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Dave Martins School of Martial Arts and Fitness

Family Martial Arts and Fitness Centre, Wharf Road, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6RR
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We are a full time Martial Arts school catering for all ages from 5 years old teaching Taekwondo and kickboxing. The smaller childrens classes are called Little Ninjas, we also provide a special needs class on Saturdays.

Web: www.t-k-d.co.uk

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Toybox Agency

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Established for nine years, Toybox offers a professional tailor made service to all our clients. We provide permanent staff for families, nurseries, playschemes and schools, covering Sussex, Surrey and South London as well as having an established emergency staff team for staff sickness and holidays. Overseas positions with families and Mark Warner are available for permanent and temporary assignments. Applicants are personally interviewed, police checked through CRB and all references checked before being sent out on assignments.

A member of the Federation of Small Businesses, Care Standards and Best Bear, we pride ourselves in the quality of our service.

All consultants are trained professionals and most are qualified Nursery Nurse or carers.

Please call:
(01883) 722322 for Sussex, Surrey and London areas.
(020) 8686 1766 for South London area.

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Ursual Matthews - Craniosacral Therapy

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CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY FOR BABIES AND CHILDREN

Does your baby or child suffer:
  • Crying, Irritability
  • Feeding Difficulties
  • Sickness, Colic
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Infections
  • Ear Infections
  • Asthma
  • Sinus and Adenoidal Problems
  • Behaviour Problems
  • Hearing Difficulties
  • Headaches and Pains
  • And More.

Craniosacral Therapy helps the body's inherent healing ability to release stresses and strains, caused by enormous forces the baby is subjected to during the birth process. It will help the system to resolve the problem and work in a more balanced way.

For further information please call the number above.

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British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy

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The college holds a free weekly clinic for children treating many conditions including: asthma, eczema, hyperactivity and weight problems.

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Hope is a unique non-denominational charity for children. The Hope Centre for Cognitive Education is dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of learning potential using the methodology of Professor Feuerstein. The Centre helps students with a variety of learning and developmental difficulties ranging from bright under-achievers to those with complex needs including autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD, Downs Syndrome.

The methods include Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment programme (IE) a structured thinking skills programme taught individually or in groups and is designed to complement and underpin a regular school curriculum and Mediated Learning Experience (MLE) which develops the learner’s cognitive functions. Mediated Learning involves the child as an active participant in the learning process, making the child consciously aware of how he is thinking. The Centre works as a multi-disciplinary team and actively encourage parents to become mediators with their own children and are invited to participate in teaching sessions.

Leicestershire
Since 1977, the Peter Le Marchant Trust has provided day trips and longer holidays for disabled and seriously ill people of all disabilities and all ages on specially designed canal boats. Over half our passengers are aged under eighteen.

From April to October inclusive, “Symphony” takes 26 people on day trips (including weekends), “Serenade” takes 10 people on 3/4 night holidays, and narrowboat “Melody” is available for weekly hire by a family or group with at least one disabled member. Charges are kept to a minimum so as not to exclude any groups. The remainder is raised in donations.

The Rose Walton Centre

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For cerebal palsy children and associated disabilities. The centre provides pre-school education for children 0-5 years. We belong to scope's network of schools for parents using methods inspired by those of the Peto Institute in Hungary. Programmes are designed to stimulate and awaken the child's senses and encourage self awareness through activities which are fun for both parent and child.

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Grooms Holidays

Affordable, Accessible, Memorable
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Grooms Holidays provide the opportunities for people with disabilities to go on vacation with friends and family to accessible locations at affordable rates and enjoy a memorable holiday.

Discover new places, new faces in beautiful Britain. With its golden beaches, rocky shores and lush, green countryside there’s sure to be somewhere just right for you. What takes your fancy? We offer a select choice of hotels and self-catering accommodation around the UK. There are a variety of attractive coastal and countryside holiday choices to suit different tastes. We have personally selected the accommodation for its suitability to provide the facilities needed and access for those with various degrees of disability.

Grooms Holidays is part of John Grooms charity, the UK’s largest provider of accessible holiday properties.

Email: holidays@johngrooms.org.uk

Web: www.groomsholidays.org.uk

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Lower Pendavey Farm Camelford Cornwall PL32 9TX
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The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector in England, with links to the other UK nations.

