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South West Lockdown Issue 3

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A thriving day prep school in Bletchingley, Surrey for boys and girls aged 2 to 13 just 30 minutes from central London by train

Please join us for one of our forthcoming

Open Mornings on Saturday 10th October Thursday 19th November

A school for life Where every child is extraordinary

Call us to discuss admissions throughout the year

01883 743048 www.hawthorns.com

PARKGATE HOUSE SCHOOL An independent co-educational nursery and preparatory school for children aged 2½ - 11

PRIVATE TOURS To register please contact the registrar on 020 7350 2461 or book online at www.parkgate-school.co.uk 80 Clapham Common North Side, London SW4 9SD 2 June 2020




If I may say so, our third lockdown issue is fantastic! Not just lock in, but pack in. We have included an awful lot for you, from FREE educational games, printables, children’s haircuts, looking after mum, local classes and summer holiday activities…


Best educational games


Education and local school news


Online classes and businesses


Local Clubs & Classes news


Easy summer picnic ideas, recipes and a fab food delivery service


Best Educational “Make and Do” projects for all ages


Lockdown learnings from Parsons Green Prep


Summer holidays activities


Colour-In Greeting Cards


Best printable early years activity sheets

With more outside time allowed, you can enjoy our simple family picnic ideas and a recipe from Kids en Cuisine. Don’t miss an important piece on 5G page 27, which is of particular interest to young families. Good luck to everyone as we, hopefully, approach the final steps of lockdown!

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Why families should support the legal case against 5G


Best “Make and Do” nature projects


Virtual Farm Tours


Best printable primary age activity sheets


Health and wellbeing


Ladies who re-wild our streets

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Best Online Educational Games Our guide to FREE educational games for children of all ages.

The Great Fire of London

Total Darkness

Numberblocks Make and Play

Help Tom and Jane escape the flames through 6 dramatic days of the fire.

Head into the dark, explore different locations and meet new characters.

Make and play with the Numberblocks.

Evolving Butterflies Game

Tate Paint

Build The Snowman

Learn how butterfly wing patterns emerge or die-out.

Create your own masterpiece!

It might be summer, but you can still build a snowman!

Dinosaur Discovery

Show Me the Cookies

Explore the Solar System

Find out about dinosaurs by doing tests and experiments. 4 June 2020

Play with the Cookie Monster!

Fly NASA missions and explore planets, moons and comets.

‘Those who are searching for somewhere to nurture and inspire happy, confident children – look no further.’

www.parsonsgreenprep.co.uk Parsons Green Prep 1 Fulham Park Road London SW6 4 LJ T: 0 2 0 7 6 1 0 8 0 8 5 E: admissions@parsonsgreenprep.co.uk

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Some news from our local schools and nurseries Little People nursery remains open and serving hot food Little People Montessori Nursery is proud to be one of the few nurseries in Hammersmith & Fulham that have remained open during the coronavirus Head Chef Francesco Mosele outbreak to serve London’s community of key workers—doctors and nurses at six local hospitals, GPs, teachers, and other essential workers. To help keyworker parents they also provide them with a free meal service with different menu options ranging from roast dinners, lasagne to vegetable curries—which they collect each evening when they pick up their children. This has proven very popular as chef Francesco Mosele stays until the end of each day to hand over the meals personally—ready to re-heat when parents get home. Jane Gleasure (nursery proprietor) commented: “This initiative has been very successful. Offering a free meal service to parents each day is our way of showing how much we appreciate what our keyworkers are doing to keep London safe and healthy—we want them to know we are all in this together”. www.littlepeople.co.uk

The Oak Montessori Just over 6 months ago two local mothers, one a former Deputy Head of Prep School and one a Montessori Directress, opened the doors to their own nursery to 30 families. They transformed one half of Wimbledon Park’s bowling pavilion into a Montessori nursery school in the heart of Wimbledon Park. They realised that half of the Pavilion was disused and in a very sad state, so set about transforming it with IDverde, who run the park on behalf of Merton Council. The Oak Montessori was born! “We now find ourselves doing Circle Time online with 28 children every morning at 9am rather than in our lovely nursery! But the educational learning programme continues and we are still feeling connected to each other, whether adults or little ones, so all in all it has been a positive story so far!” They are close to full next academic year but still have some afternoon places and a few full days available. info@theoakmontessori.com I 07979 684000 www.theoakmontessori.com 6 June 2020

Parkgate House School Parkgate’s online learning programme retains the school’s broad curriculum, including all specialist lessons, and continues to excite, entertain and educate their children. “Distance learning has strengthened our school community and allowed for the creation of some truly unique and inspirational teaching.” 80 Clapham Common North Side, London SW4 9SD www.parkgate-school.co.uk


Calling all young scientists Montessori

Help us discover how babies & kids learn! We’re recruiting infants and children from birth to school age to take part in fun studies at the Birkbeck Babylab in central London. Our prime location is easy to reach via public transport and we refund travel expenses. We’re also developing online studies you can do from the comfort of your own home. Please check out our website for more details.

020 7631 6258 babylab@bbk.ac.uk www.cbcd.bbk.ac.uk

Where potential meets opportunity An exceptional coeducational, full boarding education for 13-18 year olds For details of admissions, scholarships and bursaries:

+44 (0)1672 892300 admissions@marlboroughcollege.org

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THE LITTLE GYM Wandsworth & Fulham

Free Classes

The Little Gym Wandsworth and Fulham are hoping to be able to reopen soon but can be still found online with Little Gym@Home. Join them for weekly age-appropriate activities for children from 4 months to 12 years. Little Gym teachers have designed gymnastics-based activities in a class experience to keep your child moving, learning and keeping fit at home. 40 lessons already uploaded and more each week on their YouTube channel “The Little Gym UK”. www.youtube.com/c/TheLittleGymUK


