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Welcome Happy New Year and welcome to the first edition of Families Solent West for 2012! 2012 will be an exciting year with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and locally, Southampton’s exciting new SeaCity Museum opens in April, Marwell will be celebrating their 40th birthday with lots of exciting events and activities throughout the year. Our clubs, groups and classes feature on page 12 showcases some of our regions best clubs and groups and our what’s on guide will keep all the family entertained throughout January and February. With so much to see, do and visit in Hampshire, I hope you will enjoy this issue.

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News & Information

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Local Feature SeaCity Museum sets sail for the Titanic Centenary

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What’s in a Nursery? • A parent’s guide to finding the right nursery • Nursery grants explained

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Education Local education news

Family Flexible Working Local working opportunities that fit in with your family life

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UK Family Breaks • Away from the crowds in Norfolk • Camping in Sussex • Pamper yourself in Devon

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Clubs & Classes Feature • Practical considerations • Which activity to chose • Your local clubs and classes

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What’s on Your local guide to what’s on during January and February and half term activities

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News and Information James Bond Vehicle Exhibition to open at The National Motor Museum 17th January 2012 The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu and EON Productions are proud to announce that Bond in Motion, the exciting new exhibition of 50 James Bond vehicles, will be unveiled to the public on 17th January 2012. The exhibition, the largest of its kind staged anywhere in the world, will showcase 50 of the best loved and most iconic James Bond vehicles in celebration of the 50th year of James Bond. Bond in Motion will run from January to December 2012 at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Bond in Motion will feature a whole range of vehicles which have appeared in Bond films over the years including cars, boats, motorbikes, sleds, jets and many more. This collection of iconic movie vehicles will include the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 and the 1937 Phantom lll Rolls-Royce both from Goldfinger, the Lotus Esprit S1 affectionately nicknamed ‘Wet Nellie’ from The Spy Who Loved Me, the Bede Acrostar jet famously flown in Octopussy, the BMW 750iL from Tomorrow Never Dies, the original villain Parahawk featured in The World is Not Enough and the original SFX Cello Case Ski famously navigated by Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights.

Win a family ticket to Beaulieu We have 2 pairs of family tickets to giveaway. Simply go to our website and register your entry www.familiessolentwest.co.uk. Entries close 28 February 2012. Good luck!

ROLL UP! ROLL UP! Perform invites you to the greatest show on earth!

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Perform drama, dance and singing workshops in Hampshire announce their most colourful and lively theme yet, The Circus! Principal Lucy Quick says, “We are inviting all local 4-8 year olds to enter the Big Top with us this term to discover the delights of the circus. Whether building confidence with the dashing Lion Tamer, developing handto-eye co-ordination with the Duelling Jugglers or discovering the magic of mime with the Clown with a Frown, our experienced team of actors, singers and dancers will be there to inspire and encourage as your child gets swept up in the excitement of it all. They’ll enjoy themselves so much that they won’t notice how much they are improving their communication, concentration and co-ordination skills at the same time.” Any interested 4-8 year old can try out the classes by attending a Free Trial Session. Classes Run on Mondays in Fleet, Tuesdays in Basingstoke, Saturdays in Winchester. For more information please contact: Perform, 0845 400 4000, enquiries@perform.org.uk, www.perform.org.uk January – February 2012

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News and Information Chatterbox Challenge 2012

Markets are all held in indoor venues, are pushchair friendly and have accessible parking. We only charge a minimal entry fee of £1 per adult and children are free. The first 50 buyers through the door get a free goody bag. For more information or to hire a table at one of our events please contact your area organiser.

I CAN, the children’s communication charity, and Simon Hiscocks are celebrating the launch of Chatterbox Challenge 2012! Following the nationwide success of last year’s Challenge, which included a Guinness World Record™ and over 295,000 children registered, I CAN are calling on even more UK nurseries, childminding groups, pre-schools and children’s groups to register and get involved. With increasing recognition that children’s speech and language skills are vital for their life chances, Chatterbox Challenge is a fun and accessible way for children under 5 to improve their communication skills, and get ready for starting school. Sing and Sign, Southampton are getting involved again this year and supporting us with the project. Visit www.ican.org.uk to find out more.

