Families Edinburgh September/October 2013

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Free ISSUE 80 September/October 2013



Email - editor@familiesedinburgh.co.uk

Tel. 0131 622 0405


Welcome to the Back To School issue of Families Edinburgh.

What’s inside... 3–6 7 8–9 10 – 19 20 – 25 26 – 30

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News and Views Returning to Work? By Fiona Anderson. Back to School - Tips and Offers Everything you need to get your term off to a stress free start. Clubs and Classes Find the right activity for your child. School News News, Open Days and more.

Out and About What’s on in and around Edinburgh for you and your family.

Contact Editor: Sarah Adair 0131 622 0405 editor@familiesedinburgh.co.uk Keep up to date - Find us on Facebook for all the latest news, events and offers Follow us on Twitter @familiesedinbur www.familiesedinburgh.co.uk Designer: kennydickson7@gmail.com

Blossom Tree Children's Nursery is pleased to announce the opening of its purpose built, 16 place Pre-School room. With this wonderful new addition to our Nursery, it enables us to offer three wonderful Playrooms for children 0 - 2 years, 2 - 3 years and now 3 - school age. Even with our exciting new Pre-School room, our Nursery is still small, child centred and family orientated and with only 31 places in the whole Nursery, it allows excellent opportunity for our dedicated staff to spend quality time with each child. For more information visit www.blossomtree.org.uk

Beat the traffic and get you and your kids out in the fresh air during International Walk to School Month this October. Each year, primary school children from across the UK join forces with over 40 countries worldwide to celebrate the benefits of walking to school and this October is no different, with the month-long activity encouraging pupils to walk to school at least once a week. You may find that walking is actually quicker and less stressful than taking the car and can help keep you fit and healthy by increasing physical activity levels. Walking to school can also teach children vital road safety skills and gives them to chance to learn about their local community Stop moaning about the traffic … start clearing it! www.livingstreets.org.uk

Next issue - November/December Where to find Santa, Christmas Shows and Pantos, Local Christmas Shopping and much more!! Booking deadline - October 1st 2013 Call Now - 0131 622 0405

Cover Information Clothing from Oilily Autumn/Winter 2013 collection Cover image courtesy of www.oililyshop.com/en

New research from the Out to Lunch campaign from the Soil Association and Organix has found that Britain’s leading restaurants and pubs are giving children across the UK a raw deal with children’s menus dominated by the usual suspects, like nuggets, burgers and sausages, few fruit or vegetables, and not even the provision of children’s cutlery. Out to Lunch is calling for the restaurant industry to improve standards and make changes to their children’s menus. Joanna Lewis, Head of Policy at the Soil Association comments: “Our investigation reveals that most high street restaurants are not even meeting the most basic standards families should expect when they eat out. With 1 in 3 children now overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school, it’s time for these popular chains to use their influence in a positive way”. The Out to Lunch campaign is calling on all high street restaurants and pubs to: • Offer all young diners the choice of a children’s portion of adult meals • Serve freshly prepared food, not ready meals • Offer free water to families on arrival • Offer children’s cutlery as standard • Make breastfeeding mums feel welcome Find out more www.soilassociation.org/outtolunch


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Wardie Primary School Well done to seven year old Alasdair who attends Wardie Primary School. He came up with the winning design in a contest organised by webuyanycar.com and supported by road safety charity Brake, for a new banner urging drivers to slow down to 20mph or below to protect children. More than 400 entries were received for the competition from Primary 1 and 2 kids and now Alasdair’s drawing has been made into full-size banners to be displayed outside all of the city’s primary schools to drive the message home. Edinburgh Lord Provost Donald Wilson said: “Edinburgh’s Local Transport Strategy contains a commitment to make all residential streets 20mph. Our goal is to make sure all users are safe from the risk of being killed or seriously injured on Edinburgh's roads by 2020 and we will continue to work hard towards reaching this target."

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Make a date with mischief and mayhem on Roald Dahl Day on 13 September. This year Roald Dahl Day celebrates all the tricksy characters that fill his books, including George and his mayhemic medicine, those foulsome Witches and Matilda and her parent- © Quentin Blake scaring tricks. After all, no birthday celebration is © Quentin Blake complete without a little bit of mischief! There are lots of ways to join in the fun: sign up for Puffin Virtually Live on 13 September to find out more about Roald Dahl and his characters, plan your costume for Dahlicious Dress Up Day on 27 September or throw your own Roald Dahl party. For ideas see www.roalddahlday.info, and help Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity raise money for seriously ill and disabled children. Monkey Music Morningside & Pentland is delighted to introduce Lisa Fleming as the new owner of this local business offering weekly music classes for babies and children from 3 months to 4 years. Lisa, a local mum and keen singer and dancer, is excited to be taking over this awardwinning business and to sharing the magic and joy of Monkey Music with the youngest members of this city. Lisa’s love of music stemmed from an early age, having performed on both a professional and amateur basis since the age of 2 with many Scottish companies, she is also proud to have been heavily involved with leading local youth theatre in the past and now enjoys developing her own son’s passion for music although at times her taste in what type of music to let him listen to may be slightly different from her husband’s! After 10 years of working her way up in Sales, Marketing and Events it was time for a change and Lisa decided to focus on combining her creative talents with her love of being with young children. From September new classes will be added to the timetable at Meggetland Sports Centre on Thursday and Saturday mornings in addition to classes held in Newington, Morningside, Fairmilehead and Marchmont. For full details of the timetable for the Autumn term and to book a complimentary first class please contact Lisa on Tel: 0131 441 4581 or email: morningside.pentland@monkeymusic.co.uk. The timetable of classes is also on the interactive website at www.monkeymusic.co.uk

At the Waterfront Nursery they understand the importance of choosing the right childcare provision for your child. With this in mind they are delighted to offer the most modern childcare facilities available anywhere in the city. Based in the grounds of Edinburgh College’s Granton campus, the Waterfront Nursery is purpose-built and provides the very best in childcare for children aged 3 months through to pre-school. As well as having the very best equipped rooms, the nursery has an excellent outdoor play area where children have fun in a secure environment. “Learning is at the heart of what we do at Waterfront Nursery. Through our child-centred approach, we have developed a curriculum for the under threes, based on the ‘birth to three’ framework. For children aged three to five, we follow the Scottish Executive’s ‘Curriculum for Excellence’. We can also provide places for children with additional support needs”. To find out more please call 0131 559 4080, or visit our website www.waterfrontnursery.co.uk

We can help you get back to work after a career break. The PCT Partnership’s highly successful 8 week part time courses for Women Returning to Work give you tuition and 1-1 feedback on writing your CV, completing application forms and preparing for job interviews, as well as updating your IT skills. The course will also re-introduce you to today's working environment and give you guidance and support in finding a job. Our courses are funded by Skills Development Scotland and are free if you live in Edinburgh and the Lothians and have been away from work for 13 weeks or more. Our next course will start in October 2013.

For information call The PCT Partnership on 0131 622 6240 or email training@thepctpartnership.co.uk


Birthday Celebrations at Play Town Maddie & Mark’s Play Town turns one this month, and if anyone knows how to hold a party, it’s them! They’ve a week long celebration from 20th to 27th September with lots of extra games and activities for the kids to enjoy, from Pass the Parcel to fun games and Prizes it’s guaranteed to be a fun packed week. On the weekend of their birthday, (20/21/22 Sept) Peppa Pig will be visiting Play Town. Now that’s not someone the kids will get a chance to meet everyday! And, to top it all, there’s a free fashion show featuring this years ‘Face of Maddie & Mark’s’ winners and the latest must have clothing & accessories. If you want to pop along on Saturday 21st Sept from 7.30 - 9.00pm to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a free fizz for adults and free juice for kids, then please call and reserve your ticket. (Places will be limited). Don’t miss any of the celebrations so make sure you book your space on 0131 555 1900. www.maddieandmarks.co.uk

Beano the Clown Magic, Balloons, Songs & Games -5s & +5s, 1hr & 2 hr,

Tel: 07948-070 569 Web: Beano.theclown.free.fr

New Developments at Edinburgh Parent Centre For our job as a parent – the most important job on earth - there is no job description, no requirement for previous experience, all training is on the job and there is a stigma attached to further training. There is no possibility for promotion, no pension, no paid holidays but the position is guaranteed for life. However there are opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if we get it right!! Frances Byatt-Smith founder of Edinburgh Parent Centre has been successfully running courses for parents for fifteen years, six years in the NHS and nine years independently. She has noticed over the past few years that there is an increasing demand for support from parents from the birth of their children to five years. With this in mind she has formed an association with Claire Hughes HNC Early Years Education and Childcare of www.childlifecoaching.co.uk. Claire’s skills are in the early years and Frances and Claire have together developed a number of one hour Taster Sessions and Two Hour Workshops for parents from pre-birth to five years. The workshops are research based and aim to educate parents about feeding, sleeping and routines as well as baby cues in the first months of life. Also included is the brain and emotional development of babies and children in the early years and information on babies and parents temperaments and the challenges that poses to the developing relationship. It’s exciting up to date information, it’s flexible and not tied into one theory – eclectic – since all parents are different. Claire has also attended training at Edinburgh Parent Centre to become a Family Caring Trust Registered Parent Facilitator of courses for parents with children from birth to twelve years and is based in North Edinburgh. For more information about pre-birth workshops or support from the birth of your baby to the teenage years contact Frances by email: info@edinburghparentcentre.com or Tel:0131 664 5388 Claire by email: info@childlifecoaching.com or Tel: 07780115402

Kidszone Did you know that you can access amazing electronic children’s resources from free from Edinburgh Libraries? Library membership opens up a wealth of online fun and educational material to keep you and the children happy! Download a great range of ebooks and audiobooks for children and teens covering everything from Harry Potter to Tracy Beaker. You can use them on a wide range of devices such as computers, tablets, smart phones, ereaders and MP3 players. Audiobooks and ebooks are great for reading on the move and can be a useful tool in encouraging reticent readers to begin to explore books and genres. Make learning fun with Mathletics, the world’s most popular online Maths resource. Children aged 5-18 years can undertake maths activities set at their own Scottish curriculum level and can even participate in live online maths battles with other children. Gridclub is an interactive educational games website covering all primary school curriculum areas from English to history, ICT to science. Brilliant for supporting school topics as well as stealth learning disguised as fun! Spellzone is a fantastic online course for children aged 10 and over who need a bit of help with their spelling and grammar. All these resources and much more can be accessed from the Kidszone webpage http://yourlibrary.edinburgh.gov.uk/kidszone (which will receive a brilliant makeover at the end of August!). If you don’t already have library membership visit your nearest branch or join online at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/joinourlibrary. Please contact informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk if you’ve any queries about Edinburgh Libraries online resources.

St Mary’s Music School Come to our Open Day on Saturday 5 October to find out about music for children in Edinburgh Coates Hall, 25 Grosvenor Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 5EL Telephone 0131 538 7766

Pottery Painting & Craft Studio

Come and try your hand at jewellery, glass and potter's wheel, general crafts and pottery painting Bring your imagination and we’ll have the rest! Available for parties, schools, playgroups and after school clubs See website for details on clubs & classes

Tel: 01506 238961 Email: chat@potteraround.co.uk or visit www.potteraround.co.uk

NEW CHILDREN'S DANCE CLASSES FRIDAY Scout Hall, South Trinity Road TINY TWINKLES - 18mths - 3yrs TWINKLE TOES - 3 & 4yrs MINI STARS - 5 & 6yrs ALSO COMING TO TRINITY SOON Little Street - 4 & 5 yrs Junior Street - 6-8 yrs Places will go fast so reserve yours now

BOOK YOUR FREE TRIAL CLASS NOW Additional classes held at Craiglockhart Leisure Centre

Call Nicky 07545 551271



nicky@dndance.co.uk www.dndance.co.uk


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Get Set For Tumbles opening 5th October Gymnastics is both an Olympic and Commonweath Sport and with hundreds already on the waiting list for classes, Edinburgh Leisure is opening this facility to give thousands of children across the Edinburgh and Lothians region the opportunity to get access to top quality gymnastics equipment and coaching in the hope to inspire the next generation of Louis Smiths and Beth Tweddles. Tumbles at Portobello will also house one of the city’s largest fully supervised open plan soft play centre with a 6m high play frame offering a variety of fun and exciting features, games and distinct zones for babies, toddlers and juniors. Taking inspiration from the gymnastics facilities, the soft play zones will be sports-themed with facilities ranging from large ball pools, spiders web, obstacle bags and medallists podium in the toddler area to a huge 4-lane astra slide with 6m drop, sky glide and cargo nets in the junior zone. 20 Westbank Street, Edinburgh, EH15 1DR with free parking on-site. For more information, directions and news on the opening, visit www.edinburghleisure.co.uk

The Big Draw

The Osteopathic Practice • Unsettled colicky babies, flat head syndrome • Growing pains, asthma, glue ear, autism • Sports injuries, stiff back and neck pain

Tom Kelman, BSc (Hons) Ost, DPO Registered Cranial and Paediatric Osteopath

1 Wester Coates Avenue, Edinburgh EH12

0131 346 0134 Natural relief from pain and discomfort

The largest drawing festival in the world returns throughout the month of October, taking place in 20 countries across the world and offering 1400 events in the UK alone. The Big Draw connects people of all ages with museum and gallery collections and urban and rural spaces in new and enjoyable ways, offering unlimited scope for those who love to draw and those who think they can't. Why not hold a Big Draw event in your school or local library? Get inspired and find out how to organise your own event, plus discover what events are taking place near you at www.campaignfordrawing.org/bigdraw

Looking for somewhere to take the wee ones now that the school holidays are over? Come along to Toots Play Cafe. We are open MonFri 10-4.30 and our play floor is perfect for children under 5. We offer discounts for siblings and our play area is perfect for parents with a baby and a toddler. Older children are welcome (free of charge too), although our toys are mostly suitable for younger children. Why not take advantage of our last hour special! Over 1’s can play for just £2.25 and under 1's for only £1.25. We have regular activities scheduled most weeks, messy play, ceilidh dancing and face painting to name just a few. You can find out more information by following us on Facebook or by checking our website www.tootsplay.com.

