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s it just us or does September feel like a fresh start? We love summer, but the start of the new school term brings with it the order and routine that we’ve yearned for during the holidays. We always like to focus on all things ‘back to school’ in our Autumn issue and in our dedicated Schools Supplement you’ll f ind info on everything from school assessments and open days to interpreting school reports – not always an easy task. We also chat to the inspirational women behind children’s skincare brand Bloom and Blossom about soap, success, motherhood and their latest Roald Dahl collaboration. And of course, the mag is packed with all our regular features to help you have much fun as possible with your kids in the capital, including travel and day out suggestions for October half term. Let’s do this Autumn!

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WE LOVE

OVER THE RAINBOW This Rainbows wallpaper from Hibou Home will transform your baby’s nursery, child’s bedroom or playroom into a happy and joyful place. The sophisticated shades of mustard, rose, brick and sage green will also make it the most stylish of spaces too.

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SCIENTIFIC SLEEPWEAR Driven by the desire to introduce maths and science into girls’ lives in an everyday way and striving for a more gender-balanced future, The Girl Element has created STEM-inspired pyjamas for girls aged two to 13. All sets come with a fun and educational poster that brings the STEM prints on the PJs to life.

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COOL DOODS Dou-Doods are designed to help babies and toddlers learn the art of self-soothing at bedtime. Each Dood has a name and birth date making it unique. And it’s one of the softest comforters we’ve ever had the pleasure of snuggling.

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blanket bliss An early years visual expert has input into all Etta Loves designs using the science of what babies can and can’t see at different stages of their development. New this autumn is a zebra sensory knitted blanket designed for 0-4 months to support their visual and cognitive development.

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CIRCULAR FASHION When a leading kids’ fashion PR curates a collection of pre-loved and past season designer clothing from influencers, fashion houses and shoots and sells them to us for up to 80% off the original price, we sit up and take notice. Shoshana Kazab, founder of Fuse Communications, has created Kidswear Collective which counts Sofia Gouveia, The Fashion Bug Blog and Deborah Brett amongst its sellers. You don’t have to be an influencer to sell through the site, but you must pass Kidswear Collective’s ‘8-step inspection process’.

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Oeuf NYC x smalls Merino champion, Smalls, unveils an exclusive collaboration with New York-based renowned baby and kids brand, Oeuf in September. The limited-edition ‘Under Pressure’ range aims to highlight the importance of sustainable fashion.

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September From

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BIG THE MUSICAL

MALORIE BLACKMAN IN CONVERSATION

13 to 15

COOKBOOK FESTIVAL Chiswick cookbookfestival.org

Southbank Centre southbankcentre.co.uk

Colin Hutton © Hartswood Films

The wait is over for the next novel in the groundbreaking series Noughts & Crosses – join the author in conversation.

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As well as super culinary guests, enjoy a free street party where Turnham Green Terrace will be filled with food and activities.

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TOWER OF LONDON FOOD FESTIVAL

BEST BOSSY BUM BONKERS PARTY

CHISWICK HOUSE DOG SHOW 2019

Tower of London hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london

Lyric Hammersmith lyric.co.uk

Chiswick House & Gardens chiswickhousedogshow.org.uk

There’s plenty laid on for kids at the Tower’s very own food festival, including Le Petit Cordon Bleu workshops.

With the chance to join in with some unique comedy party games, watch some hilarious sketches, mischief and naughty pranks.

Dogs of all sizes and pedigrees - and their chaperones - are welcome at all sessions including My Dog’s Got Talent.

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28 & 29

FAMILY TAKEOVER: MAKE AND CREATE

MUSEUM DEPOT OPEN WEEKEND

The British Library, King’s Cross bl.uk

London Transport Museum’s Depot, Acton ltmuseum.co.uk

Make, create and invent something inspirational to take home. Then explore the library with the Building Family Trail.

This family-friendly festival-style event is an exciting opportunity to enjoy one of the biggest collections of urban transport worldwide.

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PLAYING WITH MONEY The British Museum britishmuseum.org

©Bach to Baby

Matt Crockett

Dominion Theatre bigthemusical.co.uk

Get your tickets quick as it’s only on for nine weeks - the West End production of Tom Hanks’ classic movie.

12 to 16

Photo Kelly Reeves

WHAT’S ON

From Monopoly to Go For Broke!, this exhibition examines how board games and toys shape our understanding of money.


St James Nursery School Opening 2019 Our new nursery opens in September. For details call 020 7348 1793 or email admissions@stjamesprep.org.uk

Peace of mind. The world can be a noisy place. That’s why children at St James practise ‘stillness’ and pause before and after every lesson. We see them calm down, refocus and head off to their next class buzzing with renewed energy. For parents, peace of mind comes from knowing your child will thrive academically and creatively in a warm, happy environment. Our pupils get great results. They just don’t get stressed about it. Please get in touch today to find out more about us or to arrange a visit.

stjamesprep.org.uk Earsby Street London W14 8SH 020 7348 1793


October

WHAT’S ON

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CARD NINJA

THE BABY SHOW

ExCel London live.newscientist.com

Watermans watermans.org.uk

Olympia, Earl’s Court thebabyshow.co.uk

Riotous fun and a sweep of high-flying card tricks can only mean one thing; Javier Jarquin, otherwise branded as Card Ninja, is back in town.

There are talks and workshops galore, as well as stands selling everything you could ever need for you and baby.

Jam-packed with interactive experiences, workshops, performances and more, New Scientist Live will inspire curious minds of all ages.

20 to 28

RISE AND ROAR: QUIET SESSION IN THE MAGIC GARDEN

Colin Hutton © Hartswood Films

NEW SCIENTIST LIVE

25 to 27

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MCM COMIC CON

FUNHARMONICS: ZOG

Excel London mcmcomiccon.com

Southbank Centre southbankcentre.co.uk

Children with autism and other sensory needs are invited to bring their families to this session at the Magic Garden.

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Fans of movies, gaming, comics and tv will love this event where there’s the chance to get up close to favourite characters.

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Hampton Court Palace hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace

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Watch the animated film projected on the big screen accompanied by music performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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OI FROG AND FRIENDS

BILLIONAIRE BOY

Unicorn Theatre unicorntheatre.com

Rose Theatre, Kingston rosetheatrekingston.org

Richmond Theatre atgtickets.com/venues/richmond-theatre

In celebration of Black History Month, these West African and Caribbean tales about the spider hoaxster come vividly to life.

Join frog, cat and dog in this fun and exciting stage adaptation of Kes Gray and Jim Field’s bestselling books.

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©Bach to Baby

ANANSI THE SPIDER

The award-winning producers of Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie have sprinkled their magic on another of David Walliams’ bestselling stories.


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Book now for September classes upbeatlondon 4 - 16 yrs

Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen

Written & Directed by Ciaran McConville

Music & Lyrics by Eamonn O’Dwyer

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Hands-on design and build courses for 4-11 year olds in Kensington School for Creative Thinkers Inspiring children to learn through making, creating and collaborating. Set up by the Museum of Architecture. All classes are run by a team of teachers, architects and designers. Booking Now Saturday classes from 7 September Nature’s Architects Saturday classes Learn about the houses animals build and then have a go at creating them. Book the course or pay as you go. Half-Term Camp 21 - 25 October I Want to be an Architect Have a go at planning a future city - design the buildings, transportation and playgrounds. How will your city stack up? City Kids Special for SfCT - extra £10 off until 20 September quoting EEQ269 Visit the website to find out more:

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November 1 to 3

Daily DOCUMENTARY CHALLENGE

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CREATIVE FUN FOR 2-5s House of Illustration, King’s Cross houseofillustration.org.uk

These workshops invite young children to visit an art gallery, play games, listen to a story and explore the illustrations.

15 to 24

BATTERSEA PARK FIREWORKS Battersea Park enablelc.org/fireworks

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington royalalberthall.com

Colin Hutton © Hartswood Films

Documentary filmmakers help your family create your own documentary. Which stories will you tell? Download footage to watch at home.

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HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE IN CONCERT

Imperial War Museum, Lambeth www.iwm.org.uk

WHAT’S ON

Discover who put Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire in this screening accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

Battersea’s beautiful park comes alive once again for bonfire night this year - but remember, remember it’s the second of November.

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SING-A-LONG-A SOUND OF MUSIC

100 YEARS OF MAGIC: DISNEY ON ICE

Prince Charles Cinema, near Leicester Square princecharlescinema.com

SSE Arena, Wembley disneyonice.com

The West End is alive with the sound of… you and your kids! Belt out the classics in this mother of all musicals.

Celebrate a century of animation with a cast of over 50 unforgettable characters including Mickey, Minnie and the Disney princesses.

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WINTER WONDERLAND

THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE

Venues across London efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk

Hyde Park hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue snailandthewhalelive.com

It’s never too early to introduce youngsters to the joys of jazz as this London music festival has plenty for kids.

As always it runs until New Year, but why not drop in early for Winter Wonderland’s festive fun and food?

©Bach to Baby

EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL

Tall Tales, who staged The Gruffalo, are bringing another of Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler’s much loved stories to the West End. CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 11


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Every Sunday and at half term, inspiring theatre for children in Brentford

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AN ANTE-NATAL

BEVERLEY TURNER

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ot doing ante-natal classes during pregnancy is like rocking up to a marathon in flip flops without having done any training. And yet, many women still choose the ‘la-la-la-I-can’thear-you’ approach to labour. It’s not surprising. We’re fed terrifying tales of childbirth from the moment we grasp that a baby comes out of our tinkle (vagina, nunny, foo-foo…insert own unsatisfactory terminology here). So, faced with the traumatising concept of pushing out a human, it’s no wonder so many women adopt a rictus grin, tell themselves they’ll be fine, they’ll take as many drugs as possible and as long as they’ve got a healthy baby, they’ll be happy. These are the women I lie awake at night worrying about. The gulf between confidence and blissful ignorance is immense. It’s a challenge you also face as a parent when your child is preparing for exams on a wave of self-belief after all the positive parenting that you’ve done. They breeze along convinced of their superiority and somehow you have to cajole them towards textbooks without undoing years of aggrandising by screaming, “You’re not that clever you know!” The amazing thing is that your body does know how to give birth. It really is that clever. But – unless you have more complicated medical conditions - there are two main barriers to a natural birth (if that is your Plan A): your busy brain and a busy maternity ward. I didn’t realise when I sat down to devise the content for The Happy Birth Club ante-natal course five years ago, quite how true this was.

And this is where good ante-natal education becomes your best ally. It’s nice to know about dilating cervixes and mucus plugs but great birth preparation is much more than that. Midwife Pam Wild and I watch couples go on extraordinary journeys over the couple of months during which we get to know them. They may arrive convinced that they’re aiming for a home birth but ultimately decide that in their own personal circumstance, a c-section is their best choice. Or perhaps they express a definitive need for an epidural at class one which slowly morphs into a keenness to use the birth centre by class six which results in a confidence-building birth that they could never have imagined without our course – and critically, their willingness to listen and learn. Me and my team may be ‘teaching them’ but like all good therapeutic processes, the couple will absorb information in an alchemistic way and decide what is right for them. Personally, I don’t even like the description, ante-natal “classes.” Such language around the maternity experience plays a critical role in infantilising women at a time when they should be feeling more adult than ever. Instead, we focus on discussion and questioning in an open

... women are slowly realising that pregnancy is the ideal time to go ‘back to school’ and equip themselves for life’s biggest event.

forum that encourages opinions, fosters greater understanding, autonomy and a huge amount of laughter. Having both parents-to-be in the room is paramount to a successful antenatal course outcome. How can your partner advocate for you when faced with significant decisions in labour if they don’t know what questions to ask and why? How can you talk through options such as induction, epidural or home birth if your partner has none of the facts at their disposal? Part of the twisted logic behind failing to attend ante-natal preparation groups is the idea that women mustn’t “get their hopes up” in case birth “goes wrong.” This is one of the best-intended yet patronising and defeatist sentiments ever dreamed up. It arose from the power shift that occurred when birth was moved out of the home and into hospitals with the creation of the NHS in the 1950s. Putting birth in the ‘hands of doctors’ on their turf, with their medical apparatus only worked if women were compliant (and grateful) for a one-sizefits-all system. The power dynamic shifted almost overnight and today far too many women report feeling like ‘passengers’ at their birth rather than the driving force behind what should be a momentously joyous event. Thankfully, with the increased popularity of hypnobirthing, pregnancy yoga and courses like ours, women are slowly realising that pregnancy is the ideal time to go ‘back to school’ and equip themselves for life’s biggest event. As with every occasion in life, knowledge is power – go and seize it!

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FASHION

Created by Laia Aguilar, this season’s colour palette reflects her interest in artists Jean Arp and Morris Lewis.

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The AW19 collection from The Animals Observatory continues to find inspiration from vintage clothing, artists and design.

