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Will you grow…for the sake of your children?

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Well, our first month trading is now complete – and we’ve loved talking to lots of you about your experiences as leaders in the nursery sector. One thing that has stuck in my mind are comments during recent conversations at the NMT Midlands Agenda about how you completely believe in outdoor play, how Ofsted reward you for supplying great outdoor space and that many of you are investing heavily in creating great outdoor environments for your children. In fact at the NMT Midlands Agenda we sat next to Timotay ( and heard about the amazing outdoor spaces that they are creating for nurseries in the UK and further afield.

I’m on a learning journey and I aim to challenge myself at all times to learn as much as possible from all situations. This month has made me really think, provoked further by a few comments from nursery managers combined with my Neuro Linguistic Programme training (that I’ve got running alongside Rock & Rain). The comments that have stuck with me are that I’m hearing that some staff members just don’t seem to be interested in taking children outside. It’s a battle to get them to take your children outside. I really feel for both the resistant staff members and the management team! I know how hard it is to get my children ready for playing outside…toileting, appropriate clothes on, ‘where’s my coat?’, ‘where are the wellies?’, ‘I can’t find my gloves’, ‘suncream on’ multiply this by 30…I can only imagine why it can feel like taking the children outside should go into the ‘too difficult’ pile!

With my NLP hat on, I realise that we all have to take responsibility for this behaviour. The physical and emotional environments we create for our children will form them as they developed during childhood. I also know that what we ‘know’ is comfortable, and changing to some other way is uncomfortable. If we think about the simple equation of ‘cause and effect’, we are the cause of whether or not our children play outside. If we allow ourselves as parents, managers or carers to take the easier path, avoiding the hassle of taking children outside, we’ll never change as individuals and our children will miss out. Without change there is no growth in us as people. It is our own development journey (as parents, carers, managers) that we need to take responsibility for. If we challenge ourselves to change, if we try new things and get the rewards available, we’ll expand our comfort zone, build our confidence and what was once uncomfortable, will become comfortable!

At Rock & Rain, this is exactly what we have done. We aren’t experienced entrepreneurs. We’re just passionate mums who want to give nurseries an option to buy more durable affordable waterproof gear to get more children outside. We know that when our children play outside in the wet and muddy weather in our suits, the tone of the conversation switches from (before the suit) “keep out of the puddles”, “be careful of the mud”, “don’t get those clothes mucky”, “please listen to me when I ask you not to climb on that mucky tree”… (with the suits on..) “go for it”, “get as mucky as you want”, “see if you can make mud angels in that puddle”, “see how high you make the water go when you jump in that puddle”….have freedom…have fun….be children!!!

As a parent, I know which conversation I prefer! Which conversation results in more enjoyment for me observing (and also joining in at times when the puddles are particularly tempting!!) and for my soggy but happy children.

We hope that you find that having a simple tool, like our bright and colourful waterproof suits, available in your nurseries, empowers your staff to enjoy the fantastic outdoor spaces you’re creating for your children, whatever the weather!

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The Kids Rock in all kinds of weather!

What a crazy weather week it’s been here at Rock & Rain HQ! Awesome sunshine, followed by torrential rainfall… and guess what, the kids have loved it all! Aren’t they so lucky to get to truly appreciate what Mother Nature loves to throw our UK way!

They’ve certainly taken this opportunity to get ticking off a few of their top 10 things to do in their rock & rain suits…


Starting with number 6 on their list “A crazy paint fight”. It was sunny & they hadn’t had their suits on for a few days so we thought it was the perfect opportunity to get them back in them! The sheer joy of being set free with paint sent giggles & laughter all the way through the neighbourhood. The grass was a very interesting rainbow pattern for a few days… but hey ho, that’s a minor detail & nothing that the recent torrential rainfall hasn’t already sorted out!


Talking of torrential rainfall… the sunshine certainly didn’t hang around for the Bank Holiday! Suits were back on (with a few paint stains to boot) & taken for a wet & muddy adventure into Hazelborough Woods by Silverstone.

Piper – “the mad mud lover” completed her desire to roll relentlessly in the mud (Number 4 ticked off then…. though I think she’ll keep ticking that one off as often as she can!)

Scout, “Northamptonshire’s biggest worm lover”, was on the hunt for some of her little friends. No joy this time round… but she was quietly appeased by her slug buddy find at the edge of the woods. She took this photo of it hanging out with her sister… she says “can you tell the difference!!?”

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Sailor, it turns out likes to eat mud, a lot. Hmmmm… is that a reflection on my cooking!?

A quick den build rounded off a great rainy day in the woods. Can’t wait to see what the weather throws our way over the next couple of weeks… though I think it’ll be a little while before we can tick snow angels off the list!


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The Adventures of the Rock & Rain Kids….

When I grew up in the 80’s, I had a great childhood, playing mostly outdoors with my 2 brothers & our friends. We loved nothing more than playing rounders in the field next to our house, searching swamp ground for tadpoles or casually climbing trees during a game of hide & seek.

Today, children’s lives can often feel much more sheltered by comparison. Instead of running free and being back home in time for tea, we can be guilty of structuring their activities in a very sanitised way – Whether it be sending them off to tumble tots to climb in a safe & approved manner, pre-booking a block of swimming lessons at our local Esporta, or signing up term at a time for Musical Monkeys & Mini Pinnys.

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What is going on inside our children’s heads?

Good question! As parents and carers we’d love to know. Well, there has been much research in this area and we now know more about how our children’s personalities are developing.

There are 3 major personality development phases for children.

The first is from birth to around 7 years old. This is the known as the imprinting phase. During these early years our children’s brains lay down the neural pathways which will serve them throughout their lives. This development is shaped by their early years experiences, which in turn form the basic building blocks of their core values, behaviours and personality.
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How to Remove Stains from Kids’ Clothes

Kids get dirty. It’s a fact of life. Here at Rock & Rain we get asked some general questions about parenting and clothing just as much as about the great products we offer – and we like to pass on any knowledge we have or find from other sources. So here’s some tips that we’ve found to help you fight the common stains kids sometimes bring home. Use these smart techniques to get their clothing fresh and sparkling clean so you’re proud to send them out into the world to get dirty all over again. Have any experiences of what works or doesn’t work? Comment below!


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