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Emma Watkins quits the Wiggles in ‘end of an era’ for children’s group

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The Great Resignation has claimed another. Emma Watkins has confirmed she will be leaving the Wiggles at the end of the year, spurred by a lockdown epiphany. “Like many people around the world, the pandemic has give...

Facebook must prioritise children’s wellbeing, Zuckerberg is told

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Facebook has lost the trust of parents, is prioritising commercial gain over children’s needs and must take steps to restore faith in its platforms, a global alliance of child protection campaigners and experts has wa...

The Guardian view on children’s books: take them seriously

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Good children’s literature is a serious business. Not serious as in boring or “improving”, but serious in attention and ambition, serious about beauty and wonder, about engaging the brain but also the heart, about sad...

Move over David Walliams … the hunt is on to diversify children’s books

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A programme that aims to tackle the lack of diversity in children’s books has been launched after its founder said the practice of richer authors paying for support to get published was “skewing the landscape” for aut...

Primary Sats tests in England ‘do not appear to harm children’s wellbeing’

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National tests that pupils in England sit in the final year of primary school do not appear to harm children’s happiness or wellbeing, according to research by University College London. As concern grows about childre...

The Guardian view on children’s mental health: ministers must pay up

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A new education secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, is in post, and the first big piece of work by the recently appointed children’s commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, is on his desk. Parents and everyone else who ...

Children’s tsar will hope for better response to new catchup funds plea

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Four months after Sir Kevan Collins quit his role as the government’s education recovery tsar in a row over funding, the new children’s commissioner for England has entered the fray over how best to help pupils catch ...

Are the Wombles really the best children’s characters to tackle the climate crisis?

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From Wimbledon Common to Kelvingrove park – the Wombles, Britain’s much-loved environmentally friendly furry creatures who became TV stars in the 1970s, are back in the spotlight after being announced as ambassadors f...

The terrible cost of neglecting children’s mental health

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The distressing story of children being admitted to general wards because mental health beds aren’t available (Sharp rise in acute medical beds occupied by children with nowhere else to go, 13 September) is a story th...

UK children’s digital privacy code comes into effect

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A sweeping set of regulations governing how online services should treat children’s data have been welcomed by campaigners as they come into effect. The Age Appropriate Design Code – which was written into law as part...

‘I can’t risk my children’s lives’: the families left behind at mercy of Taliban

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When the email arrived last Tuesday, Faaiz Ghulam and his young family were euphoric. Approved for evacuation, they were instructed to head straight to the west gate of Kabul’s Baron Hotel. There, British officials wo...

Tell us: has your children’s screen time changed during the pandemic?

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During months of lockdown, homeworking and homeschooling, many families have relied on screens to teach and entertain their children during the pandemic. We’re interested to hear from parents about their children’s sc...

Jill Murphy, children’s author and illustrator, dies aged 72

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Beloved children’s author and illustrator Jill Murphy has died at the age of 72. Murphy was best known for writing children’s book series The Worst Witch and The Large Family. Murphy’s publisher Macmillan announced th...

The Guardian view on children’s care in crisis: the high price of neglect

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About the only good thing that can be said about the worsening crisis in children’s social care is that it is being talked about. The extremely serious consequences of the pandemic for some of the most vulnerable chil...

Really Big and Really Loud review – fizzy children’s show with a wild twist

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“Why does everyone say I’m trouble, just because I’m loud and excited?” says Eleanor Sutton as Chatterbox Charli after creating a stir in the classroom. It’s a problem any child can recognise. How to express yourself ...

‘I can’t work’: the mothers left to fight alone for their children’s mental health care

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Cassandra Leese should have been at the front of the queue when the NHS called on former staff to return to help fight the nascent Covid pandemic in March 2020. As an ITU-trained nurse, she was exactly the sort of exp...

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