Welcome to the iChild Blog

A big welcome to the new iChild blog! We'll be posting the thoughts of both our own team and special guest bloggers on absolutely everything that matters to the parent, childminder, teacher or anybody who works with children aged 0 to 11.

Reluctant Writers

Posted by iChild, May 24, 2017 5:39 PM
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By Inside Martyn's Thoughts. He began his blog as an outlet to organise all the thoughts floating in his head. He re-launched it when he became a stay at home dad with the hope of documenting the journey they were undertaking. Something he wasn't expecting was for it to grow! His blog has become a place to share the highs and lows of family life from a single, stay at home dad’s perspective.

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Fun and learning by the river - an old-fashioned summer

Posted by iChild, May 17, 2017 9:44 AM
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By Squished Blueberries. Squished Blueberries is a blogger and 29 year old Mum of three. She is an ex early years educator who left the preschool life behind to... stay at home and look after her own preschoolers! Not that different, except she doesn't get paid now, or have a lunch break, or sick days... and no one says thanks at the end of the day.

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SATs Year 6 survival tips

Posted by iChild, May 03, 2017 4:50 PM
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By Emma and 3. Mum to three, and teacher of many, Emma is a writer, teacher, public speaker, author and editor at Tots 100. She has been blogging for six years and full time for two. She is a qualified teacher (former Head of Sociology in a large comprehensive school) and a mum to children with interesting health conditions. She like wine, clothes and going away (who doesn’t!).

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Taking the worry out of KS1 SATS tests

Posted by iChild, March 30, 2017 11:13 AM
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KS1 tests are taken by children when they are seven at the end of Year 2. This article is by Jemma, author of Thimble&Twig blog. Jemma is a teacher of many and mother of four. Her blog, Thimbleandtwig.com, is all about her daily adventures in South London, and making and baking with four little people.

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Early Blossom Suncatchers

Posted by iChild, March 29, 2017 5:26 PM
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By "the gingerbread house". Jenny has been blogging at "the gingerbread house" for 12 years. She's a mum of two and loves to craft in her spare time. If she's not blogging, she can be found posting on Twitter or Instagram.

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Mini Melodies: How Music Benefits Your Child

Posted by iChild, March 29, 2017 4:29 PM
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Blogger, Pears and Chocolate Sauce, is a part-time primary school teacher, specialising in music. She is also mum to a six year old. She loves coming up with fun ways to engage and challenge her child, and is a firm believer that play is the best way for children to learn.

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Outdoor Learning in the Spring

Posted by iChild, March 29, 2017 3:37 PM
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By Clare Maher. Clare is a mum of two children, aged two and five, and has been an Ofsted registered childminder since 2013. You can find her blog over at Clare’s Little Tots (clareslittletots.co.uk) where she shares easy crafts, recipes and activities as well as childminding help.

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The Great Sugar Debate

Posted by iChild, March 22, 2017 10:49 AM
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By Claudi & Fin. Lucy (Claudia's mum) and Meriel (Fin's mum) met when their children were very little. They bonded over a mutual love of great tasting, healthy food, especially for children. This led to the recipe for Claudi & Fin’s first product – a naturally delicious frozen lolly made with Greek style yoghurt, real fruit and vitamin D. They are passionate about good food for children. And passionate about health!

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Developing communication and language through play with your baby

Posted by iChild, March 16, 2017 5:12 PM
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Midwife and Life writes a parenting and lifestyle blog. She is a qualified midwife with many years' experience. She is also Mum to three children, aged 7, 6 and 2. In this article, she is writing about how we can help our babies' communication and language development.

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Five things I wish I had known on diagnosis day

Posted by iChild, March 15, 2017 2:18 PM
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Blogger, Mummy Times Two, has a nine year old daughter on the Autism spectrum. She is also an Autism Specialist Teacher. In this post, she shares her experience caring for her daughter, and what she has learnt throughout the years.

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