Sunday, 29 March 2015

Family First

The one stop shop for all your baby needs

Baby Land, like most great things, was born out of necessity. After the birth of their first child eight years ago owners Ann and Dermot found it very difficult to get precise and clear information on what baby products they would need. That’s why in 2004, Babyland was established.

  Babyland believe you should take the time to make an informed choice about what you purchase for your new baby.

  There is a vast choice of products available and its a hard decision choosing the right product for your needs and that’s where their helpful staff come in staff, understanding the need to choose the most suitable choice for your baby. 

  Their trained car seat fitters will ensure your car seat is fitted securely and your baby is safe as they have been fully trained and authorised in fitting all car seats by Britax, Maxi Cosi, Bebe comfort.

  The level of car safety for children in car seats is not according to price but how it fits. Babyland aim to have your child safely transported in your car using our knowledge and training. 

  Babyland also educate new parents on their car seat and also assemble buggies if requested, so there is one less stress when you bring home your new baby.

  Babyland also organise delivery to your door, all it takes is a phonecall and they will deliver nationwide. All this service adds up to a fantastic experience with Babyland.

  Babyland are also major stockists of all the popular brands featuring products from Baby Elegance, Britax, Bugeboo, Chicco iCandy, Maxi Cosi and Quinny.

  For any further information concerning any of the services and products currently available at Babyland, Unit 3, Magazine Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, contact the store on 090-6492280 or email

Quality care with Rinn Dun Montessori School

Located in the Lecarrow Community Centre, Rinn Dun Montessori School is now taking books for 2013/14 and currently have just one place left for September 2012.

  Priding itself on providing unrivalled quality care through a gentle and happy environment for your children, Rinn Dun Montessori School is the perfect place for your child to learn and develop in comfortable surroundings.

  To enrol your child today you can contact Mary McCormack on 087-7987565.

Enrol now for the Percy French Summer School

The Percy French Summer School is an annual event which is set in the wonderful historic Georgian building of Castlecoote House in his native county Roscommon.

  The summer school runs between Tuesday 10th to Friday 13th July and features an exciting and diverse programme of lectures, recitals, poems, monologues, music, drama and paintings celebrating the life and times of the multi-talented William Percy French. 

  The school features prominent speakers covering the historical, cultural, social and political context of his life and works while seeking to illuminate the considerable social significance of French’s song, writing, poetry and paintings and their relevance to Ireland’s various ways of life today.

  The school has succeeded in attracting a wide range of significant authors, academics, politicians and artists to lecture and perform. The range of lectures and events in the programmes to date reflect the broad spectrum of interests of its directors.

  As part of the festival line-up, the Percy French Summer School will also be hosting a family day on Tuesday 10th July with facepainting, puppetry, storytelling and many more festivities for children.

   There will also be a presidential visit on the same day with President Michael D. Higgins, the Honorary President of the Percy French Summer School in the main festival marquee in Castlecoote House lawn, where there will be light refreshments served and music by the Western Brigade Army Band. Admission is €5 per person or €20 for families up to six.

  Tickets to the talks taking place in the theatre room in Castlecoote House must be booked in advance and seating is strictly limited per event. Book early to avoid disappointment.

  To book a ticket today or for any other queries contact the Percy French Summer School on 090-6663794 or email

Children’s Paradise awaits at Jump 4 Joy Adventure Centre

Situated in the Monksland Industrial Estate, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Jump 4 Joy Adventure Centre has plenty to keep all the family entertained.

  There is a range of fun games and activities to avail of including their children’s play area, mega slides, toddlers den and inflatable play areas, air hockey and pool tables, bungee trampolines, sky jumpers and soccer pitches.

   If you fancy catching a movie, there’s a cinema there too! Why not plan your child’s perfect party celebrations with Jump 4 Joy who also provide party rooms for every occasion.

