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Considering adoption? Next week is National Adoption Week!

National Adoption Week starts  3rd – 9th November 2014, highlighting the real need for more people to consider adoption. In 2013 there were over 68,000 looked after children in England alone. Nearly half of these children became looked after because of abuse or neglect. The amount of children in the care system continues to rise and the need for adopters to help a child have a childhood is more urgent now, ...

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Celebrate a spooky halloween half-term at Foyles

Foyles will be hosting a series of spooky events for children this half-term, from 25th October until 2nd November, in three of its London stores: Royal Festival Hall, Westfield White City and Westfield Stratford City. Children of all ages are invited to take part in ghostly activities including fancy dress treasure hunts, storytelling and crafty activities, with the chance to win goody bags and special pri ...

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Keep children safe with the bitterest taste

What’s the most important thing for under-fives? Love, cuddles, food (definitely food!), conversation - all vital jobs for parents and carers, or the staff, as they are known to toddlers. But there are parts of a toddler’s life where the adults have to back off a little. Not too far, of course, but enough to let them have their own adventures. A toddler sees the world in a different way. A familiar park wit ...

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How to choose the right sport for your child

Sam Flatman, an expert in playground design from Pentagon Sport, talks us through how parents can help their children find the sport they will love. We all know that it would do the world of good if our children spent a little less time online and more time outside. Getting your kids into sports is a great way to improve not only their health and well-being, but also their social lives. But with so many spo ...

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Choosing the right scooter for your child

Recent years have seen the “push” scooter rise in popularity as a child’s outdoor toy of choice and there are some good reasons why parents should embrace and encourage a child’s interest in scooting:   Scooting provides an easy way to transform the school run into a fun, healthy activity that your child can look forward to. Scooting will increase a young child’s balancing skills and spatial-awareness. ...

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Pros and cons of paying your children and teens for completing tasks

Chores. Everyone does them and nobody loves them. Getting children to help around the house teaches them many valuable lessons about growing up, but should you be paying your children for their help? Here’s a list of pros and cons to help you decide what’s best for you. The Pros The first rule of economics is that people respond to incentives. Whether you’re a child or adult, there’s no exception to the rul ...

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How to get children to love sports (and ditch the video games)

Sam Flatman, an expert in playground design from Pentagon Sport, discusses how to get our tech savvy children to swap video games for sports. Last week I discussed why playing sports is an essential part of childhood, but getting our tech-savvy children to unplug and enjoy playing sports can be quite a challenge. While 72% of today's parents preferred playing outside as children, only 40% of today's childre ...

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Why Sport is an Essential Part of Childhood.

Sam Flatman, an expert in playground design and innovation from Pentagon Sport, discusses why your child needs more outdoor play time. Muddy clothes, bruised knees and running around in the outdoors are all part of growing up. Not only do our children love local playgrounds and open sports fields, but they also depend on these places to learn the kind of life lessons that can’t be taught in the classroom. S ...

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Back to school

Summer is drawing to a close and thoughts are turning to the new term, with parents everywhere busy getting their kids ready to go back to school. New uniforms, bags, pencil cases and lunchboxes will all be on the cards, but what about security products? Security products may not be the first thing that springs to mind when it comes to the new school term, but the fact is today’s children are carrying more ...

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Get a bouncer and an extra pair of hands all-in-one!

Life can be so alarming for little babies. All those strange sounds, visions and sensations they experience as they grow older are big steps for them in terms of their development and they rely heavily on mum and dad to comfort them throughout these important stages.  However, as we all know, it is hard for you to hold your baby all the time when so much needs to be done! Washing, preparing food, ironing, t ...

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