LIVE ONLINE ZOOM VIDEO CLASSES NOW AVAILABLE! Book daily morning and afternoon sessions online. All online video classes are age-adjusted for 4-7 and 8-12 year old children. The live online video classes are project-based and interactive. All teachers are Scientists & Science Communicators and are highly experienced working with young children. 10 Weekly Summer Science Term Video Classes 2020 (20 Apr-5 Jul) including: Space engineering. The world under your feet. What is gravity? Bacteria and viruses. How do we breathe? info@littlehouseofscience.com 0800 092 1062 www.littlehouseofscience.com

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Tiny Tunes provide award-winning preschool pay-as-you-go music & dance classes in London, Middlesex, Surrey, Berkshire, Somerset & Essex for 3 months to 5 year olds. Tiny Tunes also provide nursery sessions as well as parties. Hide under a parachute, wave the pom poms, shake the maracas, dance with bubbles, meet Mr Tiny and sing along! @tinytuneslive Lisa@tinytuneslive.com www.tinytuneslive.com


Join these lovely online singing and dancing sessions, every Friday at 2pm, only £5. info@blueberryplaysongs.co.uk www.blueberryplaysongs.co.uk


Fun & relaxed online music classes from Tooting for babies & toddlers with professional musician Sally using live acoustic instruments, puppets & more! Tues 10:30 & Fri 9:30 via Zoom. sally@rhythm-n-babes.co.uk www.rhythm-n-babes.co.uk


Learn how to sign with your baby through music and singing with the original baby signing experts. Learn useful signs and benefit from their experience of using and teaching signs. @claphamsingsign kimgolson@singandsign.co.uk 07930 534 864 www.singandsign.co.uk/classes/ classes-near-you/lambeth-&wandsworth


Danceworks Ballet Academy is continuing to offer pre-professional dance training from baby ballet, beginner up to advanced dancers, via online zoom classes. Teachers encourage the students through zoom, where they can be

corrected to promote artistic growth. @danceworks_ballet_academy katie@danceworks.com www.danceworks.com/london/ danceworks-ballet-academy


These fun-filled Little Kickers classes introduce football skills to children from 18 months to 7 years old. It’s a great introduction to sport and helps to develop agility, co-ordination and boost confidence. Midweek & weekend classes across Balham, Clapham & Wandsworth. @Little Kickers UK (Wandsworth), You Tube channel - Little Kickers UK trichardson@littlekickers.co.uk 020 867 51 155 www.littlekickers.co.uk


Educational, entertaining, interactive preschool music sessions live streamed three times a week on Youtube, Facebook and Instagram. Themed music shows, classes and sing-alongs with real musicians, guitar, props and puppets. Absorbing, entertaining and great fun for under five year olds. @tinpananniemusic tinpanannie@btinternet.com 07791 991 372 www.tinpanannie.co.uk


Established in 1993, Club Petit Pierrot has adapted its unique immersion programme to offer live fun interactive online group classes, private tuition and lessons for schools. Small groups, excellent results, qualified enthusiastic native French teachers. As seen on BBC News, ITV News, Channel 5 News, STV documentary & BBC World Service. Featured in BBC Online, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, London News, Time Out. admin@clubpetitpierrot.co.uk www.clubpetitpierrot.co.uk


Paperbirds Art with Kids provides fun and creative art classes for children aged 2 to 12 (and now offers some adults classes too). Currently hosting all classes via zoom and exploring artists, different techniques and materials. @paperbirdsldn contact@paperbirds-london.co.uk 07519 576 220 www.paperbirds-london.co.uk



Classes in singing, dance and drama. Currently running all classes online on Saturday mornings. Come join them for some performing arts magic in lockdown! @razzwimbledon 07453 940248 www.wimbledon.razzamataz.co.uk HOT NEWS! SCHOLARSHIP OFFER! Scholarships to attend the school free of charge for one year, worth up to £855. The deadline for entries is 19th June 2020, so there is still time to get involved.


A central London based Children’s Dance & Performing Arts Academy with classes held in Chelsea, Knightsbridge & Wimbledon. Teaching Classical RAD Ballet, Street Dance / Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, Performing Arts & More. Go to the website to see the awesome, extensive online class timetable. @dakodasdanceacademy info@dakodasdanceacademy.com 07796 134 841 www.dakodasdanceacademy.com


Community volleyball club. littlegiantsvc@gmail.com 07896 345 315 www.volleyballevents.org



The ultimate Pottery Cafe Home Packs painting experience will be available in your own homes with The new at Home packs, available to click and collect from early June! Please check the website for pottery and package options, and more info. @pottery_cafe fulham @pottery-cafe.com 020 7736 2157 www.pottery-cafe.com


Outstanding Saturday music school based in Parsons Green. Ages 4 to 18. Orchestras, choirs & ensembles for all levels; musicianship; wide range of instrument lessons, from beginner to Grade 8+. kathleen@hanfordweb.com 07590 691 265 www.londonyouthconservatoire.org.uk


Live French sessions with Ma Petite école du samedi, FLAM, led by an experienced, certified native French-speaking primary teacher (école française). 3-14yrs. Every Saturday 9am-12.30. caroline@etpatatipatata.com 07966 893 674 www.etpatatipatata.com

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An acting school based in Fulham. They are currently offering 1-1 acting and group sessions via Zoom. The main focus is a relaxed non competitive atmosphere where students can learn to act and have fun from home. The first class is ‘pay what you like’ to trial the session. @takeonefulham takeonefulham@gmail.com or call Daisy at 07825 669113


CJA Educational Consultancy Provide expert and bespoke advice on schools for parents both in London and beyond. Can provide qualified and experienced tuition to prepare for entrance exams and procedures. info@cjaeducationalconsultancy.com 07738 238 273 www.cjaeducationalconsultancy.com


Secondary and A Level. One to one sessions and small groups held online. Qualified Teacher. Highly Experienced. Examiner of A Level. Over 20 years experience with high success rate. Call Vijay for a chat 07737 853527 vijaybhuchar@btinternet.com

