Mother Hubbards Newsletter December 2013
It has been a busy few months here at Mother Hubbards and Christmas as it does every year has managed to creep up unnoticed. The Children’s Centre has experienced many changes over the past few months and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all Parents, grandparents and childminders for all their patience and understanding over the past few weeks, especially since we started the renovations to the centre at the end of October. The renovations were a big undertaking in such a short period of time and we are very pleased with our new entrance hall and protected stairs. Moving the Children’s Centre to a different building could not have happened without the help of all our Staff and I wish to thank them also.
On a more personal note I wish to thank everyone for making me feel so welcome since I started here in Mother Hubbards. I recognise that the centre is going through a period of transition at present and I will ask everyone to understand that these changes and some of them temporary, are only ever made in the best interests of your children. The safety and well-being of every child in this centre is of paramount importance. We endeavour to rectify any issues as soon as they arise and please do not hesitate to contact me if you feel that there is a problem that needs immediate attention.
From all the staff here at Mother Hubbards and myself I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year.
Childrens Centre News
As you know Ciara Rickard who has been with Mother Hubbards since August 2010 will be leaving us on December 20th. Ciara has been a great asset to the service and we wish her the best of luck in her new position.
Lisa Moran our sessional/afterschool teacher will also be leaving us on December 23rd, Lisa has been with Mother Hubbards since September 2012. We also want to wish her the best of luck in her new position.
We have three students with us on placement in Mother Hubbards from the Liberties College. Victoria Cullen and Sinead Doyle are in their first year of FETAC Level 5 Childcare award and are working with Elizabeth and Diana in the Toddler Room.
Megan Naughton is in second year studying for her FETAC Level 6 award in Childcare, she is based in our Pre-Montessori room with Ciara and Marie Louise
I would like to welcome Marie-Louise McLoughlin to our Mother Hubbards Staff. She is based in the Pre-Montessori room. Marie-Louise has great experience as a nurse on call and was a supervisor in her previous position in a children’s centre.
Lost and Found
We have a box full of clothes outside the Toddler Room with no names please have a look through to see if you recognise any of the items. Can all children’s clothes please be labelled with their names as confusion can arise if children have the same clothes.
SAFEFOOD and the HSE have released a new Childhood Obesity Campaign. With 1 in 4 children in Ireland carrying excess weight this campaign will focus on communicating practical strategies which we can adopt in order to address the issues that contribute to weight gain in childhood.
We as a centre will concentrate on managing portion sizes for children and also promoting more physical activity during the day. Early Childhood Ireland have agreed to support the campaign and have sent printed booklets on behalf of SAFEFOOD to the centre. I have left these booklets on the table in the hall. Please feel free to take one.
Christmas Closure Dates
Mother Hubbards will be open on Monday 23rd of December as normal.
We will be closed from Tuesday 24th December until Wednesday January 1st 2014 (inclusive)
We will re-open on Thursday 2nd January 2014
Our ECCE sessional class will finish for Christmas Holidays on Friday 20th December for 2 weeks, they will return on Monday 6th January 2014.
Christmas Speech and Drama Play
The Christmas Speech and Drama Play will be on Friday the 20th of December at 1pm. Only two people can accompany their child to the play due to size of the room. Sessional and Montessori will do one hour of practice before the play from 12 to 1pm. Our Montessori and Sessional Groups will begin their Christmas Concert directly after the play.
Santa will visit the centre on Friday the 20th December from 10am to 12pm.
We have been dividing the children in the morning for breakfast due to the reduction in size of the toddler room. Babies and Toddlers are having their breakfast as normal in the Toddler room. Pre-Montessori, sessional and Montessori are having their breakfast upstairs in the Pre-Montessori room.
Merry Christmas Everyone, best wishes for a Healthy and Happy 2014!!!!