Friday, 31 December 2010

A New Member of our Little Family

We've had her for a few weeks now so I thought it was about time to do a proper introduction; so, this is Jessie (aka 'J', or 'puppy' or loads of things really lol).

Shes a 2 year old Staffie but we think she may have something else in her somewhere due to her huge floppy ears! lol

Shes such a softie and so well behaved we couldn't be happier with her.

She loves to play football when we go to the park and most of the rest of the day she spends lounging on the sofa!

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Childminding Start-Up

I'm so excited!! I love the run up to Christmas every year but this year has been just a little more exciting. I had my initial registration meeting with Ofsted last week and the lady said she thinks I'm going to have a lovely setting!!

I've got most of the paperwork in place already (which there is a LOT of), I need some more resources, but I knew that. Not having any children of my own (yet) means I only currently have limited hand-me-down toys from friends and family just so the kids have something to do when they come visit.

But other than that she liked the approach I have to childcare, wanting to provide really good quality, child focused care. I can't wait!!!

So in a bit to start getting ready I'm thinking about resources resources resources!!

I've been quite creative this year with Christmas prezzies (to be blogged about soon) so feeling quite creative all over I though why stop there?! So today I started making some felt numbers and simple mathmatical signs, I can't say I'm the best sewer in history but they will hopefully survive for a little bit to serve a purpose!!

Getting an early start on my educational resources!! I'm thinking about some letters too....but it could be an awful lot of effort for things that are only going to last a few months...I'll find some wooden ones on ebay instead!

Friday, 29 October 2010

Day at the Windmill

Today we took a trip out to a local village where I grew up, and my parents still live, Brill in Buckinghamshire to have a look at the windmill which according to 'C' looks "just like the one from Thomas!!!".

We had a lovely walk around talking about the sails and why they aren't going round any more. However 'C' did try to continually tell me we could just take out the old bits and put new ones in so it would work again! We talked about the big stones inside which are used to grind up grain to turn it into flour so we can make bread and cakes.

Then we had a race around the windmill and started playing on the hills until we started getting chilly and headed home for some warm milk and a rest!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Potty for Potatoes

As had become somewhat of a habbit I had stollen a friends Baby girl for the day, due to family events this year I have what I feel is quite an important bond with this little girl so do on occasion steal her for a day out, which is a bit of fun for me and a day of rest for her parents!

A couple of weeks ago our day together happened to coincide with time to dig up the potatoes!

This was a fab opportunity for her to really get her hands (and feet) dirty and she was loving every minute of it. She is a very tactile child at the best of times, all food has to be held before eating, she just loves different textures under hand (and in this case foot).

There is just nothing like a bit of dirt to get kids really engaged!!