With National Hugging Day around the corner, let’s consider the many developmental benefits of a simple ‘hug’. Benefits of touch Touch is an essential human need and is the first of the senses to develop in a human child. There is a reason that skin to skin contact is encouraged immediately…
January 16, 2020
Dr Amanda Gummer and Fundamentally Children have joined forces with The Entertainer to promote balanced play and why it is crucial for a child to be playing right from an early age and the many benefits they can reap from doing so. Below you can read an interview with BBC Radio Sheffield where Dr Gummer was posed several…
August 2, 2019
For most children, school break times are the highlight of the school day. But according to a long term study carried out by UCL, the length of school break times have reduced in the last 20 years. It is believed that primary school students in England are now having 45 minutes less break time a week than…
May 10, 2019
When you are at a loss on activities for youngsters that do not involve tablets, phones, and other tech thingamajigs, then you might like to consider outdoor play.
February 25, 2019
When looking for someone to blame as a result of a mass shooting or acts of extreme violence, there is always one topic that happens to rear its head and that is gaming. But a new study conducted over at Oxford University has found no links between video games and aggressive behaviour. Sarah-Jane Mee spoke to Dr Amanda…
February 13, 2019
Collecting seems to be a particularly popular pastime among children. In an ongoing poll carried out by Babycentre.com, 8 out of 10 of parents said that their child collects things, with the majority (4 in 10) preferring things from nature like conkers, shells and pebbles. A further quarter of parents said their child enjoys…
January 21, 2019
Edited by Dr Amanda Gummer Many parents complain to us that it’s a real battle to get children interested in anything other than their tablets or mobile phones and we know how hard it can be at times, but screen time does have its place in a balanced play diet – it’s more about what you do…
January 11, 2019
There are some amazing people out there who didn’t let dyslexia get in the way of being awesome. And neither should your child.
October 15, 2018
Making friends can be tricky for a child with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), one of the most common conditions in childhood.
October 2, 2018
There’s nothing I love more than getting my children outside – even when it’s raining. In fact, we particularly like going out when it’s raining, because the garden transforms into a whole new wet and wonderful world to play games like… 1. Jumping in puddles It’s a classic. Just don some welly boots…
September 24, 2018