Maggie's Childminding at Old Mill Farm Play Room

Offering as safe, fun, educational indoor and outdoor play environment for children from the ages of 6 months upwards.

Operating as usual

Photos from Maggie's Childminding at Old Mill Farm Play Room's post 02/09/2021

Our beautiful ducks and dogs! The ducks when called upon travel downstream to say hello in the hope we have sweetcorn for them, their favourite treet! The children love having the ducks wander amongst them while they play πŸ‘

Photos from Maggie's Childminding at Old Mill Farm Play Room's post 02/09/2021

At OMF we use many modes of transport to arrive and depart πŸ‘
No parents were harmed while taking these pics πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

Photos from Maggie's Childminding at Old Mill Farm Play Room's post 06/08/2021

Seeds were planted and now we're beginning to see fruits of the children's labour πŸ‘Its almost harvest time πŸ‘πŸ‘

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The playshed mud garden conjours up all sorts of cake creations πŸ˜ƒ There's lots of mixing and stirring going on with as it appears all sorts of implements πŸ˜†
The sand pit in the Woodland Park allows the children to create, invent, build, communicate, work as a team and have a great adventure in the process. Me, I enjoy listening to the adventure and the stories being played out, what joy πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ƒ

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Sports afternoon, great fun as well as exercise πŸ‘ Sack race, running, cross country, horse race, backwards running to name a few. Great fun had by all πŸ‘

Photos from Maggie's Childminding at Old Mill Farm Play Room's post 31/07/2021

Braco Park, hidden gem in our area! Well worth visit πŸ‘ Kids really enjoyed a morning there, (before it got to hot). Making sure we left the park thw way we found it by putting our rubbish in the bin πŸ‘πŸ‘

Photos from Maggie's Childminding at Old Mill Farm Play Room's post 31/07/2021

Paddle boarding, canoeing and water play adds up to a fun day out πŸ‘ My group are all water babies and love taking part in water sport activities πŸ‘

Photos from Maggie's Childminding at Old Mill Farm Play Room's post 31/07/2021

Dollar Glen on the Hillfoots if unknown to you is a jewel on a hot day! The glen is shaded with shallow burn which offers great play and adventures for children. This was my playground when I was a child and love any opportunity to go there. The children had a great day exploring the burn, building pools, searching for fish and newts, making new friends, and some tree climbing over fallen trees πŸ‘
Castle Campbell sits stead fast at the top of the Glen steeped in history with wonderful views out over the Forth Valley.
History, Geography & a day in the burn makes for a great day out πŸ‘πŸ‘

Photos from Maggie's Childminding at Old Mill Farm Play Room's post 31/07/2021

At OMF we take a great interest in the birds that we visit us. Currently we have swallows, blue t**s, Cole T**s, Mr and Mrs Wood Pigeon plus young, Blue Jay's, Spuggy Sparrows and young, Sparrow Hawks, Buzzards, Tawney Owls and the occasional Barn Owl to name a few. Our red squirrels visit regular and the noisy Oyster Catchers are nesting in the fields.
However the OMF Ducks, Kaki Campbell are now fully grown and laying four beautiful eggs daily! As I've hand reared the ducks they are now interacting with the children as they make there way daily down to the river. When they've had enough river/burn time they make there way back to the fruit garden via a swim in the paddling pool. The children take great delight in seeing the ducks and having them around. We have 'Duck Discussions' where lots of questions are asked about feathers, beaks, webbed feet, quacking etc
Birds are such an important part of OMF and are a great source of interest and discussion. They really are the sole of OMF πŸ‘

Photos from Maggie's Childminding at Old Mill Farm Play Room's post 26/07/2021

πŸ¦†πŸ¦† Enjoying this glorious weather! At OMF nature provides us with all sorts of fun
At OMF we have various depths of pools in the river. The older children can use the deeper pools to practice their swimming along with free play and many adventures 🏊 (fully risk assessed)

Being on lifeguard duties I get the opportunity to listen and observe their imaginative play!

The kids found bits of drift wood and used them as natural floats which allowed them to practice their swimming. They used the current of the water to swim against which allowed them to swim for longer πŸ‘
The younger children enjoyed the warmth and safety of the nature pool which allowes them to paddle and practice their swimming.
My ducks decided that all the fun was to good to miss out on and joined us in the nature pool πŸ˜ƒWhat a joy! πŸ¦†πŸŠπŸ¦†πŸŠπŸ¦†

Photos from Maggie's Childminding at Old Mill Farm Play Room's post 13/07/2021

Another great day at Loch Earn! 😍

Photos from Maggie's Childminding at Old Mill Farm Play Room's post 09/07/2021

One of our fabbie Loch days! All the children swam, played, used the canoes, paddle boards and generally had an all round fun day πŸ‘

Photos from Maggie's Childminding at Old Mill Farm Play Room's post 05/07/2021

We were gifted tadpoles and frogs. Children helped build a small pool to release them into. Hopefully will we see frogs soon! They may even find there way into the nature pool! πŸ‘πŸΈπŸΈ

Photos from Maggie's Childminding at Old Mill Farm Play Room's post 02/07/2021

Great effort yesterday from the kids who helped restore our nature pool, they are now learning how to Snorkel in itπŸ‘

The Incredible Importance of Developing the Vestibular Sense β€” 1000 Hours Outside 22/04/2021

The Incredible Importance of Developing the Vestibular Sense β€” 1000 Hours Outside

The Incredible Importance of Developing the Vestibular Sense β€” 1000 Hours Outside Movement during the day and throughout childhood is crucial. The importance here is monumental. Childhood is when children develop the vestibular sense and it's not happening while they sit still.

