Grandma World
Jun20

Grandma World

There is a special world near to where I live. It is a world which exists before and after school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and sometimes all day in the school holidays. It is a world I know very little about, but I believe it has a freezer full of ice creams, the ‘right’ food for tea, access to whatever you want to watch on telly, hairstyles mummy doesn’t know how to do and wouldn’t let you have anyway and a...

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Childcare issues
Feb18

Childcare issues

The kids went back to school after half-term today, so that’s all the childcare issues sorted then? Well, no, not really. For starters, only two of the kids went back. I’ve realised one of the downsides of having a child at secondary school – different schools mean different inset days. And my son’s school had an inset day today. And we didn’t exactly notice that until very recently…My mum and dad...

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Public sector cuts – every cloud
Jan21

Public sector cuts – every cloud

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you will be aware that the public sector has to make huge cuts  savings. The recession doesn’t just affect Blockbusters, HMV and Woolworths, it affects the public sector too.The public sector faces a double whammy of reduced government grants and increased demand on services – from things like an ageing population and a rise in the number of...

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The two and a half hours that changed my life
Oct10

The two and a half hours that changed my life

My eldest son started Beavers when he was 7 1/2 and in Year 3. Because he’s one of the youngest in his year, many of his friends had already moved up to Cubs. I felt bad for him. He’d been on the waiting list for ages, but I just didn’t know how to get him there and back, so he’d missed out on a potential 18 months at Beavers and sharing the experience with his friends. Because at the time Beavers started, I...

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