I seem to be forever apologising for my absence here but with my degree, GCSE Biology, full time childminding job AND two children of my own I’m afraid time isn’t something I have much of so unfortunately my blog doesn’t get updated as much as I would like. I’m hoping once my final degree assignment is out of the way and my Biology exams sat I will have a bit more ‘free’ time – if such a thing exists for a working parent!
This could be a long entry seeing as the last time I posted it was still February and here we are now, hurtling past Easter and into Summer. Aside from my studies, we have had a very busy time in the setting. No sooner did we seem to get through February half term, so the Easter holidays crept up on us. As always this is a great time for us as without school runs, we can go further afield in our adventures. We headed off to our favourite Easter outing to http://www.gastonfarm.com/. The children (and their minder!) were very eager to get their hands on baby chicks, duckling and lambs as well as enjoying tractor rides and feeding the sheep. One of the first words of one little mindee was ‘duck’ so she was thrilled to see so many and get to stroke them! She had excitedly been chanting ‘baa baas’ all the way there and after her initial shock when one lamb did indeed BAA at her, she happily gave one a cuddle! The children had a great day with the animals but ask any of them what their favourite bit of the day was and I guarantee they will all say it was when a feisty duck pooped in my lap!
It wouldn’t be a holiday without a bit of crafty fun. I got together with my minder friends and held an Easter themed day of craft and activities. Children enjoyed decorating eggs, having an Easter egg hunt and making chocolate nest cakes. One child (typically my own!) decided to help herself to the leftover mixture when she thought nobody was looking.
A highlight of the holidays and a favourite of children and minders alike was movie morning at the Capitol Horsham. In total 70 of us filled the theatre for a showing of the Muppets Most Wanted – which was hysterical (but also made some of us old enough to remember watching the tv show as kids VERY old indeed!) But the little people loved it which was the main thing!
We had lots of other holiday fun including easter crafts and sensory fun at home
an easter egg hunt at Nymans Gardens and a trip to lovely Tilgate park to see a tiny newborn meercat – or 5! Which one mindee wanted to get in with
One of our final trips of the holidays was another firm favourite with the children – Polesden Lacey house in Surrey. We took part in a family-oriented tour of the house where the children got to play puff billiards and dress up in Edwardian clothing. They then completed a travel-themed trail around the grounds and won a medal for their efforts.
So after the fun of the holidays we settled back into our routine of our weekly drop in sessions where we have had fun with sensory resources such as coloured rice and bubble wrap – which was a huge hit with children and minders alike!
So aside from working I seem to be living and breathing my studies! A positive that has come out of this year’s module is that I am learning to be more reflective about my practice and also my setting. During an assignment I took a good look at my setting and realised I didn’t have a designated quiet area for the children to chill out. A bit of reshuffling, selling furniture and sewing later I created our very own cosy corner which the children seem to love – some more than others!
Finally I come to the end of my long post and the end of an era in our setting as we had to say goodbye to one of our little people who is off on his adventures at pre-school and a very exciting adventure as a big brother. I’ve said before that I hate this part of my job. Each little person comes into our home and become part of our family. I watch them grow and develop into wonderful young people and it’s very sad to see them leave. So I finish this entry with photos which show the little chap who entered our home as an 11 month old and leaves as a wonderfully happy, bright and loving 3 year old soon-to-be big brother. The change is wonderful and it’s a privilege to be a part of that growth.