Monday, December 19, 2011

Nephin rd December Newsletter 2011

Mother Hubbards
December Newsletter 2011

November Birthdays

v     Amy Devitt was 1
v     Jude McGivern was 1  
v     James McGrath was 1

December Birthdays
v     Clodagh O Brien will be 2
v     Camilla Bocotan will be 4
v     Cliona Magerusan will be 2
v     Amaia Ni Riordain will be 1

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Jude and his parents Tara and Joe to Mother Hubbards.
We are also sad to say goodbye to Katie, Janvi and Kate Conway who will be leaving us at the end of this month. They will be greatly missed. We wish them all the best in their future.

A big thank you to everyone who donated in the Toddle Waddle and raising a total of €410 to fund the work of the Meningitis Trust.

Dermott the photographer was here and we all had an ‘interesting’ experience. We hope to have photos back soon for parents to decide if they would like to take them.

Healthy week
This month we held a healthy week (5th-9th). It was all about learning healthy food that we should be eating, exercise and general hygiene.


Like last year Karen Mc Govern instead of giving children presents for Christmas, she will be donating to two charities for a good deed.


Christmas closing dates

The Montessori sessional children will finish up on Wednesday the 21st Dec at 12.00 and will return Monday 9th Jan 2012 at 9.00.

The centre will close for all other children from the 23rd Dec at 6.00 and re-opens on the 3rd Jan 2012 at 8.00.

From all at Mother Hubbards we want to thank both parents and children for a great year and want to wish you all a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Thank you to all staff members in Mother Hubbards for their dedicated work towards the children.

Mother Hubbard’s Childcare
19 Nephin Road
Dublin 7
Tel: 01688 460


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Flowerhill Nov/Dec Newsletter 2011

Mother Hubbards Newsletter
November/December 2011

Look who’s had a birthday…
  • JP in the Montessori room turned 4 years old in November
  • Antony in the Montessori room who also turned 4 years old in November.
  • Oisin in the Montessori room who turned 4 in December.
  • Nikodem in the Montessori room who will also be 4 years old this month.
  • Alicja, our Montessori teacher and Noel our bus driver also have a birthday this month.

Our photographer Dermot Ward came to take photos of the children on Friday 25th November.  We should have these photos back into us shortly.  The cost of the photos is €30 for one 10” X 8” and two 5” X 4”.  There was also a group photo taken of each group, this can be bought at an additional cost.  There is no obligation to buy the photographs.  Additional prints can be ordered if you wish.

Hats and scarves
As the weather is now getting colder could all parents please ensure to send in a hat, scarf and gloves clearly labelled for their child for outdoor play.

Gymboree Classes
 The Montessori children started Gymboree classes which they get involved in every Tuesday.  These classes are optional and are an additional cost as it in an outside company that comes into the centre to do the class with the children.  All of the children are really enjoying the classes so far and love getting to meet Gymbo every week!


The centre will close on Friday 23rd December at 6pm for the Christmas holidays. 
For the Sessional children (those who attend 9-12) the centre will re-open on Monday 9th January at 9am.
For all other children the centre will re-open at 8.30am on Tuesday 3rd January 2012.


Could parents of afterschool children please inform staff if their child will be in over the Christmas holidays.

Also can parents please inform staff if their child is off school or doing extra classes afterschool as it is important that we know this information while out on school collections to avoid delays and confusion. 

Christmas Party
We will have a Christmas party for all the children on Friday 23rd December.  Children can come in dressed up on the day if they wish, if not children could wear in red and white as a theme for the day.  There will be treats and lots of fun and games.

 Look what we have been doing in our rooms…

Montessori Room

We have been learning all about Winter and have done winter paintings.  We have also been learning about polar bears and penguins.  You can see our displays on our classroom walls.  We have learned the sounds of the letters s, a, t, i, p, n, g, c, k so far.  We have also learned a poem about Sammy SquareSammy Square is my name, my four sides are just the same.  Turn me around, I don’t care, I’m always the same, I’m Sammy Square.  This month we are also learning some lovely Christmas songs.

Afterschool Room

The afterschool children have been busy baking and making Christmas cookies.  They have also been doing arts and crafts and have made lots of snowflakes to decorate the room and for the Christmas tree.

Piece of interest…
Click on the link to read a guide to choosing toys; it may have some helpful tips for Christmas shopping! (Taken from

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all the parents, children and families a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ongar November Newsletter 2011

Mother Hubbards Newsletter
November 2011

Look who has a birthday this month:

Daniel in Pre-Montessori who turned 3 
James in pre-Montessori who turned 3 
Armin in Afterschool who will be 5 
Isabella in the baby room who turned 1 


We would like to welcome Grace our new cook, we hope you will be very happy here.
Welcome to Dima in the Pre-Montessori room. We hope you are settling well.
Swapna had  a baby boy last week both mother and baby are doing well.

Reminder of Christmas Holidays

The sessional Montessori children (9.00-12.00) will finish up on Friday 23rd December at 11.30 and will return on Monday 9th January 2011 at 9.00am.

