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Welcome to the What's On 4 School Kids Blog.  Written for parents of school age children by parents of school aged children.

Christmas gifts

6 Personalised Christmas Gifts People Will Love

It can be really tricky to decide what to give someone for Christmas. While you may consider buying your recipient something they have wanted for a while, something practical, or a gag gift, there’s nothing like a personalised gift to show how much you care.

Personalised gifts are special because they are unlike anything else under the tree and because they took time and effort to obtain. Your recipient is sure to love them, but you may wonder what the best option is to give someone. Any of these 6 gifts are sure to be one that your recipient will love, especially when you take the time to personalise the gift. Read more here >>>


Hit The Ground Running with our Back To School Hints and Tips

We honestly can't believe that the start of term is once again in sight. Summers seem to get shorter, so it's important to hit the ground running come the start of school.  As busy parents the less stress you have, the better, right?

We've gathered together a selection of hints and tips to make parenting life so much easier as your kids go back to school.

Plan Breakfast!back to school breakfast

It's going to make your life so much easier if you get cups, bowls and plates laid out the night before, ready for breakfast time. You could even reserve a shelf in the fridge, ready to go for breakfast and maybe step it up a level and reserve a shelf for lunch items too?

Get Lunch Box Savvy

Have everything together on the fridge shelf for pack lunches, you'll easily see when you’re running low, and if the kids know that area is off limits you’re less likely to discover on Sunday night that they’ve eaten all the snack lunch packs of crackers at the weekend.

Set Rules

Start as you mean to go on by setting rules about screen time for the school year. What's allowed and when?

Get your kids involved in programs that they can do after school to keep them active.

Check out our selection of fantastic activities... Read more here >>


Barracudas Camps

The Benefits of Holiday Childcare at an Activity Camp

Activity camps are a great option for meeting your childcare needs for a number of reasons, including being cost effective and flexible for working parents. But what’s more, children also stand to gain a whole host of long-term benefits that will stand them in good stead for years to come.



Back to school hacks that could save you tons of money!

With high uniform prices, kids’ lunches, school trips and projects to think about, sending your kids to school is a fee that can’t be avoided. However, there are ways that you can cut the costs. You’ll have to be organised, but it’ll be worth it in the end when you see how much money you’ve saved. Here are some tips to help your money stretch that little bit further.



Have a family day out!

Days out can strengthen bonds and build shared family experiences and memories that we know are so important in keeping families strong and together. Just pick somewhere you wouldn’t normally go, or something you wouldn’t normally do, get out there and have fun together!

When preparing for your family day out you might want to keep these things in mind....


Top tips for parents: What to do if your child is being bullied

School nursing expert Trudy Cowan at the University of Derby, has advice on the impact bullying has bullying advice for parentson young people and how it can be tackled.

It’s simple… with good mental health, children and young people do better in every way. They are happier in their families, find it easier to learn, do better at school, fulfil their potential and enjoy friendships and new experiences. Good mental health is as important as good physical health and needs to be everyone’s business.

To have good mental health, children need love, security and understanding from those who look after them. However, it’s not easy for children and young people to grow up in today’s complex world. They face pressures from family, friends, school, technology and changing values.

Poor mental health can be triggered by many circumstances: separation, bereavement, disability, illness and by no means least bullying. The effects of bullying are often underestimated. They can leave children and young people feeling frightened and isolated with no voice. Read more >



Does your child love maths or science? Here are some extracurricular activities they will enjoy

If your child has a particular love for maths or science, you may think there aren’t many extra-curricular activities outside of the classroom that will peak their interest. But that’s just not true.

We’ve spoken to the education experts at ITN Mark Education to find out which clubs are best for math geniuses and budding scientists to join.

Astronomy Clubs

If your child has dreams of one day being an astronaut or an intergalactic explorer, why not see if their school offers an astrology club?

Here your child will be able to discover planets, stars and constellations, while also learning the basic principles of the science of astronomy.

If there isn’t an astronomy club near you, browse the internet for astronomy based websites for kids. You’ll often be able to download space related puzzles and games for your child to solve at home.

Maths Clubs

Most schools have a maths club. Here young ‘mathletes’ will be able to solve problems using mental arithmetic, written calculations or a calculator. Not only do maths clubs help to increase your child’s matafter school activitieshs ability, but they’ll also make plenty of new friends in the process.

Some primary schools even have a separate times tables club to give children the confidence to multiply numbers quickly and accurately.

Chess Clubs

A chess club is a less obvious choice than an astronomy or maths club, but it still encourages children to develop skills that will help them with their science and maths studies.

One of the main benefits of chess club is that it helps children to develop their critical thinking skills, as well as increasing their social interaction with others.

I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here!

Although it’s not strictly an extracurricular activity, the website ‘I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here’ is a place where science-obsessed young people can interact with real-life working scientists to get information and advice about their studies.

For older kids, this website is fantastic for getting advice about what GCSEs and A-Levels are needed to get into certain science-based careers.

Swimming Clubs

You may be wondering what swimming has to do with maths or science? Well, a study by the University College London found that children who engage in swimming on a regular basis show increased concentration. According to research, young swimmers are also one and a half times more likely to reach higher than expected grades in their maths tests at the end of primary school.

ICT and Computer Clubs

Computing goes hand-in-hand with maths and science, so it’s worth checking with your local school to see if they offer a computing club for their pupils.

In a computer club, students could learn how to use the basics of a wide range of programmes such as Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel. They’ll also be able to find out more about internet browsing, which will come in handy for homework!

Coding Clubs

If your child is really into the science behind how computers work, then a coding club is perfect for them.

At a coding club, your child will be able to learn basic coding techniques including Scratch, HTML, CSS and Python. In today’s technological world, coding is fast becoming a necessary skill to learn, and can open many doors in adult life.

Find Clubs

Of course, now you’ve decided what after school activity your child would like to do you need to find one local to you.  That’s where comes in, click here to search your region.

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