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Summer activities for children in Devon

4th July 2017

  At last - summer’s here equalling six weeks away from the usual school routine and if we’re lucky we’ll get plenty of sunshine too. But how will you plan this time? Here’s some food for thought… Let your summer sizzle with these great ideas…           Make...

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UK SCHOOLS JUNIOR CHESS CHAMPION NAMED

16th August 2017

Yesterday saw the dramatic final of the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge take place, with Harry Grieve from Royal Grammar School, Guildford taking the top spot, becoming the 2017 UK’s Junior Chess Champion. He won all of his six games against a strong field; defeating the top seed Koby Kalavannan...

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7 Tips for Parents of Children With Literacy Difficulties

15th August 2017

Do you think your child may be experiencing some literacy difficulties in school? Are you unsure where to turn? Here are 7 tips on the steps you should take if you are worried about your child’s literacy: Go with your gut You know your child better than anyone. If something inside you keeps...

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An Ancient Mediterranean diet – by Julia Wills

15th August 2017

Nowadays the Mediterranean diet often makes the news and it’s widely accepted that eating all those good fats from olives and oily fish boost your brain big-time. But guess what? The Mediterranean diet has always been good for us – except that I’m not talking about feta cheese...

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Back to School in Devon

13th August 2017

  After the long summer holiday, it takes a bit of adjusting to get back into the normal school routine. So, it makes sense to accommodate these changes towards the end of the holiday. No-one wants to get caught up in a frenzy the day before school starts, fighting for school uniform...

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The Great British Wildflower Hunt

9th August 2017

Summer Holidays have started in earnest and families up and down the country are looking to ‘outdoor’ in a fun, free and easy way. Plantlife's Great British Wildflower Hunt is a simple but meaningful way of interacting with nature this summer, whilst discovering wildflowers growing locally...

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Focusing On Film

2nd August 2017

The BFI London Film Festival returns to London on 4th October and over 200 films will be screened over the course of 12 days. The Festival sees hundreds of new UK and international films screened at more than 15 locations and with screenings and events open to the public as well as film industry professionals...

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Parents spend £688 per child keeping them entertained over the six weeks of summer – top free activities revealed

1st August 2017

85% of kids wish they could spend more time outside this summer holidays, preferring bike rides to playing computer games indoors It’s that time of year again, the school gates shut and the playground is empty for 6 whole weeks, with children free to do as they please - it’s hardly surprising...

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Swot Up On Head Lice

31st July 2017

Most children will experience head lice at some point when growing up, with children aged between four and 11 being most susceptible1. Hedrin estimates that between 10-20% of children will be suffering from head lice at any one time. Despite it being common, lice can be a concern for parents, with a...

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Have You Seen The Comeback Kid?

31st July 2017

Wildlife lovers are being asked to head to their local canals and riversides this summer to chart the astonishing progress of the comeback kid of the butterfly world. The Comma has experienced an extraordinary 138% increase in population over the last 40 years despite being rare just a century ago. At...

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Don’t Saddle Yourself With Cycle Lesson Costs

26th July 2017

Parents spend £841M paying someone else to teach their child to ride a bike There was a time when teaching you child to ride a bicycle was an essential part of parenthood and childhood. Moving from trike to stabilisers, to finally being on two wheels and wobbling off into the distance is no...

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Cricket charity smashes official Guinness World Record

20th July 2017

Hundreds of girls involved ahead of ICC Women’s World Cup Final with England at Home of Cricket this Sunday Children’s charity Chance to Shine broke the Guinness World Record for the ‘largest cricket lesson (single venue)’ at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Monday, 17 July. Cricket...

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Dust, Pet & Mould Allergens – The Unwanted Autumn Visitors

19th July 2017

The arrival of autumn means that we start spending more time with the family indoors at home – more time in the company of dust, pet and mould allergens. For many children and parents this can result in unpleasant and even debilitating symptoms caused by allergies to these airborne particles. However,...

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Revamp the Fish Finger Sandwich at Home With Ruth Langsford

19th July 2017

Television presenter, Ruth Langsford is a busy working mum and knows how much pressure there is to put something tasty on the table that will be enjoyed by everyone. Giving busy families a helping hand at dinner time, Ruth teams up with Development Chef Serge Nollet, as he shows you how to recreate the...

