Parenting Blog

Let’s get physical

Young children need time to play, explore and develop movement skills. Physical activity is really important for healthy growth and development. Young children who are walking should be physically active every day for at least 180 minutes (3 hours) spread throughout the day. Being physically active can help with Physical skills e.g. balance and co-ordination […]

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Learning Book at Home

The Learning Book is an electronic learning journey based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which sets the standards for learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. We are using The Learning Book in play sessions at all of our Children’s and Family Centres in Waltham Forest to help […]

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Returning to Work After Children

Returning to work or getting a new job can be daunting. It takes time, careful planning, bravery, self-motivation and can be very hard work.  Here are our top tips: 1)  Think about what you want to do You may already know what job you will go back to, but priorities can change when you have […]

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Reception Class Admissions – September 2018

It’s that time of the year when parents and carers start visiting open days at local schools.  We are lucky to have so many good schools in Waltham Forest.  If you haven’t already arranged a visit, contact the schools in your local area to take a look around.  During an open day you can visit the school during a […]

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Speech and Language Tips

There’s lots we can do at home to help children develop their speech and communication skills: Sharing books together Chatting as part of daily family life – for instance talking to your baby about what you’re doing when you’re getting them dressed Spending time playing together without the TV, radio or phone Going for a […]

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Autumn activities with your children

As we move towards Winter it is very tempting to snuggle down inside and hibernate. However, as Autumn moves into Winter there are lots of exciting things to do outdoors with your children. The leaves changing colour and falling can make an excellent opportunity for them and develop their understanding of the natural world.  Going […]

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We are really passionate about the services we provide for you. Family life can be challenging and accessing support and reliable sources of information at the right time can be a problem, so we are developing a range of on-line resources to answer some of your most frequently asked questions. We want to ensure that our […]

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A smiling child holds a tennis ball

Serve and Return: Child Responsive Caregiving

Research shows that by paying close attention to your child’s signals and cues, getting to know their interests, and responding to the different ways they communicate is crucial for healthy brain development. A bit like a lively game of tennis, ‘serve and return’ interactions can really help your child to learn and grow.

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