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An award-winning agency recommended by the Good Schools Guide. Personal tuition for 7, 8, 11 plus, CE, GCSEs, IGCSEs, IB, A levels, Pre-U, Key Stages 1-5, UK/ US university entrance & adult learners. Lowest commission fees anywhere, so great value! clare@chelseaandfulhamtutors.co.uk 07990 971 165 www.chelseandfulhamtutors.co.uk @chelseaandfulhamtutors


Exceptional Academics is one of London’s leading tutoring agencies. Tutors are extremely passionate about learning and helping their students to reach their full potential. @exceptionalacademics info@exceptionalacademics.com 020 3002 3770 www.exceptionalacademics.com


KCC LTD offers PT, OT & SLT for babies, children & adolescents. The clinic is staying open during the pandemic and they are now also offering teletherapy. They are seeing a few children at clinic with strict PPE rules. Kiki also offers free

telephone advice for 15 mins. Please email Kiki on Kiki@kikisclinic.com or call her on 020 7642 0078. They are there to support you :) www.kikisclinic.com


New POST NATAL CLASSES online Initial virtual 1:1 session with Sue including a large PN information pack then Gill’s 6 weekly videos of progressive exercise to watch at home or individual appointments & full Mummy MOT with Sue. @suelewiswomenshealth suelewisantenatal@hotmail.com 07762 601 596 www.suelewisantenatal.co.uk


Common Runners helps women learn to run progressively and safely on Wimbledon Common - to get fitter, lose weight, achieve a 5K or more! They offer beginner and improved courses. info@commonrunners.co.uk 07810 486 286 www.commonrunners.co.uk


Private GP Dr Jag info@thebiome.co.uk


They offer 22 different online classes each week covering postnatal fitness, pregnancy fitness, baby classes & toddler classes. All classes stay on the site for you to view whenever suits you. amy@busylizzy.co.uk 07985 158 238 busylizzyclaphamandbattersea.co.uk


Online Pilates classes, both live-stream Zoom sessions and on demand prerecorded classes. Free class code for live classes: HBFREE1 and free 14-day trial for the subscription service! holistic.body.focus (insta) hbfocus (facebook) hannah@hbfocus.co.uk 07795 217 720 I www.hbfocus.co.uk


Bespoke life-coaching sessions to support you in different areas of your life, from improving your work/life balance to getting clarity over your next steps to move forward. laure.polidori@gmail.com Laurepolidori.com


A personal nanny finding service finding you the perfect full-time or part-time nanny for your family. Their service will start by establishing your exact requirements and ends with you hiring the best nanny for the role. @NannyFindingSpecialist kirsty@nannystate.london 0203 4882 136 www.nannystate.london


A private Montessori nursery in SW19 providing nurturing care during term time for 2-4 year olds. Small classes and high staff ratios provide individual learning through the Montessori approach. shazahaq@littlehandsmontessori.com 07854 887 786 www.littlehandsmontessori.com



Little Linguists is the only bilingual Nursery in Streatham. They offer fun, flexible childcare for busy parents. You choose your timings and they provide a warm nurturing bilingual environment for your child to flourish. Make your child Extraordinary Today! @LittleLinguistsNursery info@littlelinguistsnursery.co.uk 020 8127 8581 www.littlelinguistsnursery.co.uk


Connecting parents to family-friendly employers. @thedaisychain louise@daisy-chain.com 07919 377 137 https://daisy-chain.com

CHILDCARE & NURSERIES Night Nannies provide overnight and 24 hour maternity care for newborns and sleep training for babies 6 months+. anastasia@nightnannies.com 07850 980 176 www.nightnannies.com Dedicated to providing the childcare you need. “We pride ourselves on recruiting the best Nannies from New Zealand and Australia as well as those with the same attitude as antipodeans.” info@nznannieslondon.com 07557 277 504 www.nznannieslondon.com


STAR is an online search site where parents can find trusted, local childcare providers and contact them directly through a secure platform. Simply sign up and create a profile of what your family is looking for and search via your postcode. info@starchildcare.co.uk StarChildcare.co.uk


A London nanny agency covering live in/ out nannies, maternity nurses, Englishspeaking and bilingual nannies. As ANA members, Kinder Nannies puts clients (and nannies!) first and seek to provide a first rate service and experienced, professional nannies. @KinderNannies nannies@kinderstaff.com 07591 104 079 I www.kinderstaff.com



It’s Party Time! Tiny Tunes provide music and dance parties for under 6 year olds. Hide under a parachute, shake the maracas and pom poms, dance with bubbles & sing along! They can customise parties with party games, balloon modelling, face painting, glitter tattoos or even Elsa from Frozen can turn up!! party@tinytuneslive.com www.tinytuneslive.com/parties


Bedazzled Events plans and creates unforgettable parties, weddings and celebrations for all ages and occasions. Check out their fantastic Virtual Parties and entertainers. @bedazzled_events juliet@bedazzledevents.org.uk 07964 708 505 www.bedazzledevents.co.uk/ virtualparties


Nutty’s are currently offering Online parties! An award-winning group of highly experienced children’s entertainers offering a variety of funpacked, exciting and original kids’ party entertainments for children aged 3-11 in London and beyond. @nuttyschildrensparties danny@nuttyschidrensparties.co.uk 07884 050 954 www.nuttyschildrensparties.co.uk/ online-parties


High-energy interactive zoom parties for all ages and any occasion as seen on BBC News! Online parties are action-packed with a choice of popular themes and characters. All from the comfort of your own home! Check out our 5-star reviews on Facebook. @dantasticproductions bookings@dantasticproductions.com 07460 222 003 www.dantasticproductions.com/ virtualparties


Boutique newborn baby photography in London. The session is organised in the client’s home and personalised to their unique taste and style. All equipment and props are provided. Also available for pregnancy and family portraits. info@magicrainbowphotography.com 07946 380 581 www.magicrainbowphotography.com


Professional eyecare, family orientated, spectacles, contact lenses, myopia control. Independent Dr Anup Patel. anup501@hotmail.com 07725 962 418 www.wheeler-and-kirk.co.uk


Carpet, windows, patios & driveway cleaning. niazrasool1290@yahoo.com 07737 905 224 www.Checkatrade.com

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LOCAL DIRECTORY Little Steps Hypnobirthing

Hypnobirth your baby FOCUS

Let your baby arrive into a calm, serene, peaceful environment.


