-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?…

Enabling Environments

As childcare professionals, we are all aware of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and how each of these basic needs need to be met in order for an individual to reach the top of the hierarchy and achieve self-actualisation which enables an individual to become ‘everything one is capable of becoming’ (Maslow, 1987, p64). As early…

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’…

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…

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…

Intergenerational Relationships

Loneliness and social isolation in our older generation is now only too common here in the UK, with The Guardian reporting last month that over three quarters of our older people are lonely. These are staggering figures and here at Pebbles Childcare, we value and respect our older generation profusely and as a result we…

Childminders: Myths and Stereotypes

Society has always had, and sadly still appears to have a negative view of Childminding as a profession. It appears that childminders are considered to be a less ‘professional’ childcare option than nurseries, nannies and other early years settings. Despite qualifications, regulations and OFSTED Inspections and gradings being obtained in the same way as other…

Maternal Mental Health

This week saw the launch of the UK’s first ever ‘Maternal Mental Health Week’ to raise awareness for one of the most common occurrences during the maternity period, yet one that is still very much shrouded in stigma; antenatal/postnatal depression. Whilst having a baby is a wonderful and exciting time, it can also be a…