Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mother Hubbards, Nephin road, Oct/Nov newsletter

Mother Hubbards Childcare September/October 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to our September/October Newsletter. We would like to give a big welcome to all the new children who have started with us in Toddlers, Pre-Montessori, Montessori and After school since the start of September. We hope you have lots of fun in Mother Hubbards!

Staff News:
Unfortunately our Baby Room Teacher Denise Brennan will be leaving us on the 8th October. We wish her all the best in her new position. Denise has been with us since March 2012 where she has worked most of her time in the Baby Room with many babies who are now some of our big Montessori Children!! I know Denise will be missed by all the children and parents. We want to say a big ‘Thank you’ to Denise for all her hard work for the past two years and we will miss her very much.

Caroline Stewart will replace Denise on a temporary basis in the Baby Room from Thursday 9th October until mid-November. Caroline is fully qualified in Childcare and has seven years’ experience working within the Childcare sector.

Marie-Louise has moved from Pre-Montessori to the Montessori Room to work with Emer and Diana is now working alongside Anita in the Pre-Montessori Room.

Parent’s reminder; Can all parents please put their child’s names on spare clothes and coats as your child’s belongings are easily misplaced.

Also with the weather getting cold and wet, we ask all parents if possible to bring in wellies and raincoats to keep in the centre for when the children go outside!

Please ensure to close the garden gate behind you if you are coming to collect your child from the crèche.

Mid-Term Break:
Our ECCE class will have their mid-term break from Monday 27th to Friday 31st October.

News from Our Classrooms:

The babies have been busy getting their hands and feet painted. They are also spending lots of time climbing and tumbling over the new climbing blocks in the baby room. The babies had a great time taking part in water play too..

We are learning all about autumn, we painted lovely little ducklings, and made hand print leaves for the autumn tree. In circle time the Toddlers have learned twinkle twinkle, Row Row Row your boat, Old Mc Donald and the ABC song.

Pre- Montessori:
This month the theme in Pre-Montessori is autumn. We have been teaching the children about hibernating animals. We have made some caves for our sleepy brown bears. We also made our autumn tree which we decorated with some leaves, apples and hedgehogs. We also learned a poem about autumn leaves, and we read lots of stories showing pictures of animals hibernating.
We also went on walks to the big green not far from the crèche which the children loved they had loads of fun running on the grass and hiding behind trees.
Some of the children from our class moved into Montessori this month, Lily, Ella Rose, Cillian, Louis G, Roise and Louis Mc. We wish them the best of luck in their new class. We also got some new friends from the Toddler room, Seamus Billane, Cillian Canavan, Niall White and Alexander Curran. We have had a busy month getting used to our new room.

We want to welcome all the new children to our Montessori Class. We have had loads of fun making new friends and playing with the new toys in Montessori. We are also settling into our new routine. This month we also have been learning about hibernation and autumn. We have pictures up in our room of some animals hibernating.
Speech and Drama has also started back, we are already looking forward to the performances yet to come.

The ECCE class are now into their second month, and after a few tears we can reassure parents that your little ones have settled in great and our new class is so happy. So far we have covered the days of the week, the month and season. We too are covering hibernation. For October we will be getting excited for Halloween, we will be learning the ‘pumpkin man song’!!! Hopefully all the children will dress up and maybe the staff too……

It’s been a busy month in the afterschool room. We have been exploring different styles of art such as water colours, printing, cutting, pasting and blow-painting. We have been doing loads of baking such as cookies and chocolate ladybirds and we also made our own dinner last week of chips and burgers… We are really looking forward to Halloween and decorating our room.

Information update:
We are currently updating our children’s files, if anyone has changed address or contact details recently please inform us here at the centre so we can make the appropriate changes to your child’s file. Also if anyone was given a vaccination form to update please can they be returned as soon as possible so they can be filed accordingly.

Thank you!!
On behalf of the Management and Staff of Mother Hubbards I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all parents, grandparents and friends who supported us during the refurbishment of the children’s centre. It was a very big project that could only have been accomplished with the patience and understanding of everyone involved. We love our new children’s centre and we hope that you love it too. Again thanks very much to everyone who supported us; it really means so much that we are able to add to your children’s childcare experience in a positive way.

Thanks Again,

Mother Hubbards Staff.

Mother Hubbards Ongar, oct/nov newslettter

Mother Hubbards Newsletter
 October and November 2014
Welcome to our first newsletter of the new school year. This term 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.
Happy Birthday
We have lots of birthdays in October and November. Happy birthday to everyone celebrating their birthday.
Children are more than welcome to celebrate their birthday with us in the centre and parents may send in a cake and some treats if they wish.
To Cian in our playschoo room on the birth of his baby sister Erin, and our area Manager Catherine on the birth of her baby girl Lucy.

·         When entering the baby room and wobbler rooms, can all parents /Guardians wear shoe covers that are provided outside these rooms.
·         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.
·         Can parents please make sure your child has spare clothes in the crèche and also make sure they are labelled?
·         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!
·         We would like to stress that we close at 6.30pm sharp and that parents must be here to collect their children no later than this. Late collection has a knock on affect to staff members who have commitments outside the working hours.