Learn to birth fearlessly. Remove tension, & remove pain.


Over four webinar classes, you, your birthing partner & baby, will receive deeply soothing live hypnosis, learn self-hypnosis, visualisation & breathing techniques. Plus so much more!


I look forward to meeting you! Tessa


To book, call Tessa Bali : 07947 849 602 or email : writetotessa@hotmail.com




ENGLISH NANNY/TEACHER Available - full or part time 6 days a week. Very flexible. Qualified and experience teacher for Eng lish and Maths from early years to 10 years old. Homework help and extra Eng lish and maths lessons. Enhanced and updated DBS. Paediatric First Aid Qualified. Child Care Qualified from Birth to Primary ag e g roup. Excellent references. Own car with Kensing ton and Chelsea parking permit.

And a mother myself... Call Laura: 0 7 9 1 2 0 3 7 7 6 9

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Two brand new SwimWay venues in East Sheen!

Hot News

SwimWay is delighted to announce the opening of two brand new East Sheen venues later this year!

The first is the newly refurbished 16-metre Sheen Mount School indoor pool (SW17 7RT) opening in September. Perfect for children aged 3 months to 12 years. SwimWay has been teaching at the Sheen Mount pool for a number of years now. The second is the newly built 20-metre Home Guard Club indoor pool (SW14 8 LA) opening towards the end of the year. This larger venue will be open to all ages and abilities from babies entering the water for the first time, through to adult learners. Due to the necessary social distancing restrictions in place, bookings will be restricted in numbers until further notice. So, availability is likely to be extremely limited. Register your interest emai info@swimway.co.uk

Mindfulness to help parents and children beat anxiety Most of us find the current change and uncertainty hard to sit with. So, now more than ever parents and children alike need coping strategies, to make sure they can manage negative thoughts. Fear, frustration, sadness—to name but a few— can dominate our attention if we lack the skills to stay in the present moment, where for most of us, everything is actually OK. To help children, teens and adults develop ways of dealing with difficulty, Anna Wille is offering 6-10 week live online Mindfulness courses as well as weekly drop-in meditation sessions, from as little as £7/week and FREE for NHS families. Email: breathe@annawille.com

Little Voices after-school clubs thrive online Little Voices is living and breathing positivity—as a provider and educator of LAMDA, singing and drama tuition for children aged 4 - 18 years. They have made it their duty to make sure their pupils and parents have peace of mind that their after-school classes are able to continue, and the children can still work towards their LAMDA exams (be it at a slightly later date)—spreading love, care, fun and learning at such unprecedented times. Little Voices work closely with schools including St Pauls Barnes, St James’s Prep, Old Vicarage, Dolphin School, The Roche, Oasis Putney and others providing more than 300 children across South West London with afterschool drama and singing lessons of distinction, preparing children for yearly LAMDA exam awards. Sadly not all other after-school clubs have been able to continue and run online but Little Voices have managed to accomplish a great deal by moving their lessons and large number of classes online with great support from the parents and head teachers at the schools they work with. swl@littlevoices.org.uk www.littlevoices.org.uk

Historic La Sylvaine now offering live and recorded classes Parents have been entrusting the care and development of their young ones since the first La Sylvaine School of Dance was founded in Fontainebleau in 1937 by Jeanne Lamaison, the current principal’s mother. Little did they know one day they would be teaching via computer screens! La Sylvaine now offers classes both live and recorded. They have also put together a fantastic library of dance film and documentaries. If parents want to access it, please contact lasylvaineschool@aol.com www.lasylvaine.co.uk


Naomi Martin Weekly Touch Typing Courses for Children in Holidays and Half Terms

• Beginner and Intermediate skill levels • Morning and afternoon classes • Based in Fulham • 90 Minute Classes • Small Groups • Ages 7+ Contact Naomi: naomi@nmtouchtyping.co.uk www.nmtouchtyping.co.uk

Tel: 07949 204 553



Creative Writing and 11+ Courses for Children Aged 6-12

Spark young

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Term-time and holiday classes, designed and led by tutor-writers.

for more information visit chelseayoungwriters.co.uk or call 020 3773 5381

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Easy Summer Picnic Ideas Simple recipes you can make with your children.

Cheat’s Sausage Rolls

Tuna & Sweetcorn Sandwich Pick their favourite bread for these healthy sarnies.

A children’s classic and easy to make.

Watermelon Popsicles

Easy Kids Fishcakes

Baked Bean Muffins

A family favourite made easy.

Chocolate Rice Krispie Cakes

A healthy way to cool down!

A great way to get them to eat more fish!

For baked bean fans!

Fruit Scones

Easy Cheese Dip

Chicken Roll-Ups

For those with a sweet tooth…

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Great served with vegetable sticks.

Simple lunch idea to put together.


