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Mums spend a staggering amount replacing items lost by kids before the age of ten study finds

Researchers found the average youngster misplaces a total of 483 belongings between the ages of three and ten - with hats, jumpers and cuddly toys among the most commonly lost items Cuddly toys are among the most lost items replaced by parents(Image: SWNS.COM) Mums spend £1,589 replacing items lost by their kids before the age of ten - and nearly two days in total looking for them, according to a study ...

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Cost of education is spiralling out of control

Cllr Deirdre Wadding. Single mother of three Deirdre Wadding knows all too well about the high costs associated with so-called free education.'My youngest son is going into fifth year this year and my older two are in college. But I remember when they were all in school together how expensive it was. Before I became a member of Wexford Borough Council I received the Back to School allowance from the state and even with that it was a struggle.'Without assistance it was very expensive ...

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Education circular has little impact parents say

Many families struggle to afford back to school costs, despite a circular issued by the Department of Education urging schools to reduce costs.Photo: INGIMAGE Many parents are struggling to afford staggering back to school costs, according to the 2017 Barnardos Annual School Costs Survey. The Department of Education issued a circular last April that urged schools to reduce costs, but many parents felt the circular had little impact, the survey said ...

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Government reducing back to school costs for families Burke

The Government is reducing back-to-school costs for families, according to Fine Gael TD for Longford-Westmeath, Peter Burke. Speaking about the financial burden on families, the Westmeath native said this time of year can be extremely expensive for families with school-going children.“That is why the Government has increased the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance by a significant 25 per cent in order to help ease the pressure on families ...

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Back to school costs soar as parents fork out on books

A new survey has reported that it costs Irish parents an average of €275 (£248) for secondary school books per child, and €800 (£722) in total school costs. Children’s charity Barnardos published its annual school costs survey last week and surveyed over 1,800 parents on the financial pressures they experienced as their children returned to school. The survey found that the impact of school costs meant that 45 per cent of parents had to forgo other bills or cut back on daily expenses ...

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Children and now parents are afraid of the unsanitised outdoors

Young parents, disconnected from nature, are just as timid as their offspring Andrew ‘Mouse’ Fleming with Children enjoying ‘Wild Kids’ Day’ organised by the children’s nature charity Owls at Turvey Nature Reserve, Donabate, Co Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson We’ve all seen them. The families who rock up to some fabulous forest, coastal stretch or national park and don’t venture beyond the car-park – or the coffee shop, if there is one ...

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