May 16, 2012
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When asked about becoming a parent, Mums and Dads often say that it’s a lot to do with instinct, and you’ll work out how best to care for your baby as they grow. While that may be true, it’s hard not to read up on parenting, so if you can’t resist, check out Kidszine parenting blog. Blogs on the terrible twos, teenage woes, advice on health and pregnancy, ideas for birthday parties, parenting advice on healthy eating, and family friendly holiday ideas are all here. If that wasn’t enough, there are prizes to be won too! What more could you […]

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Jan 24, 2015
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Breaking the cycle of generational neglect and abuse

No-one would claim that bringing up children is easy, even in straightforward circumstances. But for those parents who have themselves experienced chaotic or neglectful childhoods, just meeting a child’s basic needs can be a challenge. Out of 12 million children in the UK under the age of 16, one in eight are growing up in an ‘at risk’ situation. Drug abuse, alcohol addiction, domestic violence, teenage pregnancy and mental health issues can mean that, for some parents, achieving a stable environment in which children can flourish can be difficult. Despite this, Stephanie Sollosi – a paediatric nurse and Children’s Services […]

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Jan 24, 2015
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Legal Professionals Sought by Schools to Volunteer as School Governors

Up to 3,500 schools or colleges could be looking for volunteers with legal skills to become school governors in 2015, according to education charity SGOSS – Governors for Schools. During 2014, 1 in 7 schools who registered a governor vacancy with the charity were looking for a volunteer with legal skills to fill the position. As governing bodies become increasingly professionalised, the number of requests is only expected to increase. In response to this need, the charity is launching an appeal for legal professionals to apply to the role at www.becomeagovernor.com. School governors provide vital challenge and support in order […]

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Jan 19, 2015
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Tesco Baby & Toddler Event Offering Top New Year Savings

Tesco is delighted to announce its New Year Baby and Toddler Event, giving parents fantastic savings across a wide range of baby and toddler must-haves – just in time for those who might be feeling the pinch after Christmas. Starting From 14 January until 4 February, the Tesco Baby & Toddler Event is running in store and online, with great offers on everyday essentials across parents’ favourite brands. As well as amazing savings on nappies, wipes, baby food and baby toiletries, parents can also scoop brilliant offers on baby healthcare, car seats, stair gates and more, making it even easier […]

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Jan 19, 2015
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Free ‘Behind the scenes’ tours by Joseph Rowntree Theatre for York Residents’ Festival

Live theatre continues to grow in popularity in York, with the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Haxby Road experiencing its busiest year in 2014, but anyone who wondered what goes on behind the scenes will have a chance to see for themselves during the York Residents’ Festival, 31 January and 1 February 2015. Guided tours of the theatre – which is entirely run by volunteers – will take place on both Saturday and Sunday every hour from 10.00am to 3.00pm, including a look at the dressing rooms and other back-stage areas which normally remain hidden from the theatre-going public. Participants will […]

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Jan 14, 2015
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PocketPhonics launches step-by-step reading programme for 4 to 6 year-olds

Today, Apps in My Pocket, UK developer of top-ranking education software used by over 2,000 schools worldwide, unveiled its latest app, PocketPhonics Stories. The app will help children as young as four learn to read their first storybook in just 10 weeks. PocketPhonics Stories follows the synthetic phonics approach used in the National Curriculum and is available for download from the App Store today. PocketPhonics Stories will guide children through the literacy journey, beginning with helping children to learn their first letter sounds and ending with them being able to read 42 stories within the app by themselves. Parents are […]

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Jan 7, 2015
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UK teenagers would struggle to go ‘cold turkey’ from social media

The explosion of social media, selfies and mobile devices is priming a generation of UK teenagers for a lifelong struggle with addiction, according to research released today. The report, released by Allen Carr Addiction clinics highlighted that 83% of UK teenagers admit they would struggle to give up their vices for a whole month. The study, which questioned 1,000 UK teenagers aged 12 – 18, unveiled a worrying trend of growing numbers of young people constantly striving to find the next thrill, mostly via technology and social media. When asked which behaviours they could abstain from, UK teens said they […]

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Dec 28, 2014
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Simpson Millar Survey Reveals North/South Parenting Divide

    – Newly divorced and separated parents in the West Midlands are the UK’s most argumentative at Christmas – Only 11% set aside differences and spend Christmas together, 56% cannot even remain on speaking terms – 32% of divorced parents in London spend Christmas together making them the friendliest in the UK – Divorced parents in the South West of England are the most likely to get a lawyer (46%) but Yorkshire’s mums and dads avoid lawyers if they can with only 28% getting legal help A survey by national law firm Simpson Millar has revealed the complexities facing […]