Lisa Pettersson Picking up her paint brushes again after having baby number two in April, Edinburgh artist Lisa Pettersson is once more making children portrait commissions. She’s painted these for many very pleased parents and grandparents by now, capturing precious moments in her unique style. It is simple to commission - you email her one or more pictures of your child/children, say what size painting you are after and what background colour you’d like, and Lisa paints from your photo in black and white pop art style using acrylic and ink on paper. ‘I like working from photos that are special to the customer, creating something from very personal moments. Once I’m done I email the customer a photo of the picture to make sure they are happy, then I get it professionally mounted and send it. I really enjoy doing these commissions and people have been so happy with the results.’ Prices start from £90 for an A4 image (including mount). Contact Lisa for more information on email lisa@lisapettersson.com www.lisapettersson.com

Explore Learning’s National Young Writers’ Award Well done to two local school girls who have won the much coveted accolade of being named Runners Up in Explore Learning’s National Young Writers’ Award. Martyna Kolan from Juniper Green Primary School and Iona King from Echline Primary School fought off tough competition from children all over the country with their stories. The competition, now in its fifth year, was judged by best-selling author of the How to train your Dragon series, Cressida Cowell. It attracted over 15,000 entrants. This year’s task was to write a 500-word story with the theme ‘Around the World’. The aim of the competition was to encourage children to get creative and give writing a try. Explore Learning ran a number of fun, free writing workshops all over the country. Explore Learning provides English and maths tuition to children of all abilities aged 5 to 14. They have 81 centres across the UK, offering a fun and vibrant environment to learn in. Over 21,000 children attend Explore Learning with that figure increasing by 25% each year. Come into your local Explore Learning inside Sainsbury’s at Murrayfield or Sainsbury’s on Craigleith Road. Or call 0131 337 7401 to book a free trial session.


Going Back to Work after a Career Break Now the summer holidays are over it might be a natural time for mums and dads to think about returning to paid employment. Here are some tips from Interview Skills Coach Fiona Anderson for improving your job hunting results. 1. Think about your successes Take time to think about the achievements you had in the jobs prior as well as during your career break. Many employers these days are placing less emphasis on technical skills, and more on personal abilities or 'behaviours' such as Planning, Problem Solving or Communication. During your career break, you may have done things which show you still have these skills. Did you help the school organise a fair? Have you done anything for charity? Have you campaigned for anything? Did you organise a Christmas night out, or other notable event? Bear in mind your achievements can be drawn from any area - sports, social, voluntary work, hobbies, school-related - you can use these as additional examples of your skills during an interview.

2. Be flexible in your job search Part-time jobs are on the increase, but there still aren't many out there. You may need to think about starting a new job on a full-time basis, and then making a Flexible Working Request several months later or whenever feels appropriate. Working full-time allows you to “earn your stripes� and show your employer what you're capable of. It also allows you to get a feel where the workload can be scaled down or shared with another part-time worker, without putting the team under unfair pressure. Remember, your employer is obliged to consider a Flexible Working Request, but they do not have to grant it if they feel that business needs cannot accommodate it.

3. Create a great CV Your CV is the most vital bit of marketing literature you'll ever produce. Start with your personal and contact details, then follow with your most recent job and then go through the rest in reverse chronological order. Leave out hobbies and interests unless they are relevant to the job for which you're applying. The rule of thumb is: if it isn't going to help you get the job, don't put it in your CV. And finally, don't forget to do a spell and grammar check!

4. Prepare well for your interview Interviews are your chance to stand out from any other candidate, so don't be modest. Before you go to interview, check you fully understand the job specification. Research the company to show you're keen. Arrive on time and dress professionally, even if the office is a casual work environment, because first impressions count. Be polite to everyone. Think about why you want to work for the company, and be able to justify why your skills are a good match. Also, take a moment to think about your answers before you give them. Never feel pressured to hurry because you could end up feeling flustered and say the wrong thing. Finally, remember that employers invest a lot of their own time in doing interviews, so they're hoping you do well and won't be trying to trip you up.

5. Learn from any mistakes If you aren't successful at application or interview stage, it's a good idea to contact the company for feedback. It can really help you to understand how to improve your interview technique for the next time. Remember, every failed interview is invaluable practice for the next one. Personal interview skills coaching is another way to improve your skills and confidence. Fiona Anderson is an independent Interview Skills Consultant with 17 years' recruitment industry experience in Financial Services, IT, Consultancy, Media, and Agency. She has conducted thousands of interviews, and has expertise in varied recruitment processes including behavioural interviews, presentations, occupational testing, and assessment centres. Fiona now specialises in helping professional mums and dads prepare for job interviews after a career break. Through personalised one-to-one coaching sessions, Fiona provides CV feedback, analyses vacancy descriptions to predict likely interview questions, identifies suitable answers, and provides tips on how to prepare for and control the overall interview process. Most people only require a single two hour coaching session to dramatically improve their interview technique and confidence level. For more information on interview skills coaching with Fiona, visit www.anderson.gb.com.


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Tips to a simple and stres • Routine is key - if you haven’t already, plan the school, work and home routine. That way you can identify any gaps that might need filled, for instance with after school activities. Think about what worked or didn’t work last year and make any necessary changes before or during the school year.

• Everything has a place - make sure there is a designated spot for children to ‘dump’ things when they get home from school (shoes, bags, homework, notices etc.). This avoids clutter and stress when you’re rushing out the door in the morning. Children can make or break this so get them on board!

• Stress free eating - meal times can be stressful if you tend to get back late, tired and hungry! Always have some quick options stashed in your cupboard, e.g. instant noodles and ready prepared vegetables. Plan ahead using food or meal lists and shop online if you are short of time.

• Kid’s zone - if your child is 9 and still has ‘Winnie the Pooh’ on their

Meadows Nursery The Meadows is a small eco nursery run by a primary school teacher situated in the heart of the Meadows. We care for children from 3 months to 5 years and we are in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council for the provision of funded places. We’re right behind Sciennes School next to the Sick Kids Hospital. If you would like to visit us please contact us on:

0131 667 5316 Meadows Nursery 5 Millerfield Place, EH9 1LW www.meadowsnursery.ik.org meadowsnursery@gmail.com

Edinburgh DANCE School

Ballet, Tap, Street Dance, Funky Moves, Ballroom and Musical Theatre

For children aged 21⁄2 years and over. Autumn Term commences 24/08/13 - 12/10/13 For more details on availabilty and class times, visit our website

www.edinburghdanceschool.co.uk felicity@edinburghdanceschool.co.uk Contact Felicity on 0131 666 0301 (Studio) 07703483809 (Mobile) We can also be found on Facebook 8 FAMILIES EDINBURGH ISSUE 80

bedroom wall, it’s probably time for an update! Give them a small budget to buy some new posters. New bedding can transform a room as can a ‘wall of fame’ displaying their own artwork, certificates etc. and it’s a great motivator.

• De-clutter time - with Christmas only a few months away and with the expectation of more ‘stuff’ coming into the house, now is a great time to have a clear out! Pick a shelf or cupboard and spend 5-10 minutes daily clearing all non-essential things until it’s neat and clutter-free. ‘Simple Living’ provides bespoke practical support and advice in all areas of your home from de-cluttering to home improvement projects. Contact Jane-Marie Smith on 0131 563 7557 or take a look at www.simplelivingedinburgh.com for more information.

We love these colour in Reward Charts perfect to help keep your little angels from turning into little monsters! Perfect to pin on the noticeboard or stick on the fridge. With critters and stickers to colour in and fill up their charts, they're the perfect way to encourage good behaviour for the new term. You can buy them in packs of 2 ( £5.99 + postage) from www.eggnogg.co.uk You can also buy them for £3 each from the Red Door Gallery at 42 Victoria Street, EH1 2JW or from their online shop www.edinburghart.com A great chance to peruse all the other lovely things in there too! If you do pop in you can wish them “Happy Birthday” too as they’re celebrating 10 years in business!

Real Foods has all the vegetarian, freefrom, organic, Fairtrade, local and seasonal food products you need to see get your term time off to a good healthy start. Edinburgh's original health food shop is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Having begun as an organic fruit and veg stall in 1963, we now stock over 10,000 products and ship worldwide – www.realfoods.co.uk delivery now FREE for online orders of just £24 or over. Did you know you can get one of your organic 5 a day at half price, 7 days a week at Real Foods? Look out for our daily half price fresh offer in-store and online.

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Back to School Reader Offers SOS Kitchen provide healthy, organic kids meals delivered to your door. What sets them apart from supermarket meals is that the meals are homemade in small batches with love and care in Edinburgh and packed with organic vegetables, wholegrains & all round goodness. You can save time shopping and cooking and get your kids eating healthy food with less fuss! Meals cost just £5 each (with a minimum order of 7 meals) and can be stored in the freezer for up to a month - meaning you have quick and simple healthy options on hand every day. They can also tailor the meals for a variety of special dietary requirements and intolerance such as gluton and dairy. SOS meals contain absolutely no refined sugars or flours, no additives, preservatives or colours, and only produce from local and organic suppliers who they know and trust. Examples of meals: Fish pie - made with sustainable Atlantic cod & wild salmon, whole milk sauce with peas & parsley, creamy potato and celeriac mash, with yummy cheddar & wholemeal breadcrumb topping Penne bolognese - made with organic wholewheat penne, organic Scottish beef, onion, carrot, courgette, peas, fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, fresh parsley & basil Butternut squash and chicken with mash - diced butternut squash, kale, chicken breast, whole milk potato & cauliflower mash Sweet cottage pie - sweet potato mash, beef, peas, carrots, courgette, mushroom, onion & garlic and fresh parsley www.soskitchen.co.uk

Families Edinburgh Reader Offer: 10% off organic kids meals when you quote Families Edinburgh. Please call 0131 2290105 to order. Remembering everything they need to take to school and bring home again is a daily challenge for most children. TomTag is a new invention by two mums that helps children to be more organised and independent. TomTag is a colourful daily checklist that clips to a school bag and is practical and fun to use. Picture cues identify the items a child needs to remember to take with them so it’s even suitable for nonreaders and those with additional needs. Each pack contains 6 colourful button holders, one for each day of the school week, plus an extra tag to list the items a child needs every day. A generous supply of blank buttons is included along with a set of picture stickers for a wide range of school items and activities including sports, musical instruments & school essentials. TomTag is available to purchase online from www.orkidideas.com at only £9.99 per pack. Buy before 31st Oct 2013 using code FAM10 and receive 10% off every pack.

Half Price Health Checks for just £30 It’s nice to be nice and everyone likes a saving. SortmyPC are offering readers a great deal on PC/ Laptop Health Checks. Even our mod cons need a little TLC. Health Checks have great benefits; they clear out clutter, check for anything lurking in the background that shouldn’t be there and generally give your PC/ Laptop a boost. A cleaner, faster PC/ Laptop at a fraction of the cost and a next day return, what is there not to like? All we ask is you drop your PC/ Laptop off & collect it from our Colinton Office. Conditions Apply. Quote: PCHalfHealth. Add: 302 Colinton Road, EH13 0LE. Tel 0131 477 2644


CLUBS, CLASSES AND AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES offer huge benefits to children. Luckily for us, there are local classes offering every interest under the sun, as we've found. Try our advertisers first - they're here because they want you to know about them, and many offer free trials so you can see what they're all about before signing up.

ACTIVE BODIES If your children are naturally active then their energy is ready and waiting to be honed and developed. If not, now's a great time to sign them up for a regular activity they'll enjoy - you'll be doing them a huge favour in so many ways. Different sports suit different children. Lively, outgoing boys and girls relish competitive team games; tennis develops hand-eye coordination as well as stretching young limbs; swimming builds strength without overstressing joints and ligaments; martial arts teach children to 'read' their opponents' intentions; while dance adds poise, grace and flexibility to everyday movement.

a STar SPorTS - 0845 459 2210 www.a-starsports.co.uk EdInbUrgH FEnCIng CLUb www.edinburghfencingclub.co.uk EdInbUrgH LEISUrE www.edinburghleisure.co.uk FEnCIng FUn - 07921 853728 www.fencingfun.co.uk gymInI - 0131 334 3657 www.gymini.co.uk LITTLE nInjaS - 0800 028 9320 www.little-ninjas.co.uk

rUgby ToTS - 0845 313 3252 www.rugbytots.co.uk

SoCCarSTarTS FooTbaLL aCadEmy - 07923 005534 www.soccerstarts.co.uk SwImmIng naTUrE - 08445 040506 www.swimmingnature.com

TaTTy bUmPkIn and baby bUmPkIn - 07411 571001 or 0845 6804102 www.tattybumpkin.com/edinburghwest TUmbLE ToTS - Jo - 01875 819966 (East) or April 0131 336 1234 (West) www.tumbletots.com TUrTLEToTS - 07964 840 049 www.turtletots.com

EdInbUrgH FEnCIng CLUb Fencing is fast, fun and action packed, it’s an exciting mix of athletic sport and tactical combat. Fencing is a great way to exercise both body and mind, it’s ideal for children being safe, physically challenging and great fun. Fencing helps develop good co-ordination, balance and flexibility; it’s an ideal way of keeping fit for all ages and abilities. At Edinburgh Fencing Club we welcome fencers of all ages and abilities, from young beginners to grizzled veterans, and from serious competitors to fun club fencer. We offer both Children’s and Adult Beginner classes, our coaches will take you through a warmup, some footwork and of course, the chance to pick up your sword and try some fencing; you’ll be fencing from the first night. If you're looking for a physical activity that's a little bit different, fencing might just be ideal. For details of our classes visit edinburghfencingclub.co.uk

EdInbUrgH LEISUrE At Edinburgh Leisure, we believe that one of the greatest things a parent or carer can do is to find their kids a sport they can enjoy. It helps keep them healthy, gives them goals to aim for, promotes self-confidence, and teaches them self-control and teamwork. Some children have a passion for sport as soon as they can walk. So we start our classes young - pre-school classes in different sports from gymnastics to tennis to football to swimming. Others may take a bit longer to find ‘their’ sport - they could fall in love with judo at age 7, badminton at 10 or kayaking at 13. Our vast and varied range of junior coaching and courses is here to help as many children as possible find their thing. If we can develop their talent, that’s great. If we can also teach them the pleasure of doing sport, that’s even better. www.edinburghleisure.co.uk or email mail@edinburghleisure.co.uk

Honey Pot Ceramics • Paint you own pottery • Make your own cosmetics • Design your own jewellery • Try out other craft activities • Party Packages • Messy Play for Pre-school children For details of workshops and holiday activities visit: www.honeypotceramics.com or call us on 0131 333 6348 Based at the EICA, Ratho, South Platt Hill, EH28 8AA Open 7 days 10 - 5pm - other hours by arrangement Open late Thursday




Fencing Fun is a company devoted to introducing the sport of fencing to primary school children, developing their skills in a safe and enjoyable environment. We deliver structured classes that offer a mixture of games, balance and mobility exercises and blade skills to help children understand the sport and improve their balance, coordination, speed and timing. Through developing these skills the children will also develop their confidence and self-discipline. We use plastic masks and foam and plastic swords that are ideal for primary school children to learn the skills of our sport. They are light, easy to use and great fun. Find out more at www.fencingfun.co.uk or call 07921 853728