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STYLE

DUFFLE COAT From £85 patachou.com FISHERMAN RAINCOAT £74.99 toastiekids.com SS RE D ET .is CK row O g P D we KE 7 as C E 7 CH £

ROSIE T-BAR SHOES £68 youngsoles.co.uk

LEATHER BOOTS £68 tocotovintage.com

SCOTCH & SODA BOMBER JACKET £133 melijoe.com

MOUSE HAT £41 ilgufo.com

DINOSAUR SWEATSHIRT £69 paulsmith.com

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School Runnings

It’s time to dig out that PE kit, polish those shoes and put your skates on for the school run. Here’s our round up of shiny new school kit to make that early morning alarm clock a little more bearable. by Eleonore Crompton

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PENCIL HAIR SLIDES £8.50 each milledeux.com

TOMMY HILFIGER DENIM PINAFORE DRESS £65 melijoe.com

MERI MERI DOG PENCIL CASE / CAT POUCH £9.99 smallable.com

DRAWSTRING BAG €25 fermliving.com

LIEWOOD KNEE SOCKS £13 (2 pairs) alexandalexa.com

PENCIL CASE €17 jojofactory.com

OMBRE ALPHABET STICKERS £7.50 merimeri.co.uk

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FEATURE FOOD BY JO PRATT

SMOKED HADDOCK

MAC ‘N’ CHEESE

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his has to be one of the best comfort foods imaginable. Classic mac ’n’ cheese is hard to beat, but with the addition of rich, smoky haddock f laked through the sauce it’s off the scale! TIME TAKEN 1 hour SERVES 4 250g/9 oz dried macaroni pasta 350g/12 oz smoked haddock, skinned 1 onion, peeled and chopped 1 bay leaf 500ml/18 fl oz/2 cups milk 50g/1¾ oz butter 25g/1 oz plain flour 150g/5½ oz grated Emmental cheese 1 tsp English mustard 2 tbsp chopped chives freshly ground black pepper

• Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6. • Cook the macaroni in boiling salted water for 10 minutes, and drain. Toss in a little oil to prevent the pasta from sticking together. • Put the smoked haddock in a saucepan and add the onion, bay leaf, milk and a good twist of black pepper. Put over a medium heat, bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, lift the haddock out of the milk, and break into chunky f lakes, retaining the milk. • In a separate large pan, melt the butter. When it’s bubbling, stir in the f lour. Stir for about 30 seconds, then pour in the oniony milk from cooking the smoked haddock. Using a balloon whisk, mix together until it comes to the boil and you have a loose sauce consistency. Stir in half of the cheese, and stir well until it’s melted. • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the macaroni, mustard and chives. Fold through the smoked haddock and transfer to a large ovenproof dish. Scatter over the remaining cheese and bake in the oven for 20–25 minutes, until golden and bubbling.

FLEXIBLE This can easily be transformed into a classic mac ’n’ cheese, without using the smoked haddock. Sauté the onion and bay leaf in the butter until the onion is soft. Stir in the f lour then add the milk, bringing the sauce to the boil. Increase the quantity of cheese to 300g/10½ oz. I like to mix things up a bit with a selection of cheeses such as Emmental, smoked Cheddar and Monterey Jack.

The Flexible Pescatarian by Jo Pratt White Lion Publishing £20 Available on Amazon, Waterstones, The Book Depository, and Books Etc. CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 17


FOOD NEWS

Snack Delivery Vitamin Boost

Created by nutritionists, Munchachos are ideal for lunchboxes or hangry kids after school. The monthly subscription service delivers five snacks per box for £4.99 plus a world of exciting facts to get stuck into. There’s also a free app to download to gather more fun facts while travelling the world. Flavours include Chomps Elisé, Long Tong Noodles and Roasty Toasties. munchachos.com

Your Bulletin Board of foodie finds for you and your family Get More Vits is a range of fruit-flavoured drinks specially loaded with tasty vitamins. Choose from Sparkling Orange, Still Mango or Passionfruit amongst others, each containing vitamins A, B, C or D. Currently available from Ocado, Amazon.co.uk, Sainsburys, Tesco and WHSmiths. getmorevits.com

Sweet Treats

Mild-Mannered Mealtimes

We’re big believers in a little of what you fancy does you good, so we’re hugely supportive of Hey Yum! These soft, chewy sweets are infused with fruit, enhanced with honey and sugar, and free of artificial flavours, colours, sweeteners and preservatives. Plus they’re organic. heyyum.com

Recipes To Share One of the most beautiful books to land on our desks for a while, Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street is a collection of recipes from all over the world. In each apartment, someone is preparing a special dish to share with their neighbours. Mr Singh is making coconut dahl with his daughter while Maria mashes avocados for her guacamole. Written and illustrated by Felicita Sala. £12.99

Get Social And we don’t just mean on Instagram! The Together Table is the brainchild of Nicola Wilson, founder of Tiny Table, and brings parents together over food ‘to inspire, to delight and to unite. Pairing good food, locations old and new, as well as great brands, parents get the chance to socialise and break out of coffee shop monotony. tinytable.co.uk

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We all pray for non-eventful mealtimes and Connoisseur Kids is here to show us how it’s done. Parents and younger children work together to read about a wide range of topics: communication, table manners, tidiness, thinking of others, grooming, and health with activities to complete along the way. abramsandchronicle.co.uk

Festival of Cookery Chiswick’s Cookbook Festival returns for a second year in September, dishing up a celebration of delights from some of the world’s finest chefs. Highlights this year include City Kids’ very own Jo Pratt, Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi, Asma Khan and Lindsey Bareham. Lucinda Miller will be sharing a Cooking with Kids workshop, plus on Sunday 15th September, Turnham Green Terrace will be closed to traffic for the Together on the Terrace street party. Expect free cooking demos, art, gardening, the Big Street Lunch, chickens, live music and free stuff! 12-16th September cookbookfestival.org


Kids go FREE!

Join our family festival and 5k fun run: RBC Race for the Kids Walk, jog or scoot 5k with your family and enjoy a day full of entertainment. Sign up and help raise money for seriously ill children at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Saturday 12 October, Hyde Park gosh.org/rbcraceforthekids Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Registered charity no. 1160024.


INTERIORS

Kutikai House Desk and Stools, £640 We love the minimal but fun statement this set makes. bobbyrabbit.co.uk Short Locker, £129 The perfect bed side table to store books and midnight feasts. roseandgrey.co.uk

WORK, REST AND PLAY

Kids Pine Locker Wardrobe, £725 Practical storage with space for everything and everyone. cuckoolandcuckooland.com

Here are a few multitasking items to help turn your kid’s bedroom into the perfect space for studying, playing and, oh yes, sleeping…

by Eleonore Crompton

Wild & Wolf Globe, £60 Give them a global perspective from a young age. cuckooland.com

Geoff the Giraffe Storage Bookcase, £124 A great place to store books and read books! redcandy.co.uk Modular Desk and Bunkbed, from £990 The perfect solution for anyone tight on space. gomodern.co.uk

String system in white with white floor panels, from £72 We love this super slick, pared back storage that let’s the contents do the talking. stringfurniture.com

Aldgate Chest of Drawers, £249 At least you know 1-3 will be covered! made.com

Vintage Style Animals Poster, £79 Retro wall art, they’ll remember forever. limelace.co.uk

ELEONORE CROMPTON is a freelance fashion editor, artist and blogger at www.themumdaytimes.com 20 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK


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PARENTING

ASK THE

EXPERT

City Kids asks your health and well-being questions to a panel of experienced professionals.

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Prevention is always key: • Ensure that any play objects are safe, unbreakable and are too big to fit inside the mouth. • If weaning, you may find that your baby occasionally gags. This gag reflex allows the food to move forward into the mouth and is normal. • Supervise your child when eating choking is often silent so you might not notice immediately. • Always cut up food. Remember foods like tomatoes, grapes and blackberries are small and slippery so should be cut into quarters. Make sure children are sitting down whilst eating and drinking. • If an object or food does get stuck in the throat and your child is coughing, it is called ‘partial blockage’. You will know if your child is choking if they are unable to cough, cry or breathe. In this case, you should: • With a baby, sit down and lay them face down along your thigh supporting their head. Give up to five sharp blows between their shoulder blades with the heel of your hand. For an older child simply deliver the blows between the shoulder blades. • Check the mouth for the object. If you can confidently pick it out with your fingertips then do so, but take great care not to push it in further. • If the back blows do not clear the blockage, give up to five chest thrusts. With your baby laid face up along the length of your thigh, put two fingers just below the centre of the chest and push inwards up to five times. Check their mouth regularly and remove the object if possible. • If choking persists, repeat back blows and chest thrusts until you dislodge the object and they can breathe. Call for help as soon as possible.

I have six top tips to help with this!

No birth, like anything is life, is risk free. We all take risks on a daily basis: for example, when our phone goes for a swim every time we have a quick scroll through Instagram in the bath! In terms of home birth, a huge nationwide study concluded that there was a small (but still very low overall) increase in risk of serious complications for healthy first-time mums; compared to giving birth in a labour ward. There was no increase in risk at all for healthy second-time mums. There are so many positives to a home birth. As well as having lower rates of interventions, many women feel more relaxed with access to home comforts like their bed (and their fridge!) - allowing the “love hormone” oxytocin to be produced, which is key for labour. You won’t need to worry about clean-up as your midwives will sort it before they leave (although only the birth-related stuff - The Marie Kondo declutter is up to you!). The most important thing to bear in mind is that your choice of birth setting is the right one for you and your pregnancy. Most hospitals offer homebirth services, and some have dedicated homebirth teams. Alternatively, you may prefer to look into independent midwives – having the same midwife, who has been taking care of you during pregnancy, at the birth is priceless! Beverley Turner – founder of the Happy Birth Club - had her first baby at a birth centre, then had two home births. She says “I knew my body could birth without complications so I believed that I should just give it a go at home. Of course, I would transfer into hospital should the need arise, and I knew that birth rarely ‘goes wrong’ quickly when you’re receiving no interventions. They were the best days of my life. I’d do it all again (if I didn’t have to raise the damn kids!)”

DO I DO IF MY CHILD STARTS CHOKING?

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DO I KEEP MY CHILD’S TEETH HEALTHY? 1. Create a tooth brushing routine. A child who gets in the habit of brushing will carry that forward into adolescence and beyond. Children may initially resist, but most will eventually concede to the routine with consistent reinforcement. 2. Help kids aged eight years old and younger brush their teeth but supervise until age 11. The eight-year marker is approximate, but until children are able to tie their own shoes, they don’t have the skills to brush their own teeth. Even after children are able to brush their own teeth, parents should be supervising to ensure children are doing a good job. 3. Visit the dentist regularly. We will reinforce that oral health is a critical part of overall health, as well as check for early signs of tooth decay. We’ll also give parents strategies for taking care of their children’s teeth, and issues like dental trauma and snacking. 4. Brush with fluoride. Buy toothpaste with fluoride for children two years old and up. Follow the recommended amount on the packaging – and then don’t rinse! Have your children simply spit out the excess toothpaste. This will allow the fluoride to stay on their teeth, adding extra protection. 5. Limit sugar intake. The amount of sugar that is in kids’ drinks and diets directly relates to the rise in tooth decay. 6. Model good behaviour. One of the best things parents can do for their kids’ oral health is to take care of their own! Let children see how the whole family doesn’t go to bed until teeth are brushed.

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FEATURE

MAKING AN ENTRANCE State, independent or a mix; 7+, 11+ or 13+ - which path do you choose? VICTORIA EVANS unravels the ever-evolving state of school entrance exams

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t goes without saying that choosing the right school for your child takes a lot of thought. On the whole, most parents want their child to be happy and academically successful (though sadly there are some who put social climbing and school snobbery ahead of this). Open days and tours of schools can go some way to helping you make a decision, but the organised amongst you will also be looking at the bigger picture: the next stage of your child’s education. Here’s a rough guide to the decisions to make before your little one leaves nursery.

7+

Some schools (pre-preps) only take children until the end of year 2. After that, they need to leave and move onto a school via a 7+ entrance exam. This is also an entry point into the independent sector if you have started at a state primary. Pre-preps are often feeder schools to other prep schools. The academic challenge facing your child at this stage depends upon the school you have your sights set on. But, a good level of English, Maths, reasoning and social skills will be expected. The school is also likely to request a recent school report. Exams usually take place early in the Spring term for entrance

the following September, though it is sometimes possible to move in the Summer term if a place becomes available. In London, competition, even at this early stage in a child’s development is rife, with it not unheard of for tutors to be roped in from a child’s fourth birthday. We know of no school which would encourage this, and we politely ask parents to get a grip! What you can do, as a parent, is encourage reading, discuss different topics and generally encourage thinking.

11+ or 13+

Traditionally, 11+ has been the main route to independent London day schools which neatly coincides with the primary sector in England ending in year six. However, some of these independent schools also have an entry point at 13+ (Common Entrance), the age when boys, in particular, would leave their prep schools. 13 is also the age where a large proportion of children from prep school head off to boarding schools. We have put these two entrance options in the same category as the exam system in London is in a state of flux. The future of CE exams, where pupils sit exams across a range of subjects including religious studies, French, Latin, history and science as well as maths and English, is being questioned. Founder and Managing Director of Simply Learning Tuition, Nathaniel McCullagh, notes, “Increasingly parents are now moving their boys, as well as girls, at 11+ rather than waiting until the 13+ (the traditional time most boys would move to their senior schools). We understand this reason to be school led - partly in an attempt to modernise and to solve our social mobility issue (moves to public school at 13+ for state educated boys had been virtually impossible in the past).” For the uninitiated, CE was the traditional method of testing admissions to leading public schools, based on a curriculum written by the Independent Schools Examination Board. Generally taken in the summer of Year 8, it left those failing to make the grade desperately having to find a last-minute alternative school. St Paul’s and Westminster are scrapping CE as a method for entrance assessment with the Head of Westminster, Partrick CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 27


FEATURE Derham, stating it was “no longer fit for purpose”. To avoid last minute panics, schools generally conduct a pretest, allocating places according to ability in maths, English and reasoning. So instead of sitting pretty, thinking that your child has no need to worry about exams, pre-tests for entrance at 13 are now the norm. These take place in the Autumn or Spring term of Y6 and often include a computer-based section. But they don’t come without their issues. “To get young boys ready for pre-tests at age 10, parents and teachers now have an even bigger challenge. Schools in turn are having to make decisions based on cognitive testing at least two years ahead of any pupils joining them. Increasingly this seems to be favouring the earlier developers,” says Nathaniel McCullagh. A point not lost on those parents who specifically chose the 13+ route for their sons, taking into account what we know about the maturity of girls versus boys. Which leaves us with the dreaded 11+ entry for independent schools. Its plus points are that it is open to all and a natural entry point at the end of primary education. But most parents who have been through it would wish for a better system. In fact, the London 11+ Consortium, made up of 12 independent girls’ day schools have

replaced their 11+ entrance exams with a cognitive test which aims to be fairer to children from all backgrounds. Good news on the whole, but reports back from those who have been through the early days of the process suggest parents and schools are at a loss at how best to prepare the girls. For the remaining schools, the more traditional 11+ papers in maths, English, verbal and/or non-verbal reasoning prevail. Some schools interview all, others only invite children to interview who have made the grade. Some, have so-called ‘tutor-proof’ computer-based tests, while others interview in groups and seek out creative thinkers. But what the 11+ schools all have in common is an ever-growing demand for places. It’s not uncommon for there to be 12 candidates per place at some schools. This makes competition fierce, parenting stressful and tutoring the norm rather than the exception, not to mention the pressure faced by 10 and 11-year-old children. (We have written about this before: Navigating the 11+, September 2017). The London Consortium has taken steps tackle traditional testing, but the result is another admissions process for parents to navigate and prep for.

