Dorset: Latest News

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Top 10 destinations families will be visiting this bank holiday

26th May 2017

Millions of families will be travelling overseas this bank holiday – here’s how to avoid major stresses and pack efficiently This May bank holiday, almost 17m Brits will be making the most of the long weekend and shall be embarking on a break overseas. Disneyland Paris topped this...

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Help children Swim Safe this summer with free outdoor swimming safety sessions across UK and Ireland

24th May 2017

Swim Safe, a national programme offering free outdoor swimming and water safety sessions for children aged 7-14, will be in more locations than ever before this summer. For the first time, there will be sessions in Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as in Wales and England. There will also be new...

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Summer Travel Tips: Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid When Driving Abroad

23rd May 2017

Millions of Brits are breaking driving laws abroad every year, risking lives and hefty fines –Specialist Travel lawyer Kieran Mitchell tells us why it is important to familiarise yourself with foreign road signs and driving laws before getting behind the wheel Nearly a quarter of Brits admit...

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Advice if you're upset by the news

23rd May 2017

If you are reading about what's happened in Manchester and it's making you feel anxious or sad, it's important to know that you are not the only one and it's OK to have those feelings. You can rely on Newsround to tell you the important facts about a story - but some things you hear...

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Internet Matters launches campaign #Pledge2Talk

22nd May 2017

Not-for-profit organisation Internet Matters launches a campaign today urging parents to pledge to talk with their children about cyberbullying – with new research showing one-in-five children have been subjected to cruel comments online. In a survey of 2,000 parents of children aged between nine...

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Radio DJ Lauren Laverne helps celebrate 25 years of BookTrust’s flagship programme Bookstart

22nd May 2017

To celebrate 25 years of Bookstart, BookTrust has partnered with popular TV presenter and Radio DJ Lauren Laverne, who voices the interactive storybook, to bring this year’s National Bookstart Week title, Everybunny Dance! to life. BookTrust, through its partnership with Hodder Children’s...

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Championing Disability: Finding Britain’s Undiscovered Young Artistic Talent

22nd May 2017

After the success of the first Unique Art Awards in 2016, this exciting initiative returns for second year to champion the artistic talents of some of Britain’s brightest disabled youngsters. The second Unique Art Awards (UAA 2017), the brainchild of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) Trust...

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Lemur Drawing Competition for Lemur Week | 27th May – 4th June

16th May 2017

As Lemurs are now one of the most threatened groups of mammals on the planet we are hosting a week of fun activities and keeper talks to help raise awareness and funds for Lemur Conservation in Madagascar. During the week there will be daily Lemur Talk & Feed at 12 noon and 2pm, with Keepers dressed...

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The UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children shared in online course

15th May 2017

For the first time, the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children will be shared with learners around the world, including policy makers, practitioners and carers, in a free online course. The course has been developed by academics and practitioners from CELCIS (Centre for Excellence for Looked...

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CITV’s Share a Story returns for 2017!

15th May 2017

CITV’s BAFTA-winning competition, Share a Story, is returning to the channel today and is looking for a new bunch of creative kids to make the leap from storytellers to filmmakers! Opening during National Share a Story Month the competition is simple with children aged 5 to 12 years just...

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Summer camps and play schemes for children in Dorset

15th May 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 neighbours,...

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Families and schools needed to protect our pollinators

14th May 2017

Imagine living in a desert with barely any food, hardly any water or any place to shelter. Unfortunately, this is exactly what it is like for the pollinating insects currently living in the UK. Whilst there are around 1,500 species of pollinating insects in Britain, (including bumblebees, butterflies,...

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Cyberbullying

14th May 2017

By Carolyn Bunting, General Manager of Internet Matters The phrase ‘sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me’ has long been used as a mantra to cope with bullies. And more often than not, children recited it in a bid to psyche themselves up to return to the...

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May Half Term and Spring Activities in Dorset

11th May 2017

  Turn nature deficit disorder on its head by transforming your children into mini adventurers and masters of play this spring…       Get on your bike – it’s Bike Week – 10 to 18 June It’s National Bike Week - www.bikeweek.org.uk –...

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World Exclusive! - Dinosaurs of China – July-October

11th May 2017

Grab your tickets and join the Dinosaur Revolution! Visit Dinosaurs of China at Wollaton Hall and Nottingham Lakeside Arts with something for all the family this summer. Giant skeletons and real fossils showing skin and feathers tell the story of how birds evolved from dinosaurs. Dinosaurs include...

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HUNDREDS OF ASPIRING YOUNG CHEFS ENTER NATIONAL ‘RECI-PEA’ COMPETITION

9th May 2017

Young Pea Chef of the Year competition, sponsored by Waitrose and Pro Cook, received hundreds of recipe entries in its second year Ten children from across the UK have been selected as finalists in the 2017 Young Pea Chef of the Year competition, a national recipe competition which challenged children...

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BookTrust gifts every reception aged child in England with picture book The Bumblebear

8th May 2017

700,000 copies of The Bumblebear to be gifted to school starters in England as part of BookTrust’s Time to Read campaign Families across the country will be following Norman the bear’s adventure at Bee School this Autumn when BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity,...

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Open Farm Sunday in Dorset

8th May 2017

Sunday 11th June - It’s farming’s national open day! Since the first Open Farm Sunday in 2006, over 1500 farmers across the UK have opened their gates and collectively, have welcomed 1.8 million people onto their farm for one Sunday each year. On a farm visit children are given...