Soccerstarts Football Academy run football sessions from Walking - 7 Years. In our classes, a child learns to be comfortable with a football and practices age appropriate football drills helping a better understanding on how to control, pass, move and shoot with different parts of both feet. Our Sessions helps with technical skills and also lays the foundation for a more complete player in the future. Please visit our website www.soccerstarts.co.uk for information on session times and venues we hold them at. Free Trials are available, so your child can come along and try us out. If you would like more information, please contact Jamie on 07923 005534 or email j.smith@soccerstarts.co.uk


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Gymini - A Foundation For Sport. Our coaches are qualified British Gymnastic coaches who are involved in a variety of other sports as well as gymnastics. Our unique foundation programme based on activity and fun will stimulate our GYMINI’S to develop the major motor skills such as rolling, running, balancing, jumping, swinging and climbing. Using scaled down gymnastic equipment our GYMINI’S progress into recreational gymnasts. Our structured programme including strength and flexibility allows our GYMINI’S to continue to use their skills to enhance their experience in all sports GYMINI is a private enterprise unique to Edinburgh and not a franchise. For further information check out our website www.gymini.co.uk or contact Fiona or Sheila 0131 334 3657

The holidays are over and it’s time to get back into the school routine. Swimming Nature lessons are available in Edinburgh’s excellent swimming pools. Enrol you child now and give them the life-changing skill of being a strong and competent swimmer. No armbands allowed! Reserve your space now by calling 08445 040506 or email us at info@swimmingnature.com or visit swimmingnature.com


The Little Ninjas programme is fantastic way for young children to get the best from Martial Arts training. Each week they cover a particular skill, for example balance, and develop this as well as the martial arts techniques. After 8-10 weeks they sit a test and are awarded their belt. As they progress the material becomes more challenging and their knowledge of martial arts increases. The programme is fantastic as it is game based so the children are constantly learning through fun games. There are classes running throughout the week and a Saturday morning. You can start at any point in time. Full time instructors, fully insured and CRB checked. For more info visit www.littleninjas.co.uk or call 0800 028 9320 and speak to Marcus.

rUgbyToTS Rugbytots is a highly energetic play programme for boys and girls aged between 2 and 7 years old. We are now running throughout Edinburgh & the Lothians with many weekday and weekends classes. If we are not currently covering an area you would like, please get in touch and we will do our best to get one of our qualified rugby coaches to you. One mum recently commented 'Many thanks for everything you have taught us over the last few years, rugbytots has by far been the best activity that we have taken part in and worth every penny for the range of skills and the discipline you have given him' 0845 313 3252 www.rugbytots.co.uk

TaTTy bUmPkIn and baby bUmPkIn Bend, stretch, run, jump, wriggle and giggle with Tatty Bumpkin and Baby Bumpkin! Tatty Bumpkin offers fun, yoga- inspired movement sessions (and parties!) with stories and music for 2 - 7 year olds. Yoga aspects include postures where children explore different shapes their body can make encouraging confidence, balance and coordination - such important foundations for other activities like dance, tennis, football and more. Join regular Friday sessions or look out for Tatty Bumpkin in your nursery, school or after-school club. “Great!” - Willow, aged 3. “My little ones loved it.” - J Bryson, mother of Grace (4) & Sam (20 months). Multi-sensory baby sessions include simple baby yoga movements, some gentle stretches for Mum, along with rhymes, toys and props to gently stimulate and then relax baby. Regular sessions are currently available for babies from 6 weeks old to precrawling. More information is available at www.tattybumpkin.com/edinburghwest edinburghwest@tattybumpkin.com

TUmbLE ToTS Tumble Tots is the leading National Active Play Programme for children from six months to five years. It provides a challenging environment for children of different ages and stages of development. The four main areas we concentrate on are climbing, balance, agility and co-ordination. Tumble Tots Edinburgh East - for children from 6 months to 5 years in Morningside, Fairmilehead, Haddington and Marchmont. Circuit of Fun A less structured class for children from 18 months to 4 years. Popular as an introduction for just over 2’s and a little more challenging for under 2’s. New Gymbobs - Class on a Friday afternoon in Morningside (after October break). For ages 5 to 7 years. This class follows on from Tumble Tots and introduces team games, relay races and more upper body exercises. We can also take the pressure out of your little ones birthday party too and at very reasonable prices. Please call Jo to book your child a trial session or for further information on 01875 819966 or email joletelier.lobos@virgin.net


TUrTLE ToTS baby and ToddLEr SwImmIng CLaSSES Swimming is one of the first activities your baby can really enjoy, and one of the first things you can do together in your precious family time. Turtle Tots classes aim to give you and your baby/toddler the confidence to swim together, in a really fun environment, in our innovative and progressive programme. We encourage your baby to learn to swim over and under the water, have lots of fun, and teach them potentially lifesaving water-safety skills. Swimming has SO many physical, developmental and social benefits for your baby, and our classes also help parents to burn up to 250 calories per class, to spend some amazing time bonding with your baby and to meet other parents. Mums-to-be can also join our classes through the fantastic Turtle Tums aquanatal yoga programme. For more information contact Karina at edinburgh@turtletots.com / 07964 840 049. Or see www.turtletots.com, www.facebook.com/TurtleTotsEdinburgh and @TurtleTotsEdin.

DAnCE Nursery Ballet RAD Grades and Majors Tap and Modern from 5 years and over Please call Angela Watson ARAD RTS

on 0131 661 9590

www.angelawatsonschoolofdance.co.uk Branches in Colinton, Fairmilehead and Firrhill

aLba FLamEnCa - 0131 667 3600 angELa waTSon SCHooL oF danCE 0131 661 9590/07792152966 www.angelawatsonschoolofdance.co.uk CEILIdH kIdS - 0131 667 8898 www.ceilidhkids.com danCEbaSE - 0131 225 5525 www.dancebase.co.uk danCE For aLL - 0131 226 5533 www.danceforall.co.uk dynam-nIC danCE - 07545 551271 www.dndance.co.uk

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Attention all parents! - is your child tired of tap, bored with ballet, disillusioned with disco, moaning about modern, unsettled with urban, or in the huff with highland? Then why not consider Flamenco dancing instead! Flamenco classes are the perfect place for children of all ages (both boys and girls!) to explore movement, rhythm, self-expression and performance in a fun, positive and non-competitive learning environment. No previous experience of flamenco dancing is required. However, frills, spots and big flamenco attitude are welcome! New dance term begins mid-September. Check out our website for more information or get in touch to arrange a visit! Alba Flamenca Dance School & Performance Venue, 74 East Crosscauseway, Edinburgh EH8 9HQ. www.albaflamenca.co.uk 0131 667 3600

Looking for a way to have fun with your pre-schooler? Come and have a dance together at CeilidhKids! Family-friendly Scottish dancing - jump, skip, clap and twirl to the music! Weekly family classes at different venues in the city, with new Monday classes starting in September. Sessions aimed at 3-5 year olds, with wee brothers and sisters also welcome. We can also run family ceilidh events to celebrate your special occasion. For more details go to www.ceilidhkids.com www.facebook.com/CeilidhKids email ceilidhkids@ceilidhkids.com or phone Caroline on 0131 667 8898. See you soon for a dance!

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Helps children to move forward, overcome anxieties, habits and behaviours holding them back. Working with parents to help improve communication at many levels with their children. Masterful Parenting course - book now! Mind Matters - preparing for exams Individual sessions throughout the year Call karen 07837930714 www.kidsnlpscotland.co.uk

EdInbUrgH danCE aCadEmy 0131 337 3402 www.edinburghdanceacademy.co.uk EdInbUrgH danCE SCHooL 0131 666 0301 www.edinburghdanceschool.co.uk IdanCE SCoTLand - 07790481064 www.idancescotland.com LoTHIan danCE aCadEmy - 0131 669 9073 www.lothiandance.com STEP IT UP danCE - 07428 110135 www.stepitupdance.co.uk waTErFronT danCE STUdIo 0777250 4958 www.waterfrontdancestudio.co.uk


The Angela Watson School of Dance was established in 2002 in the heart of Colinton, Firrhill and Fairmilehead offering classes for children and adults in RAD ballet, tap, modern and hip hop. There is also a wonderful nursery ballet class for the under 5s and a Melody Bear class for parents and toddlers. In October this year we are taking 49 pupils to dance at Disneyland Paris, the pupils will have the opportunity to dance on the Disney stage, in the parade, do a workshop with Disney dancers and enter a competition. We also offer great dance birthday parties at a very reasonable rate of ÂŁ55 per hour and a half. Just supply your venue, food and party bags and we will do the entertainment. Feedback from the parties has been excellent. Biannual shows are held at the Churchill Theatre. For more information please visit the website: www.angelawatsonschoolofdance.co.uk

danCE For aLL At Dance For All, established in 1985, pupils aged 2½ - 18yrs are nurtured to excel in and enjoy the finest dance genres, including RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap, SDS Flamenco, Jazz and Contemporary. Principal Director, Tracy Hawkes, leads an inspirational faculty of staff in over 70 weekly child, teen & adult classes (beginners to advanced), such as the popular Drop-In Ballet. Did you know that dance can improve physical, cognitive and emotional health? Find out more on their website www.danceforall.co.uk where you can browse timetables, testimonials, booking forms and photo galleries or call the office on 0131 226 5533.

dynam-nIC danCE "Discover The Joy Of Dance" TRINITY & CRAIGLOCKHART Classes to children from the age 18 months up to 18 years. Using creativity and imagery to stimulate movement and imagination for the little ones, developing into more technical and challenging classes for the older student. Children under the age of 3 enjoy learning the basics of dance along with a parent or guardian joining in our adventures! From age 3 upwards, students have the opportunity to learn ballet, tap, modern, jazz and street dance. Various classes for all ages take place throughout the week at Trinity Scout Hall and Craiglockhart Tennis centre. We always offer a free trial to see if the class is right for you. We also offer dance workshops, one off classes and birthday parties. For class details please visit our website at www.dndance.co.uk For any enquiries please contact Nicky at nicky@dndance.co.uk or call 07545 551271

Kb-Insights: Helping Children To Succeed Fun, funky and educational arts & crafts classes for children. Painting, drawing, sculpture, model making and much more! Arty parties and holiday workshops also available 0131 553 6798 / 07931 513 815 www.artroom32.co.uk


Kb-Insights offer a range of services aimed at enhancing learning and potential to support children in overcoming barriers to learning. Reading and writing problems, dyslexia, dyspraxia, poor listening and concentration skills, speech and language delay, AD(H)D, poor fine motor skills, low self esteem, auditory processing difficulties, poor social skills. More information about the various interventions available at www.kb-insights.co.uk Email: karen@kb-insights.co.uk or call 07837 930714

EdInbUrgH danCE aCadEmy After ten years of dancing, acting and teaching overseas, RAD Examiner Julie Mitchell created Edinburgh Dance Academy. Alongside classes in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and hip hop, EDA also has its own Edinburgh Dance Company. In 2004 Jenni Inglis, a former pupil, joined EDA and, as Assistant Artistic Director, choreographs The Company and Performance Groups with great success. We are also delighted to say that this will be our 13th year providing the juvenile and student dancers for the Pantomime at the Kings Theatre. All pupils over the age of 5 are invited to audition for this. The Academy, voted “Best Dance School in Edinburgh”, has studios throughout Edinburgh and Lothians. Please call 0131 337 3402 for more information. www.edinburghdanceacademy.co.uk

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Principal and former British Champion Felicity would like to invite you to join Edinburgh Dance School. Visit "fairyland" in our ballet classes or STOMP and let your happy, tappy feet become your own set of drums in TAP! Join our crew in STREETDANCE on Tuesdays or FUNKY MOVES on a Saturday! There are classes for everyone at EDS from the age of 2 & 1/2 years, where classes are taught by our trained RAD professional teachers. Learn to sing like your favourite pop star in MUSICAL THEATRE taken by Claire on a Friday! For mums and dads, why not try our BEGINNERS BALLROOM on a Thursday night?! Details for all our classes can be found on our website: www.edinburghdanceschool.co.uk 132 Captain's Road, Edinburgh. Tel: 0131 666 0301 / 07703483809

IdanCE SCoTLand It's going to be hard to beat the successes of last year with our outstanding exam results and our five pupils who achieved places in Scottish Ballet Associate Schemes. idance Scotland is looking forward to a busy year full of fun and hard work, including further exams, ISTD and Royal Academy competitions and our 2014 Show! We will be opening up new venues at James Reid Memorial in Blackford, Mercat Gait in Prestonpans and upgrading our present venues in Bonnyrigg and Oxgangs to a purpose built dance studio. We have classes to interest everyone to include both boys and girls, ISTD and RAD syllabi, street dance, Hip Hop and modern from aged 2 upwards, all pupils old and new welcome. Please call Miss May on 07790481064 or e-mail enquiries@idancescotland for further details. Don't forget to visit us at www.idancescotland.com.

LoTHIan danCE aCadEmy Lothian Dance Academy have had another exciting and productive year. RAD Ballet and ISTD Tap & Jazz exams produced some amazing results with over 80% of pupils gaining Distinctions over the year. The Bi Annual show at Portobello Town hall was one of the highlights of the year and also one of the best ever. The pupils surpassed themselves with talent and enthusiasm. Much of the high standard now being achieved by LDA is due to the teachers. Miss Sara, Miss Ashley & Miss Paula and all co ordinated by the principal Miss Morag. Teachers have all been with Miss Morag for at least 10 years creating a continuity for children to grow up with. It is a small friendly community based school yet regularly sends students of to vocational dance colleges to train as professionals or teachers. LDA is also now on facebook so please look us up. 0131 669 9073 contact@lothiandance.com

STEP IT UP danCE Step It Up Dance offer energetic, fun urban dance classes where children learn new dance skills, as well as developing their creativity and self-confidence. Our range of classes suit tots from age 18 months upwards, to Hip Hop & Breakdance Academy for primary-age children, family classes and even adults. All Step It Up Dance teachers are highly qualified and passionate about passing their skills on to the next generation of supercool urban dancers! We also run hugely popular parties! From creative dance parties for age 3 - 5 to urban dance and cheerleading parties (ages 5+), our parties are meticulously planned to ensure children of all ages are kept engaged, involved and having fun! Check our website for more info as well as lots of feedback from happy party guests and parents. For details on all of our classes, online booking, video clips, photos and more go to www.stepitupdance.co.uk.

