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4 tips for busy mums who want to get an Education

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You can have it all – romance, children, an education, a fantastic career and world travel. The catch? You can’t necessarily have it all at once – so you have to prioritise what’s most important in your life at any given time. There is no wrong answer to which of these wonderful things should come first and which can wait until later. If you’ve already made the choice to put your children ahead of a career and education, be aware that you’ve made a choice that works out well for many women.

But perhaps there’s a nagging little voice in your head telling you that you made a mistake – that you should have completed your education before you had children. Perhaps you’ve dreamed of returning to university to complete your education. Maybe you’re yearning for a career that will better provide for your children’s needs than your current situation allows.

Here’s the good news: You can make it happen! It will not be easy, but it’s rare for anything worthwhile to ever be easy. Countless other mums have returned to school to earn their degrees – and you can, too. Consider these 4 tips for busy mums who want to return to university: Continue reading

Celebrate Stories, Love Reading

World Book DayTo celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 1st March 2017, we asked some Toddle About readers to review new releases of children’s books to find some amazing, and less well known gems that you might want to discover for yourself. You can read all the book reviews below.

Would you like to write reviews for Toddle About? Become a VIP Club Member for just £1.00 every 3 months and this is just one of the several perks you will enjoy! Find out more at www.toddleabout.co.uk/vip/

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How to Help Your Child Learn to Read

Reading Eggs is designed by experts to deliver fast and proven results to prepare your child for school in the best way possible.

Reading Eggs is designed by experts to deliver fast and proven results to prepare your child for school in the best way possible.

Guest post by the eggs-perts at Reading Eggs, the multi-award winning online reading programme for ages 2–13. For a limited time only, Toddle About readers can redeem an exclusive 4 week FREE trial by visiting www.readingeggs.co.uk/ta. Hurry, offer ends 11th February 2018!

A child’s reading development starts at home, and there’s a lot that parents can do to give their child the best start possible.

Here are some helpful tips on how to help your child learn to read at home:

  1. Read together every night

Reading books together is the single most important thing you can do. Not only does this support early reading skills, it nurtures an early love of reading in your child, which is crucial for sustained success. It’s as simple as enjoying a nightly bedtime story together to get them on the right path. Continue reading

The Curious Dragons: The first interactive learning system of games to help kids master maths

The Curious Dragons complements a mastery approach to teaching mathematics.

The Curious Dragons complements a mastery approach to teaching mathematics.

By Lisa Minshull, teacher and founder of The Curious Dragons.

The Curious Dragons provides a fun set of learning games for children aged 3-5 to nurture and develop their numerical and reasoning abilities. For the first time, parents have an interactive learning system at their fingertips. The Curious Dragons not only helps children learn maths but also instill a love of maths which will last a lifetime.

Developed by a highly experienced advanced maths teacher, The Curious Dragons concept uses the ‘touch, visual and symbol’ approach employed with great success in Singapore, known as Singapore Maths. Singapore is routinely ranked at or near the top in global comparisons of mathematical ability and boasts one of the most admired education systems in the world! Continue reading

Top tips on helping your child learn a new lingo

You don't need to know a second language yourself for your child to learn one!

You don’t need to know a second language yourself for your child to learn one!

Have you ever been in awe of children who can speak fluently in more than one language? Well, the truth is that most youngsters have an innate advantage when it comes to learning a second tongue, and can pick up a new lingo far more quickly than we can.

With the European Day of Languages approaching on the 26th September, we started wondering about the best ways to teach your little ones a new language.

To find out how it’s done, we caught up with Anna Neville, the brains behind Kidslingo – a children’s franchise business that teaches French and Spanish to over 6,000 babies, toddlers and primary school kids throughout the UK.

‘Learning a foreign language as a youngster has bags of benefits, from developing problem-solving skills[1] and improving brain structure[2], to increasing cultural awareness and academic performance[3]. Not only that, it can be a fun activity that helps children and parents make new friends.

Don’t worry though – you don’t have to know a second language yourself for your child to learn one. There’s plenty you can do to help them without you even knowing a word.