We are not resourced to provide advice or support directly to families with disabled children or children with SEN. We signpost families on to relevant organisations. Visit our website for information on national policy that impacts upon disabled children and children with special educational needs (SEN) and their families as well as details of organisations that provide advice and support.

Penniwells RDA Group

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Provision of riding lessons for disabled people of all ages and standards. Open seven days a week. Fun and physiotherapy combined.

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31 Webbs Road, London SW11 6RU
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Drug free, natural and non-invasive treatment of development and learning problems, including:
  • Dyslexia
  • Dysphasia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Hyperactivity
  • Panic Attacks

The David Mulhall Centre was opened in 1995 and has since successfully treated thousands of children and adults. Please phone, write or e-mail for an initial consultation.

E-Mail: info@davidmulhall.co.uk

Mr Pinschof

Clinical Psychologist
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For those families seeking help and advice regarding children's behavioural and emotional problems. The approach taken is to examine parents childhood experiences and their own parenting practices, their own emotions and expectations of their child with a view to making adjustments to the way they deal with their child.

37 years experience of clinical psychology with children and parents including 32 years within the NHS. Face to face one hour appointments in London and Bristol.

Please contact us on the above number.
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Aspire National Training Centre

Wood Lane, Stanmore, Middx HA7 4LP
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ASPIRE - The Association for Spinal Injury Research, Re-habilitation and Re-integration. This training centre is the first of its kind in Europe, it's equally suitable for everyBODY. 25 metre swimming pool, gym and dance studio.

We do all sorts of sports parties including swimming, football, basketball, cricket, netball and rounders. Can't decide which party to have? Try a 'Megamix' party!
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The Dore Programme is quite unique: it is a personalised physical exercise routine designed for children (of 7 years +), adolescents and adults with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD. It consists of:

  • a full assessment with our qualified doctor
  • daily computer-generated exercises carried out at home
  • regular progress assessments

The Dore Programme lasts between 12 and 18 months and has been successfully completed by many thousands of people since it was developed over 10 years ago. Now, DORE is the trading name of Dynevor CIC, a social enterprise, which has owned the rights to the DORE Programme since 2009. The Programme is also an intervention of choice for SEN pupils in several UK schools.

To find out more and to learn what others are saying about Dore, visit our web site www.dore.co.uk. If you’d like to chat to one of our experienced Programme Consultants, please call 0333 123 0100.

Russells Equitation Centre

New Place, Allington Lane, Westend, Southampton SO30 3HQ
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We teach the safest method of riding horses. Our speciality is to one tuition for all ages starting from 4 years. We are BHS and ABRS approved.

Group lessons and Private Group lessons, ‘Ride With Your Mind’ Coaching and exam training. We also work with special needs individually, offer tutoring in caring of your animal and we are a Pony club centre.

Russell’s Livery offers full facilities. We can look after your horse or pony for you.

Epona Trust is a non-profit making organisation that re-habilitates horses and ponies. Horses and ponies available for loan.

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The New Eccles Hall School

Quidenham, Norwich, Norfolk NR16 2NZ
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The New Eccles Hall School is set in beautiful grounds in rural Norfolk near the Cambridgeshire and Suffolk borders. We are a mainstream, independent school with Nursery, Junior and Secondary departments and we have day pupils and weekly boarders.

Our Individual Tuition Unit provides strong support for pupils with special educational needs and we have many years' experience in helping with dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers, Specific Learning Difficulties and Communication Difficulties.

Web: www.neweccleshall.com

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Julia Kudratt

North London
I have run my massage company for over 13years and am a qualified infant massage Instructor.

I run workshops for both parents and carers teaching the wonderful art of massage in a beautiful environment in Muswell Hill, North London. Massaging your baby can promote a feeling of wellbeing therefore resulting in restful sleep... a happy baby and parent!

I arrange home visits to groups and couples and am based in North London. Call me on the above number or email for further information and next workshop dates.

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Whizz-Kidz

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Whizz-Kidz is a national charity that improves the quality of life of disabled children and young people up to 18 by providing them with customised mobility equipment such as powered wheelchairs.