Summer Programmes Available

waTErFronT danCE STUdIo Boyz Danz @ Waterfront Dance studio A great new class just for Boys in P1-P3. No leotards, No pink and definitely no girls allowed!! Learn a variety of dance styles in a relaxed fun environment, shorts T-shirt and clean trainers are all that’s required. Great for fitness, great for fun and a great benefit to sporting skills. Waterfront Dance Studio have been offering classes in North Edinburgh for over 15 years and now have fantastic dance studio premises in Granton as well as junior branches in Cramond and the surrounding areas. There really is something for everyone with TuTu Tots from 2yrs, RAD syllabus Ballet, Funky Move It! or Tap dance. Adult classes will also be offered this term. All of our instructors are fully qualified insured dance professionals. New term starts mid August and all new pupils are offered a 2 week trial period. Fairy dance parties also available. Waterfrontdancestudio.co.uk 0777250 4958

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MuSIC Numerous studies demonstrate that no matter the level of skill, music is one of the best ways to help early language development. Like speech, music has structure, rhythm and rules. It introduces new words and concepts through repetition, encourages turn-taking (just like in conversation), and helps children develop listening skills and attention spans. Even preschool music classes which include rhythmic singing and clapping songs are contributing so much more than a dose of weekly fun. Playing an instrument is great for dexterity and co-ordination.

EdInbUrgH yoUng mUSICIanS - 0131 226 3392 www.e-y-m.org.uk

jaCk and jILL mUSIC FUn For ToTS - 07809 154415 www.jackandjill-music.co.uk

jo jIngLES - East Edinburgh Susan 0131 620 3282, West Edinburgh - Joanne 0131 443 4196 or East Lothian - Leigh 01875 616607 www.jojingles.com kIndErmUSIk wITH ELLIE 07962678561 www.kindermusikwithellie.co.uk monkEy mUSIC - Lisa (Edinburgh North) - 0131 441 4581 Rachel (Edinburgh South) - 0131 260 9667 www.monkeymusic.co.uk

mUSIC bUgS - Hilary (Leith, Hillside, Morningside, Restalrig & Stockbridge) - 0844 822 1156 or Shelley (Corstorphine, Merchiston & Livingston) - 0844 822 1159 www.musicbugs.co.uk

PorTobELLo mUSIC SCHooL 0131 669 1120 www.portobellomusicschool.com

ST mary’S mUSIC SCHooL 0131 538 7766

STrIngbabIES www.stringbabies.com yamaHa mUSIC PoInT - 0131 556 3005 www.ymp-edinburgh.com

EdInbUrgH yoUng mUSICIanS Edinburgh Young Musicians begin their sixteenth year of Saturday morning classes on September 7th 2013 with over 300 pupils aged 3 to 17. Classes take place in the modern and spacious facilities at St. Thomas of Aquins’ High School in Chalmers Street near Tollcross, in central Edinburgh. Musical Play classes, for children in their final pre-school year and P1, are open to children with no musical experience, as are P2 Musical Workshop classes, which form a year’s course designed to prepare children to join one of EYM’s beginner instrumental classes or choir. String orchestras, recorder groups, chamber music, choir and musicianship classes are open to older children with suitable musical experience. www.e-y-m.org.uk. 0131-226-3392.

jaCk and jILL mUSIC Are you looking for a unique music class to awaken your child’s love for music?

Lothian Dance Academy 2 Rosefield Ave Lane Portobello EH15 1AX RAD & ISTD Registered Teachers P.B.Insured CRB Checked Sprung floors Mirrors Ballet Barres

Jack and Jill Music Fun for Tots is a local, independent business which has been running for nearly 20 years. The classes are run by a qualified music teacher who passionately believes in the positive value of live musical experience from an early age. The classes aim to give your child opportunities to participate in a varied, flexible and enjoyable programme of themed musical activities including listening to live music, moving and dancing, singing new and familiar songs and handling a wide range of musical instruments. ‘This has been quite simply the best pre-school activity my daughter and I have been to. I cannot recommend these music classes highly enough and really feel that it has set my daughter up to enjoy music throughout her life’. Contact Mary on 07809 154415 www.jackandjill-music.co.uk info@jackandjill-music.co.uk

jo jIngLES Jo Jingles has been captivating babies and children in Edinburgh since 2002 and we are looking forward to the new term. Our baby classes for little ones from 3 months continue to be very popular with some free classes available in all areas for babies up to 6 months. We offer age specific classes up to age 5 and use a mixture of familiar songs and some great new ones to maximise each child’s learning experience. We use instruments, parachutes, pom poms, puppets and much more and children play and dance their way through class, finding their voice and a rhythm to move to. Parents say their children love our classes and they enjoy them too! Sibling discounts are available and there is no charge for younger siblings until the term after their first birthday. Jo Jingles classes offer a quality experience and are great value for money. Parties also available. www.jojingles.com East Edinburgh - Susan 0131 620 3282, West Edinburgh - Joanne 0131 443 4196 or East Lothian - Leigh 01875 616607


Preschool Ballet & Tap RAD Ballet ISTD Tap & Jazz Streetdance 2.5yrs to Adults

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Kindermusik is an internationally acclaimed music and movement programme which complements children's development from newborn to 7 years old. Ellie runs classes throughout the week at Stockbridge Parish Church. Kindermusik for babies: Cuddle & Bounce - Fridays, 1:30pm-2:30pm (Ellie's home) Sing & Play - Fridays 10:15 - 11:15am (Ellie's home) Wiggle and Grow 2 - 3 yrs (18 months old children are also welcome), Wednesdays 11am-12pm. Laugh & Learn, 3 - 4 yrs, Tuesdays 10:30-11:30am Move and Groove, 4-6 yrs, Tuesdays 4pm-5pm New Kindermusik Young Child class for children 6 -7 years starts in September (please contact Ellie for information) Family Time Class for 3 Saturdays a month at 11am for children 1- 5 years old. www.kindermusikwithellie.co.uk Also on Facebook: Kindermusik with Ellie Tel: 07962678561

monkEy mUSIC Monkey Music is the award winning preschool music class that has been the backbone of many children's start in music education. Monkey Music Edinburgh North We are very excited to be launching new classes in the Colinton area to be held at Meggetland sports centre on a Thursday and Saturday morning. To celebrate the launch of this venue a fun filled open day will be held on Thursday 5th September with free taster sessions being run throughout the morning. Reserve your space by contacting Lisa on 0131 441 4581 or emailing morningside.pentland@monkeymusic.co.uk Complimentary trial classes and also available at our Fairmilehead, Morningside, Mayfield and Marchmont venues. Come along and join in the fun with Monkey and his friends! Monkey Music Edinburgh South Monkey Music is delighted to be back in Cramond on Thursday mornings from September offering our award winning curricula to Heigh Ho (1-2 year olds) and Jiggety Jig (2-3 year olds). Fun and entertainment, music games and LOTS of percussion instruments. Additional Ding Dong classes for 3-5 year olds on Monday mornings in Stockbridge/Corstorphine and Wednesday morning in Stockbridge. Ding Dong teaches children to read music, understand musical patterns and learn more about the instruments of the orchestra. Wonderful techniques are used, games and activities are planned and the results are remarkable. The academic year is divided into 3 terms. For a free trial please contact comelybank.corstorphine@monkeymusic.co.uk or call 0131 260 9667. www.monkeymusic.co.uk


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Come and join Music Bugs! Our classes are fun and stimulating and are suitable for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Our informal, play based sessions allow and encourage young children to develop, grow and explore the world around them through music and song. Each class is full of exciting and colourful props and puppets which engage children’s attention and bring our sessions to life. Children love our counting songs, finger rhymes, action songs, knee bouncers and interacting with their grownups in a relaxed environment. We have a range of classes suitable for all ages, including multi-sensory Baby Bugs classes for babies from birth to 12 months. To book a free taster session in our new term, please get in touch. For classes in Leith, Hillside, Morningside, Restalrig & Stockbridge, contact Hilary on 0844 822 1156 or hilary@musicbugs.co.uk. For classes in Corstorphine, Merchiston & Livingston, please contact Shelley on 0844 822 1159 or shelley@musicbugs.co.uk. www.musicbugs.co.uk

St Mary’s Music School’s popular Saturday Morning Music Classes for children aged four to 11 start up again on 14 September with an exciting new addition - Dalcroze Eurhythmics taught by experienced Dalcroze teacher, Monica Wilkinson. Dalcroze allows children to feel music. They learn about music through movement and singing. Lessons are based on themes such as birds, fairy tales and the environment, allowing children to connect what they already know with musical concepts. Games are used to develop listening skills and children are encouraged to move expressively. Dalcroze enables young children to develop co-ordination, spatial awareness, language skills and emotions, while the development of listening skills is at the core of every activity. Instrumental tuition, singing, theory and Kodály classes are also available. Phone 0131 538 7766 for more details.


Portobello Music School is delighted to announce a new syllabus being introduced this year. The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Music Medals is a syllabus designed to provide graded assessments to children learning instruments in groups providing progressive steps from Primary 3 - Primary 7. There are five progressive levels which take children from beginner to around Grade 4 level. In addition to our Creative Music Classes for children aged birth to Primary 2 and our broad programme of instrumental classes and ensembles for children in Primary 3 and upwards we are also excited to introduce a new instrument for P3+4 children interested in studying clarinet or saxophone. The Clarinéo offers an excellent introduction for younger players as it requires the same playing technique but is lighter, ideal for smaller fingers. For further information and/or to enrol for classes please visit www.portobellomusicschool.com or tel: 0131 669 1120

STrIngbabIES Stringbabies is a fun and gentle approach to learning a stringed instrument specifically designed with young children in mind. Aimed primarily at children between 3 and 6 years of age, it has also been used for older children and even adults. Stringbabies was created by cellist Kay Tucker as a means of teaching very young children how to play a stringed instrument and learn how to read music. Starting with four toys, one for each string on the instrument, it quickly moves to shapes which even the youngest child can use to make simple pieces which are then played back, developing composition and sight reading skills. Lessons typically involve lots of singing and games which are fun for the child and also develop their technique. For more information about Stringbabies, look at the website www.stringbabies.com

yamaHa mUSIC PoInT Ages 6 to 11 are an excellent time for a child to start learning a musical instrument. Yamaha Music Point’s all new Edinburgh teaching studios are now open and offering Yamaha Music School courses in Keyboard & Electric Guitar. Yamaha’s unique, fun and intuitive learning technique teaches youngsters to play via the “Listen, Copy, Play and later Read Music” - a natural way to learn just like we learnt to talk. A teacher led class approach with a fun, briskly paced 60 minute lesson each week. Group classes (max 8) run from Yamaha Music Point, 14 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA. For more information or to book a free taster lesson contact Kerr on 0131 556 3005 or info@ymp-edinburgh.com.


SCHOOl SuPPORT Parents choose out of school academic subjects for their children for a host of reasons perhaps your little one excels in maths or writing and you want to give them more challenging and stimulating tuition - or maybe you simply want to supplement what is being taught at school by introducing the skills needed for independent study and fluency in the subject. Whatever your reason, group or individual tuition can make a huge difference to your child's progress and greatly enhance their school-based studies.

brIgHT braIn - 07512311317 www.brightbrain-scotland.co.uk ExPLorE - 0131 332 3300 (Blackhall) 0131 337 7401 (Murrayfield) www.explorelearning.co.uk kIdS nLP - 07837930714 www.kidsnlp.co.uk kIP mCgraTH EdInbUrgH norTH, CEnTraL & mornIngSIdE - 0131 610 6110 www.kipmcgrath.co.uk/edinburghcentral

kIP mCgraTH - Edinburgh South - 0131 449 9101 Edinburgh West 0131 339 5538 Livingston - 01506 418 191 www.kipmcgrath.co.uk kUmon - Corstorphine - 0131 334 1036, Morningside 0131 466 9235, Ravelston - 0131 315 3025, Haddington - 01875 870 866 www.kumon.co.uk STEP aHEad - Edinburgh/Lothians 07967024726 or HQ Fife 01383 624599 www.stepaheadtuition.com

brIgHTbraIn Brightbrain Scotland, home to Bal-A-Vis-X -rhythmic / BALance / Auditory / VISion / eXercises for Overcoming Learning Differences. Jane Oliver, director of Brightbrain Scotland is a learning differences therapist and certified BalAVisX practitioner in Edinburgh. ”I help people to meet the demands of life - physically, socially, emotionally & academically, and I love it. I am passionate about the BalAVisX programme - which may be of great benefit to students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD, APD, ASD and more - as it has helped my own children to achieve and develop and become confident individuals”. BalAVisX addresses rhythm, balance, focused attention, vision, hand-eye co-ordination and combines 100’s of midline crossings in a 30 minute session. Sessions are initially on a 1:1 basis, leading on to a group class. Jane is sponsor for BalAVisX training in the UK, which is suitable for parents, teachers and anyone working with children. Call: 07512311317 jane@brightbrain-scotland.co.uk www.brightbrain-scotland.co.uk

ExPLorE Improving children’s confidence is the core reason why parents are choosing to invest in extra tuition according to independent research by the University of Reading into the impact of extra tuition at Explore Learning. Over 2,000 parents were questioned about their experiences with Explore Learning, who found that there were two dominant reasons that parents sign up to extra tuition • To improve their child’s confidence • To address an identified problem in maths, English or both areas. Overwhelmingly, parents and children alike said that Explore Learning had a strong impact on their self-esteem and, as a result, their academic attainment since attending. Carey Ann Dodah, Head of Curriculum Development at Explore Learning says: “The key thing at Explore Learning is for children to have fun and to enjoy learning.” Explore Learning provides maths and English tuition for 5-14 year olds. 0131 332 3300 (Blackhall) 0131 337 7401 (Murrayfield) www.explorelearning.co.uk

lAnGuAGES AnD COMMunICATIOn Children who learn a language at an early age do so effortlessly. At the most receptive stage of their development they are like sponges. They learn through verbal and physical participation and communicate without inhibition and self-consciousness. If children enjoy their early exposure to a foreign language and culture, they will absorb and retain this, ensuring not only a head start in school lessons, but building confidence in all areas of the curriculum.

