Family Connects are one-off online events providing an opportunity to connect with other parents and carers via Zoom and learn about topics relevant to families and children aged 0-5. Plus you will share ideas in how to support children’s early education and each other.
The Connect sessions are free thanks to funding from the Department of Education.
Wednesday 6 March, 6 - 7pm
Have you noticed your child likes to throw food from their high chair at mealtimes? Or separate the different foods on their plate? Or maybe they like to move things from one place to another? It could be that your child is exploring a schema. Schemas are repeated patterns of play which help children to learn and make sense of the world. This session will explore what schemas are and the things you may observe in your children, as well as consider ways that you can support your child with simple activities you can do in the home.
Process over product
Tuesday 12 March, 1 - 2pm
Children learn through play, but they learn best through the kind of play that allows them to explore and experiment, where ‘it's not about the destination, but the glory of the ride’. Join us for this Family Connect session where we will explore ways to let children's imaginations run wild, using free and found resources from around the home.
Building babies' brains
Thursday 21 March, 1 - 2pm
Did you know that in the first years of a child’s life their brains develop rapidly? In this Family Connect session we'll discuss children's early brain development and explore ideas to actively engage your child through everyday activities like playing, reading and being there when they feel stress. We'll share information and ideas to support you to help your baby develop a healthy brain.
Building resilient children
Monday 25 March, 10 - 11am
Would you like to delve into the significance of resilience in children and explore how, as families, we can contribute to its development? Join us for this session, where we will explore the concept of resilience, its developmental aspects in children, and practical strategies to support their resilience-building journey.
Songs, stories and rhymes - supporting early communication
Wednesday 24 April, 1 - 2pm
Join us for this family connect session where we will be taking a closer look at why speech language and communication is so important and how you may see this developing in your own child/ren. We will be sharing practical tips and ideas about how you can further support your child’s developing communication and language skills.
Free resources for families