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EDITORIAL


Editor and Publisher: Hannah Watkins


Editorial Board: Prof Amanda Kirby Dr Dilly Murphy Jill Mitchell Diana Watkins Deirdre Renwick


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ISSN 2040-1892 FEATUR ED 12 - 14


FEATURE: THE KIDS’ SPEECH We look at speech, language and communication development and difficulties


IN THE LOOP 16 - 18


INFORM: INFORMATION OVERLOAD Two headteachers make sure you are not lost in the maze when choosing a school and keeping linked in


Plus: Start your own school? The pioneering example of Hurtwood House


PHYS ED 20 - 24 THE BODY AND BRAIN:


When I put together each issue, one of my favourite jobs is to choose the front cover image of the magazine. I pick images that bring a smile to my face and I hope they might make mums and dads smile too, so that you want to find out a little bit more about what’s in store in the new Eds Up. Before I started bringing this issue to life, I had the recurring image of daisies in my mind. Perhaps it is because I often think back to my own school, whose emblem was a daisy and whose motto translated as “may she grow in heavenly light” and wonder whether I have in fact grown to be that person my parents had hoped for me to become. Perhaps I remember my great-grandmother Daisy, for whom education was a luxury, not a given right. Perhaps it is merely because daisies remind me of fun games with “daisy chains” and little mishaps like “ups-a-daisy”.


Or perhaps daisies for me conjure up spring-time and new beginnings; a time to look at life afresh with new eyes. The struggles that we have seen around the world recently from Libya to Japan have given many people a reality check to look at life from a new perspective, to live it to the fullest, instil this ethos in our children, and not to be overwhelmed by the stress of choices, decisions, peer pressure, or difficulties thrown our way. This issue is designed to help you with those choices and decisions, to learn from those who have gone their own way, and to recognise that sometimes it is ok for both parents and children alike to take time out to just “be”.


CONTENTS UPSHOT 8 - 10


HEADS UP 4 - 6 CURRENT RESEARCH, MEDIA REACTION, SENSIBLE SUMMARIES


DEBATE: SINGLE-SEX OR CO-ED? Top educationalists discuss the single-sex versus co-ed debate


EMPOWER ED 25 QUESTION AND ANSWER


Dilys Morgan, founder of the website Grandparents Now, talks about how new grandparents can support both their children and grandchildren during the early days


CREAT ED 26 - 27 EXPLORING THE SENSES: PICTURE THIS


Oliver Nicholas reviews some stunning new graphic novels and picture books


THE ROAD LESS


ENDLESS SUMMERS Summer adventures just for kids


CLUED UP 32 A CHILD’S POINT OF VIEW


This issue – children from Hurlingham School write letters to the children of Japan


EAT YOUR GREENS Desri Goodwin and Gucci Westman talk about their experiences with the vegetarian option


Plus: Zoe Sinclair, founder of Employees Matter, talks to us about juggling parenthood and work


Vaccinations – essential advice on childhood immunisations


LIGHTEN UP 33 - 34 CELEBRATION: HYPNO BIRTH


A birth blog by documentary film producer/ director, Kate Horne


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