Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

Father’s day, Rainy day, Fairy day round up!

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Father’s day crafts


Rainy day crafts

Fairy Village


Monday, June 11th, 2012

My summer newsletter is out. All parents will receive a hard copy to take home.

2012 Newsletter


Updated vacancy information.

Monday, June 4th, 2012

If you are looking for childcare in Bo’ness there are a number of places you can check.

Good luck!

Scottish Childminding Association Childminder Search

Scottish Childcare Information Service

Bo’ness Childminding Group





The sun has got his hat on.

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Hip hip hip hooray! So we’ve been outside enjoying the sun instead of updating the website. Sorry!

Yesterday I had a lovely visit from a very sweet young lady and her Mum. While here, this special girl made me a beautiful necklace and I promised her I would share it with you all.

Thank you very much for this lovely gift, it makes me smile whenever I look at it. I really enjoyed meeting you yesterday!

Walk like an Egyptian

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

We’ve had a brilliant couple of weeks learning all about the ancient Egyptians. Here are some pictures of our art work. Please excuse the blurred faces, it is my policy not to post any identifying images of children – but these Pharoah pictures were too good not to share with you.

Go Real!

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Kathleen Bell Childminding has received national recognition for supporting the use of Real Nappies in their childcare setting.

The commendation has come from the organisation: Go Real, the Real Nappy Information Service as part of their annual Real Nappy Week celebrations.

Real Nappies are chosen by parents across the UK predominantly because of their environmental and financial benefits.  Currently the UK throws away 3 billion disposables every year with 90% going to landfill; but Real Nappies not only divert waste from landfill, they can also be up to 40% better for the environment than using disposables, helping parents actively combat their carbon footprint.


In addition parents can save at least £500 per child in Real Nappies, an important saving in the current economic climate.  Real Nappies are also championed by many parents who favour the soft comfortable fabrics as well as the fun and functional designs.
With many parents now choosing to use Real Nappies they are consequently also looking for a childcare setting which is happy to accommodate their nappy choice.

Go Real Manager Rebecca Rapson said:

“More and more parents are using Real Nappies and so want to find a child care setting that is comfortable and confident with using them too.  This Real Nappy Week we wanted to congratulate those childcarers that support and promote the use of Real Nappies in their setting and show others just how easy it is to do.”

She went on to say:

““Real Nappies have never been easier to use.  The progress in design means that they are very similar to disposables to put on and the other great benefit for small businesses is that their waste disposal bill could also be reduced!”

Nurseries that have been declared “Real Nappy Friendly” will be given a certificate to promote their status and will also appear on the Go Real list of nappy services, enabling parents to find Real Nappy friendly childcare, local to them.

For more information on choosing and using Real Nappies visit Go Real – The Real Nappy Information Service.

Chess masters!

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

I can’t believe I forgot to post the chess picture.

This kept the children quiet for ages yesterday afternoon, I was only needed to gently referee the more tense “discussions” and occasionally remind them the rules.

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. – Margaret Atwood

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Well sorry Ms Atwood but I don’t smell like dirt but I did send the children home with paint on their cuffs and possibly even their noses – does that count?

It’s the end of the Easter holidays here as I am off for until the schools go back on Monday so we’ve packed a fair bit into the days we have had together.

We’ve been to the library to do lots of crafts, learned to play chess, baked cupcakes, made a posy of paper daffodils as a gift for a loved one, decorated paper eggs, made an Easter wreath and today we painted beautiful crayon-resist spring pictures. It’s been all go! Good thing we’re having a few days off before we get back into the school routine.

Enjoy the pictures.

Finally – Euan captured this picture of the sunlight through his window casting a teeny tiny rainbow on his bedroom wall.

Lucky Leprechauns

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

How cheerful are these guys? They are the first thing you see when you come in my front door and I love them. Such happy fellows to greet you when you come home. I’ll be keeping them up there for a while. At least until I find out where they’ve hidden their pot of gold!

Hot Chocolate Gift

Monday, March 19th, 2012

This is the delicious Hot Chocolate Kit we made to give the Mums on Mother’s Day. I don’t normally share instructions for our creations but I think this idea is too good not to share!

First gather a clean jar, some little yoghurt pots (petit filous size) or an ice cube tray to use as molds and some lollypop sticks.

Melt a couple bars of chocolate – we used milk chocolate but personally I would have preferred dark – in a pyrex bowl over some simmering water.

Stir in some cocoa and icing sugar until you’ve got a fairly thick paste (I didn’t measure how much, I just chucked it in.)

Half fill your yoghurt pots or completely fill the ice cube molds.

Place in the fridge to chill for bit.

Once they’ve started to set put the sticks in.

When they are completely set, remove from the molds. I plunged one into hot water to take it out but the sides were all squidgy and melted. I found the best way was to use just the warmth from my hand. Patience is required rather than brute strength – you’ll just pull the sticks out.

I had some wee plastic bags left from when we made cake pops, so I used those to wrap the lollies and secured with sticky tape. I think cling film would work perfectly well, or you could take the scissors to a freezer bag.

To finish off, we filled the jar half full of mini marshmallows, decorated the jar with jewels and then added a label with the instructions. Which are:

Melt the lollies in a mug full of hot milk, add marshmallows, and enjoy!