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4 Tips for Parents To Support Their Child’s Education

With the current A-Levels and GCSEs in full swing, many parents of children approaching the next stage of their children’s education journey will be looking to what comes next for their children to help them reach their full potential. Whether they need to look for the right university place, which can significantly impact their future […]

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Food Standards Agency Report Shows Children’s Menus Need Improvement

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed the results of research undertaken in partnership with local councils, into children’s meals served in restaurants in Northern Ireland.  Key findings of the report, which is titled What’s on the Children’s Menu include:   Choice was limited on children’s menus and few healthy options were available. The most popular

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NSPCC Northern Ireland Launches Handle With Care Campaign To Help New Parents

NSPCC Northern Ireland and the Public Health Agency have launched Handle with Care, a social media-focused campaign to support new parents and carers and help reduce the number of accidental and non-accidental injuries to babies and young children. Handle with Care aims to provide new parents and NI families expecting a baby with coping techniques,

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Executive Must Act Quickly On Childcare

Speaking on the day that a motion on a high quality, affordable childcare strategy was debated in the Northern Ireland Assembly, Alan Lowry, NI Policy Chair from the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “As the first item of Private Members’ Business in the restored Assembly, a motion on childcare is most welcome. “FSB has been

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Calling All Talented 10-22 Year Olds: BSPA To Audition For Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Belfast School of Performing Arts is thrilled to unwrap this year’s upcoming summer youth project, once again a NI premier, which promises a deliciously magical journey into the enchanting world of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Just as Willy Wonka creates the most amazing and delicious treats, Director Peter Corry, who brought us

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Bake-Off Poll Sees Mums Triumph As Nation’s Top Bakers In The Family

A family bake-off poll by Camp Coffee has taken place to definitively answer the much-debated question of who claims the star baker apron in the family. And the winner is… our cherished mums with nearly a quarter of the votes (24%). The poll which highlights the nation’s love for baking, popularised by shows like The Great

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Light Physical Activity From Childhood May Combat Cholesterol Risks, Study Finds

A groundbreaking study has revealed that increased sedentary time from childhood to young adulthood significantly raises cholesterol levels. However, light physical activity (LPA) may effectively reverse this adverse effect. The study, a collaborative effort by the University of Bristol, the University of Exeter, and the University of Eastern Finland, was published in the Journal of

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Santa Takes Up Residence At Hillmount Nursery For Festive Season

The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Andrew Gowan, has unlocked the door to Santa’s Grotto at Hillmount where Santa and his elves will reside until Christmas Eve. With a variety of scenes to visit on the magical journey through the grotto before meeting Santa, children can take a memorable enchanted walk along the winter

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Thousands Of Children Contact Childline For Support With Abuse And Neglect

Childline has revealed over the past year the service has delivered 14,080 counselling sessions to children and young people about sexual, physical, domestic, emotional abuse and neglect – an average of 38 a day. The service, which is run by the NSPCC, is also highlighting that of those counselling sessions, 31% (4,321) had a child

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All Aboard The Christmas Express With A Personalised NSPCC Letter From Santa

This year, take your little ones on the ‘Christmas Express’ – Santa’s magical flying train, with a personalised NSPCC Letter from Santa. In return for a donation, Santa will write a personalised Christmas letter to your little one featuring enchanting stories and illustrations, and lots of details that only Santa could know – such as

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Belfast Christmas Market Delighted To Support Lord Mayor’s Charity Kids Together Belfast

As plans are underway for the 18th Belfast Christmas Market, Market Place Europe (operators of the market) are excited to be working closely with the Lord Mayor of Belfast’s chosen charity, Kids Together Belfast, in order to raise awareness and support them in the work they do for children with moderate to severe disabilities. This

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More Than Half Of Childline Counselling Sessions Focus On Children Struggling With Mental Health Issues

New figures from the NSPCC reveal that in the past year, 55% of all Childline counselling sessions where the child stated that they were in Northern Ireland, focused on mental and emotional health and wellbeing. In 2022/23, Childline delivered 4,038 counselling sessions to children in Northern Ireland, 2,219 (55%) of which focused on all mental