For all other children the centre will close on Friday 23rd December at 6.30pm and will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2011.

Parent’s  Evening
We are having a parents evening on Thursday 24th of November at 6.30pm to 8.00pm. Parents are invited to come in a talk to their child’s teachers.  Ecce parents is from 3.30.

As the weather is getting colder could all parents please send in a suitable coat and a hat, scarf and gloves for their child for outdoor play.  Wellies and raincoats should be provided for wet days.  You can label these items and leave them in the centre if you wish to do so.

Hand Sanitizer

We would like to remind all parents to use the hand sanitizer in the hallway (located at the entrance) when entering and exiting the building to help stop the spread of infection in the centre especially that is winter time and parents who go to Baby room and Wobbler room please use the shoe cover to prevent infection around.

Our photographer Dermot Ward is coming to the centre on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd of November to take photos of the children.  Parents are under no obligation to buy these photos and only do so if they wish after seeing the photos.  Look out for signs in the centre with details of prices etc.

Gymboree/Speech & Drama

The Gymboree class is going very well the children are enjoying the class every Wednesday.
Speech and drama class is also in full swing at this moment in the Montessori class children love singing, dancing and acting with Hilary
Thank you to all parents who make this to happen.

Road Safety Awarness Some tips to keep in mind.
Taken from (
  1. Look for a safe place
  2. Don’t hurry stop and wait
  3. Look all around and listen before you cross the road remember
  4. Let all the traffic pass you
  5. Then walking straight across you
  6. Keep watching, that’s the safe cross code
Why you should always buckle up
In a crash or when braking suddenly, you can easily be thrown out of your seat. This is very dangerous because you could be sent through the windscreen or hit the gear stick or dashboard, causing you very serious injury or even death. This is why it is so important to buckle up and become a Seatbelt Sheriff.
Be a star when you’re in the car
All children should be kept safe in a vehicle with safety seats or belts appropriate to your height and weight. And always buckle up in the back seat. Now you’re the Seatbelt Sheriff’s star partner!
Set a good example
As the Seatbelt Sheriff you must set a good example to everyone else in the car, by buckling up as soon as you get in. No matter how short your journey is, make sure everyone in the car is wearing a safety belt at all times.
And make sure everyone follows
According to a safety belt wearing survey, 1 out of 3 primary school children and almost 1 out of 3 secondary school children are not wearing safety belts when they travel in the back seat of a car. Everybody in the car is required by law to wear a safety belt and it is up to the driver to make sure passengers under 17 are following the law, but now you can help them to keep everyone safe.

No 6 The Avenue         
Ongar Village                            Phone: 01-8260055
Dublin 15                                           
Dublin 15

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Nephin Roads Oct/Nov newsletter 2012

We would like to welcome our new member of staff Eileen. She will be working in the Toddler room with Teresa. She is qualified in Childcare Fetac Level 5.

Welcome to Sarah & James who will be starting in November and their parents Jenny & John.

Welcome to Amy in the babyroom and her parents Caroline and Johnny.
Staff Birthdays:
Michelle was ??? on the 20th of October.
Ciara was ??? on the 9th of October.
Teresa will be ??? on the 26th of November

October Children’s Birthdays
Fionn was 3
Emily and Aoife both turned 3
Seamus was 4
Sophie H was 2

November Birthdays
James will be 1year’s old


Halloween Party!
All children had a marvellous time for with party with lots of goodies and fun games.

Parents Evening!
We would like to thank all the parents who attended the parents evening. It went really well and it was great for new staff and new parents to meet and get to know one and other.

As you all know winter is upon us, all children should have warm clothes with them such as hats scarves and gloves. These should all be labelled so they don’t get misplaced.

Quiet Time!
Between 12 and 2 is the quiet time for children to rest or sleep in the centre. We would ask parents to be aware of this when entering and exiting the building. Thank you.

Cake Sale!
In November the staff will be holding a cake sale to raise money for Temple Street Children’s hospital. We will notify you of the date soon!!

We would ask all parents to be extra careful when opening and closing the front door. Watch out for little fingers!
Also if parents could make sure the stairs is closed behind them when going up or down.

We would ask parents to encourage children to leave their toys at home when coming to the crèche as this causes a lot of confusion amongst the children.
Toddle Waddle
The Toddle Waddle went really well! Children had a great time. Thanks to everyone who has sponsored the Toddle Waddle. If you have not brought back in your sponsorship card please return it by 4th November. Thank you!!
Christmas Photographs
We will have the photographer in the centre to take this years Christmas photos at the end of November. There will be individual and group photos. We will notify you soon with the exact date.


Thank you for reading our newsletter, we will keep updated with latest news!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Flowerhill September Newsletter 2011

Mother Hubbards Newsletter

September 2011

Welcome to our first newsletter of the new school year.  This month we would like to welcome all of the new children who started with us at the beginning of September and their parents.  We hope you are all very happy here at Mother Hubbards.
Look who has a birthday this month…
Emma in afterschool was 9 years old
Aleksis in Montessori was 4 years old
Mia in Montessori will be 4 years old

Change of Clothes
Also we would like to remind parents that if you have not brought in a spare set of clothes for your child could you do so as soon as possible. It is very important that we have them in case of emergency. The following clothes should be provided a t-shirt, sweater, underpants, trousers, socks and a vest. After school children are encouraged to bring in a change of clothes so they can change out of their uniforms.  Please remember to label all of your child’s belongings!

