Changes to the national curriculum: what to expect

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A new version of the national curriculum comes into effect this month, dictating what children in English state schools learn at each key stage. Find out what the changes mean for your child - and if they're starting primary or secondary school, make sure you're all prepared for the big day.

Grab a Bumpfest ticket for 45

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Expecting a baby, and a bit befuddled by the reams of advice and info out there? Too blooming busy to wade through it all? Enter Bumpfest: our one-day event dedicated to all things birth and baby-related. Book now using the code MUMSNETTER to nab a ticket for just £45.

Starting pre-school: 'will my son realise his family's different?'

As parents wave their children off for the first day of school or nursery, Caroline Harris reflects on what spending their days away from the familiarity of home means for kids and wonders how her son will respond if he's questioned about having two mums.


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jennifer lawrence

Blog of the day: Following the news that private photos of Jennifer Lawrence, and numerous other celebrities, have been leaked online, The Belle Jar condemns those arguing that 'she should have been more careful'.

The perfect lunchbox snack

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Back to school: The start of the school year means a return to the tyranny of packed lunches for some. Which is where these amazing lunchbox bars come in - healthy (ish) AND you can make them ahead of time.



Jams, chutneys and other preserves: tips and tricks

Food: Just in time to use up any gluts in your nearby hedgerows or vegetable plot - we've gathered together Mumsnetters' tips and tricks to turning out perfect preserves every time. 

Ice Bucket Challenge: Justine gets it

Justine's Ice Bucket Challenge

When JustineMumsnet was nominated by our Commercial Director, Sue, to do the Ice Bucket Challenge for MND, she was lucky there were a few helpful volunteers from MNHQ on hand to assist. Watch the video to find out whom she nominates...


Find things to do near you

Family days out

What's on: Take a look through the calendar on your local site to find upcoming activities, classes and events in your area. You can also share recommendations with other families round your way on the Local Talk boards.

Mumsnet Reviews: swim nappies

Swim nappies

Introducing your baby to the joys of swimming? We've a shiny new swim nappies category in our Reviews section - find out which ones Mumsnetters rate, and share your own recommendations.


Book giveaway

We've got 50 copies of Who are you? by Elizabeth Forbes to give away this week. When Juliet begins to suspect her ex-army officer husband is suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the family face tough decisions.

Potty training

Toddler on potty

Everything you need to know: Tips on how to tell when your toddler's ready for potty-training, and how to go about the whole messy business - plus, getting your child to stay dry through the night.


Guest Campaign: Safer Schools

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Safer Schools, from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, brings together academic experts, education professionals and support organisations to tackle the issues affecting young people.

24 hours in Southampton

Local: From a walk around the old city walls to a night at the theatre or family trip to Peppa Pig World, explore bustling Southampton with our Local editor's tips on must-visit places and hidden gems for first time visitors and locals alike. 



Pregnancy symptoms

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Wondering whether to test? Take a look at the most common signs and symptoms of pregnancy - from sore breasts to weeping over TV adverts - and if you're still not sure, mull it over on our Pregnancy Talk board.

Baby names: your one-stop shop

Baby

Baby name finder: Still racking your brains for the perfect moniker? Consult our baby name finder for information, inspiration, and a before-it's-too-late objective view.


Trying to conceive?

Ovulation

Thinking about having children? Chart your fertile dates with our ovulation calendar, try the tips on our advice pages, and talk to others in the same boat on our conception boards.

Family competitions: enter now

August's prizes include £1,000 to spend on whatever you like, a family break in Cornwall, five iPad Minis and loads more.