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Kent’s most inspiring teachers are recognised with awards

Kent’s most inspiring teachers are recognised with awards

The Kent Teacher of the Year Awards celebrated the hard work of dedicated teaching staff from across the county.

'There is nothing else like this for our children, this club is vital'

'There is nothing else like this for our children, this club is vital'

A school has set up a one-of-a-kind sports club for young people with disabilities to teach them how to become athletes.

Cost of living crisis means children aren't learning to swim

Cost of living crisis means children aren't learning to swim

A study has found that a third of children are not learning to swim and swimming teachers fear this could put lives at risk.

Public urged to report sightings of caterpillar that must not be touched

Public urged to report sightings of caterpillar that must not be touched

Sightings of a caterpillar, which can cause humans and pets to become very unwell, must be reported urges The Forestry Commission.

Sport and music-loving youngsters wanted for new award

Sport and music-loving youngsters wanted for new award

Youngsters, tackling a sport or hobby regardless of illness or disability, are being sought for a new Children's Award.

Mum wears fancy dress every day for a month

Mum wears fancy dress every day for a month

Mother of three and charity founder spent every day in April in fancy dress to help spread the message that it is OK to be different.

Inclusive festival will be fun for all families

Inclusive festival will be fun for all families

Festability, an inclusive music festival aimed at people with disabilities, will return this summer.

Strictly winner Rose Ayling-Ellis to sign a Cbeebies Bedtime Story

Strictly winner Rose Ayling-Ellis to sign a Cbeebies Bedtime Story

Strictly Come Dancing champion and EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis is to become the first celebrity to sign a story for children.

Will England ban parents smacking their children?

Will England ban parents smacking their children?

The Children's Commissioner has backed a ban on smacking in England but why is the law different here and is it likely to change?

Passport warning for holidaymakers amid growing backlog

Passport warning for holidaymakers amid growing backlog

HM Passport Office has issued a strong warning to people planning to go abroad in the coming months as demand for passports reaches an all time high.

More advice for parents as hepatitis cases in children spread

More advice for parents as hepatitis cases in children spread

Medics, investigating a mystery rise in hepatitis illness in children, issue more advice for parents as cases are detected in Europe and the US.

Inspiring youngsters sought for Kent's Children's Awards

Inspiring youngsters sought for Kent's Children's Awards

The county's prestigious Children's Awards are back and we need you to tell us about inspirational children, families and charities that you know.

Kinder Surprise recall extends to Easter kits and mini eggs

Kinder Surprise recall extends to Easter kits and mini eggs

Here's the full list of Kinder chocolates you shouldn't eat as more Easter treats are recalled over possible link to salmonella outbreak.

The hepatitis signs parents should check for amid mystery spike in cases

The hepatitis signs parents should check for amid mystery spike in cases

Parents are being urged to look out for signs of hepatitis in their children as medics investigate 70 cases with no obvious cause.

Covid jabs for children aged five to 11 to start next week

Covid jabs for children aged five to 11 to start next week

Covid-19 vaccine appointments are to be available to all children from Saturday as the national roll-out extends to youngsters next week.

Children as young as 5 using social media amid 'TikTot' fears

Children as young as 5 using social media amid 'TikTot' fears

Children as young as five are using social media platforms designed for teenagers warns a new report into how we're using television and the internet.

Images reveal £1.1m vision for overhaul of play areas

Images reveal £1.1m vision for overhaul of play areas

Three play areas in the same town are in line for an exciting revamp in a million-pound plan featuring outdoor gyms, new climbing frames and swings.

'I've been here 13 years - this is the worst mistake I've seen'

'I've been here 13 years - this is the worst mistake I've seen'

An independent inquiry is likely to be held into major delays in sourcing transport to take special needs children to and from school in Kent.

Norovirus outbreaks rising in nurseries and care homes

Norovirus outbreaks rising in nurseries and care homes

Outbreaks of the vomiting bug are rising sharply in England, with the UK Health Security Agency warning out-of-season cases may be on the increase.

Stay-at-home mums invited to become magistrates

Stay-at-home mums invited to become magistrates

People from 'all backgrounds' have been urged to become magistrates as part of a campaign to recruit thousands to clear the Covid court backlog.

Biffa make boy's birthday dream come true

Biffa make boy's birthday dream come true

A waste firm made a young bin truck fan's day by bringing a refuse lorry to his door.

How the cost of living crisis will hit The Jones' lifestyle

How the cost of living crisis will hit The Jones' lifestyle

With the cost of living continuing to rise, we take a look at how the average family in Kent is going to be hit.

All are welcome to become foster carers

All are welcome to become foster carers

Kent Fostering - breaking down misconceptions as calls continue for LGBTQ+ foster carers.

Popular toy shop set for new home

Popular toy shop set for new home

A toy store which has been in a shopping centre for almost 50 years is moving.

New £1m skatepark set to get green light

New £1m skatepark set to get green light

Plans to build a skatepark on a derelict crazy golf centre are set to be decided by councillors.

Fifa or Fortnite? Parents advised to join children's online games

Fifa or Fortnite? Parents advised to join children's online games

Parents should play the same online games their children love, says a charity, in order to have better conversations with them about internet safety.

Last chance to nominate carriers for Queen's Baton Relay

Last chance to nominate carriers for Queen's Baton Relay

Thousands turned out to see the Olympic flame be carried through Kent in 2012 and now it's the turn of Commonwealth Games batonbearers.

Could your family photo hang in the National Portrait Gallery?

Could your family photo hang in the National Portrait Gallery?

Images of monarchs and world leaders are hung at the National Portrait Gallery but now curators want people's family snaps to take centre stage too.

£34 million leisure centre project approved

£34 million leisure centre project approved

Plans to replace an ageing leisure centre have been given the go ahead.

10 ways tired parents can find balance after the pandemic

10 ways tired parents can find balance after the pandemic

Parents need balance and time to protect their own mental health after two difficult years say those behind the UK's first Parent Mental Health Day.

Triplets appear in Call The Midwife special

Triplets appear in Call The Midwife special

Three baby brothers from Kent have had their first taste of stardom - after being selected to appear in a Christmas episode of a much-loved BBC show.

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