Our Remarkable Volunteers’ Amazing Experiences

Kevin (Youth)

How long have you been volunteering?

Two or three years now with the Summer Project and then I continued on into the Youth Groups and I’m doing the Summer Project again.

 

How did you hear about Ozanam House?

My sister told me about it. She did it for a week or two. I was starting college and she told me about Ozanam House, it would be a bit of experience for me because it kind of tied in with what I was studying, which was social work.

 

What was been your favourite moment so far?

I don’t know if I can pick one. There has been so many so far. I suppose getting to know kids and building a relationship with them.

 

Rachael (Youth and Childcare)

How long have you been volunteering?

This is my second week now and I will be doing three weeks of the Childcare project as well.

 

How did you hear about Ozanam House?

Through college. I was doing some of the Homework Clubs with the Saint Vincent de Paul Society through college and they sent out an email about Ozanam House and the Summer Project and I thought it sounded like a great idea.

 

What has been your favourite moment so far?

Probably the first time they played Bingo. They love it. Most of them are about eight. You call out a number, say 66. They all start screaming “oh, I’ve 67” or “I’ve 65” and they just get so into it. You look around and see all these little faces outraged that a certain number has not been called. That has been my favourite moment so far.

 

Alannah (Childcare)

How long have you been volunteering?

I actually volunteered two summers ago for a week. This my first time doing the full three weeks of the childcare project.

 

How did you hear about it?

I heard about it through my college, St. Patrick’s, now DCU. They sent an email, I think it was the Student Union.

 

Have you any favourite memories so far?

Probably St Anne’s Park. We went there yesterday and they really liked that.  They played on the swings and stuff. I think the trip days are they best. They really like that. They get so excited when they see the bus. They know they are going somewhere.

 

Keena (Youth and Childcare)

How long have you been volunteering?

This year is my first year. I did three weeks of the Youth Summer Projects and two weeks of this.

 

Do you find there was much difference?

With the Youth Summer Project is just more hectic. There is a lot going, but it is definitely very fun. This is more calm and you get to spend more time with the kids, which is nice.

 

How did you find out about Ozanam House?

Through college as well. One of the lecturers sent out an email, in St. Pats’s as well.

 

Any favourite memories so far?

I enjoyed all the trips. we went to Skerries and Marlay Park and places like that. They were all fun. It was great to spend time with the kids and experience new places I had never been before.

 

 

Our Childcare Centre is Getting a Lick of Paint

Our childcare centre is the beating heart of Ozanam House. Many memories are made here, friendships started and love shown. We try to interact with the children in a way that will benefit them not just now but as they go forward into school, their teenage years, adulthood and beyond.

Because this all takes the hard work of our dedicated staff and volunteers, the Dolphin, Koala and Meerkat rooms are starting to show some wear-and-tear. So the children can get the best out of their experience here, we are revamping the rooms. Many more memories will be made, laughs heard and stories told in the new look rooms. As always, we will keep you posted of any updates.

Our pre-schoolers took a train trip to Dun Laoghaire

The children love trains so we visited Connolly Station and to take a train journey to Dun Laoghaire;

Recently, the Meerkat and Koala preschool classes have been really interested in trains. They began by building train tracks to play with and looking at trains in books. Because of this interest, we visited Connolly Station to look at the trains and the tracks and how we buy tickets.

The following week, all of our children and their parents came with us for a trip on the train to Dun Laoghaire. It was so exciting we even thought we saw a shark as we passed through Sandymount! We spent a lovely couple of hours in Dun Laoghaire and then travelled back to Connolly Station, tired and happy.

We’d like to thank Iarnrod Eireann and the staff at Connolly Station for their help in making our day out so much fun and such a success.

What Our Childcare Centre have Been Up to Recently

 

Chinese New Year

In February, we celebrated the Chinese New Year by having a meal in Lee Kee restaurant on Parnell Street. The people there were so nice and welcoming. Our preschool class made the journey down to bring in the Year of the Dog.

This is part of our community learning. We like the children to engage with their local community and make it their own. A big part of what we do is exploring. This involves visiting shops and restaurants and getting to know what is around them. Luckily, the North Inner-City is a vibrant place and there is plenty to explore. It’s all about getting out there and embracing what it has to offer and at the same time having fun. It also builds confidence in the children and it is important for them to know they are part of their community.

Afterwards, we joined the other gclasses and had a party celebrating the Chinese New Year and heard a story about a young boy from China. This is all part of embracing all cultures in the centre. The parents are an enormous part of this and we try to involve them as much as possible.

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Easter Traidtions

Our Active Retirement Group and our Childcare PreSchool Classes come together to share an Easter tradition in Ozanam House:

One of our traditions in the centre is the knitting of the Easter chicks. The Active Retirement Group spend a lot of time making these and much care and attention goes into the process.They then present these to our other chicks – our childcare pre-school children. This is a great way of getting our most senior and most junior members together. The joy on the children’s faces as they collect their chicks has long been one of our highlights of the year. The Chocolate Egg’s inside probably have something to do with this!

After the children received their chicks, we had a sing-song with Old McDonald’s farm ringing through the hall. A truly great morning for all of us.

Health and Food Awareness

We have been learning about our bodies and how to keep them healthy and happy. Part of taking care of our bodies is healthy eating so we decided to prepare our own dinner.

The children chose veggie burgers as a healthy dinner to make. We learnt a lot from preparing our vegetables and making dinner! Some of the areas covered were numeracy, science, turn taking, independence and most importantly how our bodies work!

 

JOIN OUR TEAM

We are currently recruiting for a new post in our Childcare Team:

EARLY YEARS EDUCATOR – FLOATING SUPPORT

Part-Time Permanent Contract 

Monday to Friday 10.00am to 2.00pm

20 HRS PER WEEK

 

To be based in Ozanam House Community Resource Centre, Mountjoy Square West, Dublin 1.

 

The successful candidate will be a support Early years educator in all 3 pre-school classrooms and will assist in the implementation of all aspects of our childcare pre-school programme contributing to the children’s development socially, emotionally and intellectually.

 

Applicants should possess the following:

 

  • Applicants must have a minimum QQI Level 6 in Early Childhood Care & Education or relevant equivalent qualification up to QQI Level 9 in Early Childhood Care & Education.
  • At least 2 years of experience working directly with preschool children in an early years setting
  • Experience of working with this age group in a similar setting
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • A good team player
  • An interest in supporting and empowering young children and their families.

 

This position is Part-time, Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm (20hrs per week)

& Permanent.

 

Interested candidates can avail of an application form and full job description by visiting www.svp.ie/jobs . The closing date for all applications is Friday 13th April 2018.

 

All appointments are subject to satisfactory references and Garda Vetting

St. Vincent de Paul is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Website: www.svp.ie

Mark Making

The children in the Koala preschool class have been exploring their writing skills recently so we decided to make a salt tray for a new mark making experience.

First, we coloured the salt with chalk:

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This gave us some lovely spring coloured salt to begin exploring

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This was a really fun activity that we could share with our friends and with just a shake of the tray can start all over again!

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Numeracy Week

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We’ve just finished Numeracy Week where our focus was on symbols that we find in our environment. As part of this, we made a map of the area around Ozanam House and included some of the symbols that we see in the area. This prompted fantastic conversation with the children and we’re looking forward to expanding this learning over the coming weeks.