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Over £14,000 Raised In The Annual Walk To Scotland Fundraising Event For The Northern Ireland Children To Lapland And Days To Remember Trust

The Northern Ireland Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust (NICLT) enjoyed a resounding fundraising success with its annual ‘Walk to Scotland’ fundraising event, which took place on Sunday, October 1, 2023.  Over 100 enthusiastic fundraisers participated, collectively raising over £14,000. These funds will play a crucial role in supporting this year’s Lapland trip, meticulously coordinated by the charity and

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New Lower Shankill Park Officially Opened

A new park on the Lower Shankill, adjacent to the Westlink in Belfast, was officially opened on Friday, September 29. Funded under the Building Successful Communities programme, the £1.9million park stretches from Peter’s Hill, alongside Denmark Street to Regent Street and includes two play areas, an outdoor gym, a multi-use games area and a community

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Thinking About Home Education? Consider These Tips

Home education is exploding in popularity, and this is due to a variety of influences. Some parents just believe they can provide better education and development to their child than a well-meaning but underpaid and overworked teacher trying to teach 30 children at once, which in some cases can be true. However, it’s important to

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Belfast Mind Coach Says “Parents Should Look After Their Mental Health During The Summer Holidays”

While the summer holidays are intended as a relieving respite for your young ones, it might not feel quite the same for you.  Gone are the scheduled six to seven hours of childcare each day, homework to occupy your children in the evenings, and after-school clubs to keep them stimulated.  Now you need to think

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Co. Antrim’s Dad Of The Year Takes On Lidl’s Daddy Dash

County Antrim’s Dad of the Year has been the lucky recipient of an entirely free grocery shop courtesy of leading supermarket retailer Lidl Northern Ireland, after taking part in a thrilling ‘supermarket sweep’ style competition in their local Lidl Northern Ireland store. In honour of Father’s Day 2023, Lidl Northern Ireland launched a special Father’s

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10 Tips To Cut Your Shopping Bills In Half

A food guru has shared 10 tips that could cut your shopping bills in half – including always looking at the lowest placed items on a shelf, avoiding the bigger trolleys and investing more in the frozen food aisle. Personal finance expert Lynn Beattie – also known as Mrs Mummypenny – is recognised for her

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What’s For Dinner? 6 In 10 Adults Apparently Cook Meals On A Loop – Is That You?

Six in 10 adults cook meals on a loop – with spaghetti Bolognese, roast dinner and a curry topping the list. A poll of 2,000 adults found 53% are ‘stuck in a rut’ when it comes to cooking at mealtimes – with pizza, sausage and mash, and chilli con carne also go-to dishes. Seven in

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More Children Turn To Childline During Summer As They Struggle With Eating Disorders And Body Image Issues

Childline, the counselling service run by the NSPCC, reveals new data showing that 40% of all the counselling sessions they delivered last year on eating disorders and body image took place in the summer months (June to September). Across the whole year – April 2022 to March 2023 – Childline delivered 4,179 counselling sessions across

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Translink Little Explorers is Back for Another Summer of Fun

Due to popular demand, young bus and rail passengers will be able to enjoy the return of Little Explorers, a mini campaign aimed at highlighting the fun and wonder children can experience on their Translink journeys this summer. Whether it’s a simple trip into town with mum or dad, a family day out further afield, or

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Less Than Half Of Children In Northern Ireland Have Been Taught About Money

Less than half of children in Northern Ireland have been taught about money at home or in school, according to a new report from the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS).  Financial Foundations, based on a survey of 4,740 UK children aged 7-17, found that just 43% of those living in Northern Ireland had received a

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Disney On Ice To Presents 100 Years of Wonder In Belfast This Winter

Grab your mouse ears and get ready as Disney On Ice presents 100 Years of Wonder skates into Belfast’s SSE Arena, with the magic of Disney’s 100th Anniversary closer than ever when Disney On Ice brings the celebration to you! Encanto joins the show for the very first time in the UK, inspiring families to make magical memories they will treasure forever. Relive

