Thursday, February 6, 2014

Mother Hubbards Newsletter

February/March 2014


We hope all the children and parents are settled back in after the Christmas and New Year break.

Happy Birthday

We have lots of birthdays in February and March.

Happy birthday to everyone…..


·        Noah in Playschool turned 3

·        Grace in Montessori turned 4

·        Lucy in Montessori will be 4

·        Nina in Afterschool will be 7

·        Kacy in Afterschool will be 8

·        Charlie in Playschool will be 3



National Pyjama Day will be held on Friday 7th March. This is an annual event organised by Early Childhood Ireland. Children and staff are invited to wear their pyjamas to Mother Hubbards on this day and make a small contribution.  All money raised on Pyjama Day is donated to the Irish Hospice Foundation Homecare for Children Programme. This is always a very successful event and the children and staff have great fun. Permission slips and further information will be sent home nearer the date.

ECCE Bookings September 2014

We are now taking bookings for this coming September for our ECCE class.  Children born between 2nd February 2010 and 30th June 2011 will be entitled to this free preschool year. If you have any children or have any friends with children who fall into this age bracket, please contact us to book a place.


This Month’s Class Topics

The Montessori group are currently learning the names of the continents. They have been introduced to famous landmarks and tasted popular dishes from Europe so far. Next stop – Africa!


Playschool are starting the topic of Spring this week and are creating a lovely group picture to display on their room wall. Hopefully, their lovely pictures might encourage the sun to shine on us!

Interesting Article

Parents often ask, what is the ‘right’ age to send their child to school at.  It is often a difficult question to answer as all children are different. Below is a link to an article which was published recently in the Irish Independent that you may find to be an interesting read.





·        Sessional Montessori will close Friday 14th February at 12.00pm for the February Mid Term Break and re open Thursday 20th February at 9.00am.

·        We’d like to remind all parents to please send coats/scarves/hats etc with your children and we will ensure they wear them when going outside to play.

·        Sessional Montessori will also close Friday 14th March at 12.00pm for the March Mid Term Break and re open Wednesday 19th March at 9.00am.

·        If you have any news/suggestions you would like to appear in our next newsletter, please let us know.


Valentine’s Heart Shaped Cookies


INGREDIENTS                                                                       To Decorate

150 g butter, at room temperature                                                      icing sugar

75 g caster sugar                                                                                        edible glitter

225 g plain flour                                                                                         hundreds and thousands



1. Dice the butter into a big bowl. Add in the flour, sugar and a pinch of salt. Gently rub in the butter with your fingertips and make the dough into a ball. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes. 

2. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius /gas mark 4. 

3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll to about ½ cm thick.


4. Cut out heart shapes with a biscuit cutter and lay on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-25 minutes, until light golden. Leave to cool on a rack. 

5. To decorate the biscuits, mix together a few tablespoons of icing sugar with enough water to make a paste. Spread the icing onto the biscuits, or drizzle over in lattice patterns. You can then dip the biscuits into edible glitter, or sprinkle with hundreds and thousands. Leave to set before eating. 


Mother Hubbard’s,

151 Blackcastle Lodge,

Flowerhill, Navan

Co. Meath