Figures show more than half primary children can't swim a length
A new report out reveals that more than 1.1 million children, that's more than half of 7-11 year olds, are not able to swim a length of a standard swimming pool.
The Learning the Lesson – the future of school swimming report, carried out by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), also found that, ... Continue reading
Parents and children holidaying in the UK expected to reach 65%
The number of families holidaying in the UK had already risen from 35 to 41 per cent between 2011 and 2012 and this year, it's expected to reach a whopping 65 per cent as foreign holidays become increasingly unaffordable.
The study, carried out by the hotel chain Travelodge, also found that Cornwall has been ... Continue reading
Come along to free advice event offering parents information on caring for first teeth
Is your child teething, or are you thinking about what to do when she starts?
Do you know when to start cleaning your baby’s first teeth?
Our sister site Babyexpert and sister magazine Prima Baby are holding a special event at our offices in London (address below) this Wednesday 22 May, from 9.45am ... Continue reading
Get your children to enjoy the benefits and fun of walking to school
This week (May 20th-24th) is officially Walk to School Week, with loads of online resources to make leaving the car behind fun and safe for you and your children.
Living Streets, the national charity that runs the campaign, is this year concentrating on teaching children the benefits of walking rather than driving ... Continue reading
Parents confess that the average child's birthday costs more than £350
It seems as if the days are long gone when all you needed to celebrate a child’s birthday was a few presents, some balloons and lots of jelly and ice cream.
New research by MyVoucherCodes* has revealed that the average child’s birthday costs parents more than £350.
The study revealed that parents spend ... Continue reading
We chat to the children's entertainer about his new range of apps for preschoolers
Parents will know him from his TV programme Something Special, while little ones will affectionately know him only as Mr Tumble, but children's entertainer Justin Fletcher is set to bring his on-screen energy and fun to a new range of interactive apps for preschool children.
We chatted to Britain's best-loved children's ... Continue reading
Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and more spread the Mother's Day love
Britney Spears led the way in cute pictures of her family, posting this candid snap of her with her two boys Sean, 7, and Jayden, 6.
Britney tweeted: "I've got the two cutest boys in the world! Hope ya'll are having as nice of a #mothersday as I am!"
Deputy Prime Minister 'remains to be persuaded' about childcare changes
Nick Clegg is unconvinced about the proposed childcare reforms that will see ratios of staff to children in nurseries decreased, BBC Newsnight has heard.
The Childcare Bill, which would see nursery staff and childminders looking after more children, is set to be vetoed by the Deputy Prime Minister, which ... Continue reading
Study shows supermarket children's food is less healthy than adults'
A new study has shown supermarket meals intended for children tend to be nutritionally inferior to those for older consumers.
Higher levels of salt, sugar and fat were found in food and drink samples with child-targeted packaging, than those in simple wrapping aimed at general consumers.
The report, published in Public Health ... Continue reading
Study shows books with no words improve language skills
While traditionally, parents use vocabulary books to teach their children about language, a new study has shown that books with no words may actually be more effective.
The research, conducted by University Of Waterloo in Ontario, observed 25 pairs of mothers and children as they read two books; one with ... Continue reading
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