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Learning centre offers free courses The Union learning centre at Highdown is offering courses in all kinds of subjects to local people. The courses range from GCSE to vocational courses. For the vast majority there is no charge to the person taking the course – no catch.

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Contents News and views . . . . . . . . . 2 – 3 Clubs, classes and activities . . . . . . 4 Half-Term classes and clubs . . . . . 6 Parenting and early years . . . . . . . 8 Family affairs . . . . . . . . . . .9 – 10 Holiday preparation . . . . . . . . .11 Education news . . . . . . . . 12 – 13 Learning the times tables . . . . . . 14 Choosing a nursery . . . . . . . . . 16 Nursery directory . . . . . . . . . .18 Guide to nursery provision . . . . . 20 Local soft- and indoor play centres . 21 Diary dates for families . . . . . . . 22 What’s on at local theatres . . . . . 23 Classified advertisers . . . . . . . . 24

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Karen Pickett, regional centre manager at Highdown said, “all they need to do is phone us or email us.” For courses like GCSEs, there is an initial assessment, and then most of the learning is done at home and monitored by email. Karen said people take anywhere from six months to a little over a year to complete that kind of course. Karen said many of the courses run by the centre are organised through the Trades Union Movement such as UnionLearn and the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) courses, which open the door for students to teach in adult education centres or other outlets. The centre will aim to seek out and then organise free or low-cost courses in just about any subject. “It is not just about what we do, but about what we could do,” said Karen. For some courses, such as GCSEs, the student has to come into the centre only for the final assessment, but for others, such as the tutor-based PTLLS scheme, students come to the centre on a regular basis. The unit is part of the Prison Officers’ Association and is based outside Highdown Prison. While people may have concerns about that, said Karen, they never have to go inside the prison grounds. She reassured potential students saying, “We find that with a lot of people. They start off a bit nervous, but in the end they get inquisitive and want to go in and have a look around.” Call Karen, Sally or Clive 020 8661 2491 or email

Nickel Support: an interestingly different opportunity Nickel Support is a new community interest company which aims to assist people with learning disabilities move closer to the employment arena. The company runs a vintage style boutique shop in Carshalton called, Interestingly Different which sells upcycled old furniture. People on the programme can either work in the shop, or behind the scenes converting old furniture into saleable items. Training is given and any profits that the shop make will directly go towards paying people with learning disabilities working in the shop. The bespoke training programme will focus on developing independence and confidence skills, whilst developing more practical skills. They are also running after school craft clubs for 6 – 11 year olds who are interesting in getting creative. The sessions will start January 14th 2013 from 4 – 6pm at £12 a session. The facilities are available for birthday parties every Saturday. For more information you can call Elena or Nick on 020 86694882

Desperately seeking a leader; the 29th Croydon Scout Group A thriving Scout Group in Shirley is desparately in need of a new Beaver Scout leader. No one wants to see the Beaver colony close – especially the 20 Beaver Scouts. The colony is made up of boys and girls aged 6 – 8 years, boys and girls. They meet on a Wednesday evening in Shirley, between 5.45pm and 7pm. Could you run the group? Do you know anyone else who could? Were you a Brownie or Guide, Cub or Scout and do you remember how much fun you had and how well it prepared you for the ‘real’ world – working in a team – learning how to take the lead – being confident to try new skills – taking responsibility for yourself – and being a good citizen? Not to mention smoky campfires, toasted marshmallows, singing silly songs, sleeping in a tent or a hut and simply having a load of fun. All leaders need to be aged between 18 and 65 and must have a CRB check. They will learn ‘on the job’ by working on a series of NVQ style modules and be well supported at every stage by a strong leadership team, both within the Group and the District and training courses, where appropriate. Call Group Scout Leader Simon Lloyd, on 07714 624369 or email

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Magic Theo raises funds

Re-opening of Hobbledown High ropes course. As Families London-Surrey Borders went to press, it was expected that the course would be up and running again before the end of December 2012. Contact them for more details. Hobbledown at Horton Park Children’s Farm, 0843 289 4979

World Prematurity Day was on 17th November 2012. To celebrate, the Neonatal Unit had a special reception; magician and mobile massage therapist Theo was presented an award by Matthew Hopkins, Chief Executive of Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust, for raising over £20,000.

The five things you need to know about the changes to child benefit: information provided by MoneyVista, a free online service that provides access to financial experts Seaton House School founder’s scholarship for girls currently in year 2 will be held on Saturday 28 January 2013. This is open to external candidates. Please contact the school for details www.

Media Smart has launched a new guide for parents to help them educate children about the commercial nature of the online world. Download the free Media Smart Digital parent pack at www.mediasmart. The 13th Annual National Storytelling Week takes place 26 Jan – 2 Feb 2013, encouraging all areas of the community to take part in creating and enjoying storytelling, this most ancient of communicative arts. Check out local events at Help is at Hand for Parents Concerned about Antibiotics. Medicines for Children offers a free service for any parent who has ever been anxious when faced with giving medicine to their child at home.

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Queen Adelaide & Dragon in Ewell re-opens The re-furbished Queen Adelaide on Kingston Road is bringing the exciting combination of a great local pub and beautiful Thai restaurant to Ewell. It has undergone a complete transformation to give customers an exceptional eating-out experience, whether they want to savour the taste of Thailand or relax over a pint and some great British food. The new-look Queen Adelaide will give locals a real treat with its fresh style and first-class food, drink and service. The Queen Adelaide & Dragon 272 Kingston Road, Ewell KT19 0SH

Free Drama Class Watch your child’s self-esteem soar with Perform’s unique drama, dance and singing classes. Our weekly workshops will do wonders for their social, linguistic and physical development as well as being the best fun they’ll have all week.

Theo, who is based in Sutton but works all over Surrey and South London, had a daughter Elena, who was born ten weeks early weighing only 2lbs. She was well looked after at the Neonatal Unit at St Helier Hospital. For over ten years, Theo has been raising funds for specialised equipment. Theo says, “This is my way of saying thank you”. If you are interested in helping fundraise at The Neonatal Unit, email Theo at or contact via or www.

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Trying to raise funds for a community project? Crowdfunding is one of the year’s buzzwords, referring to websites that allow people to share the cost of their ideas online just like Wikipedia does with information gathering. is a

crowdfunding website dedicated to civic projects, which allows parents to get friends, residents and local firms to chip in small and large amounts. is a social enterprise, backed by Big Lottery, Deloitte and Business In The Community, which is growing in popularity as communities begin to take urban planning into their own hands. Individuals, community groups and sports clubs can start a campaign for a regeneration project in their area by creating a project page on Spacehive. com. They can then use the site to gather volunteers and develop the project, and find a local project delivery manager (likely a landowner or community centre). Once the fundraising campaign is approved and published on Spacehive, anyone can pledge funds to the project. Funders are only charged if the project goes ahead. For the full story go to

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Glazed All Over, the interactive pottery and art shop in Wallington is opening new classes in clay. During the course children will learn to work with clay. They will learn to make pinch pots, coil pots and slab pots as well as working with slabs to make hangers. The course teachers have gifts for Mother’s Day and Easter in mind. The 12-week course costs £100. There will be a maximum of 10 children per group to allow for individual help. Please note that children below 7 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Beginner’s class Wednesday 4.30 – 6pm Advanced class Thursdays 4.30 – 6pm. The shop also runs regular Glass Fusing workshops for adults where they teach the basics of cutting glass, tack fusing, full fusing and slumping to help people make beautiful objects for their homes.

