Development

We wish you an ethical Christmas

Christmas has become a time of excess for many, but there are ways to celebrate without harming the environment or relying on cheap labour Many of us have been guilty of overspending at Christmas, but how often do we think about what we’re spending our money on and how much waste we create over the […]

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Learn a new skill: ice skating

With Christmas around the corner, what better activity is there for your little ones than ice skating? Most children love the atmosphere even if they’re not confident skaters, and the more visits you make the better they will become. Here are our eight top tips to thriving on the ice this winter: Dress appropriately. It’s […]

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How performing arts could change your child’s life

According to Anna Fiorentini, founder and principal of the Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School, encouraging children to engage in performing arts can greatly increase their employment prospects, help with their transition from primary to secondary school and enhance early years development. A report from the Arts Education Partnership revealed that school children who had been […]

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Activity books for autumn

The changing colours of autumn will provide the perfect backdrop for colouring and craft, explains Debbie Young If 2014 gave us ‘the summer of the loom band’, 2015 must rate as the ‘summer of the colouring book’. Colouring books have been everywhere; popping up in bookshops, supermarkets and toy shops. They have even appeared on […]

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Learn a new skill: football

Four million children participate in organised football in England alone, and with the new season underway, there has never been a better time for kids to learn. Many of the top players around the world learnt their skills on the street, so as long as there’s a ball available, there’s no reason why your children […]

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Books about pirates

Avast me ’earties! Debbie Young be recommendin’ some top pirate tales. Lily-livered landlubbers beware! Parents and grandparents raised on piratical classics from Captain Pugwash to Treasure Island can easily relate to a child’s passion for pirates. But before conducting your children on their first voyage, make sure you’re not steering them towards sleepless nights. Young […]

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Get creative and forget the mess

Claire-Marie Lewis offers some top tips for crafting at home Sitting down to do crafts with the children can be as daunting as it is exciting. There is potential for amazing bonding over glittery masterpieces, but there is often a nagging worry that you will be finding sparkles in your carpet for centuries to come […]

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Learn a new skill: languages

We all know children pick up languages quickly, but when is the ideal time to teach them a second language? Statistics show that pre-schoolers, toddlers and even babies respond well to learning languages other than their mother tongue. Whether you are part of a bilingual partnership or not, exposing your child to other languages could […]

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Learn a new skill: painting

Children of all ages can benefit from learning to paint. Even a basic level of painting can enhance creativity, improve fine motor skills, and help children to identify colours and hues. It can also be a really fun activity, regardless of whether or not your child is the next Picasso or Banksy. Prepare carefully Some […]

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Which childcare option is right for you?

A guide to finding the most suitable childcare for your little ones Around 70% of parents place their children in some form of daily care, but how do you decide which is the most suitable option for your child? Whether you choose in-home or centre-based care, a preschool or someone else’s home, the key is […]

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