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Issue 34 September – October 2010

Back to School and Clubs & Classes issue

020 8669 5187

Illustration by Spike Gerrell

News & Views

Dragon exhibit comes to Croydon this October Cover image credit: Craggy Island

or Letter from the edit

It seems no time since the schools broke up for the summer, but now they are already back at school for another year. We went to Cornwall and seemed to bump into all our friends down there. I hope your holiday went as well as ours did.

Croydon Clocktower’s Museum of Croydon will be showing a number of dragon exhibits this October. They are on loan from the British Museum.

Now, however, it is straight back into the school year and our biggestever issue can help prepare for the changes ahead.

The interactive exhibition – ‘Dragon Tales’– is specifically aimed at under 5s and has lots of hands on activities – including games, story books and trails. These are all designed to explore dragons and the myths that surround them.

We’ll be starting a blog on the BBC Parents website, so please take a moment to check that out.

The exhibition will be supported by a series of activities and story-telling events, many of them free drop-in sessions aimed at young children.

Also this time around, we are looking at baby issues as well as education and the services of Sutton Music Service. They do a great job for this area.

The new exhibition will open on 9 October 2010, supported by a great new programme of events for families. See Local Listings page 22/23.

Incidentally, if you have not yet checked out Kidspace in Croydon, or Craggy in Carshalton, now might be the time to spend some time there and let your youngsters work off some energy as the weather gets less kind. Izabella Shaw 0208 669 5187 PO Box 299, Wallington, SM6 6AW

Contents News & Views ....................................... 2-5 NCT ........................................................... 6 Baby News............................................. 6-7 Parenting .................................................... 8 Clubs & Classes .................................. 8-14 Back to School..................................15-20 Local Listings .....................................21-23 Classifieds ................................................24

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Discount on party bags from local party supplier Imagine Dream Parties have an exclusive offer for Families readers. If you book a party, including party bags, during September and October you can have 20% off the price of their party bags. Just quote the code FAM34 when you book your party to obtain this discount. 0844335 1705

New John Lewis store now open in Croydon For those of you who missed the opening, the John Lewis at home store in Croydon opened on Thursday 26 August. Located on Croydon’s Purley Way, the shop is only the second branch of John Lewis’s new at-home format, focussing exclusively on furniture, furnishing accessories, homeware, electronic goods and home technology.

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Dramabuds Adventure Parties now at Kidspace Dramabuds and Kidspace have teamed up to offer Dramabuds parties exclusively for under 5s at Kidspace Parties include a 40 minute Dramabuds story adventure in the kidspace studio. With over 10 story themes you can chose from including Jungle Adventure, Magical Toy shop. Fairytale Land and Pirate. The children then get 45 minutes of free play at Kidspace, followed by a pizza buffet with ice cream lollies and cordial inside the special Party Pod. Kidspace party bags and a gift for the birthday child are all included.. Cost: £12 per child weekdays (min 12) £19 per child weekends (min 10) Dramabuds also run imaginative drama classes for two – seven year olds at Kidspace on Thursdays. Contact Becca at Dramabuds on 020 8669 2355 or email: Please mention Families magazine if you contact these companies


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Designer makes blackout blinds from funky fabrics

Japanese trainers now available in childrens’ sizes For the first time in the UK, iconic Japanese footwear brand Onitsuka Tiger has launched its collection of trainers specifically created for children. All the styles are direct take down versions of the classic adult designs, including the Mexico 66 and Ultimate 81 styles. The trainers are priced at around £40 per pair and are suitable for age three years upwards. In 1949, Kihachiro Onitsuka established Onitsuka Co. Ltd., with the goal of promoting a sound and healthy Japanese youth through sports. They have been used in every marathon and Olympic Game since 1951. The ‘stripes’ are synonymous with sporting triumph. Onitsuka Tiger trainers are available through all good shoe retailers, including Schuh, Office, Size and Soletrader.

Upper Norwood-based mum and interior designer Claire Hunte has taken her shop onto the web. Claire specialises in made-to-measure blackout blinds for babies (and their parents), using modern and unusual fabrics – and avoiding kitsch teddy bears and movie characters. Moving on from the baby blind business, however, many parents have approached her about designing the whole nursery and even the house, once they see her design ideas. Goodies such as floor cushions, bed linen sets, funky removable wall stickers and decorative wall hooks have also been added and are selling like hot cakes. Plans for a retail space to display all of these wonderful finds are in the pipeline. As all blinds and curtains are made to measure, prices do vary, but a plain coloured blackout roller blind, sized 1000 x 1800mm will cost £74. Available from or Freephone 0800 8497 420.

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Code 3 will pay to hear your opinions Designer bag has everything needed for nappy changes Il Tutto’s new Platinum ‘Nico’ designer tote is aimed at new mums who need practicality, versatility and a little bit of bling to brighten up their day. Made from 100% genuine metallic leather, this gleaming ‘Nico’ has been sent down from nappy-bag heaven as one of the most stylish and practical nursing bags on the market.

Make your opinion count and earn some extra cash in the process. Code 3 Research is an easy-to-use consumer website, where you can register for free using a quick easy registration form. Once registered, you can expect to receive invitations to market research events in your local area giving you the opportunity to earn money for your opinion and/or try new products before anyone else. Respondents are paid in cash on the day for each research project that they undertake.This is typically £40 for two hours but could be much more. For further information and to register, please visit

The new Platinum ‘Nico’ has plenty of useful features: • Insulated bottle holder • Waterproof changing mat with easy Velcro closure • Clear plastic zip pocket case for wet items • A zip-out black & white spotted lining for washing • Large back zip pocket and roomy end pockets This limited edition bag is priced at £299.00, and will be delivered to Harrods, Blossom Mother & Child and selected boutiques nationally from September 2010 or online at

Don’t let the weather stop play! We are delighted to offer Families readers a voucher to get 20% off at Polarn O. Pyret, the Swedish brand for babies and children. Their desire to make the best children’s clothes in the world starts with the vision to let children be children, and their Layers concept for coats and outerwear is unique. Water repellent, breathable yet windproof fleece jackets, perfect for September, become a cosy middle layer under a waterproof coat in mid-winter.

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News & Views Fr Freebie helps to ke keep mums or organised Ke up to speed with Keep all the events and al activities of the new ac sschool term with a Home Planner from H We have six Organised Mum. This O planners to give away. 16-month wall calendar 2011) has large (Sept (S ( 2010 to Dec For a chance to win, see spaces in which to write all the family’s s i hi h entry details on p22. activities and incorporates many clever a Closing date organisational features including stickers or 1 Nov. to hhighlight important events, a paperwork pocket and room for lists and reminders. Available from for £10.99, the Home Planner is just one of a whole range of products from Organised Mum designed to help mums keep on top of family life. Visit to see the full range including Life Book diaries, weekly planners, magnetic fridge lists, shopping lists and much more or call 0845 644 7507 for a brochure.

Buy a Bow for Breast Cancer Web-based shop The Bow Company is offering 20% from the sale of each ‘pink’ hair accessory to the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity. There’s a range of headbands, bows and bobbles all designed by Bow Company owner Carole Ogden Pickering. Take a look at the range at

Create a ‘best bits’ movie from your video clips Award winning video editor Iain Mitchell is offering his services at, frankly, a steal of a rate. He will take your home video and turn it into a professional masterpiece, which you can show on your TV, your smartphone or even on Facebook or YouTube. Reach Iain through his company, Future Legacies. You send tapes, DVDs, SD cards, or iPhone files to Iain and he looks through them, selecting the best bits, then works with you to select the best bits When finished, Iain sends the finished film in different formats, suitable for use on a DVD, a computer, and a smartphone. If you have a stack of tapes gathering dust on the shelf, then you need to budget the kind of money which will buy an annual family holiday. On the other hand, if you keep it under control and send Iain two or three hours-worth of video, then it can be done for around £500.

Mamas & Papas store opens on Purley Way Mamas & Papas, the up-market baby store, is opening on 11 Sep. on the Purley Way. The store, near TK Maxx by the big Sainsbury’s store, will be open seven days a week, until 8pm on weekdays, 7pm on Saturdays and 5pm on Sundays. In addition to buggies, nursery furniture and toys, Mamas & Papas has clothing for babies and for mums-to-be. Opening event 20% off clothing, 10% off everything else (excluding items already on offer). Mamas & Papas, Unit 3a, Purley Way Centre, 1 Drury Crescent CR0 4XU or call 0845 268 2000

New drinking cup sticks to walls and floors A new drinking cup for toddlers has been designed ed to aid safer driving for parents and greater independence for children. The My All Grow’d Up Cup sticks on to the car window, the fridge – even the patio doors – and allows toddlers to help themselves to a drink whenever they want to, without distracting their parents while driving or always asking for lost drinks in the house. Because the My All Grow’d Up Cup is permanently positioned it is always easy to find. With an animal sound which is activated when the toddler returns the cup to the holder, there’s a fun incentive to replace it after use. Retailing at £8.99, My All Grow’d Up Cup comes with an elephant design in pink, blue, lime green or orange. It is now available through JoJo Maman Bebe, Halfords and some independent stores, and direct from

Acronymia for those dark winter nights If you like the acronym round on Mock The Week, then the new game of Acronymia might be for you. It’s a family game where a contestant is given a card reading (say) S.N.A.K.E. Before the egg-timer runs out, they have to come up with a phrase for which the acronym might work. For example, Slithers Noiselessly And Kills Effectively. It’s a team game, and team members have to decide whether the phrase is witty or barely credible, and award scores accordingly. Acronymia sells for a recommended £9.99 and is available from game shops as well as Amazon. Please mention Families magazine if you contact these companies


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News & Views Shoehouse now stocking adult shoes Razzamataz classes opening in Croydon A new theatre school aimed at younger children is opening in Croydon.The Razzamataz school opens later this month at the Friends’ Meeting House in central Croydon (CR0 1JE ). The school will open from 25 September, though a free taster day on 18th Sep will enable parents and students from ages four upwards to see if Razzamataz is for them. School proprietor Sam Enright will also be doing free workshops for schools in the Autumn Term. If any schools want to take part in that, they should call Sam on the number below. Currently the minis class, aimed at four-toeight year olds, is the most popular, but even that has a few spaces left. Parents should book a place on the taster day as soon as possible. Contact Sam on 020 8665 0636 or 07852 797 037 or

MAD Academy raising funds for Tommy During the week 4th to 8th October, more than 2500 children and their parents/carers will be singing and dancing a MAD jig to raise much needed funds for Tommy’s campaign. Mad Academy is opening new classes across Croydon and Sutton, in addition to its existing classes in the Ashtead area. The new classes begin from September and there are still a few spaces available. For classes in Sutton, contact Pauline on 01372 372 942 For classes in Croydon, contact Debbie on 01689 844848 For classes in Epsom, Ashtead and Leatherhead, contact Karen on 01372 210378.

