A Year With My Child


A weekly email packed full of activities for you and your toddler. 

A Year With My Child


A weekly email packed full of activities for you and your toddler. 

Need activities? No problem.

It's hard coming up with new things to do with a toddler. And checking Pinterest for inspiration leaves you drained. Yet more things to buy and an elaborate set-up for something your child may never engage with.

A Year With My Child is here to help

What is A Year With My Child?

A Year With My Child is a weekly email packed with age-appropriate activities and fun things to do.

Play should be simple

We'll cook, make playdough, do collage and crafts. We'll also look ahead to drawing and writing without ever going near a worksheet. 'Writing' for younger children means finger painting, clothes-peg activities and threading. 

There's nothing to buy

You already have everything you need at home. Pots and pans, wooden spoons and wooden blocks. 
Give your child the time and space to play and you'll be amazed at what she can do with very little.

It's about exploration and discovery

Creative, resourceful children don't get bored. They are independent self-starters who make their own fun. 

Three simple steps

A readymade plan

The planning is done for you. There’s no need to decide what to do this week: it simply arrives in your inbox. No special resources, no time-consuming set-ups. Just fun and free activities you can enjoy together.

Manageable steps

Easy-to-do activities delivered via email in manageable, weekly chunks.

The activities build upon each other until your child has all the skills they need.

Essential skills

School is a long way off. Our focus is on fun and engagement. But the skills we develop, like speaking, listening and fine motor control will help build a solid foundation for later learning.

Praise for A Year With My Child

Hundreds of parents have already been through the course. Here is what they have to say:

Thank you, thank you for this fount of knowledge and inspiration! Soaking up every word and loving the focused weekly format.
Absolutely loving the course, it's just fantastic. I love the fact it’s great theory without making me feel like I should be doing anything extra, bar tweaking what we are doing already. Very well pitched. 
Thank you for offering A Year With My Child! I am so grateful for the way you present your tried-and-true philosophy aimed at taking advantage of all the natural ways we can build a loving and stimulating learning atmosphere for our little ones. I very much appreciate the way you explain each concept and the reasoning behind each piece of a child’s development. 
I’m a secondary teacher (Classics) but wish I could delay my children starting school. I love your play ethos - it really resounds with what I want childhood to be about. And I love the way you balance pedagogy with child psychology and parenting ideas. I’m learning a lot and thinking a lot. You’re doing a fantastic job, thank you!
I was so happy to find your email course! My daughter has [been unwell] and not been able to attend preschool. I have felt an incredible pressure to learn about early childhood development and create meaningful opportunities for her just within our home. In my search to learn, I easily became overwhelmed with too many voices and ideas found on social media. This year I have dedicated myself to seeking fewer and better experts to more reliably take away what I need to understand and assist her development and move on to playing with her more. Finding your weekly email course has been so meaningful and empowering
In love with these emails already! Thank you so much, they’re EXACTLY what I was looking for. 
I'll use this opportunity to just say how much I adore your content. I also have a Lifetime subscription to Get Set Five, and am finding it so helpful in simplifying my "survivalist homeschool" experience right now. (Homeschooling due to the pandemic, and moving abroad in 5 months, so the meticulous school planning I was doing months ago has had to take a backseat while we downsize all our worldly possessions to gear up for the move). 
I'm a teacher (but high school) and I love love love the theory behind all I'm learning in your courses and the inquiry-based approach. I'm also a big fan of your 100 Toys content and have gotten some really wonderful ideas from your posts there. Especially love the "shop your closet" toy rotation chart!
Thanks for all you do. Your writing style is so direct, no-nonsense, informed, and lighthearted - it's clear you're a gifted educator, be it for children or their parents!

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Meet Alexis

I'm a former Early Years teacher and the founder of One Hundred Toys and Get Set Five. As a father of four, I know how hard it is to find time to create meaningful activities for children. 

I love being with my children but I know that it’s good for them to spend time alone, to work things out for themselves. Through A Year With My Child I hope I can show you that being alongside your child - in the same room, but without necessarily engaging all the time - is not an abdication of responsibility. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give. School is still a long way off but it's never too soon to become an independent learner with a can-do attitude .

I also want to empower you to choose - and eventually create - your own activities. In fact, my ultimate goal is to give you the confidence to leave it to your child. Toddlers learn through play, through exploration and discovery. They need self-initiated and self-directed tasks. Our job as parents is to make this possible.

"I teach parenting groups and have about 350 families in class with me at any given time. I have been giving out your company as a resource for years! Thanks for all the great work!"



What if I want to cancel?

Email us anytime in the first 30 days for a full refund.

12 to 36 months is a wide age range. Will the activities be appropriate for my child?

Each email includes separate activities for one-year-olds and two-year-olds. If your child is in the younger age group, you'll be able to revisit the materials in a year's time and go through them again at the higher level. 

Do I have to do all the activities?

No! Complete the course at a pace that suits you. It's OK to skip or repeat weeks. Our aim is to build confidence and have fun.

Do I need to buy anything else?

You already have everything you need at home. Most of it is in your kitchen cupboards and craft tray. I assume that you've got some blocks, a ball and a couple of figures or dolls, but that's it. The themes we'll explore are timeless. Toys come and go. The way children learn doesn't change.

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