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!



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


Part-Time Permanent Contract 

Monday to Friday 10.00am to 2.00pm



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:


This gave us some lovely spring coloured salt to begin exploring


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!


Numeracy Week


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.

Childcare Centre Activities

We have lots of exciting things going on in our Childcare Centre this week. Check out what the different groups are up to!

Meerkats Group – Playgroup Activities

Sand and water:
Filling containers with water or sand learning to understand full, empty, half full, nearly full, heavy and light.
Using mathematical language to develop understanding of capacity throughout their play
Outdoor Fun:
Growing their own grass in individual pots
Explore and experiment with new materials and objects

Meerkats Group – Senior Afterschool

Dream Wall
Children will draw or paint pictures about what they would like to do when they grow up.
Things they dream about when sleeping or when day dreaming.
Body Mapping
Map out shapes of the body, fill them in either by painting or colour them in, these will go on the wall.

Koala Group – Pre School

Are continuing with the numeracy theme, focusing on capacity.
They are having lots of time outside playing in the sand.
Friday will be cooking day.

Koala Group – Afterschool

Are enjoying skipping and games in the hall.
Taking care of their plants in the garden.
Spending lots of time in the new sandpit in our outdoor area.
Wednesday’s they are creating amazing artwork through “Heads Up” project with an artist facilitator.

Dolphin Group – Pre School

The children are planning to play in the sensory garden with new water area that was created.
They will also be doing lots more threading activities, also doing more cutting with different materials

Dolphin Group – After School

The children are having a slumber party, making tents, playing games and making Rice-Krispie buns.
They will continue to learn and play different card games.