Early Learning Goals Consultation – Maths

Upon reading the ELG consultation, as professionals we are incredibly concerned by the reform, over the series of our next few blogs we will be dissecting the proposed changes for each area of learning; this week we will be looking at the area which has caused us the most concern thus far; Mathematics. Although there…

Get Inspired Childminder Event – Brighton and Hove

Last Saturday 19th October we were incredibly honoured to be invited to attend and to present at the first ever Get Inspired Childminder event for childminders in the Brighton and Hove area. The event was organised by Zoe Cox and Annette Barnard of Brighton and Hove County Council and it was a brilliant day packed…

Home-Based Childcare Decisions: The Pros and Cons of Co-Minding

For many home-based childcare providers, the role can quickly become incredibly lonely and isolating, an environmental hazard that perhaps many don’t consider before embarking upon a home-based childcare career. As a result, many childminders struggle to cope with the isolation that lone-working can create and some look for alternative options, or in more drastic cases,…

EIF – Childminder Perspective

Our sector is full of uncertainty and confusion at the moment; the main reason being the introduction to the Ofsted EIF in September.  There is currently so much speculation surrounding the new framework and many practitioners, particularly those in the home-based childcare sector feel overwhelmed and unsure what this means for their practice.  Ofsted have…

Pebbles On Tour!

We have recently embarked upon the biggest adventure of our Pebbles lifetime (and careers!) to date!  We aren’t advocates of celebrating the children leaving to go to school via ‘Graduation Ceremonies’ or end of preschool performances, instead we try and incorporate all of the interests of all of the children into an outing, and this…

Tokenistic Pedagogy

The Early Years and Education Sector are currently full of a range of exciting, interesting and thought provoking pedagogies and learning styles. Nearly every Early Years setting or school now holds ‘Forest Sessions’ or are naming themselves as certified ‘Forest Schools’, anyone within a coastal radius has a ‘Beach School’ edge and the Curiosity Approach…

Fragile: Handle with care.

You may or may not be aware that we are currently undertaking training in order to become a ‘hygee’ accredited setting and as part of this transformation we are reducing the amount of plastic toys in our environments, instead introducing not only wooden resources, but real, china items and other materials to the children. One…

Hot Off The Press! Our E-Book!

We’ve been a little bit quiet on the blog of late, but the reason for that is….. We’ve written an e-book! 📕 Our over-riding mission (in addition to providing the highest quality childcare) has always been to raise the profile of home-based childcare as a viable career and childcare option and we hope this book…

Product Review: Nexus Wooden Pirate Ship

Disclaimer: This post has been produced in partnership with Nexus. We were not paid for this article, but goods were sent in exchange for an honest and frank review.  This product arrived in a compact but well presented box, with large imagery of the enclosed product which being avid pirate fans, excited our children as…

Championing Home-Based Childcare

The past month or so, we’ve been busy doing something we are both incredibly passionate about; championing home-based childcare to the wider Early Years sector and community. Home-based childcare and awareness of this type of provision is slowly increasing and we are keen to do our bit to champion the hard-work home-based childcare providers do…

Boys Will Be Boys

The idea that boys develop at a slower rate than girls is a common one across the Early Years Sector as well as wider communities. Is there any truth to this or is it an old wives tale that has developed and grown over time? Well, in actual fact there is some research to support…

Chinese New Year

Celebrating and encompassing significant celebrations and events are fundamental to our practice and something we hold in the highest esteem. Chinese New Year is a festival that we have always celebrated from the outset and so the children are incredibly aware, confident and excited when we re-introduce this topic each year. In addition to creating…