The Countdown To Starting School

In 10 short days applications open for children starting school in 2020 and that means that we have to apply for Erin. It feels like only yesterday that Erin was a (very) tiny baby and being so small that I thought I would break her. I can’t quite believe that this is her last year at nursery and next August we’ll be getting her school uniform ready for her very first day of school. As a lot of children have just started school this month I have seen a lot of posts, both on blogs and social media, about the

Is My Child Old Enough To Walk to School Alone?

AD | Collaborative post Walking to school offers a number of benefits; it is good for your child’s health, it reduces pollution from cars and it can help to encourage independence; but at what age should we let our children walk to school alone?  There are obvious safety concerns about letting your child walk to school on their own, which sparks the debate about the right age to allow it. There is no legal age, or right or wrong answer, so really the decision comes down what is best for you and your child. To help make your decision a

The Teacher Who Was Everything Erin Needed

Yesterday was Erin’s last day at nursery until she goes back in September. Unfortunately, Erin’s key worker told us last week that she wouldn’t be there any more in September and honestly, I was really sad when she told me. Way back when Erin had only just turned 1 we took her for a look around a nursery. At the time, we weren’t sure when Erin starting nursery was going to happen; we were just seeing where was available and what we thought. The first nursery we went to look at was one attached to a private school. It ended

Should I Encourage My Child To Go To University?

AD | Collaborative post If you are trying to help your child decide whether or not to go to university, here is some useful advice from Mount House School… There are various reasons for going to university. Many students wish to continue learning about a particular subject they have enjoyed at school and many wish to develop skills for their chosen career. However, some youngsters decide to go to university to experience living away from home and to enjoy the social life. Regardless of the reason, it is important to remind your child that university is ultimately for learning and

Is My Child Too Young To Go To Nursery?

AD | Collaborative post If you are wondering if your child is too young to go to nursery, then you are not alone. This is a common and often stressful consideration for parents when they are looking at childcare arrangements. The truth is that there is no ‘right’ age for nursery. All children are different and each family has different needs. Some parents choose to start their child at nursery due work commitments and others want their children to develop social and learning skills, before starting school. Whatever your reason, choosing to start your child at nursery can be a

But I Don’t Want To Go To School…

This is something I’ve been hearing a lot recently; ‘But I don’t want to go to school.’ I don’t think I was expecting to hear something like this from Erin for at least another couple of years. The week following the Easter holidays is when Erin’s funded education hours finally kicked in. After waiting since January we were finally able to make the most of her being entitled to 30 free hours. Erin started a new nursery in January but seemed to settle in immediately and she got excited about going near enough every day. The setting, a Montessori nursery,

Does My Child Need A Tutor?

AD | Collaborative post Private tuition is a fantastic way to support a child’s education outside of the classroom, and simultaneously provides them with a personal mentor and another role model. Many parents hire a private tutor to help their child with their studies, particularly during exam periods. But how do you know if your child actually needs a tutor? Manor Lodge School have the following advice. One of the most obvious signs that your child needs a tutor is a significant drop in grades, in one or more subject. However, before you hire someone to help get the grades

The Start Of Erin’s Funded Childcare

The decision to send Erin to nursery at 2 was honestly a really easy one and she started just a few days after her 2nd birthday. We’d had her nursery picked out for months and at the time, we knew it was the right place for her and us. I struggle with PND and although it’s not nearly as bad as it was, I still have my moments. I needed time and space and Erin needed to be around children her own age, something that had stopped as soon as baby classes finished. Erin going to nursery was what we