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BOOK REVIEW

With the crisp autumn nights ahead, what better way to hunker down than with a good book. There’s something here for all ages, take a look at my top picks. TREACLE STREET by Kate Hindley (Simon & Schuster) £6.99 Little fingers will enjoy a walk down Treacle Street lifting the flaps and discovering what in Marcel’s parcels as he delivers his goodies down the high street. This is Hindley’s first board book series and it’s a delight to read – her detailed yet cute illustrative style will keep curious eyes spotting things time and time again plus there’s enough eccentric shop owners to hold their interest.

STRETCH YOUR CONFIDENCE by Beth Cox, Natalie Costa illustrated by Vicky Barker (b small publishing) £7.99 Part of the Level Headers series, this is a great activity book which aims to build on confidence, overcome nerves and understand mental health in a positive way. Broken down into bite sized chapters, it tackles a range of topics including coping with mistakes, friendship wobbles and but it also shows how brainstorming can help solve problems. Aged for children between 6-9 this series gently empowers children to own their emotions and actions.

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This little gem of a book follows our little mermaid who is also having trouble settling down for the night. Follow Splash on her watery adventure as she has just 10 minutes to get to bed, but like most children will leave it to the very last moment! A lovely counting book with brightly coloured illustrations, we meet the ocean’s finest creatures but it’s not without peril and if Splash doesn’t hurry home she could be somebody’s dinner…

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WE ARE ALL GRETA: BE INSPIRED TO SAVE THE WORLD by Valentina Giannella illustrated by Manuela Marazzi (Laurence King) If you have young environmentalists in your household then this is the book for them. Harnessing Greta Thunberg astonishing rise as a climate change activist, young readers can get all the answers they need in terms of what can be done to protect our planet. Using bold and striking illustrations with in-depth data, the book charts the fundamental principles which underpin climate change. Find out how Greta’s words have become a global movement, striving for action before it’s too late.

It’s about time we had a guinea pig taking a starring role in a children’s book. Enter Harry Stevenson who lives with seven-year-old Billy and his parents. He might look like an ordinary pet, but somehow Harry is always managing to get into all manner of japes and scrapes which young readers will enjoy. Ali’s neon orange illustrations bring the story to life, and that’s a good thing, as this book sees two adventures rolled into one.

HOW NOT TO LOSE IT: MENTAL HEALTH SORTED by Anna Williamson (Scholastic) £9.99 A staggering 50% of mental health problems are established by the age of 14, couple that with the teen brain developing in full swing and you could be looking at some very challenging times. Arm your teen with this book, which breaks down issues around depression, sexuality, anxiety, bullying, peer pressure and more with practical advice given by trained therapist and all round amazing mental health author Anna Williamson.

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PARENTING

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How activities focussed on movement improve learning.

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t is that time of the year again when little ones put on their new uniforms, new shoes and a very brave face (or just tears and snot). The playground is filled with anxiously excited little cherubs and parents alike. As you turn to leave, excited for them but heart in your throat, you cannot help but wonder, will they like school? The first challenges faced by children in the classroom are learning how to write and sit quietly. These are difficult skills for many to master as they try to control their fingers to manipulate a pencil, listen and sit still when all they want to do is move! At the end of Reception year, some will be forming a few perfect letters whilst others will present you with a spider shape and say “Look, it’s an a, for apple mummy!” Some will be able to sit on the carpet without any trouble, but others will always be on the go, much to the dismay of most teachers. What makes one child sit still while another fidgets? For many of the children that I see, it often comes down to postural control. Put more simply, this is the control

we have over our body’s position for balance and orientation. If children do not have the coordination and strength to stabilise their bodies, they find it hugely demanding to sit for long periods. Even though postural control seems to be automatic and effortless as an OT I know that even sitting requires a certain amount of postural motor control. We also know that a demanding postural task interferes with a cognitive task (such as writing) and vice versa. In other words, if a child is already working hard to sit still at his desk, then he will find it harder to think about what he wants to write. The end result is a child who does not like writing or cannot sit still for the length of time the task requires. The answer is to find activities and classes beyond the school gates to make our children ‘posturally’ strong. So much of their time is spent in buggies, car seats and on iPads – what we call a ‘containerised’ society. It is, therefore, very important that we allow them the opportunities to engage in play that encourages push and pull through the body.

The first challenges faced by children in the classroom are learning how to write and sit quietly. Start your child’s days with jumps off the bed into a bean bag or scoot to school. In the afternoon, find the playground on the way home and allow your child to challenge themselves posturally i.e. by climbing and swinging. Hop whilst learning to count in twos or stick paper to a wall and write standing up. Consider which after school or weekend clubs you sign them up for. Do they offer movement? Is it making their bodies strong? Is it challenging their response to gravity? Kids always enjoy activities that are rich with resistive muscle activity (think push and pull) and rich with movement in all directions (think jumping up/down, cartwheeling). Activities like gymnastics offers these in so many ways. Firm, predictable, tactile pressure, intense jumps, balance challenges, bilateral coordination and sequencing and lots of rotation. Where else can you go upside down fifty times without being told off?! Moving to learn is a double winner. Recent neurological evidence confirms that ‘sensory enriched experiences’ are essential to facilitate neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to change continuously throughout an individual’s life) as a basis for improved function and participation in daily activities. Feeding the body with movement also helps calm and organise the nervous system, which not only helps children focus but reduces anxiety and promotes good sleep. So, when the house is still and you collapse at the end of the evening, you can do so in the knowledge that after a day of jumping, rolling and balancing, you’ve supported your child’s learning. CARLA MCCALL, Children’s Occupational Therapist BA (GEN) BSc OT (Hons) SI Certified Attachment Informed Practitioner CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 31


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DEALING WITH SCHOOL STRESS AND ANXIETY Stress and anxiety is affecting more children than ever before. We asked Mrs Thomlinson, Headmistress of St James Preparatory School in Kensington, what schools are doing to help. Gunnersbury Nature Reserve or Minstead Environmental centre in Hampshire. We see children come into their own when they get outside and are running around in the fresh air, getting their hands dirty, discovering creepy crawlies and climbing trees.

What does St James do to ensure positive mental wellbeing for its pupils? The happiness and wellbeing of all has underpinned the ethos of St James Prep since its foundation in 1975. Every day we say the Prayer for Humanity: May all be happy, May all be without disease, May all creatures have wellbeing, And none be in misery of any sort, May peace and peace and peace be everywhere. It is not by chance that our ethos is to provide an education, which seeks to promote and support the spirit of unity so that everyone may be happy and enjoy wellbeing. The popularity of mindfulness in schools to tackle mental health issues has increased significantly. Is this effective? In our fast-moving lives, times of quiet can remind us of what is beyond the noise and stresses of the day. We value stillness and the opportunity this affords to connect to something beyond the pulls and pressures of the day. Children and staff ‘pause’ or take a moment of mindfulness as often as fifteen to twenty times a day. This is unique to St James and the staff and children all value it greatly. In the weekly philosophy lessons a longer 32 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

‘pause’ or meditation is practiced.

All parents want their children to be happy. But they also want great academic results. Are both possible? Of course! Academic success, creative development and spiritual thinking are not mutually exclusive. This blend encourages an overall love of learning and peace of mind. Pupils can get great results without getting stressed about it!

Is it a challenge to get the younger children to sit still? Not at all. In fact, we even practise a mini pause with our new nursery children who joined us this September. With increasing academic pressure on pupils from a very young age, laying these important foundations from the start of their educational journey is so important. Other than mindfulness, what other ways can schools promote mental wellbeing? Being a central London school, we are very aware of the importance of giving the children the opportunity to connect with nature and the numerous benefits that this brings to their overall wellbeing. We feel this so strongly that the Head’s holiday homework is for the children to read every day, get fresh air every day and do something kind for somebody every day. We have worked with the council to develop a Forest School in the public park outside our playground, so we have lots of trips to the ‘forest’ and forests further afield such as

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EDUCATION NEWS NEW HEAD FOR FALCONS PRE-PREP

CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

Ms Liz McLaughlin is the new head of Falcons Pre-Prep, taking over from Mr Forbes this autumn. She has worked in various primary sector leadership roles in Canada, Italy, USA and the UK and holds a particular passion for literacy. She is looking forward to the challenge. “I have made it clear to parents and teachers that I am not coming to the Falcons Pre-Prep to change it – I am coming to help it continue as a school that excels due to its high expectations of the boys, whilst also taking care of their wellbeing” explains Liz. “From my first interview at the school, to an evening where I met the parents, I have been drawn to, and inspired by, the shared vision of academic excellence for the boys whilst also ensuring a nurturing and caring environment.” Liz is resolute on the benefits that a single-sex school can offer: “Boys and girls learn differently. It is proven by research and also if you were to ask any primary school teacher about their experiences teaching boys and girls. By having a boys only environment, we can intentionally design our curriculum to suit their needs and to enhance their skills.”

This year, ArtsEd is celebrating 100 years of educational excellence. Sixth formers also added to celebrations with the school’s best results in BTECs with a superb 100% Triple Distinction and above (equivalent to three A levels at A and A* grade), with 85% achieving Triple Distinction (D* D* D*). A-levels also saw a 100% pass rate with 30% of all A level results at A* / A, and overall 78% of all results were A* - B, which is the highest figure on record and significantly above the national average.

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BURSARIES AT ACS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ACS International Schools is offering bursaries to children aged 11+, 13+ and 16+ at its three UK campuses in Cobham, Egham and Hillingdon for the 2019/20 academic year. The bursaries  are offered to students who will benefit most from an ACS education, including the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, but might not otherwise be able to attend the school. The financial awards will range from 20-100 per cent of the schools’ fees, with all bursaries awarded on a means-tested basis and dependent on the student’s individual circumstance.  ACS Hillingdon International School’s Class of 2019 recently achieved a remarkable 100 per cent IB pass rate this year, with an average score of 31 points, which is equivalent to 180 UCAS points. To put this into perspective, on average three A* grades at A Level are worth 168 UCAS points.   To find out more visit: acs-schools.com/bursaries

TOP GRADES AT ST BENEDICTS The number of A*/A grades achieved by students at St Benedict’s, Ealing, is up again this year, at 42.2%. This is the highest proportion of top grades achieved at the school for the last 6 years. 80% of exams in Art and at least 60% of exams in Drama, German, History and Maths scored A* or A grades. Headmaster, Andrew Johnson, said: “It is excellent to see top grades up once again at St Benedict’s. I offer my warmest congratulations to our students and their teachers, who have worked so hard to achieve such impressive results”.

NEW CAMPS FOR CREATIVE THINKERS The Museum of Architecture is launching two Autumn causes for budding Architects. The first, Nature’s Architects introduces biomimicry, and shows how architecture draws from lessons in nature and is inspired by animal builders. Children will build and create architectural models from these lessons and be able to take home their own creation. The second, I Want to be an Architect, runs during half-term and covers city planning, from transportation, parks, homes and infrastructure.

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READING

SCHOOL REPORTS Hilary Barry, Director of Teaching and Learning at Highfield and Brookham School in Liphook, Hampshire, demystifies school reports.

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he annual school report undoubtedly has something of a bad press and sometimes with good reason. On the one hand, parents are critical of reports, frustrated by blandness, a computer-generated feel or lack of personalisation. On the other hand, 21st century teachers find reports time consuming to write in amongst their other professional commitments. Furthermore, they’re often written at the busiest point in the term so as to have the most current information as possible included. On top of this, thanks to this age of instant communication, a natural by-product has been the automatic ability to question something that has been said or written. As such, many teachers will phrase their report to protect themselves from the injurious consequences of being able to openly

communicate your child’s learning profile and traits. So, how can parents make best use of their child’s report? Celebrate the positives with your child, as praise and encouragement act as a valuable catalyst for greater things. If your child is showing real flair or interest in a particular subject, is there a way you could foster this further at home? For example, entering a library reading or writing competition, joining a children’s sports camp, finding a Spanish pen friend, visiting a science museum or putting on a performance for friends and family. But what about the less positive comments? Seize them as an opportunity! Such comments have been included in your child’s report for no other purpose than to guide them and improve their learning. We must be mindful of building an entirely protective cocoon around our youngsters

He will either go to prison or become a millionaire. (Sir Richard Branson’s school report from Stowe School)

as the world into which they will enter post schooling will not constantly build them up. If you find yourself disagreeing with what a teacher has said in their report, take the time to reflect on the comments. It is entirely natural to leap to the defence of your child, but could there be any truth in what their teacher has written? Is this information new or have you heard it before? Speak with your child to see what their thoughts are both on the feedback and what they think they could do to address the areas raised. Then, if you still find yourself dissatisfied or uncertain, contact the teacher asking them if they could provide further information on the points they have raised.

To find out more about Highfield and Brookham School attend the next Open Morning on Saturday 7th September 2019 at highfieldschool.org.uk.

