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Editor’s welcome Happy New Year!
Issue 95 | Jan/Feb 2019
In this issue 3
News & Views
New year, new you
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How to have your happiest year ever! Boss your own business Indoor winter parties The importance of drama
12 Top tips for de-stressing term time routines 14 The inside track for exam prep 16 Cyberbullying: what you need to know 17 Should you help with homework? 18 Supporting your child with friendship challenges 19 Noticeboard - School Open Days
Health 20 22 24 25 26
Get active with your family Six ways to stay healthy this winter Good brushing & healthy smiles Heathy eating trends for 2019 Holidays with a difference
What’s On guide
28 Get out and about with our round-up of what’s happening and half-term activities. Tel: 01296 586586 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.familiesonline.co.uk
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Congratulations to our competition winners from issue 94, November/December 2018: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Fiona Jenkins, Chalfont St Peter. Peter Pan: Kelly Lloyd, Wendover. My Mum Tracy Beaker: Ana Wainwright, High Wycombe
I hope you had a wonderful break and are ready for the year ahead. It’s sure to be an interesting one, isn’t it? The new year brings all kinds of hope and promises that we make to ourselves, and others, about the way we want to live better and to be a bit more of whatever it is we felt we lacked the year before. This issue is full of great ideas to try something new- to start the year fitter, happier and healthier than ever! One thing I would really like is to have a year full of experiences, to explore new places and have a bit more fun, to let my children inspire me to be more like them; full of joy, creativity and laughter. Whatever your resolution may be, hopefully it brings you the change that you’re looking for and you have a great start to the year! Enjoy
Children make a splash with Olympic hero Two pupils from Aylesbury won an opportunity to meet four-time Olympic medallist Rebecca Adlington. Becky Adlington SwimStars joined forces with Everyone Active to invite primary school children from across the country to submit an original design for a banner that showcases everything they love about swimming. Frances and Tilly (both 8) from Turnfurlong Junior School in Aylesbury had their winning entry presented to them by the Olympic hero during a school assembly on 27th November. The pupils had a chance to ask questions and see her medals. As a further reward for their creativity, the winners and their classmates were given the opportunity to have a swimming session with the star. Discussing her decision, Becky said: “We received so many excellent entries to the competition, but Frances and Tilly’s design was special. It was great to present them with their winning design in front of their classmates and to see them enjoy swimming.” Headteacher, Mrs Divers, commented: “The children thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and were inspired to keep swimming!”
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News & views
Wear A Hat Day is nearly here!
If you’re looking for a fun activity for the whole family, look no further than Wear A Hat Day. The annual fundraising event takes place on Friday 29th March 2019 and the Brain Tumour Research charity needs your help to make it the biggest, boldest and hattiest ever! There are many ways to get involved. From organising a hatty fashion show and making Easter bonnets, to hosting a bake sale and going on a hat-tastic walkabout, you can plan any type of event you fancy… just don’t forget your hat! By taking part in Wear A Hat Day, you will be helping to raise vital funds for research into brain tumours. The disease is indiscriminate, and it can affect anyone at any age. What’s more, brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. Register for Wear A Hat Day and your family can help change this; simply go to the ‘fundraise’ section on their website: www.braintumourresearch.org
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Schools that ban mobile phones improve results Should children be allowed to take mobile phones to school? Opinion is divided. Some advocate a complete ban because of the potential for distraction, while others promote the use of phones as a teaching tool in the classroom. Schools in England have complete autonomy regarding their mobile phone policy, which has resulted in large differences in the timing of the introduction of bans. Schools that ban pupils from carrying mobile phones show a sustained improvement in exam results, with the biggest advances coming from struggling students, according to research published by the London School of Economics. The large-scale study found schools in Birmingham, London, Leicester and Manchester that banned mobiles enjoyed a boost in the proportion of pupils getting five good passes at GCSE, compared with schools that allowed pupils to keep their phones, even if switched off. More info at www.lse.ac.uk
Reading, writing and well-being Children and young people who enjoy reading and writing are three times more likely to have better mental wellbeing than those who don’t, new research has found. The National Literacy Trust have worked with children’s mental health charity, Place2Be, to develop a series of free wellbeing-inspired teaching resources for primary and secondary schools, including book lists and assembly plans. There is also a series of top tips and activity ideas to help parents use reading and writing to support their child’s mental wellbeing. To find out more, visit their websites: www.literacytrust.org.uk and www.wordsforlife.org.uk
News & views
Not so ‘free childcare’ Most parents are paying to access the government’s 30 hours ‘free’ childcare scheme, according to research for the Department for Education. The research confirms that 56% of parents are paying charges for additional items or activities when accessing the 30 hours offer. The majority of charges are for meals, snacks and other refreshments, while charges for special activities such as music, gym lessons or outings or for consumables such as sun tan lotion are less common. Almost half of parents said that they had seen restrictions placed on when they could use the hours or that they had to be taken at times specified by the provider. Additionally, the research found that 39% of providers reported a reduction in their profit due to the 30 hours scheme while 25% of providers said that they had moved from either making a profit to breaking even, or even making a loss. More info at www.pre-school. org.uk/news
Girls play less sport than boys Boys spend significantly longer than girls on sporting activities. A report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that boys spend an average of 40 minutes per day on sports activities, compared with 25 minutes a day for girls. But encouragingly, boys and girls who do participate in sport enjoy it equally, according to the study. One way that parents can change this is by setting an example. Research shows that by being active themselves, parents, particularly mothers, can influence their child’s activity levels. Another way is to make it social. Research by Women in Sport shows that girls are most interested in making friends and having fun when playing sport, www.womeninsport. org. Seek out clubs, classes or activities that may have girls of a similar age as your daughter or encourage her to take up new classes with her friends.
The Big Garden Birdwatch The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch takes place from 26 to 28 January and is the largest wildlife survey in the world. The information collected helps monitor bird species in the UK and is great fun for children. To take part, you need to watch the birds in your garden or local park for just one hour at some point over the three days and report your results to the RSPB. You can request a FREE Big Garden Birdwatch pack from the RSPB which includes a bird identification chart and advice to help you attract wildlife to your garden. To make it fun, challenge your children to see who can spot the most birds. Take a bike ride to a local park to look for birds or make a day trip out of it and spot birds in a new place. More info at www. rspb.org.uk
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New year, new you
How to have your happiest year ever! By Dr Andy Cope
The secret to happiness turns out to be notso-secret. Family, relationships, love, human connection - that’s basically it. Here are some quirky and fun tips based on the science of positive psychology that will help your family towards the happiest year yet!
Get Huggy Christmas and New Year is a time for family and friends and, chances are, you will have been giving and receiving more hugs than usual in the last few weeks. So how about continuing the hugging habit all year and using this scientific fact that might just change your life: apparently, the average hug lasts 2.1 seconds- a quick one…two… and it’s done and dusted. However, for the love to really transfer, a hug has to last 7 seconds or longer! A top hugging tip is to treat the ones you love to the full 7 seconds. Obviously, don’t count out loud as that spoils the effect, and they might start wriggling after 4 or 5 seconds, but a 7 second hug says “I love you.” Everyone wins. Hugging releases oxytocin (a happy chemical) in you and the one you’re hugging.
A Year of Experiences Get everyone in your family to write an early Christmas list for December 2019. The exact question is this: What 20 things would you would like for Christmas that aren’t things? Share the ideas and schedule them to actually happen in 2019.
Celebrate What Hasn’t Happened Have you ever asked yourself, what hasn’t happened that I didn’t want that I haven’t celebrated? Feel free to read that line again. And again. And again? Sadly, unless you’re a black belt happiness ninja, your children don’t sit in a maths lesson thinking how lucky they are to have a nice school and a wonderful teacher. They curse because they have to remember stuff. And when you’re stuck in traffic you don’t sit there marvelling at the sunglasses compartment and cup holders, you mutter and swear under your breath at the delay. The opposite of savouring good experiences is to notice the many things that could have gone badly, but didn’t. Hence the question again - what hasn’t happened that you didn’t want that you haven’t celebrated? Here’s my list for today (and it’s only 7am): I woke up and didn’t have toothache. My laptop isn’t broken. I haven’t got measles. My children aren’t poorly. I haven’t just stubbed my toe, we haven’t run out of Cheerios, there hasn’t been an earthquake and I haven’t been bitten by a zombie. I mean, what a fabulous start to the day. None of those bad things has happened! Of course, it’s hard to notice something that didn’t happen. But it’s helpful to sometimes switch your thinking to all the bad things that could have happened, but didn’t. And then celebrating the positive result. Share it with your children and get them to think of examples. The chances are, theirs will be much more creative than yours!
Be a Hygge Spotter The Danes have a word – hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-ga’) – that has no direct translation in English. The closest I can give you is ‘comfort.’ For me hygge is sitting by an open fire and drinking hot chocolate while a storm rages outside or being wrapped up snug and warm on a snowy walk. Hygge is also sharing a tub of Quality Street while watching a family movie you’ve watched many times before. Work out what your hygge moments are, and then get good at spotting them, all year round. This is linked to mindfulness and improves your happiness by enabling you to better appreciate more wonderful moments.
