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PARENTS SHOULD BE PLANNING MORE DAYS OUT RATHER THAN BRIBING KIDS WITH TECHNOLOGY, SAYS PSYCHOLOGY LECTURER

22nd January 2015
"Parents need to incorporate technology into the play options available to children rather than into an item placed on a pedestal", said DR KATERINA KANTARTZIS, LECTURER IN PSYCHOLOGY AT BIRMINGHAM... [read more]
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Majority of UK believe childcare should be shared equally between couples

13th January 2015
More than half of the UK believes that childcare should be shared equally between parents, a survey by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has found. The findings show a marked move away... [read more]
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BEN STILLER AND JAMIE FOXX INTERVIEWED BY DERBYSHIRE PUPILS FOR INTO FILM

23rd December 2014
Two pupils from Derbyshire have been back in the interviewing hotseat grilling some of the biggest stars in film this week, when they interviewed Hollywood stars Ben Stiller and Jamie Foxx about their... [read more]
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Read for My School Challenge

8th December 2014
CLASSIC CHILDREN’S BOOKS, WRITTEN IN THE 1800s, CHOSEN BY SCHOOLCHILDREN IN NATIONAL READING COMPETITION Classic children’s books written more than 100 years ago can still spark the imagination... [read more]
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Potential Plus UK backs calls for more support for gifted children

8th December 2014
Potential Plus UK (formerly The National Association for Gifted Children) strongly backed calls earlier this month by The Sutton Trust for more support for gifted pupils, including those from disadvantaged... [read more]
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NEW GUIDE LAUNCHED TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE WITH DYSPRAXIA NAVIGATE THEIR WAY THROUGH SECONDARY SCHOOL

8th December 2014
Despite many of us proclaiming school days were the “best years of our lives” – the experience can be far from positive for the many teenagers who have been diagnosed with dyspraxia. In... [read more]
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Technology engages boys and poorer children to read for longer

1st December 2014
The National Literacy Trust and Pearson release second annual survey data on the role of technology in supporting young children’s communication and language skills Touch-screen technology could... [read more]
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PUPIL INTERVIEWS NICOLE KIDMAN AND HUGH BONNEVILLE FOR INTO FILM

28th November 2014
A young film enthusiast from Coventry has experienced his very own cinemagic close-up when he interviewed film stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Bonneville about their new film Paddington as part of his role... [read more]
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Savvy App for Mother's: Like Minders launch the UK's first ever babysitting app

25th November 2014
Like Minders, London’s favourite babysitting and flexible childcare agency, announces today the launch of the UK’s first babysitting app, the Like Minders App. Whether it’s for regular... [read more]
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Joint venture to bolster fairs’ internationality in the future

24th November 2014
Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Guangdong Toy Association form a joint venture to host Toy & Hobby China and Baby & Stroller China   Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Guangdong... [read more]
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KIDS SHARE PERSONAL INFORMATION ONLINE WITH STRANGERS

24th November 2014
As more children use the internet than ever before and one in three even have their own tablet*, a new survey today reveals that children as young as five are sharing personal information online with people... [read more]
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CBBC star shares top tips to get more children choosing water

24th November 2014
Star of CBBC’s Gastronauts and Incredible Edibles Stefan Gates is sharing his top tips to encourage children to have fun with water and make it their first choice for hydration as part of a new campaign... [read more]
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TEENAGER WINS NATIONAL COMPETITION WITH INTO FILM AND AARDMAN ANIMATIONS

24th November 2014
Pupil sees short film idea made by Oscar®-winning studio, screened at nationwide Into Film Festival  13-year-old Hannah Mason from Wiltshire has scooped the top prize in a national storyboarding... [read more]
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Putting the fun in fundraising in 2015

24th November 2014
If you took a straw poll of all the primary schools in the UK, you’d probably find that every school does some form charity work. You’d be hard-pressed to find a school that didn’t understand... [read more]
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DEAF TEENAGER TEACHES BULLYPROOF TIPS

17th November 2014
National Deaf Children’s Society is supporting Anti-Bullying Week 2014 with the launch of a video featuring a 16 year old deaf boy providing tips on how to handle and prevent bullying. Ammaar... [read more]
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REGULAR BREAKFAST CONSUMPTION MAY PROTECT AGAINST DIABETES IN CHILDREN

15th October 2014
Children who eat breakfast regularly, particularly a high fibre cereal breakfast, had lower risk markers for type 2 diabetes (eg fasting insulin levels were lower) than those children who ate breakfast... [read more]
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Two thirds of parents don’t think their children are ready to go to the toilet alone when they start school

26th September 2014
With the new school term underway, as well as worrying about packing the lunchboxes, parents are also concerning themselves over whether their child is ready to go to the toilet by themselves? New research... [read more]
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Financial education most important life skill for children, says parents

22nd September 2014
- Santander makes financial education fun with new 1|2|3 Mini Zone for children - - Personal finance education now on the National Curriculum - Millions of parents in Britain believe financial education... [read more]
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Alexander Armstrong to voice Danger Mouse

18th September 2014
Alexander will be joined by actor Kevin Eldon (It’s Kevin, Ruddy Hell It’s Harry And Paul), who will channel his inner hamster as Danger Mouse’s trusty sidekick Penfold, while comedian... [read more]
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Bathtime is Play Time– Top Tips from Miriam Stoppard

10th September 2014
Water is fun in or out of the bath but especially at bathtime so enter into the spirit of playing games for the whole of bathtime, then your child will really look forward to it. Any bubble game is... [read more]
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How to Cope with School – Top Tips from Miriam Stoppard

10th September 2014
Starting school and moving from one school to another is a huge step for a child, no matter what age.Miriam Stoppard, Family Doctor, Health Writer& Shampooheads Ambassador, has supplied us with... [read more]
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Parents are not prepared to discuss e-safety

8th September 2014
45% haven't had "the talk" about staying safe online One in 10 parents now talk to their children about online safety when they are as young as five years old, research reveals today.... [read more]
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THE ECONOMY EXPLAINED - BY CHILDREN

5th September 2014
The Economy is a subject most adults find difficult to get their heads around, but now there is help, in the form of an ingenious new book on The Economy, created by a group of primary school children. The... [read more]
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New Computing Curriculum

2nd September 2014
Majority of parents unaware that the computing curriculum is radically changing from September Three quarters (72%) of parents are desperate to improve their digital skills so they can better support... [read more]
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ARE WE BEING FAIR TO FATHERS?

