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Going back to school: what to expect

Starting or returning to school is always an exciting time for your little ones. However, regardless of the age of your children, it can also bring with it feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. It’s not easy being a child, with increased pressures to achieve academically, combined with the need to fit in with peer groups in order to be popular. Here are some things to consider to help put your child’s mind a ...

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Financial Education – What parents need to know

Financial education is coming to your child’s school this September. This is a huge step in helping them understand and manage money responsibly as they grow up. But what exactly will your child be learning in the classroom and what can you do to continue that learning in the home? Here’s an overview of what each age group can expect in the classroom and some tips for continuing that learning in the home. ...

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Keeping your kids active

Unless you’re careful, your children would happily spend their time glued to one screen or another, whether it be the television, a phone or tablet. Keeping your children active is vital. Classes for kids are plentiful and gives them time with children their own age – and if fitness is made fun, they might just stick to it!   Football and rugby Getting your son (or daughter)up to speed with ball skills ...

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How to get rid of those dreaded nursery nasties!

Kids are great, but they do pick up a few unsavoury ‘things’ when they mix with other children...Here’s how to deal with some of those dreaded nursery nasties When your children are little and are interacting with other children, due to the fact that they are often in close proximity – hugging, touching heads – unfortunately they can come home with more than just a grubby jumper and grazed knees. There are ...

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How to deal with those child care dilemmas

It’s the biggest decision you’ll make as you head back into the workforce. With options aplenty– from minders to pre-school – here’s how to choose one that’s right for you and your youngster. For most mums, the end of maternity leave means you’re faced with ‘the great pre-school care debate’. It’s a tough decision because there is so much contradictory advice out there, and when you value your child’s devel ...

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Is there a right age to have children?

For the majority of women, one of the most important life decisions to be made is, ‘Do I want children?’ If the answer is yes, next comes the million dollar question: ‘When is the right time?’ There’s no definitive answer. ‘Health-wise, the right time to have babies is probably in your 20s but, financially, it’s in your 30s,’ says Eleanor Peck, an independent midwife. ‘However, there is no “right” age to ha ...

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Take time out to bond with your child with these five cheap, simple and fun activities

When you’re a parent your work is never done. You’re feeding and washing the kids, running them around and making sure they’re entertained - not forgetting cleaning up the house after them too! Life is a whirlwind when you have a family and it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day. That’s why it’s important to step back and evaluate how you’re spending time with the little people who you love the most. ...

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Adoption and finding the right agency for you

Children from across the UK need a forever family. The reasons why children find themselves in the care system are varied and complex but one thing is clear, children from every part of England and Wales are affected. Not just those in London boroughs, not just those from our larger cities, but children from towns big and small from Cornwall to Northumberland and everywhere in between. There are many volunt ...

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Getting ready to adopt – a guide

Applying to be an adoptive parent is a huge decision and Adoption Services are here to support and guide you through the process and beyond. Helping you prepare for the key stages like assessment, matching, and the introduction of a new child into the family home, can make a real difference to everyone involved.   Here we offer some pointers: Read and talk about adoption as widely as you can. Adoption ...

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The indoor generation

A new survey has found that a quarter of British kids spend less than six hours per week playing outside when they're at home. Instead, most of their time is spent inside playing with tech toys, meaning they now lack basic knowledge about the outdoors.  The study, conducted by UK-based garden furniture retailer Alfresia has found that many children are so unexposed to outdoor play that they are unable to id ...

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