Little Wellies. Home Based Care & Education.

Quality child care and education in a nurturing home environment. I’m a mother of four (all grown up now) and I was once in your shoes! My pedagogy.

A little bit about me:

I have been an Ofsted registered childminder for seven years, graded 'Good' by Ofsted in 2016. I have over 20 years experience in the early years sector: nanny, play-worker, EY’s practitioner, nursery manager, deputy early years lead/teacher for a local sixth form and FE early years lecturer and assessor. I’ve used a variety of childcare provisions over the years, and for m

Operating as usual

Photos from Little Wellies. Home Based Care & Education.'s post 12/07/2023

The summer holidays are now in full swing at Little Wellies!
A train ride and trip to Vauxhall City Farm, and Battersea Zoo. Den building, climbing trees, hopping bunnies and pizza in Bushy Park, followed by an afternoon of board games and watercolour.

Can you guess what the Lemurs favourite vegetable is?


I really do have the best families to work with.
A lovely surprise this morning, I didn’t realise there was such a thing as childminder appreciation week! 💕

Photos from Little Wellies. Home Based Care & Education.'s post 04/07/2023

Garden play!

Photos from Bedfont Lakes Country Park's post 04/07/2023

Photos from Bedfont Lakes Country Park's post


One of the Little Wellies is really into dinosaurs and enjoyed dinosaur and foam play at the local toddler group, so I’ve set up something similar! 🦕 🦖


From caterpillar to butterfly

COVID-19 Recovery Childminders | Hempsalls 07/06/2023

COVID-19 Recovery Childminders | Hempsalls

I’m half way through mentoring my first cluster of childminders, and the feedback is very positive.
This is a fabulous opportunity for childminders to get together, network and improve outcomes for the children.
Check it out 🔽 and Spread the word!

COVID-19 Recovery Childminders | Hempsalls The Department for Education (DfE) is offering a programme of support for childminders across England, from May 2023 until July 2024. The Childminder mentor programme is focused on supporting childminders to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the youngest and most disadvantaged children.

Photos from Little Wellies. Home Based Care & Education.'s post 24/05/2023

When the children take their play onto the next steps you were just planning!


Cute little tough tray for sand play. It just needs some tiny buckets and spades!


I do love a charity shop treasure.
A fab little basket that cost me £4 and can be used for a variety of activities!
Today it’s set up for a posting activity, and it will be great for loose part play! ’sinterest👍

Photos from Little Wellies. Home Based Care & Education.'s post 04/05/2023

After tea stories and song.

Photos from Little Wellies. Home Based Care & Education.'s post 04/05/2023

The obligatory Coronation Crowns and cupcakes. I’d say they’re fit for any King!


…and your top toddler trouble is - TOOTHBRUSHING!

🦷There are 3 top reasons why toddlers battle toothbrushing:

1. Because it makes them feel completely out of control (imagine how you would feel if somebody brushed your teeth for you?)

2. Because it disrupts what they would rather be doing/something that is way more fun

3. Because there is something about the sensation of it they dislike.

The answer then is to come up with a solution that mixes up all three.

👨‍👧First is to encourage reluctant toddlers to brush their own teeth - or, allow them to brush your teeth while you brush theirs. Taking turns to brush for 10 seconds or so at a time.

🛁Second don’t aim for a specific tooth brushing time and think outside of the bathroom. Tooth brushing while in the bath often works well, as does tooth brushing while watching a favourite video clip or reading a book.

📺There are many great apps and videos that encourage tooth brushing that work really well (my top choices being the Bluey magic timer and HeyDugee tooth brushing song).

🦕You can also turn it into a game and pretend you’re hunting for dinosaur bones or hidden treasure in their mouth.

🪥Third, investigate different types of toothbrushes, chewable rubber ones are often more successful than regular toothbrushes for younger toddlers and older toddlers and preschoolers often love the novelty of electric toothbrushes too.

🍓Finally, swap out mint flavour toothpaste for fruit ones, or other alternatives. As a grown adult I still HATE mint flavoured toothpaste with a passion, it’s a very strong flavour and knowing that young children have more sensitive taste buds than us, it makes sense to avoid anything very strong flavoured (Punch and Judy make a great strawberry flavoured toothpaste - I have no affiliation with them, just an honest recommendation).

Do you have any top toddler toothbrushing tips?




Flubber plus Visiting Former Students = a Good Day

Oh wow! Scissor skills taken to a whole new level! 🤣

Photos from Little Wellies. Home Based Care & Education.'s post 03/04/2023

Spring is tiptoeing her way in! What a beautiful day to explore Hampton Court Palace Grds.
12/12 golden bunnies all found! Little Wellies are champion bunny spotters!


“A twig!” says the swan, “This twig is the best! It’s the right kind of twig to weave into my nest.”