Nearly new baby markets for 2012 Little Pickles Markets arrange children’s markets for families to sell their good quality preloved children’s items. These include pushchairs, nursery furniture, toys, books, clothes and much more.

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For Winchester, Alresford, Eastleigh, Chandlers Ford and Fareham contact Alison Soole: alison@littlepicklesmarkets.co.uk For Totton contact Selina Shrimpton: selina@littlepicklesmarkets.co.uk For Southampton contact Anne Howell: anne@littlepicklesmarkets.co.uk www.littlepicklesmarkets.co.uk

Sale now on at Etikett – Save up to 50% on all winter clothing Etikett’s massive winter sale has now started with up to 50% off all winter clothing. Etikett stock beautiful, different but affordable clothing for 0 – 8 years, including premature babywear from 1 – 2lbs, we are also an accredited christening specialists, stocking a large amount of beautiful christening wear, shawls and shoes including unique hand-made gowns. Shop at Etikett for something different from the High Street but at high street prices.

Free swimming for under 8’s Active Nation are delighted to announce that free swimming for under 8’s will be re-introduced at Bitterne Leisure Centre and The Quays Swimming and Diving Complex to help encourage children to be more active as part of our ongoing mission to persuade the nation to be active in the run up to the London 2012 Olympics and beyond. Following the huge success of the government-backed free swimming scheme for under 16s that ran at the pools between 2009 and 2010 and saw nearly 16,000 Southampton youngsters take advantage of free sessions, it is hoped that the new scheme will again give thousands of local young people the opportunity to get active with their families. Mark Learnihan, Contract Manager for Active Nation in Southampton said: “Active Nation are very proud to be offering this scheme to local young children. Swimming is a valued life skill and one which can be learnt at any time throughout your life, however, living so close to the coast we feel that it is essential for local children to learn these skills as early as possible. At a time when so many families are struggling to find money to spend on leisure time we are giving them the opportunity to use some of the great facilities that we have available to us in Southampton”. To find out more about the scheme please visit: www.activenation.org.uk

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Local Feature

SeaCity Museum

Events for all the family

sets sail for the Titanic Centenary

A Titanic Day for all the Family Monday 2nd April 2012 11am – 3pm Art Gallery, free event

A pocket watch found on the body of a steward is displayed – it shows the exact time it stopped. Also, there will be an audio visual show for visitors to find out about the British Inquiry, which was held in London soon after the disaster.

Southampton Gateway to the World Situated at the heart of Southampton’s emerging Cultural Quarter and housed in the grade II listed former Magistrates’ Court, SeaCity is an interactive experience designed for visitors of all ages.

Using the city’s unique historic collections this gallery recounts the stories of people who have departed from or arrived in the port of Southampton in the last 2,000 years, from the earliest settlers to the stories of people living in the city today.

This innovative, state-of-the-art museum, with new galleries and spaces focuses on Southampton and its connection with the sea, including the city’s Titanic heritage and the stories of the people who have travelled in and out of the city through the ages.

Special Exhibition – TITANIC THE LEGEND

Southampton’s Titanic Story The first area of the SeaCity Museum tells the story of the impact on Southampton of the sinking in 1912 of the White Star liner Titanic. Through a fascinating 1:25 scale, interactive model of the Titanic, visitors of all ages are given an insight into the lives of the crew aboard the Titanic, many of whom were Southampton residents. A bridge across the triple height atrium divides the two sets of galleries giving the impression of walking across a gangway to board the Titanic. From there, visitors will be able to appreciate the massive size of the Titanic as they view the image of the ship’s side on one wall of the glass-roofed atrium. A range of further interactive areas, featuring powerful oral testimony from Titanic survivors and ‘the Disaster Room’ describes the sequence of events from the time the ship struck the iceberg to its sinking, and rescue of passengers by the Carpathia.

