Curriculum, Key Stages and Ofsted

  • What Is Phonics?

    What Is Phonics?

    Most parents of young children will have heard the term ‘phonics’ and be aware that they have something to do with letters and words. Sounds Phonics is a well-used method of teaching children to read. The system teaches children to read letters the way they sound so that they can use them to put words

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    Training to work in childcare

    Training to work in childcare

    Childcare is a rewarding profession that offers the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives and education of young children. At the beginning of July 2015 Sam Gyimah, the Childcare Minister, announced that those people looking to work in the profession are to be given more help to gain the level of knowledge

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    Should kids go to school if they are sick

    Should kids go to school if they are sick

    When I was as kid you only ever took time off school if you were really poorly. It was the days before vaccines were commonplace, a good excuse for a week off meant you had measles, or the like. A tummy ache or runny nose simply didn’t cut it. We did try it on of

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    Thinking of home schooling

    Thinking of home schooling

    The decision to home-school is a very personal choice, many parents make it across the UK each year. At any one time, is it estimated that between 50 and 80 thousand UK children are educated in the home. The vast majority of children are educated in a formal school environment, but all parents have a

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    Thinking of becoming a professional childminder

    Thinking of becoming a professional childminder

    Being a childminder comes with plenty of rewards. As well as having the privilege of spending time with little characters, you can work from home and usually fit it around other commitments, such as your own need for childcare. However, as you’ll no doubt be aware, becoming a professional childminder isn’t as simple as just

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    Coping with mental illness at university

    Coping with mental illness at university

    Leaving home and going to university is a big enough transition in and of itself, but if you throw in the experience of having some form of mental distress on top of it, it can become an overwhelmingly challenging time for a young person. Thankfully universities are much more aware and equipped to sensitively and

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