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Online safety

With the rise of smartphones, tablets and other devices plus online gaming and interactive TV, helping children be safe online is an issue that most parents now have to consider, as well as the dilemma of how much screen time they should be allowed This can be tricky if you [...]Read more

Halloween maths

Halloween is a time for spooky fun with your children – trick or treats, pumpkin carving and the opportunity to dress up as their favourite creepy character. It can also be a scarily good opportunity to incorporate some maths into their play and they won’t even realise. We’ve [...]Read more

October half term activity plan

The October Half Term is creeping up on us – hasn’t the summer gone quickly?! Whilst it may feel like a week is a very short amount of time (compared to the summer holidays for example!) it can be surprisingly difficult to keep your children entertained. There’s nothing like a [...]Read more

Screen time for children

As a parent, how much ‘screen time’ your children should be exposed to is something that is always a consideration – in a world where TVs, phones, laptops and iPads are common in most homes. So what’s the official advice? The World Health Organisation says that 3 – 4 year olds [...]Read more

Is your family influential at school?

When your child comes home complaining about something that ‘the school’ has done, what do you do? Sometimes it’s just kids complaining about anything that doesn’t fit with what they want.  But occasionally there is a valid issue that really needs to be addressed. You don’t want [...]Read more

Sporty kids

Kids have varying responses to their PE and sports lessons.  Some love them, others groan and beg for a letter to be excused on the flimsiest of excuses.  Why does the school curriculum demand that even the un-sportiest child must take part? There are many reasons why physical [...]Read more

Easy after school snacks for hungry children

The lovely after school meeting in the playground where you ask your child, ‘How was your day?’ can often be met with “I’m starving, what’s for dinner” and “can I have a snack?”.   You don’t want them eating empty calories, so we’ve put some tasty and healthy after school snack [...]Read more

New school, new teachers

If your child has started a new school, they’ll be meeting lots of new people.  Some of those are children who will become friends, but most importantly, they’ll meet teachers. Teachers can make or break your child’s experience of school.  Celebrities often include a favourite [...]Read more

Lifelong learning

When did you last learn something?  You don’t stop learning when you leave school, you have to learn new skills when you enter the workplace and when you leave home you learn to do household tasks that you’ve managed to avoid until then. Learning is essential to surviving in [...]Read more

Can you help Cressida?

Cressida Cowell was recently announced as the new Children’s Laureate.  Her books include How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once.  She has a ten-point plan for her two-year tenure: Read for the joy of it Access NEW books in schools, libraries and bookshops Have [...]Read more

School uniform shopping top tips

Despite the fact that our children spend more time in their school uniform than anything else, we can still begrudge the expense. Let’s face it, buying yet another pair of white socks isn’t as fun as a cute dress or jumper. But there are ways of bagging some great deals. Cashback [...]Read more
 

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