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Top tips for getting your child’s learning off to a flying start Making friends with parents at the school gate The importance of imagination The benefits of specialist teaching in the Early Years How do I prepare my child for the 11+? The benefits of audiobooks as a learning tool Noticeboard: School Open Days Activities away from school

New year, new you 20 Finding a flexible job that works for you 22 Short break ideas Health 24 Getting healthy in 2020 26 The problems with thumb sucking 27 Building resilience in children What’s On 28 Get out and about with our roundup of what’s happening in January & February, including half term activities. Tel: 01296 586586 email: editor@familieschiltern.com familiesonline.co.uk

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I hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you all the very best for the year to come! As we enter a new decade, I’ve decided not to make any more resolutions - not after what happened to the last lot. I mean, if you don’t look after the old ones, you shouldn’t be allowed to have any more, right? There was that ridiculous resolution about joining a running club and losing a few pounds. That one lasted until early February when the club suddenly started too early and my bed became too comfy to bounce out of on a Saturday morning. Or the other one about redecorating the house. Actual end result was a few random streaks of bold paint on our still-as-beige-as-we-moved-in-walls. One resolution I did stick with was that I made more time for memorable experiences with my family. And I’m really glad I did as there’s always room for the kind of resolutions that help us prioritise what’s most important to us. As for the other ones, lets not beat ourselves up too much if we fail to stick with them, tomorrow is a fresh new start. Happy New Year!

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Local winner at the Best Business Women Awards Jo Bates from Wendover has won the ‘Best Woman in a Consumer or Retail Business’ award at The Best Business Women Awards 2019 due to her successful solution to thumb sucking, Thumbsie®. The competition seeks to find the best female business talent from across the UK, often those who are also juggling the needs of their families at the same time. Find out more about Jo’s innovative product on page 26 of this issue, or visit thumbsie.co.uk Join the 2020 Awards Masterclass and launch of The Best Business Women Awards on 22 January at 10am-12pm, at the Aubrey Park Hotel in St Albans. Find out more at bestbusinesswomenawards.com

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Britain’s got talent – but we’re still wasting it. That’s the main finding of a recent report by researchers from Oxford University. Children of similar cognitive ability have very different chances of educational success; it still depends on their parents’ economic, socio-cultural and educational resources. This contradicts a commonly held view that our education system has developed enough to give everyone a fighting chance. The research, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, found that only about half of the difference in educational attainment between children from advantaged and disadvantaged parental backgrounds is due to differences in their cognitive ability. The other half is due to other factors associated with their backgrounds. Experts are now calling for government to acknowledge that formal qualifications are only one channel for upward mobility for children of disadvantaged backgrounds. More info at ox.ac. uk/news

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National Storytelling Week takes place from 1 to 8 February and is a chance to reflect on one of the oldest art forms in the world. We are all immersed in stories – from conversations during which we re-tell events in our lives, to watching our favourite television shows. Speech and language therapists believe that storytelling is vital for children’s academic success as it promotes narrative skills and strengthens the ability of children to correctly sequence ideas. To be a good reader and writer a child needs firstly to be a good speaker and listener. Above all though, storytelling is fun. Whether we are listening to someone else’s story or telling our own, inventing and adapting narratives can open doors to exciting new worlds – both real and imaginary. National Storytelling Week takes place in storytelling clubs, theatres, museums, schools, hospitals, spoken word venues and care homes. To find a local event or to look through its extensive archive, visit sfs.org.uk

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Rush Trampoline Park launch #JUMP2020 Jo Edwards, Fitness Director at Rush Trampoline Park in High Wycombe is launching a new fitness campaign in January called #JUMP2020. Open for anyone to join up online, the aim of the campaign is to get people moving daily with a simple and memorable exercise routine. Participants pledge to do 20 jumps and 20 other exercises for up to 20 minutes a day. It comes as new research reveals that 43 per cent of people expect to give up their new year’s resolutions after just one month. Jo Edwards said: ‘We are so excited to launch #JUMP2020. 20 minute workouts can be as effective as workouts of up to 60 minutes if you workout with maximum effort. As a busy mum myself, I know short workouts are essential and my workouts can fit into any schedule.’ The campaign launches with a free fitness class taster day on Friday 10 January. To book, email: getfit@rush.com. For more information or to sign up, visit rushuk.com/JUMP2020

A golden opportunity Chiltern Music Academy in Wycombe brings musical opportunities to 4-19 year olds, whether or not they play an instrument. All over the Chilterns, children are receiving golden tickets from friends who want them to share the fun. Don’t have a ticket? Just turn up and pick one up at the welcome desk. A golden ticket entitles the bearer to: A free day at CMA to try a variety of instruments on Friday 10, Saturday 11 or Tuesday 14 January, a free chocolate bar and the chance to win half a term’s CMA membership. They are also hosting a ‘Super Singing Saturday’ on 7 March for children up to, and including year 5, to come and sing in their choirs. Choose the groups you want to try at chilternmusicacademy.org/ ensembles, it could be the start of a golden future.

Would you rent baby clothes? Babies can get through an alarming number of outfits in a day, so there’s no getting away from the fact that you will need plenty of sleepsuits in different sizes, each of which will only fit for a matter of months or weeks. So how to you avoid ending up with piles of clothes your baby has outgrown? For many new parents, the answer is simple: rent. Two UK companies have introduced an alternative which they believe solves this problem as well as being affordable and environmentally

sustainable by reducing waste. The alternative also reduces time spent by parents constantly re-selling and purchasing clothes. Families pay a monthly subscription, return outgrown clothes and then receive the next size up, in line with their baby’s growth and the changing seasons. Clothes are professionally cleaned and must pass quality control before being sent to the next renting family. For more info, visit bundlee.co.uk or bellesandbabes.co.uk

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2020 Play s n o i t c i d e Pr

1. Versatile toys and play resources As awareness steadily grows around sustainability, parents will start thinking more about how many toys their children have and how much they actually need, steering their little ones towards those resources which offer greater potential for play i.e. the more ways something can be played with the better! 2. Making memories - Leading on from the first point, 2020 will see a greater emphasis on making those precious moments together count. Instead of buying more toys or giving actual tangible gifts, we’ll put a higher priority on spending our time and money on making magical memories. 3. Learning about the natural world - We will continue to seek out activities that teach our children about nature giving them a greater appreciation and understanding of the world around them and an increased motivation to

look after it better as they get older. Are you spotting a theme here yet? 4. Expressing our feelings and emotions - This was one I made last year and with mental health being talked about more and more, we will in turn seek to give our children the space, tools and language required to better express their feelings and emotions. 5. More coding and ICT - As artificial intelligence continues to gather pace with a fifth of our workforce estimated to be automated by 2030,* we will be investing more in the kind of play which will help our children learn and develop the skills which will become essential components of the future workplace. As we seek to live more responsibly, parents and carers will be enlisting the help of toys and resources which support this ethos, encouraging sustainability and helping raise ethically minded children. Future proofing our children, both emotionally and from a practical point of

view, will become more important - building their resilience and preparing them for an ever-changing professional landscape which continues to be influenced by the growth of technology. We are starting to see a backlash to consumerism, partly in line with the rise in sustainable living, and people are beginning to place more value in experiences over things. We are becoming increasingly aware that we not only need to educate our children about the importance of protecting our planet for future generations, but also ensuring our children are prepared for what the world might look like in another 10-20 years. Claire Russell is the founder of playHOORAY! She is passionate about play and keeping kids playing for longer. For further information, please visit playhooray.co.uk

