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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?

#LetsChangeTheFuture

 

 

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‘’While we try to teach our children all about life…

… Our children teach us what life is about’’

One of the most widely known quotes about the wonders of children is from Angela Schwindt. A woman that is almost impossible to find anything out about on the internet … which has its charms.
What I do know is that she was a home school mother living in America that, I believe, felt blessed with the knowledge that she has put this powerful statement out to the world and needs neither reward nor social followings to boost her ego. OR she has simply disappeared under an alias into the big ol’ Cloud.
Either way; I love how it makes me stop and think… Are we taking the time to appreciate the little things in life instead pushing children through season to season, event to event? Are we; who are in a prime position, missing the little wonders that are brought to us daily just by observing and listening to those tiny humans? Are we?

By slowing things down to take the time, see things from another perspective or to breathe in an experience is a luxury some just do not have.

Luckily this is one of the revolutionary cornerstones we are bringing to our daily practices.

Simplicity is the greatest form of appreciation. Whether that is being thankful for a hot cup of coffee, a restful sleep, a small act of kindness or the gratitude for what you have in life; we can plainly see this very same appreciation through the attention that a child give to the smallest of creations: a bug, a leaf, a piece of fluff; the inspection that is given using their senses and the time they take in doing so is a joy to marvel.

Their passion to create, and build, explaining their ideologies are beyond our imagination when we give them the freedom to explore, the support to feel safe to do it and the patience for them to overcome obstacles independently or with each other.
Through these experiences that we open to children not only build their resilience for tough times but allows them to develop a life ethic in turn a work ethic.

Sounds like perfect common sense doesn’t it? 

Ofcourse it does but unfortunately overwhelming stimulation and bustling transitions are what children have become subjected to.

What happens to them?

Well, continuing this cycle in a daily context of stressful hyper-stimulation creates a brain with a life-long tendency to anxiety, it increases the levels of stress hormones in kids bodies, it makes them feel pushed and controlled (resulting in lashing out in an attempt to control a situation) habituates them to busyness so they become bored craving only electronic stimulation. It keeps them from perusing or discovering their own passions, creates chronic feeling of incompleteness, prevents them from attending to their emotions and interrupts their developmental work of exploring the world thus losing their curiosity. Stress forces them out of ‘living in the moment’ and overrides their natural inclination to ‘’do it myself’’ which sabotage the development of competence.

If anything, what we are seeing now is more about putting huge amounts of activity into place for children to constantly become engaged but not providing opportunity for us to become engaged with them. Slow down, enjoy these moments… for their sake and yours.

#LetsChangeTheFuture

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Have you been outside lately?

What’s the plan?

With a new year kicking off for us in the Hangout and Day Care and the exciting launch of Varsity it brings us a shimmering light of thought provoking concepts.
Every September we gather the Kids Committee in order to prepare for the New Year. We get a great mix of interests brought to the table but also a lot of concerning ones revolving around screen time.
Now don’t get us wrong we love our movies but when gamers and bloggers and bring our own mobiles come into the equation we ask ourselves

”What happened to play?”

Same applies to what they will plan to do when they get home – rarely we will hear a reply that doesn’t include a screen or a jammed packed schedule of extra curricular activities; but, we do worry that ‘Free play’ is slowly being pushed out of children’s daily activities.
One of our Standards for Inspection is regarding outdoor facilities. Being an urban setting this can present some challenges but we are lucky to have a variety of spaces as well as those in and outside the Omagh area that we avail of daily. We still aim to continue to build more areas in order to provide kids with what we had when we were younger – the old school ways of play and boost their aspirations to create play.
My point is; if our steady focus is emphasising the consideration and awareness of emotional, physical or mental health to help generate the imagination flow, then why has technology become a dependency rather than the aid it was supposed to be?
I’m sure you would agree when you watch this amazing video created by Nature Valley. This is their take on Richard Louv’s research who coined the phrase: ”nature-deficit disorder” in identifying the major decline on children being outdoors and losing their affinity with nature.
*”What’s happening to children about losing their connection is real and we have some very real reasons to be afraid of the consequences.”

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Ready for the Varsity try-outs?

After receiving a large demand for Varsity from younger children who won’t be 3yrs old come September or not just ready for 5 days, we have a proposal for you…

Your child can attend Pre-Varsity: this is an introduction to Varsity.

The cost will be the same prices and sessions that are currently on offer at Juniors. Once they turn 3 yrs old they will then be introduced to Varsity at their normal sessions and then gradually work up to 5 day week for the following year (if applicable) as they will more than likely be doing 2 years of Pre-school prior P1 attendance.
If you would like more information regarding this please do not hesitate to contact Joann Bradley, Alana Jack or Jill Dillon to discuss further.

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