Play As we grow up, we get weighed down with responsibilities and life can lose its lustre. Stop seeing yourself as a ‘responsible adult’ and start being an ‘inspirational adult.’ Rewind to when you were age 6, a time when everything was new and exciting. Start jumping in puddles and playing on the swings… your children will love it! 6 Families Chiltern
Dr Andy Cope is a positive psychologist and bestselling author. His latest book Diary of a Brilliant Kid is available now on Amazon. For more information, visit www.artofbrilliance.co.uk www.familiesonline.co.uk
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Boss your own business Starting your own venture can be hugely exciting – but it’s important to consider the challenges you might face. B P Collins law firm in Gerrards Cross offers some key advice. Sole trader or limited company? It’s important to recognise that if you are a sole trader, then everything you own will be at risk should you have a dispute with a client or supplier, whereas trading through a limited company should protect personal assets. It’s also important to limit your liability in any contract under which you will provide your services.
Payment terms Money can be tight when running your own business. Make sure that you set out your payment terms in your contract with clients so you know when you will be paid. It is also absolutely vital to be aware of the tax implications of being self-employed. You will have to retain money to meet tax obligations, as this may not be deducted from what is paid to you.
Working with friends or family Choosing the right colleague is key as, for every success story, there are many more great ideas and partnerships which fall by the wayside. Going into business with someone you know is in many ways similar to entering into marriage – you both need to ask yourself serious questions about your relationship, aims and objectives before working together. Some key questions for potential new business partners are: • Do you trust each other and respect each other’s decisions?
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• Is your relationship strong enough to handle the low points as well as the highs? • Have you sought professional advice on legal and business issues? It is also advisable to decide on who will be the key decision-maker, where the financing will come from and what will happen if the investment isn’t successful from the outset. Sitting down together and having these discussions can focus the mind on what you each want to achieve from the business and help to avoid any potential disputes.
Protecting your family If you’re acting as a sole trader, there is usually no formal business structure in place. So if you become incapacitated, it is unlikely that your business will continue to be able to operate because the assets of that business will become inaccessible by third parties. The way around this is to have a lasting power of attorney (LPA) in place. You might wish to appoint your spouse or, if it’s a more complex business, a trusted colleague who is familiar with the business to take over as your attorney. If you’re trading through a limited company, you would need to ensure
that your Articles of Association contain appropriate provisions to deal with succession to running the company, as the role of director cannot be delegated through the LPA. If you leave a will, then you can make clear who should inherit your business on your death, otherwise the intestacy rules may result in ownership passing in a way which was not intended. If a self-employed person becomes incapacitated, the name on the business bank account will determine how it can be accessed by a family member. If it’s in an individual’s name, acting as a sole trader, an attorney under an LPA can normally have access to the account. If it’s in the company’s name, then a new director would need to be appointed. Planning ahead and asking yourself some difficult questions at the start are vital.
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The skies might be dull and gloomy but that doesn’t mean you child should miss out on a fabulous birthday party! However, it is probably best to head indoors to avoid a washout, freezing cold kids or limited day light. Here are some ideas for indoor parties during the winter months.
Indoor parties for Winter Rock Climbing
Bounce to a Trampoline Park
Rather than you climbing them, let the party goers climb up all the walls they want at a rock climbing centre. They offer a variety of climbing structures to choose from, so they’re great for children of all ages. If everyone’s new to the sport, then go for the party package, which typically includes instructions and all the gear to keep them vertical for hours. There’s a great climbing wall at Wycombe Leisure Centre.
Trampolining has come a long way. Trampoline parks can be massive with literally acres and acres trampolines, all interconnected so the kids can bounce all over the place. There are walls they can bounce off, giant foam pits they can dive in to, slam dunk basketball with launch pads and more. Most of them have viewing or ‘relaxing’ areas and cafes so you can keep an eye on the action. Try Rush Trampoline Park (High Wycombe), Jump In (Slough) or Bounce (Milton Keynes).
Go to the Theatre
There are always plenty of holiday plays and puppet show performances during the winter season. Take the party goers out to a matinee, then afterwards, head out for a pizza. Or do the pizza before an evening performance. Make invitations look like a playbill and include autograph books with pens for goody bags – they may come in handy after the show!
We’re not all cut out to be perfect party hostesses, so if the thought of trying to entertain a bunch of excitable little people fills you with trepidation, an entertainer could be just what you need. When you consider what you’ll spend on add-ons to try and keep the party goers entertained, they usually work out to be fairly cost-effective. Squishbosh offer fun sports parties that can be held indoors or outdoors for children aged 5-10 years. Basil & Crew bring a mobile farm to you- how memorable would it be for your little guests to meet new furry friends in your garden. To find out more, call Pete on 07721 422554.
Sleepover Fun Invite your child’s closest friends to camp out in the comfort of your home. This option is guaranteed to keep active youngsters fully occupied and catered for in a warm environment. PJ’s Little Sleepover Company can bring everything you need to create a memorable event including themed tents and beds, personalised name boards, tent lighting and decorations, breakfast trays and a gift to make it extra-special for the birthday child. See party packages at: www.pjslittlesleepovercompany.co.uk
Cook Up a Storm Kids of all ages will enjoy the mess, the creativity and the tasting involved when put in charge of preparing their own party food. If you are not up for this culinary challenge you will find there are now plenty of very good local providers of cooking parties for kids, such as Cinnamon Square or Splat Cooking Parties: www.beverleyglock.com
Laser Action Laser Tag parties are ideal for kids to let loose and enjoy actionpacked fun. Your local centre will usually offer packages including your group’s own area overseen by a marshall.
Disco Time Disco parties are great for older children and can include lots of fun and energetic party games. Keep the furniture from being trampled on by clearing the room first. Alternatively, find a local hall and get in mobile disco with DJ and sit back and watch them practice their moves.
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Clubs & classes
The importance of drama By Alexa Brant When choosing an afterschool club or activity in which to enrol your child, it may be worth considering drama and the performing arts if you haven’t done so before. Some children seem to be natural performers, but, if you have a shy child, then the idea of sending them to drama lessons may seem absurd. However, joining a drama class doesn’t necessarily mean your child will be pushed onto a stage and expected to sing and dance and there are some significant benefits. Academic Performance A range of research studies have found that students who participate in the Arts don’t just do better in school, they perform better in areas that contribute to success outside the classroom. Not only do children active in the Arts demonstrate higher academic performance and test results, they are also more likely to participate in community service and be elected to class office.
Self-Confidence Aspects of performing arts, especially improvisation, help children to understand how to appraise situations, think outside the box and be more confident going into unfamiliar situations. Students learn to trust their ideas and abilities. Confidence gained from learning performing arts skills applies to school, career and life.
Imagination Being creative and learning to make creative choices helps students to be better at thinking of new ideas, allowing them to view the world around them in new ways. Remember Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
Empathy Understanding characters, roles and the subtext of plays and musicals allows students to relate better to different situations, backgrounds and cultures they encounter in real life. It encourages them to show compassion and tolerance for others.
Co-Operation An effective drama programme embraces both extroverted and introverted children. 10 Families Chiltern
Combining the creative ideas and the abilities of all participants is required for the best outcomes. This requires all those taking part to engage in discussions, feedback, rehearsing and performance.
Concentration Playing, practising and performing develops the abilities and skills necessary for children to be able to focus their minds, bodies and voices.
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Communication Skills Taking part in the performing arts improves vocal projection, articulation, tone of speech and expression. Importantly, it also develops listening and observation skills. These skills will benefit a young person throughout their life.
Fun Drama delivers elements of play, humour and laughter to those taking part – it improves motivation and reduces stress.
Emotional Outlet Acting and drama games allow students to express a range of emotions and encourages them to understand and deal with similar feelings they may be experiencing. Aggression and tension can be released in a safe, controlled environment – often allowing for a period of reflection afterwards.
Memory Rehearsing and performing lines and movements will improve your child’s memory. Memory requires exercise, just like a muscle!
Westbrook Hay School pupil, Meredith Ryder aged 9, has recently won the PQA (Pauline Quirke Academy) National Screenwriter Competition for her script “A Monster in the Fridge”. The competition was open to ages 7-16 across all of the UK. Meredith was presented with her trophy by Pauline Quirke at a red carpet event at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square. In January she will be working with Gary Lawson and John Phelps (scriptwriters for “Birds of a Feather” and “Tracey Beaker”) who will help her develop her script further. It will then be shot as a short film and entered into nationwide film festivals.
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Top tips for de-stressing term time routines
After the school holidays, I guiltily look forward to getting our daughter and by default, our family, “back into routine.” I suspect I’m not alone. Once I’m deep into term time again though, I find myself wishing the “routine” was a little less demanding, easier to cope with and didn’t involve the brains of my husband and I being packed full of “Don’t forgets…” and “Remember…” – often communicated between us last thing at night when, of course, they are most likely to be forgotten. Having chatted with other parents, I know we are not alone in this experience. So, here are some tips from my parent network for making the all-important “stress points” of the term time week – before school, after school and weekends – a little easier.
