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SCHOOL Lockdown Lessons Changing History Returning to Routine

AUTUMN 2020 Nº 26

WELLNESS

Lizzie King’s immunity boost

LONDON IS OPEN

What to see in the capital this Autumn

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e’ve all made it to Autumn, without too much collateral damage, I hope. It’s not every day that images from a world-renowned photographer grace our pages, but we are forever thankful to Misan Harriman for sharing an image he shot for Vogue’s historic BLM issue. Why relevant for City Kids? Well Lavinya Stennett is trying to change the way our children’s history curriculum is taught. Head to p27 to read her mission. In our Education Special we’ve Lockdown Lessons, some amazing reads and some advice for parents and children trying to adapt to school and life in general from Dr Kathy Weston. We’ve one mother’s account of organising a child-friendly Black Lives Matter protest and Bev Turner acknowledges the juggling act parents face and are still facing as we try to work at home and adjust to a different world. Elsewhere, we round up places to go in town which are now open as well as some great interiors and fashion finds. And a fanfare please for our very own Jo Pratt whose latest publication The Flexible Family Cookbook is featured on p.18. Until our next issue, stay glued to www.citykidsmagazine.co.uk as well as @citykidsmagazine on Instagram and Facebook for the latest news, views, parenting nuggets and fun stuff.

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16 BEVERLEY TURNER 17 INTERIORS 18 FOOD 23 EDUCATION 29 BOOKS 36 DIRECTORIES 50 WHO ARE..?

Designer Caroline Haye info@navalisdesign.com Contributors Beverley Turner Jo Pratt Eleonore Crompton Lianne Kolirin Nicola Wilson

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WE LOVE

Tranquil Teens

With first-hand experience of autism and anxiety, mother and daughter team, Cathy and Freya, have created a subscription box filled with fun, mind-boosting treats to help create a self-care routine. Each item aims to help dial down insecurity and is a treat the lucky recipient will look forward to each month. £25 per month.

teencalm.com

WELLIES OF WONDER! Puddle jumping just got a whole lot more stylish with these wellies from Scamp & Dude. And what’s more, you can get pairs for the whole family with sizes from kids 6 to adult 9.

scampanddude.com

Out for the Count

The traditional Steiff bear has had a Halloween makeover to die for, complete with embroidered chain, cape and white waistcoat. £199.

steiff.com

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WE LOVE

BUNDLES OF

joy

Stuck for newborn pressies? Pick some luxury items for Bundlebox and they’ll do the rest or buy a pre-curated box.

thebundlebox.co.uk

SOUND SLEEP

The Snoo Smart Sleeper, created by paediatrician Dr Harvey Karp, is making waves following its recent UK launch. It’s a responsive bassinet that mimics the sounds and motions of the womb and has boosted infant sleep by one to two hours per night. It’s a high-end price, but most parents wouldn’t put a price on some extra zeds. £1145

happiestbaby.co.uk

MILESTONES

When Deborah Ajaja couldn’t find milestone cards which represented her son’s hue or her family’s culture, she set about creating her own. Colour Celebrations enable mixed ethnicity and families of colour to share their special moments and come in special keepsake boxes. £16

colourcelebrations.com

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September

WHAT’S ON

Daily

Now

TOTALLY THAMES 2020

LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM

ROALD DAHL MUSEUM

The banks of the Thames in central London totallythames.org

Covent Garden ltmuseum.co.uk

Great Missenden, Bucks roalddahl.com

Next stop, the London Transport Museum! Have a go ‘driving’ a bus or train at one of London’s favourite attractions.

Crack open the Frobscottle - the Roald Dahl Museum is reopening! The new-look VIP visitor experience will involve pre-booked guided visits for groups of up to ten.

18 to 25

19 & 20

©David Parry PA

Now BRONZE AGE HOARD

GREAT BRITISH BEACH CLEAN

Museum of London Docklands museumoflondon.org.uk/haveringhoard

Beaches across Britain mcsuk.org

Weapons, tools and other Bronze Age objects uncovered during a planned archaeological investigation in Havering are now on display.

Britain’s beaches made us all feel so welcome during our summer of staycations, so why not volunteer to help keep them clean?

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OPEN HOUSE FAMILIES

GROOVE INTO THE WOODS

Venues across London openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk

King’s Place, King’s Cross kingsplace.co.uk

A range of family-friendly activities are available online and in person for the annual weekend which sees otherwise private properties welcoming visitors.

Under-7s are invited on a magical adventure into a fairy-tale forest, blending jungle rhythms, infectious pop themes and jazz.

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CHISWICK HOUSE DOG TREASURE HUNT Chiswick House & Gardens chiswickhouseandgardens.org.uk

The annual dog show has been postponed, but Sherlock Bones invites you and your pooches to seek out clues and treasure.

Until

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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Jesus Christ Superstar The Concert 2020. Photo Mark Senior

This year’s reimagined festival blends outdoor and digital events. Highlights include outdoor art exhibition Rivers of the World.

Colin Hutton © Hartswood Films

Daily

Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park openairtheatre.com

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic biblical adaptation comes to the iconic theatre in a beautiful outdoor setting.


October 4

APPLE DAY

Winter Night Garden, Wandsworth backyardcinema.co.uk

Fulham Palace fulhampalace.org

Daily

Colin Hutton © Hartswood Films

ALADDIN

Be transported from the south London venue to the wonders of Agrabah by way of this latest offering from Backyard Cinema.

© David Parry PA

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WHAT’S ON

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PEPPA AND GEORGE’S HALLOWEEN Peppa Pig World, Paultons Park, Hampshire paultonspark.co.uk

Come rain or shine, you can expect live folk music, beekeeping, green woodworking, garden tours, children’s activities and more.

Oink oink for Halloween at Peppa Pig World this year! Highlights include Grandpa Pig’s ‘World’s Biggest Pumpkin’ and Mr Skinny Legs the spider.

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GRUFFALO ADVENTURES

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

DINOS AFTER DARK

Kew Garden kew.org

Willows Activity Farm, St Albans willowsactivityfarm.com

Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire pwpark.com

Children follow the tracks of each animal - fox, owl, snake and of course the gruffalo - on this trail through the arboretum.

Pick your own pumpkin and enjoy a full programme of Halloween activities, while getting meeting all the friendly animals on the farm.

The zoo takes on a different identity after dark with this magical moonlit tour of the prehistoric world.

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THE BABY SHOW

WEST END’S MAGIC LITTLE SHOW

HALLOWEEN AT HEVER

Olympia, Kensington thebabyshow.co.uk

Museum of Comedy, Holborn museumofcomedy.com

Hever Castle, Kent hevercastle.co.uk

New and expectant parents are welcome back to The Baby Show, a one-stop shop for advice, support and shopping.

This monthly event is an unforgettable afternoon of magic for children and adults alike, presented by a different magician each time.

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November

WHAT’S ON

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Daily

Daily

HAMPTON COURT GARDENS

LIFE IN A CAMP

THE DARE SKYWALK

Hampton hrp.org.uk

Imperial War Museum iwm.org.uk

White Hart Lane, Tottenham experience.tottenhamhotspur.com

In a space of just 30m2, this installation offers an intimate view into the makeshift Moria camp on the Greek Island of Lesbos using CNN footage. Opens 24 Sept.

This newly opened attraction at Tottenham’s north London home ground promises to be an adrenaline-pumping experience. Opens 31st Aug.

Discover 60 acres of formal gardens and 750 acres of parkland plus The Magic Garden.

Colin Hutton © Hartswood Films

Daily

© David Parry PA

13 to 22

From

Thursday to Sundays

EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL

HOGWARTS IN THE SNOW

PEPPA PIG AFTERNOON TEA

Venues across London efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk

Warner Bros Studio Tour London, Leavesden wbstudiotour.co.uk

Departs from Somerset House b-bakery.com

This year’s musical event which is a highlight for families in the capital will be a mixture of live and virtual gigs. See website for details.

Experience the festive season in Harry Potter’s wizarding world, at the movie studios where J K Rowling’s novels came to life.

Newly launched, the Peppa Pig experience sees everyone’s favourite pink friend guide a bus tour of central London.

Daily

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FAIRY TALES

YOUNG ARTISTS’ SUMMER SHOW

Discover Story Centre, Stratford discover.org.uk

Royal Academy youngartists.royalacademy.org.uk

Step into a fairy tale town and into the woods to discover giants, palaces, and gingerbread houses in this exhibition. 08 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

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Exhibition featuring the work of 400 5-19 year olds from an original 17,700 submissions! In gallery and online.

Until

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CHESSINGTON WORLD OF ADVENTURES Chessington, Surrey chessington.com

Grab your last chance to visit the popular theme park before it closes its doors for winter.


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FEATURE

The Great 2020

STAYCAY

This year, us Brits have rediscovered all that our varied nation has to offer by enjoying a staycation. Photo: Benjamin Elliott - Unsplash

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hen the world locked down and 2020 properly went rogue, we, for the most part, went nowhere. Stay at home, for the entire year? Well yes, and it might just be one of the best silver linings of this whole heartbreaking episode. We have given the environment longedfor breathing space, we have freed up our skies, cleaned up the air and found solace in nature. We have pared back our lives and (re)connected with the people and spaces around us. It’s been an education, an alternative to the actual education our children didn’t receive! London, as always with our mighty capital, has thrown up some unexpected gems. The centre of town has been empty and while it might be getting busier, there is still space to admire the spectacular architecture by bike, taking in three palaces within the same number of miles. Having gazed longingly at the river for years, our family finally took the plunge and we have roamed our stretch by kayak, being firm fans of an A to B adventure. Our city is close to the cosmopolitan dream, an exciting cultural junction of heterogeneous ideas. For purists, a staycation is a holiday at home, eschewing the daily routine for day trips and backyard discoveries. At least, that is the American version. For once, us Brits have taken it further and understand the term as a holiday that doesn’t include going abroad. And if you’re going to stay put in any country, well, Britain has it 10 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

SOPHIE CLOWES shares her findings. all: history, culture, art, cities, mountains, countryside and miles of coastline. Ours is a country of variety: topography, food, architecture, seasons, flora and fauna, and even our stalwart joker, the weather. Your newly acquired dog is welcome: yes, hurrah for clichés, particularly lockdown bumps and puppies! The staycation has impressive environmental credentials, no language barrier, requires no passport (dog or human), saves you from extreme sunburn, mosquito bites and insects the size of light aircraft, and costs whatever you think is good value. Hotels, rental properties or a tent (note that wild camping is only permitted in Scotland): once you have wrapped your head around the lack of foreignness, welcome to vacay fun. Where to go? If it’s an overnight stay seek out satellite spots not far away: Brighton, Whitstable, the Cotswolds, even the Isle of Wight. If time is your friend, just pin the tail on the cartographic donkey or head to the compass points of Scotland (woo, a border crossing!), Northumberland or the Lake District; Devon and Cornwall; Norfolk or Suffolk; and Pembrokeshire. I make no apology for the coastal theme, it’s where it’s at. Kate Hiscox of @wearsmymoney headed both south to Devon and north to Northumberland in the summer, posting strong castle and beach content on the ‘gram. “For us we need good walks, ideally with a snack situation at the end of it, interesting places to visit - we love


FEATURE history so the 70+ castles in Northumberland were perfect - beaches that are not too busy and at least two good pubs to have lunch at.” This, from someone who works in the music and fashion industries, is how to rock and roll in 2020. The joy of a staycation is the lack of pressure, explains Caitlin Ramsdale of Kid & Coe. “They are less about accomplishment and more about starting to build a story for your family in that location, with the idea that each time you go back, you might uncover a deeper layer.” Ramsdale feels the deep rooted element of a staycation: “They are about visiting friends, connecting with other families, planting a seed for the future by finding a place you can visit every year, or investing in a community that you can grow into.” For the Curtis-Freud clan this sweet spot is in Suffolk, and if it’s good enough for the king and queen of feel-good movies and founders of Comic Relief, and their feminist-activist-author daughter Scarlett, it’s a pretty safe bet that it’s a place to fall in love with. Actually. Sticking with east, the Norfolk coast at Holkham is about as big and sandy as you can get. If you’ve read Anne Glenconner’s astoundingly bonkers book Lady in Waiting, you will know that there are London buses buried in the dunes. If you haven’t, pack it in your bag and enjoy a vicarious wild journey of a different sort while holidaying there. If you have an urge to go west and break for another border, head for Pembrokeshire with its untamed coastline of extraordinary beauty. The high rainfall puts off some but if you’re getting in the sea, you’ll be wet anyway. It’s the south that has many people’s hearts, specifically Cornwall.

When planning a staycation it’s important to list what matters to you. For this family, there has to be the sea or a big lake or river to swim in, an activity – surfing or wild swimming, long blustery walks – and a house that is as comfortable as our own, preferably more so, that must include a bad-ass shower, super comfy beds and space to be with friends. And wifi is a must. A staycation is also the perfect snooping opportunity, seeking out interiors inspo that you can try and test. Emily Wheeler, interiors stylist and founder of community project Furnishing Futures, encourages us to find happiness in properties with sustainability credentials and a strong connection with the outside. The Cornish coast is as varied as it is long and each family has their own allegiance to a certain point along it. The north is famed for its surfing. Head to the family-friendly beaches of Polzeath or Watergate Bay, both of which have contemporary hotels with attached self-catering accommodation. The pretty bays and headlands down the winding roads of the Roseland Peninsular are perfect for smaller children and accompanying grandparents, too. Others fall in love with the deep south: St Ives, Penzance and The Minack Theatre being arty honey pots. When the sun shines, the kernowfornia hashtags are justified. Future certainties are possible, even in the shifting sands of our times. The Thames will continue to grace us with her twice-daily rise and fall, our exceptional coastline will exert its trans-generational pull and the miles and miles of footpaths will still be there, watching the seasons change. Go and book for next year. And don’t forget the extra bed for the baby or puppy!