Your local football club could be kitted out in a new strip, thanks to a musicMagpie competition.

They run a range of courses – see website for details. Call them on 0208 647 6463 or email for more information and to book a space. Booking Essential.

Three teams win a musicMagpie branded, numbered and individually sized kit for up to 16 players. The winning clubs will also receive a £1,000 cash injection that could help out with equipment too.

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It’s simple to enter the musicMagpie ‘Get Sponsored’ competition, just fill out the form found online at and tell musicMagpie why you think your team should receive this fantastic sponsorship opportunity. Closing date for entries is 21 May 2013.

Top Hat Stage School (Surrey branch) is now offering a customised party service for children aged 4 – 11 years. Parents (or children, guided by parents) give us the ideas and Top Hat comes up with the content, including Bespoke Party Games; Drama games using props and imagination; Learn and perform dance routines to favourite tracks. Party Bags are included in the price. They hold the parties at a local venue of your choice or even your home – as long as they have enough space for the expected number of children. Top Hat also runs classes in Sutton, at Stanley Park Infants, Stanley Park Road SM5 3JL on Saturdays from 10.00 to 1.00pm during state term time. Friday evening classes are held at Kingswood Primary School, Buckland Road, Lower Kingswood KT20 7EA. Tinies at 4.30 to 6.30 and Top Hatters 4.30 to 7.30. 01737 831184

For those who don’t win, musicMagpie runs the Freekits campaign, which enables local squads to net themselves a free football kit by collecting unwanted CDs and DVDs, musicMagpie, the online recycling website. For the full story go to articles.

JACE launch Catering and Training courses The brand new JACE Catering and Training facility in Wallington, Surrey received its official launch on the 13 November 2012. The new state of the art training kitchen was opened by the National Apprenticeship Service’s Mike Hensman. JACE Training has a proven track record offering apprenticeships and work based learning qualifications in Childcare, Playwork, Business Administration and Customer Service. The new training facility offers Apprenticeships in Hospitality and Catering as well as bespoke cookery short courses. JACE Training’s ethos of providing quality training and its belief that learning should be accessible to all was evident in Proprietor Chris Pritchard’s opening speech and echoed by guest speaker Mike Hensman. Chris said she looked forward to JACE Catering and Training working with businesses and employers in the Hospitality and Catering industry who wish to take on an apprentice or offer training to their existing staff. For more information visit:, email: or telephone 020 8773 8146. For the full story go to 4

Mashu Studios, who offer expert drum tuition to students from the ages of 4 upwards, is now offering guitar tuition. They are based in Wallington and say they are unique in developing students into expert performers by focusing them on the music they love to play. They listen to their student’s wants and tailor the lessons to their needs. Mashu Studios is located at 5 Danbury Mews Wallington SM6 0BY. The studio contact number is 020 8647 7801 / 07932 023 298 Search for their page on Facebook

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ARE YOUR CHILDREN SAFE IN THE WATER? Children’s swimming lessons available in Sutton, Purley Croydon, Epsom, Chessington and Worcester Park. Weekend and weekday lessons. Small classes, instructors in the water with beginners. All ages and abilities. For further information/bookings etc phone:

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Glad Rag’s Costume Making Day

Be green for the day and transform unwanted items into beautiful costumes! You will then devise a piece of theatre inspired by your creation. Suitable for 7 – 11 year olds. £30.00

All inclusive holiday play scheme for children, aged 8 – 12 years, offering a variety of stimulating and enriching activities including sports, music, drama and dance. Children will learn new skills, make new friends and have fun in a safe and secure school setting.

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 Satellites Club, All Saints Primary, Carshalton  Dazzlers Club, Dorchester Primary School, Worcester Park  Beano’s Club, Barrow Hedges Primary School, Carshalton  Stanley’s Club, Stanley Park Infant School, Carshalton  Collingwood Club, Collingwood School, Wallington  Buddies Club, Beaumont Primary, Croydon Visit their website for details of dates, times and prices and to be able to register online. Kidspace Adventures The Colonnades, 619 Purley Way, Croydon CR0 4RQ 020 8686 0040

Weekly Monday – Friday multi activity camps with half, full and extended day sessions available. Visit their website for full details and prices. Polka Theatre 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SB

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Design and create finger puppet characters and your very own miniature puppet theatre to take home. Suitable for 5 – 7 year olds. £30.00 Fri 22 Feb 10.00 – 11.00am

Get warm by moving to the music in this gentle, creative dance workshop inspired by penguins, polar bears and the winter. Suitable for 3 – 4 year olds. £18.00 Southern Tutors Classes held at Rosebery School, Epsom 01372 721 119 / 07986 564 651 18 – 20 Feb

Intensive 11 Plus courses Verbal and non-verbal reasoning, Maths and English classes for 9 and 10 year olds. Contact the tutors (not the school) for further details. Supercamps 01235 832222

Multi activity camps held at the following local venues:  Aberdour School, Burgh Heath  Sutton High School  Wimbledon High School  Royal Russell School, Croydon  Whitgift School, South Croydon Visit their website for full details of venues, dates and prices. Super Camps accepts all Childcare Vouchers. As it is an Ofsted registered provider, those parents who qualify for Family Tax Credits can claim back up to 80% of the cost of their booking. For more information visit www.hmrc.

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The NCT Babychange app will now be available to more parents as the Android version launches in December 2012. The free app helps users to locate their nearest baby-changing facility and rate them for others. The app has over 7000 baby changing sites listed including supermarkets, train stations, and local authorities with the capacity to add more. It works using GPS-based features and Google Maps so you can pinpoint the nearest baby changing facilities. Selecting a facility will bring up its name and current ‘star’ hygiene rating. Mums and dads can also add new or unlisted baby changing sites to the app’s database, and rate them so even more parents can benefit. Parents can download the app from Google Play and the Apple App Store. More information can be found on NCT’s website: uk/babychange

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Was Christmas the Last Straw? Lizzie Iron of Oxfordshire Family Mediation says that Mediation offers a constructive way forward after family breakdown.

Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting – before they can bring a case to court. Mediation is strongly encouraged by the Government and the Courts system and if a client is eligible for legal aid, mediation will be provided free of charge. You will be means-tested for eligibility at a MIAM, but you can go online to estimate whether you might be eligible for legal aid: http://

We all know that Christmas can be devastating if life isn’t going too well – poverty and loneliness feel all the more acute when we think that everyone else is surrounded by loving families and seasonal good cheer. Yet for some families, that image of togetherness and jollity hides the pain of broken relationships. Getting through Christmas just postpones the day when they must face the difficult reality that divorce is on the cards.

