Activities & Gallery
Please Note some of the activities listed are currently suspended in line with Government Guidance.
I use the ground floor of my home for Childminding. The conservatory is used as a playroom and has direct access to the garden. I plan activities which will interest your child and support them in their development. I also encourage children to select their own activities and provide resources which are open ended and encourage critical thinking and imagination.
Developing communication skills is very important in my setting, I do lots of storytelling ,singing, reading and listening to children, this also supports children's self regulation and executive function skills.
In the setting we have lots of messy and sensory play, including a mud kitchen, a mud pit and painting wall.
We use the seasons to explore the world around us and have our own little vegetable plot in the local community garden.
Children are supported as they develop life skills and are encouraged to help out with our daily routines such as setting the table for snack time. We all eat together and this is a great opportunity to chat about our day and learn about table manners. We also occasionally eat out at local cafe’s as I feel this is a valuable life experience and supports children to understand that we need to adapt our behaviour according to where we are.
We go out of the setting on most days, sometimes just to the park or to feed the ducks, other days we may catch the bus or train to Wivenhoe or Highwoods. We are also regular visitors to Colchester Castle Museum , Bourne Mill, the local National Trust property and The Roman Circus centre.
We currently attend the following activities, Library Rhyme Time,Story time in the Forest at Highwoods and an artist lead creative group at the Firstsite Gallery. We also visit a local residential home for the elderly twice a month (we hope to return to visiting the home in September 2022)
During the school holidays we often have days out to the beach, the Museum of East Anglian Life at Stowmarket, Ipswich and Poplar Garden centre or meet up with other childminders for picnics. Every summer I organise a big get together for all my current and past minding families.