29th August 2014
New dads take more than five months to get the hang of fatherhood, it emerged yesterday. The months before and after the birth wrapped dad in a whirlwind of anxiety over whether he could become the... [read more]
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Delicate Yet Powerful Children’s Book Helps Youngsters Prepare for & Cope with Grief

20th August 2014
Written by Lynne Burton, ‘Little Ladybird Lost’ isn’t the market’s average children’s book, but one desperately needed for the thousands of young people who struggle to both... [read more]
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NEW RESEARCH : FOR PARENTS OF INFANTS WHO EXCESSIVELY CRY

19th August 2014
29% of mums felt down / depressed1 59% of parents worry their baby is ill1 A new survey1 commissioned by Mead Johnson Nutrition reveals that over half (53%) of 500 parents with a persistently crying[i]... [read more]
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Deaf Children’s Charity Launches New Resource to Help Schools to Beat Bullying

21st July 2014
Primary and secondary schools will be able to access advice and support to help prevent deaf children from being bullied from Monday 21 July, as the UK’s leading deaf children’s charity launches... [read more]
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Same Genes Drive Maths and Reading Ability

8th July 2014
Around half of the genes that influence how well a child can read also play a role in their mathematics ability, say scientists from UCL, the University of Oxford and King’s College London who led... [read more]
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Stripes are in Fashion at Flamingo Land

7th July 2014
Just a few months after Flamingo Land welcomed 3 Sumatran tiger triplets, they have also now announced the birth of a zebra foal - making this summer all about STRIPES! The young male, who will be named... [read more]
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Become A Yorkshire Coast Explorer

7th July 2014
During the Middle Jurassic, 165 million years ago the Yorkshire coast we know was a very different place. Large rivers the size of the Mississippi flowed over the area and on the banks of these rivers... [read more]
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Budding Gardeners Make an Impression

7th July 2014
Monks Cross Shopping, in partnership with Askham Bryan College and the Butterfly Conservation Trust, has launched a gardening initiative with six local primary schools to design planting beds at the shopping... [read more]
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Fun In The Park With Thirsk Children's Centre

7th July 2014
Thirsk Children’s Centre are running five Fun in the Park sessions in conjunction with North Yorkshire Youth and Adult Learning to encourage children, young people and families to access their local... [read more]
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Top Tips for Creating the Life You Want

7th July 2014
Write down your goals and dreams and also visualise them. We have two sides to our brain: the left side is our logical side and it thinks in words and it is able to plan. It makes lists and also retrieves... [read more]
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Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will officially start the Tour de France

30th June 2014
THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will officially start the Tour de France at Harewood House on Saturday July 5. Their Royal Highnesses will meet the competitors as they line up at... [read more]
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Parents urged to give children greater financial responsibility at an earlier age

30th June 2014
New Prepaid Debit Card with Mobile Banking App offers empowering, safe service for parents and children Osper launches in the UK today offering parents the help they need to equip their children with... [read more]
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Leading Digital Companies Come Together in Tech City to Inspire Young Minds

30th June 2014
The national education and technology festival, Digital Summer Trip, is offering the public free tickets to attend the event where they can get involved in digital workshops and see influential entrepreneurs,... [read more]
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MAXI-COSI COMBINES WITH CHARITY TO LOAN SPECIALLY DESIGNED CAR SEATS TO CHILDREN WITH HIP DYSPLASIA

26th June 2014
“Expectant parents cannot always know in advance of the birth that their child will have the condition, so the car seat they have likely bought in preparation of the new arrival will not be suitable,... [read more]
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Learning beyond the classroom: new research to examine effects of out of school activities on attainment

24th June 2014
For many parents how to occupy their children after school is not an easy decision and some will want it to be an activity that helps their progress at school. NatCen Social Research and Newcastle University... [read more]
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Babies’ Early Social Relationships Influence Life Skills

18th June 2014
How can I manage my baby’s sleep problems? Does watching TV support my child’s cognitive development? How can play and simple games turn frustrations into enjoyable experiences?     The... [read more]
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Skyscanner Launches Flying with Babies Guide to Stress Free Flying

17th June 2014
Today’s announcement from Ryanair on the changes to its family policies highlight just how confusing travelling with infants can be. Each airline has different rules with charges varying greatly.... [read more]
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Let’s Cook Together and support Adoption UK

16th June 2014
Adoption UK provides support and gives a voice to adoptive families.  They offer the benefit of peer support, using a deeper level of understanding from experienced adoptive parents, enabling adopters... [read more]
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Could your school Run on Sun?

13th June 2014
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if schools were run on cheap and clean energy? Friends of the Earth wants to help make it happen. Schools Run on Sun www.foe.co.uk/runonsun is Friends of the Earth’s... [read more]
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The Importance of a Digital Education for All

13th June 2014
Plans are well underway to launch a new ‘digital’ curriculum come September 2014, ensuring computer science is well-represented in classrooms across the country. But with children as young... [read more]
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Yo Help! – Innovating Access to Mental Health Care for Young People

12th June 2014
My Time CIC, Birmingham-based provider of evidence-based culturally sensitive counselling and support services, has launched Yo Help!.  An innovative smartphone app, created by young people for... [read more]
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Contact lenses or glasses; which is best for your child?