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creativity and the new baby sleep room will double up as a sensory room, designed to support their development. Green fingers have also been at work in the garden. A new area for herbs and scented flowers has been

landscaped, helping children to learn through smell. There’s also a sensory path where the children can interact with different surfaces, encouraging the sense of touch. In other parts of the garden there will be flowers that reflect the names

of the inside rooms, poppies, bluebells and sunflowers, bringing together the inside world with the outside. While a sensory experience is at the heart of the nursery, inside, the nursery also has the latest technology for learning with a new Smart Board, allowing the children to learn essential digital skills before they move on to big school. Vikki said: “We are so proud of what we’ve created and cannot wait to show the world our nursery, where we want children from the local community to come and thrive.” Nikki added: “We’ve designed the inside and outside to help the children to broaden their knowledge of the world and develop the skills and experiences they need to thrive in the future using the seven areas of learning.” Nikki and Vikki hope to see you and your little ones at the nursery soon for a look around. If you’d like to book a visit, contact: 01494 257 090

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Top tips for getting your child’s learning off to a flying start By Kaitlin Lloyd, Manager of Flying Start Tuition, Berkhamsted We all start the new year with the best of intentions, ready to achieve our goals and improve our lifestyles, eat more greens and exercise daily. Yet most of us quickly return to old habits. Research has pinpointed ‘Quitters’ Day’ as the second Friday in January, meaning less than a fortnight after the new year begins, we have lost the willpower to stick to our resolutions. Abandoning diets, justifying missed runs and still not clearing out that overstuffed kitchen drawer cause guilt enough. When we had also resolved to help our children enjoy a fresh start, hopes for the new year can quickly slump into disappointment, frustration and resignation. We start to wonder if we will ever be the type of parent who reads with their child, helps with homework, cooks a healthy meal and still gets them to bed on time. The truth is, if you are relying on resolutions to become this person, you probably won’t! A resolution is a vague identification of what we want in our lives. What we really need is a concrete way to achieve these ambitions. We need a solution, not a resolution! Here we look at resolutions parents often make at the beginning of the new year and provide you with a tangible solution to help you bring about these goals. Using these top tips, you will be able to get your child’s learning off to a flying start in 2020!

Resolution: Keep your child on track when they are doing homework Solution: Teach your child the Learning State You know that your child’s homework is vital in helping them to consolidate what

they have learned at school, but they are less convinced. Difficulty concentrating and frequent daydreaming stops homework from being as effective as it can be. Your new year’s resolution is to keep your child focussed on their homework and maximise their learning – but how? Your solution is the Learning State, a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) technique that increases your child’s ability to absorb, process and store information. When they are in the Learning State, your child can concentrate for longer and quickly regain focus from distractions, helping them to stay on track with their homework. Put very simply, entering the Learning State requires conscious breathing and expansion of peripheral vision. It is especially useful for children who have additional studying to do on top of schoolwork, like those learning languages or preparing for exams like the Eleven Plus (11+). You can learn more on our website.

Resolution: Get your child to bed at a consistent time Solution: Give your child a choice Children aged between 6 and 13 years need 9 to 11 hours of sleep a night. During the Christmas holidays, lazy mornings can compensate for late nights but, once school starts again, you may find it trickier

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School matters to ensure your child gets the right amount of sleep. You want your child to feel fresh and ready to make the most of their school day, learn all they can and not end the day grumpy and over-tired. You resolve to send your child to bed at a set time each evening. Your child resolves to make sending them to bed as difficult as possible. Now what? Solve the stalemate by giving your child a choice. Ask them, ‘Would you rather go to bed now or in five minutes?’. Then, ‘OK, now it’s time for bed. Would you like to put the light straight out or read in bed for ten minutes?’. As well as getting them to bed on time, this approach will help your child to feel responsible for their decisions and actions, leading to greater independence and confidence in many areas of their life.

Resolution: Encourage your child to return to school with a positive attitude Solution: Write positive statements The return to school in January has much the same feel as the beginning of a new academic year, so it is a great opportunity to motivate your child to engage with their learning and put in their best efforts. It can be difficult to make the most of this chance, however, since your child will be reluctant to exchange Christmas chocolate for a pencil. Your resolution to send your child off to school brimming with enthusiasm is overwhelmed by rushed mornings, bad

these statements on sticky notes and place them around the house to read aloud. To begin with, the affirmation may not feel true to your child but, over time, repeating positive statements can bring about fundamental shifts to your child’s beliefs about themselves. By replacing negative thoughts that are limiting their potential, your child will feel confident enjoying and engaging with their learning well beyond the initial buzz of the new year. Positive statements can also help grownups with their 2020 regime – repeat, ‘I love salad and exercise!’

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weather and the anti-climax of Christmas being over. Positive statements are the solution. Affirmations can build confidence and strengthen self-worth, helping your child to return to school with the self-belief to do well. Ask your child to think of a negative thought they have about themselves and their learning. This thought might be that they are slow at maths or poor at comprehension. Help them to rephrase it as a powerfully positive thought, perhaps ‘I am super speedy at maths’ or ‘I am brilliant at comprehension’. Your child should write

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Making friends with parents at the school gate By Tanith Carey We all know that kids’ friendships can be complicated. But we often don’t recognise how complex the relationships between parents can be too. Why else, would we feel nervous about having no one to talk to in the playground at school pick-up? These bonds with other parents are critically important, not only for us, but for our kids. Not only do good relationships with the parents of our child’s classmates helps us feel more tuned in to what’s happening at school but bonds with other adults we meet at school can also help our children have easier, happier friendships themselves. We are our children’s first role models when it comes to making friends. They closely observe how we interact – whether it’s being friendly and open to all or being more reserved and sticking to more exclusive groups of parents. The more open we are to meeting other parents, the easier it is to support our kids’ friendships and help them develop a wider social circle. Research shows that having a circle of pals who they can be themselves with is the single most important factor in making young people feel good about themselves and want to go to school. So what are the best ways to get on well with other school parents? Be friendly to everyone. Be prepared to talk to every parent in your child’s class, not just the ones you feel you have a lot in common with. Every human being deserves to be treated with basic courtesy, no matter who they are. By role-modelling this for your child, you will be passing on one of the most important life lessons there is.

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Respect your child’s likes. Be enthusiastic about inviting home any child your son or daughter plays with at school. Friendship between children is chemical so don’t limit their options by deciding who they should socialise with. Set up playdates. Playdates are important for helping your child learn friendship skills, like compromise and turn-taking. When parents drop off or collect, be friendly and open and offer tea or coffee. Some may accept your invites and others may not, but either way you will be doing your best for your child. Set up a social media group. If you are daunted by the idea of penetrating groups of parents who look like they all know each other in the playground, suggest setting up a WhatsApp or Facebook group, not only to support each other and set up play-dates, but also to get a better idea of who the kinder parents are. They are also more likely to have kinder kids. Check your competitive urges. We all want our children to do well. But when we start measuring their achievements against others, it can wreck relationships with other school parents. Competitive power play put others on their guard and chats feel more like stressful duels than enjoyable conversations. Rise above competitive behaviour of others. If another parent makes a

competitive power-play, side-step it by drawing attention to the goals you BOTH have in common, whether it’s for your kids both getting better at maths or for them both to play their best for the school team. Let them sort out their own disputes. Many school gate relationships rupture when parents fall out - or start ignoring each other - because their kids have fallen out. So unless your child is being targeted repeatedly by another child in an attempt to hurt them, let them resolve conflict for themselves. The chances are your kids will be talking again soon, but if you’ve made a stand against another parent, it will still stay awkward between you - and that helps no one. For social-science based insights into how to help your child have better friendships and learn friendship skills, look out for Tanith’s new book The Friendship Maze: How to Help Your Child Navigate Their Way to Positive and Happier Friendships, published by Summersdale and available from Amazon (£10.99).

