Browsing Archive: December, 2014

Enabling Environments

Posted by Sarah Hamed on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, In : Enabling Enviroments 

Being closed over the Christmas holidays has given me time to reflect on the environment I provide for my little Jellybabyz. So I decided to utilise some of my ‘free time’ to conduct some research and evaluate the provision as a whole.

Whilst the quality of the physical space which babies and toddlers are in is without doubt important there are other aspects to take into consideration when thinking about how to create an enabling environment. These include how time is managed in order t...


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Portion sizes for pre-school children

Posted by Sarah Hamed on Monday, December 29, 2014, In : Health and Well-being 

After completing some research on healthy eating, and spending time preparing a new menu for the children’s return in the new year it became apparent that the portion size offered is also an issue in promoting healthy choices. With this in mind I thought a visual guide to appropriate portion sizes for our pre-school children might be advisable and offer some reassurance that children are getting enough to eat. This picture has been borrowed...


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Fine motor skills

Posted by Sarah Hamed on Sunday, December 28, 2014, In : Activity Ideas 


A few of our little ones have been working on their fine motor skills in preparation for starting nursery and school. As a result we have reviewed this area of our provision in order to meet their next steps. Developing hand strength and coordination is an important aspect of school readiness as these skills ensure children can control pens and other mark making tools that lead onto letter formation and writing.

 Pre-school children need to do lots of activities with their hands – 

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About Me


Sarah Hamed I am an Ofsted Registered Childminder and a qualified Early Years Professional. I am also a mother to 3 fantastic girls; my eldest two work with me as a childcare helper and a registered assistant during school holidays. My husband works full time but is also a registered assistant and works with me after school and on his days off! I currently care for lots of little people...and they are all absolutely amazing! Our regular routine means we spend lots of time outdoors enjoying all nature has to offer throughout the changing seasons. We are regular visitors to the wonderful Washington Wetlands Centre, local parks, woodlands and farm which means my charming charges become familiar with their local wildlife and community. There is no other job in the world that I would rather be doing...I LOVE my job!