WHERE & WHAT HOTELS

CAMPING

The St Moritz Just outside Polzeath, brilliantly pioneered socially distanced dining with the Anti-Social Club

Featherdown Farms

featherdown.co.uk National Trust campsites

nationaltrust.org.uk

stmoritzhotel.co.uk

Photo: Ben Guerin - Unsplash

Watergate Bay Author and founder of @happymumhappybaby Giovanna Fletcher and her family stayed here in the summer

If you are investing in a tent for a family, a bell tent is a must

watergatebay.co.uk

Unique Homestays Ellesmera Mill in Devon will have you calculating a move to the South Hams, while Ukiyo in Cornwall is blue-sky thinking made real

Another Place The Lake District’s sister hotel to Watergate Bay

another.place

belltent.co.uk

RENTAL COMPANIES

uniquehomestays.com Kid & Coe Real homes for real families

Photo: Belinda Fewings- Unsplash

kidandcoe.com Cabins and Castles Sussex properties for a coastal country stay

cabinsandcastles.co.uk Cool Stays Unique and unusual properties

coolstays.com

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FASHION

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ever have essential workers from healthcare to delivery drivers to cleaners and supermarket shelf stackers been so crucial this year. So it seems fitting that Bobo Choses AW20 collection pays homage to a Catalogue of Marvellous Trades, celebrating those who may go unnoticed but are worth their weight in gold.

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WEEKEND HOUSE JUMPER £95 & BEANIE £40 alexandalexa.com

STYLE SCARF £75 ilgufo.com

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COLOUR BLOCK DENIM DUNGAREE DRESS £72 stellamccartney.com

RED AND PINK DRESS £90 themiddledaughter.co.uk

DOREMI COLOUR BLOCK ANKLE SOCKS £4 per pair riverfinleyandfriends.co.uk

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kids’ wardrobe a graphic colour injection that creates the foundations for a fun winter wardrobe...

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BEVERLEY TURNER

LEARNING FROM

LOCKDOWN

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esearch from the Institute for Fiscal Studies has confirmed what we already knew: lockdown was a slamdown for working women. For every three uninterrupted paid hours worked by men, we managed one. But even that seems unlikely – a whole hour uninterrupted by refereeing a sibling fight, rustling up lunch or hanging out a wash?! Impossible. Cast your mind back to the 22nd March when Boris Johnson gravely announced that we must stay at home to stay alive. It was surreal and slightly scary: was this virus hanging about in the air, waiting to pounce outside Co-op? Were we about to be hit by a ‘Day of The Triffids’ style apocalypse that would leave our children free to raise each other on a diet of Wotsits and Fortnite? (They wish). But there was also the thrill of being forced to slow-down. And boy, did we need to… ‘I’m sorry, Mr Prime Minister, did you just say that I can’t do the school run twice a day? Did you say that I can’t sit on sweltering poolside balconies four times a week? Are you absolutely sure that I don’t have to work as well as overseeing multiple playdates, netball matches, birthday parties and afterschool-clubs whilst also mentally juggling who needs a snack, are gym kits packed and have I left a child at a bus stop somewhere? Oh, if you insist PM!... Of course, at that point the grip of homeschooling, the anxiety of earning a living and the sheer bloody exasperation of being locked up with only our families for three months had not yet hit. That tsunami was around the corner along with unavailable shopping deliveries, filthy houses and the genuine stress that our elderly loved ones might become ill – or die. What looked like a little staycation morphed into a coachtrip into the bowels of hell, especially for mothers. This has been unlike any event in modern times and as we tentatively unfurl back into the real world, we parents are left wondering what we learnt: good and bad. I confirmed my 16 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

own suspicion that alcohol at 6pm certainly does take the edge of a tough day (in the long run, my liver may not agree) and I discovered that I had been flittering away hundreds of pounds on coffees, snacks and eating-out that I really didn’t need. I now have a thermos and a willingness to make my sandwiches in the morning. I will try to maintain that frugality. Wish me luck. The relationship between me, my partner and my three children wholeheartedly benefitted from enforced confinement. Disagreements could be truly settled, not ignored as one of us ran out of the door to an appointment. Talking over family meals at least twice a day engendered many laughs and a much greater willingness to listen to each other. Kids need our time. And as hard as that is to accept when we are dashing about, it is the one single ingredient which helps our offspring grow healthy and happy. And let’s be honest, ladies, if it wasn’t for the technology nannies (Playstation, iPads, TV, mobile phones), we wouldn’t have made it

And shall we talk about housework? I didn’t need a gym during lockdown as I took on the 1950’s housewife training regime of laundry, gardening, hoovering, mopping and bed-making; flopping into bed exhausted (and a bit pissed) every single night feeling as though I’d run the two bridges. The same Fiscal Institute study discovered that mums did 1.7 more hours of housework per day than dads. And even in households where dad was furloughed and mum carried on working, both parents did the same housework! This is not ok. But it’s a complicated psychological and emotional battle in many houses where we women want it to look ‘nice’ while blokes often shrug that it’s ‘fine’ and ask if it really matters if the floor is mopped. I’m dealing in stereotypes here but that’s a stereotype for a reason… My own teenage son was recruited into the cleaning schedule at our house and when asked to clean the bath looked utterly bemused: “Why would you do that? You’re just going to put water in it.” So, as we come up for air and loosen the seals on our family units, I for one, will endeavour to make sure that the bonds which grew from each other’s company don’t fray. If the PM won’t insist on family time, we mothers will have to. And hopefully dads will be on board – with a willingness to share the load.

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the Fiscal Institute discovered that mums did 1.7 more hours of housework per day than dads.

through the day. Most kids gorged on screens and yet, balanced by daily fresh air and home cooked meals thanks to a lack of eating out, they appear largely unharmed.

BEVERLEY TURNER is the founder of The Happy Birth Club, ante-natal and post-natal classes in Chiswick. thehappybirthclub.co.uk


INTERIORS

Liberty Print Betsy Bib, £17 libertylondon.com

Whale Bib, £14.38 bluebrontide.com

Done by Deer Sleeved Bib, £14.95 naturalbabyshower.co.uk

MAKE A MEAL OF IT! Make breakfast, lunch and dinner something to look forward to before the food even reaches the table…

by Eleonore Crompton

Happy Cloud Baby Food Tray, £8.95 rexlondon.com

Crane Tibu convertible high chair, £179.95 cuckooland.com

Nana’s Manners Cutlery, £14.95 jojomamanbebe.co.uk Lion Tableware set, £18.75 oyoylivingdesign.co.uk Aqua Leopard Cup, £4.50 & Leopard Plate, £6 bobbyrabbit.co.uk

Koala Bamboo Tableware set, £22 bobbyrabbit.co.uk

Eco Wooden London Bus Tray, £35.99 bluebrontide.com

Fred Yum Bots Children’s Cutlery, £9.59 hartsofstur.com

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FOOD NEWS

Get the kids cooking

COOK SCHOOL This pioneering, not-for-profit, innovative, nationwide organisation teaches children aged five to 19 years to cook. They help children to understand food and enable them to cook meals independently for the whole family. Their fun courses teach a basic understanding of nutrition as well as life skills, helping to grow children’s self-confidence, teamwork and an interest in good food. You can find their Veggie Lasagne recipe on p34. cookschool.club

HONEST AT HOME Burgers are always a winning dinner and Honest’s burger making kit has been one of our faves in recent months. Each Honest at Home DIY burger kit comes with everything you need to make four burgers at home with the kids: steak and rib cap patties, British cheddar slices, dry cured smoked bacon rashers and all the trimmings. For those looking for gluten free buns, Honest have got you covered and they’ve even included their famous rosemary salt so you can whip up their epic fries.

ANYONE FOR COFFEE? If your little ones are missing their trips out for babyccinos why not bring the fun for the café home with Tender Leaf’s natty Birds Nest Café. Their wonderful wooden toys are designed to develop children’s skills and they replant a tree for every one used in their toys. This cute cafe kit comes complete with all the gear for a cracking (faux) coffee, milk jug & steamer spout, a panini toaster, pastries, cupcakes plus a sheet of menu stickers. kidly.co.uk

shop.honestburgers.co.uk

THE STICK MAN FAMILY TREE RECIPE BOOK Based on the best-selling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, The Stick Man is about to embark on his tastiest adventure yet! Follow Stick Man as he gets crafty in the kitchen whipping up Sandcastle Cakes, Lettuce Sailing Boats and Cheesy Pooh-sticks. With step-by-step recipes and Axel Scheffler’s playful illustrations. This cookbook is a keeper from generation to generation. amazon.co.uk

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Play with your food

NICOLA WILSON is founder of Tiny Table - a fresh and exciting online guide dedicated to familyfriendly dining in London and across the UK. She is also the driving force behind The Together Table, an initiative designed to change the conversation around loneliness and motherhood. tinytable.co.uk IG @tinytableofficial FB @tinytableofficial TW @mytinytable


What’s new

FOOD NEWS

PICCOLO Piccolo has launched a new organic, palm-oil free stock sachet which is also free from salt and sugar. Following on from the chicken, beef and vegetable stock cube lines, the new powdered formats are designed to be more convenient for parents, and introduce a new Tomato and Herb flavour, alongside Beef and Vegetable, as a nod to its Mediterranean roots. mylittlepiccolo.com

FOOD TRUCKIN’

LITTLE BANDITS

ASDA’s George Home range is a real gem for affordable kids’ toys. This wooden food truck at £75 is a bright and fun addition to any playroom and suitable for little ones aged 3+. Pair the microwave, steering wheel and ice maker with crates of their wooden food sets at a tenner each for a fully interactive food truck experience - from burgers to burritos stretch your little one’s imagination on their very own food adventures. asda.com

If you’re looking for a lunchbox filler that’s low sugar let us introduce you to Little Bandits. These brand-new yoghurts are not only deliciously fruity combining coconut with strawberry, apple & pear and banana but also dairy-free making them a great snack for tots living with food allergies. Available from select ASDA stores, you can discover more about Little Bandits at hungrylittlebandits.com

TEACH & TASTE

MUNCH FREE

Teaching your mini ones about fruit and veg is essential but we all know how it’s not easy to get them to munch on their greens, chomp on carrots and grab broccoli bites. These super cute plush fruit and veggies from Jellycat are not only squeezably soft but a great way to make learning fun. From peas and aubergines to cherries and corn on the cob, early learning just got that bit tastier. jellyexpress.co.uk

Hey mamas, here’s something new Munch Free. Due to hit the shelves in October, Munch Free’s free-from organic and vegan oat bar and porridge range are a must-try for mini munchers. Packed with yummy dried fruit, gluten-free oats, chia seeds and quinoa flakes means each mouthful of morning porridge or snack-time nibbles are nutritious and packed with flavour. With the porridge a top choice for weaning wonders at breaky and the oat bars ideal for toddler snacks on-the-go, be sure to check out Munch Free’s new range at munchfree.com

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his is super-easy to make and for that reason I serve it frequently at home. Tinga is a Mexican dish where chicken is cooked with onion, tomatoes and chipotle sauce and shredded when cooked. I like to do a half-half chicken and black bean combo, to vary things up and reduce our meat intake. This juicy watermelon salsa is well worth making. Put everything on the table to make a sharing supper for everyone to dig into.

TIME TAKEN 50 minutes SERVES 4 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 4 cloves garlic, grated or crushed 1 tsp dark brown sugar 1 tsp chipotle paste (or more for a spicier finish) 1 tsp red or white wine vinegar 400g/14 oz can chopped tomatoes 400g/14 oz can black beans or kidney beans, drained 2 chicken breasts, skinless or 350g/12 oz boneless chicken thighs flaked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper FOR THE SALSA 300g/10½ oz watermelon, diced into small pieces 4 spring onions (scallions), chopped ½ green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped ½ small bunch coriander (cilantro), chopped juice of ½ lime 2 tbsp olive oil TO SERVE 1 large ripe avocado, sliced or mashed sour cream 1 small red onion, finely sliced and mixed with juice of ½ lime grated Cheddar cheese coriander (cilantro) leaves, roughly chopped soft corn or flour tortillas, warmed 20 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

CHICKEN & BLACK BEAN TINGA TACOS WITH WATERMELON SALSA

• Heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan or casserole dish. • Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes or until softened and starting to turn golden. • Add the garlic and cook for a further minute before stirring in the sugar, chipotle paste, vinegar, tomatoes, 200ml/7fl oz/ scant 1 cup water and the black beans. Mix everything together and bring to a simmer. • Add the chicken to the pan, spooning over the sauce to cover. • Cover with a lid and simmer gently for 30 minutes until the chicken is cooked and the sauce thickened. • Meanwhile, make the salsa by mixing everything together in a serving bowl and seasoning with salt and pepper. • Once cooked, remove the chicken from the pan and sit on a plate or board. Using two forks, shred into strips and then return the shredded meat back to the sauce. • Using two forks, shred into strips and then return the shredded meat back to the sauce. • Serve the Chicken and Black Bean Tinga with the watermelon salsa, avocado, sour cream, red onion, cheese and coriander. • Pile everything into warm tortillas, wrap and prepare to get messy.

