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Do you know what your child is looking at online? NSPCC warns parents should be more aware

The NSPCC in Wales is urging parents of 8 to 12 year olds to be more aware of what sites their children click onto when they are online.

A panel of more than 500 parents from the website Mumsnet reviewed 48 websites and said all those aimed at adults and teenagers were too easy for children under 13 to sign-up to.

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Today it launched its 'Net Aware' campaign to get families talking about socialising safely online.

"This Christmas many children will have been given a smart phone, a tablet computer, or a games console" said Des Mannion, from the charity.

"It's the perfect opportunity for parents to have conversations with their children about who they are talking to and what they share when they socialise online."

Top graduates offered incentives to get into teaching

The incentives are available for those wanting to teach 'priority' subjects at secondary level Credit: PA

High-achieving graduates in Wales will soon be able to access incentives of up to £20,000 to train to teach top priority subjects like Maths, Welsh and Physics at secondary school level.

Announced by Education Minister Huw Lewis, the incentives are part of the Welsh Government's work to drive up education standards across Wales, and increase the quality of graduates entering the teaching profession.

Students with a 1st class honours degree will be able to claim £20,000 to study to teach Welsh, Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

Graduates with a 2:1 will be able to claim £10,000, while those with a 2:2 can claim £6,000.

Slightly lower incentives have also been set for graduates training to teach modern languages and computer science at secondary school level.

All eligible students will also be able to access the £5,190 tuition fee grant for 2015/16.

These incentives are designed to increase the caliber of students choosing to teach, and particularly to encourage the most talented graduates, with specialist knowledge of our priority subjects of Welsh, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry to pursue a career in the teaching profession.

Ultimately this is about providing our learners with the best possible education and start in life and I am confident these incentives will continue to strengthen the quality of initial teacher training in Wales

– Huw Lewis AM, Education Minister


Extra funding for out-of-school childcare

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Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, has announced £400,000 to provide out-of-school childcare for families across Wales.

The funding, which the Welsh Government says is on top of £2.3 million already provided, is aimed at gaps in childcare provision across Wales.

Projects set to get extra funding include childcare centres in Caerphilly and Conwy which will provide play workshops for local children.

Providing quality childcare and improving parents’ access to it is one of my top priorities. Childcare facilities are not just simply a place to go while parents are at work, they are also about improving the lives of children, especially those from our deprived communities.

Childcare not only plays a central role in improving children’s well-being and reducing inequalities, it is also vital to ensuring parents are able to access employment and training opportunities.

– Lesley Griffiths AM, Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister
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