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

Danilo My First Calendar Review

AD | Gifted item In January Erin turned 3 and changed where she goes to nursery. Her old nursery sadly closed down so we changed to a Montessori nursery. Since then Erin has really thrived and she has become more and more interested in what happens on a daily basis. We have a large calendar/ white board where I write down everything we do and Erin asks what some of it means. Instead of Erin using my calendar which is quite frankly a bit boring, we were recently sent a Danilo’s ‘My First Calendar’. There are three options available; Peppa

Hape Chunky Clock Puzzle Review

AD | Gifted item This year, since changing to a Montessori nursery, Erin has really started to ask more questions and be more interested in so many things. Something Erin is really interested in at the moment is time and when certain things happen. Something we look out for on a daily basis is when Daddy will be home from work and I try to explain the time on the clock we have above the fireplace. This isn’t ideal as I have to lift Erin up and she can’t really see well enough and she wants to touch the clock!

Erin’s First Month At A Montessori Nursery

As soon as Erin turned 2 she started going to nursery somewhere attached to a private school. The children from the school and nursery all spent time together and it was such a lovely thing to see. Erin especially gained a lot from eating hot lunches with the whole school and learning from the older children. When we found out that the school and nursery would be closing before Christmas we knew we only had a few other options for Erin. We don’t drive so the nursery had to be within walking distance and also, it had to be somewhere

Teaching Erin About The World

Growing up I don’t particularly remember learning too much about the world. Of course, in school we learn about history, geography and religion but personally, I don’t feel as though I really learned enough about the world we live in. My school certainly wasn’t a diverse one and apart from I think about 3 students, everyone was white. As soon as I was old enough with enough money, I started going on holiday, visiting new places around the UK and I even lived in Toronto for a year. I wanted to broaden my knowledge and have experiences different to everything

A New Year With Big Changes

This time last year I was writing about Erin’s first day at nursery and wondering how the hell I was going to cope not having her at home with me every day like normal. The settling in sessions and those first few weeks were absolutely heartbreaking for both of us. Erin ran off to explore on her settling in days but when it came to dropping her off for full nursery days she screamed, cried and clung to me for dear life. I spent most of the time walking home crying and feeling lost in a quiet house when I