Around one third of all UK marriages now end in divorce, and there are no accurate figures for how many unmarried couples split up, but demographics show that a quarter of families are headed by single parents, and figures suggest that up to half of children in the UK may experience parental separation by the age of 16. Children are too often the innocent victims of family breakdown. Research suggests that children who have experienced family breakdown are 75% more likely to fail at school, 70% more likely to have problems with drug abuse and 50% more likely to have alcohol problems. Other studies show, however, that the most detrimental element of separation is not separation itself, but conflict. The way separation is handled is therefore critical in finding a positive way forward after breakdown. eligiCalc?execution=e2s1

Mediation is a professional skill, and while the learning modules can be covered in three weekends, the strength of the current training commitment is that trainees must spend several hours observing and co-mediating in order to build up experience before they will be accredited to the standard required by the Legal Services Commission to mediate in legal aid cases. National Family Mediation (NFM) is an umbrella body for not-for-profit services and has over 40 member services throughout the country, all with fully-accredited professional mediators. Go to the NFM website (below) to discover more about the benefits of mediation, and to find your nearest Mediation service.

This is where mediation can really help: mediated solutions are usually quicker, cheaper and survive longer than orders imposed by the Courts – simply because couples agree the solutions together.

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Deadline for Legal Aid approaches Or the The end is nigh…… Well not exactly but it is the end of legal aid for a majority of family and divorce cases.

New laws which come into force on the 1st April 2013 means the end of legal aid for many, if not all legal cases relating to Children. Specifically, residence (or “custody”), contact arrangements, Prohibited Steps Orders (to protect a child being removed from the care and control of their primary carer or out of the jurisdiction) and to deal with other specific issues which may arise in respect of children are all affected. Legal aid also ceases for cases relating to matrimonial and cohabitee finances which have to be resolved when parties separate. These cases relate to the former matrimonial home, other assets within the marriage including Pensions and maintenance. The same applies to properties/ assets owned by unmarried people living together. Legal aid will continue on these types of cases if the person is a victim of domestic abuse. However, the Government’s definition of domestic abuse is far from generous. What is “domestic abuse” and how do you prove it? After much lobbying, on the 18th September 2012 the government widened the definition of domestic abuse. From just physical abuse, the definition includes emotional abuse, financial abuse, coercion or control

and or the isolation of a victim from family and friends. Therefore acts such as preventing partners from leaving the house or access to a phone or psychological cruelty are now included. Victims of domestic violence often do not come forward to prosecute the perpetrators. Just because you did not prosecute does not mean the domestic abuse did not happen. However, for victims to fall within the exemption of the domestic violence, they will have to show a conviction or a caution against the perpetrator. A fact finding in a civil matter will also suffice. If that is not available, they will have to show recent evidence from a doctor or a medical report confirming that the victim has had injuries or a condition consistent “with those of a victim of domestic violence” Letters from health professionals involved with the victim or from domestic violence support organisations may also be valid However, there is a real concern for those in the society who does not fall within this exemption but have limited means. There will simply be no legal aid available to deal with applications in respect of children and financial applications after April 2013. This article supplied by Duncan Lewis, Family Department. 020 7923 4020

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Wanting somewhere to go, to talk about bringing up teenagers, a group of parents have set up a forum for anyone raising teenagers and young adults to laugh, cry and support each other.

We parents of teenagers and young adults no longer meet at the school gates, and occasionally want to talk to parents going through the same parenting challenges as us, at times in confidence.”

The site offers parents the chance to upload images of their teenagers’ messy bedrooms, share their concerns about drugs, unexpected grandchildren and bullying.

Expert bloggers on www.beteenus. com include Food Doctor Counsellor Yvonne Green who writes on teenagers and eating disorders and Vicky Unwin on the dangers of legal highs. Vicki’s daughter Louise died in 2011 and she is the founder of the Angelus Foundation, which campaigns to raise awareness of the dangers of legal high drugs. Read their updates here.

It also offers parents and guardians the opportunity to praise their teenagers. “Teenagers get a raw deal in the media, when in fact they’re often incredibly hard working, kind and considerate,” says site co-founder Vicki Silverman. “And the mum/daughter relationship has changed radically in the last few years, with many mothers forming a best friend-type bond with their daughters.

The other featured blog (from November) is by an anonymous barrister on the legal issues – from what to do about unfair GCSE decisions to the rights of parents of teenagers with disabilities.

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How to have your best holiday ever Joanna Moorhead, who has been planning her family’s holidays for the last 20 years, shares her insider tips to help you plan for a summer to remember in 2013

Where to go...north Devon

Devon is one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations, and for good reason: wonderful beaches, plenty to do (even in the rain), beautiful scenery and a wide choice of where to stay. Libbear Barton, a country estate on the north side of the county, hits just the right note of luxury (beamed cottages that are beautifully laid out and furnished) and has everything on hand, from stairgates to babysitters, for the hard-pressed family. There’s an indoor pool, games room, play areas inside and out, fishing lake and woods – all on a rolling, 40-acre estate, and with the sea a half hour’s drive away. Perfect for big families or families holidaying together – the farmhouse sleeps up to 14. Prices vary, but for example Moley’s Place, sleeping eight in four bedrooms, costs around £1,700 a week in high summer. More information at

Fantastic family holidays don’t just happen. They’re crafted, often by hours of work from one or both parents. Here are our top ten secrets to getting it right. 1. Don’t cut corners. Start with a list of essentials – the location you’re after, the facilities and accommodation you need, how far it needs to be from the airport, shops, beaches and restaurants. Don’t compromise. 2. Don’t expect a bargain. Where school holidays are concerned, bargains are as rare as hen’s teeth. 3. Space is crucial. You know those places that say ‘sleep 4/6’? Avoid them (at full capacity) like the plague. 4. Location, location, location. Know what you need, and don’t settle for less. 5. Friends matter, so think carefully about whom you holiday with. 6. Be honest about the sort of experience you want. This is about working out what’s right for your family, and making it happen. 7. Alternate busy days with quiet ones during your holiday.

Stay on a farm

Farm Stay UK is a farmers’ cooperative that celebrates it’s 30th birthday next year. All it’s members are working farms, small holders or rural enterprises and they offer holiday accommodation ranging from B&B in a farmhouse to self-catering in converted barns. Many also run traditional campsites. Many members have begun to offer alternative accommodation such as pods, wigwams and shepherds’ huts. These give you all the fun of camping, with a bit of glamour. Standard pods sleep 2 but there are also family pods which sleep 4 – 6. Facilities available at each site differ with some being part of an established campsite and others part of a smaller venue. For more details visit and search under “alternative & camping” in the “accommodation type” field for details of pods, wigwams or shepherds huts available. The National Youth Hostel Association also offer pods at two of their Youth Hostel sites – Hawkshead, Ambleside in the Lake District and Grinton Lodge in North Yorkshire. The pods come equipped with power, heat and light and are insulated with sheeps’ wool to ensure a warm night’s sleep for all the family. They also have a covered seating and cooking area. See for further information.

8. Don’t over-plan: have ideas, but be open to what you find when you get there. 9. Embrace change: as your family grows up, be ready to move on to new destinations and new experiences. 10. Set boundaries. Rules ensure everyone – even the parents – get a break.

