Playtime...
Children are encouraged to be confident, independent and develop their own self-esteem through the activities I provide.

I have a flexible structure to our day and there is the opportunity for group and individual activities; the children are encouraged to explore and investigate to develop their independence. All new achievements are recognised and recorded.

Activities are adapted to include all abilities allowing your child to reach their full potential and are organised to support the children's play and learning, helping build on their personal, social and emotional skills and to help them develop their language, mathematical thinking and to use their imagination.

Walks and outings are also a regular part of our day. We attend toddler groups where the children have the opportunity to interact with other children of a similar age group. We have trips to various parks in Pitsea and surrounding areas, feed the ducks, visit local shops and other local attractions such as Barleylands Farm, Wat Tyler Country Park, Partyman world, Pitsea library, Langdon Hills Country Park and Hadleigh Castle. In the warmer months we also have trips to the seaside.

Outdoor play is a crucial element in any children's learning. I have a fully enclosed garden offering sand and water play, slide and climbing frames for all ages, play house, ride on cars, tractors and bikes, various ball games and much more. During the summer months there are additional activities to enjoy in this area such as, play tents and tunnels, paddling pool and parachute play.
 
Activities at Tinklebugs include:

  • Cooking
  • Story time
  • Music sesion and song time
  • Games and puzzles
  • Treasure basket and heuristic play
  • Multicultural toys and resources
  • Messy and spontaneous play
  • Sand and water play
  • Wide range of art and craft materials
  • Play-dough
  • Role play - dolls / puppet theatre / dressing up / shop and home corner
  • Construction toys - Lego / Duplo / mega blocks / bricks and lots more
  • Small world play - train track / happyland / farm yard and animals and lots more
  • Free play
  • Outdoor play
  • Quiet time
  • Outings and being out in the community

All the school age children who I care for have the opportunity to have penpals who are from another childminding setting. This is a great way for the children to learn about other people, their families and lives and different cultures.

We learn about hygiene and how to wash our hands, we learn about healthy eating and keeping our bodies healthy.

We go out and explore our local environment and we learn to be safe when we cross the roads.

We learn about different people and cultures; we make friends and learn about sharing, taking turns and respecting other people. We learn about rules and if we upset someone we learn how to say 'sorry'.

After we have had all this fun we learn that we need to take care of ourselves and that our bodies need a rest to recover.