• Are You Suffering With School Holiday Syndrome Too?

    19th August 2017

    After speaking to other parents and looking at online parent groups, I’ve noticed I’m not the only one so I’ve decided to call it School Holiday Syndrome. This is how it’s looked to me so far:

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  • The Importance of Outdoor Play for Children

    7th June 2017

    I was shocked recently to find out that there are more than 1,000 children being referred to hospital due to obesity. According to playground equipment supplier ESP, one in three children between 2-10 years old are overweight. Further research by Liverpool John Moores University found that the average amount of exercise a child does during…

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    Why Forest Schools Are Great For Kids

    23rd October 2016

    Until recently I’d never heard of forest schools, but now I know more about them I thought I’d share the benefits of them for children, because they’re pretty impressive! Forest schools are for children and families and are run by trained forest school teachers across the country.

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  • We’ve Got Through The First Week of School

    16th September 2016

    So the first school week is over and all I can say is…phew! There’s been such a build up to this week for months; – preparing Chunk for leaving nursery and moving to a big school, and of course buying the dreaded uniform and accessories. He loved the first day, because only 8 pupils were…

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  • Chunk’s First Day At School!

    14th September 2016

    So two days ago we finally did it. Chunk had his first day at school and I got him there on time and with all the necessary equipment. I’ve been worrying about it a lot for the last week or so to the point it had been affecting my sleep. Watching the documentary on Channel…

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  • Educational Play: Word Games With Bananagrams

    26th August 2016

    As the very first term of school is approaching I’ve been looking at ways to help Chunk learn his letters and words. I want it to be fun as it helps to keep him engaged and interested in learning, as so many children struggle out of boredom. My First Bananagrams is a game which was…

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  • Healthy School Lunchbox Ideas

    17th August 2016

    A range of healthy lunch ideas for school children’s lunchboxes

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  • Preparing Chunk For School

    9th August 2016

    Chunk starts school next month…EEK! I’m a bag of mixed emotions about it at the moment, both excited for him (and to get some me-time/work-time) but also very aware this is a new milestone and once he’s in there I cannot protect him or see what he’s up to for five days per week. Regardless…

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  • Educational Play the Schleich Way

    15th June 2016

    Popular toy company Schleich has launched a new campaign called Educational Play the Schleich Way which includes a 16-page guide to the best in imaginative play and development ideas for parents and their preschoolers. The guide covers topics including how to have a balanced play diet, encouraging imagination and early language skills, and it also has helpful hints…

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  • Something Special Interactive Magazine Review

    8th June 2016

    Something Special Interactive Magazine The brand new Something Special Interactive Magazine is out today and Chunk got to have a sneaky peek! The first issue is packed with lots of fun things to do including stickers, colouring, craft ideas, stories and sing alongs. Refreshingly there is an app you can download to use with the…

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