We also offer wheelchair skills training, advice and information and campaign to raise awareness of disabled young people's needs. Many of those we help become members of our Kidz Board, acting as our ambassadors and getting involved in projects and events.

Through this support Whizz-Kidz has given nearly 4,000 disabled children and young people the chance to enjoy an independent life at home, at school and at play.

Web: www.whizz-kidz.org.uk

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The Disability Martial Arts Association was sent up in January 2007 We are a wide supporting network for people with disabilities and their families who are or who wish to be involved in martial arts.

We have set up a data base of Martial Arts Academy’s School’s and Club’s in the UK. That will teach people with all types of disabilities. When people phone us up we can give them a telephone number of the said organisation.

We have joined forces with Sho~Shin Budo Kwai, who run a summer camp every August information will be on our website. We have also joined forces with the Disability Martial Arts Festival. The Festival was started by the late Terry Taylor.

Email:dmaa@blueyonder.co.uk

Specialists in Psychological Assessment and Treatment
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KindleKids is a child psychology service run by an experienced highly specialist Chartered Clinical Child Psychologist and specialist team. We work together with parents (and schools where appropriate) to assess, understand, support and provide strategies for managing a range of difficulties and concerns.

We offer:

  • Educational / Psychological Assessment
  • Therapeutic support to children and teenagers
  • Parenting support
  • Consultation to schools

We can help with a range of emotional, behavioural, social and learning issues that may be contributing to a child or teenager feeling unhappy, lacking in confidence or feeling out of control. Following psychological assessment, the child psychologist works with parents so that individual treatment plans can be developed to support them and their families in understanding and addressing their difficulties while at the same time acknowledging and nurturing their relative strengths, in order to help them to reach their potential.

Please see our website for parenting tips and more information about who we are, how we can help and what we offer.

You are also welcome to call us for a free telephone consultation to see how we can help prior to booking an appointment.

To contact Leanne Cowan directly please phone 07929 972291

Sylvia Knight Dip.C.G., Dip A. Psych.

93 Byng Drive, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 1UJ
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Retired teacher offers private or paired tuition for children aged 4-11. Preparation for SATS and selective tests. Special programmes for specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia using tapes and varied educational materials.

Gentle support encourages confidence and steady progression. Being a qualified teacher, counsellor and psychodynamic psychologist Sylvia Knight offers understanding therapy and a way forward for all members of families under stress, often marked by children's difficulties at school. Poor results, bullying and absenteeism may follow moving home, bereavement or relationship problems.

E-Mail: knightpottersbar@talk21.com

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SNAP! Childcare

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SNAP! Childcare places specialist nannies and carers for babies, children and young adults who have additional needs. We offer a friendly, but professional service, both to individual families and organisations.

We offer a nationwide service, providing experienced and qualified nannies, carers and enablers for children and young adults who may have a range of special needs from a mild learning disability to profound and multiple disabilities and their siblings!

Our carers have a wide range of experience, including Makaton & British Sign language, Conductive Education, speech, occupational and physio therapy. We deal with live-in, daily, permanent and temporary positions. All nannies and carers are carefully vetted and personally interviewed. At least two references are verbally verified and an Enhanced Police Check is required (SNAP Childcare is a Registered Body with the Criminal Records Bureau).

Please log onto our website for full details.

Web: www.snapchildcare.co.uk

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BIBIC- British Institute for Brain Injured Children

Knowle Hall, Bridgwater, Somerset TA7 8PJ
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BIBIC exists to maximise the potential of children with conditions affecting their social, sensory communication, motor and learning abilities by teaching parents exercises and techniques which can help improve the quality of life for the whole family. A doctor and an interdisciplinary team address issues such as behaviour problems, understanding, mobility, speech and communication. Methods are compatible with school and serve to increase learning opportunities for children with problems.

Web: www.bibic.org.uk

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Pure Living Collection

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Pure Living Collection is an online store that sells a fabulous range of luxurious duvets, pillows, mattress protectors and associated bedding products. This website offers invaluable advice on the most appropriate bedding available for children.

Children just love the feel of the soft light-weight, hypoallergenic Spundown Duvets. Mums love them too, for this is the award winning duvet that just loves to be washed, time and time again. For summer the 3.0 tog Pure Cotton Duvet is a popular choice of children’s duvet as it will help your child maintain a regular temperature on warm summer nights.

