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Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge

Authored by Mary

Libraries across Devon and Torbay are calling for children to sign up to the Silly Squad Summer Challenge and read six books this summer as part of the 2020 Summer Reading Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge will run from Saturday 4th July to Saturday 5th September. The online launch event will be on Saturday 4th July, a specially commissioned event featuring Rob Pudner of...

Housebuilder gives parents a sporting boost to keep children active

Authored by Mary

Parents in South West are being offered an online ‘sports day at home’ pack thanks to a leading housebuilder’s partnership with Team GB.

With the current Covid-19 crisis still unfolding, many parents have had to get used to home schooling amid the uncertainty of when their children will return to school.

Now Persimmon Homes South West, thanks to its ongoing partnership with...

Research reveals it takes 8 adults to raise a child in the South West

Authored by Mary

It takes an average of eight adults to raise a single child in the South West, with teachers (48 percent), grandmothers (40 percent), grandfathers (34 percent), older siblings (24 percent), and aunts (16 percent) all playing key roles alongside parents, according to the results of a study amongst British parents and children.

Over a quarter of those surveyed believe it takes as many...

SW school pupils urged to join NSPCC virtual assembly with guest hosts Ant & Dec and David Walliams

Authored by Mary

The NSPCC is moving its schools’ assembly series ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe’ online, to continue its vital work helping children to stay safe from abuse and neglect.

The special broadcast on Friday morning will be hosted by Ant & Dec, with a helping hand from David Walliams, and deals with some of the additional worries that children are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic....

It’s ‘Virtually’ the Devon School Games

Authored by Mary

Despite the Coronavirus restrictions, Devon’s schoolchildren will still be able to take part in the popular School Games this year. In fact, it’s ‘virtually’ the same as normal!

Active Devon, working with partners, is launching the ‘Virtual’ games which get underway with a Walk, Jog, Run challenge starting on Monday May 18th. Primary School pupils will have 20, 30 and 40 mile targets...

Meet Boken, a lovable new children’s character with a difference: he’s fun, cheeky and educational

Authored by News Desk

In Spring 2020 a friendly new canine face has been launched into the children’s leisure and entertainment market Worldwide. Boken is a fun-loving real-life miniature Schnauzer who lives in Spain with his mum Sara Mastriforte and dad Neil Egerton.

Starting with a few videos and a couple of short books they’d written about Boken, Sara and Neil have now created a whole world of fun,...

Devon countryside charity’s 2020 competitions provide a creative outlet for stay-at-home schoolchildren

Authored by sharon goble

The Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England hopes its 2020 art and writing competitions, open for entries from 18 May, will provide a creative outlet for primary schoolchildren across the county, many of whom are spending more time than usual indoors this spring because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

CPRE Devon's two children's competitions are a fun way to...

Charity mascot Harold the Giraffe posts daily diary following school closures to help keep Devon’s children healthy and happy

Authored by sharon goble

The animal mascot of South West children’s charity Life Education Wessex has launched a daily blog to give health and wellbeing advice to children in Devon aged 3 to 11, who can’t go to school because of the Coronavirus shutdown.

Harold the Giraffe is the well-known mascot of the national charity, Coram Life Education. A Harold puppet usually accompanies LEW’s specialist educators when...

Learning where bread comes from in one of Britain’s oldest working mills

Authored by Mary

Primary school pupils from North Devon travelled to the east of the county for a lesson in how grain was milled 1,000 years ago.

As a part of their ‘Farm to Fork’ topic, pupils aged between four to six years old, from Umberleigh Primary Academy and Brayford Academy, visited the East Devon village of Otterton where the ancient water-powered mill produces stoneground wholemeal flour in...

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...

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