Natasha Bray

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Does sharing photos of your children on Facebook put them at risk?

There is an unwritten rule that one does not post photos of other people’s children on Facebook. I know this. And yet in October 2012, swept away with the excitement of the birth of my son (and probably a little sleep-deprived), I made a terrible mistake. My friend, let’s call her Katy, invited me …

Scottish independence: Childcare plan 'unworkable' without more funds

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/news_scotland/1063000/1063769_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532596048_794c2dc5ffe920686c2837465c4a223b<p><b>Plans to transform childcare in an independent Scotland would be unworkable unless private nurseries were given more funds, an industry body</b> …

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Are iPads and tablets bad for young children?

Four small preschool children are sitting in a semi-circle around their teacher, in a large, bright room in a Georgian house in Bath. The nursery belongs to the Snapdragons chain, one of the first in the UK to offer iPads to its children soon after the tablet was launched in April 2010. The shelves …

Teaching is like parenting: you don't need to have a qualification

Schoolteaching is a profession, but it's not like becoming a doctor or a vet. No one would want to be operated on by an amateur who hadn't had years of experience. The prospect of going to the dentist and being confronted by somebody with a lifelong passion for teeth but no university background or …

Study: Children Reading Fewer Books, Down 8% From 2012

The Harry Potter series is wildly entertaining, but so is Angry Birds, Snapchat, Facebook, YouTube Justin Bieber re-enactments, texting, Halo, <i>The Disney Channel</i>, <i>Transformers 3</i>, and a consumer flying drone.<p>Books have a lot more competition these days, and a new study from Nielsen Books suggests that …

Smiling 'helps children in the classroom'

At Reykjavik University, a lot of important learning goes on. The Icelandic education system is often lauded as the best in the world. But it is not just traditional teaching methods that are used in the country.<p>Spencer Kelly discovers how children with ADHD or other difficulties can learn to code, …

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Boy, 12, who twice raped girl aged six walks free and ordered to pay her just £300

and<p>A boy of 12 who raped a six-year-old girl has walked free from court despite saying he ‘didn’t care’ how his victim felt.<p>Instead, he was told to …

Are free school meals a good idea?

<b>Mark Littlewood</b><b>, director of the Institute of Economic Affairs</b><p>Let's start with the obvious. Lunch, I hope we can agree, is basically a good thing. Nutritional, uplifting, convivial, educational lunches are even better. And having young kids enjoying these sort of lunches would be simply marvellous. …

Don't make children eat their greens

One day, when my daughter, Ruby, was about 10 years old, I had a colossal argument with her about a pea. We were in Ikea in Brent Cross, north London. We had ordered lunch in the Ikea restaurant. It involved something and peas.<p>I had struggled to get Ruby to "eat normally" for as long as I could …

Baby killed in baggage conveyor belt airport horror

A baby was killed in a freak accident after becoming trapped in an airport baggage conveyor belt.<p>The five-month-old was crushed to death after his …

Guardian front page, Wednesday 18 September: Clegg pledges free school meals for every infant in England. Full story: http://t.gu.com/oYouE

Baby food from shops half as nutritious as homemade meals, study finds

Baby foods made by firms including Cow & Gate, Heinz and Ella's Kitchen have far fewer nutrients than homemade meals, according to a new study.<p>Many contain high levels of sugar and some are promoted for use from four months of age – a time when babies should still be on a diet of breast or formula …