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JUL

Vigilance key for parents as children are most likely to drown in summer

Irene Long says summer is when children are most likely to drown — with boys twice as likely as girls — so parents must be vigilant. PARENTS need to be extra-vigilant with children around water in summer, whether it’s a paddling pool in the garden, a trip to the beach, or splashing in the swimming pool on a holiday abroad ...

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JUL

From tiny seeds grow Children growing their own veg more likely to be healthy eaters

Children who grow their own vegetables are more likely to foster an interest in science, improve their interpersonal skills, and eat healthier, says Kya DeLongchamps I LEARNED a lot about my little girl in the process of tending a single raised bed. First of all, the textures of handfuls of earth are a huge draw. Fighting a four-year-old’s impulse to lather up with muck just devastates their interest ...

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JUL

Vending machines are sources of revenue for schools

Children tempted by fizzy drinks, chocolate and crisps on a daily basis in schools An Oireachtas committee this week recommended a ban on vending machines which dispense junk food in schools. Photograph: iStock Sausage rolls, chips, mini-pizzas, Danish pastries and cookies. They are just some of the staples on the menus of most secondary school canteens today. Almost half of schools have access to vending machines which sell chocolate, crisps, sweets and fizzy drinks ...

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JUL

Leo Varadkar speaks at the launch of the new council for online safety in a bid to protect kids and adults from online predators

The scheme will roll out over an 18-month period and here we outline advice for parents and teachers, kids and members of the public on how to protect themselves online THE Government has announced a range of measures to protect kids and adults from online predators. A new National Advisory Council on Online Safety will provide advice on net safety policy issues and legislation for new web criminal offences will be established ...

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JUL

Ban school vending machines to combat obesity report

Vending machines selling unhealthy drinks and snacks should be banned from schools to help combat childhood obesity, the Oireachtas Education Committee recommends in a new report. Unhealthy foods and drinks should also not be available for sale in school canteens/shops, the committee states. Almost one in three Irish children was overweight in 2016, and about one in 10 was deemed obese ...

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JUL

11 July 2018 Minister Bruton delivers new law making it easier for Children and Parents to access local school

Education (Admission to Schools) Bill passes final stage in the Oireachtas, will now be sent to President for signing Broad ranging reforms include removal of religion as criteria in school admissions; fees relating to admissions and waiting lists banned The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., this evening (Wednesday, the 11 th of July 2018) welcomed the passage of the Education (Admissions to Schools) Bill 2016 through both Houses of the Oireachtas ...

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