Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Nephin road September newsletter 2011

September Newsletter 2011

Motherhubbards would like to take this opportunity to welcome our sessional children in Montessori. 

*      Donagh and his parents Fionula and Colm
*      Annie and her parents Tracy and Sean
*      Matthew and his parents Anita and Paul
*      Darragh Kearns and his parents Alison and Adrian
*      Glen and his parents Sheila and Sean
*      Adam and his parents Caroline and Johnny
*      Camilla and her parents Renata and Jakab
*      Darragh Stenson his parents Teresa and Noel
*      Caoimhe and her parents Deirdre and Brian
*      Sophie and her parents Karen and Luke

We would like to say a big welcome to:

Julia and her parents Catherine and Nathy
Katie and her parents Karrie and Darragh

Toddler Room
Leo who sister Clodagh is already in Montessori and his parents Margaret and Mark
George and his parents Nicoleta and George Valentin
Caylan and his parents Anna and Eric

A big welcome to our new staff member, Shauna who is working in the babyroom.

Welcome all…

Birthday Corner

We would like to wish farewell to Conor, Senan, Aoife, Sean, and Ciara and the very best in their new schools.  Some will still be here for Afterschool.

Parents Evening
We will be holding our Parents’ Evening on the 19th of October from 6.15- 7.45 pm.  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.  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…

Shoe Box Appeal
We are taking part in the Christmas Shoebox Appeal. This is a Charity initiative run by Team Hope where you are asked to fill a shoebox with different gifts for Christmas for a child in some of the world’s poorest countries.  Parents have all received letters and leaflets.  If you have not received, please ask a member staff to provide with one. Boxes have to be returned by the latest 31st of October
Toddle Waddle
Montessori class will be participating in the Toddle waddle walk which will raise money for the Meningitis Trust in October.  Parents will be informed about the exact date and permission forms will be given in due course.



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

Spare clothes
We would be grateful if you could check with your child’s teacher if they need spare clothes for the baskets or check if there are any old clothes still fit.  If you are bringing in spare clothes, please label all of them so they do not get misplaced.
If you would like to receive our newsletter through email, please give your email address to any member staff.

We would like to remind all parents to encourage their children not to bring in their own toys to crèche.  As you can understand, we do not want children’s toys to go home damaged in any way and bringing them can cause great confusion to other children who think they belong to the crèche.  This can cause unwanted bickering and unease amongst the children.

Thank you
Thank you for all the staff members for their determination and hard work on helping the new children to settle in the centre.

Toilet Training tactics
v     Point out how nice it feels to be dry rather than wet so the child is motivated to keep clean
v     Plan ahead. Take your child to the toilet before you leave the house, before a movie, or before anytime in which a sudden announcement of a full diaper would be inconvenient. Simply announce to the child, "Do you have to go?" before you leave.

v     Don't be too quick to announce "no more diapers," since some children protest the sudden change so vehemently that they hold onto their bowel movements, become constipated, and you end up with a problem worse than a child in diapers.

Set a timer to go off every two to three hours throughout the day as a reminder for your child to go potty. This way the timer becomes the cue instead of the parent.

v     Some children go more easily with their feet planted firmly on the floor in a sort of semi-squat position, as if they need some "pushing power" from their legs.
v     Some children need privacy and will not go if anyone is looking or is in the bathroom with them. Respect this.
v     To entice the busy toddler to sit still and become one with the toilet or potty chair, put his favorite toys in the bathroom and encourage him to sit and "read" awhile.
v     Think of weaning from diaper dependency like weaning from the breast: timely and gradually.
v     Praise productions. "Yeah! You did it!" Some children temporarily need a cheerleader.
v     When a child is old enough to understand what's going on in his body, he's old enough to do it.
v     To avoid getting caught in the "big girl" trap, reserve these terms for a phase your child is going through when he or she wants to be big. Some children are ambivalent about becoming "big" because they see little ones get more attention.
In training twins, don't compare their progress. Train the more ready and willing twin first as a role model. Splurge on two potty-chair