Children

Children’s Mental Health Week runs from 1st-7th February

An activity for every day With children and young people’s mental health so badly effected by lockdown and prolonged absence from school, this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week has a particular resonance. Former primary school teacher Laura Steele of education experts PlanBee has gathered a week’s worth of fantastic FREE …

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How to Nurture Independent Learners

If recent interruptions to schooling have taught us anything, it is the benefit of nurturing students to be independent learners, particularly for parents struggling to home-school perhaps whilst themselves working from home. But the benefits of independent learning go far beyond the once-in-a-lifetime circumstances of the 2020 pandemic. There are …

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Get closer to nature this winter, with Peter Rabbit™ and the National Trust

It’s been a tough year for everyone, but there’s plenty for families to enjoy this Christmas – with the National Trust and Peter Rabbit™. Read on to find out more about the activities you can explore – from your own home, and in Polesden Lacey’s beautiful gardens. Peter Rabbit™ winter …

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A healthy Halloween

Halloween is approaching fast and the shops are filling up with spooky costumes, decorations, pumpkins and sugary treats. It can be difficult to avoid overindulging on sweets and chocolate at Halloween, but there are some healthy swaps you can make. Before you head out to buy bags of sugary and …

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School Reindeer and Elf Runs Help Support Hospice Care

Calling all schools! Phyllis Tuckwell’s annual Reindeer and Elf Runs will be taking place this November and December in local schools across West Surrey and North East Hampshire, and they’d like you to join in the fun! This festive fundraising event sees local schoolchildren dress up as either reindeer with …

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Ghosts needn’t be toast! How to enjoy Halloween during lockdown

With different parts of the country under different lockdown rules, the idea of celebrating Halloween may seem an impossibility. But Catherine Lynch of education experts PlanBee says you can keep your children spooked out – and stay within the law. Halloween 2020 is going to be a bit different to …

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Tackling the ‘late birthday’ disadvantage – opening new football centre in Guildford

In school years and sporting age groups, children can be almost a year apart in age and this represents challenges for the children born later in the academic calendar. The sporting disadvantage to the younger child in the age group is known as the ‘Relative Age Effect’. This is stark …

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Ten tips for nurturing emotional wellbeing in the home

The new school year will soon be with us: make sure youngsters feel calm about what lies ahead. Former teacher Catherine Lynch of education resources and lesson-planning experts PlanBee has ten tips  As families struggle to deal with the fall-out from exams chaos, don’t forget that younger children also need …

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Guildford-on-Sea now online!

Enjoy the ultimate seaside ‘staycation’ without even leaving the comfort of your home or garden, as Guildford-on-Sea goes online. One of Guildford’s top-ranking summer attractions, the family-friendly urban beach is to return this year, but due to Covid-19 restrictions, will be offering a virtual day at the seaside to keep …

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Ingredients for Academic Success

What makes the difference between an academically successful child and one who struggles with schoolwork? Anna Dalglish, Instructor at the Kumon Maths and English Study Centre in Guildford North, believes a child’s potential to learn is unlimited, particularly if these key components for successful learning are in place: Individualised progress …

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Back to school anxiety? How to prepare your child for the return to the classroom

After ten weeks of home-schooling, are our children mentally prepared to return to school? MyTutor – the UK’s leading online tutoring service – unveils advice from a clinical psychologist The Government has pushed forward with plans to reopen primary schools from Monday, with Years 1 and 6 prepped to return to …

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Honey Bees Day Care on Experimenting with Yummy Food

Having been a nursery practitioner for 3 years and then a nanny for 5 years, I know the struggle of trying to get enough fruit and veg into a child’s diet. Honey Bees Day Care have some great tips for those of you who might have a more ‘selective’ eater …

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