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…

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…

Reframe The Reforms

Another week and another ‘reform’ from the DfE has emerged, this time updating guidance for the two-year old check.  This, in addition, to the recently updated and released ‘OFSTED Strategy’, it’s no wonder as a sector we are fed up.  For some time now, we’ve been promised a reduction in workload for our sector to…

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…

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…

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…

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…