How’s your toddler’s vocabulary coming along? Does it contain these words that scientists claim every tot should know?
A list of words and phrases, which cover toys, food, animals and, of course, include ‘mummy’ and ‘daddy’ and ‘bye bye’ has been designed to detect toddlers who could struggle with words in the years to come.
The 25 ‘must have’ words are part of a much larger list of 310 words ... Continue reading
The number of unhealthy food ads seen by kids hasn't decreased despite tighter regulations, say researchers
Children are still exposed to the same level of junk food advertising despite tighter regulations, according to new research.
A ban on the advertising of foods high in fat, salt or sugar during children's programming was introduced by the regulator Ofcom in 2007.
However, researchers from Newcastle University have said that before the ... Continue reading
The number of hours sleep children should get each night isn't actually clear, a new review suggests
Modern children are getting fewer hours sleep than the recommended guidelines. But experts have suggested that this is because the guidelines aren’t always right.
Just over 100 years ago, it was recommended that children sleep for an hour and 15 minutes more than in 2009. So why can modern children survive on ... Continue reading
Parents ditch timeless classics for modern tales out of fear traditional tales too scary, a study finds
Classic stories, such as Rapunzel and Jack and The Beanstalk, have enchanted children for years but are on their way to an unhappy ending as parents decide they’re too scary.
One in five parents have admitted to scrapping fairytales as bedtime reading in favour of modern books, such as The Gruffalo and ... Continue reading
Half of parents have never talked to other mums and dads about their child wetting the bed, according to a new study
Concerned parents are keeping quiet about their child's bedwetting, despite more than half a million children experiencing the problem in the UK, according to a new survey.
Half of the 1,000 parents polled by DryNites had never talked to other mums and dads about the issue, with that figure rising to more ... Continue reading
Mum forces her daughters aged 5 and 7 to compete against each other in beauty contests despite it making them cry
A mum has been making her young daughters compete against each other in beauty pageants since they were 2. Mum Keetra Barnes from Georgia, USA, has entered her girls Kylie, 7, and Karley, 5, in nearly 70 contests, making them compete in the same category each time.
Competing against her sister has ... Continue reading
Primary school teachers have raised concerns about the number of children starting school without having mastered basic life skills, such as toilet training or putting on their own coat
An increasing number of children are starting school before they’re properly potty trained, according to a new survey of primary school teachers.
Of the 850 teachers polled, two thirds said they had seen the number of children wetting or soiling themselves in class grow over the past five years.
Teachers also voiced concerns ... Continue reading
Children who yell out answers in class do better in tests, says surprising new study
Forget putting your hand up and patiently waiting for teacher to notice you. The latest research suggests unruly pupils who noisily “blurt out” answers in class achieve better results than their well-behaved schoolmates.
The findings, by boffins at Durham University, go against received wisdom that quieter children do best at school. The ... Continue reading
Sainsbury's changes the name of tiger bread, following toddler's letter saying it looks more like a giraffe goes viral
Sandwiches will never be the same again at Sainsbury's. The supermarket has renamed tiger bread, following the keen observation of a toddler.
In May last year, eagle-eyed tot Lily Robinson sent a letter to Sainsbury's suggesting the crusty loaf looked more like a giraffe than a tiger.
Customer services team member Chris King ... Continue reading
Millions of school kids read the classic children’s book nine times a year, new study reveals
Eric Carle’s 1969 classic about a caterpillar that becomes a butterfly has been named the most popular children’s book in Britain. A study has revealed that ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ is read an average of nine times a year by 5.5 million primary school children.
Cinderella was named the second most popular ... Continue reading
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