“I’m not a twig! Why can’t they see,
I’m stuck Man, I’m Stick Man, I’M STICK MAN, that’s me,
And I long to be back in the family tree.”


Mini set ups - The colour Monster.
Supporting children’s learning across the areas.
What colour is your colour monster today?


I really wish the government wouldn’t use the word FREE! Its never been FREE childcare, it’s always been subsidised childcare, where by the LA/government pay a portion of the cost to the provider.
With a huge shortage of nurseries, nursery staff and childminders post pandemic, this is going to need a hell of a lot of work to get infrastructure in place, which is why the 30 hours aren’t planned to roll out until 2025.

I hope this isn’t a huge carrot 🥕 dangling in front of parents to get votes 🤔

Photos from Little Pine Learners's post 15/03/2023

Photos from Little Pine Learners's post


And the older children joined in too!


What a great idea for parents, and also great for us childminders; a lovely way to display children’s work in our homes, and a this would make a great leaving present!

Photos from Little Wellies. Home Based Care & Education.'s post 08/03/2023

“This is green, the colour green, green, green green!
This is green, the colour green, green, green, green.
Do you know what colour this is? This is green!”

Planning in the moment (18months - 2.5 yrs), and following a child’s growing interests. Grabbing what’s to hand and meeting the learning needs through sensory play, song and PAINT!!! So much language, mark making, pre maths, creativity, social skills, exploration and fun! Took 15-20 mins to get it all together, with the help from a little welly.

We will be adding more treasures to our box of green delights as we discover them, allowing children to return to this as they wish. The green ‘theme’ runs loosely in the background at this age. I will be following their lead and extending learning opportunity further with open ended play. Naturally, we’ll be getting outside to explore natures colour pallet!
Let’s see where our green adventure takes us!💚🧤🐸🦖🐊🦜🌿🪴🍏🥦🫑🥑🥒🫒🥬🥝

Photos from Little Wellies. Home Based Care & Education.'s post 06/03/2023

Today is all about …towers!

“Build a tower and knock it down, knock it down, knock it down.
Build a tower and knock it down,all day long”
(To the tune of London Bridge is falling down)

Photos from hello, Wonderful's post 01/03/2023

We do like a bit of cloud gazing on a summers day.


Love this. Definitely an activity Little Wellies will be doing when we’re out and about!

Go on a rainbow scavenger hunt! 🌈🌿
Via MBs activity room

Photos from Little Wellies. Home Based Care & Education.'s post 13/02/2023

Colour Monster hearts! ❤️💚💛💙.
Colour Monster is all muddled up- he doesn’t know if he’s feeling happy, sad, angry or calm!

A quick grab the bits and create it activity this afternoon for some much needed quiet time while the little ones snooze.
Lots of discussion on feelings and emotions.

Colour Monster is now feeling calm!

Photos from Little Wellies. Home Based Care & Education.'s post 09/01/2023

❄️❄️❄️brrrrr!!! It’s frosty playdough and loose part play today ❄️❄️❄️

Photos from Little Wellies. Home Based Care & Education.'s post 15/12/2022

Cute little Christmas tree pine cones! Great for developing fine motor skills and hand and eye coordination! 🎄🎄


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Photos from Little Wellies. Home Based Care & Education.'s post 31/10/2022

HaPpY Halloween from all the little wellies! 🎃👻💀😈

🎃Five Little Pumpkins🎃
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate
The first one said "Oh my it's getting late." The second one said "There are witches in the air!" The third one said "But we don't care!" The fourth one said "Let's run and run and run!" The fifth one said "I'm ready for some fun." Ooooooooooooo went the wind and out went the light And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

Photos from Little Wellies. Home Based Care & Education.'s post 25/10/2022

Yesterday we had candle light stories, Pumpkin Soup is one of the children’s favourite stories. So, today we are creating our own pumpkin soup!

Photos from Little Wellies. Home Based Care & Education.'s post 20/10/2022

Some pumpkin Gloop fun! Watch out! There might be some surprises lurking in there …. 🕷 🪱🪲🪳🐍

Photos from Little Wellies. Home Based Care & Education.'s post 19/10/2022

A blustery day in the park with some forest school themed activities. Lots of exercise, fresh air, climbing logs, exploring the natural world, communication and language, maths and so much more learning through play and being in nature! 🍁 🍃 🕷🕸🐿🪵🐾🍂🌳🦌

Photos from Earlyyearsoutdoor's post 25/09/2022

Love these! We will definitely be making some of these this autumn 🍂


Little Wellies are always outdoors 👍 and we’ve added a few more benefits:
7 - improves greater self awareness
8 - Appreciation for the environment and a connection to nature
9 - expands the learning space
10 - extends their vocabulary and helps communication skills

This half term get the little ones outside, there’s so much to explore!

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A challebge for the older children






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