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…

Promoting Your Early Years Business

In our previous blog, “Social Media in Early Years” we looked at the controversy surrounding the use of social media platforms and pages in relation to children’s rights, parental preferences and professional debates around this topic. But how about the use of social media platforms as a business development tool in relation to Early Years settings…

Early Years Well-Being Week

Last week was ‘Early Years Well-Being Week’, which bought to attention the importance of the well-being of not only the children in Early Years, but the professionals who work with them. It is no coincidence that this week fell in the same week as ‘World Mental Health Day’, but why has it taken until now…

Topics and Themes

As with any part of our Early Years practice, it is important that we are continually reflecting on, critically analysing and developing our thoughts and practice – but are there some elements of our practice that we overlook? In this blog, we will be taking a deeper and more critical look at the use of…

Nursery World Awards 2018

We are still in total shock and disbelief to announce that last night we were the first business to win a brand new award at the prestigious Nursery World Awards (the biggest awards in our sector).  We were one of three finalists shortlisted for the ‘Childminding Business of The Year’ award and are totally elated…

Pebbles Turns 3!

This week we have celebrated our 3rd Birthday! To celebrate another incredible year and commemorate such an occasion we enjoyed a wonderful (but blustery!) beach party with all of our children and their families. We feel so lucky to be able to do what we do every day and create such incredible family-like bonds with…

Product Review – BioBuddi Learning Symbols

Disclaimer: This post has been produced in partnership with Early Years Resources catalogue. We were not paid for this article, but goods were sent in exchange for an honest and frank review.  As soon as we were offered the opportunity to test and review the ‘BioBuddi Learning Symbols’ blocks, we were excited for their arrival…

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…

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…

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…