Friday, March 13, 2015

Mother Hubbards Flowerhill Newsletter

March/April 2015

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Nina in Afterschool room,  Nikita, Charlie and Aleksandra in Montessori celebrating their big day during the months of March and April. We hope you have a wonderful day! Children are more than welcome to celebrate their birthday at Mother Hubbards. If sending in a cake it must be shop bought and unopened in the original packaging due to HSE regulations.


Look… what is happening in the Flowerhill Centre during March and April:


Pyjama Day

Each year Mother Hubbards participates in Pyjama Day. This is an event organised by Early Childhood Ireland. Children and staff wear their pyjamas to work and participate in a fun day with lots of bedtime and pyjama themed activities. Our Pyjama Day this year will be held on Friday March 6th. Sponsorship envelopes and letters have been sent home, if you did not receive yours please let a member of staff know.

This year all funds raised from Pyjama Day are being donated to Irish Autism Action. Irish Autism Action was set up in 2001 and aims to bring positive change to those affected by autism. Some of the services it offers includes counselling, early detection diagnosis and social housing. More information can be found on the IAA’s website

Mother’s Day

We will begin the Month of March talking about those very special & important people in our lives ‘Our Mothers’ and we might even make them a special surprise for Mother’s Day!

St Patrick’s Day

On Friday 13th of March we are going to have a GREEN DAY. We are asking all children to wear green clothes and accessories to mark St Patrick’s Day.

We are planning to have our own Parade in the garden. We also will spend the whole week learning about the country we’re living in and learning various Irish words and songs.


March will be an exciting month as we celebrate Easter with lots of fun activities including an Easter Egg Hunt in the garden and Easter Dress Up Party!


The adventures of cardboard box

In April we are hoping to have enough boxes to start “The adventures of cardboard box” project. Cardboard boxes can engage children for hours for minimal cost and minimal impact on the planet.  But more than that, playing with a cardboard box can build skills that toys with more bells and whistles can't - creativity, imagination and resourcefulness.  Cardboard boxes inspire creativity and imagination as they children build upon, transform and reinvent them.

We are asking all parents to gather and bring in to the centre all types
and sizes of unwanted cardboard boxes for children to play.



ECCE 2015 – 16

Children born between 2nd February 2011 and 30th June 2012 will be entitled to avail of their free preschool (ECCE) year in September 2015.  Both our Flowerhill and Slane Road centres are currently taking bookings. Please contact us to book a place or if you have any queries. Remember to tell any neighbours or friends who might have children in this age range as places book up fast.


Topic of the Month - Illness Policy

We would like to remind our parents of our illness policy.

Full details can be found in the Parents Handbook or in our Policies and Procedures folder, located in the hallway.

Children should not attend the service if they are ill and staff should be informed of any illness they may have had so we can be vigilant for spread of illness to other children and staff. The following common illnesses exclude a child from the service:


Temperature                  Over 37.5 degrees Celsius

Diarrhoea                       more than two times in last 48 hours

Vomiting                        more than one time in last 48 hours

Conjunctivitis                  First 2 days at home and then once eyes stop weeping

Chickenpox                     7 days from appearance of rash

Antibiotics Prescribed    First 2 days at home


Staff must be informed if medication has been given prior to their child attending the service. Dates for your Diary

ECCE class will be closed from Monday 16th March to Wednesday 18th March 2015 inclusive. Class will resume as normal on Thursday 19th March at 9am.

Easter holidays will run from Monday 30th March to Friday 10th April inclusive. Class will resume as normal on Monday 13th April at 9am.



Mother Hubbard’s,

151 Blackastle Lodge,
Flowerhill, Navan

Co. Meath

046 9070558