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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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Song and Dance

Posted by Sarah Hamed on Sunday, April 12, 2015, In : Activity Ideas 

I’ve been considering the way the Jellybabyz develop their co-ordination and concentration over the weekend and I can honestly say the most enjoyable way is to dance! As part of our regular routine, we plan a singing and dancing session every day. Before each planned session the children are encouraged to check the physical environment by making sure the floor is clear of toys so they can move around safely or (weather permitting) we take ourselves into the garden where we can move around f...


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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!