Angel Cashmere

Month: April 2017

Can parents on zero-hour contracts claim 30 hours free childcare?

Parents on zero-hour contacts may have trouble claiming the new 30 hours of free childcare scheme, which is due to be launched in September. I’m in insecure employment. Will I be able to make a claim? Under plans to extend the free childcare provision from 15 hours to 30 hours, all parents in a household must be working at least 16 hours per week. However, parents working on zero-hours contracts would need to be reassessed every three months to determine whether their employment qualifies them to continue receiving 30 hours of free childcare. This means that some families will...

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GoFest Family Festival returns to Guildford this May

GoFest will once again be taking place at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford this May. The two-day festival of sport, dance, health and fitness will take place on the 28th and 29th May. It’s aim? To encourages families and friends from across the region to enjoy a number of sports coaching sessions together. Now in its third year, GoFest offers activities suitable for all ages – from adults right down to under 5s. The sessions available include archery, tennis, kickboxing, netball, scuba diving and many more. Under 5s can join in lots of the family-friendly sessions such as the...

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May Events in Surrey for Babies, Children and Families

Top local listings for May events in Surrey that are perfect for babies, toddlers, big kids and families! Discover what’s on near you, including children’s activities, workshops, shows, open days and fun things to do. You can add to our list of May events in Surrey by visiting our Add Event page. MAY EVENTS IN SURREY   Events: Monday 1st May – Sunday 7th May 2017 Have A Go Archery at Hatchlands Park Mon 1st May 2017 East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RT Think you’re the next Robin Hood? Exciting, safe archery classes for ages six and above with H&H Archery www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hatchlands-park...

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Lice Assassins destroy nits with a vacuum cleaner

A nit-busting company based in Surrey says it can whip away children’s head lice using a specially adapted vacuum cleaner. The treatment, provided by a company called The Hairforce, involves dividing the hair into sections and then using a modified nit hoover to vacuum each section, sucking up any wandering head lice. The company’s so-called ‘lice assassins’ say that the treatment is 100% guaranteed. The service is free of any chemicals and its success hinges on something that you can’t buy in the shops – time and plenty of elbow grease. Beating bugs with a nit hoover The process takes...

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Book Review – ‘Lucky Boy’ explores illegal immigration, infertility and adoption

Where do you ‘belong’ when you’re child of an illegal immigrant? Shanthi Sekaran’s second novel, Lucky Boy, imagines the fate of a child without legal status who is torn between two families. Baby Ignacio is loved by two mothers. Soli, an 18-year-old illegal immigrant in the U.S., gives birth to Ignacio in California after a long and traumatic journey from her home town in Mexico. Kavya, an American-Indian, desperately wants a child of her own. When Soli is arrested and placed in an immigrant detention centre, Kavya takes Ignacio into her care. Finally she can be the doting mother...

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