So, if you’re ready to start your youngster on a language learning journey – On y va! (Let’s go !). Continue reading

MK Parents Unaware of 30 hours Childcare Grant

30 Hours Childcare GrantA new eBook has been created by Kids Play Childcare following a recent Kids Play survey revealing huge confusion concerning the new 30 hour education grant for Pre-School children, starting on 1st September 2017.

Addressing the knowledge shortfall from the survey, the childcare group’s eBook outlines the eligibility criteria for 30 hours, accessing the 30 hours and the deadlines in place to register.

The feedback from nearly 200 parents with children 4 or under in the Milton Keynes and Bury St Edmunds area (where Kids Play Day Nurseries & Pre-Schools are located) and whilst 90% of their survey were aware of the grant, a staggering 51% didn’t know the eligibility criteria, 71% didn’t know there was a deadline for the September grant and 64% were unaware they needed to apply for it and how. Continue reading

Mr Bloom Officially Opens Nature Based Childcare Hub in Milton Keynes

Mr BloomOn Saturday 15th July at 11:00am, Mr Bloom from CBeebies officially opened The Childcare Hub in Knowlhill, a purpose built childcare setting focused on nature-based play.

Cutting a ribbon from one of the high level walkways linking the Pre-School Rooms to the Garden, Mr Bloom also delighted young fans later that day with 2 live theatre shows.

Offering childcare from 6 weeks to 12 years, The Childcare Hub includes an amazing Roof Garden complete with astro turf and raised vegetable beds, as well as a beautifully landscaped garden with Story Telling Circle, Bug Hotel and Forest Schools Area.

Said Sharon Elliott, Childcare Director “We can’t wait to open our new home of nature-based play. We are all super excited and look forward to celebrating in style with Mr Bloom from CBeebies. Parents and children will also have the opportunity to explore the new play areas and plant their own Sunflower to take home and watch grow.” Continue reading

Outdoor Learning at Daffodils Outdoor Nursery

Daffodils Outdoor Nursery

Research shows that time spent outdoors has a positive effect on children’s health

Daffodils Outdoor Nursery is a unique, Ofsted registered childcare setting that opened in September 2016, providing care for children age 2-5 years. Based on the border of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, in Arthingworth, and surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside, they offer an exciting and unique opportunity for your children to experience freedom to learn in the outdoors.

The nursery is run by highly qualified staff and promotes the long-established philosophies of the Scandinavian Forest Kindergartens. Children explore, learn and develop in the outdoors, whatever the weather!

Outdoor Learning

Days are filled with activities and play that is led by the children’s interests and innate curiosity. The outdoor approach to learning allows children to learn to manage their own risks and challenges, supported by professional early years practitioners who will enhance their learning opportunities. Continue reading

Reading Ideas You’ll Love

logoTo celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March 2017, we asked our VIP Club Members to review 25 children’s books to find some amazing, and less well known gems that you might want to discover for yourself. You can read all the book reviews below.

Would you like to write reviews for Toddle About? Become a VIP Club Member for just £1.00 every 3 months and this is just one of the several perks you will enjoy! Find out more at www.toddleabout.co.uk/vip/

 

Apple Pigs by Ruth Gary OrbachApple Pig by Ruth Gary Orbach

Reviewer: Victoria Crabb (Milton Keynes)

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We thoroughly enjoyed reading Apple Pigs, it was the perfect and soft bedtime read which engaged all 3 of my children (20months, 3year old & 4 year old). Continue reading

Freshen Up Easter with this Fun and Educational Easter Egg Hunt Idea

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Begin with writing down a word on a piece of paper.

The Easter Egg Hunt is an annual tradition for many families – our children look forward to it almost as much as Christmas! But keeping it fresh each year can be a challenge, so here’s a great egg hunt idea that is not only fun, but also helps with learning to read (a bit!)

You’ll just need a few simple items:

1) Start by writing down a word(s) on a piece of paper – tailor the difficulty level to your child. Use a different colour for each letter and space each letter out as you will be cutting them out in a moment. Do this twice, so you have two pieces of paper that look the same.

You might use the words for your prize (e.g. ‘Easter Egg’), or you could choose a word or letters that achieve a particular learning objective such as teaching the vowels, or two-letter words. Continue reading