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STAYING SAFE & WELL

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Welcome We can’t get our print magazine out to you right now. So we’ve gathered together the best of all the resources available for parents at this time and put them in one place to help you get through the next few weeks. Pascale Pascale Gravell Editor To help Families South West reach as many local families as possible please Like or Follow us. FamiliesSWLondon FamiliesSWLon @FamiliesSWLon

Contents 2 Staying Safe and Well - Fun Printables! 5-7 Local classes, news and Foodbanks 9-14 Education and Home Learning 15-20 Businesses open for Business 21 What’s On 22-23 Pre-School Play 24-25 Family Health 26-28 Best Virtual Tours Zoos, Natural Wonders, Space 29-30 Nature and Outside 31 Best Art, Craft, Games Activities 32 Community and Helplink Directory 33 Birthdays in Lockdown 34 Best Printable Colouring Sheets

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Already 100,000 views for The Little Gym @Home!

Online music sessions going very well!

As with many businesses in London, The Little Gym Wandsworth & Fulham has had to close its doors for the first time in over 17 years. They are lucky to have a resourceful, young and talented team who are already bouncing off the walls at home, and have jumped at the opportunity to volunteer to create some fun stuff for all London families. Out of this has been born The Little Gym@Home: free weekly, age specific, gymnastic-based classes found on our newly created YouTube channel. As we write they are in their 5th week and have already uploaded 20 classes and had over 100,000 views. It is FREE to all, and they hope will help in a small way London families keep their home bound kids active and stimulated, while learning a little too!

Upbeat Music are thrilled with the success of their online interactive sessions in singing, dance, instrumental tuition and song writing. From their POP pets early years sessions, to their teen song writing classes, they have created a platform for everyone. Children can develop fitness and socialise with their peers while they are developing their music skills. All sessions are interactive, so tutors are able to listen to solos, provide feedback, and even put on performances! You can join them for holiday camps, after-school clubs, birthday parties, band rehearsals and song writing sessions.

Check out their Instagram and Facebook @thelittlegymwandsworth or visit the website: www.wandsworthfulham.thelittlegym.eu

What’s the best thing about it? “Seeing the smiles on the faces of our pupils (and their parents)!” www.upbeatmusiccourses.co.uk

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A book to inspire the joy of learning French The gift of languages is one of the best 
presents you can offer your child. As an experienced French teacher, Elisabeth Ruiz finds that bilingual storybooks are an ideal and fun way to engage children and ignite their interest and enthusiasm about languages. Her own book La Famille Jolineau en vacances is aimed at children learning French at primary
school. With this story, children can steadily develop their curiosity and confidence with the French language without feeling the effort of learning. Her book includes colourful, eye-catching illustrations and gives the
opportunity to explore all aspects of learning French including reading proactively with the right pronunciation and writing with some games to memorise vocabulary. Order the book from www.learnfrenchforkids.co.uk Paperback (free postage) and Ebook formats available.

Learning in the outdoors at the Hawthorns School Set within 35 idyllic acres of country estate in Bletchingley, Surrey, just 30 minutes from central London by OPEN train, Hawthorns children are given MORNING S the time and space they need to SAT 10 OC enjoy their childhood. The outdoor T& ethos forms an important counter THUR 19 N OV balance to classroom learning, providing children with skills, knowledge and memories that will stay with them throughout their lives. Through experiences such as using natural resources to create crafts in the Woodland Classroom, growing food in the gardens and using a fire steel to light a fire for outdoor cooking, not only do children’s practical skills, powers of observation and confidence develop but from a young age pupils connect with the natural world and develop a desire to protect it. They were proud to recently achieve ‘Zero to Landfill’ status, the culmination of a pupil-led Eco-Team project spanning several years, focusing on the responsible disposal of waste at the School. Open Mornings are planned for the autumn on Sat 10 Oct and Thurs 19 Nov. Contact 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 6 May 2020


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Local initiatives to support Wandsworth Foodbanks now home delivering Wandsworth Foodbanks is switching their food bank service to home delivery only. Although their five food bank centres in Battersea, Putney, Southfields and Tooting will be closed, people can still be referred via nearly 200 referral partners across the borough. If you can please consider giving online, either money or food via Bankuet. This is the safest and most efficient way at the moment, and you’ll be helping provide for local people in greatest need. Thank you.

Community Hub Wandsworth Council have also set up a Community Hub with a new helpline as a first response for residents, particularly those elderly and/or vulnerable without support networks, who need support to access medical/care services and food supplies. 020 8871 6555

Tackling digital exclusion For many families, learning at home is an impossible challenge due to limited access to data and computers. Many households without broadband are relying on ‘Pay As You Go’ data, often on one device, to download school work and try to stay connected with friends and family through the outbreak. Power to Connect is providing crucial data access and IT equipment to struggling Wandsworth families. You can donate a fully working device, make a financial donation to the emergency phone data top up fund or volunteer time and skills. hello@powertoconnect.co.uk http://bpsfoundation.org.uk

