Child Development

Festive Family Fun – 10 Ways to Play this Christmas

Festive Family Fun – 10 Ways to Play this Christmas

Article supplied by Claire Russell, Early Years Specialist and founder of playHOORAY! Oh what a wonderful time of year!  The countdown to Christmas has officially begun!  We can now look forward to lots of festive family fun from winter walks followed by hot chocolate, carol singing under glittering lights and an abundance of sparkly sweaters. Why not… Read More…

NHS figures show more boys are being treated for eating disorders

NHS figures show more boys are being treated for eating disorders

According to NHS digital, the number of boys being treated for eating disorders is at an all-time high. Although there are still more girls than boys being treated for eating disorders, the number of boys aged 5-19 being treated had doubled in 2018. The data is part of a large scale NHS review of mental… Read More…

What to do if you think your child is being bullied

What to do if you think your child is being bullied

School is back but what is supposed to be an important part of your child’s life can be incredibly difficult if they run into problems with their classmates. If you suspect that your child is being bullied at school, there are a few things you can do without exacerbating the situation. Firstly, making an appointment… Read More…

Fresh calls for a ban on smacking

Fresh calls for a ban on smacking

The Association of Educational Psychologists has tabled a motion to the TUC Conference calling for smacking to be outlawed after school psychologists found that it is harmful to children’s mental health. Presently, although corporal punishment is banned in schools, parents can “smack” or physically chastise a child as long as it is deemed “reasonable”. Psychologists though… Read More…

Learn a musical instrument

Learn a musical instrument

Thankfully, the days of only a select few children having the opportunity to learn a musical instrument are gone. With the amount of free resources available online and schools having the chance to offer communal instruments of children to practice with, it has become something all children can get involved with if they wish and… Read More…

Government backtracks on pledge to extend position of trust laws to sports coaches – as offences hit 179 in the South West of England

Government backtracks on pledge to extend position of trust laws to sports coaches – as offences hit 179 in the South West of England

·         Position of Trust crimes up 51 per cent across England and Wales since 2012 ·         179 position of trust offences in the South West of England since 2012 ·         Sports minister announced plan to make it illegal for coaches to have sex with young players aged 16 and 17 ·         Government rows back on promise made in Parliament… Read More…

How to find the right nursery for your child

How to find the right nursery for your child

Much like getting the right fit when it comes to your children’s shoes, you also need the right fit when it comes to nursery. Many parents feel pressurised to make a quick decision, they need to get back to work, or have family pressures to have their child attend the same nursery as their cousins.… Read More…

The benefit of a bond between your parents and your children

The benefit of a bond between your parents and your children

The summer holidays are almost upon us and the stress of finding someone who is able to provide adult supervision to the little folk in your family while you try and fit your work life around their holiday time is something we all feel. Some of us are lucky enough to have retired or semi-retired… Read More…

Hospital admissions double for self-harming teenagers

Hospital admissions double for self-harming teenagers

The number of teenage girls being admitted to hospital in England after self-harming has nearly doubled compared with 20 years ago NHS figures suggest. Last year, the figure was 13,463 compared to 7,327 in 1997. In comparison, the number of boys admitted to hospital for self-harm rose from 2,236 in 1997 to 2,332 in 2017.… Read More…

Children as young as 12 to be admitted to Gaming Addiction Centre

Children as young as 12 to be admitted to Gaming Addiction Centre

It is expected that the first NHS funded gaming addiction centre will admit children as young as twelve when it opens its doors in September. A group of youngsters aged around 12 have been selected to be the first to benefit from treatment after their addiction to games has reportedly kept them from school and… Read More…

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