Before School The Crucial 10 Minutes Experiment with getting up 10 minutes earlier. This may give you a chance to grab a cup of tea or coffee, have a shower and get dressed in less of a rush than usual. Being up 10 minutes earlier does, in theory, also give you a fair chance of making
sure both you and your children are ready 10 minutes before you have to leave! This will give you time to gather your thoughts and make sure you have everything. No more (or perhaps just less) rushing out of the door and rushing back to pick up forgotten items! Have a Checklist Either write an actual checklist for your child’s school morning routine, or just verbally repeat the jobs they are expected to do until they remember them. A checklist could include: eating breakfast, getting dressed, brushing teeth and hair, packing lunch and water bottle, putting on shoes and coat. It’s good to have a plan of their weekly school routine somewhere handy too so that you know when school library books are due back, which day is swimming or games and so on. Use Devices Set reminders on your phone for special tasks such as remembering to give your child signed permission slips or leaving early for a school club. Think about an alarm for children who struggle to wake up. Set a timer for tasks such as 15 minutes to eat breakfast or 5 minutes for showering, so that you can keep your children on schedule.
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The Night Before Get the Homework Done It’s SO easy to let your child leave it until they are too tired to do it. So beware the pleas to do homework after dinner. This is always a disaster for us as it leaves our daughter “tired but wired” and often in bed later than is ideal or struggling to switch off and go to sleep. It also means we’re more tired too. It definitely works for us to give our daughter 30 minutes of wind down time when she gets home, but then, homework is ON! Do Preparation with your Child Before Bed Retrieve the items of uniform strewn around the house – your child will need to help you find items that are hidden behind the couch or the curtains! Put dirty items in the laundry and lay out the remainder for the next day. Check all homework and sports kit are bagged up for the next morning. Make showers/baths and hair washes part of the night time routine, rather than obstacles to overcome in the morning. It works to make sure you get a really good chat in with your child before they get into bed – otherwise, in my experience, they will delay going to sleep until said chat has been had! Build in Quiet Time Our daughter seems to need at least an hour of “unwind” time after dinner, if she’s to go to bed and to sleep quickly. She would like to dress up, dance, sing, watch screens, and research online. Instead, we www.familiesonline.co.uk
School matters have a compulsory half hour (minimum) of quiet activity eg reading to herself or drawing. Do your Prep Make packed lunches, sort snacks, fill in permission slips, ensure you’ve written in your child’s homework or reading diary, if they have these.
At Weekends Don’t Over Schedule Having too much scheduled activity at the weekend often means our daughter doesn’t get to catch her breath and replenish her energy before Monday. Try to make sure there’s chill time for everyone. Get the Homework Done - Part 2 In my experience, like toothache, the longer you leave it, the worse it gets! Don’t let homework hang over the heads of the family all weekend. Try dividing the work into two parts and schedule one just after breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday. Plan the Schedule As a family, we chat about the week ahead at dinner on Sunday evening. We check email from our daughter’s school to see what’s happening in the coming week, and make sure we annotate details of extra sport/music practices, Book Club books, late finishes, early starts etc on our calendar.
Raising confident children with Perform Sara has two children, Honor (8) and James (6), who have both been attending Perform classes since they were 4 years old. “I’ve always wanted my children to feel confident speaking in public and chatting to all sorts of people. I think these are essential life skills these days” says Sara. Sara was drawn to Perform because of its focus on developing confidence and self-esteem in a fun way. “It’s not a pushy stage school” she explains. “Each week, the classes focus on a topic like manners, making eye contact or introducing themselves, but this is wrapped up in a highly engaging way in the context of drama and songs.” “Since my children started attending Perform, other parents frequently remark on their confidence and how well they speak in school assemblies. I’m really impressed with how they chat to adults in places like shops and restaurants.” Classes at Perform are small with two teachers per class. “The teachers are professional actors with amazing energy and enthusiasm. They go out of their way to understand and engage every child” reports Sara. Perform offers a FREE no-obligation dance or drama class in Amersham, Beaconsfield, Berkhamsted, Gerrards Cross, High Wycombe, Tring, Tylers Green or Wendover. Visit www.perform.org.uk/try to book.
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The inside track on exam preparation In the coming year, many children will be preparing for SATS, senior school entrance exams or the 11 plus. It may seem too early to talk about teaching children of primary school age how to prepare for exams, but this is a skill they can hone, refine and use throughout their entire education (and even in their working lives) and it can definitely help them feel less overwhelmed by the concept of being tested. Claire Winter gets some advice from tutors on preparing primary school children for exams. Make a Plan
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Once you know the date of your child’s exam, make sure you mark it on the calendar and think about what kind of preparation it would be appropriate for them to do. Most exams include maths and English and some contain elements of verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Would worksheets from your child’s school, online resources or verbal or non-verbal reasoning practice papers be helpful? You needn’t make a big deal about the preparation with your child but you do need to create some time for them to do it. Allocate certain times in the week to go over different topics, to prepare and build their confidence and to go over any problem areas they may have. At the same time, balance is so important, so don’t overdo it. Make sure your child continues with their extracurricular activities and has lots of fun too.
Practice Lucy Parsons, (www. lifemoreextraordinary.com) author of The Ten Step Guide to Acing Every Exam You Ever Take says, “My top tip for any exam is to do past papers and
to get the child taking the exam to mark their work themselves, using the mark scheme. This way they understand what the examiners are really looking for and can start to spot what’s a good answer and where they will need to improve.” Another tip is to get your child to set a timer while doing the exam, so they get used to working under time pressure.
Do your Research Make sure you are up to date on the 11 plus format as it does change. In Buckinghamshire, the 11+ tests are now based on GL Assessment from September 2018, which are distinctive from the former CEM 11+ tests. Selective independent schools set their own 11 plus exams, so find out from each school what the format will be so you can tailor your child’s preparation accordingly. Often tutors local to the school you are applying for, or your child’s current school, will have detailed knowledge about its entrance exam. Chris from www. roots2success-11plus.uk says, “Probably the most important point about preparing for the 11 plus is to realise that, not only www.familiesonline.co.uk
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does the format vary over the 36 local authority areas in England but it also tends to change every few years. So parents with a child who took the 11 plus a couple of years ago may not realise their younger child needs to use different materials. I update my website every year with the current 11 plus format for each of the 163 grammar schools in England.”
Know the Syllabus Education Consultant, Paul Anderson says it vital to have in-depth knowledge about the exam. “Our number one tip for exam success is knowing what is included in the syllabus for the particular exam you are studying for. Once you know the syllabus, you can evaluate your child’s knowledge and see where the gaps are.”
Verbal Revision In terms of information retention, it’s helpful for your child to verbally recap what they have learnt. Paul says, “Do not underestimate the value of verbal revision. Just half an hour articulating what they know to teachers, friends, and family is a fantastic opportunity for children to test themselves.”
Short Sharp Bursts Make sure your child takes a break when they are doing exam preparation. Primary school children may find it hard to sustain concentration for longer than 30 minutes without
a break. It’s important not to schedule too many preparation sessions in one day – one or two would be the appropriate maximum for this age group on a weekend or school holiday day, but less if they are also managing homework. Otherwise
Do your best to instil in your child the importance of staying calm and coping with any obstacles they face while sitting their exam. Teach them to leave challenging questions and come back to them once they have answered easier ones. Suggest that they look at the questions before they read a passage or text, so they know what to look for when they are reading the text. Taking entrance and 11plus exams can be stressful for some children. Practice papers are helpful in exam preparation. Try to ensure they get enough sleep and eat well. It also helps if learning can be fun. You can play games, colour code their work and even produce short videos about topics they find hard to learn. It’s also vital to praise your child’s effort in preparing for their exam, regardless of whether they pass or do well. Children need to understand that all you expect of them is for them to do try their hardest and that no one exam that they take in their life will ever be the key to success, failure or happiness.
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Cyberbullying: What you need to know By Claire Winter
a stranger or a person from out of school, make sure you tell your parents.
Today’s children spend a lot of time online. How can we make sure they are safe? Cyberbullying is defined as the use of digital technologies with an intent to offend, humiliate, threaten, harass or abuse somebody. This kind of harassment can happen anywhere your child is online; class WhatsApp groups, gaming platforms, apps, and social media. According to Bullying UK’s national survey, 56% of children surveyed said they had been bullied online, and 42% felt unsafe. One of the main problems with bullying online is that it can happen 24-hours a day, 7-days a week and it can go viral very quickly. If it’s happening, children can’t escape it; we need to educate them on how to deal with it and to ensure they know to tell a trusted adult if it is happening to them. The earlier parents start to have conversations with their kids about being online, the better. We need to guide them and teach them about responsible online activity. Internet Matters encourages parents to talk to their children about who they want to be online, what they share and how long they spend on the Internet. They also advise taking an active interest in what your child is looking at and frequently check up on them. Other tips include making sure there are no phones/devices in the bedroom at night and putting Wi-Fi on a timer to limit the time your kids spend online.