FLEXIBLE... PESCATARIAN A delicious alternative to using chicken is to swap it for some chunky white fish such as cod, pollock or haddock. Let the tomato and black bean sauce cook alone for 20 minutes then add 400g/14 oz fish fillets to the pan. Spoon over the sauce, cover with a lid and cook for 10 minutes. Break the fish into flakes in the pan and serve as above.

GET AHEAD Once made, the chicken can sit in the fridge for 3–4 days and heated through when needed. It can also easily be doubled up so you can freeze half for another time. The Flexible Family Cookbook by Jo Pratt, £20 Frances Lincoln. Photography Malou Burger


SOCIETY

RELEASE YOUR INNER ACTIVIST Just because you have family in tow doesn’t mean protesting about injustice is out of the question. We asked one parent to give an account of her experience of organising a family friendly Black Lives Matter protest. Words CAREY JOHNSTONE

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itting in our flat, in a terrace on the edge of Kilburn, with our baby and our three-yearold, we were trying to figure out what to do. Like many people, we’d been staring at our phones, watching the Black Lives Matter protests in America, watching events escalate and spill over into the rest of the world, and our own lives. We were trying to work out how we could get to the protests that were happening in the middle of the city. Protests and marches are a type of activism that I truly believe in. But in lockdown it was different. We didn’t feel like we could get to the protests safely, and once we were there, we weren’t sure we would be able to keep ourselves and our children at a safe distance. It felt wrong to go; it felt wrong to stay at home. Our friends Taio and Phoebe were in the same boat, with two kids the same age. A throwaway WhatsApp suggestion by Phoebe on Wednesday night, to go to our local park together with our placards and hold our own family protest, grew by Thursday morning into the idea of organising a protest for children, families and whoever else wanted to come. Taio volunteered to speak at the start of the protest, and my partner made us a flyer which gave the event a sudden sense of legitimacy. By that evening we were ready to send it out to friends and to post it on social media. We didn’t set up a specific page for the event and had no names or contact details on the flyer - so once we’d posted it, we had no idea who or how many people would attend. By Friday my two biggest fears were these: what if no-one comes? What if everyone comes?

teachers from the school where I work, black, white, mixed heritage. By the time Taio stood on a rock and called everyone to attention, there were around 250 people gathered (at a distance) holding placards and signs, wrapped up in raincoats or with umbrellas. Taio read from James Baldwin and spoke about the specific fears black parents have for their children. He listed the statistics of the inequalities black people suffer in the UK’s justice system. He spoke about his experience of being black and a father, and his own fears. And then we marched. As we marched, social distancing meant that we formed a ring around the whole park, marching and chanting together. (Our daughter Joni announced she didn’t like all this shouting and was worried we’d wake people who were sleeping!) Some teenagers walking through the park to buy Lucozade stopped and joined us, as did some people doing exercise. After the march, we knelt together Photo Courtesy of Amanda Oba for a minute’s silence. What did the protest do? How However, on Saturday morning the did it feel? It felt powerful. It felt joyful. It weather was fairly grim. My fear of the felt good. People came because they felt protest turning into Woodstock and social the same, because they really wanted to do distancing being impossible was allayed. It something and, even though we’re in the looked far more likely that our protest would middle of this awful, scary pandemic, they be a small gaggle of friends meeting and wanted to be together. All the people in that marching through a rainy, empty park. park - and their children - could see that But as we walked through the park others living around them, felt the same way, gates, five minutes before the protest was supported each other, and are fed up with planned to begin, we could already see a the way that black people are treated. crowd gathering. Some familiar faces, but Black Lives Matter. mostly people we’d never seen before. More and more people arrived. Small and large families, old and young people, a group of CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 21


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2020 has thrown up many challenges, not-least for education providers. Here some school heads and business owners tell us what they have learned in lockdown.

LIZ MCLAUGHLIN, HEAD OF FALCONS PRE-PREP

ELIZABETH TWEEDALE, CEO AND FOUNDER, CYPHER

21st Century education took a giant leap forward this year with lockdown putting to the test everything I have studied, experienced, and learned about Primary School education. As we switched to a brand-new model of teaching in a matter of days, my message to my staff and parents was to first and foremost, focus on the boys’ wellbeing. It was essential that we looked out for worrying signs as the boys adapted to a new way of life because without a healthy mindset, we knew learning would take a back seat. I was extremely impressed at how fast my staff learned a brand-new way of teaching in a matter of days and constantly stayed one step ahead of requirements. Our job was two-fold: to support the boys and the parents who were thrown into a new profession as teachers to their children. Our teachers often found their Zoom meetings with the boys turned into support meetings for the parents and this was the key ingredient to helping our boys continue to learn and thrive at home. I believe we truly rose to the challenge and our boys and parents became experts of learning from their living rooms, inviting their teachers in via a computer, and making connections with their friends over virtual playdates. I believe we have come out stronger as a community and as a school. Our teaching methods exceeded my expectations and our data shows that our boys not only learned while at home but excelled. Are we ready for the next lockdown? I would say that our learning curve was practically vertical, but we got there, and we are now able to offer a truly exceptional hybrid model of education for our boys, come what may.

We, at Cypher, dramatically changed the way we work over the lockdown period. Our first thoughts were with the children. We were determined that this pandemic, scary enough on its own, would not stop kids being inspired and optimistic about their future. We made the decision to switch all our camps to Live Online and cut the camp down to 90-minutes. We committed to a teacher being present and visible throughout all the sessions, kept class sizes small, four to six students, and made four sessions a day to fit with parents’ daily schedules. We have been thrilled to see how enthusiastic our online learners have been. The technological advancements made by our students have been unprecedented, and unlike anything we’ve seen before. Looking ahead to the new normal, Live OnLine will remain part of our camps. Offering our camps online has been hugely beneficial for many students, eliminating any geographical barriers and extending our reach way beyond London with children attending from France, Portugal, Ireland, UAE, the Philippines and the USA. It has also allowed us to open our doors even more widely, running our free Cypher Starters sessions every Thursday afternoon to encourage a wider interest in learning to code and introduce a broad range of children to computational thinking.

SARAH RAFFRAY, HEAD OF ST AUGUSTINE’S PRIORY St Augustine’s Priory, Catholic independent day school in Ealing, rose to the challenge of Lockdown. Determined that their girls would not be disadvantaged during this time of uncertainty, staff embarked on a thoroughly considered and well-worked out system of remote learning. Classroom technology came into its own as classes continued in all subjects across the curriculum each day, from Reception to Year 13, with children participating virtually from home as teachers taught classes live, enabling children and teachers to communicate as a group and as individuals. Although not present on site, all classes took place, from English to PE, from the Sciences to Art to Music, with assignments set and marked in all subjects. After lockdown ended and Reception, Years 1 and 6 re-entered school, St Augustine’s Priory developed their system of remote learning into a successful programme of blended learning. Pupils divided into their bubbles and from their classrooms joined together with classmates who remained at home and continued to study all the subjects they would normally have studied together in class. Year 1 even welcomed classmates from Japan and South Africa! Learning did not stop with the result that education thrived. So successful was the programme at this school that St Augustine’s was in a position to make their blended learning skills available for the use of other schools, an initiative which was taken up wholeheartedly by local schools. St Augustine’s Priory’s programme did not end with lessons – Sports Day, the Summer Concert and their Sports Awards Evening also took place along with socially distanced gatherings with each year group marking the end of the academic year. Lessons in Lockdown proved that St Augustine’s Priory’s teachers and pupils adapt and thrive - ready to learn new skills and relish new challenges. CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 23


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GILES ENTWISLE, INCOMING HEAD OF DURSTON HOUSE Quality teaching first and embracing change has been at the forefront of every school I have worked at and has been a key ingredient in running a really good school. We encourage pupils to take risks, make mistakes and ideally, learn from them. Never has this been more true since the outbreak of COVID-19 and the closing of schools in March. There have been many lessons learnt over the past months. First and foremost is that outstanding teachers still make the difference. They adapt, learn, create and co-operate in ways which have, at times, been breath-taking. Now, I have the honour and privilege of leading one of West London’s top Prep Schools. Durston has a rich and distinguished history in preparing boys for the very best public schools both in and beyond London. A commitment to innovate, nurture and provide boys from four years old with the very best pastoral, academic and co-curricular provision in and well beyond the classroom is what life is all about at Durston. Character, Curiosity and Capability. I realise we will not see a return to complete normality by any means in September. We will need to keep learning and developing the provision for our pupils and staff. We will need to adapt to changing circumstances energetically and with meticulous planning. There is at Durston House, a collective determination to take all we have learned from this dangerous and at times devastating disease. We learn from the opportunities given to us, with a commitment and determination for our school and community to become the very best versions of themselves. I have no doubt that Durston House will continue to provide the highest quality education and finest pastoral care. As I become more acquainted with the school, its ethos and culture, I see how much staff here care about who our pupils become. At Durston House there is an understanding in the transformative power of education. In the context of the 21st Century, it will be our pupils’ personal qualities and values, not just exam results, that will set them apart. It is critical to give young people the skills, confidence and capabilities to navigate their own paths through life – along with the unshakeable sense of self they need to influence the world around them for the better. I cannot think of a better place to spend my time in realising this vision, and I feel a palpable sense of excitement of things to come at Durston House. 24 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

Giles Entwisle, DURSTON HOUSE

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WHEN YOUR CHILD CAN’T BE IN SCHOOL The new LIL Online programme launched this autumn allows home-schooled students and those unable to attend school in person to pursue a complete, structured curriculum live and online.

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o you have a child or children unwilling or unable to attend school in person? Perhaps you live far away from London and are seeking a quality international education not available nearby. Maybe you’re moving between global work assignments or have chosen home-schooling. Whatever the reason, the new LIL Online programme from Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill offers a way to attend school remotely that is as rigorous and engaging as being physically present. The success of the school’s ongoing education and pastoral care during the Covid-19 pandemic demonstrated the agility and resourcefulness of its expert teaching staff, the power of its technological foundation, and its smart embrace of digital culture. It was from this experiment that LIL Online was born. The comprehensive bilingual curriculum, offered by videoconferencing and live online classes, is specifically designed for students and families seeking a more structured and communal learning experience from home. It’s also a boon to families transitioning between countries, who can now be a part of the Lycée Churchill community before or after they live in London. Remote students will get the chance to join the school’s vibrant and international community at any time during the year, becoming part of interactive classrooms “in the cloud”, making new friends, and enjoying the virtual presence of classmates and teachers. For those who can’t attend school in person, it’s the closest thing to being there. Students start classes at 8:30am sharp and remain engaged until the mid-afternoon, with breaks and a lunch hour. The classes are taught interactively over a web video connection, though students are also assigned homework and other autonomous activities. The timetable and structure reinforce a sense of engagement and participation, as well as providing crucial discipline in the homeschooled environment. Your child is no longer left alone to fill out workbooks or to communicate with distant teachers via email; rather, he or she belongs to a close-knit group of students learning together and taking their place as young citizens of the 21st century. For families who have chosen home-schooling, LIL Online offers an enhanced educational experience where instruction is enlivened by highly trained and emotionally supportive teachers and staff following rigorous international standards. Equally important, the programme includes vital services and other components of school life that are difficult to replicate at home: extensive wellbeing

Online learning at Lycée Winston Churchill

support, career and university counselling, social interaction, and a deep sense of community and shared experience — even including online school assemblies, birthday parties, and events for parents. Located on a leafy 5-acre campus in Wembley, Lycée Churchill is an independent, co-ed school offering a full French-English bilingual education to 800 pupils aged 3 to 18. In the secondary section, families can choose either a bilingual French programme fully accredited by the French Ministry of Education that leads to the baccalauréat examinations, or an English-oriented track blending the French and English educational models and leading to the globally-recognised International Baccalaureate Diploma. The school was rated “Outstanding” for Sixth Form and for personal development, behaviour, and welfare by Ofsted in 2019. It is characterised by diversity, with teachers and staff of 29 different nationalities, and is built on a modern educational ethos that blends traditional disciplines with initiative, exploration, critical thinking, teamwork, and individual development. LIL Online also affords students the chance to expand their horizons through tutoring and specialist classes in fields such as philosophy, maths, physics, computer coding, and modern and classic languages, including Chinese. This is truly the education of the future. For information about Lycée Churchill, please visit the school’s website: lyceeinternational.london For fee information, consult: lyceeinternational.london/join-the-school/tuition-and-fees To register, contact admissions@lyceeinternational.london or call +44 (0) 203 824 4906 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 25


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Outstanding Catholic Independent school for boys & girls aged 3 - 18

WHOLE SCHOOL OPEN MORNING SATURDAY 3RD OCTOBER

In light of the ever-changing Covid-19 situation, we have increased the number of Open Mornings for the Autumn Term in order to ensure all prospective families can visit the school while keeping everyone safe. These include virtual Open Mornings.

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 stbenedictsschool

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EDUCATION

TACKLING RACISM IN THE CURRICULUM

Following the murder of George Floyd, the world seemed to finally take notice of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Demonstrations across the globe gave rise to long-overdue conversations about race and racial history, not least in the UK, where cities have prospered on the foundations of the slave trade. That history is rarely told in detail at school. Social enterprise, The Black Curriculum, aims to revolutionise the history syllabus in this country for eight to 16 year olds. Its CEO, LAVINYA STENNETT, explains.

