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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

Summer learning

It’s the school holidays and the kids are loving being out of school, long summer days and no lessons!  But young brains are curious and if they’re not exercised, boredom kicks in and then you have problems. As a parent it’s time to get sneaky and find fun things to keep the kids [...]Read more

10 tips to help the plastic revolution

If you haven’t noticed that the world has a problem with plastic, you must have been locked away for the past couple of years.  From David Attenborough’s shocking revelations about the state of our oceans, to the documentaries showing how plastic is finding its way into our [...]Read more

Summer jobs

If you have a teenager, you may be facing a summer where they disappear into their room with an electronic device, only emerging for meals.  Or they’re champing at the bit to be taxied about to friends, sports activities and more. Worse still, activities they want to do [...]Read more

An apple for the teacher

  There’s something that you don’t know until your child starts school – teachers get presents at the end of each year and at Christmas.  And Reception is the statement year for gifts! As with so many things, from first school parties to first school parents’ events, [...]Read more

Join in!

Gone are the days when after school clubs meant the recorder, football or netball. Now you can be a ninja, bounce yourself fit and even try fencing!   Ninja training   With independent children’s gyms popping up around the country, it’s easy to find fun gymnastic–style [...]Read more

Story time

If you were read to as a child, the chances are that you’ll remember it.  The feeling of being tucked up in bed listening to your favourite book being read to you, with funny voices and maybe even actions.  Story time is so important and really helps with your child’s [...]Read more
 

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