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

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HOME LEARNING

The Hampshire School successfully navigates virtual learning By Dr Edmonds, Head

When the realisation of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic hit our society, what quickly became evident was how well our school was equipped to provide continued education for our pupils even when our school facilities had to close. At The Hampshire School Chelsea, we have been able to support a strong virtual learning environment in times of uncertainty due to the benefit of investment in technology, high quality digital resources, and an awareness that remote learning is not driven by devices but driven by highly skilled and committed teachers capable of delivering an enviable virtual learning programme and e-pedagogy for all ages. Listening to feedback from The Hampshire School Chelsea’s community of parents helped support adjustments to timetables, daily schedules and routines, which are driven to maximise pupils’ academic progress, and support their mental well-being. As days extended into weeks and months, we found our school mission of ‘Aim High’ and our Core Values: Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, Community and Excellence, guiding our practice as a reflective learning community with the pupils’ voice remaining an integral part of the process. New ways of teaching have evolved Together with the blending of online with off-line engagement, there have been ample opportunities for pupils and parents to share their thoughts, pose questions, make recommendations and reflect on our general development. This has strengthened the provision week on week.

for ease of access. To date, parents commented that “It is working well!” which was a wonderful motivational message for our teaching staff. Our Growth Mindest approach has continued to support our approach to the obstacles faced and the future challenges that we will inevitably face. For our mental well-being as a community, we are encouraging everyone to: • Take regular breaks • Exercise • Maintain a sleep schedule • Limit distractions when possible (turn off social media notifications, for example) • Have a daily routine and weekly goals • Make time to socialise, virtually, if necessary

Activities that the pupils have particularly enjoyed include: the whole school humanities project with extended research for all pupils in Year 1-Year 8, the ‘live’ lessons by teachers, ‘live’ assemblies, writing thank you letters to the NHS Key Workers, school quizzes, competitions, art, Ballet as well as the live ‘chats’ with Form Tutors, video tutorials, and maintaining the human and community connection with all our pupils and parents through Hangout Meets.

Of course, like all schools, we recognise that although there are benefits to a virtual learning platform, the reason for the rapid implementation was not what our, or any other, school community hoped for or envisaged. Despite the excitement of learning in a different way, our children will be eager to celebrate their return to the school premises when we are all reunited in person and school life resumes in all its richness.

To further support parents, guidance documents have been created and information centralised

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HOME LEARNING

Supporting Home Learning Supporting your child to learn at home probably feels daunting. Leslie Saffron is a member of The Otherwise Club, a community of families choosing to learn together without school. Leslie advises: “To prepare for the jobs of the future, we need curious, creative, flexible people, with a strong sense of self. You can build your child’s sense of self just by listening to and working alongside them, and showing them that their thoughts are valuable.” Mike Wood from Home Education UK says: “The strength of home learning is the freedom for children to follow their own interests and learn naturally. Real learning is driven by intrinsic curiosity. The trick is to encourage your child’s curiosity and use it as a basis for them to develop learning skills. Knowing how to learn can help motivate them to fearlessly harness new skills in later life.”

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The Best FREE Online Learning Resources

BBC Bitesize

Daily online lessons for ages 5-14 started on 20 April. Also on TV.

Book Trust Home Time

Classroom Secrets Kids

Free books, games, quizzes and recipes.

Free resources for teaching English,

Doorway Online

Teacher’s Pet

Pobble 365

Interactive games to practice phonetics, numeracy and money.

Free weekly downloadable home learning packs. Up to age 11.

Inspiring creative writing every day of the year.

Oxford Owl for Home

BBC Teach

Brain POP

Resources divided into primary school year groups. Free ebooks. 12 May 2020

Advice for teaching at home, video resources for kids up to 16. Free interactive live lessons.

Short animated videos to create curious learners – free access during school closures.


HOME LEARNING

HOME LEARNING

Lockdown School Day Timetable 8.00-9.00

Plan the Day. Get out school books/resources.

9.00-9.30

Get Moving. PE with Body Coach Joe Wicks. Check out these options too.

9.30-10.30

Expand your Mind. Try Maths with Carol Vorderman.

10.30-11.00

Break Time. Get fresh air in the garden if you have one.

11.00-12.00

Expand your Mind. English with David Walliams.

12.00-1.00

Lunch! Your kids can help make it.

1.00-2.00

Chill Time. Read/listen to a podcast.

2.00-3.00

Art & Culture. Draw, do Lego or learn about different cultures.

3.00-4.00

Get Active. Play football in the garden, or go for a walk/run.

4.00-5.00

Let’s Cook with Theo Michaels or Jamie Oliver.

5.00-6.00

Have Dinner! Clean up together.

Story Podcasts All Ages BBC School Radio Storytime Stories from popular picture.

Bedtime FM

Stories to help children relax.

CBeebies Radio Podcast

Stories with favourite characters.

Little Stories for Tiny People

Original audio stories and poems.

FunKids Story Quest Stories for of all ages.

Circle Round (4-10 years) International folktales.

The Creeping Hour (8-12 years) Horror anthology series.

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Best Subject-Specific Home Learning Resources

Teach Your Monster to Read

Wow in the World Podcast For curious kids interested in science, tech & innovation!