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ur education system in the UK has failed many young people. Currently, students across the UK are not being taught Black British history consistently as part of the national curriculum in a committed manner, despite numerous findings demonstrating its importance. The latest Home Office figures show that in 2017/18, there were 94,098 hate crime offences recorded by the police in England and Wales, 76% of which were racially aggravated. The reality of racism operates in many ways, particularly through the lack of education and understanding of Black British history. The Macpherson Report produced 20 years ago, showed that cultural diversity within the curriculum is one of the ways to prevent racism. Similarly, The Windrush Review recommended that colonial and migration history should be taught. So why are we still here today? The outcomes of young people in the UK are affected by the implicit racial bias within the curriculum. When young people are not taught their history within Britain, their sense of identity and belonging is negatively impacted and social relations, hindered. A 2007 report on the over-representation of young Black people in the criminal justice system demonstrated the link between

these shortcomings in the curriculum as causing underachievement and disaffection. A proposed remedy suggested that the ‘government should ensure history lessons are relevant to all young people in Britain’. Here, we recognise that Black history is British history and therefore aim to reflect this in our work. Currently, the national curriculum and exam board specifications are limited in providing Black British history. Furthermore, Black history is not mandatory in schools which follow their own curriculum. Without the resources, time and understanding, we are still going to face the same problems of historical inaccuracies, bias and a lack of enthusiasm in teaching and delivery. In the same manner, we can not simply rely on parents and carers to provide this material to young people. Black British history is not merely a theme for October, but started hundreds of years before Windrush and pre-dates European colonial enslavement. Our work aims to address and overcome these limitations by seeking to provide a contextual, globalised history that roots the Black British experience in histories of movement and migration - 365 days a year. We want to help prepare students to

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become fully rounded citizens and ready for an increasingly globalised world. Our curriculum is grounded in the arts for young people to engage with history imaginatively, encouraging student satisfaction and critical thinking skills. Through our holistic approach we aim to remedy a wider systemic issue.

Lavinya is a historian, writer and recent FirstClass graduate from SOAS. The vision to create The Black Curriculum came from firsthand experiences in British formal education, where she witnessed the effects of systemic disenfranchisement through the exclusion of Black pupils and Black British history. Young people learning general ‘Black history’ in the lone month of October was simply, not good enough. During her study abroad in Aotearoa, she was interested in the way Indigenous and colonial history was a part of the everyday and made accessible to everyone at all ages. She is determined to challenge the Eurocentricity of the school curriculum at a nationwide level. Lavinya believes in the power of education, and the arts to ultimately transform the lives of people theblackcurriculum.com CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 27


Durston House

A LeADInG LonDon PreP sCHooL

CHARACTER | CURIOSITY | CAPABILITY

Durston House, in Ealing, is a leading London prep school, for boys aged 4-13 years, which has a fine record of preparing boys for future success. Founded in 1886, Durston House continues to enjoy a strong reputation for academic, sporting and cultural excellence. A boy is shaped by the development of his character, his curiosity to learn and discover more, and his expanding capability. These three concepts, Character, Curiosity and Capability are the cornerstones of his success at Durston House and his success in life. Find out more by visiting our website, attending an Open Day or touring the school.

Call 020 8991 6530 Email info@durstonhouse.org www.durstonhouse.org

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It goes without saying that 2020 has been one of the most challenging years for children and parents alike, but as they ease back into formal education there’s a chance to tear their eyes away from TikTok and reacquaint themselves with reading.

BOOK REVIEW

by Catherine Emmett, illustrated by Ben Mantle (Simon and Schuster) McDarkly lives happily in the depths of his dank swamp growing orchids, but his peace is soon disturbed as the king rolls in and decides to build a skate park for his daughter on the same stretch of land. With just ten days before building work begins, the race is on for McDarkly to pull out all the stops and hope his flowers bloom in time. A heart-warming, funny and beautifully illustrated story which gently weaves in the benefits of having nature all around us.

LITTLE KIDS

KING OF THE SWAMP

TIGER TIGER BURNING BRIGHT selected by Fiona Waters, illustrated by Britta Teckentrup (Nosy Crow) An absolutely beautiful book which has an animal-related poem for every day of the year. In collaboration with The National Trust, this book features poets from 22 countries and spans over 400 years with everything from William Shakespeare to John Agard. Brita Teckentrup’s stunning illustrations bring to life the various terrains the animals inhabit from across the globe. A perfect intro into poetry for children of all ages.

LIKE THE OCEAN WE RISE

I AM NOT A LABEL

by Nicola Edwards and Sarah Wilkins (Little Tiger)

by Cerrie Burnell, illustrated by Lauren Baldo (Wide Eye)

This joyful book encourages youngsters to take action when it comes to the future of the planet. It follows children from around the world who join forces (with a bit of help from Greta Thunberg) and have the same goal, whether that is recycling, using less fuel, walking more, buying less plastic - it all helps. The illustrations are colourful and upbeat, but that doesn’t take away from the seriousness of the message with the last line reaffirming how children can play their part, ‘Though we might be small in a world that is wide, together we swell until we turn the tide’.

BE MORE VEGAN: THE YOUNG PERSON’S GUIDE TO A PLANT-BASED LIFESTYLE by Niki Webster (Wellbeck) What do you do if your teen wants to cut down on meat or commit to becoming a vegan? Fear not, this cookbook will show you how. It’s packed with 50 easy-to-follow recipes for those wanting to dip their toes into the water. However, this is a guide, so it’s not all about tasty meals, but the reasons behind veganism and how it benefits the environment and your health.

Cerrie Burnell ventures away from fiction with this fascinating book which details 34 disabled artists, thinkers, athletes and activists from past and present. Covering a range of conditions including mental health and hidden disabilities (such as epilepsy) we learn about how they reached the top despite the challenges they faced. Everyone from Freda Kahlo to Lady Gaga (who is in constant pain with fibromyalgia) features with Cerrie talking about her own experiences growing up with one hand and how it didn’t stop her from achieving her dreams. An inspirational read.

BIG KIDS

BIG KIDS

BABIES & PRE-SCHOOLERS

by SHARON JONES

A GIRL’S GUIDE TO BEING AWESOME by Suzanne Virdee (VIE Books) Growing up is tough but this handbook aims to empower girls through those teenage tricky years. Written by the award-winning TV journalist Suzanne Virdee, she brings sensible advice wrapped up in an older sister tone. Tackling all topics from feminism, to social media, sex and relationships, careers and everything in between. Peppered throughout with motivational quotes from women from all walks of life, this is just the book to show girls that they can follow their own path with confidence.

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BACK TO SCHOOL

BACK TO

SLEEP

Sleep expert, ROSEY DAVIDSON offers advice on how to get back to normal bedtimes after an extraordinary year.

2020

has certainly been a year of challenges for most families. COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the sleep of our nation. Children are no exception. More screen time screen time, later bedtimes, increased anxiety, time away from friends and normal support networks… the list goes on. Research tells us that during the pandemic there has been a significant… shift in bedtimes and morning wake times – 70% of children under 16 are going to bed later (Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, ref: Sleep Council). The result of this is that it is harder than ever to transition to a ‘normal’ routine at the start of the school year. Screen time has played such a big role in home schooling, but this heavy reliance on technology can have a devastating effect on sleep. Lots of exposure to blue and white light from devices can affect our drive to sleep and our production of melatonin (our sleep hormone). Essentially this means, the more screen time we have, the less sleepy we feel! While it is quite normal for children to go to bed a little later during summer holidays, for many parents that bedtime/wake time has shifted far further than usual. Fear not though, there are positive steps that we can take to make the transition back to school a little easier…

My top tips to improving sleep habits:

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Make sure that you and your child get exposure to morning light – this is really valuable for our internal body clocks. Get outside for some fresh air early in the day. Cut screen time before bed – 1-2 hours of screen free time will really help you and your little ones to switch off. If your child uses a reading light in bed opt for an amber light – this is far less disruptive that blue/white lights. Ideally try to keep homework and other activities out of the bedroom – reserve it for sleeping only if possible. If not then perhaps put a screen across the room to cover the desk/ workspace at night. This is important for your child to learn to switch off. Stick to a calm, consistent bedtime routine. Bath, story/or chat, cuddle and lights out. Children thrive on having clear boundaries. If your child is resisting bedtime I really like to create a bedtime poster together – detailing all of the steps towards bedtime and teaching them about the positive benefits of sleep to their bodies. If your child is anxious about returning to school and struggling to sleep, some simple mindfulness techniques can be helpful. Deep breath in and out, focusing on the breath and movement of the tummy can really help.

Prioritising your sleep and that of your child’s is not decadent. It will improve concentration, mood, support immune system, help maintain a healthy weight and more. Most of all, a well-rested child is a child ready to learn and embrace the new normal.

For more information visit: justchillbabysleep.co.uk instagram.com/just_chill_mama

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SCHOOL RETURN ANXIETY Butterflies at the start of the new school year are normal, but after the year we’ve had, Dr Kathy Weston offers some extra comfort for the school return. by DR KATHY WESTON

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t can be normal for parents, even in ‘normal’ times to worry about the new school year. Whether your child heads off to nursery, primary or transitions to senior or secondary school, parents will worry. Often those worries centre on the administrative burden that comes with a school start and on the ‘unknowns’ that come with a child joining a new class or school setting. What is striking is that children very often possess a different set of worries to their parents. Parental worry typically centres around children or young people’s ability to socialise, connect with others, make friends and the extent to which their child’s physical and mental health needs might be met over the next academic year. Children tend to be very practical when it comes to worrying. How will I get to school? What will the bus be like? Will I get lost? Who will pick me up? Who will be at home when I get back? It is not uncommon for children to be concerned about how they might navigate around the school building,

In terms of the dreaded virus, try and focus your child’s attention on life’s ‘controllables’; what your child can do or where they sit for their your resilience as a influence in relation lunch and how they will family over that period, to it. remember all the things so that your child begins

they have to remember. Coupled with these ‘normal worries’ that manifest in ‘normal times’, some children may experience anticipatory anxiety related to COVID-19. Is the classroom different? Can I play with my friends? Will I be able to play the same games? Some, but not all children, will worry on a larger scale about virus transmission and carry some anxiety left over from the experience of lockdown. The good news is that parents play a powerful role when it comes to both alleviating anxiety in children and modelling a positive and resilient approach that can help children get school-ready. As a family, it is a useful exercise to reflect back on the experience of lockdown and to extract positives associated with the experience. Where were the silver linings? What did we learn about ourselves and others? Celebrate

Dr Kathy Weston is an academic, motivational speaker, wife and mother of two boys. She delivers talks to parents and teachers and also offers 1:1 coaching. drkathyweston.com

to see themselves as already resilient. This kind of reflection breeds resilience. A second part of being school-ready is about airing all and any worries in a nice open chat with your child. Together, seek out solutions, ideas and thoughts that can alleviate or cancel a particular worry. Perhaps your child is worried about walking alone to school. What can we do about that? Coach them rather than provide solutions yourself. Model a proactive and positive approach and importantly, convey a sense of excitement and joy that your child is moving up a year in school, growing and developing. What are they excited about and looking forward to? In terms of the dreaded virus, try and focus your child’s attention on life’s ‘controllables’; what your child can do or influence in relation to it. Underline the practical steps that they can take to stay healthy, emphasise the proactive work schools are doing in anticipation of school return and celebrate the innovation that is taking place across the scientific world, that will enable us, at some point to return to life, unmasked. In the current climate, it can easy to forget the central role of school; as places of learning. It is important that parents continue to reiterate to their offspring, that we go to school to work hard and to learn and that is it important to try our best. Let’s stay aspirational, whilst making sure they stay calm, focused and positive.

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EDUCATION NEWS KRIS SPENCER APPOINTED NEW HEAD

ACS STUDENTS HEAD TO TOP UNIS

Mr. Kris Spencer takes over the headship at St James Preparatory School this Autumn. He joins from Notting Hill Prep where he has served as Deputy Head. Previous experience also includes time as Assistant Head at Latymer Upper as well as roles at Westminster and St Paul’s Girls. Speaking about his appointment, Mr Spencer said: “From my time teaching, I have come to realise there are many ways to measure the quality of a school. I would always look to the warmth and sense of community; how much the pupils and the teaching staff want be there; how much they enjoy working with each other, and that very special buzz which some might call harmony, and others, flourishing. You feel this at St James in abundance, and see it in the way the staff, pupils and parents work together. I look forward with excitement to getting to know all the children and working with all the parents, staff and governors.”

Students at the ACS International Schools Hillingdon and Cobham have received outstanding International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) results, with an average point score of 34, equivalent to more than 3 A*s at A Level according to UCAS, and a pass rate of 94% and 93% respectively, well above the global average of 79%. Students will now go on to top universities including Oxford, Imperial, University College London, Warwick, York and Bath, to study subjects such as Law, Psychology, Biomedical Sciences, International Relations, Computing, Economics and Business and Film & TV Production.

NEW HEAD FOR DURSTON HOUSE Mr Giles Entwisle is the new head at Durston House, Ealing. For the last seven years he has been Headmaster of Bede’s Preparatory School in Eastbourne, the prep school of Bede’s senior school. Before that he was Deputy Head at Highfield School in Liphook, Hampshire, and Housemaster at Holmewood House in Tunbridge Wells. In total he has taught at five different prep schools, all of them with strong reputations and high standards of teaching and pastoral care. Giles began his career as a languages teacher, has an Honours degree in Modern European Studies from Loughborough University, and is married to Regina, a Spanish teacher. They have two children aged 19 and 15. At Bede’s, he has overseen a transformation of the school, including its envisioning, planning and overseeing a number of significant infrastructure projects, adding new sports facilities and revising and enhancing the curriculum and the school’s teaching and learning techniques.

