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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.

How to keep children active during lockdown

Posted by iChild, January 20, 2021 9:34 AM
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Performance Physique founder, Arj Thiruchelvam, coaches people from novices to Team GB Olympians. He shares his article on helping us boost exercise opportunities for children during the pandemic.

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De-mystifying teaching children maths and statistics

Posted by iChild, January 13, 2021 10:43 AM
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Alison Hopper is the primary mathematics specialist for MEI (Mathematics in Education and Industry). She advised iChild on the 'Let's Count!' primary school programme for the Office for National Statistics. Her article will support teachers and particularly parents at this challenging time.

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Show your kids you care about their future and their planet with a sustainable Junior ISA

Posted by iChild, January 06, 2021 9:52 AM
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The Big Exchange, co-founded by The Big Issue, has launched a new kind of Junior Individual Savings Account (JISA): one that invests only in funds that are proven to be making a positive difference to the environment and society.

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Colouring pencils and paints from our iChild Shop

Posted by iChild, December 30, 2020 9:15 AM
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At this time of year - and especially in this particular year - we simply can't have too many crafts and paints! So we've selected our favourites - and those with the best reviews - from our iChild Shop.

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How to encourage your child to have a good night’s sleep this Christmas

Posted by iChild, December 23, 2020 2:52 PM
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Lucy Shrimpton, from The Sleep Nanny®, has written this blog for us. Great advice to help your little ones (and their parents!) have a good night's sleep before Christmas.

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Encouraging children to play a musical instrument

Posted by iChild, December 16, 2020 9:57 AM
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Education Consultant, Sue Cottrell, shares her experience of supporting children and young people learning to play a musical instrument.

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Knitting & crocheting crafts from the iChild Shop

Posted by iChild, December 09, 2020 12:00 PM
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We've selected some knitting and crochet crafts from our iChild Shop. Just the thing if you have the skills to create your own festive gifts. Or a fun, therapeutic hobby if you're a beginner.

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Supporting children and young people with homeschooling

Posted by iChild, December 02, 2020 10:13 AM
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Education Consultant, Sue Cottrell, gives her view on supporting children and young people with homeschooling during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Tips to handle bullying

Posted by iChild, November 18, 2020 11:00 AM
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We've recently celebrated anti-bullying week. Former childminder and childcare advisor, and now top blogger, The Next Best Thing to Mummy, shares her advice to help parents support their children through this difficult situation.

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Tips to help children deal with trolls

Posted by iChild, November 11, 2020 10:13 AM
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Cyber bullying is one of the many challenges facing today's young people. Blogger, Next Best Thing to Mummy, worked as a childminder for 14 years, as a preschool development worker, then as support childminder for the children's center. In this blog, she shares her advice on supporting children.

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