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Summer Holidays are Coming – Things to do around West Cork with Children

Schools are already on their Summer break and the 2 Rivers Kindergarten will be closing it’s doors for the Summer break soon as well. We are going to try and post some of the more interesting family events and fun happenings around West Cork that you can partake in with your children over the summer break. The Mad Pride family day is happening again in Skibbereen as part of the Skibbereen arts festival. This year Mad Pride Ireland’s Free Family Fun Day takes place in the Skibbereen Town Park on Sunday 26th July from 1pm to 5pm. there will be a host of musicians, circus performers, puppeteers, arts and crafts facilitators, balloon modellers, face painters and our artisan food producers. So if you want a fun day out why not come down to the park and get involved in all the fun and activity. See the Mad Pride Ireland website for more details... read more

Summer’s here…Kind of!

Now that Summer is (kind of) here, check out some of these nice healthy recipes for popsicles….yummy. they are from Susan Jane White an Irish self-confessed healthy geek, so there are lots of good things in there as well as being very tasty for the little people!... read more

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

This is a beautiful story / poem for both children and adults   Once there was a tree…. and she loved a little boy. And everyday the boy would come and he would gather her leaves and make them into crowns and play king of the forest. He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples. And they would play hide-and-go-seek. And when he was tired, he would sleep in her shade. And the boy loved the tree…. very much. And the tree was happy. But time went by. And the boy grew older. And the tree was often alone. Then one day the boy came to the tree and the tree said, “Come, Boy, come and climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and eat apples and play in my shade and be happy.” “I am too big to climb and play” said the boy. “I want to buy things and have fun. I want some money?” “I’m sorry,” said the tree, “but I have no money. I have only leaves and apples. Take my apples, Boy, and sell them in the city. Then you will have money and you will be happy.” And so the boy climbed up the tree and gathered her apples and carried them away. And the tree was happy. But the boy stayed away for a long time…. and the tree was sad. And then one day the boy came back and the tree shook with joy and she said, “Come, Boy, climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and be happy.” “I am... read more

May Pole Celebration 2015

Some lovely photos of last weeks May Pole celebration at the Kindergarten taken by the very talented Mr. Budd. Thanks Jamie and Happy Summer... read more

Job Opportunity at The Two Rivers Kindergarten

Job Description Two Rivers Kindergarten is a Steiner based preschool in West Cork. We are a small but vibrant school in magical setting. The classroom is a lovingly built wooden cabin set  within a 30 acre Nature reserve beside village of Ballydehob. Our student numbers are between 10 and 14 and we employ a teacher and a teaching assistant. We are an approved provider under the Irish Department of Children and Youth Affairs’ Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme. The school is looking to recruit a Teacher for the Kindergarten for the year commencing September 2015. The position is for a year, to fill in while the existing teacher is on sabbatical. The role will involve all aspects of teaching and running a warm, nurturing and vibrant educational programme for children aged 2 1⁄2 to 6 years of age. Who we are looking for: The ideal candidate will be a responsible, caring person able to work easily as part of a team with parents and staff. They must have at least a FETAC Level 6 Certificate in Childcare or equivalent qualification, along with experience or qualifications in child-centred early years’ education  preferably following a Steiner Waldorf pedagogy. How to apply: Please send your application letter and CV for the attention of The Committee,Two Rivers Kindergarten, Ballydehob, Co Cork or email us at Closing date June 12th Download or view the Pdf Job Spec... read more

Family Events at Uilinn – West Cork Arts Centre

The West Cork Arts Centre runs some great programmes and events for children and families. There is the regular ‘Discovery Box’ which helps parents and children engage with current exhibitions through play. There is a Discovery box event happening this Saturday (the 25th of April) from 11am. Details below. Discovery Box is a free gallery resource for parents and carers to use with their young children in the gallery to encourage engagement with the artwork. West Cork Arts Centre commissions guest artists to develop explorations for children and families to investigate and respond to exhibitions in the gallery using a variety of tools, art materials and information sheets . Saturday 21 March – Saturday 2 May Gallery 2 ‘Disconnect’ By Susan Montgomery Susan will facilitate a Discovery Box workshop on Saturday 25 April, 11am for families with small children cost € 7. Please book in advance at reception Saturday 9 May – Friday 12 June Gallery 2 ‘ I Shall Make for My Own Castle’ By Toma McCullim Toma will facilitate a Discovery Box workshop on Saturday 23 May, 11am for families with small children cost € 7. Please book in advance at reception Free of charge Booking advised but not essential Discovery Box is a self-directed gallery resource for parents and carers to use with their children from as young as 3 in the gallery to encourage engagement with the artwork. The Discovery Box is bespoke to each exhibition and contains a series of imaginative tools to employ the creative mind and to investigate the artwork through play and conversation. In participating, it creates a space for people... read more

Summer Dub Hullabaloo Fundraiser

There will be a Two Rivers Fundraiser happening on the 22nd of May in Ballydehob Community Hall. Another great night of music is planned with Wiggle, The Blackstarliners, World Bass Culture and Revelation Sound…Pen the date into your diary and we will post more details as we get... read more

Nature Art Walk at The Two Rivers & An Sanctoir

Come along and hang out at Two Rivers Kindergarten and go for a meander down nearby trails: see the wild beauty of spring , meet the unexpected and interact with nature, performers and materials. Fun for all ages. 4 and under free. children 4euro Adult 6euro, All proceeds for building shelter and other amenities.. Whatever is raised will be doubled by a West Cork company!!! This event is brought to you by: The last Minute Theatre Company of Easter Adventure fame. Target to raise a min 3000euro to build a grass roof structure at An Sanctoir with the idea to host youth workshops and camps (as well as other things!) in the summers. Also a semi permanent water slide! Saturday April 25th from 2 – 5 pm... read more

Walking With Kids in West Cork

There’s a great new walkway route after opening up near Bantry – Coorycommane Walk, Coomhola, Bantry We found out about it from the very resourceful website West Cork with Kids – this is a great place to find out about all the wonderful things to do with family and friends around West Cork. See their full article on the walkway HERE... read more

Two Rivers Kindergarten Back Open after Easter Break

The Two Rivers is back open again on Monday and we are really looking forward to seeing everyone and hearing all about what you got up to over the Easter break. We hope that everyone had a great Easter and got to enjoy the great weather and had lots of fun when the Easter Bunny... read more

Some Messy (but sugar rush free) Easter fun with kids

Papier-mâché Easter Egg Craft This is a good way of keeping children occupied over Easter – it can be a bit messy and hands on, but it’s also good fun and the children love it…and there’s no chocolate sugar rush to deal with! Here’s how to make the eggs. Supplies and Directions: 12 papier-mâché eggs A rainbow of tissue paper (cut into small squares) The Sunday Comics (cut into small squares) Mod Podge, or glue Brushes Scissors Using the brush, spread a small amount of Mod Podge onto an egg. Place a piece of tissue paper or newspaper over the glue and press it down with the brush. Continue working this way until the entire egg is covered in paper. Place the eggs on a parchment lined cookie rack to dry. More detailed info... read more