You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Exploring Friendships within HBC

Friendships and relationships within an Early Years setting are vital to children’s learning and development as we all know, if children feel safe, secure, loved and happy in their environment that sets them up to thrive and learn to the best of their ability.  For us, we often face questions regarding the difficulties of mixed…

The Beauty in the Basics

We’ve touched on this topic before during lockdown when we made the decision to not visit playgrounds and parks during periods of increased infections of Covid-19 last winter.  However, recently we have continued to discuss this and evaluate the benefits and impact that natural, hands-on experience provide in comparison to man-made, fit for purpose playgrounds…

Making Changes to Make Marks

One of our most important roles as practitioners is to critically reflect upon our own practice, provision and pedagogy in order to extend, develop and support the children’s learning and development opportunities. It is just as important for us to notice what the children ‘aren’t’ doing just as it is for us to observe what…

Back to Basics – Play & Practice

For many of us it’s easy to get bogged down in the day to day, and perhaps be too overly critical on ourselves, our practice, our provision and the opportunities we provide for our children.  For us as home-based childcare providers, with no ‘management’ or powers from above to keep us accountable, there is of…