Here are Families top tips on how to teach your children to stay safe from cyberbullying: Don’t respond - never respond to a rude comment. Bullies only bully to get a response.
Be private - make sure your privacy settings are set to private so people that you don’t know can’t contact you. You wouldn’t talk to a stranger on the street, so why do it online? You can be traced - explain that children that misbehave online by posting abuse or threats can be tracked and traced by the police without any difficulty. Every time you visit a website or make a posting, your Internet service provider has a record of your activity. Even if you create an anonymous email address, you can still be found. Keep passwords safe - remind children to protect their passwords and not share them with others. Tell them to use a combination of lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols. This will mean they are less likely to be hacked. Log out - if using a public computer at school, a library or even at a friend’s house, be sure to sign out of the web service you are using. Screenshot - take a picture of the bullying behaviour, so you can report it if the behaviour escalates. Talk about it - make sure you tell a trusted adult or friend. They can give you advice and support you if you are being bullied. Block it - block the user who is bothering you and report it. This is important even if this person is someone you know, or a socalled ‘friend.’ Report it - if someone at school is harassing or bullying you make sure you tell a teacher. If it is
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Think before you type - remember the impact your words can have on others. Once you send or write something online you can’t get it back. Remind your children to ask themselves: would I be happy for everyone I know to see this? If your child or someone you know is being cyberbullied make sure you get some help. Bullying UK (www.bullying.co.uk) has some great resources and a helpline at 0808 800 2222. Internet Matters (www. internetmatters.org) also has some useful tips and videos that you can share with your children.
What if your child is Cyberbullying? Psychotherapist Alex Drummond, who is a member of the Counselling Directory (www.counselling-directory.org.uk) says it is easy for children to distance themselves from the consequences of their actions when they are online. “It will be upsetting to find your child is the perpetrator of online abuse, but it’s also important for parents to see this as part of the socialisation of children, step back from the emotive aspects and deal with this calmly and thoughtfully. Express disappointment, not anger, and ‘call-in’ rather than ‘call-out’ the behaviour, by helping the young person recognise the impact of their actions. All children will do things we disapprove of at times; our role as parents is to be patient and guide, to understand consequence, and to give them the courage to stand apart from the crowd when injustice prevails by doing what is right.”
Should you help with homework? When your children settle down to do homework, do you keep close tabs on them and routinely offer to help? Or is your approach more hand’s off? Researchers from Finland have found that although most homework assistance aims at helping the child, one approach is much better at instilling persistence. The study looked at children aged from 8 to 11 years and found that when parents offered opportunities for their child to work independently that the child demonstrated an increased ability to work persistently on his or her school assignments when tested 12 months later. However, when parents provided concrete assistance to their child, the less task-persistent the child’s behaviour later became. This in turn, made parents offer more and more help. “One possible explanation is that when a parent gives a child the opportunity to do homework autonomously, this sends out a message that they believe in their child’s skills and capabilities. This, in turn, makes the child believe in him or herself, and in his or her skills and capabilities,”
Associate Professor, Jaana Viljaranta from the University of Eastern Finland explained. Similarly, concrete homework assistance - especially if not requested by a child - may send out a message that a parent doesn’t believe in their child’s ability to do their homework. When a parent offers the child an opportunity for autonomous working, the child will work persistently, which leads to better development of skills. If, however, a parent’s homework assistance involves
plenty of concrete help, the child will work less persistently, leading to poorer development of skills. It is important for parents to take their child’s needs into consideration when offering homework assistance. Of course, parents should offer help when their child clearly needs it. However, concrete help is not something that should be made automatically available in every situation – only when needed,” Viljaranta said. More info at www.sciencedaily.com
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Supporting your child with friendship challenges By Lianna Champ Life and relationships are not always easy and we learn our skills as children, watching the interactions of our parents and other adults in our lives. What we learn as children then sets our patterns of relating in adulthood. Falling out with friends is normal during childhood and it is through struggling with friendship challenges that our children learn about themselves, relationships and how best to interact with others. Through experience, children also learn how to set boundaries - what they will or will not accept in a friendship. We cannot make these decisions for our children but we can guide them gently and encourage them to use their instinct, intuition and intellect. The most important thing we can do when our children are struggling with friendship issues is to listen. Falling out with their friends can feel like the worse thing in the world. Saying anything negative about their friends at this point will only cause your child to withdraw and can create further emotional confusion for them. Gently encouraging your child to talk about their feelings can help to identify areas of conflict, disagreement or unfairness which may have led to the fall out. Ask what they think went wrong. Do they think they could have reacted differently? Do they feel that they did nothing wrong? When friends fall out, it doesn’t necessarily mean any of the children in the mix did anything wrong. Fall outs just happen and they can happen all the time! Girls especially can change friends quickly, moving from one to another in succession. There is an important lesson here too - that friendships grow and change and sometimes come to an end. Children are still developing
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and so must their friendships. As we grow up, it is healthy that our friendship groups grow and diversify. Our needs change and different people provide different things. Learning how to be a friend is like learning anything else. Sharing your own stories of your own friendship experiences can be helpful, showing your children that friendships can hit a rocky patch which has to be worked through. Help your children to understand the importance of sharing, taking someone else’s feelings into account and listening to each other. It’s important that children learn about allowing their friends the privilege of sharing their feelings without being judged. Teach your children that their friends should also allow them this privilege too. We can teach our children to decide whether a friendship is worth persevering with or whether it’s best to just walk away. Don’t be afraid to talk about the differences between healthy and toxic relationships. It’s important to help children understand that there are different kinds of friends too – best, great, good and casual friends - and that new people are constantly coming into our lives. As we navigate life we can’t expect to get everything we need from one friendship, which is why we need quite a few to fulfil our needs. Children have a tendency to think about things over and over again. Gently reflect back to them using clear language how they are feeling and what happened. Try a bit of role play around a friendship challenge which can help your child see what is happening more objectively. If you think your child’s behaviour was the catalyst for a fall out, role play can help them learn how
to be a better friend in the future. It can also help them see more clearly whether they were at fault. Always take an interest in your child’s friendships and if you sense something out of the ordinary, be there as a buffer. But avoid taking sides, actively interfering or taking decisions for your child about their friendships. Working through their experiences is an extremely important part of growing up and a learning curve for adulthood and taking this away from them robs them of the chance to learn valuable life lessons. Equally, do not make them feel like victim in a relationship as this can prevent them from taking responsibility in relationships later in life. Encouraging new activities and providing arenas for new friendships can give your child confidence in their ability to make new friends and be a good friend. Studies show that children who have healthy relationships with the adults in their lives are more likely to make sound decisions about friendship, because they understand things like empathy and mutual respect, and they have better problem-solving skills. So above all, nurture your own relationship with your children and others in your family. Lianna Champ has over 40 years’ experience in bereavement and grief recovery. Her new book How to Grieve Like a Champ is out now priced £9.99. More information at www. champfunerals.com
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Gateway School Early Years Event: Friday 1st February, 10am to 11am. Whole School Open Morning: Saturday 9th March, 9.30am to 11.30am. If you would like to attend, call 01494 862407 or visit their website to book your tour. Great Missenden, co-ed 2–11 yrs, www.gatewayschool-bucks.co.uk
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Want to get fit with your family?
Encouraging your family to exercise is important in order to keep them fit and healthy and to protect them against serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and mental health conditions like depression. Inactive children are likely to become even less active during adulthood, but you can help prevent this by making family activities and fitness a part of your child’s life at an early age. By making time to exercise together as a family, you can spend fun, quality time with your kids whilst helping them form healthy habits for life.
Focus on Togetherness Make sure you focus on building your relationship as you exercise. Your goal shouldn’t be to compete with one another or be better than each other. Instead, use this time to talk, share experiences and grow together as a family. Something as simple as asking your kids what made them laugh that day, or what made them sad or angry, can go a long way towards opening a good discussion. You can also allow your kids to take turns choosing what form of exercise you’ll undertake. This will make them feel included and important.
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Here are some tips for making that happen: Create a Schedule One of the biggest mistakes families make when starting an exercise programme is expecting things to just fall into place. Unfortunately, most families need a set exercise schedule. Consider starting with two or three exercise “appointments” each week and marking these on your calendar. Make sure your children know when you’re going to exercise so they don’t make plans during those times.
Make it Interesting Many families want to exercise together but find that exercise can be incredibly
boring. It doesn’t have to be! Whatever your exercise of choice, there are ways you can spice things up and keep them interesting. For example, you could listen to fun music while you exercise. You could go walking – or running - in a different could play a park or neighbourhood. You work-out video game like ‘Pokemon Go’ or try to ‘Train like a Jedi’ on www.nhs.uk/ change4life. You could even sign up for a dance class together. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your exercise options.
