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The role of parents and home learning

Dr Kate Liley highlights the importance of the home learning environment in supporting children’s development. She discusses how it features strongly in research as being key to children’s language, physical, intellectual and social development.

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When your child has a fear of the dark

A fear of the dark is one of the most common of childhood fears. Its official name is ‘nyctophobia’ and, for some children, the fear of night-time, or darkness, can leave them gripped by fear with symptoms ranging from panic and anxiety to depression.

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The value of play to literacy and numeracy

Children may learn to recognise letters and numbers by repetition and copying, but exploring their world through play where a stick represents a horse or a plate is a hat, forms foundations for abstract thinking in literacy, maths and problem solving.

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Why repetitive reading helps your child

While even the most welcome book can wear out its welcome when your child insists on reading it over and over again each evening, it may help to know that rhyme, rhythm and repetition are all contributing a vital part to your child’s learning journey.

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When is it okay to lie to your children?

For some families, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and Tooth Fairy are what little dreams are made of, but for some parents the thought of tinsel, over-priced baby teeth and cavity inducing chocolate eggs are perpetuating myths that mislead children.

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Boost imagination with ‘loose parts’ play

It’s easy to define toys as objects with a distinct form: a car, a doll or a toy train. However, if we broaden our definition of playthings to include everyday objects or 'loose parts', we can promote imagination and create rich play for children.

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Children's activities on family holidays

To make sure your next holiday is successful both on the road and at your destination, don’t forget to pack plenty of activities for the children and remember that time spent travelling can actually be a wonderful time to connect with your family.

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8 reasons dress-up is good for kids

Role playing and dress-up releases the imagination, letting dreams and aspirations run wild. But behind this most treasured of childhood rituals is a science and a psychology which creates a sturdy base for every facet of a child's development.

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