Scrap Book for Montessori children
Could all parents of children in the Montessori room please send in a scrap book for their child if they have not already done so by Monday 3rd October.  This is to keep a copy of your child’s work from throughout the year.

Healthy Eating
We would like to ask all parents to try send in a healthy lunch for your child for snack time.  Mother Hubbard’s Childcare promotes a Healthy Eating Policy. This is based on the Department of Health and Children, Health Promotion Units publication ‘Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Pre-School Services.  No chocolate, crisps, fizzy drinks etc.  Children are only given these foods on special occasions such as birthday parties, Halloween, Christmas etc.

ECCE Children
All sessional EECE children, our Montessori session starts at 9am.  We cannot take children in before this time as we do not have staff to supervise the children before this time as we need to keep to the adult:child ratio at all times.
If you are running late to collect your child, please phone the centre on 046-9070558 to let a member of staff know.

Sessional Montessori Year Calendar

All parents received a school calendar with their information packs but this is a reminder of the mid terms etc;

Halloween Mid-Term:       Closed Monday 31st October – Friday 4th November 2011 (inclusive)
Christmas Break:              Closing Friday 23rd December 2011 and reopening 9th January 2012
February Mid-Term:        Closed Tuesday 14th – Friday 17th February 2012 (inclusive)
St. Patrick’s Day:   Monday 19th March- closed Bank Holiday
Easter Holidays:              Closing March 30th and reopening 16th April 2012
May Bank Holiday:           Monday 7th May 2012
June Bank Holiday:          Monday 4th June 2012
Summer Holidays:            Closing Friday 29th June 2012
-these dates may be subject to change, you will receive adequate notice of any changes made.

We would like to welcome Rachel Hogge to Mother Hubbards.  Rachel has Fetac Level 5 and will be working between here and our Slane rd. centre.  We hope Rachel is very happy here with us at Mother Hubbards

What have we been doing in our rooms…

Montessori Room

The children have all settled in very well here with us.  This month they have been learning “All about me”, making books about themselves and singing songs.  They have also been busy learning about Autumn, doing their Autumn Tree, squirrel paintings and hedgehog collages.  They have begun on the practical life exercises in the Montessori area which teach the children every day skills which they need to learn to gain independence and confidence in the world around them.

Afterschool Room

This month the children have been busy playing outdoors, painting and making crafts with paper plates and paper.  They enjoyed making paper hats and boats and other origami crafts.

Note for parents of Afterschool Children

Can all after school parents please provide us with a copy of their child’s school calendar. Also can you ensure you let a member of staff know when your child needs to be collected early or doesn’t need collection on a particular day. Thank You!

Note for parents of Montessori children:

Display Table
Each fortnight there will be a topic posted up on the door.  This topic will run for two weeks, we encourage all children to bring in items relating to the topic for the display table i.e. books, posters, jigsaws, pictures etc. We ask for all the children’s participation as much as possible. The more participation your child has the more interest s/he will have in the topic being discussed.

Book of the Week
Each fortnight there will be a ‘book of the week’ posted up on the door. When your child’s name is on the notice board for the ‘book of the week’, please encourage your child to bring in their favourite book for one day for us to read to the class (please ensure that the book is child friendly and a reasonable length). This gives your child a great sense of importance within the group.

Sound of the week
Every week from October the children will do a “sound of the week” and will be covering the phonetic element of a letter.  For example the letter “S” makes the sound “sssss”.  We will ask the children to bring in one item each week for the sound box if possible.  Please check the notice board just inside the room on the right for our sound of the week. 

October Mid-term Break

We will be having a fun camp running for the week of the Halloween mid-term break from 9-12 daily for children age 3 years +.  During this week we will have plenty of arts and crafts, fancy dress, face-painting, cooking and lots more.  The cost for the week will be €45 per child.  If you or anyone you know of may be interested in this please tell them to contact the centre and speak to a member of staff.

Something for the weekend… 

Freddy Fyffes Fun this Weekend to Celebrate the Gorilla Rainforest at Dublin Zoo

Make sure to get down to Dublin Zoo this weekend (1st and 2nd October) to celebrate the opening of the brand new Gorilla Rainforest proudly sponsored by Freddy Fyffes.

Freddy Fyffes will be ape-ing around on Saturday and Sunday to help the gorillas settle into their new home. There will be fun for all the family with face painting, giant games, music workshops and much more. Freddy Fyffes will be giving out plenty of yummy bananas and activity booklets for all the kids and don't forget to bring your camera to get your pic taken with Freddy Fyffes.

For more information please go to or

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 colorful 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. whole meal 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 favorite 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 a flask of warm soup or hot chocolate are good alternatives.
6. Try alternatives to bread and rolls with pitta or scones. Encourage your child to have whole meal 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

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