EmaS SPanISH TUITIon CLUbS - 0131 446 0777 www.emaschool.co.uk SPanISH amIgoS - 0131 510 7101 www.spanishamigos.co.uk TaLkIng ToTS - 07803 820 677 www.talkingtots.info/Edinburgh

SPanISH amIgoS Spanish Amigos is introducing a new programme for preschool age 2 to 5. Bilingual songs in English and Spanish will provide a better understanding in both languages; this will include interactive songs where the children take it in turn to sing individually, songs with actions and nursery rhymes. We are introducing a record of learning for every child which will provide an overview of knowledge. Children will be given stickers for each achievement. Throughout our programme we focus on teaching dialogue and not just vocabulary, the children ask and answer questions. Children learn many topics from the basics of name, age and how to describe themselves to going on holiday, occupations, days of the week, food and much more. Each topic has cultural notes and we teach the children about traditions in different Spanish speaking countries. For the timetable please visit our web site www.spanishamigos.co.uk

TaLkIng ToTS The Autumn/Winter term at Talking Tots starts back 19 August with new classes at their existing venues in Corstorphine and Stockbridge! Talking Tots are the only pre-school activity in the UK to focus on good communication and language development. Through fun, interactive games, songs, rhymes and learning activities they encourage good listening and attention, turn taking and sharing. With small class sizes and parent participation, children are given a great head start for primary school in a relaxed, friendly environment. Classes suitable from 12 months onwards. For more details call Jen Cadger on 07803 820 677 or email jen@talkingtots.info You can find Talking Tots on Facebook and Twitter (@tots_jen) or at www.talkingtots.info/Edinburgh Talking Tots also run nursery sessions, parties and fundraisers.


kIdS nLP SCoTLand A recent press article (July 2013) celebrates the work at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen where from next year they will teach students, as part of their induction, innovative ways of alleviating stress and improving student performance. This includes self hypnosis and other ‘mindfulness’ strategies. Kids NLP Scotland delivers ‘The Mind Matters’ programme meeting the same aims. Some young people undertake this in 1-1 sessions, others collectively as part of a workshop. This is of benefit not only for young people but for parents too, as the learning provides skills useful throughout life. Kids NLP Scotland helps all ages to overcome anxieties and to enhance performance in all areas of life. www.Kidsnlpscotland.co.uk 07837930714 Karen@kidsnlpscotland.co.uk

kIP mCgraTH ProFESSIonaL TUITIon In maTHS & EngLISH Give your child a head start to the new school term. Our students aged from 4 to 18 are achieving high marks in school assessments and we are also achieving 100% success rate for private school entry. 'Thanks to Kip McGrath my son got the highest marks in his class maths test' Susan. At Kip McGrath, we provide a free, no obligation assessment which enables parents to find out exactly how their child is placed for maths and English. Thereafter we tailor make a learning programme to suit the individual needs of every child. Our sessions are split into 6 sections of multi-sensory activities. These are carefully designed to both motivate and inspire as well as build confidence and self belief. We are experts at teaching those that are very able or have Dyslexia or Dyscalculia and also prepare for exams at all levels. Phone Indy on 0131 610 6110. Kip McGrath Edinburgh Central, North and Morningside. www.kipmcgrath.co.uk/edinburgh-central

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Classes for adults, Teens & Children (from 4+) morningside and meadowbank locations

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kUmon At your local study centre, Kumon offers individualised maths and English study programmes tailored to all ages and abilities. At the start of a new term it’s especially important that your child gets to grips with these core subjects and with the learning skills vital for academic progression. Kumon’s unique method of learning focuses on your child’s individual needs, providing them with skills such as concentration and time management and ensuring they progress at their own pace. Once enrolled on a Kumon programme, your child will visit the centre every week and have daily worksheets to complete at home. At the centre, the Instructor will monitor their progress, setting new work and encouraging them to take ownership of their learning. By working at a steady pace with guidance and support, children acquire a strong grounding in maths and English as well as the self-motivation and confidence required to realise their unlimited potential. Call 0800 854 714 to find your local instructor.

STEP aHEad STEP AHEAD Tutoring and Educational Services is the leading teacher organisation offering one-to-one tuition in the homes of clients or tutors throughout East and Central Scotland. The power of individual tuition is being felt by countless children and is reflected in the outstanding results achieved in national Standard and Higher exams, as well as at younger stages. All academic subjects are catered for from primary through secondary in the new Curriculum for Excellence. Our commitment to nurturing the raw ability and developing self-confidence in all children, regardless of background or experience, ensures we continually help pupils reach the best standards for independent and high school entry. A highly personal and caring service is provided - by selected tutors - starting with detailed assessment, then regular and consistent tutoring, leading to considerable progress, as reflected in hundreds of testimonials. For further information contact 07967024726 or 01383 624599 and look at our website: www.stepaheadtuition.com

AfTER SCHOOl CARE kIdSCEnE Kidscene provides after school and holiday care to children of all abilities. We offer an integrated child care service that welcomes children with and without disabilities. We are based in Morningside. We pick up children from: • South Morningside Primary School • St Peters RC Primary School • James Gillespie’s Primary School and • Brunstfield Primary School. • Children from other schools are welcome to be dropped off. Opening times: Monday-Thursday 14.30 - 18.00 Friday 11.30 - 18.00. We have a variety of rooms used for: • arts and crafts, creative play, sports, music, reading and snacks. Externally the environment offers a range of play areas on grass, tarmac and rubber surfaces for physical activities and is safely enclosed. We also have access to soft play rooms and a swimming hydro / pool. Call us today on 0131 446 3136. www.royalblind.org/kidscene/after-school-club


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ARTS AnD CRAfTS Preschool parent-and-child classes Family celebrations, events and fundraisers Visits to your school, nursery or youth group 0131 667 8898 ceilidhkids@ceilidhkids.com www.facebook.com/CeilidhKids

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From the earliest age, children just love to make things. When clutching a big paintbrush, sticking pasta to a piece of card, squeezing clay or bread dough, children are developing motor skills which will later be fine-tuned to manage tasks such as writing and using cutlery effectively. Furthermore, the early attempts are stimulating many senses while introducing new techniques and textures.By providing a balance and a creative outlet, art skills complement and assist literacy and numeracy skills in the classroom. If you're not artistically inclined yourself why not leave it to the experts?

arTroom 32 - 0131 553 6798 www.artroom32.co.uk doodLES - 0131 229 1399 HonEy PoT CEramICS - 0131 333 6348 www.honeypotceramics.com


kIdS knIT - www.kidsknit.co.uk PoTTEr aroUnd - 01506 238961 www.potteraround.co.uk

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Come and join us this term and unleash your creative monkey at artroom32. We have had the most amazing start in the fantastic new studio on Ferry Road with lots of model making, clay work, painting, drawing, sculpture, jewellery making, printing, holiday workshops and very special arty parties. All served with a huge dollop of fun and a sneaky wee bit of art history education. We are kicking off this term from August 19th so if you fancy joining the fabulous artroom32 gang or organising a party/hiring the studio, then check out the website and give me a call. And it's not just for the kids! Look out for adult evening classes (drawing, textiles/sewing, knitting & crochet) from Sept. Good luck to all of my fantastic pre-schoolers who will be starting P1. 0131 553 6798 or 07931513815 (Louise) www.artroom32.co.uk www.facebook.com/artroom32 info@artroom32.co.uk

doodLES September 3rd: Autumn term Clay modeling Evening Class Taster Session. Come and try your hand at clay modelling. We will be launching some new products and projects for the autumn term. These classes run every Wed evening from 7.30 -9pm. Single sessions are £12.50 and a block of 8 sessions is £80. Suitable for age 14 and up. October Half -term Holiday Workshops 15th-18th All workshops: Mon-Friday. £55 for the week or £12.50 per day. Includes juice and mid morning snack. We will be working with clay, paint and decopatch. Projects to inclde your own monster "trick or treat" bowl and Scary castle night light tower/ pen pot. Doodles, 29 Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh Please call us on 0131 229 1399 to reseve your place. Suitable for P2 and older. For the latest offers go to: www.facebook.com/doodlesceramics. Doodles Ceramics Workshop, 29 Marchmont Crescent, EH9 1HQ

Knitting For All provides popular, award winning Kids Knit classes for children of primary school age, from Beginner through to Expert level, at after school clubs, youth groups and a variety of independent venues in and around Edinburgh. Beginners make their own knitting needles and then work with chunky yarn to make crazy creatures and cool accessories. With the close help and encouragement of friendly Kids Knit teachers, children quickly gain the confidence to progress to trickier projects using a variety of natural fibres and wooden needles. There are weekly and one off classes in Inverleith, Stockbridge, Tollcross, Corstorphine, Portobello and Musselburgh. Have a look at www.kidsknit.co.uk for more info and to view pictures of the amazing creations the Kids Knitters have made. Fancy learning to knit yourself? Check out the other programmes on offer at www.knittingforall.co.uk or email kerry@knittingforall.co.uk

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Honey Pot Ceramics - Messy Play Arts and Craft sessions - For pre-School Children 1 year + Every Monday, Thursday and Friday morning 10am-11am. £6 per session (includes all craft materials) and every Thursday 2pm-3pm. Each week we have a different fabulous theme and children are encouraged to have lots of messy creative fun in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Things will get messy so old clothes are recommended for everyone! Booking Essential. October Holiday Activities – Mon 14th - 25th Oct We are now taking bookings for our October Holiday activities, including, t-shirt painting, pottery wheel experiences, clay workshops, soap making, glass fusing and more. These are popular courses with a limit on numbers so – book now to avoid disappointment! Children can come for individual days or book for the week. £12 per day, or £50 for five workshops. Booking Essential. 0131 333 6348 www.honeypotceramics.com

Inspire your children’s artistic and creative side by letting them loose in our rural pottery painting and craft studio. Kids Clubs : Mon-Thurs after school 3.45-4.45. Interesting craft activity. £5. Fridays during term time it’s 1.30 – 3pm where you can enjoy a supervised craft session. Something different each week from pottery painting to glass painting; clay modelling to jewellery making, textiles to canvases. £12 a session. Drink and snack inc. Mondays 5-6.30: Learn oil painting with artist Kirsty McDiarmid. £15. All materials included. By appointment: Throw a pot on the potter’s wheel with our potter Bernie Rowen or make a clay model. £15 for a 1.5hr session for children. Adult workshops available too. Drop in anytime to paint and play. See our website for upcoming workshops. Potter Around, Overton Farm, Kirknewton, West Lothian, EH27 AH T: 01506 238961 E: chat@potteraround.co.uk www.potteraround.co.uk

Progressive multi-sensory fun approach Beginners to advanced Mother & Toddler Holiday Clubs

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THEATRE ARTS Drama is a wonderful extension of the 'let's pretend' games young children love to play. Classes open and extend children's imagination through role play and characterisation. Working to a theme or play introduces literature, classic stories and make-believe worlds which come to life through speech, song and movement. Students explore empathy for their characters and classmates, and learn to work effectively in groups, growing in confidence as they learn to express themselves more fully.

aCTIng oUT - 07704 714 607 www.actingoutuk.com THE drama STUdIo - 0131 453 384 www.thedramastudio.com HELEn o’grady - 0131 667 0939 www.helenogrady.co.uk

SParkLE arTS www.sparklearts.co.uk STagECoaCH - 0131 610 0636 (Edinburgh) or 0845 052 9474 (Edinburgh West) www.stagecoach.co.uk

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Acting Out UK offers excellent training in a variety of subjects including drama (acting and performance), musical theatre (singing, dancing and performing) and public speaking. All classes & workshops aim to build confidence while enhancing creativity and imagination. Our teachers are qualified, experienced and passionate about the performing world. Most are professional performers themselves. Classes are for approx 4-6 years, 7-12 years and 13-19 years. For 18+ yrs there are drama classes for all levels, a Musical Theatre Class and CPD certified workshops in Public Speaking. Acting Out UK also offer individual coaching for singing, dancing, audition preparation and public speaking. Qualifications, through certified exams with the UKA plus the chance of being part of our casting agency are available to all students. For more information please visit our website at www.actingoutuk.com or contact us on 07704 714 607 or email clare@actingoutuk.com

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If you are looking for an activity for young people that is highly stimulating, captures the imagination, boosts selfconfidence, helps making new friends and is great fun, then creative Drama may well be it! The Drama Studio begins the new term as from August 14th (school based clubs may be later). Our after school and Saturday morning classes for age 4-17 are in both independent venues and in schools. We offer you high quality drama with performance opportunities in most venues with exciting Teenage Theatre and Film Projects and a Casting Agency as well as our very popular Children's Drama Parties. Visit our website www.thedramastudio.com or call 0131-453-3284 and we will be delighted to talk to you.

Claire and Glyn - Joint Principals, have been successful in delivering confidence building drama classes in Edinburgh and the Lothian’s for over 10 years. Claire says: "I feel that Helen O'Grady's success is down to its fantastic curriculum, materials and specialized teaching techniques, which local schools recognise and recommend. We appeal to children at all levels of confidence and needs, from the super confident to the super shy! In terms 1 and 2 of the year we work from our fantastic curriculum, which includes voice work, movement, creative improvised drama and script work. In term 3 all classes rehearse a scripted play which they perform at the theatre. Our classes are all inclusive; we motive our students through ensemble work and teamwork to develop their confidence. Our programme will also assist with public speaking, performance skills and is lots of fun.” To book a FREE TRIAL call 0131 667 0939 and quote ‘Families’ or email midscot@helenogrady.co.uk

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SParkLE arTS The Sparkle Arts creative approach to learning helps children, aged 1-5 years, develop through a fun mix of music, drama, movement & dance. Shy children are encouraged to grow, and outgoing children are given an outlet for their energy in an environment that builds confidence, self-esteem and social skills. We use fun props such as colourful puppets, photographs and musical instruments to get everyone involved and give young imaginations the opportunity to flourish. Each year we bring 40 fascinating educational topics to life. These topics facilitate the development of knowledge in a fun, playful, interactive way. Classes meet the 4 main aims of the curriculum for excellence, and are taught by professionally trained, highly experienced teachers. Sparkle Arts classes are available for children attending nurseries, playgroups & toddler groups. We host classes for children accompanied by parents, or carers, in venues across Edinburgh & East Lothian, and also offer a children’s party service where you choose the theme and we custom build a party. For more information visit www.sparklearts.co.uk .