Chocolate and courgette muffins To celebrate the launch of their new recipe book, Kids en cuisine share one of their simple yet delicious recipes with Families. INGREDIENTS 200g of dark chocolate (70%) 50g of coconut sugar 60g of plain flour 150g grated courgette 3 medium eggs 1 teaspoon of baking powder Makes 12 muffins Preparation time: 20 minutes I Cooking time: 15 minutes


1. Crack the eggs and whisk until you get some bubbles. Add the coconut sugar and mix well until smooth.

A 12 hole muffin tray

2. Melt the chocolate in a saucepan and let it cool down on the side.

A scale

3. Grate the courgette and add it to the mixture.

A large bowl

4. Pour the melted chocolate, mix it, add the flour and the baking powder.

A wooden spoon

5. Pour the mixture into the muffin tray and put it in the oven at 220°C for 15 minutes.

A saucepan

info@kidsencuisine.com I www.kidsencuisine.com

By Word of Mouth, an exciting new food delivery brand from renowned event caterers What does a leading event caterer with a glittering 35-year history do when the world turns upside down? It uses its ingenuity, creativity and resilience to develop and launch a new food delivery brand, offering delicious, frozen dishes, handmade in its kitchens and home delivered. Whilst By Word of Mouth’s chefs have been busy in recent weeks, producing thousands of delicious meals for NHS staff at three of London’s hospitals, a small team of employees have

worked remotely to bring By Word of Mouth At Home to life. In contrast to the fine dining dishes that By Word of Mouth is known for, the range of dishes on the menu at By Word of Mouth At Home reflects the food the team loves to eat during their down time. Expect dishes such as Salmon en Croute, Thai Green Chicken Curry, vegan Jackfruit Enchiladas and an irresistible Apple and Rhubarb crumble, with a selection of sides and some delicious, nutritious options for Kids featuring cunningly hidden vegetables. A selection of wines is also available. Delivery to all SW postcodes starting from 5th June. www.bywordofmouth.co.uk/at-home

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Best Educational “Make and Do” Projects for All Ages

Astronaut Helmet for Teddy

Instant Ice Cream

Paper Plate Birds

Help your little one craft a helmet for their teddy.

Explore states of matter by turning milk into ice cream instantly!

Design your own version of the beak, wings and tails.

Unicorn Mobile


Make Your Own Cloud

Cut out and make your own hanging mobile.

Pinhole Camera

Make your own pinhole camera and discover how light travels. 16 June 2020

Create your own model hedgehog to keep at home.

Your Family Tree Download to create and preserve your family’s history.

Cook up your own storm in a jar!

Bronze Age Roundhouse

Build a mini model of a Bronze Age roundhouse.


Lockdown learnings from Parsons Green Prep Tim Cannell is a retired headmaster, ISI inspector and a member of Parsons Green Prep’s advisory board. The pace of change has been dramatic for schools, with many teachers having to upskill overnight in order to continue to offer our children the education and support they deserve. How can teachers guide, support and teach their pupils remotely while ensuring that their pupils are both safe and supported emotionally? The independent sector schools have in many cases been able to teach a full or partial curriculum face-to-face online. Teachers have had to take on new ways of planning, adjusting to a lack of resources that may be at home, interacting with pupils, as well as offering the vital socialisation of the pupils in their class that is a key part of life in school – a main reason why remote learning will not replace children from physically attending school. There are further unseen consequences to come. Children returning to school in a time when social distancing is in place may find it confusing, not least for the youngest pupils. It is not returning to what they knew before but a third way of learning within a few months. This is just one of the current challenges for schools and teachers. School leaders have had to be proactive, adapt and plan for a new way of learning. Amongst all the practical issues to oversee, the three key areas that I believe are crucial for leaders of schools to have in place and monitor are: safeguarding, promoting wellbeing and monitoring of pupil outcomes. Safeguarding children There are many vulnerable children that schools care for and it is imperative that schools work with the local authorities to ensure clear policies are in place and enacted upon. Promoting pupil wellbeing Wellbeing results from a complex range of approaches from physical exercise, offering opportunities for pupils to discuss their feelings as well as exploring yoga, meditation and more,

allowing children to have time to be quiet and just to be. Monitoring both the teaching and the learning Leaders need to be able to support their staff as they learn new skills, allow time to share ideas and to use technology effectively and in an exciting way. Likewise, do they know how well pupils are learning? Is the teaching supporting children with SEND and challenging the higher ability pupils equally? As some children start to return in June, others not until September, do they know where each child is on their learning journey? All is not doom and gloom and many of the skills that are often referred to as the soft skills are coming to the fore, such as resilience and perseverance as well as Carol Dweck’s idea of developing a growth mindset that allows for us to get things wrong and to strive for improvement. Likewise, for the best schools as we move forward, teachers will embrace technology more and have a greater understanding of how it may be used to enhance and enrich the learning of all our pupils in the future. Parsons Green Prep School 1 Fulham Park Road, London, SW6 4LJ www.parsonsgreenprep.co.uk June 2020 17


Summer holidays activities: book now! Stagecoach Performing Arts Wimbledon Stagecoach Performing Arts Summer Holiday Workshops are still planned to take place this Summer! Bookings are open and places are limited. Develop confidence and skills in acting, dancing and singing, working in small groups to suit age and ability, led by top industry professionals, no experience necessary, open to everyone aged 4-16 years. Five days to have fun and be creative: 27-31 July, 3-7 August and 10-14 August (new week added by popular demand).

“By far the best week of the Summer holidays”

Role Models


Discou nt Use co de: ONLIN E20

Role Models is running a series of online Life Skills courses this Summer for families around the world, to help children cope with ‘big emotions’ and to build their resilience during this difficult time. The 5 day courses (90 minutes/day) are developed specifically for children aged 5-7 and 8-11 and are packed with engaging content and calming tools. Courses are delivered as live, interactive sessions over zoom with a maximum of 8 children per class. Price: £225. Use ONLINE20 for a 20% discount. www.rolemodels.me info@rolemodels.me I 020 3637 7107

King’s College School, SW19 4TT Book online: www.stagecoach.co.uk/wimbledon 07710 056094 I wimbledon@stagecoach.co.uk

Et Patati Patata Fun French e-Summer Holiday Day Camps led by French primary teacher (école française) and fullytrained French native teachers. 20-24, 27-31 July, 3-7, 24-28 August and 31 Aug-4 September. 1.5 hour French lessons + 1 hour French workshop Monday to Friday: Drama- Singing-Drawing-SportMusic all in French! Three age groups: 4-6yrs, 7-10yrs and 11-16yrs. NEW: Les Teens. Book now. Call 07966 893 674 caroline@etpatatipatata.com www.etpatatipatata.com www.etzouelearning.com

Limited places!

