I like to think of this column as my monthly foray into the pressing issues of our times. A space in which I explore, unflinchingly, such questions as: can you take your children on a spa break? And, more pertinently still, why in God’s name would you ever choose to? In search of answers, I am prepared to go to lengths and places others dare not venture. Rockliffe Hall, however, is two-and-a-half hours by train from either London or Birmingham. Plus, it’s a luxury spa hotel. As odysseys go, it’s on the fluffier side. However, the hotel has just finished building new children’s facilities in an attempt to prove that spas and parenthood need not be mutually exclusive experiences. In this mission, it has one major advantage. Lewis Carroll spent much of his childhood in the nearest village, Croft. Indeed, the Cheshire Cat is rumoured to have been inspired by a carving in its church, where Carroll’s father was rector. Thus the new site within the … [Read more...] about Where playtime meets spa time: inside Rockliffe Hall, a Wonderland for children and parents alike
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A long-running toddlers’ club was given a welcome funding boost by spirited youngsters and generous parents. Grange Centre Play Group in Brightons received the cash injection after organising a sponsored obstacle course for little ones to put their athletic skills to the test. Mums and dads then raised £468 via entry fees for their energetic tots to help the club out with running costs. Based at the Grange Centre on Redding Road, the play group is a registered charity and has been operating since 1985. Grange Centre Play Group manager Teresa Baird and staff members Cheryl Burns and Rachel Johns helped to ensure last month’s obstacle course event went smoothly. Ms Baird thanked those who donated on the day and said: “We rely on our fundraising events every year to continue running. “Our aim is to encourage children to learn and socialise through play by providing a safe, secure and stimulating environment. We have spaces available for children from two years … [Read more...] about Cash boost for toddlers’ club thanks to nimble kids and parents!
Now the sun is making an appearance it’s likely you’ll be spending much more time outside with your kids and so the annual struggle to get them slathered in suncream begins. We asked Cancer Research UK and the British Skin Foundation what parents need to know to make sure they are getting the best sun protection for their children and babies. How to choose the right suncream for your child. Cancer research’s health expert, Sophia Lowes, says there are two things you should lookout for on the packaging: 1) SPF factor SPF stands for sun protection factor and protects against UVB rays, which are responsible for sunburn and are linked to skin cancer. Dr Emma Wedgeworth, consultant dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson advises that “higher factors, for example SPF 30-50, should be chosen for children,” and says the absolute minimum SPF you should use on kids is 15. For babies under six months old, Dr … [Read more...] about How To Choose The Best Suncream For Kids And Babies
The first day of school is approaching and will be upon us in just a few months. Offers of primary school places have now been sent out and somehow, ridiculously, that cute little bundle you brought home from hospital what feels like minutes ago is old enough to start education. It can be a stressful time - for parents and children alike. But here are some top tips for making the transition a little easier: Let them know what to expect Parenting expert and mother of three, Dr Pat Spungin told the NHS Choices website: “The idea of ‘big school’ can be very appealing for children, but it can also be quite frightening. “It’s useful to let your child know what’s coming by reading them books about starting school and talking to them about it. That will reduce their anxiety.” There are plenty of books about school, but they can also talk to you, or older siblings or family friends who can take some of the mystery away. Let them know the specifics - … [Read more...] about First day at school: How to make things easier for kids and parents
If your child is a star in the making then the producers of a popular television programme are keen to hear from you. The makers of the award-winning The Secret Life of 4 and 5 Year Olds are planning a new series - and producers are looking for children and parents to take part. The award winning series is billed by Channel 4 as offering an 'intimate and fascinating window on the ups, downs, tears, tantrums and triumphs that unfold when a class of children meet each other for the first time'. According to the online application form children will be observed throughout by leading scientists and psychologists, who will give insights into child development. To take part, you must be available between Monday,July 30 and Friday, August 24 when the new series will be filmed. The application form asks parents to describe their child's character, interests, what they like and dislike about school or nursery and whether they use technology, as well as information on disabilities, medication … [Read more...] about The Secret Life and 5 Year Olds is looking for kids for a new series