Games testing knowledge of countries, flags and more.

Duolingo

Big History Project

Numbots

An award-winning game that makes learning to read fun.

Learn 30+ languages for free! Access via website or app.

Free online social studies course for secondary school kids.

World Geography Games

A fun robot game for addition/subtraction. Free via web or app.

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History Hit TV

Interesting historical videos from World Wars to creepiest toys in history. 14 May 2020

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Children’s Classic Books

Free easy to use app for 3D design, Wow! Loads of free electronics and coding. children’s classic books to read/listen to.


BUSINESS DIRECTORY

OPEN FOR BUSINESS CLUBS AND CLASSES

BLUEBERRY PLAYSONGS

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

ET PATATI PATATA

Live 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

THE LITTLE GYM

The Little Gym Wandsworth & Fulham is temporarily closed but has launched The Little Gym@Home. Join them for weekly age appropriate activities for children from 4 months to 12 years. Little Gym teachers have designed gymnasticsbased activities in a class experience to keep your child moving, learning and keeping fit at home. 20 lessons already uploaded and more each week on their YouTube channel “The Little Gym UK”. www.youtube.com/c/TheLittleGymUK

Fun French e-May and e-Summer Holidays Day Camps led by French primary teacher (école française) and fully trained French native teachers. 1.5 hour French lessons + 1 hour French workshop Monday to Friday: DramaSinging-Drawing-Sport-Music all in French! Three age groups: 4-6yrs, 7-10yrs and 11-16yrs. NEW: Les Teens. www.etpatatipatata.com www.etzouelearning.com

KIDSLINGO

Live French & Spanish video classes, delivered via Zoom, allowing little ones to

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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.

see themselves & interact with friends live onscreen. zoeolivier@kidslingo.co.uk www.kidslingo.co.uk

CHELSEA YOUNG WRITERS

25-29 May 2020. Remote Live Stream. Create original stories at their week-long May half-term programme, with classes including 5-day course ‘An Invisible Week!’ 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. info@chelseayoungwriters.co.uk. www.chelseayoungwriters.co.uk

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 www.upbeatmusiccourses.co.uk

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BUSINESS DIRECTORY skills and keep active at home give it a go! www.lagad.co.uk/gymnastics-at-homevideos to access all the videos.

DANCEWORKS BALLET ROLE MODELS

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Skills Courses running every USE CODE weekday morning. ONLINE25 These sessions support your child’s learning and development at home for 6-11yrs. The aim of the course is to help children everywhere manage anxiety build their confidence, become more resilient and connect with new friends online! 25% off all online bookings using code ONLINE25 www.rolemodels.me/courses/ customised-courses

LONDON ACADEMY OF GYMNASTICS & DANCE

LAGAD which normally runs weekend classes in Chelsea, has launched a series of free *Gymnastics at Home* educational videos that are specially designed for children to practice at home. Each video walks through all the different stages of perfecting a gymnastics skill – handstands, forward rolls and cartwheels – with clear, easy-to-follow instructions. There is also a conditioning video for Intermediate and Advanced level gymnasts. If you want to practice your

Danceworks Ballet Academy in partnership with the White Foundation is now offering online Zoom classes. Free Baby and Reception ballet classes for ages 18 months to 5 years. Full schedules available for ages 5 to pre-professional level dancers. balletschool@danceworks.com www.danceworks.com/london/ danceworks-ballet-academy

RAZZAMATAZ THEATRE SCHOOLS WIMBLEDON

Razzamataz Wimbledon offers kids 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

DANTASTIC PRODUCTIONS

High energy interactive online entertainment for all ages and any occasion. Available to book for private parties via zoom with a choice of popular themes and characters. 07460 222 003 www.dantasticproductions.com

Calling all young scientists 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.

CLAPHAM MARTIAL ARTS

Martial arts classes online via Zoom. Hapkido from 4pm every day. Teaching children, teenagers and adults. Taster classes available. hapkidolondon@yahoo.co.uk 07932 667336 www.semokwan-hapkido.co.uk

AMANDA’S ACTION CLUB

Action Amanda is bringing her FUNTIVITY online classes to your living rooms whilst we stay at home! Expect high energy educational activities to music and lots of fun. 0794 6707695 www.amandasactionclub.co.uk

MATHNASIUM OF CLAPHAM

Mathnasium is a neighbourhood mathsonly learning centre that helps children in Years 1-11 understand maths in a way that makes sense to them. Their formula for teaching children maths has transformed the way students learn maths for over a decade across 1,000+ centres worldwide. www.mathnasium.co.uk/clapham

TENNIS IN WIMBLEDON

30 day (5-8 years & 8-11 years) sports coordination course for £19.99. Starting on 4th May. For more info email/call Emma. info@emmawellstennis.com 07530 987 361 www.clubspark.lta.org.uk

clapham Martial Arts Martial arts classes now online with ZOOM! with Jon Bailie 3rd Dan Korean Hapkido

We’re also developing online studies you can do from the comfort of your own home. Please check out our website for more details.

