This event looks to be a highlight – especially for parents hoping to introduce (or re-introduce) their children to the importance and joy of nature. The Clonakilty Kindergarten are hosting a Bee ‘Green Family’ Fun day on the 26 April. The event will be free of charge and open to the whole community. There are interesting workshops in conjunction with GIY, Sustainable Clonakilty and The Hollies Permaculture Centre. Events will include exciting projects such as building birdhouses and bug hotels to vegetable growing, garden crafts and much more – there will be something to inspire parents and children of all ages.
The Clonakilty Kindergarten is a natural playschool for children aged from 2 and a half to 6 years old. It was founded by a group of parents in 2002 as a toddler group and evolved from there. Today, it continues to provide natural, loving and family orientated childcare based on an Aistear Curriculum which enhances childrens development in many positive ways.
The Kindergarten is a not-for-profit community preschool where little minds are encouraged to thrive and little feet are encouraged to explore. The building is bright, warm and spacious and uses natural wooden furnishings and toys.
Based in Lady’s Cross in Clonakilty, the Kindergarten even has its own little wildlife garden, vegetable beds, play area, willow den hideout, outdoor classroom, sandpit and woodland which won the community gardens award in 2009. The Clonakilty Kindergarten supports Community Childcare Subvention and Early Childhood Care and Education Pre-School Schemes. Drop-off sessions are now available but booking in advance by calling 023-8859883 is essential.
A typical session at the Clonakilty Kindergarten includes dressing up, imaginative play with natural toys, baking delicious cakes and cookies, playing outside on the swings or in the sandpit.
Some responsibilities include helping in the vegetable garden and caring for the guinea pigs. Back inside, the children enjoy listening to well-loved tales and nature stories and singing action songs. Everyone sits down together to eat and if there is a birthday, it will be celebrated with cake and a story. Craftwords will include such things as making bird feeders from pine cones, weaving bags with wool and shaping bird boxes in wood. All the children enjoy the home made play dough and creative gluing , sticking and colouring. The session ends with the children gathered together to share songs and say good bye to their teachers and friends. The Clonakilty Kindergarten loves experiences and takes great pride in creating new ones for children and their families. For more information and to keep an eye on upcoming events, follow them on facebook.
Bantry has been yarn bombed and it looks lovely! The kids found it so exciting to see the benches, anchor and poles all transformed by beautifully colourful knitting and crochet work. They were especially impressed that even the ‘angry donkey’ got a hat and scarf.
Yarn bombing, also known as guerrilla knitting or graffiti knitting, is a non permanent (although it would be lovely if it was permanent) way of creative expression. It is a wonderful way to reclaim an impersonal or public space and to project, care, colour and inspiration into the community.
Bantry has been yarn bombed by ‘The Rabbit Hole Project’ – find them on facebook here . The Rabbit Hole Project and its yarnies met every Tuesday evening at Ma Murphys where they knitted up a storm. They were sponsored by a few local businesses and we hope to see more and more creative expression across the town. Well done to all involved.
Great news for parents in the Clonakilty area as Clon now has a new child care drop in service.
The high quality childcare at Clonakilty Kindergarten is now expanding and a drop in service has been introduced.
To arrange a morning of your choice, simply ring 023-8859883 and book your little one in for a day of creative and practical learning in a beautiful purpose built facility with wonderful gardens and outdoor play areas.
Josh McGuiness is currently a student at Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai. As part of his work placement for Transition Year, he is hoping to travel to the city of Arusha in Tanzania to help with building of schools and homes with the Maasai community. He is hoping to travel in April 2015 and to do so, he needs to raise €3 500 to cover vaccinations, travel and accommodation costs.
Throughout the term leading up to his departure, Josh and his family are holding several fundraising events around Bantry to raise funds for his trip.
He is travelling with ‘Projects Abroad’ an organisation which runs many overseas developments around the world. You can get more info about them at www.projects-abroad.org
Josh will be working closely with other volunteers from around the globe and members of the Maasai tribes in the Arusha project. He will spend his days painting, building and maintaining buildings which the Maasai use in their daily lives.
Josh has set up a facebook page, a website and an online donation form for anyone wishing to help in any way.
The Greener Living Programme (GAP) is having an introduction evening at the Maritime Hotel in Bantry on Wednesday the 26th November. This is a course designed to help people reduce bills and reduce waste. The course will begin in January and everyone is welcome to attend.
GAP training is an international programme for householders to encourage changes towards Sustainable Development and reduced environmental impact. The content of the course has six topics; Waste, Water, Energy, Transport, Consumerism and Community, which are delivered in six one hour informal meeting style sessions by Environmental Educator Jessica Mason.
Jessica Mason is a West Cork based environmental educator with a passion for inspiring change in others. After graduating in Environmental Sciences she has now worked for over ten years in environmental awareness with groups of all ages in informal settings, schools and adult groups. At present she works freelance for Cork County Council, Coomhola Salmon Trust, Cork Environmental Forum and is registered as a Heritage Expert with the Heritage Council of Ireland for their Heritage in Schools Scheme. She is currently studying for a Masters of Science in Environmental Sustainability with UCD.
Jessica says ‘The aim of all my projects is to inspire people to make changes, be they big or small, towards sustainable development. At present humans live well beyond the means of our planet, and in order to continue enjoying this marvel that is Earth we need to conserve and protect what we have and start to live within the bounds of our planet. I love using creative projects to inspire people to look at waste differently, and making functional things from everyday rubbish’
This week is European Week for Waste Reduction, and as a part of a project funded by the Environmental Awareness Department of Cork County Council Jessica has worked with four Bantry Schools to create a waste installation: ‘One World Don’t Waste It!’. The installation will be up in the foyer of Bantry library for the next two weeks and contains lots of facts and information around environmental impact, waste creation and personal action.
Jessica believes that ‘the key to environmental change is encouraging people to appreciate the world we live in and showing how making simple changes can benefit both our lives and the planet’.
For more information contact Jessica on 086 3031116