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What age should children start saving?

We all worry about money from time to time. But just how young should children be before they learn to save? Well a new survey suggests as young as eight and possibly even younger, should be saving more than £100 a week to buy the things they need by the time they're eighteen.

In the south east three out of four parents say they worry about their children futures - so is it important to make sure they learn to save and not spend from a young age.

David Wood reports.

Give a child a home

Today is the start of National Adoption Week and West Sussex County Council is encouraging more people to come forward to offer a child a home. It says it's currently trying to find families for thirty five children.

The feelings you experience when you see photos and then meet your child for the first time are incredible. I don't think we've ever cried so much - all happy tears. It's been an amazing experience. The process to adopt our first child took around 13 months and you get a lot of support along the way - our social worker was fantastic and has really become a part of the family.**

– Sue, Adur District Council


Plans to close children's centres in Kent are 'not a done deal'

Kent County Council has to save two hundred and forty million pounds. It says cuts by central Government leave it no choice. Today councillors met in Maidstone to consider areas where cutbacks could be made.

But as Andrea Thomas reports, any choice they make will be unpopular with some taxpayers. And noisy demonstrators fighting plans to close children's centres were there to make their voices heard.

She spoke to some of those demonstrators and Jenny Whittle, cabinet member for children's services at Kent County Council.

Children centres planned closures causes protests

Save Kent Children Centres Campaign has begun today, with protesters staging a demonstration after Kent County Council announced that 23 children centres may have to close.

The following Children Centres are earmarked for closure:

  • Ashford- Cherry Blossom and Squirrel Lodge
  • Canterbury- Apple Tree, Briary, Little Bees, Swalecliffe and Tina Rintoul
  • Dartford- Maypole
  • Dover- The Buttercup, The Daisy and Primrose
  • Gravesham- Daisy Chains and Little Painters
  • Maidstone- Loose and Marden
  • Sevenoaks- Dunton Green and Merry-Go Round
  • Shepway- New Romney, The Village or Folkestone Early Years
  • Swale- St Mary's and Woodgrove
  • West Kent- Hadlow/East Peckham, Larkfield and Pembury


  1. Christine Alsford

Have you heard of teeth varnishing?

Thousands of school children are having their teeth painted with fluoride as part of a scheme to tackle poor dental health.

In total 17 schools and nurseries are taking part in Portsmouth - where rates of decay are well above the national average.

Half of all children have damaged teeth by the time they start school - and three quarters of the decay goes untreated.

But the fluoride varnish treatment isn't without its opponents. Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford reports from an infants school where dozens of children have been treated for the first time.

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