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Vandals turn to baked beans in latest viral internet stunt

Vandals turn to baked beans in latest viral internet stunt

Youths are turning to baked beans in the latest criminal craze to hit the internet and Tik Tok, prompting warnings from police.

Universal Credit cut explained - as charities warn working families will be hit hardest

Universal Credit cut explained - as charities warn working families will be hit hardest

Working families may be left struggling to pay for food and heating when Universal Credit is cut. But what is the reduction and why is it happening?

Devastating fall in girls' happiness warns Girlguiding UK

Devastating fall in girls' happiness warns Girlguiding UK

The happiness of girls continues to decline dramatically, says the well-respected charity, which is now insisting the government take action.

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20 things adults miss most about school days

20 things adults miss most about school days

From conker competitions and skipping to school milk and pink custard - these are the things we hold dear about our time in school.

7 ways to keep kids reading in the holidays

7 ways to keep kids reading in the holidays

Are you trying to get the kids to pick up a book this summer? Here are some expert tips for keeping their reading going through the school break.

Dinner on a budget: How much will £35 get you?

Dinner on a budget: How much will £35 get you?

As rates of hunger continue to rise and the school meal voucher scheme ends we find out just how difficult feeding a family on a budget is.

Pier to ban plastic crabbing gear

Pier to ban plastic crabbing gear

Plastic crabbing gear is to be banned from a Kent pier over fears it could end up in the sea and harm wildlife.

The cost of driving tests set to increase

The cost of driving tests set to increase

The price of theory and practical driving tests, and MOT slot fees, are among charges the DVSA wants to increase as it faces a funding shortfall.

Holidaymakers warned to check passports after travel confusion

Holidaymakers warned to check passports after travel confusion

Travellers are being reminded to check passports are valid following confusion with post-Brexit rules and the government's own passport checker.

Youngsters can go for gold

Youngsters can go for gold

Olympic gold medallist Adam Peaty will be heading to Kent after his win at Tokyo 2020 to teach children swimming skills.

Jobs to go as NSPCC looks at quitting Kent base

Jobs to go as NSPCC looks at quitting Kent base

Referrals for specialist help for abused children are set to end as the national charity prepares to move out of the county.

Can I leave my child home alone?

Can I leave my child home alone?

With six weeks of school holidays coming up, the NSPCC has advice for parents trying to make a decision about leaving their child home alone.

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Parents face £500 fine for children not in the correct car seat

Parents face £500 fine for children not in the correct car seat

With restrictions easing and more outings on the horizon, parents are being reminded to check their children's car seats are suitable.

Zoo bans scooters, skateboards and bikes

Zoo bans scooters, skateboards and bikes

A popular Kent zoo has banned children's skateboards, scooters and bikes from its site.

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'Don't buy' warning for popular children's sun cream

'Don't buy' warning for popular children's sun cream

Two well-known sun creams, including one made for children, have failed Which? tests leading to a warning for shoppers to avoid them this summer.

Parents could claim £500 Covid payment if children are isolating

Parents could claim £500 Covid payment if children are isolating

Parents of pupils, being sent home to isolate after coming into contact with coronavirus, could be entitled to a £500 one-off support payment.

Nearly 12,000 pupils not in class because of Covid

Nearly 12,000 pupils not in class because of Covid

A snapshot of absence rates for one week this month show nearly 12,000 pupils were not in class because of Covid.

Aquapark and watersports lake given the go ahead

Aquapark and watersports lake given the go ahead

A water sports and inflatable water park is to be built in East Kent after the project was granted permission.

Girl, 11, behind world-changing wind-powered car

Girl, 11, behind world-changing wind-powered car

At just 11 years old, Annabelle Sapoor is being praised for her bold design of an electric car that doesn't even have to be charged.

£10m funding to help children post pandemic

£10m funding to help children post pandemic

A programme to help children catch up on the activities, learning and socialising they have missed during the pandemic has been given a cash boost.

Has Covid killed off birthday cake candles?

Has Covid killed off birthday cake candles?

With parents worried about spreading Covid at parties, and a no-blow candle in production, has the pandemic ended the tradition of candles on cakes?

Driving test centres are fully-booked

Driving test centres are fully-booked

Learner drivers wanting to take their practical test in Kent are facing extremely long waits for appointments.

'It was freezing but we can't wait to go back'

'It was freezing but we can't wait to go back'

What's it like to take the plunge at Kent's new Aqua Park? One family, celebrating a birthday, went to find out...

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.

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