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…

Home-Learning Support: Mud Kitchens

Mud kitchens are a popular and beneficial resource for any Early Years outdoor space, and despite the fact that once we return to operation and re-open, we won’t be able to use our mud kitchen for the interim (to minimise cross-contamination/infection risks.) a few parents have expressed an interest in either purchasing one to use…

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…

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…

Beach School

In Early Years, there are countless pedagogies and learning styles and practices that we can choose to follow within our provisions, and now there is such significant emphasis on outdoor play and its benefits; Forest Schools and Forest sessions have become the norm.But why stop there? Depending on your locality, there are other options to…

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…

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…

Risky Play

Risky play can be defined as a “thrilling and exciting activity that involves a risk of physical injury, and play that provides opportunities for challenge, testing limits, exploring boundaries and learning about injury risk” (Sandseter (2007; Little & Wyver, 2008). At Pebbles Childcare, children are given access to risky play to extend their learning and development whilst being supported by…