Where to go...the Alps

The Alps are much too good to save for your skiing holidays – in fact, those who’ve tried the area summer and winter often say summer is the best time to be there. For a wonderful family Alpine holiday, you’ll be hard-pressed to improve on the Chilly Powder formula – choose from a luxurious hotel or a villa, all set in a biscuit-tin pictureperfect location, complete with in-chalet childcare and – for the foodies – an in-chalet chef. Sports on offer include white water rafting, rockclimbing, trekking, tennis and summer tobogganing (which is one of the most fun summer sports I’ve ever tried, and kids adore it). Prices vary depending on what sort of package you’re after, but as a for-instance, Chalet des Amis (three bedrooms; sleeps up to eight) is £1,200 in the midsummer. More information at 11

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education Whitgift School launches International Music Competition

Deciding on after-school study? With so many after-school programmes on offer, how do you decide which will best enhance your child’s Maths and English skills? First Class Learning (FCL) is a structured yet flexible programme, designed for children studying the National Curriculum. FCL cements and improves skills acquired at school, allowing your child to demonstrate competence in these areas in school life. This develops confidence, encourages enjoyment in learning and instils good study habits. Each child has different methods of learning and this needs to be tapped into for maximum benefit.

The competition, which is open to string players only, has three age categories: 12 – 13, 14 – 15, 16 – 17. Three winners will be presented with the chance to study on a music scholarship at the school worth up to £150,000, and the opportunity to perform with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The FCL English programme includes all aspects of English from spelling, punctuation and grammar to comprehension and creative writing skills. The Maths programme is designed to equip your child with the skills required for success in school Mathematics. For more information please contact your nearest centre: For the full story go to

To enter, musicians are required to submit a YouTube video of themselves performing a piece of their choice, accompanied by brief notes. The winners will be selected by a jury of professional musicians and prominent figures in the classical music industry. The deadline for entries is March 1, 2013.

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Chess charity offers free chess sets Chess is making a comeback in primary schools, 30 years after it all but disappeared from the state school scene.

In the past two years 175 schools have reintroduced the game to the curriculum. Now the charity behind its revival, Chess in Schools and Communities, is pushing for all primary school children in the country to have the chance to learn how to play chess. and has already taught over 6,000 children in schools, as well as providing schools with chess sets, a chess curriculum and a weekly visit from a chess trainer.

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education Local teacher addresses gap in computer coding skills

Youth finds its Voice

Chris Roffey, Head of Science at Ewell Castle School, has been concerned about the lack of good programming books for children for some time; this in an age when computers are so important to everyone’s daily lives. He therefore set about writing materials for Ewell Castle School’s lunch time Coding Club to fill this gap. He has been able to turn these initial ideas into a series of short books that are being produced by Cambridge University Press. Children use programs and apps on computers and their phones every day, but they often have no idea how they are made: our children are become consumers rather than creators of software. Unfortunately, most computer books aimed at the novice are difficult to use: they try to cover everything in a specific programming language; are full of jargon; are immensely long; and are not aimed at kids. They teach how to write code but not why certain decisions were made or how to design programs. The first book, Python Basics, covers the basics of the Python programming language which is used extensively in industry and is one of only three languages that Google Apps can be written in. It is hoped the series will be a little like a reading scheme but for coding. Each book encourages readers to experience writing code while building small, fun applications. The readers are challenged to hack the code and make it do new things. The aim is that students learn how to code well and become great coders through practice. Python Basics is currently available from Amazon at £6.95, the next two books in the series will be published in early 2013. For full story go to

Thames Christian College pupils have been fortunate to be involved in a new social enterprise, which represents the voices of the under 20s across the whole of the UK. The website enables people aged 13 – 20 to express their views on a wide range of topics, anonymously via podcasts. Recent stories include social networks, piracy, gambling and the new GCSEs. Camilla Byk, journalist at comments: “ was so impressed with the articulate and well considered views of the Thames pupils that we now visit the school monthly to talk to students who wish to take part.” are linked with many youth

organisations including the Princes Trust, Childline, The Challenge and Radio 4 extra. Parents and other adults can listen to stories and they actively encourage government to listen to the youth view through links with MPs. Visit

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How to learn the times tables Learning the times tables is the foundation for all maths. With an extensive maths curriculum, and the a target for children to master their tables up to 12x12 by the age of nine, teachers need parents’ help in getting children to learn the basic facts. These tips and techniques you should help make major progress.

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floor, then put out the number of fingers of a times tables. The winner is the first to say the answer.

Start by explaining the concept

Games to reinforce the multiplication facts

If your child understands that multiplication is repeated addition, they will have an easier time learning them. Using objects such as crayons, illustrate a simple times table such as 3 x 2. Make two groups of three crayons, then count the crayons. Continue until they understand that multiplication is just adding a series of numbers, 6 x 4 means 6 added together 4 times (6 + 6 + 6 + 6).

After your child has a basic knowledge of the tables, games will help instil the recollection of correct facts quickly. Multiplication Bingo, Hoo Ha!, Know Your Times Tables and Math Whiz are great board games. There are a whole host of multiplication computer games –,,,,, and computer apps such as Squeebles, Ghost Blasters, Multiple Wipeout. Another idea is to print off worksheets from or Enchanted Learning,

Create a number line from 0 to 100. Show them the pattern to working out each multiple, i.e. the three times table answers are every third number. End by encouraging them to write out the times tables on paper, using addition, up to 12. Show them the tricks of the trade.

Keep it fun

Now they need to start learning the facts, rather than by counting. Learn the tricks of the trade first, e.g. any number times by 10 is the number with a zero on the end, e.g. 10 x 5 = 50. They are all listed on

Hallelujah! Your continued energy and enthusiasm is very important – go at their pace and always praise their efforts. Aim to reward your children with every bit of progress made; it doesn’t have to be material things, just a bit of fun together. Take breaks often, relax, give lots of ‘high fives’, and real compliments.

More ways to help them memorise

Your aim now is to recite memorized facts quickly and in any order. If your child is a visual learner, purchase or make flashcards. Write the problem, like 4 x 9, on the front, and the answer, 36, on the back. Buy or create a times table poster and display key facts. Times tables raps and music CDs are great for an auditory learner. Chant the times tables as multiples 0, 5, 10, 15, etc. and also as sentences 1 x 5 = 10; 2 x 5 = 10, etc. Say difficult times tables in a funny voice, a squeak or a whisper. Use helpful rhymes to remember really tricky ones, e.g. 8 x 8 = 64 becomes “He ate and he ate and he sticks in the door, eight times eight is sixty-four”. For a kinaesthetic approach, add actions. Children can clap, stamp or jump on the difficult fact. Play ‘Knock, Knock’ – knock your fists twice on the

And keep it up

After memorising times tables, it can be all too easy to forget them. Don’t give up too soon. It can take six or seven weeks until the facts are truly automatic. Practice quick-fire drilling. There are numbers everywhere, so multiply the digits in number plates or in recipes. Print out a times table square and keep a record of the tables your child knows well, so you know which ones you need to focus on. Whichever method you choose, there is never a truly pain-free answer because real fluency requires real practice over weeks and months. That said, it is important for your child to have a secure knowledge of the times tables with instant recall – their future maths skills depend on it. So take the challenge, make it happen, and enjoy it.

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nurseries Is a nursery right for your child (and you)?