  The adventure centre are currently promoting their July summer camps to suit all ages. Contact the centre on 090-6498450 for dates and further details. They are also enhancing their services with an indoor crazy golf course which is coming soon!

  Jump 4 Joy Adventure Centre is a place which can will enchant small children, thrill teenagers, delight Mum and Dad and even keep Granny happy so what are you waiting for?

Suck Valley and Parent Toddler Group

Open since September 2010, the Suck Valley Parent and Toddler Group, Athleague, Co. Roscommon, is a great place to meet parents with children your child’s age, affording them the opportunity to socialise with each other.

  The group continue to provide children with the opportunity to socialise and interact with their peers, to play with new toys and join in activities while adults also get the opportunity to socialise with each other and to learn from each others experiences.

  The group allows for parents to enjoy time with their children away from the home and to interact with others of a similar situation, helping to prepare the child for progression into childcare.

  The group meet every Tuesday mornings in the Angling Centre, Athleague, and are now taking booking for September. Contact Monica Finn on 087-1540707 for further information.

Peace of mind with Tulsk Community Childcare Service

St. Fidelma’s Childcare Centre, Corbally, Tulsk, Co. Roscommon, continues to provide first class care for the children of Tulsk and the surrounding areas.

  The children in their care are encouraged to learn through their direct experience in an environment that is safe, stimulating and provides a sensible balance between a flexible and structured routine.

  St. Fidelma’s offer a range of different childcare options including full day care, part time care, playschool, breakfast club and after school care. 

  They are also currently promoting their Parent and Toddler Group Summer Camps which are due to commence from Monday 2nd July to 24th August featuring arts and crafts, sports, cooking, drama, music and dance.

  With St. Fidelma’s Childcare Centre, you have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that a highly competent, qualified and warm team are caring for your loved ones.

  For further information or to make an enquiry, contact Caroline or Kate on 071-9639202.

The benefits of Summer Camps for Children

As the years pass by, they do so in an orderly fashion, even providing the pleasant changing of the seasons, each with its own distinctive atmosphere and opportunities. Among these traditions includes the experience of summer camps, a destination enjoyed by thousands upon thousands of kids every year.

   So, what are the benefits of summer camp for children?

  Social Interaction - The debate over the ideal environment in which to raise a child, or even as to whether such a standard exists, may persist forever. One aspect that most people may eventually agree on, however, is that a certain amount of social interaction is beneficial toward human development. Peer communication, seeking relationships, subtle interplay politics and other nuanced angles of social interaction can be considered important to learn, especially since they play a role in how people will fare in their eventual professional realms and otherwise. Fortunately, one of the benefits of summer camp for children is that it places kids in a safe, enjoyable environment where they can form meaningful memories and bonds with people they have just met.

  Healthy Activity - As much as has been written and displayed in the media concerning childhood obesity and its status as a possible epidemic, although one of its root causes would be found in a lack of proper nutrition, the other primary prong would be a lack of exercise. Active children obviously stand a better chance at ideal bodily health, but healthy activity as one of the benefits of summer camp is a fantastic asset for kids both fit and large. Summer camp maintains a rich tradition of providing a setting in which groups can engage in active activities, often in large outdoor environments, specialized indoor environments and through creative means.

  General Intelligence - One of the benefits of summer camp for children is that it exposes kids to the concept of experiential learning, the method of learning by direct experience. Just as the best museums offer a hands-on, interactive philosophy, so too does the camping industry stand on a strong pedigree of ensuring kids and adults alike have a first-hand role in their education and enjoyment. Whether listening to nature-related presentations on the hiking trails, hearing a Biblical message in chapel at a Christian camp, participating in “focus groups” during a day camp week that learn a specific skill or even just in the increased general interactions with peers, summer camp potentially offers a learning-rich setting for kids to dive into.

  Summer camps vary widely as to how they are run, what facilities they operate on, exactly what sorts of programs they offer and what ages and amounts of children they take. Yet, despite the variety of differences, they all hold in common a vision that positively aims to provide rich benefits to kids through summer camp activities.

