What’s happening in the Niall Mór Centre, Killybegs?

Here are some updates on what will be happening in the Niall Mór Centre Killybegs over the coming weeks:-

Breastfeeding Group: Meet first and third Friday of every month from 2:00 – 3:30 pm.

Laughter Yoga: Taster session of Laughter Yoga is being held on Friday 15th June from 2-3pm and costs €5 per person. To book please contact 074 9741863

Saturday Storytime: next Storytime will be held on Sat 16th June from 10:30 – 12 noon.

Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association: Coffee Morning will be held on Thurs 21st June at the Niall Mór Centre from 10:30 – 12 noon, all proceeds go to the Motor Neurone Association.

Children’s Summer Fun Camp: held from Mon 16th July to Fri 20th July from 10 am – 2 pm and costs €50 per child. This is open to 5 – 8 year olds and must be pre-booked. Contact 074 9741863

Chair Yoga with Sarah: New 4 week course commences on Fri 1st June from 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Clay Modelling Workshop: Coming to the Niall Mór Centre on Fri 6th July from 11 am – 12 noon and costs €8 per child. To book contact Jumpingclay Letterkenny on 0877101475.

Relax Kids Camp: Wed 4th July & Thurs 5th July from 1:30 pm – 3 pm to book contact Bernadine on 0877474232. Classes include movement and games, stretching and breathing exercises, peer/self massage, positive affirmation and visualisation. Helps support kids with their mental and emotional wellbeing.

Basic Food Hygiene Course: This course is run by DLDC and is being held at the Niall Mor Centre on Thur 12th July from 9 – 5 pm. To book please contact Kathy on 0874126400.
Bricks 4 Kidz: NEW DATE: Sat 14th July Lego Workshop from 2 – 4 pm costing €15 per child. Contact 0863894833 to book.
Children’s Summer Fun Camp: held from Mon 16th July to Fri 20th July from 10 am – 2 pm and costs €50 per child. This is open to 5 – 8 year olds and must be pre-booked. Contact 074 9741863
LEGO Summer Camp: Tues 7th – Fri 10th Aug from 9:30 – 12:30 pm costing €75 per child. Contact 0863894833 to book.

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Infant Mental Health Awareness Week runs from June 13th-19th.           

This week provides an opportunity to focus attention on the wellbeing, social and emotional development of our babies and young children. It highlights the importance of early relationships and a relationship based approach to interventions with infants and families. As our understanding of IMH and its evidence base develops, so also does our knowledge of how to apply this knowledge and an ‘IMH lens’ to interactions with infants, parents and caregivers in health and social services. 

What is infant mental health?

Infant Mental health (IMH) refers to the healthy social and emotional development of Infants starting at conception up to three years of age.

The first 1000 days of life are recognised as a critical period of opportunity to support infant mental health. Decades of research have shown that it is the quality of the early caregiver relationship that is a significant determinant of the infant’s healthy social and emotional development and in turn physical health, right up to adulthood.

 

The National Healthy Childhood Programme has embedded IMH as the foundation of the development of its resources and in the approach of the delivery of the universal child health service. This embedding of key messages can be seen in the My Child suite of books (www.mychild.ie/books) and also on www.MyChild.ie  where key messages around bonding and relationship building have been embedded for the parent/caregiver.

 

In clinical practice the topic of IMH has been included for the first time in the National Standardised Child Health Record. To build on this, the National Healthy Childhood Programme have just completed a suite of three eLearning units which are now available on HSEland for healthcare practitioners / caregivers who are working with children and families.  

 

Throughout the week you will see videos and key IMH messaging being promoted on the HSE MyChild social media pages ( Facebook / Instagram ). Keep an eye out in the National Newspapers for articles from our experts also. (IrishTimes article)  

 

In addition The National Healthy Childhood Programme have developed a series of ten practical videos with HSE expert advice which are now available on YouTube and on the relevant pages on the www.mychild.ie website.

These videos (2-3 minutes each) are aimed at parents/guardians of children (0 – 3 years).

These new video resources are available here while lots more expert advice for every step of pregnancy, baby and toddler health can also be found at www.mychild.ie

There are a suite of posters available focusing on the promotion of IMH messaging to order from healthy.childhood@hse.ie

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