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The sinking of the Titanic has always fascinated people all over the world. In its centenary year, this exhibition will explore why, out of all of the historical sea disasters, the story of the Titanic has taken on the status of a legend. The Titanic story is explored from varied perspectives to consider how and why the Legend endures, the effect it has had on ship design, safety and, technological research as well as the ‘Titanic Industry’ which has developed around the legend.

Opening week 10 – 14 April 2012 Ideal for families There are many hands-on activities and interactive exhibits in our galleries, children can discover exciting objects and find lots to stimulate and inspire the whole family. A buggy park and baby changing facilities are available. You can enjoy the museum café without needing to pay for admission our café is conveniently located on the ground floor for you to enjoy.

An exciting array of activities will be on offer for all the family to commemorate the Titanic Centenary. Activities include rhymes, songs & shanties with storyteller Fiona Moore; green screen acting and filming opportunities with filmmakers from ‘Butterfly FX; launch of the “Favourite Book to Share” competition for Under 5s in partnership with Southampton libraries; Titanic 2012 creative writing competition station; art and craft activities with artists Holly Deacon, and even have your own maritime-inspired face painted!

Southampton City Libraries Favourite Book to Share Award 2012 Southampton’s search for 2012’s best family book sets sail with the launch of Southampton’s Favourite Book to Share Award which is ‘Sea’ or ‘Maritime’ themed for 2012. The competition, which is run by Southampton City Libraries, is designed to encourage parents and carers to enjoy a good story with children under the age of five. Southampton’s Favourite Book to Share Award has been running successfully in the city for over a decade now and we are incredibly proud that Southampton families and early years settings continue to enjoy and promote this award for shared reading. Southampton City Council Libraries consistently receive around 4000 votes from children and their carers in the city. Shared reading is a great springboard for starting school, and enjoying books from birth helps families and children stay engaged and have fun together! Copies of each of the colourful tales will be available from April 1st at all of the city’s libraries, Sea City Museum or Tudor House & Garden, along with voting slips. Staff from Library Services will also be visiting parent and toddler groups across the city to help them to get involved in the competition. Parents, carers and children have until 31 July to register their vote and every entrant will qualify for the chance to win copies of all six books. To register please visit Southampton City Library or contact Siobhan McGarrigle, 023 8083 2595 or e-mail: Siobhan.mcgarrigle@southampton.gov.uk Families Solent West

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Nursery Education

What’s in a nursery? By Joanna Parry activities interspersed with naps, meals and outdoor play. Day nurseries offer continuity of care and your child doesn’t have to stay all day – many day nurseries will do half days or you can collect early.

Nursery schools

So, your little one’s growing up and it’s time to start thinking about nurseries. Day nurseries, nursery schools, preschools – nurseries come in all shapes and sizes and navigating your way through them can be daunting. Whether you’re going back to work or just want your child to benefit from all that nursery has to offer, here is our guide to finding the best, and right, nursery for you. Studies have shown that children who attend nurseries can be more confident and often go on to do better at school. A good nursery will prepare your child for those first few nerve-wracking weeks at school, plus most children thrive on the stimulation at nursery. Another advantage is the year-round care they offer, and you know your child is being looked after by qualified staff who won’t become ill and need time off work – at least not all at the same time!

Day nurseries Open usually 8am-6pm, day nurseries are a good option for working parents as many will take babies from 3 months. The day follows structured

Nursery schools are often more formal in the way they structure sessions. They usually take children from 2.5-3 years and provide a grounding for starting school, teaching letters, shapes, numbers and sometimes even early-stage reading. Nursery schools give children the opportunity to make friends of the same age as most require children to do either 5 morning or 5 afternoon sessions, so the same children will be there everyday. They are often smaller scale with a personal touch, too, but perhaps are not so convenient for working families.