Choose Modern Mum Maternity – Ireland’s Premier Maternity Shop

Modern Mum Maternity is one of Ireland’s premier maternity wear shops located on Eglinton Street in Galway, stocking a large selection of maternity wear brands that bring style and comfort to maternity fashion.

  During pregnancy its a must to retain your fashion image without compromise and this can be done at Modern Mum .

  Sizes in stock range from size 8 up to size 18 or 20 in some cases. As well as the basics for every day such as smart black trousers and comfy stylish tops, there is a large range of formal wear to cover all occasions as well as lots of strong vibrant colours that suit the Irish complexion.

  At a time when we are all price conscious its possible to create a capsule wardrobe  with your basic pieces and to build around that. The most important piece being well cut trousers that don’t slip down while garments that wash well are so important as you are surviving on a much smaller wardrobe.

  The labels at Modern Mum are quality labels that wear well in pregnancy without compromising on style. Also at Modern Mum there is a large selection of accessories to choose from with lots of evening bags or crystal jewellery or that wrap to finish off your outfit. Modern Mum also also a stockist of the post partem wrap the CINCH and the Cowshed skin care range.

  Opening hours are 10 am to 6 pm daily and Sunday by appointment. The staff at Modern Mum are always happy to take phone queries at 091-565993 .

Happy and caring environment with Tir na nOg Creche

The mission of all at Tir na nOg Creche, Lanesboro Road, Roscommon, is to provide the highest quality childcare for the children of Roscommon town and the surrounding areas, offering a loving and accepting environment.

  Each child is supported in developing their potential at their own pace and where self-respect and respect for others is constantly promoted. As well as taking care of your child’s basic needs and ensuring that they are happy and settled, the creche offer them a sense of continuity and encourage their independence.

  Their extensive experience and knowledge of childcare ensures that your child will have the freedom to grow, learn and explore in safety and encourage their sense of curiosity and adventure.

  Tir na nOg Creche are now enrolling for morning sessions for the ECCE Free Childcare places and these sessiona are facilitated by fully qualified staff. There are also limited places still available for the CETS scheme.

  To enrol now or for any further information contact the Mairead on 090-664950 or 086-8738546.

Home from home environment with Nurture’s Best Creche

Nestled in the idyllic village of Tarmonbarry, Co. Roscommon, Nurture’s Best Crèche, is a ‘Centre of Excellence’ accredited crèche by the NCNA and Early Years National Associations.

   Located on the N5 only five minutes from Longford town, children county wide whose parents commute to work on the N5 attend the creche -  Tulsk, Roscommon, Carrick-on-Shannon, Rooskey, Ballymahon, Elphin, Strokestown. Many parents go out of their way to avail of their services travelling out from Longford and many other areas.

  From highly qualified caring staff to large spacious rooms, tasty nutritious food to quality themed activity programmes, large outdoor spaces and a wide variety of extra experiences, Nurtures Best provide the very best in early childhood development.

  Their services are designed to provide optimum support for parents needs and include full time and part time care, Montessori Playschool, Afterschool Club, School Holiday Camps and a drop In facility.

  Participating in the Government Free Pre School Year, the crèche are now taking enrolments for the coming year. For further information, contact Anne-Marie om 086-1037806, 043-3359936 or visit

Put the fun into fitness with Roscommon Leisure Centre

From tiny tots to golden years, Roscommon Leisure Centre has something for everyone.

  Situated within the heart of the town of Roscommon, Roscommon Leisure Centre is a fantastic sports and leisure facility which was re-opened in 2002.

  Whether your looking to splash about the pool with the family or take it more seriously through distance swimming, Roscommon Leisure Centre have a wide range of swimming and water based activity sessions for you to choose from.