10th June 2014
College of Optometrists issues new research and advice on the pros and cons of contact lenses and glasses for children   A survey into optometrists’ prescribing habits for children and... [read more]
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New Technology Brings Field Trips into Classrooms

5th June 2014
Research shows three quarters of primary school teachers currently find cost a barrier to taking children on trips British primary schoolchildren will be transported through special online field trips... [read more]
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Homework Help: There's an App for That

3rd June 2014
The way of the world, these days, is most definitely one of technology and there is always an app for everything, don’t you find? Even during the most innocent of conversations you can guarantee... [read more]
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Dales' publisher launches writing competition

28th May 2014
Talented new writers have been invited by Dales publishing company Hartlington Press to submit a short story for a writing competition. Grassington Festival, whose theme this year is the power... [read more]
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‘Good’ News for Local, Award-Winning Pre-School In Ofsted Report

28th May 2014
‘GOOD’ news for local, award-winning Pre-school in Ofsted report Oatlands Pre-School, Harrogate has gained a “good” rating from Ofsted following an inspection of the pre-school... [read more]
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Become a Yorkshire Coast Explorer

28th May 2014
This May half term join the team at Scarborough based Hidden Horizons and become a Yorkshire Coast Explorer. The company is offering a mixture of rock-pooling trips and fossil hunts ideal for the family... [read more]
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The Ripon Bike Trail

28th May 2014
There are several 'Le Tour de France' inspired bicycles dotted around Ripon at the moment - some are big, some are small, some are yellow, some are knitted, and others are completely different! How... [read more]
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Be part of Tour de France Fever at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

28th May 2014
As the countdown to the Grand Départ in Yorkshire reaches its climax Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, a National Trust site near Ripon, are hosting some fantastic events to get everyone involved. Leading... [read more]
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Tiger Cubs Born At Flamingo Land

27th May 2014
Come and hear the patter of tiny paws at Flamingo Land. Sumatran tigers, Bawa and Surya, have had cubs.  With only 500 Sumatran tigers remaining in the wild and 97 in captivity across mainland Europe,... [read more]
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Waterstones York - Grand Opening

27th May 2014
Hundreds of people and storybook favourite, Spot the dog, joined staff at the new look Waterstones store in York on the last weekend of April.  The new shop has relocated from High Ousegate to Coney... [read more]
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North Yorkshire Schools Library Service To Close

27th May 2014
North Yorkshire County Council is to close its school library service because not enough schools have subscribed.  Schools in the area have been given a year’s notice of the closure.    The... [read more]
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Gruffalo Celebrates His 15th Birthday in Dalby Forest

27th May 2014
Dalby Forest are helping the Gruffalo to celebrate his 15th anniversary.  On the 7th of June head over to the forest from 11am – 3pm and join in the Gruffalo’s birthday picnic.  A... [read more]
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20 Fundraising Toolkits and a Total of £9,000 of Free Solar Panels for UK Schools

23rd May 2014
Applications are now open for 20 UK schools to participate in the Solar Schools project – providing them with a free comprehensive toolkit of training, materials and support to help fundraise the... [read more]
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Dales' publisher launches writing competition

22nd May 2014
Talented new writers have been invited by Dales publishing company Hartlington Press to submit a short story for a writing competition. Grassington Festival, whose theme this year is the power of the... [read more]
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New Research Shows Kids Going to Exams Hungry

14th May 2014
Primary school children are under so much pressure to perform well in their SATs that more than half (53 percent) will skip meals ahead of exams this week – a fact which has been labelled ‘shocking’... [read more]
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Get to Grips at the Museums

12th May 2014
If you have ever wondered what sort of objects museums collect and why, come along and join Ripon Museum Trust volunteers every Tuesday afternoon from 2.30pm at the Workhouse and Prison and Police museums. “Get... [read more]
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Mums appreciate ‘tough love’ from their daughters

9th April 2014
Women begin to care less what their partners think about how they dress, and seek fashion and style advice from their daughters because of their ‘brutal honesty’   by Psychologist  Honey... [read more]
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Survey shows Brits spend 10 years of their life doing household chores

8th April 2014
After a wet and miserable winter, many people may be thinking of refreshing their homes with a spring clean to welcome the warmer weather and longer, lighter days. But while Brits are reaching for the... [read more]
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New Food Guide Help Book

2nd April 2014
The Good Parenting Food Guide In the UK, 75% of children aged 10 to 11 eat more than the recommended level of fat and the majority of 9-11 year olds consume less than half the recommended daily intake... [read more]
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Join Us On Facebook & Twitter

31st March 2014
Did you know that you can find North Yorkshire Primary Times on Facebook & Twitter?  Come and join in the fun and get top tips, recipes, articles and be in with the first chance to enter competitions. To... [read more]
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Calculate the cost of parenting with NatWest’s new tool

21st March 2014
NatWest have launched a new online tool to help parents plan for the future costs of raising a family. Raising a child from birth to 17 years in the UK costs an average of £307,083.10. More... [read more]
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Octonauts to Partner with Marine Conservation Society

21st March 2014
Silvergate Media has announced that Octonauts will be partnering with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the leading charity for the protection of UK seas, shores and wildlife. The partnership, which... [read more]
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Is you child getting enough Vitamin D?

21st March 2014
The public health campaign Vitamin D Mission has launched this week, which focuses on parents with children aged 0-5. The Mission has commissioned the Generation D- Report to highlight the current state... [read more]
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Is your child getting enough Vitamin D?

21st March 2014
The public health campaign Vitamin D Mission has launched this week, which focuses on parents with children aged 0-5. The Mission has commissioned the Generation D- Report to highlight the current state... [read more]
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IT’S TIME TO PASS THE MAGIC ON...

