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…

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…

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…

Promoting Positive Approaches to Food & Mealtimes

With Covid-19 throwing all of our lives into disarray, routines out of the window, and contributing to noticeable changes in our children’s routines and behaviours – perhaps mealtimes have become a struggle in your household or setting. Many of our current cohort are at the age and stage where they may become more ‘vocal’ in…

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: 3-5 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…

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…

Activity Guide: 1-2 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…