Balancing Mixed Age Groups

We’ve touched before on how we, as a home-based Childcare setting, meet the needs and reap the benefits of our children growing up within a mixed age group throughout their Early Years. But how does mixing ages present itself when the age gap is significantly greater and more apparent, as is currently the case as…

Preparing for School Transitions – Covid 19.

In this blog we will re-visit our previous piece on getting children ‘school ready’ and what the much-disputed term ‘school readiness’ means for us. In light of the current situation we will also touch upon on how we intend to work with you and the schools to support our school leaver children with their transition…

Activity Guide: 5 years+

This week we will be focusing on activity and learning ideas for our school aged children. Whilst most children will have been set formal learning and school work from their school to be working on whilst their schools are closed, we felt it was important to provide some ideas for fun, play-based experiences that children…

Activity Guide: 2-3 years

As reality sets in and we all begin to adjust to our new ‘normal’ of being and working from home with young children in tow, we thought we would offer some virtual support and advice on ways in which to keep the Under 5’s occupied at home. We will be posting an age group per…

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,…

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…

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…

Ofsted

In our sector, the ‘O’ word is often met with groans from managers and practitioners alike, and the mere mention of Ofsted initiates feeling of dread and a shiver down the spine. But why is that? Ofsted and their role are an exceptionally important part of Early Years practice and ensuring that the welfare requirements…