Nursery classes in schools The first step in ‘real’ school life, these can be excellent for children who are ready for school and structured, educational play. They are convenient if you already have siblings at the school, but again sessions are often only 3 hours long which may not be practical. Nursery classes in independent schools are more likely to offer full school-day sessions but nursery classes attached to state schools are free! It’s important to remember that a school nursery place does not automatically guarantee a place in reception.

Pre-schools and playgroups Playgroups usually take children from 2.5yrs, offering short sessions to ‘ease’ your child out of the home and into a more sociable learning environment where they can play, learn and have fun. Playgroups have a varied mix of toys, games, singing, story-time, arts and crafts and usually an outdoor area. Parents are encouraged to be active members of the playgroup and their small-scale settings are less daunting for shy children. They 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.

Workplace nurseries Much sought-after, workplace nurseries provide full or part-time childcare, but think about the location. If your journey to work is an hour long your toddler may not appreciate the trip home at 6pm and a nursery around the corner from home might be a better idea.

SureStart Children’s Centres A number of Centres offer affordable, flexible childcare for up to 10 hours a day. Worth considering! NURSERY CHECKLIST Once you’ve found a nursery, go and have a look. Go back again if you’re still not sure. A good nursery will welcome a visit and might even let your child join in. By watching the other children you’ll get a good idea of whether it’s the right environment for your child.

Little Gems Pre Schools We aim to make your child’s early years education a happy and rewarding experience Registered Charity Number: 801708

Located on the grounds of Romsey Abbey Primary School. Fantastic indoor and outdoor play facilities.

‘Outstanding’ Ofsted 2009. Care for children aged 2yrs 9mths to 5yrs. Opening times: 9am to 3pm Monday and Friday (lunch club 12pm-1pm) 9am to 12pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Flexible hours to suit.

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We offer care and education of children, following the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Friendly, highly qualified staff.

Feel free to visit, or call 07946113678

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We encourage the children to explore nature in our brand new outside garden and with woodland and wellie walks We offer full day care and/or sessional 9-3 Ofsted registered and rated us as good Established Preschool with fully qualified team.

Feel free to pop on and visit us or call us on 023 80471070. Moorgreen Youthhouse, Moorgreen Road, West End Southampton, Hampshire SO30 3EG

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Nursery Education Does the nursery have a welcoming, happy, cheerful atmosphere? Some nurseries offer cosy, home-like environments whereas others have more room to run around in. A childfriendly outdoor space can be a real draw when choosing a nursery. Also, check basic things like security, cleanliness and equipment.

“Looks aren’t everything,” says Kate, mother of 3. “If a nursery is a bit shabby it could still be fantastic in terms of quality of care and perfect, pristine equipment is not being used!”

How to find the right nursery – a parents’ guide: •

Start early! “It sounds ridiculous, but I put my bump down for nursery when I was pregnant,” says Camille, mother of one. “OK, I wasted a few registration fees, but at least I got a place at the nursery I really wanted.”

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Watch the staff. Look at their ages – the younger staff may have energy but the older ones have experience and usually more patience. Are the carers interacting with the children or are they just chatting to each other? Look at staff turnover and ask if the nursery ever uses agency staff. Consider your child’s routine. “My little one sleeps 1-3pm,” says Alice, a first-time mum, “so afternoon nursery is no good for me.” Many parents also want a nursery that provides all meals – but do consider what your child is being fed and where it is cooked!

What does the nursery offer? How are the sessions structured? Look for a mix of fun along with quieter activities. Are there additional classes such as French and ballet? Do they take the older children on outings? How much is your child learning in preparation for school? Do you want them to learn letters and numbers?

Read the latest OFSTED report – a great way for detailed info on everything from quality of care and education to cleanliness and opportunities for play. Although all nurseries follow OFSTED guidelines, there’s room for interpretation!

