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COMMENT: Should children be taught life lessons in school?

May 20, 2016

Should Schools be Responsible for Teaching Children Life Lessons? By Dr Amanda Gummer 1 The American website, Quartz, recently published an article about how schools around the world are starting to teach children not only about academic subjects like science, maths and English, but also emotional and social subjects like perseverance and gratitude. Governments have started to see the benefits of...
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Why family play is important

May 15, 2016

The Importance of Family PlayBy Dr Amanda Gummer 1 As parents, we all lead busy lives and are often pulled in all directions. So when the kids are playing quietly – or not so quietly, but happily – it’s the perfect opportunity to get some chores done and tick something off the never ending to-do list. But sometimes, it’s really...
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Why children love dolls

April 4, 2016

Why children love dolls By Dr Amanda Gummer 1 The Power of Dolls Toy trends come and go, but dolls have for many years been, and are likely to continue to be, mainstays in the toy box. There are many different types of dolls, which have all stood the test of time, largely because they all offer different benefits and...
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Six ways to manage children’s sleep when the clocks change

March 25, 2016

How to manage your children's sleep pattern when the clocks change By  Dr Amanda Gummer 1 Maintaining a good sleep routine for your child It's many parents’ biannual worst nightmare – daylight saving. Just as we think we have managed to get a great, solid sleep routine in place and can plan around bedtime and waking time, it all changes around. There...
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Top Tips for Learning to Code at Home

March 11, 2016

  In September 2014, the National Curriculum changed to include coding. All children from five years-old are now taught the subject at school. Pupils aged five to seven will be expected to "understand what algorithms are" and "create and debug simple programs". By the age of 11, they will need to "design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the...
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