Friday, March 13, 2015

Mother Hubbards Newsletter

March/April 2015


Happy Birthday




Happy birthday to everyone 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.


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


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 Slane Road and Flowerhill 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

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

Chickenpox           7 days from appearance of rash


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

St Patrick’s Day Rice Krispie Treats



·        1/4 cup of butter

·        4 cups of soft marshmallows

·        5 cups of Rice Krispie cereal

·        1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

·        green food coloring (optional)


Melt butter over low heat until completely melted.

Gradually add marshmallows and stir often to avoid burning them.

When marshmallow/butter mixture is completely melted, add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and your green food coloring and mix well.

Remove from heat and stir in your Rice Krispie cereal.

Spread onto lined/greased baking tray. Allow to set.

Store in an air tight container and they will stay softer longer!




Important 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,

56 Blackcastle Demense,

Slane Road,


Co. Meath