ONLINE PILOT FOR ORLEY FARM Orley Farm School in Harrow is using all the experienced gained from remote learning to launch a pilot scheme called ‘Go’. It marries the best and most effective experiences from remote teaching with the best of traditional learning before lockdown. It begins with current Year 7 pupils who will shortly be receiving their own Microsoft Surface Go, with keyboard and scribe in order to build on their MS Team and One Note portfolios that they started last term. Headmaster, Tim Calvey said, “Recent events have simply confirmed to me the need for schools to be agile, flexible, adaptive and responsive if they are to harness the opportunities that are presenting themselves today in the middle of this storm, after all, we expect this in our day to day lessons!”

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EDUCATION

COOK

SCHOOL

This is one of the tastiest lasagnes I’ve ever eaten, and it was much easier than I expected to make.

Cook School’s mission is to get as many children as possible cooking healthy meals, understanding food and to give them the confidence to repeat what they learn at home.

Jack, aged 16, a Cook School student

Created by leading food educator and award-winning children’s cookbook author Amanda Grant, Cook School is a not for profit project offering accessible and affordable cookery lessons for students aged 5-19. We’ve selected their Veggie Lasagne which older kids could make for the whole family when they get home from school. SERVES 4 TAKES about 20 minutes to make and 35 minutes to cook

SKILLS grating, crushing garlic, measuring KIT sieve, 2 bowls, fork, garlic crusher, grater, ovenproof dish

INGREDIENTS 400g tinned chopped tomatoes 2 cloves garlic 3 tablespoons tomato puree 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon sugar 8 fresh basil leaves (optional) 50g Italian style hard cheese a little grating fresh nutmeg 250g low fat cream cheese or ricotta 200g baby spinach leaves 6 lasagne sheets 50g cheddar cheese

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1. Turn the oven on to 190C. Make the tomato sauce - sieve the chopped tomatoes to remove the liquid. Tip the chopped tomato pulp (not the liquid) into a bowl and mash with a fork. Peel the garlic cloves and using a garlic crusher, crush the garlic and add to the tomatoes. 2. Add the tomato puree, oil, oregano and sugar to the tomatoes and mix really well. Using your fingers, tear the basil into tiny pieces and add to the tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. 3. Make the filling - grate the Italian style hard cheese – hold the handle of the grater with one hand and then push the cheese downwards over the grater teeth. Always keep your fingers away from the teeth as they’re sharp. Put the grated cheese into another bowl. Grate a little fresh nutmeg into the cheese using the smallest holes on the grater. Add the cream cheese and a little freshly ground black pepper too and mix well.

4. Pick off any long stalks from the baby spinach leaves, tear the leaves in half and add the leaves to the bowl of cheese and mix together with a spoon. 5. Spoon half of the spinach mixture onto the base of an ovenproof dish. Lay lasagne sheets on top - you may need to break the lasagne sheets to fit the dish. Spoon half of the tomato sauce over the lasagne sheets. Repeat with the rest of the ricotta mixture, lasagne sheets and the rest of the tomato sauce. 6. Grate the cheddar using the large holes on the grater. Sprinkle the grated cheddar over the top of the dish. Using oven gloves, put into the oven and cook for 35 minutes, until golden.

TIP If you don’t have a garlic crusher, you can mash the garlic with the back of a spoon.


St James Preparatory School

Virtual Tours Weekly virtual tours of our prep school and new nursery. 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


LONDON ALL

As we all emerge from living very online lives, more businesses are returning to face to face offerings. We have updated as much as we can but things are changing daily. Please use our Listings Guide as the basis for your research. You will need to check with individual offerings as to their new timetables and openings. Some businesses will continue to offer online, some a mix, and some will be back with real time, in-person classes. Have fun!

BABIES & PRESCHOOLERS

JIGSAW PERFORMING ARTS

GYMBOREE

jigsaw-arts.co.uk

gymboreeclasses.co.uk

MUSIC & MOVEMENT

HARTBEEPS

LANGUAGES

SPORT

BILINGUAL BEATS

FOOTBALL

bilingualbeats.com

KIDDIKICKS

hartbeeps.co.uk

kiddikicks.co.uk

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

clubpetitpierrot.co.uk

SWIMMING NATURE

MINI MOZART

LINK CHINESE ACADEMY

minimozart.com

linkchineseacademy.co.uk

MONKEY MUSIC

TINY MULTILINGUISTS MONTESSORI

WATERBABIES

tinymultilinguistsmontessori.com

waterbabies.co.uk

LANGUAGES

S.T.E.A.M.

THE LITTLE FOXES CLUB

BILINGUAL BEATS

CODE CLUB

bilingualbeats.com

codeclub.org.uk

CLUB PETIT PIERROT

MAMA CODES

clubpetitpierrot.co.uk

mama.codes

KIDSLINGO

MOTHER NATURE SCIENCE

kidslingo.co.uk

mnature.co.uk

ARTS ACADEMY

LINK CHINESE ACADEMY

OKIDO

thelittlegym.eu/uk

JIGSAW PERFORMING ARTS

arts-academy.co.uk

linkchineseacademy.co.uk

okido.com

SOUNDSTEPS MUSIC SCHOOL

OLÉ KIDS

SPORT

SWIMMING

jigsaw-arts.co.uk

olekids.com

FOOTBALL

swimmingnature.com

CHELSEA FC SOCCOER SCHOOLS

SWIMWAY

chelseasoccerschools.co.uk

TENNIS

KIDDIKICKS

WILL TO WIN

kiddikicks.co.uk

willtowin.co.uk

co-working space. Coming soon! Visit the website for more details.

PURPLE DRAGON

ART & CREATIVE

AMANDA’S ACTION CLUB 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

diddidance.com

caterpillarmusic.com

FUNKY MOVES

DEBUTOTS

funkymoves.com

debutots.co.uk

swimmingnature.com

SWIMWAY swimway.co.uk

monkeymusic.co.uk

MUNCHKIN MUSIC munchkinmusic.co.uk

LITTLE & BIG KIDS DANCE & DRAMA

SPARKS sparks-ignite.com

STAGECOACH stagecoach.co.uk

THEATRETRAIN DRAMATIC DREAMS CHILDREN’S THEATRE COMPANY

thelittlefoxesclub.com

wemakefootballers.com

theatretrain.co.uk

MUSIC

perform.org.uk

GYMNASTICS THE LITTLE GYM

soundstepsmusic.co.uk

COOKERY

PYJAMA DRAMA pyjamarama.com

WILL TO WIN willtowin.co.uk

dramaticdreams.com

PERFORM

WE MAKE FOOTBALLERS

NUMERACY KUMON

KIDDY COOK

kumon.co.uk

kiddycook.co.uk

MATHNASIUM

SWIMMING NATURE

swimway.co.uk

mathnasium.co.uk

CLUBS & HUBS

CHILDREN’S WELLNESS CENTRE childrenswellnesscentre.co.uk Yoga, speech and language therapy, holiday workshops, after-school clubs W4 1RX

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

EALING 135 GROUP

GET SET GO

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

get-set-go.com Exercise classes for kids and grown-ups, swimming lessons, play spaces, cafe and

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MAGGIE & ROSE

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

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

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


BABIES & PRE-SCHOOLERS ART & CREATIVE

LITTLE STAGE ACADEMY (PSSA)

KITE STUDIOS kitestudios.org W12 9RY

pssa.co.uk Westside Community School W6 0LT

TIPPITOES

SA DANCE

tippitoes-ealing.co.uk Lammas Park Play Ctr W13 9QD

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

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

CINEMA

THE ITALIA CONTI RUISLIP italiacontiruislip.co.uk HA5 2LX

THE BALLET SCHOOL BABES IN ARMS olympiccinema.co.uk SW13 9HL

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

DANCE & PERFORMANCE ACTON BALLET SCHOOL actonballetschool.co.uk Ruskin Hall W3 8PP

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

theballetschoollondon.com • Bayswater W2 • Brook Green W14 • Hammersmith W14 • Notting Hill W11 • Portobello Rd W11 • Westbourne Grove W11

THE LITTLE DANCE ACADEMY thelittledanceacademy.com • The Corner House W6 7PD • Princess Victoria W8 6EB • St Andrew’s Church W14 9SA

WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY westlondondanceacademy.com • The Parent Hood W4 2EF • All Saints Church Hall W5 3JH

• Ealing Road Baptist Church TW8 0LS

annadavydova.co.uk St. Andrews Church Ctr W5 2RS

EALING SCHOOL OF DANCE ealingschoolofdance.co.uk Ealing Green Church W5 5QT

yourstagedrama.com St Augustine’s Priory W5 2JL

WEST LONDON SCHOOL OF DANCE westlondonschoolofdance.co.uk • Du Boisson Studios W12 8AR • St Peters W11 3DB

FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE

LANGUAGE

franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk The Hayloft W4 1QZ

ET PATATI PATATA

St Paul’s Church Hall W13

SPANISH FOR UNDER 5s lbhf.gov.uk Hammersmith Library W6 7AT

TODDLER STORY TIME SESSIONS
 ccslibraries.com • Perivale Library UB6 7NT • Southall Library UB2 4BQ • Greenford Library UB6 9LG • Pitshanger Library W5 1RH • Northolt Library UB5 5AS • Jubilee Gardens Library UB1 2TJ

MUSIC ACTION, SONGS & RHYMES • St Paul’s Church W13 • The Church of the Ascension, Hanger Hill

BABY BOUNCE & RHYME ccslibraries.com • Northolt Leisure Centre Library UB5 4AB • West Ealing Library W13 9BT • Ealing Central Library W5 5JY • Southall Library UB2 4BQ • Greenford Library UB6 9LG • Hanwell Library W7 3HL • Perivale Library UB6 7NT • Jubilee Gardens Library UB1 2TJ • Northfields Library W5 4UA • Wood End Library UB6 0EE

watermans.org.uk Watermans TW8 0DS

EALING JUNIOR MUSIC SCHOOL

stsimons.co.uk St Simon’s Church W14 0DA

QUESTORS YOUNG MUSICIANS CLUB

QUACKERS PLAYGROUP

qymc.org Little Ealing Primary School W5

stjohnandstjames.org.uk St James Church W13 9D

SING & SIGN

SNIPS PLAYGROUP

singandsign.com St Mary’s Ealing W5 5RH

stjohnandstjames.org.uk St John’s Church Cryp W13 9LA

STORY & RHYME TIME

ST ANDREWS MOTHER & TODDLER GROUP

lbhf.gov.uk • Shepherds Bush Library W12 7BF • Hammersmith Library W6 7AT • Askew Rd Library W12 9AS • Chiswick Library W4 2AB

St Andrew’s Church W5 2RS

ST NICHOLAS PLAYGROUP stnicholaschiswick.org W4 2PH

SOUND GENERATION EDUCATION

WEST LONDON TWINS CLUB

soundgeneration.org.uk St Paul’s Church W13 9XW

westlondontwonsclub.org St Stephen’s Church W13 8HB

THE MUSIC HOUSE FOR CHILDREN

YOGA & MASSAGE

musichouseforchildren.com W12 7LJ

BABY MASSAGE

SCIENCE LITTLE HOUSE OF SCIENCE littlehouseofscience.com Westbourne Grove Church  W11 2RW

BRIGHT STARS brightstarsuk.com St Saviours W12 9LN

PLAY CAFÉ

MAMA.CODES CHISWICK mama.codes The Children’s Wellness Centre W4 1RX

westlondonbabies.com Private venue, Chiswick

TODDLER YOGA WITH MEGAN Dorset Wharf W6 9HN

YOGA-MELA KIDS yoga-mela.com Children’s Wellness Centre W4 1RX

SPORTY

PLAYGROUPS

ALBERT & FRIENDS CIRCUS SKILLS

BUMPS & BABIES St Mary’s Church Hall W5 5RH

albertandfriendsinstantcircus.co.uk St Alban’s Hall W6 8HJ

kitestudios.org W12 9RY

GREATAND SMALL STAY & PLAY

CROUCHING TIGER KARATE

St Paul’s Church W13 9XW

LUCY SPARKLES & FRIENDS BABY MUSIC

HANWELL PLAYGROUP

crouchingtigerkarate.co.uk The Dukes Meadows Community Centre W4 2RX

hanwellmethodist.info Methodist Church W7 1DJ

FF4K MINI KICKERS

LITTLE ANGELS

footyfun4kidslondon.com Blondin Park

smaaa.org.uk W4 1TX

LITTLE RUGBY

NOAH’S ARK PLAYGROUP

littlerugby.co.uk
 Hogarth Youth Ctr W4 2JR

ejms.org.uk Twyford Church of England School W3 9PP

KITE STUDIOS etpatatipatata.com Thomas’s Academy SW6 4LY

HOOLLABALOO hullabaloopuppetmusictheatre.co.uk • Plough Inn W5 4XB • The Duke of Kent W13 8DL

NORTHFIELDS PLAYGROUP

PANDEMONIUM

YOURSTAGE DRAMA ANNA DAVYDOVA DANCE SCHOOL


• Parkside Church SW14 8DU

WEST

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

INNOVATION DANCE

LITTLE HANDS BABY SIGN

innovationdancestudios.co.uk W5 1QX

littlehandsbabysign.co.uk • Ealing Quaker Meeting House W5 2SE • Hanwell Methodist Church W7 1DJ

lucysparkles.com • Cupcake Family Club SW6 4TJ • St Mary’s Church SW15 1SN

MONKEY MUSIC monkeymusic.co.uk • The Catholic Centre W4 2AE • Holy Innocents Church W6 0UB

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BABIES & PRE-SCHOOLERS

LONDON BABY SWIM

SWIM EXPERT

WILL TO WIN

• Lammas Park W13 9NJ

TWISTERS

londonbabyswim.co.uk

swimexpert.co.uk

willtowin.co.uk

• Pitshanger Park W13 8DJ

twisters.org.uk

Osterley Centre TW7 5EH

Novotel London Brentford

Junior tennis at Will to Win

TW8 0GP

is designed to give those

WATERBABIES

OXYGEN FREEJUMPING

St John’s Church W13 9LA

aged 3-16 a fantastic sporting

waterbabies.co.uk

YMCA

oxygenfreejumping.co.uk

SWIMMING ROCKS

experience no matter their age

• St Ann’s Schoo W7 3JP

ymcawestlondon.org

Vision Ind Park W3 0AF

swimmingrocks.co.uk

group or ability. No membership

• Castlebar School W13 0DH

Bouncy castle, Massage, Mini

Third Space W1U 2HU

required!

