Parent Developmental Evenings
Friday, December 9th, 2016
Learning to Learn Every Day
All of our centres are currently hosting parent developmental evenings. The parent evenings are an excellent opportunity for parents to discuss these records with their child’s key carers, and to look at their child’s holistic development linked to the Aistear curriculum themes :
- Identity and Belonging
- Exploring and Thinking
- Well Being.
Parents also have an opportunity to see and even experience some of the activities their children participate in on a weekly basis. We are dedicated to promoting each child’s individual emotional, social and physical development and working closely with parents as well.
Our Parent Coach, Aoife Lee of Parent Support, was on hand at the Clonsilla and Stepaside developmental evenings and spoke to parents on a range of topics including managing your child’s behaviour, preparing for new siblings, and supporting your child through change/transitions. Our parents provided feedback over the last few months on what they found were some of the more challenging aspects of parenting. These areas included:
- How to build relationships with our babies & children
- Preparing your older child for a new sibling
- The importance of establishing routine
Dearbhala, our Director of Childcare, welcomed Aoife and the large group of parents to the event at our Clonsilla centre.
In her talk, Aoife covered some important topics based on the foundations of positive parenting.
Some tips included:
- Acknowledge your child’s feelings when they are upset/ frustrated
- Read a story book related to feelings, to help give your child the language to use when they are angry/afraid/excited
- Make a visual routine chart with your child to help them see what happens next (eg. At Bedtime, In the Morning, Getting ready for creche, etc. )
To you its play, to them it is learning
At Giraffe, we believe in learning through play and provide a stimulating and safe environment where your child will have fun as they learn to learn. It is always so rewarding to receive feedback from parents and families about their child’s personal experiences in Giraffe. Our carers take a great sense of pride in planning play-based learning activities for the children.
Feedback from Parents:
It is always great to see exactly what the kids do during the day – and I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Agi and Jessica for all they do with Fiachra. He is learning so much and is so happy there. And another massive thank you to Mya, Monica and Dehlia. Rían is settling in so well and that is only because of all the care and attention he is getting…..and of course all the cuddles!! (Mum from Clonsilla)
I thought it was a great idea and I found the whole evening really beneficial in terms of getting to know the team better, understanding the method of learning used, routine in pre-school and baby room etc. I also met a few parents for the first time. I appreciate the thought that went into the evening and the time taken to meet us all. Its clear people take great pride in their work there. (Helen, Mum from Clonsilla)
Aoife Lee, parent coach to Giraffe Childcare.
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