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Healthy Family - Dorset

8th May 2017

This series of 'Healthy Family' features aims to highlight preventative health conditions amongst families. This feature explains the importance of good dental care...     Also in the Healthy Family Series: The State of the Nation's Health Building a Child's...

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Festivals and Shows in Dorset

8th May 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 Dorset, festival season is hugely diverse. Sometimes practical and informative and sometimes quirky and eccentric – you’ll find...

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WWF LAUNCHES WONKY VEG RECIPE CHALLENGE TO HELP SCHOOLS GO GREEN

4th May 2017

WWF has launched a fun Wonky Veg Recipe Competition encouraging primary schools to learn more about sustainable food and how what we eat can have a huge impact, not just on our health – but also on the health of our planet.  Schools can enter the competition by signing up to Plant2Plate,...

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TESS DALY CALLS ON THE NATION TO ‘RAISE SOME DOUGH’ FOR GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL CHARITY

4th May 2017

Tess Daly is encouraging novice cooks and patisserie pros alike to support children cared for at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) by hosting a ‘Bake it Better’ bake sale between 22-28 May. Tess is supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity to inspire budding bakers to create tempting...

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Marine Conservation Society urges people to get through June without plastic

1st May 2017

Plastic Challenge will highlight our reliance on this substance of convenience  With more plastic than fish in our seas a possibility by 2050 according to some predictions, our reliance on plastic in all its forms is clear. To highlight just what a plastic pickle we’re in, the Marine...

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How to Use Film to Raise Literacy Attainment

1st May 2017

Film – engaging and accessible for all – is a valuable vehicle for the development of literacy, not least (but certainly not only) in students who find this challenging. Education organisation Into Film explains how film can be used effectively to boost literacy and recommends three tried...

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Pack a lunch box for them to look forward to!

1st May 2017

By Faith Toogood The dreaded box reappears after its own summer holiday... Just the word ‘packed lunch’ is enough to conjure up feelings of dread for me; soggy sandwiches, bashed brown bananas, boring biscuits and a bottle of luke warm water… and the next day, and the next!...

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The Great British BBQ; Who Wears The Crown?

28th April 2017

BBQ season is almost upon us and it looks like we may even see some sunshine this summer which means only one thing….it’s time to get grilling! In the past, it has been men who’ve stereotypically worn the BBQ crown with the food often seen to be less than satisfying; synonymous...

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Exhausted new parents lose out on over 650 hours of sleep a year

27th April 2017

Research finds sleep deprivation is the most stressful challenge about becoming a parent Research out today by children’s reading charity BookTrust reveals new parents are completely sleep deprived in the child’s first few years, losing out on a whopping 657 hours per year, which equates...

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Morgan Schneiderlin goes back to school with Premier League Primary Stars

27th April 2017

Everton player Morgan Schneiderlin today visited St Aloysius Catholic Primary School in Huyton to mark the recent launch of Premier League Primary Stars, the Premier League’s new national curriculum-linked education programme. Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and...

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World’s Greatest Young Food Photographers Announced!

26th April 2017

The winners of the Young category of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2017 were announced at a packed reception at the Mall Galleries, London, last night, Tuesday 25 April. Felicia Frank (Germany) won the 15-17 years category for her image Muuuh, Lily-Mae Franklin (UK) won 11-14 years...

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ADVICE SESSIONS WILL HELP PARENTS KEEP THEIR KIDS SAFE ONLINE

25th April 2017

Internet Matters joins forces with Dixons Carphone to launch ‘Digital Drop-in’s’ for parents at Currys PC World and Carphone Warehouse stores across the country  Stores to host free drop-in sessions giving practical advice to parents and guardians on child internet safety 
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The b small Young Language Learner of the Year Award

21st April 2017

After a two year hiatus and high demand, independent children's publisher b small publishing will launch the b small Young Language Learner of the Year Award 2017. The award has been designed to encourage teachers, parents and carers to introduce their children to foreign languages in a creative...

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Heathrow Identifies the Languages Children Should Be Learning for Success

14th April 2017

With Heathrow expecting a record 868,000 passengers over Easter weekend and 200,000 extra families set to travel, the UK’s hub airport today announced its Little Linguists initiative, which aims to inspire children to learn new languages.  In partnership with the Centre for Economics and...

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Butterflies Crash In Fourth Worst Year On Record

12th April 2017

UK butterflies suffered their fourth worst year on record in 2016 with the majority of species experiencing a decline in numbers, a study has revealed. A mild winter followed by a cold spring contributed to conditions that saw both rare and widespread species struggle despite many parts of the UK...

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Help your child book binge this Easter

5th April 2017

Encouraging reading for enjoyment from an early age can help children on their reading journeys, inspiring a lifelong love of sharing stories and books. Research shows reading for pleasure has a dramatic effect on many life outcomes for children such as their well- being, confidence and educational achievements. To...

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Feeding the Ducks? Beak Careful!

3rd April 2017

Everyone loves feeding ducks. It’s fun to throw some tasty bread and watch them happily gobble it down. But get this: bread is bad news for a duck’s tummy! So if you’re planning a picnic for your feathered friends this Easter, it’s time to go beyond the breadcrumb. Check out...

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Road safety charity announces crucial training opportunity for support workers

29th March 2017

Brake, the road safety charity, is running an essential webinar on vicarious trauma, which will offer expert guidance on the condition to all victim support professionals. Led by academics and expert practitioners, this vital webinar will cover both best practice guidance in developing protocols to...

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Childrens' Parties in Dorset

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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