HEALTH & WELLBEING Exercise

At Rathfarnham Day Care we aim to support children’s psychological and physical well-being by helping them to make healthy choices about nutrition, hygiene and exercise.

Our policy is to provide all children who attend the crèche full time with the opportunities for physical activity each day.

We have regard for “Ready, Steady, Play!” The National Play Policy.

Our staff has taken part in Buntus Start training which is a comprehensive physical activity programme rolled out through the Irish Sports Council for children aged 2-5 years. It has been designed for use in pre-school settings so that childcare practitioners can provide a wide range of learning opportunities for young children to develop their fundamental motor skills,
manipulative skills, co-ordination and balancing skills and develop a positive attitude to physical activity.

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More Affordable Childcare Starts Now

What you need to know

From September children between the ages of 6 months and 36 months in Tusla-registered childcare will qualify for childcare supports, with further childcare supports for many more children under 15 years old.

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Health & Wellbeing Nutrition

Here at Rathfarnham Day Care, we promote healthy nutritional choices for our children. We feel it is important at this young age to introduce and educate our children about good nutrition and the health benefits of eating well.

  • We provide healthy meals and snacks freshly prepared and cooked on the premises.
  • Snack time will be enjoyed as socialisation and interaction are encouraged.
  • We do not allow fizzy drinks, sweets, chocolate, crisps, nuts or nut spreads.
  • Water and a fruit bowl are available to children throughout the day.
  • Menus are reviewed and changed on a regular basis to ensure a varied range of food choices for the children.
  • We do not serve Desserts.
  • Processed meat products are kept to a minimum of one serving per week.
  • Healthier cooking methods are used e.g. grilling, oven cooked. No food is fried.

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Preparing your Child for Preschool

Every child in Ireland has a right to avail of free preschool. This is known as The Early
Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ECCE scheme). It is available to all children prior
to starting school. This funding is a recognition of how important early childhood care and
education is.

The following are helpful tips for you to help support your child to make
the transition to preschool a happy one.

  • Visiting your child’s preschool room before preschool starts can ease the entrance into an unfamiliar
    environment. It provides you with the opportunity to meet your child’s educator and ask about
    routines, curriculum, and daily activities. This is also an opportunity to discuss your child’s interests,
    preferences and particular needs.
  • Take time to fill in the ‘Getting to know you form’ with your child, which the preschool will give you.
  • Take some photos of the preschool environment (if possible) to make a book with your child so they
    can look over it during the summer. To read the rest of it please Download the PDF

Montessori in Rathfarnham

1) Practical Life
The purpose and aim of Practical Life is to help the child gain control in the coordination of his movement, and help the child to gain independence and adapt to his society. Practical life exercises include pouring, sorting, food preparation, care of self, and care of the environment. These exercises lay the foundation for all the other subject areas in the Montessori classroom.

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What is HighScope?

What is HighScope?
HighScope was first established in the United States in 1969. It is an approach to early learning which identifies and builds on children’s strengths, interests and abilities. The HighScope approach enables children to be actively involved throughout the whole play session.

Why does a HighScope Setting look like this?
In HighScope settings, the play room is divided into separate area s, defined for the children by low level storage units which house a range of accessible, interesting and where possible, real materials for the children to work with.

Why do we label areas and equipment?
In a HighScope setting each area is visible and named using signs, easily understood by the children, which show the types of activities on offer. All materials are also clearly labelled to allow children to choose, work and replace equipment themselves.

 

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Nutrition

Here at Rathfarnham Day Care, we promote healthy nutritional choices for our children. We feel it is important at this young age to introduce and educate our children about good nutrition and the health benefits of eating well.

  • We provide healthy meals and snacks freshly prepared and cooked on the premises.
  • Snack time will be enjoyed as socialisation and interaction are encouraged.
  • We do not allow fizzy drinks, sweets, chocolate, crisps, nuts or nut spreads.
  • Water and a fruit bowl are available to children throughout the day.
  • Menus are reviewed and changed on a regular basis to ensure a varied range of food choices for the children.
  • We do not serve Desserts.
  • Processed meat products are kept to a minimum of one serving per week.
  • Healthier cooking methods are used e.g. grilling, oven cooked. No food is fried.

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Call or visit us.

(045) 397 430
ELSMORE CRECHE, NAAS, CO. KILDARE, W91 E8XP

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07:30 AM – 06:00 PM

Saturday & Sundays
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