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It’s Spring Already?!

It may have been snowing last week but here it has been nothing but sunshine! Take a look at what the Hangout Kids Committee have planned for Easter. These kids know their stuff when they are planning adventures and activities.

Contact us now via email: kids@juniorsdaycare.com or drop us a line on 02882257021 to book your child’s place in The Hangout

Firstly our Varsity programme is FULL! that’s right, our alternative preschool programme is a hit so we would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for believing in us. We couldn’t be happier! You guys are the greatest supporters, truly!

As for what we have been getting up to, well, it has been fantastic! the Varsity kids have taken us on a great learning journey where we’ve even met some of our own local heroes, the importance of their roles and discovered new found skills. From investigating every mode of transport with RLNI and the Airfield, to the PSNI, our local traders and health care professionals. It has been amazing to see just how much the children have blossomed – They’ve taught us alot!

Mini j’s & Varsity have been off exploring the Wild Woods at An Creagán. This great programme allows children to explore the fabulous opportunities of play and learning that a lot of children don’t get the chance to.

We have been at The Wild Woods Campfire, Gross Motor Skills Shared Play, Environmental Arts and the beautiful Play Garden!

Coming up in May we have the Bug and Beasties session and then in June we finish with a teddy Bears Picnic.

We have thoroughly enjoyed our experience in working with Peter Brown who is the Biodiversity Education Officer and have learnt so much about incorporating even more natural play into our daily routines. Don’t worry mother Earth our Eco-warriors are in training!

And it’s doesn’t stop there! The Hangout have been in full flow with their main focus: Inclusion and Diversity; demonstrating aspects of Integrity through projects for all the areas in the Day Care. This includes knitting, revamping old resources and creating comforters – all in the next few months. The children raised £200 at Christmas in aid of the Homeless and divided out £100 towards to the Homeless and £100 towards their Farm Set – we have to say they did an awesome job in planning the event, making all of the products and managing the money – Look out Alan Sugar these kids are the future of business!

We promise not leave it as long the next time, but we know you all understand that when there is this array of creativity going on it can be tough to keep up!

See you soon!

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

#LetsChangeTheFuture

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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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