  The centre is now running a wonderful range of summer classes with Mother and Toddler activities continuing weekly while they are also offering a ‘Swim-a-Song’ activity catering from babies 3 months which provides quality time for parent and babies. This is a six-week course and begins on Monday 2nd July at 1 pm.

  Swimming lessons are also available during the summer and take place on July 2nd, July 23rd and August 13th for a one-week duration with limited places still available.

  They also offer pay-as-you-go membership and have some of the keenest rates available. For more information, contact Roscommon Leisure Centre on 090 6628219.

Fun-filled summer camps with Cuan Bhride Childcare Centre

Cuan Bhride Childcare Centre, Fourmilehouse, provide excellent childcare and education for the children in the local community, offering a stimulating, caring and secure environment for pre-school children within the local community.

  Care can be provided on a part time, full time or sessional basis to tailor suit for your needs, providing a relaxed, happy environment which is conducive to supporting growth in all areas of development including social, emotional, cognitive and physical.

   The centre are currently promoting their annual children’s (age 3-10 years) summer camps which will run from Monday 9th-13th July, 16th-20th July, 23rd-27th July, 9.30 am – 2 pm daily.

  These fun-filled camps will feature music, games, arts and crafts and outdoor activities, delivering excellent, exciting camps that children love and parents trust.

  Cuan Bhride Childcare Centre are now taking bookings for their summer camps and for any further information you can contact the centre on 090-6629844.

Children’s wonderland with Linda Madden Pre-School

Providing high quality, flexible and affordable childcare that meets the needs of parents and children alike, Linda Madden Pre-School, 12 Antogher Road, Roscommon, appreciate the needs of the working parent and strive to accommodate your individual needs.

  The pre-school boasts state-of-the-art facilities throughout with a spacious large outdoor play area as well as offering a play-based curriculum which caters for all aspects of your child’s development needs.

  Notified to the HSE, the pre-school are currently implementing Siolta, the national framework for early childhood education.

  Linda Madden Pre-School are now taking booking for September for the ECCE (free pre-school year) and caters for children aged two years and ten months to five years. Opening hours Monday-Friday 9.30 am – 1 pm. Contact Linda on 087-1209474  for further information.

RCCC – promoting and developing quality childcare throughout the county

Research shows children benefit from the small group family setting, with continuity of care from one person, often from infancy through to starting secondary school.

  Like most families, the minded children vary in age which promotes empathy rather than competition for attention. A family home, with regular outings, provides children with opportunity to experience the world in a real way.

  They get to know their locality and interact there with the wider community. They can develop lasting friendships with the childminding family and other minded children.

  Parents benefit from flexibility and an individually tailored childcare arrangement which will change over time as the child grows. Childminding offers the opportunity for close communication with the person who has sole responsibility for the child during the childminding hours.

  The Roscommon County Childcare Committee is one of thirty-three County and City Childcare Committees that have been established throughout the country, to co-ordinate a strategy to promote and develop universal quality childcare that is affordable and accessible to all in the community.

  The RCCC promotes the consolidation, development and delivery of high-quality childcare services and facilities which are affordable and accessible to local parents and their children. They  also support childcare providers, parents and other key stakeholders in line with the objectives of the National Strategic Plan 2011-2013.

  The RCCC also offer extensive information on the Parent and Toddler Groups currently operating throughout the county. These groups are a great way of meeting other people with children the same age as yours in your area. 

  The committee also offer information regarding all three childcare schemes including the ECCE scheme, CCS scheme and CET scheme so why not call in today to discover the list of early childcare services who participate in each scheme in your local area?

  The RCCC are shortly hosting their 5th annual County Roscommon Play Day which takes place on Aunday 1st July at Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle and will feature a range of fun activities including parachute games, hip hop dancing, face painting, balloon race plus the Lough Key Adventure Kingdom.

  To avail of any of the extensive services which the Roscommon County Childcare Committee contact their office on 094-9622540, email or log onto

Issue dated: 22 June 2012
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