Play Together Childcare

Here at Play Together we aim to provide quality child centred childcare to the children in our care.

Play Together Childcare currently provides Pre-school and After school care for children from 21/2 to 12 years old. Play Together is a child centred pre-school with experienced and qualified staff. We offer the FREE ECCE pre-school year to all eligible children. We encourage parental involvement and promote diversity. Just opened....A second Play Together Childcare centre in Carn Glas Way, Gracedieu, Waterford. We provide full or part-time daycare for babies and toddlers from 3 months to 5 years. Waterford Woodcrafts have done a wonderful job on the new and innovative playground, the children are loving it!

Mission: Play Together Childcare will provide quality child centred childcare to children in our care with gentle encouragement to develop their social, emotional, cognitive, physical and linguistic skills through play. We will provide flexible, cost efficient friendly yet professional services to accommodate parents. Play Together Childcare will work in partnership with parents to ensure their children have a happy and carefree childhood.

A few activities that may help children during this challenging time 😊

Cork City Childcare

Mental Health Ireland have put together a Family Well-being planner for families across Ireland. Brilliant way to check in with one another and have a talk about each family members emotional well-being and what can be done to ensure that self care is practiced during this time 🥰 Always be kind you do not know what may be going on for another.

#familywellbeing
#mentalhealth
#emotionalwellbeing
#inthistogether
#mindoneanother
#bekind

It's so important to be kind to ourselves and just get through this time as best as we can 💖 We hope all our families are doing well and staying safe. We miss you all loads 🤗

From NCN - Children's changing behaviours during the pandemic.

Here are the links referred to in page 2 of the poster

www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/child-health/your-childs-social-emotional-and-behavioural-development/development-between-2-and-5-years.html

https://www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/child-health/sleep-routine-for-babies-and-young-children/childs-sleep-needs-at-6-months-to-2-years.html

https://www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/child-health/what-to-do-if-your-child-bites.html

https://www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/child-health/toilet-training-for-night-time.html

Food colouring and bubbles = BUBBLE ART!

The Gruffalo

It's the second week of our 'Julia Donaldson and Friends' broadcast!

This week Julia Donaldson is sharing a performance of the 'What the Ladybird Heard' song, and illustrator Lydia Monks will be reading the brand new Ladybird Heard story, 'What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside.'

Mini Musos

Here's Karen from Mini Musos singing one of our favourite songs! 🐰 Happy hopping!!

A lovely movement song , fun for this time of year, Easter Weekend!!

This simple yet fun song encompasses so many aspects of our little ones learning and development tapping into:
🐰Creative imagination, pretending to be little bunnies
🐰Listening skills, waiting for that moment to jump up!
🐰Gross Motor Moves as we Hop, Run, Wiggle.
🐰Language development, through repetition of new words
🐰Memory Activation, can we remember at the end the 3 actions we did throughout the song?
🐰 Musicality , subconsciously understanding dynamics , when to play loud and soft, tempo matched with their motor movement : moving slower for hopping and faster for wiggling.

You can adapt this for babies and bounce them on your knee, helping them to move on various ways, encouraging them to sit still and listen... you'll be surprised how the take it all in after a few goes!!!

Would you have thought there were so many elements in this song for your little ones development?

Happy Easter!!

#earlyyearslearning #earlychildhoodeducation #musicfortoddlers #musicforpreschoolers #babymusic #lockdownactivitiesforkids #Covid19 #inthistogether #musicandmovement #minimusos

Aisling had hope to make these lovely little Easter chicks with the junior preschool children! Easter Chick Card🐣 Materials: Yellow White & Orange paper/card, Googley eyes, Glue, Yellow feathers and a Black pen! 🐥

Catherine tried and tested this activity - perfect to do with this beautiful sunshine! Just trace around the shapes ✏️

Lisa thought the children in her preschool class might enjoy making something like this..you could do handprints with paint or trace your hands and colour them in if you don’t have coloured paper. A lovely little memory to remind us of this time in years to come ☺️

The Gruffalo

Join #JuliaDonaldson and illustrator @LydiaMonks this Thursday at 4pm for this week's 'Julia Donaldson & Friends' broadcast!

This week they'll be sharing stories from the Ladybird Heard series - get the family together and tune in right here on the Gruffalo page at 4pm tomorrow.

UPDATE: This video is now live! Find it here: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialGruffalo/videos/916318972119980/

MOTHERCOULD

Silvia came across this idea and can’t wait to share it with the toddler room when we get back to normal! Other than the fun you will have it’s a great activity to keep those little hands clean! 🦠

🧼PLAY FOAM🌈
When in doubt, make play foam 😉. At least that’s my moto (and plan for the day 😂). About a year ago I saw Lucy @flisatfun share some play foam and I was like 🤩. Tried it right away and was instantly hooked! Its fluffy, vibrant, smells amazing and so soft to play with. Make sure to check her out to see how she makes hers ❤️ (it’s a little different than mine). You don’t need to make allll the colors to make it fun! One or two will do😜. If you want a fun indoors version, check out @hellowonderful_co. Agnes has an epic bath version with a secret ingredient to make it extra thick!

