Author: Louise Wheeler

Scotland to be first UK country to ban smacking

The Scottish government has confirmed that Scotland will becoming the first country in the UK to ban smacking children. The legislation will give children the same legal protection as adults from physical punishments. Ministers announced that they will ensure the bill lodged by Green MSP John Finnie becomes law. Mr Finnie said that Scotland “cannot be thought of as the best place in the world for children to grow up while our law gives children less protection from assault than anybody else in society”. He added: “The physical punishment of children is already illegal in 52 countries and my...

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FREE Wizarding Week at London Designer Outlet

Is your little witch or wizard ready for some magic? The London Designer Outlet (LDO), a fashion and lifestyle outlet centre at Wembley Park, is calling on all wizarding fans to venture into an enchanted world of spells and potions this October half term. In a celebration of everything magic and mystical, LDO are offering FREE spell-binding activities every day on the holidays from Monday 23rd – Sunday 29th October, 11am until 4pm. Wizarding Workshops at LDO Take part in a Wizarding Workshops, where you can make your own wands, learn a variety of thrilling spells, or brew up...

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Women in preterm labour to be offered antibiotics for Group B Strep

Women who go into labour before 37 weeks of pregnancy should be offered antibiotics to prevent the onset of Group B Streptococcal (GBS), say new guidance. According to updated information published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), as well as being offered antibiotics for Group B Strep, pregnant women should also be provided with information about GBS and the signs of an infection in babies. What is GBS? GBS is the most frequent cause of severe infection in babies less than seven days old (early-onset). Many babies come into contact with GBS during birth as it is a...

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Club Kid: Essex parents rave about family-friendly club events

Rave-loving parents in Essex are swapping late-night parties for daytime family clubbing experiences. Music Mob Events, held at Chelmsford’s CTZN Bar, bring together old skool bass with fun – and safe – child-friendly activities. The events are aimed at children aged 3-8, but older and younger siblings are welcome too. Family-friendly clubbing Like a mini festival, the entertainment at every Music Mob event is spread out over two floors and the outside terrace (in good weather). Each session is slightly different, but you can expect a mix of doodling, glitter tattoos, a chill out zone, some serious moves and a professional...

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New rock painting craze that Essex kids will love

The new world-wide craze has seen families across the Essex heading outdoors to play hide and seek with hand-painted rocks. The decorated rocks are bring hidden in a variety locations around the county as part of a community treasure hunt; like Pokémon Go! without all the tech. Once hidden, photos and clues are posted on participating Facebook pages to help other families find them. Treasure hunters then re-hide them elsewhere, and often make their own to add to the game. Why are people hunting for painted rocks? Essex rock hunters are taking part in a global social phenomenon that...

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