TASIS ENGLAND OPENS WELL-BEING CENTRE TASIS, The American International School in England, is promoting the need for its school community to routinely nurture their mental health and well-being through a purposely designed Well-Being Centre. Students and staff have access to spaces for quiet reflection and contemplation, a multi-faith prayer room, Mindfulness and Yoga classes, Character Strength workshops as well as activities and resources promoting holistic health and well-being. The entire approach is grounded in the academically validated PERMA+H framework of positive psychology. TASIS’ mission is to nurture intellectual curiosity and embolden each learner to flourish as a principled, open-minded, and compassionate member of a global community. The Centre fosters the lifelong skills and habits required to experience a productive life and to flourish in the face of the challenges that a TASIS education and future life will provide. As one parent said: “TASIS has offered our sons a place to explore, fumble, fail, succeed, learn, struggle, make new friendships, say hard goodbyes, find lifelong mentors in awesome faculty, work alongside the staff, and simply grow as decent human beings…TASIS is a special place - all the people, the warmth, the values, the character, the physical surroundings of this institution create a beautiful holding space in which our kids’ lives take shape.” 36 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK


Open Evenings 2019

Fueling passion for performance and a zest for learning Co-Educational Day School & Sixth Form, London W4 1LY Sixth Form Open Evening | Tuesday 24 September 2019, 6pm Day School Open Evening | Wednesday 25 September 2019, 6pm Boys Day (For Sixth Form) | Saturday 12 October 2019

Register now: artsed.co.uk 020 8987 6600 @ArtsEdLondon


EDUCATION

SCHOOL OPEN DAYS

ACS HILLINGDON 4-18 yrs co-ed www.acs-schools.com ALL SCHOOL OPEN DAYS 10 OCT / 23 NOV / 5 DEC ARTSED 11yrs+ co-ed www.artsed.co.uk SIXTH FORM 24 SEPT DAY SCHOOL 25 SEPT BOYS TASTER DAY 12 OCT Admissions 020 8987 6600 - For tours: pupils@artsed.co.uk AVENUE HOUSE 4-11yrs co-ed www.avenuehouse.org To book an appointment 020 8998 9981 BASSETT HOUSE SCHOOL 3-11yrs co-ed www.bassetths.org.uk For registration or a tour: 020 8969 0313 - registrar@bassetths.org.uk BUTE HOUSE GIRLS 4-11yrs www.butehouse.co.uk By invitation only - admissions@butehouse.co.uk CHISWICK AND BEDFORD PARK 3-11yrs co-ed (girls only after 7yrs) www.cbppschool.co.uk By appointment only CLIFTON LODGE 3-13yrs co-ed www.cliftonlodgeschool.co.uk 5 OCT For a tour tel 020 8579 3662 - admissions@cliftonlodgeschool.co.uk DURSTON HOUSE 4-13yrs boys www.durstonhouse.org Registrar: 020 8991 6532 - info@durstonhouse.org L’ECOLE INTERNATIONALE FRANCO-ANGLAISE 18months-18yrs www.ecole-ifa.com EMANUEL SCHOOL 11yrs+ co-ed www.emanuel.org.uk 14 SEPT FALCONS PRE-PREPARATORY SCHOOL FOR BOYS 3-7yrs boys www.falconsboys.co.uk 12 OCT 020 8747 8393 - admin@falconsboys.co.uk FALCONS PREPARATORY SCHOOL FOR BOYS 7-13yrs boys www.falconsprep.co.uk RECEPTION 4 OCT Y3-7 11 OCT Tours every Tuesday morning - admin@falconsprep.co.uk FALCONS SCHOOL FOR GIRLS 3-11yrs girls www.falconsgirls.co.uk 29 SEPT 13TH MARCH 2020 COME AND PLAY SESSION 1 NOV Registrar: 020 8992 5189 - Harriet.Stokes@falconsgirls.co.uk FRANCIS HOLLAND, REGENT’S PARK 4-18yrs girls www.fhs-nw1.org.uk 13 SEPT 9 OCT 7 NOV / 12 NOV Registrar: 020 7723 0176 - registrar@fhs-nw1.org.uk

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FRANCIS HOLLAND, SLOANE SQUARE 4-18yrs girls www.fhs-sw1.org.uk 4+ ENTRY 23 SEPT 11+ & 13+ 12 SEPT / 24 SEPT / 8 NOV / 15 NOV Registrar: 020 7824 5005 (or via the School Office on 020 7730 2971) - registrar@fhs-sw1.org.uk FULHAM SCHOOL 4-18yrs co-ed www.fulham.school PRE-PREP 2 OCT / 26 NOV GODOLPHIN AND LATYMER 11-18yrs girls www.godolphinandlatymer.com 19 & 25 SEPT / 15 OCT HAMPTON COURT HOUSE 3-18yrs co-ed www.hamptoncourthouse.co.uk Registrar: 020 8614 0857 - admissions@hchnet.co.uk HAMPTON PRE-PREP & PREP 3-7yrs co-ed / 7-11yrs boys www. hamptonprep.org.uk 13 SEPT / 17 OCT admissions@hamptonprep.org.uk - 020 8979 1844 HAMPTON SCHOOL 11yrs+ boys www.hamptonschool.org.uk 26 SEPT / 8 OCT / 11 OCT / 17 OCT 19 NOV / 28 NOV 020 8979 9273 - admissions@hamptonschool.org.uk HARVINGTON PREP SCHOOL 3-11yrs girls www.harvingtonschool.com By appointment only 020 8997 1583 HEATHFIELD HOUSE SCHOOL 4-11yrs co-ed www.heathfieldhouse.co.uk Call for appointment 020 8994 3385 IBSTOCK PLACE SCHOOL 4-18yrs co-ed www.ibstockplaceschool.co.uk SENIORS 21 SEPT / 6 MAY 2020 SIXTH FORM 24 SEPT registrar@ibstockplaceschool.co.uk - 020 8392 5803 INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LONDON 3-18yrs co-ed www.islschools.org/london Please call admissions team to book a tour of the school 020 8992 5823 - mail@isllondon.org KEW GREEN PREP SCHOOL 4-11yrs co-ed www.kgps.co.uk 18 SEPT / 2 OCT / 13 NOV 22 JAN / 26 FEB 2020 admissions@kgps.co.uk KEW HOUSE SCHOOL 11yrs+ co-ed www.kewhouseschool.com FOR Y5 & Y6 PUPILS 16 SEPT 16 OCT / 31 OCT /8 OCT 15, 19 & 25 NOV admissions@kewhouseschool.com 020 8742 2038


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SCHOOL OPEN DAYS LADY ELEANOR HOLLES 7-18yrs girls www.lehs.org.uk To visit: registrar@lehs.org.uk LATYMER PREP SCHOOL 7-11yrs co-ed www.latymerprep.org 2 OCT / 11 OCT / 16 OCT registrar@latymerprep.org LATYMER UPPER SCHOOL 11-18yrs co-ed www.latymer-upper.org 5 OCT Admissions: 020 7993 0063 admissions@latymer-upper.org NOTTING HILL AND EALING HIGH SCHOOL 4-18yrs girls www.nhehs.gdst.net Contact the Registrar on 020 8991 2165 ORCHARD HOUSE 3-11yrs co-ed www.orchardhs.org.uk 10 OCT Arrange visit on 020 8742 8544 info@orchardhs.org.uk ORLEY FARM SCHOOL 4-13yrs co-ed www.orleyfarm.harrow.sch.uk 12 OCT ‘Wednesdays at Work’ tours with headmaster available. Book with the Registrar on 020 8869 7634 registrar@orleyfarm.harrow.sch.uk PARSONS GREEN PREP SCHOOL 4–11yrs co-ed www. parsonsgreenprep.co.uk WEEKLY TOURS For tours and admissions: 020 7610 8085 admissions@parsonsgreenprep.co.uk PROSPECT HOUSE 3-11yrs girls www.prospecths.org.uk registrar@prospecths.org.uk - 020 8246 4897 PUTNEY HIGH SCHOOL 4-18yrs girls www.putneyhigh.gdst.net OPEN WEEK EVERY OCTOBER Junior: 020 8788 6523 / Senior: 020 8788 4886 putneyhigh@put.gdst.net QUEEN’S COLLEGE 11-18yrs girls www.qcl.org.uk 25 SEPT / 26 SEPT 16 OCT / 12 NOV 21 JAN / 28 APRIL 2020 SIXTH FORM ONLY 2 OCT RADNOR HOUSE 11-18yrs co-ed www.radnorhouse.org 5 OCT RAVENSCOURT PARK PREP SCHOOL 4-11yrs co-ed www.rpps.co.uk 17 SEPT 10 OCT / 12 NOV

ST BENEDICT’S 3-18yrs co-ed www.stbenedicts.org.uk NURSERY & JUNIOR SCHOOL 26 SEPT WHOLE SCHOOL 5 OCT SIXTH FORM 10 OCT ST CATHERINE’S SCHOOL TWICKENHAM 4-18yrs girls www.stcatherineschool.co.uk 020 3261 0142 - cgoldburn@stcatherineschool.co.uk ST JAMES SCHOOLS 4-11yrs co-ed / 11-18yrs girls / 11-18yrs boys www.stjamesschools.co.uk PREP SCHOOL 19 SEPT / 21 NOV SENIOR GIRLS 28 SEPT / 3 OCT SIXTH FORM 9 OCT SCHOOL IN ACTION 6 NOV ST PAUL’S SCHOOL 7-18yrs boys www.stpaulsschool.org.uk 7+ & 8+ 3 SMALL GROUP TOURS & 2 NOV OPEN MORNING spjschoolsec@stpaulsschool.org.uk 11+ 5 OCT 13+ 7 SEPT admissions@stpaulsschool.org.uk ST PAUL’S GIRLS’ SCHOOL 11-18yrs girls www.spgs.org TOURS AVAILABLE FROM MID-MARCH. BOOKING REQUIRED email admissions@spgs.org from early March THE HARRODIAN 4-18yrs co-ed www.harrodian.com 24 SEPT / 8 OCT Booking enquiries, please call the Admissions Office on 020 8762 6321 UNICORN SCHOOL 3-11yrs co-ed www.unicornschool.org.uk Small group visits on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. registrar@unicornschool.org.uk

OUT OF TOWN EDGEBOROUGH SCHOOL 4-11yrs co-ed www.edgeborough.co.uk 4 OCT / 29 NOV HIGHFIELD PREPARATORY SCHOOL 3-11yrs girls www.highfieldprep.org 27 SEPT / 16 NOV All year-round private tours HURTWOOD HOUSE 15-19yrs co-ed www.hurtwoodhouse.com Book a visit 01483 279000 ST CATHERINE’S BRAMLEY 4-18yrs girls www.stcatherines.info PREP SCHOOL 25 SEPT / 17 OCT / 15 NOV SENIOR SCHOOL 25 SEPT / 16 OCT / 21 NOV / 31 JAN 2020

ST AUGUSTINE’S PRIORY 4-18yrs girls www.sapriory.com 12 OCT 020 8997 2022

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WHOLE SCHOOL OPEN MORNING Saturday 5th October View our website for a full list of our Open Events or arrange a personal visit with our Registrar, Louise Pepper, on 020 8862 2254 www.stbenedicts.org.uk


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Scotland Sleeper What could be more thrilling for little ones that an overnight trip on a train? Climbing aboard in the evening, having supper in the buffet car, then snuggling down for the night in a comfy bunk and being rocked to sleep by the train. Waking up the following morning hundreds of miles away in a new exciting place. The new £150m fleet of Caledonian Sleeper trains was unveiled earlier this year and are a fantastic – and comfortable – way to take children to Scotland. The new trains run on the Lowlander route from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, this September have just launched on Highlander route to Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William. There are interconnecting, ensuite rooms that are perfect for families. Plus, children aged four and under travel free of charge and under 12s eat free from the on-board menu when with a paying adult. Such an accessible, but exciting way for kids to experience the fun of a sleeper train. Visit sleeper.scot to find out more and book.

Thinking about your next ski holiday? If you are busy parents with no time to wade through loads of websites Mountain Beds can help you, a small ski accommodation agency run by sisters Melissa and Camilla Brownlow. “We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to help clients find the best ski holiday for their budget and requirements. It gives us great pleasure when we know we have found the perfect match. Call us old fashioned but many people want to speak to someone and discuss their wishes. It saves time to talk so we can work out exactly what you are looking for from holidays you have enjoyed before; the abilities and ages of the ski group; and what is important to you. As well as the wonderful catered holidays available you can now book selfcatered accommodation with oven-ready food delivery which is proving a popular option”. The price is usually the same as booking the holiday direct with the supplier and having been in the ski industry for over 30 years, they are recognized as Verbier Specialists, working with an enormous number of ski companies, hotels and private owners across the Alps.

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Dark Arts with Harry Potter Whisper it: Lord Voldemort has returned. Fortunately, this year, his arrival at Warner Bros. Studio is a welcome treat for Harry Potter fans. The studios are home to the amazing Harry Potter Tours where you can see everything from behind the scenes and in the run up to Halloween they celebrate the ‘Dark Arts’. The Great Hall’s banquet tables are decorated with pumpkins and cauldrons laid out for a Halloween feast and Death Eaters are to be found on Diagon Alley. And now you can also enter the set of Gringotts Wizarding Bank, the studio’s biggest expansion that was recently opened. If your children love the books and films, then they are bound to be enthralled by amazing outing. The ‘Dark Arts’ runs from Friday 27th September - Sunday 10th November and tickets must be pre-booked.

wbstudiotour.co.uk

Mary Poppins Last year’s Hollywood remake of this classic Disney film was truly fantastic, but if you’d like to enjoy the original Mary Poppins then grab some tickets for the new theatre production at the Prince Edward theatre from 23rd October 2019 - just in time for half term.

The magical tale of the world’s favourite nanny is brilliantly adapted from the wonderful stories by PL Travers and the original film, spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Click on delfontmackintosh.co.uk to book.

Half-Term Holiday Winter sun is always a good idea but booking the perfect hotel that caters for all members of the family – from babies to teenagers and, of course, mum and dad – isn’t always easy. But that’s where Mr and Mrs Smith can help. Whether you want a city break, a spa hotel or a fly and flop by the beach, they are experts who specialise in finding the best boutique hotel and villas all over the world with lots of different budgets available and exclusive offers. Definitely your first port of call if you are planning a half term holiday.