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Teaching children teenagers and adults Breakfast club focusing on meditation, the breathe, stretching and online breakfast 7.45-8.25am every Tuesdays and Thursdays Hapkido Martial Arts Club from 4pm each day.

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BUSINESS DIRECTORY BE.DANCE

BE.Dance have successfully transferred many of their classes online. They include fun classes in styles such as Commercial, Lyrical and Musical Theatre for ages 4-18 years and Tots classes ages 18 months to 3 years old. For more information please email becca@bedance.co.uk www.bedance.co.uk

DAKODA’S DANCE ACADEMY

Dakoda’s Dance Academy offers the highest standard in children’s dance & performing arts education with limited class sizes and individual attention given to every child. They offer a wide range of dance styles including: RAD Ballet, Street Dance/Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Acro/ Gymnastics & Singing. 07979 312 493 www.dakodasdanceacademy.com

EXCHANGE THEATRE / LE PETIT THEATRE

Fun and interactive drama classes in French for children aged 3 to 16, led by native actors. Through games and improvisations, encouraging creativity and imagination! Fluent French essential. fanny@exchangetheatre.com @exchangetheatre 07903 311 723 www.bookwhen.com/exchangetheatre

THE BOOK CLUB BUNCH

Scholarly, actor-led online book clubs for children ages 6-13 plus. Professional actors read exciting texts and lead discussions around craft, theme and the children’s personal response. melissa@bookclubbunch.com 07456 489 469 www.bookclubbunch.com

NURSERIES MAGIC ROUNDABOUT NURSERIES LTD

Are proud to support critical keyworker parents by providing a safe and stimulating environment at their nurseries in London. michail@mrnnursery.co.uk FB @MagicRoundaboutNurseriesLtd Insta @mrnltd 020 7498 1195 www.mrnnursery.co.uk

ABACUS ARK Based in a beautiful church conversion on St. John’s Hill, Abacus Ark Clapham Junction is a bright, spacious nursery for children aged 6 months to 5 years. This local nursery is in the process of producing frozen ‘Free Range Kids’ ready meals. www.abacusark.com LUCKY BEANS CHILDCARE LTD

A private chain of nurseries and childminders in South West London providing childcare to key worker’s children and vulnerable children during this crisis. Carolinehcurtis1@gmail.com 07885 274 046 @LuckyBeansChildcare

KIDS PARTIES

MIMI AND LU

Have adapted in current circumstances to offer a no contact balloon delivery service for customers to set up independently in their homes. Doorstep drop offs. info@mimiandlu.co.uk @mimiandlu.co.uk 07581 337 500 www.mimiandlu.co.uk

INDIVIDUAL INSTRUMENTAL REGALO LONDON MUSIC TUITION EVENTS Rondo Music London offer lessons for piano, French horn, trumpet, flute, recorder, saxophone, clarinet and theory of music online. stradella05@yahoo.co.uk 07792 121 628 www.rondomusiclondon.mymusicstaff.com

Offer many exclusive items that have been put together to assist with your party décor requirements. No matter the size of the event. They provide these on a dry hire basis or with venue styling and event dressing.

melinamary@hotmail.co.uk @regalolondon www.regalolondonevents.com

HEALTH AND WELLBEING BUSYLIZZY PUTNEY

Unlimited virtual pre/postnatal fitness and engaging baby and toddler classes along with specialist talks and boredom busting ideas! Stream live or catch up on demand! regan@busylizzy.co.uk @BusylizzyPutney 020 3858 7377 www.busylizzyputney.co.uk

YOGA MAMA WELLNESS

Yoga Mama Wellness has been offering pre and postnatal yoga classes in Putney for more than a decade. Join their online classes with experienced yoga teachers where you can breathe, stretch and relax from the comfort of your home. info@yogamama.co.uk 07939 589 083 www.yogamamawellness.com

LIFESTYLE MENTORING AND BURNOUT SUPPORT

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. 0207 622 9084 www.katehorwood.com

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BUSINESS DIRECTORY KIKI’S CHILDREN’S CLINIC

ELIZADOALOT Exercise at home and enjoy Bootybarre fun sexy sculpting class for all levels. Great for pre/post natal women. Low impact and high cardio. Online courses Holistic Core And Restore and Athlete 12 elizadoalot@hotmail.com FB @bootybarrewandsworthandputney 07779 271 655 www.elizadoalot@hotmail.com

Remains open during these challenging times and continues to offer PT, OT and SLT for babies and children/adolescents. Until lockdown is lifted appointments at clinic are kept to a minimum under strict precautions. Also offering advice and therapy via online tele-platforms and having great success. Some therapists are also happy to see the child at home. Committed to support all our clients as best as we can during these times. Kiki@kikisclinic.com 07956 447661 www.kikisclinic.com

STORY TIME PILATES FOR KIDS

Each week go on their story and find yourselves immersed in with, say, Charlie in the chocolate factory, or the Gruffalo hiding from a mouse. 30 mins of lunchtime fun. elizadoalot@hotmail.com 07779 271 655 www.elizadoalot.com

STREATHAM OSTEOPATHS

Justin Owen provides hands on treatment and relief from pain. justinowenosteopathy@gmail.com 07568 493 060 www.acolesosteo.com

