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Play is learning

There are four formally identified types of play: Exploritary Play (Hutt) is a precursor to problem solving skills; Practice Play(Piaget) highlights that constant repetition of actions help in mastering them; Sociodramatic Play (Garvey; Similanskey) is where social interactions have at their core the creation and sharing of rules in imaginatively created situations; Symbolic Play(Piaget; Vygotsky; Bruner et […]

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What is learning – a basic introduction

Learning can be defined as the process leading to “relatively permanent change in behaviour that results from practice.” (Atkinson et al, 2000) In other words, as we learn, we alter the way we perceive our environment and therefore, the way we interact, or behave. When we learn, we organise, shape and strengthen our brains. From […]

How do you feel the first half of term went?

Do you have a little one who started school this September? How do you feel the first half of term went? Are you or your little one feeling overwhelmed with things at school? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions, then we very much hope that by reading on in this blog, you […]

Toddlers – Tidy Up Time

So you’ve tucked your little one into bed, you’re ready to FINALLY relax only to look around and realise there are still toys everywhere! 😱🤯 Sound familiar? Involving your children in the tidy-up process is not only beneficial for you but it is actually building resilience, patience and self-esteem – skills they’ll need for the […]

Toddler – Consent

With everything going on globally we thought we would discuss what consent for a toddler might look like… At this age, toddlers are very explorative and inquisitive and, whilst we want to encourage this, we can teach and introduce boundaries in the following ways: To continue viewing… Get FREE, unlimited access to all content You […]

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Why Your Baby Will Never Sleep Through the Night

That’s right, I said it. Your baby will never sleep straight through the night. And neither will you, for that matter. We all wake up multiple times during the night. This isn’t due to stress, caffeine, lack of exercise, or any other factors that can contribute to a bad night’s sleep. It’s a normal, natural […]

How Pictures Support the Reading Process

Is my child memorising the words or using the pictures? Hopefully a bit of both! When speaking to parents about early reading and how best to support the process, I always remind them about the importance of illustrations. Before learning to read,  it is so important to make sure children handle books and tell stories […]

Benefits of Sensory Play

Sensory play has many benefits to aid the development of your child. Be prepared to get messy (an apron and a wipe-able mat on the floor is always a good idea!). I also swear by the Tuff Trays, or some sort of area with a lip just to try and contain the mess a little […]

What is Phonics?

Phonics is an established coding system, used for the English language when learning to read. Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different letter sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language. ​Written language can be compared to a code, […]

What Are the Benefits of Storytelling?

Reading or telling stories to your children is a fantastic (and inexpensive) way to spend quality time together that doesn’t include technology. We can all remember our favourite stories being read to us at bedtime, or we recall making up stories with our friends in the playground. And, without necessarily realising it, storytelling plays a […]

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Looking at Milestones and Development

Development is an ongoing process from conception until maturity. The sequence in all children with few exceptions is approximately the same. Still, it’s important to realise that every child is different and development varies from one child to another. Let’s find out what developmental milestones are and when approximately children should be hitting them.  What […]

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When Should I Stop Dressing My Child?

As therapists, one of the things that we hear so often from parents is ‘I know I shouldn’t have done all this for them, but now he/she just won’t do it’. Sadly, often they’re quite right. If children have been dressed by their parent/carer until they are aged 6, 7 or even 8 and have […]

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The Benefits of Toy Rotation

Toys are educational and help children to improve imagination, creativity and focus. They help to develop large and small movements, such as dexterity, eye hand co-ordinations and precision. As our parents have often told us, there was a time when children had only one or two toys and just a few favourite games and that […]

Play and Development: Toys to Consider

Children from a very early age enjoy play, even without toys. There are a few basic things to think about before buying children’s toys. Is your child actually going to play with the toy, how are they going to play with it and can it help to develop their skills? Below are a few ideas […]

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The Benefits of Sand Play

If you live near the coast, then you and your child can look forward to spending sunny (and cloudy days too!) on the beach, building sandcastles together or taking a paddle in the sea. But, not everyone is lucky enough to live near the coast or has easy access to the beach. If that’s the […]