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HuggyBeez @ Juniors!!!

Calling all Parents, Aunts, Uncles, Grannies, Grandpas & Childminders! Family workshops are now open for November bookings!
All Workshop activities are designed for you and your little one to participate in quality time together, meet new people and have fun!
Taking place in Juniors Day Care these events are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Workshops include: Arts, Crafts, Music, Stories and Science. We also have special sessions coming up for parents only.

We have special themed workshops and events coming up so stay tuned!

After each fun filled workshop session you and your child can enjoy a little treat for tea!

Each workshop is indicated from a suitable age. 4 week block bookings receive 15% discount on all workshops.

£6 per child. £4 Per sibling. Parents – FREE
Minimum: 6

*Parking is limited so if you are coming as a group we also provide a pick up and drop off service. Contact us for further information!

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Calling all Puddle Parents!

Interesting term isn’t it?

Becoming a parent is a time for trying to figure out what is the best way to parent your child. Is it the way you were brought up? The way your friends and family tell you to? Or is there a book for the perfect parent that we all don’t know about? Either way, it is something we are all trying to figure out.

That is parenting – trial and error. We all need to understand that childhood is the same, we have to allow room for mistakes to happen in order to be able to learn from them and figure out solutions to problems.

A Puddle Parent is a parent that encourage their children to investigate their own thinking, promote creativity and innovation. They emphasise on the learning of Kindness and authenticity, experiences over academic scales and self satisfaction over the praise of others.

Their hope for their child’s future is based on happiness rather than success, regardless of what they end up doing as a career. That they are happy with what they have chosen in life. This doesn’t mean they just leave their child to their own devices, no, it means that they are there to support, advise and assist where they can but ultimately the choice is the child’s.

Like you, no one should be telling you what you should do unless it makes you happy, correct? You know what makes you stressed, you know what makes you unhappy or how others make you feel and vice versa. Only you can decide on whether you want it to continue or not. And I’m pretty sure the next time it happens you know what you should and shouldn’t do about it.

A Child is exactly the same. There are things in life that they will learn that promotes their daily living skills which is essentially supported by parents and everyone who cares for them. Helping them understand cause and effect to understand it fully and learn where they need to. But when it comes to their interests and passions only they can discover it and motivate themselves towards it because it is what they choose to do. All they need is the opportunity to try.

Children will gravitate towards interests that bring them happiness and that they are genuinely interested in. They will try on other things from the people around them to see if it fits them – some will stick some won’t, but at least they have a choice.

They will mess up, they will fail and they will forget things – and that’s ok, we are all human! It’s what they do about it that will build their stepping stones to learning and resilience, help them choose their own path that is not about competition but about life, empathy and the world in which we live in.

If you are a puddle parent and are looking for a 2 – 3yr old programme that might just be perfect for your tiny human contact us for us for a visit or to enrol in Juniors Urban Forest.

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When we graduate – we wear CAPES!

So that was it….Varsity graduated … with Superhero stuff … and that’s all there is to say about that.
Not on our page! The true representation of our Varsity Graduation was so much more! We don’t believe a child slaps on a cap and a cape to say ‘ There ye go, you did it, on to the next’ no, not us.
Our theme was ‘ Be Your Own Hero’. Did we wear capes, oh yes we wore CAPES indeed, but what they symbolised was incredibly different, respectfully, from the PhD, Masters or Degree recipient represents; it was that of a Superhero.

As a wise man once said
“With great power comes great responsibility”.

Their great power is that of their own. Their unique and special skills that only they possess, because there is no one else like them!
These kids should be marvelled for what they symbolise; a generation of representatives, thinkers, the dreamers, social contributors, the artists, the constructors and the leaders of things we know not of right now.

The future is in their hands – their future, and they have just worked out the foundations of working independently, as a team and as a family to build on their character and discover their skills and abilities to change the world.

To embrace who they are and what they can do, what they want to learn, experience and feel for themselves.

The connection with others, building relationships, solving problems and working out issues.

Learning to deal with their emotions, other’s emotions, empathise and express through THEIR voices.

Learning about the people around them – friends, family, helpers – our team! new skills, old skills, new experiences to build on – this could be very long…. BUT, the bottom line – it was about them.


This wasn’t just a graduation to mark the end of something, this is a celebration of what is to come.

Our Heroes #LetsChangeTheFuture

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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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