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What theories inform my practice and ethos?

Posted by Sarah Hamed on Friday, October 2, 2015, In : Enabling Enviroments 

During a recent Network meeting this question was posed by one of my colleagues as we discussed the different ways we all work: My instinctive initial response was “I am a constructivist, maybe a social constructivist.” We didn’t really delve much further into the reasons behind it but it really got me thinking.

Am I really a constructivist? Do I actually have a full understanding of this issue? The last time I really considered this was while I completed my Early Years Professional St...


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Listening to children

Posted by Sarah Hamed on Thursday, August 27, 2015, In : Enabling Enviroments 

During the summer holidays I decided to do some light reading and settled down with a copy of Listening to children’s perspectives: improving the quality of provision in early years settings. I then met up with some colleagues and our usual ‘chit-chat’ evolved into a discussion relating to ‘listening to’ little ones, especially before they can communicate effectively, as they often struggle to tell us what they are thinking. We jotted down ways to clue into their non verbal communic...


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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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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!