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Celebrities across the UK have opened up about the difficulties of homeschooling in recent weeks.

Earlier this month, Holly Willoughby said she was close to “giving up” limiting her three children’s screen time. The This Morning host said she was so exhausted from homeschooling during the week that she slept all the way through the weekend.

Stacey Solomon told fans she’d been arguing with her sons about getting up in the morning and getting onto Zoom, while Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon has said that homeschooling in the latest lockdown has been more “challenging.”

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Elsewhere, pregnant Helen Flanagan has opened up about “mum guilt” while being at home with daughters Matilda, five, and Delilah, two. Former Eastenders star Jacqueline Jossa has also spoken out about the difficulty of teaching her two daughters from home, admitting that her five-year-old has found it difficult to concentrate.

In a candid video, Jacqueline, 28, told fans, “We’ve had a late start today, had a late breakfast, I haven’t started schoolwork. But what I was gonna say is: there’s just no pressure because it’s really, really hard.

“Ella’s finding it difficult to concentrate, she’s only five years old. I don’t have to teach geography and it is what it is.”

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With famous faces and even the Royal Family having to take on new roles as teachers to their children, it’s understandable that parents are feeling stressed.

It’s something that Norland trained Nanny Louenna understands. Louenna, who trained at the same college as Kate Middleton’s nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, has admitted that even nannies are finding lockdown difficult.

Speaking to OK ahead of the release of her new parenting app, Louenna, whose been a nanny for 17 years explains, “Nannies have had to learn as much as parents have. Often, in a lot of circumstances, parents are suddenly at home who usually go out to work. So they’re having to tuck themselves away in office spaces and nannies are having to learn on the job as well because we are teachers, because we teach them through every day learning, but we’re not actually trained teachers. So a lot of my friends and colleagues have had to learn the same as parents, the best way of homeschooling.”

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Still, with 17 years of experience under her belt and top notch training, Nanny Louenna is perfectly positioned to give her top tips to parents and celebs alike. Here, she gives OK some simple things to remember when homeschooling this lockdown…

Keep a routine

While it may be tempting to let kids sleep in or stay up late, Loenna says it’s best to stick to as much of a normal routine as possible. She explains, “Having a normal bedtime like you would on a school night is a really good tip because I think otherwise you think they could stay up late, but actually they really need their sleep. If they’re tired, they won’t be as cooperative and they won’t have the attention span the next day.”

Plan ahead

Planning is key. Louenna explains, “It sounds a bit silly as a parent to plan your day, but through lockdown when you’ve got the children in the house all day every day it works. The night before, if you write down a few things that you would like to do the next day – for instance baking – if you plan it, you know you’ll have the ingredients.”

Downtime is important

Feeling frazzled? Louenna suggests you all take five minutes to yourself. She adds: “If you’re just feeling like the house is loud and chaotic, people are annoyed with each other, if you talk to the children and say look, for the next half an hour people are going to find their own spot to be quiet. Then, often when you come back, it’s a bit of a slower pace.”

Make it fun

Louenna explains that learning through play is something that Norland trained nannies are taught early on. “Learning through play is definitely a massive part of how we teach children and how we were taught at Norlands,” she explains, “Children have no idea that they’re actually learning, it’s just a fun activity for them and so their brain soaks up everything.”

But what sort of things could you try? “Baking is an amazing thing. They learn words and it’s good for their speech development,” Louenna explains, “It’s great for their motor skills with all the mixing and holding. It’s a maths lesson – can you pour half of it in here or how many cupcake cases do we need. It’s just constantly using their brain.”

Get outside

Whatever the weather, it’s important for the whole family to get some fresh air. Louenna explains, “Fresh air. If everything gets too much, wrap them up and go outside. We were taught at Norlands, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.”

Don’t be afraid to laugh

Parents can’t be expected to know every subject, so Louenna says to be honest when you’re stumped by a tricky maths question. She says, “Have a laugh about it. Say, do you know what, even I don’t know about this, so let’s learn together.”

Try uniforms

Some parents might find encouraging their kids to put their school uniform on in the morning helps them concentrate. Louenna explains, “For some children it would work really well because they feel like it’s a school day.”

Get snacking

If you’re finding your kids are constantly asking for a snack during their homeschooling day, Louenna has an answer. She explains, “Put some crudites in the middle of the table – I don’t mind how much cucumber or red pepper they snack on. Have that and fruit available. Because they do really need it. They’re running around and using up energy much more than we do so they need those pit stop. Another thing you could do is put together a little pack lunch box and say right, this is what you can have for the whole of the day and it’s completely up to you when you have it, but once it’s gone, it’s gone.”

Set up a dedicated space

Nanny Louenna explains, “Having that space where the children aren’t distracted is really great. Again, if you have to work from the kitchen table, take away the distractions while they’re doing the home schooling. If there’s a toy dinosaur at the end of the table, that’s all they’ll focus on.”

Offer rewards

“It’s not bribery, but giving them something to work towards it helps. It’s an incentive, knowing they’ll be rewarded,” Louenna explains, “It could be, if you manage to do the next 20 minutes really well and you just get on with it, then we can watch a movie together tonight.”

Try Mindfulness

If there’s one thing we could all do this lockdown, it’s take a little time out to focus on making our minds healthy. It’s no different for children. Louenna explains, “I use it myself, I really hope that parents do use it. It seems like its going to be taking 20 minutes out on a yoga mat, but it’s not at all – it’s things that you can incorporate into your daily life. As a parent, it’s really doable.”

Louenna Hood, Norland Nanny and Founder of the Nanny Louenna app. T he Nanny Louenna app is available to download from the App Store and Google Play with subscriptions starting from £4.99 a month

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