Welcome to the Autumn
This summer! Whilst in my home town of Whaley Bridge residents were being evacuated in case Todd Brook Reservoir dam burst and swept everyone and everything away - in Cambridge the hottest day ever was recorded in the Botanic Gardens on my birthday! Just a couple of hundred miles apart and we could almost be living in different countries. Anyway - summer is a fading memory and we are now into Autumn. New school, new class teachers, first school and many other changes for children and parents. The drawing in of nights (let’s not talk about that), Halloween and bonfires to enjoy and the faintest of faint glimmers of fairy lights and tinsel on the horizon! (another banned subject?!)
This is the term where, if you have a child starting primary school or moving up to secondary school in September 2020, you need to visit as many schools a possible - plus investigate travel costs etc.
To help with planning - there is a list of open days on page 2, (where these are known at time of going to print). If, like me, you are overwhelmed by the different types of so called “free” preschool education, then you will find an immensly useful guide on page 31. (And of this website).
It explains the different types of funding but, to me anyway, demonstrates that the system is clunky and could be tricky to navigate. Elsewhere in this issue there are the always wonderful book reviews, plus quite a bit about health - vaccinations, pregnancy, preventing choking and the power of pumpkins! Enjoy!