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Is pupil behaviour getting worse in UK primary schools?
Teachers in England say the behaviour of pupils in their classroom is getting worse. First News, the UK’s leading source of news for children, digs deeper to uncover this story in detail.
Child having temperature check
How to protect your family from back-to-school bugs
After a break from school it's common for children pick up various sickness bugs soon after they return. Dr. Rebecca Rohrer, Medical Director at Bupa UK, provides crucial insights to assist in maintaining your family's health and preventing sickness.
Two girls gardening with tools
Grow a love of gardening with these tools for kids
Gardening isn't just for the grandparents; it's a hugely popular pastime for people of all ages! Gardening (and being outdoors) has so many benefits in terms of physical and emotional development, and learning about the world around us. You can use the tools below to get started and encourage a love of growing. Who knows? Maybe this will be a new family hobby!
Girls blowing bubbles in garden
24 fun toys for summer outdoor learning
It's well established that outdoor play is important for young learners and provides opportunities to develop physical, social, fine and gross motor skills. Our editor, Kate Morgan, has put together her top picks of outdoor toys. So get the kids outside, having fun and learning this summer. Let the games begin!
Mother and child opening gift
Best SEN gifts: sensory needs
Finding the right gift that will bring joy and comfort can be a challenge, and it can feel like the world of children’s toys is lacking in the special educational needs (SEN) department. But the market is slowly changing, and sensory toys are becoming a popular choice for children of all neurological backgrounds.
Child looking sad as parents argue
Co-parenting a primary school child after separation
If you’re trying to overcome the hurdle of co-parenting a primary school child after parental separation then you’re not alone. Should you inform the school of changes at home? What should you do about childcare, school trips, and parents’ evening? Get top tips from experts and seasoned co-parents about the ups and downs of parenting after separation or divorce.
Lyme disease explained for parents
Lyme disease in children explained
What causes Lyme disease, and how can we prevent it? We asked Lyme Disease UK for their advice.
Safeguarding in primary schools
Safeguarding in primary schools explained
What do schools have to do to keep children safe from abuse and neglect? What should you do if you suspect a child is at risk? And what will happen if your child is referred to social services? We answer your questions about safeguarding primary school children.
Supporting a child with special educational needs during difficult times
Special educational needs: navigating change
If your child with SEN is struggling with changes to their daily routine, read our advice on helping them cope during challenging times.
The primary school parents’ guide to chickenpox
The primary school parents’ guide to chickenpox
Chickenpox can spread through schools like wildfire, so how can you help your child, and how long do they need to stay off school?
Winter health for primary school children
The primary school parent’s guide to winter health
From treating coughs and colds to knowing if your child needs antibiotics, here’s our guide to keeping primary-school children as healthy as possible this winter.
Managing deafness at primary school
Managing deafness and hearing impairments at school
Help your child cope with hearing loss at primary school with expert advice from the National Deaf Children's Society.
Childhood vaccinations explained for parents
The parents’ guide to childhood vaccinations
Which vaccines should you have and when, and how do they protect your child and others? We take a look at the childhood vaccination schedule in the UK.
Managing migraines in primary schools
Managing migraines in primary schools
Around 10% of primary-aged children suffer from migraines, and they can have a big impact on school life. Lucy Dimbylow explains what parents need to know.
Managing epilepsy in primary school
Managing epilepsy at school
With most children with epilepsy attending mainstream schools, we take a look at how to help your child cope with their condition and its impact on their school life.
Managing toileting problems in primary schools
Managing toileting problems in primary schools
With continence issues on the rise amongst children, how can you expect your child's school to deal with wetting or soiling accidents?
Sunscreen and primary school
Sun safety in primary schools
Keeping your child safe in the sun is a priority for every parent, but how can you make sure they're protected during the school day?
Hypermobility in children
Coping with hypermobility at school
So-called 'double jointedness' can cause children problems at school. We take a look at how to help your child cope.
Best wellbeing apps for kids
Best wellbeing apps for kids
With mental health issues on the rise amongst children, try these apps to help your child achieve inner calm.
School attendance explained for parents
The parents' guide to school attendance
How many days per year is your child expected to be in school? What happens if they’re ill or you want to go on holiday? We explain the facts around school attendance.
Best kids' books about puberty and sex
Best children's books about puberty and sex
Clear, accurate information that's age-appropriate is essential when you decide to use a book to help you discuss puberty and sex with your children. We've picked some of the best books to help you make potentially awkward conversations easier, whatever your child's age. You know your child best, so always check you're happy with the level of detail and information in a book before you share it with them.
Children using a tablet computer
Online safety rules every parent should follow
Do you worry that you're not doing enough to keep your child safe online? Are you overwhelmed by all the apps, games and websites they want to visit and despair of keeping on top of it all? Alicia Coad, founder of family messaging app ChatFOSS, offers her top online safety tips for busy parents.
Headlice checking
Your step-by-step guide to dealing with headlice
Helen Maddin, Vosene Kids headlice expert, provides useful tips on the steps to take to help combat headlice.
Checking for head lice
Your tools in the war on headlice
Nits are the bane of many a parent's life, so arm yourself with these weapons to stay on top of headlice.
Child unwell in bed
The parents' guide to scarlet fever
As doctors warn of an epidemic of this contagious illness, we explain what scarlet fever is and how to spot the signs.
Headlice comb checking
Natural solutions to headlice
Fed up of headlice but not keen on using strong chemicals on your child's hair? We round up the best natural treatments.
Sepsis and bacteria in blood
Spotting the signs of sepsis in children
It's known as the 'silent killer,' but would you know the symptoms to look out for? We explain everything parents need to know about sepsis.
Headlice illustration
Should we be worried about superlice?
As experts warn of a new wave of treatment-resistant headlice, what action should we take?
School letter about headlice
8 reasons kids get headlice
A third of kids will get headlice at some point of each school year. We take a look at what causes the spread – and how you can help contain it.
Headlice detection combing
How to spot headlice
Not sure how to check your child for nits – or even what headlice look like? Follow our step-by-step guide to dealing with lice at every stage.
Shyness in the playground
How to help a shy child
School can be a testing place for socially anxious children. We take a look at how to help boost your child's confidence.
Medicine in schools
Medication in primary schools
What should you do if your child needs medicine during school hours? We take a look at the guidelines.
Father and son talking
Talking to children about mental health
The way we talk to our children about mental health issues could influence their attitudes as they get older. SANE chief executive Marjorie Wallace gives her advice on opening the conversation.
Child sneezing
Hay fever in school-age children
Sports day and outdoor play can be miserable for children with a pollen allergy. We asked Amena Warner from Allergy UK for her advice on tackling hay fever in kids.
Primary-school bedwetting
Bedwetting in school-age children
Around 12 per cent of children still wet the bed when they're primary-school age. Bedwetting can be embarrassing and upsetting for children, but it can be treated. We asked specialist continence nurse Brenda Cheer for her advice.
Child meditating in park
Mindfulness in primary schools explained
Mindfulness is now a part of the school day for many children. We take a look at how it helps them be their best.
Children in school cafeteria
Catching up at school after a long absence
From making up missed work to fitting back in with friends, how can children reintegrate at school after weeks away?
Children writing in classroom
Keeping up at school during a long-term absence
Falling behind at school can be an extra thing to worry about if your child is on extended sick leave, but there are ways to help them stay up to date.
Anger management for kids
How to help your child manage their anger
Is your child’s temper affecting their learning, friendship and family life? Anger management strategies could help them get their emotions under control.
Child and mother speaking to doctor
What is CAMHS?
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services provide help for young people suffering a range of difficulties. We take a look at how they could help your child.