First Steps Womens Centre Dungannon

First Steps Womens Centre Dungannon

Creche Open Days

The Childcare Staff held two Open Days to introduce the Children to their new play area when their Mums are busy learning!

As you can see, everyone had a fabulous morning with so much to do and see.  There was also some healthy snacks on offer which the children thoroughly enjoyed!

Well done to the Childcare Staff for all their hard work and preparation.

Creche Open Days - Day one

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Egg Carton Art!

Childcare Easter Art

The children in the Creche were busy before Easter making beautiful daffodils, frogs and snakes out of egg cartons!! 

Aren't they fabulous??!!!

Singing helps babies and children develop emotional self-control

New study shows that singing helps babies calm down twice as fast when listening to speech compared to song

In a new study from the University of Montreal, infants remained calm twice as long when listening to a song, which they didn’t even know, as they did when listening to speech. “Many studies have looked at how singing and speech affect infants’ attention, but we wanted to know how they affect a baby’s emotional self-control,” explained Professor Isabelle Peretz, of the university’s Center for Research on Brain, Music and Language. “Emotional self-control is obviously not developed in infants, and we believe singing helps babies and children develop this capacity.” The study, recently published in Infancy, involved thirty healthy infants aged between six and nine months.

Humans are in fact naturally enraptured by music. In adults and older children, this “entrainment” is displayed by behaviours such as foot-tapping, head-nodding, or drumming.

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New Kids on the Block

First Steps Women’s Centre welcomed over 200 women and 45 children during our first week back on Monday 7th September 2015.

An extensive range of Computer, Health & Wellbeing, Numeracy, Literacy and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses are available to women who are unemployed, working 16 hours or less, looking after the home/family or retired.

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Irresistible Rabbits

Irresistible Rabbits
Congratulations to our Childcare Staff who won the healthy recipe competition in the last Early Years newsletter! The girls won a hamper of cooking equipment to use for cooking activities involving children.

The winning recipe was ‘Irresistible Rabbits’ and is such a simple, creative and healthy idea that encouraged children to be creative with food. Helena Elmoustaghit, Childcare Leader was presented with the hamper by Alison Boyle, Community Health Worker with Early Years on Thursday 26th February 2015.  

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