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The importance of

imagination Einstein held that imagination is more important than knowledge: ‘I am enough of the artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.’ It’s hard to disagree. Most children begin to develop pretend play at around 15 months of age. What are children doing when they pretend play? And why are they so absorbed in works of imagination? When I was 7 years old, I would devour book after book and plead with my parents for those not already in the bookcase. By playing out scenarios and extending themselves beyond their limited experience, children seek to make sense of the world and find their place within it. This meaning-making is full of emotion – joy, excitement, awe – and finds an echo in

every subsequent act of creation. Think back to your favourite teacher at school: for me, a French teacher who wept silently as he read to the class from a novel by Marguerite Duras. The teachers whom we hold dear to our hearts, who changed the course of our lives, are not those who assiduously taught us the most facts or fastidiously covered every bulleted point on the syllabus, but those who moved or inspired us and those who fired up our imagination. Despite its importance to the individual and society, our system of education leaves very little place for imagination. In recent years, I’ve been trying to recover the bright and vivid imagination that I left behind in primary school. For that, I’ve been doing just three things, all of them very simple to explain: Being aware of the importance of imagination; making time for sleep and idleness and taking inspiration from the natural world. How might that translate to you and your children? Don’t skimp on sleep or fill every hour of the day with scheduled activities. Make time for idleness, for daydreaming and long walks in nature. Above all, don’t worry about ‘wasting time’. Time is a very strange thing and not at all linear. Sometimes the best way of using it is to ‘waste’ it.

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Allow for unscheduled downtime, even for ‘boredom.’

2. Discourage passive TVs, tablets, and other electronics. 3. Inspire story-telling and writing. 4. Encourage reading, make sure there are plenty of ageappropriate books around. 5. Provide tools for pretend play, even if it gets messy! 6. Spend time in botanical gardens, zoos, art museums, science museums, natural history museums. 7. Allow plenty of time outdoors. 8. Travel to different places: forest, beach, mountains, abroad. 9. Facilitate contact with different people and cultures. 10. Ask thought-provoking questions. 11. Try not to impose pre-conceived notions, especially pre-conceived notions of what it means to be successful. 12. Allow your children to follow their enthusiasms, however eccentric, impractical, or disruptive they may seem. You never know where they may lead! Dr Neel Burton is a leading psychiatrist and author of Hypersanity: Thinking Beyond Thinking, £12.99. To find out more, visit neelburton.com

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The benefits of specialist teaching in the Early Years By Shellie Chase, Head of Nursery at Heatherton When my son was a few months old, I encouraged him to touch leaves, experience seasonal weather and go on nature walks. Were we doing STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) at such a young age? Yes, I believe so. Children have a natural and innate curiosity. Research demonstrates the best practice in early childhood education is to break away from passive instruction. As a parent and an Early Years Educator, I am mindful that we celebrate childhood providing opportunities for play and investigation. This approach builds skills and interest that assist children throughout their school years. Typically new parents sign up for lots of baby classes; yoga, music, art, dance, the list is endless. For parents returning to fulltime employment it is disappointing when this journey ends. Generally unless your child’s nursery utilises specialist teaching these sessions stop. I recently observed a specialist science teacher giving a lesson to our nursery,

structured around an experiment testing which planets would float or sink. Knowing two of the children were fascinated by space, she asked them whether a planet made of rock would float or sink, then whether those made of gas would float or sink. These simple questions sparked their imagination bringing the experiment to life. Adapting specialist sessions to link subjects is invaluable, an opinion shared by Emma Facer-Floate, Head of Music at Heatherton. “Through musical activities that tie in with the topics they are exploring in the nursery, the children develop a whole host of transferable skills.”  Our modern languages teacher uses a

thematic approach for our nursery children to introduce new vocabulary using songs, games and ‘hands-on’ activities. “Teaching modern languages using high quality kinaesthetic and visual aids proves to be the most successful and engaging way of creating young, confident linguists.” Laura Cook, Modern Languages Teacher at Heatherton. As we observe our little ones engaging with their specialist teachers it demonstrates the benefits of this approach. I truly believe that specialist teaching will help our children to get the most out of the first chapter of their education journey.

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How do I prepare my child for the 11+? By Nicola Wheeler The 11+ is an assessment taken by pupils in Year 6 of primary school as an entrance examination into both non-fee paying state grammar schools and independent fee-paying schools. The assessment can cover four key areas: English, maths, non-verbal reasoning and verbal reasoning. However, not all assessments are the same. Some schools expect pupils to sit an examination in all four of the above areas, whilst others, for example, assess only non-verbal and verbal reasoning. Similarly, different schools have different pass mark requirements; for example, some schools set the pass mark at 50% and rely heavily on a follow up interview to evaluate the suitability of the student for the school. Others will have a particular cut-off pass mark and a standardised system of marking.

How do I know what the pass mark is? Parents are strongly advised to contact their target schools for specific admissions information. Forums can also provide further insight into expected pass marks and the other requirements of specific schools but be aware that these may change annually.

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The qualifying standardised score for Buckinghamshire grammar schools is 121 or more in the admission tests.

Should I engage a tutor? To be frank, not all children need a tutor; some are very capable of working independently at home and there are a lot of good books and internet resources available. Your child’s teacher should be able to give you an unbiased opinion of different schools, their suitability for your child, your child’s potential and whether he/she needs help preparing for the 11+. Many children do need some type of guidance, whether with a one-to-one

tutor or within a group setting. However, it’s important to understand that tutoring is an emotional, financial and physical commitment with best results achieved when you commit to it for at least a year.

What sort of tuition does my child need? Group tuition is very popular as children find the format similar to a school setting and share similar goals with their peers. They enjoy the interaction with others and the structure and pace of the lessons, and tuition forms an important part of their journey towards working independently. A good individual tutor will tailor work to your child’s

individual needs and allow them the scope to explore and make mistakes. It’s essential to remember that tuition is counter-productive when it is just about repetition. Effective tuition should be engaging, confidence-building, structured, and, crucially, supported by parents. A child should enjoy their tutoring sessions and learn to retain information and replicate processes confidently and easily. Ineffective tutoring or over-tutoring can lead to burn out and disengagement and is detrimental to a child. Similarly, homework should be progressive and not excessive. Between 30 and 50 minutes once per week will suffice. Equally, whilst children have an innate capacity for learning, downtime, play and fun is essential to create the necessary balance in their lives. Finally, from one parent to another, be realistic about your child’s strengths and weaknesses, and understand that, even with tutoring, nothing is 100% guaranteed. There will always be questions with which your child is unfamiliar and vocabulary they do not know. All you can do is help them prepare effectively and give them the best tools available to succeed.

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The benefits of audiobooks as a learning tool By Kate Renaud

Extended vocabulary Reading a broader range of books and genres in this way has many academic benefits. Being able to read more complex books increases vocabulary. Making relationships between what is heard and what is seen can improve spelling. Age appropriate books provide context for the grammar that is taught in lessons, challenging readers to learn and develop the language skills required to succeed. Audiobooks allow children with print disabilities to reap the same rewards from reading as others.

