Down in the woods: Natural adventures for half term

Make the February half term a natural break. Samantha Laurie has some great ideas for getting kids out and about



We’ve long known that animals have a powerful therapeutic effect on children. Samantha Laurie discovers more about two remarkable charities more

20 Feb 2017 14:44 Kids/Schools

As a mum of four boys with autism, Sarah Ziegel has turned her experiences into a practical guide more

26 Jan 2017 10:39 Kids/Schools

If the kids’ first question on holiday is “What’s the wifi code?” perhaps it’s time for a new kind of getaway? Samantha Laurie looks at multiactivity family breaks more

4 Jan 2017 11:25 Kids/Schools

Christmas is typically a time to sing songs and be merry. There are lots of wonderful festive events happening in Surrey and SW London this season. Go on, take a peak... more


Three schools from Surrey & SW London (Teddington, Tiffin and LEH) were finalists in a GSK competition to find a theoretical cure to malaria, with Teddington School finishing runners up. more

1 Dec 2016 15:37 Kids/Schools

Yet to read the manual for your camera and wean yourself off that auto button? Samantha Laurie asks an expert for help in securing some fab festive pics more

28 Nov 2016 12:23 Kids/Schools

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As your teenagers hit the social scene, how sure are you that they would know what to do in an emergency? Samantha Laurie on why learning first aid could be the difference between life and death more

26 Oct 2016 14:41 Kids/Schools

Looking for something new and exciting to do with baby? Then enter the wondrous world of baby learning with a fascinating theatre experience for tiny tots at Wimbledon’s Polka Theatre more

6 Oct 2016 10:25 Kids/Schools

Guildford Book Festival’s new co-director Alex Andrews tells Maria Reeves about what’s on for kids at this year’s event more

30 Sep 2016 10:34 Kids/Schools

Sarah Tucker and son enjoy some holiday learning on Italy’s sunlit shores more

29 Sep 2016 16:46 Kids/Schools

Former Good Schools Guide writer and education adviser, Suzie Oweiss, gives her verdict (in no particular order) on 25 of the top state schools in Surrey, SW London & Berkshire that set parents’ hearts racing more

23 Sep 2016 17:21 Kids/Schools

We've got a special offer for our loyal, adoring online readership. The Family Travel Show is a unique opportunity to plan your next big holiday with industry experts and Essential Surrey & SW readers can get two tickets for free* (worth £20) more

23 Sep 2016 16:30 Kids/Schools

Looking for full marks in the school style stakes? Mrs Stylist’s done the revision for you. Follow her tips for straight As every time more

22 Sep 2016 16:06 Kids/Schools

Kerry Phipps has some expert education advice for bilingual and multi-lingual families in the UK more

21 Sep 2016 15:02 Kids/Schools

Youngsters without skills and companies without workers: something is rotten in the state of Britain. Could a new type of school help? Samantha Laurie asks its champion, former Education Secretary Lord Baker more

13 Sep 2016 14:43 Kids/Schools

When it comes to championing free schools, Toby Young is a class apart. Victor Smart takes a tutorial more

12 Sep 2016 15:47 Kids/Schools

Local mum and blogger Sharon Wallace puts forward three of her favourite adventure play experiences for under 5s in Surrey come rain or shine (let's be honest, we're in England it's probably going to be rain) more

17 Aug 2016 14:28 Kids/Schools

TV pest controller Jimmy Clarke is helping kids enjoy nature. Samantha Laurie explains more

16 Aug 2016 13:55 Kids/Schools