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Happy food can teach children good eating practice during the early years of their life to continue throughout their whole life, knowing that food isn’t just about the taste, it can make them happy from the inside out as a colourful, integral part of their life.

Did you know that what we eat can have an effect on our mood?  Yes, you did!  Studies have shown that the right food can have a major feel-good factor especially when eaten on a regular basis due to the numerous health benefits.  Children during the growing stages of their life can benefit greatly from a healthy diet that can help them focus more in school and feel calmer.… Read more

Forest School

Forest School

Since we introduced Forest School for ages 6+ at Holiday academy it had had a great response. That’s why we’ve now decided to run Forest School for along side each Holiday Academy camp. We offer an outdoors experience in the wild/wilder spaces of NW London with trained Forest school leaders from 10am-4pm with wrap around care if required. The activities include den/shelter making, fire making, tool use, nature arts and crafts, team building games (e.g. bat and moth!) mud slides and eating your lunch up a tree! A perfect antidote to spelling tests and times table. The children return with rosy cheeks and muddy trousers having had tons of fresh air and exercise.Read more

The power of play

The power of play

In today’s bustling society it’s common to see children faced with great expectations and pressure to perform academically. There are incentives for getting good grades, punishments for not putting in enough effort, and praises for students that are ahead of their class. Unfortunately, many students are not receiving adequate emotional and social learning experiences, as strict academic progress is overshadowing the imperative role of child socialisation. Most schools have recess time that allow kids to play and converse openly, but we don’t see much emphasis put into the structure and purpose of playtime, despite it being arguably just as important as the learning activities that take place inside the classroom.… Read more

Internet Safety for Children

Internet safety for children

Children these days spend a lot of time online, and are always a step ahead of us. I have just caught my 3 year old hacking my iPad password and navigating her way around You Tube (despite having deleted the app)! Online safety is something we take very seriously, and we do our utmost to protect the identity of the children in the photos we use. Please click here for Holiday Academy’s Photo Protocol.

While our children are using the internet to find information, socialise, explore and have fun, there are also the risks of being hacked, of cyber-bullying, grooming or viewing content that’s inappropriate. Read more

Mindful Parenting

Mindful parenting

One of the things we love most about our Holiday Academy yoga and mindfulness sessions for kids is the fact that children of any ability and fitness level can participate. Movements are slow and methodical which helps even the most hyperactive children to learn the art of focus and concentration. We are proud to offer our yoga workshop for kids which is led by the yoga Alliance accredited Children’s Yoga Teacher, Anita Looby. Anita is a master at Yoga and Mindfulness and has been working with school children and with a number of after school groups. More information here 

What is mindfulness?

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Mindfulness for Kids

Mindfulness for kids

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Mindfulness for kids

Mindfulness has proven to be beneficial for adults (especially parents!). It allows parents to engage better with their parenting and provides the tools to allow for a calmer home environment 🙂 Children will, of course, also feel the stress of everyday life and mindfulness exercise can benefit them in the same way. This is why we have children’s yoga in the Holiday Academy programme – relaxing is fun! There is emerging research that indicates that mindfulness activities can improve attention span, calmness and it helps better decision making. So what is mindfulness actually?… Read more

The Suzuki Method of Teaching

Suzuki method

The Suzuki method of teaching

The Suzuki method is a method of teaching music development and executed by Japanese violinist and pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998) dating from the mid-20th century.  The Suzuki method has helped many children to play music at a high standard and many Suzuki trained students have become highly acclaimed professional musicians, however, the emphasis of the method is the development of the child through music. The method has extended from teaching the violin, to include many instruments such as cello, viola, flute and piano.

What is the Suzuki method?

The Suzuki method is based on the principle that all children process ability and that this ability can be developed and enhanced in a nurturing environment.… Read more

Keeping Your Children Safe Online

Online Safety

At Holiday Academy our first priority is safety when uploading photos on our website and social media platforms.

*To find out more about Holiday Academy’s Photo Policy here

  Here are some tips on how to make your and your child’s online profiles safer

Google Safe Search

By enabling SafeSearch via your Google settings, you can filter out most of the mature content that you or your family may prefer to avoid. If an inappropriate result does sneak through, you can report it to Google. Read more about Google’s safety tools here

YouTube Safety Mode

If you’d prefer not to see mature or age-restricted content as you browse YouTube, scroll to the bottom of any YouTube page and enable Safety Mode.… Read more

Kodály Method of teaching Music

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“The most important thing is to actualise the instinctive love of the child for singing and playing, to realise the changing of his moods through the songs, his feelings, his experiences – in other words, to bring about the miracle of music” 

– Zoltán Kodály

Kodály believed that music is meant to develop one’s entire being-personality, intellect and emotions. He said, “music is a spiritual food for everybody. So I studied how to make more people accessible to good music.” (Kodály, 1966). Kodály realised this was part of everyone’s basic heritage and was necessary for human development and should be started at as early an age as possible.… Read more