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Turn off the TV and get outside!

Turn off the TV and get outside!

A news article in The Times shows a worrying trend that children under 12 spend less than 2 hours a day outside – even in summer – and cannot recognise conkers or insects! Many children prefer to stay inside watching TV and playing computer games which does not bode well for a healthy lifestyle or future development. Our advice? Switch off the TV and computers and take them out to play in the fresh air in the garden or park….

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Can your child swim a length?

Can your child swim a length?

Interesting news today from the the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) warning, according to the BBC, that more children may drown if they are don’t have the recommended annual number of hours of swimming lessons at school.   This is the sort of news that Breakfast TV like to report on, showing children – who must have got up at an unearthly hour to have their moment on TV – practising swimming, jumping in and diving.   In the report they did make…

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National Trust – 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾

National Trust – 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾

Some of my best memories of childhood are of the adventurous things I did, many of them as a Boy Scout.  Some of them were daft, and some of them were definitely dangerous.  Climbing the chalk scarp slope at Boxhill in plimsolls and no rope.   Fighting a major fire on Headley Heath armed only with tree branches, until the fire brigade arrived.  And cycling 50 miles to Brighton (and back again) on a whim, without a map, just half a…

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