what was missing - friendship and peer support.
I'm a very experienced childminder, confident in my work (but always learning). Unfortunately because of where I live (see my second ever blog post) I'm not able to meet with other childminders very often. Peer support is so important when you work alone, it provides the opportunity to share ideas and find out about trainings etc. Sometimes you just need to chat while the children socialise. Today I could have done with a bit of peer support.
seeing the characteristics of effective learning in action. I observed a child figure out for herself how to do something.
I resisted that huge temptation (that comes over us all) to wade in and offer help. I watched her work it out and then practice doing it over and over until she had mastered the skill. Brilliant!