RICHMOND GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATION

• Chiswick House Grounds

richmondgymnastics.co.uk

• Will to Win Hyde Park W2 2UH

W4 2RP

Movers, Baby Explorers, Baby

THE LITTLE GYM

Sensory, Gym Kids, Tinies

thelittlegym.eu/chiswick

Tumble and more

• W4 3AN

W5 5RE

• Westfield London W12 7GE

TW9 4EL

SOUTH ART & CREATIVE

DANCE

ANCY FOOTWORK

THE BALLET SCHOOL theballetschoollondon.com • St Anne’s Church Hall SW18 2LR • St Micheal & all Angels Church W13 0NX • St Matthews Church SW6 2TZ

THE LONDON BALLET COMPANY SCHOOL

THE BRIGHT EMPORIUM

BABY BALLET

thebrightemporium.com 3-6yrs Drama, Storytime, Arts & Crafts, LEGO SW11 1SY

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

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

THE NATURE CENTRE

BUTTERFLY BALLET

FUNKY MOVES

naturescope.co.uk 2-4yrs Nature crafts and story time Wandsworth Common SW18 3RT

butterflyballet.co.uk 2½yrs+ • Barnes • Clapham • Putney • Wimbledon

funkymoves.com 4-6yrs YMCA SW19 1JN

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

ECOLE CADET ROUSSELLE

CINEMA OLYMPIC CINEMA

CLIFFORD STUDIOS

olympiccinema.co.uk SW13 9HL

cliffordstudios.co.uk 2½yrs+ Movement, Street Dance, Foundation for Ballet, Tap and Modern SW13 9HR

WATERMANS watermans.org.uk TW8 0DS

CERAMICS HAPPY POTTER CERAMICS happypotterceramics.co.uk TW11 8RF

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

dakotadanceacademy.com 4yrs+ Ursuline Preparatory School SW20 8HR

dancegrooves.dance 2-6yrs • Eddie Catz SW18 3NZ 4-8yrs • The Half Moon Putney SW15 1EU

MINI POTTERS minipotters.co.uk SW18 4HN

POTTERY CAFÉ pottery-cafe.com SW11 6QB

goodtoesballet.co.uk 2½yrs SW11 1EQ

ELIZABETH JAMES DANCE ACADEMY elizabethjamesdanceacademy.com 18mths-8yrs+ • Richmond • Kew • St. Margarets

THE LONDON DANCE ACADEMY

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

REGAL BALLET

thelondondanceacademy.com 2½yrs+ RAD ballet • Wilberforce Centre SW4 0QZ • St Thomas’s Church

regalballet.com 3 ½-4 ½yrs Sacred Heart School SW15 5NX

THE SOUTH LONDON SCHOOL OF BALLET

LE CLUB TRICOLORE

thesouthlondonschoolofballet. com 2½yrs Herne Hill

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

WESTMINSTER SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS

LE PETIT CONSERVATOIRE

DAKOTA DANCE ACADEMY

DANCE GROOVES SAMMY DUDER

GOOD TOES SCHOOL OF BALLET

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

ecolecadetrousselle.co.uk 2yrs+ SE24 0BS

RICHMOND ACADEMY OF DANCE richmond.academy 2½yrs+ Ballet, tap, contemporary Oddfellows Hall TW9 2RT

SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF BALLET southwestballet.co.uk 2½yrs+ RAD ballet • Putney Leisure Centre • Putney Methodist Church • The Garage Studio

westminsterperformingarts.co.uk 3yrs+ W1P 2DG

WEST WIMBLEDON DANCE ACADEMY wwdance.co.uk 2 ½ yrs+ • St Matthew’s Church Hall SW20 0QN • St John’s Church Hall SW19 4NZ

HAPPY CHINESE LEARNING 4yrs+ SW3

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

LIBRARIES BATTERSEA LIBRARY better.org.uk Baby Rhyme Time / Story Time Chess Club SW11 1JB

PHOTOS Jelleke Vanooteg, Kelly Sikkema, Steven-Libralon - Unsplash

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BABIES & PRE-SCHOOLERS

SOUTH TENNIS

CLAPHAM LIBRARY

FRUITY TUNES

TIN PAN ANNIE MUSIC

lambeth.gov.uk

fruitytunes.net

tinpanannie.co.uk

BABY SWIMMING COMPANY

Story Time / Sunday Sausages

• Balham Baptist Church

Musical interaction and dancing

thebabyswimmingcompany.co.uk

allstartennis.co.uk

• St Luke’s Community Hall

8wks–18mths

3-12yrs+

• SM4 4AW

• King Georges Park SW18 2GJ

• SW17 7RE

• Wandsworth Common

Mary Seacole Centre SW4 7DB

SW12 8QX • St. Vincent de Paul SW11 1JJ

KEW LIBRARY

• St Barnabas Southfields SW18

SW12 8RQ • St Barnabas’ Church SW12 8RQ

richmond.gov.uk

ALLSTAR TENNIS

SW18 3RT

GREENWICH EARLY YEARS MUSIC

WHIPPERSNAPPERS

chelseaswimspa.co.uk

WILL TO WIN

greenwichmusicschool.org.uk

whippersnappers.org

SW10 0NW

willtowin.co.uk

KINGSTON LIBRARY

0-3yrs

0–5yrs

kingston.gov.uk

• Charlton House

• Brockwell Lido

DOLPHIN SWIM SCHOOL

give those aged 3-16 a fantastic

Baby and toddler Rhyme times /

• Mycenae House

• Dulwich Park

dolphinswimschools.co.uk

sporting experience no matter

3mths+

their age group or ability. No

Wimbledon College SW19 4NS

membership required!

Tiny teddies songs and rhymes TW9 4HJ

Family Chatterbooks KT1 2PS

JOJINGLES jojingles.com

CHELSEA SWIM SPA

SPORT

Junior tennis is designed to

Greenwich Park SE10 8QY

PUTNEY LIBRARY

• KT1 2NJ

FOOTBALL

LITTLE DIPPERS

Baby Rhyme Time

• Teddington Baptist Church

KEW PARK RANGERS

littledippers.co.uk

TRAMPOLINE

kewparkrangers.co.uk

• Royal Hospital Chelsea

FLIP OUT WANDSWORTH

SW15 2DR

TW11 8PF • Holy Trinity Church TW2 5TS

18mths-4yrs

RICHMOND LIBRARY

• The Scout Hut KT6 5NT

North Sheen Recreational

richmond.gov.uk

• Surbiton Library Halls

Ground TW9 4LB

Story time / Tiny Teddies TW9 1QL

KT6 6AG • Tolworth United Reform Church KT5 9JR

SURBITON LIBRARY

GYMNASTICS RICHMOND GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATION

kingston.gov.uk

MINI CROTCHETS

richmondgymnastics.co.uk

Rhyme time

minicrotchets.co.uk

TW9 4EL

KT6 6AG

Traditional nursery rhymes,

TWICKENHAM LIBRARY

• Darwin Court Healthy Living Centre SE17

flipout.co.uk Toddlers classes, trampolines and U5’s dedicated area with jungle gym

SPORTS GENERATION sportsgeneration.co.uk • Richmond – Private Pool

Bendon Valley SW18 4LZ

THEATRE

TW10 6EG • Petersham - Private Pool TW10 7AD

POP SCHOOL & STAGE ACADEMY

puppets, instruments

TJ’S GYMNASTIC CLUB

• Holiday Inn Shepperton

pssa.co.uk

SW12 0JB

tjsgymclub.co.uk

• TW17 8NP

Swaffield Primary School

6–12mths+

• Hampton Court - Private Pool

SW18 2SA

SW19 8LD

• KT8 0PA

richmond.gov.uk Tiny Teddies / Story Time

MINI MOZART

TW1 3JT

minimozart.com

• Chiswick – Roko Health Club

Classical music classes

THE LITTLE GYM

WIMBLEDON LIBRARY

• Fresh Ground SW11 1EQ

wandsworthfulham.

libraries.merton.gov.uk

• Trinity Road Chapel

thelittlegym.eu

Rhyme time & Storytime

SW3 4SR

SW17 7HW

Compass House SW18 1DB

W4 3UH • Wimbledon Village – Private Pool SW19 5ES • Kingston – Private Pool KT2 5BD

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

YOGA & MASSAGE

SW19 7NB

• SW19 4AA

MUSIC

MUSICAL EXPRESS

PEEWEE KARATE

SWIM EXPERT

BUSY LIZZY

musicalexpress.co.uk

fskauk.co.uk

swimexpert.co.uk

busylizzywimbledon.co.uk

BEE’S KNEES AT BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE

9mths+

3-6yrs

2yrs+ 1-2-1 swimming classes

Mum and baby postnatal fitness

• Southfields

• St Barnabas’ Church

• Kew

classes

bac.org.uk

• Colliers Wood

• Richmond

• SW19 4HE

Indoor play, Monkey Music and

• Wimbledon

• Scout Hall TW9 3QA

• Brentford

• SW19 4AA

Hartbeeps

• Earlsfield

• St Michael’s Community SW13

• Twickenham

• South Park Grdns SW19 8QW

SWIMMING ROCKS swimmingrocks.co.uk

THE PUTNEY CLINIC OF PHYSICAL THERAPY

• Chelsea Purple Dragon

putneyclinic.co.uk

SW4 3QA

0NX

SW11 5 TN

BEA’S BABY MUSIC SCHOOL

KARATE

THE LITTLE LONDON MUSIC SCHOOL thelittlelondonmusicschool.com

SWIMMING

babymusic.co.uk

6mths+

ANGEL SWIM LONDON

Putney Leisure Centre SW15 1BL

• St George’s Church

angelswim.london

• St Columba’s Church

4wks

• Cuckoo Hibou, Fulham

• Park Walk Primary School SW10 0AY • Alderbrook Primary School SW12 8PP

SW1W 8DP • Knightsbridge Aquilla Health

Mummy & Baby Yoga, Baby Massage SW15 6TQ

Club SW7 2RS • Blue Harbour Health Club and Spa SW10 0XG

YOGA MAMA WELLNESS yogamamawellness.com Mummy & Me Yoga, Baby Massage SW15 6TQ CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 39


NORTH & EAST

BABIES & PRE-SCHOOLERS

DANCE

REGAL BALLET

MAKE BELIEVE

RICH MIX

CREATIVITY CRAZY

BLUEBIRDS BALLET

regalballet.com 18mths-14yrs Various locations

makebelievegroup.co.uk 3yrs+ HA8 8DE

richmix.org.uk 2yrs+ E1 6LA

creativitycrazy.co.uk Messy play N12 0AP

RONA HART SCHOOL OF DANCE

NEW LONDON PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

SWIMMING ROCKS

POTTERY

swimmingrocks.co.uk Curtis + Staub Golders Green NW11 8HE

ZEBRA CERAMICS

bluebirdsballetschool.com • Kensal Rise • Hampstead

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

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

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

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

INNOVATION DANCE STUDIOS innovationdancestudios.co.uk N12 8JR

SARAH TONER SCHOOL OF BALLET sarahtoner.co.uk 2-4 yrs Baby ballet St Joan of Arc Community Centre N5

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

CIRCUS

islingtonartsfactory.org N7 0SF

CIRCUS GLORY TRAPEZE SCHOOL

ISLINGTON BALLET SCHOOL

circusglory.com 2.5yrs+ NW1 8TN

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

PRIMROSE HILL BALLET SCHOOLS primrosehillballet.co.uk 3yrs+ & baby ballet • Swiss Cottage Community Centre NW3 4NR • NW3 6NS

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

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR CIRCUS ARTS nationalcircus.org.uk 2yrs+ Parent & child N1 6HD

