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Providers may have records listed of all Oxfordshire childcare, activities and services on this Directory free of charge. This includes: Services for children and families eg childcare, education, activities, support services Services suitable for families with a disabled child/young person or one who has special educational…

Special educational needs (SEN)

If your child has a learning disability, their special educational needs (SEN) can be met either in a mainstream school with extra support, or in a special school. If your child has special educational needs, they will be able to access help, called SEN support, from: nurseries or…

Beat school exam stress

Tests and exams, including GCSEs, can be a challenging part of school life for both children and parents. But there are ways to ease the stress. 1. Watch out for exam stress Look out for signs of exam stress. Stressed children may be irritable, not sleep…

Healthy sleep tips for children

Good sleep is important for your child's physical and mental wellbeing. A relaxing bedtime routine is one important way to help your child get a good night's sleep. Relaxation tips to help sleep Doing the same relaxing things in the same order and at the…

Physical activity guidelines for children and young people

How much physical activity should children and young people aged 5 to 18 do to keep healthy? To stay healthy or to improve health, young people need to do 3 types of physical activity each week: aerobic exercise exercises to strengthen their bones exercises to…

Health benefits of rock climbing

Find out about rock climbing's unique physical and mental challenge, how to get started and the life skills it provides. Rock climbing was originally used by experienced climbers to practise skills needed for scaling difficult sections of a mountain. These days it takes the following forms: bouldering:…

Dance for fitness

From hip-hop to the foxtrot, dance fever is sweeping the nation, fuelled by popular TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and Britain's Got Talent. Whether you like to jump or jive, tap or tango, shake your hips or your booty, dancing is one of…

Exercise and study

It's important to find time to exercise, particularly during exams when all you seem to do is sit at your desk and work all day (and often into the night). Why should students exercise? Not only is exercise good for your overall health and fitness, but…

Safe swimming in the UK

How to avoid getting sick and other health risks from swimming in the sea, streams, rivers and lakes. Sewage in the sea Swimming in sewage-contaminated sea water can cause diarrhoea and vomiting, as well as infections of the ear, nose and throat. Many beaches in Britain have…

A parent's guide to autism

Parents often feel relieved when they finally receive a diagnosis of autism, because they have an explanation for their child's unusual behaviour. Receiving a diagnosis may come as a great shock, and it can take a while to accept what you're being told. Try to…