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How to keep your child’s mind active over the summer holidays

The summer holidays provide children with the opportunity to relax, visit new places, spend time with their friends and try new activities. Above all, they give young people the freedom and space to find out who they really are, away from the pressures of the classroom. Yet, there is substantial evidence that extended periods without sufficient mental stimulation – like the school summer holidays – can lead ...

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How pretend play can prepare children for the real world

  Sam Flatman, an expert in outdoor play from Pentagon Sport, explores the benefits of pretend play and creative thinking. His first article in the series discusses the transferable skills our little ones learn through pretend play. To you it might be an old cardboard box, but to the imaginative child it can be a castle, a treehouse or a gateway to another world. For children, the creative possibilitie ...

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How to: choose the right school for your child

Schools today are laying much more emphasis on marketing and branding, often creating an image that’s not quite the full picture.  Savvy Mums are aware that they need to delve beneath the polished prospectus and carefully crafted open day in order to choose the right school for their child. After talking to Mums with school age children here are my ten top tips on how to avoid the marketing trap. 1. Open da ...

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10 tips for choosing the perfect school

Industry expert Denise Vincent shares her top ten tips for choosing the perfect school for your children. 'Schools today are laying much more emphasis on marketing and branding, often creating an image that’s not quite the full picture, says Denise. 'Savvy mums are aware that they need to delve beneath the polished prospectus and carefully crafted open day in order to choose the right school for their child ...

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