Nurseries aren’t the cheapest form of childcare – according to the latest figures, the average cost of a nursery place for a child under two for 25 hours is £103.19 a week. But prices vary, and in some areas nurseries charge as much as £15,000 a year for 25 hours’ care a week. Read the most recent Ofsted inspection report for the nurseries you are considering, and ask whether they have any awards of excellence.

Studies show that attending nursery can increase a child’s confidence, because it involves mixing with adults and other children, from outside the family group. It gives children social skills, and experience from an early age of an environment outside the home. The nursery ‘key worker’ scheme, under which each child is allocated a special member of staff with whom they can bond, helps provide security. Healthy food and menus are another big plus of nursery provision: staff work hard to ensure children are given a balanced diet. As your child gets older, play and learning opportunities will be targeted appropriately: staff are trained in what young children can do when, and will be conscious of a child’s likely interests and potential.


Fingers crossed, you’ll never have a problem with any nursery your child attends. But what happens when there is an issue? As every working parent knows, nothing undermines your ability to work more than a nagging suspicion that your child isn’t happy, or isn’t being looked after as well as possible or even – worst scenario of all – isn’t safe.

Be guided by your instincts when looking at a nursery: it may seem a cliché to say do the children look happy, but it is an important barometer of whether a nursery is good. Be aware of the quality of both indoor and outdoor play areas: are the spaces pleasant, bright, welcoming, and do they seem safe? Ask about meals, how the food is prepared, and what time meals are served. Are you able to provide input for your child’s food – suggestions for what s/he would like to eat, or recipes? What kinds of snacks are provided and how often are they available?

Watch the children while they’re If you have any worries at all about your child’s nursery you must resolve playing, and pay attention to how Nurseries work best for parents who them, and as quickly as possible. As soon as something strikes you as ‘not much they’re interacting with the staff. How do the staff come across? Do have regular working hours, because right’, talk to the nursery manager or your allocated member of staff – it’s difficult or impossible for staff to many niggles are simply down to a lack of communication. Explain what’s they seem happy, relaxed, fun to be up, and the chances are you’ll never have to mention it again, and things around? Do you feel comfortable deal with erratic patterns of will all be smoothed over. talking to them? Do they seem collection and drop-off: nurseries interested in your child and his/her often open early in the morning and But if you’re not satisfied that all is well, put your concern in writing to the nursery manager. All nurseries should have a protocol for dealing with likes/dislikes and interests? some close late in the evening, but complaints – ask to see this if it’s not spelled out in the nursery handbook. they are not as flexible as, say, a nanny Ask about organised play sessions – or a childminder. On the other hand, weekly music groups, or storytelling. Are there trips to the library, and to they have the big advantage that only very, very rarely will they be closed the park? How are these organised, and how often do they take place? at short notice – so they’re more reliable than one carer who may be ill or Make sure you understand what the nursery charges, how payment is have to cope with a sudden family emergency. made, and exactly what the fees include (for example, do they cover meals, How to reduce nursery costs nappies, outings). How many weeks a year is the nursery open? How are Controversially, the government is considering reducing the minimum staffparents involved in the nursery? Do parents to meet outside the Nursery? to-child ratios in nurseries as a way of reducing what many see as Is all well when I’m not there? unsustainable prices. Organisations such as the Preschool Learning Alliance Some nurseries have webcams which allow parents to see live images of are warning that the proposed changes could risk children’s safety and their child at play from their desk at work. But while some parents well-being. Under current rules, there must be one staff member for every welcome this idea, others are sceptical – they say they want their child’s three under-twos, and one for every four children aged two and three. nursery to know they trust its workers, and worry that they’ll be seen as a Most nurseries provide funded places for three- and four-year olds under way of spying on care workers. Others say they like the idea of watching the government Free Early Education scheme, which will start from the their child at play so much that they’d spend too much time doing it – and beginning of the term (1 September, 1 January or 1 April) after your child’s wouldn’t ever get any work done. third birthday. If your child is younger, check whether your employer can As your child is settling into nursery, trust your instincts about how well offer help towards your nursery costs through the childcare voucher it’s going. You know your child better than anyone else, so if your hunch is scheme. Under this, money is taken out of your pay packet before that your child is happy and contented, that’s almost certainly the case. deductions, giving you savings on tax and National Insurance. In return, you Remember that in the early days, he or she will probably get more tired are given a voucher or e-voucher that you forward to your nursery, and than usual. Nursery is a big change, emotionally as well as physically. Both the amount is deducted from your bill. your child and you need time to adjust to the new set-up.

How to choose the right nursery

Start your nursery search well ahead of time: the more confident you are of the choices you make, the happier you’ll be when it comes to the day you have to head back to the office. Ask around so you get other parents’ views on what nurseries are like in your area. Make a shortlist of ones that might work for you (remember to take geography into account: how easy will it be for you and/or your partner to do the drop off/collect?) and don’t hesitate to ask to visit a second time.


Try not to drag out your goodbyes: leaving your child will be difficult, especially at first, but keeping it brief will help you both. Remember that your child may cry every day when you drop them off (and so might you) for quite a while; this is a normal part of getting used to this big change in your lives. Cope with it by emphasising the positives: think about why you’re working (to make money and provide a better standard of living; to ensure you have an interesting life, and income, in the longer term) and how much your child will benefit from a wider social network.

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Getting the best for your child A selection of nurseries in the Epsom, Sutton, Croydon and neighbouring areas. For more information and advice on selecting nurseries and childcare, as well as more extensive listings and articles visit our website at

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Visit the Junior School and the first thing you will notice is just what a happy and caring school community it is. From the warm and stimulating Nursery and Reception classes, to the bright, well-equipped Infant and Junior classes, they have developed a perfect learning environment for girls from the age of 3 – 11 years of age. The caring and supportive environment of the Nursery encourages every girl to grow in confidence and independence.

Cumnor House School: Treetops Nurseries (South Croydon and Purley) 020 8660 3445

Treetops nurseries provide a happy and nurturing environment for the youngest children as they embark on their school lives. Rooms and outdoor areas are bright and spacious with a high staff to pupil ratio providing personal care and support for the children. There are high quality outdoor play and learning areas where children can investigate their own ideas using up-to-date equipment and also engage in some old fashioned games and circle dances. Early literacy and numeracy skills are taught throughout the nursery age phase in addition to a focus on physical and social skills. They are a very musical with guitar-led music and singing every day.

Old Palace of John Whitgift (South Croydon ) 020 8688 0841

On the same site as Old Palace Preparatory is Old Palace Nursery. The Nursery’s aim is to build upon every child’s natural curiosity and to inspire a love of learning, exploration and creativity. We offer a safe and well resourced environment designed to stimulate imagination, social interaction and the development of skills, ensuring that your child will grow in confidence and be fully prepared for full time education from the age of four years.

Royal Russell School (South Croydon) 020 8651 5884

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(Banstead) 01737 352114

The nursery provides a warm, happy, vibrant and secure learning environment. They focus on the individual needs of each girl to enable her to reach her full potential. Girls are taught in small classes, with specialist teaching in Ballet, Music, PE and French. They have wonderful school grounds providing rich learning opportunities.

