What is the ‘Write’ way for our children?

Nov 22 2020

The other day, my neighbour stopped to chat and introduced me to her 4-year-old granddaughter. Before I could say hello, she said proudly that she can count to 100 and write her name.  This is not unusual and resonant of a growing pattern where adults seem to feel it is important to want their children to be able to read and write almost before they can speak.

So, what has prompted this urge?  Do we need children to be able to sign their names by the age of three? Do they have their own chequebooks?  I suspect it is part of our modern urge to teach children complex concepts far too early.

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Preparing your child for their return to nursery – and a new normal

Sep 02 2020

Being a parent is great fun but also full of challenges and anxieties.  The rise of social media and easy access to everyone’s opinion cannot help as it’s difficult to extract fact from opinion.  Never was this more alive than during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.  It was compounded by the Government guidance continually changing as they discovered new information.

We have about two million families in England with children aged under five, and nearly 87% of them use some form of formal childcare. What did they say about their lockdown.  It is a mixed picture.  Some families loved the experience of lockdown and had a ball, others didn’t do so well.  For some parents’ lockdown started fine but, as the weeks ran into months, pressure soon mounted and they began to burnout.  Parents working from home with small children found it very stressful and said they were exhausted and used the “screen” as a babysitter more than normally to try and get some work done. There were tussles as to the parent roster? Who did more of the childcare? Whose job could be done at night? Whose Zoom call was more pressing?  Double demands if you were a single parent.

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EdTech makes personalised learning a reality

Aug 19 2020

After lengthy school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers and students are getting ready to return to the classroom. Although plans are in place for schools to reopen in September, many have adjusted their timetables to accommodate reduced class sizes.

Having implemented virtual learning over the past few months, a significant number of schools plan to continue using education technology, or EdTech. The impact of coronavirus has shone a light on the new forms of EdTech and the benefits they offer. In particular, the ability to enhance personalised learning has been celebrated by teachers, students and parents alike.

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