👉🏼YOU’LL NEED:
-1 cup water
-2-3 tbsp soap (preferable tear free for kids)
-Food coloring, washable paint or liquid water colors
-Blender
👉🏼INSTRUCTIONS:
1️⃣Add the water, soap and food coloring to the blender.
2️⃣Blend well. Start at a low speed and work yourself to medium speed. Blend for about 1 minute or until you achieve your desired texture.
3️⃣Pour out into a container and have fun!

❤️I’d love to hear what you think of this ❤️ #mothercould
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#diy #satisfying #montessori #preschool #sensoryplay #kidsactivities #earlylearning #learningthroughplay #invitationtoplay #preschooler #toddlerfun #homeschoolpreschool #homeschool #playathome #montessoriathome #toddler #letthemplay #babyplay #childhoodunplugged #playideas #kindergarten #playbasedlearning #busytoddler #toddleractivities #etkinlik #aktivite #okulöncesi #actividadesinfantiles #preescolar

Sarah from the toddler room had planned on doing these cute Easter chicks with the children 🐣 if you have no paint mix cornflour, water and some food colouring together! For babies you can mix yogurt and food colouring together to make a tasty paint 🎨

Niamh from the after school in Mount Suir has a fun activity for all ages! This is a great one to keep little hands busy rolling the dough before putting your handprint on ☺️ *send in pictures of your lovely creations*

A special message from the Taoiseach himself, the Easter Bunny will be allowed to travel into Ireland this weekend to deliver Easter eggs to all the little ones and adults too 😉 so not to worry! 🐰

Have you got washing up liquid, an empty bottle with a lid and an old *clean* sock at home?? Catherine has a bubble idea for you!

Try this for the easiest home bubble maker. You will need: an empty bottle, a sock and a mixture of water and washing up liquid. Cut the bottom off the bottle. Pull the sock up over the bottle. Dip the bottom of the bottle into the bubble mixture and blow through the spout of the bottle. If your bottle has a screw cap you will need to put a hole in the cap to blow through. Blow softly to make a longer train of bubbles. Enjoy 😁

☀️ Morning everyone! ☀️ We have a lovely simple activity from Michelle in the junior preschool room this morning that will keep the children busy with things you might even have in your cupboard! Start with a plain biscuit, make up some icing with icing sugar and some food colouring and decorate your biscuits using teaspoons.. at the end you can add some sweets! Michelle suggests some jelly tots or smarties 🤤 followed by some outdoor play to handle the sugar rush! *Feel free to send in pictures of what you are all getting up to, we miss you all!

Something fun to read together ☺️

We hope you enjoy these reimagined images and verses from #JuliaDonaldson and #AxelScheffler most-loved books and characters in light of the current times we all find ourselves in

#inthistogether #rhymesforthetimes

My Little Babóg Blog

Love everything about this 💞 #clapforthekids

Hope you all had a lovely Mother’s Day yesterday 💐 here’s a recipe for some taste safe sand that can be used indoors or outdoors!

For the older ones, tell them they have 30 minutes to prepare a talent show! *set a 30 minute timer* maybe even have a talent competition!!

On a beautiful day like today, simply just get outside! Whether it’s 5 minutes or an hour you’ll be guaranteed to feel better 🌞

Another simple activity - put all the blocks into a basin with some soapy water = hours of fun AND clean toys! 💦 🧼

🎨 For any parents struggling to entertain the little ones have a scroll through our photo album, most activities we do at creche can be done at home with stuff from your cupboards! If you’re really stuck for ideas send us a message we’d be more than happy to help ☺️ we miss all our friends and hope you’re all safe and well at home!🥰

The children in the toddler room had lots of fun with messy play today using their pincer grasp to pick up the wiggly worms (spaghetti) we added some shaving foam for extra mess, their favourite!!

[03/11/20]   Our places for Pre-School 2020 are booking up fast! This is a friendly reminder to all parents to return their forms ☺️

Spring inspired daffodils 🌼 made using sunflower seeds and pasta! ☺️

We’re doing some spring inspired counting games today in the Senior Preschool room.

Senior Preschool learning and enjoying new books for World Book Day!

We had some beautiful princesses arrive at preschool last week 👑

Taking turns and mixing our pancake batter last week was so much fun!! 🥞

🎈We were so excited to celebrate Rosies 3rd birthday last week! 🎈

🎇Painting in the junior preschool room 🎆

Gluing and sticking in the toddler room 😌

Our Junior Preschoolers had great fun in the Mini Musos class on Wednesday! Some children couldn't stop dancing hence the blurry pictures 😂

We had so much fun in the dark the other day, we covered the windows and took out our sensory tent and then introduced some glow sticks and light up toys! It was so excited 💡

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4 Play Together Childcare Carn Glas Way, Gracedieu, Waterford
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Monday 07:45 - 17:45
Tuesday 07:45 - 17:45
Wednesday 07:45 - 17:45
Thursday 07:45 - 17:45
Friday 07:45 - 17:45
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