The polyester hollow-fibre filling of the Anti Allergy Duvets and Pillows contain material in which house dust mites cannot live, thus playing a major role in helping to relieve allergies caused by them. Alternatively, the Anti Allergy Duvet, Pillow and Mattress Protectors all provide an effective barrier between your child and the dust mites and their allergens.

Pure Living Collection also offers some pillows with slightly less filling and therefore perfect for smaller shoulders, whilst waterproof mattress protectors offer their mattresses protection against those all too common accidents and spills.

Web: www.purelivingcollection.com

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Clare Allen Dip Hom PHSH RSHom

Shepperton, Middlesex
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I am a fully qualified homeopath, registered with the Society of Homeopaths.

Homeopathy is a tried & trusted system of medicine - effective, non-toxic, with no side effects. Treatment is suitable during pregnancy and for the youngest of babies.

I have successfully dealt with a wide range of common childhood problems,.

For example:

  • Sleep difficulties
  • Gastric Reflux
  • Colic
  • Bed Wetting
  • Behavioural Problems
  • Morning Sickness
  • Delayed Development
  • Glue Ear
  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Need for repeated antibiotics

Please call for free, no obligation information and advice.

(Prices for children - £35 first appt, £25 thereafter, cost of remedies is included)

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Craniosacral Therapy for Children and Adults - Judith Timmins RCST

The Old Stables, Rectory Road, Great Waldingfield CO10 0TL
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"Helping Children Speak for Themselves"
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The Speech Language & Hearing Centre at Christopher Place is for babies and children under 5 who have hearing impairment or delay in speech, language and communication or more complex needs.

The Centre is the only one of its kind in the UK. A child-centred programme combines teaching and therapy from an interdisciplinary professional team. A close partnership with the whole family is central to our approach.

The Centre offers:
An interdisciplinary Team Assessment, which can include a speech and language therapist, an occupational therapist and a chartered psychologist, Specialist Nursery Groups, Toddler groups, a Social Skills Group, Therapy Clinics including Auditory Verbal Therapy and “Baby beginners”.

The award winning, purpose built Centre provides an acoustically treated environment where a structured language program is offered to each child in small groups and one-to-one therapy. We welcome full parental involvement and close liaison with other professionals involved in the child’s development.

Referrals can be made directly to the Centre by parents or interested professionals.

Address: Christopher Place, Chalton Street, London NW1 1JF

35 Treeside Road, Shirley, Southampton SO15 5FY
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Please visit the website or contact the Centre for further information.
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Aspirations Wellbeing is a sports, leisure and cultural trust that manages the Pemberton Centre and Splash Leisure Pool, both in Rushden and the Nene Centre in Thrapston.

We aim to provide a variety of great value for money events and activities to assist a full and healthy lifestyle.

Activities for children and young people, activities for people living with a disability, a wide variety of Group Fitness Classes, help with healthy lifestyles, swimming lessons, racket and team sports, SPIN® cycle group classes, venue hire plus entertainment all come within the range of what we do.

Our aim is to work co-operatively with partner organisations to offer the best range of leisure and cultural facilities for local communities.

To see the detail of what our Centres deliver, and the full range of what we offer, please log on to our website and have a look:

Contact:
Nene Centre, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, NN14 4JY
T.01832 734090
E.nene@aspirationswellbeing.org.uk

Pemberton Centre, H E Bates Way, Rushden, NN10 9YP
T.01933 350324
E.pemberton@aspirationswellbeing.org.uk

Splash Leisure Pool, Station Road, Rushden, NN10 9SJ
T.01933 410505
E.splash@aspirationswellbeing.org.uk

Home Schooling & Private Tutoring
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The World-wide Education Service (WES) is one of the leading providers of home education courses worldwide. We supply accredited comprehensive, up-to-date learning courses for children aged 4-14 years. No previous teaching experience is required.

WES is designed to create a school in the home, this is particularly beneficial where education facilities are limited or, where there is a need to "top up" local school education.

