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Fostered children lend their voice to new recruitment campaign

Devon County Council has produced three animations using the real voices of young people who now live in foster care.

It's the first time real voices of fostered teens have been used to help promote their fostering service.

The council hopes it will prompt people who have thought about becoming foster parents to come forward to help fill a shortfall, and encourage others to consider it.

The digital campaign features three incredible young people - Bobby, Rosie and Phill.

Phill wants to go to University or join the Navy.

"When I first moved in I...

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Families to be given advice on protecting children from household cleaning products

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 08/27/2021 - 9:41pm

Devon’s health visiting teams will be handing out free magnetic notepads carrying safety advice this September to help families ensure that young children and toddlers are kept safe in the home.

The notepads feature key safety advice and will serve as a helpful reminder to thousands of busy families.

The notepads are part of the ‘Take Action Today, Put Them Away’ campaign to help protect children from the risks of everyday household cleaning products.

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Local housebuilder gives South West gamers the opportunity to put their skills to the test and design a home in a new competition

Authored by jamesyoung
Posted: Sat, 08/21/2021 - 12:55pm

Worried about how much time your child (or spouse) spends gaming? Well worry no more ─ a local housebuilder has come up with the productive solution for gamers this summer, and it could just help them discover their dream career.

Whether it’s Minecraft, The Sims, Roblox or even Animal Crossing, Redrow is calling for gamers across the country to digitally recreate one if its homes or developments in a bid to discover the talented designers of the future.

Open to gamers of all ages, there are three categories to enter, with prizes including children’s art vouchers, an MSI...

9 things you must buy for your newborn

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Tue, 08/17/2021 - 11:08pm

Perhaps you are wondering what you should do when you prepare to bring your sweet newborn home. In the first week at home, "what does a baby actually need?" The answer is nothing. You probably would think your baby's wish list involves anything you can possibly imagine, if you consult a baby registry suggestion list, ask a baby gear store, or find a trustworthy review site . It is advisable that you be prepared for the first few days and weeks of your infant by making sure that you have the item you need. OveReview is a product review site that have selected the best baby items you will...

Clearing doesn't mean you have to leave home

Authored by Joe Cooper
Posted: Wed, 08/04/2021 - 2:01pm

When A level results come out on August 10, more than three quarters of students who want to go to university are likely to get into their first choice. But not everyone will have secured their places – but it doesn’t mean you won’t get a degree if you still want to, or travel far from home to get one.

Last year, a record number of students – more than 70,000 - found university places through Clearing – a system which helps universities match students who don’t have a place to courses which still have space.

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Top 4 gift ideas for new parents

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Wed, 07/28/2021 - 3:54pm

It is natural for most people to think about the baby first when it comes to new life. However, many people forget about the parents themselves with so many cute baby products on the market. The parenting game can be incredibly overwhelming. New parents are faced with never-ending nighttime feeds, a lack of sleep, and general baby worries. Although you may want to shower the baby with gifts, give some thought to your loved ones who are transitioning into a new period of their life. Here are a few gift ideas that new parents will appreciate.

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Go batty at The Donkey Sanctuary this summer 

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Activities at the 'Completely Batty' event include making flying bat models and bat masks, as well as putting together wildflower ‘seed bombs’, to create wildflower gardens at home.

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How to deal with children when they misbehave at home

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Tue, 07/20/2021 - 6:49am

When your children misbehave, you should tell them what they’re doing is wrong. You can't allow bad behavior to continue because they will think there's nothing wrong with behaving badly and will do it again. It's worse when they misbehave in public, it can be very humiliating. Here are some tips for dealing with misbehaving children.

Take it easy

Before scolding your children for misbehaving, make sure you're calm. It's easy to say the wrong things if you're at the peak of your emotions. Also, you're dealing with children, they won't yet have a clear grasp of what they...

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