Priory Preparatory School (Banstead) 01737 366 920

Priory Preparatory School is a leading independent day school for boys aged 2 – 13 situated in Banstead, Surrey. The School has 200 boys in total and has expanded its Early Years department with an extra class in Year 1 and in Reception and the unveiling of a new outdoor play area. See website for more details.

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“Happy children means happy parents”. That’s their commitment to you.

The nursery provides children with a safe, secure, happy, healthy and stimulating environment. They offer a childcentred approach where children are encouraged to develop their creativity, individuality and self-confidence, led by fully trained staff that have a real rapport with the children in their care. They are currently offering 15 hours of free childcare for those qualifying for funded entitlement through their local council.

EPSOM and EWELL Downsend School (Epsom, Ashtead, Leatherhead) 01372 372311

Nursery children are introduced to the important world of learning in a caring and supportive environment at their three nursery/pre-preparatory schools called Lodges. Each has its own Head Teacher and dedicated team of staff. The Lodges provide two pre-school years to ensure that children are fully prepared for full time education in Reception classes. Pupil staff ratios are consistently excellent and a range of subjects are taught. Swimming, dance, drama and music, taught by specialists, enhance the curriculum across all year groups.

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nurseries directory Our guide to nursery care Day Nurseries

A useful option for working parents, they are usually open 8.00 – 6.00pm and many take babies from 3 months. Pros: Consistency – your child can stay in the same environment from the day you go back to work to the day they start school. Cons: Some parents feel uncomfortable because playtime, naps and meals are at more or less set times. You also need backup care if your child is unwell or if you are late to collect.

Nursery classes in schools

A first step into ‘real school life’ and great for children who are ready for school and structured, educational play. A school nursery place does not automatically guarantee a place in reception. Pros: Convenient if you are already dropping siblings at the school. Cons: Sessions, particularly in state schools, tend to be just three hours which is not practical for many families. Nursery classes in independent schools are more likely to offer full school-day sessions.

Nursery schools

These usually take children from the age of 2½ to 3 years and provide a grounding for starting school by teaching letters, shapes, numbers and sometimes early stage reading in more formal structured sessions. Pros: The opportunity to make friends of the same age as most require children to attend five morning or afternoon sessions so the same group of children will be there every day. Often small with a personal touch. Cons: Sessions tend to be just three hours, which is not convenient for working families, though more frequently wrap-around care is offered to take account of parents’ working hours.

Pre-schools and playgroups

Playgroups will usually take children from 2½ years and offer short sessions to ‘ease’ your child out of the home and into a more sociable environment where they can play, learn and have fun. Pros: Small scale settings are less daunting for shy children and are also excellent value for money as they tend to be not-for-profit and are sometimes staffed by volunteers, with parents staying to help out. Parents are encouraged to be active members, so you can be more involved in your child’s care.


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Cons: Tend to be community operations so don’t expect glamorous premises. You may need additional childcare if you work fulltime although some offer wrap-around care.

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Close to Tram (Phipps Bridge and Belgrave Walk)

☺ Ages from 3 months to 5 years old ☺ Competitive pricing: Six hours of care (9am-3pm) from only £30 per day

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Ewell Castle School

( Ewell ) 020 8393 1413

Ewell Castle Nursery provides a friendly, stimulating and secure environment in which the children are taught by specialist staff. Their aim is to ensure that each child achieves their potential, both academically and in terms of personal development. Early applications are advised as the small class sizes mean that places are limited and fill up fast.

Kingswood House School (Epsom) 01372 723 590

Kingswood House in Epsom is a progressive school in Surrey that provides a nurturing and protective environment for boys aged three to 13 and girls aged three to seven years. Small classes enable each pupil to maximise their potential while the academically-gifted thrive thanks to the expert teaching and learning. They lay the foundations for each pupil, preparing them for the next stage in their education and also run a highly successful toddler group called Kingswood Kids which is held every Tuesday during term from 10.15am until 12.00pm.

Homefield School


(Sutton) 020 8642 0965

Homefield School has a family ethos and teaches the boys to live and learn in an atmosphere of care and respect. The Early Years’ Unit is housed in a light and spacious, purpose-built building with its own secure garden and outside playground. The children also have access to the main school’s facilities and regularly use the school Sports Hall, Learning Resources Centre, Music Room and Main Hall for sessions.

Jancett Day Nurseries

(Wallington and Morden) 020 8669 1725

Established in 1969, Jancett Day Nurseries has 5 day nurseries in Wallington, Surrey and one nursery in Morden, Surrey offering quality daycare for little ones aged 3 months to 5 years. Jancett Nurseries are Ofsted inspected and rated Good with Outstanding elements. Each nursery is unique and enables children to learn, play and grow in a safe, secure and stimulating environment.

Seaton House School (Sutton) 020 8642 2332 www.seatonhouse.sutton.sch. uk/Nursery

They offer your child the very best of starts in their co-educational Nursery provision from the term in which they turn three. From Reception they become an all girls’ school offering a firm but friendly environment in which your daughter is nurtured both academically and socially. Verbal and non-verbal reasoning is introduced in Year 4 in preparation for the entrance examinations to Senior School.

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Indoor and Soft Play centres We have a wide selection of local soft play areas where you can take your children to burn off some energy when the weather is too cold or wet for playing outside. Please check opening times and prices with the venues.


Bocketts Farm Park Bocketts Farm Park, Young Street, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 9BS 01372 363764 Enjoy a great day out come rain or shine with lots of friendly animals, farm activities and plenty of play. Indoors are 2 large playbarns with astro slide, 6 trampolines, young drivers tractor zone and small animal village. Suitable for: 0 – 10 years For parents: The Old Barn Tearooms and Gift Shop are open daily. Opening times: 7 days a week. 10.00 – 5.30pm Costs: See their website for details of standard and off peak winter weekday prices that apply. BANSTEAD AREA Banstead Soft Play and Bounce YMCA Sure Start Children’s Centre, Banstead Youth Centre, The Horseshoe, Banstead SM7 2BQ 01737 362058 Suitable for: under 5s Bouncing Bunnies Softplay Café 1st Nork Scouts Hut (St. Paul’s) Warren Road, Nork, SM7 1L Softplay and cafe; Suitable for: 0 – 6 years. Little Lambs Softplay Banstead Cricket Club, The Clubhouse, Avenue Road, Banstead, SM7 2PP. 07768 264268 Softplay and cafe. Suitable for: under 5s CROYDON AREA Henry’s 60 Croydon Road, Caterham CR3 6QB 07766 100393 Softplay and cafe. Suitable for: under 5s Kidplay Café 282 – 284 Lower Addiscombe Road, Croydon CR0 7AE Softplay and cafe recently re-opened under new management. Suitable for: under 5s Kidspace Adventures The Colonnades, 619 Purley Way, Croydon CR0 4RQ 020 8686 0040 croydon/home Kidspace is an award-winning indoor adventure park, providing entertainment for kids whatever the weather. Facilities on offer include a sky trail, toddler village, Go-Kart track, climb zone, crazy golf, sensory town, cinema room, The Orb and Thunderball City. Suitable for: 0 – 12 years. For parents: Relax in the comfortable restaurant or seating areas where you can surf the web, read newspapers or magazines – or just chill out with your friends. 21

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Opening times and costs: Vary according to date and time. Please see their website for details.