How flexible will the nursery be if you need to swap a day or add an afternoon? You’ll soon discover how useful this can be

The best way to choose a nursery is gut instinct. Look at whether the children are relaxed, happy, stimulated and engaged. “If it clicks, it’s probably right,” says Jo.

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Nursery Education NURSERY GRANTS EXPLAINED Nursery fees vary greatly, depending on location, demand and what is offered. They start at around £100 a week and go up to 4 times that, but there are ways to get help with the costs: Nursery Education Grant – all 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free early-education a week for 38 weeks of the year. This applies until they reach compulsory school age (the term following their fifth birthday), and can be applied flexibly over a minimum of three days. Free early education places are available at a range of early years settings including nursery schools and classes, children’s centres, day nurseries, play groups and pre-schools and childminders. Your child will be eligible for the Nursery Education Grant from the term after their third birthday. If you choose a nursery which costs more than the funding or use the nursery for more hours the grant will be offset against your bill

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Your employer may provide subsidised onsite childcare, or offer Childcare Vouchers as a portion of your salary. Download a guide at www.childcarevouchers.co.uk or find out more about Childcare Vouchers at www.hmrc.gov.uk. Check if your nursery will accept Childcare Vouchers

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You may be able to recoup some of your childcare costs through the tax credit scheme, depending on the number of hours you work and your household income. To find out if you are eligible go to: www.payingforchildcare.org.uk

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Find out about the Early Years Foundation Stage at www.direct.gov.uk. Download a list of registered childcarers in your area

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For local nurseries and links to Ofsted reports go to www.findmyschool.co.uk

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The National Day Nurseries Association provides information for parents. Search for NDNA member nurseries at www.ndna.org.uk/parents

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The Preschool Alliance www.pre-school.org.uk

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SureStart has information about childcare options, tax credits and free nursery places, plus links to the Children’s Information Service www.surestart.gov.uk

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www.childcarelink.gov.uk has contact details for registered childcare providers

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OFSTED www.ofsted.gov.uk

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Education ReadingChest.co.uk – gets children reading! Should I teach my child to read before he goes to school? Some children are ready to learn to read before starting school and some are not. In Reception class there are those who can read quite fluently and those who cannot yet recognise any letters. It will all even out in the end. You should not feel at all pressurised into teaching your child to read before starting school, but if they are keen, then why not encourage them!

Why hasn’t my child brought home a reading book from school yet? Many Reception teachers don’t send children home with a book until October half term or even Christmas. Some will wait until children know all or most of their letters / sounds. This is not the same as being able to recite the alphabet – but recognising that letters or groups of letters together make sounds (phonemes), e.g. the word ‘boy’ is made of two sounds, not three (b –oy).

I want to do more to help my child learn to read – what can I do? If you think your child is ready to learn to read – then getting the right level of books to build confidence is important. Reading scheme books are designed to do this and are central to teaching children to read in primary schools. There are many different reading schemes, one of the most well known being Oxford Reading Tree with the characters – Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy the dog.

You could be missing out on financial assistance by not taking advantage of employer supported childcare vouchers if you are working… Employers can assist their employees with the costs of childcare through childcare vouchers. Employees can purchase vouchers up to £55 a week, or £243 a month usually as part of a ‘salary sacrifice’ scheme. Both parents may be able to access vouchers if their employer offers this scheme. The vouchers pay for Ofsted registered childcare and can be saved up to pay for summer holiday care as well spent throughout the year. Salary sacrifice means that an employee formally agrees to a reduction to their taxable salary and receives this reduction in childcare vouchers; saving on Tax and National Insurance Contributions. This may affect pensions and Tax Credit entitlement so this needs to be checked. To find out more about childcare vouchers contact the national childcare charity, Daycare Trust on 020 7840 3350 or visit www.daycaretrust.org.uk or www.hants.gov.uk/childcare.

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A huge variety of reading scheme books are available to rent at readingchest.co.uk together with further guidance and reading advice for parents. Keep the joy of reading fresh and alive for your child and join readingchest.co.uk today using discount voucher code SOLENT to get £5 off your first month’s membership.

