***NEWSFLASH*** New Government Guidance for Parents

The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) have just released new draft guidance on ‘Home Childcare (HC)’. The draft guidance for local authority children’s services comes as a result of concerns by Ofsted that all children in England should have the right to:

  • be ‘protected from all forms of violence, abuse and bad treatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them’ (Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child/UNCRC);
  • relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities’ (Article 31 of UNCRC);
  • a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical and social needs and support their development’ (Article 27 of UNCRC)

Please note, the guidance will be particularly relevant to those parents who do not use registered childcare in the early years, and for those that do not access registered childcare provision during school holidays, in the evenings or at weekends; but it will also cover all parents, family members, neighbours and friends who, at any time, have responsibility for the care of a child. Read more

They would struggle in school

Unlike some home educators we are extremely lucky to have supportive family and friends. We have not experienced much negativity about the education we have chosen for our children (apart from the odd slightly raised eyebrow) despite it being a less than conventional path. My mum in particular has been tremendously supportive and has championed our home ed choices to a few of her more sceptical friends. Last week she told me how a friend of a friend, a teacher, had commented that most home educated children she had come across during her teaching career had struggled to settle at school, lacking some key skills and knowledge expected of their peers. My initial reaction was to shrug the comment off in a ‘what does she know’ kind of way. Then I got defensive. Then I started to really think about her comment, and finally here I am writing a response, because sometimes that’s the only way I can get my thoughts in order. Read more

Lego love

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This weekend has had a bit of a theme… LEGO. Martin and the girls spent most of yesterday creating. Well, Martin did lots of creating of intricate lunar buggies and fabulous flying machines which the girls then played with, much to their father’s disgust (apparently LEGO creations are for looking at on a shelf!) However, it must have inspired them because they were both in full creative mode this morning, with all sorts of models being built before they had even had breakfast. Read more

Challenges always result in learning

1440447781788I’m still here blogging, this is the 6th consecutive day of my blogging challenge… woo hoo! It has certainly been a challenge so far but after yesterday’s wobble I’m going to stop over-thinking things and just write what’s on my mind or what we’ve been up to.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what a challenge actually is. There are many things in life that can change you as a person. Some things, such as bereavement or traumas can completely de-rail us, and often we are very different people after. But such life altering events, for me, are not challenges. We have no control over them and are swept along on a tide of emotion. We are not making choices. There are no end results we are trying to achieve other than to stay afloat. Read more