Author: Louise Wheeler

Choosing a childminder for your childcare

By Karen Dennis Before I start, I want to point out that I am very bias towards childminders (as I worked as one, for 14 happy years, only giving up due to ill health) Childminders usually work alone, in their own homes and many have their own children. Choosing a childminder My personal feeling is that babies are better with a childminder, than, say, a nursery setting, as a childminder is in a home environment and the adult to child ratio is a lot lower. It was one under one, three under five and six under eight in my day....

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Childless drivers who use parent-and-child bays could soon be fined £25

The public has spoken! According to a new survey, one in two people would like to fine motorists that misuse parent-and-child parking bays. Out of the 500 people who responded to the YourParkingSpace.co.uk survey, over 25 per cent said they would like thoughtless drivers to be fined more than £25, while more than 33 per cent were happy with £25 or less. For some people, a fine doesn’t go far enough; one in 10 said they would back a temporary ban from the supermarket for repeat parking offenders. Harrison Woods, managing director at online parking portal YourParkingSpace.co.uk, said: “Parent-and-child...

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Beauty and the Beast Sing-along is coming to Essex!

There’s a touch of magic in the air as a Beauty and the Beast Sing-along spectacular makes its way to a theatre in Essex. Fans of all ages are invited to celebrate the enchanting Disney adaptation at screenings in Chelmsford this October. Cinema-goers are being encouraged to dress up as their favourite character from the 2017 hit film and belt out all the classic tunes, including ‘Be our Guest’, ‘Gaston’ and ‘Something There’. The live action re-make of the iconic animated fairy tale (staring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens) will be shown with on-screen lyrics, so even people new...

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How to survive chickenpox

Chickenpox is a viral illness, which means it has no cure. What we can do is treat the symptoms and make sure our children are as comfortable as possible. Since chickenpox is highly contagious, most children will contract it before their tenth birthday, with many catching it before they turn four. If your little one breaks out in those tell-tale spots, here’s how to survive the itchy, irritable days and nights. Keep them isolated As chickenpox is very easily passed from person to person, it’s important to keep suspected cases isolated until their spots scab over. People who particularly...

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Thomas the Tank Engine is visiting two railways in Essex

Thomas the Tank Engine and friends will be visiting two heritage railways in Essex later this year. Thomas fans will get to enjoy a ride on a real steam engine, meet the Fat Controller and take part in themed activities such as face painting and storytelling. If you know someone who’d love this day out, here’s when and where you’ll be able to see the country’s favourite Really Useful Engine: East Anglian Railway Museum, Wakes Colne October This October you can experience a train ride like no other at the East Anglian Railway Museum. Thomas and his friends will be dropping...

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