It's all about the children! We are a team of ten who started as a team of two when Charlotte S and Janet joined forces as childminders in 2013. They, with their team have grown Beach Buddies from 12 children to over 50. We have a maximum capacity of 26 children in a day; Six in our baby room (nurture room) and up-to twenty in Pre-school and two's room (seashore room).
We have an onsite cook who provides fresh nutritious meals and snacks every day and a lovely sunny (if a little muddy at times) garden where we spend hours playing and getting lots of exercise! We even like to grow some veggies for the children to explore how things grow and of course they get to eat their hard work! The garden is an on-going project that is being added to all the time. We feel it's really important that the children are outside as much as possible.
We spend our days playing and learning through fun activities planned around the children’s interests. The children get lots of opportunities to express themselves through physical, imaginative, creative and best of all messy play. We use our garden to hunt for bugs, dig some dirty and make mud pies. We often venture out around the village to see the ducks and go to the library and the park. Our pre-schoolers sometimes head out of the village on bus journeys and go to local museums and educational centres as well as drips to the theatre and the beach.
We also spend time at a local Nursing homes, reading and singing with the residence. We feel both the children and residences get an enormous amount from the visits and have done this now for past couple of years.
We are proudly chemical and plastic free as much as possible. We use mainly hot soapy water and home-made anti bac solutions to clean on a day to day basis, which is less harmful to the children and our environment. We recycle and re-use what we can, and we have reduced a great deal of our single use plastics and even started to provide 80% biodegradable nappies for all of our children at the setting to reduce the amount of plastic going to landfill. This is something we are really passionate about and ask parents to help where possible.