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So, let’s start with how I can’t actually write or spell DYSLEXIA - Dslexica Dylescia dyslexica – no I am not taking the micky or not trying hard enough to spell!  It just does not make sense to me, I have spent the last two minutes sounding this out in my head and fai...

March 5, 2019

We live in very busy times…  

So catching up together where you can, for however long you can becomes imperative if we want to reconnect and know what’s happening in each other’s lives. With hobbies, afterschool activities and working late pulling us in all directi...

June 27, 2018

When a stranger smiles and says hello does it mean they are confident and self-assured?  We might assume so! Or, just a thought., could it possibly be that they are searching for ways to be happier?  It may mean they want to create connections and community. What if th...

November 30, 2017

Our daughter, Linda, is 14 and completely perfect.  She makes us feel special, loved and needed and yet everyone else thinks there’s something wrong with her.

Yes she does wear hearing aids, yes she does have educational delay, yes she does struggle with her speech and...

October 1, 2017

I’ve been thinking about those ‘firsts’ we experience in parenthood.   There are the ‘never to be forgotten firsts’: the dating scan; the delivery; holding the baby for the first time; the first nappy change!  The ‘I’m so excited I could burst firsts’: the first smile;...

September 12, 2017

Well Uni days and back to school are well and truly here with a big wake up call! It's certainly not summer any more and many parents, grandparents and carers will be feeling a little lost without their buddies who are now flying the nest...there is definitely a certai...

April 24, 2017

It is widely accepted that 62-95% of young offenders have significant communication difficulties.

Why is this relevant to those of us working in Early Years?

Well, we know that children who enter school with language difficulties are at risk of literacy difficulties (Sno...

March 27, 2017

I have a story about a penguin that I have been wanting to share but just needed the right moment and a suitable platform, so here it is...

My son H, then aged 8, was enjoying his class topic on Antarctica.  This topic had captured H's imagination and he had so much to...

March 21, 2017

We were really pleased to be invited to the Early Years Career Event at Gloucestershire College today. It was a pleasure to meet fellow professionals in Early Years, all striving to inspire the future Early Years and Health and Social Care workforce.

We spent two h...

February 7, 2017

‘Congratulations, here’s your baby…and by the way, here’s your side order of guilt.’

Why are we not told that this is the reality of becoming a parent?

We are huge fans of science, especially the ground breaking neuroscience that has shown us that babies’ brains adapt an...

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