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Dec 12, 2014
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Starship PlayWorld a real-time Superhero action mobile game

Starship, the Liverpool-based digital media, technology and entertainment studio, today unveil details on Playworld® Superheroes, its upcoming mobile game in which players use their imaginations to design, customise and then become, a superhero of their own creation. Inspiring endless creativity for gamers of all ages through real-time crafting, Playworld Superheroes is the first in a series of mobile adventures and will be available for download in January, 2015. Designed to provide gamers aged 5+ with a safe playing experience free from in-app fees and hidden dangers, Playworld invites players to enter a world where the boundaries of what’s possible are […]

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Dec 12, 2014
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Bumper Book of Tojo and Nelly’s Cat Tales Makes Ideal Christmas Present

The ever popular children’s eBook series Tojo and Nelly’s Cat Tales has been catapulted into a print edition, just in time to make children’s stockings this Christmas. The bumper print edition of the seven books is available on Amazon along with a special festive story: A Fairly Talented Christmas . Created by Maria Merrett and penned by Tamara Forge, the bumper books make the perfect Christmas present for little ones aged approximately four to eight years old. The books are inspired by the pet cats of the series’ creator, giving them a truly lifelike feel and allowing children to fully […]

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Dec 10, 2014
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Activities to Get Kids Interested in Architecture

If you and your family live in a town or city, the chances are your kids will grow up taking the built environment around them for granted. But the concrete jungle can fire your children’s imaginations just as much as any natural wonder. Architecture is not always an obvious source of interest for children, but in a world that relies increasingly on man-made structure, perhaps it’s time to start deliberately piquing the interest of the next generation. There are architecture-related activities for kids all around the world, from organised workshops to family-friendly exhibitions, but we have a few ideas to […]

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Dec 7, 2014
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Embrace Arts centre awarded £75,000 by BBC Children in Need

University of Leicester arts centre, Embrace Arts, has been awarded a grant of £75,000 over three years by BBC Children in Need. This grant will fund an Inclusive Youth Arts Project and help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people right here in Leicester. This grant has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the public. £31.1 million was raised on Appeal night 2013 and BBC Children in Need have since announced that this total has risen to a record breaking £49.6 million. BBC Children in Need grant will support Embrace Arts’s inclusive practice, […]

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Dec 7, 2014
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New Parenting App Stikkums Making Good Behaviour Fun

Media development company The Zebra Partnership is proud to announce the launch of Stikkums, a parenting app that make good behaviour fun. Unlike other reward chart apps, which are aimed more at parents, Stikkums has been designed from the start to be fun for kids to play with. Parents can set behaviour goals across multiple child accounts, awarding stars for successful completion. The child can then use these stars to unlock stickers from the Stikkums collection, and create their own crazy cartoon scenes. Stickers can be resized, rotated and flipped, as well as recoloured by hand. Special photo stickers allow […]

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Dec 6, 2014
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Pampered pooch Mr Hendrix spreads Christmas cheer

How does the other half spend their Christmas? Hendrix is here to shine light on how a celebrity dog celebrates it in style! Everyone loves Christmas time but not everyone loves it quite as much as Mr Hendrix, the star of the incredible success story of 2014. With four books published in less than 18 months and a string of personal appearances at 2014 literary and music festivals, plus charity events such as Guide Dogs’ Dogs Unite! and a stint on the catwalk modelling Urban Pup designs, Hendrix is ready to put his paws up after a very busy year. […]

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Dec 1, 2014
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Art therapy to benefit Great Ormond Street Hospital children

Great Ormond Street Hospital, Scottish charity the Teapot Trust will start providing art therapy, which is proven to be effective in reducing anxiety and helping ill children to communicate their feelings. The Teapot Trust was set up in 2010 and now delivers art therapy in medical environments in six Scottish cities, supporting those suffering from rheumatological illnesses in particular. Laura and John Young founded the charity after seeing the gaps in the care of their daughter Verity, who suffered from Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE) and also cancer before her tragic death in 2009. The name of the charity […]

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Nov 27, 2014
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Which Kid’s Activity to Choose?

With so many activities for kids to choose from, what should you pick for today? Each child may have their own preferences — they may be arty, or athletic, but as a parent, try gently pushing them beyond their comfort zones, so they can learn more and experience new things. If your child prefers staying indoors and baking cookies, see if he or she might be ok with gardening outdoors. Like baking, it’s a calm and creative activity, but it’ll get them breathing fresh air, interacting with nature, and hopefully appreciating the environment better. And if they like a boisterous game of […]

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