STagECoaCH THEaTrE arTS SCHooL Children of all ages and backgrounds have always been drawn to the performing arts, and with good reason: acting, singing and dancing is fun. But what’s sometimes overlooked are the educational and developmental benefits that these activities can bring to young people; increased confidence, better communication and a strong sense of discipline and commitment. Stagecoach offers a platform to help develop skills in drama, dance and singing. For further information on how Stagecoach can help nurture your child's potential, please contact Tina on 0131 610 0636 www.stagecoach.co.uk/edinburgh or Gavin on 0845 052 9474 (Edinburgh West) www.stagecoach.co.uk


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Composite Classes By June Savage, parent at St Margaret’s RC Primary School One common misconception about composite classes is that the older ones are teaching the younger ones. No, believe it or not, the core elements of literacy and numeracy are taught at the relevant stages. The children receive stage appropriate work - which also means if they need stretched a little they can move onto harder work, or can drop back without it being too obvious. Research has shown that children in a composite class do no better or worse academically than their friends in straight year group classes, however it is recognised that socially development is enhanced. With skills such as team work, assertiveness, confidence and independence coming to the fore. St Margaret’s is a small school (with composite classes) in Loanhead, Midlothian that is keen to welcome new pupils. The catchment area is quite large: Loanhead, Bilston, Roslin, Damhead and extends as far as Hillend! Transport is provided if children live more than 2 miles from school (within catchment). Although, it can be worth making an out of catchment placing request (this does not guarantee a place). If you are looking for a small, friendly, nurturing school for your child do consider St Margaret’s. Contact details above for dates of open days or for a tour. St Margaret’s R.C. Primary School 34-36 Edgefield Road, Loanhead, EH20 9DY 0131 271 4685 stmargarets_ps@midlothian.gov.uk http://stmargarets.mgfl.net/

Education Scotland is the national development and improvement agency for education in Scotland. The Education Scotland website will provide you with a range of information, advice and resources to help you find out more about the curriculum, learning and teaching. It also provides access to Parentzone, a website specifically for parents and carers to help them support and get involved in their child’s learning. www.educationscotland.gov.uk


City of Edinburgh Music School The City of Edinburgh Music School is unique. It is the only specialist Music School that covers the whole age range from 4 to 19 and is totally funded by the Scottish Government so it does not charge any fees. Entry is by audition and the gifted children selected receive specialist tuition in all aspects of music while based full-time at newly built state-of-the-art facilities in Flora Stevenson Primary and Broughton High Schools in Edinburgh. The school was selected to become the first UK All Steinway School of Excellence in the UK and has 25 Steinway pianos - at least one in every teaching space. There are also professional standard recording studios, rehearsal rooms and performance spaces seating up to 500. Students from the school were recently; invited to perform at the 2012 Olympic Celebrations in London, accompany the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq’s first British tour with Julian Lloyd Webber, take part in both the International and Fringe Festival and, have been featured on national radio and television programmes. Sir Simon Rattle, CBE is the patron of the Music School. Financial assistance is given for travel if students live further afield, and there is also a trust fund to provide scholarships and resources for specialist music students. With all the advantages of expert individual tuition and the social mix of a large, successful state school - each child's gift for music is developed in a wellbalanced and happy environment. Come along and see for yourself at their Open Day on Saturday 2nd November from noon. Contact: Tudor Morris (Director) 0131 332 7805 www.edinburghmusicschool.co.uk musicschool@broughton.edin.sch.uk


Parental Partnerships – Independent Schools A particular strength of independent schools is the way they involve parents for the benefit of pupils. Sarah Randell from Scottish Council of Independent Schools explains more: Q: Why do independent schools place an importance on parental commitment? It’s well known that children are much more likely to do well at school when their parents are interested and engaged in their academic and social development. So independent schools recognise they need to have a relationship with parents that is, in effect, a partnership.

Q: What should I expect the ‘partnership’ to involve? At the point of your child’s admission to an independent school, it’s likely that you’ll be asked to sign a parental agreement that sets out the schools expectations. This differs from school to school but is likely to encourage you to work with the school to enable your child to thrive. With this in mind, it’s important that you choose a school that has an ethos you feel committed to.

Q: Where can I find more information? There’s no substitute for visiting a school and talking to staff. All independent schools welcome visitors, by appointment, throughout the school year. In the Welcome pack, you’ll find a handbook that’s likely to include staff names; aims of the school; admissions philosophy; curriculum and extra-curricular activities; pastoral care; how good conduct is maintained and any issues resolved; information about the antibullying policy; communication with parents; terms dates; fees and payment terms.

Q: How do independent schools communicate with parents? Schools set out in writing (usually in the handbook) how they keep parents informed about pupils’ wellbeing and progress. You should receive a regular supply of information from the school and know the procedures to follow if you have any worries. Reports are usually emailed although some schools make them available online via a password protected intranet. Text messages and social media are used, Head Teachers issue regular newsletters and many now write blogs. But there’s no substitute for face-to-face meetings and telephone conversations with a key contact on the Senior Management Team if and when you need them.

For information, advice and guidance about independent schools in Scotland, please call Sarah at Scottish Council of Independent Schools on 0131 556 2316 or visit www.scis.org.uk

Edinburgh Montessori Arts School “Our aim is not merely to make children understand, but so to touch their imaginations as to enthuse them to their innermost core.” Maria Montessori At Edinburgh Montessori Arts School we are passionate about our personalised and progressive educational approach. Our small school is an ideal learning sanctuary with the benefits of both city and countryside on our doorstep. Our teachers support each phase of development by recognising when a child has mastered his/her surroundings and is ready for new challenges. Children learn and grow at their own pace as valued members of our close-knit school community. Our drama and music specialists and artist-in-residence inspire a plethora of stimulating creative activities in addition to the generous opportunities provided by the Montessori classroom environments. Our children enjoy daily time outdoors bringing them in close contact with their natural surroundings. Our “Discovery Garden” has grown in collaboration with the children, teachers and parents to provide inspiring spaces for work, play and mindfulness. Out in the paddocks the children spend time in open-ended exploration and environmental projects. For children from one year onwards our Infant Community is a home from home, in which they discover and learn in the most calm, supportive surroundings. From three years old children move to ‘Children’s House’, our nursery class, where all aspects of their development are given time and encouragement, helping to nurture a lifelong love of learning. For children from six, our Elementary classroom is the base from which they explore the world, linking their studies with real-life experiences. With its roots in science, knowledge and understanding the Montessori curriculum provides the springboard for the children’s emergent interests; a complete Montessori education, complemented by their work with our creative arts specialists. Our pupils’ academic achievements are underpinned by strong intrinsic motivation and a desire to be their “best self”. We welcome children from outwith the school to our popular after school and holiday activities and receive visitors to the school year round.



why Fettes? Fettes College has over 5,000 Old Fettesians who remain in touch with us for one very compelling reason: being educated at Fettes was one of the most important and beneficial aspects of their lives. Fettes is where their confidence was built, horizons broadened, talents nurtured and life-long friendships made. Where they achieved exam success, broke sporting records, were inspired by teachers and learnt the skills which would equip them for later life. Fettes is where they were enthused, praised and encouraged to work hard and achieve the very best they could, while being surrounded by like-minded peers and caring staff. Our mission at Fettes is to develop broadly-educated, confident and thoughtful individuals who are prepared for life after Fettes and all the opportunities and challenges it will bring. We are a community which believes in mutual support and co-operation and it is this happy, purposeful environment that encourages boys and girls to flourish and develop fully the skills and interests that they possess, whatever they may be. A strong foundation for the future, a family for life. To confirm your attendance at Open Day on Sunday 6th October, arrange a visit or request a prospectus, please simply contact our Registrar, Mrs Harriet Marshall on 0131 311 6744 or admissions@fettes.com and she will be happy to help.

Merchiston Merchiston is unique in Scotland as a boarding and day school for boys aged 8-18. Merchiston Juniors caters for boys aged 8 -12; teaching of the youngest boys takes place in a dedicated modern building, whilst the older boys are taught in specialist senior facilities. Pupils have access to fantastic opportunities including 20 sports and 30 co-curricular activities. With daily transport to school from various Edinburgh locations and flexible collection times, Merchiston provides an ideal solution for busy parents. “We are a very nurturing school with the highest standards of pastoral care. We believe firmly in the significance of a boy’s academic platform in putting him in a position of choice, but equally, the co-curricular activities teach the boys vital life skills. Essentially, we develop all-rounders with a sense of values.” Andrew Hunter, Headmaster The warmth with which Merchiston parents speak of the School is rather special. “It has been refreshing that we have been treated as individuals. The care and attention given to us and our son has been incredible. We feel that we are part of a special community where we are always made welcome.” Parent “In every respect - academic, sporting and pastoral - the School has exceeded our expectations, and continues to do so. In particular, the staff appear to have an almost magical ability to maximise the potential of every boy, irrespective of their natural talents. But above all, it is the Merchiston ‘end product’ that impresses us year after year; the young men who leave the School for university each year are polite, confident gentlemen, that any parent would be proud to call their sons." Parent For more information, please contact Admissions: 0131 312 2204, or email admissions@merchiston.co.uk



George watson's College All on One Campus Watson’s is characterised by a warmth often associated with smaller schools, but unashamedly exploits the advantage of size to the full. They work hard to help pupils to settle in to their new environment, and it is arguably the warm welcome from the pupils that makes the biggest impact. It is a close-knit community, for girls and boys from Nursery through to S6. While all benefit from the exceptional range of opportunities available to them on a single campus, pupils enjoy secure, friendly, and stimulating areas to call its own. Academically, it provides an enviable choice of subject and levels. Now S5 and S6 pupils can choose between SQA examinations or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB), with Watson’s the only Scottish school to offer the IB as an alternative choice alongside SQA qualifications. The breadth of opportunity also extends beyond the classroom to a thriving extracurricular scene. An extensive choice of musical and sporting activities, along with those representing politics, environmentalism, business and the arts, is on offer. All of this requires committed staff and excellent facilities. The state-of-the-art George Watson’s Centre for Sport, recently opened by former pupil, Sir Chris Hoy, provides magnificent unrivalled sporting facilities on campus for GWC pupils. George Watson's College is ideally placed in the South of Edinburgh and can be easily accessed from East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian and the Peebles area. All these places are serviced by buses organised through the school, as is Haymarket Station, for those travelling to Edinburgh by train. Flexible wrap around and holiday care is available for younger pupils to fit the needs of modern family life. Go along to their Open Morning on 5 October and see what it means to be part of the Watson’s family.

ESMS A unique family of schools Joining the ESMS Nursery is the first step of a unique education from 3 to 18 that gives every boy and girl the opportunity to reach his or her full potential in schools which encourage a commitment to excellence based on our nine values - respect, commitment, confidence, kindness, appreciation, enthusiasm, grace, integrity and responsibility. Our family of schools combines the best of co-educational and single-sex education. Encouraging every child to blossom The first thing you notice on visiting our Nursery is happy, motivated children playing in wonderful grounds. Girls and boys can join from aged 3, or as a 4 year old for their Preschool year. If they join us when they are 3, they will play in our airy, purpose-built Snowdrop Room, which includes a dedicated art and craft space as well as areas to be busy or rest with friends. Within our preschool rooms, every child is nurtured in all aspects of development by fully-qualified teachers and experienced early years staff. Regular sessions of music, dance and ICT are provided. The children then move seamlessly into Primary 1, which is located in the same building, without any need for parents or children to worry about P1 entry assessments. Flexible hours The Nursery hours are from 8.30am -12.30pm during term time, while our e-Plus services offer flexible wraparound care, including an early drop-off from 7.45am, an extended morning until 2.30pm or afternoon care until 6pm. An all-day holiday club is available throughout the school holidays. The Nursery is in partnership with Edinburgh City Council so children are eligible for partnership funding. The best way to find out about ESMS is to see for yourself by visiting our schools, meeting the staff and seeing the enthusiasm with which our girls and boys go about their daily lives. Visit us on Open Day, Saturday 21 September 2013. For further information, please contact our Admissions Secretary. Tel: 0131 311 1111 Email: admissions@esms.org.uk www.esms.org.uk



St George’s School for Girls Situated ten minutes from the heart of Edinburgh on a beautiful eleven acre campus, St George’s School for Girls provides an outstanding education for today’s young women. Since its establishment in 1888, the school has focused on the academic and pastoral care of girls. The school has extensive expertise in the single-sex classroom. We believe there are many advantage to being exclusively for girls: • Girls have the confidence and freedom to be themselves. • Girls are likely to study subjects they enjoy and at which they excel; there are no gender stereotypes to influence them. • We are experts in teaching girls and know how girls learn best. • We achieve outstanding academic results; the national league tables are evidence of this. • We provide a challenging and supportive environment designed for girls where they are free to take risks and master new skills. St George’s is able to provide a collaborative approach to learning and a smooth transition from each stage of school life to the next. St George’s nursery welcomes students from 18 months and thereafter there is progression through Primary to Secondary. This allencompassing approach to education, including a broad extra-curricular programme, helps to fuel outstanding academic results, while building well-rounded characters. Our academic results are outstanding, with most of the students going on to their first choice of university. We offer a mixture of Scottish and English qualifications, and at the time of going to press, we are the top independent school for Advanced Highers in Scotland (Financial Times). The school provides wrap-around child care and school transport giving flexibility to parents, while means- tested bursaries provide help to those in need of financial assistance. Come along to one of our Open Mornings and find out more. Open mornings are Wednesday 9th October and Saturday 12th October 2013 from 9.30 am. Head’s presentation at 10 am on Saturday 12 October. Visit our website at www.stgeorgesedinburgh.com or please get in touch with Mrs Karen Batty, Admissions Manager, T: 0131 311 8008, admissions@stgeorgesedinburgh.com.

Edinburgh Steiner School Steiner Schools differ from other independent schools in both curriculum and approach. From age 3 - 18 years, subject matter is linked to the developmental stage and age of the pupil, which both inspires and motivates them. All subjects are linked together interweaving academic, artistic and practical subjects -something that the Scottish Government’s Curriculum for Excellence is striving to achieve. Excellent exam results, small class sizes and the introduction of modern language education from the Kindergarten onwards are all underpinned by outstanding pastoral care. We consistently score among the highest marks in the country in both GCSE and Higher examinations and are proud to produce able young people, who have the spirit and entrepreneurial flair to become productive adults. Moving Schools Moving schools can be a daunting prospect for children of all ages but the Edinburgh Steiner School is experienced when it comes to settling in new pupils at any age and stage. Carefully structured academic support is given to new pupils to enable them to reach the same level as their peer group. This is particularly important for pupils who join midway through the school and for those who have not had the opportunity to study a Modern Language previously. All pupils at the Edinburgh Steiner School receive French and German lessons from age 6 and extra classes are arranged for new pupils, which are phased to ensure they are not overwhelmed with extra work. Nina Mega, Class 12 pupil, explains: “I joined the School in Class 9 from a much bigger state school. It was very easy to fit in. Everyone was so friendly and made me very welcome and I felt at home straight away”. The Edinburgh Steiner School operates an all year round admissions policy and, once accepted, encourages new pupils to attend a visit for up to three days to enjoy classes with their peer group, meet their teachers and learn more about what the school has to offer.



