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Month: April 2017

Can parents on zero-hour contracts claim 30 hours free childcare?

Parents on zero-hour contacts may have trouble claiming the new 30 hours of free childcare scheme, which is due to be launched in September. I’m in insecure employment. Will I be able to make a claim? Under plans to extend the free childcare provision from 15 hours to 30 hours, all parents in a household must be working at least 16 hours per week. However, parents working on zero-hours contracts would need to be reassessed every three months to determine whether their employment qualifies them to continue receiving 30 hours of free childcare. This means that some families will...

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May Events in Kent for Babies, Children and Families

Top local listings for May events in Kent that are perfect for babies, toddlers, big kids and families! Discover what’s on near you, including children’s activities, workshops, shows, open days and fun things to do. You can add to our list of May events in Kent by visiting our Add Event page. MAY EVENTS IN KENT Make Your Own Roman Cuff at Canterbury Roman Museum Mon 1 May – Mon 31 July 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm 11A Butchery Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2JR Both Roman men and women liked to wear jewellery. Cuffs were made from a variety of materials...

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How to beat head lice with a nit hoover

A nit-busting company says it can whip away children’s head lice using a specially adapted vacuum cleaner. The treatment, provided by a company called The Hairforce, involves dividing the hair into sections and then using a modified nit hoover to vacuum each section, sucking up any wandering head lice. The company’s so-called ‘lice assassins’ say that the treatment is 100% guaranteed. The service is free of any chemicals and its success hinges on something that you can’t buy in the shops – time and plenty of elbow grease. Beating bugs with a nit hoover The process takes place over 2...

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SnapperTime: The new website that rewards kids for giving up screen time

What’s the easiest way to cut kids’ screen time? Simple! Just set up some ‘alternative fun’ and lure them away with a little bit of good-old-fashioned bribery. That’s the premise behind SnapperTime, the latest offering from Whippersnapper, the kids’ entertainment website. Stop! It’s SnapperTime! When we say ‘bribery’, we mean it in the best possible sense. The SnapperTime website presents children with a variety of challenges. Complete the challenges and the kids’ can earn rewards for their whole family. The challenges are divided into five different categories: Arty Farty; Super Science; Great Outdoors; Tasty Treats; and Super Hero.  Each...

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Exercise Tips for New Mums

Many women worry about getting their pre baby body back once they have given birth and along with the pressures of being a new mum, plus adjusting to a new way of life, this can be an unnecessary additional stress. It’s important to remember that getting back into shape is not something you can rush. It’s taken about 40 weeks to gain your pregnancy weight and your body has done a wonderful job of growing your baby and bringing it into the world, so you will need to give it a chance to recover. Exercise tips for new mums...

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