20th March 2014
Bloomsbury Children’s Books are to reinvent the children’s hardback and paperback editions of the phenomenally successful Harry Potter series. Redesigned inside and out, all seven books will... [read more]
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Elmo and Cookie Monster pack their bags for an extended stay in the UK

13th March 2014
The Furchester Hotel, the brand-new children’s series from CBeebies and Sesame Workshop, has begun filming at the home of BBC Children's in MediaCityUK, Salford. The Furchester Hotel, commissioned... [read more]
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David Walliams moves up children’s book charts faster than any other author

6th March 2014
Full findings of the ‘What Kids Are Reading 2014’ report reveal shift in ‘most read’ authors, improved comprehension levels and a need for greater challenge The results of the... [read more]
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Mentoring key to combating underachievement at school in disadvantaged communities

5th March 2014
Charity backs calls for character development in schools as results show ‘dramatic’ impact on grades A mentoring programme has dramatically improved attainment of pupils at Key Stages 2... [read more]
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Planning Your Child's Birthday Party

27th February 2014
Children’s parties can seem like a scary prospect! Trying to go one better than the last or keeping up to date with the latest must-go places may seem like a daunting prospect. But it’s not... [read more]
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Make a Splash!

27th February 2014
Sitting poolside, it’s fascinating to see how different children approach the water. The fearless ones bomb into the pool and create a large ripple of waves, much to their parents’ disapproval.... [read more]
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Understanding Autism

25th February 2014
Most people think autistic children are just badly behaved New research has revealed the nation have a lack of understanding about autism with many just perceiving autistic children as “naughty”... [read more]
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Electronic games as part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle

25th February 2014
Blamed for many of the country’s faults and the negative impact it has on children, it can be argued that the electronic games industry has a lot to answer for. Of course, there are many instances... [read more]
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Why it’s best to learn a language at a young age

25th February 2014
At times, grasping the fundamentals of a foreign language can be enough for an adult to throw their hands up and shout “Je ne comprend pas!” It’s often a mind-boggling task to contend... [read more]
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Find out about: Gymnastics

25th February 2014
To watch a professional gymnast perform is simply amazing. The appealing display of enduring strength and almost elastic suppleness combined with absolute precision creates a most spectacular visual performance... [read more]
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Returning to work

25th February 2014
What will you do when your youngest child has just started or returned to school? Or, what’s the next step if you’ve recently been hit by redundancy? Although, there may be initial feelings... [read more]
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Discover the history on your doorstep

25th February 2014
Discover the history on your doorstep Fascinating lives, intriguing stories and life-changing events from bygone years fill our communities and have moulded our environment to what it is today. With so... [read more]
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Why do Brits ignore the secret of happiness?

25th February 2014
A third of Brits confess to being unhappy with their lives. Yet there seems to be little excuse - as a nation we have identified the top three things that are central to happiness: family, good health... [read more]
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Helping nervous children to enjoy swimming

25th February 2014
Sitting poolside, it’s fascinating to see how different children approach the water. The fearless ones bomb into the pool and create a large ripple of waves, much to their parents’ disapproval.... [read more]
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Get On Your Bike

25th February 2014
Find out about: Cycling for kids Remember those first moments. After hours tirelessly wobbling on two wheels with your feet firmly planted on the ground, you took that  first tentative move, balancing... [read more]
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Take a bow - helping your child discover performing arts

25th February 2014
For many UK families with young children, Saturday night means snuggling deep into the sofa to watch a colourful display of entertainment on the telly. As we sit and gaze, who knows what goes on behind... [read more]
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Let's Party!

25th February 2014
Does the mere thought of organising a children’s party bring you out in a cold sweat? Maybe you relish the idea of entertaining a classroom of children each year? Well one thing is for certain –... [read more]
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Writing a Will

25th February 2014
Passing away, forever sleep - however we refer to it, will happen - we are all going to die. And although the thought is a morbid one, once we have our own families we need to approach the subject of our... [read more]
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How to cope with little daredevils

25th February 2014
The interest in high-risk sport has exploded over last decade, especially amongst children of primary school age who are longing to master the skills in sports that, until now, have been dominated... [read more]
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Choosing The Right Pet

25th February 2014
Yes, they become loyal family members who offer unconditional love and friendship. Yet, introducing a new pet into the family home isn't all sweetness and light. It can all seem a little daunting -... [read more]
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Fun Outdoors

25th February 2014
OK for some it may be a black & white memory, but even without the rose-tinted glasses we can cherish the large chunk of our childhoods that was spent in the open air simply soaking up the elements.... [read more]
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Blossom in the Garden

25th February 2014
Depending on your outlook, this small area of land can been seen as a mini haven – an oasis of calm, filled with flourishing plants - or a place simply to stick the goalposts or dump the trampoline.... [read more]
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Children of the Stars

25th February 2014
Got a budding Brian Cox in the family? There’s plenty to keep children excited about the science of astronomy, says Katie Smith Exploding stars, crashing comets, big bangs ­- astronomy is... [read more]
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We're Going On A Bear Hunt

24th February 2014
Walker Books and The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) are celebrating 25 years of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, by attempting to break a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Title for the Largest... [read more]
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Sir Chris Hoy encourages families to get on their bikes this summer

24th February 2014
Britain’s greatest Olympian Sir Chris Hoy has pushed off Highland Spring’s new Summer Cycling Challenge, with the goal of getting families all over the country to get on their bikes and... [read more]
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The Return Journey - re-entering the workplace after a career break

24th February 2014
The Return Journey - Re-entering the workplace after a career break Have you taken a career break to look after your children but now feel ready for a new challenge? Do you want to return to work... [read more]
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The Etiquette of Dog Walking Starring Sara Cox

24th February 2014
The Etiquette of Dog Walking Starring Sara Cox Ever been confused about what to do if another dog approaches your family pooch whilst walking? Or how to check if your dog has picked up anything nasty... [read more]
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Tea Etiquette

24th February 2014
Tea Etiquette Afternoon tea is steeped in tradition and the Victorians in particular had all sorts of ideas and rituals about the right way to make tea. To make sure you don’t accidentally offend,... [read more]
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Guide to buying steak

24th February 2014
Watch our videos where chef and butcher Henry Herbert shows you how versatile steak can be From traditional cuts such as sirloin and fillet to some newer ones such as bavette and picanha, there are... [read more]
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Tow like a pro and keep your family safe on the roads this summer

24th February 2014
Tow like a pro and keep your family safe on the roads this summer It has long been a British institution loved my millions and now a new study shows the caravanning holiday is coming back in a big... [read more]
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Crazy for Crafts

24th February 2014
Crazy for Crafts Engaging Educational and enjoyable; it’s no wonder crafting is such big business! Favoured by the very young and the very old, it’s often a wonderfully calming activity... [read more]
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Time to tee-off - golf for kids

24th February 2014
Time to tee-off - golf for kids With the likes of Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Luke Donald really flying the flag for British Golf at the moment, the sport is basking in the glory of its home grown... [read more]
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Do you get enough sleep?

