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Santa Visits DkIT Parent and Toddler Group

19 December 2022

Every year in Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) the students from year 4 BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies develop and manage a Parent and Toddler group, one morning a week, in the Muirhevna building as part of a professional practice module.

Last Wednesday there was great excitement, and a real party atmosphere in the sensory garden on campus when Santa Claus, accompanied by Joe with two of his ‘reindeer ‘arrived to meet the children and parents attending the weekly group. 

The children were so excited to see Santa but even more excited to get up close to Santa’s reindeers. The Beautiful ‘reindeers’ that visited us on the day were therapy dogs and we would like to thank Joe Treacy for bringing them to this wonderful event.  There was lots of singing, excited dancing and as the ‘reindeer’ relaxed placidly in the garden, they received lots of exploratory glances, touches, and gentle stroking from the children.  A truly memorable experience for the little ones, all with thanks to the work of the dedicated and enthusiastic 4th year Early Childhood Studies students. It was a beautiful morning event with lots of Christmas cheer to end a semester of hard work and significant new learning.

Thanks so much to all the families who participated this semester and supported student knowledge, skill, and competency in working with children under 3 years and their families.

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