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Preschool: Decisions, Decisions…

If we asked you what was your fondest memory when  you were younger it more than likely involved one of the following:

*an interaction with someone you loved or has inspired you,
*an experience that you embraced every second of,
*or an event that enthralled you completely.

Even now, thinking about it you can still smell the smells, feel the feels and remember every detail about that experience. (Isn’t the brain is a wonderful, wonderful thing.) Your ability to recall it so clearly because of the feeling it gave you is still there.

(Like remembering the words to a song but not what you did yesterday? We hear ya!)

This is because it was something you were so involved in that you absorbed every little bit that it has now become a firm imprint in your memory bringing a warm sense of joy  each time you relive it. 

This memory sparked something in you to become a part of your perception on life – be it your ethics, values, principles, morals whatever it is it, it has become a part of you. 
This is the bases of learning, these are types of opportunities that spark children’s learning  capabilities into drive for academics in life – this is Varsity. 

Being an urban setting does not restrict our exploration of learning environments. We go on ventures everyday to discover the depths of nature, daily living, our community and local businesses, so children can explore an idea about real topics thoroughly.

We investigate each observation, discussion or topic the children bring to us and it is our job to support their learning in what has tweaked their interests – not our, theirs!

You see, the process of learning involves making connections and relationships between feelings, ideas, words and actions. As we follow an emergent curriculum it takes upon the delivery of learning based on the children and community. We are inspired by Highscope and Reggio Emilia where we have tailored a bespoke programme for it to effectively apply life long learning skills and encourage the love for academic learning in later life.

From getting their groceries to happiness lessons, the Varsity children revel in delight every day because this is their programme, their time, their learning and nothing makes us prouder than the fantastic feedback of how these children have grown as individuals ready to take on the next step of their learning.

To find out more about enrolment we would be delighted for you to join us for an Afternoon Tea Party – hosted by the Varsity team, children and their families on Saturday 19th January from 1pm – 3pm.

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Did you know…

Here at Juniors we’ve been bothered by this topic for a long time and have taken the time to consider more ways that can emphasise the importance of our role as citizens of planet Earth!
Our practices are surrounded by the importance of our planet and the human attributes that are taken for granted. We demonstrate, practice and discuss all these areas in how each of us can do our part, which is why we have taken it a step further.

Yes we recycle, re-use and reduce – we even have a low wastage policy, but is it enough? No it’s not.
The products and supplies that we use and endorse on our premises will be bio-degradable and environmentally friendly. In particular to the services that we provide to the children in our care – Nappies, wipes and creams. All of these items are available to purchase as we have attained an exciting partnership with Beaming Baby, supplying everything from bio -degradable and reusable nappies to 100% chemical-free natural wooden toys! Yes you will see there is a price difference; but, like we said; you have a choice.

To give you an idea of why:

A child is changed on average of 5 nappies (including pull ups) per day, for the first 3 yrs of their lives that’s roughly 5,500 nappies for 1 child. The population of children under the age of 3yrs in Northern Ireland is approx. 46,875. That means there is currently a landfill of 256,640,625 nappies and counting. It takes up to 500 years for 1 nappy to decompose…

1 NAPPY?!

We cannot continue to use products that are chemically lined, create huge landfills, the oozing waste that is filtering contamination into the earth and water supply and say that we are doing ‘our bit’ for the environment, because it’s wrong. More can always be done we just have to work out a way of doing it right.

This is our choice – will you join us?  

Click HERE to find out how you can reduce your carbon footprint.

Click HERE to request our catalogue or to place an order.

 

 

 

 

 

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Where to start…

Well, it all starts with you really…

 

Our own practices are closely monitored by our children. What they see from us is the foundations of what they will learn and how to use it when it comes to many things in life.

‘Without an influence there can be no habit, without a value there can be no practice’, and so on.
All we want is to make sure the next generation are going to be ok and provide only the best for our children, but at what cost? How do we measure this? Is it in terms of providing toys, technology, materialistic desires? or is it bestowing our values, ethics, principles … our wellbeing practices?

Really, it can be any of these providing no harm is coming to humanity or our planet as a result.
Now, you can sign up to many Facebook pages, share every post about how we can save the planet, sign every Change.org petition going as much as you want- and that’s great! However the action part is a whole different ball game. The ACTION is the bit that gets things done!

The photo above was taken at Rossnowlagh beach,  an active beach community that hold numerous beach cleans throughout the year. You too can get involved by attending or organising a Beach or River Clean. Just follow the link to register HERE

You could set up a Community Garden – talk it over with your neighbours on how you could bring the community together, share responsibilities and unite people for a good cause. Want to know how? Click HERE to find out.

Everything we do or purchase has an environmentally friendly alternative and it’s up to us to decide whether the value of ‘cheap and convenient’ outweighs the value of ‘our planet’s future’. We do have a choice.
From protecting our environment, growing our own, recycling, reusing, reducing packaging etc. Every little helps! It’s about simply caring for our world. We are setting the bar of investing in our children’s future and allow their nurturing nature skills evolve.

 

 

This is our choice –will you join us?

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