WOMEN IN MOTION

Live stream (and outdoor) workouts for women: HIIT, pregnant, postnatal. Small groups & individual approach. Train and stay fit and healthy—mentally and physically. women-inmotion@outlook.com Insta @women.inmotion FB @women.inmotionlondon 07737 528 141

PHYSIO4ALL

Are open for emergency consultations and video consultations and hope to remain open serving the community during the coronavirus restricted movement period. Please call for further details or if you wish to speak with a physiotherapist or osteopath. 020 7228 2141 www.physio4all.com

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LITTLE STEPS HYPNOBIRTHING

A team of clinical & counselling psychologists offering adult client’s consultations, evidence-based therapies, and holistic mental health workshops. natalie@thebodartpractice.co.uk 07934 409 949 www.thebodartpractice.co.uk TILIA THERAPY Counselling delivered online during Covid-19 lockdown, in Clapham, Earlsfield and Sutton. tiliatherapy@protonmail.com 07444 182 382 www.tiliatherapy.co.uk

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Course teaches hypnobirthing tools, techniques & self-hypnosis so that you, your birthing partner & baby can relax into a fearless birth. Course is via Zoom or at Light Centre, Belgravia. writetotessa@hotmail.com Insta @hypnobirthing_with_tessa 07947 849 602 www.tessabaliholistic.com/ hypnobirthing

ANDREA TRESTYEN OLLIE COACH LONDON

Coaching sessions for adults and children, empowering them to take control of their emotions rather than be controlled by them. 07730 365 315 andrea.trestyen@ ollieandhissuperpowers.com

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Teatime Tutors offer 1:1 online tutoring from home for 7-11 year olds. Assessment and advice on school choices and bespoke tutoring packages. Teatime Tutors will build your child’s knowledge and confidence in Maths, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning. They prepare for exams from 7+ through to the 11+. tash@teatimetutors.co.uk FB @Teatimetutors Insta @teatimetutorsuk 07768 768 373 www.teatimetutors.com

PHONICS WITH ROBOT REG

Phonics with Robot Reg at home is here to help keep your child entertained and educated in these extraordinary times! Daily live, interactive classes, educational downloads, teachers on hand to answer questions and a whole host more... lara@robotreg.co.uk 07954 622 371 https://bit.ly/3aS5fu5 THE EDUCATION HOTEL Offering online tuition since 2011. Specialist tutors covering 11+, 13+ GCSE and A level. Offering 1:1 tuition, homework help and free support webinars. info@educationhotel.co.uk www.educationhotel.co.uk

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ACT2CARE

Act2care is a CPD approved centre, offering first aid classes for parents, carers & children in Wimbledon and surrounding areas. Classes are delivered by Fi, a qualified First Aid Instructor and Public Health Nurse. 0795 8794747 www.act2care.co.uk

SCARABE Scarabé studio is a small creative studio that helps small businesses with their marketing communication. From designing and building wordpress websites, creating logos and brand identity to any print design, they help


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SHUTTERBABY PHOTOGRAPHY

Professional new-born, baby, child, family and maternity photography in your own home or favourite outdoor location— relaxed, natural and fun. 07958 734 184 shutterbabyphoto@gmail.com www.shutterbaby.co.uk

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JOHN THOROGOOD ESTATE AGENT

Find the house of your dreams with a virtual property tour. www.john-thorogood.co.uk

THE LONDON CYCLE WORKSHOP

Your local, independent cycle service and repair specialist. www.tlcw.co.uk VAGABOND WINES Order from a selection of wines, or opt for a ‘self-isolation package’ with free delivery. www.vagabondwines.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

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Birkbeck Babylab

Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, The Birkbeck Babylab, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, will sadly not be able to run all the studies they want. However if you still want to help their research, they have exciting online studies you can take part in wherever you are! If you have a baby under 12 months of age consider taking part in Teachbrite. Teachbrite aims to develop an appbased data collection tool specific to your baby. It will do this by remotely collecting data about how children enjoy and perform on a number of tasks. The app should be available soon along with more online studies - keep checking back for updates! Find out more and sign up here: www.psyc.bbk.ac.uk/teachbrite

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WHAT’S ON

FUN is not cancelled!

BIG FISH LITTLE FISH

Bring all the fun of a Big Fish Family Rave directly into your kitchen with their weekly live stream! Visit Facebook Big Fish Little Fish every Sunday 2pm and join in the fun on the live stream. DJs beam from their homes to yours weekly—bringing banging tunes, bubbles, foam, confetti, kids, Dave the Rave (and other lovely assistants) and Sparky the rave cat into the mix. Together on the (virtual) dancefloor!

POLKA ONLINE: LIONS, GORILLAS AND EVERYWHERE BEARS

A new digital resource for family creativity during lockdown, Polka Online has created content around the theme of Lions, Gorillas and Everywhere Bears exploring some of the much-loved children’s books that the theatre has adapted for stage, providing online story time, workshops and activities to help families stay creative. Over the coming weeks, Polka will share similar resources around their productions of The Everywhere Bear and How To Hide A Lion, as well as In The Winter Wood (which was devised by renowned storyteller Jan Blake) as a piece uncovering global story-telling traditions. Further activity themes to be announced. www.polkatheatre.com/polkaonline

RECLAIM YOUR BRAIN!

