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Links – Art & Craft, Child Development & Policy

Posted by admin on June 14, 2012

Lots of fantastic tips, photographs, updates, questions, resources whirled across our Facebook page during May.  Here’s a flavour of some of the information, links and knowledge our Facebook users have been sharing.
Art & Crafts are something we all need a bit of inspiration with now and again because otherwise we tend to stick to what we know rather then trying something new.
Brick by Brick have tried painting with shoes! Nurture Store have lots of painting ideas. Red Ted Art have created a get way to look at the seasons through art. Just when you thought you could actually throw out something, Teaching 2 & 3 year Olds show us how to make watercolour markers from used up markers. No cook play dough recipe from The Imagination Tree. Explore the Great Artists with Rainy Day Mum and Red Ted ArtHome Art Studio have a selection of FREE video lessons to help you improve your skills. I never tire of paper mache, it’s so messy and gooey but when it dries and the bowls are decorated they’re beautiful. Happy Hooligans have a great step-by-step guide so why not give it a go. Creative Star Learning company are making felt mats. Ice Lolly sticks and velcro from Pink & Green Mama
Child Development is something we should all keep abreast of.  More and more is being learned everyday as methods of observing, collecting and interpreting data improve.
Abundant Life Children show the importance of a child feeling like their emotions matter. Building Self esteem. Leisha Mc Donald reminded us that children may be genetically programmed to dislike certain foods which may taste bitter to them but not to others. Talk Pedagogy Tumbleweed Infant House’s blog deals with children using words you’d prefer they didn’t use.
Policy – Pobal Compliance Visits, a list of common non-compliance pitfalls. How Ireland compares to the rest of the world when it comes to the cost of childcare Start Strong’s submission on the future role of Síolta. Changes in ratio for ECCE. And let us not forget the Minister for Children promised to hold a Children’s Rights Referendum in 2012 and this is one of the reasons it’s needed.

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