Shoehouse, the independent shoe store in Banstead, has branched out into shoes for the whole family. Mary Whitehouse, proprietor told Families, “We are now doing adult shoes and teen shoes and we will represent more brands which previously were mainly available in central London.” For teenagers, ShoeHouse now stocks the LFA (Love from Australia) brand as well as Pineapple, Levi’s and others. For women, the LFA brand is wonderfully luxurious, while the Ash brand adds some style. ShoeHouse now also stocks Bourne shoes for more dressy occasions and Mary has added, Hotter’s brand as well as the Padders brands for more comfortable everyday wear for men and women.

Walk-in health centre opens in Croydon A new walk-in GP surgery has opened in the old Post Office building on Edridge Road in Croydon. The new clinic offers on-demand appointments as well as minor surgery and a sexual health service. More services will be available in the coming months, including a pharmacy, an emergency dental service, breast screening and health promotion services.

Easy bake kits for Halloween cookies This Halloween make sure you’ve got the spook factor with the new ‘Spooky Cookies’ from Green’s. These ghost-shaped cookies not only taste spinechillingly good, they are a great Halloween party activity. So let your baking demons out and have a blast at baking with this fun cookie kit. The vanilla flavoured cookies come complete with mouth-watering icing and strawberry decorating gel. The pack makes six spooky cookies, and the box includes a ghost-shaped cookie cutter. The Spooky Cookies are available from supermarkets priced at £1.99 (RRSP) from October. Green’s products include only natural ingredients and no artificial colourings.

The new purpose-built health centre is centrally located close to bus and train links on the ground floor of Impact House, offering patients a welcoming and modern environment. Open every day of the year from 8am to 8pm, it will include a new GP surgery offering bookable and walk-in appointments for both registered and unregistered patients. The new centre will be run by The Practice plc, which already runs similar GP-led health centres in areas such as Hounslow, Milton Keynes and Suffolk. Tel: 020 3040 0800;

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and Baby News NCT offers more to new mums

Another campaign is for better babyfeeding facilities. Claire Shadbolt, London Regional Coordinator said, Ikea in Croydon has a screened-off facility in a pleasant area. They make it clear that feeding babies from breast or bottle is acceptable throughout the store, but if women want privacy, they can go behind the screen. At a local level, the services range from nearly-new sales to sessions where mums can bring their babies and toddlers. By far the biggest NCT activity is the ante-natal groups. These have a reputation for being booked up months in advance, but Claire said some groups still have late vacancies. Of these groups, Claire said, “A huge side-effect almost, is the friendship which comes out and is often the most important thing that people come away with.”

From initially learning you are pregnant, to the birth and then forming that crucial support network, the NCT does it all. We are particularly lucky in this area that the Sutton, Epsom and district group is the NCT’s biggest and one of the most active, while the Croydon group offers award-winning services to new mums. While most new parents make use of its ante-natal classes and then the baby and toddler groups, the NCT does a great deal more, both at national level and through its website. The website is a key resource for everything to do with pregnancy, childbirth and baby care. If you have a question, the answer is probably there on the site, or if not, they respond quickly and will get back to you with a positive, non-judgemental answer. The charity also campaigns for better facilities for babyfeeding, as well as getting better access for buggies and creating better birthing environments for new mums.

Claire explained, “It is such a big transition to go from someone who has no responsibilities other than to get to work and back again, and then all of a sudden to be placed with a small baby who has a lot more demands than perhaps you anticipated. Meanwhile you have lost all the support networks from people at work and maybe do not know the neighbours and your family do not necessarily live close by, or have forgotten what it is like to have a new baby.” The NCT group, she said, often forms the nucleus of a new support network. “There is this group of people who you met through the group who are saying all the same things that you are feeling and it very quickly becomes a very firm friendship”.

CBBC presenter to open Croydon’s NCT baby show CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell will open the NCT Baby Show at Trinity School, Croydon on Saturday 16 October. The show is expected to be the largest mother, baby and toddler event to be held in Croydon. It opens at 10 am and admission is free. Early attendees will receive a goodie bag*. • • • •

Free entertainment and activities for toddlers all day, with soft play areas and workshops Advice and support from NCT Antenatal Teachers and Breastfeeding Counsellors Purchase gifts and essential items from a variety of exhibitors Grab a bargain at the Nearly New Sale.

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Baby Kitchen offers frozen food for gourmet babies Epsom-based mum Lisa Haghir has launched ‘The Baby Kitchen’. She offers wholesome, fresh food for babies, conveniently delivered to the door. Each meal is frozen in individual portion sizes. The recipes are specifically designed for ‘first tastes’ weaning while a range of set meals is available for older babies and toddlers. The Baby Kitchen prepares individual flavours, so that parents can really understand their babies’ tastes. Food is pureed or mashed and quickly frozen ready for home delivery within 15 miles of The Baby Kitchen’s base in Epsom. Lisa is a great cook and prepares recipes worthy of gourmet dining. Ten-packs of weaning cubes cost around £2.50 each, while the set meals cost around £2 per pot. Please mention Families magazine if you contact these companies


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New pre- and post-natal Pilates class oopens in Epsom 2

E Emma Martin’s mat-based Pilates groups are usually full, bbut from this September, she is beginning exclusive preaand post-natal classes. The classes take place in Emma’s private studio in her T hhome in the Woodcote area of Epsom, close to Ashtead, EEpsom and Ewell. They are small, friendly groups, with no more than ffour women per 45-minute class.


SSmall groups mean Emma gets to know each of the group, and can ttune the classes and exercises to meet their specific needs. The aim is to begin during pregnancy, and use the classes to get ready for the birth. Afterwards, she said, most GPs advise women to begin light exercise around six weeks after the birth. Emma said she can start once more at that time and the new mothers can bring along their babies.


Post, read independent reviews of baby equipment A new independent website has launched in the UK to help parents find honest reviews of the latest products for babies and children, as well as a price comparison of maternity wear, nursery furniture and a wide range of other products from leading retailers. is an independent website and consequently can provide honest reviews of products, rather than providing the often biased information from the manufactures.

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The website is affiliated with a number of leading UK retailers, including Boots, Mothercare, Kiddicare, Toys r us and John Lewis Baby, to provide visitors with a view of all of the latest products, but all reviews are left by parents.

About Pilates

Emma charges £90 for a six-week course, and each course is timed to fit in with school terms.


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For those new to the subject, Pilates concentrates on strengthening key muscle groups for improved posture and breathing and on stretching particular muscles to improve flexibility and suppleness.


There is a lot of focus on breathing correctly, and on low-intensity exercise. Low-intensity means you will not get puffed out. As the weeks build up, however, you will certainly know you have been exercising. Typical exercises involve raising legs or arms painlessly, but holding that position for slightly longer than you want to. Then steadily extending the time you can hold a position. A typical class begins with a gentle exercises to warm up the muscles and get the joints moving. Then Emma moves onto strengthening exercises, carrying out perhaps 10 – 15 of those, each focussing on a different muscle group. The next phase of the class moves on to stretching exercises, to improve flexibility and suppleness. The class ends with a short cooldown period.

Baby weaning DVD available – win a freebie The new Easy Weaning Guide from The Baby Chef is a fresh, friendly and fun approach to weaning, all packaged in an easy-to-digest visual single two-hour DVD. Matt Hazell, The Baby Chef, offers simple instructions, guidance and recipes for tasty great value meals for your little one. For a chance to win one of three Easy Weaning guides worth £19.99 see p22 for details of how to enter. Closing date: 1 Nov

The DVD also includes essential nutritional advice from Specialist Dietician Lucy Jones. Easy Weaning incorporates a recipe booklet along with a unique handy pull-out, wipe-clean meal planner to map your baby’s dietary history and feeding notes plus shopping and ‘to do’ lists.

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Local lad hits West End stage Local student Noah Thomas has just landed a West End role in the hit musical ‘Oliver!’ at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. 11-yearold Noah has been training at Stagecoach Mitcham and Morden for the past six years. Through Stagecoach, Noah also appeared in ‘Never Forget’, the Take That musical. Noah begins rehearsing for ‘Oliver!’ in August and takes to the stage in October.

According to some recent research by the Daily Telegraph, more than 40,000 children aged between four and seven were expelled from school last year. The reasons ranged from bullying to violence, damaging equipment to tantrums and outbursts. You may wonder why, at such a young age, children have become so angry. Perhaps York University figured it out in 2009 when they discovered that young children feel pressured by exams and peer relationships. We can all help our kids manage their anxieties in a number of different ways. Some may wish to share their stresses through talking; some may prefer to write them down. However it is done, it is certain that these emotions are better out than in. We can also help our children learn to manage their emotions productively rather than resort to the kind of behavioural problems highlighted above. Why not introduce a positive diary to them so that they can learn to write down positive things that happen to them? By keeping them in a book, your child can build a reference to help remind of all the good things that have happened recently. They will quickly learn that some days are better than others. You could also try include incorporating regular chill out time into your child’s schedule. Do whatever fits you and your lifestyle. It could be anything from a brisk walk outside, to watching a DVD, or baking a cake. Have regular pyjama days and turn off your phones. The more relaxed your household is, the more likely your children will be to approach you if they have any worries. Another great way to get your child thinking positively is to give them statements about themselves to take with them that day. It could be as simple as suggesting that they repeat to themselves “I am unique” or offering them an activity to keep their focus throughout the day, “Today I will be… as calm as a cat”. Be creative.

Offer compliments A steady supply of praise will not only encourage good behaviour but will help them cope with the various challenges that life sends their way. If you have a positive, happy attitude, then your children will develop a respectful attitude of you and other adults who behave in the same way. Phrasing like “The way you.......was wonderful” and “I noticed how well you were doing with...............” are great examples. So many of us assume that our children and other people in our lives ‘know’ when we think they did something well. We have to make sure we tell them. A compliment can make someone’s outlook more positive and hence strengthen their mental health, so there is less need for tantrums and mood swings. Relax Kids have a strong belief in encouraging children to recognise their individuality and embrace their strengths. They have created a range of relaxation CDs, books and DVDs to help keep kids calm and confident through chaotic times.

Principal Claire Guy says, “I am thrilled for Noah. h He H is suchh a talented, l d hard-working student and really deserves this fantastic opportunity. I am so proud of him, and can’t wait to see him perform on the West End stage!” Call 020 8942 3502 for more details about Stagecoach classes.