George heriot’s School George Heriot’s School are proud to be the first Senior School in Edinburgh to secure a Rights Respecting School Award promoting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Our pupils continue to do extremely well in their examinations - down to the outstanding professionalism and skill of our talented staff and the natural flair, hard work and dedication of our pupils. We are confident of excellent results again this session. However, our exam grades are only a small part of the picture. At all stages throughout our Junior and Senior Schools, Heriot’s cultivates an ethos of care reinforced by outstanding guidance and our commitment to charitable fundraising and voluntary service. Our pupils also benefit from an extraordinary number of extra curricular activities, ranging from the 29 sports on offer to a huge variety of musical, dramatic and other possibilities; the emphasis, once again is on taking part - in everything we do we want to encourage our young people to participate, to try hard and to be happy. For us, the highlight of our Open Morning, which this session will fall on Saturday 28 September, will once again be the turnout of pupils, Junior and Senior, willing to volunteer to give up their Saturday to show prospective pupils and their parents their School. We hope you will join us for a happy and fun morning and discover the warm community that is George Heriot’s School. You are also most welcome to visit the School on ‘normal’ days visits are easily arranged by contacting our Admissions Department on 0131 221 6709. Choosing a school for your child is a very important decision. Our most important publicity come from our current and former pupils and parents so do please feel free to speak to them! We look forward to meeting you and helping you discover what is behind the stones.

the Edinburgh Academy The Edinburgh Academy is a school with a proud history and an outward vision. Founded in 1824 we pride ourselves on carrying forward strong traditions whilst also constantly striving to innovate. We are fully coeducational from Nursery through to Senior School, and our School size allows us to cater for the needs and ambitions of your son or daughter. We believe in excellence in education and that every child deserves the best possible chance to develop their unique talents. The School’s high staff ratios allow us to tailor our teaching and pastoral care to the needs of each individual pupil. In addition to striving for academic excellence, the Edinburgh Academy recognises that learning also takes place outside the formal classroom curriculum and our pupils enjoy a full programme of co-curricular activities to ensure a well-rounded education. The Academy supports each child in their preferred education path, and provides individual, personalised teaching to help them reach their goals. Our curriculum offers flexibility and a blend of the Scottish and English syllabus, meaning pupils can take GCSE’s, Intermediate 2, Highers, Advanced Highers and A-Levels, depending on which option best meets their needs. To ensure open access to the benefits of an Academy education, we offer financial support through our Bursary scheme and provide Scholarships to reward and encourage academic excellence and talent in art, sport and music. We would be delighted to welcome you and your family to the Academy, either to Open Day on Saturday, 5 October 2013 or for an individual visit. Please contact Admissions on 0131 624 4987 or admissions@edinburghacademy.org.uk for more information.

School open Mornings and open day dates at a glance Merchiston Castle School - Information Morning Saturday 14th September 10am ESMS - Open Day - Saturday 21st September 10am - 1pm George Heriot’s School - Open Morning - Saturday 28th September 9.45am - 1pm Edinburgh Steiner School - School Tour - Friday 4th October George Watson’s College - Open Morning Saturday 5th October 9.30am - 12.30pm

The Edinburgh Academy - Open Day - Saturday 5th October Edinburgh Montessori Arts School - Saturday 5th October 10am - 4pm Fettes College - Sunday 6th October 1.30pm St George’s School For Girls - Open Mornings Wednesday 9th and Saturday 12 October at 9.30am City of Edinburgh Music School - Saturday November 2nd from Noon. 25 FAMILIES EDINBURGH ISSUE 80


these events and morecan canbe be found found on AllAll these events and more on While every care has been taken to compile the OUT AND ABOUT section please remember that this magazine is printed weeks ahead of the events. PLEASE call and check events with the venue to avoid any disappointment before setting out. If you have any events you would like listed free in this section please email them to editor@familiesedinburgh.co.uk Wednesday during term time magic Carpet 10:30 and 11:30 (25 mins). Free. Suitable for ages 2-4 (+ their adult). Sign up in the Entrance Hall on the day as places are limited The National Museum of Scotland’s magic carpet introduces little ones to some of the fantastic things in the museum through 20 minutes of stories, songs and activities. Join us as the carpet visits a different gallery or theme every week. Look out for special guests too!

Until 10 November Family Events for Leonardo da Vinci: The mechanics of man at The Queen’s gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse - art Spy. Join in a big bag of fun activities as you don your Art Spy disguise and go on a secret mission to find out about this fascinating exhibition. Drawing and puzzle solving will keep intrepid art agents on their toes as they explore Leonardo’s renowned anatomy studies as well as state of the art 3D animations. 1 YEAR PASS! Enjoy free re-admission for a year if you buy your tickets directly from us. Simply ask us to stamp your ticket on your first visit - a great way to fill the school holidays at no extra cost! For full details of events and dates visit www.royalcollection.org.uk/whatson 25th August The jack and jill market - Livingston 10.30am-1pm 50 stalls of quality nearly-new baby & kids clothes, cots, toys, buggies, bikes and much more! (0-9 yrs) Snap up great BARGAINS and save £££. Adults £1 West Lothian College, EH54 7EP. To book a stall visit: www.jackandjillmarket.co.uk


Thursdays during term time magic Carpet minis 10:30 and 11:30 (20 mins). Suitable for ages 0-2 (+ their adult). Sign up on the day in the Entrance Hall as places are limited. Join the National Museum of Scotland for magic carpet sessions for really little ones and their adults. Go along for songs, stories, rhymes and objects in the unique museum setting.

Sunday 1 September Virgin money Fireworks Concert. The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings the 2013 Festival season to an awe-inspiring conclusion. Set against the magnificent backdrop of Edinburgh’s iconic Castle, the evening brings together the dynamic playing of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with an incredible concert-long fireworks display, specially choreographed to the music. Tickets to watch the concert from Princes Street Gardens are £12.50, why not bring a picnic to enjoy while you watch the fireworks. 9.00pm. Princes Street Gardens. 45 minutes approximately eif.co.uk/virginmoneyfireworks. You can also watch the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert from Inverleith Park. This is a free and unticketed event.

Fridays during term time Friday afternoon Fun 13:30 – 16:30. Free, drop-in. Let out of school early? Make the most of your half-day Friday and come and have some fun with the National Museum of Scotland! Drop by for free activities such as Gallery Safaris, make-and-take and object handling. Check out information screens on the day for details. Saturday 31 Aug - Sunday 1 September Edible gardening - Seasonal advice 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm, Real Life Science Studio, John Hope Gateway, No booking required. Fancy growing your own vegetables but don't know where to start? Pop in for some friendly advice from the edible gardening team. Focusing on seasonal gardening information the team will be on hand with advice, fun activities and garden produce tasters. Part of the Edible Gardening Project funded by the People's Postcode Lottery. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh


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Sunday 1 September dobbies Little Seedlings Club: bulbing boffins! We’ll be planting bulbs in weird and wonderful containers. Gardening isn’t limited to the outdoors! Bring along a photo of you standing next to your Sunflower which was planted in June and the tallest Sunflower wins a prize! The Dobbies Little Seedlings Club is a free gardening club for youngsters aged between 4 -10. Bring along your little gardening guru and they can learn all about plants, wildlife and the environment. Held on the first Sunday of every month, check with your local store for details, prebooking is necessary. Dobbies Garden Centres Ltd, Melville Nursery, Lasswade. 0131 663 1941 Sunday 1 September art maker - new! Free, drop-in. Ages 4-12. Scottish National Gallery. 24pm. Our Art Cart has had a makeover - come and see what's new! Join the Art Maker Club and make your own masterpieces with artists Tessa Asquith-Lamb and Louise Fraser. Supported by the Friends of the National Galleries of Scotland. Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 September Slow Food in Edinburgh. 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm, Real Life Science Studio, John Hope Gateway, No booking required, All Ages, (Free). Enjoy finding out about good, clean and fair food - and try some yourself. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Saturday 7th September Polwarth nearly new Sale. Polwarth Church, Polwarth Terrace, Edinburgh EH11 1LU. 11am-1pm All ages of Children’s Clothes & Toys, Nursery Equipment, Maternity Wear, High Chairs, Buggies, Pushchairs, Garden Toys ... and much more! Over 5000 items for sale. Raising money for both Polwarth Parish Church and theThe Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital. www.nearlynewsale.org.uk Donations of items to sell are most welcome. donations@nearlynewsale.org.uk Sunday 8 September Portrait detectives! Free, Drop-in. Ages 4-12. Scottish National Portrait Gallery. 2-4pm. Collect your kit, follow clues and solve a mystery from history! Supported by the friends of the National Galleries of Scotland. Thursday 12th September - Fertility workshop Preparing to get pregnant following baby or pregnancy loss. 7.15 - 9.15pm at Ming Chen Clinic, 24 Bernard Street, Leith, EH6 6PP. Registration email support@fertilityfocus.org.uk or call 0131 554 0808 www.fertilityfocus.org.uk 14 & 15 September HUFF who will save your bacon? Ages 7+. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - STUDIO. 11am-4pm (30 mins) Close your eyes, take a deep breath and enter the world of HUFF! This is the story of the Three Little Pigs like you’ve never seen it before; brought to you by award-winning theatre makers Shona Reppe and Andy Manley with the National Galleries of Scotland and Catherine Wheels Theatre Company. Free, online booking essential: www.nationalgalleries.org/HUFF.

Ou&tAbout Sunday 15 September Talking Trees Storytelling 2.00 pm - 2.45 pm, Palm House, No booking required, 5+, (Free). Let the Talking Trees grow your imaginations with their stories from around the world. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Sunday 15th September Pirates and Princesses Party. Do you love dressing up – then come along to our Pirates and Princesses party…We’ll be showing you how to make your own fabulous treasure chest or tiara. The fun starts at 3pm! Price £15 per head (includes treasure chest, tiara supplies and tea party). Booking and Pirate/ Princess outfits Essential! www.honeypotceramics.com or call us on: 0131-333-6348.

Tuesday 17 September Tiny Tales: autumn Leaves 10 & 11.30am (40mins). £5 per child for 1-3yrs. As the autumn leaves begin to brown join storyteller Tim Porteus for a morning of stories and songs for little ones in the Storytelling Bothy. www.scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk

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21 & 22 September HUFF - who will save your bacon? Ages 7+. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - STUDIO. 11am-4pm (30 mins). Close your eyes, take a deep breath and enter the world of HUFF! This is the story of the Three Little Pigs like you’ve never seen it before; brought to you by award-winning theatre makers Shona Reppe and Andy Manley with the National Galleries of Scotland and Catherine Wheels Theatre Company. Free, online booking essential: www.nationalgalleries.org/HUFF Saturday 21st September Septemberfest 2013 Community Festival. 11am – 4pm. Free entry and lots of free activities for all ages. Lots of fun for all ages. Bouncy castles and inflatables for all ages plus sumo suits and massive climbing tower. Music and dance with the samba band, rock choir, drumming, and dance workshops and displays. Lots of sports tasters and competitions including football, rugby, fencing, tennis, basketball, korfball, table tennis and more. Craft fair with loads of fantastic handcrafted goods. Come and have a go wet felting, leather working, jewellery making or decopatch. Get your bike fixed for free and have a go at the bike obstacle course or a unicycle. Sit in a fire engine and ring the siren. Face painting, nail bar, coconut shy, fantastic balloons, henna tattoos, the list is endless, The village café selling tea and cakes, BBQ, pizza, curry, crepes, and ice cream. Community Festival at Broughton High School, East Fettes Avenue, Comely Bank, Edinburgh. Saturday 21 September The big Craft give-away 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm, Real Life Science Studio, No booking required, (Free). Join us for the second annual Big Craft Give-Away when thousands of craft objects, inspired by the venues they were made in, will be given away across Scotland. Visit bigcraftgiveaway.org for more information. Funded by Creative Scotland. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 22 September The wheels and wings Show Join the National Museum of Flight for a thrilling display of gravity-defying stunts with the amazing White Helmets motorcycle display team. Have a go on a Segway, test your mountain bike skills and see more than 200 classic cars and working vehicles. You can also enjoy hands-on activities and talks from experts. 10:00 – 17:00. Cost (includes museum admission): Adult £10:50 / £8.50, Child £5 (under 5 free), Family (2 adults and 2 children) £27.50. National Museums Scotland Members free. To book go to www.nms.ac.uk/flightSunday

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22 September Edible gardening - Harvest Festival. 11.00 am - 4.30 pm, John Hope Gateway, No booking required, All, (Free). Fun activities, gardening advice, information about harvesting, cooking and storing crops, tasters and more at our annual Harvest Festival. Be inspired to get growing by our community garden produce show. Part of the Edible Gardening Project, support received from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Sunday 22 September meet the ancestors - weird and wonderful adventures. Free, drop-in. Ages 4 -12. Scottish National Portrait Gallery. 2pm, 2.45pm & 3.30pm (30 mins) Come and join a thrilling journey through time packed with magic, monsters, battles and romance. There will be lots of dressing up and audience participation as author and historian Allan Burnett reveals some of the amazing stories behind the Scottish National Portrait Gallery's collection of weird and wonderful characters. Thursday 26 September duncan Place nappuccinos. Your ‘one stop’ event to meet all your real nappy needs. Get free advice and information from parents with lots of experience of using real nappies, see different types of nappies and if you’d like, apply for a trial pack or lending kit. Parents will also be able to: Place orders and buy new nappies in partnership with Anna Grant a Fill Your Pants nappy retailer. Brands available are Little Lambs; Tots Bots; Bright Bots; Grovia; Smartipants; Fuzzibunz and Cheeky Wipes. Buy great value second hand nappies. Buy nappy accessories.Drop off second hand nappy donations. A proportion of sales generated from all items will create income for the Real Nappy Project to help to continue with the services provided. Duncan Place Resource Centre, Duncan Place (just off Duke St, Leith), Edinburgh, EH6 8HW. Drop in anytime between 10am - 11.30am Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 September beavers at Home. 11.00 am - 4.00 pm, Real Life Science Studio, John Hope Gateway, No booking required, All ages, (Free). Four years into the official Scottish Beaver Trial, come along and find out how the beavers are adapting to life in Scotland, and how Scotland is adapting to life with the beavers! The Scottish Beaver Trail education team will be here with beavery games and activities as well as pelts, skulls and video footage. With the Scottish Beaver Trial. Image by Per Harald Olsen. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh


