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…

Small Actions, Big Changes

Being a sustainable and eco friendly setting has always been a top priority for us as practitioners and something we’ve always made a fundamental part of our pedagogy as we believe we are raising the next generation of children and so if we can instil a mindful and considerate mindset in regards to the environment…

Pandemic Positivity

We often talk about the impact of the pandemic, lockdowns and social distancing on our children in the Early Years, the over-arching outcomes of these discussions always tend to lean towards the impact of the pandemic on our children as a negative one; delayed speech, attachment issues, a lack of social skills and countless other…

Everything Has It’s Place in time – or does it? 

We’ve spoken a few times before about the restrictions following a rigid ‘Topics & Themes’ plan can impose on settings, practitioners and children alike and how there doesn’t have to be a specific ‘time’ you celebrate or introduce a theme if it is not relevant or of interest or benefit to your children.  (We have…

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 ‘School Readiness’ has always been a particularly outdated term in our opinion, and for many people, ‘school readiness’ looks completely different from setting to setting.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…

The Forgotten Frontline

Headlines of 2021 are full of Covid-19, death toll, R rates and the increasing pressure on our frontline NHS staff, and rightfully so, our NHS and all of our frontline health workers are doing an incredible job in the most dire circumstances, but are being under-appreciated and overlooked by our Government when it comes to…

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…

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…