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…

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…

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…