for kids- they will love getting their toes all icky and sticky. Probably a better outdoor activity because of the 'mess-factor'!

Get a large piece of butcher paper for each child. Instead of finger painting - do "toe" painting with a Halloween theme. Kids must dip their toes and/or feet into pie pans of different color water paints.

Another option is to divide up the kids into several groups to have several different murals being created. Award prizes for creativity, funny, scary, etc.

Marshmallow Bobbing

Young children mostly hate getting their faces wet so this game is a variation on Apple Bobbing.

Take a large tub with icewater in it and float full size marshmallows in it.

Each child is given a straw cut in half. (Shorter straws are easier to suck and hold the marshmallow) They then have to race to see who can suck up a marshmallow the fastest. Once a child scores a marshmallow they can eat it, and sit out to let another child have a turn if they cannot all fit around the basin at one time. Keep rotating until all the kids have had one or two marshmallows.

Monster Freeze Dance

One of those Halloween games for kids that can last as long as you want it to providing you have plenty of Monstery music!

Play Halloween music and have the kids dance around like monsters! The Monster Mash is a great song for this game.

When the music stops the kids freeze in their monster positions.

The first kid to move is out, and the game continues until only one child is left.

Trick For a Treat

Make up a bag with candy and a bag with slips of paper in it. The bag with slips of paper will have all 'trick' apart from one which will have 'treat'. The number of slips of paper should equal the number of children.

All the kids who draw a 'trick' will have a specified trick that they will need to perform to get a piece of candy. One lucky child just wins a special 'treat'. The tricks can be singing a song, doing jumping jacks while turning around, other fun things that are fairly easy for little ones.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Nephin Roads October 2010 Newsletter


We would like to welcome:

Catriona in the Toddlers’ room whose big brother, Senan is already in Montessori

Alex, Naima & Siobhan who will be here for work experience

Clodagh in the Babyroom

Birthdays this Month

Senan who was 4 years

Jacobs who was 4 years

Seamus who was 3 years

Ciara who will be 4 years

Fionn who was 2 years

Aoife M. who was 2 years

Emily who was 2 years

Sophie in the Babyroom who was 1 year

We would like also to wish happy birthday to our member staff, Ciara in the Toddlers’ room who was …??? on the 9th.

Happy birthday to Michelle in Montesori who will be …??? On the 20th.

Toddle Waddle

The Montesori children will be having the Toddle Waddle for the Meningitis Thrust on Wedesday the 20th of October. The children will walk to the Phoenix Park to raise money for the fund. Please have your child or children ready in the centre by 9.30 with the permission form signed.

Please have the sponsorship card ready by 29th of October.

Parent Evening

We are holding a Parents’ Evening on the Tuesday the 9th of November; this will be a social occasion to meet other parents and to have an informal chat with staff about your child on any issues. As far as health and safety is concerned, children will not be able to attend this event. We are aiming to start at 6.15 pm to 7.45 pm. Tea and coffee will be served. We hope to see you all there.

Halloween Parties

The Montessori sessionals will be having their Halloween party on Thursday the 21st October and the rest of the crèche will have theirs on the 29th of October. On that day, all children and staff can dress up and will have a SPOOKTACULAR party. Staff members will include fun games for the children to participate in.

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

We are taking part in the Team Hope Shoe Box Appeal for Christmas. We need your contribution in helping the needy children to bring hope in their lives. Anyone participating in this appeal please return the box to the centre by latest the 5th of November.


All parents will receive a letter about receiving our monthly newsletter by email or hard copy.


We would like to remind all sessional Montessori parents that Montessori closes for the Halloween Mid tern from the 25th to the 29th of October inclusive.

The centre is closed on Monday the 25th of October for the Bank Holiday.

As we getting closer to winter, we would like to remind parents please put on warm clothes on you children, so they are able to play freely outside.

News in the room

Babyroom, Toddlers, Pre- Montessori children are all busy with Halloween activities and art and craft.

Montessori children are busy learning their planets of the Solar system. They had fun in making stars and rockets. They have also learned about human organs with the help of Organ Oscar and senses.

Pass the Pumpkins

Supplies: Pumpkins, gourds, music

This musical chairs type game involves passing small pumpkins and gourds and when the music stops the person without a pumpkin is out. Play until there is a winner.

Kids sit in a circle and you hand out one less pumpkin then children in the group. Then instruct the children to start passing the pumpkins when the music begins to play and continue passing until the music stops.

Once the music stops the child without a pumpkin is out of the game. Now remove a pumpkin from the group and restart the music. This pattern continues until you have one pumpkin with one winner.

Cats Tails Game

Cats Tails - Children's Party Game

Supplies: Strips of cloth (cat tails) and kids with energy

Get long strips of cloth any extra you have a round make them at least one yard long and have the kids put them in the back of there pants (or create little Velcro attachments), with it just hitting the ground.

Then have the kids run after each other trying to step on there tail. When they lose there tail they are out of the game the winner is the last one with a tail. A couple rounds of this game should tire them out real fast.