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

RUGGIERI DANCE ACADEMY ruggieriacademy.com 1yr+ E1W 3HW

SING AND SIGN

CRAZEE KIDS

sasel.co.uk 6-13mths Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Eltham & Woolwich

crazeekids.co.uk N6 5AA

TICK TOCK

TIPPY TOES BALLET

ISLINGTON ARTS FACTORY

islingtonballetschool.com Unity Church Hall N1 2TZ

nlpac.oc.uk 3yrs+ N10 3RD

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

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

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

ticktockmusic.co.uk • Crouch End • Islington

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

zebraceramics.co.uk Toddler sessions

N10 2AE SPORTY

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

GYMNASTICS EAST LONDON GYMNASTICS CENTRE eastlondongym.co.uk 3yrs+ E6 5LW

THE LITTLE GYM hampstead.thelittlegym.eu Hampstead

ART COLOURFUL NOTES colourfulnotes.co.uk 2-5yrs Regular workshops

CREATIVE WIZKIDS creativewizkids.com 3yrs+ NW3 7DY WED

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 ADVENTURE

CLUBS, SCOUTS, BROWNIES

ARMY CADETS armycadets.com • 207 Hammersmith Det ACF (Royal Signals), W6 7DJ • 206 Chiswick Det ACF (Royal Signals, W6 0YD • 202 Acton Det ACF (Royal Engineers), W3 9EZ • Academy Det ACF (Grenadier Guards) • 203 Brentford Det ACF (RLC), W5 4BT • 204 White City DET ACF (Parachute Regiment) TA Centre, W12 7RW

1ST CHISWICK BROWNIES girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only

6TH CHISWICK BROWNIES girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only Chiswick Methodist Church W4 4HH

7TH CHISWICK BROWNIES girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only St Albans Hall W4 5LG

ART

11TH CHISWICK BROWNIES

BROOK GREEN ART CLASSES

girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only St Michael’s Church W4 3DY

brookgreenart.com 8yrs+ term-time portfolio & scholarship preparation W6 7DT

6TH CHISWICK RAINBOWS girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only

CRAFT CLUB

7TH CHISWICK RAINBOWS

lbhf.gov.uk Shepherds Bush Library W12 7BF

girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only St Albans Hall W4 5LG

ASKEW ROAD LIBRARY lbhf.gov.uk 5yrs+ Arts & Crafts • 5-12yrs Chatterbooks termtime only • 5-10yrs Lego club • 5yrs+ Games Club once a month

HAMMERSMITH LIBRARY lbhf.gov.uk • Homework Club • Poetry Club • Chatterbooks - once a month • Arts & Crafts Club • Art Club every two weeks • Code Club • Reading Support 5-10yrs • 5-11yrs French Club

SHEPHERDS BUSH lbhf.gov.uk • Homework Club term-time only • Craft Club term-time only • Storytime • Code Club • 5yrs+ French Club • Chatterbooks - monthly

MUSIC

IMAGINE ART CLUB imagineartclub.co.uk Art classes for 5-12yrs, guided museum visits for children Hanwell Community Centre W7 1PD

6TH CHISWICK GUIDES

KITE STUDIOS

20TH CHISWICK SCOUT GROUP

kitestudios.org 5yrs+ Wide range of art disciplines including GCSE & A-Level portfolios W12 9RY

girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only Chiswick Methodist Church W4 4HH

20th-chiswick-scouts.blogspot.co.uk Term-time only Beavers, Cubs, Scouts & Explorers The Ranch, W4 2QN

START STUDIOS

BROWNIES

startstudios.co.uk 6-13yrs in 2 groups. Basic principles of drawing Haven Green Baptist Church W5

stmellitushanwell.com 7-10yrs St Mellitus Church W7 3BA

CRAFT

LANGUAGES

CHISWICK SATURDAY MUSIC CENTRE chiswicksaturdaymusic.org.uk All ages, individual and group music lessons. Chiswick School W4 3UN

THE BAND PROJECT 07771 456 955 8-11yrs & 11yrs+ live performance and band-based course Arch 196 W6 0XT

EALING JUNIOR MUSIC SCHOOL ejms.org.uk 3yrs+ Term-time classes Twyford C of E High School W3 9PP

CHISWICK FRENCH CLUB CERAMICS CAFÉ ceramicscafe.com W13 8AB

07708 227877 W6 0TH

ET PATATI PATATA FUN WITH FIMO CLAY clare.format.com Workshops on specific dates

etpatatipatata.com • Flora Gardens Primary School W6 • SW7 3DQ

LYRIC HAMMERSMITH lyric.co.uk • 9-13yrs Sonic Pi Coding • 7-12yrs ECCO First Steps • 14-25yrs Studio Sessions • 7-11yrs Keyboard Centre • 5-12yrs Little Singers W6 0QL

THE MUSIC HOUSE FOR CHILDREN musichouseforchildren.com Piano, guitar, violin, ukelele & percussion W12

MZ SINGING WORKSHOPS tabernaclew11.com The Tabernacle W11

PELICAN MUSIC pelican-music.co.uk Choir, instrumental tuition and performance. 8yrs+ St Stephen’s CE Primary W12

QUESTORS YOUNG MUSICIANS CLUB qymc.org Instrumental tuition and concerts Little Ealing Primary School W5

WEST DANCE GALLERY dancegallery.co.uk Tap, street, hip hop, contemporary, musical theatre St Stephen’s Church W13 8HB

EALING SCHOOL OF DANCE ealingschoolofdance.co.uk 4yrs+ (2yrs ballet) RAD syllabus ballet and tap • Ealing Green Church W5 5QT • St Barnabus Millennium Hall

FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk 4yrs+ Ballet, Tap & Modern; Gymnastics The Hayloft W4 1QZ

EALING STREET DANCE ACADEMY

NUMERACY

ealingstreetdance.com St Benedict’s School W5 2ES

NUMBERWORKSNWORDS

FUNKY MOVES DANCE

numberworksnwords.co.uk • W4 1SY • W13 0NP

funkymovesdance.com Street dance St John’s Church W11 2NN

PERFORMANCE

INNOVATION DANCE EALING

DANCE ANGELA GRANT SCHOOL OF DANCE balletclasseslondon.co.uk After-school RAD Ballet • St Dunstan’s Hall W3 7AW • St Saviours Hall W12

ANNA DAVYDOVA DANCE SCHOOL annadavydova.co.uk 3-9yrs Ballet St. Andrews Church Centre W5 2RS

BARBARA SPEAK STAGE SCHOOL barbaraspeake.com Ballet, Gymnastics & Singing, Streetdance, tap, drama singing W3 7EG

BERRYMEDE DANCE SCHOOL 07771 905226 W3 8SN

innovationdancestudios.co.uk 4yrs+ RAD syllabus ballet, tap, jazz, modern and street dance Innovation Dance Studio W5 1QX

LYRIC, HAMMERSMITH lyric.co.uk • 8-21yrs ZAD West Beginners Advanced • 11-21yrs Move it Mondays • 7- 21yrs (split age groups) Contemporary dance class • 5-10yrs Children’s ballet • 11-16yrs Dance West Youth Company

NEW ENGLISH BALLET THEATRE nebt.co.uk 5-10yrs Ballet for beginners taught by NEBT’s ballet mistress during term-time King St W6 0QL

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WEST NEW DANCE VENTURES newdanceventures.com 8yrs+ contemporary dance Chiswick School W4 3UN

ORBITAL ARTS orbitalarts.co.uk Ruskin Hall W3 8PP

PLEASING DANCE SCHOOL OF BALLET pleasingdance.com 2.5yrs+ RAD ballet Westside School W6

SA DANCE sa-dance.co.uk Ballet, modern, tap, jazz, contemporary and pilates. Classes for children & adults. • St Matthew’s Hall • Blossom & Bee W5 2EX • University of West London W5 5RF

THE BALLET SCHOOL theballetschoollondon.com • Bayswater W2 • Brook Green W14 • Hammersmith W14 • Notting Hill W11 • Portobello Rd W11 • Westbourne Grove W11

LITTLE & BIG KIDS • Chiswick Methodist Church W4 4NL • All Saints Church Hall W5 3JH

WEST LONDON SCHOOL OF DANCE westlondonschoolofdance.co.uk 2½ yrs+ Ballet, tap, jazz, singing • Village Hall W12 8AP • Du Boisson Studios W12 8AR • St Peters W11 3DB • Portobello Court W11 2DL

THE ITALIA CONTI RUISLIP italiacontiruislip.co.uk 4yrs+ Ballet, modern, tap, gymnastics Wiltshire Lane HA5 2LX

THE LONDON SCHOOL OF BALLET londonschoolofballet.co.uk 5yrs+ RAD and Cecchetti • Ealing Quaker Meeting House W5 2SE • St Martin’s Church Hall W3 9SQ

WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY westlondondanceacademy.com Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz & Performance classes. IDTA accredited 42 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

pssa.co.uk 4-6yrs Little Stage Academy 7-16yrs PSSA Stage Academy Westside Community School W6 0LT

QUESTORS questors.org.uk 5-18yrs Questors Youth Theatre W5 5BQ

SCHOOL OF COMEDY

ymcawestlondon.org 4yrs+ Dance and ballet. Termtime 25 St. Mary’s Road W5 5RE

schoolofcomedy.com 4-18yrs+ Stand-up, improvisation

THEATRE ARTS ED artsed.co.uk 4-16yrs Weekly Skills Academy - fun and exciting musical theatre, drama and dance classes for students of all abilities. W4 1LY

ALLSORTS DRAMA allsortsdrama.com 4yrs+ Notting Hill Preparatory School W11 1QQ

BARBARA SPEAKE STAGE SCHOOL barbaraspeake.com 6yrs+ Drama and singing East Acton Lane W3 7EG

BARNES MUSICAL THEATRE CLUB barnesmusicaltheatreclub.com 4-7yrs • St Osmunds Church Hall SW13 9RT 8-14yrs • Kitson Hall SW13 9HJ

SONG ACADEMY songacademy.co.uk Song writing • Arts Ed W4 1LY • Holy Trinity Church W6 7BL • The Tabernacle W11 2AY • St Dionis Church SW6 4UH

THEATRE STUDIO WEST

HAYA thehuntacademy.co.uk 8-12yrs Youth Theatre with voice & speech training, audition technique, stage combat Brentford Free Church TW8 8DW

thebuilditworkshop.com After-school drop-off club Chiswick Town Hall W4 4JN

smrac.org.uk 8yrs+ term-time St Mary’s University Running Track TW1 4SX

THAMES VALLEY HARRIERS thamesvalleyharriers.com 8yrs+ Linford Christie Centre W1

CLIMBING

WESTWAY CLIMBING everyoneactive.com 5yrs+ after-school sessions; 12yrs+ Westway Sport Centre W10 6RP

clipnclimbchelsea.co.uk SW6 2ER

CRICKET CHISWICK CC

SCIENCE / STEM

chiswickcc.org 6yrs+ W4 2SP

CHISWICK & WHITTON CC

LITTLE HOUSE OF SCIENCE

chiswickandwhitton.org 11yrs+ Whitton Park & Chiswick House

littlehouseofscience.com 4yrs+ Notting Hill & Kensington

COACHING CRICKET EXCELLENCE

MINI ENGINEERS mini-engineers.com 5-11yrs Lego construction & coding • Marlborough Primary School SW3 3AP • St. Stephen’s Church W2 5QT

EXCEL SPORTS SOCCER SCHOOL

FOOTY FUN 4 KIDS

ST MARY’S RICHMOND AC

yourstagedrama.com 6-16yrs Dance & drama St Augustine’s Priory W5 2JL

waterstones.com/bookshops/ chiswick 5yrs+ storytelling

chelseafc.com/soccer-schools Barnes

ATHLETICS

YOURSTAGE DRAMA

WATERSTONES CHISWICK

CHELSEA FC SOCCER SCHOOL

SPORT

CLIP N CLIMB

READING / STORYTELLING

FOOTBALL

excelsports.info 4yrs+ • Kings House Sports Ground • University of Westminster Sports Ground W3 3UH

marinamellor.co.uk 4yrs+ Priory Community Centre W3 8NY

CHISWICK THEATRE ARTS chiswicktheatrearts.com Term-time musical theatre, ballet, modern, tap, street dance

• 7-12yrs Robotics • 7-12yrs Mechatronics • 5-9yrs Maths • 8-14yrs Engineering • 7-14yrs Coding (Python) The Baden-Powell Hse SW7 5JS

THE BUILD IT WORKSHOP

YMCA WEST LONDON

THE ELLIS BALLET veriteellis.wixsite.com/ the-ellis-ballet • St Mary’s Church Hall W7 3QP • North Hanwell Baptist Church Hall W7 1BW

POP SCHOOL & STAGE ACADEMY

coachingcricketexcellence.co.uk 6yrs+ Twyford Sports Centre

EALING CRICKET CLUB ealingcc.co.uk 7yrs+ Girls and boys W5 2HS

RICHER EDUCATION

INDIAN GYMKHANA

richereducation.co.uk • 7-14yrs STEM • 4-11yrs Science

indiangymkhanaclub.co.uk Colts and girls 8yrs+ TW7 4NQ

footyfun4kidslondon.com 4-12yrs Saturday Morning Club Drop in • Kingsdown Methodist Church, W13 9PR • Blondin Park, Northfields • Walpole Park, Ealing

FULHAM FC soccerschools.fulhamfc.com Boys & girls 3-14yrs SW6

KEW PARK RANGERS kewparkrangers.co.uk U4½-U8yrs • North Sheen Recreation Ground U9-U10yrs+ All girls’ teams • Christ’s School TW10 6HW U11–U15yrs • University of Westminster • North Sheen Recreation Ground, TW9 4HA

