Latest From Crawford

Latest From Crawford Adventure Room With Christmas well and truly over we felt the need to get back into ‘routine’ so we started working on our independence looking at taking on and off our coats and shoes and tidying up the toys. We all helped each other and made sure to tidy up the room before we went outside each day. It took a little time to get into the habit of doing things for ourselves and to be aware that we need to tidy up after playing with the toys or games that we use. Tom’s Dad was very proud to see him putting his own coat…

Crawford Weekly News

Crawford Weekly News Exploring Room This week we decided it was time for a change and moved our Cosy Corner in order to make it more accessible to all the babies. The bookshelves were moved in order to create a more welcoming and comfy area for all our new arrivals. Some of the children noticed the change immediately and were excited to have a new area to explore and unwind in. As we have many new books we are spending more time storytelling and saying nursery rhymes with the children in the Cosy Corner, which we hope will continue to be an area that is calm, relaxing and…

Discovery Room News

Discovery Room News It is an exciting few weeks in the Discovery Room as our ECCE year draws to a close. We take this time to reflect on the year that has gone by and look to the future with excitement at all the new adventures that lie ahead. For some of the children in the Discovery Room at Crawford Childcare they will be transitioning to “big school” in September. The teachers at Crawford Childcare work with the children to make this transition as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Recently the Discovery Room had a special visitor – Miss Crean, a junior infant teacher from Scoil Chill Ruadhain…

A trip to Athlone

A trip to Athlone Last Saturday morning Sarah, Cathy and Karen headed off to Athlone to represent Crawford Childcare in accepting our Healthy Ireland Smart Start Award. This was part of the process which commenced last year where the programme was delivered over 21 hours for 7 weeks. The programme consisted of 6 units ; Health Promotion, Emotional Well Being/Literacy, Physical Activity, Nutrition, Oral Health and Health and Safety for children aged three to five. On Saturday Crawford Childcare were among 190 centres across Ireland to receive this award. Cork was very well represented on the day as it was the County with the most representatives present. We also…

Pancake Tuesday at Crawford

Pancake Tuesday at Crawford Pancake Tuesday was an eventful day here in Crawford Childcare this week with pancakes and surprise snow showers. In the Adventure Room some of the children told us about their favourite toppings. Aoife said she really liked honey, Eilish likes banana pancakes and Ellie likes hers topped with strawberries. A few other children said they like chocolate on their pancakes. Daniel said he is a chocaholic! The children all had pancakes in the Adventure Room and before eating there was a bit of a flipping contest. Aoife and Amelie’s pancakes didn’t flip but you could see the concentration on their faces as they raised the…

Every child is an artist at Crawford

Every child is an artist at Crawford At Crawford Childcare we take the words of Pablo Picasso “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up” to heart but what does that mean? Children enjoy art because it is fun and provides the opportunity to be creative. This can be for one child using a paintbrush to mix paints together to make new colours on the page or for another child it may be the process of continually gluing on a page without ever sticking anything to this glue. In both instances the child is learning through their actions, developing a sense of creativity,…

Water play at Crawford Childcare

Water play at Crawford Childcare At Crawford Childcare lots of the children love to play outside and play with water. Although we have a good few puddles at the moment some of the children were worried that they might dry out. We fitted a water butt to one of our drain pipes outside to give the children easy access to their own supply of water. The rain water is collected by the shores and stored in the water butt itself ready for use. The water butt has been placed high enough to fit a collecting bucket under but low enough for children to operate themselves. The water can flow out…

Wibbley wobbley jelly in the baby room

Wibbley wobbley jelly in the baby room The babies got messy recently as they explored strawberry, raspberry and orange jelly. All the senses are used in jelly play. Trays of jelly were placed on the floor and the children looked at and played with it in any way they wanted. Jelly is sticky and changes state easily when played with. It is fun to watch this, listen to the splats as the jelly hits the floor and trays, they smell and taste differently from another type of jelly and to squeeze, pour and spread. The adults’ role was to observe while sitting closely by describing the babies actions to build vocabulary and…

Getting cosy in Crawford Childcare

Getting cosy in Crawford Childcare There has been a lot of work going on in all our rooms recently as the team worked together to create cosy areas in each of the rooms. Each cosy area was planned carefully. We wanted our cosy corners to be places for our children to feel safe, separate from other play areas, a place to relax, wind down and to read. Forward facing libraries, shelving and soft furniture and drapes form the basis of our cosy corners. We ensure there are a range of books including catalogues, magazines, paperbacks and hard page books on offer. Our babies love our Nursery Rhyme books and point…

Muddy puddles

Muddy puddles We love splashing around in muddy puddles in Crawford Childcare, Glanmire Co. Cork. The toddlers have been enjoying splashing about in the puddles from all the recent rainfall. The Montessori children were more cautious carefully wading through the puddles in their wellies. Not so for the toddlers! Aoife decided to try and empty the puddle with a cup and went back and forth from the puddle to empty her cup on to the grass. Luke cycled straight through causing lots of spray to the delight of his watching friends. Conor decided the best place to play in a puddle was to sit in its very…