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Free Pre-School Places

Free Pre-School Places

Chris Briggs from the Charity Employers For Childcare gives advice and closing dates for pre-school applications.

It may seem like no time since you were celebrating your child’s second birthday but already you are being encouraged to think ahead to their education and schooling. Parents of children born between ...

Ask The Pharmacist

Bites and Stings

Bites and Stings

Summer is here and being bitten or stung by an insect can be an unfortunate consequence of the good weather, although it usually causes no more than a small irritation.

However, for some people, being bitten or stung can lead to serious allergic reactions. When an insect bites you, it makes a tiny hole in your skin so that it can reach your blood to feed on it. Wh...

Avril Keys

Feel the fear…and do it anyway!

Feel the fear…and do it anyway!

With a significant birthday in the pipeline, I made a ‘mid-life crisis resolution’ to push myself outside my comfort zone as much as possible this year.

So far, I’ve opened an online shop (www.tictail.schoolgatestyle.com), spoken at two blogging conferences, volunteered in a charity shop in Belfast once a week and braved Barry’s Big Dipper in Portrush...

Claire Edgar

Childcare Vouchers & Maternity Leave

Childcare Vouchers & Maternity Leave

Family Law expert Claire Edgar explains how childcare vouchers work, the benefits, and recent changes to receiving childcare vouchers while on maternity leave...

Returning to work after maternity leave can be a time of many emotions for us mums –leaving your child for the first time to return to a job that seems like a distant memory can be extremely daunting ...

Dr Mark Rodgers

Matters of the Mind: Mental Health

Matters of the Mind: Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May) is an opportune time to talk about why good mental health is important in children and young people.

According to the World Health Organisation, mental disorders are the single most common cause of disability in young people and depending on the environment and circumstances, up to 20 per cent of ch...

Editor's Letter

Letter from the editor

Letter from the editor

One of my favourite childhood memories of summer is beachcombing for sea treasure, a hobby which eventually amassed a huge collection of shells, each one special to me in its own individual way.

Kids are natural collectors and inside this issue, I chat to author Nina Chakrabarti about the world’s wonderful, and weird, greatest collections and collectors. August is an awesome time for gett...

Family Finance

Food Smart at Christmas

Food Smart at Christmas

The average household Christmas day food and drink spend last year was £159 but with a bit of forward planning, Jill Smyth says there are still lots of ways that you can reduce your bills at the tills and still have a fabulous Christmas.

With Christmas now only weeks away, the shops are already full of tasty festive goodies but with many of us only having one pay day left before the big day, looking at ways we save on the festive shop...

Grace McGurk

What’s new?

What’s new?

Ni4kids' columnist Grace McGurk says "Ask a parent ‘What’s new with you?’ and they will probably think of their children first and what’s new with them!"

In the McGurk household it feels like everything happening is new! Daniel and Conor are starting ‘big school,’ as it’s described in our house. New uniform, including a ‘horrid and uncomfortable ...

Guest Columnist

Holidays. This is what it’s all about.

Holidays. This is what it’s all about.

“We can unscrew the whole thing at the base by lifting up the floor tiles. Or grease his head and thread him through his own legs. Shall we try that first?”

It was 1985, I was about six, my brother a little younger, and it was the first day of the school holidays. Eight weeks for adventure, relaxation and family time. Or, getting your head jammed while sw...

Jason Holmes

Saving Summer

Saving Summer

As if we did not realise already that children cost a fortune and life is getting more expensive, summer and its potential expense arrives.

It’s been a difficult year for many with food bills getting higher and the cost of filling the car increasing. It used to be for our family that spending over £100 in Tesco was a rarity, now it is co...

Lyn Magill

 My Family and Other Animals

My Family and Other Animals

Camping late in the season always has its risks but not wanting to give in to the blatantly obvious signs of autumn nor the televised flood warnings, we continued to squeeze every last piece of equipment into the car.

With every orifice filled, our two children plus our eldest daughter’s friend were now concealed in the back by a wall of pillows, duvets and sleeping bags. Two hours later and we were the first f...

Mini Money Matters

Mini Money Matters

Mini Money Matters

Jill Smyth believes you don’t need to be a financial expert to talk to your children about money. Using real life examples will make it easier to dispel common misconceptions.

Getting your kids to understand the value of money is an ongoing challenge and that, coupled with myths about money, only makes it harder. Kids learn what they live and parents are often their biggest...

Ni4kids Archive

Free Pre-School Places – available to all?

Free Pre-School Places – available to all?

In the recently announced draft Programme for Government our politicians have given a commitment to ‘ensure that at least one year of pre-school education is available to every family that wants it’.

While this is a welcome development, it is unlikely to have any noticeable effect until at least September 2013. For parents applying for a free pre-school place for the academic year starting Sept...

Paws for Thought

Paws for Thought

Paws for Thought

The holidays are almost here and we continue to live in hope that the sun will shine on us through July and August.

Assuming that we are not flooded out (as usual), I thought I would give some advice this issue for keeping our pets cool and healthy during hot weather. • Apply sunscreen to light skinned and light...

Rebecca Reid

Summer Lovin’

Summer Lovin’

Rebecca Reid, author and mum-of-four gets summer savvy…

This is it. The time has arrived – ALREADY – when all the schools have closed their doors. We’ve waved goodbye to what is really, let’s be honest, free childcare and we have embarked on the eight-week...

Stephanie Berkeley

Style Counsel: August Collection

Style Counsel: August Collection

By Cathy Owen. Style Counsel's regular columnist Stephanie Berkeley is on holiday.

"It’s traditionally the time of year for weddings, and days out at the races, therefore this issue presents the perfect opportunity to consider occasion wear and for me to help you plan a flawless sum...

Tom Briggs

Diary of the Dad

Diary of the Dad

Award-winning parent blogger and proud dad-of-three Tom Briggs reveals the unknown dangers of malevolent meatballs...

Last week, I caught Dylan and Xander subjecting Amelie to an immensely irritating episode of Team Umizoomi – entitled ‘Meatball Madness’ – for the umpteenth time. It seems though that, far from just s...








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