Perform opens new performing arts class in Purley Perform will be opening new drama classes in Purley from September. The classes will take place at St Barnabas Church Hall CR8 2HR on Monday afternoons, starting from 27 September. There will be two sessions, from 4pm to 5 pm and from 5pm to 6pm, both covering the 4 – 8 age range. Perform’s classes have separate sections, incorporating singing, dancing and acting, hhelping l i eachh iindividual di id l child hild with their confidence, concentration and communication skills. The theme for the Autumn term will be the ever-popular Wild West! Perform offers a free trial session for anyone who has not tried Perform already. Details of other classes are included in our clubs and classes listing on page 13. Contact perform on 0845 400 4000 or at

Magnetic reward chart rt features Horrid Henryy The latest Magnetic Reward Charts in Fiesta Crafts’ Doowelll range feature Horrid Henry. Created by author Francesca Simon, Horrid Henry has sold over 16 million books in the UK alone – second only in popularity to Harry Potter. The charts are available from September and come in two sizes es – large and small.

For a chance to win one of five charts RRP 9.99. see p22 for details of how to enter. Closing date: 1 Nov

They feature boxes for 15 activities. There aree old favourites like ‘Do my homework’ and ‘Tidy dy my room’, while on the larger version other, more personal tasks can be written on the blank pieces with a dry-wipe pen. For each completed task, children earn purple hand tokens – the splattered paint symbol of Horrid Henry’s very own ‘exclusive’ Purple Hand Gang. The charts don’t show days, so that if a child has an ‘off’ day, there won’t be a potentially demotivating ‘gap’.

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Learning music in Sutton

Sutton Music Service offers a range of services to parents throughout Sutton. Possibly the best known is the private tutor service, where schools work with SMS to recommend music tutors for children across the borough. However, there is a lot more to it than that. Currently the Service is extending its whole-class tuition programmes, where a teacher will go along to a primary school armed with 30 real orchestral instruments and offer whole class instrumental tuition for a year. That scheme has been running for six years, with each school getting one year’s worth of tuition at KS2 level. From this month, the programme is at 15 primary schools across the borough. Altogether it has seen over 1000 pupils benefit from a year of whole-class tuition. Lewis Gibbs, Director of SMS, said the scheme aims, “to give the children an introduction to music and to have the experience of playing and get some of the musical knowledge they are expected to have as part of the national curriculum”. Barrow Hedges School in Carshalton ran a strings project, where the teacher worked with 20 violins and 10 of the slightly deeper-voiced cellos. That gives a range of pitches, which can be used to create a sophisticated orchestral sound. Lewis said the project had resulted in a massive uptake in instruments, both in strings and in other instruments among Barrow Hedges pupils. He explained that SMS has access to funds if families cannot afford instrument hire or lessons. The Edith Murphy Foundation can fund everything needed for as little as £10 per term. Lewis said learning an instrument can help with self-esteem issues and has been shown to improve concentration and focus, especially among some Special Needs pupils. The next level up from the whole-class teaching is the regular band sessions on Wednesdays and Saturdays. These take place at Wandle Valley School, and are aimed mostly at children whose schools do not offer private instrumental tuition. On the upside, parents pay a nominal sum which includes tuition on the instrument as well as musical theory and aural skills. The fee even includes instrument hire. After two terms, all students have to join one of the borough’s seven orchestras, bands or ensembles, as this is the only way the service can afford to offer such highly subsidised rates. The Wednesday session was launched a year ago and focusses on the more popular instruments, such as flute, clarinet, violin and cello. It costs £50 per term. The Saturday morning session has been going for over 10 years and costs just £35 per term. It specialises in the more unusual instruments, such as double bass, bassoon, euphonium and percussion. Most students will come across SMS through its recommended teacher scheme, operated in all the local secondary schools and many primary schools.

Kitchen Stars opens at Kidspace Kitchen Stars, a new cookery club for two-four year olds is opening at Kidspace. All of the Mini Kitchen Stars classes revolve around having fun with food and preparing quick, easy and healthy recipes without heat so some recipes can be eaten straight away whilst others are be taken home to bake. The six-week class opens on 14 Sept and runs every Tuesday in term time, from 10.15 – 11.15. Children (and adults) can use the Kidspace facilities for 15 minutes before the class and 30 minutes after, and Kidspace also offer a season ticket at a discounted rate Kitchen Stars also runs more grown-up classes for five-ten and 11-16 year olds. A special treat is a Teen Dinner Party, where the children cook and prepare their party meal before sitting down to eat it. Email: Emma: 07904 238 748 Cecilie: 07702 553 757 Please mention Families magazine if you contact these companies

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Craggy2 for the climber in you Craggy2 holds a special place in the heart of all who regularly visit. Take 10-year-old Jamie Graham. He goes a couple of times a week – once with his dad and once to the kids’ club and is already convinced he wants to work there when he grows up.

Vicki said the attitude at the club is, “We will teach you to be a bit daredevil and to do some things your mum would not like, but we are gong to teach you properly and communicate with you at your level and teach you to be safe”. She added, of the staff, that they give the children time to get it right. Also, “They Th are quite disciplined and firm. They do not take any nonsense”. Fitted out in a former squash centre, it goes up to a maximum height heig of 4.75m, which is plenty for adults and children alike. Bouldering is about learning technique and the skills necessary Bo to climb in safety. A lot of people never go near a real mountain, preferring the safer, more reliable indoor m environment. en Another reason the youngsters like it is that it is incredibly An friendly friend and yes, cool. In Jamie’s club there are four children ranging in age from nine up to 13. They each take turns trying to do a particular climb, with encouragement and tuition from the staff. According to Jamie, “Here they really teach you how to do it”.

The reason he loves going, he said, is “The people are really nice. They are not like normal other clubs where a teacher might give you a bad mark because you got an answer wrong”. That, and like many youngsters, he loves the edgy feeling of being free to climb, away from the sometimes-overprotective eyes of Mum and Dad. And especially he loves climbing when he is free of ropes and harnesses. That’s the thing about Craggy2, it’s a bouldering centre – there are no ropes. Just super-padded floors and very careful attention to safety and keeping to the rules. According to Jamie’s mum, Vicki, “there are always kids in there”. She also noted that it is clean, with showers, toilets and all the necessary facilities.

Kobi Kaleido to land at Kidspace Kobi Kaleido is coming to Kidspace on the Purley Way near Croydon. Kobi is set to become the ambassador and main reference point for children visiting the centre, which is Britain’s largest indoor adventure park. The centre covers a massive 30 000 sq. feet, and caters for everyone. Even with its huge floor area, Kidspace goes upwards into threedimensions, adding even more space, with mazes, ramps and walk-ways set high above the activities down at ground level. Children – and their adult supervisors – are encouraged to run around; climb high in the air; bounce on trampolines; race go-karts and fire soft balls at their friends. The design packs so much in that it can take hours to explore the whole place properly. It’s not a soft-play area. The structure is made from wood, so visitors need to be aware that exuberant youngsters should take extra care. Smaller children have their own special area called the Toddler Village, where they do have a classic soft-play frame, and toddlers can choose to bounce on trampolines or use the slide. Even those below the age of five are welcome in the main adventure area, provided they have adult supervision. Anyone from five to 12, or those over 18, have free rein in the main adventure area. They can climb on the 8m tall (27 ft) climbing tower. They are all roped up with harnesses and proper belays. Or they can use the go-karts, or wander through the sky trail high above their parents and siblings. Those who want a more relaxing time can use the fully licensed restaurant, for a latte, or a glass of wine or for pizza and panini. There

The club regularly holds national-level competitions, and the routes are designed by former world bouldering champion, Mark Croxall who also contributes to Craggy’s training programme, so it is serious as well as fun. Almost as an aside, the centre also has an indoor caving network, which some children find more fun than the climbing! Craggy2 caters for children from eight upwards. Between eight and 14 they must be supervised at all times – either by a Craggy Island instructor as part of an organised activity, or by a parent or guardian (after they have taken a training session). The club offers parties kids’ clubs, 1:1 training and group training as well as unstructured use of the facilities, under parental supervision.

are even internetconnected computers for those who really need to catch up on their emails. David took over last June and is trying to add even more wow factor to the venue by adding theatrical performances and encouraging the team to become a local hero to the children who play in the centre. It’s not just about disguised exercise and beating challenges though. Kidspace also runs an academy, with loads of different classes. Classes such as Dramabuds, Caterpillar Music and Baby Ballerinas offer their normal classes each term in a special section of Kidspace. New for this term are classes from Kitchen Stars and Sing & Sign. Those who join the classes have to pay for entry like anyone else, but Kidspace offers a great deal on a three-month pass to anyone who signs up for a class. Kidspace Croydon CR0 4RQ 020 8686 0040

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What to look out for when choosing a class

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BABIES & PRE-SCHOOLERS CR0 Atlantis Swim School Ltd, Epsom, Ewell, Leatherhead, Croydon, Purley, Sutton. Swimming lessons and coaching for children 18 mths - adult. Term time only but intensive courses in holidays. Contact about SEN provision available. T: 020 8335 3536 W: Diddi Dance, all year round funky preschool classes & parties for pre-school girls & boys. Addiscombe, Croydon, Purley. Melissa T: 07939 520 638 W: Dramabuds, Kidspace Croydon, Worcester Park & Cheam Libraries; Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church. Term-time classes and holiday workshops for 2-7 yr olds exploring stories through drama, movement and song. Becca Wall T: 020 8669 2355 W:

MAD Academy – For further details see entry in CR0 Sing Along, Caterham, Coulsdon & Purley. All year round singing active group for under 5s run on a pay-as-yougo basis. Britt Adams T: 01737 555678 E:



2. Make sure the staff are qualified and have the required CRB checks and health and safety certificates. There is no harm in asking if you are unsure – they should have nothing to hide!

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CR3 Aquatots Baby Swimming, Tadworth, Whiteley Village, Caterham, Coulsdon, Cheam, Whytleafe. All year round classes for babies & children 0 – 6yrs, but must start classes before age of 18 mths. Ring office to discuss SEN provision available. T: 0208 6886488 W:

Little Kickers Croydon & Wimbledon – for further details see entry in CR2

Sing & Sign, Kidspace Croydon. The original British baby signing programme. Linda Fordham T: 07733 235 085 E: W:

1. Having matched an activity to your child’s unique personality, check that the atmosphere in the class will also suit him or her. Is the teacher a person your child will relate to? Are the classes essentially fun, or does it seem that the teacher is pushing to gain the highest certificates for her pupils? Do classes lead to performances? Some children love this - others shudder at the thought of being on show.