Sunday 29th September The royal regiment of Scotland raceday. Musselburgh Racecourse Family Day. Adult Tickets are available at a discounted price online of £19.50 and children are admitted FREE as always. Why not come along on this Sunday Fun Day and join in with our army themed activities such as inflatable assault courses and climbing wall as well as fairground rides and a whole range of other FREE family entertainments. We will have bouncy castles, trampolines and along with our large fairground rides, these activities are all FREE! Our Sunday racemeeting is great value for money for any family as for the price of an adult ticket you will receive a free racecard, free car parking and free activities throughout the afternoon as well as a great days racing. Come along and join us and see the Mast Bands in action from 12 noon on Sunday 29th September. Wednesday during term time magic Carpet 10:30 and 11:30 (25 mins). Free. Suitable for ages 2-4 (+ their adult). Sign up in the Entrance Hall on the day as places are limited. The National Museum of Scotland’s magic carpet introduces little ones to some of the fantastic things in the museum through 20 minutes of stories, songs and activities. Join us as the carpet visits a different gallery or theme every week. Look out for special guests too! Thursdays during term time magic Carpet minis 10:30 and 11:30 (20 mins). Suitable for ages 0-2 (+ their adult). Sign up on the day in the Entrance Hall as places are limited. Join the National Museum of Scotland for magic carpet sessions for really little ones and their adults. Go along for songs, stories, rhymes and objects in the unique museum setting. Fridays during term time Friday afternoon Fun 13:30 – 16:30. Free, drop-in. Let out of school early? Make the most of your half-day Friday and come and have some fun with the National Museum of Scotland! Drop by for free activities such as Gallery Safaris, make-and-take and object handling. Check out information screens on the day for details. Saturday 5 October apple Festival 10.00 am - 4.00 pm, John Hope Gateway, No booking required. An annual celebration of apples. The Saturday will feature apple advice and identification from 10am whilst the Sunday will include apple juice tasting. See and taste a wide selection of apple varieties from 12pm both days, and find out how to grow them. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 5th & 6th October Happy 3rd birthday Honeypot Ceramics! Can we really be three years old already! To celebrate our 3rd Birthday, we will be giving away free cake all weekend for everyone coming into the studio. www.honeypotceramics.com

Sunday 6 October dobbies Little Seedlings Club: bonkers about Conkers. Learn all about the hidden gems strewn about the forest floor this autumn. We’ll discover why some trees give their seeds wings and you can make your own seed parachute to take home! The Dobbies Little Seedlings Club is a free gardening club for youngsters aged between 4 -10. Bring along your little gardening guru and they can learn all about plants, wildlife and the environment. Held on the first Sunday of every month, check with your local store for details, pre-booking is necessary. Dobbies Garden Centres Ltd, Melville Nursery, Lasswade. 0131 663 1941 Sunday 6 October art maker - new! Free, drop-in. Ages 4-12. Scottish National Gallery. 24pm. Our Art Cart has had a makeover - come and see what's new! Join the Art Maker Club and make your own masterpieces with artists Tessa Asquith-Lamb and Louise Fraser. Supported by the Friends of the National Galleries of Scotland. 6th October The jack and jill market – Edinburgh west. 10.30am-1pm 50 stalls of quality nearly-new baby & kids clothes, cots, toys, buggies, bikes and much more! (0-9 yrs) Snap up great BARGAINS and save £££ Adults £1 Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, EH14 4AS. To book a stall visit: www.jackandjillmarket.co.uk Tuesday 8 October Tiny Tales 10am & 11.30am (40mins). £5 per child for 1-3 years Monthly session of storytelling, songs and fun for toddlers aged 1-3 to get interactive with tales. www.scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk Friday 11 October Edinburgh youth gaitherin Concert: ogham. 7.30pm (2hrs) £8 (£6). All Ages Ogham are an exciting and vibrant traditional folk band from Holland, who have spent many years visiting and touring Scotland to gain inspiration from the country, its people, and its music. A lively and energetic band, who perform a variety of songs, ballads, jigs, reels, hornpipes, and strathspeys from Traditional Scottish music to some of their own compositions. Ogham will be supported by some of the talented young musicians from the Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin including the exciting 20-strong Big Band. www.eyg.org.uk www.scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk Saturday 12 October blue Lotus: autumn (dance Ihayami). 9.00 am, See signs on arrival for directions, No booking required, All Ages, (Free) This outdoor production features live music composed by Ash Madni and performed by the Antonine Quartet. Professional dancers and amateur older dancers from local communities come together to reflect on changing seasons through movement. Outdoor standing performance. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh


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Saturday 12 October nature Stories. 11am (1hr). £5 per child for ages 4+ Enjoy playing in nature and learn about the Wellbeing Woodland. Stories and fun crafts with storyteller Jane Mather. Please note: Event scheduled to take place in the garden, weather permitting. www.scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk Saturday 12 - Sunday 13 October Fungus Fun. 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm, Real Life Science Studio, John Hope Gateway, No booking required, All ages, (Free). Celebrate National Fungus Day by finding out what fungi are around and why they are so important to a healthy planet. With Plantlife Scotland. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Saturday 12 to Sunday 27 October The big draw at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Visit us during the October half term holidays and find out what life was like at the Palace for the kings and queens of Scotland. Delve deeper into the historic palace with the family audio guide and record your findings through an activity trail with The Big Draw, a national campaign to get people drawing. Visit the Family Room and dress up like royalty and take part in hands on craft activities on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. All activities are free with standard admission price. No booking required. 1 YEAR PASS! Enjoy free readmission for a year if you buy your tickets directly from us. Simply ask us to stamp your ticket on your first visit - a great way to fill the school holidays at no extra cost! For full details of events and dates visit www.royalcollection.org.uk/whatson Sunday 13 October Portrait detectives! Free, Drop-in. Ages 4-12. Scottish National Portrait Gallery. 2-4pm. Collect your kit, follow clues and solve a mystery from history! Supported by the friends of the National Galleries of Scotland. 13th October The big draw. During October drama artist Clare Hume brings Leonardo’s world to life through an array of interactive activities in the Gallery. Complete your visit by creating a giant drawing, inspired by Leonardo, in our specially created ‘Artists’ Studio’. 2-4pm. Drop in. All activities are included in the standard admission price. For full details visit: www.royalcollection.org.uk/whatson 18th - 27 October Scottish International Storytelling Festival. Tickets on sale from Friday 6 September. For full programme and booking information go to www.scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk © Andy McGregor

Friday 18 & Saturday 19 October Halloween Hoedown Puppetry workshops. Ages 7+. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - STUDIO. 2pm & 3.30pm (1hr). Free, booking essential on 0131 624 6560. Learn how to make your own puppets with Yugen Puppet Company. Part of Scottish International Storytelling Festival. Saturday 19 October Concert for bees. 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm, Real Life Science Studio, John Hope Gateway, No booking required, All Ages, (Free). A preview for Concert for Bees on 25 October at Greyfriars Kirk. Enjoy displays of art and poems by local schools and also films, short presentations and musical interludes. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Saturday 19 October once Upon a journey. National Museum of Scotland. 11am (5hrs) Free for ages 5+. A day of storytelling journeys and performances at the ever popular Chambers Street Museum. Join Captain Zeppo’s Submarine Adventures with Macastory, go on Magic Carpets and Story Safaris, and explore Scotland’s history for all ages with Andy Cannon’s Tales of a Grandson.*Tickets for auditorium shows are on first come first served basis. Story Safaris have limited places & may require sign-up on the day.*

Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man exhibition and Big Draw fun for all the family Drama and Draw Family Audio Guide Art Spy Family Activity Bags Drawing Trail Craft Activities

Saturday 19th – Thursday 31st October Spooky Happenings at almond Valley As the days grow shorter, strange creatures begin to emerge from the the darkest and scariest corners of the old mill and farm buildings. Encounter unearthly creatures on a trail of terror, collect the clues and claim a small prize for your bravery. Join in with creepy crafts and gruesome games, and have a spine-tingling good time. Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Livingston. For more information and prices go to www.almondvalley.org.uk Sunday 20th October bewitched! Free, drop-in. Ages 7+. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - STUDIO. 11.30am (1hr). Join traditional storyteller, or Shennachie, Jess Smith and hear magical tales of witches and the supernatural from the Scottish travelling culture. Part of Scottish International Storytelling Festival. Sunday 20 October bags of art. Free, drop-in. Ages 4-12. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One. 2-4pm. Cool and creative fun with artists Tessa Asquith-Lamb and Louise Fraser. Supported by the Friends of the National Galleries of Scotland. 20th October The big draw. During October drama artist Clare Hume brings Leonardo’s world to life through an array of interactive activities in the Gallery. Complete your visit by creating a giant drawing, inspired by Leonardo, in our specially created ‘Artists’ Studio’. 2-4pm. Drop in. All activities are included in the standard admission price. For full details visit: www.royalcollection.org.uk/whatson

October holiday events at The Queen’s Gallery and the Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Ou&tAbout these events and morecan canbe be found found on AllAll these events and more onour ourwebsite websitewww.familiesedinburgh.co.uk www.familiesedinburgh.co.uk 20th October The jack and jill market – Edinburgh East. 10.30am-1pm 50 stalls of quality nearly-new baby & kids clothes, cots, toys, buggies, bikes and much more! (0-9 yrs) Snap up great BARGAINS and save £££. Adults £1 Meadowbank Stadium, London Road, EH7 6AE. To book a stall visit: www.jackandjillmarket.co.uk 20th October The jack and jill market - Livingston. 10.30am-1pm 50 stalls of quality nearly-new baby & kids clothes, cots, toys, buggies, bikes and much more! (0-9 yrs) Snap up great BARGAINS and save £££. Adults £1 West Lothian College, EH54 7EP. To book a stall visit: www.jackandjillmarket.co.uk Sunday 20 October natural journeys Storytelling day. 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm, Around the Garden - please see signs on arrival, No booking required, All Ages, (Free). Celebrate the 2013 Scottish International Storytelling Festival with an afternoon of storytelling in locations around the Garden - both inside and outside. Ideally suited both for adults and for families with children aged 5+. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Sunday 20 October Talking Trees Storytelling 2.00 pm - 2.45 pm, Patrick Geddes Room, First Floor, John Hope Gateway, No booking required, 5+, (Free). Let the Botanics’ own volunteer storytellers grow your imaginations with their tales from around the world. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Monday 21 October Tales of a grandson. Free, drop-in. Ages 6+. Scottish National Portrait Gallery. 2pm (50mins). What is your story of Scotland? Two hundred years after Walter Scott’s ‘Tales of a Grandfather’, storyteller Andy Cannon sets out to share and to listen to our stories, beginning with the Stuarts. An interactive performance for children and their parents, carers and grandparents. Part of Scottish International Storytelling Festival. Friday 25th October Friday Fright night 6pm-9pm. Doors re-open after dark for traditional Halloween games, a moonlight trail, and a ghost train journey into the depths of the night. Come dressed to kill. Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Livingston. For more information and prices got to www.almondvalley.org.uk Friday 25 October I knew a man Called Livingstone. National Library of Scotland. 2.30pm (1hr). £8 (£6) . Family Event. Toto Tales present a powerful performance from the perspective of the Africans who knew Livingstone best. Why was he different from the European norm and so loved? Come ready to travel in the footsteps of the Scotsman who went where no white man had gone before. Tickets via Scottish Storytelling Centre. www.tototales.co.uk www.scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk

Friday 25th & Saturday 26th October Halloween at Traquair -Historical ghost Tours. . A ghostly candlelit tour of Traquair bringing history to life! Come and experience a ghostly tour of Traquair and meet the people who lived here long ago. Find out their stories and listen to the unexpected sounds of the past that can still be heard in the ancient walls. Feel a shiver down the back of your spine as you pass through the old oak door, what will be beyond? Tours last approximately 1 hour and include a glass of mulled wine. Numbers are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Tours suitable for 8yrs and over – not for those with a nervous disposition! www.traquair.co.uk Saturday 26 October The big Halloween big draw. Free, drop-in. Ages 7+. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two. 1.30-4.30pm. A magical potion of halloween fun for budding artists, inspired by the exhibition Witches and Wicked Bodies. Find your funny bone by creating your own mixed media dancing skeleton; make a magnificent magic wand from brightly coloured paper, silks and ribbons and use traditional pen and ink techniques to join our 'Witches Gathering' by drawing your very own witch to add to our eerie group work. Free entry to exhibition for participating families!

27th October The big draw. During October drama artist Clare Hume brings Leonardo’s world to life through an array of interactive activities in the Gallery. Complete your visit by creating a giant drawing, inspired by Leonardo, in our specially created ‘Artists’ Studio’. 2-4pm. Drop in. All activities are included in the standard admission price. For full details visit: www.royalcollection.org.uk/whatson Sunday 27th October Halloween Party We’ll be making spooky potions and painting creepy crawly 'hands' followed by a 'Halloween Feast’ – fit for - Ghouls, Ghosts, Witches and friends. The fun starts at 2pm, price £15 per head (includes potion making and creepy crawly hands. Booking and dressing up essential. www.honeypotceramics.com or ‘like’ and follow us on facebook or call us on: 0131-333-6348. Sunday 27th October Halloween Fun day 11 - 4pm. Magic shows throughout the castle, The spooky passage experience, Tarot readings, Traditional Halloween games. Come and visit Traquair’s Castle of Magic for a real Halloween Experience. Traquair House, Innerleithen, Peeblesshire www.traquair.co.uk

Saturday 26 October down on the Farm Gorgie City Farm. Family Event. 11.30am & 1.30pm (30mins). Free (donations welcome). All ages. Meet the animals, and enjoy some storytelling magic on Edinburgh’s own City farm with storyteller and naturalist Rosie Mappleback. Saturday 26 - Sunday 27 October The black Fish: working For the oceans. 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm, Real Life Science Studio, John Hope Gateway, No booking required, (Free). Take part in a weekend of information, inspiration and fun activities. There will be a screening of the animation film ‘Losing Nemo', guest speakers and a presentation about the work of The Black Fish to expose illegal fishing practices in European seas. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Saturday 26 - Sunday 27 October Poisoned arrows. 11.00 am - 1.00 pm, Glasshouses, No booking required, 8+, (Free with cost of Glasshouse Admission). Join a mission to find John Kirk, Livingstone’s botanist, and meet Africans along the way sharing stories of useful plants, wild drugs, food and magic. Discover whether the things he predicted 150 years ago in his letters and diaries. Involves walking between performance areas and standing. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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Sunday 27 October meet the ancestors - mysteries, monsters and miracles. Free, drop-in. Ages 4 -12. Scottish National Portrait Gallery. 2pm & 3pm (45 mins) Hear about the amazing adventures of St Columba performed by storyteller and musician Heather Yule. Part of Scottish International Storytelling Festival. Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November Halloween at Traquair. Historical Ghost Tours. A ghostly candlelit tour of Traquair bringing history to life! Come and experience a ghostly tour of Traquair and meet the people who lived here long ago. Find out their stories and listen to the unexpected sounds of the past that can still be heard in the ancient walls. Feel a shiver down the back of your spine as you pass through the old oak door, what will be beyond? Tours last approximately 1 hour and include a glass of mulled wine. Numbers are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Tours suitable for 8yrs and over – not for those with a nervous disposition! www.traquair.co.uk

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