Mitcham CR4 4HD 020 8640 8543 Suitable for: Under 5 years


Teddy’s Softplay The Old Ruts Sports Ground, The Club House, Wimbledon SW19 3JS 07982 246 425 Suitable for: Under 5 years

Hobbledown Hobbledown, Horton Lane, Epsom KT19 8PT 0843 289 4979 The 14,000 sq.ft indoor Hobblings Play Barn is perfect to entertain youngsters if the weather is not so great outside. It houses two large play frames, one soft and one wooden, and can keep visitors amused for hours. Suitable for: tots to about 12 years For parents: It’s great for mum or dad to chill out with a coffee and use the Wi-Fi available whilst their young ones burn off some energy. Opening times and costs: Vary according to date and time. Please see their website for details. Jellybugs Softplay The Harrier Centre, Poole Road, West Ewell KT19 9RY 07717 862577 Softplay and cafe with outside play area; Suitable for: under 5s Once Upon A Time Soft Play Ltd The Ebbisham Centre, 7 The Derby Square, Epsom KT19 8AG 07933 292464 Opening January 2013. Suitable for: under 5s Toddlers World Rainbow Centre, East Street, Epsom KT17 1BN 01372 727277 Suitable for: Under 5 years MERTON AREA Eddie Catz 42 Station Rd, Merton, Wimbledon SW19 2LP 0845 2011268 Suitable for: 0 – 12 years. Lower Morden Garden Centre – Soft Play Lower Morden Lane, Morden Surrey SM4 4SJ 020 8337 7781 Suitable for: under 5s Toddlers World Canons Leisure Centre, Madeira Road,

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Softplay and cafe; Suitable for: 0 – 7 years

Wacky Warehouse – Kiss Me Hardy Priory Retail Park, Christchurch Road, Colliers Wood Merton, London SW19 2PP 020 8543 9631

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Tooting and Mitcham Community Sports Club Imperial Fields, Bishopsford Road, Morden SM4 6BF 020 8685 6193

Rascals Softplay The Pavilion,Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Park, Marina Avenue, Motspur Park KT3 6NE 07721 021290 Suitable for: 0 – 5 years SUTTON AREA The Phoenix Leisure Centre Mollison Drive, Wallington SM6 9NZ 020 8770 6006 Default.aspx Sutton Arena Leisure Centre Middleton Road, Carshalton SM5 1SL 020 8770 4088 default.aspx Suitable for: 2 – 10 years.

Fun for all

You can Bank on it! 18 – 22 February 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm

Toad to the Rescue The adventures of Toad, Ratty, Badger and Mole, the popular characters from ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame, are retold by a costumed storyteller in these interactive and fun sessions. With special events and displays throughout the year, the Bank of England Museum is a great day out.

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Bocketts Farm Park

Vampires, giant dinosaurs and the Queen’s Knickers…

Young Street, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 9BS 01372 363764

Sponsored by the Book People

Southbank Centre, Mon 11 – Sun 24 Feb 10. 30am – 4.00pm daily

Bournehall Museum Kids Club Bourne Hall, Spring St, Ewell KT17 1UF 020 8394 1734 www.epsomandewellhistoryexplorer.

Denbies Wine Estate London Road, Dorking, RH5 6AA 01306 876616

Epsom Methodist Church Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5AQ 01372 726738

Gatton Park Reigate, Surrey, RH2 0TW 01737 649066

Morden Hall Park Morden Hall Road, Morden SM4 5JD 020 8545 6850 (enquiries) www. Sat 12 Jan 1.00 – 2.30pm

Bournehall Museum Kids Club Meeting – Vicious Vikings

Discover if Viking raiders really were as vicious as they claimed to be. Ewell will be visited by Thorulf Hammrsson, a Viking warrior resting between raids, and he will demonstrate the fact behind the fiction. £4.00 per child. Contact David Brooks for more details. Sat 26 Jan 10.00 – 12.00pm (member entry from 9.45am)

NCT Croydon Nearly New Sale Christ Church Halls, Brighton Road, Purley, Surrey, CR8 2BN 0844 243 6100 nearlynewsellers@ items for sale: toys, baby equipment, DVDs, books, baby and children’s clothes birth – 11 years. Admission by donation to NCT charity (£1 suggested) Sun 20 Jan 2.00 – 3.30pm approx.

Happy Valley and Farthing Downs Nature Trail

The Happy Valley warden will lead a walk on the historic Farthing Downs section of the nature trail. The walk will last for roughly 1½ hours. Meet at 2.00pm in the Farthing Downs car park, Ditches Lane, Coulsdon. Sun 27 Jan 10.00 – 3.30pm

Winter Work Day at the Dobbin

(Whytleafe area) 07771 715 812 Come along and help continue the work at the top of Whyteleafe Recreation Ground, the Dobbin, clearing Ash and scrub to allow the flora and fauna to For a regularly updated list of local family events visit


thrive. This will be an all day event with all tools and equipment supplied as well as tea, coffee and biscuits. Come for an hour or the day all help makes a difference. If coming for the day please bring a packed lunch. Please also wear suitable clothing and stout shoes. For more information on this event please call the Warden. Sat 2 Feb 1.00pm – 4.00pm

25th Purley (St Mark’s) Scout Group Jumble Sale St. Mark’s Church Hall, Church Road, Purley CR8 3QQ Any donations including unwanted gifts, nearly new clothing and shoes, bric – a-brac, toys, books, DVDs to be brought to the hall on Friday 1 Feb from 6.00pm onwards or Sat 2 Feb between 9.00 – 12pm, using the Scouts’ drive through service. Sat 2 Feb 11.00 – 1.00pm

Mum2mummarket Thomas Wall Centre, Benhill Ave, Sutton SM1 4DP Baby, kids and maternity nearly new sale. Admission £2.00 on the door. See their website for more details. Sun 3 Feb 11.00 – 3.00pm

Morden Hall Park – Park Stories

Discover the stories of the people and places in the park with hands on activities, trails, storytelling and exhibitions for all the family. Free entry. Sun 3 Feb 10.00 – 12.00pm

Morden Hall Park – Ranger club

First Sunday of the month, meet in the Stable Yard. Get involved and have some fun with the family ranger club. Take part in fun conservation tasks around the Park and learn lots of new skills. Suitable for 7years+. Free activity.


