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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.

Primark prepares for 24-hour opening

Primark prepares for 24-hour opening

Primark will reopen this week with one store trading for 24-hours to help Christmas shoppers.

No changes to support bubbles in Tier 4

No changes to support bubbles in Tier 4

Support bubbles, including single adults or those with a baby under one, remain in place under Tier 4 rules. More details on who qualifies here:

Are you ready for Christmas Jumper Day?

Are you ready for Christmas Jumper Day?

Christmas Jumper Day is going ahead this year, despite coronavirus. Here's all the ways that you can get involved this year:

Parents urged to consent to flu sprays

Parents urged to consent to flu sprays

As flu immunisations get underway in Kent and Medway schools, parents are being encouraged to make sure they've given their consent.

Advent calendars for all the family

Advent calendars for all the family

Yet to organise this year's advent calendars? We take a look at some of those still available for all the family...

Overwhelming response to keyring giveaway

Overwhelming response to keyring giveaway

Thousands of reflective keyrings are on their way to children across Kent thanks to the almighty success of this year's Be Bright Be Seen campaign.

Free parenting courses for every family

Free parenting courses for every family

All parents in Kent and Medway are being offered free parenting courses as part of measures to support families during the coronavirus pandemic.

Play centre closes for good

Play centre closes for good

An indoor play centre in Kent has closed forever with owners saying the coronavirus pandemic made it impossible to continue.

Toy shop confirms same-day service

Toy shop confirms same-day service

A toy shop with branches across Kent says extra measures will be in place to help panicked parents with Christmas shopping during lockdown.

Stay indoors this Halloween say councils

Stay indoors this Halloween say councils

Families in Kent and Medway are being urged to stay home and not trick or treat on Halloween, despite government rules allowing for celebrations.

Slim pickings at some pumpkin patches

Slim pickings at some pumpkin patches

Pumpkin fields in some parts of Kent are now turning away visitors after high demand has seen them run out days before Halloween.

Personalised Quality Street tins now online

Personalised Quality Street tins now online

Personalised Quality Street tins will be sold online this Christmas after coronavirus concerns sees the popular gift removed from John Lewis stores.

Free reflective keyrings for children

Free reflective keyrings for children

To help ensure children are seen on Kent's roads this winter we've got 20,000 reflective keyrings to once again give away.

Pick pumpkins to help charity

Pick pumpkins to help charity

A charity helping people with learning disabilities, hopes families picking pumpkins from its patch will help bolster funds hit hard by coronavirus.

Smyths unveils top 10 Christmas toys

Smyths unveils top 10 Christmas toys

A toy superstore, with branches across the county, has revealed what it thinks will be the top 10 toys this Christmas.

Hamleys opens new Kent store

Hamleys opens new Kent store

World-renowned toy shop Hamleys has opened a new store inside Bluewater Shopping Centre for Christmas.

Parents urged to not use Covid tests 'inappropriately'

Parents urged to not use Covid tests 'inappropriately'

Thousands of letters have been sent to parents in Kent asking them to only book a coronavirus test if their child displays very specific symptoms.

Town cancels fireworks display

Town cancels fireworks display

A fireworks display which attracts thousands of families to a town centre park every November has been cancelled because of coronavirus.

LEGO unveils 2020 advent calendars

LEGO unveils 2020 advent calendars

Are your kids bonkers about bricks? LEGO has unveiled its 2020 advent calendars, which are always amongst the first to sell out before Christmas.

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