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South Hams birth rate drop: 44.1% decrease over the last decade, the 3rd greatest nationwide

South Hams birth rate drop: 44.1% decrease over the last decade, the 3rd greatest nationwide

• South Hams has seen a 44.1% decrease in birth rates since 2011

• In 2011 the average number of children per woman in South Hams was 2.09 which plummeted to just 1.45 in 2020

• South Hams birth rate is 8.8% lower than England's average

• Across the country, just three areas...

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Free school meals holiday vouchers doubled for Christmas

Families in Devon on low-incomes, whose children receive free school meals, will get extra support this Christmas to help them buy food during the holidays.

Over the past year we’ve provided supermarket vouchers worth £15 per child per week of the school holidays to families who qualify for free school meals, so their children don’t go hungry.

We’re doubling that for...

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The Young Archaeologists’ Club announce the launch of new After-School Club

The Council for British Archaeology (CBA)’s Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) have announced the launch of a brand-new offering: YAC After-School Clubs.

The Young Archaeologists’ Club has been running for more than 40 years, and currently takes the form of weekend clubs for 8-16-year-olds. There are today over 70 clubs throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, set up in...

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Comedy take on ‘Twas the night before Christmas urges parents and guardians to set controls on games consoles before their children unwrap them

● The video - fronted by comedian and mum-of-two Katherine - highlights the importance of setting parental controls to manage play and spend in-game and how simply they can be applied

● This comes as new research shows almost half (45%) of...

Kids teach Children’s Commissioner the right way to play  

Nursery children from Ellon in Aberdeenshire celebrated World Children’s Day with the Children’s Commissioner by teaching him the best ways to play and learn about nature and the environment – all from their woodland yurt.

The Commissioner and his team joined children from Haddo Woodland Kindergarten, a fully outdoors nursery setting, to learn about how they are exploring their human...

New rules to drive down cost of school uniform for families

Schools will need to follow statutory guidance which requires them to make sure uniform is affordable for all.

From: Department for Education and The Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP

Families will save money on school uniforms from next year, following new legally-binding guidance published on Friday 19th November, requiring schools to make uniform affordable for all.

The Department...

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How Does Screen Time Really Affect Our Children?

If there’s one thing many of our little ones’ childhoods are defined by, it’s screen time. Even as recently as our own childhoods, we never had access to smartphones and tablets like our kids do.

We know that screen time comes with some disadvantages, but how is it really affecting our children?

This article will explore the true impact of too much screen time on young minds...

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From Divorce to Death: The dos and don’ts of having difficult conversations with kids

Legal and General partnered with Clinical Psychologist Dr Angharad Rudkin to explore the importance of having difficult conversations with children, including that about organ donation. Dr Rudkin discussed how to approach the conversation appropriately and provided some useful tips for parents wanting to engage their child in such conversations.

Important conversations to have with...
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The celeb trend for selecting holiday destinations as baby names gains mass popularity

The celeb trend for selecting holiday destinations as baby names gains mass popularity A host of celebrities understand the allure of a holiday and have chosen to name their children after a destination that holds a special place in their hearts.

Prime examples include the Beckham’s son Brooklyn, hotel heiress Paris Hilton and Chicago, daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

As a...

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Buy toys safely this Christmas

OPSS has produced safety guidance on how to buy toys safely this Christmas.

From: Office for Product Safety and Standards

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is partnering with Chartered Trading Standards Institute, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Child Accident Prevention Trust and Netmums to raise awareness of how to buy toys safely.

Know who...