Bocketts Farm Half Term Fun

Enjoy a great day out on the farm this February Half Term with the start of the Spring lambing. There are up to 90 lambs due from 14 Feb – you may even see one being born. Birds of Prey will also be at the farm everyday where you can meet them up close and watch the flying demonstrations twice daily, along with the Pony Parlour, which will be open for pony grooming sessions throughout the day. What’s more, there is a full programme of fun farm activities including pony rides, tractor rides, animal handling and pig racing. The large indoor area with 2 giant playbarns, trampolines and ride-on’s means you can have a great day out whatever the weather. Sat 16 Feb

Bird Box Building for Adults and Children (Sanderstead / Whytleafe area) 07771 715 812 There is still time to help our feathered friends by building them a warm home for the Winter and a safe nest for breeding in the Spring. All equipment Children take control of Southbank Centre for two weeks in February as the Imagine Children’s Festival returns with a range of theatre, music, film and comedy alongside readings by some of the UK’s top authors. Each day Imagine offers a packed programme of free and ticketed events, with trails to follow and games to play across the whole site, making it the perfect place to entertain families during half term. There are activities for all ages, from opera for babies to vampire-themed Valentine’s Day celebrations for teens and interactive shows for adults. and tools will be provided. There will be a small charge of £2.50 per bird box. Please call for more information on where this event is to held and to book a place. Mon 18 – Fri 22 Feb

Denbies Wine Estate

Daily craft activities – priced individually from £1.50 Mon 18 – Fri 22 Feb 11.00 – 3.00pm

Denbies Wine Estate

Lego exhibition featuring fabulous Lego models. New For 2013 – Lego building Contest. See their website (box, far left) for details of how to enter. Mon 18 Feb 10.00 – 2.00pm (12.00pm display)

Denbies Wine Estate Birds of Prey. Free admission

BANK OF ENGLAND MUSEUM Threadneedle Street, London EC2R, 020 7601 5545, The Bank of England Museum tells the story of the Bank of England from its foundation in 1694 to its role today as the UK’s central bank. Examine intricately-designed banknotes, feel the weight of a genuine gold bar and see the pikes and muskets that were once used to defend the Bank. Children’s activity sheets provide fun for younger visitors. Open 10am – 5pm Mondays to Fridays, admission free. 18 – 22 February

Toad to the Rescue

Enjoy interactive story telling as a costumed guide brings to life tales from The Wind in the Willows. Sessions through each day.

Sat 9 Feb 1.00 – 2.30pm

Bournehall Museum Kids Club Meeting

William Wilberforce and the reform of the slave trade. £4.00 per child. Sun 10 Feb 10.30am

Winter Trees in Selsdon Wood

Take a closer look at trees without their leaves and learn to tell them apart. Meet the Community Partnership Officer and the Friends of Selsdon Wood at 10.30am in the car park by the bear, off Old Farleigh Road.

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What’s showing at local theatres Charles Cryer Studio Theatre 39 High Street, Carshalton, SM5 3BB 020 8770 6990

Wed 20 – Sat 23 Feb; 2.30 and 7.00pm

Horrible Histories – The Vile Victorians

Thu 31 Jan – Sat 2 Feb; 7.00pm

Sat 2 Mar; 1.00pm and 3.30pm

Fiddler on the Roof Junior


– By arrangement with Josef Weinberger The young performers of the Spiral Youth Theatre bring this classic musical to life. £8.00

Polka Theatre 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SB 020 8543 4888

Sat 16 Feb; 11.00am and 2.00pm

To Sat 16 Feb; various times

Too Many Penguins


Squeeze into this fun theatrical experience and find out just how many penguins you can get into one space.

Join the fun and games, music, magic, juggling, balloon art and more in this delightful piece of children’s theatre. Family Ticket available The Colour House Children’s Theatre Merton Abbey Mills, Watermill Way, London SW19 2RD 020 8542 5511 To Sun 27 Jan Wed 16 Jan – Sat 19 Jan; 7.30pm

Dick Whittington YOUtheatre’s production of the traditional family pantomime Wed 20 Feb; 2.30pm

Jack and the Beanstalk Sat 9 Feb – Sun 14 Apr

Sleeping Beauty

Climbing the beanstalk fun at the Colour House. Epsom Playhouse Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5AL 01372 742 555 Tue 19 Feb 11.00 – 12.30pm and 2.00 – 3.30pm

Bournehall Museum Kids Club Meeting Gladiator School. £4.00 per child.

Tue 19 Feb 11.00am and 2.00pm

Denbies Wine Estate

Tropical Rainforest Road Show See, handle and learn about creatures from all over the globe. £6.50 per child. Wed 20 Feb 11.00am and 2.00pm

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Magical Theatre Performance from Cat’s Grin. £6.50 Thu 21 Feb (various times) Denbies Wine Estate

Fairfield Halls Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG 020 8688 9291 Fri 11 and Sat 12 Jan; 4.40pm (also 11.30 and 2.30pm on Sat)


Theo The Mouse Show

Based on the book by Stephen Mackey

Theo the Mouse and his best friend Wendy arrive for an afternoon of pure family fun and laughter. From £8.00

Sat 2 and Sat 23 Feb; 11.00am

Mon 4 Mar; 7.30pm

Tue 19 – Sat 23 Feb; 2.30 and 7.00pm

Coppelia The Moscow Ballet – La Classique production.


Annual Giant Charity Sale of Secondhand Books, DVDs and Music. Many thousands of books including antiquarian, out-of-print, children’s, fiction and nonfiction. Also CDs, DVDs, records and sheet music. Refreshments and light lunches available. Admission: 50p, payable on entry (children and students free). Please ring for more details. Fri 22 Feb 10.30, 12.00pm and 2.00pm

Arthur Davison Family Concerts

Horrible Histories – The Terrible Tudors Sat 2 – Sun 3 Mar

Thu 21 – Sat 23 Feb Thu and Fri 10.00 – 8.00pm, Sat 10.00 – 4.00pm

Epsom Methodist Church Book

Eve 7.30pm Sat Matinee 2.30pm, Sun Matinee 2.00pm

Peter Pan

A Carshalton Pantomime Company production. From £11.00

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Denbies Wine Estate

Punch and Judy Traditional family fun. Free admission.

Bocketts Farm Park 16th - 24th feb 2013


United Reformed Church, Stanley Park Road, Wallington SM6 0EU Baby, kids and maternity nearly new sale. Admission £2.00 on the door. See their website for more details.

S aturday 9 February 2013 is National Libraries Day, a culmination of a week’s worth of celebrations in school, college, university, workplace and public libraries across the UK. Join in by organising an event, contributing to our forums, tweeting with the #NLD13 hashtag and visiting your local library. Visit to find details of events happening in local libraries.

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Fri 11 – Sat 26 Jan (no shows Mondays)

Morden Hall Road, Morden, SM4 5JD 020 8545 6850 (enquiries) www.

Sun 3 Mar 11.00 – 3.00pm

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Secombe Theatre 42 Cheam Road, Sutton, SM1 2SS 020 8770 6990

Morden Hall Park – Nature Power

Medieval Fair with mayhem and merriment for all the family. Check their website for more details.

Free admission but on-line booking required ahead of time.

The William Stories

Journey into a world of imagination, books, fairytales and exploring.

Find out about the ancient and modern ways we save energy at Morden. Investigate how we are getting our power from water and sun. Design your own waterwheel or solar powered car. Guided tours of the stable yard and turbine. Free entry. Sat 9 Mar 1.00 – 2.30pm Bournehall Museum Kids Club Meeting – Terrible Trenches. £4.00 per child.

Herald of Spring – Bournehall Museum.

Sat 23 Feb 11.00 – 1.00pm

Lego Build

Tue 19 Feb – Sat 23 Feb 11.05am and 2.35pm

› Daily birds of prey flying demonstrations! (Mon-Fri) › Plenty of indoor Plus play and activities! Animal handling, goat milking, › Early Spring tractor rides, pig racing and lambing starts! pony rides daily!




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