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

Brioche recipe

Brioche recipe

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Easy to make Brioche recipe 

This light, easy-to-make brioche is delicious with jam, butter or honey. Perfect for breakfast but also makes a delicious bread and butter pudding. Orange zest and vanilla extract can be added to the dough along with the butter, to lend a fresh flavour.



  • Bowl
  • Wooden Spoon


  • 350 g flour
  • 1 egg
  • 200g sugar
  • 75g soft butter
  • 14g yeast
  • Orange zest or vanilla extract

Step-by-step method

  • Mix together the flour and sugar
  • Once it is all mixed together make a hole in the middle of the mixture, add the butter and slowly pour the milk in the middle.
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Understanding How Six to Eight Year Olds Handle Stress

kids handle stress

Photo credit: Pixa bay Children aged six to eight are becoming more independent. They are also more aware of the world around them. They still rely on adults, but their peers and the media play a larger role. School-age children are able to talk about their feelings and concerns in more involved ways than preschoolers, but they may be unwilling to open up or worry about upsetting you. Make sure that your child knows that you are there to talk about whatever is on his mind.

Your six- to eight-year-old is learning to:

  • Understand other people’s points of view
  • Master new skills, learn to take risks and make mistakes
  • Make decisions that require a more flexible viewpoint: Six- and seven-year-olds may still see things as either “right” or “wrong,” while seven- to eight-year-olds begin to see alternatives to just right/wrong or good/bad.
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Internet safety checklist for parents

Internet safety checklist for parents


More and more children are using their parents’ computers, smartphones or tablets to play games, use apps, and watch their favourite TV shows. The Internet has brought the world into our homes, from homework help, to online gaming, messaging and researching, our children can gain a lot from the web. At the same time it’s essential to ensure your children’s safety online. They must learn how to use it responsibly and parents should take measures to protect them from potentially harmful content. Here are some tips on how to keep your children safe online.

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.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