24th February 2014
Do you get enough sleep? Whether it’s curling up after a long day at work, snuggling under the duvet on a cold winter’s evening or sleeping in on a lazy Sunday morning, our bedsshould be... [read more]
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Knot interested: only one in five young Brits can tie a knot and half say that they can't climb trees

24th February 2014
Knot interested: only one in five young Brits can tie a knot and half say that they can't climb trees Research has unveiled that modern day youngsters are disconnected from the great outdoors, with... [read more]
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Choosing a photographer for your family portrait

24th February 2014
Choosing a Photographer for your Family Portrait Nothing can represent a special moment in time and provide a lasting reminder quite as well as a captivating photo. Flicking through an album forces... [read more]
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Quick Make-Up Tips for women on the go

24th February 2014
Quick Make-Up Tips for women on the go Whether you are a yummy mummy or a boardroom babe, everyone’s pushed for time in the morning. If it isn’t preparing the kids for school or choosing... [read more]
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How to Draw the Mr Men characters

24th February 2014
How to Draw the Mr Men characters In 1971, six-year-old Adam Hargreaves asked his father “What does a tickle look like?” Roger Hargreaves responded with a round, orange figure with long,... [read more]
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Interview with Betty G Birnley, Author of the famous Humphrey the Hamster books

24th February 2014
Interview with Betty G Birnley, Author of the famous Humphrey the Hamster books American author Betty G Birnley has written more than 35 children’s books including The Seven Wonders of Sassafras... [read more]
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Manage conflict as a couple

24th February 2014
Manage conflict as a couple Maria Arpa, Centre for Peaceful Solutions Living in an intimate relationship can be a struggle in the context of a busy life. Whilst we try to juggle many responsibilities,... [read more]
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How many Olympic Cyclists does it take to power your home?

24th February 2014
How many Olympic Cyclists does it take to power your home? You might be able to work out how much energy your home uses on an average day just by looking at your power bill, but if watts and kilowatts... [read more]
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Myleene Klass: how to reassess your green priorities

24th February 2014
Myleene Klass: how to reassess your green priorities Myleene Klass has decided to make a commitment to making the world a greener place for her children by joining Team Green Britain, an online community... [read more]
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Dark coloured fruit makes skin visibly more attractive

24th February 2014
Dark coloured fruit makes skin visibly more attractive Eating dark-coloured fruits such as peaches, plums and nectarines makes your skin more attractive to potential partners, according to a new academic... [read more]
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Victoria’s Secrets - get into shape with these top tips from the Olympic cycling champion

24th February 2014
From her first race at nine years old, Victoria Pendleton showed promise. In 2001, whilst she was still a student, she won one bronze and three silver medals in the British National Track Championships.... [read more]
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52 years old pinpointed as the age we start to become ‘grumpy’

24th February 2014
‘What laughs 300 times a day as an infant, six times a day as a teenager and a mere 2.5 times a day in old age?’ It’s official – we really do get grumpier as we get older! That’s... [read more]
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Asking a child to wash their hands can sometimes be a difficult task

20th February 2014
Asking a child to wash their hands can sometimes be a difficult task. My hands are not dirty not now I have just done it I am playing Above are just some of the excuses that children will... [read more]
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Keep an eye out for your vision on World Diabetes Day

20th February 2014
The College of Optometrists is urging the public not to forget the detrimental effect that diabetes can have on eye health. Diabetes can cause significant complications with eye health and diabetic... [read more]
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Alleviate your allergies

20th February 2014
As part of National Indoor Allergy Week, the College of Optometrists has developed some simple tips to keep itchy eyes at bay this winter. Francesca Marchetti from the College of Optometrists advises:... [read more]
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How can diet and exercise help you conceive?

20th February 2014
Watch our video with Zita West where she gives advice on how diet, nutrition and exercise can play a key role in boosting your fertility It’s well known that a good diet and exercise regime is... [read more]
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New title motivates children into healthy eating for sport and school success

20th February 2014
New title motivates children into healthy eating for sport and school success If you struggle to get your kids to eat good food, then Kate Percy is here to help. In her new title, Go Faster Food for... [read more]
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Healthy eyesight way down the list of priorities for many parents

20th February 2014
With children back at school and devices such as tablets and laptops now common place in the classroom eye-care experts urge parents to make eye-testing a priority. Around one in five children either... [read more]
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Protect against nasty childhood diseases associated with pets

20th February 2014
class="bodytext"> Owning pets has been proven to have a huge positive impact on the development and wellbeing of children but with pet ownership, comes responsibility to the wider community.... [read more]
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Protect against nasty childhood diseases associated with pets

20th February 2014
Owning pets has been proven to have a huge positive impact on the development and wellbeing of children but with pet ownership, comes responsibility to the wider community. ESCCAP UK and Ireland is... [read more]
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Making your home an allergy-free zone

20th February 2014
The fibres in your chairs and carpets harbour thousands of hidden allergens and allergy sufferers might be surprised to know... this is a good thing! The fibres of your carpet and upholstery act as filters,... [read more]
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Using music and dance in childhood development: the surprising benefits