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The Active Bucks Project: Inspiring local families to lead happier and healthier lives There is strong scientific evidence that physical activity is a major contributor to leading a healthier and happier life, but not enough of us are meeting the recommended weekly requirements. In fact, data suggests that over 37% of Bucks adults don’t undertake enough physical activity to really benefit their health (the recommendation is 150 mins per week). The Active Bucks project was set up in 2015 to try and reduce this figure and during this time, has helped over 5,000 residents take their first steps into a new physical activity. Since then, there has been additional funding made available to target the under-represented groups from the previous physical activity projects. These activities look to target older adults, males and Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities. All sessions are low cost, beginner friendly and, most importantly, fun!
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Six ways to stay healthy this winter By Claire Winter
It’s tough getting you and your family through a long British winter without succumbing to illness somewhere along the way. Here are our top tips for making it through to spring without getting out the tissues! Eat for Immunity Eat food that is rich in vitamins and minerals. Foods high in zinc, like lean meats, poultry, and baked beans can help balance your immune response. Green leafy vegetables like kale and Brussels sprouts are high in Vitamin C, which will also keep you healthier. Family lunches or dinners which include warm winter soups packed full of vegetables or fruit smoothies for breakfast (with some vegetables sneaked in if your kids will let you) are an excellent way to ensure you are all having more than your 5 a day.
Supplement The NHS recommends that all children from the age of 6 months to 5 years are given vitamin supplements with A, C and D in them every day. Please note if your baby/child is having 500ml of formula or more, do not give them vitamin D, as formula milk is fortified with it. You may also be able to get vitamin drops for your baby if you qualify for Healthy Start, check eligibility at: www.healthystart.nhs.uk. If you give your children a chewable supplement, make sure it is after they eat because some vitamins cannot be absorbed without food. It’s also a good idea for adults and children over 5 years to
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supplement with Vitamin D during the winter. It’s vital to keep our muscles and bones healthy and is primarily made by our skin’s reaction to the sun. During the winter months in the UK, the sun doesn’t contain enough UVB radiation to create it so we must rely on food and supplements. Vitamin D is found in meat, oily fish and eggs. Many nutritional experts recommend everyone taking Vitamin D supplements during the winter; try at least 10mcg of Vitamin D a day. You could also consider supplementing with Vitamin C and Zinc to ward off colds. It’s been scientifically proven that dosing up on Zinc in the first 24 hours of getting a cold can mean a quicker recovery. If you are not sure whether to give your child vitamin supplements always take advice from a medical professional or nutritional expert.
Get Outdoors Make sure you and the family get outside. It’s thought that at least 2 million people in the UK suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective
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Health Disorder) which is caused by lack of sunlight and it’s recommended that you should try getting out for at least an hour a day in natural daylight. Midday on a sunny day is a good time to go out as that is when the sun is at its strongest. Using a light box, exercising and talking therapy can help people afflicted with SAD and if you think you or one of your family is affected, then talk to your GP.
Sleep Well Make sure adults in your family are getting 8 hours of sleep every night. If you are run down through lack of sleep, you are more susceptible to illness. Getting enough sleep will boost your immune system and help you fend off any nasty colds and illnesses. Sleep also supports healthy brain function and maintenance of your physical health. Toddlers should be getting 11 to 14 hours sleep a day, while pre-schoolers need 10-13 hours. School age children need 9 to 11 hours and teenagers 8 to 10 hours. Make sure your offspring have time away from electronic devices before bed. Having a hot bath and reading book is a great way for all ages to wind down for a restful night’s sleep.
De-Stress Being stressed can make you more
likely to catch a cold or illness because it reduces the body’s ability to fight off infection. Regular exercise helps you de-stress and get fitter, whilst meditation can also help you unwind. There are some excellent meditation and relaxation apps available. Headspace for kids focuses on calm, kindness and bedtime (www.headspace.com/ kids). Calm (www.calm.com) also provides mindfulness and sleep stories for children of varying ages, whilst www.dreamykid.com has lots of great meditations and visualisations just for children and teens. Yoga sessions or a daily walk are also great ways to help you all wind down. Where Inspiration Blooms in Chartridge offer family yoga classes and have creche facilities at selected sessions.
Wash your Hands Emphasis to all your family members the importance of washing hands regularly. Around 80% of infectious diseases are spread by touch. Make sure you explain the need to use hot water, anti-bacterial soap and wash hands for 45 seconds or longer. Teach children to rub the backs of their palms and hands, including their thumbs!
Try Something New Don’t stay cooped up indoors, try something new as a family. Invest in wellies and wet weather gear and get exploring whatever the weather.
Whatever place you’re into
Become a New You in 2019 Would you like to become fitter, but a gym membership does not appeal? Maybe you need time for you when you can exercise in a relaxed, informal way with likeminded adults in a friendly environment? Buckinghamshire Adult Learning offers a wealth of courses that can help you with your all-round fitness and well-being. They provide daytime and evening courses in Pilates, Yoga, Yoga with Alexander Technique and Tai Chi along with a number of Keep Fit and Wellness courses. The majority of the sessions take place at one of their Adult Learning Centres which are located across Buckinghamshire in Aylesbury Vale, the Chilterns, Wycombe, South Buckinghamshire or in local village halls and community centres. The hourly rate per session is extremely competitive at £5.80 an hour, (rate to July 2019). Each of the tutors is well qualified in their subject specialism and will plan the sessions to cater for your individual goals and needs. The tutor will know you by name and ensure that you have the opportunity to make progress with your skills. What their learners say, “My last two blood pressure levels have been much lower. I am not doing anything different apart of joining your class each week. Thank you!” Search the full list of courses at www.adultlearningbcc.ac.uk
Under the Canopy Forest School aims to bring enjoyable outdoor experiences to children and adults of all ages and to families, schools and communities. Forest School and woodland experiences give people the opportunity to spend time outdoors reconnecting with nature and promotes play, learning and adventure. Based in Gerrards Cross, we aim to fulfill a growing need for time spent away from technology to enhance health and well-being and to encourage learning and creativity for all. Under the Canopy Forest School offers a wide variety of sessions including:
“ Having Fun With Friends.” Holiday Camps running every school holiday for 5-12 yrs Contact Emmadean@pfpleisure.org for more information Wycombe Leisure Centre 01494 688 100
Visit website for full terms and conditions.
Operated by Places for People Leisure Ltd in partnership with Wycombe District Council
• Woodland Capers Pre-School sessions • Families Under the Canopy • Twilight Under the Canopy Evening sessions • Velarium Holiday Club • Parties Under the Canopy • Bespoke School and Nursery visits and programmes • Special Events with Bushcraft and Crafting Experts • Corporate Woodland Events • Woodland Bootcamp (coming soon)
Visit our website www.underthecanopy.org.uk for more information on Forest School and to book sessions, holiday clubs, parties and events or contact email@example.com for more details.
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Good brushing and healthy smiles By Dr Kavit Kotecha, Clinical Dentist and Director at The Kiddies Academy Day Nursery As a clinical dentist and the Director of The Kiddies Academy Day Nursery in Beaconsfield, I have a special interest in the oral health of children. Parents need to be aware of simple steps that can be taken to ensure a reduction in the risk of developing dental decay in children. It has recently been reported that there is an oral health crisis in the UK with 170 children having their teeth extracted each day. NHS data showed that in 2016-17 there were 42,911 tooth extraction operations in NHS hospitals, a significant increase from previous years. Dentaid (a charity working worldwide in health-stricken areas of poverty) opened temporary clinics in the UK to help with the need for dental care. It was reported by the charity that, in some cases, the oral health of children is worse in the UK than in Malawi, Africa. Having children being treated in hospitals for dental extractions puts a huge strain on ever depleting resources within the NHS, especially when dental decay is wholly preventable with the right care, knowledge and regular dental assessments, which are free for all children. Here are my Golden Rules to reduce the risk of dental decay:
Always brush twice a day. Use a baby toothbrush,
specifically designed with soft bristles, until your child is 3 years old.
every surface. DO brush your teeth with your child and then assist them in learning how to brush their teeth adequately.
We promote the following at The Kiddies Academy Day Nursery to ensure our children maintain healthy teeth and gums:
The meals are monitored by a nutritionist to ensure they are well-balanced, (low in sugar and salt).
During meal times,
practitioners educate the children about making healthy choices and trying different foods.
Fruits and vegetables are Electric toothbrushes are to be introduced from 3 years of age. Parents are required to help with brushing until the age of 7. Each tooth is to be cleaned
individually. The best way to do this is to place the brush at a 45-degree angle from the gum line, then apply gentle pressure whilst moving in a circular motion. This should be done for about 10 seconds, using the same brushing action on all outer and inner tooth surfaces, and tilting the brush as needed to better reach the insides of smaller front teeth.
Reduce the intake of sugary food/drinks in between meals. Always use a straw when drinking sugary drinks. Brush, spit and don’t rinse the
toothpaste out after brushing.
From the age of 3 onwards,
children can use a normal adult toothpaste, but only apply a smear, not a pea sized amount.
You can help your child see
where his or her brushing needs improving by using plaque disclosing tablets. They can show spots your child missed when brushing and should be used weekly.
