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Dublin: 11 °C Sunday 16 June, 2019

9 of the best-value outdoor toys for young kids, according to real mums and dads

Here’s the stuff that’s worth the money (and the flat-pack assembly) this summer.

'My son loves dress-up and dolls' houses - but why do I feel compelled to tell you that he plays with trucks too?'

It’s time to start thinking beyond pink and blue, writes Chrissie Russell.

Am I being a bad parent...by sending my child to 'big school' when I know he's not ready?

This week, one parent is worried about the logistics of waiting another year.

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Another rainy day? 5 fun-filled indoor spots to bring your mini explorers to this summer

Educational days out for curious young minds – from aquariums to dinosaur museums.

WIN: A fun family getaway to the luxurious Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny

Cycle around the estate’s 170 acres, or head to the leisure centre.

FAMILY NEWS

Zappone announces funding for 3,600 new childcare places

Funding will be made available to childcare centres, crèches and other childcare facilities.

Spinraza campaigners 'finally have hope' as HSE approves access to drug for rare disease Sma

Spinraza campaigners 'finally have hope' as HSE approves access to drug for rare disease

The drug has been approved for children with SMA Type I, II or III on “an exceptional and individualised basis”.

Irish researchers make discovery which may lead to epilepsy 'warning system'

The discovery was made by researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

From The42 'To see a 12-year-old boy go through chemotherapy and have a tumour removed... it was the least we could do' Everyday Hero

'To see a 12-year-old boy go through chemotherapy and have a tumour removed... it was the least we could do'

Shelbourne winger and primary school teacher Conan Byrne raised €5,660 for one of his students with a sponsored head shave.

Opinion: Only the person themselves can decide if they are a 'disabled person' or 'person with a disability'

You might roll your eyes at yet another millennial taking issue over the order in which we put the words – but labels matter, writes Brigid O’Dea.