Our service includes:

  • An initial assessment of your child’s educational level.
  • Courses tailored to the individual needs of your child, based on the National Curriculum of England.
  • All necessary books and materials to support the subjects.
  • An introduction from your WES personal tutor who will advise and support you in your role of teacher.
  • Regular assessments of your child’s progress.
  • A final report detailing your child’s educational level to hand on to future schools.
  • A Certificate of Completion

WES is also able to offer a home schooling package for special needs children. Coursework can be adapted to accommodate specific requirements.

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MOVE is a national charity working with severely disabled children in a Programme designed to increase their mobility and therefore their independence.

MOVE combines therapy and education in a programme which helps children work towards goals that they really want to achieve, which can range from learning to hold their head up by themselves to learning the skills needed to play football with their friends using a pacer. MOVE is unique in that no child is too disabled to use it and works with the child’s parents, teachers and therapists to teach them skills which are then practised in everyday life, enabling parents to be involved in key decision making and instrumental in their child’s development.

Visit our website or call us on 020 7407 5344 to find out more information, speak to a specialist or a parent of a child already on the programme or to visit a school using MOVE.

Email: move@move-europe.org.uk

Therapy for Children with Special Needs
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Brainwave is an independent Charity based in Bridgwater, providing developmental therapy for children who have both physical and cognitive disabilities, whether caused by brain injury,genetic abnormality, or accident.

A programme of physical and cognitive exercises is designed by the therapy team according to each child’s very specific needs. These exercises are taught to the child’s parents and carers who carry out the programme in the comfort and familiarity of the family home; through which 80% of children make measurable improvements and some achieve a degree of independence far beyond their families’ expectations.

1500 children have benefited from the Brainwave Programme since the Charity was established in 1982.

Email: enquiries@brainwave.org.uk

Fairley House School

Building brighter futures for children with dyslexia and dyspraxia
South London
Fairley House was founded in 1982 for children aged 5-14 with specific learning difficulties. We specialise in offering therapy as an integral part of a child’s education not simply as a ‘bolted on extra’. Our whole school approach means that children are taught in small classes and small groups by specialist teachers, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists.

We emphasise the development of the whole child, helping him or her to gain confidence and self-esteem through an encouraging and nurturing ethos. The children have plenty of opportunities to develop sound academic and social skills and to become independent.

Senior Department
30 Causton Street
London
SW1P 4AU
(020) 7630 3750

Junior Department
220 Lambeth Road
London
SE1 7JY
(020) 7630 3789
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Oxford Centre For Educational Testing

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Child Educational Assessments - Comprehensive Written Reports - Dyslexia Diagnosis & Coaching - Private Tutorials for Maths, English, SATs and GCSE. Ages 4 - 16 year olds.

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ACT Psychology Service is run by a Chartered Educational Psychologist. I can provide cognitive and learning assessments for children and young people, advice on behaviour and emotional problems, help for anxiety and phobias, including exam anxiety.

I have knowledge and experience of working with children and young people with a variety of additional needs, in particular Autism, Asperger's, ADHD, Dyslexia, attachment and Dyspraxia. I am trained to offer cognitive behaviour therapy and am qualified as a life coach. I can offer support to you to minimise the impact of separation and divorce on your children. I am available to work with children and young people or to provide help and support to parents through consultation.

I am a member of the British Psychological Society, The Association of Educational Psychologists and am HPC registered.

To book an assessment or a consultation please contact me.

Private Home Tuition In London and the Home Counties
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Established for over 30 years as private tutors, Top Tutors is one of the largest providers of private tutors in London and the South East of England.

Top Tutors is wholly owned by the national educational charity Academy of Youth started by Sir Tim Brighouse. They run a wide range of education and leadership programmes for young people

  • All our tutors are checked through the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service, previously called CRB)
  • High quality tutor registration and evaluation process to ensure we have the Top Tutors with degree level qualifications or above.
  • No registration fee or commitment for course of lessons – pay as you go
  • Offer ALL subjects at ALL levels
  • A personal approach from our team to discuss all your tutoring requirements. (We are not a call centre)
  • Successfully matched over 150,000 children with tutors over the past 30 years
  • Over 2,000 high quality tutors in London and the South East

Backed by a national education charity, University of the First Age committed to developing potential. Develop their true potential with the help of a one to one private tutor.

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