Primary School

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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How Does Free Childcare Work

How Does Free Childcare Work

In this year’s budget Chancellor George Osborne announced that working families with three- and four-year-old children will receive 30 hours of free childcare. This doubles the 15 hours parents were previously entitled to and is due to come into effect from September 2017. Current legislation At the moment all parents in England are entitled to

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Emergency childcare for older children

Emergency childcare for older children

Juggling childcare and work can be a bit of challenge at the best of times, but when childcare is required at unexpected moments, things can seem to get a tad complicated. Throw an older child into the mix and you may be inclined to panic. But worry not, because things are simpler than you may

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Should kids go on expensive school trips

Should kids go on expensive school trips

Two schools have recently hit the headlines after planning week long trips to Barbados and Las Vegas. While there’s little doubt that kids would be climbing over each other to book their places, many will be disappointed as parents struggle to afford the £1,650 and £1,850 respectively, they’re expected to pay per child. Trip The

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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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Tips for helping your child succeed at school

Tips for helping your child succeed at school

As parents we all want our kids to do well in school. However, we can’t be in the classroom to support them and encourage them to do their best. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a positive influence on kids’ behaviour and achievements while they’re at school. Get to know the school When your

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