20th February 2014
Throughout history, in all cultures, dance has been an integral part of human life. Historical evidence depicts dance within cultural celebration, marking of events such as Marriage, death, birth and... [read more]
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Spotlight on vitamin D

20th February 2014
At the dawn of British summertime 2013, growingupmilkinfo.com launched the UK's first Vitamin D Day to raise awareness about the importance of the vitamin for toddler development. After such a cold,... [read more]
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Let's talk about poo! Raising awareness of childhood constipation

20th February 2014
Childhood continence charity, ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence), has launched a national awareness campaign to alert parents and carers to the early signs and symptoms of... [read more]
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New Sunshine Oral Spray to Boost Children's Bone Health

20th February 2014
Revolutionary Vitamin D Spray to provide quick and easy dose to beat increase in rickets The lack of sunshine in the UK is contributing to a four-fold rise in rickets, a disease which was thought to... [read more]
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Understanding childrens' colds and flu symptoms

20th February 2014
All children are likely to suffer from dreaded cold and flu at some point. In fact, due to their vulnerable immune systems, children can catch as many as seven to ten colds a year. Whilst there is no cure... [read more]
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Parents urged to go back to basics to get control of eczema

20th February 2014
After a new survey reveals almost half of parents (48% per cent) want better support from their GP to manage their child’s eczema1, E45 has teamed up with the National Eczema Society (NES) to launch... [read more]
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Protect children from the health risks of mobile phones

20th February 2014
New report details evidence from more than 200 scientific studies linking mobile phone use with serious health problems   A new report published today by UK charity MobileWise warns that children’s... [read more]
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The 3rd most common sleep disorder has a proven treatment that people don’t know about!

20th February 2014
Bruxism is a habit that affects around 8-10% of the population which is characterised by grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw.  It is the third most common sleep disorder behind insomnia... [read more]
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Two and a half million suffer in silence

20th February 2014
Early half of the people in Britain with heart disease or cancer don’t discuss their condition with their family or friends after disclosing their initial diagnosis Half of patients say that... [read more]
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Let’s talk good tummy health…..

20th February 2014
Scientific research over the last decade has revealed the vital role that the bacteria in your gut play in both digestive and immune health, having an impact on problems as diverse as Irritable Bowel Syndrome,... [read more]
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Free information for parents of children with Juvenile Arthritis now available from Arthritis Care

20th February 2014
A range of free literature, aimed at parents of the 12,000 children in the UK (of all ages, up to 16 years) with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), has been launched by the charity, Arthritis Care. The... [read more]
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Night Night...Nightmare?

20th February 2014
New research reveals value of back-to-basics bedtime routine It’s a problem almost all parents face at some stage - getting the kids into a good bedtime routine can be a battlefield and can cause... [read more]
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Children’s eye health most at risk before the age of eight

20th February 2014
One million British children* suspected of having undiagnosed eye problems Up to a million children* in the UK are estimated to have an undetectedvision problem and there are calls today from some of... [read more]
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Parenting tips for parents of children with asthma

20th February 2014
When your child has a chronic health condition such as asthma, parenting can become a whole lot more demanding because of the additional challenges that come with caring for your child. Asthma is a common... [read more]
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ADHD linked to low maternal education, lone parents and welfare benefits

20th February 2014
A major study of more than a million children has found strong links between receiving medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and limited maternal education, single parent families... [read more]
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“Indoor air – a hidden danger in baby’s bedroom”

20th February 2014
Babies and young children exposed to high doses of formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOC) in indoor environments Babies’ bedrooms can pose significant threats to their health. ... [read more]
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A-salt on our health

20th February 2014
We think too much salt is bad for our health, but for the life of us we couldn’t tell you why While the message appears to have got through to us Brits that too much salt is bad for us, we still... [read more]
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Dealing with a child with diabetes

20th February 2014
What would you do if your child brings home a friend with type 1 diabetes? School’s back in full swing, homework is a nightly chore, and best of all, your son or daughter has made new friends.... [read more]
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Everything you need to know about headlice

20th February 2014
Why is it that we can send a rocket into space, talk to someone in New Zealand via mobile phone, find cures for major illnesses and perform ground- breaking surgery but still can't find a cure... [read more]
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Why to people find maths so difficult?

20th February 2014
Mental imagery will improve our OECD Maths results 23RD January 2014 – When you are faced with maths does a cold shiver run down your spine? This is the experience of many and no wonder that... [read more]
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Put down the gadgets and pledge to spend more creative time with your kids!

20th February 2014
Pledge 2 Play is a brand new campaign launched by directors of two creative kids’ brands, Aly Cranston and Jennifer Duthie (recently nominated as a Shell LiveWire finalist for ‘Entrepreneur... [read more]
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Cyber Bullying: What You Should Know and How To Prevent It

20th February 2014
As a parent, your child’s safety is priority number one. It is a continual concern of any parent, and rightly so. In today’s technologically advanced world, where most are glued to digital... [read more]
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Is your child eating too much salt for breakfast?

20th February 2014
A new study shows the vast majority of parents are unaware of the salt levels present in their children’s breakfast cereals, with health experts worried they could be easily exceeding recommended... [read more]
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Food Britannia

20th February 2014
Home Economist Cathy Seward discusses why we are a nation of food lovers and why most familes are trying to spend more time in the kitchen. We’re a nation of food lovers with 70% claiming to... [read more]
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Mum, where does tuna come from?

20th February 2014
Melanie Sykes discusses her experiences of dining together as a family and her ideas for how to get kids excited about trying new foods and encourage them to develop good table manners. Almost two... [read more]
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Top tips for enjoying the hot weather with your kids

20th February 2014
The long awaited and welcomed hot weather can be hard work for children. Here are some top tips from Caroline, The Dance Lady: HYDRATION Children need to drink at least 6-8 cups of water a day... [read more]
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How important are routines for children?