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Appreciating books and what they can teach us is essential for education as well as pleasure. Did you know that over 85% of what we learn, we do so by listening?* Audiobooks should be viewed as a vital resource which can be used both as a replacement to print or a supplement, developing children’s literacy skills and enhancing their learning.

sounding out individual words. Ideally a child should be able to decode 95% of the book they are reading in order to develop fluency. Reading along whilst listening essentially decodes for them so that they can focus on making relationships between the sounds and letters. Repetition is key and regular ‘reading along’ will improve word recognition and increase speed. Without audio assistance this progress may not be attainable for those with print disabilities. Research has shown that children with reading disabilities showed far greater improvement with audiobook assisted reading than those just reading print.**

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Reading starts with learning the sounds letters make (phonics) and putting them together to understand words (decoding). Children learning to read are often simultaneously trying to decode words and understand what the text means. When decoding is too hard, it becomes impossible to string the words together to comprehend the sentence, since all effort is going into

Struggling readers often have a comprehension age higher than their reading age. This means that audiobooks can be an equaliser. Listening to books allows them to access books that match their understanding, so they can keep up with study material in class as well as with their peers. It is frustrating and demotivating to fall behind, but by bridging

Why are audiobooks so important? Aid to learning

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Calibre Audio Library brings the joy of audiobooks to those unable to read print because of sight loss, dyslexia or other disabilities. There are over 3,000 unique titles for children and young readers, grouped by key stage or study level for guidance. Young members can also borrow from the 8,000 more in the main library (restrictions are in place on unsuitable material). All audiobooks are available online by streaming or download or can be borrowed on MP3 CD and memory stick using the free postal service.

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The shared experience of reading to children from babies helps engender a lifelong love of books. Reading provides so much enjoyment; transporting us to secret worlds and far-off lands, hearing about people like us and learning about those who are not. It is no different for children with print disabilities. Not being able to read themselves should not extinguish the love of books, nor prevent equal access to what print offers. There are many reasons why someone can’t read print – vision impairment or loss; physical disabilities that prevent holding a book; special educational needs, in particular dyslexia which affects word recognition, reading fluency, spelling and writing. Audiobooks provide access to literature that these children wouldn’t otherwise have.

the gap between comprehension and reading levels, audiobooks can be a vital tool in a child’s growth.


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Abbot’s Hill Prep School Working Open Event – Friday 24 January, 1.30pm. Whole School Open Day – Saturday 7 March, 10.00-12.00 (last tours at 11.30am).

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Girls 4–16 yrs, boys 6mths–5 yrs. Booking required only for the Working Open Event, call 01442 839169 or go to abbotshill. herts.sch.uk

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Open Events – Friday 28 February. Day Nursery: 09.30-11.00 (last tour 10.30). Pre-Prep: 09.00-11.30. Prep: 09.00-11.30. Please contact the Admissions team on admissions@berkhamsted.com, call 01442 358001 or visit berkhamsted.com/admissions

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Godstowe Wednesday 4 March: Early Years & Pre-Prep. Thursday 5 March: Main School, Years 3-8. High Wycombe, girls 3-13yrs, boys 3-7yrs. If you would like to visit, please call Ms Jen Edwards on 01494 429006 or register online at godstowe.org.

Stay & Play Morning (1-4 yrs) – Saturday 29 February, 10.15-12.00 (free, booking required). Whole School – Friday 13 March, 10.0012.00.

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Friday 7 February, 9.30-11.30. Headmaster’s talk at 10.30.

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Activities away from School Activities that take place away from the school environment don’t just keep restless children entertained and help working parents manage their child’s spare time, they can also offer great developmental benefits that will help them academically, physically and socially.

New friendships Outside of the school environment, your child is likely to make friendships with children that don’t go to their school and get used to socialising with children of all ages outside the structure of the formal school day.

Improving life and social skills Outside school activities provide an ideal environment in which to nurture social skills and confidence. Many extracurricular activities work to teach children the value of working as a team to achieve a mutual goal – a skill that will benefit them in their future endeavours.

Boosting academic performance Discovering that they have a talent can give a child a new source of confidence or a passion that translates into their engagement and behaviour at school. For example, performing in drama club can improve confidence in speaking up in class and inspire creative writing. Playing an instrument will help children understand music lessons.

Building self-esteem In a busy classroom it can sometimes be hard for a child to make themselves heard. Outside of school activities will give your child the chance to build their self-esteem.

Most groups or teams are more intimate than the typical classroom environment, making them less intimidating for children. Children may also be more interested than they are in their lessons and will engage more easily with the activities involved.

Positive role models Sports coaches, group leaders and other responsible adults who are sharing their skills provide role models and a valuable new take on the world for children.

Clubs and classes promote emotional well-being by allowing children to work off excess energy, relax their minds, and overcome the stress associated with school life.

Chance to shine Outside of school activities offer your child the chance to be themselves away from the influence of their school friends. Without being judged by their peers as ‘not cool’ or ‘geeky’ your child may thrive in developing new outlets for creative, sporting or intellectual pursuits.

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Time management As children get older and move on to secondary school, being able to juggle different aspects of their lives becomes increasingly important. By attending classes, clubs or activities outside of school, your child will be taking on more responsibility for managing their schedule effectively.

Sense of commitment Students who participate in outside of school activities develop a sense of commitment to whatever they are involved in. This is because they have to commit to them and give them their all, and this commitment starts to extend to other areas of their lives.

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The Bucks School of Dance is one of the county’s premier dance schools, with classes for all children from age 2 and up, at Bourne End, Freith Village, Loudwater, Seer Green, Tylers Green & Penn Street. A lively, friendly atmosphere, with inspiring and fully qualified teachers. Come and try us: we’d love to meet you. Call Karen on 01494 269086

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Finding a flexible job that works for you Flexible working requests

By Mandy Garner Time becomes an increasingly precious commodity once you have children. For many that means looking to reduce or re-arrange their working hours to give themselves the time they need to enjoy family life. So what are the alternatives to the traditional full-time job?

Well, these days there are many different options.

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Firstly, you could seek some form of flexibility in your existing job. It’s important to be open-minded as to what that might look like, whether it could be part-time hours, some home working, flexible start and finish times, annualised hours, compressed hours (longer days but fewer of them) or a combination of several solutions. In order to make a formal flexible working application, you will need to show you have thought through the implications of any changed working pattern on your employer and colleagues. Are there, for instance, parts of your job that could be delegated to others to enable them to get experience? Could you use the flexible working process to review your job and hone in on where you can be most effective? If you can show that you have thought your case through carefully, weighing up your own and your employer’s needs, you are more likely to be successful. Bear in mind that flexible working legislation currently only applies to those who have been in position for six months. If this is not you, or if you do not want to permanently change your hours - perhaps you only need some temporary flexibility

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New year, new you - then you could ask for changes in your working pattern on a more informal basis.

is earning enough to support you. Another advantage of the portfolio approach is that it gives you time to experiment with different work options. It could also allow you to re-train for another career while still earning.

Be creative Another way around the flexible working issue is to switch jobs or even careers. Having children means that all your creative skills will be in play most of the time, including when it comes to your work life. You could try listing your skills and thinking broadly about any possible available job that might fit around your family’s needs. Talk to others and look into industries you may not have previously considered. Check out family-friendly websites to see who the most flexible employers are and read about what other parents do. Sites like workingmums.co.uk have a regular jobs alert and case studies of working parents which can give you suggestions of where to look that you might not have thought of before. Once you have determined the sectors and types of jobs you might be interested in, you could join LinkedIn professional groups and check out company websites and social media. Thorough research is key to securing the right job for you. If the sector you are interested in requires you to re-train, you could look into whether there is any on-the-job training.

