About Us

Bridgit and Chloe are OFSTED ‘Outstanding’ Childminders based in Worthing, West Sussex, offering a professional and individual service for children and their families 0-8 years. Pebbles Childcare was started in 2015 by Bridgit to provide a holistic, educational and healthy home from home setting for your child. Collectively we have over 30 years experience in the…

Home-Based Childcare

The Early Years Sector as a whole at the moment is full of uncertainty due to the introduction of the Government’s 30 hours funding scheme and the financial implications this is causing provisions across the sector; forcing many larger settings into closure as well as having a significant financial impact on home-based childcarer’s, making this…

An ‘Outstanding’ Announcement

It is with great pleasure we can share with you the reason we are celebrating this week; following our first Ofsted inspection last week, we have been deemed ‘Outstanding’ in all areas. We  have been operating our home-based childcare setting in Worthing since 2015 and this was our first inspection. To to be deemed ‘Outstanding’…

Gender

As society becomes significantly more aware of issues, troubles and confusion around the subject of gender for children and within the Early Years Sector, we take a look at how we as practitioners (and parents) can support children in exploring their feelings towards their gender and to ensure that we are not promoting or advocating…

Schematic Play

In the Early Years sector, the term ‘schema’ or ‘schematic play’ is frequently used, but rarely understood. Schemas are described as patterns of repeated behaviour which allow children to explore and develop ideas and thoughts through play and exploration. These repetitive actions of schematic play allow children to construct meaning in what they are doing. As practitioners it is important that…

Emotional Resilience and Intelligence

As practitioners we know only too well how important supporting children’s personal, social and emotional development is, particularly in today’s soceity where children’s mental health (and mental health in general) is so prevalent. There are staggering statistics from the Mental Health Foundation that say at least 1 in 10 children (aged 5 – 16 years)…

Pebbles Turns 2

As many of you may know Pebbles Childcare celebrated it’s second birthday this week with the most beautiful (yet blustery!) beach party on Friday, joined by our children and their families, spending the afternoon on the beach doing all of the things that encompasses our Pebbles’ favourite things; play, dig, learn to fly kites, paddle,…

Risky Play

Risky play can be defined as a “thrilling and exciting activity that involves a risk of physical injury, and play that provides opportunities for challenge, testing limits, exploring boundaries and learning about injury risk” (Sandseter (2007; Little & Wyver, 2008). At Pebbles Childcare, children are given access to risky play to extend their learning and development whilst being supported by…

Pebbles In The Community

As home-based childcarers, the thing we love most about what we do, is the level of flexibility we have in the learning opportunities and experiences we provide for the children and the way in which we are able to bring our learning experiences to life for the children; providing them with hands-on, learning experiences relevant…

Childminder Champions

As many of you may know, we were recently honoured to be shortlisted for one of the most prestigious award ceremonies in the education sector, the TES (Times Education Supplement) School Awards. We were shortlisted for ‘Early Years Setting of The Year’, the first time in which a childminder/home-based childcare provision has ever been shortlisted…

Parent Partnerships

In our previous post on Attachment, we touched briefly upon parent partnerships and how these support the attachment process with the children, as well as supporting the children’s learning and development whilst in the setting. Here we will look more in depth at what we do as a setting to develop strong and lasting partnerships with…

Attachment

Whether you’re a practitioner or a parent, everyone has heard of and knows about Bowlby’s theory of attachment. But what does attachment really mean in a modern society? How do we as practitioners interpret and implement attachment theory in our practice? What is the impact on the children? What does this mean for parents? And…