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A record 18,235 children from 412 schools took part in the national competition, which aims to teach children more about berries as part of a healthy breakfast. School engagement in the initiative, created by British Summer Fruits and run in partnership with ContinYou, has increased ten-fold since it started. Find out who the 2012 winners are!
The Guardian highlights growing demand for breakfast clubs (19/6/12)
According to the Guardian article, teachers are seeing 'growing demand for free breakfasts and rising numbers of underweight, lethargic pupils with signs of hunger'. Speaking on BBC Breakfast (21/6/12), ContinYou's Chief Executive, Karin Woodley, highlighted the importance of breakfast in improving children's concentration, behaviour and readiness to learn – thereby helping to raise their attainment. She reported how ContinYou, with support from Kellogg's, has helped to provide over two million breakfasts to children, as well as supporting breakfast clubs across the UK.
Researchers at the University of West London, in partnership with ContinYou, have shown that Pyramid after-school clubs deliver significant reductions in peer and emotional difficulties for quiet and withdrawn children.
The Berries for Breakfast competition is open to all schools in the UK, and competition organisers are calling on breakfast clubs from across the country to take part.
Lewisham Council has awarded ContinYou a three-year contract to provide its parent partnership service, a statutory service for parents of children aged 0-19 with special educational needs.
Education Minister for Wales, Leighton Andrews, today announced £250,000 of funding to extend an innovative project to promote singing in schools for another year.
Army Families wins new award (21.11.11)
Army Families Skilled for Health project wins prestigious award from the Military and Civilian Health Partnership Awards 2011!
Give a Child a Breakfast (17.10.11)
Thousands of British school children face going hungry in the morning after teachers revealed that one in eight breakfast clubs have been shut down. Kellogg's Corn Flakes have launched a campaign to help support breakfast clubs.
ContinYou website improvements (26.7.11)
We are reviewing and updating website content over the next few weeks, in order to bring you a much more streamlined, focused and user-friendly site.
ContinYou wins Harrow PPS contract (28.6.11)
We are delighted to announce that Harrow Council has awarded ContinYou the contract to run its parent partnership service (PPS) for a period of three years from 28 June 2011.
National CânSing Day - 21 June 2011 (24.5.11)
National CânSing Day will be held on 21 June 2011 – to coincide with World Music Day! All schools are encouraged to organise events to help celebrate the day.
Denbigh schools' hospital play (03.05.11)
150 primary school pupils from Ysgol Heulfre and Ysgol Frongoch performed a brand new play based on memories of the North Wales Hospital at the Town Hall in Denbigh.
National Sing Up Day (22.02.11)
Temple Primary school in Manchester invited three partner schools to engage in an afternoon of fun and sharing through singing, to celebrate the achievements of the schools' choirs. This was part of National Sing Up Day.
Encourage families to read together this World Book Day, 3 March, by taking part in a Family Reading Breakfast.
During the Summer of 2010, ContinYou undertook, with the generous support of the John Laing Charitable Trust, a small-scale qualitative research project, into the views of parents using five Parent Partnership Services in England. This report sets out the findings of that research.
On 13 December, children from Ysgol Y Parc and Ysgol Gwaenynog schools got together for a special celebration event at Denbigh Town Hall, where they had a Christmas story workshop with writers and librarians. The writers use a patchwork quilt and drama to enthuse the children.
Supplementary schools win awards (01.11.10)
Sixteen supplementary schools from the Midlands area received Quality Framework awards, and celebrated with international dance performances, at an event held in Coventry.
Welsh children CânSing (12.10.10)
More than eighty children from across Wales sang together at the Millennium Centre, Cardiff, to celebrate the launch of an exciting, new singing programme. They were joined by Tim Rhys Evans and Aled Powys Williams of Only Men Aloud, Welsh rapper Ed Holden a.k.a Mr Formula, and singer/actress Elin Llwyd (Pobl y Cwm).
Nigel Mansell swaps petrol for pedals (09.08.10)
Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell and cycling legend Magnus Backstedt joined the Lord Mayor of Leicester and Liz Kendall MP, at Western Park Freeride Club to celebrate the bike club’s open day. It was all part of Nigel Mansell's cycling challenge to promote the Positive About Youth campaign.
Change4Life Active Holiday Planner (19.07.10)
Need some ideas for keeping the kids busy during the Summer holidays? Try the Change4Life Active Holiday Planner. Even when it's wet outside there are lots of ways to keep moving, so get planning now and banish those dreaded cries of 'I'm bored!'
Community Food Leaders from the What's Cooking Together? programme attended a celebration event on 12 July at Gisborough Hall. The programme aims to give children and their families the knowledge and skills to enjoy planning, preparing and cooking cost-effective, tasty meals together and to promote healthier eating habits within their communities.
The new National Family Learning Network website launched on 27 May. It is a one stop shop for family learning practitioners, and offers resources, jobs, events, news, funding opportunities and forums.
Fathers’ Story Week (14-20 June) (21.05.10)
ContinYou is supporting Fathers' Story Week. The week is a fantastic opportunity for primary schools, nurseries, pre-schools and Children’s Centres to get fathers and children working and spending time together in support of the children’s learning and development.
Five UK schools have been singled out for prestigious national awards to commemorate their outstanding breakfast clubs and the invaluable contribution their clubs make to the local community.
Blue Peter Family Grants awarded (6.04.10)
Eighty breakfast clubs have each received £350, which will be used to add a sustainable family element to their existing breakfast club provision.
Learning Exchange Award winners announced! (16.03.10)
Congratulations to Joseph Leckie Community College, who win £1,000 for their range of high-quality extended services activities. Prizes of £500 were awarded to the East Basildon Extended Services Group, Nowt2Do?, Churchill Community College and Woodland Community Primary School.
ContinYou appoints new Chief Executive (26.02.10)
Karin Woodley has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of ContinYou. From 2005 to 2009 Karin was Chief Executive of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and will start her new role in March.
Small steps 4 life launched (08.02.10)
James Cracknell, Olympic gold medallist rower, helps the Food Standards Agency and ContinYou launch Small Steps 4 Life. The programme encourages young people to set themselves challenges, relating to healthy eating, getting physically active and feeling good.
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