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Weekend set to bring mini heatwave

Weekend set to bring mini heatwave

A spell of high pressure means most areas in the county will meet the Met Office’s definition of a heatwave this weekend.

Make Dad's day this Father's Day

Make Dad's day this Father's Day

Wondering how to treat Dad this Father's Day? We've found days out from racing and railways to enjoying beer and the Euros across Kent to choose from.

7 street games kids used to play

7 street games kids used to play

As the NSPCC says outdoor play could help bolster mental health after the pandemic, we look at street games kids often played in the 80s and 90s.

Premier League clubs to donate boots to budding stars

Premier League clubs to donate boots to budding stars

Young footballers who need new boots could soon claim a pair from a top club under a new scheme asking all players to recycle their unwanted kit.

5 easy plants kids can grow

5 easy plants kids can grow

JLS star and Kent farmer JB Gill says he loves gardening with his children. With more sun heading our way here's 5 plants the kids could grow.

Surge in demand for SEN help after pandemic home schooling

Surge in demand for SEN help after pandemic home schooling

A recent study has shown the pandemic has likely led to more children being undiagnosed with special educational needs and disabilities.

11 easy ways to cut the family food bill

11 easy ways to cut the family food bill

Is the cost of your food shop creeping up as we plan for guests and gatherings? Here's 11 tips for capping the cost of the family food bill.

Concerns raised over latest children's craze

Concerns raised over latest children's craze

Poppers are the latest must-have fidget toy after finding fame on social media but green campaigners say they risk harming the environment.

GMB presenter to join Children's Awards

GMB presenter to join Children's Awards

Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins will host this year's exciting Children's Awards ceremony. Here's how to nominate a child you know:

The boys and girls names facing extinction

The boys and girls names facing extinction

The names growing in popularity and those fast falling out of favour with new families have been revealed.

Social worker writes book to help bereaved children

Social worker writes book to help bereaved children

A hospice social worker has written a book to help children understand their feelings of bereavement.

Toy shop extends its Quiet Hour

Toy shop extends its Quiet Hour

A toy store is extending its Quiet Hour initiative to create a calmer shopping experience for customers, including those with autism.

Baby milk shortages causing concern

Baby milk shortages causing concern

Worried parents are struggling to get their hands on two particular types of infant formula milk because of a nationwide shortage.

Kent has highest number of obese kids in country

Kent has highest number of obese kids in country

A new study has revealed thousands of school age children have been identified as obese in the county.

Famous names back children's book about tortoise

Famous names back children's book about tortoise

An 80-year-old tortoise who was abandoned 50-years-ago has become the star of a series of picture books.

Learn to cook with Marcus Rashford and Tom Kerridge

Learn to cook with Marcus Rashford and Tom Kerridge

Footballer Marcus Rashford and chef Tom Kerridge have begun showing families how to cook cheap, easy, healthy meals. Here's how to join in:

Monsters help ease pandemic pressures for children

Monsters help ease pandemic pressures for children

A mum who brought her son's drawing of a friendly monster to life has created dozens more for children to help them cope with lockdown pressures.

Take a family break for just £29

Take a family break for just £29

One of the UK's top budget hotel chains has put millions of hotel rooms on sale for £29 this summer and there's free breakfasts too...

Teen chef wins TV cooking show

Teen chef wins TV cooking show

A talented young chef who impressed celebrity diners with her delicious dishes has been crowned Head Chef in a TV cooking show.

Disney confirms vaccine rules for UK holidays

Disney confirms vaccine rules for UK holidays

Disney's new UK Magic at Sea holidays go on sale on Friday. Here's all you need to know including its Covid vaccination policy.

Helping children be good pet owners

Helping children be good pet owners

With growing numbers of families getting pets in lockdown, the RSPCA has launched an online course to help youngsters be compassionate pet owners.

Could you nominate a courageous child?

Could you nominate a courageous child?

After a break last year because of coronavirus, the Children's Awards are back and we're looking for your nominations now!

Free paddling pool could start charging

Free paddling pool could start charging

Free days out could end, at an outdoor splash pool that attracts families from all over Kent...

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Thousands available for sports clubs

Thousands available for sports clubs

Sports clubs working with young people to overcome the effects of lockdown are being encouraged to apply for grants to help their work in Kent.

Unusual Easter eggs for kids you can buy

Unusual Easter eggs for kids you can buy

From melting chicks and beehives to chocolate fruit and milkshakes - here are some of the more unusual chocolate creations supermarkets are selling.

What can I do with the family from Monday?

What can I do with the family from Monday?

From 'stay at home' to 'stay local' we look at what this really means for families in Kent from March 29 when lockdown rules are set to ease.

'A year can feel like a lifetime to children'

'A year can feel like a lifetime to children'

A year since the start of the pandemic, we look at what life after lockdown may feel like for Kent's children and the projects being set-up to help.

M&S Ombles family voiced by Kent pupil

M&S Ombles family voiced by Kent pupil

M&S chocolate family The Ombles are being voiced by a pupil from Kent in new Easter campaign adverts.

"We need to get children back to school asap"

"We need to get children back to school asap"

The disadvantages of lockdown now outweigh the benefits for youngsters, says doctor and TV presenter Dr Ranj, and they must be given some normality.

Prestigious Gold Blue Peter badge for Tony

Prestigious Gold Blue Peter badge for Tony

A brave little boy from Kent is being given a prestigious Gold Blue Peter badge alongside celebrities Marcus Rashford and Greta Thunberg.

Plans for Easter holiday camps

Plans for Easter holiday camps

There are plans for Easter holiday camps in Kent to take the pressure off working parents and to boost children's confidence after months indoors.

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