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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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look out people….

Hold on to your hats; it’s going to be a wild one!

Sun, Sea, Sand; what a Summer it is going to be, because;

Schools out it’s time for the Hangout!

The kids have been so busy developing this year’s Camp Schedule Check it out below – but believe us there are loads still of their ideas yet to include we just couldn’t fit it all in!

There will be a number of surprise trips, visitors and events popping up through out the 9 weeks of Summer…

But don’t worry!

If you hadn’t booked that day we will give you plenty of notice when it is scheduled to happen, so get your forms in quick!

Remember: you dont have to book every day or all summer you can pick and mix sessions and days to suit your Summer Time needs.

For registration Packs click to contact us

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Presenting Private Day Care of the Year 2018!

Not 1… not 2… but 3 awards for Juniors at the Families First Ni Awards!

What a night! we were totally blown away by receiving such recognition about what we do here at Juniors.

In light of us launching Juniors Varsity and all we do to support children’s ‘Health and Wellbeing’ reaffirmed how highly people value what we are doing, this was outstanding thank you so much!

As for ‘Nursery Personality of the Year’ we knew that one member of our team shone through when being asked to nominate someone: Alana Jack. Alana is a Key Person in Jill’s absence who for the past 9 years truly reflects Juniors’ ethos and strives to ensure standards are maintained daily which made her a clear winner, Congratulations Alana!

Continuing on a high from these two outstanding awards we scored a hat trick and received ‘Private Day Care Overall Winner’ Award of 2018!

Child care and Learning is an inspiring vocation and even though it has it’s challenges; we won’t stop, we will continue to rise and strive to meet the wondrous outcomes of supporting children to become the fabulous individuals they want to be.

We adore our role in children’s lives and discovering we are valued by others through recognition and appreciation makes all of our efforts worthwhile.

 

Thank you to everyone who voted, we cannot express enough how much this means to us. x

 

 

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