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Preparing for Starting School in September

Probably one of the biggest milestones of being a parent is when our babies start school! It’s kind of a big deal, for you and for your child! And perhaps you, like me, are currently going through all of the motions leading up to the big day. You’ve applied for your child’s place, you’ve secured a school and now you are wondering nervously how you can help prepare them for this massive  next step! I am very conscious that this can be an anxious time for parents (and children) and I definitely don’t want to panic anybody, so what I will say first and foremost is don’t worry (easier said than done I know). Schools are very good at helping...

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Continue the Play After The Baby Club

If you haven't seen it yet, The Baby Club is a new TV programme available on Cbeebies and BBC iplayer to interact and stimulate young babies. Having said that, Mason is four now and he was gripped watching it too! I think one of the main reasons I adore this new show is because it shows parents and carers how household items can provide lots of entertainment at home, which you know is something close to my heart and the reason why I developed playPROMPTS activity cards. And because they're household items, you can have them ready before the shows starts so you can join in at home. If you follow the presenters or The Baby Club on social media,...

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10 Activities So You Can Clean

When I recently asked my community to share their barriers for playing with their little ones, one of the most common answers was the housework. Sadly, many of us are feeling overwhelmed by the jobs around the house and trying to keep on top of those whilst entertaining a little one can be really difficult. I can totally appreciate this. I get it too. Sitting and playing with your little one while you mentally write a list of things that need doing. So I have complied a list of 10 activities you can set up for your little one to keep them entertained so that you can tidy/ clean/ do things around the house. These mess free play ideas will...

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What is PLAY POTENTIAL?

'Play Potential' is a phrase I use a lot but you may be left wondering what on earth I'm on about...don't worry you're certainly not the only one!! Play Potential is a phrase I use to describe the opportunities for play a toy or resource offers. So to put it simply, how many different ways it can be used in play. For a toy, it might be that it has more than one purpose or function. How many times have you bought a toy for a young child that actually offers very little entertainment with only one or very few varieties for play? Trust me, I've been bought many and they are often the expensive ones with bright lights and...

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The Naptime 'To Do' List

January 17, 2017  |  Claire Russell As a teacher, due to the workload you are entitled to half a day every week for non-contact time. That's time away from the classroom to plan, prepare and assess. This time was always so valuable as a teacher because the more you got done in this time, the less you had to do at home. Well sort of. That was always the plan however, a teachers workload is never done. There is always more to do and you know deep down you will never get to the bottom of the 'To do' list. I used to love this PPA time. I would always plan what I was going to do and how I was...

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