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Month: June 2020

30 Jun, 2020

The importance of play

Here is another good piece from The Growing Child newsletter distributed by Lifestart The Importance of Play It is generally through play that a preschool child learns about the world around her and then assimilates what she has learned into her concept of reality. Preschool children enjoy three different forms of play: physical, manipulative, and […]

24 Jun, 2020

How are we going to tell the kids?

When a couple have decided that their relationship cannot continue and they are going to separate one of the biggest questions they often face is “How are we going to tell the kids?” Here are some tips taken from the Parents Plus Parenting When Separated course Click to access PWS-parent-booklet-communicating.pdf If you are separating or […]

23 Jun, 2020

Update on Summer Provision

This has been a difficult time for parents whose children normally have access to July Provision arrangements. Here is an update on Home-based Summer Provision. We will continue to provide all updates that are made available from the Department of Education. All this information can be found at https://www.education.ie/en/Parents/Services/summerprovision/ plus all the links are reproduced below. […]

22 Jun, 2020

24/7 text line launched to support mental health

We are finally becoming aware that we need to care for our mental health as much as for our physical health. Over these past months many people have experienced anxiety, feelings of loneliness, low mood and more. This is not unusual. If you would like support to deal with these or other mental health issues […]

22 Jun, 2020

Helping to keep children safe from harm – new Gov.ie website launched

A new website has been launched to help support vulnerable children, young people and their families during this time of the Covid 19 pandemic. Here is the press release from the launch by Minister Katherine Zappone Campaign encourages everyone to be mindful of vulnerable children and young people in these challenging times Supporting Children is […]

19 Jun, 2020

Now’s a good time to teach your kids how to play on their own

With parents trying to work from home, prepare meals and deal with other children it is important that our children are able to play independently. Here are some tips on how you can help your child develop the skills to do just that. If you wish you can download the original article here https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/03/parenting/kids-independent-play-coronavirus-quarantine.html Now’s […]

19 Jun, 2020

Are you seeing an increase in sleep issues during this pandemic?

Many parents are finding that their children’s sleep patterns have become disturbed during the Coronavirus pandemic. Here is an interesting article from the New York Times written by Dr Craig Canapari who is director of the Pediatric Sleep Center at Yale New Haven Hospital You can download the original article at https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/14/parenting/coronavirus-kids-sleep.html If you are struggling […]

18 Jun, 2020

The importance – and the benefits – of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is important for you and your baby. Your breast milk protects your baby against lots of illnesses and conditions. It’s designed to meet your baby’s every need. This article comes from the MyChild.ie website where you can find lots more information about breastfeeding as well as information on all aspects of your child’s health, […]

18 Jun, 2020

Little benefit in ‘Hungry Baby’ and ‘Follow-on’ formula milks

If you are a first-time mum you may have some questions about feeding your baby particularly if you have decided to use formula milk. Here is some advice from the MyChild.ie website.   Breast milk is the best and most natural food for your baby. Your body makes breast milk that is unique for your […]