Make brushing a family
A timer in the bathroom is
Mouthwashes should be
Toothbrush heads should be
event– let the kids help you with your brushing! Develop a reward system. avoided until the age of 6 years old. If used, they should be under close adult supervision and a child friendly mouthwash must be used.
beneficial to ensure that your child brushes their teeth for 2 minutes. changed every 6-8 weeks.
TELL your child whilst brushing what it is you are doing. SHOW your child how to hold a toothbrush and brush
encouraged throughout the day and during snack time. Children assist in the preparation and selection of snacks to enable them to better understand healthy eating.
Squash, fruit juices and sugary treats are discouraged and there is a designated water station in each room.
Every child is unique so if you have any concerns about their oral health then an assessment by a dentist is strongly recommended and you can contact me with any questions, (my details are below). The Kiddies Academy Day Nursery in Beaconsfield provides childcare and early year’s education for children from the age of 3 months to school age. They also have a new outdoor classroom and baby room. Find out more by contacting the nursery on 01494 673088 or email kiddiesacademy2018@ gmail.com
Visit the Roald Dahl Museum, a great little family attraction in the heart of Roald Dahl country.
WORKSHOPS | CRAFTS | STORYTELLING | TRAILS 2 Please BOOK IN ADVANCE online or CALL 01494 89219 Great Missenden Buckinghamshire HP16 0AL 01494 892192 | roalddahl.com/museum
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Health Do you know your kombucha from your quinoa? Every year new healthy food and eating trends pop up that soon have many people following them. 2018 seemed to be the year for veganism with vegan food lines being released in many of the major supermarkets. You can even buy vegan Ben & Jerry’s ice cream now! Claire Winter looks at what people will be trying this year.
Healthy eating trends for 2019
Your Gut Matters Gut health is fast becoming an important factor to consider when looking at your overall health. Nutritionists say that poor gut health can lead to fatigue and depression. A move away from carbohydrates, meats and processed foods to a plant-based diet can really help your intestinal health. According to Nutritionist Resource member Jane Snooks, foods good for your gut health are often unknown or feared: “Probiotic foods and drinks are fantastic for boosting the population of good bacteria in our gut. Sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir, and kimchi are all readily available in health food shops and more recently in some mainstream supermarkets. Don’t buy the pasteurised versions though as all the beneficial bacteria will have been killed in the process! These foods are also fairly easy to make at home at a fraction of the cost. Equally as important, we also need to be eating prebiotic foods such as onions, garlic, Jerusalem artichokes, asparagus and leeks, berries and bananas to name a few. Good bacteria in our gut need food to survive, and they thrive on these.”
Vegetables Take Centre-Stage Vegetarianism and plant-based diets will become increasingly popular this year, as people become more educated about the health and environmental benefits of eating less meat. New Covent Garden market in London has highlighted some veg trends for 2019: The rise of vegetables with meaty consistency taking centre-stage in a meal – we’ve seen a real increase in the usage of jackfruit, which is now available from the market’s traders whole, peeled and cut or ready to cook. This trend also applies to wild and cultivated mushroom species such as cloud fungus and hen of the woods selling well.
Skin-on veg and ‘root to flower’ eating – there’s been a shift towards not peeling veg, just simply scrubbing to clean and cooking skin-on – particularly something we’re seeing more of with carrots and potatoes. Similarly, ‘root to flower’ eating is becoming popular in a move to reduce food waste. You can cook with ruby chard stalks, the green flags from leeks and the pale green leaves from cauliflower heads.
Cooking from Scratch Jenny Tschiesche, nutritionist and bestselling author, is an advocate of easy, nutritious cooking from scratch. “Whether it is meal delivery boxes or fresh organic vegetable deliveries you can’t fail to have noticed that there is a definite move away from the processed ready meal and towards meals that are freshly cooked and prepared. While our lives have not necessarily got any less busy, we have decided, perhaps, that to keep up with the pace of life we may need to think about how we fuel our bodies better. Thankfully that’s where one pot or one pan cooking really hits the mark. This style of cooking is designed for modern lifestyles. Jenny’s latest book The Modern MultiCooker Cookbook: 101 Recipes for your Instant Pot® is available from Amazon and bookshops.
green juice recipe includes an apple, lemon, cucumber, celery, and a broccoli stalk. Meals full of protein, and essential fatty acids are great for your skin. Try a salad with mixed leaves, steamed vegetables, quinoa, and homemade hummus or avocado pesto. For dinner, a great skin boosting combination is an organic piece of fish (full of omega 3s which fight inflammation) or organic meat (full of the wound healing mineral zinc) with lots of green vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, and courgette.” For more information, you can buy The Beauty of Eczema on Amazon or visit www. thebeautyofeczema/join for more healthy skin recipes.
Healthy Snacks Victoria Prince, who has just launched the UK’s first vegan healthy snack kit www. EnergyBallRecipes.com, is passionate about making nutritious snacks easy to make and affordable for all. “With ever increasingly busy lives many of us are looking for food on the go that is quick and easy. Yet we are knowledgeable and passionate about what we put in our bodies and are striving for only the best ingredients. Gone are the days when we are happy to just consume processed, easy, ready meals. Consumers are looking to have it all – healthy, quick and affordable. I believe packs of nutritious superfoods, which are rich in plant based goodness and which you can easily make at home will be a big draw in 2019 because they are fast, nutritious and cost savvy.” While food trends may come and go, it is clear that the benefits of eating, a healthy, balanced diet of unrefined foods will never go out of fashion. We can all make small changes to our diets that can boost the health and wellbeing of our families so consider putting this on your list of New Year resolutions for 2019.
Eating for Healthy Skin What you eat also affects your skin. Camille Knowles, natural chef and author of The Beauty of Eczema says you can improve your skin with what you eat. “As an eczema sufferer for 20 years, I am incredibly passionate about understanding what foods you should fuel your body with to promote healthy, glowing skin. Juices are something that the whole family can enjoy - a great way of ensuring that little ones get a variety of vegetables in their diet. My
‘Get yourself a good night’s sleep’ Does your baby need feeding at night? Has your child got sleep problems? Do you need help with breast-feeding? Or are you just longing for a lie-in?
Tel: 07947 885887, www.night-nannies.com
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By Claire Winter
Holidays with a difference Are you fed up with package or resort-based holidays? Why not try some of these quirky suggestions for a short break or alternative summer holiday destination
Explore Holland & Belgium
Go on a Cretan Adventure This beautiful island is a fabulous family holiday destination with an ancient culture, excellent cuisine and all-butguaranteed sunshine. Kids will love learning about the island’s past on a simulated archeological dig and will learn to care about its future too when visiting a sea turtle nesting habitat with a local conservationist to hear about the threats these endangered species face. Other days are spent diving, paddle boarding, snorkelling to shipwrecks and even Cretan dancing, all while staying in a beach-side apartment with a swimming pool. Prices start from £899 per adult and £849 per child, including seven nights’ B&B accommodation, one lunch, one dinner, and guided activities. Depart 29 June, 27 July or 17 August 2019. More info at www.familiesworldwide.co.uk
bathrooms, TV and hot tub. Lake Bled, which offers a vast array of activities, is just a short walk away. Treehouses are expensive in peak season (€360 a night) but tree tents which sleep four and have shared bathrooms/toilet facilities, are less at €260 a night. More info at www. gardenvillagebled.com
Try Treehouse Life
Hit the Road
The Garden Village in Slovenia is a beautiful eco-village of treehouses, glamping tents, Finnish Sauna, Massage Pavillion and a garden, which supplies the on-site restaurant with fruit and vegetables. The tree houses are raised cabins with two levels and have indoor nets to lounge about on, kitchenettes and bathrooms. The wooden-floor pier tents are by a stream and fishpond, while glamping tents have a mezzanine level,
Why not discover Europe in a camper van? The UK’s largest VW camper van hire company Campervantastic is based in Forest Hill, south-east London, just over an hour from the Channel Tunnel and south-east ferry ports. Staff are experienced in catering for a variety of European adventure tours; you could explore the Alps, cycle in the Dordogne or explore vineyards in Bordeaux.
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You can hire out the relevant equipment, such as bike racks and wine storage to suit your plans. Some of the campers have electrically powered pop-up roofs, bike racks, comfortable beds, folding picnic table, sat navs, and media ports. They also have a Mercedes Marco Polo campervan for hire and will have the brand new Grand California Motorhome available in the spring of 2019. Prices start from £910 a week in July. More info at www. campervantastic.co.uk
Choose Quirky Locations
Day Nursery & Pre-school 30 hours funding is available!