Chelsea Young Writers

14 For 3s year old

Ma petite école du samedi Flam on line face to face instant sharing !

Led by an experienced, certified native french speaking primary teacher (école française). FLAM. De 3 à 14 ans. Niveaux maternelles, primaires et collèges. Cursus scolaire des écoles françaises. Bibliothèque, activités et évènements culturels francophones. Awarded Gold Supplementary school. Where ? Live Sessions. When ? Tous les samedis de 9h à 12h30.

More Info on: caroline@etpatatipatata.com Tel 07966893674•www.etpatatipatata.com

Details not confirmed at time of going to press but look out for Chelsea Young Writers remote Live Stream. Create original stories programme, with classes including a 5-day course for 8-12 years, 11+ English Exam Preparation course (Year 5) and ‘My First Story’ minicamps for young (6-7 years) story makers. All workshops and courses are led by expert, friendly tutors and are designed to inspire creative writing and stimulate imagination.

Fun French E May and E Summer Holidays Day Camps 2020

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• Frenchprimaryteacher (école française) and fully trained French native teachers. • Number 1 London French Day Camp goes live! The French immersion programme. • 1.5 hour French lessons + 1 hour french workshop Monday to friday: Drama-Singing-Dessin-Sport-Music all in French! Ages groups #3 age groups: 4-6 year olds / 7-10 year olds/ 11-16 year olds New Les Teens


Upbeat Music Sing! Dance! Play! Write and Perform! Upbeat are running interactive afterschool, Saturday and holiday camps as well as birthday parties! They’ve done so much including band rehearsals and songwriting as well as singing and dancing etc. 3-18yrs. upbeatmusiccourses@gmail.com 07816 901 396 I www.upbeatmusiccourses.co.uk

SwimWay SwimWay are proposing to run Summer Holiday Courses in July and August. They are currently implementing a full COVID-19 risk Book assessment for each of their sites, Today! and this will include the necessity to only offer 1:1 lessons for these courses. They will also restrict the number of lessons to two every half an hour, and limit attendance to one parent/guardian per student. More specific information will follow in the coming weeks. Kensington, Kew Gardens, East Sheen, Putney, Wimbledon Balham (Dates to be confirmed ) info@swimway.co.uk I www.swimway.co.uk

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Yellowbird Education Summer Workshops: 13-17 July, 20-24 July, 17-21 Aug and 24-28 Aug. Yellowbird are thrilled to be bringing their education workshops online. Hugely popular workshops carefully designed to develop skills in Creative Writing, Handwriting, English Exam Preparation, Interview Skills and Reasoning. With extensive knowledge of the British school system the workshops offer practice and support to children preparing for 7+, 8+ and 11+ entrance exams whilst aiming to build confidence and a joy of learning. Small groups adjusted by age (6-11 years). The friendly Yellowbird team are always pleased to answer questions and advise on suitable workshops. www.yellowbirdeducation.com hello@yellowbirdeducation.co.uk

Stars Performing Arts Clubs Young, local, non-franchise performing arts company based in Earlsfield. Online after-school musical theatre clubs for ages 5+, Theatre Company for ages 9-16, LAMDA acting coaching and Summer Holiday Clubs! Contact Rachael on 07946 176 452 rachael@starsperformingartsclubs.com FB @Starsperformingartsclubs Twitter @Starspaclubs www.starspaclubs.com/online

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Print these colour-in greetings cards to help you celebrate birthdays, Father’s Day or just say hello to someone special! Birthday or a special day

Just to say hello

Choose your free design and just print out. These are most suitable for primary school age children as the intricate drawings will let them really show off their design skills.

Best for younger children, challenge little ones to design the most ‘roarsome’ card for friends and relatives. Guaranteed to bring a smile to a loved one’s face!

Father’s Day

Father’s Day

This simple design gives younger children the opportunity to pen a portrait of Dad.

Best for older kids, this great sheet can be personalised with Dad trivia and inserted in his card for guaranteed smiles.

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Best Printable Early Years Activity Sheets Perfect for a rest during a walk, cycle ride or on a family picnic and great for rainy days at home.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea Dot to Dot

Love Monster’s Maze

Peppa Pig Activity Pack

Dinosaur Roar! Spot the Difference

Postman Pat Office Set

PJ Masks Moon Maze

Charlie and Lola Activity Book

Paddington Activity Pack

Frozen Activity Sheets

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Download the family app that invests in your kids


We’d like to tell you about Beanstalk, the brand new family app brought to you by the people behind KidStart. The only app of its kind, Beanstalk helps families come together to build a meaningful nest egg for their children’s future. They are on the look for tech savvy parents to give the app a whirl and change the way they save for their kids. From talking to parents, Beanstalk’s founders could see that the savings market for kids was broken. Almost every new parent wants to put something aside for their children to help launch them into adult life, but very few do, often because the existing products are confusing or poor value.

It’s simple – you can add all your children and yourself on to one app.

Even when parents do something, they often just keep it in cash. This may not be the right choice for longer term saving as the value can be eroded by inflation.

You don’t need to put any money in to open an account and start saving:

That’s why Beanstalk was born – the revolutionary new way for families to make a real difference for their children and themselves.

Why choose Beanstalk?

All the family can help – grandparents, friends and the wider family can all contribute easily to your kids’ pots.

1. Use KidStart to earn free savings 2. Round up your purchases to save little and often 3. Top up or set up regular contributions if you would like. It’s designed for growth - at 0.5% the fee is one of the lowest, meaning more saved for your kids.

