A new school year is upon us, and while I’ve not had a stake in the homework debate before now – my kids have been too young for it to matter – I’m officially declaring myself on the side of not giving kids homework. Full article
It’s back-to-school season. Parents mark their youngsters’ height on the wall and marvel at how much they’ve grown – but what’s going on just below the pencil line in that child’s brain?
We know brain development continues from infancy to adulthood, but many parents underestimate how much a child’s brain changes from year to year, and how those changes can influence behaviour. Full article
Marguerite Hunter Blair, chief executive of Play Scotland, added: “We know that play is fundamental in optimising children’s development, and to the promotion of resilience. The key characteristics of play are fun, uncertainty, challenge, flexibility and non-productivity, and all children benefit from some degree of risk and challenge in their outdoor play. We need to maximise the range of play opportunities in our communities for everyone’s benefit.” Full article
Obesity is an environmental issue not a disease. Children growing up in the 1950s and 1960s were not obese. Virtually all people over 60 (and many younger) remember walking to infant school without an adult. Most travelled unaccompanied from the age of five after being taken for a couple of weeks by a parent. Children would also be able to run around in their own street and go on errands at this age. In other words, they had daily healthy exercise at no cost in money or time to the government and their parents. Full article
“When you’re outside and your parents are inside, out of sight, you’re in situations where you’re making your own decisions and taking chances—can I jump over that log or climb that tree? Or can we really dig a pit that can hide us from our friends/enemies in the game we’re playing? These kind of achievements—real achievements, not virtual achievements of killing monsters or stealing cars, building levels or whatever video game realities that people get wrapped up with now—were extremely defining for me and my sense of confidence and independence as a person.”—Justin Trudeau (from an interview with Take Me Outside blog, 2012) Full article
These deaf children have had hearing aids or cochlear implants for most of their lives.
Sometimes Granny doesn’t remember my name. She does unusual things too. She gets lost in her own house and puts orange juice on her cereal. What’s wrong with Granny?
These are some of the questions a child may struggle with when a loved one is living with dementia. Full article
Stop popping the balloons. Forget the dew on the grass. Bring back the conkers and the yo-yos. And ditch those hi-vis jackets that make every child look like Bob the Builder. It’s time, says the chief inspector of schools, to blast the bugles, sound the trumpets and chuck out the cotton wool. It’s time, in fact, to set the children of this nation free. Full article
A childcare trial encouraging parents to stay, play and learn with their children has been praised by Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald.
The 2 Stay, Play and Learn trial, gives parents the chance to stay and take part in activities such as crafting, role play, construction and story time alongside their children, as a way of encouraging and supporting their learning and development. Full article