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Where to Go This October Half Term

With return to schools now upon us and October half-term just around the corner, we have rounded up our list of properties with availability in the upcoming school holidays. Get ahead of the game and book a spa retreat at The Scarlet for tired teachers looking to recuperate in a child free space or wear out your tiny toddler as you explore the follies at newly opened, The Tawny. Alternatively...

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Let’s talk about adoption

A new survey has revealed that a third of people in the South West find adoption difficult to talk about and 80 per cent say they don’t have a good understanding of how to start the process.

It’s worrying news for our local adoption agencies, Adopt South West and Families for Children, who need to find forever families to change their lives of nearly 60 children in the South West, as they...

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Fun things to do in the woods with your children

Our local woods is one of my favourite places to take our dog for a walk, but our children can get a bit bored of walking the same loop over and over again! So, I have tried to be a bit more creative to make our time in the woods fun for everyone! I have put together a list of some of the things my children enjoy doing, that I hope you and your children will enjoy doing too.

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COVID-19 vaccination programme for children and young people starts in schools

This week parents and guardians of young people aged 12 to 15 years old are being contacted to ask for their consent for the COVID-19 vaccination ahead of the jabs beginning to be administered in schools next week.

Alternative arrangements will be made to ensure those not in school are offered the vaccine, including those who are home schooled or in secure services.

The UK’s Chief...

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Farmyard themed tuff tray

We have had so much fun with our tuff tray over the holidays and this Farmyard tray was a huge hit. Part of the fun for my children was actually creating the farmyard scene with me.

What is a tuff tray?

A tuff tray is a large heavy duty plastic tray. The tray is generally octagonal shaped with raised sides that are perfect for containing different materials. Tuff trays are perfect...

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40 family-friendly Great British walks to entertain the kids this summer

Charles Clinkard’s 40 family-friendly Great British walks to entertain the kids this summer - Best from each category

Best walks for little ones

  • The Room on the Broom Adventure Trail at Anglers Country Park came out as our top-ranking walk for little ones. It's free to enter and has free parking for up to two hours (with a small charge if you're planning on staying
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£10 million scheme to help pupils boost core skills

Programmes targeted at pupils starting primary and secondary school, who will take part in focused English and maths catch-up sessions

From: Department for Education and The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP

Pupils in participating schools are set to benefit from more support in maths and English, as part of a £10 million scheme announced on Friday.

Specialist training...

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School funding to be made fairer and clearer

From: Department for Education and The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP

Published 8 July 2021

School funding will be made simpler, fairer and more transparent as the Government levels up education across the country.

At the moment, the Government provides funding for schools according to a formula that takes account of factors including the needs of individual pupils...

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How to involve children in training your dog

Our black lab, Freddie, was only 2 when our son was born and I was so excited about them growing up together. I’d seen all the photos on Instagram of dogs snuggled up next to toddlers beds and children being inseparable from their furry best friends, so was fully expecting this amazing relationship between the two of them! Fast forward 6 years and most days I honestly don’t think they realise...

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How grandparents can help their grandchildren learn to speak

Almost two thirds of all grandparents regularly look after their grandchildren. The rise in single working parents, both parents in the family having to work, and the cost of childcare has led to an increase in the number of children being cared for by their grandparents — a figure which now stands at a staggering 82%*. Looking after young children for such an extensive amount of time during...