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Let Mums Work Flexibly Says TUC
Around 400,000 working mothers have children starting primary school across England and Wales this September, which poses new challenges for their work-life balance. The TUC is calling on employers…
photo - Chris Yarzab

Tell Tale Hearts' Trunk Tales


A world of wonders spring from the contents of one lady's magical trunk in Tell Tale Hearts' TRUNK TALES, performing in the SYNGENTA CELLAR of the LAWRENCE BATLEY THEATRE HUDDERSFIELD (the LBT) on…

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Sat 29th Aug, 2015 | 9:00am

A Year Until First Working Parents Receive Doubled Free Childcare

photo - doviende
photo - doviende
With almost a year to go until some hardworking families can benefit from the government's 30 hours of free childcare a week, innovative childcare providers are being asked to come forward as the…

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Thu 27th Aug, 2015 | 9:35am

Peter Jones
Key Steps For Cohabiting Couples To Protect Their Financial Interests
By Peter Jones
Lawyer
lovebirds photo by patries71
lovebirds photo by patries71
The number of cohabiting couples in the UK has doubled to more than six million over the past 20 years - with newly released ONS figures highlighting that 1 in 8 adults in England and Wales are…

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Mon 17th Aug, 2015 | 9:21am

Doncaster Families To Benefit From Joint Programme

photo - Doncaster Children's Services Trust
photo - Doncaster Children's Services Trust
An innovative programme to support hundreds of families in Doncaster to make lasting, positive changes in their lives is being rolled out by Doncaster Council, Doncaster Children's Services Trust…

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Wed 12th Aug, 2015 | 3:01pm

The Dos And Don'ts Of Managing Summer Holidays Post-divorce

The one thing that never waits - photo by Phoebe
The one thing that never waits - photo by Phoebe
Family holidays are challenging to arrange at the best of times - and post-divorce or separation they become even more complex.

In the countdown to schools breaking up for the summer, below are a…

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Thu 30th Jul, 2015 | 8:14pm

Renew Your Tax Credits Or Risk Losing Them

photo - William Warby
photo - William Warby
The deadline to renew tax credits is fast approaching and if you do not complete the forms and return them to the HMRC by 31 July you risk losing them entirely, ACCA (the Association of Chartered…

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Sat 25th Jul, 2015 | 11:50am

School's Out For Summer, But Don't Forget Your Water Safety Lessons

photo - Matthew Fuentes
photo - Matthew Fuentes
When the weather turns warm, the natural thing to do is to be in or around the water. Hanging out by the river or beach on a hot day is a great way to help beat the heat.

But the Environment…

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Thu 23rd Jul, 2015 | 5:12pm

The Crucial 15 Minutes That Could Wreck Your Summer Trip

photo - Henry Burrows
photo - Henry Burrows
Parents say that, on average, kids start asking "are we nearly there yet?" around 2 hours and 23 minutes into a journey. And by 2 hours and 37 minutes in, angry rows have started to break out.

Many…

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Sat 18th Jul, 2015 | 12:50pm

Children To Take Centre Stage At Tockwith Show

Popular willow weaving
Popular willow weaving
Green-fingered youngsters will have the chance to get their hands on a trophy at this year's Tockwith Show.

A new competition has been introduced in the horticultural section, for children aged…

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Thu 16th Jul, 2015 | 3:09pm

Eight Steps For Dealing With International Child Custody Issues

take my hand photo by stephanski
take my hand photo by stephanski
The rise in parental child abductions - where a mum or dad snatches their own child - continues unabated.

Last year the Foreign Office dealt with nearly 500 cases - almost double the figure in…

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Wed 15th Jul, 2015 | 9:47am

Hand-Reared Sheep To Be the Star Of Agricultural Show

Freddie the sheep
Freddie the sheep
A hand-reared sheep is set to be the fund-raising star of South Yorkshire's largest agricultural show after finding fame on social media.

Freddie the sheep has become the official mascot of…

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Fri 28th Aug, 2015 | 7:09pm

A Monster Of A Show To Celebrate A Monster Of A Birthday!

Sophie, her Dad and George
Sophie, her Dad and George
Blunderbus Theatre Company is busy preparing to stage its fantastic new family show, "My Pet Monster and Me" at Lawrence Batley Theatre on the 22nd and 23rd August as part of the 21st birthday…

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Tue 18th Aug, 2015 | 9:02pm

Let June Make A Difference

June in Ecuador
June in Ecuador
Let June Make A Difference is a new charity created in 2015 to help children in North Kirklees.

The charity will provide financial assistance for young people who might otherwise be denied the…

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Thu 13th Aug, 2015 | 12:02pm

Official Figures Show Lack Of Child Adopters In Leeds

photo - Glyn Lowe Photoworks
photo - Glyn Lowe Photoworks
Official figures obtained by local MP Greg Mulholland have revealed a severe shortfall of people available in Leeds to adopt children in need of a home.

Mulholland tabled parliamentary questions…

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Wed 12th Aug, 2015 | 2:19pm

Yorkshire Youngsters Gear Up For British Transplant Games

Mia Mason
Mia Mason
A team of some of the bravest youngsters from Yorkshire are preparing to compete for the honour of Leeds Children's Hospital at the British Transplant Games, which open in Newcastle-Gateshead this…

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Wed 29th Jul, 2015 | 9:54am

Hospice Children Invited To Try New Playground

Family fun for Martin House patient Zahra and her family at Grass Hoppers Adventure Playground
Family fun for Martin House patient Zahra and her family at Grass Hoppers Adventure Playground
Children from Martin House were invited to an exclusive preview of a new children's adventure playground that will raise funds whilst children play.

The team at Tong Garden Centre invited children…

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Sat 25th Jul, 2015 | 10:01am

Brave Ebony Thanks Her Helicopter Heroes

Ebony Meek with Yorkshire Air Ambulance paramedic Sammy Wills during her visit to Nostell
Ebony Meek with Yorkshire Air Ambulance paramedic Sammy Wills during her visit to Nostell
A little girl who was airlifted to hospital after being knocked down on her way to school has inspired a fund raising drive in two Wakefield schools.

Six-year-old Ebony Meek was flown by Yorkshire…

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Thu 23rd Jul, 2015 | 4:41pm

Introduce Sugar Tax To Combat Obesity Crisis, Says Unite

photo - stringy
photo - stringy
Ministers should introduce a sugar tax and ban the advertising of sugary drinks and food, as the obesity crisis amongst children grows, Unite, the country's largest union, said today (Friday 17…

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Fri 17th Jul, 2015 | 4:03pm

Parents To Receive More Help Choosing Secondary Schools


Parents choosing a secondary school for their child will for the first time have access to early exam results to help them decide, Schools Minister Nick Gibb announced today (16 July 2015).

Provisi…

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Thu 16th Jul, 2015 | 10:25am

Two Milestones For Child Friendly Leeds To Celebrate


This month the campaign to make Leeds the most child friendly city in the country has two reasons to celebrate - its third birthday and the support of over 350 ambassadors.

It is now three years…

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Tue 14th Jul, 2015 | 4:37pm

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