10 reasons why an educational toy isn’t just for Christmas

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We believe educational toys and games aren’t just for Christmas; they inspire a lifetime love of learning! Play nurtures development and is the foundation for all learning, helping children to build everything from communication and language skills to imagination and creativity. With this in mind, we’re confident that our educational toys will be played with all year round and have put together a list of ten areas of development that they support.

1) Communication and Language

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Educational toys can provide children with opportunities to use their vocabulary and discover new words. Imaginative play tools such as puppets help young learners to express themselves, ask questions and practice the art of conversation. read more

Back to School: How to support your child’s learning at home

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Children across the UK will soon be returning to primary school to enter into a new school year and some will be starting school for the first time. After the long summer break we have put together a checklist of ideas and ways to support your child’s development at home while furthering your understanding of what they are learning at school.

Showing interest

Play an active role in your child’s learning by asking questions about their day. You can find out information about what your child is learning by reading ‘The National Curriculum Key stages 1 and 2 framework document’, this can be accessed on www.gov.uk . This breaks down the programme of study for English, Mathematics, Science, Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Languages, Music and Physical Education as well as outlining statutory requirements and guidance. This information will help you to ask relevant questions, plan learning trips and invest in educational resources. read more

What to expect from your child’s first week at ‘big’ school

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Getting ready to start ‘big’ school is a brand new adventure for young learners and marks a new chapter in their life. It is an exciting time but can sometimes bring about feelings of uncertainty in both parents and children.

Our in-house educational expert and early years teacher, Joanne Moore, has laid out a typical first week to help you and your family prepare for it over the summer break. read more