I am a childcare professional and more importantly a mum, so I have experience from both ends.
Operating as usual
Many people believe a childminder is ‘just a babysitter’ but in fact we have to have the following training and knowledge, including (and not limited to):
•Paediatric first aid
•(CPD) continuous professional development •Evidence the Understanding of child development.
•EYFS (early years foundation stage)- the same Framework nurseries and preschools follow)
•Early years educator training or other Home based training
•keep records and are self employed
•OFSTED or (CMA) childminder agency registered
•Regular inspections (same as that of a nursery and preschool)
•keeping up to date with current legislation and guidelines
•working with other professionals such as social workers, speech and language Therapists, physiotherapists
Autumn activities and more.......
This week we explored the Autumn table! The children took particular interest in the spiders so we extended play singing ' incy, wincy spider' and showing the children what happens in the nursery rhyme but using water, shoots and spiders outside!
Learnt some new skills this week, making our own sandwiches, painting with autumn treasures.
Hiding from the rain this week!
Toddler groups, making playdough and dog walking! 🐕 what more could we ask for!
So the sun finally made an appearance! And how we have enjoyed it! 🌞🌞🌞
The final week of the school holidays complete and what a lovely week its been!
Watch this 👀...... this is why all the little ones rearface in my car! It's scary how many car seats on the market are unsafe ( just because they are legal doesn't make them safe). Do you own research on rearfacing. It's crazy how many people forward face their young children.
Some examples of why people tell me they forward face their young children.
⭐️ They cry and moan if I rearface them ( um ok would you let them run in the road if they moaned about holding your hand)
⭐️ There is no room for their legs ( most children don't like legs dangling and will curl legs up anyway)
⭐️ They will break their legs if we crash ( I mean would you rather a broken leg or internal decapitation)
Research! Research! Research!
Foam, family portraits and the park! Week 3 done!
What a busy first week of summer holidays! 🐖🐐🐑🦆🐥!
Last week of term, bring on the summer holidays!
Let your imagination run wild.......so much fun had this week with a box!
Busy week, toddler groups, softplay and baking!
This week we make some healthy banana flapjacks! The children then enjoyed them for their snack!
This week we enjoyed our coloured scarfs talking about the different colours and doing great dancing!
We practiced our gross motor skills this week with park visits and assault courses.
The veterinary surgery is open! Hope the children love it!
🥰Happy Fathers day to all the fabulous men in this little peoples lives! 🥰
Colour recognition while exploring our surroundings, we looked at different colours within our environment while encouraging independence!
We have enjoyed our week and we played out the front on the bikes and ride-ons as there was more room, the children enjoyed the change of scenery!
A Little bit of sunshine makes us all smile! And we had a new friend join the fun this week and oh my he's so gorgeous!
So lovely to have some sunshine 🌞!
We enjoyed a music session with Its Pants this week, the children really enjoyed it! Thank you Amanda! We also enjoyed the little bit of sunshine we seen this week!
Such a busy week, new roleplay area, some more king cornation crafts and lots of time in the garden!
Been busy making a supermarket roleplay area to follow the children's interests! Can't wait to see their little faces tomorrow! 😍
With all the children in my care growing so fast, I have just invested in more extended rear facing car seats !
🌟 Did you know its 5 times safer for children under 4 to travel rear facing! 🌟
Started some of our Kings coronation activities this week!
Enjoyed some sun this week, visited longleat and done some digging for carrots!
Easter activities and softplay area!
🌟🌟 Car Seats 🌟🌟
As a Childminder my number one priority is the safety of all the children in my care. And people who know me well will know that car seat safety is a huge passion of mine!
🌟Most of my parents are aware that I already rearfaced all children to 18kg in my van. I have bough a new extended rear facing (ERF) car seat and will by more as i require them which take up to 25kg in weight, this is roughly 6-7 years old. As I only childmind under 5s, this will allow all the children to rear face whilst with me and means your children will be driven around in the safest seats on the market! 🌟
If your child is under 25kg it is NEVER too late to turn them back to rear facing. It is 5 x safer for children to travel this way as opposed to forward facing.
🙈 Common Myths to rear facing 🙈
❌️... My car isn't big enough to fit a rear facing car seat in...
✔️ Rear facing car seats can have extremely compact fittings. They often don't take up any more space than a forward facing seat.
❌️ ... Children look uncomfortable when rear facing... plus where do their legs go?
✔️ Children naturally want to bend their legs rather than have them dangling and will easily find a comfortable position for them.
❌️ ... Turning your child forward facing at 15months or 9kg is not a milestone.
✔️ It is a huge step down in your child's safety to turn them forward facing at such a young age.
❌️ ... My child will not want to face backwards.
✔️ For the last 2 years all 0-4 year olds have rear faced in my car/van and not one has got upset about the direction they have travelled in. They don't know any different with me 🤷♀️.
I can personally recommend the Axkid Minikid 2.0 as excellent ERF car seats.
🌟 I can also personally recommend Simply Safe Car Seats who have been amazing at helping me check the seats were suitable for my van and helped me decide which seats to buy. 🌟
If any of my parents would ever like to try one of my ERF car seats in their car to see the size and fitting etc then you are always more than welcome!
This week we did lots of balancing and stacking of toys! These weeks just fly by!
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We had a more chilled week this week with everyone full of colds and coughs! But managed to get some crafts done too!
💓What a week!💓
❄️The children were so excited to see the snow!❄️
🛒The children's supermarket role play this week was too cute!🛒
📚World book day!📚 We have enjoyed various world book day activities, dressed up and visited some of our regular playgroups!
🥞 Pancake day! 🥞 taste safe messy play!
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