MAD Academy – For further details see entry in CR0

Dramabuds – for further details see entry in CR0

MAD Academy, New Addington, Sanderstead, Purley & Caterham. All year round music & dance classes bursting with energy and fun for pre-school children 3mths – 4yrs. Debbie T: 01689 844 848 W: See article on page 5.

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Carshalton, Wimbledon. All year round football coaching with a shild developemnt programme 18 mths – 7yrs. Tim Jardine T: 01737 761601 / 07733 885868 E: W:

Atlantis Swim School Ltd, Whitgift School – for further details see entry in CR0 Baby Sensory, 18th Purley Scouts HQ, Sanderstead. For babies and children from birth - 13 months. Tabita Gerber T: 07980 191 420, E: W:

Little Kickers Croydon & Wimbledon – for further details see entry in CR2

CR5 Aquatots Baby Swimming – for further details see entry in CR3 Diddi Dance, Hooley, Wallington, Sutton, Epsom, Banstead. All year round funky pre-school classes & parties for pre-school girls & boys. Jo T: 07873 634 292 W: Little Kickers Croydon & Wimbledon – for further details see entry in CR2 Sing Along – for further details see entry in CR3

Little Kickers Croydon & Wimbledon, classes held in Sutton, Cheam, Caterham, Coulsdon, Sanderstead, Warlingham, Mitcham,

3. Most classes allow parents to sit in on a session or for children to attend a free trial class. Watch if the children are a) under control – not rigid but well within what you would hope a class to be; b) getting the balance of discipline and fun; c) getting constructive corrections from the teacher. In your enthusiasm to bring out the prodigy in your child, don’t lose sight of the fact that they’ve already worked hard at school. If you have signed up Ollie for cello lessons purely in the hope of a specialist school place, or believe that dance school will mean definite fame and fortune via Britain’s Got Talent – think again! First and foremost, find an activity your child will really enjoy. If their interest flags, or changes after giving it a good shot, don’t be afraid to look around for a new activity which might suit them better as they grow and develop. Please mention Families magazine if you contact these companies

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Clubs and Classes



Atlantis Swim School Ltd, LA Fitness Purley & Thomas Moore School – for further details see entry in CR0

MAD Academy, Rosehill, Cheam & Wallington. All year round music & dance classes bursting with energy and fun for pre-school children 3mths – 4yrs. Pauline T: 01372 372 942 W:

Diddi Dance – for further details see entry in CR0 MAD Academy – For further details see entry in CR0 Sing Along – For further details see entry in CR3

KT4 Dramabuds – for further details see entry in CR0

Sutton Tennis School, Sutton Tennis Academy, Rosehill Park. After school tennis programmes for all standards for children 3+. Holiday programmes available. Contact them about SEN provision available. Rachel Bean T: 020 8641 6611 E: W:



Atlantis Swim School Ltd, LA Fitness Ewell & Epsom College – for further details see entry in CR0

Gymboree Cheam T: 01737 361259/ 07766 651255 E: W:

Caterpillar Music Epsom, Dell Lane (St John’s) Scout and Guide HQ, Stoneleigh. Baby and pre-school music classes for children aged 0-4 years. Sarah Dobson T: 020 8407 1042 E: W:

Little Kickers Croydon & Wimbledon, St Andrew’s Church – for further details see entry in CR2

Diddi Dance – for further details see entry in CR5

KT18 Caterpillar Music Epsom, St Joseph’s Catholic Church – for further details see entry in KT17

KT19 Atlantis Swim School Ltd, LA Fitness Epsom – for further details see entry in CR0 Little Kickers Epsom & Ewell, All Saints Church, 7 Church Road. All year round football coaching for children 18 months – 7yrs. Claire Richardson T: 01932 847439 E:

KT21 MAD Academy All year round music & dance classes for babies & children. 3mths – 4yrs. Karen Morgan T: 01372 210378 or E: karen.morgan@madacademy W:

SM3 Aquatots Baby Swimming – for further details see entry in CR3 MAD Academy – for further details see entry in SM1 Sing & Sign, Cheam Fields Primary School; Sutton Arena Leisure Centre; YMCA Surestart Children’s Centre, Banstead. The original British baby signing programme. Kelly Lyng T: 020 8641 1047 E: W:

SM5 Dramabuds – for further details see entry in CR0 Little Kickers Croydon & Wimbledon – for further details see entry in CR2

CR0 Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, Beckenham, Thornton Heath, Purley, Banstead, Norbury, Wallington, Reigate, Croydon, Sanderstead, West Wickham, Chipstead, Upper Norwood, Old Coulsdon, Selsdon. Drama classes for children 5-17 years. Call to discuss SEN provision available. Ian Brown. T: 020 8662 0962 E: W: Razzamataz Theatre School, The Friends Meeting House, CR0 1JE. Dance, drama and singing lessons for children aged 4 – 18 yrs. Samantha Enright T: 0208 665 0636 / 07852 797 037 E: W: Spotlights Theatre School, South Croydon, East Croydon, Purley, Sanderstead & Selsdon. Drama, dance & singing classes for 4 – 6 yrs. SEN provision: Please call to discuss. Faye Willingale T: 0208 460 5711 E: W:

SM6 Diddi Dance– for further details see entry in CR5 MAD Academy – for further details see entry in SM1

SM7 Diddi Dance – for further details see entry in CR5

ART, CRAFT, COOKERY CR0 Kitchen Stars, Kidspace Croydon; Shirley Children’s Centre, Shirley; Woodlands Children’s Centre, Selsdon; West Wickham & Gambado, Beckenham. Book classes directly at the centre. Cooking classes for children aged 2-4 (with parent/carers), 5-10s and 11-16s. Contact them to discuss SEN provision available. Emma T: 07904 238 74 or Cecilie T: 07702 553 757 W: See article on page 3.

CR8 Get Fired, Purley. Ceramics painting T: 020 8660 3188 E: W:


learn co-ordination, rhythm and great moves to funky pop songs and boost confidence

Village Ceramics, Cheam Village T: 020 8661 7837 E: W:

For more info and classes in Addiscombe, Croydon and Purley call Melissa on 07939 520 638 and For classes in Sutton, Wallington, Banstead, Epsom and Hooley call Jo on 07873 634 292

Crafty Kids Club, Trinity Centre, Wallington & Bed Zed Pavillion, Hackbridge. Sewing and crafting club for children aged 8+. Sarah Farncombe T: 0208 395 0376 W:

diddi dance parties also available


Sing & Sign – for further details see entry in SM3

Sing & Sign – for further details see entry in SM3

dance classes for 2-4 year olds



Spotlights Theatre School

Stagecoach Theatre Arts Shirley Dance, drama and singing tuition in a safe and fun environment for performing arts students aged 4 – 18 yrs. Shirley High Performing Arts College, Shirley. Stagecoach tries to accomodate children with special needs where possible. Stuart Burrows T: 020 8949 1116 E: W:

CR2 Helen O’Grady Drama Academy – for further details see entry in CR0 Jigsaw Performing Arts,Whitgift School, S. Croydon. Drama, singing and dance classes for children 3 – 18 yrs. T: 020 8447 4530 E: W: Spotlights Theatre School– For further details see entry in CR0 Stagecoach Theatre Arts Croydon Marguerite Graves T: 020 8995 1334 E: W:

Glazed All Over Ceramics Studio, Wallington T: 020 8647 6463 E: W: Sticky Mitts, Wallington. Cookery club for 8-13 yrs. T: 020 8669 2988 W:

Stagecoach Theatre Arts

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CR3 Dramabuds – for further details see entry in CR0 Perform, Caterham Centenary Hall. Drama, dance and singing classes for children aged 4 - 12. Tue 4.00 – 5.00pm; 5.00 – 6.00pm. Lucy T: 0845 400 4000 E: W:

CR4 Stagecoach Theatre Arts Mitcham & Morden, Haslemere Primary School, Mitcham. Dance, drama and singing tuition in a safe and fun environment for performing arts students aged 4 – 18 yrs. Stagecoach tries to accomodate children with special needs where possible. Contact: Claire Guy T: 020 8942 3502 E: W:

CR5 Helen O’Grady Drama Academy – for further details see entry in CR0 Stagecoach Theatre Arts Coulsdon, Woodcote High School, Coulsdon. Dance, drama and singing tuition in a safe and fun environment for performing arts students aged 4 – 18 yrs. Stagecoach tries to accomodate children with special needs where possible. Zoe McCready T: 0845 078 0805 E: W:

CR7 Helen O’Grady Drama Academy – for further details see entry in CR0

CR8 Helen O’Grady Drama Academy – for further details see entry in CR0 Perform, St Barnabas Church Hall, Purley. Drama, dance and singing classes for children aged 4 – 12. Mon 4.00 – 5.00pm; 5.00 – 6.00pm. Lucy T: 0845 400 1273 E: W: Spotlights Theatre School – For further details see entry in CR0

KT4 Dramabuds – for further details see entry in CR0 Stagecoach Theatre Arts Worcester Park, Cuddington Community Primary School. Dance, drama and singing tuition in a safe and fun environment for performing arts students aged 4 – 18 yrs. Stagecoach tries to accomodate children with special needs where possible. Sara Catlin Brown T: 020 8398 8106 E: W:

KT17 Stagecoach Theatre Arts Epsom,Wallace Fields Junior School. Dance, drama and singing tuition in a safe and fun environment for performing arts students aged 4 – 18 yrs. Stagecoach tries to accomodate children with special needs where possible. Ellie Scott T: 01932 784001 E: W: September – October 2010

KT18 Stagecoach Theatre Arts Epsom, Epsom Downs Primary School – for contact details see entry in KT17

Clubs and Classes

KT21 Perform, St George’s Christian Centre, Ashtead. Drama, dance and singing classes for children aged 4 - 12. Tue 4.00 – 5.00pm; 5.00 – 6.00pm. Contact: Lucy T: 0845 400 4000 E: W:

SM1 Mishmak Youth Theatre Secombe Theatre, Sutton. Classes for children aged 5 – 17 yrs. Mishmak Team T: 07581681202 W:

SM2 Stagecoach Theatre Arts Sutton Jennifer Scarfe T: 020 8660 7753 E: W:

SM3 Stagecoach Theatre Arts Cheam Nonsuch High School for Girls, Cheam. Dance, drama and singing tuition in a safe and fun environment for performing arts students aged 4 – 18 yrs. Stagecoach tries to accomodate children with special needs where possible. Contact: Sara Catlin Brown T: 020 8398 8106 E: W:

SM4 Stagecoach Theatre Arts Mitcham & Morden, Hatfeild Primary School, Morden. Dance, drama and singing tuition in a safe and fun environment for performing arts students aged 4 – 18 yrs. Stagecoach tries to accomodate children with special needs where possible. Contact: Claire Guy T: 020 8942 3502 E: W:

SM5 Dramabuds – for further details see entry in CR0 Stagecoach Theatre Arts Sutton Jennifer Scarfe T: 020 8660 7753 E: W:

SM6 Della Academy Of Arts Dance, Drama And Singing. Holmwood Halls, Wallington. For 3-18 yrs. Contact for SEN provision available. Della T: 07793 555 210 E: W: Helen O’Grady Drama Academy – for further details see entry in CR0 Pauline Quirk Academy of Performing Arts, Wallington T: 084567 32022 E: W: Please mention Families magazine if you contact these companies

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SM7 Helen O’Grady Drama Academy For further details see entry in CR0 Stagecoach Theatre Arts Epsom, The Beacon School, Banstead – for contact details see entry in KT17

SPORTS CRO Atlantis Swim School Ltd, LA Fitness Croydon – for further details see entry in babies section above Chi Combat System Martial Arts School, Ashburton Learning Centre; Thornton Heath Leisure Centre & HSBC Sports and Social Club, Beckenham. Martial Arts classes for 4yrs - adult available all year round. Chi Combat System is a martial art that is designed for the whole family, all abilities and all ages. Amun Ka Clarke (Chief Instructor) T: 07951 499979 W:

CR2 Atlantis Swim School Ltd, Whitgift School – for further details see entry in CR0 Little Kickers Croydon & Wimbledon – for further details see entry in babies section above

CR3 Little Kickers Croydon & Wimbledon – for further details see entry in CR2

CR4 Cheam Hockey Club (Field Hockey), Nonsuch School, Ewell Road, Cheam. 7 +. A vibrant and fun club with a thriving Junior section (7-16 years) for boys and girls. Contact about SEN provision available. Denise Edwards E: or Sarah Trinder E: W: Chi Combat System Martial Arts, Mitcham, Sutton and Morden. Classes all year round for children 4 upwards offering a mix of several martial arts styles suitable for total beginners or advanced practitioners from other styles. There is provision for special needs children. Master Ralph Allison T: 020 8646 5551 W: Little Kickers Croydon & Wimbledon – for further details see entry in CR2

CR5 Little Kickers Croydon & Wimbledon – for further details see entry in CR2

CR7 Chi Combat System Martial Arts – for further details see entry in CR0

CR8 Atlantis Swim School Ltd, LA Fitness Purley & Thomas Moore School – for further details see entry in CR0

KT17 Atlantis Swim School Ltd, LA Fitness Ewell & Epsom College – for further details see entry in CR0

KT18 Mini Musketeers, St Joseph’s Church Hall, Epsom. Fencing classes for 6 – 10 yrs. Brian / Kathy T: 0795 0011 581 W:

LANGUAGES CR0 La Jolie Ronde French classes. Tamberlin Room, St John’s Church. Madeline Warren T: 020 8654 7969 W:

CR2 La Jolie Ronde French classes. Folly’s End School. Sarah Hall T: 0773 993 2351 W:

CR8 Ni Hao Mandarin Language School, Purley. For ages 4+. T: 07794 524 313 W:

KT19 Atlantis Swim School Ltd, LA Fitness Epsom – for further details see entry in CR0 Epsom Riding School, Horton Country Park T: 01372 749490 W: Fencing Club, Blenheim School Sports Hall, Epsom. Lessons for children 10-16 years. Wed 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Nick Payne T: 07799 346829 E: W:

KT4 La Jolie Ronde,Worcester Park Library. Spanish classes. Gloria Mason T: 020 8947 2127 W:



Explore Learning, Maths And English Tuition, 910-912 Brighton Road, Purley. Maths & English tuition for 5-14 year olds of all abilities. Contact them about SEN provision available. Carly Howard T: 02080902938 E: W:

Sutton Tennis School – For further details see entry in Babies & Preschoolers: SM1


SM2 Downs Lawn Tennis Club, 50 Holland Avenue, Belmont. Junior and Adult coaching and tennis membership for all ages. E: or 020 8642 3019 W: Little Kickers Croydon & Wimbledon, St Andrew’s Church – for further details see entry in CR2

SM3 Sportscoach Cheam, Nonsuch High school for Girls, Ewell Road, Cheam SM3 8AB. Multi sports, 18 different sports in a year. 6 -16yrs. Contact about SEN provision available. George Rettie T: 01932 248207 W:

SM5 Craggy2 Climbing And Caving Centre, Oaks Sports Centre, Carshalton. Bouldering (rock climbing but without ropes) & caving centre for children 8+. Courses available all year round. Contact them about SEN provision available. Gareth Squire T: 01483 540 888 E: W: See article on page 8. Little Kickers Croydon & Wimbledon – for further details see entry in CR2

Southern Tutors, Rosebery School. After school / Saturday classes for 8-11 year olds offering 11 plus preparation, Maths and English Classes. Rosemary Najim T: 01372 723947/ 07986564651 E: W:

SM1 11 plus tuition, Sutton Junior Tennis Academy, Rosehill. Tuition for 11+ entrance examinations. Gwenda Jones T: 020 8390 6076 E: W: NumberWorks’n’Words, 5 Robin Hood Lane, Sutton. Maths and English tuition for children 5 – 16. T: 020 8642 8884 E: W:

MUSIC KT18 Rock Choir, Epsom Methodist Church. Learn to sing rock, pop, gospel and Motown songs in harmony. No singing experience required. For ages 6 to adult. SEN provision: must be accompanied by a carer T: 01252 714276 W:

KT19 Rock Choir, – for further details see entry in KT18

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■ stick week-planners to the fridge to keep on top of school life. has printable rosettes, badges and medals that you can use as rewards, plus back to school games, activities, crafts and jigsaws

a terror or a treat?

Whether your little one is starting a new school or nursery this Autumn or just returning after the long summer break, the first days back can be difficult. Starting school is a major milestone for you and your child and whilst some kids rush into their new classroom, unfazed by new faces, for others it’s stressful and scary and in the end, the tears flow. And it’s not just the kids battling mixed emotions – we parents can suffer too. We’re reluctant to accept that our little ones are going ‘out into the world’ – they still look so tiny and their new uniforms dwarf them!

■ cut down TV time. TV is stimulating, say Relax Kids, and may cause sleep problems, especially if the TV is in the child’s bedroom. On the other hand exercise and playing sports are great stress-busters. Let them run off their anxiety and they’ll sleep better too! ■ walk to school. It’s a great time to chat and catch up and it gives your child a chance to wake up properly, ensuring they are refreshed and ready for the day. Make sure you start this good habit on day one, and don’t turn back! ■ set a good regular routine with healthy meals and early nights, baths and even massages before bed. A new range of products called Aromagels combine aromatherapy with reflexology to aid sleep and restlessness. For these, plus tips to aid sleep visit Relax Kids have great CDs for children to help them either simply relax, or de-stress, see their range on ■ why all the rush? Leave half an hour early and stop to play in the park. Make it fun: run, kick a ball, spot caterpillars, collect leaves, marvel at the changing seasons. Most children nowadays are nature deprived, so incorporate nature in your routine. Most importantly, try to enjoy their first days at school and look forward to the year ahead!

The first few weeks Even if the first day has gone well it can still take time to settle in, as your child slowly realises that school is a permanent feature of their lives. ■ encourage small talk: talk to your child about their day, but don’t be surprised if you get little back. “What did you do at school today?” often gets the reply “nothing” or “I can’t remember.” Try asking specific questions: “who did you sit next to at lunch?”, “did you use the computer at school today?” You’ll get a much more positive response ■ homework adds pressure too. “I was unprepared for the amount of work my son received in his first term and was faced with cries of “why do I have to do homework?’ ” Give your child two choices of when to do it – they’ll feel empowered and be more co-operative. Read to your child as much as you can – it builds up vocabulary, helps them perform better and it makes a good bedtime routine. It is also a precious moment between parent and child.

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School Directory Croydon High School, Old Farleigh Road, Selsdon, South Croydon CR2 8YB T: 0208 260 7500 E: W:

Downsend School

Croydon High School

At Croydon High School, a leading independent day school for girls aged three to 18, we focus on individual care, creating a community of academic bright sparks and those with genuine sparks of talent in all other fields. We encourage and support our girls to become the very best they can be – because the girls they are, make us the school that we are. Cumnor House School, 168 Pampisford Road, South Croydon Surrey CR2 6DA T: 020 8660 3445 E: W:

school lodges based at Epsom, Leatherhead and Ashtead for children aged two to six and a main site in Leatherhead, for children aged six to 13. The next Open Mornings are Saturday 25 September for the main school site, and Saturday 2 October for the Lodges, all starting at 9.15 am. All the sites provide extended day care during term time until 5.30pm (5.45pm at the main site) for an additional cost. School holiday care is also provided virtually all year round. Eagle House School (Sutton) 95 Brighton Road, Sutton SM2 5SJ Eagle House School (Mitcham) 224 London Road, Mitcham, CR4 3HD ‘the little group’ Specialist Nursery The West Wing, C/O, St Andrew’s Primary School, Lockhart Road, Cobham KT11 2AX T: 0845 074 2972 E: W:

Cumnor House School

Cumnor House School is celebrating another successful year with 39 scholarship offers in total from Westminster, Whitgift, Trinity, Caterham, Dulwich College and Epsom College, 30 offers from the two Whitgift Foundation Schools and 30 grammar school passes. Boys are admitted from two to 13 (and girls from two to four) into a lively, friendly and hard-working community. The school has a fine sporting tradition including Soccer, Rugby, Cricket, Swimming and Athletics. Downsend School, 1 Leatherhead Road, Leatherhead Surrey KT22 8TJ T: 01372 385402 Ashtead Lodge, 22 Oakfield Road, Ashtead, Surrey KT21 2RE T: 01372 385439 Epsom Lodge, 6 Norman Avenue, Epsom, KT17 3AB T: 01372 385438 Leatherhead Lodge, 13 Epsom Road, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8ST T: 01372 385437

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E: W: Downsend School is a co-educational, day preparatory school with pupils aged two to 13. It has three nursery/junior

Eagle House School

Independent specialist schools for children with an autistic spectrum disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and associated social & communication difficulties. Eagle House School (Sutton) for young people (11 -19); Eagle House School (Mitcham) for children (four – 12) & ‘the little group’ Specialist Nursery (Cobham) for children (two to six)

