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Leading nursery group Bright Horizons has developed a free app for parents of pre-school children.

The app is a one-stop-shop of fun themed activities which fit into everyday family life – out and about or at home – and which help parents support their child’s transition towards school-readiness. Ideas are available at the touch of a screen – helping parents to develop their child’s confidence and love of learning – all while having fun!

There are questions to prompt discussions, suggestions for how to develop children’s counting skills and simple games for the family to enjoy together. There will be regular launches of new activity packs making the most of children’s favourite interests and seasonal events.


Ready for School is endorsed by author and education consultant Penny Tassoni:

“What is wonderful about this app is that it is not a babysitting device designed to replace parents, but instead gives parents everything they need to be wonderful educators.  The mini activities have been cleverly designed to help parents maximise teaching opportunities in everyday situations such as shopping, weather or even getting stuck in a queue.  It is in effect a store cupboard of ideas that fits neatly into your hand.”

You can read more about the app’s development, from Nicola Amies, Director of Early Years at Bright Horizons, here at the workingmums website.

The Ready for School app is now available for free download on the Apple App Store; it is hoped to follow up with an Android version soon.

Here are some of the 5 Star reviews for the app:

“Love the content in this app. Inspiring ideas to help my son learn new things.”
“A fantastic resource full of fun learning ideas.Easy to do and all at the touch of a fingertip. Inspiring.”
“Inspirational content, excellent design and intuitive to use.Great App.”

To try the app out for yourself, visit the app store, search for “Ready for School” and download your free app, which can be used on iPad, iPod or iPhone. If you like it, please spread the word!

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