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Initial consultation is free and without obligation

Please contact the Area Advisor for Hampshire (West & Central) Mrs Alex Murray-Twinn, BA (Hons) PGCE, NPQH e: alex.murray-twinn@homeschooltutoring.co.uk t: 02380 275573 www.homeschooltutoring.co.uk January – February 2012

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Help with everyday costs If you’re responsible for at least one child or young person who normally lives with you, you may be eligible for Child Tax Credit. If you work, but earn low wages, you may be eligible for Working Tax Credit and help with childcare costs if you are using Ofsted registered services. It’s worth checking out! Call the HM Revenue and Customs helpline: 0845 300 3900. For online information visit www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits/ or www.hants.gov.uk/childcare.

Super Camps can save you money If you are one of the millions of working parents in the UK, you’ll probably not only be worried about the cost of living rising but also the cost of childcare. Getting your children looked after in the school holidays can be expensive, Super Camps is one of the leading activity camps in the UK and offers significant discounts for early booking. Super Camps also offer an Early Booking Rate which launches on 3 January and finishes on 1 March. You can save up to £40 per week or up to £8 per day per child (site dependent). You can book all your days for Easter and summer and use the Flexi-Change facility if you need to move these dates around later on. Childcare Vouchers can also be used to pay for childcare at Super Camps as all their sites are Ofsted registered Big savings can be made, as one 2011 Super Camp customer explains, ‘We were planning our childcare for the year. I paid for four days at Super Camps during the summer with my Childcare Vouchers and used the Early Booking rate and saved £32 off the standard rate. The provider runs from 8am to 6pm, so the childcare works out at about £2.68 per hour’. Corporate Discounts are available, so if you work for an organisation where there are a parents looking for childcare please contact the customer service team. For full details visit www.supercamps.co.uk or call 01235 832222.

Family friendly working opportunities Established business for sale The Monkey Music Southampton franchise is currently for sale! If you enjoy working with very young children and their carers, have a genuine interest in music and are self motivated and committed, then Monkey Music could be the flexible working opportunity you’ve been looking for! With 18 years tried and tested business knowledge, Monkey Music is widely recognised as a premium brand in the pre-school activity market. Our aim is to introduce music to young children in a way they can easily understand and enjoy. The Southampton franchise has been established for 8 years and offers immediate income with great potential for business expansion. If you are interested in the Monkey Music Southampton franchise, email Marie southampton@monkeymusic.co.uk or call on 0845 5192217 for more information. You can also visit our website to find out more about Monkey Music www.monkeymusic.co.uk 10

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THERE’S A NEW PARTY IN TOWN… pass it on! Jamie Oliver is coming to Town!

Like to work from home round your family? Pocket money or full time business? Please email Alex on alex.murraytwinn@yahoo.co.uk for a free, no obligation information pack

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to be part of his exciting new business Jamie at Home. We are currently seeking self-employed Managers and Consultants with or without Party Plan experience and anyone looking for extra income in 2012. Could this be you? For more details contact Sarah on 07796 170200 or vc_sarah@hotmail.com.

Tired of juggling family and work commitments? Do you need balance and a flexible lifestyle?

To advertise your business in the next issue of Families Solent West call 0808 108 0917

Would a regular part time income make a difference to your quality of life? If you are honest, ethical, hard working, self motivated and have a managerial, teaching/training, HR, sales/ marketing, recruitment or self employed background or perhaps you have retired or taken a career break to raise a family then we would love to hear from you. Call Hesione Waugh on 01329 232 084 / 07794127732 or email hesione.waugh@yahoo.co.uk Life is for living! Are you living the life you want?

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Travel

UK Family Breaks It’s the depths of winter, so every family’s thoughts naturally turn to where they will be this summer. Joanna Moorhead has been investigating some fantastic UK family breaks.

