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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.

Days left to send us Mother's Day drawings

Days left to send us Mother's Day drawings

There are just days left to send us your children's Mother's Day drawings for inclusion in our fantastic My Mum supplements. Learn more here:

'The best family decision we have made'

'The best family decision we have made'

Demand for foster carers is rising because of the pandemic. One Kent family is sharing their story in the hope of persuading others to find out more.

Plea to parents to 'follow the rules'

Plea to parents to 'follow the rules'

Stay local, do not travel and don’t mix households is the message to parents ahead of next week's February half term break.

Are your online rules right for your child's age?

Are your online rules right for your child's age?

How do you monitor screen time and internet use at home? From toddlers to teens we share some age appropriate expert online safety tips.

Help change a life for the better

Help change a life for the better

Safe homes and better futures: Could you help a vulnerable young person?

Free sports kits for children in lockdown

Free sports kits for children in lockdown

PE bags full of equipment are being given free to children, by a Kent sports coaching company, to help them stay active at home during lockdown.

Is your family passionate about exercise?

Is your family passionate about exercise?

A charity is seeking family ambassadors to join the launch of mile-long community walking events in Kent towns this summer.

Six ways to boost your family's mental health

Six ways to boost your family's mental health

Encouraging better mental health is a big part of Children's Mental Health Week but how best can this be achieved?

Support your children's mental health

Support your children's mental health

It's more important than ever to look after our children's mental health and people can access free help during Children’s Mental Health Week.

School supplier expands sales to parents

School supplier expands sales to parents

One of the UK's biggest suppliers of school equipment, based in Kent, is expanding sales to parents in response to the latest school closures.

Celebrate a lockdown birthday in Kent

Celebrate a lockdown birthday in Kent

From online panic rooms to giant balloon models and virtual magic. We look at ways to celebrate a lockdown birthday in Kent...

Wildlife park to close

Wildlife park to close

Bosses at a wildlife park have announced they have been forced to close due to the pressures caused by the pandemic.

Volunteers needed as Childline struggles to meet demand

Volunteers needed as Childline struggles to meet demand

An urgent appeal for volunteers has been issued by Childline and the NSPCC, which are experiencing high volumes of calls to helplines.

M&S boosts value of school meal vouchers

M&S boosts value of school meal vouchers

M&S is offering to top-up the value of the £15 free school meal voucher to £20.

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Early Learning Centre steps up to help parents

Early Learning Centre steps up to help parents

A toy brand, once a regular feature on Kent's high street, has launched home learning ideas and toy discounts for families at home.

What could fill a £30 free school meal hamper?

What could fill a £30 free school meal hamper?

With pictures of sparse food packages circulating online, we went to Asda to show what children could be getting for £30.

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Big rise in lockdown school places

Big rise in lockdown school places

Schools in Kent are reporting huge increases in the number of pupils attending despite new lockdown measures.

Help your family through lockdown 3

Help your family through lockdown 3

The harsh winter weather and darker days could make the third lockdown the most difficult yet. Here's some tips for getting your family through...

TV lessons to bolster home learning

TV lessons to bolster home learning

Hours of curriculum-based programmes and learning will be shown through television screens from next week as part of work to help pupils at home.

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App aims to combat isolation

App aims to combat isolation

Mums feeling the effects of coronavirus restrictions are being encouraged to turn to an app that will connect them with other mothers nearby.

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Mass vaccination clinics for pupils

Mass vaccination clinics for pupils

Health chiefs are working hard to give thousands of children in Kent a flu spray who missed out because of coronavirus- related school closures.

Kentish treats for kids this Christmas

Kentish treats for kids this Christmas

Shop local and support Kent's producers with these gifts for children's stockings, Christmas Eve boxes or for tucking into over the festive period.

Did your child miss their flu spray?

Did your child miss their flu spray?

Large numbers of pupils are missing school flu sprays because of bubble closures related to Covid. Health chiefs say the situation is 'challenging'.

Toy shops extend opening hours

Toy shops extend opening hours

A toy shop, with branches across Kent, is extending its opening hours until Christmas in order to meet demand after reopening.

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