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Simple Steps for Home Safety this Winter with Fred

Fred Offers Safety Essentials for Parents to Keep Homes Safe During Colder Months

Now the darker and colder days have arrived, children will inevitably be spending more time indoors exploring their surroundings, thankfully Fred’s award-winning safety solutions, which exceed EU safety standards, ensure curious tots will be kept safe and out of harm’s way. With over 67,000 children being...

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Tech - free Christmas: 5 unique outdoor activities to try at home

Christmas is an exciting time of year for all the family, particularly for children. But although getting presents and spending time together as a family can be exciting, many kids are spending more time on electronic devices than ever before.

A YouGov poll conducted in 2020 found that most children have their own smartphone before they turn 10, even though 50% of Brits surveyed...

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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...

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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Santa Express Train comes to Meadowhall this Christmas

Following the switch on of its festive lights last week, Meadowhall has now revealed its full schedule of fun in the run up to Christmas, including a brand new Santa Express Train.

The magical train will be making a stop at the centre from 26th November and throughout December, when families can head enjoy a ride on the Santa Express, meeting Santa and his elves for an exciting...

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Plan to help families access Child Trust Funds

Proposed new scheme to help families access funds belonging to loved ones who lack mental capacity without need to go to court.

From: Ministry of Justice and The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP

  • vital safeguards to be maintained to keep vulnerable individuals safe
  • consultation to gather evidence before decisions are made

Families seeking access to small funds...

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Contingency plans confirmed for GCSEs, AS and A levels

The government and Ofqual have confirmed contingency plans in the event that exams planned next summer are unable to take place.

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

Published 11 November 2021

The Department for Education and Ofqual have today (11 November) confirmed contingency plans to support students in the unlikely event that exams...

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· New research has revealed that 4.5million Brits are planning to spend over £300 on presents per child this Christmas

· With rising inflation and a massive dent on our expendable income, many Brits may be spending way beyond their means.

· With Brits excited to spend time with their kids and family...

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Ofsted calls for stronger oversight of early years multiple providers and social care groups

Ofsted has published two research reports looking at early years multiple providers and providers that own more than one children's home.

From: Ofsted

Published 28 October 2021

Two new research reports by Ofsted, published today, find that current legislation does not reflect the level of influence that early years multiple providers and social care groups have on individual...

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Pumpkin Picking at Darts Farm

Ok, I will admit it… I am totally unprepared for Halloween! I have seen the facebook posts of happy families picking their pumpkins, but it didn’t quite register that I really should get myself sorted so we don’t miss out on all the good pumpkins!

Luckily my lovely friend is more organised than me and she invited us to go Pumpkin picking out at Darts farm this afternoon, I’m so glad...