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Halloween On The Farm Bocketts Farm is pulling out all the stops this autumn with a packed programme of Halloween themed activities to enjoy. Take part in a Spooky Quiz Trail, Creepy Craft Corner and Reptile Roadshow, where you’ll get the chance to meet awesome creepy crawlies up close. Plus, there will be amazing Science and Slime shows from Einstein’s Entertainers as well

Autism Friendly Event Dawnosaurs is a free event for children on the autism s p e c t r u m to enjoy the Natural History Museum with their families and siblings, free from the hustle and bustle of the general public. Visitors have access to a wide-ranging programme of activities, including a

chance to see, meet and even touch live animals. All activities are supported by experienced, autism-aware facilitators. A dedicated Sensory Room will also be available for those children needing a quieter and calmer space. This event is best for children aged five to 15, and siblings are welcome. Each event is themed, so head to their website to find out more. Events take place on 7 September and 15 December and are free.

as hundreds of pumpkins on sale. Daily activities include pony rides, tractor rides, animal handling and pig racing, and you can meet and feed all of the friendly farm animals too. With a large heated indoor play barn, trampolines, pedal go karts, young driver’s area and a jumping pillow, the weather will not interfere!

bockettsfarm.co.uk

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F a n c y Fu nc t i o ns Looking for a balloon display to give life to a boring venue? Shay’s Party Days can do this as well as plan the whole event providing decorations, photo booths, invitations, party bags, venue finding and much more. Whatever you want, they can do it!

shayspartydays.co.uk

C a ke Pop A r t

Part y Savio u rs Expert party bag makers and cake kit creators, Craft & Crumb, have a new range of Design and Bake party bags ready for the new term. The edible craft party bags are a great gift to giveaway at your next party and include everything needed to bake and decorate the cakes (minus eggs and butter!)

craftandcrumb.com These cakes really are pieces of art. The mother/daughter team, who set up Pop Bakery eight years ago, really can turn their hand to anything, making delicious cakes, enwrapped in the most outstanding decoration. Russian Dolls, Nikes, leopard print, flamingos…you name it. Plus, they’ve a store in Queens Park where you can buy party accessories and even take part in pop up paint parties.

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Privat e Vie w Create the secret cinema vibe in your own back garden or the large screen experience in your front room with Pop Screen. They’ll bring the screen, projector and any decorations and set up a great event.

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We’ve Got You Two West London dads have teamed up to launch a clothing brand supporting mental health. We’ve Got You is the creation of Matt and Alex who have both struggled with their own mental health and who wanted to support others who try to battle on alone. “We’ve Got You is about letting ourselves admit that we can sometimes feel sketchy inside, and that’s ok. And it’s about creating solidarity with others who might sometimes feel the same.” £5 from every sale goes to mental health charities.

THE KNOWLEDGE Little Fashionistas Mini Mini Mode Mode returns returns thisthis Autumn Autumn to preview to preview SS20 and SS20 AW19 and collections AW19 collections from innovative from innovative British and British and international international designers. designers. The The consumer consumer show, show, being being held held onon 1414September September will will feature feature See-Now-Buy-Now See-Now-Buy-Now collections collections for for AW19 AW19asaswell well as aaselection selectionof of children’s children’s entertainment.

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Yoga For Kids yoga-mela kids is a new yoga group class for 5-11 year olds at the Childrens’ Wellness Centre in Chiswick. It will run on Mondays from 9 September to 14 October with yoga for special needs available by appointment.

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Dance Gallery announces New Show Dance Gallery, Ealing’s leading dance school is starting some exciting new classes this September. New Junior Jazz and Musical Theatre classes for kids four years up, and Contemporary classes for students Year 8 upwards. All the dances learnt during lessons will be performed as part of their amazing new show “And The Beat Goes On!” at Questors Theatre, Ealing in March next year. Classes take place at St Stephens Church Hall W13 8HB. Call Jill on 020 8566 9672 to book your free trial class or fill in an enquiry form on dancegallery.co.uk

Monkey Music offers award winning music classes for babies and young children

Lots of venues all across London Please visit our website to book your first free class

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LONDON ALL BABIES & PRESCHOOLERS ART & CREATIVE

jIGSAW PERFORMING ARTS

GYMBOREE

jigsaw-arts.co.uk

gymboreeclasses.co.uk

MUSIC & MOVEMENT

HARTBEEPS

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SPORT

BILINGUAL BEATS

FOOTBALL

bilingualbeats.com

KIDDIKICKS

hartbeeps.co.uk

AMANDA’S ACTION CLUB

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LATINO BAMBINO

CHINESE LEARNING CENTRE

THE LITTLE FOXES CLUB

latinobambino.co.uk

chineselearningcentre.co.uk

thelittlefoxesclub.com

THE LITTLE GYM

CLUB PETIT PIERROT

SWIMMING

thelittlegym.eu/uk

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SWIMMING NATURE

MINI MOZART

LINK CHINESE ACADEMY

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linkchineseacademy.co.uk

MONKEY MUSIC

TINY MULTILINGUISTS MONTESSORI

WATERBABIES

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waterbabies.co.uk

LANGUAGES

S.T.E.A.M.

THE LITTLE FOXES CLUB

BILINGUAL BEATS

CODE CLUB

STAGECOACH

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codeclub.org.uk

WE MAKE FOOTBALLERS

stagecoach.co.uk

CLUB PETIT PIERROT

MAMA CODES

wemakefootballers.com

clubpetitpierrot.co.uk

mama.codes

KIDSLINGO

MOTHER NATURE SCIENCE

willtowin.co.uk

kidslingo.co.uk

mnature.co.uk

GYMNASTICS

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SPORT

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FOOTBALL

amandasactionclub.co.uk

BACH TO BABY THE CREATION STATION

bachtobaby.com

thecreationstation.co.uk

DANCE & DRAMA

BLUEBERRY PLAYSONGS blueberryplaysongs.co.uk

DIDDI DANCE

CATERPILLAR MUSIC

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FUNKY MOVES

DEBUTOTS

funkymoves.com

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swimmingnature.com

SWIMWAY swimway.co.uk

monkeymusic.co.uk

MUNCHKIN MUSIC munchkinmusic.co.uk

LITTLE & BIG KIDS DANCE & DRAMA

SPARKS sparks-ignite.com

thelittlefoxesclub.com

THEATRETRAIN DRAMATIC DREAMS CHILDREN’S THEATRE COMPANY

theatretrain.co.uk

MUSIC

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ARTS ACADEMY

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SOUNDSTEPS MUSIC SCHOOL

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PYJAMA DRAMA pyjadadrama.com

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MATHNASIUM

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CLUBS & HUBS CUCKOO HIBOU cuckoohibou.com Concept store and classes timetable SW6 4SW

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CHELSEA FC SOCCOER SCHOOLS

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CUPCAKE MUM

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cupcakefamilyclub.com Private members’ club with adult fitness classes with Slice Urban Fitness. Creche, soft-play and classes SW6 4TJ

maggieandrose.com Private members’ club with camps and classes for preschoolers. Chiswick club has a day nursery and soft play. W4 5UJ & W8 6NX

purpledragonplay.com Private members’ club providing childcare, workshops, soft play and activities. Café and food for kids and adults. Chelsea club has a pool. SW1W 8DP & SW15 2TR

theparenthood.co.uk Coffee shop with play area and classes for kids and parties. W4 2EF

EALING 135 GROUP

ORANGE LION CLUB

ealing135.org.uk Members club, family network & play groups

orangelionclub.co.uk Private members’ club from newborn-12yrs with quiet area, artisanal café, library, climbing frame and soft play SW18 1GG

W7 & W13

TAMESIS CLUB tamesisclub.co.uk Family social events TW11 9QY

THREE HOUSE FAMILY CLUB 3houseclub.com Club and classes for pregnant and new mums and kids 0-8 years. NW8 7AL


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FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE

WEST LONDON SCHOOL OF DANCE

KITE STUDIOS kitestudios.org W12 9RY THU FRI

franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk The Hayloft W4 1QZ MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

westlondonschoolofdance.co.uk Du Boisson Studios W12 8AR MON St Peters W11 3DB MON TUE

TIPPITOES

HOOLLABALOO

tippitoes-ealing.co.uk Lammas Park Play Centre W13 9QD TUE WED THU FRI SAT

hullabaloopuppetmusictheatre.co.uk Plough Inn W5 4XB TUE WED THU FRI The Duke of Kent W13 8DL MON

THE BUILD IT WORKSHOP thebuilditworkshop.com Chiswick Town Hall W4 4JN MON

CINEMA BABES IN ARMS olympiccinema.co.uk SW13 9HL TUE

PARENTS & BABIES SCREENINGS watermans.org.uk Watermans TW8 0DS WED

DANCE & PERFORMANCE

LANGUAGE ET PATATI PATATA etpatatipatata.com Thomas’s Academy SW6 4LY SAT

INNOVATION DANCE innovationdancestudios.co.uk W5 1QX MON TUE WED THU SAT

LITTLE STAGE ACADEMY (PSSA) pssa.co.uk Westside Community School W6 0LT SAT

SA DANCE sa-dance.co.uk University of West London W5 5RF SAT

LE FRENCH PROGRAMME lefrenchprogramme.com Parsons Green Prep SW6 4LJ SAT

LITTLE HANDS BABY SIGN littlehandsbabysign.co.uk Ealing Quaker Meeting House W5 2SE WED Hanwell Methodist Church W7 1DJ THU Ealing Road Baptist Church TW8 0LS FRI

THE ITALIA CONTI RUISLIP

SPANISH FOR UNDER 5s

ACTON BALLET SCHOOL

italiacontiruislip.co.uk HA5 2LX

actonballetschool.co.uk Ruskin Hall W3 8PP TUE FRI

lbhf.gov.uk Hammersmith Library W6 7AT WED

THE LITTLE DANCE ACADEMY

ANGELA GRANT SCHOOL OF DANCE balletclasseslondon.co.uk W6 0SP WED SAT Victoria Hall W12 9HB THU

ANNA DAVYDOVA DANCE SCHOOL
 annadavydova.co.uk St. Andrews Church Centre W5 2RS TUE

thelittledanceacademy.com The Corner House W6 7PD MON TUE Princess Victoria W8 6EB THU St Andrew’s Church W14 9SA FRI

WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY westlondondanceacademy.com St Michael and All Angels Parish Hall W4 1TX WED All Saints Church Hall W5 3JH SAT

EALING SCHOOL OF DANCE

YOURSTAGE DRAMA

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yourstagedrama.com St Augustine’s Priory W5 2JL SAT

TODDLER STORY TIME SESSIONS
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MUSIC

West Ealing Library W13 9BT WED Ealing Central Library W5 5JY WED FRI Southall Library UB2 4BQ WED Greenford Library UB6 9LG WED • Hanwell Library W7 3HL • Perivale Library UB6 7NT • Jubilee Gardens Library UB1 2TJ • Northfields Library W5 4UA THU Northolt Library UB5 5AS FRI Wood End Library UB6 0EE FRI

SING & SIGN

BRIGHT STARS

SOUND GENERATION EDUCATION

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pottery-cafe.com SW11 6QB

FANCY FOOTWORK

minipotters.co.uk SW18 4HN

DANCE BABY BALLET babyballet.com 6mths-4yrs Various venues in Twickenham, Wimbledon, Clapham, Balham DAILY

fancyfootwork.co.uk 18mths-7yrs+ St Luke’s Community Hall SW12 8RQ MON TUE WED 18mths-6yrs Fresh Ground London SW11 1EQ THU SAT

FUNKY MOVES THE BALLET SCHOOL theballetschool.co.uk St Anne’s Church Hall SW18 2LR TUE WED FRI St Micheal & all Angels Church SW13 0NX

funkymoves.com 4-6yrs YMCA SW19 1JN SAT

thelondonballetcompany.com 3-5yrs Ballet Tots SW19 4UW SAT

THE LONDON DANCE ACADEMY

THE SOUTH LONDON SCHOOL OF BALLET thesouthlondonschoolofballet. com 2½yrs Herne Hill

WESTMINSTER SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS westminsterperformingarts.co.uk 3yrs+ W1P 2DG

LANGUAGE

CLAPHAM LIBRARY lambeth.gov.uk Mary Seacole Centre SW4 7DB Story Time TUE Sunday Sausages SUN

KEW LIBRARY richmond.gov.uk Tiny teddies songs and rhymes TW9 4HJ THU

BATTERSEA SPANISH batterseaspanish.com 1-2-1 and 3-9yrs SW11 5QL SAT

KINGSTON LIBRARY

ECOLE CADET ROUSSELLE

Family Chatterbooks FIRST SAT

ecolecadetrousselle.co.uk 2yrs+ SE24 0BS TUE WED THU FRI

FRENCH & SPANISH À LA CARTE frenchandspanishalacarte.co.uk 4yrs+ SW18

kingston.gov.uk KT1 2PS Baby and toddler Rhyme times MON

PUTNEY LIBRARY Baby Rhyme Time SW15 2DR MON

RICHMOND LIBRARY

4yrs+ SW3

richmond.gov.uk TW9 1QL Story time THU Tiny Teddies SECOND THU

LE CLUB TRICOLORE

SURBITON LIBRARY

leclubtricolore.co.uk 2 ½ yrs+ Broomwood Methodist Church Hall SW11 6BD WED

kingston.gov.uk Rhyme time KT6 6AG TUE EVERY THIRD SAT

HAPPY CHINESE LEARNING

TWICKENHAM LIBRARY LE PETIT CONSERVATOIRE

LIBRARIES

richmond.gov.uk TW1 3JT Tiny Teddies 2nd & 4rth FRI Story Time TUE

BATTERSEA LIBRARY

WIMBLEDON LIBRARY

better.org.uk SW11 1JB Baby Rhyme Time MON TUE Story Time MON Chess Club FRI

libraries.merton.gov.uk Rhyme time & Storytime SW19 7NB MON WED FORTNIGHTLY FRI

lepetitconservatoire.co.uk 3-10yrs Our Lady’s Hall Fulham

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MINI CROTCHETS

BEE’S KNEES AT BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE

minicrotchets.co.uk Traditional nursery rhymes, puppets, instruments SW12 0JB

bac.org.uk Indoor play, Monkey Music and Hartbeeps SW11 5 TN DAILY

BEA’S BABY MUSIC SCHOOL

BABIES & PRE-SCHOOLERS SPORT

CHELSEA SWIM SPA

STEP ON STAGE

FOOTBALL

chelseaswimspa.co.uk SW10 0NW

steponstageacadmy.co.uk Performing arts, LAMDA VarIous venues in Twickenham

KEW PARK RANGERS kewparkrangers.co.uk 18mths-4yrs North Sheen Recreational Ground TW9 4LB

