Enjoy a day out with family for £20!


Botany Bay Kent
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I’ve spent 4 beautiful years of my life in Kent, the Garden of England which also happens to have some of the most amazing beaches in the country. Being a local, I got a chance to explore various beaches within the county but my favourite has always been the Botany Bay in Broadstairs.
Botany Bay Kent

It’s always relaxing to listen to the sound of the waves, and watching the water splash on the shore just makes one forget all worries and pains. It isn’t just soothing to the eye, but it’s also a brilliant day out with kids and family or with friends both in terms of being a budget friendly destination and keeping everyone entertained. 
Botany Bay Kent

Since beaches are free to visit we can spend as much time as we want, the only cost that needs to be incurred is the cost of the food and entertainment at the beach. If we talk about staying within the £20 budget, the first thing to do, is head to any of the pound shops to grab some sand toys for kids, a hat and sunblock are essential too. The next thing is to get the food and snacks for both adults and little ones. Sandwiches are generally mess free, quick and easy to make, and everyone loves them. I generally also add a packet of crisps, some soft drinks or juices and some brownies for everyone to enjoy. Generally, we all have a picnic mat at home, so we just take that. A football is also one of our favourite things to take, for everyone to play with at the beach. 
Botany Bay Kent

Some beaches offer free parking, some don’t. However, all day parking near Botany Bay in summertime can cost £5. Breaking down the cost of visiting the beach, you can use £10 for food & drinks, £5 for parking and £5 for buying other essentials such as toys or sunblock, if required. That’s your day out with the family for £20, definitely one of the best pocket friendly fun activity for all. 
Botany Bay Kent

As you know the new £20 note goes into circulation in the UK this month. To celebrate this Morses Club, who offer cash loans (Representative 466.37% APR) have made this interesting infographic. Detailing everything new with note and how it has changed over the years.



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Restaurant Review: Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou in Ealing, London


Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou London

Sidi Bou, a family run Tunisian restaurant located in Ealing (London), also being the UK's only Tunisian restaurant aims to showcase the authentic flavour and culture of Tunisia. As mentioned by Hatem at Sidi Bou, the restaurant uses fresh and organic high quality produce from local suppliers and ingredients from Tunisia to ensure they provide a unique taste and experience to its customers. Moreover, the restaurant also has a shop that sells Tunisian products including serving dishes and dinnerware. 


Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou London

We started the meal with Mezze a la Tunisenne, a sharing platter suitable for vegetarians that included Salad Mechweya, Ommik Houreya, Tunisian Salad & Houmous. The platter was served with bread. Being well aware of the flavour of the hummus, it was wipe cleaned from the platter within minutes. The Tunisian salad was similar to the kachumber salad I make very frequently at home. However, it was my first time trying out the Tunisian Salad Mechweya, a simple grilled vegetable salad drizzled with olive oil. Also, the Ommik Houreya, mainly a carrot salad is very popular in Tunisia, and as the owner of Sidi Bou speaks, 'its more popular among the Tunisian kids than a chocolate bar!' The texture of the salad was similar to Carrot Halwa minus the sugar. However, the sweetness of the carrots did add a bit of a very light sugary taste to it. I prefer my Halwa very sweet, so for me, it wasn't exactly like eating a spoonful of carrot halwa, and I could easily consider it a healthy starter. 

Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou London

Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou London

Our next starter was Breek A L'oeuf, again a vegetarian dish prepared with a filling of potato, parsley, capers & cheese as well as an egg in a delicate filo pastry. This is a very light starter, so if you're not too hungry then you can order this as a starter as it's not very filling and you'll still have ample space to enjoy the mains.  

Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou London

Another starter at Sidi Bou, a Tunisian favourite called Merguez that we tried is basically a traditional lamb sausage. The sausages tasted different than the regular ones, so you can give it a go if you'd like to try the Tunisian version of sausages. 

Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou London

Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou London

Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou London

For the mains, we tried Jibana as per the recommendation. It's a traditional slow cooked stew that was served with bread and the main ingredients in the dish we were served included peas and chicken. The Tunisians eat Jibana with bread using spoon and it can be prepared with different spice levels. We opted for the mild, and although it was enjoyable, it was still slightly spicy compared to the level of spice we eat everyday at home. Eating Jibana gave a very homely feeling, as it was something similar to an Indian curry. Also, the summer fruit smoothie was chilled, and very refreshing and helped us in enjoying the spicy dish. 

Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou London

For dessert, we tried the traditional Tunisian sweet pastry called Makroud that is generally filled with dates and nuts or almond paste, is cut in a diamond shape and the dough is prepared with semolina and flour. The pastry is a bit hard, and the texture is slightly chewy too, so its best to bite it rather than cutting it with a fork. 
Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou London

Since its a  cosy, small dining area at the restaurant decorated keeping the Tunisian vibes in mind, it's advisable to make a booking prior to the visit. The restaurant is child friendly, however, baby changing station isn't available for infants and toddlers. Also, nearby street parking is available and it's free on weekends. If you're taking kids, then I'd recommend grabbing a few magazines from he counter and telling them a bit about Tunisia, showing the map and any other amazing facts about the African country. 

Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou London

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What Are the Benefits of Outdoor Learning?

Benefits of Outdoor Learning

Outdoor experiences offer many benefits to a child’s development. These benefits range from developing personal skills, such as communication, problem solving and team work. Outdoor learning can also help to strengthen many academic skills, such as literacy, numeracy.

Using outdoor activities, parents can show children that learning can occur anytime and anywhere; not only in a classroom environment. Outdoor challenges also encourage children to estimate risk and take responsibility for themselves, others and the environment.

To learn more about the benefits of outdoor education Maltman’s Green School have put together the following information. 

Personal Skills

The outdoors provides excellent opportunities to practice a wide range of personal skills and abilities that are not always used in the classroom. Outdoor learning can help to develop critical thinking skills, self-awareness and self-confidence. 

Health and Wellbeing

Learning outdoors can lead to a healthier lifestyle. Walking and exploring nature is ideal for physical and emotional wellbeing and can contribute to a lifelong love of the outdoors. In addition, being in an open space will provide a sense of freedom. This will encourage children to make discoveries by themselves and use their imaginations.

Decision Making

Using outdoor activities, children are able to identify hazards and risks and successfully manage them. This gives children an opportunity to develop their decision making skills and grow in confidence.

Nature

Regular outdoor learning encourages children to engage with nature and it also helps them to understand global environmental issues. Children learn to appreciate and respect nature and understand how they can contribute towards a greener planet. 

Children learn best when using all of their senses, so getting outdoors is a great way to teach children about the world around them. Exploring nature can provide many fun learning opportunities, so don’t forget to take your learning activities outside and encourage your children to observe their surroundings, weather and wildlife.

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How Can Parents and Teachers Work Together?

How Can Parents and Teachers Work Together?

Good communication between parents and teachers is essential to a student’s academic success. The more information parents and teachers share with each other, the more children will benefit. Here is some great advice from a co-educational day school in Surrey on how to build a successful teacher and parent relationship…

Parents Evenings

‘Parent Evenings’ are an ideal opportunity for parents and teachers to communicate. Parents can find out how well their children are progressing at school and teachers can give advice to support learning at home. These events are crucial to your child’s development and should not be missed. Use this valuable time with your child’s teacher to discuss classwork or any concerns you may have about your child’s progress.

After School

If you need to discuss an important issue and cannot wait until parents evening, it is important to find a suitable time. Parents often try to speak to teachers in the morning, when they drop their children into class. However, this isn’t always the best time for teachers. They will be busy checking that their class have arrived safely and will need to help get everyone organised for the day ahead. Instead it is best to wait until the end of the day, when the children have left, or arrange an appointment with the school office.

Thank you

It is important for parents to remember that a simple ‘thank you’ can go a very long way. Parents can establish a good relationship with a teacher by providing positive feedback. If your child has enjoyed a particular lesson, encourage your child to let their teacher know. You could also arrange a thank you gift at the end of term to show just how much their hard work is appreciated.

Attendance

Finally, good attendance and punctuality will help to give a good impression to your child’s teacher. Time management is not only an important life-skill for your child, but it can also help to build a good relationship with their teacher. This is because good attendance shows that your child is keen to learn and values their education.

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Top Tips for Choosing a School for Your Child

Top Tips for Choosing a School for Your Child

When the time comes for you to choose a school for your child, you might start to feel a little overwhelmed. There’s lots to take in and new terminology, as well as various different things to consider, from the location to the provision of extra-curricular activities. A pre-prep School in the Cotswolds have put together the following tips to help parents make an informed decision. 