London’s SMARTEST parent event, day time talks by expert speakers. Available live and then for one month after the event as a replay. www.babbletalks.com

PLAY AT HOME FEST 2020

BUB QUIZ

On 23rd and 24th May, this virtual FREE festival will play host to themed stages streaming a range of exciting entertainment, competitions and activities for all the family. Pitch your tent in the garden, get out your camping chairs and enjoy your bank holiday weekend - join in and enjoy two action-packed days, nurturing children’s imagination, creativity and connectivity and putting play back at the heart of the home. The exclusive line-up will be packed with children’s favourite characters, celebrities and brands, with printable festival wristbands downloadable online to add to the festival experience. Register your interest @ GoodPlayGuide’s Facebook page. www.PlayAtHomeFest.com

A baby & toddler-friendly pub quiz from the comfort of your own home, Tuesdays at 11am. For those parents and carers in the local community who miss their regular quiz night, or are simply looking to meet like-minded individuals and have some mental stimulation. 07496 172 763 bubquiz@gmail.com

FAMILY DANCE WORKSHOPS SADLER’S WELLS

Titled ‘The House is Now open’, the OSO centre has launched a range of content including the popular ‘Bedtime in Barnes’ where local celebrities including Alistair McGowan, Virginia McKenna, Niamh Cusack, Anneka Rice, Vassos Alexander and astronaut Helen Sharman have been recording video bedtime stories. Every few days a new story is added, and you can find all the videos at www.osoarts.org.uk

Workshops created for young children aged two to six by dance artist Cherie Coleman, who runs Family Friday sessions at Sadler’s Wells. Ten family workshops are available online via the Sadler’s Wells YouTube channel, with themed activities including textures, shapes, sounds, and colours, and storytelling sessions based on fairy-tales such as Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. https://bit.ly/3aTOHll

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PRE-SCHOOL PLAY

Structuring the By Daisy Upton Day

PRE-SCHOOL PLAY

Example of a dinosaurthemed day: 9.00 Musical phonics. Every time the music stops, children jump on a letter on the floor and make its sound. 9.30 Write the word dinosaur as large as possible on a big piece of paper. Children can colour in the letters, adding shapes and patterns. 10.00 Snack and fresh air.

For some of us, having a loose structure for the day can really help with little ones at home. It’s not something I would stick to rigidly. If a child is happily playing independently, then I’d sneak off for a cuppa! But having a rough plan means I always have ideas ready to go. I am currently doing a theme a week to keep things interesting.

10.30 Make holes in empty shoe box. Get kids to post dried pasta through holes. Great for number recognition and learning to count! 11.00 Read dinosaur book/act out with toys. 11.30 Lunch/play. 12.30 Make a dinosaur jungle with sand/earth in trays, leaves, rocks and twigs. Add in dinosaurs and play!

Tips

1.30 TV and clean up time.

• The activity doesn’t always have to fill the time slot. • If you’re sharing childcare, do shifts. • If you’re overwhelmed, take a few minutes alone, somewhere where you can see but not hear the kids. • Do ‘tidy up time’ at the end of an activity before introducing the next.

2.30 Outside play/walk.

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3.00 Snack. 3.15 Jigsaw puzzle and board game 4.15 Film e.g. The Good Dinosaur

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PRE-SCHOOL PLAY

Home-Based Fun for Under 5’s Mum to Martha (3) and Freddie (2), Families Editor, Rebecca Lewis, shares ideas for playtime in lockdown.

Pocket money jobs

10p is the daily going rate for odd jobs in our house: weeding (AKA pulling up lawn daisies), bagging up old clothes for charity, sorting the recycling into the correct coloured bags. Bargain!

Big bug watch

Naps are a distant memory, so this is our version of ‘quiet time’. I’ve repurposed the wooden pallets my magazines arrive on as a creepy-crawly sanctuary. Fortunately for the woodlice, my two are finally getting the hang of ‘be gentle!’

Virtual gardening

Martha’s a keen gardener, specialising in growing dwarf beans. She’s planted them for her nursery buddies, decorated the cups with their names, and showed them off over FaceTime. Her friends love seeing how they’ve grown.

Storytime for Under 5s Oliver Jeffers reads:

The Day the Crayons Quit Rob Hodgson reads:

The Cave

Emily Gravett reads:

Cyril and Pat

Malachy Doyle reads:

Big Pig

Benjii Davies reads:

The Storm Whale Chris Haughton reads:

Shh! We Have a Plan

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Zanni Louise reads:

Archie and the Bear

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FAMILY HEALTH

Best Family Health and Wellbeing Resources

NHS Every Mind Matters

Jump Start Jonny PE with Joe Wicks The Body Coach Exercise/dance work

Ten tips to help if you are worried.

outs for children.

PE/work out sessions for children.

