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Summer Reads: Guiding Lights-Giving Teachers Recognition

28th June 2017

By mayflowerblogs.com When I was 13, and I’d just about given up on not only ever enjoying school life, but also having confidence in my learning ability-a new English teacher, came to my school. Knowing how horrid the girls in my school could be, I tried my hardest to make him feel welcome....

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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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Introducing Andy and the Odd Socks, The Greatest Kid's Band In The World!! (According to our Mum's!)

26th June 2017

'Watch out, watch out....the Odd Socks are about’ Hi, I'm Andy Day and I'd love to introduce you to my brand new live band 'Andy and the Odd Socks'. We have Rocking Rio on Guitar, Cool Blu on Bass, the Mega Moxy on Drums and Random Keith on Keys (his name isn't really...

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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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Don’t take a fatal plunge this summer

16th June 2017

New figures have today revealed that throughout 2016, 300 people lost their lives from accidentally drowning in reservoirs across the UK. Despite the staggering figures, new research finds that over a third of people in the region would brave the reservoir waters if the weather is good. And young,...

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Working Animals in Britain’s Past

16th June 2017

On the second anniversary of International Working Animal Day, we look at the fundamental role played by working animals in shaping Britain and their vital contribution to developing countries Working animals are a distant memory in the UK despite their fundamental role in Britain’s past and...

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BBC Terrific Scientific Sleep Investigation reveals 9-11 year olds react better in the afternoons

15th June 2017

A BBC Terrific Scientific investigation, in partnership with the University of Oxford, into children’s sleep patterns following the clock change in March has discovered that surprisingly sleep time increased and sleepiness reduced, against expectations. The investigation also revealed that the...

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Church Tourism Week 2017 | 21-30 July

15th June 2017

Celebrate and explore our outstanding architectural heritage through a nationwide series of events for all ages. Escape into the past this July for Church Tourism Week. Between 21-30 July the silvered oak doors of our 350 buildings will be thrown open in celebration of our unique historic churches. Church...

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Cotswold Wildlife Park’s first Porcupette twins show off their quills

15th June 2017

Cotswold Wildlife Park is celebrating the birth of the first Porcupine twins in the Park’s forty-seven-year history. The as-yet-unnamed and unsexed twins (one pictured left) were born recently to first-time mother Stempu and father Prickle. The newborns are on show in the enclosure they share with...

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ARE YOU THE UK’S BEST JUNIOR GARDENER?

14th June 2017

One of Britain’s best loved value home and garden retailers, Wilko is looking for green fingered locals to enter the 2017 ‘Wilko Amateur Gardener Of The Year’ competition. Research suggests the UK is a secret haven of garden enthusiasts – with 88%* of UK residents rating having...

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LAUREN CHILD ANNOUNCED AS 10th WATERSTONES CHILDREN’S LAUREATE

14th June 2017

Lauren Child, artist and highly-acclaimed author and illustrator of the bestselling and award-winning Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean picture books and Ruby Redfort novels, has today (Wednesday 7 June) been crowned the 10th Waterstones Children’s Laureate. Child was presented with her medal from...

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The Children's Book Award - winners announcement

14th June 2017

The Children’s Book Award 2017 winners – chosen and voted for entirely by children – are announced in a celebratory awards ceremony at the Union Jack Club, London. And former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo OBE and Michael Foreman’s An Eagle In The Snow comes 1st! Former...

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe

9th June 2017

  For three weeks every August, Edinburgh plays host to the largest and most exciting arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. All appetites and ages are catered for with shows spanning every genre including children’s shows, circus, comedy, theatre and music. Each...

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Summer activities for children in Edinburgh

9th June 2017

 Let your summer sizzle with these great ideas… Five Top Things to Do – Come Rain or Shine Take on the Library Challenge – Each year the library challenge gives children a great excuse to fall in love with reading all over again! Last year over 41,000 kids took part...

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Edinburgh Book Festival

8th June 2017

Edinburgh International Book Festival – What’s the Big Idea? Saturday 12 to Monday 28 August 2017 This summer, the Edinburgh International Book Festival will once again create an enchanting, family-friendly tented village in the heart of Edinburgh’s West End, inviting young minds...

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DK staff walk to help celebrate 25 years of BookTrust’s flagship programme Bookstart

8th June 2017

On Thursday 8th June 250 DK colleagues took to the streets of London to participate in the first DK BookTrust Walk, to celebrate 25 years of BookTrust’s flagship programme Bookstart.Collectively they trekked over 1,250 miles and raised more than £5,000 for BookTrust, the UK’s largest...

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Scholastic UK announce Lollies 2017 Shortlist of Funniest Books in Children’s Literature

5th June 2017

Michael Rosen, children’s novelist, poet and former Children’s Laureate, today announced the shortlist for the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Awards (The Lollies), a set of awards, now in its second year, created by Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s...

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Find the UK’s most pollinator-friendly county

2nd June 2017

Gardeners are being asked to help the UK’s beleaguered butterflies, bees and moths by making their county the most pollinator-friendly in the UK. Butterfly Conservation is trying to discover which UK county is home to the most butterfly-friendly gardens after it was revealed that butterflies...

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Majority of parents don’t follow the recommended food guidelines for their toddler

31st May 2017

New research shows that only 14% of parents follow the recommended serving frequency for each of the food groups when feeding their children New research released today from the Infant & Toddler Forum finds that whilst the majority of the nation’s parents are confident about what food groups...

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Spruce up your tree ID, do you know your oak from your ash?

31st May 2017

Did you know that the average living room has ten items made from trees, or that 300 insects live in just one silver birch tree? How often do you read a newspaper, sit on a sofa or write on a piece of paper? With over 70 million visits to the nations’ forests a year, a new campaign has...

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Nine-Year-Old, Isabel Harris becomes one of the UK’s youngest published authors, Supporting Action for Children

30th May 2017

London schoolgirl Isabel Harris has become one of the UK’s youngest published authors after winning a nationwide competition by leading bookseller Book People. Book People’s Bedtime Story competition set out to find the UK’s next budding author by challenging children aged between five...

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Performing Arts in Edinburgh

26th May 2017

Many toddlers are given the fantastic opportunity to bounce and jump and clap to fun music with mummy or daddy until perhaps they move on to classes to inspire and nurture a tot’s love of music, dance and creativity.  Once kids hit school age, junior classes are a great way to get...

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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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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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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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Dental Health in Scotland

8th May 2017

The first tooth….. It’s a pretty exciting milestone but make sure you look after those precious baby teeth. Whilst children may love losing teeth as the tooth fairy is extremely generous, the idea is to hang onto them until they are ready to fall out as they play an important role in helping...

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News in Edinburgh

8th May 2017

Gear Up for UK Premiere of Disney Pixar Cars 3 Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) is set to go full-throttle with a UK premiere of Cars 3, confirmed for Sunday 25 June at 2pm at the Festival Theatre. EIFF are also proud to announce a nation-wide drawing competition for children up to 13...

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Summer camps and play schemes in Edinburgh

8th May 2017

Want your child to do something unique and absolutely cool this summer? How about adding in a huge helping of organised fun? There’s cookery and baking, dance and acrobatics, hands-on exploration and activities for little crafters with plentiful professional instructors and opportunity to unleash...

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Grow Your Own

2nd May 2017

  Grow Your Own….    We have national awareness days, weeks and months, and nowadays even some of our humble veggies get a day or week dedicated to them! Thousands of urban Scots are joining the surge in community gardening. The potential for Community Food Hubs and pocket...

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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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