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How to get your head around SATs

The National Curriculum tests or SATs can seem like a daunting part of your child’s education, but if you know what to expect, they don’t need to be scary for you or your child! Get your questions answered by Oxford Owl: What tests do children take at the end of Year 2? There are papers in: Reading (2 papers, 40 marks, about 70 minutes) Mathematics (2 papers, 60 marks, about 55 minutes) English grammar, pun ...

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How to make a fun kids’ snack with a story

At Yeo Valley, pancake making isn’t restricted to Shrove Tuesday. On a rainy day, or as an after-school snack, get out your frying pan and flex your arms for flipping! The pancake batter is quick and easy to make, Yeo Valley organic natural yogurt from British family farms making it extra creamy. The children will love helping out, what’s best of all is that the pancakes don’t have to be a circular shape. U ...

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How to keep the family entertained this half term

The team at Minimaster are forever searching for the best ways to keep the whole family happy. The kids are off school and you’ve got hours to fill doing something fun, exciting and kid-friendly – so rely on them this half term to kick start your family calendar! Whether you’re looking for something to treat the little ones to this October or if you’re on the hunt for something extra special for the whole f ...

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How to become an egg donor

Egg donation offers new hope for a large number of women who previously thought they could never have children. For example, some women experience premature menopause at an early age. Others may have undergone chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or are carriers of a genetic disorder and do not wish to pass their condition onto their unborn child. Criteria Ideally, egg donors should be between the ages of 18 and 35 ...

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How to deal with with cyberbullying

Internet Matters launches powerful ad campaign to help parents deal with cyberbullying at time of the year it is most prevalent. Not-for-profit organisation Internet Matters has launched a hard-hitting campaign to highlight the changing face of bullying in the digital age – and how parents’ advice should also shift with the times. It comes at a peak time of the year for the issue - with eight times as many ...

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How to find the right off-road pushchair for you

Having a baby doesn’t mean you have to completely change your lifestyle. Whether you want to run a marathon with your child in tow, or just want to go out walking the dog there are plenty of pushchairs that allow you to tackle anything. The main two types of off-road pushchairs are those that are designed as all-rounders, great for any type of terrain you can throw at them, or joggers that are for heavy dut ...

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How to buy your first car seat

Choosing a car seat can often be one of the more difficult decisions to make as a new parent. Some hospitals won’t let you take the child home without a suitable car seat, so it’s often a decision you have to make early, and with so much technical jargon and many options to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start. So where do I begin? Safety is the most important aspect of choosing a car sea ...

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How to prepare your child for learning maths at school

The methods and approaches to teaching maths at school have changed over time, so the work your child does in Reception might look very different from your experience of maths as a child. To best support your child, it’s important to try and use the same methods that your child is learning at school. For more help with this, take a look at the parent-friendly ‘Maths in School’ videos and booklets on Oxford ...

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How to have an enchanting winter

In mid-November, Efteling Theme Park Resort transforms itself into an enchanting winter wonderland. Join them for heart-warming bonfires, an array of live entertainment under thousands of twinkling Christmas lights plus a wide range of winter attractions, from the likes of ice skating to their very own cross country ski track! Look on with rosy cheeks from around the bonfires as the Fire Prince and the Snow ...

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How to prepare your child for their first day of school

The night before Get everything ready Double-check that all clothes and bags are labelled, lay out your child’s uniform and have bags packed and ready for the morning. This will leave time for any last-minute talks or perhaps a special breakfast. Talk about the exciting day ahead Remind your child about the fun things waiting for them at school, but also talk them through what to do if they aren’t sure abou ...

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How to nurture your fussy eater

Most parents will, at some stage, go through the worry that their child is refusing the great healthy foods they prepare for them. It can be particularly frustrating when your little one ate all the good stuff when they were weaning and then later starts to become picky. The first place to start, if you want your children to eat a great balanced diet, is taking food off the reward list (“eat your dinner and ...

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