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There is a feeling among many that we over-testing primary children and the tests children are required to take at primary school in England are overly complex and a source of “unnecessary” pressure on children at too young an age. On the contrary, the Government says testing is an important part of ensuring that children

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The summer term has started, and so has exam time so we are looking at helping children manage exam season stress.  While the lead in to the May half term is just a few weeks, for some families this time will be a highly stressful period.  Children in years 2 and 6 are taking the

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“What’s the point? I’m going to fail anyway!” is quite possibly a statement you said growing up when talking to parents about exams.  If you are a now the parent to a teenager now, you may well hear it yourself over the next few months.  We know how our children like to take advice more

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Real Business magazine has published an article which tackles the issue of flexible working for parents.  It addresses the three main issues faced by working parents:  the cost of childcare, flexible working and impostor syndrome.  It’s a very interesting read and has challenged businesses to demonstrate how they support working parents, the challenges faced and

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Toddlers are sensory learners who love to touch, smell and taste almost everything they encounter and with the start of spring, chances are your kids are eager to try something new and get their hands dirty!   Below, you’ll find a range of indoor and outdoor educational toddler activities to try this spring. They’ll promise fun

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With the feeling that spring has most definitely sprung and we all want to get outside with our children Parental Choice is looking at family garden safety. Gardens can be fun places, especially for families. Whether you enjoy planting flowers and vegetables, kicking a ball around, eating or just spending time outside, gardens are good places

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‘Treat friends, kids the same’ by Erma Bombeck, teaches us a quick lesson on how we talk to our kids and gives us the chance to reflect on whether it is the way we think we do, or in fact want to speak to them.  Parental Choice discovered this poem following one of our talks

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The new financial year starts on April 6 and we have looked at the 2019-20 tax year payroll changes which will affect you if you are an employer. The STANDARD PERSONAL TAX ALLOWANCE for employees will increase from £11,850 to £12,500; NATIONAL INSURANCE THRESHOLDS will also increase slightly, check out the values here.  AUTO-ENROLMENT PENSION

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If it is the first time you are employing staff take a look at our helpful guide for things to consider. Decide how much to pay  You must pay someone at least the minimum wage.  The following table details the current national minimum wage rates and the new levels which are set to increase in

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You need to relocate and your family features one or more furry friends.  We all know how important these non-humans are to our family, so if you are moving pets overseas, how do you make sure that all your family members can relocate? Preparation for pet relocation Firstly, you need to research what (if any) quarantine requirements

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