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Travel broadens the mind

Do you dread the letter that your child brings home from school announcing the next school trip or field day?  For some parents even an extra £20 for a coach trip and lunch can stretch the budget to its maximum, never mind the overseas trips that seem to get more and more exotic [...]Read more
 

5 of the best school bags

School bags are expensive, and Mums often find they’re spending more on our child’s backpack then we do our own handbag!  You probably bought one in September so chances are it’s still okay for now.   But with the January sales coming up there can be great bargains, up to half [...]Read more
 

To eat or not to eat?

Have you got a fussy eater in the family or are you all serious foodies?  The festive season has a strong focus on food, whether it’s how soon you can start baking mince pies, who does and doesn’t like rich fruit cake or how many people the turkey has to feed. Inevitably there [...]Read more
 

Fun things to do in Winter

Yes, we know it’s cold and the idea of staying in your onesie until the beginning of March or under the covers watching films is appealing, but you and the kids need fresh air. There are stacks of things to do in the Winter that won’t break the bank, but will get you out enjoying [...]Read more
 

12 days of Christmas crafts

The festive season is upon us and with it comes a whole host of things you can make with the kids.  We’ve put together our top 12 days of Christmas crafts. Hobbycraft sells a great bumper Christmas craft box for £5 which has everything in it you could need, but you’ll also find [...]Read more
 

Building in success

At this time of year it’s easy to be focused on the festive season and put exam pressure out of your mind, but exams in many schools will start in January – and it’s not far away. Getting into positive habits can never start too soon for children to do well in exams, whether [...]Read more
 

Your school’s approach to bullying

Schools generally do not tolerate bullying, but the approach that individual schools take varies.  Do you know how your child’s school tackles bullying? For instance, do they have an active policy of watching for instances of bullying, or only respond when bullying is reported by [...]Read more
 

Conker snails

Conkers are a great craft resource, they’re also free!  There’s so much you can use them for and conker snails are fun to make and much safer for smaller children than swinging a hard item on a string around! It’s a great way to spend time with your kids doing something creative. [...]Read more
 

Technology: learning aid or hinderance?

Notebooks, tablets and smart phones are all part of our everyday life.  If your children are pre-school, they probably haven’t ever lived in an environment that is technology free. So, are these amazing pieces of kit a good thing? On the plus side, kids need to be able to use [...]Read more
 

Halloween baking

Some people think the smells of Halloween can be better than Christmas. Cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin mixed with chocolate and marshmallows – yummmmm! Here are our favourite Halloween bakes Easy cakes for non-bakers Most supermarkets sell trays of fairy cakes, perfectly baked that [...]Read more
 

Qualifications count

More and more teenagers are heading for University.  That means that there are more people with degrees entering the job market.  The result is that an increasing number of employers are looking for qualifications, even for lower level positions. Graduates earn, on average, 48% [...]Read more
 

Autumn crafts

The nights are drawing in and the weather is starting to finally feel a little chilly. Autumn is in the air and it’s time to dig out the PVA, sticky-backed plastic and card and get crafting. Leaf lions The changing colours of the leaves make them perfect for creating leaf lions. [...]Read more
 

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