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  • May’s top releases for Children’s Book Week

    It's Children's Book Week! Need some new reading material for your little bookbugs? These seven new releases should have them captivated (and quiet).

  • Kingscourt School main building

    Kingscourt School, Catherington, Waterlooville

    This bucolic, co-ed prep school near Petersfield with new, eco-built nursery is attracting a growing reputation for its family-oriented approach and beautiful surroundings.

  • The 7 questions everyone asks about online schools

    Where does the social side, sport and extra-curricular come in to virtual education, and what about a timetable and exams? We tackle the big questions about online schools

  • Isle of Wight Steam Railway

    Easter escapes: 15 top days out

    Steam into the holidays! Enjoy some family fun with these great ideas for Easter days out around Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

  • Stroud School children pupils reading book together

    Wise words for back to school

    Sanity resumed! We’re relieved they’re back – but a bit nervous too. Time for some more wise words from our Hampshire Heads.

  • 6 family-friendly walks around Hampshire

    Round-up the little (and big) ones and give it some welly with these family-friendly walks around the county.

  • Kids hands hugging tree

    7 fun things to do in the garden with kids

    Study a minibeast, plant a jam jar garden or measure a tree with your bum! Cabin fever begone with these cool garden activities kids will dig.

  • Half-term hack: the best online courses for kids

    Run out of ways to entertain the kiddos? Check out Muddy's list of the best online classes and workshops that you can do from anywhere across the country, just in time for half-term.

  • Harrow School online – your prayers answered?

    Combining Harrow's heritage with leading online tech, Harrow School Online offers co-ed learning for ages 16-18. We spoke to the new head for the full lowdown.

  • FREE specialist fitness class for tweens and teens

    The brilliant online FitLife Academy focuses on fun classes for 10-15 year olds. Try for free and, if they like it, use our Muddy exclusive deal to keep them active (and out of your hair) all month!

  • Boy home learning

    Wise words for lockdown learning

    Homeschooling is hard work - and it's not over yet. Time for a pastoral pep-talk from some of Hampshire's wisest headteachers.

  • Mayville School Southsea Seniors seafront

    Mayville High School, Southsea, Portsmouth

    A seafront city school with specialist SEN support and newly-launched standalone remote learning offer

  • Stop fussing! And other lockdown lessons

    Parenting can be a little fraught when you're essentially under siege in your own house. So we decided to talk to our young people to find out what they think we could be doing better.

  • River Itchen Winchester

    Great outdoors: The best Winter walks near you

    Need to stretch your legs and work off any indulgence? Then boot up and head out with seven glorious strolls around the counties.

  • Forres Sandle Manor, Fordingbridge, Hampshire

    Lots to love about this co-ed prep day and boarding school on the Hants/Dorset border, with its leafy New Forest setting and nurturing family vibe

  • Santa Isle of Wight Steam Railway

    December is on – and we’ve found the hottest tickets in town

    Jingle all the way to Christmas Day with illuminations, celebs, skating, panto dames and special appearances from the guy in red

  • 6 reasons to consider InterHigh

    If you're one of the many parents considering an alternative to mainstream education right now, virtual school InterHigh could be the answer to your prayers.

  • 10 of the best subscription boxes for kids

    Running on empty when it comes to entertaining the kids? Royal Mail comes up trumps with these brilliant subscription boxes – time to sit with a gin and wait for the postman.

  • How to manage back-to-school anxiety

    With the nation’s schoolchildren poised to go back to school, it’s a tense time for everyone. So, how, as parents, should we control our fears? Muddy finds out.

  • Children's books

    10 books for younger kids

    Kids have had a lot on their plates: no school, no play dates, and slim chance of a summer of fun in the sun. Here's 10 great book for ages 5-8 to create a fictional escape route from the madness.

  • Is it time to try an online school?

    With many children struggling to study at home and doubts over September start dates, specialist ‘virtual’ schools are gaining huge traction - but what do they offer that’s different?

  • Parent ‘Lockdown learning’ survey – the results

    Earlier this month we commissioned our own comprehensive survey amongst Muddy readers into Lockdown Learning – and we’ve been blown away by the response! Thank you to the 1200 of you who expressed how you felt about virtual-schooling, the difficulties you and your children were facing, as well as revealing surprise success stories and offering […]

  • Kids driving you nuts? The best parenting books

    And we all thought parenting was hard BEFORE lockdown. Jeez! We've got five brilliant new books that promise to help.

  • Living in lockdown with teens – eek!

    Here are 20 things to do that might encourage your teenagers to get out of bed by midday – or at the very least by least by nightfall (fingers crossed).

  • 5 things I’ve learned about motherhood

    Acclaimed author (and Muddy favourite) Clover Stroud is in the midst of raising her 5 children. Miraculously she's found time to write a book about it all. Here's a taster.

  • Easter activities SORTED!

    Are you in Half-Term recovery mode? Now the kids are back at school (praise be), plan for an easier Easter with Barracudas Activity Day Camps – I reckon your ankle-biters will love it.

  • J’adore/ J’abhor

    Parlez-vous teen slang? The language barrier has always been a problem when it comes to parent/child communications. Do you find the way your little darlings speak totally basic or, like, lit?

  • Your ultimate Autumn Walks guide

    Grab your kids, your besties, your dog and anyone else who is free to join you on our first Autumn Walks initiative with Joules - and win coats and wellies for the whole family!

  • Sweetest summer fashion

    There's no shortage of gorgeous children's companies, but high street brand Joules is our pick for the best-dressed kids on the beach.

  • Cute babywear

    Is there a new little prince or princess in your family too? Click this way for the cutest newborn clothes around. Awwww!

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