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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 horses can help children with learning disabilities

Posted by iChild, June 09, 2021 2:14 PM
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Humans have shared a special bond with horses for centuries, and to this day we still see them as hard-working helpers and loving companions. In this article, Katie Allen-Clarke, from the leading equestrian sports network Horse & Country TV, explains how horses are especially helpful for children with learning disabilities.

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Fun activity books for children from our iChild Shop

Posted by iChild, May 26, 2021 7:03 PM
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As half-term approaches, we've selected some fun activity books from our iChild Shop. After outdoor fun with your children - of course!

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When and how to stop your child napping

Posted by iChild, May 18, 2021 5:11 PM
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Blogger, The Next Best Thing to Mummy, worked as a childminder, a preschool development worker, then support childminder for the children's center. She shares her advice on when to stop letting your toddler have a nap during the day.

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Musical instruments from our iChild Shop

Posted by iChild, May 12, 2021 11:59 AM
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Music is a great recreational activity for children, and research shows that learning an instrument can help children's concentration and mental wellbeing. So we've selected some of our favourites from our iChild Shop, for babies, toddlers and children.  

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Step out for Mental Health

Posted by iChild, April 28, 2021 10:12 AM
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Place2Be is the UK’s leading school-based mental health charity with over 25 years’ experience working with pupils, families and staff in schools. We’re delighted to spread the word on “Stepping out for Mental Health”. Find out more – get fit, and help support this great cause!

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My experiences of how children react to disability and illness

Posted by iChild, April 21, 2021 11:15 AM
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Blogger, The Next Best Thing to Mummy, worked as a childminder, a preschool development worker, then support childminder for the children's center. She shares her memories on children's reactions to disabilities and illness.

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STEM toys and books from our iChild Shop

Posted by iChild, April 14, 2021 2:56 PM
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STEM toys are just the thing to help girls and boys develop their logical, spatial and problem-solving skills and knowledge. So we've selected a few of our favourites from our iChild Shop.

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Coping with grief: Barnardo’s tips for parents about how to talk to their children about death during the pandemic

Posted by iChild, April 07, 2021 10:00 AM
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During the Covid-19 pandemic, many more children and young people will be experiencing bereavement. We are pleased to share Barnardo’s tips for parents about how to help their children cope with the death of a family member.

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Talking to your children about the loss of a pet

Posted by iChild, March 31, 2021 10:25 AM
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Losing a beloved can be a child's first encounter with bereavement. Blogger, The Next Best Thing to Mummy, worked as a childminder, a preschool development worker, then support childminder for the children's center. She shares her advice on talking to your child about losing a pet.

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Role play toys from our iChild Shop

Posted by iChild, March 24, 2021 1:27 PM
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Role play is a great way to develop the imagination and empathy of boys and girls. It's also a perfect opportunity to develop children's knowledge and understanding of the world. So we've selected a few from our iChild Shop.

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