school holidays

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Twinkl helps keep children reading over holidays with Summer Reading Hacks campaign 

Global educational publisher, Twinkl, has created a set of hacks to help children continue reading over the summer holidays.

To help keep children reading over the holidays, Twinkl Educational Publishing have created a list of simple Summer Reading Hacks. These are designed to be proactively used throughout the day to engage children in the world of reading.

These hacks can be...

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Cheap ways to keep kids entertained during holidays

With the school holidays approaching, families are being given advice on how to fill the children’s spare time with fun activities that won’t break the bank.

Online wholesaler Wholesale Sweets are giving their budget friendly tips on how to keep the kids entertained during the summer.

They’ve looked at a variety of both indoor and outdoor options and among their suggestions...

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Leap into Monkey Valley this summer at London Zoo

Historic former Snowdon Aviary will reopen as part of Zoo’s new Monkey Valley attraction in school holidays

ZSL London Zoo will open a landmark new exhibit this summer, as its iconic former Snowdon Aviary becomes a soaring new walk-through home for the Zoo’s troop of black and white colobus monkeys - and the centre-piece of its new Monkey Valley attraction.

From Monday 15 August,...

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Free holiday time activities and meals this Easter

Hundreds of children across Devon began an action-packed Easter holiday this week, as part of our Holiday Activities and Food programme.

School holidays can be difficult for some families, with the added cost of extra food and reduced incomes. So, the government has provided funding for us to coordinate free activities and healthy meals with local providers for children in Devon aged...

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Plan a Family-Friendly Easter Break in Bath 2022

Bath is bursting with family-friendly Easter activities, beautiful gardens, fantastic food and drink, and comfortable places to rest up after days of full of egg-citement. Here’s Visit Bath’s guide to planning the perfect family break this Easter… Where to Stay

Take your pick from modern and spacious family rooms at city centre hotels such as Apex City of Bath Hotel , DoubleTree by Hilton...

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Easter is one of the hoppiest times of the year for your little ones with a fun-filled combination of fluffy chicks, delicious chocolate eggs and themed treasure hunts.

Whether they love becoming a bunny for the day, racing their friends around an Easter egg hunt or crafting their very own bonnet, online party products and fancy dress retailer Party Delights has everything you need to throw...

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Faster, higher, stronger: have some Olympic-themed fun to keep your children on track with learning

After a year that’s taken its toll on parents’ and children’s physical and mental health, we’re all longing for a bit of rest and relaxation. But the six-week school break can leave children’s learning brains a little too relaxed. So with the Tokyo Olympics in full flow, keep the kids’ brains sharp with these Games-themed activities from former primary school teacher Abby Milnes of education...

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Create lasting summer holiday memories on the River Thames with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers

School’s out and the sun is shining, so make summer holiday memories on the water with a wide range of London’s family-friendly activities, made accessible with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers ( ), London’s leading River Bus service.

As the most comfortable way to travel through London, take to the river and rediscover the city these school holidays....

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HMRC can help towards the cost of children’s summer holiday activities

Today, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding working families in the South West that they can use Tax-Free Childcare to help pay for their childcare costs over the summer.

Tax-Free Childcare – a childcare top-up for working parents – can be used to help pay for accredited holiday clubs, childminders or sports activities – giving parents and carers that extra peace of...

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Solving co-parenting dilemmas for separated families as the summer holiday looms

Uncertainty about how summer holidays might shape up this year means separated families should consider making flexible written parenting plans right now, says a leading family dispute resolution charity currently providing its services by video conference.

Arrangements for children during the long school vacation always provide headaches for separated parents. This year, the delayed...