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THE HABITS YOU MIGHT NOT REALISE YOUR LITTLE ONES ARE PICKING UP FROM YOU

13th July 2017

Have you ever been told your child is your mirror image? If you have a little mini-me you’ll know that often, they inherit more than just similarities to our appearances. Young children learn from their parents all the time and as they develop they mimic our behaviours, taking both our good and...

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Are you protecting your children’s eyes from the sun this summer?

11th July 2017

Estimates say up to 80% of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV radiation occurs before the age of 18 [1] yet over three quarters of British parents are unaware of the need to prioritise packing their child’s sunglasses for holidays monkey monkey eyewear has developed a video to address...

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DISNEY HOLDS A SPECIAL GALA SCREENING FOR CARS 3 TO SUPPORT AND CELEBRATE ITS CHARITY PARTNERS

10th July 2017

Yesterday The Walt Disney Company held a very special gala screening of the new Disney·Pixar film, Cars 3, in honour of some of Disney’s most valued charity partners. Cars 3 filmmakers director Brian Fee (storyboard artist Cars, Cars 2) and producer Kevin Reher (A Bugs Life, La Luna) introduced...

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The Funniest Books in Children’s Literature

10th July 2017

Michael Rosen – children’s novelist, poet and former Children’s Laureate – recently announced the shortlist for the 2017 Scholastic Laugh Out Loud Awards (The Lollies) which celebrate the funniest children’s books. Having long championed humorous books for children,...

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New research suggests shared reading improves relationships between foster carers and children

4th July 2017

New research undertaken by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) on behalf of BookTrust, the largest children’s reading charity in the UK, shows that 90% of foster carers who read with their child say it has made a positive impact on the relationship between them. Shared reading helped foster...

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Festivals and Shows in Devon

3rd July 2017

We’re now within the realms of festival season and a mighty fine list of family friendly events will be happening over the next few months. In Devon, festival season is hugely diverse. Sometimes practical and informative and sometimes quirky and eccentric – you’ll find...

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Dinosaurs of China is Dino-Mite for Parents During Summer Holidays

30th June 2017

Finding ways to entertain children during the school holidays can be tricky, but the world-exclusive Dinosaurs of China exhibition stomping into Nottingham this summer promises to give even the most restless child a roar-some experience. Taking place from 1st July to 29th October, children...

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RBC Race for the Kids is back! Join the 5K family fun run in London’s iconic Hyde Park to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity

27th June 2017

The RBC Race for the Kids 5k family fun run is returning this year with a new date and exciting venue. The eighth annual event will return with a fresh autumn look on Saturday 7 October in London’s iconic Hyde Park. This year is expected to be the biggest yet, helping to raise even more money for...

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Summer Camps and Play Schemes for children in Devon

20th June 2017

  Sometimes, the six week break during July and August can be likened to a military operation with a mammoth juggling of schedules and diaries. Summer plans often draw on a complex combination of annual parental leave; a family holiday; childcare help and favours from family, friends or...

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Latest news in Devon

20th June 2017

Gear up for the South West Coast Path Challenge Calling all teachers, pupils and parents! Get your walking legs prepared during the big 6-week break, in readiness for the third annual South West Coast Path Challenge taking place in October. You can register to take part in an organised event, or take...

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Primary Times Reader Star Award Prizes - Devon 2017

19th June 2017

A year has almost passed since we last asked you to let us know about your favourite places and entertainers in the area, but here we are, getting ready for the Primary Times Reader Star Awards 2017! The awards are such an accolade and are really valued, as the winners are nominated by you, our...

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The Butterfly Effect

17th June 2017

It has been said that the single flap of a butterfly wing could cause a hurricane on the other side of the world. The point being that tiny actions can have huge consequences. Butterfly populations in the UK are currently in decline, but with a few small actions from us, we could have a huge effect on...

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Childrens Parties in Devon

25th February 2017

A birthday is a momentous time in a child’s year. After all it’s the day when they are likely to be showered with gifts, attention, cards and a pile of treats. Unlike Christmas, a birthday is unique to them, when they become centre-stage, which depending on your child’s nature,...

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