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Little Voices is the Oral Language strand of the ABC Start Right Limerick project. Little Voices is for all young children and their families in the Northside and City Centre communities of Limerick. Little Voices has two language teachers who work with parents, families and staff to develop young children’s speech, language and communication skills. We run groups, giving practical tips and ideas on how to help develop children’s language and help them learn to talk. Little Voices works in baby & toddler groups, crèches, preschools, junior infant classes and health centres in the ABC Start Right areas.

World Nursery Rhyme Week

World Nursery Rhyme Week

Great rhymers make great readers… The importance of nursery rhymes for children Songs and rhymes are a cornerstone of language development, positive interaction and early learning in childhood. Some of your earliest memories may be of a family member or friend singing with you to ‘Round and Round the Garden’ or ‘Two Little Dickie Birds’. This is because from before ... Read More »

Top Tips for Helping your Teen Stay Healthy

Top Tips for Helping your Teen Stay Healthy

  Provide Lots of Healthy Food and Snacks. Many teenagers have voracious appetites-it may feel like a full time job keeping them fed. If you have lots of filling, healthy snacks on hand (think fruit, cut up vegetables, hummus and pita, wholegrain bagels and peanut butter, wholegrain pasta with tomato sauce), they will be more likely to reach for these ... Read More »

Top Tips for Getting Your Older Children to Read

Top Tips for Getting Your Older Children to Read

The summer stretches before, and many children and teens will have lots of free time. Reading can be such a great pleasure and open up new worlds, but it can sometimes take the back seat to screens. There is overwhelming evidence that talking and reading to babies and young children is critical to their development, but how do we help ... Read More »

What our kids really need is….us

What our kids really need is….us

All over the world, parents and non-parents alike have groaned with horror over what is happening to children and parents in Texas. The policy of separating a child from his parents violates something that lies at our very core—a child’s need to be close and connected to their parents. Most parents, while fighting back tears over the images and sounds ... Read More »

Digital Literacy: What your Child Needs to Know

Digital Literacy: What your Child Needs to Know

You’ve probably heard and read about recent debates around the digital age of consent and whether the age should be raised from thirteen to sixteen. The proposal to raise the age was defeated, and the digital age of consent remains at 13 in Ireland. But, what does this mean? The digital age of consent is the age below which a ... Read More »

Encouraging Positive Behaviour

Encouraging Positive Behaviour

We’ve all been there—it’s the end of a long day and we know that what everyone in the family needs is to be tucked up in bed. Getting there, however, can seem like the a never ending journey. There’s finding the right pair of pyjamas, ensuring the teeth are brushed, scrambling to find the lost tie and the stuffed animal ... Read More »

Hearing from parents is the most valuable feedback!

Hearing from parents is the most valuable feedback!

Are you the mother or father of a child aged two or under? Would you like to take part in a study which is trying to find out about parents’ views on healthy growth in children under the age of two years and how this could be best supported? The study will involve one interview with a member of the ... Read More »

Hearing from dads is the most valuable feedback!

Hearing from dads is the most valuable feedback!

Are you the father of a child aged two or under? Would you like to take part in a study which is trying to find out about parents’ views on healthy growth in children under the age of two years and how this could be best supported? The study will involve one interview with a member of the study team ... Read More »

Hickory Dickory Dock Rhyme

Hickory Dickory Dock Rhyme

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Hickory Dickory Dock – Music Making

Hickory Dickory Dock – Music Making

Shaking to a Rhythm Gather the musical instruments and noise makers you use at home or in your group, for example homemade shakers, bells, egg shakers, rattles. Everybody gets a noise maker they can shake. Sit together in a circle. Say the rhyme ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ slowly in the group while you shake together to the steady beat of the ... Read More »