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GALLERY: NI Charity Wraps Up The Magic Of Disneyland Paris For 12 Children Living With Life-Threatening & Life-Limiting Conditions

The Northern Ireland Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust, a charity that makes dreams come true for children living with serious conditions that are either life-limiting or life-threatening, has taken 12 local children to Disneyland Paris this week where they will spend three days. The trip, which was last organised in 2015, has

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Armagh Observatory And Planetarium Announces Series Of Summer Events

– Family friendly events to take place on site at Armagh Observatory and Planetarium this summer – Armagh Observatory and Planetarium has announced a number of family friendly events that will take place on site during the summer holidays of July and August 2023. These will include: Planet Roar Live Dinosaur Show. Running at 10:30am, 12:30pm

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Here Are The Top 30 Foods Children Will Turn Down

The foods children are most likely to turn their nose up at are Brussels sprouts, cabbage and onions. A study of 1,000 parents of 5-11-year-olds revealed the top 30 foods kids are particular about, including broccoli, tomatoes and spinach. Others complain about eating mushrooms, avocado and fish. It also emerged 14 per cent of the

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Here Are The 5 Things Researchers Say Hinder Family Time, Do You Agree?

The typical family spends just six hours-a-week together as long working hours and digital devices keep them apart. A study of 2,000 mums and dads, with children at home, found their work shifts are the top cause of hindering family time (56 per cent), as well as homework (29 per cent) and social media use

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8 In 10 Pregnant Women Worry About Passing Allergies On To Their Child

A study of 500 women who are currently pregnant, or who gave birth within the last five years, found 25 per cent avoided eating nuts while pregnant in case they gave their unborn child an allergy. Gluten (20 per cent) and pollen (16 per cent) are also among the list of potential allergens avoided by

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Festival Of Fools Is Back Again This Weekend

Ireland’s largest free street performance festival returns with its 2023 programme in Belfast city centre from April 29th – May 01st 2023.  The programme offers three days of jam-packed, all-inclusive entertainment for the whole family including circus, magic, puppetry and much more. It takes place at various locations across Belfast City, and with all daytime shows free to attend, this

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New Research Shows Cost-Of-Living Crisis Is Worsening For Disabled People In NI, As Charity Announces Emergency Financial Support For Households

The disability charity Sense, has announced that it will provide emergency financial support to disabled households, in response to its latest research, published today, that shows the impact of the worsening cost-of-living crisis on disabled people. More than four in five (83 per cent) of disabled people in Northern Ireland say that their financial situation

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Carnlough School Reaching Out To Families During Financial Crisis

Healthy Heroes Lunch Club among series of initiatives Carnlough Integrated Primary School is reaching out to pupils and their families as the cost-of-living crisis bites, with a series of initiatives to provide support and healthy, curriculum-led options designed to offer practical options. The school has launched its Healthy Heroes Lunch Club with P6 and P7

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A Retired Sales Manager And Mum Of Four Have Joined Forces To Visit Schools And Deliver NSPCC’s Speak Out Stay Safe Service

Teaming up to help protect childrenA retired sales manager and mum of four have joined forces tovisit schools and deliver NSPCC’s Speak Out Stay Safe service It’s an unusual partnership, but mum-of-four Jennifer Kilpatrick and retired salesmanager Hamilton Topping have been joining forces two mornings a week to helpchildren recognise abuse.Jennifer and Hamilton volunteer with

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4 Corners Festival Bringing Communities Together Through Sports

4 Corners Festival returns for its 11th annual instalment on January 27 for a 9-day event running until February 5, covering a variety of music, art, talks, sporting and religious-based events. This year’s theme, Dreams…Visions For Belfast is hoping to inspire individuals from all areas within the city to create a peaceful home for all

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NSPCC NI Calling On Volunteers To Help Children ‘Speak Out Stay Safe’

It’s estimated that in the average UK primary school class, at least two children have suffered abuse or neglect. NSPCC Northern Ireland is calling for volunteers to join its Schools Service and visit primary schools to help children understand how to spot and speak out about the signs of abuse. Last year (2021/22), across the

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