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Tag Archives: "development"

8 May, 2019

Encouraging books before screens for our babies and children

Our thanks to Donegal County Childcare Committee who were involved in the development of this leaflet along with CYPSC, Tusla and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. To get a pdf version of the leaflet just click on the link:-  Books not screens

8 Nov, 2018

How music helps with children’s literacy skills

The Importance of Literacy for Children Literacy is one of the most important skills we develop in our early childhood years. It’s not just about being able to read in school, either. Learning how to read gives children the skills they need to learn and comprehend complex ideas that help shape them into individuals. Being […]

31 Jul, 2018

Attachment and Bonding

What does secure attachment look like in babies?  Around the age of eight months, a securely attached infant starts to get upset when their attachment figure (mum, dad or whoever is the primary carer) is out of sight. This response is called separation anxiety.  Separation anxiety at this time in life is normal. Also important […]

31 Jul, 2018

Dummies and speech

Speech, Language and Communication  – Dummies and Speech  Some parents choose to give their child a dummy, some choose not to. However, if you give your child a dummy, it is very easy for this to become a habit, even by the time the child has reached 12 months old. Advantages A dummy can be […]

31 Jul, 2018

Speech, language and communication developmental checklist

When it comes to speech, language and communication what should we expect at different stages of our children’s development?  6 Months – Children will: Respond to different tones of voice and emotion Babble a variety of sounds – ‘a-goo’ ‘oooh’ Mouths toys, shakes objects, plays with hands and feet. Localises sounds with eyes at ear […]

31 Jul, 2018

5 Entertaining and Educational Rainy-Day Activities for Kids

What do you do when bad weather has your family cooped up indoors? Don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to keep your kids entertained and educate them at the same time! The internet is full of handy resources, from children’s exercise videos to online music lessons, that can provide endless ideas for indoor fun. […]

30 Jul, 2018

Do you know that screen time can impact on your child’s development?

 How Does Screen Time Take Away from Language Development Time? Children learn to talk and communicate through interactions with other people. That’s the way it has always been and that’s the way it will continue to be, despite any new technology that comes our way.  The first years of life are crucial for your child’s […]

24 Apr, 2018

Babbling Babies nursery rhyme and action song book launched in Central Library, Letterkenny

A fantastic booklet developed by Lifestart Services, with the support of Donegal Library Service and HSE Health Promotion & Improvement Service, was launched in the Central Library, Letterkenny on Wednesday the 18th of April to an enthusiastic audience of adults and young children. Studies show that if babies and children are read to early, they […]