Camping meets boutique hotel

Away from the crowds in Norfolk If you love Cornwall and Devon, but are frustrated by the prices and the crowds, why not head instead for Norfolk? Cottage prices for midsummer are cheaper, it will take you less time to get there and it’s much easier to get to and from the beaches and other attractions because the roads are far less clogged. For a comfortable, child-friendly cottage look on the Recommended Family Holidays website under the ‘East of England’ tab. Poppyland Cottages, for example, have a range of properties dotted around a series of beautiful villages, and within easy reach of lovely Blue Flag beaches – and everything on the website has been checked for family-friendliness. Great pubs for lunches and suppers out, too – and Norfolk is also a very good option for families who love cycling.

Molly Dishwasher isn’t just an unusual name for a holiday experience – it’s an unusual experience, too. You stay in a shepherd’s hut nestled among acres of meadows and woodland in deepest Sussex. A comfy double for you, bunk beds for the children, all squeezed into a small but beautiful space with oodles of special little touches. Young children adore staying somewhere different, and they love pulling their parents into their adventures – which is what makes Molly Dishwasher such a hit. Plus breakfast included, a BBQ and food on hand, and loads of places to explore in the area including Drusilla’s Zoo, Battle Abbey, Hever Castle and endless beaches.

Perfect for: Families with young children wanting to get away from the crowds

Perfect for: families with small children who want a pint-sized adventure without having to travel too far.

Midsummer prices: from around £21 per person, per night

Midsummer prices: Around £20 per person per night

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Launch of RecommendedFamilyHotels.com RecommendedFamilyHolidays.com advertises family friendly self catering holiday cottages across the UK, France and Ireland is excited to announce the launch of RecommendedFamilyHotels.com featuring luxury, family friendly worldwide hotels. We can help you put together your perfect family holiday including flights, transfers, room, board and kids clubs – all designed for the whole family to enjoy their holiday.

Pamper yourself in Devon The word ‘barton’ means ‘a small country estate’ in Devon, so head for Libbear Barton and what you’ll be buying is a slice of laid-back country high life, half an hour from the nearest beach. Libbear Barton is a 40-acre farm with four properties: the Georgian farmhouse (sleeping up to 14) and three cottages. Rent one if you’re holidaying with your immediate family, or rent two or even all of them if you’re bringing your extended clan or another family or families along (the maximum number of guests, if you take all the properties, is 39). The whole place is kitted out with underfives in mind, so you won’t need to worry about cramming the car with clobber – even buggies are provided. You won’t need to leave the farm every day, because there’s plenty to do there – an adventure playground, indoor swimming pool, woodland and meadows, a fishing lake, games room and loads and loads of play space. For those days when you do want to venture out, north Devon is teeming with family-friendly things to do, and the beautiful beach at Bude is only 15 miles away. Perfect for: groups of families holidaying together Midsummer prices: from £36 per person per night, based on full occupancy in July/August www.libbearbarton.co.uk

Whether you want to travel to the Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Middle East or stay in Europe we now offer luxury hotels that are recommended by mums and dads as well as self-catering holiday cottages. And, if you fancy going skiing with the family, staying in a chalet, apartment or hotel, why not try www.RecommendedFamilySkiing.com

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Clubs and Classes By Robina Cowan With the constant wail that schools focus on teaching children to pass tests, adding out of school activities gives your child a chance to shine and have fun outside the classroom. Hobbies lead to new friends, they reveal hidden talents and develop skills that could become a real advantage one day. Everyone is good at something, and finding it is a huge confidence booster. Just because you drop the ball in PE doesn’t mean you wouldn’t be great at swimming or dancing; the child who isn’t interested in the bright lights can still shine in an arts class or on the sports field. There really is plenty of variety to choose from, as we’ve been finding out. Try our advertisers – they’re here because they want you to know about them and will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Languages With over 60 different languages now spoken in schools across the UK, we are bringing up our children in a truly multicultural society. Experts agree that the earlier a child starts learning other languages, the better. Children are extremely receptive to new ideas and information, especially when they’re having fun. Preschool language classes build confidence and familiarity on an instinctive level, typically through songs, dances and simple games. School age children should be more aware of grammar and syntax, and supplementing school lessons with a language club will pay dividends boosting their confidence, vocabulary and appreciation of different cultures.