Do Your Research

Start by doing some research about schools in the local area. Put together a list of your potential options and browse their websites. Find out more about their values, curriculum, facilities, extra-curricular activities, inspection reports and policies. You should also look into how long it will likely take you to drop your child off in the morning and pick them up at night, or how long their bus route will take, if there is one. Put pen to paper and take some notes about each of your schools and consider whether or not they meet your requirements. Of course, this will depend on your unique requirements. This will help you narrow down your options.

Visit the Schools

Once you have a smaller list of favourites, you will need to start visiting them on their open days. This will give you the chance to listen to the head teacher’s talk, speak to the teachers, assess the facilities and determine whether or not your child will ultimately be happy there. You will probably be taken on a tour of the school during which time you should take notice of things like general cleanliness and safety. Use it as an opportunity to ask lots of questions about both the academic and personal side to the school. Consider whether or not the teachers are warm and welcoming and if the current students seem well-adjusted and happy.

Involve Your Child

At the end of the day, it is your child that will be spending all of their time at the school so it’s crucial that they like it. Try and involve them in the decision as much as possible and take on board their feedback and opinions. Think about whether or not the school caters to your child’s unique requirements. For instance, do they have a language barrier or a learning difficulty? The more boxes the school ticks for your child, the higher up the list it should go.

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What to do if Your Child is Performing Poorly at School


Lots of children can have a dip in motivation at times which can lead to some unexpectedly low exam results or meetings with the teachers. If spotted early this can be turned around support can be given to ensure their enthusiasm and hard work improves. We all want our children to do their very best at school and reach their full potential so it is a good idea to stay in the loop when it comes to their performance in the classroom and the quality of their work. Banstead Prep, a Prep School in Surrey has provided us with the following advice on what to do if your child is performing poorly at school. 

First things first you need to have some kind of indication to how your child is getting on academically; here are some tips to help you tell whether your child is under performing at school. 

Read the school reports 
Meet with your children’s teachers 
Speak to other parents 
Get involved with their homework 
Ask your children how they feel 

So how can I help?

Have a conversation

The first step to help you child improve their performance is to have an open conversation with them to give them a chance to discuss how they feel and check whether there is any particular reason that their grades are beginning to dip. 

Speak to the teachers

They may have also noticed that your child is having difficulties and you will be able to work together to help them. If a learning disability is suspected they will be able to provide guidance and support and may even be able to offer an assessment to identify the issue.

Introduce revision sessions

As well as setting aside time for homework you should also introduce regular revision and study sessions. This will help establish a routine and encourage your child to spend more time on the subjects that they are struggling with. 

Think about a tutor

Once you have established where the strengths and weaknesses lie you could think about hiring a tutor to help with the subjects your child is finding a struggle. 

Praise! 

Be sure to praise your child’s efforts and try not to be too hard on them if they do not achieve the grades you expected as long as they are working hard and putting their all into school that is all that matters.

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Why Businesses Should Use Multifunctional Printers

Why Businesses Should Use Multifunctional Printers

A multifunctional printer brings together all of the benefits of multiple machines into one smart device. A photo copier, scanner printer and sometimes even a fax machine are all combined into one MFP saving space, electricity, time and much more! If you are still not convinced as to why you should invest in a MFP for your business a print management software company in London have pulled together some more information and all of the benefits below. 

Cost Efficient

Choosing a multi-functional printer for your office will save you the initial outlay of buying three or four separate machines and separate supplies. It will also help to reduce your ongoing monthly costs as energy efficient MFPs not only help to reduce your carbon foot print but also offer a very low cost per page rate as well as features such as power saving mode and double sided printing. 

Get Connected 

Most MFPs have the functionality to allow staff members to connect to them wirelessly meaning they can print from wherever they are in the building or even when they are out of the office in meetings or working from home. 

Space Saving

One of the obvious benefits is the physical space an MFP could save in your office, instead of making room for three or four separate machines you can have it all in one. They come in different sizes and shapes so you can chose one that fits into the space you have available. 

Improves Security 

Multifunctional printers have extra security measures in place to put your mind at ease and ensure that all of your documents are safe. You can also set passwords or scan a badge to make sure that no one else can retrieve the documents that you send to the printer.

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