Family Life

Don’t miss out on up to £2,000 towards childcare costs

Thousands of working families in the South West could be missing out on an opportunity to get up to £2,000 a year to help with the cost of childcare, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding parents, ahead of February half term.

Tax-Free Childcare – the 20% childcare top-up – provides eligible working families with up to £500 every three months (or £1,000 if their child is disabled) towards the cost of holiday clubs, before and after-school clubs, childminders and nurseries, and other accredited childcare schemes.

More than 26,600 working families used the scheme in...

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Let’s talk about adoption

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 10/18/2021 - 11:20am

A new survey has revealed that a third of people in the South West find adoption difficult to talk about and 80 per cent say they don’t have a good understanding of how to start the process.

It’s worrying news for our local adoption agencies, Adopt South West and Families for Children, who need to find forever families to change their lives of nearly 60 children in the South West, as they prepare to mark National Adoption Week 2021 (18 – 24 October).

The annual event aims educate and inform people on the adoption process with a rounded, honest, and inclusive portrayal of...

Children in Exeter to take part in UK Reads Story Box Project

Literacy charity UK Reads holds a special Story Box Project with Exeter Chiefs rugby star and children’s co-author of ‘Bounce Back Jack’, Jack Maunder.

On 20th October 2021, 15 children and their families will join Jack and the UK Reads literacy team at Sandy Park. The sessions will deliver fun and engaging literacy activities that aim to increase enjoyment and confidence of literacy and develop a regular reading routine at home.

UK Reads supports children and families most in need to improve literacy skills through fun interactive experiences. In response to reach...

Government announces “No Fault” Divorce to become law on 6 April 2022

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Tue, 10/12/2021 - 7:29pm

At the moment, couples wanting to end their marriage have to point the finger at one another in the divorce petition. Before a divorce can be granted, one spouse has to prove that their marriage has broken down by citing one of the five “ grounds for divorce ”. If the problems in the marriage do not fit into any of these categories, then it isn’t possible to get divorced.

Grounds for divorce include,

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour (a broad category that can include anything from abuse to drug use and even failing to contribute to household expenses)
  • ...

Why is Ukraine popular for surrogacy?

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Mon, 10/11/2021 - 5:22am

Many families from different parts of the globe have problems with having children. Some of them have some problems with health, and so they aren’t able to conceive a baby. Another common obstacle is a lesbian or gay couple. Fortunately, there is a great way out! We don’t mean an adoption. We mean surrogacy, which is a perfect method to preserve the genes of both parents, regardless of their sex.

One of the most popular countries for surrogacy is Ukraine. Gestational surrogacy in Ukraine is popular for several reasons. They are as follows:

  • High quality. A high
  • ...
Homeowners Dream Checklist

Every New Homeowners Dream Checklist

In 2020, 31% of people buying a home were purchasing a home for the first time. It's a major milestone towards achieving the American dream. Although, getting to the point of owning your own home isn't exactly easy. On average, it takes six years for someone to save for a house. So, when the moment finally comes, it can feel blissful to get the keys and open the door.

You'll have gone through the hardships of saving, finding, and buying, so this checklist is designed for people who have the keys — or are soon to have them — and need some guidance on what to do next. Keep reading...

Fostered children lend their voice to new recruitment campaign

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 09/19/2021 - 11:13pm

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...

Puppy or Baby Boom? How Couples are Now Growing their Families

Authored by Ellie Green
Posted: Mon, 09/13/2021 - 11:31pm

Many couples get to a point in their relationship where they want to begin growing a family of their own. But unlike in recent years’ past, many millennial families are choosing not to expand their brood with children. Instead, with many couples looking to expand their family in a way that impacts their lifestyle, a lot of people are choosing to add a pet to their home.

From dogs and cats to smaller animals like rabbits, guinea pigs and birds, there’s been a big trend towards putting off parenthood and adding a fur baby into the mix. Are you looking to grow your own family with a...

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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.

In Devon accidental poisonings accounted for 185 emergency admissions for 0 – four-year-olds between 2016/17-...