MINI MOZART minimozart.com Classical music classes Fresh Ground SW11 1EQ MON

GYMNASTICS RICHMOND GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATION

DOLPHIN SWIM SCHOOL dolphinswimschools.co.uk 3mths+ Wimbledon College SW19 4NS

LITTLE DIPPERS

SW19 4AA THU

richmondgymnastics.co.uk TW9 4EL MON TUE WED THU FRI

littledippers.co.uk • Royal Hospital Chelsea SW3 4SR • Darwin Court Healthy Living Centre SE17

FRUITY TUNES

MUSICAL EXPRESS

TJ’S GYMNASTIC CLUB

SWIM EXPERT

fruitytunes.net Balham Baptist Church SW12 8QX MON TUE St. Vincent de Paul SW11 1JJ THU FRI St Barnabas Southfields SW18 WED

musicalexpress.co.uk 9mths+ Southfields, Colliers Wood, Wimbledon, Earlsfield

tjsgymclub.co.uk 6–12mths+ SW19 8LD

swimexpert.co.uk 2yrs+ 1-2-1 swimming classes Kew, Richmond, Brentford, Twickenham

THE LITTLE LONDON MUSIC SCHOOL

PEEWEE KARATE

babymusic.co.uk Putney Leisure Centre SW15 1BL WED

Trinity Road Chapel SW17 7HW FRI

KARATE

greenwichmusicschool.org.uk 0-3yrs Charlton House MON

thelittlelondonmusicschool.com 6mths+ St George’s Church TUE THU FRI St Columba’s Church MON WED THU Cuckoo Hibou, Fulham TUE WED

Mycenae House THU

TIN PAN ANNIE MUSIC

GREENWICH EARLY YEARS MUSIC

Teddington Baptist Church TW11 8PF THU

tinpanannie.co.uk Musical interaction and dancing MON TUE WED THU FRI St Luke’s Community Hall SW12 8RQ MON St Barnabas’ Church SW12 8RQ TUE WED THU FRI

Holy Trinity Church TW2 5TS MON

WHIPPERSNAPPERS

JOJINGLES jojingles.com KT1 2NJ WED

The Scout Hut KT6 5NT MON Surbiton Library Halls KT6 6AG WED Tolworth United Reform Church KT5 9JR FRI

fskauk.co.uk 3-6yrs St Barnabas’ Church SW4 3QA THU Scout Hall TW9 3QA MON

ALLSTAR TENNIS allstartennis.co.uk 3-12yrs+ • King Georges Park SW18 2GJ • Wandsworth Common SW18 3RT

St Michael’s Community SW13 0NX MON

TRAMPOLINE

SWIMMING

flipout.co.uk Toddlers classes, trampolines and U5’s dedicated area with jungle gym Bendon Valley SW18 4LZ

ANGEL SWIM LONDON angelswim.london 4wks • Park Walk Primary School SW10 0AY • Alderbrook Primary School SW12 8PP

BABY SWIMMING COMPANY

whippersnappers.org 0–5yrs • Brockwell Lido • Dulwich Park MON TUE WED THU FRI

TENNIS

thebabyswimmingcompany.co.uk 8wks–18mths • SM4 4AW • SW17 7RE

YOGA & MASSAGE BUSY LIZZY busylizzywimbledon.co.uk Mum and baby postnatal fitness classes SW19 4HE WED FRI SW19 4AA MON TUE South Park Gardens SW19 8QW

THE PUTNEY CLINIC OF PHYSICAL THERAPY putneyclinic.co.uk Mummy and Baby Yoga, Baby Massage SW15 6TQ MON

YOGA MAMA WELLNESS yogamamawellness.com Mummy & Me Yoga, Baby Massage SW15 6TQ MON

FLIP OUT WANDSWORTH

THEATRE POP SCHOOL & STAGE ACADEMY pssa.co.uk Swaffield Primary School SW18 2SA SAT

ONLINE DIRECTORY A fully searchable online directory is now live at www.citykidsmagazine.co.uk. Families can use several search options to find a list of clubs and classes in their area. Class providers can also add details of their provision to the online database. For any queries, please email editor@citykidsmagazine.co.uk

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SOUTH

LITTLE & BIG KIDS ADVENTURE

SAMMY DUDER

KEW LIBRARY

STRINGNOTE ACADEMY

FUNKY MOVES

richmond.gov.uk

ARMY CADETS

sammyduder.com Paint-your-own pottery SW11 6SD

stringnote.com Individual piano lessons with singing from age 4 SW15

armycadets.com • ACF Centre SW18 4JG • SW11 3HN • Army Recruiting Centre SW18 5JX • ACF Centre SW15 2EZ

ART & CREATIVE ARTY PARTY artyparty.co.uk Fun fine art in creative workshops, after school clubs • The Kalos Centre SW12 8JL • St. Paul’s Church Hall SW4 0DX • The Romany Scout Hut SW18 3LG • The Lecture Hall SW19 4QD

CHELSEA FINE ARTS chelseafinearts.co.uk Art studio, creative space, 8-18yrs SW10 0QJ

minipotters.co.uk SW18 4HN

kingston.gov.uk Family Chatterbooks KT1 2PS

SWS SCHOOL OF MUSIC swsmusic.co.uk

funkymoves.com 7-12yrs • YMCA, SW19 1JN • St Michaels Church SW13 0NX • Balham Leisure Centre SW17 8AN

PLAY WITH CLAY

PUTNEY LIBRARY

play-with-clay.com 6yrs+ Streatham & Clapham High School SW16 1AW

better.org.uk

Instruments, song writing, composition, drama SW18 4QB

KAREN HARDY DANCE STUDIOS

TW9 4HJ

KINGSTON LIBRARY MINI POTTERS

POTTERY CAFÉ pottery-cafe.com SW11 6QB

SHIRLEY STEWART’S POTTERY COURSES shirleystewart.co.uk 5yrs+ Art House SE14 6PD

CODING

SW15 2DR

RICHMOND LIBRARY

GEEKY KIDS

dove-studios.com 5yrs+ SW3 6JZ

geekykids.co.uk 6-16yrs • Lantern Arts Centre, SW20 8RA • ETNA Centre TW1 2AR

LAVENDER LEONARDOS lavenderleonardos.art 5-15yrs Children’s art school Battersea Business Centre, SW11 5QL

MIRA’S ART CLASSES mira.artclasses@gmail.com 5-18yrs SW6

worldheartbeat.org SW18 4PP

KEW ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS

NUMERACY

kewacademydance.co.uk 2½yrs+ Dance, LAMDA United Church TW19 2 DX

SURBITON LIBRARY

BRAIN BUILDERS

kingston.gov.uk • 5-18yrs, SWAP cardgaming • 8-11yrs, Word Wizards Creative Writing KT6 6AG

brainbuilders.co.uk Math tutors and clubs SW London

SEW PRETTY sewpretty.me.uk SW19 6PE

thecrafthouseuk.com 7yrs+ Art, craft, sewing clubs and workshops SW14 8QR

CERAMICS CLAPHAM POTTERY claphampottery.co.uk 6yrs+ SW4 0DZ

BATTERSEA SPANISH

MUSIC

batterseaspanish.com 1-2-1 and 3-9yrs, GCSE Tuition SW11 5QL

CHERRY PIE MUSIC

bilingualbeats.com Spanish St Luke’s Church SW10 9HF

ecolecadetrousselle.co.uk 4yrs+ Poplar Walk SE24 0B

LIBRARIES

happypotterceramics.co.uk TW11 8RF

cherrypiemusic.co.uk Music and vocal tuition SW19 1LT

GOLDBERG MUSIC goldberg-music.co.uk Guitar lessons • TW1 2AR • TW9 1AF

KINGSTON SCHOOL OF MUSIC kingstonmusicschool.com KT6 5PN

BATTERSEA LIBRARY better.org.uk

LAMBETH MUSIC SERVICE

Chess Club, beginners welcome SW11 1JB

lambethmusic.co.uk Instrument and vocal Clapham Park Centre SW2 4JW

CLAPHAM LIBRARY lambeth.gov.uk

HAPPY POTTER CERAMICS

WIMBLEDON LIBRARY

LANGUAGE

ECOLE CADET ROUSSELLE THE CRAFT HOUSE

richmond.gov.uk Chatterbooks TW1 3JT

libraries.merton.gov.uk 7-11yrs, One-to-one reading SW19 7NB

BILINGUAL BEATS

Homework help, 7-11yrs Code Club Mary Seacole Centre SW4 7DB

karenhardystudios.com Imperial Wharf SW6 2UB

richmond.gov.uk • 7-17yrs, CoderDojo • 8-10yrs, Chatterbooks TW9 1QL

TWICKENHAM LIBRARY DOVE STUDIOS

WORLD HEART BEAT MUSIC ACADEMY

PERFORMANCE

DANCE ARCH 197 DANCE STUDIO arch197.com 4-11yrs+ Ballet, Break Dance and Street Dance Isleworth Public Hall, TW7 7BG

BUTTERFLY BALLET butterflyballet.co.uk 6-10yrs+ Barnes, Clapham, Putney, Wimbledon

DAKOTA DANCE ACADEMY dakotadanceacademy.com 6-13yrs Ursuline Preparatory School, SW20 8HR

THE BALLET SCHOOL theballetschool.co.uk • St Anne’s Church Hall, SW18 2LR • St Micheal & all Angels Church, SW13 0NX • St Matthews Church, SW6 2TZ

THE LONDON BALLET COMPANY SCHOOL thelondonballetcompany.com 6yrs+ Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Stretch SW19 4UW

THE LONDON DANCE ACADEMY thelondondanceacademy.com RAD ballet • Wilberforce Centre SW4 0QZ • St Thomas’s Church

REGAL BALLET

DANCE GROOVES

regalballet.com St Marks Church SW19 7ND

dancegrooves.dance 6-17yrs St Mary’s Church, SW15 1SN

RICHMOND ACADEMY OF DANCE

ELIZABETH JAMES DANCE ACADEMY

richmond.academy 6yrs+ Ballet, tap, contemporary Oddfellows Hall TW9 2RT

elizabethjamesdanceacademy.com 18mths-8yrs+ Richmond, Kew, St. Margarets

WEST WIMBLEDON DANCE ACADEMY

FANCY FOOTWORK fancyfootwork.co.uk Ballet Rad 3-Advanced • Oak Lodge SW12 8NA • Fresh Ground London SW11 1EQ

wwdance.co.uk 6-16yrs • St. Matthew’s Church Hall SW20 0QN • St. John’s Church Hall SW19 4NZ

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SOUTH DRAMA BARNES MUSICAL THEATRE CLUB barnesmucialtheatreclub.com • 4-7yrs Junior Club St Osmunds Church Hall SW13 9RT • 8-14yrs Senior Club Kitson Hall SW13 9HJ

OMNIBUS THEATRE omnibus-clapham.org 5-7yrs, 8-10yrs, 11-16yrs Performance skills and theatre techniques SW4 0QW

LITTLE & BIG KIDS SURREY CRICKET

THE RIDING CLUB

vauxwest.co.uk All ages SW8 1SR

prideoflions.co.uk U8–U12yrs Various S London venues

RidingLondon.com SW19 7QA

CLAPHAM COMMON SKATEPARK & STOCKWELL SKATEPARK

WHITE SPIDER CLIMBING

TWICKENHAM CC

WIMBLEDON VILLAGE STABLES

londonskateparks.co.uk King George’s Park SW18 4NY

spiderclimbing.com KT6 7LD

twickenhamcc.net 5yrs+ The Green Twickenham CC, TW2 5TU

WVStables.com SW19 5DX

RUGBY

WIMBLEDON PARK SPORTS CENTRE merton.gov.uk Climbing, orienteering SW19 7HX

FOOTBALL CHELSEA FC SOCCER SCHOOL

CRICKET

chelseafc.com/soccer-schools Barnes

ecb.co.uk/play/all-stars 5-8yrs, boys and girls Various venues

KEW PARK RANGERS

ALL STARS CRICKET POP SCHOOL & STAGE ACADEMY pssa.co.uk 7-16yrs Acting, singing, dancing performance Swaffield Primary School SW18 2SA

barnescc.co.uk 6-15yrs, girls and boys Barnes Sports Club SW13 9QL

kewparkrangers.co.uk Mixed U4-U7 • U8-U13 Girls North Sheen Recreational Ground, TW9 4LB • U8-U18 Boys Various venues, check website

CRICKET DYNAMICS

GYMNASTICS

BARNES CC

STEP ON STAGE ACADEMY steponstageacadmy.co.uk 7-18yrs performing arts, LAMDA Varying venues in Twickenham

YOUNG FILM ACADEMY youngfilmacademy.co.uk Young filmmakers club Putney

SCIENCE

MINI ENGINEERS mini-engineers.com 5-8yrs Mansel Centre Trinity Church SW19 4AA

SPORT

ATHLETICS ST MARY’S RICHMOND AC smrac.org.uk 8yrs+ term-time St Mary’s University Running Track TW1 4SX

SOUTH LONDON HARRIERS southlondonharriers.org 8yrs+

CLIMBING THE CLIMBING HANGAR theclimbinghangar.com 5yrs+ Parson Green Depot SW6 4HH

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SKATEBOARDING

VAUXWEST

cricketdynamics.co.uk 4yrs+ • Aspire Centre Wandsworth • Rutlish Sports Hall, Wimbledon • St Cecilias School, Wandsworth

DULWICH CRICKET CLUB dulwichcc.com 5yrs+ SE24 9HB

HEATHROW GYMNASTICS heathrowgymnastics.org.uk 4yrs+ TW4

LONDON TRAMPOLINE ACADEMY londontrampoline.com 4yrs+ Osterly Sports and Athletics Centre TW7 5FG