20th February 2014
How to implement beneficial routines for your little ones and what to do if they don’t take to them immediately. Discussing routines in this exclusive video for Primary Times is Jacqueline Harding,... [read more]
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Catchy tune encourages kids to learn about good oral health

20th February 2014
National Smile Month is an annual initiative led by the British Dental Health Foundation which focuses on promoting three important oral health messages: Brush your teeth for two minutes twice... [read more]
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Cleaning up those grubby garden toys

20th February 2014
...the good, the bad and the ugly With summer almost here it's time to clean up all those kid's garden toys that you probably threw into the back of the shed last September and haven't given... [read more]
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Revision tips... for parents!

20th February 2014
Revision and education expert, Patrick Wilson, from The Tutor Crowd, shares his tips to get your child’s revision on track.  From kick-starting and planning your schedule, keeping motivated... [read more]
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"How To Make Your Kid A Star"

20th February 2014
by All Stars Director, Ben Gregor All Stars Director, Ben Gregor So your kid likes acting and wants to be famous? You want them to be the... [read more]
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Keeping your children's eyes healthy during exam season

20th February 2014
As pupils prepare for their exams, they need to be aware of the importance of maintaining good eye health. The College of Optometrists is encouraging parents to help their children be as comfortable... [read more]
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The Big Pedal Challenge 2014

19th February 2014
Children’s TV presenter Barney Harwood is challenging kids, parents and teachers across the UK to leave their cars at home and get on their bikes and scooters for the school run. The Big Pedal... [read more]
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€2bn five year plan for 70 major school building projects

19th February 2014
Projects to provide over 27,500 permanent school places and 3,800 jobs The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, T.D., is announcing the 70 school projects which are scheduled for... [read more]
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Preschoolers in Limerick recycle more than their weight in Batteries!

19th February 2014
An education based battery recycling campaign aimed at preschool children run jointly by European Recycling Platform (ERP) and Early Childhood Ireland is today rewarding a small preschool in Limerick for... [read more]
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Minister Quinn moves to cut school uniform costs

19th February 2014
Schools to ballot parents on school uniform policy The Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn T.D. has moved to tackle the cost of school uniforms by strengthening the role of parents... [read more]
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Minister Quinn announces 390 extra SNA posts

19th February 2014
Cabinet agrees to increase the cap on the number of SNAs to almost 11,000 in order to meet demands of growing school population The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T..D., has... [read more]
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Former Chief Inspector, Eamon Stack, to chair working group to review special education

19th February 2014
The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has today announced the appointment of Eamon Stack to chair the working group established to develop a new model for allocating resource... [read more]
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Press Statement from Dept of Education & Skills on ECHR Judgment in Louise O'Keeffe v. Ireland

19th February 2014
The abuse to which Louise O’Keeffe and many others were subjected to in our recent past is a source of national shame and it has taught us lessons that we as a country must never forget.  The... [read more]
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Public consultation phase for new Digital Strategy for Schools launched

19th February 2014
Parents, teachers, students, industry and academics are being asked for their views on how best to make use of computers and technology in the classroom.  The Minister for Education and Skills,... [read more]
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Gabby Logan launches a major new nationwide food education programme

18th February 2014
Farm to Fork, the first initiative from The Tesco Eat Happy Project, is backed by supporters including Diabetes UK and the Children’s Food Trust. From February, kids will join on educational Farm-to-Fork... [read more]
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Parenting in The Digital Age

18th February 2014
Porn, violence, sexting…children have access to all of this via the internet. Parents are often at a loss to know what to do and how to cope. Today The Parent Zone, the leading organisation helping... [read more]
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Holidays - Don't book now, book later!

18th February 2014
Sarah Willingham, Consumer Champion and Skyscanner reveals the best time to book flights and average fares Comprehensive data analysis by leading global travel search site Skyscanner has revealed when... [read more]
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Ten top money-saving tips to help swell your bank balance in 2014

18th February 2014
No doubt one of your many New Year resolutions is to be better with money and save more. Well, it need not be difficult if you follow our ten-step guide below. www.MoneySavingExpert.com has put... [read more]
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500 Words returns to BBC Radio 2 for 2014

18th February 2014
Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Chris Evans today (Monday 20 January) launched his children’s story writing competition 500 WORDS for 2014. Returning to BBC Radio 2 for its fourth year, 500 WORDS... [read more]
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What are kids reading in 2014

18th February 2014
Initial findings reveal children's 'most loved' books are far above their chronological reading age Preliminary results published today looking at the reading habits of 426,000 children... [read more]
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More younger children reported as sexual abuse victims warns NSPCC

18th February 2014
The NSPCC is responding with practical support for anxious parents keen to protect their children from sexual abuse as new figures reveal an increase in the number of reported primary school age victims. Last... [read more]
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College of Optometrists exposes common eye health myths

18th February 2014
Worried all those hours of television watching are damaging your eyes? Think that the link between eating carrots and good eyesight is just a myth? Or perhaps you’re never quite sure if reading in... [read more]
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UK Toddlers' Taste For Technology

18th February 2014
62% of Toddlers demand a side of Peppa Pig with supper TV dinners and smartphone suppers begin in toddlerhood for almost two-thirds of the nation’s little ones (62%), a survey from GrowingUpMilkInfo.com... [read more]
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Spell with Pip! Squawk! Pip the Parrot has arrived…

18th February 2014
Oxford University Press Releases Spelling App for iPad Spell with Pip: An Oxford Spelling Game is an exciting new iPad game recommended for children aged 4-8 years, in which spelling practice meets... [read more]
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PERFORM 2014 - The UK's biggest dedicated event for the performing arts

18th February 2014
PERFORM 2014 is the UK's biggest dedicated annual event for people looking to carve out a career in the performing arts. Taking place from 7th to 9th March 2014, this year's event will be its biggest... [read more]
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

18th February 2014
From Academy Award® - winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.... [read more]
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Samsung and the British Museum announce five-year partnership renewal