21/04/2021

Only at Old Mill Farm do we walk a Chockrel! Lemon really enjoys his walkies πŸ“πŸ˜„

Photos from Maggie's Childminding at Old Mill Farm Play Room's post 01/04/2021

Easter Egg hunt πŸ“πŸ¦†

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Old Mill Farm has availability!! If you would like your child/children to experience the very best time in nature, mix with animals and join a great team of children get intouch as I have:

**2 full time spaces for under 5's from 9.15 untill 2.45pm.**

**Two full time aftershcool places available. Minimum of two hours and minimum of 3 days, pick up TCSOA.**

If you would be interested in your children joining in the fun at OMF Contact Maggie for further details πŸ‘

Photos from Maggie's Childminding at Old Mill Farm Play Room's post 25/03/2021

Looking forward to better weather play!πŸ‘

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Spring is coming πŸ‘πŸ‘

25/03/2021

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23/03/2021

Super spinner! πŸ‘

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This little lady was very apprehensive about Dogs before she came to OMF. With lots of reassurance and patience from Sheeba they are now best friends.
When children are allowed to wander free with animals they develop a special bond of trust and love! Children & animals naturally gravitate towards each other and when children are given the tools to be around animals thats when the magic happens!❀

04/03/2021
Photos from Maggie's Childminding at Old Mill Farm Play Room's post 02/03/2021

Old Mill Farm has availability!!

**2 full time spaces for under 5's from 9.15 untill 2.45pm.**

**Two full time aftershcool places available. Minimum of two hours and minimum of 3 days, pick up TCSOA.**

If you would be interested in your children joining in the fun at OMF Contact Maggie for further details πŸ‘

Outside Play is Crucial for Emerging Readers and Writers β€” 1000 Hours Outside 28/02/2021

Outside Play is Crucial for Emerging Readers and Writers β€” 1000 Hours Outside

So true!

Outside Play is Crucial for Emerging Readers and Writers β€” 1000 Hours Outside What I have learned throughout the past decade of outside play is that my kids are developing in untold ways. They are obtaining the skills needed for future success as they jump, run, skip, roll, and tumble.

Nature Time is a Worthy Extracurricular Choice β€” 1000 Hours Outside 09/02/2021

Nature Time is a Worthy Extracurricular Choice β€” 1000 Hours Outside

I couldn't agree more!πŸ‘πŸ‘

Nature Time is a Worthy Extracurricular Choice β€” 1000 Hours Outside Many kids are too busy to have time to play creatively or relax after school.

Photos from Maggie's Childminding at Old Mill Farm Play Room's post 08/02/2021

And with the snow comes a magical dimension to play. Snowdiving, snow angels, rolling, footprints both human and animal all leaves different imprint in the snow. We started off by tracking the animals footprints but only found the rabbits. The children identified their own markings left by their wellies/snowshoes and followed their own footprints around the field. After building a snowman it was back to snow diving πŸ˜„ ❄❄

05/02/2021

One of the most wonderful parts of the job is watching children come together, work together, create together, imagine together and play together, all I provide is the tools and the setting to allow it to happen πŸ‘

One of the most wonderful parts of the job is watching children come together, work together, create together, imagine together and play together, all I provide is the tools and the setting to allow it to happen πŸ‘

Photos from Maggie's Childminding at Old Mill Farm Play Room's post 04/02/2021

Its maybe cold with wintery showers but the fires on and the kids are cosy and happy! Moving 3 tonnes of logs today over to the woodstack before lunch!πŸ‘πŸ‘

Photos from Maggie's Childminding at Old Mill Farm Play Room's post 26/01/2021

Fires on! Also have loo with view πŸ˜„

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Snow fun! The children used their creativeness to build a reindeer and an igloo! πŸ‘

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So far in January we have averaged 30 hours a week outside πŸ‘ Great start πŸ‘

Photos from Maggie's Childminding at Old Mill Farm Play Room's post 22/01/2021

2021! We are looking forward to completing the 1000 hour outside challenge! We have added the 'Bus Stop' where we can now cook safely outside. Hammocks and sleeping bags are a plenty and children have the opportunity to sleep outside using natures sounds to replenish energy and relax!πŸ‘

Photos from Maggie's Childminding at Old Mill Farm Play Room's post 22/01/2021

Narnia by night! Big thank you for the Kransacracker cake! It was delish!πŸ₯³πŸŽ‰

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Happy Autum play 😊
Zip line fitted and risk assessed. Its going to be fun this summer holidays ~ fingers crossed for the weather πŸŽπŸΏπŸ¦†πŸš€πŸ•πŸ¦…πŸΎπŸ¦‘πŸ“πŸž...
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Monday 7am - 6pm
Tuesday 7am - 6pm
Wednesday 7am - 6pm
Thursday 7am - 6pm
Friday 7am - 6pm