October Half Term Activities

Sharp Childminding October Half Term Activities.


We have a jam packed week of activities to keep the kids busy during this half term, please ensure they have suitable clothing for the day’s activity.


Day Activity Costs
Monday 28th Oct Toddle Waddle at Southchurch Hall park Sponsorship greatly received for this worthy cause.
Tuesday 29th Oct Swimming at Garons southend


£2.20 over 3’s
Wednesday 30th Oct Pirate day at Hadleigh Farm Rare breeds Centre £2.50 over 3’s
Thursday 31st Oct Halloween activities at Southchurch Hall Park £3.00 per child
Friday 1st Nov Den Building in Belfairs Woods Free





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October 2013 Newsletter

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October 2013 Newsletter

We are well into our autumn term and the children have settled back into the school routine well, just a few things to update you all with;

Policy reviews-

Every year we review our policies and make amendments where required and add new policies if needed. This year it was highlighted by our network co-ordinator that our sickness policy was inadequate and needed to be amended to be in line with the legislation laid out by the Health Protection Agency, stating that children who are ill with diarrhoea and/or vomiting must be kept away from the setting for 48hrs since the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting. http://www.hpa.org.uk/webc/HPAwebFile/HPAweb_C/1194947358374

Also, we have added a new Social Media Policy, if you could please have a look through the policies on our website www.sharpchildmindingservices.co.uk  as we need you to sign a confirmation slip stating you agree to the policies.


Mud kitchen-

We have added a mud kitchen to the garden to enhance the children’s play and learning and they have briefly, had use of it and thoroughly enjoyed it. http://www.muddyfaces.co.uk/mud_kitchens.php


As always, any comments, feedback or if you would like to arrange a time to discuss anything about the service we provide please let us know.

Kind Regards


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Summer 2013 Activities

Sharp Childminding Summer Activities. 

Our theme for this summer is Outdoors & Nature.

Please ensure your child is suitably dressed for the day’s activities and that sun cream is applied in the morning and provided for during the day. Sun Hats and sun glasses should also be provided.

Day Activity Costs
Monday 22nd July Belfairs Woods Nature Reserve Free
Tuesday 23rd July Swimming at Belfairs £2.20 over 3’s
Wednesday 24th July Chalkwell Park pond dipping Free
Thursday 25th July Wat Tyler Park, Pitsea Free
Friday 26th July Childminding group party Free
Monday 29th July Fun day at Southchurch park Free
Tuesday 30th July Swimming at Belfairs £2.20 over 3’s
Wednesday 31st July Belfairs Woods Activity Day £3 per child
Thursday 1st August Beach trip to Old Leigh Free
Friday 2nd August http://www.hadleighfarm.org.uk/visit-us/rare-breeds-centre  Hadleigh Farm £2.50 over 3’s
Monday 5th August http://www.visitmaldon.co.uk/promenade-park/index.php Prom Park Maldon Free
Tuesday 6th August http://www.gnomemagic.co.uk/ colchester £3 per child
Wednesday 7th August Wild Wednesday at Danbury Country park Free
Thursday 8th August Wat Tyler Park, Pitsea Free
Friday 9th August Swimming at Belfairs £2.20 over 3’s
Monday 19th August Swimming at Belfairs £2.20 over 3’s
Tuesday 20th August ‘Go Bonkers!’ at Chalkwell Park £6.50 over 3’s

£4.00 under 3’s

Wednesday 21st August Belfairs Woods Nature Reserve Free
Thursday 22nd August Crabbing at Leigh beach Free



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July 2013 Newsletter


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Summer July 2013 Newsletter

Welcome to our summer newsletter, we are so glad summer has finally arrived after such a long winter. We have made the most of the garden and have been growing a variety of fruit and vegetables on the veggie patch, the children helped to plant out peas, runner beans, broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes and we have quite an established strawberry patch as well.

Due to COSHH regulations the vegetable patch is totally organic so the children have been very ‘hands on’ with the weeding and examining of the plants as they grow. Our 24 pea plants have now been reduced to just 3 due to slugs and snails but we have enjoyed eating peas as they became ready, raw and straight off the plant.

During the day with the younger children we have been busy with playgroups, swimming, beach trips and meeting up with other minders and their children; we had a trip to Southend cemetery to witness the caterpillar phenomenon where millions of them covered trees, headstones and bushes in a fine silk.

The children enjoyed their visit and the gardens are well maintained and we saw quite a few rabbits hopping about as well.


Finally, it’s that time of year again where we like to review and reflect on how we do things and what we can do to improve our service to you, we have some feedback forms to hand out and would really appreciate your thoughts and comments.

Heidi & Marcus


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St David’s day


St David's Day for KidsWe’ve been busy making daffodil pictures in 3D and dragon pictures to celebrate the patron saint of wales David, the children had great fun adapting the pictures in their own unique way as the children usually do with our activities giving things a personal touch

Bunch of Daffodils carft


we’ll soon be onto our Mothers Day activities and making wonderful gifts for our mums

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Chinese New Year

With Chinese New Year approaching we are busy creating decorations to make our setting look festive for the year of the snake.

We shall be decorating dragon masks, making fortune cookies, Chinese lanterns and lucky money envelopes .

The children really enjoy getting stuck in to our craft ideas and often come up with ideas of their own, this really encompasses our child-led learning ethos.


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First Aid Update and new toddler group

Marcus & I completed our First aid training along with some colleagues from the childminding network. Our instructor was very knowledgeable and taught in a way that really embedded the information to ensure its ‘locked in’ for future use, should it be needed.

We have also started to take the children to a playgroup on Mondays, its a great group at the Highland Methodist church on Sutherland boulevard, it has many activities on different tables in the hall including, gluing & sticking, colouring, lego, small world toys and ride-ons. Its lovely clean, spacious place with a friendly atmosphere, the children really seemed to enjoy themselves.

We  have outside activities on everyday day of the week;

Monday- playgroup

Tuesday- Dancing

Wednesday- messy play session

Thursday- Playgroup

Friday- sensory play

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Christmas party 2012

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Christmas Party 2012!

Thursday 20th December

4pm – 6pm

This year we shall be treating the kids to a Christmas party at Kids Kingdom Southend, we shall be getting there for about 4pm and have our tea there and be back for around 6pm.

Please ensure the children have a suitable change of clothes for after school.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year

                         Marcus & Heidi


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PSED conference Tickfield Training Centre Southend

I thoroughly enjoyed the workshops today at the conference, We had some great guest speakers including Martin & Helen Huleatt who demonstrated block play and how this can benefit the children’s development, Andrew Waterman gave us an entertaining lesson on persona dolls and how these can be used in the setting to deal with many issues that can arise, Maurice Hines talked about promoting positive behaviour and gave us an insight into why children behave the way they do and finally Susan fisher delivered an Attachment workshop explaining the different bonds children and adult develop and the problems that can occur if these aren’t developed in the early years, overall a fascinating day and I learned a lot and I cant wait to attend another.

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maggoty pumpkin heads for tea

To Celebrate the end of term we had a spooky tea made up of mini pumpkins with spaghetti for maggoty brains and bbq chicken breast on the side, another fun way of getting the kids to eat veggies.

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