Family Life

Could Devon find a family for Kevin?

Family for Me, a campaign designed specifically to find families for children who have been waiting the longest to be adopted, is being re-launched across Devon to find a family for Kevin.

Kevin is a charismatic, smart little six year old. His lovely thick dark hair and long eyelashes...

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Likely increase in domestic violence as a result of Coronavirus – what you can do

Authored by The Family Law Co.

Suggestions that there will be a surge in domestic violence in the region as families self-isolate and schools face long closures has prompted a response from The Family Law Company.

Director Jane Chanot who is part of the Children, Child Abduction and Domestic Violence Team, says “I have real concerns that we’ll see an increase in situations where families are kept inside together...

Covid-19 – how it affects child contact if you’re a separated parent

Authored by The Family Law Co.

Specialist family lawyer Hannah Porter from The Family Law Company explains what government recommendations about social distancing mean for separated parents deciding whether contact between children and the non-resident parent should go ahead.

Associate Solicitor Hannah says, “We are all now aware of advice regarding staying at home, social distancing. and avoiding any gatherings...

Spring-clean your finances with these seven simple steps

Authored by Marc Astley

We can all become complacent with our finances, but as with any bad habits, the first step is admitting something needs to change – and spring is an ideal time to give your money habits a deep clean and refresh.

But, once you’ve decided to improve your money habits, where do you start?

Here are some ideas from TopCashback.co.uk UK director Adam Bullock, for spring cleaning...

How to Prepare as a Couple for Family Life

Authored by Sarah Parker

When you’re planning on starting a family, the excitement and affection that you feel for your partner, and for the path you are mapping ahead, can feel overwhelming. After all, you’re about to start a journey that will last for the rest of your life – and you’re doing it with the person you love the most.

But, before you get too starry-eyed, it’s worth considering the practical...

Six Ideas for a Fun Family Day Out

Authored by Mike Page

It can be hard to find the opportunity to spend some quality time with your family. Between work, school and everything else in between, it’s easy to find that each of your schedules are full to the brim. However, it is important that you get to spend time with each other to bond and create happy memories.

Take a time-out from the rush of everyday life, and get your brood together...

Top Trumps trail at The Donkey Sanctuary

Authored by Mary

This February half term, head to The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth and find out which donkey has the loudest bray, the longest ears, or who is the most playful in the Adoption Donkey Top Trumps Trail.

Follow the trail to find the giant Top Trumps cards located around the sanctuary and reveal which adoption donkey comes out on top in each round.

Each adoption donkey has been...

Go Ape at Haldon this half term

Authored by Marc Astley

Go Ape Haldon is encouraging families to live life more adventurously this February half-term, with a range of memory-making activities to keep the whole tribe entertained.

Make the first school holiday of the year stand out from the crowd, with fun family time that brings out everyone’s inner adventurer. The famous Treetop Challenge and Treetop Adventure promise high octane fun for...

Work starts on £5.8m Plymouth primary school

Authored by Sarah

Work on a bright and modern primary school serving a new community in Plymouth is beginning.

Persimmon Homes Cornwall is constructing a multi-million pound, state-of-the-art school as part of its Saltram Meadow development in Plymstock.

Contractors Halsall Construction are building the two-form entry school which will accommodate 420 pupils as Persimmon Homes continues...

Childcare is more expensive than a University Degree

Authored by News Desk

The Government has released its Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents 2019, reporting a rise in the number of families that found it “difficult” or “very difficult” to meet their childcare costs. In conjunction with this survey, new researchledbychildcareplatform, Y​oopies UK​, reveals that the UK ranks int he top three most expensive countries for childcare in Europe, surpassing the...

NSPCC and O2 urge parents to make online safety a New Year's resolution

Authored by Mike Page

The NSPCC and O2 are urging parents to make online safety a priority for their children if they are given smartphones, tablets or games consoles this Christmas.

The advice comes after the charity and mobile network operator found that thousands of parents who have played the O2 NSPCC Parents vs Kids online safety quiz were getting questions about parental controls wrong.

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