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A week in the life of a foster carer

What does a typical week look like for a foster carer? The answer: there is no typical week! With children to care for, meetings to attend, paperwork to complete, there is never a dull moment in our lives as foster carers. What do we enjoy about being foster carers? The fun and privilege of being part of the children and young people’s lives that we care for and the great sense of pride we get from our youn ...

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Top tips for children’s shoe fitting

1) Always take your school socks with you to achieve the best fit You’ll be surprised how much a difference it can make. Socks come in all different types of materials and thicknesses, which all affect the fit and comfort. TOP TIP: Socks that are too small can damage feet as much as shoes that are too small. So don’t forget to check the size of your child’s socks. 2) Always wear your new shoes around the ho ...

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Why parents should say ‘okay’ to risk-taking in outdoor play

Sam Flatman, Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport, says parents need to be brave and let their children take risks during play time. It can be tough to let our children go it alone, but being brave and letting children take on challenging situations without a helping hand will improve their self-esteem, enable them to rise to new challenges and help them learn how to cope with perceived dangers. Risky ...

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How to motivate your kid’s 11+ revision over the summer

With the summer holidays fast approaching it can be hard to keep children motivated in their 11+ revision. Here are some tips from professional tutor Michelle Joy Hughes that will hopefully help your child to keep on track. Change the learning environment: Make the most of the warmer weather (if there is any!) and suggest your child studies outside. A cool drink, a sun lounger, and an umbrella to provide sh ...

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Is your child active enough?

Sam Flatman, Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport, wants communities, schools and parents to help our children keep fit. Does your child get their recommended hour of physical activity every day? Children of all ages should be physically active everyday in order to develop their gross motor skills, balance, coordination and bodies generally. Not only that, but being active keeps you fit and healthy. Ho ...

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Caesarean birth injuries – do you have a clinical negligence claim?

This is the sixth and final article in a series about injuries which may arise at and around the time of birth. Some birth related injuries can be anticipated and with prompt and appropriate action serious injury may be avoided. If a birth injury is suffered through lack of appropriate care it may be possible to bring a clinical negligence claim for compensation. Caesarean section or C-Section If fetal dist ...

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Top four gadgets for parents

With the overwhelming selection of gadgets for new parents on the market, it can be hard to pick out what is worthwhile. We select four of our favourite products for 2015… ...

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Do your children prefer their smartphone to a family holiday?

Sam Flatman, Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport, suggests how parents can engage their children in some gadget free family holiday fun. With the summer holidays fast approaching, it’s time to think about getting out the buckets and spades - or is it? A new survey has shown that half of children miss out on sunny days outside because they’re just too engrossed with playing on their gadgets. One in fiv ...

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