QPR SOCCER SCHOOL qprcommunitytrust.co.uk • Botwell Leisure Centre UB3 2HQ • PlayFootball W12 7RW

RAVENSCOURT PARK RANGERS k4academies.com 4yrs+ • Ravenscourt Park W6 0UL • Latymer Sports Ground W12 0HJ

ROCKS LANE MULTI-SPORT CENTRE rockslane.co.uk 4yrs+ Team training and matches W4


LITTLE & BIG KIDS SHOOTING STARZ shootingstarz.co.uk Football, netball, multi-skills clubs Club des Sports W3 7HB

WE MAKE FOOTBALLERS wemakefootballers.com 4yrs+ Chiswick School W4 3UN

WESTWAY SPORTS CENTRE sports.westway.org 4yrs+ classes and goalkeeper training W10

WILL TO WIN FOOTBALL willtowin.co.uk/junior-football 3-14 years. Drop-in sessions, camps & term-time courses • Lammas Park W13 9NJ • Pitshanger Park W13 8DJ • Hyde Park W2 2UH

GYMASTICS & YOGA

OXYGEN SCHOOL OF TRAMPOLINING oxygenfreejumping.co.uk 6-11yrs; 12yrs+ Beginners & intermediates Oxygen Freejumping W3 0AF

letsplaynetball.co.uk 6yrs+ • Chiswick School W4 3UN • Westway Sports Centre

TWISTERS twisters.org.uk Chiswick & Acton 4yrs+ Ballet & Gymnastics Acton Baptist Church Hall W3 8PP

YMCA WEST LONDON ymcastpaulsgroup.org 4yrs+ Gymnastics. Term-time St. James’ Church W13 9DL

MARTIAL ARTS carlsongracieteam.org.uk 7yrs+ Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kick-boxing W6 7HJ

CROUCHING TIGER KARATE crouchingtigerkarate.co.uk 6yrs+ • St Michael’s Church, W4 3DZ • Dukes Meadows Community Hall W4 2RX • St Luke’s House TW9 3NP

HEATHROW GYMNASTICS

LUMI KIDS lumipoweryoga.com/little-lumis 5-11yrs W6 9JG

LONDON TRAMPOLINE ACADEMY londontrampoline.com 4yrs+ Trampoline training • Reynolds Sports Centre • Osterley Sports and Athletics Centre

RICHMOND GYMNASTICS richmondgymnastics.co.uk 4yrs+ Term-time TW9 4EL

NETBALL

thelittlegym.eu/Chiswick 6yrs+ Beginners to advanced, aerials, gymnastics, dance, karate and tumbling • W4 3AN • Westfield London W12 7GE

aerialand.com 5yrs+ Term-time aerial circus skills W6 0LT

heathrowgymnastics.org.uk 4yrs+ TW4 6DH

chiswickrugby.co.uk 4yrs+ boys and girls Dukes Meadows W4 2SH

LET’S PLAY NETBALL

CARLSON GRACIE

ennis-gymnastics.com 5-8yrs Rhythmic gymnastics Perivale Community Centre UB6 7NP

CHISWICK RFC JUNIORS

wlstkd.com 4yrs+ Fielding Primary School W13 9TE

THE LITTLE GYM

AERIALAND

ENNIS GYMNASTICS ACADEMY

WLS TAEKWONDO

ILYEO TAEKWONDO CLUB Ilyeotaekwondo.com 5yrs+ Beginners welcome Russian Orthodox Church, W4 4ED

ROCKS LANE HIGH 5 rockslane.co.uk Term-time junior netball league W4

WILL TO WIN NETBALL willtowin.co.uk/junior-netball Term-time courses & tournaments (School Years 3,4,5,6,7) • Lammas Park W13 9NJ • Pitshanger Park W13 8DJ • Hyde Park W2 2UH

PARKOUR & FREERUNNING FOUCAN FREERUNNING ACADEMY foucan.com/ffa Beginners, intermediates, advanced 7yrs+ West London Free School W6 0LB

PEEWEE KARATE fskauk.co.uk 3-6yrs • Scout Hall TW9 3QA • St Michael’s Community Centre SW13 0NX

ealingrugby.co.uk 4yrs+ all standards training and matches Trailfinders Sports Club W13 0DD

parkourgenerations.com 7yrs+ & youth Freerunning, in & outdoor

RIDING EALING RIDING SCHOOL ealingridingschool.net 5yrs+ group & private lessons and pony days W5 3XD

STAG LODGE RIDING ridinginlondon.com Group and private lessons and weekend pony club Richmond Park

RUGBY BARNES RFC barnesrfc.org term-time SW13

BRENTFORD FOUNTAIN LEISURE CENTRE fusion-lifestyle.com 4yrs+ term-time group & individual classes TW8

JANET ADEGOKE SWIMMING POOL better.org.uk Phoenix Fitness Centre W12

GRASSHOPPERS RFC grasshoppersrfc.com 4yrs+ training and matches TW7 5PN

HAMMERSMITH & FULHAM RFC fulhamrugby.co.uk 5yrs+ training & matches Hurlingham Park SW6 3QR

KENSINGTON LEISURE CENTRE better.org.uk W10

LAURA SEVENUS sevenus.com W4

NAUTILUS SWIMMING LITTLE RUGBY littlerugby.co.uk 5-7yrs Mega rugby Hogarth Youth Centre W4 2JR

nautilusswimming.com • Latymer Upper School W6 9LR • Holland Park School W8 7AF

NEW CHISWICK POOL LONDON SCOTTISH londonscottish.com 5yrs+ training and matches Richmond Athletic Ground TW9

LONDON WELSH londonwelshfc.com 5yrs+ minis, tag, touch Old Deer Park TW9 2AZ

PARKOUR GENERATIONS

KENSHUKAI KARATE kenshukai.net • St Martin’s Church Hall W3 9SQ • The Church of the Ascension W5 3EB

EALING RUGBY CLUB

WEST

WASPS FC londonwelshfc.com 4yrs+ boys & girls coaching and matches Twyford Ave Sports Ground W3 9QA

SKATEBOARDING BAYSIXTY6 baysixty6.com 7yrs+ beginners/intermediates W10

fusion-lifestyle.com W4

POOLS ON THE PARK springhealth.net/Richmond Old Deer Park TW9

SPORTS GENERATION sportsgeneration.co.uk • Richmond – Private Pool TW10 6EG • Petersham - Private Pool TW10 7AD • Holiday Inn Shepperton TW17 8NP • Hampton Court - Private Pool KT8 0PA • Chiswick – Roko Health Club Chiswick W4 3UH • Wimbledon Village – Private Pool SW19 5ES • Kingston – Private Pool KT2 5BD

MYLITTLEBOARDERS mylittleboarders.co.uk 6yrs+ Beginner & Intermediate • Royal Oak Skate Park W2 5EJ • Westminster Academy W2 5EJ

SWIMMING AQUATOTS BABY SWIMMING aquatots.com Up to 6yrs term-time Chiswick

SWIM EXPERT swimexpert.co.uk 2yrs+ 1-2-1 swimming classes Novotel London Brentford TW8 0GP

SWIMFARM 4strokeswimming.co.uk 4yrs+ term-time classes Westway Sports Centre W10 6RP

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LITTLE & BIG KIDS

Celebra ting 20+ YEA RS of Commu nity Spo rt!

WATER SPORTS

TENNIS

CANALSIDE ACTIVITY CENTRE

CHRISTIAN GALLAN’S LOVE TENNIS love-tennis.co.uk • Chiswick Tennis Club W4 3EU • Hartswood Tennis Club W12 9NE • Westminster Sports Grounds W4 3UH

DUKES MEADOWS dukesmeadows.com 5yrs+ Term-time group, individual, beginner to elite. Indoor & outdoor

ONTHEBALL TENNIS WITH MAHMUDA ontheballtennis.co.uk 4yrs+ group, individual and camps Ravenscourt Park Tennis Courts W6 0UA

ROCKS LANE rockslane.co.uk 4yrs+ junior coaching

TEDDY TENNIS teddytennis.com 5yrs+ classes using music and pictures Chiswick, Hammersmith, Richmond

rbkc.gov.uk 9yrs+ Kayaking, canoeing, raft building W10 5AY

CHISWICK SEA CADET UNIT 12yrs+ Sailing & adventure training The Pier House W4 2UG

LONDON CORINTHIAN SAILING CLUB lcsc.org.uk RYA accredited courses for beginners upwards Linden House W6 9TA

FOOTBALL NETBALL

THAMES YOUNG MARINERS 01372 378 901 Sailing courses for beginners Riverside Drive TW10 7RX

OTHER QUEENS ICE SKATING & BOWLING CLUB queensiceandbowl.co.uk 5yrs+ Group and individual lessons W2

SAXON FENCING CLUB WESTWAY SPORTS CENTRE

TENNIS

NOW BOOKING AUTUMN COURSES AND CAMPS!

After-School Courses

westway.org 4yrs+ mini tennis & pay and play

saxonfencing.co.uk 14yrs+ Twyford Sports Centre W3 9PP

Junior Camps

WILL TO WIN TENNIS

W4 LACROSSE CLUB

willtowin.co.uk/junior-tennis Junior tennis at Will to Win is designed to give those aged 3-16 a fantastic sporting experience no matter their age group or ability. No membership required! • Chiswick House Gardens W4 2RP • Lammas Park W13 9NJ • Pitshanger Park W13 8DJ • Hyde Park W2 2UH

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WHO ARE? LIZZIE KING & LIZ MCCARTHY

PEOPLE

FOUNDERS OF LIZZIE LOVES NATURAL REMEDIES

Tell us one thing that people don’t know about you. I spent a few of years in my 20s, whilst working in film, volunteering as an OSCE election observer going to newly democratised countries, often post-conflict, like Bosnia, Uganda, Georgia and Montenegro to monitor their elections. Fascinating, thrilling and always an incredible insight into a country and its population living in rural areas and amongst the villages.

How did you meet? Liz was running a clean beauty company and I fell in love with her products and how she did things, we kept talking about future ideas… Tell us how Lizzie Loves Natural Remedies was born. The recipes were created as I researched natural ways of dealing with common, and often debilitating issues as I came across them: back to school sniffles, times of tough sleep and sick bugs. I couldn’t find what I wanted so I made them and shared the recipes, and the response was insane. Since then I realised there were so many more people out there who needed an easier, more portable way of creating them at home, so the formulations to stir into a drink were born. What have you made of the feedback? The messages have poured in, and I’ll never tire of reading them. It’s made me cry a couple of times – from mothers at their wits end from lack of sleep, (god I remember that fog) who’ve “tried everything” telling us their children have slept through for the first time with Be Sleepy, to emetophobics (fear of vomit) saying Be Settled has changed their life. And someone whose uncle with Alzheimer’s, who’d caused the family so much anxiety over lockdown with his fretful, wandering nights, is now resting and sleeping all night. Then winning awards I only read about before (Beauty Shortlist) and appearing in Grazia have been the pinch-me moments. How has 2020 been for you? Big highs, like launching our beloved products alongside the wild and woolly terrain of Covid, and the massive pressure points of home-schooling three children whilst running a business, and all five of us living together in lockdown in a small London house. Coronocoaster I think is the only way to describe it.

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What would you take to a desert island? Maldon salt, Firetree Chocolate and all the Vintner’s Daughter skincare.

How do you feel about lockdown now? We did it, and I couldn’t have imagined it possible, for nearly five months, if anyone had said what were in for in March. No one learnt Mandarin or wrote a novel, but we survived, we ate incredibly well – with lots of kits and at-homes as well as more time cooking up with fabulous veg deliveries etc. And we did things we never would have – like making post-work afternoon dashes to Wind in the Willows land for river swims and picnics. And new-found love and gratitude for neighbours we are going through it all with. Last book you read? Untamed by Glennon Doyle – indefatigable and sensational, a rocket launcher of a book. Where’s your favourite child-friendly place in London? Kew Gardens, a tonic for our urban lives - summer frolics, tree-top walks, the butterflies, and then one of the children’s very favourite thing – the magical Christmas lights and music show which gets better every year. And to eat – Sunday brunch at The Wolseley which is now a six year-old birthday tradition for everyone.

Signature dish? It always changes, at the moment a Persian-inspired chicken traybake with some summer vegetables, so rewarding for time in vs beauty and flavour out – find an example here: www.lizzie-loves.com/blogs/ blog/summer-chicken-traybake. It has been a constant on our weekly menu since then. Your proudest moment? Having my book published was a big one – childhood dream fulfilled. And launching a business in lockdown whilst home-schooling three kids. Now the products have smashed sales targets, been snapped up by dream retailers like Daylesford, won awards, and are making a difference to people’s lives, it’s been everything. What’s next for Lizzie Loves Natural Remedies? We’ve got exciting things coming up with new partners, new products, as well as different formats as we’ve heard what people want more of. We’re not standing still and as a small business we take on board what our customers want and keep heading in that direction. We love working on a business that makes a difference and helps people stay well and live life to the max, so we are always working to improve what we offer and who knows about it. Keep smiling and stay well.

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Excellent in all categories Independent Schools Inspectorate November 2019

Where the arts are at the heart of an outstanding education

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‘What makes ArtsEd so special is that we get amazing drama and dance training on top of our regular academic lessons!’ Year 8 Pupil ‘Employers are looking for people skills and confidence, which is why arts subjects are so important in later life – they give children the skills they need to succeed’ Parent

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City Kids Magazine Autumn 2020 Issue 26  

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