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Halloween Events in Edinburgh

3rd October 2017

Steering deliberately away from the scary parts of Halloween, take a look at the more light-hearted side of the season, with fun arty and crafty ideas… Family Learning Festival: 14 to 29 October The annual Family Learning Festival, will be taking children and their parents on new learning...

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Parents call for support in teaching their children about managing money

18th October 2017

More than half of British parents agree that primary schools play an important role in preparing children for financial challenges in later life, according to new research[1] commissioned by Experian. The findings discovered that three in five of parents[2] are concerned their children will be unable...

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Dear Zoo Live on Stage in 2018

17th October 2017

Author Rod Campbell’s best-selling classic lift-the- flap book, Dear Zoo, is being brought to life for the very first time in 2018 as a brilliant new stage production. Dear Zoo, which has delighted generations of young readers since it was first published in 1982 and has sold more than 8 million...

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Building phonics and vocabulary games into home life to support school learning

16th October 2017

Trying to spend quality family time together with the pressures of work and other commitments will always be a challenge for parents. It can often be the reason why they aren’t able to find enough time to fit in home learning with children to support work being done in school. However, with pressures...

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Keeping phonics and vocabulary skills high on the agenda at home to support school learning

16th October 2017

Parents perceive strong reading skills as among the most important for their children to have in life, but the challenge of busy lives, and sometimes a fear of teaching the ‘wrong’ method, can put parents off attempting the necessary home learning activities to consolidate the work being...

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​​​​​​​School Life Film Review

13th October 2017

School Life (PG13 – some strong language and smoking) Set in Headfort, Ireland’s last remaining Primary age boarding school, School Life follows a year in the life of the institution, its children and in particular two dedicated teachers – John and Amanda Leyden. The pair has worked...

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Ivy lifeline for autumn moths

12th October 2017

There’s no need to fill your wardrobes up with mothballs despite an immigration of rare and exciting moths heading for the UK. They’re not interested in your clothes and much prefer something a little tastier, which is why wildlife lovers will be gathered around the ivy over the coming...

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Statement From Internet Matters in Reaction to the Government's Internet Safety Strategy

12th October 2017

Carolyn Bunting, General Manager of Internet Matters, said: “There is always more that government and industry can do to help keep our children safe online but above all we hope the government's new strategy will empower parents to learn more about the issues around cyberbullying and play an...

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An interview with Cerrie Burnell

12th October 2017

Cerrie Burnell - writer, actor and children's TV presenter, is releasing the fourth title in her Harper series, Harper and the Fire Star. The Harper books are a magical series set in the City of Clouds, an ethereal world filled with music. The stories follow Harper as she uses her musical gifts (and...

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Make Your Own Truffula Flower

12th October 2017

Dr Seuss’s The Lorax is coming to London’s Old Vic this autumn. Suitable for ages 6 and above, this is the tale of one little Lorax and his friends as they set out on a mission to protect the earth and save the beloved Truffula Trees. To celebrate, we’re showing you how to make a Truffula...

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How do I tackle screen time?

11th October 2017

By Carolyn Bunting, General Manager of Internet Matters Children are born digital and grow up surrounded by advancing technology but a recent study found that more than half of parents of six-year-olds (52%*) admitted they’re concerned their kids don’t have interests outside going online...

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Making the Most of Parent Teacher Meetings

11th October 2017

Parent-teacher meetings in the U.K. are fleetingly short. This is one of the only pre-scheduled times to meet with your child’s teacher, so making the most of it is key! Most parents will have the first parent-teacher meetings of the year coming up in October so here are some valuable top tips...

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New market research highlights impact of child flu on families

11th October 2017

New market research highlights the impact of flu on children and their parents2 in a drive to increase child flu vaccination through the NHS immunisation programme. As the latest Public Health England data show, only an average of 38% of children aged 2-4 were vaccinated last flu season1, with the vaccination...

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Why We Need to Act Now to Prevent the Ticking Time Bomb of Children's Mental Ill-Health Exploding in the Next Decade

10th October 2017

An article by Tony Weekes, author of In My Right Mind, founder of Unity MHS & children's mental health campaigner We have been thinking a lot about PTSD since 14th June 2017. Some experts believe that environmental factors can come into play with the onset of mental illness. In the case of...

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Have you got a piece of Kellogg’s history at home?

9th October 2017

Kellogg’s archivists would like to see your memorabilia and hear your stories to celebrate and say farewell to Talbot Road Headquarters. As Kellogg’s prepares to move to its new headquarters in MediaCityUK it is time to archive 30 years at Talbot Road, Manchester. Archivists from the...

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SWIMMING INDUSTRY URGES FAMILIES TO PUT DOWN SCREENS, PICK UP GOGGLES AND #LOVESWIMMING

9th October 2017

The swimming industry campaign to inspire the country to Love Swimming by getting families off their screens and into the pool launched today with an impactful film showing a real family's frustration with the overuse of digital devices. With the release ’Because their console doesn’t...

