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 Look After Yourself Posters from Health Promotion & Improvement Department of the HSE

HPI1      HPI2


Title: "Rufus the Messy Monster”​
Audience: 2-4 year old children, their parents; and pre-school workers

Launch date: Phase 1: September 2017. Phase 2: September 2019

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Safefood This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.You can download it here:-

https://www.safefood.net/getattachment/a9dc71b1-8af0-4bd3-b0d2-32d643f3da0e/Handwashing-Stakeholder-Resources.zip?lang=en-IE

 

Phase 2 Rufus Campaign



Wash your HandsRespiratory Poster Cough and Sneeze  Safe Use of Masks

 HPSC ADVICE  (AS AT 31.7.20)                                                          TUSLA
                                                                                                               CHECKLIST

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Covid1       Antibiotics1     Sepsis1   

 

Correct procedure for adults to wash their hands (source HSE)

 

Washing Hands sequence for children

 
My Asthma Action Plan

Asthma Leaflet1Asthma Leaflet2

 Sun Safety

Here are a few tips for keeping your children safe in the sun: Keep babies under 6 months in the shade as much as possible. Keep older children safe by following the SunSmart Code. Take care whether you are in Ireland or abroad - UV damage from Irish weather is just as harmful as that from warmer climates.

Sun Smart for ChildrenSun Smart for Children2

 

 Safe Sleep for Babies

It is not safe to place a baby on their side to sleep because they may roll onto their tummy. Babies who sleep on their tummies have a higher risk of cot death. Always lay a baby to sleep on their back, with their feet to the foot of the cot.

To learn more about safe sleep positions for babies follow this link: www.mychild.ie

 

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Keep Active

You can help your children or any children you look after to be active. Children whose parents or guardians are active are more than 5 times as likely to stay active.

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Click on this link to access getirelandactive resources 
https://www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/teaching-your-children-to-be-active.html

Here are some healthy Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Dinner and Dessert suggestions from Safefood - click on the links

https://www.safefood.net/recipes/breakfast

https://www.safefood.net/recipes/lunch

https://www.safefood.net/recipes/snacks

https://www.safefood.net/recipes/dinner

https://www.safefood.net/recipes/desserts

Organisation Chart

 

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Our Implementation Plan for 2020                          Complaints Policy

 

IP 2020                          Complaints Policy  

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this section we will feature articles, videos and publications that will assist in the provision of School Age Childcare (SAC)

National Standards have been developed and we will be able to share a copy of them here with you shortly

 Here is a booklet of activities for school age children

Serious fun Activities     

Here are some of the posts that appeared on the NCN Play Hub Facebook page in case you missed them

Copying Nature       Diary Keeping

 

Map activity               Create with Cardboard   

 NCN Family Tree               NCN Homemade Hooplar   

Rollerball               Scavenger Hunt with a Difference

Scrapbook             Sock Puppet Show    

Spell your Name         Xs and Os

 Spell your Name           Irish Sign Language

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome Childminders

Childminders offer children quality childcare in a home-from-home setting.

The Child Care Act 1991 has been amended to also include School age Childcare Regulations 2018 , and childminding services are also defined as:

a school age service …by a person who single-handedly takes care of school age children….’

A pre-school child is defined as being under six years of age, and not attending a national school or equivalent. A school age child is attending school.

For details about managing the impact of Coronavirus on your Childminding Service  click here

 

Childminding Ireland offer brilliant support for you to become a Childminder and they suggest you should:-

  • Decide how you want to run your Childminding service, full-time or part-time? What will your rates be? How many children can you mind?
  • Get your home ready – Child proof the house and make sure you have enough toys and equipment!
  • Find out if you should register with, Tusla or if you can notify your local Childcare Committee.
  • You must register with Revenue as self-employed within a year of starting
  • Get Garda Vetting as a Childminder. Parents expect it and evidence of Garda Vetting for Childminding is a mandatory requirement for registration with Tusla
  • Make sure you have appropriate insurance
  • Prepare simple advertising – advertise on Childminding Ireland’s website (free to members) or put a small ad in local shops, toddler groups or on Facebook. But remember, word of mouth often works best!
  • Develop a working agreement to use with parents to help your arrangements run smoothly
  • Hold interviews with parents. Use your working agreement to discuss the care needed and your approach to managing your service
  • When COVID restrictions are lifted arrange for the child or children to come for some settling in visits before you sign an agreement and get going properly

    Re-opening Advice from Childminding Ireland/ Infection Control Guidance Document

    Childminders                                               Childminding Infection Control

 Here are some useful free resources from Barnardos 

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                                                           Printables from enjoyplay.com

101 Square Meals      What is a serving size       activeplayeveryday3 6yearoldchildren      activeplayeveryday3 6yearoldchildren

Safe Sleep for Babies

It is not safe to place any baby on their side to sleep because they may roll onto their tummy. Babies who sleep on their tummies have a higher risk of cot death. Always lay  babies to sleep on their back, with their feet to the foot of the cot.

To learn more about safe sleep positions for babies follow this link: www.mychild.ie

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In Northern Ireland the organisation for Childminders is called NICMA you can use this site to download some excellent resources and see whats happening in terms of the profession of Childminding just across the border. Here is a video promoting mindfulness for Childminders in Northern Ireland, with the message that it is important to look after oneself before taking care of others

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In preschool, children will learn to strengthen their social and emotional development. Preschool provides an environment for children to explore, gain a sense of self, play with peers and build self-confidence. 
Children learn they can accomplish tasks and make decisions independently.

On this page we hope to inspire you with activities both indoor and outdoor and provide you with resources that will help with your practice. If there is anything in particular that you wish us to feature please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Pre-Schoolers and the Arts

 


Music in the Preschool

Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness, including intellectual, social-emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words.

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Music in the outdoor environment

Here is a video that will show you how to make your own musical instruments from upcycled or recycled materials



 

Creative Movement

For young children, dance and creative movement can help improve their cognitive development, building skills necessary for success later in life.

There are many benefits to using creative movement with children. These benefits vary depending on the activity and age of the child. Some benefits of creative movement include:  

  • Helps children develop body control
  • Children gain coordination and balance through varied movements
  • Children are able to respond to music and rhythm
  • Encourages children to express their creativity in physical ways
  • Children learn that movement can communicate actions and ideas
  • Gives children a different way of expressing themselves, especially if it is difficult for them to articulate what they are communicating
  • Encourages participation
  • Allows for exploration of cause and effect
  • Develops listening skills
  • Encourage social skills

    Creative Movement                Creative Movement2


    Here are two excellent resources for Indoor and Outdoor Play
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    learningthroughplay                      learningoutdoors




Loose Parts in Preschool courtesy of Play Scotland

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Loose Parts                          Loose Parts Play Poster

 

 Loose parts1           Loose Parts2           Loose Parts3

 

Here are some of the posts that appeared on the NCN Play Hub Facebook page in case you missed them

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NCN Chalk Activity           Den or Fort

NCN Jelly Dig             NCN Pasta Necklace

Make Some Friends              NCN BOUNCING BUBBLES

NCN Construction           NCN Discovery Bottles 


NCN Home Cinema        NCN Ice World   

NCN Indoor Obstacle course            NCN Insect Obs   

NCN Self Image Drawing Activity             Spell your Name

 NCN Painting Activity            NCN Laser Game