How about a House Swap? A house swap can be a great way of exploring the world and cutting holiday costs. You lend your home to another family, while you live in theirs. All you have to do is buy your flights or ferry ticket. You do need to clean and tidy your home so another family can live it. You also have to empty some cupboards and drawers for their clothes and leave a manual about the house. You can negotiate to swap cars and look after each other’s pets too. Try Love Home Swap (www. lovehomeswap.com) or Home Exchange (www.homeexchange.com). Lonely Planet
These family-friendly destinations offer clean, wide beaches and an easy journey time. They’re a short flight or a 35-minute tunnel crossing away. Both countries are small, varied and easy to get around. Little Clogs Holidays offer baby and toddler-friendly breaks in holiday parks and glamping farm holidays. Families can explore a wide range of toddlerfriendly theme parks, water parks,
FOREST S EA
Day Nursery and Pre-School
and zoos as well as magical woodland trails, sand dunes and playgrounds on the beach. Prices start at £ 818 per family for a week in the summer holidays. More at www.littleclogs-holidays.co.uk
Discover Belgium and Holland
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There are many quirky locations from castles to islands that offer accommodation in the UK and further afield. Why not experience lighthouse life in Norfolk? Boasting extensive sea and inland views, this Grade II listed former lighthouse keeper’s cottage built in 1791, offers visitors a unique coastal location adjoining Happisburgh’s working lighthouse. Within a short drive of the Norfolk Broads, Lighthouse Cottage is ideally situated for rural, and beach walks. It costs £1171 for seven nights’ selfcatered accommodation arriving 13th July 2019. It sleeps five in two bedrooms, with two pets welcome. Visit www.cottages. com for more info and booking.
You could also try a fantastic converted Railway Carriage in west Somerset. The carriage is 100 years old and has recently been refurbished. Once upon a time, it was a Great Western Railway camping coach. Today, it sits in a quiet siding at the Blue Anchor station on the West Somerset Railway line. It is a working railway - so guests beware! But situation wise, everything is on the doorstep, and it’s a short walk to Minehead’s sand and shingle beach. The carriage sleeps six and costs start at £715 a week in the summer. More info at www.lovecottages.co.uk
Aylesbury Football Club Haywood Way, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. HP19 9WZ T: 01296 338676 E: Aylesbury@footsteps-nursery.co.uk Our opening hours: 7.30 am - 6.30 pm
Chalfont St. Peter
Mill Meadow, Gravel Hill, Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire. SL9 9QX T: 01753 886477 E: Chalfontstpeter@footsteps-nursery.co.uk Our opening hours: 7.45 am - 6.00 pm
Maple Cross JMI School, Denham Way, Maple Cross, Hertfordshire. WD3 9SS T: 0845 5198776* E: Maplecross@footsteps-nursery.co.uk Our opening hours: 8.00 am - 4.00 pm
* Call charges may apply
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To register your interest, please download our form from our website and email it to: Chalfontstpeter@footsteps-nursery.co.uk, Aylesbury@footsteps-nursery.co.uk or Maplecross@footsteps-nursery.co.uk
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Thursday 17th January
Family Yoga, see 13th Jan
PLAY WITH CLAY Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 10.45am-12.45pm, adults, booking required. www.whereinspirationblooms.co.uk
Monday 7th to 31st January GREEN DRAGON NEW YEAR OFFER: KIDS CHILD GOES FREE FREE Chesham Library, Elgiva Lane. Green Dragon Eco Farm & Rare Breeds Centre, Quainton. 10am-5pm, free admission for a child, with one paying adult. Adult £9 * not to be included with any other offer. www.greendragonecofarm.co.uk Monday 7th to Saturday 19th January CHRISTMAS TOY BOX EXHIBITION Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury. Daily exhibition, drop-in, small charge per child. www.buckscountymuseum.org Monday 7th January PLAY WITH CLAY Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 7-9pm, adults, 5-week evening course. www.whereinspirationblooms.co.uk
FANTASTIC FRIDAY-MACRAME WORKSHOP Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 7pm-10pm, see website. www.whereinspirationblooms.co.uk Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th January PACK YOUR TRUNK! Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. Free drop-in activity with museum entry. www.roalddahl.com/museum Saturday 12th January
BABY & TODDLER YOGA Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. Baby Yoga: 11am-12pm, Toddler Yoga: 12.30pm-1.30pm. www.whereinspirationblooms.co.uk
BOUNCE AND RHYME Chesham Library, Elgiva Lane. 10am-10.30am, drop-in, free. www.buckscc.gov.uk
Wednesday 9th January BEHIND THE SCENES: GARDEN TOUR Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 11am-noon, booking required, £4 plus admission. Also on 16th & 23rd Jan. www.nationaltrust.org/hughenden CLIVEDEN CRITTERS WORKSHOP Cliveden, nr Taplow. 10.30am-11.30am, 2-4.5yrs, booking required, £5 plus admission. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden Thursday 10th January WEEKLY
SNOW WHITE Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. 10.30am, booking advised, tickets from £3. www.elgiva.com
Wednesday 23rd January MARY POPPINS RETURNS Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. 1pm & 7pm, booking advised, from £5.50. www.elgiva.com
Sunday 13th January
CHATTERBOOKS Hazlemere Library, Amersham Road. 4.30pm-5.30pm, 8-12yrs, drop-in, free. www.buckscc.gov.uk Friday 25th January ABBOTS HILL SCHOOL OPEN DAY Hemel Hempstead. Prep School Working Open Event, 1.30pm, booking advised. www.abbotshill.herts.sch.uk BOOGIE BEAT SESSIONS Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury. 10.15am-11am, under 4s, advised, £4. www.buckscountymuseum.org
CONTEMPORARY DAY OF DANCE Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. 9.30am-4pm, 10-18yrs, booking required, £61. www.tringpark.com
CHIDDLERS HOUR: ESIO TROT Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am-11.30am, 0-3yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum
FAMILY YOGA – BIG DOG, LITTLE DOG Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 10am-11am, see website. www.whereinspirationblooms.co.uk
SEASCAPE ART CLASS Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 7pm-10pm, adults, £45. www.whereinspirationblooms.co.uk
Friday 11th January CHIDDLERS HOUR:CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am-11.30am, 0-3yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum
FAMILY YOGA Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 11am – 12noon, see website. www.whereinspirationblooms.co.uk
WEDS IN JAN
PACK YOUR TRUNK! Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. Free drop-in activity with museum entry. www.roalddahl.com/museum
RELAXATION CLASS & CRECHE Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 1.15pm-2.15pm, adults, 4-week course. www.whereinspirationblooms.co.uk
BOURNE END MARKET Bourne End Library. 10am-1pm, drop in, free. www.beccmark.co.uk DUPLO CLUB Chesham Library, Elgiva Lane. 10am-3.30pm, drop-in, free. www.buckscc.gov.uk
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th January
Thursday 24th January
ARTISAN FOOD MARKET Waddesdon Manor, nr Aylesbury. 10am-2pm, drop-in, free. www.waddesdon.org.uk
Tuesday 8th January
YOGA WITH CRECHE Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 9.30am-10.30am, see website. www.whereinspirationblooms.co.uk
Friday 18th January CHIDDLERS HOUR: FANTASTIC MR FOX Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am-11.30am, 0-3yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum
Wednesday 16th January ARM KNITTING WORKSHOP Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 10.30am-12.30pm. www.whereinspirationblooms.co.uk
Saturday 26th January A WIZARD’S TALE Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. 10.30am, booking advised, tickets from £3. www.elgiva.com
FAMILY CRAFT & WELLNESS WORKSHOPS Baby Yoga Toddler Yoga Baby Massage
Pottery Studio Clay Classes
Macrame Arm Knitting Lino Printing
Pilates Family Yoga
Yoga + Creche
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February Friday 1st February BOOGIE BEAT SESSIONS Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury. 10.15am-11am, under 4s, booking required, £4. www.buckscountymuseum.org CHIDDLERS HOUR: THE MAGIC FINGER Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am-11.30am, 0-3yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum
Fun at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre Tuesday 29th January PARENTS FIRST AID The Kiddies Academy Nursery, Beaconsfield. 6pm-9pm, booking required, £39. www.kiddiesacademy.co.uk Wednesday 30th January MACRAME WORKSHOP Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 10am-12.30pm, www.whereinspirationblooms.co.uk
GATEWAY SCHOOL: EARLY YEARS OPEN EVENT High St, Great Missenden. 10am-11am, booking required. www.gatewayschool-bucks.co.uk SNOWDROP WALK Cliveden, nr Taplow. 10am-4pm, free with admission. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden
DAILY TO 31 MAR
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd February
Thursday 31st January to Saturday 2nd February ANNIE Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. See website for times, booking required, tickets from £14.50. www.elgiva.com
PACK YOUR TRUNK! Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. All day, drop-in, free with museum entry. www.roalddahl.com/museum Saturday 2nd February