Portfolio career Another potential option is the so-called portfolio career, where you juggle several part-time or freelance/self-employed jobs, creating a kind of tapestry which gives you flexibility around dropoff and pick-up times. You could, for instance, reduce the hours in your regular job and run a franchise or self-employed job on the side either on a permanent basis or until your self-employed work

Self-employment You could, of course, choose to jump straight into self-employed work. If so, ensure you do your business research well. You could also consider becoming a franchisee, which means that you would have the freedom associated with running your own business with fewer of the risks of going it alone since the franchise will provide a tried and tested business model. The important thing is to be creative and to try to think out of the box about your skills. Go back to basics and rediscover what those skills are, who you are and what you like doing. A good coach can help you work your way through all the above subjects. Mandy Garner is Editor of workingmums.co.uk where you can find more suggestions on flexible working options.

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Family travel

By Claire Winter

Short break ideas Short breaks are becoming increasingly popular with families in the UK. Budget airlines, busier lives, and the desire to see lots of different places in a shorter amount of time are just some of the reasons why families are opting for them. Apparently short breaks are also good

for your mental health. Psychologists claim that people who take them are much happier than people who take long holidays. This is because people’s enjoyment and enthusiasm for their destination may start to wane after more than a week away.

Adventure Awaits Taking a break to try a new sport or have an outdoor adventure will be popular in 2020. Whether it’s spending the weekend in a cosy cottage in North Wales to go on the world’s fastest zip wire (zipworld.co.uk) or exploring the stunning scenery of the Pyrenees. The Adventure Creators (adventurecreators.co.uk) are a small, friendly tour operator that specialises in multi-activity holidays in this mountainous area. Activities include canyoning, rock climbing, mountain biking, river rafting, and high rope adventures. An in-situ holiday manager is on hand throughout your stay to answer any questions and ensure everything runs smoothly, as well as to give you recommendations for the best family-friendly restaurants in the area. Holidays are available May-September.

Unusual European City Breaks Reykjavik is a perfect place to visit with a family because it is small in size and easy to explore, with plenty of colourful buildings, interesting food and cosy cafes in which to enjoy coffee and cake. You can take day trips to explore the stunning waterfalls and hot springs of the Icelandic landscape. Or why not visit Bari in Italy? With its host of historic buildings and winding streets, it’s fun, noisy and perfect for families that like to wander and soak up the sunshine. There are lovely beaches nearby and you can also enjoy the regular opera and ballet performances at the recently restored Teatro Petruzzelli.

Eco-Friendly Stays With awareness growing of the effect of travel on the environment, think about travelling by train, which is much greener. Amsterdam, Bruges, Bordeaux, Lyon, Strasbourg and Cologne can all be reached by rail in under 6 hours from London. Then there are eco-friendly destinations such as Slovenia (slovenia.info/en) where 54% of the land is under protection. It also has beautiful coastal towns to explore and activities like white water rafting and hiking to try. Half of the country is covered in forest, so it is really one of the greenest countries in the world.

Waterside Breaks Beautiful Scotland is a fantastic destination all year round. The country is celebrating a year of Coasts & Waters in 2020 so there’s never been a better time to explore its beautiful rivers, lochs and coastline. You can also enjoy fantastic events as part of the celebrations, such as the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival and Scotland’s Shores at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, which will feature classic film screenings and a special outdoor coastal experience. More information at visitscotland.com/about/themed-years/coastswaters. Also check out watersidebreaks.com which has a wealth of waterside accommodation options from riverside cottages in the Norfolk Broads, to luxury lakeside lodges in the Cotswolds and lovely seaside holiday homes.

Theme Park Fun Copenhagen has loads of fun things to do for families and is just a two-hour flight away. It’s also home to not one, but two amusement parks. Bakken, with its 82 year old wooden rollercoaster, is just ten minutes’ drive north of the city and is the world’s oldest amusement park, dating back to 1583. Tivoli Gardens consists of 15 acres packed with pagodas, roller coasters, and fairground rides, including the world’s tallest carousel. You could also check out Efteling: World of Wonders in Holland, (efteling.com/en). It’s about 1.5 hours from Amsterdam and has a fun, fantasy, storybook setting and a variety of novel accommodation options. You can immerse yourself in the enchanted forest, where there are carousels and fun rides for the younger children, while thrill seekers can battle dragons on the rollercoasters.

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Health

Getting healthy in 2020 By Gabrielle Nash

to maintain interest in your activities but it also reduces the risk of repetitive injuries and allows you to work on areas of weakness.’

If 2020 is the year for a new and healthier you, then you’re not alone. January is the classic time to ditch the sofa and crisps and hit the treadmill and protein shakes. Making exercise a part of your life this year will improve your health now and in the future. Sometimes the best way to start getting fit is to make it part of your daily life. Charlie Launder, pre & postnatal personal trainer & founder of Bumps and Burpees, suggests 5 simple ways to get moving: It doesn’t HAVE to be ‘exercise’– If you make it fun and something you enjoy, you’re much more likely to keep it up. This could be netball with friends or playing football with your children in the garden. Being active can look different for different people. Set a simple challenge to keep yourself accountable. Try 50 squats every day for a week or a short jog every other day. Just keep it achievable. Leave extra time and walk instead of getting the bus or driving. Walking is a great way to keep active and you can weave it into your day quite easily, if you plan ahead.

Which type of exercise is for me? Zumba or zorb football? Not every fitness option is for everyone – that’s why there are so many to choose from! So try out 3 or 4 and find one that keeps you coming back. Here are some popular options:

Make it a family affair – Get the kids involved. Go to the park with a ball or start a game at home that gets you active. They’ll love spending time with you and you’ll get your heart rate up.

Fitness whatever your age

Get inspired – The most time consuming thing about doing a workout from home is deciding what you’re going to do and by the time you’ve worked it out, you’ve wasted precious time! Check out Instagram for some quick and simple workouts you can do at home, for free and without equipment. Find some, save them and then as soon as you have 20 minutes free, you’ll be ready to go. For more pre and postnatal training advice, visit bumpsandburpees.com

20s: This age is the physical peak for most people but keep training varied and fun! Gaining a high level of fitness at this age will help you build lean muscle and improve bone density to see you through later years.

MultiSports Amersham & Chorleywood High Wycombe Tel: 0844 335 0450

Your age doesn’t have to be an obstacle but there are some simple tips for different age groups which will enhance your fitness journey.

30s: Generally this age is when careers and family life develop, reducing time for exercise and increasing stresses but it’s vital to maintain good cardiovascular fitness. A great option is HIIT (high intensity interval training) which offers an excellent workout in a short space of time. At work, think about your posture and avoid a sedentary position for too long. If you’ve had children then it’s never too late to strengthen your pelvic floor as it can prevent problems later in life. 40s: During your 40s, back pain and unnecessary weight gain can creep up on us. Try resistance exercise and make sure to include weight training. If that 5k run still appeals, then make sure to keep your core strong as well. Pilates is a great option for this. No matter what your age, Derek Ball, a sports scientist from the University of Aberdeen, says, ‘it’s vital you constantly review your exercise programme on a regular basis. It will not only help

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NHS Couch to 5K: This programme aims to get you in good enough shape to finish a 5km run and it’s particularly popular with people trying to change a sedentary lifestyle. Parkrun: And when 5k becomes achievable, then this is a great, social way to keep yourself running. Parkrun pride themselves on reaching people for whom physical activity hasn’t been the norm – so don’t be put off – it’s more accessible than you think. FIIT: Online classes from 25 minute Pilates to 40 minute cardio, these are a great way to exercise at home with qualified trainers. Outdoor classes: Get outdoors with parent and child friendly exercise classes, combining exercise and socialising with fresh air. Search your local parks for classes in your area. Or if you’re feeling brave, find a nearby lido and try out cold water swimming!