The Little Gym at Home

Headspace

Mind

Fitness for primary and pre-school children.

Anxiety UK

Coronavirus support resources.

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Audio guided meditation/relaxation for all.

Resources for wellbeing.

Nuffield Health Wellbeing Journal

Fegans Online Counselling

Downloadable daily journal for children.

Therapy for children (year 7+) and 1-1 parent support.


FAMILY HEALTH

Talking to Children about Coronavirus It’s understandable if your child is feeling anxious about Coronavirus (Covid-19). The British Psychological Society (BPS) stresses the importance of being truthful and giving children factual information, but adjusting the amount and detail to suit their age. For example, you might say: “we don’t yet have a vaccination for Covid-19, but doctors are working hard on it” or “lots of people might get sick, but for most people it is like a cold or flu and they get better.” Download full BPS guide Families also recommends the following blogs from Understood. • How can I calm my child who won’t stop talking about the virus? • What to do when your child WON’T talk about the Coronavirus. • What to do when your child is anxious about Coronavirus. And this great blog from Hand to Hand Parenting.

Dealing with your Coronavirus Anxiety

Your Child’s Mental Health: Spot the Signs

Perhaps you find yourself obsessively checking the news for fresh information on Coronavirus? Maybe you are constantly symptom checking, washing your hands, feeling consistently fearful or tearful, and playing potential scenarios through in your mind? READ MORE

Would you recognise the signs? It’s Mental Health Awareness Week between 8 and 24 May and since March, large numbers of families have been dealing with much more anxiety than usual: about their health, their jobs, their finances and their futures. READ MORE

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ENTERTAINMENT

Best Virtual Zoo and Aquarium Tours!

Chester Zoo

San Diego Zoo

Cincinnati Zoo

Learn surprising animal facts and download fun activities

Animal art & craft. Baboon, Polar Bear & Penguin live cams.

Enjoy home activities or watch a Home Safari Facebook Live

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Watch fishes, penguins and sharks on webcam

New England Aquarium

Hosting daily virtual visits.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Zoo Atlanta

Smithsonian National Zoo

Ouwehand Park Polar Bear Cubs

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Live webcams of naked mole rats, elephants and lions.

Meet the koalas of the world’s largest sanctuary.

Watch cute twin polar bear cubs live from the Netherlands!


ENTERTAINMENT

Lockdown Family Fun It’s a tough time. So, try to make sure you have something to look forward to each day. Here are some ideas: • A kitchen disco burns off lots of energy! Lots of DJs are live streaming on social platforms like Facebook and TikTok. Defected Records are hosting regular live events and mini ravers can go to a midday party hosted by Big Fish Little Fish every Sunday. • Plan a games night or classic movie-thon with popcorn. • Host a virtual quiz night with friends/family over Zoom. Everyone loves Bingo and you can make your own cards. • Host a ‘Come Dine in with Me’ night where each family member cooks or designs a meal and the rest of the family gives it a score. • All out of ideas? Try the random idea generator, the brainchild of 11 year old Sam Bennett from Birmingham.

Explore the World Take your family on a global tour of famous sites and natural wonders.

Machu Picchu Mount Rushmore Buckingham Palace Pyramids of Giza

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Best Virtual Space Experiences Learn about the solar system, build your own rocket and wander on Mars – all without leaving your living room!

Hubble Space Telescope

Interactive Solar System Tour

International Space Station

360 degree virtual tour at NASA.

Explore the solar system like an astronaut.

Free exciting game simulation.

Mars Surface

NASA at Home

NASA Exoplanet Exploration

NASA Kids Club: Rocket Builder

National Geographic Videos

Twinkl Space Activities

Walk along the real Learn about NASA with surface of Mars with these virtual tours and Explore planets outside NASA’s Curiosity Rover. apps. of the solar system!

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The solar system, the universe and black holes

Worksheets and colouring pages. Plus special offer.


NATURE & OUTDOORS

Making the Best of Outdoor Time By Claire Winter Getting fresh air is vital, so make sure you make the most of your garden (if you have one) and daily exercise outings.

Walk ideas • Go on a rainbow hunt and count how many you see in people’s windows; • Ask local friends to put soft toys in their windows for children to spot; • Give your children a list of things they need to find/take photos of; • Develop a nature trail, where your children have to look up and identify the birds/flowers/insects they see; • Change it up by taking bikes, scooters, skateboards and skipping ropes.

Garden ideas • Plant a mini veg patch/herb garden if you can find some seeds; • No garden? Make a cress head; • Go on a mini-beast hunt and build a plush bug hotel; • Little ones will enjoy painting the shed/fence with a big brush and bucket of water; • Invest in chunky coloured chalks for patio or pavement drawing; • Enjoy a night under the stars. Tent share is encouraging families to dust of their camping gear and hold a mini-festival in their garden! Play-at-Home-Fest on 23/24 May is another virtual family festival packed with children’s characters, celebrities and brands, and funds raised going to the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal. You can register free. May 2020 29


INDOOR ACTIVITIES

Five Ways to Make the Most of #TheGreatIndoors By Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Before you climb a mountain or sail an ocean, you need a plan. The same is true for getting through the next few weeks. Families are spending more time together than ever, and without a plan, getting to bedtime may be as tough as climbing Everest. That’s where #TheGreatIndoors comes in. It’s a collection of over 100 fun, free activities from the Scouts that your family can try at home. And you don’t need to be a Scout or an expert to deliver them! Families has chosen its favourite ideas from #TheGreatIndoors collection and you can find these on the next page (page 31)

Make a daily plan Do this the night before. Choose activities for the morning and afternoon.

