A look back at 2018: Music

In June, we enjoyed these fab musical instrument stickers. Our box of musical instruments is always a great hit with children of all ages and this gave us a chance to explore some instruments that we don’t have in our collection such as a saxophone and a harp.

Today’s Lunch: Tomato and Tuna pasta

One of the things I find challenging as a childminder is consistently coming up with new meal ideas. For the childrens midday hot meals I tend to follow Annabel Karmel recipes as I find them to be easy, tasty and nutritious. Today I gave the Tuna and Tomato pasta sauce a go and served it up with baby pasta shells (cong…).

Today’s taste tester was a 15 month old who polished it off and loved handling the baby pasta shells and popping them in to her mouth. I always find tomato based dishes are popular with babies and the added mascarpone makes it extra tasty whilst the pasta took just 5 minutes to cook.

I was able to make it from ingredients that I mostly had in my store cupboard anyway so by just popping an onion on my shopping list this week it was an easy one to create. I love the fact that many of her meals are freezable too. This works really well for me as I need to batch cook and have meals ready to go especially on busy days when I have a midday pre-school pick up.

 

A look back at 2018: Halloween

Things have been so busy since my son started school in September and as I adjusted to life as a school mum! So I wanted to take some time to have a little look back at what we have enjoyed here at Aston Childcare over the past few months.

First up, Halloween.

We had great fun making tissue paper plate pumpkins complete with cutouts of the kids hands. We enjoyed colouring in lots of ghoulish characters and the children enjoyed a Halloween themed snack after school. Finally, the children got a head start on their trick-or-treating with a Halloween goodie bag to take home.