What are the Best Christmas Stories to Read at Bedtime?

25 November 2023

The tradition of reading Christmas stories is a magical part of the festive season, creating special bedtime moments for children. However, choosing the right story is key! It sparks the imagination and captures the true Christmas spirit, making every night leading up to the big day a memorable one.
Here are our favourite Christmas stories to read at bedtime:
1. A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” features Ebenezer Scrooge, a man who dislikes Christmas. Haunted by ghosts showing his life’s impact, he realises his meanness. On Christmas, he awakens kinder, embracing the Christmas spirit of generosity. Read the

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16 Money-saving Tips For Families

11 November 2023

Let’s face it: keeping our family finances afloat can sometimes feel like we’re trying to fill a leaky bucket. Here are our top money-saving tips for families to help save those pennies:
1. Slash Your Food Bills
Plan your meals around what’s on sale and snag those deals with coupon apps. Set a cash budget for your supermarket runs to keep a tight rein on spending.

2. Keep Your Festivities Frugal
Making homemade decorations is fun for the whole family while keeping the costs low, a great money-saving tip for families. 
3. Embrace Secondhand Options
Scoop up pre-loved clothes and toys, and sell what you no

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How Can a Busy Mum or Dad Practice Self-Care?

20 October 2023

Being a mum or dad is incredibly rewarding, but let’s face it, it’s also quite demanding. From school runs to preparing meals and balancing work, it feels like there’s hardly a moment to catch our breath. 
With that being said, it’s essential to remember that taking a bit of time for ourselves isn’t a luxury—it’s vital for your overall well-being. Easier said than done, we know! But when we’re at our best, so are our families. Here are our top self-care ideas for busy mums and dads to help you take time for you.
1. Take Short Breaks
One of the best self-care

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Screen Free Activity Ideas To Do As A Family

10 October 2023

In today’s digital age, prioritising screen-free family activities has taken on greater significance than ever before. Stepping away from screens, if only temporarily, offers families a precious opportunity to connect authentically, forging enduring memories free from the distractions of constant notifications.
If you’re eager to cultivate more of these meaningful moments, you’re in for a delightful journey as we present a treasure trove of screen-free activities to help you build lasting memories together.
1. Explore the Outdoors
Nature Walks: Why not head out to your local parks, forests, or nature reserves? We’re spoilt for choice in South Wales and it’s

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What experiences should I be introducing from baby to toddler?

15 September 2023

Finding things to do with baby is a mission for every parent. Why? Because introducing varied experiences from baby to toddler years is not just about keeping them entertained; it’s about shaping their future. 
These significant moments play a significant role in moulding their cognitive and physical development. So, we’re here to tell you about the best activities and experiences that can enrich these formative years, ensuring your child gets the best start in life.
1. Sensory Experiences for Babies: 
One of the most enriching things to do with baby is to introduce them to sensory play. Sensory experiences are vital for babies

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Starting School Essentials: Parent Guide and Checklist

28 August 2023

The first day of school is a whirlwind of emotions. Excitement, anxiety, joy, and a touch of sadness as you realise your little one is growing up. Every parent knows the feeling. But amidst the flurry of new uniforms and shiny school shoes, there’s a niggling thought: “Have I forgotten something?”
That’s where our starting school checklist comes in.
This guide ensures you’re not just prepared but confidently equipped for the big day. Because while the first day of school is a milestone, being well-prepared can make it a joyous one.
1. Essential School Supplies Checklist
Uniforms and Clothing: The first-day photo is a

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Creating a Strong Foundation: Why Day Nurseries Are Essential for Early Learning

16 August 2023

Day nurseries play a virtual role in early learning and create a strong educational foundation for your children. We will explore the significance of early education, trained staff, age-appropriate activities, nurturing environments, and the benefits of group learning in this post. 
The Importance of Early Education
Early education is crucial for setting the tone for your child’s lifelong learning journey. Day nurseries play a crucial role here, offering a structured yet engaging start to education. Research is clear on this. 
Research conducted by National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) found that children who participate in well-executed early education programs demonstrate higher

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The ABCs of School Readiness: How to Get Your Child and Yourself Ready

5 August 2023

Around this time each year, there´s a blend of eager anticipation and a touch of nerves. Why? Because the next generation of children are starting school. And the question on every parent’s mind is: “Is my child ready for the big school adventure?” Quickly followed by, “Am I ready for this transition?”
If this is a situation you are finding yourself in, don´t fret! Here are the ABCs of school readiness.
A is for Attitude
The very first teacher a child has are their parents, so develop a positive attitude in your child towards learning and school. Instil in them the joy of

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Family beach trip essentials: What to pack for a successful day at the beach

21 July 2023

Ah, an idyllic and carefree family beach trip – that’s just what you need this summer. It’s a great way for the grown-ups to relax by the seaside and the kids to play in the sand, although a family beach trip isn’t without sand ending up in all the wrong places! If you want to make your day at the beach successful, here is our list of family beach trip essentials. Pack like a pro and you´ll set yourself up for a stress-free day.
Always keep a first aid kit and clean-up kit
Even though you´re likely doing all you can to

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4 healthy snack ideas to try during the summer holidays

10 July 2023

These six weeks of school holidays are often the best time spent between parents and their children, but planning all the meals can get stressful. Especially around meal times when the children get snacky! To ease that pang of hunger (and so that you can keep your sanity) here are a couple of healthy snack ideas to have up your sleeve.
Choose a good variety of snack foods
Staying at home and away from school means your kids are usually tempted to have snacks high in sugar, salt and fat. Once in a while may be okay, but we want to avoid

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