18th February 2014
Expanded programme revealed for the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre The British Museum and Samsung are delighted to announce a further five-year partnership, building on the existing success of the... [read more]
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Nation of future champions skip breakfast

18th February 2014
Britain’s children are dreaming of careers in sport, but might not be getting the fuel to help them pursue their sporting dreams, according to new research. More than half (59 per cent) of under-fives... [read more]
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Unsung heroes celebrated at prestigious Kellogg's ASA Swimtastic Awards

18th February 2014
Watch our video as Olympians and Paralympians, alongside legends such as Sharron Davies and Steve Parry, come together in Birmingham to honour non-elite swimmers from around Britain at annual awards ceremony... [read more]
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RNIB Pears Centre works on inspirational new music TV programme

18th February 2014
The Royal National Institute of Blind People's (RNIB) Pears Centre for Specialist Learning has teamed up with a TV production company to create a new series for the BBC's CBeebies channel.   "Melody",... [read more]
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Child Safety in a New World of Global and Forever

18th February 2014
By Dr. Robi Ludwig, Psychotherapist Remember that seventies slogan, "Do you know where your children are?" If it were to be updated to reflect today's concerns, it would read, "Do... [read more]
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How To Train Your Dragon 2

18th February 2014
Starring the voice talents of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller and Kristen Wiig, the thrilling second chapter of the epic... [read more]
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Could your little ones' hands be spreading germs around your home?

18th February 2014
UV and ‘Kid Cam’ captures cocktail of contamination spread by children’s hands in the home Half of parents admit their children don’t wash their hands after going to the loo Video... [read more]
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Purely Nutrition Given Major Award for Being at Forefront of Good Health Practice

18th February 2014
Purely Nutrition, whose PhunkyFoods healthy eating programme is now used in more than 2000 primary schools, has again been recognised by the Royal Society for Public Health for improving children’s... [read more]
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Harmless old wives' tales?

18th February 2014
New report reveals traditional remedies may not be as effective as we thought One in 10 parents trust online information over GP advice Almost 1 in 10 respondents trust family advice over advice... [read more]
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Primary school teachers report decline in pupil behaviour with damaging effects for their mental health and ability to teach

18th February 2014
New research released today by the UK’s leading charity for teacher well-being, the Teacher Support Network, shows primary school teachers reporting a worsening of pupil behaviour over the last five... [read more]
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Wear A Hat Day

18th February 2014
Friday 28th March 2014 Please join other families and schools (as well as companies, groups, shops and associations across the country) in supporting #WearAHatDay on Friday March 28th 2014 - it’s... [read more]
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300th NACE Challenge Award in our 30th Year

18th February 2014
An education charity which helps more able, gifted and talented pupils is to present its 300th award this week. It is being given to a school where teachers and governors challenged all pupils, including... [read more]
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Sainsbury's invest millions to get Active Kids in the kitchen

18th February 2014
David Beckham and Ellie Simmonds launch Sainsbury’s Active Kids 2014 voucher collection scheme Scheme drives schools to get ahead of new national curriculum changes Over £136 million... [read more]
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Get Set For Sport Relief

18th February 2014
Heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson explains to Primary Times readers why she'll be supporting Sport Relief on Friday 21 March and offers some ideas on how you can make it a fun-filled fundraising... [read more]
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Children 'GO BLUE!' with Ecover Schools Blue Mile

18th February 2014
Children up and down the country will ‘GO BLUE!’ to celebrate the world’s oceans in the Ecover Schools Blue Mile – a nationwide event which is also raising money for the Marine... [read more]
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Shakespeare week plays out in schools UK-wide

18th February 2014
(17-23 March 2014) This March 7-11 year olds in more than 1600 primary schools across the UK will explore the stories and legacy of William Shakespeare, from how he influenced today’s modern language... [read more]
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Ofsted, Risky Play and the Future of Childcare

18th February 2014
The start of the new year is always a great time to take a fresh look at what we’re doing, where we’re going and see what improvements we can make in the coming months.  But for those... [read more]
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How Schools Can Do More to Prevent Online Risks

18th February 2014
  Over the last twenty years we have seen an exponential growth in the capabilities of technology, which has had a drastic effect on the learning environment with schools noticeably relying more... [read more]
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Sally Lindsay supports reading initiative Booktime

18th February 2014
Mount Pleasant actress and Loose Women presenter Sally Lindsay offers tips and advice to encourages parents and carers to spend time reading for pleasure with their children. Now in its eighth year,... [read more]
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Masterpieces in Schools

18th February 2014
BBC Learning and Public Catalogue Foundation launch Your Paintings: At the beginning of October twenty-six oil painting masterpieces by artists such as Gainsborough, Lowry, Monet and Turner were lent... [read more]
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Education ventures make up half of world's 100 leading projects using tech to solve social problems

18th February 2014
Nominet Trust publishes NT100, an authoritative global list of the most inspiring applications of digital technology for social good Tech for Good’ education projects are improving access to... [read more]
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Schools and colleges get involved in Road Safety Week to promote 'tune in to road safety' campaign

18th February 2014
As charity reveals majority of children are being endangered by drivers on phones A national campaign launched today (18 Nov) by the charity Brake at the start of Road Safety Week is calling on... [read more]
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Schools Urged to Join Nationwide Flu Tracker

18th February 2014
A UK-wide programme to monitor the number of flu cases in schools and factors affecting its transmission among students is being launched today. The British Science Association is working in partnership... [read more]
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Schools urged to get involved in garden campaign

18th February 2014
Pippa Greenwood announces the winner of the Stewart Garden Schools campaign 2013 and launches the Stewart Garden Schools campaign 2014 Winner is Lough View Integrated Primary school, Belfast, Ireland Second... [read more]
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The Biggest Book Show on Earth

17th February 2014
Building on the success of show-stopping events for World Book Day, 25 inspiring children’s authors and illustrators will be taking part in The Biggest Book Show On Earthlive in five cities across... [read more]
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