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Construction Play

Aistear (2009) highlights that using different materials to build different structures is what is entailed in constructive play. This play may get more complex as the children get older. Children have an inquisitive nature and love to discover things for themselves.

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Mud Play

Living in such a wet climate as Ireland, we are continually surrounded by the raw materials essential to engaging in messy play. Mud play in particular allows children to connect and interact with the natural world around them.

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Outdoor Environment

The outdoor world is full of smells, sounds, sights, textures and changing light, air quality and temperatures- a feast for the senses. The feel of wind on our skin and in our hair, or the warm sun, the sensation of dappled light under a tree, the feel of raindrops on our face or the smell […]

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Encouraging Outdoor Experiences

One of the biggest challenges to outdoor play is sometimes just getting started. So, in wanting to encourage the children and staff to get outdoors more, where do you begin?

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Water Charges

Early Childhood Ireland Water Submission Irish Water has been established by Government to provide water and wastewater services to all homes and businesses connected to the public water system. The Commission for Energy Regulation’s (CER) role is to protect the interests of water customers, to ensure water services are delivered in a safe, secure and […]

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Earth Day April 22nd

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd every year by more than 175 countries, since 2009 when the United Nations designated this day as International Mother Earth Day, which is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, which promotes activities […]

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Harvest Time

Autumn is the season of nature’s harvest, with plenty of wild food available for humans, animals and birds. Orchard fruits, nuts and berries are in abundance, such as apples, blackberries, elderberries and  rosehips. Traditionally this would have been the time when people harvested these fruits in order to preserve them, make jam and store them […]

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Flower Power

Scents of Summer Explore the different smells of the flowers in your setting or at the local park. Do you know the names of them?   Flowers for cutting If you have flowers in your nursery garden, demonstrate how to cut them carefully, with as long a stem as possible, and not to take too […]

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Flower Power

  Scents of Summer Explore the different smells of the flowers in your setting or at the local park. Do you know the names of them?   Flowers for cutting If you have flowers in your nursery garden, demonstrate how to cut them carefully, with as long a stem as possible, and not to take […]

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Flower Power

  Scents of Summer Explore the different smells of the flowers in your setting or at the local park. Do you know the names of them?   Flowers for cutting If you have flowers in your nursery garden, demonstrate how to cut them carefully, with as long a stem as possible, and not to take […]

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