Learnability quotient – The new superpower

Learnability quotient – The new superpower We have been accustomed to thinking of life in three stages – education followed by work followed by retirement and then some sunlit years until we die around three score years and 10. Many of our cultural norms both at work and on the home front have been designed around this three-stage model. So,...

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All change – settling relocating kids

All change – settling relocating kids When I first expressed my concern to friends and family about how our kids (then aged 3 and 6) would cope with our forthcoming move from London to California, everyone was quick to reassure me how adaptable children are. In reality, it turned out that uprooting ourselves from our little patch of West London...

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Back to school, back to work

Back to school,back to work I still remember the nervous excitement of the first day back at school in September after a long, summer break: meeting my new teachers, seeing my classmates after a long break, the (slightly stiff) feeling of the smart new shoes and uniform. And now as a parent, I re-live this every year with my 2 children. Wouldn’t...

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It’s time for nursery or preschool

It’s time for nursery or preschool Transitioning to or starting a new nursery or preschool can be an unsettling time for both child and parent. Many children are left at nursery as a baby, around the time when separation anxiety kicks in and both parent and child are left feeling bereft, however a few weeks on and the tears have turned to...

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Call for flexible working for all hits Parliament, but women should still be looking after the children….a juxtaposition?

Flexible working – Childcare mothers Call for flexible working for all hits Parliament, but women should still be looking after the children….a juxtaposition? There were two stories in the press in the last couple of weeks which resonated here at Parental Choice HQ for different reasons. Firstly, was the great news that a private bill relating...

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Sarah-Jane Butler is a Rising Star Champion!

Sarah-Jane Butler is a Rising Star Champion! Press Release Sarah-Jane Butler is a Rising Star Champion! Last night, Sarah-Jane Butler, CEO and Founder of Parental Choice, was recognised by We are the City as one of five amazing women who are championing the UK pipeline of female talent. Sarah-Jane, who attended the prestigious awards ceremony at...

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The Benefits of Boredom By Gill Sims

The Benefits of Boredom By Gill Sims ‘I’m bored!’ How many times do we hear those words as parents? I have lost count of the number of times my precious moppets have whined over the years that they are ‘bored’ as they demanded some form of entertainment be provided (or at the very least that their electronics be returned after being confiscated...

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