Thursday 31st January to Sunday 3rd February THE CAT IN THE HAT Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury. See website for times, 3+yrs, booking required, tickets from £13. www.atgtickets.com
FANTASTIC FRIDAY: LINO PRINTING WORKSHOP Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 7pm-10pm, adults, every Friday learn a new skill, see website. www.whereinspirationblooms.co.uk
DUPLO CLUB Chesham Library, Elgiva Lane. 10am-3.30pm, drop-in, free. www.buckscc.gov.uk
Sunday 3rd February POP DIVAS LIVE! Wycombe Swan Theatre, St Marys Street. 2.30pm, booking required, tickets from £18.50. www.wycombeswan.co.uk
Love your pets at Green Dragon Eco Farm, see 16th to 24th February Tuesday 5th February BOUNCE AND RHYME Chesham Library, Elgiva Lane. 10am-10.30am, drop-in, free. www.buckscc.gov.uk
Wednesday 6th February CLIVEDEN CRITTERS WORKSHOP Cliveden, nr Taplow. 10.30am-11.30am, 2-4.5yrs, booking required, £5 plus admission. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/Cliveden
WEDS IN FEB
Friday 8th February BOOGIE BEAT SESSIONS Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury. 10.15am-11am, under 4s, booking advised, £4. www.buckscountymuseum.org
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What’s on Monday 18th to Wednesday 20th Feb
CHIDDLERS HOUR: THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE AND THE TWITS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am-11.30am, 0-3yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum
THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE Perform’s 3-day drama, song & dance February half-term course. If travel broadens the imagination, imagine what a trip to Narnia can do. Watch your child go through the wardrobe with Susan, Peter, Edmund & Lucy as they battle the White Witch & cheer Aslan the Lion. With magical creatures, snowy landscapes & a triumphant royal victory, Narnia is the perfect destination for the February half-term. St Michael’s Church Hall, Beaconsfield. 10am-3pm, 4-10yrs, booking required, £206. www.perform.org.uk/lion
FANTASTIC FRIDAY: LEARN A NEW CRAFT Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 7pm-10pm, adults, see website. www.whereinspirationblooms.co.uk Saturday 9th February ARTISAN FOOD MARKET Waddesdon Manor, nr Aylesbury. 10am-2pm, drop-in, free. www.waddesdon.org.uk
BOURNE END MARKET Bourne End Library. 10am-1pm, drop in, free. www.beccmark.co.uk
Monday 18th to Friday 22nd Feb
KIDS CRAFT ACTIVITY WORKSHOPS Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. See website for details www.whereinspirationblooms.co.uk
FAMILY YOGA Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 11am – 12noon, see website. www.whereinspirationblooms.co.uk
FAMILY YOGA – BIG DOG, LITTLE DOG Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 10-11am, see website. www.whereinspirationblooms.co.uk Monday 11th February PLAY WITH GLAZES Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. 7pm-10pm, evening course, booking required. www.whereinspirationblooms.co.uk Wednesday 13th February THORPE HOUSE OPEN EVENT Oval Way, Gerrards Cross. 10am-11.30am, Thorpe Explorer Nursery & Reception Open Morning, booking advised. www.thorpehouse.co.uk Thursday 14th & Friday 15th February DEAR ZOO Wycombe Swan Theatre, St Marys Street. See website for times, 2+yrs, booking required, tickets £14. www.wycombeswan.co.uk Friday 15th February BOOGIE BEAT SESSIONS Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury. 10.15am-11am, under 4s, booking advised, £4. www.buckscountymuseum.org CHIDDLERS HOUR: GEORGE’S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am-11.30am, 0-3yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum ST MARY’S SCHOOL OPEN DAY Gerrards Cross. Prep Open Day, see website for details. www.stmarysschool.co.uk
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HALF TERM FUN
BUGENDEN MANOR Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 10.30am-4pm, under 8’s, drop-in £3 plus admission. www.nationaltrust.org/hughenden
Sunday 10th February
HALF TERM FUN
Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th Feb
Perform Holiday Camp, 18th to 20th Feb TINY TALK TIME: KIPPERS TOY BOX Wycombe Museum, Priory Rd. 10.15am, 11.15am & 1.15pm, 2-5yrs, booking required, £3.50. www.wycombemuseum.org.uk Saturday 16th to Sunday 24th Feb
HALF TERM FUN
FAMILY COOKERY SCHOOL Waddesdon Manor, nr Aylesbury. 11.30am-3.30pm, 7-11yrs, booking required, adults & children £25 each. www.waddesdon.org.uk HALF TERM TRAIL Cliveden, nr Taplow. 10am-2.30pm, 3+yrs, drop in, £3 plus admission. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/Cliveden LOVE YOUR PETS Green Dragon Eco Farm, Quainton. A variety of themed, educational and fun experiences & activities. Lots of pets to encounter, from coldblooded to feathered & furry; pet care workshops, Q&A sessions & hands-on activities. Daily, drop-in, all ages, 10am-5.30pm, adult £9, child £8. www.greendragonecofarm.co.uk ORIENTEERING Waddesdon Manor, nr Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, drop-in, £3. www.waddesdon.org.uk Sunday 17th February LEARN TO CROCHET Wycombe Museum, Priory Rd. 12pm-2pm, 4+yrs, booking required, £5 www.wycombemuseum.org.uk
HALF TERM FUN
HALF TERM FUN
PUPPET MAKING WORKSHOPS Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury. Family drop in craft activities making simple pop-up puppets for younger children & marionette puppets for older children. 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm, drop-in, £4/£5. www.buckscountymuseum.org THE PASTY PIRATE PUPPET SHOW Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury. An epic tale of pirates, monsters of the deep, sea battles, whales, a mermaid &… nuns! Rattlebox Theatre are back with a brilliant new madcap show using a host of beautifully made puppets, props & sets to delight & amuse all those who like a piratical yarn! 11.15am & 2.15pm, 7+yrs, booking required, £5. www.buckscountymuseum.org HALF TERM FUN
Monday 18th February
CARVE A MAZE Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £18, non-members £20. www.qpc.org LETS COOK FOR KIDS Wycombe Museum, Priory Rd. 10am-3pm, 8-14yrs, booking required, £5. www.wycombemuseum.org.uk RHYMING MISCHIEF WITH NEAL ZETTER Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm, booking advised, £3 plus museum entry. www.roalddahl.com/museum
STEAMING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. 10.30am-5pm, adult £12, child £8. www.bucksrailcentre.org
What’s on HALF TERM FUN
Tuesday 19th February
9.30am-4pm, 7-12yrs, booking required, £127. www.tringpark.com
DISCOVER & MAKE:FOSSIL FUN Wycombe Museum, Priory Rd. 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.15pm, 2.15pm & 3.15pm, booking required, £4. www.wycombemuseum.org.uk
SENIOR BALLET INTENSIVE WEEKEND Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. 9.30am-4pm, 13-18yrs, booking required, £127. www.tringpark.com
BUDLINGS Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £18, non-members £20. www.qpc.org
FAMILY YOGA Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge. Sat: 11am-12pm, Sun: 10am-11am, booking required. www.whereinspirationblooms.co.uk
DISCOVER DAHL’S ARCHIVES Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 2pm & 3pm, 8+yrs, booking advised, £1.50 plus museum entry. www.roalddahl.com/museum
A KNIGHTS JOURNEY TO THE KINGS THRONE Wycombe Museum, Priory Rd. 12pm-1pm, 7-9yrs, booking required, free. www.wycombemuseum.org.uk BECOME A MASTER MATHS SORCERER Wycombe Museum, Priory Rd. 10.30am-11.130am, 5-7yrs, booking required, free. www.wycombemuseum.org.uk
Teamwork at the Ideas Table at the Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre RAVEN & THE RAINBOW Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £18, non-members £20. www.qpc.org
FAMILY CRAFT WORKSHOP Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury. Family drop in craft activities. 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm, drop-in, £4/£5. www.buckscountymuseum.org
HALF TERM FUN
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th February
POTTERY FUNKY EASTER EGG CHICKS Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £18, non-members £20. www.qpc.org
PIPPIN THE MUSICAL Wycombe Swan Theatre, St Marys St. See website for times, tickets £16. www.wycombeswan.co.uk
STEAMING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. 10.30am-5pm, adult £12, child £8. www.bucksrailcentre.org Thursday 21st February
HALF TERM FUN
Saturday 23rd February
HALF TERM FUN
Wednesday 20th February
HALF TERM FUN
Friday 22nd February
HALF TERM FUN
DISCOVER DAHL’S ARCHIVES Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 2pm & 3pm, 8+yrs, booking advised, £1.50 plus museum entry. www.roalddahl.com/museum
SEWING SWEET DREAMS Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £18, non-members £20. www.qpc.org HALF TERM FUN
Saturday 23rd to Sunday 24th Feb JUNIOR MUSICAL THEATRE WEEKEND Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.
POP UP PLAY VILLAGE Wycombe Museum, Priory Rd. 10.30am-11.45am, 3-7yrs, booking required, £6.50. www.wycombemuseum.org.uk HALF TERM FUN
Sunday 24th February
ARCHERY & DEN BUILDING DAY Wycombe Museum, Priory Rd. Den building from 11am, 5+yrs, booking required, £6.50. Archery from 11.30am, 7+yrs, booking required, £12. www.wycombemuseum.org.uk STEAMING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. 10.30am-5pm, adult £12, child £8. www.bucksrailcentre.org Thursday 28th February BEHIND THE SCENES: MANOR TOUR Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 11am-noon, booking required, £4 plus admission. www.nationaltrust.org/hughenden CHATTERBOOKS Hazlemere Library, Amersham Road. 4.30pm-5.30pm, drop-in, free. www.buckscc.gov.uk
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