Thursday, 19 April 2018

Nurture through Nature

I was recently lucky enough to attend a training course on the importance of outdoor learning. I find this topic inspiring as the outdoor environment is so accessible to childminders.

We were introduced to the work of a particularly inspirational lady, Claire Warden. I have therefore shared some of her quotes below together with photos from the last few months demonstrating  the outdoor learning we undertake here at Berkeley Childminding to hi light the value we place on learning through nature.

Imagine a world where the lines were harsh and unyielding, the textures were consistent and variation is unheard of.  Does it inspire you?

Now image a place where the carpet changes every day, the ceiling is a myriad of different colours, light, shadow and movement. 

 The feelings and movement completely surround you, sometimes breezy, sometimes cold, others warm.

 Unexpected wonders fly by, sometimes full of colour and sometimes full of noise and movement.

 If we really want children to thrive we need to let their connection to nature nurture them.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Easter 2018

We have undertaken a variety of activities surrounding the celebration of Easter in order to cover all areas of learning at a level appropriate to the developmental stage of each child. 

We joined a fellow childminder for some fun Easter themed sensory play. Available play resources included rice, egg shaped cups, chicks and some spoons.. The children played with their peers creating role play with the chicks, using the eggs for counting and discussing colours and the scoops and rice for enhancing their use of tools. 

An important part of early years care is to promote healthy eating. Rather than eat chocolate eggs we decided to make our own These comprised frozen yogurt and some fresh fruit. The children tested their fine motor skills moving the yoghurt and fruit into the bowls and enjoyed sampling the fruit. 

Finally as all of the children love creativity we used some Easter egg templates to decorate our own eggs with a variety of painting, colouring, sticking and peeling. In addition the residents in the residential home that we visit on a weekly basis worked with the children to create some Easter chick pictures. 

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Mother's Day 2018

Children love the opportunity to make gifts and cards for their mums and mums always deserve a little treat so we make the most of our mother's day opportunity each year. 

This year the children engage in some finger painting to make flower cards. I loved the fact that using the same simple idea all of the cards were so different as children took the idea and developed it in their own way. Some of the children did very small delicate dots with their fingers whilst others swept the colours across the paper. 

We have tried masking tape templates on paper before but never on glass. This was a concept given to us by a fellow childminder. I placed heart templates on the jars and let the children paint their jars with their own style and choice of colours. After peeling back the tape and inserting battery operated tea lights the children were so pleased with the glowing end results. Hopefully all of our mummies were too!