A big thank you to everybody who took part in our Cheerio’s Child line Breakfast morning. Cheerios Childline Breakfast together was held on 10th October. We all had lots of fun eating our yummy Cheerios with our friends.
On Friday 3rd October staff and children wore pink and took park in pink themed games and activities to raise awareness of the Irish Cancer Society’s Paint it Pink Day. Thank you for all your donations
Halloween games and recipes
Brain digging
You will need:
§  a big bowl of cooked spaghetti
§  some Ping-Pong balls or similar
§  some small bags of sweets
Get the kids to dig in amongst some bits of 'brain' to find a trick or treat! Cook up a big pan of spaghetti, leave to cool for a moment and then turn into a big bowl. In amongst the pasta hide some Ping-Pong balls or similar. Three balls have 'treat' written on them, and three have 'trick' written on them. Each child gets a turn to dig inside the 'brains' and pull out a ball. If they choose a trick ball they have to do a forfeit (something silly, like run around the garden twice, or do a silly impression), but if they pick a treat they get a small prize, such as a small bag of sweets. Pretty yucky!!!!!!!!

Make your own toffee/chocolate apples
You will need
Selection of apples, ready pierced with sticks Toffee apples
Bowls filled with melted toffee/chocolate, hundreds and thousands, chocolate strands or other things to stick on the apples
Greaseproof paper to cool the apples on.
This is a nice easy one and the children can take their handiwork home at the end of the party (if they can hold off eating them!) Each child takes an apple and dips it into the toffee and then rolls their apple into their preferred sweeties! Yummmmy
It's easy to make your own toffee mixture or you can melt down shop-bought toffee sweets. Be sure that the mixture is not boiling hot when the children are making their toffee apples.
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.
Banana Ghosts.
200g bar white chocolate, broken into chunks.
4 medium-large, ripe bananas
85g desiccated coconut (you won’t use it all)
Handful dark chocolate drops    
In a small bowl, gently melt the chocolate either in the microwave – in short bursts on high or over a pan of simmering water (make sure the bowl isn’t touching the water). Set aside for a moment while you get the bananas ready.
Peel the bananas, cut in half, and push a lolly stick into the middle of each piece. Spread the coconut out in a shallow bowl. Line a large baking tray with baking parchment, and make sure there is room for the tray in the freezer.
Using a pastry brush, coat a banana half in chocolate, letting excess drip away. Sprinkle with plenty of the coconut until coated, then set it on the prepared sheet.Now add two chocolate eyes and a mouth, and if you like, cut a few little eyebrows from the chocolate drops too. Freeze the lollies for at least 4 hrs, and up to a week.
Have a Happy Hallloween!!!!
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Ongar Village D.15                                     Phone: 01 8260055                          
Dublin 15                       E-Mail:  ongar@motherhubbardschildc

mother Hubbards Navan, October /November newsletter

Mother Hubbards Newsletter
October/November 2014
Welcome to our first newsletter of the new school year. We would like to welcome all the new children who started with us since September and their parents.  We hope you all will be very happy here at Mother Hubbards.  

Happy Birthday

We have lots of birthdays in October and November.
Happy birthday to everyone celebrating their birthday.
Children are more than welcome to celebrate their birthday with us in the centre and parents may send in a cake and some treats if they wish.
Cakes/buns must be shop bought and unopened in the original packaging due to HACCP guidelines. Also, please do not send in hard sweets or nuts that children could easily choke on.


·        On Friday 3rd October staff and children wore pink and took park in pink themed games and activities to raise awareness of the Irish Cancer Society’s Paint it Pink Day. Thank you for all your donations, a total of €60 was raised.
·        Cheerios Childline Breakfast Together Week was held on Thursday 9th October.  Well done to everyone who participated. A total of €62 was raised, if you haven’t sent in your donation it’s not too late yet.

·        Please remember to close the front door when you are leaving to ensure the safety of all children.
·        If you have not already brought in a spare set of clothes for your child please do so as soon as possible. It is very important that we have them in case of accidents. Please remember to label all your child’s belongings and school bags to prevent mix up.
·        Just a reminder that the ECCE Montessori session runs from 9am until 12pm. Please ensure children are not dropped off before 9am and are collected at 12pm. All children must be accompanied to the room by an adult and may only be collected by a parent or an adult who has been named on the booking form. If someone is collecting your child who is not named on the booking form, please let us know in advance.
·        Outdoor Play forms a large part of our curriculum and has significant importance in a child’s holistic development.  We try to incorporate outdoor play as often as possible and children should be well enough to go outside if they are attending crèche.  We cannot allow children to stay inside unaccompanied whilst others are outside playing and there would be no space for them in other groups due to staff/child ratios.  Please send coats/scarves/hats etc with your children and we will ensure they wear them when going outside.
·        Children are encouraged to bring healthy lunches. Chocolate, crisps and fizzy drinks are discouraged and we would appreciate your co-operation on this.
·        Halloween Mid Term for ECCE children runs from October 27th to 31st inclusive.  ECCE will be closed during this week and will re-open on Monday November 3rd.  Wishing you and your family a very Happy Halloween J

Topic of the Month

Aistear is the early childhood curriculum framework for all children from birth to six years in Ireland. It is available online and parents can easily implement various aspects of it in the home. When planning the curriculum the staff ensure the activities encompass Aistear.
If you would like to learn more about Aistear, you can do so by accessing their website

Mother Hubbard’s,
56 Blackcastle Demense,
Slane Road,
Co. Meath