Mix it Up! One of the biggest battles of a fitness journey is keeping it fresh. Keep trying new classes and don’t stick with the same type of activity if you feel your motivation decreasing. Coupling physical activity with social engagement is thought to optimise the benefits of exercising. If you struggle to find something you really enjoy or don’t feel like you’ve caught the ‘exercise bug’ then mix it up, try something different. What about nordic walking, pilates, barre or a musical theatre dance class? For more from Gabrielle Nash, follow her blog and Instagram @thelondonishmum familiesonline.co.uk


Perform is celebrating its 20th anniversary! Families chatted to founder, Lucy Quick. How did Perform start? I was a musical theatre actress in Oliver! at the London Palladium and I loved working with children. I had a vision for a drama school that wasn’t about talent or auditions; where performing arts would be used to develop what we now call the 4 Cs: confidence, communication, coordination and concentration.

Where is Perform at now? Starting with two classes in 2000, we now run 472 schools across the South East and West, employ over 250 teachers and have almost 8000 children attending weekly.

What’s the secret of Perform’s success? We put child development at the heart of everything we do.

What does the future hold? Opening more Perform schools across the country – we’re just launching in Nottingham - and continuing our confidence crusade to help children fulfil their potential through drama, dance and singing.

What are you proudest of? My teachers. They are the most inspirational bunch of talented and enthusiastic people you’ll ever meet. Try a FREE no-obligation dance or drama class in Amersham, Beaconsfield, Berkhamsted, Gerrards Cross, Tring and Wendover. They are also offering a half-term course, the Ice Queen on 17-19 February for 4-10-olds in Beaconsfield, quote CH140220 for an introductory £40 discount when you book. Visit perform.org.uk/try to book.

introducing a free new fitness programme for 2020 #JUMP2020 created by our Director of Fitness Jo Edwards PT Designed for you to do anywhere – at home, at Rush or at the gym. Sign up to the campaign at Rushuk.com/JUMP2020 for the chance to win a free jump ticket. Follow and share the campaign using #JUMP2020.   

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Health

The problems with thumb sucking By Jo Bates Thumb sucking is a natural source of comfort for children; sucking on thumbs, fingers and dummies makes babies and young children feel secure and happy. There are even images of babies sucking digits in the womb – perhaps your child is one of those! The habit can also kick in when children are bored, tired or anxious. Most children stop sucking by the time they are 4 or 5 years of age and this normally happens quite naturally without too much encouragement. However if you have a child older than 5, possibly with adult teeth beginning to appear, you may be concerned that digit sucking is becoming harmful. So what age should they stop or what could be the long-term effects if they don’t stop? Thumb or finger sucking can be a very difficult habit to break, no matter how much the child wants to give up. Thumb sucking as every dentist knows, can have a detrimental effect on the development of children’s teeth and mouth and can cause lifelong dental problems which can only be solved with orthodontic or surgical treatment. When thumb or finger

experience any problems. According to experts, these children will be lucky enough to not have caused any long-term damage to their teeth. By the time a child starts school, thumb or finger sucking may cause other problems like social anxiety and embarrassment and a fear of being thought of as ‘babyish’ by older children. Children who suck their fingers or thumb in class often lose concentration and ‘zone out’; they stop when reminded by staff, but the cycle normally quickly repeats itself.

sucking starts (normally from birth) a baby’s bones are very soft and still forming, so this means that the soft palate is constantly pushed upward by the thumb or finger and can become malformed. Alarmingly, if continued for a long time, the habit can also change the growth of the face and it can cause the collapse of the upper

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jaw. It stops the teeth from biting together at the frontthis can then lead to other problems, most commonly, the upper front teeth being prominent which in turn affects speech and the bite of the teeth. It is more difficult to correct malocclusion (irregular contact of upper and lower jaw) caused by thumb sucking. According to Dr. Lina Kotecha from Glen Dental, Leicester, the intensity of the sucking is a factor that determines whether or not dental problems may follow later in life. She says, ‘In the event that children rest their thumbs latently in their mouths, they are probably going to cause fewer issues than the individuals who vivaciously suck their thumbs. Some forceful thumb suckers may create issues with their infant (essential) teeth and additionally their grown-up teeth.’ The good news is that once the sucking habit has stopped, natural improvement of the teeth can occur within 6 months. If the habit stops before the adult teeth are starting to develop (age 7/8) then your child is unlikely to

Stopping sucking Children often suck their thumbs or fingers to get to sleep, when they are feeling unsure, tired, bored or sad. Sucking can become associated with particular times of the day, perhaps story time at school, or whilst watching TV. It can help to identify the times when your child is most likely to start sucking, then you can decide what method of intervention you choose to support them during those periods. There are various types of intervention such as applying plasters and bandaging digits, applying a foul-tasting liquid to the nail, wearing a plastic thumb guard or a crochet thumb guard … and there is the Thumbsie®- a fabric thumb guard which fits perfectly around a child’s hand to gently help them to give up sucking. For more advice on thumb and finger sucking, go to thumbsie.co.uk familiesonline.co.uk


Building resilience in children By Dr Linda Mallory What we say and do when our children make mistakes or experience setbacks has a major impact on how they learn to cope with challenges and can help them develop resilience. As our young people face growing rivalry for jobs, high-status apprenticeships and the best university places, it has become increasingly important for schools to coach pupils about character. But building resilience starts with the way in which parents help their children make decisions and choices.

Here are five ways in which we can foster resilience in our children: Teach problem solving Engage children in working out how they can handle challenges. Give them the opportunity to think about what works and what doesn’t. When parents always provide all the answers, this can get in the way of children being able to develop their own problem-solving skills. To promote problem-solving, ask ‘how’ not ‘why’ questions. For instance, if a child spills a drink, asking “How are we going to clear up your drink?” is a more strategic question than “Why did you spill your drink?” ‘Why’ questions can infer blame and lead to a child feeling guilt and shame. Rather than always answering our children’s questions, start saying “I’m not sure, how can we work this out, or find out?” Asking problem-solving questions helps children learn to tolerate uncertainty and think about ways to deal with potential challenges.

Encourage risk taking Naturally, parents want to keep their children safe but eliminating all risk removes challenges from our children’s lives. The key is to expose children to appropriate risks and teach them the essential skills required to handle them. Giving children ageappropriate freedom helps them learn their own limits. Observe and notice children when they are doing something which involves an element of risk or independence. Ask questions like “I noticed you did that all by yourself… what helped you?” This helps focus children on the competencies they need, and the qualities of persistence and curiosity required to take risks.

Dr Linda Mallory is an Educational Psychologist, parent coach and mother of two boys. Feel free to get in touch with her at dr.lindamallory@ thewhyparent.com

Let them make lots of mistakes Failure is not the end of the world. It can help our children work out what to do next and to make better decisions in the future. By asking children what they have learned and what they would do differently next time, they learn that it is okay to make mistakes and focus instead on the process of decision making, rather than the outcome.

Help children manage emotions The management of emotions is key in resilience. It’s really important to help children feel that all emotions are okay, including anger, frustration and fear. When children are experiencing powerful emotions, ask them what they need. This supports them by acknowledging their feelings and encourages them to think through how to handle their emotions.

Model resilience Being a role model is possibly the most important aspect of helping build resilience. Children learn from observing the behaviour of their parents. When we familiesonline.co.uk

are calm and present in testing situations, this helps our children regulate their own emotions. When we make mistakes as parents, it is good to be honest and open, own up to them and share with our children what we have learned. Resilience helps children cope with the ups and downs of childhood and adolescence and become strong adults able to navigate challenge and change.

Help your child to feel good about themselves, know what they stand for and what they believe in.

Turn ‘I can’t to ‘I can’. With selfconfidence children will try new things and achieve.

By identifying and appreciating their own talents, your child will realise they can accomplish anything.

