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Plenty for the kids to do in Essex this half term

Sky Ropes

With half term on the horizon, you may be wondering how to keep the kids occupied during the break.

Fear not, we've got it covered.

Essex Outdoors’ action-packed School Holiday Activity Days are the ideal way for young people aged 8-16 to try exciting new outdoor experiences. 

This February half term they are just £20 per child per day, with activities including archery, canoeing, climbing and mountain biking. 

Find out more and book your child's place today.

Alternatively, why not give our Sky Ropes courses at Great Notley Country Park a go. They offer great, safe family fun for all ages and are open every day this half term. 

Book your Sky Ropes adventure online or call 0345 603 7624.

Introducing the ultimate 50 things to do before you’re 5!

50 things

The Talk, Listen, Cuddle team here at Essex County Council has launched the ultimate 50 things to do before you’re 5 – a fun list of activities you can do with your little ones at home, or out and about across Essex. 

Each of the 50 things will help you positively engage your children and support them to learn and develop language and communication skills.

The list can be found online on the TLC website

Ready, steady, go!

Teachers celebrated at 2017 Essex Teaching Awards


Top teachers and school staff were recognised at the fourth annual Essex Teaching Awards

The awards, which celebrate excellence in education and highlight the outstanding work of the county’s schools, took place at Marconi Social Club in Chelmsford last week.

Read the full story online to find out if any of your children's teachers were among the winners.

Children given chance to improve county's libraries


Children in Essex are being the opportunity to influence changes and improvements at the county’s libraries.

Between 13 and 26 February, library staff across Essex will be asking our youngest customers exactly what they think of services and how they could be improved.

Parents or carers will be asked to answer on behalf of pre-school and Key Stage 1 children, revealing how they use the libraries and how satisfied they are.

Children in school years 3, 4, 5 and 6, as well as those in secondary school, will have their own individual short survey to complete.

To take part, ask a member of staff in your local library.

Could you give a loving home to a child asylum seeker?


We estimate we will need about 100 new foster families across Essex this year, with the impending arrival of more unaccompanied asylum seeking children expected to increase the demand for placements.

Our foster families and supported lodgings carers give loving homes to hundreds of children and young people, including those who have had to leave their own countries and seek refuge in the UK.

Our carers receive excellent local support and training, as well as a competitive fee.

If you are interested, please come along to our next information event, where you'll hear from experienced carers, or make an enquiry online.

Starting at 11am on March 4, the event at Essex Record Office, Chelmsford, will have a special focus on caring for young people seeking asylum.

You can also read the story of one of our carers online.