Click here to download the family app that invests in your kids. Follow the Beanstalk journey: @thebeanstalkapp on IG, FB and Twitter. Please note: capital as risk. As with any investment, the value can go down as well as up. 9 June 2020 23


Dealing with Fighting Children By Tanith Carey Sibling rivalry and rows can be one of the most energysapping, nerve-jangling aspects of parenting. Now, still in partial lockdown, I’m pretty sure you desperately need a rest from constant cries of: “Mum, he hit me!” or “She’s taken my toy!” Stressful as it can be, it helps to remember that ALL siblings fight sometimes - it can even be a positive part of your children’s development which offers a safe training ground to learn how to deal with conflict. Sibling conflict is a natural part of family life which can never be avoided completely because it stems back to each child’s primitive need to survive by not missing out on their parents’ care and protection. Squabbles and explosions flare up because children are still developing control over the part of the brain that helps them manage their impulses. In the teen years, rows can escalate further when siblings start to directly compare achievements and to define themselves in opposition to each other. But looking at it from the point of view of children, understanding 24 June 2020

what kids are REALLY fighting over and taking into account their development really helps. If you introduce evidence-based parenting strategies, which are based on science, not opinion, I guarantee your kids will get on better – even if not ALL of the time. HERE ARE MY 12 DETAILED TIPS. You can read more in my books:


What Future do you want?

How to Cut your Child’s Hair Lockdown locks needn’t be a disaster with these expert tutorials.

Baby’s First Haircut

Trimming Long Hair

Older Boys’ Cuts

This pictorial guide walks you through those first and early trims.

The popular Hair 101 with April shows you how.

A specialist barber guides you through a whole re-style!

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Together we will find a cure June 2020


Why families should support the legal case against 5G There’s no credible evidence to suggest that 5G is responsible for COVID-19. However, there are long-standing concerns that wifi and electromagnetic radiation (EMR) have major impacts on humans, which are not yet fully understood. So here is a something that should interest every family in the UK. One of the most venerated barristers of our time, Michael Mansfield QC, is leading the legal team challenging the UK Government over its failure to take notice of the health risks and public concern related to 5G. Michael Mansfield has led legal teams in high profile cases of civil liberty and miscarriages of justice. He has represented the families of Grenfell Tower, Lockerbie, the Ballymurphy Massacre and Stephen Lawrence. https://actionagainst5g.org/legal-case If 5G is genuinely safe, why are there 253,665 signatures from scientists, doctors and engineers on the 5G Space Appeal? Why have 248 scientists issued an urgent appeal to the UN to stop it? Why are thousands of peer-reviewed studies in medical literature, showing harmful bio-effects from wireless radiation, not being taken into account? What are the concerns? •

5G is not a tried and tested technology. Not a single peer-reviewed scientific study has been carried out on the health risks associated with 5G technologies. See here.

However there have been 1,670 peerreviewed Scientific Papers identifying health risks, see here.

There is a worldwide movement raising concerns over 5G technology.

5G antennas will be placed every 100 meters on lamposts, beaming at you day and night and into your homes and bedrooms: unlike wifi in the home, you won’t be able to turn it off!

They are cutting down trees as 5G cannot emit if trees block the way. This at a time when we need trees more than ever because of global warming.

Ask yourselves: In this day and age can I really trust the big telecoms industry? Can I really trust this huge industry to use only fair and ethical methods, with so much investment at stake in the rush to roll out 5G? Particular concerns for families My daughter’s school in London is located in close proximity to a mobile phone mast. I feel we all need to dig deeper into this matter and start raising awareness about the fact that the safety standards that the telecommunications industry use are completely outdated, and thus we the public are at risk. Laura Lauberte We urgently refer parents to the first page of the website wifiinschools.org.uk. Wi-Fi alters brain activity in young adults. It is looking into the benefits of Wi-Fi as a learning tool in schools, when at the same time Wi-Fi could be damaging the cognitive abilities and brain development of pupils. Read here. Do also watch this video 5G, 4G and 3G - Understanding the health risks, particularly for children here. Families South West has reported on the issue of WiFi and EMR for many years now; unfortunately, the more we look, the more we are concerned. We urge you to at the very least look into the matter. Don’t feel scared by the topic. On the contrary, do feel empowered that you have a say: it is our duty as parents. The first thing you can do is investigate the matter. Then if you can do support the legal challenge, you can here.

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Best “Make and Do� Nature Projects


Mini Wildlife Pond Saucer Vegetables A mini pond can bring interest and wildlife to your garden.

Use kitchen scraps to re-grow vegetables.

Press Flowers

Nature Walk Diary

Create beautiful art from plants growing nearby.

Explore, observe and document the natural world.

Mini Wormery

See how worms burrow through the earth.

Bug or Ladybird Home

Make a Pitfall Trap

Grow a Grass Head

Quick and easy, hang it up and feed the birds.

Create a simple insect home. 28 June 2020

What small creatures are crawling around your garden?

Simple and fun!

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Virtual Animal Farms and Live Webcams

Bocketts Farmyard Classroom

Animal Farm Adventure Park

Romshed Farm Live Webcam

Meet and learn about the farm’s animals.

Daily videos of staff caring for llamas/ goats/sheep/lambs.

Live streaming of various areas of the farm.

Folly Farm Live Stream

Wisconsin Farm Sanctuary Cam

Centennial Farm Pig Cam

Spy on sheep/goats/ donkeys and pigs.

Watch live farm animals graze and socialise.

Watch these adorable animals.

Puppy Playroom

Kitten Rescue Sanctuary

Kentucky Equine Adoption Centre

Observe puppies in preparation for training as service dogs. 30 June 2020

Live cam of playful kittens awaiting new homes.

Live stream of horses awaiting adoption.


Three activities for after dark From the book On a Starry Night by Kate Hodges.

Have a Glow-inthe-Dark Bath Turn off the light and jump into a glowing tub!

Spot the International Space Station

Put on a Shadow Puppet Show

Watch this spacecraft track across the sky.

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Best Printable Primary Age Activity Sheets Perfect for a rest during a walk, cycle ride or on a family picnic and great for bored moments at home.

