Preparing to move up to Year 1

Last week Erin broke up from school for the summer, having just finished her reception year. She has had an amazing year and really thrived in a school environment. We have really tried to help Erin at home as well and this is something we wanted to carry on over the summer, while she’s preparing to move up to year 1.

How to prepare your child for starting Reception

Although it’s only July the new school year will be upon us sooner than you think and the summer holidays can go really fast. If you have a child who will be going into Reception in September then now is the time to start thinking about how you can help prepare them.

8 Unique Hobbies for Children

AD | Collaborative post There are lots of options when it comes to extra-curricular activities for children, and they are fantastic for supporting their overall development. However, traditional activities, like football club or piano lessons, are not appropriate for all children so it might be worth looking at some more unique options that can inspire your child and help them develop skills that they’re actually passionate about. Here are eight ideas from a prep school in Surrey.  Photography Photography is a great hobby for young people to pursue because it encourages them to look at

How to Raise an Independent Child

AD | Collaborative post Most parents can’t resist swooping in and completing tasks for their children if they can see that they’re struggling. While you might think this is helping your child, it actually just suggests to them that they can’t do certain things without your help, which will only hinder their confidence. If you’re hoping to raise an independent child, one who can rely on only themselves to get the job done, it’s often better to give them some space to make mistakes and learn from them. Read on for some further advice on

Helping Your Child Develop their Fine Motor Skills

AD | Collaborative post Fine motor skills are something we take for granted because we use them for such ordinary tasks, like tying our shoelaces or handling our cutlery. Essentially, fine motor skills involve the control of the small muscles in the hands, wrists, and fingers, and as children get bigger, they must use them more and more, especially in school. However, for a child, these activities are more challenging than you make think, and will take practise to master. Weaknesses in fine motor skills can unfortunately affect a child’s ability to write legibly, turn

Understanding Your Child’s Learning Style

AD | Collaborative post Did you know that everyone has a different way of absorbing information, known as a learning style? There are three main learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic. By establishing which of this learning style is most suited to your child, you will be in a better position to help them with their overall education. I have teamed up with one of the UK’s top boarding schools to share some information about the different learning styles and what to look out for in your child to help you determine which category they

Fostering Independence within the EYFS Framework

AD | Collaborative post Children are products of their environment as well as how they are guided within conditional stages. This is even more relevant when referring to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), as habits developed during this time will have massive impacts upon the ways in which they interact with the world around them as they begin to grow. However, it is also important to mention that parents and educators need to encourage a certain amount of independence. This helps to encourage innovation, creativity and confidence. How can independence be fostered within EYFS

5 Screen Free Activities to Explore with Your Child

AD | Collaborative post Playing games or watching something on  a screen is all well and good for your kids, in moderation. You don’t want them constantly glued to a screen of some description all day, there’s too much else out there for them to engage with. Finding other ways to play with a variety of things is a great way to encourage creative thinking in your children Thanks to guidance from a Prep School in London, here are five screen free activities to explore with your child. Toys!  What kid doesn’;t like playing with