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Exciting new food education campaign launches

An exciting new initiative designed to encourage young children to learn about the importance of eating healthy has launched! A study of 1,500 parents with young children revealed that 55% feel the best way learn about healthy eating is to grow their own fruit and vegetables in the classroom and at home. The survey was […]

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Make school-readiness your New Year’s resolution!

Put down the phone and play a game, advises educational psychologist Ruth Birnbaum In a third of primary schools, more than half of new pupils are below the expected level of school-readiness, according to the State of Education’s 2016 ‘What is the Sector Telling Us?’ report. The most commonly cited issues are a lack of […]

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Learn a new skill: ice skating

Ice skating can really healthy and, but make sure you dress up warm! Ice skating is an excellent way to get kids outdoors and active without them even realising! Ice skating works almost every major muscle group in the body and is good for the joints. Some claim it is even more beneficial to the […]

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Can I afford to pay for childcare while I work?

Thinking about returning to work after having kids? This guide will help you decide whether you can afford to pay for childcare and which option might be best for you According to new figures from the British Chambers of Commerce, more than 25% of employees have cut their hours because of high childcare costs. The […]

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Christmas book reviews with Emma Warner-Reed

Author Emma Warner-Reed talks to Today’s Child about her fantastic Dotty series and shares her family’s favourite Christmas reads What are the Dotty books about? The series starts with Dotty and the Calendar House Key. Dotty is sent to live with her Great Uncle Winchester after her parents die in a firework accident. She hears […]

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Summer holiday reads

Debbie Young reviews a selection of excellent books to keep your children entertained over the summer We’re nearly there now, the summer beckons! Whether you’re planning to holiday at home or abroad, now’s the time to plan your children’s summer reading so you have some great books lined up, ready to pack. Not only are […]

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Learn a new skill: swimming

As swimming is an important life skill and an enjoyable form of exercise and relaxation, it’s important to get your kids swimming as early as possible 1. Let them splash about at the beach, the local pool or in the bath. 2. Invest in buoyancy aids (see below) to help them stay afloat. 3. Challenge […]

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Top 10 outdoor activity apps for kids

Ten fantastic apps to get your children outdoors this summer, courtesy of Park Resorts While technology can undoubtedly enrich our lives, it is also often blamed for encouraging kids to stay indoors when they would otherwise be playing outside. But smartphones aren’t always a bad influence on play. In fact, there are many clever apps […]

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Music to your child’s ears

Could music therapy play a key role in your child’s development? Today’s Child investigates… When your favourite song comes on the radio it can change your mood in moments. That’s why music therapy is so successful when it comes to working with children. Whether your child is simply lacking in confidence, has a disability or […]

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Festive books for sharing

Debbie Young picks out a number of excellent family reads for the Christmas period There’s something irresistibly cosy about curling up with your children to share some seasonal books at this time of year. Each December, I enjoy the ritual of digging out our special Christmas library to reread old treasures, ranging from my daughter’s […]

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