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a childminders life after lockdown - re opening childcare setting 21/07/2020

Life After Lockdown – A Childminders Experience

This article has been written by Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Childminders, Chloe Webster & Bridgit Brown, from Pebbles Childcare, who share their experience re-opening their childcare setting after lockdown. Like many practitioners across the country preparing to re-open after lockdown, we were naturally apprehensive – could we keep the children safe? Would the children return happily after such a long period of absence? What will our practice look like with new guidelines, routines and practices in place? These were all thoughts that went through our head as we prepared to re-open the... Read More

childminders setting 30/12/2019
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Inside A Childminders Setting

Childminder settings come in all shapes and sizes, with different approaches and resources. So whether you take an open-ended play approach, outdoor learning focus, or naturals and neutrals approach to childminding, the objective always remains the same … to provide the best possible childcare. Meet the childminders! Three childminders, Pebbles Childcare, the Natural Childminder and Childcare Adventures, have let us take a peek inside their fabulous childminding settings, to show us how they best utilise the space in their setting and to help inspire other childminders. Chloe and Bridgit, Pebbles... Read More

outdoor childminding setting 26/06/2018
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Maximising Your Outdoor Learning Space

This article has been written by OFSTED ‘Outstanding’ Childminders, Chloe Webster & Bridgit Brown, from Pebbles Childcare. As a home-based childcare provision, we are not blessed with significant amounts of space, and similarly, a large sum of money to put into buying a range of outdoor resources that larger settings benefit from. However, we believe and are huge advocates of utilising the space we have and using a diverse range of equipment and resources in order to meet the learning and development needs of the children in our care. We... Read More

childminder play essentials 01/06/2018
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Essential Play Resources List for Childminders

Kids love to do what they do best – play! Play engages, excites and entertains children for hours. Don’t underestimate the power of play! Play gives children the opportunity to explore and discover new experiences and make sense of the world around them. Young children are continuously learning through play and developing new skills – whether they are zooming cars down a ramp, digging for dinosaur fossils in sand or building the tallest tower! As a childcare provider, it is important to cover a range of different types of play... Read More

18/04/2018
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Outdoor Play Essentials List for Childminders

Time to get outside! Do you have a dedicated outdoor space for children in your childcare setting? There is no set way of creating an outdoor childminding area – but it is important to provide plenty of opportunities for children to be outside, with a variety of outdoor resources that will enhance a child’s development and learning in all the key areas. So we have created a list of essential outdoor play supplies for childminders to make sure that you cover all the key development areas! How enhanced is your... Read More

childminders arts crafts essentials 11/04/2018
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Art & Craft Essentials List for Childminders

Struggling to keep the children engaged? Keep the kids entertained for longer with fun and messy hands-on art and craft activities in your childminding setting – perfect for those dreary rainy days! Awaken the children’s imagination and inspire their creativity with arts and crafts! It is essential to offer lots of creative and messy play opportunities in your childcare setting, as research has shown that arts and crafts play an important role in enhancing a child’s development and learning – helping to develop their confidence, creativity, imagination, social skills, coordination, motor... Read More

essential childminding equipment checklist 04/04/2018
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Essential Childminding Equipment List

New to childminding or thinking about setting up your own childminding business in your home? Make sure you’ve got all the childminding essentials you need to look after young children with our handy essentials checklist for childminders! Safety   It is extremely important to ensure that you have a safe and healthy environment for children with equipment that conforms to the safety standards. Promote safety in your childminding setting and make sure you have the following childcare safety essentials: Baby Monitor Fireguards First Aid Kit – If you wish to improve... Read More