Start the day with something active Take part in a family work out. You’ll find plenty online or you could just do some gentle exercises together. Don’t forget to warm up and give each other plenty of space.

Keep learning It’s a great time to learn a new skills, whether improving your French or learning to play the ukulele. What can you teach each other?

Get some fresh air If you have a garden, make the most of it. Eat your lunch outdoors. If you don’t, try to get out into some open space while respecting the rules, social distancing and staying safe.

Be kind Respect each other’s personal space and make an effort to do nice things for each other. Why not think about making a thank you card? Good luck and stay safe.

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INDOOR ACTIVITIES

Art & Craft The Imagination Tree

Activities using sensory play.

Red Ted Art

Easy crafts for all ages.

Facedrawer

Become a budding artist.

Activities & Games 10 Nature Activities

Bring nature into your home or garden!

Earn Blue Peter Badges! Get a famous badge.

PawPrint Family

Hundreds of challenge packs.

Hello Wonderful

Roll20 - Virtual Games

Art for Kids Hub

Board Game Arena

CBeebies

Highlights Kids

The Artful Parent

Activity Village

Best of #TheGreatIndoors

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Activities using household items. How to draw‌videos for kids. Making and colouring activities. 10 things to do at home.

Be a Blackout Poet

Try this alternative style of poetry.

Best Concert Ever!

Design posters for best concert ever.

Got it Covered

Create a cover for your favourite book.

Show your Art to Grow your Art

Something for the older kids. Play board and card games. Games, jokes, science, activities. Downloadable activity packs.

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Five ways of pulling together • Good-hearted souls across the country are volunteering help to those in need. Two excellent co-ordinating resources working at local level are: BBC’s Make a Difference Campaign and Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK • Share this Families magazine link with other parents, via email, Facebook, WhatsApp. Like and Follow your local Families magazine on social too so you can share the tips and good news you find. • Thank supermarket and home delivery staff who are working their socks off – show them they’re appreciated. • Phone friends/relations to chat, particularly those who are living alone. Ask how they are, recount a heart-warming anecdote. You’ll both feel better for it. • Smile at people on your essential outings – spread simple cheer across the 2 metre safe space!

Helplink Safety

Latest Government Advice

Domestic Violence/Abuse National DA Helpline Women’s Aid Men’s Advice

Giving Community Support

How to Help Safely Do-IT Local Volunteer Centre Finder Helping Elderly People

Seeking Help

Care and Essential Supplies Lockdown Tips and Advice Your Local Delivered 32 May 2020

Helplink Financial

Claim Universal Credit Working Families Help Coronovirus Finance & Bills Help Self-employed and Employment

Family Disputes

Family Mediation Child Law Advice Family Breakdown Advice Co-Parenting During the Crisis

Parenting Advice

Dad.info Fegans Family Hub Free Parenting in a Pandemic email course


BIRTHDAYS

Celebrating Birthdays in Lockdown

By Rebecca Lewis

Movie and bowling night Download a movie and a bowling app game, and hey presto your home becomes a makeshift entertainment complex. Google cinema ticket template and popcorn box template

Hold a teddy bears’ picnic

From teddy bears’ picnics to neighbourhood poster parties, a birthday under lockdown can still be special.

Turn their bedroom into an escape room Create your DIY version with clues to help them unlock their birthday gift. Google easy riddles for inspiration.

Involve your local community Ask members of your community or school’s Facebook/WhatsApp group to create a happy birthday poster or put up a balloon in their window. See how many you spot on your daily walk.

Invite your child’s favourite soft toys to a special picnic at home! Decorate with bunting and balloons; draw paw prints in chalk; hunt for the ‘missing’ bear; end with a calming game of sleeping bears.

Water lot of fun! Create an aqua park in your back garden! Use dunked sponges for a water fight; play skittles with open bottles of water; run a hose along a sheet of tarpaulin for sliders; fill the paddling pool with warm water and bubbles for an outdoor Jacuzzi. Tips Invite your child’s family and friends to a virtual celebration via Zoom or similar! Make sure you prepare beforehand by reading the Zoom Help Guide. Consider a virtual party. Google virtual birthday party entertainers kids uk May 2020 33


ART & CRAFT

Best of Colouring Printables We’ve assembled a great range of colouring pages for all ages and interests to help keep your children busy and stimulate their creativity. Just click on the title of the image to download.

Asiatic Lion

Baby Woolly Mammoth

Cinderella & Fairy Godmother

Dinosaur Hatching from Egg

Mary Queen of Scots Crown Scotland

Paxi Space Explorer

Raptor

Unicorn Friends

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