Epsom College, College Road, Epsom, Surrey KT17 4JQ T: 01372 821000 E: W: www. Situated in 84 acres of open parkland, Epsom College offers an environment where young people can discover their full potential. A proven track record of excellent academic results guarantees your son or daughter the opportunity to fully develop their talents and interests. Pastoral care in Houses develops both independence and selfconfidence. Epsom is truly a centre of excellence for the able all-rounder. September – October 2010

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Greenacre School for Girls, Sutton Lane, Banstead, Surrey SM7 3RA T: 01737 352114 E: W:

Greenacre School for Girls

Greenacre’s small classes, superb facilities and expert teaching ensure that every girl will thrive and achieve in a caring and secure environment. An excellent academic education is supported by a range of exciting extra-curricular activities for all ages. Girls can join us at any stage – Nursery, Infants, Juniors, Seniors and Sixth Form. Our next Open Morning is Saturday 2 October from 9.30am to 12.00pm. You are warmly invited to visit with your daughter. Homefield Preparatory School, Western Road, Sutton, Surrey SM1 2TE T: 020 8642 0965 E: W: www. Homefield School was rated by The Sunday Times Parent Power as “Amongst the best performing schools in Greater London”. The recent ISI inspection report states that “the care that the staff give to the well-being of the boys is outstanding”, “the boys are happy, valued and challenged but not pressured” and compliments the “extensive and varied programme of extra-curricular activities”. Kingswood House School, 56 West Hill, Epsom, Surrey KT19 8LG T: 01372 723590 E: W: Kingswood House in Epsom is a progressive school that provides a nurturing and protective environment for boys aged three to 13 and girls aged three to seven years. Our next Open Mornings are on Thursday 7th and Saturday 9th October from 9:30am until midday. To register, please contact our Admissions Secretary on 01372 723590 or email You can also find out more about us by going to

Education Laleham Lea, 29 Peaks Hill, Purley, Surrey CR8 3JJ T: 020 8660 3351 E: W: Laleham Lea aims to provide a broad, well balanced and challenging curriculum in an attractive and stimulating learning environment for boys and girls aged three to 11 years. A caring and supportive atmosphere underpins the excellent achievements of its pupils across a wide range of activities, whether academic, musical, cultural or sporting. Please make an appointment to come and experience for yourself the caring, family ethos at Laleham Lea. Seaton House School, 67 Banstead Road South, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5LH T: 020 8642 2332 E: W:

Seaton House School

Seaton House School is delighted to feature in this year’s Sunday Times ‘Parent Power’ Top 50 Prep Schools. Our Nursery is where your child will feel safe and secure in the welcoming and nurturing environment of their first ‘away from home’ setting. Our Junior and Senior Houses both have a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Small class sizes allow your daughter to receive maximum attention. Thames Christian College, Wye Street, London, SW11 2HB T: 020 7228 3933 E: W: Looking for the best school for your son or daughter? Choosing a secondary school is one of the most important decisions you can make. Let us help you make it with confidence and security. Small is beautiful. Come see us at an open day: Wednesday 29 September, 10.15 – 12.15. Saturday 2 October, 10.00 – 2.00 Thames Christian College, SW11 Outstanding independent secondary school for girls & boys. We’re not as expensive as you might think! Please mention Families magazine if you contact these companies

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Independent School Open Days School





Open Dates

Old Palace School of John Whitgift. Senior

Old Palace site, S. Croydon


020 8688 2027

G: 11 - 18

Royal Russell School



020 8651 5884

Co-Ed: 3-18

Sat 25 Sep: 8.30 – 12.00

Elmhurst School for Boys

South Croydon


020 8688 0661

B: 4-11

Sat 7 Nov: Open morning

Cumnor House School & Tree Tops Nursery

South Croydon


020 8660 3445

B: 4-13

Fri 24 Sep: 9.30 – 11.00

Croham site, S. Croydon


020 8688 2027

G: 3mths - 11

Wed 13 Oct & 3 Nov: Nursery to Yr 5 10.30- 12.00

South Croydon


020 8688 9222

B: 10-18

Sat 25 Sep: Open morning; Tue 12 Oct: 4.00 – 8.00pm Sat 2 Oct: 9.30 – 12.30

Old Palace School of John Whitgift. Junior Whitgift Croydon High School

Sat 9 Oct: 9.00 – 12.00; Thu 14 Oct & 11 Nov: 10.30 – 12.00 (Yrs 6 – 13)



020 8651 3137

G: 3-18

Oakhyrst Grange



01883 343344

Co-Ed: 4-11

Sat 9 Oct: Open morning from 10.00

Caterham School



01883 343028

Co-Ed: 3-18

Sat 18 Sep: 9.30 – 12.00; Tue 12 Oct, 9 Nov: Afternoon appointments

Eagle House School (Mitcham)



020 8687 7050

Co-Ed: 4 -12 SEN

Oakwood School & Nursery



020 8668 8080

Co-Ed: 2-11

Sat 2 Oct: Open morning

Laleham Lea School



020 8660 3351

Co-Ed: 2-11

Thu 7 Oct: 2.00 – 5.00; Sat 9 Oct: 10.00 – 12.00

Lodge School



020 8660 3179

Co-Ed: 2-11/G: 11-18

Trinity ‘the little group’ Ewell Castle School

Mon 20 Sep, 4 Oct, 8 Nov, 6 Dec: 10.30 – 12.30

Fri 1 Oct: 9.00 – 11.30

Shirley Park


020 8656 9541

B: 11-16 /Co-Ed: 6th

Sat 2 Oct: 9.00 – 12.00



0845 074 2972

Co-Ed: 2-5 SEN

Sat 18 Sep: 2.00 – 4.00



020 8393 1413

B: 11-18

Wed 13 Oct: Senior school from 6.00pm

Epsom College



01372 821234

Co-Ed: 13-18

Sat 9 Oct: Open morning 10.00am; Thu 14 Oct: for boarders

Ewell Castle Junior School



020 8393 1413

Co-Ed: 3-11

Sat 9 Oct: 10.00 – 12.00; Wed 3 Nov: 9.30 – 10.30

Epsom, Ashtead & Leatherhead


01372 372311

Co-Ed: 2-6

Sat 2 Oct & Thu 25 Nov: Open morning



01372 72 1807

Co-Ed: 3-7

Downsend Lodges St Christopher’s School Kingswood House

Fri 8 Oct: Headteacher’s talk 9.15am Thu 7 Oct; Sat 9 Oct (registration required)



01372 723590

Co-Ed: 3-7/B: 8-13

Kingston-upon Thames


020 8546 5875

Co-Ed: 10-19

Sat 25 Sep: 10.00 – 12.30; Thu 23 Sep: 6.30 – 9.00

Aberdour School

Burgh Heath


01737 354119

Co-Ed: 2-13

Wed 29 Sep, Wed 17 Nov: Drop-in mornings from 9.30

City of London Freemen’s School

Ashtead Park


01372 822480

Co-Ed: 7-18

Sat 2 Oct, Sat 6 Nov: 9.45am for 10.00 start (appointments only)

Downsend School



01372 372311

Co-Ed: 6-13

Sat 25 Sep & Fri 26 Nov: Open mornings for main school

Homefield Preparatory School



020 8642 0965

B: 2.5-13

Sutton High School



020 8225 3001

G: 3-18

Kingston Grammar

Sat 25 Sep: 10.00 – 1.00 Sat 25 Sep: 10.00 – 12.30

South Sutton


020 8642 2332

Co-Ed: 3-5/G: 5-11

Sat 2 Oct: 10.00 - 1.00pm Nursery drop in; book for tours of Jun /Sen school



0845 0742972

Co-Ed: 11-19 SEN

Thu 30 Sep, 14 Oct, 18 Nov, 9 Dec: 10.00 – 12.00pm

Priory Preparatory School



01737 366920

B: 2-13

Sat 25 Sep: 10.00 – 12.00; Wed 15 Sep, 13 Oct, 3 Nov, 8 Dec: 9.00 – 11.00

Greenacre School



01737 352114

G: 3-18

Sat 2 Oct: 9.30- 12.00; or appointments on Wed 24 Nov 10.00-12.00

Thames Christian College



020 7228 3933

Co-Ed: 11-16

Seaton House Eagle House School (Sutton)

Wed 29 Sep: 10.15 – 12.15; Sat 2 Oct: 10.00 – 2.00

Wimbledon High School



020 8971 0900

G: 11-18

Sat 9 Oct: Senior school 9.30 – 12.30

Wimbledon Junior School



020 8971 0902

G: 4-11

Tue 28 Sep: 9.00 – 12.00

Wickham Court School

West Wickham


020 8777 2942

Co-Ed: 2.5-16

Sat 25 Sep & Tue 28 Sep: 9.30 – 12.00

Christ’s Hospital School

Horsham, W. Sussex


01403 211293

Co-Ed: 11-18

Sat 18 Sep: Years 7 & 9; (book places online / by contacting school)

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Education From the Head Teacher’s study Greenacre – a local school for local families Lindsay Redding came in as the head at Greenacre a year ago and immediately started bringing the school into the 21st century. This September, the senior school is in a different uniform; the timetable is more in line with current thinking and there is better, more effective communication with parents. Greenacre is an independent school supported by a charitable trust and aims to provide an education for around 400 girls, all the way from age three to 18. Above all, said Lindsay, it has a character formed partly through its long history, partly through its size and partly through its strong local links. She said the school aims to serve the local community, and the intake very much reflects the local mix of nationalities and cultures. She said, “we are part of the Banstead area community. I’d like this to be the local school for many of the local families”. Lindsay has just bought a house close to the school, and said the process of choosing a school is very much like choosing a new house. “When you walk through the door, it ether fits your lifestyle and attitudes, or it does not. The ambience has to be just right. That is also true of a school. When you visit the school you need to feel that it fits the personality of your daughter”. Greenacre has a particular character which attracts many people, and existing parents are very loyal to the school. She said, “the character of this school is like a very big extended family. There is a certain atmosphere here that is about being known individually. It is a purposeful atmosphere and there is a very high level of individual pastoral care”. Some of the key changes are in communication with parents. Most are simple things like using telephone trees, texts and emails to make sure parents are informed about alterations to arrangements and suchlike. Beyond that, the school is, from this term, adopting a timetable based on six lessons each of one hour in length, rather than the previous nine slots of 35 minutes each. She said the new regime means less movement around the site and more time to focus on specific subjects. Lindsay said the school is focussed on providing an all-through education, from the nursery at age three all the way to A level. She said the school runs a single class up to age 11. In the top two or three years of that, the class sizes increase toward the 24-student maximum. She said Greenacre has a much more mixed ability range than the grammar schools. As a result, she said, the school assesses the girls as they enter and “whatever their personality, talents and interests, we pride ourselves that we can tap into that and help them develop their individual strengths”. Typical entry to the senior school is around 40 girls – including those moving up from the junior department. The school offers 20 subjects at GCSE and the same number at A level. This year one or two from the upper sixth will be trying for Oxbridge, while at least one expects to study medicine at university.