Teach: What we say to ourselves is important and develops soaring self-esteem

Teach them: You are worthy. You are a leader of your own life and you respect others.

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What’s on

Compiled by Katie Taylor

January January and February 50 THINGS TO DO AT CLIVEDEN BEFORE YOU ARE 125! Cliveden National Trust, Taplow Activities and challenges for all ages to help you get the most out of your visit to Cliveden on the 125th birthday of the National Trust. nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden CLIVEDEN CRITTERS Cliveden National Trust, Taplow Workshop for pre-school children hands-on creative crafts, activities & story time. 2-4yrs, 10.30am, child £5. nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden

WEEKDAYS

STRICTLY LEARN DANCING Feeling inspired by TV’s Strictly Come Dancing? Step into the New Year by dusting off your dance shoes, doing something completely different and learning a new skill. You’ll gain dance expert tuition and learn to dance the Quickstep and Rhumba in just six weeks before showing off your newly learnt skills in front of family and friends at the Glittering finale in March. Apply before 12 January. stfrancis.org.uk/strictly THE BIGGEST LOSER CHALLENGE Kick-start your fitness in 2020 and transform your life in 12 weeks! Sponsored by Everyone Active, you will have access to the Hemel gym’s facilities and be supported by a friendly team. stfrancis.org.uk/biggestloser TOYBOX EXHIBITION Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl UNTIL 18 APR Gallery, Aylesbury. This family favourite is back again with lots of hands-on toys and games to play with and toys that will bring back memories of childhood for parents, too. Entry by donation. buckscountymuseum.org Friday 10 January CHIDDLERS’ HOUR Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, WEEKLY Great Missenden. Come for songs, craft and play based in storytelling from a different Roald Dahl book each week. 10.30-11.30am, 3 months-3 yrs, booking advised, £4. roalddahl.com/museum FITNESS TASTER CLASS Rush Trampoline Park, High Wycombe. #JUMP2020. To book, email: getfit@rush.com rushuk.com/Jump2020 Saturday 11 January

FREE

Sunday 12 January

Wednesday 15 January

ROALD DAHL STORYTELLING: ALSO TWISTED TALES 19 & 25 JAN Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 12.45pm, 2pm & 2.45pm, free with admission. roalddahl.com/museum Monday 13 January STAY & PLAY Under The Canopy Forest School, Gerrards Cross. Free play & activities in the Dell with campfire, marshmallows & hot drinks. 10-11:30am, 18months4yrs, Mon & Weds weekly during term-time, booking required. underthecanopy.org.uk TODDLER TIME AT TRING Natural History Museum, Tring. Enjoy five different activities which rotate from day to day. 2.30-5pm, 3-5yrs, drop-in, free. nhm.ac.uk

DAILY

Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 January JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange St. Booking required, see website for times and prices. atg.com/Aylesbury Tuesday 14 January

CHICKEN LITTLE Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. 10.30am, adults £4.50, child £3.50. elgiva.com

NATURE TOTS College Lake, Tring. 10-11.30am,18mths-4yrs,booking required, £7. bbowt.org.uk

STAY & PLAY Under The Canopy Forest School, Gerrards WEEKLY Cross. 10-11.30am, 18months-4yrs, Mon & Weds term-time. underthecanopy.org.uk Thursday 16 January to Thursday 2 April HOME ED FOREST SCHOOL Under The Canopy Forest School, Gerrards Cross. 9.30am-11.30am, for home educated children aged 4+, booking required. underthecanopy.org.uk

WEEKLY

Thursday 16 January NATURE TOTS College Lake, Tring. 10-11.30am & 1-2.30pm,18mths-4yrs, booking required, £7. bbowt.org.uk Saturday 18 January BABY & CHILD FIRST AID St Michael and All Angels Church, Beaconsfield. Learn life-saving skills from a health professional and teacher in a fun, friendly environment. 10am-12pm, booking required, £25. E: info@happyheartsfirstaid.com happyheartsfirstaid.com Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 January ROOM ON THE BROOM Wycombe Swan Theatre, St Mary’s Street. See website for times and prices. wycombeswan.org.uk Thursday 30 January and Friday 31 January WIZARD OF OZ Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. 7.30pm, booking required, adult £17.50, child £16. elgiva.com

Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery

& Bucks County Museum Hands-on discovery and amazing science inspired by Roald Dahl’s stories Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury HP20 2QP buckscountymuseum.org

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Opening hours: Monday to Friday

9.30am - 6.00pm

Saturday & Sunday 10.00am - 6.00pm Late Parties

Approximately 25 mins from Gerrards Cross, 25 mins from Beaconsfield and 30 mins from Amersham

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What’s on event that hosts a variety of themed, educational experiences & fun activities! Cold-blooded to feathered and furry, there is a huge variety of pets to encounter - owls, lizards and skunks to name a few! There’ll be pet care workshops, Q&A sessions & hands-on activities for all ages. Plus, appearances from some extra special guests over the week! 10am-5.30pm, drop-in, adults £10.50, child £9.50. greendragonecofarm.co.uk

February Saturday 1 February SNOWDROP WALK Cliveden National Trust, Taplow. Follow a self-led walk around the estate to see the first signs of snowdrops. nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden

DAILY

HALF TERM FUN

Saturday 15 February

JOHNNY BALL’S WONDER BEYOND NUMBERS Wycombe Swan Theatre, St Mary’s Street. 2.30pm, booking required, adult £18, child £15. wycombeswan.org.uk

WIZARD OF OZ Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. 2.30pm & 7.30pm, booking required, adult £17.50, child £16. elgiva.com

HALF TERM FUN

Sunday 16 February

Sunday 2 February

STEAMING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. Full size locomotive offering unlimited free rides. 10.30am-5pm, adult £12, child £8. bucksrailcentre.org

ROALD DAHL STORYTELLING: YUCKY FOOD Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. Delight in stories from Roald Dahl’s books read by energetic storytellers that feature some really rather disgusterous food. 12pm, 12.45pm, 2pm & 2.45pm. Free with museum entry. Also 8, 15, 20, 21, 23 & 29 Feb. roalddahl.com/museum SNOWDROP WALK West Wycombe Park. The Snowdrop Walk is a day to remember babies and children who have died and children who are bereaved. People will be able to plant a snowdrop in memory of someone special and wander the grounds. Individual snowdrops will be available to purchase on the day and a nature trail will keep youngsters amused. Further activities will be available in the village hall. 10.30am-4pm, adults £3, children £2. childbereavementuk.org

Monday 17 to Wednesday 19 February

Perform: The Ice Queen, 17-19 February Tuesday 11 Feburary NATURE TOTS College Lake, Tring. 10am-11.30am,18mths-4yrs,booking required, £7, bbowt.org.uk Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 February

THE NUTCRACKER Wycombe Swan Theatre. 2.30pm & 5.30pm, booking required, tickets from £30.50. wycombeswan.org.uk

OI FROG & FRIENDS Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. Booking required, see website for times and prices. atg.com/Aylesbury

Monday 3 February

NATURE TOTS College Lake, Tring. 10am-11.30am&1pm-2.30pm,18mths-4yrs, booking required, £7. bbowt.org.uk

Tuesday 4 February SLEEPING BEAUTY Wycombe Swan Theatre, St Mary’s Street. 7.30pm, booking required, tickets from £30.50. wycombeswan.org.uk

Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 February

Friday 7 February

HALF TERM FUN

CLIVEDEN HALF-TERM TRAIL Cliveden National Trust, Taplow. Fun adventure trail for children to explore the estate and create a craft to take home, child £2 nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden

