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  • 24 Nov 2015

    A natural advent calendar

    Advent calendars are such a delight for children. Opening the little windows to discover a new picture inside is always exciting, and the prospect of doing so each day until Christmas builds up to the big event in a magical way. However, so many advent calendars now feature children's television characters that it can feel like a big advertising ploy. Or you might resent the prevalence of chocolate calendars, with children scoffing cheap sugary rubbish before breakfast! […] more

  • 16 Nov 2015

    Celebrate tree week

    So you're a green parent and want to preserve the environment for generations to come? National Tree Week, running from 23rd November to 1st December, is the perfect chance to express your love of nature and children by planting trees. Each year, the Tree Council invites people to get involved with the UK's biggest tree-planting event, launching the start of the winter tree planting season. Schools, community groups, volunteer organisation and local authorities all get involved in National Tree Week, and there are plenty of events to attend. […] more

  • 11 Nov 2015


    We vaccinate against lots of childhood diseases now because we are told that having the diseases is a bad thing and leads to thousands of deaths. However, when we look at the figures from the Office for National Statistics, we see that 95% of the people who used to die from measles stopped dying before the vaccine was introduced in 1968 and similarly 99% of the people who used to die of whooping cough. The mortality rate for tuberculosis fell no differently in countries that did and did not use the BCG vaccine. Scarlet fever, rheumatic fever and typhus were deadly killers. They all disappeared without a vaccine. Why? Here Jayne Donegan for the College of Naturopathic Medicine address the question. […] more

  • 10 Nov 2015


    Brainboost is an educational subscription box for 2-12 year old children. Every box contains five games, one project, one book, and all the resources needed to play. The games target the five core skills for academic and social success, namely; Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Creativity, Intellectual and Physical skills. Our aim is to bring the fun back into learning. We offer three boxes tailored to children's changing developmental needs; Preschool for 2-4 year olds, Early School for 5-8 year olds, and School for 9-12 year olds. […] more

  • 1 Oct 2015


    As the season begins to change, and the year’s outer growth cycle comes to an end, the autumn reveals many new possibilities. The festival of Samhain, at the end of October, marks the end of the old year’s cycle and the beginning of the Celtic New Year. Traditionally it is a time to honour our interconnected world, especially the unseen world of spirit; to welcome a time of rest and renewal; and to remember those who have died. Glennie Kindred celebrates the Celtic New Year at Samhain. […] more

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