Food Sensitivities

Mealtimes and food are a huge part of our routine here at Pebbles Childcare as is children’s nutrition and weaning.  Children’s early experiences of food are an essential part of their development and will shape their attitudes, tastes and relationships with food thereafter and so it is important we support and encourage a positive outlook…

Foraging – Part 1

We have always been keen foragers and our children have grown up in an environment that encourages them to be curious, inquisitive and knowledgeable learners, particularly in the environment around them and we are so proud of how the outdoor play and learning we engage in every day has enabled our children to develop their…

Effective Transitions

As we all begin to prepare for our last term before many of our children begin their transition to school, it is once again time to reflect upon our transition processes, what ‘school-readiness’ means to us, and what it should look like in practice for these children about to embark upon a huge transitional process…

The Benefits of Intergenerational Relationships

We have always been advocates for intergenerational relationships; from our very first weekly visits to Nanny Beat, to coffee shop dates with Grandad John, to our now weekly visits with Nanny & Nut, intergenerational relationships are always something that we’ve placed huge emphasis on and so we’ve tried to incorporate into our routine as much…

We Don’t Talk About OFSTED

In the same week that our Prime Minister revealed potential plans to once again reduce our Early Years ratios in order to drive costs down and ease the cost of living but at the detriment to our staff, children and health and safety, OFSTED have also unveiled their Five Year Strategy for 2022-2027 and as…

Opportunities Over Age

As a mixed age group setting and a home-based childcare provider, it is no surprise that we are firm advocates of children developing independence from their earliest opportunities and we actively encourage and facilitate this from the outset of the children’s time with us.  Being managers of our own practice and provision allows us to…

The Real Cost of Childcare – Funding, Finances and ‘Free’ Sessions

As further announcements have emerged of Government money and grants being ‘put into’ the Early Years sector in the form of ‘hubs’ to develop and support high quality teaching and learning, we have been reflecting on the real cost of childcare and what these Government initiatives really mean for our sector and us as providers. …

The Best Things In Life Are Free

We’ve mentioned in our previous blogs that we love to forage and explore and create with natural ingredients that we find growing in the wild.  Our children have grown up immersing themselves in this ancient pastime and so are a dab hand at noticing interesting flowers, berries and plants on our many adventures.  Once we’ve…

Guided by the Guidance?

The dawn of a new term is always a scary, exciting and apprehensive time across the education sector, but even more so when you have rising Covid numbers, a revised curriculum and Government guidance and updates being released weeks and days before the start of a new term.  With so much information, change and uncertainty…

Revised EYFS 2021

Our sector has been full of updates, guidance, legislation and changes over the past year or so as a result of the pandemic, all of which we have all adapted to and taken on board, using our own professional knowledge and judgement and following rules and restrictions the best we can in the most difficult…

Life Ready, Not School Ready

Each year, we like to re-visit and discuss the overly used ‘school readiness’ term as our parents and children wait to find out what school they will be attending in September. ‘School Readiness’ has always been a particularly outdated term in our opinion, and for many people, ‘school readiness’ looks completely different from setting to setting. We…

Child-Led Learning

We love how spontaneous our days are and how our entire play and pedagogy is led by the children and their interests; a perfect example of this is this week’s learning, which has been all about wood and exploring different properties! We started our week with a quick trip to the vets with Billie before…