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Government Launches Mindfulness Initiative For School Children

The government is launching a host of new sessions to support children’s mental health and wellbeing in primary and secondary schools as part of one of the largest mental health trials in the world. Under the scheme, 370 schools in the country will participate, teaching children mindfulness exercises, relaxation techniques and breathing exercises to help…

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RCPCH: Not Enough Evidence About Negative Impact Of Screentime

For many parents and carers, the use of screentime is invaluable in helping to entertain and educate their children. However, knowing how much time to allow your youngsters to spend on their tablet, TV or computer can be tricky, with reports being published about its negative impact on children’s health. That is why many people…

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How Do Your Kids Use Digital Devices?

There’s no escaping digital devices in this day and age. From smartphones and tablets to laptops and computers, we’re surrounded by technology and it’s being used in ever more areas of our lives. For parents it can be difficult to know how much their youngsters should be using digital devices, but the Times Educational Supplement…

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Almost Half Of Young People Have Active Lives

Sport England is behind a ground-breaking new survey that explores the activity levels of children in the country. The research has revealed that 43.3 per cent of children in England lead active lives, which means they do more than 60 minutes of physical activity a day. However, 32.9 per cent of the youngsters surveyed do…

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Pinterest Offers Ideas For Kids Parties

If you’re working in au pair jobs, chances are that you’ll have to help plan a children’s birthday party (or two) during your time with a family. That can be great fun, but sometimes it can be hard to come up with creative ideas. Step up Pinterest, which has recently published its 2019 trend report,…

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What To Do In London In December

Those of you taking on jobs with a London au pair agency will no doubt be thinking up all sorts of fun ideas and activities to do with your young charges this winter… and with December just around the corner, there are all sorts of festive goings-on to enjoy. Here are just a couple that…

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Alternative Ideas For An Advent Calendar

With December just a couple of weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about how you can have some festive fun with the children you’re caring for. All too often, advent calendars mean that kids are simply given a piece of chocolate each day, which is a shame given how many creative options there are…

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Too Much Screen Time For Toddlers Lead To Mental Health Problems

Parents and carers might be inclined to cut back on the amount of screen time they allow children to have after scientists have revealed that too many hours spent on smartphones and tablets could lead to mental health problems later in life. San Diego State University psychologist Jean Twenge and University of Georgia psychology professor…

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British Parents Fined £151m In Late Pick-Up Fees Over Year

Working parents all around the country will be familiar with the stress of trying to get to their children’s school on time so they are not late for pick-up. Not only do they not want their youngsters to be stuck waiting for them, but they are also desperate to avoid hefty late fees. According to…

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Top Indoor Day Trips For Rainy Days

When you’re working in au pair jobs, you need to have a host of ideas up your sleeve to keep the children you’re looking after occupied and amused. Although it’s half term this week, there are likely to be plenty of rainy days ahead in the coming months, so you might want to save up…

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