Life Ready, Not School Ready

Each year, we like to re-visit and discuss the overly used ‘school readiness’ term as our parents and children wait to find out what school they will be attending in September. ‘School Readiness’ has always been a particularly outdated term in our opinion, and for many people, ‘school readiness’ looks completely different from setting to setting. We…

Child-Led Learning

We love how spontaneous our days are and how our entire play and pedagogy is led by the children and their interests; a perfect example of this is this week’s learning, which has been all about wood and exploring different properties! We started our week with a quick trip to the vets with Billie before…

The Forgotten Frontline

Headlines of 2021 are full of Covid-19, death toll, R rates and the increasing pressure on our frontline NHS staff, and rightfully so, our NHS and all of our frontline health workers are doing an incredible job in the most dire circumstances, but are being under-appreciated and overlooked by our Government when it comes to…

Conveyor Belt Christmas

Christmas is an exciting time of year; particularly for children in the Early Years; the learning opportunities and experiences are endless and the magic and wonder that can be created for the children is truly heartwarming. With such upheaval, confusion and change as a result of Covid-19 this year, even more reason to make this…

Lockdown 2.0

When the Prime Minister announced the second national lockdown on Saturday evening, we, like the rest of the country were fed up and despondent, but so relieved to be able to remain open for all children, As a setting, we closed for the duration of the previous lockdown and so this will be our first…

Lockdown 2.0

When the Prime Minister announced the second national lockdown on Saturday evening, we, like the rest of the country were fed up and despondent, but so relieved to be able to remain open for all children, As a setting, we closed for the duration of the previous lockdown and so this will be our first…

What Next? Thinking About Life Post Covid-19.

With so much uncertainty surrounding our sector, our businesses and our current situations, many of us have started to think ‘What next?’ Is re-opening going to be a smooth and easy transition? There will be many challenges, not only are there business and policy implications to consider for those settings with more staff, but the…

-Practitioner Mental Health and Well-being – EY Wellbeing Week

As ‘EY WellBeing Week’ draws to a close, we thought we’d share the article Chloe wrote for Kate Moxley’s ‘Wellbeing Weekly’ as practitioner and mental health and wellbeing is something we feel incredibly strongly about. Practitioner mental health and wellbeing is often overlooked and not treated with the care, concern and respect it deserves. As…

Strike 4 Climate

As you may have seen via various social media channels, on Friday 20th September, our children joined our local #Strike4Climate, and whilst we felt this was an incredibly beneficial experience for the children and one they thoroughly enjoyed, some may questions whether it was ‘appropriate’ or ‘responsible’ to take young children to this type of…

Product Review: Nexus Threading Board

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.  We had actually been considering buying this item on our recent visit to the Childcare Expo when we visited the Nexus stand and so we were…

Developing Your Team

Last week, Chloe celebrated her 3 year anniversary at Pebbles Childcare and so this week’s blog will focus on why some childminders choose to take on an assistant, how this can be done and the benefits and drawbacks of developing and building your staff team within a home-based childcare environment. There is a common misconception…

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?…