Mystery Gobblefunk

Clover Moon Activity Sheets

Harry Potter Word Search

Moomin Activities

Wimpy Kid Quiz

Super Mario Activity Sheets

Mummy Fairy and Me Activity Sheets

World’s Worst Children Activity Pack

Colour in Premier League Player

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Time to ask yourselves some meaningful questions? The lockdown measures introduced in March earlier this year are some of the most draconian the UK has ever faced and have resulted in a huge shift in how people behave. At first there was obvious panic, fear and confusion as people tried to make sense of what was happening. Then, a month or so in, as we settled into the ‘new normal’, many of us realised that there were actually some positives to the situation. Notably, more quality time with loved ones, no commute, less rushing around and general ‘busyness’, more sleep, better eating habits etc. Now that the government is starting to ease off on the restrictions a little, there’s a shift as individuals, families, organisations and the country as a whole start to reflect on what we’ve learnt from this experience and what we’ll do differently moving forwards. On a personal level we now have a brilliant opportunity to do a kind of ‘lessons learnt’ exercise looking at all areas of our life asking: •

What positives have come from this situation?

What negatives have come from this situation?

What do you miss from pre-lockdown and value now more than ever?

What have you been grateful for during lockdown, something that perhaps you now value more than ever?

What new habits or ways of living/ being would you would like to carry forwards?

What habits or ways of living/ being from prelockdown do you not want to go back to?

Question your work balance? Many people are questioning whether or not they need or want to be in the office 5 days a week now and of course businesses are questioning this too. Question your children’s schedule of activities? Some parents are also questioning whether or not they need to engage their children in so many extracurricular activities recognising that perhaps

their children are just as happy and engaged with the simpler things in life. They’re also looking at this from the perspective of how much time they spent on the weekends and in the evenings ferrying children around and also the expense of it all. Question your social life? Perhaps you realise that your social diary was far too busy and the pressure to keep up with friends and family was actually pretty exhausting and you now relish your relaxed Saturday mornings where there’s nothing to pressing to do. Question your wellbeing? From a health and wellbeing perspective many people have been far more active and want to keep that up, or in contrast people have calmed down and stopped being so busy and they realise they almost didn’t know what it was like to slow down and just be. And I’m sure there are many people who didn’t even know they were chronically tired until they started getting more sleep! So, with all of that in mind, I encourage you to take some time to ask yourself these questions for every area of your life. There is so much to learn and gain by reflecting on this time to then shape your life for the better moving forwards. Kate Horwood is a leading lifestyle consultant and wellbeing coach, who helps her clients thrive during the good times and periods of adversity, crisis and change. She works with busy professionals and maxed-out parents who typically struggle with anxiety, overwhelm, lots of pressure and burnout. Clients learn how to stay well and manage life with more balance, ease and resilience. 020 7622 9084 I www.katehorwood.com June 2020 33


The ladies who dig our streets 4. Or make contact with Justine or similar organisations and get involved with a local group.

Will you be part of the re-wilding revolution? Pick the right group for you: Sharing Seeds

@sharingseeds is a Transition Town Tooting project, funded by the Wandsworth Grant Fund. They aim to attract people of ages to plant around the tree bases of the fantastic trees of Tooting, using creative activities. During Lockdown communities still share their seed planting experiences via social media.

Tooting Healthy Streets Justine McNeil is a mum of three and a photographer. She started planting the base of trees in her street in her spare time. Slowly neighbours joined in and now her street is looking more beautiful than ever. She has now got a group name (Balham Street Gardeners), an Instagram page (@ balham_street_gardeners) and a little team to help her. Justine and her enthusiastic community of gardeners told Families: “The idea behind the project is to encourage the local community to work together to transform our streets into mini gardens. The tree pits are often used for fly tipping or dog poos but could be turned into mini meadows or wildlife havens to encourage pollinators. It doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive to do and it strengthens the sense of community. It’s also beautiful to look at!”

Our streets need YOU! 1.

Go and admire beautified streets, Hillier Road in Balham is great—take the kids!

2. Find a tree base on your doorstep. 3. Go on the Sharing seeds website and follow the instructions.

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@healthytooting is working for active, safe, green and social streets in Tooting: clean air, walking, cycling, play, public space and planting.

Front Garden Friendly

Encourages residents to do their bit to encourage wildlife, improve air quality, and enhance our health and wellbeing. Green the Grid is part of the Southfields Grid Residents Association. www.frontgardenfriendly.uk

Guerrilla Gardening Wandsworth

A thriving group in Furzedown, guidance and encouragement to plant wildflower seeds in the tree pit outside your house. Info on what to plant, when to plant, what is allowed etc. furzedown.net/ furzedown-local-issues/guerrilla-gardening/

Rewild My Street

Provides guidance for people wishing to adapt their homes, gardens and streets to encourage wildlife— and stop London’s streets going grey. www.rewildmystreet.org

Lend and tend

Do you want to garden but don’t have one? Tend to a garden that belongs to someone else! This great scheme helps save unloved gardens with garden sharing. www.lendandtend.com

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Get ready for Glamping! Home Farm Glamping is London’s nearest glamping site, offering a fantastic setting for that longed for family get together once the lockdown has been lifted. Set in 100 acres of stunning fields and woodland it offers a space where families can spend quality time together and enjoy the great outdoors without foregoing home comforts. The site can be accessed by both tube and train being just five minutes from the end of the Jubilee and Northern Lines or Elstree & Borehamwood train station. Accommodation consists of either yurts or bell tents; all are beautifully decorated, double and single beds made up with luxurious warm bedding. Each sits on a raised decking platform and has its own outdoor seating area with fire pit and barbecue, and the site has six lovely bathrooms with hot showers, flushing loos and heated towel rails. For information on Home Farm Glamping go to www.homefarmglamping.com

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Families London SW Lockdown 3 June 2020  

Welcome to the third issue for Families SW London while we've been locked in, though the doors are beginning to open now. Our third lockdow...

Families London SW Lockdown 3 June 2020  

Welcome to the third issue for Families SW London while we've been locked in, though the doors are beginning to open now. Our third lockdow...