MARTIAL ARTS CROUCHING TIGER KARATE crouchingtigerkarate.co.uk 6yrs+ TW9 3NP

BARNES RFC barnesrfc.org 4-17yrs, boys and girls Queen Elizabeth Walk SW13

BATTERSEA IRONSIDES

EMOKWAN-RYU HAPKIDO ACADEMY

ironsidesrugby.com/minis 4yrs+ Openview SW17 0AW

semokwan-hapkido.co.uk 5yrs+ • Broomwood Methodist Church SW11 6JX • SW4 9RU

grasshoppersrfc.com 4yrs+ Training and matches TW7 5PN

MAZUKI TAEKWON-DO

LONDON SCOTTISH

mazuki.com • Livity School SW16 2PW • Julian’s Primary School SW16 2RB

londonscottish.com 5yrs+Training and matches Richmond Athletic Ground TW9

GRASSHOPPERS RFC

LONDON WELSH PEEWEE KARATE fskauk.co.uk 3-6yrs • St Barnabas’ Church SW4 3QA • Scout Hall TW9 3QA • St Michael’s Community SW13 0NX

NETBALL

londonwelshrfc.com 5-18yrs tag, touch Old Deer Park TW9 2AZ

RICHMOND FC richmondfc.co.uk 5yrs+ Richmond FC, The Athletic Ground TW9 2SF

ROCKS LANE KEW CC COLTS kewcc.com 5yrs+ Kew Green TW9 3AH

RICHMOND GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATION richmondgymnastics.co.uk 5-16yrs TW9 4EL

INDIAN GYMKHANA indiangymkhana.co.uk 8yrs+ Colts and girls TW7 4NQ

SINJUNGRAMMARIANS CC wandsworthcricket.co.uk Reception and older SW17 7HW

STREATHAM & MARLBOROUGH CRICKET CLUB streathammarlboroughcc.co.uk 7yrs+ Dulwich Common SE21 7EX

rockslane.co.uk/barnes Term-time junior netball league Rocks Lane Multi Sports Centre SW13 0BY

SISTERS N SPORT THE LITTLE GYM • Wandsworth & Fulham wandsworthfulham. thelittlegym.eu • Hampton & Teddington hamptonteddington. thelittlegym.eu

sistersnsport.com 6-14yrs • Kingston-Upon-Thames • Wandsworth

FREE RUNNING & PARKOUR

ROSSLYN PARK FC rosslynpark.co.uk • 4yrs+ SW15 5JH • 6yrs+ Richmond Park Polo Fields TW10 5HS

SWIMMING ANGEL SWIM LONDON angelswim.london 4 wks+ Park Walk Primary School SW10 0AY

FLIP OUT WANDSWORTH

CHELSEA SWIM SPA chelseaswimspa.co.uk SW10 0NW

KingstonRidingCentre.com KT2 7RG

flipout.co.uk 7yrs+ Free running, jumping, landing, vaulting, flipping Bendon Valley SW18 4LZ

STAG LODGE STABLES

PARKOUR GENERATIONS

RidingInLondon.com SW20 0AA

parkourgenerations.com 7yrs+ In & outdoor freerunning Various locations, check website

RIDING KINGSTON RIDING CENTRE

CLAPHAM LEISURE CENTRE better.org.uk SW4 6DB


SOUTH

LITTLE & BIG KIDS DOLPHIN SWIM SCHOOL

SWIM EXPERT

TENNIS

TENNIS 4 KIDS

swimexpert.co.uk

ALLSTAR TENNIS

tennis-4-kids.com

WATER SPORTS

dolphinswimschools.co.uk

2yrs+ 1-2-1 swimming classes

allstartennis.co.uk

2 ½yrs+

3mths

Kew, Richmond, Brentford,

3-12yrs+

• St Clements Church Hall

Wimbledon College SW19 4NS

Twickenham

• King Georges Park, SW18 2GJ

WIMBLEDON PARK WATERSPORTS & OUTDOOR CENTRE

SE22 0HW

merton.gov.uk

• SW18 3RT

• Goodrich Primary School

Sailing, kayaking

POOLS ON THE PARK

SPORTS GENERATION

springhealth.net

sportsgeneration.co.uk

BODYSWOT TENNIS

SHEEN PARKS TENNIS

Richmond Old Deer Park TW9

• TW10 7AD

bodyswottennis.co.uk

clubspark.lta.org.uk

• Cedars Health Club

3yrs+

2-12yrs

TAMESIS CLUB

• Holy Apostles’ Catholic

East Sheen, Richmond

tamesisclub.co.uk

Twickenham

8–16yrs

SOUTH WEST SWIMMING SCHOOL

TW10 6RP

Wimbledon Park Sports Centre

Church Hall SW1V 4LY

SW19 7HX

• The Hut SW3 5SZ

• Burntwood School SW17 0AQ

WIMBLEDON LEISURE CENTRE AND SPA

• Ranelagh Gardens SW3 4NE

TRAMPOLINE

• Ernest Bevin SW17 7DF

better.org.uk

• SW3 4SR

FLIP OUT WANDSWORTH

• Emanuel School SW11 1HS

SW19 1EW

swswimschool.co.uk

Cadets sailing club TW11 9QY

flipout.co.uk

THAMES YOUNG MARINERS

Bendon Valley SW18 4LZ

surreyoutdoorlearning.uk

• Henry Cavendish SW12 0JA

TEDDY TENNIS

• Harris Academy

teddytennis.com

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NORTH & EAST DANCE BLUEBIRDS BALLET bluebirdsballetschool.com Kensal Rise TUE Hampstead THU

BABIES & PRE-SCHOOLERS

PRIMROSE HILL BALLET SCHOOLS

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR CIRCUS ARTS

primrosehillballet.co.uk 3yrs+ & baby ballet Swiss Cottage Community Centre NW3 4NR WED THU NW3 6NS F RI

nationalcircus.org.uk 2yrs+ Parent & child N1 6HD SAT SUN

CREATIVE MOVEMENTS

DRAMA

FROGPRINCE BABY MUSIC babymusicclass.co.uk 0mths–4yrs Hackney City Farm WED Surrey Docks Farm WED Stepney City Farm FRI

DRAMA QUEENS REGAL BALLET

creativemovements.co.uk St Mary’s Church NW3 3DJ TUE

regalballet.com 18mths-14yrs Various locations MON WED THU FRI

DRAMARAMA
 dramarama.co.uk NW3 3NR MON Holy Trinity School NW3 5SQ

HIGHGATE BALLET SCHOOL highgateballetschool.com URC N6 6BA WED N6 5AA WED SAT

INNOVATION DANCE STUDIOS innovationdancestudios.co.uk N12 8JR MON TUE SAT

ISLINGTON BALLET SCHOOL

POTTERY

richmix.org.uk 2yrs+ E1 6LA

ZEBRA CERAMICS

SARAH TONER SCHOOL OF BALLET

NEW LONDON PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

RUGGIERI DANCE ACADEMY

sarahtoner.co.uk 2-4 yrs Baby ballet St Joan of Arc Community Centre N5

nlpac.oc.uk 3yrs+ N10 3RD MON

MAKE BELIEVE

MUSIC & MOVEMENT BAMBINO BALLET bambinoballet.com 18mths+ St Anne Line Church and Church Hall E18 2JR SAT

CRAZEE KIDS CIRCUS GLORY TRAPEZE SCHOOL circusglory.com 2.5yrs+ NW1 8TN MON WED FRI

THE LITTLE DANCE ACADEMY thelittledanceacademy.com The Maqam Centre NW10 3HJ MON TUE THU

creativewizkids.com 3yrs+ NW3 7DY WED

RICH MIX

CIRCUS

islingtonballetschool.com Unity Church Hall N1 2TZ FRI

CREATIVE WIZKIDS

makebelievegroup.co.uk 3yrs+ HA8 8DE SAT

ronahart.co.uk Ballet, tap, street dance, jazz Rosslyn Hill Chapel Hall NW3 1NG WED THU FRI

tippytoesballet.co.uk From 2yrs NW1 8AR TUE NW3 3NR THU

islingtonartsfactory.org N7 0SF FRI

colourfulnotes.co.uk 2-5yrs Regular workshops

CREATIVITY CRAZY

TIPPY TOES BALLET

ISLINGTON ARTS FACTORY

MUSIC & MOVEMENT BONGALONG

COLOURFUL NOTES

bongalong.co.uk 12mths–5yrs St Gabriel’s Church & Family Centre E17 3JF SAT

RONA HART SCHOOL OF DANCE

SAT

dramaqueens.org 3-16yrs Maqam Centre NW10 3HJ MON Malorees Infants NW6 7PB SAT

ART

crazeekids.co.uk N6 5AA TUE SAT

ruggieriacademy.com 1yr+ E1W 3HW FRI SAT

SING AND SIGN sasel.co.uk 6-13mths Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Eltham & Woolwich MON TUE WED THU

TICK TOCK ticktockmusic.co.uk Crouch End FRI Islington MON TUE THU FRI

creativitycrazy.co.uk Messy play N12 0AP DAILY

zebraceramics.co.uk Toddler sessions

N10 2AE MON WED

SPORTY

FOOTBALL DANNY GRANT SOCCER SCHOOL dgsoccer.co.uk 3yrs+ Haverstock School NW3 2BQ SAT

GYMNASTICS EAST LONDON GYMNASTICS CENTRE eastlondongym.co.uk 3yrs+ E6 5LW MON TUE WED THU

TINY TALENT DO-RE MEEBIES do-re-meebies.co.uk 6mths+ The Methodist Church, Highams Park MON THU

facebook.com/TinyTalent 0mths-5yrs Redbridge Drama Centre E18 2RB SAT

We do our very best to update these directories as often as possible. We advise you to call or check websites for up to date information just in case classes are cancelled or locations change.

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LITTLE & BIG KIDS ART & CREATIVE

5-11yrs Sternberg Centre N3 2SY

ART 4 FUN

NORTH & EAST BLUEBIRDS BALLET bluebirdsballetschool.com Hampstead, Kensal Rise, Maida Vale

SPIRIT YOUNG PERFORMERS COMPANY

DREAMAS

spiritypc.co.uk NW5

dreamas.co.uk 7-11yrs NW10

art4fun.com 5yrs+

THE VILLAGE HABERDASHERY thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk 8yrs+ Hardy Building NW6 2BR

DRAMARAMA DANCE

STRATFORD CIRCUS

LITTLE ANGEL THEATRE

CAMDEN ARTS CENTRE

dramarama.co.uk Holy Trinity School NW3 5SQ

littleangeltheatre.com 5-17yrs N1 2DN

ZEBRA CERAMICS

GRAVITY PERFORMING ARTS

stratford-circus.com 4yrs+ Stratford Circus Arts Centre E15 1BX

camdenartscentre.org NW3 6DG

CLAY TIME claytime.london 5-11yrs N5 1HA

Zebraceramics.co.uk N10 2AE

CIRCUS

gravitydanceacademy.com 6yrs+ The Arches E7 0JL

FROGGY MANGA

AERIAL DAYS

HIGHGATE BALLET SCHOOL

froggymanga.com 8-15yrs • Hornsey Vale Community Centre N8 9LP • Yummy Yummy in my Tummy N16 7PB

aerialdays.com 7yrs+ Trapeze, silks, hoops Brookfield Primary School NW5 1HB

highgateballetschool.com Highgate United Reformed Church and Hall N6 5AA

AIRBORNE CIRCUS airbornecircus.com

GILL’S COOKERY

5-18yrs

gilljroberts.wordpress.com NW11 7AA

Finchley Youth Theatre

HAMPSTEAD SCHOOL OF ART hampstead-school-of-art.org 6yrs+ NW3 7BF

ISLINGTON ARTS FACTORY Islingtonartsfactory.org 4yrs+ N7 0SF

LITTLE HANDS DESIGN littlehandsdesign.com 6-18yrs Textiles, sewing NW3 5AU

CIRCUS GLORY TRAPEZE SCHOOL circusglory.com NW1 8TN

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR CIRCUS ARTS nationalcircus.org.uk N1 6HD

NEARLY THERE YET JL YOUTH CIRCUS nearlythereyet.com N6 5AA

INNOVATION DANCE STUDIOS innovationdancestudios.co.uk N12 8JR

ISLINGTON BALLET SCHOOL islingtonballetschool.com N1 2TZ

LONDON BOYS’ BALLET SCHOOL boysballetlondon.com 4-16yrs Islington

PITTA PATTA DANCE pittapattadance.co.uk 4yrs+ NW1 8TN

CREATIVE WRITING

PRIMROSE HILL BALLET SCHOOLS

MINI PICASSOS

CHELSEA YOUNG WRITERS

minipicassos.co.uk 4yrs+ incl portfolios NW10 5RT

chelseayoungwriters.co.uk 5yrs+ W11 2NN

primrosehillballet.co.uk • NW3 4NR • NW3 6NS

THE STORY ROOM

nestknitting.com Knitting & sewing N8 9PP

QUEEN’S PARK ART

storyroom.co.uk 5yrs+ • Friends House N21 1LE • Oakwood Library N14 4XA • South Friern Librar N10 1HD

artfulfly@gmail.com 5yrs+

DANCE

STELLARIA YOUNG MINDS

BAMBINO BALLET

stellaria-youngminds-ltd.com 4-10yrs

bambinoballet.com 18mths–7yrs St Anne Line Church and Church Hall E18 2JR

THE ART STABLES

tippytoesballet.co.uk

VESTRY SCHOOL OF DANCE vestryschoolofdance.co.uk St John’s E17 4LH

DRAMA 360 ARTS 360arts.co.uk • NW2 6HE • NW4 4BT

ALLSORTS allsortsdrama.com 4-14yrs themed classes South Hampstead School

regalballet.com 18mths-14yrs Various locations

makebelievegroup.co.uk 3-18yrs • Laycock Primary N1 1SW • Stoke Newington School & Sixth Form N16 9EX

NEW LONDON PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE mlpac.oc.uk 3-19yrs N10 3RD

