PACEY's blog - food for thought

Taking my setting outdoors

After becoming a childminder in 2016, Lisa wanted to get her setting outdoors. She then decided to explore forest school and hasn't looked back.

15/11/2018

Posted by Lisa Chadburn, childminder | with 2 comments

A word to the wise on Winter

ICAN talks about the importance of direct experiences and how these can contribute greatly to children’s ability to store and recall new words. Speech and language advisor, Jon Gilmartin gives you tips on making simple situations like taking off your woolly hat and gloves a great learning opportunity. 

08/11/2018

Posted by Jon Gilmartin, speech and language advisor, ICAN | with 0 comments

The power of illustration

As a reader of a great many stories, what do you look for most in a children’s book? Are you looking for pictures full of colour, artistic drawings, humour? Do you like your books to be large or do you prefer books designed for little hands? Are your shelves rammed with all the firm favourites? And do you admit to hiding some to avoid reading it for the 100th time that week? 

05/11/2018

Posted by Theresa Johnson, PACEY | with 0 comments

Using Instagram to inspire others

Hannah decided to set up an Instagram page as a way to share her day with the parents of the children she cared for in her setting. It has now grown into a huge community of 13,000 followers. Read about her story and her tips if you are thinking of setting up your own Instagram page. 

02/11/2018

Posted by Hannah Mallaband, childminder | with 0 comments

Get the facts on childminder myths in the UK

One of our most popular blogs from last year, was about childminder myths in England. This year we have extended it to the whole of the UK. Created with PACEY, PACEY Cymru, the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA), the Northern Ireland Childminding Association (NICMA) and Childminding Ireland we have refreshed our myths and given you the facts from around the country.

31/10/2018

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Chatting to Childminder of the Year, Joanne Marvell

At the recent Nursery World Awards 2018 held in London, Joanne Marvell became Childminder of the Year 2018. We spoke to Joanne about her win and what her plans are for the future.

24/10/2018

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Creating discussion opportunities through play

Wendy White, creator of My Mood Stars, talks to PACEY about the impact that her product has had on little ones in her care, during her career as a childminder. Get 20% off using code PACEY at checkout.

22/10/2018

Posted by Wendy White, My Mood Stars | with 0 comments

PACEY policy - October

Welcome to PACEY’s regular policy update, which provides a summary of the latest policy developments in England and Wales concerning childcare and early years, and how we are representing your views to key decision makers.

19/10/2018

Posted by Susanna Kalitowski, PACEY | with 0 comments

Remember remember, stay safe in November!

November brings seasonal change, beautiful colours and of course, the big bangs and flashing fireworks of the 5 November. We understand the need for safe behaviour around the use of fireworks. Yet, for some young children who are struggling to develop their language abilities, understanding and following rules for safe engagement can prove challenging. ICAN give you some tips to stay safe this November.

15/10/2018

Posted by Jon Gilmartin, Speech and Language Advisor, ICAN | with 0 comments

Believe in the power of outdoor learning and play? Get involved in Outdoor Classroom Day!

The international initiative, led in the UK and Republic of Ireland by national school grounds and education charity Learning through Landscapes and globally by Project Dirt, acts as a catalyst to inspire more time outdoors on a daily basis: both at school and at home.

12/10/2018

Posted by Amber Badger, Campaign Co-ordinator for Outdoor Classroom Day | with 0 comments

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