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…

Jumpers For Goalposts

Now the football frenzy of the Russia World Cup 2018 has finally died down, we take a refelctive look back on a tournament that not only bought the entire country together as a whole, but also the incredible impact and learning opportunities this tournament had on our children within Early Years. You don’t have to…

Fun in the Sun

As the country basks in this glorious sunshine, whilst we want to enjoy this incredibly rare occurrence of such tropical weather, we must of course spare a thought for our children and how the heat affects them and what we can do to help. On numerous early years and home-based childcare forums we are a…

Pebbles in Parliament

A wonderful, inspiring and quite frankly unbelievable afternoon for Team Pebbles today as Bridgit was invited to attend afternoon tea at The House of Commons to kickstart celebrations for this year’s TES School Awards, of which we have been shortlisted for Early Years Setting of The Year, for the second year running. We are completely…

School Readiness

‘School Readiness’ is a term widely used within the Early Years sector, but many people appear to have conflicting views on what the term actually means and what we as practitioners should actively be doing to ensure our preschool children are ‘ready’ for their transition to school. Is ‘school readiness’ something we can easily define?…

Professional Love

As professionals it is essential that we all strive to improve, build and reflect on our own practice and professionalism and with the countless amendments, revisions and food for thought that the the Early Years Sector provides, there is always something to consider and build upon in our practice. This was the case for us…

Utilising Your Early Years Environment

In our blog on ‘Outdoor Play’ we touched upon the restrictions in terms of space and flexibility that so many settings face in terms of their learning environments. This seems to be an ever recurring problem amongst smaller settings and home-based childcare providers alike. However, we pose the question – is the space the problem or…

Dealing with Death in Early Years

Death is never a pleasant topic to discuss, even as adults, but it becomes even more difficult when approaching and dealing with the subject of death and bereavement with young children. How much is too much information? Will they understand? How will they react? Are we equipped to deal with their grief and know how…

Outdoor Play

Across the Early Years Sector, accessing outdoor spaces for outdoor play opportunities is essential for children of all ages as we all know; the idea of the ‘outdoor classroom’ is one that so many of us as professionals strive to achieve on a daily basis, but this ideal is not always obtainable. There are so…

Social Media in the Early Years

There are many controversial topics within the Early Years sector, particularly as society and times change at a growing rate. As society is overcome by the growing demand and use of the internet and social media in day to day life; this now poses the question of whether there is a place for social media…

Pebbles Saves The Planet!

As a society, we are rapidly becoming more aware of the effects our behaviours and habits are having on the environment, and so we thought it was time our children become more aware of their responsibility and the role they play in protecting the environment we live in. We firmly believe this is a vital lesson…

EYFS Explained: EAD

As explained in our previous posts , in this series of our blogs, we will be taking an in depth look into each area of the seven areas of learning and development and talking about and demonstrating how we support the children’s learning and development in each area and the benefits this has. We will look…

EYFS Explained: UW

As explained in our previous posts , in this series of our blogs, we will be taking an in depth look into each area of the seven areas of learning and development and talking about and demonstrating how we support the children’s learning and development in each area and the benefits this has. We will look…