Conveyor Belt Christmas

Christmas is an exciting time of year; particularly for children in the Early Years; the learning opportunities and experiences are endless and the magic and wonder that can be created for the children is truly heartwarming. With such upheaval, confusion and change as a result of Covid-19 this year, even more reason to make this…

Lockdown 2.0

When the Prime Minister announced the second national lockdown on Saturday evening, we, like the rest of the country were fed up and despondent, but so relieved to be able to remain open for all children, As a setting, we closed for the duration of the previous lockdown and so this will be our first…

Nature’s Playground

Outdoor play and physical activity have always been a prolific topic in the Early Years and an aspect of curriculum and provision we all focus on, particularly within a home-based childcare environment this can sometimes be an issue or an area practitioners desire to improve upon as result of space and locality, and we are…

A Loving Pedagogy & Children’s Wellbeing

We have spoken many times about how we adopt and embed the principles of Dr Jools Page’s work on ‘Professional Love’ and Tasmin Grimmer’s new research on a ‘Loving Pedagogy’ into our everyday practice and the ethos of our setting, but as we now reach the 5th week of re-opening in the midst of the…

‘Catching Up’ – Life After Covid-19

This week, the term ‘catching up’ in relation to children’s learning has been thrown around countless times by the Government and Education ministers.What exactly are they referring to? Why do they feel that as the country begins to exit the lockdown, that the main priority for children is to ‘catch up’ academically? As we’ve touched…

Our First Week Post Covid-19

Like many Early Years Settings and schools, we re-opened our setting on the 1st June 2020, albeit at reduced numbers and with only one childminder working currently until all of our families return. However, we spent the lockdown period planning, arranging, cleaning, organising and preparing for this moment to ensure it was the safest and…

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…

STEM projects

When we think of STEM projects, we often think of busy boys in Reception designing, constructing and problem-solving using hands-on malleable materials, but what about STEM projects within our Early Years? Do these types of activities and projects have a place with our younger children? Are these skills beneficial to children’s learning and development within…

Accessible Resources & Enabling Environments

In a recent article we spent time reflecting on the benefits of children in home-based childcare growing up in mixed aged groups and the value of ‘family rooms’ in some nurseries where children are not grouped as a result of their age. Upon reflection, we began to dissect the concept further and began watching and…

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,…