Early Learning Goals Consultation – Maths

Upon reading the ELG consultation, as professionals we are incredibly concerned by the reform, over the series of our next few blogs we will be dissecting the proposed changes for each area of learning; this week we will be looking at the area which has caused us the most concern thus far; Mathematics. Although there…

Get Inspired Childminder Event – Brighton and Hove

Last Saturday 19th October we were incredibly honoured to be invited to attend and to present at the first ever Get Inspired Childminder event for childminders in the Brighton and Hove area. The event was organised by Zoe Cox and Annette Barnard of Brighton and Hove County Council and it was a brilliant day packed…

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,…

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…

Foraging

As you all know, we are huge advocates for outdoor play and learning and this plays a significant role in our daily routines, activities and outings, and the children’s learning and development is enhanced as a result. However, we often find that there is one aspect of outdoor play and learning that is commonly overlooked…

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…

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…

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…

Outdoor Play

Across the Early Years Sector, accessing outdoor spaces for outdoor play opportunities is essential for children of all ages as we all know; the idea of the ‘outdoor classroom’ is one that so many of us as professionals strive to achieve on a daily basis, but this ideal is not always obtainable. There are so…