Child Development

Why You Need To Be Painting With Your Child

Alex Muller-Nicholson | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Parents
Alex Muller-Nicholson

That's the key thing about painting. It's learning. The two are inextricably linked, for children especially. Art-based activities help young minds to make sense of the world around them. They explore ideas by making shapes with tools.

6 Ways To Help Your Child Learn To Share

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Parents

Learning to share is an important social skill for children. They will learn about compromise, how to take turns and negotiate and how to express thei...

8 Practical Ways To Help Children With Worries Or Anxious Thoughts

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Parents

As a parent, seeing your child worrying can make you feel helpless, but there are some things you could do to help put their mind at rest. Anxious fe...

How Parents Can Teach Kindness To Kids, To Encourage Good Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Parents

Whatever age your child is, it is never too early or too late to start thinking about their mental health. The NSPCC revealed there was a “sharp ri...

8 Ways To Support Your Toddler's Creativity

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Parents

We need to think creatively all our lives, and the foundations of this creativity are laid down in our early years. Help your toddler express their ow...

What You Need To Know About Your Toddler’s First Playdate

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Parents

Introducing your toddler to playdates is well worthwhile. As parents, it’s important we show our children how to socialise with other kids so they l...

10 Ways To Make Reading With Your Child Magical

Lisa Snell | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Parents
Lisa Snell

As a mum who has put her own child through nursery, and as a childcare practitioner for over 15 years, I understand how busy life as a parent can be and it's not always possible to read every day with your child. However, it has been proven that children who are read to at an early age are more likely to excel with their numeracy, literacy and language skills as they get older.

Cambridge University Has Created A Job Every Kid Dreams Of

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Firefighter, astronaut, princess - few of us actually get the jobs we dream about as children. But with Cambridge University looking to recruit a Leg...

We Attended A Baby Sensory Class To Find Out Just How Beneficial They Are

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Parents

You may think that allowing babies to experience different colours, sounds and textures simply keeps them entertained. But in fact, it is far more ben...

Car Seat Suffocation Warning For Babies On Long Journeys. My Thoughts On How To Travel Safely

Angela Spencer | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Spencer

If you talk about technology and it's impact on children and babies, most people will think of computers and mobile phones. However, in my opinion, one of the biggest technological impacts on babies is actually the development of car seats and prams.

Talking To Your Toddler

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Parents

It’s an exciting time as your baby develops into a toddler and starts saying their first words and expressing (sometimes strongly!) their likes and ...

From One To Two: Your Toddler’s Amazing Milestones

Polly Rayne | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Parents

From starting to talk to learning to walk, your toddler makes incredible progress between their first and second birthdays. Find out more about your t...

Never Miss Your Child's Wow Moment!

Lisa Snell | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Snell

As a parent who has put their own child through nursery, and as a childcare practitioner for over 15 years, I know all too well the feeling of apprehension when you leave your child at nursery for the first time. It can be one of the most difficult things to do, and it pulled hard on my heartstrings, but at some point in your child's upbringing, you are most likely going to need some sort of childcare provision, for you and, arguably, for your child's development.

Talking Matters

Penny Tassoni | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK
Penny Tassoni

Imagine the scene. A parent and a young child wait for a bus. For ten minutes, they talk about where they are going, why the bus is late before distracting themselves by spotting the number of blue cars on the road. Vans don't count, but minibuses do.

Dummies 'Delay' Babies' Ability To Talk, Research Suggests

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Parents

Babies who are given dummies are at a greater risk of delayed speech development, according to new research. The findings, which were published in ...

Surviving the Morning Routine With a Two Year Old

Lucy Gill | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Parents
Lucy Gill

The thing with a two year old is you just don't know which child you're going to get from one minute to the next. By the time I've finally dropped her and her brother at the childminder and started my journey to work (as ever running late) I'm typically thoroughly exhausted.

If You're Happy and You Know It - Clap Your Hands!

Antony Morgan | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Parents
Antony Morgan

We can't all be happy all of the time - but the more we provide children as they are growing up with opportunities to accumulate the skills and competences that help them deal with problems as they arise - the more likely they are to maintain a sense of wellbeing (or happiness) most of the time.

5 Ways To Prepare Your Kid For First Day At School

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Parents

If your child is starting school in September, you might be wondering how it will pan out. Although children don't legally have to attend school un...

Why Toddlers Are Better Than Babies

Rachel McDougall | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Parents
Rachel McDougall

I'm just going to come right out and say it. Toddlers are better than babies. Babies, while gorgeous and squishy and delicious-smelling, are basically just tiny little blobs of skin and bodily fluids and noise. Toddlers on the other hand, can be pretty cool little humans to hang out with.

Why We're Urging Global Leaders to Invest in Childhood Education Worldwide

Jacob Kragh | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK
Jacob Kragh

Together we have the opportunity to establish better prospects for the world's children by investing in their future at a scale capable of achieving universal pre-primary education by 2030. This is necessary for business. This is necessary for society. And most importantly, this is necessary for the future of our children.

Kids From Poor Families Are More Generous Than Their Richer Friends, Study Finds

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Parents

Children from poor families are more generous than their wealthier friends, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of California...

Press Pause: Why I Don't Want to Rush My Baby's Milestones

Kiri Skelton | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Parents
Kiri Skelton

With your first child you can't wait to reach the big milestones. We rush to wean onto food, impatiently anticipate their first word and step, even look forward to that first painful tooth popping up.

Kate Winslet Says Divorce Can Be Good For Kids

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

There's no denying that the initial stages of divorce can be traumatic, both for a couple and any children involved. But according to Kate Winslet,...

How Having A Big Bum Will Make Your Kids Smarter

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If you're a lady with a booty to rival Kim K's, we have some good news for you. Women with sizeable derrières have smarter children than flat-bott...

Could Circumcision Lead To Autism?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Circumcision before the age of five may double a boy's risk of developing autism, according to controversial new study. Scientists in Denmark belie...