Month: April 2017

900 free tickets to Lee Valley experiences up for grabs

Lee Valley Regional Park is giving away hundreds of free tickets to a range of different experiences. From hotel stays to white water rafting, the Lee Valley Big 50 will give visitors the opportunity to discover some of the parks tops venues and hidden gems. How do you apply for free tickets to Lee Valley Big 50? All you need to do is browse through the various deals on the Lee Valley Big 50 website and choose which tickets you would like. There are 26 activities to choose from. Attractions and experiences that are great for families with younger children...

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Broomfield Hospital launch Baby Box scheme for Mid Essex

Broomfield Hospital NHS are inviting local parents to attend their Baby Box launch event on Friday 5 May 2017. The Baby Box scheme will gift all new babies with a safe sleeping box and babycare essentials. What is the Mid Essex Baby Box scheme? Taken from the 80-year-old Finnish tradition, the boxes are designed to provide a safe and secure sleeping environment for newborn babies. Studies suggest that this scheme has helped Finland achieve one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world. Each Baby Box comes with a firm mattress and a fitted sheet. The boxes also contain a...

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3foot People Festival tickets go on sale

Brace yourselves! We’re poised for the stampede as 3foot People Festival tickets go on sale. The 3foot People Festival, based in Chelmsford, is returning for its eleventh year and is scheduled to take place from Tuesday 27 June to Thursday 29 June 2017. Following yet another sell-out last year, the UK’s largest preschool event is expecting to welcome nearly 14,000 people over three days. The award-winning event will be held within the picturesque Hyland Park. Children and their parents and carers will be able to enjoy dozens of shows and activities in the decorated grounds of the Hyland estate....

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‘Outstanding’ nurseries may not be the best, says new research

Attending a nursery with an outstanding Ofsted rating has ‘limited benefits’ for children’s education, says new research from the University of Surrey. The report, published last month, showed that a child’s educational achievement at the end of their reception year is only very slightly higher if they had been taught by a qualified teacher or attended an outstanding nursery. The study, conducted by researchers at the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), looked at the information of 1.6 million children born between September 2003 and August 2006. While children who attended an outstanding nursery, or one with graduate staff, did...

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Top Tips: Travelling by plane with young children

Let’s face it – every parent flying with a young child worries that their little one will throw a colossal tantrum at 30,000 feet. While we can’t always predict how our children will behave, there are a few things that we can do to make flying with kids easier and more fun. Here are our top tips for travelling by plane with a young child. You can also find tips on travelling by train or travelling by car. 1. While it’s tempting to bring only the bare minimum, not having enough nappies, wipes, spare clothes or other everyday supplies...

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