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News in Edinburgh

9th October 2017

UnEarthed: Explore the world at your feet this November! Ever wondered what a killer shrimp looks like and where it lurks in our water? Or how we could generate energy for the future and make the air we breathe better for us? This November, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is bringing...

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Over Protective Parenting

6th October 2017

We’ve all seen the stories about conkers being banned in school or swings being removed from playgrounds due to safety concerns. Even more bizarre is the recurrence of rickets which is apparently due to parents smothering their children in high-factor sunscreen, or keeping their children inside...

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Get your child off to a positive start in their Reception Year

6th October 2017

As children up and down the country settle into the familiar pattern of the academic year, there is a group among them experiencing it for the first time. Fresh-faced and unknowing four and five year olds, who have only just begun in the Reception Year, have ventured over the threshold where they will...

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BBC Children in Need is back and encouraging the UK’s schools to go Spotacular

5th October 2017

This year primary schools are being asked to ‘Make it Spotty’ and raise lots with the power of spots; by wearing spotty clothes, and selling spotty cakes and merchandise, all to raise money to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. Pupils will also...

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Online safety organisation warns parents not to ban their kids from social media

5th October 2017

ONLINE safety organisation warns parents not to ban their kids from social media following recent discussions in the media. Internet Matters has urged parents that it could be 'counterproductive in the long term'. Carolyn Bunting, General Manager of Internet Matters said: "It's so...

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Top literary and football names team up to search for young ‘Premier League Writing Stars’

3rd October 2017

More than 10,000 primary schools have signed up to Premier League Primary Stars since its launch in March The Premier League has just launched a poetry competition for children aged five to 11. Premier League Writing Stars is backed by names from the worlds of football and literature. The campaign...

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Halloween Recipes

2nd October 2017

Tricks or Treats These tasty treats provide a real trick on the eye!! They look scary but taste delicious! Created by Annabel Karmel they are designed for little hands and are simple to follow…   Melon Brain Ingredients 1 small watermelon Cranberry and Elderflower...

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St Andrew's Day

1st October 2017

Edinburgh will be celebrating St Andrew’s Day in a buoyant fashion this November with a mix of storytelling events, traditional Scottish music, and food and drink markets offering street food and seasonal crafts from local makers. St Andrew's Day marks the beginning of Scotland’s...

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Healthy Family - Edinburgh

1st October 2017

These 'Healthy Family' features highlight preventative health conditions amongst families. This feature looks at ways to keep colds and flu at bay... Also in the Healthy Family Series:   The State of the Nation's Health Building a Child's Confidence Help...

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Children want to spend more time outside in nature

28th September 2017

An overwhelming number of children want to turn off the TV, put down their devices and spend more time outside exploring nature, a new research survey by the RSPB has revealed. The RSPB’s Connecting Children with Nature partnership – a £2m project funded by discount supermarket Aldi...

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Red Admiral thrives despite wet summer

25th September 2017

One of the UK’s most striking and widespread butterflies, the Red Admiral, has experienced a record summer despite soggy weather conditions causing problems for other species, results from the Big Butterfly Count have revealed. The Red Admiral saw its numbers rise by 75% compared to 2016, with...

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BookTrust: Parents side-line storytime for social media

19th September 2017

A new survey released today by BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity finds that UK mums and dads are spending nearly four times the amount of time (over 1.5 hours) engaging in screen time each day than they are reading with their children (25 mins) The poll studied 2,000...

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College of Optometrists launches series of videos to mark National Eye Health Week

19th September 2017

Videos explain a range of conditions, symptoms and treatments for common eye conditions children experience Did you know that your child can have a sight test even if they can’t read? Did you know that a child is three times more likely to be short-sighted by the age of 13 if one parent is...

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Three times more pet piggies abandoned

12th September 2017

Latest figures from the RSPCA show more than 300 guinea pigs have been abandoned so far this year which is triple the number dumped last year. The RSPCA believes one of the major causes of guinea pigs being neglected is a misconception that they are easy to look after or that they can be a child’s...

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Applying for Secondary School Places in Edinburgh

4th September 2017

At the beginning of autumn term, P7 students and their parents will be looking ahead to the next step up towards high school. Although catchment rules apply to schools in Edinburgh and the Lothians, there are still different options open to each child. Students can choose to apply to a denominational...

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After school activities for children in Edinburgh

3rd September 2017

Learning doesn’t have to finish at the end of the day when the school bell rings. There are many clubs, courses and classes that children can sign up to that will complement, even re-enforce, what the children have been learning at school during the day. The list of what is available is pretty...

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Back to School in Edinburgh

1st September 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 or new shoes,...

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Parties in Edinburgh

31st August 2017

It’s party time and it’s going to be fun-tastic! There always seems to be so much to do when trying to arrange a kid’s party, and never enough time to do it in. Home grown parties never lose their appeal, and are a great way to keep guests entertained, whatever their age. Throw-it-together-themes...

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2017 - Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology

21st March 2017

Scotland loves to assign themes to every year. This year is the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. No problem! We’ve got this! Plans are afoot for how to maximize one entire year of focus on our ancestral past with a programme of events for all ages to bring history alive! The kind...

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