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Blue Peter to launch ‘Awesome Animation’ competition, offering fans the chance to create their own creature alongside makers of Wallace and Gromit

20th September 2017

Blue Peter fans have the opportunity to design their own prehistoric creature alongside Aardman, the Academy Award® winning animators behind Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and upcoming film Early Man, thanks to a new competition launching on Thursday. The ‘Awesome Animation’...

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Cotswold Wildlife Park staff member donates hair to Little Princess Trust

20th September 2017

A member of staff at Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens has donated thirty centimetres of her hair to one of her favourite charities – the Little Princess Trust. Leanne Williams (pictured right) has been growing her hair for the past eighteen months especially for the charity. The Little Princess...

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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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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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Saturday Mash-Up! CBBC and BBC TWO, from Saturday 30th September, 9-11am

13th September 2017

Saturday mornings will never be the same again as the interactive entertainment show, Saturday Mash-Up! crash-lands onto CBBC and BBC TWO. Fronted by Yasmin Evans, Jonny Nelson and Hacker T. Dog, Saturday Mash-Up! marks the riotous return of children’s live programming to weekend television. Over...

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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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How handwriting is good for the brain

11th September 2017

We question how much time we spend reading with our kids and worry about their increasing screen time but when did we last practise handwriting with them? In an era of digital transformation, the question of the keyboard replacing handwriting raises questions about how this may impact on the brain development...

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Back to School: Key eyesight milestones for children every parent should know

7th September 2017

As children across the UK start the new school year, the College of Optometrists is encouraging parents to monitor their child’s vision to ensure they aren’t experiencing problems. The College is alerting parents and guardians to the following developmental milestones and indicators in...

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How one word could be hiding your child’s digital angst in new school year

5th September 2017

Internet Matters launches hard-hitting campaign as new research reveals 1 in 2 schoolchildren would not speak to their parents if upset by something online Internet Matters today launches a powerful new campaign to help parents understand their children’s hidden digital anxieties as they head...

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Can Autumn Offer Butterfly Boost?

4th September 2017

Gardeners are being asked to look out for butterflies this autumn after species struggled during the cold and wet summer holiday season. Butterfly numbers fell during August but the warm conditions in spring enabled many species to emerge and breed early this year. These good spring and early summer...

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Holiday happy – packing tips for your family vacation!

4th September 2017

With many families making the most of September travel deals and the last few weeks of the school holidays, new research into packing habits has revealed Brits are officially a nation of over-packers, costing over half a billion pounds* in excess baggage charges. Shockingly, 83% don’t even use...

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1 in 20 children NEVER brush their teeth as child tooth extractions soar 24%

31st August 2017

Brits’ dental health in jeopardy as 1 in 20 admit they NEVER visit the dentist[3] Annual Oral Health Survey shows up to three million could be putting their dental health in danger as fear of the dentist and money worries lead to dental avoidance. Britain could be reclaiming its reputation...

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Find your Diamond in the Ruff with Dog’s Trust

30th August 2017

With National Dogs Day just behind it’s been a time to celebrate Man’s best friend. However the sad reality is that many of our canine friends are in need of good homes. Dogs Trust, formerly known as the National Canine Defence League, is an animal welfare charity and humane society in...

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Apprenticeships Lack Education, Not Esteem

30th August 2017

The last few weeks have been an anxious time for young people; with many receiving their highly anticipated A level and GCSE grades. The cost of University and the wider opportunities for young people came under the spotlight during the last general election, XLN for small business believe that one path...

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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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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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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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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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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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