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A big welcome to our iChild blog! With regular posts from both the iChild team and our specialist iChild bloggers on absolutely everything that matters to the parent, childminder, teacher or anybody who works with children aged 0 to 11.

Selecting a tutor for your child

Posted by iChild, April 18, 2018 11:32 AM
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By Jemma, author of Thimble &Twig blog. Jemma is a teacher of many and mother of four. In this article, she shares reassuring advice on selecting a tutor to help your child prepare for 11-Plus exams, and on how to support your child.

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How do I support a grieving child

Posted by iChild, April 11, 2018 1:54 PM
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We are proud be permitted to share this blog by Place2Be, a children's mental health charity providing school-based support and in-depth training programmes to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff. In this moving article, Place2B's service manager shares his personal advice on supporting children through the trauma of bereavement.

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Dragon, knights & gift ideas for St. George's Day

Posted by iChild, April 03, 2018 5:09 PM
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On 23rd April, England celebrates St. George's Day. In ancient times, the brave knight is reputed to have slain a dragon and saved a princess and her entire village. We've selected toys and books from our iChild Shop to help children celebrate England's national day.

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Looking after boys and girls

Posted by iChild, March 28, 2018 4:18 PM
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Blogger, "The Next Best Thing to Mummy" is a mum, stepmum and grandparent, who worked as a childminder for 14 years, until ill health forced her to give up. She has been employed as a preschool development worker and by the children’s centre as a support childminder. Here she talks about her belief in treating boys and girls equally.

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Together we can tackle child abuse

Posted by iChild, March 21, 2018 9:38 AM
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All children have a right to be safe and should be protected from all forms of neglect. The Department for Education has recently launched a new phase in the campaign to tackle child abuse. We are proud to be able to support this campaign.

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From our iChild Shop: Easter gift ideas - books, crafts and toys!

Posted by iChild, March 14, 2018 11:33 AM
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Many children will be excitedly preparing for Easter. We've selected some of the most popular, excellent crafts, books and toys from our iChild Shop for them to enjoy. They're fun (and much healthier than chocolate)!

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Lovely book ideas to celebrate Mother's Day & Shakespeare Week

Posted by iChild, March 07, 2018 3:13 PM
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Mother's Day is this Sunday, followed the very next day by the start of Shakespeare Week. So we've selected a range of lovely books from our iChild Shop for children of all ages to celebrate both occasions. Happy reading!

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Being a childminder

Posted by iChild, February 28, 2018 11:51 AM
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Blogger, "The Next Best Thing to Mummy" is a mum, stepmum and grandparent, who worked as a childminder for 14 years, until ill health forced her to give up. She has been employed as a preschool development worker and by the children’s centre as a support childminder. Here she tells us about becoming a childminder - and why she loved it!

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World Book Day - great costume ideas!

Posted by iChild, February 21, 2018 9:18 AM
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Schools across the land celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 1st March. We've selected some great costumes from our iChild Shop so that your child can dress up as their favourite fictional character!

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Keeping active in the winter: Inspiration from the Winter Olympics

Posted by iChild, February 15, 2018 5:26 PM
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Play and Learn Every Day is a former nursery deputy head and now a Stay at Home Mum to an adorable little boy and girl who love to play! She grew up in Canada - where they have "real" winters. She draws on her childhood experiences and her children's excitement about the Winter Olympics to think about activities which we can all enjoy during the cold winter months.

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