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2 Jul, 2020

Resources for Parents at the Parents Centre on Gov.ie

For information and support on lots of issues you can go to the Gov.ie website https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/parents-centre/?referrer=http://www.gov.ie/parents/ There are many useful supports available from information and advice to one-to-one support, however parents are busy and there is an overwhelming amount of information available. Parents Centre brings together new and existing resources that parents may find helpful. It […]

1 Jul, 2020

How do babies learn?

How do babies learn? Here is a piece from the Growing Child newsletter distributed by Lifestart which gives us some insight into that. Exercises in Learning Around her first birthday, what kinds of things is Baby now doing on her own? If you watch her carefully, you will notice she is likely to try to […]

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 […]