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…

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…

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. …

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…

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…