PLEASING DRAMA pleasingdrama.com 6yrs+ St Saviours Church NW3

STRATFORD CIRCUS

almeida.co.uk 5-14yrs

stratford-circus.com 4yrs+ Stratford Circus Arts Centre E15 1BX

ANNA FIORENTINI THEATRE & FILM SCHOOL

YOUNG ACTORS THEATRE

annafiorentini.com Parliament Hill School NW5 1RL

youngactors.org.uk 4-16yrs

CENTRAL SCHOOL OF SPEECH AND DRAMA

LANGUAGES

cssd.ac.uk 6-17yrs NW3 3HY

CHINESE LEARNING CENTRE

ALMEIDA ACADEMY

CHICKENSHED REGAL BALLET

NEST KNITTING

MAKE BELIEVE TIPPY TOES BALLET

chickenshed.org.uk 5yrs+ Southgate

chineselearningcentre.co.uk 3yrs+ E14

ECOLE DES PETITS LOUPS

ronahart.co.uk NW3 1NG

dramaqueens.org 3-16yrs • Maqam Centre NW10 3HJ • Malorees Infants NW6 7PB

ecoledespetitsloups.com 5–15yrs • N10 • Coleridge Primary School N8 8DN • Stroud Green Primary School N4 3EX

SARAH TONER SCHOOL OF BALLET

DRAMARAMA STAGE SCHOOL

SPANISH CONNECTION LANGUAGE SCHOOL

sarahtoner.co.uk

dramarama.co.uk Holy Trinity School NW3 5SQ

spanishconnection.org.uk NW6

DRAMA QUEENS RONA HART SCHOOL OF DANCE

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NORTH & EAST

LITTLE & BIG KIDS

CODE TODAY

CRICKET

ZFW FENCING CLUB

GOLF

codetoday.co.uk

MCC CRICKET ACADEMY

zfw-fencing.co.uk

METRO GOLF CENTRE

LITTLE VOICES

7-14yrs

lords.org

6yrs+

metrogolfcentre.co.uk

littlevoices.org.uk

BSC/Hampstead School of

3yrs+

South Hampstead High School

4yrs+

English NW3 7BJ

Lords Cricket Ground NW8

NW3 5SS

MUSIC

8QN

City Academy E9 6EA

RIVA LEARNING LONDON GUITAR ACADEMY

rivalearning.com

londonguitaracademy.com

WILL TO WIN willtowin.co.uk/junior-netball

ARSENAL FC

Term-time courses &

8yrs+

NORTH LONDON CRICKET CLUB

playthearsenalway.com

tournaments (School Years

NW6 5HE

northlondoncc.hitscricket.com

6yrs+

3,4,5,6,7)

5yrs+ (Y1)

Highgate Wood N5

Regent’s Park NW1 4NU

6yrs+ NW6 6RA

FOOTBALL

NETBALL

SOFTWARE ACADEMY

N8 8RL

TENNIS

THE STRINGS CLUB

9-16yrs

PRIMROSE HILL CC

BLOOMSBURY FOOTBALL ACADEMY

thestringsclub.org

NW2 3EP

primrosehillcc.org

bloomsburyfa.com

willtowin.co.uk/junior-tennis

7-13yrs

4yrs+

Drop-in sessions, term-time

The Regent’s Park Hub NW1

Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre

courses. free tennis for juniors,

4RU

NW3 3NF

individual coaching.

softwareacademy.co.uk

4-11yrs • Holy Trinity CE School NW3 5SQ

SPORT

• St Andrew’s CE Primary

CLIMBING

SCIENCE / STEM

CASTLE CLIMBING CENTRE/GECKOS

FENCING

WILL TO WIN

Mini Red (5-8), Mini Orange (8-9), Mini Green (9-10), Yellow

FIGHTINGFITFENCING

DANNY GRANT SOCCER SCHOOL

castle-climbing.co.uk

fightingfitfencing.com

dgsoccer.co.uk

Regent’s Park NW1 4NU

BERMOTECH

5yrs+

5-13yrs

5yrs+

bermotech.com

N4 2HA

Mount Carmel School N19 3EU

NW3 4NU

Ball (10+).

9yrs+ Coding, app development NW3 5HT

Brilliant New Career Opportunities Support children with emotional, behaviour and mental health problems. Do you have experience of working with children professionally? The APAC courses are the only ones A £2 billion boost in funding is being made available for children’s mental health in the UK. The register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists accredited by the Professional Standards Authority will give you a big opportunity in taking advantage of it. When trained to the required standards you could work full time, part time or as an independent private practitioner. Courses run Friday to Sunday to minimise your time away from work. Are you currently working in a primary school, early years setting or for a service that cares for children?

You may be entitled to 90% funding of up to £14,000 for the cost of training to become a Certified Play Therapist over a three year period. Ask your Head Teacher or Manager to enquire about the new TrailBlazer scheme: Jeff at: jefferyht@majemail.com

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meeting the requirements of this register. www.playtherapyregister.org.uk

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HOLIDAY CLUBS ART & DESIGN BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE bfi.org.uk 8-14yrs | Workshops Southbank

FUN WITH FIMO CLAY funwithfimoclay.co.uk Acton

KITE STUDIOS kitestudios.org Various ages | Arts and crafts Shepherds Bush

YOUNG FILM ACADEMY youngfilmacademy.co.uk 8-19yrs | 1- 4 day courses in film-making Chelsea, St John’s Wood, Wimbledon

THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS architecture.com 7-18yrs | Design workshops W1

MULTIACTIVITY CAMP BEAUMONT campbeaumont.co.uk 3-16yrs | Multi-activity day camp Across London

CHISWICK COURSES chiswickcourses.co.uk 5-16yrs | Film-making, fashion, street dance, cookery, Lego & entrepreneur workshop West London

ET PATATI ET PATATA etpatatipatata.com 4-18yrs Fun French Holiday Day Camp SW6

EXPLORATION SOCIETY explorationsociety.co.uk Get a group of 6 friends together to take part | Shelter building, climbing, swimming, sailing, high ropes

LET ME PLAY letmeplay.co.uk 11-19yrs | Free activities incl. dance, drama, sport, cookery, art, fashion and music Hammersmith

LONDON ACTIVITY CAMPS londonactivitycamps.co.uk 4-14yrs | Creative, adventurous and sporting activities Hammersmith

MINIVERSITY

UPBEAT MUSIC COURSES

miniversity.com 4-12yrs | Creative learning clubs Chelsea

upbeatmusiccourses.co.uk 4-14yrs | sing, dance, play in a band, record CDs, write songs Parsons Green

ROLE MODELS rolemodels.me 8-12yrs | Confidence, resilience, enterprise & creativity courses plus residential at Wellington College Chelsea & Notting Hill

SUPER CAMPS supercamps.co.uk 4-12yrs Ofsted Registered, Childcare Vouchers accepted Across London

TREEHOUSE LEARNING treehouselearning.co.uk 3-10yrs+ | Forest school Ham

PERFORMING ARTS ARTS ED artsed.co.uk 4-16yrs | Drama, musical performances, impro & imaginative play Chiswick

POP & STAGE SCHOOL ACADEMY pssa.co.uk 4-18yrs | Themed week-long camps Chiswick

SONG ACADEMY songacademy.co.uk 8-12yrs | Write, produce, perform and record a song

MUSIC HOUSE FOR CHILDREN musichouseforchildren.co.uk Various ages Shepherds Bush

CHISWICK THEATRE ARTS chiswicktheatrearts.com 4-14yrs | Musical theatre Chiswick

PERFORM perform.org.uk 4-12yrs | Drama, dance and singing Across London

XBAND STUDIO SCHOOL OF ROCK POP AND MORE xbandstudio.com 8-18yrs Ealing

SPORT CLUB DE SPORTS clubdessports.co.uk Football, netball, tennis, cricket, gymnastics, ballet, karate, boxing Acton W3 7HB

DUKES MEADOWS

STEM & CODING

dukesmeadows.com 5yrs+ | Golf & Tennis camps Chiswick

FIRE TECH

EALING CRICKET CLUB

firetechcamp.com 9-17yrs | Creative tech camps incl coding, electronics, games, robotics Chelsea, South Kensington, Hampstead

BLUE{shift} blueshiftcoding.com 5-12yrs | Everything from Robotics and Coding to Minecraft and Python Notting Hill & Hammersmith

CYPHER cyphercoders.com 4-14yrs | Creative & Coding camps Various locations

premiercricketcoaching.co.uk 4-15yrs | Premier Cricket Coaching Ealing

EALING RIDING SCHOOL ealingridingschool.biz 5yrs+ | Riding & stable management days Ealing

EXCEL SPORTS CAMPS excelsports.org.uk 4-12yrs Chiswick

FIT FOR SPORT

MAD SCIENCE

fitforsport.co.uk 4yrs+ Across London

madscience.org.uk 4-11yrs Various locations

HARTSWOOD TENNIS CLUB

RICHER EDUCATION

hartswoodtennis.co.uk 5-15yrs | Drop-in holiday camps Chiswick

richereducation.co.uk 4-14yrs | Science, engineering, mechatronics, robotics, coding, English and Debating South Kensington

ROYAL INSTITUTION rigb.org.uk 7yrs+ | Various science-based workshops Mayfair

HEATHROW GYMNASTICS heathrowgymnastics.org.uk 4-12yrs | All abilities Hounslow

RICHMOND GYMNASTICS richmondgymnastics.co.uk 5-16yrs Kew

ROCKS LANE rockslane.co.uk 4-16yrs | Multi sports and football Chiswick

SKATEBOARDING CLUB mylittleboarders.co.uk 6yrs+ Westway, Westminster Academy, Royal Oak, Camden

SPORTS GENERATION sportsgeneration.co.uk Various ages | Swimming crash courses. Richmond

THE LITTLE FOXES CLUB thelittlefoxesclub.com 18mths-12yrs | Football, Tennis & Rugby Across London

THE LITTLE GYM thelittlegym.co.uk/chiswick 3-12yrs | 3 hour & all day themed camps Chiswick, Hampton & Teddington, Westfield & Wandsworth and Fulham

WESTWAY SPORTS CENTRE westwaysportscentre.org.uk 4-16yrs | Tennis, football and climbing Holland Park

TEAMSPORT team-sport.co.uk 8yrs+ | Karting Acton

WILL TO WIN willtowin.co.uk/junior-tennis 3-16 yrs | Week long tennis, football, netball and multi-sport camps (at selected centres). Chiswick, Lammas Park, Pitshanger Park, Hyde Park, Regent’s Park

UNICORN THEATRE unicorntheatre.com 7-16yrs I Performance-based creative workshops Southwark

mylittleboarders

THE BAND PROJECT thebandproject.co.uk 4-7 & 8-16yrs | The complete band experience Camden & Chiswick

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WHO ARE? BLOOM & BLOSSOM PEOPLE

JULIA YULE & CHRISTINA MOSS, CO-FOUNDERS place of authenticity, flowing from the products we need and want as parents. We developed incredible pregnancy products when we were pregnant and incredible baby products when our children were babies. So, it was almost a given we would bring out products for older children as ours grew up. As parents we know the importance of routine in promoting quality sleep, and reading plays an integral part in that. Reading should be

Three words to describe yourselves. Julia: Committed, honest and a giggle. Christina: Determined, loyal and fun. What’s it like working with a relative? [They are sisters-in-law] J: At first our family thought it could be too close to home, but we really are each other’s biggest supporters. We give each other the sanity check we know is essential in business. We support each other emotionally and physically. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and, as we build Bloom and Blossom, we are enjoying seeing ourselves develop as business women and as parents, this ensures our brand continues to grow authentically. What’s the most challenging thing you’ve faced while being in business? C: Business is challenging, that is the truth, but we have learnt to embrace that. Managing manufacturing, NPD, retailers and customers makes it the rollercoaster ride that it is but we are happy with that and know it will continue. We take time to look back and evaluate decisions, the right ones and the wrong ones, to ensure we learn along the way. We are brave, we take leaps, and we aren’t scared to try new things, and with that we also take on the challenges of business, but that is half the fun. It is a little bit bonkers, but we wouldn’t change a thing. How did the initial collaboration with Roald Dahl come about? C: All our product development comes from a 62 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

also enjoying the London parks, grabbing a picnic, taking in the views and enjoying walks around the city, when the weather permits. Where’s your favourite place to go in London with the children? J: The Southbank. Walking along there with the children is incredible, taking in the views, the atmosphere and the entertainers. C: Kew Gardens. It’s got everything. The new children’s playground is insane. Just make sure you book in advance! Tell us one thing that people don’t know about you. C: I bought my first house on a property TV show. J: I have a Blue Peter badge. What would you take to a desert island? J: Suncream and Spotify. C: Complete library of Sex And The City and a lifetime supply of mango sorbet.

part of every child’s day and particularly their switch off process at bedtime. Who better than to partner with the world’s number one author Roald Dahl. Two British brands in partnership promoting the importance of sleep. Last book you read? J: Sara Cox’s Till the Cows Come Home: A Lancashire Childhood. I am from Lancashire, I adore Sara Cox’s writing, her humour and outlook on life. C: I AM, I AM, I AM by Maggie O’Farrell. A brilliant biography of one of my all-time favourite authors and her many brushes with life and death. What’s your top tip for date night in London? J: A top tip for date nights in London is to try something new. We are so lucky to live and work on the doorstep of one of the best cities in the world and there is always something wonderful and new to explore. Some favourites include Palomar (amazing middle Eastern food) and Kyseri (Turkish) but

Signature dish? C: Cooking is not my forte, but I do a mean Indian takeaway… J: I love cooking, particularly cooking for friends and family. A favourite of mine is crab linguine – super simple, but so tasty. And then throw in some Ottolenghi inspired salads…I could go on and on, don’t get me started on puddings! Your proudest moment? C: My daughter recently won a coveted award at school for kindness. I really couldn’t ask for more. Very proud mother! What’s next on the list of things to do? C: Is world domination too much? We have big, exciting plans ahead. Watch this space…! Read the extended version of this interview over at citykidsmagazine.co.uk. bloomandblossom.com beautybanks.org.uk


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D E B AT I N G

ENGINEERING

M AT H E M AT I C S

M E C H AT R O N I C S

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SCIENCE


THE WORLD NEEDS NEW THINKING. GET READY. COME AND SEE CURIOSITY AT WORK. At ACS we prepare our students to be ready. Ready to ask new questions and demand better answers. Ready to innovate and create. Ready for cultures that crossover, boundaries that blur and ideas that interconnect. We ready them for a world that demands a new kind of learning – and a new kind of citizen.

and boys aged 4 –18 Baccalaureate (IB) • Advanced Placement Programme (AP) • Bursaries and scholarships • Extensive busing • Girls

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