Month: June 2015

Families asked to learn 3foot People Festival anthem

Families attending this year’s 3foot People Festival in Chelmsford are being encouraged to learn the lyrics to the festival’s anthem before they attend. Glastonbabies, who deliver festival-style music workshops to children, have written the three-minute theme-song for the Hylands Park event. The team present live performance of the song at 3pm on every day of the festival, and they hope everyone will join in with the singing. Adam Amor of Glastonbabies said: “We have had so much fun writing and composing the festival anthem. “The feedback has been great and we can’t wait to be performing and leading the...

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BIC launch Handwriting Olympiad for primary school children

Children across the UK and Ireland are being encouraged to get writing as part of the very first Handwriting Olympiad, with over £14,000 worth of prizes available for participating schools. In recognition of vital role handwriting plays in children’s literacy, world leading stationery brand BIC has launched its inaugural Handwriting Olympiad inn partnership with Start-Bee, a programme which aims to help children to write effortlessly and enjoyably. Primary schools may enter the competition by asking their pupils to complete the sentence, “I love being able to write because…” Hosted on the Teachers’ Corner section of the recently developed BIC®...

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Leisure costs rise by up to 165% in 10 years

The costs of the most leisure activities are continuing to rise faster than inflation, a report by the Halifax has shown. The bank’s third ‘Spare Time Report’ found that families are feeling the pinch when it comes to footing the bill for their free time, with the majority of leisure activities now outstripping the rise in consumer prices. Halifax looked at the costs of 17 common pastimes and discovered that 12 of these activities have increased by more than 28% overall rise in consumer prices in the last decade. Sporting activities and days out The biggest increase in leisure...

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Breastfeeding pods open in airports

As women worldwide continue to battle for the right to breastfeed their children in public places without discrimination or judgement, one company has come up with an idea to help mums who would prefer to nurse in total privacy. Mamava, a company who say they are committed to “transforming the culture of breastfeeding,” have created breastfeeding pods intended to offer mums a safe, clean environment in which to nurse or pump. Each pod includes seating for a small family, enough space for luggage and a buggy, lockable door, a table and power outlet for a breast pump, soft lighting,...

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Teapot and the Dragon

Essex Baby Review Reading with children is one of life’s simplest pleasures. Our Essex Baby Reviewer takes a look at Teapot and the Dragon, written and illustrated by Nick Jordan. Description Teapot and the Dragon is a fun-filled fairy tale that charts the adventures of a bored princess, a sneaky lord and a big green dragon who defies expectations. Reviewers Opinion The first pages of the book include a map of Teapot and its surrounding island. This was a big hit with my kids as it added an extra dimension to the storytelling. When the characters travelled to new...

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