Categories Archives: 5-7 Years

Being a school reading volunteer

Posted by iChild, January 08, 2020 11:08 AM
Article Excerpt Image Next Best Thing to Mummy was a childminder for 14 years until her stroke. She has been employed as a preschool development worker and by the children’s centre as a support childminder. Here she shares her experience of being a school reading volunteer.

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Attending the school Nativity

Posted by iChild, December 11, 2019 2:01 PM
Article Excerpt Image 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 looks back at her children's nativity shows. She's kindly sharing her blog with iChild - and we're sure her experiences will chime with many of us!

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Does technology affect our children's behaviour?

Posted by iChild, November 20, 2019 4:14 PM
Article Excerpt Image 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 discusses her views on children and technology.

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Children and mobile phones

Posted by iChild, July 10, 2019 4:42 PM
Article Excerpt Image Blogger, Next Best Thing to Mummy, worked as a childminder, preschool development worker and at the children's support centre. In this shared blog, she shares her views on children using mobiles - and would love to hear your views!

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Should children do household chores?

Posted by iChild, September 26, 2018 2:50 PM
Article Excerpt Image 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 shares her experience on encouraging her children to share in household chores.

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Preparing your child for primary school

Posted by iChild, August 29, 2018 10:29 AM
Article Excerpt Image By Jemma, author of Thimble & Twig blog. Jemma is a teacher of many and mother of four. In this article she shares her helpful tips and advice on preparing children for the next big step in their lives - starting primary school.

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Selecting a tutor for your child

Posted by iChild, April 18, 2018 11:32 AM
Article Excerpt Image 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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Choosing a Primary School

Posted by iChild, November 24, 2017 3:40 PM
Article Excerpt Image By Jemma, author of Thimble &Twig blog. Jemma is a teacher of many and mother of four. She has gone through the process of selecting a primary school before. Here she shares tips and advice on selecting the right one for your child.

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Reluctant Writers

Posted by iChild, May 24, 2017 5:39 PM
Article Excerpt Image 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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Mini Melodies: How Music Benefits Your Child

Posted by iChild, March 29, 2017 4:29 PM
Article Excerpt Image Blogger, Pears and Chocolate Sauce, is a part-time primary school teacher, specialising in music. She is also mum to a three 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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