CHIDDLERS’ HOUR ALSO Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, 14 & 28 FEB Great Missenden. Songs, craft & storytelling from a different Roald Dahl book each week. 10.30am-11.30am, 3mths-3yrs, booking advised, £4. roalddahl.com/museum

FAMILY COOKERY SCHOOL Waddesdon Manor, nr Aylesbury. 11.30am-3.30pm, 7-11yrs, booking required, adult £25, child £25 plus admission. waddesdon.org.uk

Saturday 8 February

LOVE YOUR PETS Green Dragon Eco Farm, nr Aylesbury. Throughout the half-term holiday, a family friendly

ARTISAN FOOD MARKET Waddesdon Manor, nr Aylesbury. 10am-2pm, drop-in, free. waddesdon.org.uk

HALF TERM FUN

Monday 17 to Friday 21 February

TOY CRAFT ACTIVITIES A different toy craft each day of half term to accompany a brilliant toy exhibition. Drop in between 10am and 3pm. No need to book. Suitable for ages 3+. Check prices and themes at: buckscountymuseum.org HALF TERM FUN

Monday 17 to Sunday 23 February

HALF TERM FUN

Monday 17 February

BAT & ROBINS TRAIL Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. Become a bird detective and have a mini adventure around the gardens. 10am-3pm, drop-in, weekdays £3, weekends £2 plus admission fee. nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden

BABY & CHILD FIRST AID Bojangles Creative Café, Little Chalfont. See Saturday 18th January. 6pm-8pm, booking required, £25, E: info@happyheartsfirstaid.com happyheartsfirstaid.com

THE ICE QUEEN St Michael’s Church Hall, Beaconsfield. Perform are celebrating the release of Frozen 2 with a glittering drama, dance and singing adventure for 4-10yrs, returning to icy Arendelle with Elsa, Anna and friends. With original music, colourful costumes and a dazzling performance, this is the coolest halfterm treat. 10am to 3pm each day. perform.org.uk/icequeen

ORIENTEERING Waddeson Manor, nr Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, drop-in, £3 plus grounds admission. waddesdon.org.uk

Thursday 13 February

SWAN LAKE Wycombe Swan Theatre, St Mary’s Street. 7.30pm, booking required, tickets from £30.50. wycombeswan.org.uk

HALF TERM FUN

POTTERY MONSTER POTS Queens Park Arts Centre. Come and have some fun creating a wonderfullyweird Monster pot. 10am-3pm, 7+, booking required, members £20, non-member £24. qpc.org STATIC VIEWING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. Museum and visitor centre open, no train rides.10.30am-5pm, adult £6, child £4. bucksrailcentre.org

ALSO 18 FEB

HALF TERM FUN

Tuesday 18 February BEGINNERS POTTERY THROWING Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. Learn the basic of throwing a pot at the wheel. 9am-1pm & 2pm-5pm, 9+, booking required, members £15, non-members £18. qpc.org

THURS 20 FEB TOO

FRIDA FLOWER HEAD Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. Create your own flowering Frida using recycled materials. 10am-3pm, 7+, booking required, members £20, non-members £20. qpc.org

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What’s on HAPPY ANIMAL FAMILIES College Lake, Tring. Story, guided trail & family craft activities. 1pm-3pm, 3-5yrs, booking required, £5. bbowt.org.uk HOME SWEET HOME College Lake, Tring. Enjoy a range of activities - learn about local habitats, follow trails & make crafts. 10am-12pm, 6+yrs, booking required, £5, bbowt.org.uk Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 February VELARIUM HOLIDAY CLUB Under The Canopy Forest School, Gerrards Cross. Nature based play and crafts. 10am-12pm, under 4’s accompanied, juniors 5-8 unaccompanied, booking required. underthecanopy.org.uk HALF TERM FUN

Wednesday 19 February

Stay & Play at Under the Canopy Forest School

POND EXPLORERS College Lake, Tring. 1pm-2pm, 6+yrs, booking required, £6, bbowt.orrg.uk

SEWING UP UP & AWAY Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, 7+, booking required, members £20, non-members £24, qpc.org

POTTERY AQUARIAM WALL PLAQUE Queens Park Arts Centre. 10am-3pm, 7+, booking required, members £20, non-member £24, qpc.org

HALF TERM FUN

Sunday 23 February

STEAMING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. Full size locomotive offering unlimited free rides. 10.30am-5pm, adult £12, child £8. bucksrailcentre.org

DINOSAUR EXPERIENCE DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. Meet Baxter the T-Rex, Spike the Spinosaurus and two baby dinos. Interactive live shows, steam train rides, miniature railway and museum are all open. 10.30am-5pm, can pre-book: adult £14, child £10. bucksrailcentre.org

WATERCOLOUR PAINTING Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. Explore watercolour techniques to paint a winter landscape or an atmospheric sky. 10am-3pm, 11+yrs, booking required, members £20, non-members £24. qpc.org Thursday 20 February

HALF TERM FUN

Friday 21 February

Wednesday 26 February NO SLEEP CLUB WITH THE VILLAGE MIDWIFE Prestwood Community Centre Nairdwood Lane. 10am-12pm, booking required, £25. e: info@happyheartsfirstaid.com happyheartsfirstaid.com

HALF TERM

MR MUSHROOM FUN Queens Park Arts Centre. Create character giant mushrooms with funny faces! 10am-3pm, 7+, booking required, members £20, non-member £24, qpc.org

Saturday 29 February GREEN LEAP West Wycombe Hill. 10am-3pm, drop-in, free.

nationaltrust.org.uk/west-wycombe-park-villageand-hill PRE-PREP ACTIVITY MORNING Heatherton, Amersham. 10am-12pm, 3-7yrs. To book email: admissions@ heatherton.com or call 01494 726433. heatherton.com SPRING INTO ACTION Maltman’s Green Pre-School, Gerrards Cross. Early Years Stay & Play morning for girls aged 1-4 & parents. 10.15am-12pm, free. Booking required. maltmansgreen.com/admissions/open-events SLEEPING BEAUTY Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. 10.30am, adults £4.50, child £3.50. elgiva.com Tuesday 31 March to Saturday 4 April HOLES BOOK Wycombe Swan, St Mary’s Street. AHEAD Tue 31 March – Sat 4 April. Holes is a thrilling and off-beat comedy adventure and is perfect for adults and children aged 8+. Tickets are available from £15. wycombeswan.co.uk

23RD FEBRUARY 2020

G R E E N D R AG O N

GREEN DRAGON ECO FARM RARE BREEDS FARM & ECO CENTRE

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Feathered & Furry! at

‘Love your Pets’ Half Term Event

Sat 15th to Sun 23rd February 2020 Farm admission: Adult £10.50 Child £9.50

• Pet encounters • Pet care workshops • Q&A sessions • Hands-on activities PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS!

COME TO OUR LIVE DINOSAUR EXPERIENCE DAY! Meet Baxter the T-Rex, Spike the Spinosaurus and two baby dinos Interactive live shows with audience participation 4 shows throughout the day! Enjoy Steam Train Rides Ride The Miniature Railway Visit The Railway Museum Open 10.30am-5pm Last admissions 3.30pm Tickets can be pre-booked at: www.bucksrailcentre.org

01296 670444

info@greendragonecofarm.co.uk www.greendragonecofarm.co.uk Claydon Road Hogshaw Bucks MK18 3LA

Station Road Quainton Near Aylesbury HP22 4BY email office@bucksrailcentre.org call 01296 655720

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Families Chiltern January/February 2020  

The really useful FREE local magazine for families with children aged 0 to 12 years in Buckinghamshire.

Families Chiltern January/February 2020  

The really useful FREE local magazine for families with children aged 0 to 12 years in Buckinghamshire.