Lindsay Redding

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New Addington




Purley Oaks Primary School



South Croydon




St Peter and St Paul CofE Infant School







St John’s CofE Aided Primary School







Liberty School







Culvers House Primary School







Spencer Nursery School



Mitcham Junction




Norbury Manor Enterprise College for Girls



Thornton Heath




St Cyprian’s Greek Orthodox Primary School



Thornton Heath




Beulah Junior School



Thornton Heath




Thornton Heath Children’s Centre



Thornton Heath




Harris City Academy Crystal Palace



Upper Norwood

SE19 2JH



Rockmount Primary School



Upper Norwood

SE19 3ST



Westwood College for Languages and Arts



Upper Norwood

SE19 3UG



Meadow Primary School




KT17 2LW



Cheam Common Infants’ School



Worcester Park




Robin Hood Junior School







All Saints Benhilton CofE Primary School







Tweeddale Primary School







St Anne’s Catholic Primary School







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Education Early Years Autism Centre Moves to Cobham

‘the little group’ Early Years Centre for young children with autism and communication difficulties is moving 10 miles down the A3 to Cobham. The centre, founded 18 years ago by Surrey-based autism specialists Gina Davies and Jan Chamberlain, previously operated in Epsom.

Their new home is St Andrew’s Primary School in Cobham.With more space and better facilities, the centre can further develop its early years centre for two-to-six year-olds, and provide specialist autism training for parents and professionals on site. Judy Gilham, Head Teacher, said the centre offers places for around 30 children at any one time, divided into three classes of ten, each with a teacher, speech & language therapist and senior support assistant. She explained how childrens’ attendance builds gradually with afternoons given to prepared trips into the community and the autism-specific ‘sensory’ class for children with sensory issues.

Judy said anyone can refer a child to ‘the little group’ and in most cases initial contact is through parents. Funding is via the local authority, PCT or private. The new term starts on September 6th though the centre welcomes new ‘starters’ throughout the school year as they are only too aware that a new diagnosis or a statement (of special educational needs) can be received at any time. ‘the little group’ is part of the Eagle House Group, which specialises in independent schooling for children and young people with an autistic spectrum disorder. Whilst the centre is highly focussed on supporting autistic children, it also specialises in helping children with communication problems - either associated with autistic spectrum issues, or other speech, language and social difficulties. The approach aims to grab the children’s attention and keep it by offering them an irresistible opportunity to learn. Judy said the autism training courses are available for parents and professionals who are living or working with autistic children such as teachers, classroom assistants, therapists or medical staff. ‘the little group’ Approach training is very popular because of its practical hands-on focus. There is very little practical training available to practitioners working in the field and while classroom-based teaching has increased awareness in schools and the wider population, most training remains theoretical in nature. If you are interested in learning more about autism and the work of ‘the little group’, then join Judy and her team for their Open Afternoon to celebrate their move to Cobham on Saturday 18th September 2-4pm by calling 0845 0742972 or visit their website on Head Teacher of ‘the little group’, Judy Gilham, invites you to a party to celebrate moving into new premises at St. Andrew’s School, Cobham, on Saturday 18th September from 2 - 4pm. Please respond to if you would like to attend.

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Diary dates for families Showing a selection of what is available. For a more comprehensive list visit our website at

SUTTON HIGH STREET The Art of Suburbia Fri 24 & Sat 25 September British and international street arts to celebrate the launch of the renewed High Street.



MODEL RAILWAY EXHIBITION Tadworth Church Hall, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 5AH W: Sat 4th Sep 10.00 - 5.00pm. Adults £5, OAPs £4, under 16s £3, Familes £10

WEEKEND 11/12 SEPTEMBER BANSTEAD COUNTRYSIDE DAY Banstead Woods in the field by Holly Lane FREE Car Park, Holly Lane, Banstead/Chipstead. Downlands Project T: 01737 737700, E:, W: Sun 12 Sep 10.30 - 4.30pm. Wide variety of stalls, activities and demonstrations. Free entry, programmes £1 on the gate, free parking, donations welcome. REIGATE CAVES Tunnel Road, off High Street, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 9AA W: 11 Sep 10.00-4.00pm Open day. Barons Cave: Adult £1.50, Child/OAP/Child 5+ £1.00, Under 5s free, Family £4.00 Tunnel Road Caves (both): Adult £2.00, Child/OAP £1.50, Family £6.00 Caves in the heart of Reigate. Just turn up and join the next tour. SUTTON POLICE STATION OPEN DAY Sun 12 Sep 11.00-4.00pm (last entry 3.30pm). Your chance to see behind the scenes at Sutton Police Station. No booking required. Free


WEEKEND 18/19 SEPTEMBER DIAMOND RIDING CENTRE AUTUMN FAIR. Woodmansterne Road, Carshalton T: 020 8643 7764 W: Sun 19 Sep 12.00pm - 4.00pm. Activities include novelty dog show, Young’s shire horses, farrier demonstrations, fire engine, staff riding display, ferret racing, balloon modelling, steam train rides, Punch and Judy. Refreshments available. Adults £4; children £1

FREE HACKBRIDGE CARNIVAL Hackbridge School Sat 18 Sep 1.00 - 9.30pm. 1.00-5.00pm round Hackbridge – contact Andrew Roland T: 020 8648 3650 E: Free, no booking required. 6.30 - 9.30pm at BedZED Pavilion. Traditional Country Food, dance and music at BedZED Pavilion; Come in fancy dress as a storybook or nursery rhyme character. Booking essential: £3 per person 5 years and over (under 5s free) – contact Jo Simister T: 07796 410 850 E: THE LONDON BABY AND TODDLER SHOW Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham Contact Katy T: 07979 590160 E: W: Sun 19 Sep 10.00 - 4.30pm WHITEHALL, CHEAM 1, Malden Road, Cheam, Surrey. SM3 8QD FREE T:020 8643 1236 E: W: Sat 18 10.00 - 5.00pm & Sun 19 Sep 2.00 - 5.00pm. London Open House Weekend. Free admission

THE ROYAL INSTITUTION OF GREAT BRITAIN 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS Family Fun Day Sat 2 October 11.00 - 4.00pm. A day of hands-on science fun. Particularly suitable for 5–14 year olds though everyone is welcome. Adults: £5, 3-18yrs: £3, under 3: Free. FOOD ‘N’ FUN OCTFEST Ewell Court House and Grounds, Lakehurst Drive, FREE Ewell, Surrey, KT19 0EB. Contact Tim Goldsmith T: 020 8393 8129 E: Sun 3 Oct 10. A community event to raise funds for the restoration of the island on the lake. Food fair with local producers including South African and Polish food, hog roast, licensed bar and wine tasting. Children’s rides, sideshows, face painting, glitter tattoos, donkey rides and vintage vehicles. Something for all the family. Admission free. MORDEN HALL PARK, Morden Hall Road, Morden SM4 5JD T: 020 8545 6850 (General enquiries) Sun 3 Oct 12.00 - 4.00pm. Apple Day Discover more about the Great British apple with apple displays, apple tasting and apple printing.

WEEKEND 9/10 OCTOBER MUSEUM OF CROYDON Level 1, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET. T: 020 8253 1022 W: Sat 9 Oct Family Day. 10.30 - 4.00pm. Free drop-in sessions: FREE 10.30 – 10.45am, 11.30-11.45am, 1-1.15pm. Conversations with a dragon. Riesco Gallery & Clocktower Court. 11.00 - 1.00pm, 2.00 - 4.00pm. Take a dragon home. Clocktower Activities Room 11.00 - 1.00pm, 2.00 - 4.00pm. Dragons alive. Clocktower Activities Room 11.00 - 1.00pm, 2.00 - 4.00pm. Ribbon Dance Craft. Clocktower Activities Room 11.00 - 11.30am, 1.30 - 2.00pm. Ribbons in the air. Clocktower Court WHITEHALL, CHEAM contact details as for entry 19/20 Sep Sat 9 Oct 10.00 - 4.00 pm A Victorian Bazaar

WEEKEND 16/17 OCTOBER BARBICAN CENTRE Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS. T: 020 7638 4141 (enquiries) / 020 7638 8891 (bookings) W: FAMILY CONCERT: Sat 16 Oct 3.00pm. Great Performers 10-11 – Watch This Space. NASA’s HD footage, combined with The Houston Symphony orchestra playing Holst’s The Planets. Free family activities before the concert. SOMERSET HOUSE Strand, London WC2 1LA T: 020 7845 4600, W: Sat 2.00 - 3.30pm. Free Family Workshops: Tickets available on the day at the information desk in the Seamen’s Hall from 1.00pm. Children 6-12yrs must be accompanied by an adult. Sat 16 Oct 2.00 - 3.30pm. Mini Masked Ball Design your own tiny ball complete with the outfits and decorations.

