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7 tips for applying for student loans

7 tips for applying for student loans

If you're a teenager heading to university this year, the Student Loans Company has shared some advice as applications for funding open.

Xbox subscriptions and online passes to change

Xbox subscriptions and online passes to change

Microsoft is to make changes to its Xbox subscriptions, including Xbox Live Gold, following an investigation into online gaming memberships.

How to help prepare your child for starting school

How to help prepare your child for starting school

Starting school can be daunting - for little ones and parents too - but there are ways you can help get them ready for this important step.

6,600 secondary school places needed by 2026

6,600 secondary school places needed by 2026

Thousands more secondary and special school places will be needed in Kent over the next five years.

Kent's first milk bank opens at hospital

Kent's first milk bank opens at hospital

Newborn babies and new mums struggling to breastfeed are being supported with a new milk bank which has opened at a Kent hospital.

Minecraft axolotl craze prompts RSPCA warning to parents

Minecraft axolotl craze prompts RSPCA warning to parents

Exotic axolotls are salamanders native to Mexico, but their arrival in a popular video game has animal welfare experts concerned.

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.

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Students told to apply for loans before A-level results day

Students told to apply for loans before A-level results day

With A-level results out in a week, the Student Loans Company is urging students to get finance applications in, even if plans remain unclear.

New mums urged 'to safely start socialising'

New mums urged 'to safely start socialising'

New mums are being encouraged to socialise and meet others face to face as experts fear lockdown could be affecting maternal mental health.

Coronavirus advice for pregnant women

Coronavirus advice for pregnant women

The Royal College of Obstetricians has released the latest advice and information for pregnant women related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Dr Ranj's coronavirus advice for kids

Dr Ranj's coronavirus advice for kids

Kent doctor and TV presenter Dr Ranj has created a video for children to help them understand the coronvirus outbreak and how it might affect them.

More support for breastfeeding mums

More support for breastfeeding mums

Expert help and advice is being made available to more mothers in Kent who are breastfeeding thanks to a new campaign stretching across the county.

Students seek more help ahead of exam results

Students seek more help ahead of exam results

Childline says counselling sessions increase around A-level and GCSE results days. Here it shares some advice.

Struggling with stress?

Struggling with stress?

We might be nearing the end of the school summer term but if your children are feeling anxious, Childline is offering some advice.

Boys to get HPV jab

Boys to get HPV jab

Boys in year 8 are to be offered the HPV vaccine for the first time from September.

Building babies' brains

Building babies' brains

Want to know the best ways to develop your child's brain? Read on for the latest advice being shared in a new campaign to parents.

Talking tricky issues with teens

Talking tricky issues with teens

Do you know how to talk to your teens about drink and drugs? Childline shares some very helpful advice here:

Primary school places revealed by council

Primary school places revealed by council

Parents find out this week which primary school they have been given for September. KCC has announced how many families will get their first choice.

Coping with the pressure to perform

Coping with the pressure to perform

Exam season can bring huge pressures for families. Chidline shares some advice which might help.

FA asks for positivity not pressure for youngest players

FA asks for positivity not pressure for youngest players

The FA has released a video, with former Gills player Andrew Crofts, highlighting the importance of being positive around Kent's young footballers.

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The pressure to be 'perfect'

The pressure to be 'perfect'

Growing numbers of young people are feeling the pressure to look or behave in a certain way. Childline offers some advice to parents:

Dads launch 'nappy change revolution'

Dads launch 'nappy change revolution'

A campaign to see baby change facilities in men's toilets has been relaunched and is being led by two well-known dads from Kent.

Having a baby and worried about work?

Having a baby and worried about work?

We share the most important things expectant working women and new mums need to know when it comes to maternity leave and employment rights.

Keeping kids safe online

Keeping kids safe online

Did the kids get new devices for Christmas? Some hints and tips here to ensure everyone is safe and protected online.

Hundreds of pregnant women still smoking

Hundreds of pregnant women still smoking

Hundreds of women in Kent continue to smoke during pregnancy, latest figures reveal.

Struggling with the festive season

Struggling with the festive season

Christmas can be a stressful or difficult time for some youngsters. Childline shares some expert advice.

Lockdown drills at schools in case of terrorist attacks

Lockdown drills at schools in case of terrorist attacks

Children are having to practise lockdown drills to prepare for gunmen, terrorists, or intruders in Kent Schools.

Thousands of free key rings for Kent's children

Thousands of free key rings for Kent's children

More than 6,000 key rings have been sent out as part of our Be Bright Be Seen campaign. Was your child's school successful?

Loneliness in children and teenagers

Loneliness in children and teenagers

Childline says it's noticed an increase in the number of young people asking for help with feeling lonely. But what support can parents offer?

Hand, foot and mouth cases reported

Hand, foot and mouth cases reported

Schools and nurseries in Kent are seeing cases of hand, foot and mouth disease says Public Health England.

Free keyrings are back!

Free keyrings are back!

We're once again giving away thousands of free keyrings to help children Be Bright Be Seen during the darker months ahead.

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