                                                         HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Mother Hubbards Childcare
19 Nephin Road
Dublin 7
01 8688460

Monday, October 11, 2010

Slane Road October Newsletter 2010

Mother Hubbards Newsletter October 2010

Happy Halloween

Birthdays in October
Lucy who will be 1 on the 31st

Alison who was 3 on the 6th October

Zoe who will be 2 on the 14th

Jack who will be 3 on the 23rd

Emma who will be 3 on the 26th

Patrick who was 4 on 1st

Isobel who will be 4 on the 12th

Sarah who will be 4 on the 26th

We would like to remind all sessional Montessori parents that the Montessori closes for the Halloween mid term from 25th October to the 29th of October inclusive.

The centre is closed Monday the 25th October for the Bank Holiday!

The Montessori children will be attending a Road Safety Awareness Day organised by Meath County Childcare in Navan Racecourse on Wednesday the 13th October. This is in conjunction with an initiative run by the Road Safety Authority to integrate road safety into the early Years Curriculum.

The children have been learning about road safety through their new Simon and friends storybooks and audio cds. The three main aspects of road safety covered in these books are;

1. Holding hands 2. Stopping 3.Looking and Listening 4.Crossing Safely 5. Setting a good example.

We ask all parents to encourage all these actions when out and about with their children to reinforce the importance of road safety. If you are interested you can also take a loan of our Simon and Friends books to read to your children at home but they must be returned. If you have nay further questions about this initiative please ask a member of staff.

Halloween Parties;

The Montessori sessionals will be having their Halloween party on Friday the 22nd of October and the rest of the crèche will have theirs on Friday the 29th of October. On this day children and staff can dress up and we will have a spooky party and play some fun Halloween games!!! There will also be face painting on the day so if you have any objections to your child’s face being painted please inform a member of staff!

Cheerios Breakfast Appeal

The children had great fun eating their breakfast treats the morning of the Breakfast Appeal!! They had yummy Cheerios, toast, fruit, and eggs!! So far we have raised €70. Thank you to everyone who donated to this worthy appeal and for any parent who still wishes to donate the donation box is still in the hallway!!

Parents evening

We will be having a Parents evening on October 21st from 6.15-7.30. This is a social event and it gives you the opportunity to meet other parents and to meet the staff and have a chat with them about your child or any issues that you wish to discuss. It also gives you the opportunity to visit other rooms that your child is moving up to over the next few months. Unfortunately children cannot attend due to health and safety as staff will be socialising with parents. Tea and coffee will be served on the night. We hope to see you there!

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

This year Mother Hubbard’s are taking part in Christmas Shoebox Appeal. This is a charity initiative run by a new charity team Hope, you are asked to fill a shoebox with different gifts for Christmas for a child in some of the world poorest countries. Parents have all received leaflets for this if you haven’t received one or need more please ask a member of staff. Boxes have to be returned by Monday 8th November.

Welcome back to Jessica McEvoy who started with us since our last newsletter, Jessica has previously worked with us, she has Fetac Level 5 and nearly 4 years experience. She will be assisting Rachel in the toddler room!

What we are doing in the rooms this month;

Toddlers;have been doing all their Autumn activities like hedgehogs, squirrels and leaves. This week they are learning ‘all about me’ and my body. They have also been going on lots of fun autumn walks while the weather is still nice!

Pre Montessori;have been learning about insects and have made some buzzy bees, colourful snails, flies and spiders! They have also been playing the colour game and the animal game outside!

Montessori;have introduced the ‘Sound Box’ to their circle time. The sound box will have a new sound in it each week; the sound will be put up on the notice board for parents to see every week. Children are asked to bring in something small for the sound box or think of a word for circle time! They also continued on with their autumn theme and learned about the hedgehog and made some spiky hedgehogs. They are currently learning all about road safety as part of ‘Road Safety Week’

Afterschool; have been doing lots of painting, arts and crafts and outside play!

Halloween Recipe ideas


• 1 14-ounce bag individually wrapped caramel candies (about 50)

• 2 tablespoons milk

• 4 to 6 medium apples (see guide, page 123)

• Craft sticks

• Assorted candies


1. Place the unwrapped caramels in a shallow microwave-safe bowl.

2. Mix in the milk and microwave on high for 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute (the caramels will keep their shape as they soften, so be sure to stir them).

3. When the caramels are melted, remove the dish from the microwave with pot holders and stir the sauce until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.

4. To thoroughly coat an apple, roll it in the caramel sauce, and then hold it upright so the sauce slides down the sides.

5. Generously butter a baking sheet. Twist off the apple stems and spear each fruit with a craft stick.

6. Roll one apple in the caramel sauce until it's thoroughly coated. Place it, stick pointing up, on the baking sheet.

7. Working quickly, coat the remaining apples in the caramel sauce. The caramel coating will be gooey, so refrigerate the apple for 15 minutes or until the caramel is slightly hardened.

8. Holding the apple by the stick, use candy to turn it into a monster.

9. Refrigerate again until the caramel is hardened and the candy is set. Makes 4 to 6.

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

046- -9059967