NCT Nearly New Sales Unless otherwise specified items for sale include babies’ and children’s clothes up to the age of 11 yrs; toys, books, maternity, baby and child related equipment. Sanderstead Sat 13th Nov 10.00 – 12.00pm. All Saints Church, Onslow Gardens, Sanderstead, CR2 9AB. Contact Lesley T: 0844 243 6100 E: Beckenham Sat 11 Sep 11.30 – 1.00pm (from 11.15am for NCT members with card). St John’s Church Hall, 251 Eden Park Avenue, Beckenham Contact Pip Henderson T: 0844 243 6046 E: West Wickham & Hayes Sat 16 Oct 10.30am – 12.00pm (from 10.15am for NCT members with card) The Assembly Halls, Gates Green Road, Coney Hall, West Wickham. Contact Kirstie Thomas T: 0844 243 6320 E: Caterham Sat 18 Sep, Sat 20 Nov 10.30-12.00pm (from 10.15am for NCT members with card). de Stafford School, Burntwood Lane, Caterham Contact Anita or Josie T: 08442436076 E: Cheam Sat 18 Sep 3.15 - 4.30pm (from 3.00pm for NCT members with card) St Andrews Church, Northey Avenue, Cheam Contact Tamara Hammad E: Please mention Families magazine if you contact these companies

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Local Listings Diary dates for parents 2011 WIMBLEDON TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS TICKET BALLOT The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Church Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 5AE Applications for the 2011 Public Ballot will be accepted until December 2010. The majority of Centre, No.1 and No.2 Court tickets are sold via a public ballot. Visit their website for details of how to enter the ballot: Wimbledon/ballot ROYAL INSTITUTION CHRISTMAS LECTURES TICKETS 9.30am Mon 13 Sep booking opens for the general public. Children must be aged 11-17 years. Adults: £25, Children 11-17 yr olds: £15. ‘MEET-A-MINDER’ Central Library, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET Sat 11 Sep 10.00 – 12.00. Once a term parents can come and chat to childminders about the service they offer. WOODCOTE GREEN FARMERS’ MARKET Woodcote Green Nurseries, Woodmansterne Lane, Wallington, SM6 0SU T: 020 8647 6838 E: W: Sat 18 Sep 10.00am - 3.00pm

MEET THE SCHOOLS SHOW Hilton Hotel, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1EW Contact Suzie Oweiss T: 020 82741075/07976 602 810 E: W: Fri 24th Sep 10.00 - 2.00. An event providing parents with the opportunity to meet with representatives from a large number of Independent Schools under one roof. SUTTON FARMERS’ MARKET Town Square and Millenium Gardens, Sutton High Street, (outside Waterstone’s) T: 020 8770 6611 E: W: event-detail.php?id=100 Sat 25th Sep 9.30 - 1.30 WALLINGTON FARMERS’ MARKET Old Town Hall & Library Gardens, Woodcote Road, Wallington, Surrey, SM6 0NB T: 020 8770 6611 E: W: Sat 9th Oct 10 9.00 - 1.00 NCT CROYDON BABY SHOW 2010 Trinity School, Shirley Park, Croydon, Surrey, CR9 7AT. Contact Mrs Katie Litchfield E: W: Sat 16 Oct 10.00 -3.00. Free goodie bag for early birds, conditions apply. See p. 6 in this issue.

Congratulations to the winners of our Organix giveaway in the May-Jun issue:


Mrs D Walter-Simons, Worcester Park KT4 Mrs L. Ingles, Worcester Park KT4 Nicola Manson, Banstead SM7 Mrs Lisa Scerri, Worcester Park Mrs Oliveira, Sutton SM1 Miss Kristina Macpherson, Kenley CR8 Sarah Mumby, Croydon, CR0 Mrs Johanna Parry, Ashtead KT21 Mrs P Labadie, Croydon CR8 Mrs Victoria Goram, Epsom, KT19

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Details of how to enter competitions/giveaways: For a chance to win one of the fantastic giveaways we have on offer in this issue either send a postcard with your details and those of the competition you are entering to: Families LSB, PO Box 299, Wallington SM6 6AW or register at and enter online. For terms and conditions see page 24.

Going to the Theatre THE COLOUR HOUSE THEATRE Merton Abbey Mills, Merantun Way, SW19 2RD. T: 020 8542 5511. W: Sat & Sun 2pm and 4pm. £7/£9. To Sun 14 Nov. Little Red Riding Hood. 3yrs+.

EPSOM PLAYHOUSE, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5AL T: 01372 742555 W: Sat 18 Sep 1.00pm & 3.30pm. Stickman. £8.50 Tue 26 Oct 2.00pm. Tom’s Midnight Garden. £10.50 Sat 30 Oct 10.30am & 12.30pm. A Taste of Dahl. £7.50 MYERS STUDIO. Wed 8 Dec- Fri 24 Dec. The Night Before Christmas. £7.50 to £12.50 FAIRFIELD HALLS, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG T: 020 8688 9291 E: W: Sun 26 Sep 2.00pm. Andy & Mike’s Big Box of Bananas. Adults £9, Children £8, Concs £8. Aimed at 4-11 year olds (and their families). Features CBeebies presenter Andy Day and comedy partner Michael James Thu 28 Oct 1.30pm & 3.30pm. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Tickets: £8.50 THE HARLEQUIN THEATRE, Warwick Quadrant, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1NN T: 01737 276500 Sun 10 Oct Basil’s Swap Shop. Tickets from £12.00 Tue 19- 23 Oct Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – The Opera Club of Reigate & Redhill. Tickets from £12.50 - £17.50. Family Ticket (Sat matinee only): £45.00 Fri 29 Oct Danger Mouse Saves the World THE LEATHERHEAD THEATRE, 7, Church Street, LEATHERHEAD, Surrey, KT22 8DN T: 01372 365141 Wed 27 Oct 2.00pm and 4.30pm Kirsten O’Briens Art Meet CBBC star Kirsten after the show for a special meet, greet and autograph signing session. Adults £10, Children £8

POLKA THEATRE, WIMBLEDON 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1SB. T: 020 8543 4888. W: 1 Oct to 6 Nov. Mission To Mars. 7-11yrs. £8/£12. Fri 8 Oct. Free after show talk as Dr Gail Iles & Dr Andrew Newsam discuss what it’s really like training for a mission into space. 13 Oct to 12 Feb 2011. Lost And Found. A beautiful and touching tale of friendship. 3-5yrs. For a special toddler version (1-2yrs) please check the calendar on the website. £7/£9.

Special Event: Wimbledon Bookfest Sat 2-Sun 10 Oct. Tickets 020 8543 4888 or online. Info: Book related events and workshops for adults and children taking place in venues all over Wimbledon, including The Polka Theatre. There will be a “big Tent” on Wimbledon Common for the final weekend (8-10 Oct). SECOMBE THEATRE, 42 Cheam Road, Sutton, SM1 2SS Box Office: 0208 770 6990 W: Tue 26 – Sat 30 Oct 7.30pm Sat mat 2.30pm. The Greater London SouthWest Gang Show presents Souwest 2010. Tue, Wed eve & Sat mat performances: £6 Thurs, Fri & Sat eve £9.00/£7.50 concs TARA STUDIO, 356 Garratt Lane, London SW18 4ES. 020 8333 4457, Sat 9 Oct. Tom Thumb 10.30am, 1.30pm. £6.50/£7.50. Thurs 28-Sat 30 Oct. 10.30am, 1.30pm. When The Lights Went Out Based on the Indian epic, The Ramayana, the show tells of the darkening of the sun and how light was returned to the earth. 7-11yrs and their families. £6.50/£7.50. When The Lights Went Out

NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE. The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG. T: 0870 060 6646. W: Tue 19- Sat 23 Oct. Scrooge with Tommy Steele. Tue-Thurs eve, kids go half-price. £19 to £36. Sat 6-Sun 7 Nov. Peppa Pig’s Party £12.50 to £16.50.

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Half Term Holiday Camps & Workshops

Bockeetts Farm Park

DOWNSEND SCHOOL Holiday care provision for Downsend pupils and friends aged 2 - 13, in a familiar and secure environment. Downsend +. Downsend School, 1 Leatherhead Road, Leatherhead. Rebecca Peek T: 01372 385403 W: Downsend Lodges + Leatherhead Lodge, 13 Epsom Road, Leatherhead Sandra Bullock T: 01372 385437 W: Mon 25 Oct – Fri 5 Nov 9.00 – 4.00pm daily. Extended day available which covers from 8.00 am - 5.30 pm

KITCHEN STARS Location: South Croydon Emma T: 07904 238 74 or Cecilie T: 07702 553 757 W: Mon 25th Oct 10.30 - 12.30pm. Autumn Favorites Workshop All equipment, ingredients and packaging included in the price. Cost: £18 or £33 for 2 siblings

POLKA THEATRE 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1SB T: 020 8543 4888 W:

Kitchen Stars

Tue 26 Oct 10.00 – 11.30. Black History Month Workshop for parents and children aged 5-8 years. Each child must be accompanied by a parent/carer. £7.50 Wed 27 Oct 10.00 – 4.00. Create a Mission to Mars using stop motion animation. Ages 7-11. £35 Thu 28 Oct 10.00 – 12.00. Build your own spaceship in this interactive drama and craft session. Ages 7-9. £15 Fri 29 Oct 9.30 – 11.00. Book early for this gentle drama and craft workshop inspired by Lost and Found. Ages 3-5. £15

SIR JOHN SOANE’S MUSEUM 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP. To book contact the Administrator T: 020 7440 4263 E: W: Day and half-day Workshops suitable for ages 7+ Wed 27 Oct (2 x half days) Self Portraits. Thurs 28 Oct (whole day). Shadowy Secrets at the Soane. Fri 29 Oct (2 x half days). Skeleton Puppets.

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BOCKETTS FARM PARK Fetcham, nr. Leatherhead T: 01372 363764 W: Sat 23 – Sun 31 Oct. Thousands of pumpkins for sale and a creepy craft corner as well as a spooky quiz trail with prize for each child. Daily activities include animal handling, goat milking, pony rides, tractor rides and pig races. CHESSINGTON WORLD OF ADVENTURES Fri 22 - Sun 31 Oct 10.00 – 8.00pm Halloween Hocus Pocus DENBIES WINE ESTATE London Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6AA T: 01306 876616 E: email W: Mon 25 - Thu 28 October. Lego Exhibition. Admission free. Email them if you wish to exhibit. Thu 28 Oct 10.00am and 2.00pm. Spooky Story Telling. Free admission. Face painting £3 per child. Thu 28 Oct 11.00am Creepy Crawly Roadshow. £6.50 per child MORDEN HALL PARK, The Snuff Mill, Morden Hall Road, Morden SM4 5JD T: 020 8545 6850 (General enquiries) Thu 28 Oct 11.00 - 3.00pm. Family Fun Day October – The Big Draw. Family £3

MUSEUM OF CROYDON contact FREE details as for entry 9 October under Diary dates for Families on page 21. Free drop-in sessions: Tue 26 Oct. 10.30am, 11.20am, 12pm (30 mins duration) Dragon storytelling. Clocktower Court Wed 27 Oct. 10.30am, 11.45am (45 mins). Lao Lao of Dragon Mountain. Clocktower Court. Wed 27 Oct. 11.00 - 1.00pm, 2.00 - 4.00pm. Dragons alive! Clocktower Activities Room Dragon Tales Museum of Croydon

SOMERSET HOUSE contact details as for entry 16 October under Diary dates for Families on page 21. Holiday Drop-In Workshops: 23 Oct. Shadows On The Wall Make your own moveable shadow puppets and see them projected in our shadow theatre of old Somerset House. 30 Oct. Glowing Ghosts Of Somerset House! Create dazzling artworks and explore working with dark to light by scratching the surface to reveal bright colours beneath.

Whole-day: 10.30- 3.00; half-day: 10.30-12.30 or 2.00-4.00 (please specify when booking). All materials are provided but must bring lunch for whole-day workshops. £18 for whole day, £10 for half day, payable in advance (concessions available) Sir John Soane’s Museum

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