early years

To be. To wallow. To wonder: Phase two of early years residency

Artist Maree Hensey and students from D.I.T Early Childhood Education are embarking on phase two of their early years collaboration To be. To wallow. To wonder. supported by Grangegorman Development Agency and Kids’ Own. Throughout phase two, Maree Hensey in partnership with the students will explore and develop a methodology and environment for engaging creatively with babies aged 6-18 months through visual an
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Kindness: New book project with pre-school children

Kids’ Own is currently working with six childcare settings in Waterford, Kilkenny and Carlow to create a new book with pre-school children, exploring the gift of kindness. Artist Naomi Draper and writer Mary Branley have been leading the creative sessions. The Kindness Project is funded by the ESB Energy for Generations Fund and is delivered in partnership with Carlow, Kilkenny and Waterford Childcare Committees. Pro
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Kindness Project

The Kindness Project

“Kate and Caoimhe went back to their boxes to see if the kindness was still there…” Fiona, Tigh Sugragh Childcare Setting, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Kids’ Own is working on an exciting new project with six childcare settings in Waterford, Kilkenny and Carlow to create a new book with pre-school children about giving the gift of kindness. Working with writer Mary Branley and artist Naomi Draper, the
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The Lullaby Project App

The Lullaby Project is now available as an app for iPhone and iPad … a wonderful immersive companion to The Lullaby Project book. The Lullaby Project is a gentle sensory environment developed by artists, childcare practitioners and babies in Ireland. This app lets you explore the sentiments, experiences and ethos of the project. We invite you to create your own space of wonder with the babies in your care ̵
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The Lullaby Project: Our NEW early years book and app for parents, educators and artists

The Lullaby Project book is now available to buy from our online bookshop. This early years book aims to connect educators, parents and artists with the spirit of lullaby and to create their own spaces of exploration and wonder with the babies in their care. The Lullaby Project was a partnership project with Kids’ Own and Early Childhood Ireland, funded by an Arts Council touring grant. The project took place in thre
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A new phase of Being & Belonging

A second phase of Being & Belonging, an arts project that places 4 artists in 4 parent & toddler groups in the border counties of Ireland, began this spring. This project is delivered in partnership with Early Childhood Ireland and Early Years – the organisation for young children, Northern Ireland, and is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Reconciliation Fund. Artists Maree Hensey and Naomi Draper
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Launch of The Lullaby Tour

The Lullaby Tour kicked off on 17 October with a creative information session for parents and practitioners at Toadstool Cottage in Ballyrush, County Sligo. On the Lullaby Tour, artist Maree Hensey and musician Martin Brunsden will engage creatively with babies aged 6-18 months & their parents through sound, lullaby and sensory stimulation in 3 Early Childhood Care & Education Centres in County Sligo. The cen
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