For more information all year round, children’s activities are also listed on our website www. familiessolentwest.co.uk/directory.

Music Music gives amazing educational and developmental benefits. From just three months, babies actively enjoy music groups, and as soon as they can shake a rattle, they can join in too. Belting out a song teaches rhythm and helps develop speech. Those hand actions you do when you sing nursery rhymes? They boost spatial reasoning, which will later be useful in maths and science. Playing an instrument is great for dexterity and co-ordination. It teaches teamwork and responsibility, and improves concentration and memory. At six or seven, children night start with a recorder, keyboard or violin. From eight, guitar is an option. Brass and wind instruments are best left to older children, when children can join their school band or orchestra. 12

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particularly true amongst boys, and children who admit to misbehaving at school – of whom 73% claim to be better behaved in PE lessons.

Theatre arts “I like acting and pretending to be someone else and learning songs and dances with my friends,” says five-yearold William, who has attended a children’s performing arts club for nearly a year. For boosting the confidence of shy or reserved children, drama can’t be beaten. And the skills that a child learns through performing arts classes will stand them in good stead throughout their lives - twenty years down the line, they’ll thank you when it comes to addressing a meeting room or chairing a conference. Performing arts classes are not only for children with starry aspirations. Theatre arts bring literature to life, and build self-confidence. Learning to perform in front of an audience can help children with public speaking; role playing and improvisation give their minds freedom to develop while developing empathy for other people’s feelings.

Arts and Crafts Active Bodies Regular exercise is hugely beneficial to long term health and fitness. It’s easy to see the value of activities that help children burn off some energy at the end of the school day, or build skills in sports which they already enjoy at school. Even the tiniest children can benefit from the social side of playing team games, or the fun element of learning a ‘solo’ sport like trampolining, tennis or diving. When children are engaged, they pay more attention – 61% of young people claim to be better behaved in PE than other lessons, in most cases simply because they enjoy it more. This is

Children love to get messy, and the chance to create their own piece of art is something special. Even the smallest child loves the sensation of clay between fingers, or the thrill of splodging finger paints on paper. Expressing themselves through the arts – whether through painting, drawing, story writing or making ‘junk models’ – gives children the freedom to unleash their creativity and push boundaries. By providing a balance and a creative outlet, art skills complement and assist literacy and numeracy skills in the classroom. If you’re not artistically inclined yourself, or never have the time to sit down and help your child create a wonderful cushion, collage or clay model, why not leave it to the experts? January – February 2012


Clubs and Classes School support Parents choose out of school academic subjects for their children for a host of reasons – perhaps your little one excels in maths and you want to give them more challenging and stimulating tuition – or maybe you simply want to supplement what is being taught at school by introducing the skills needed for independent study and fluency in the subject. Whatever your reason, group or individual tuition can make a huge difference to your child’s progress and greatly enhance their school-based studies. More and more parents, particularly in London, are hiring private tutors to give their child the edge when it comes to achieving in class, or practicing and preparing for exams. If your child is bringing home good school reports and is happy and settled, there’s no need; however there’s no longer any stigma in finding extra help if you want to, and the best classes are fun as well as educational.

Five benefits of extra curricular activities 1. Curriculum boosting After-school activities and clubs are a great way to complement and extend what children have precious little time for at school, especially art, music and languages 2. Socialising Claire, mother of four under 10 year-olds, believes it is important for children to make new friends outside school: “It really helps them stand on their own and develop their confidence. There isn’t that pecking order thing that you have in the playground. It’s a chance to break out of whatever mould you’ve been cast in”

Practical Considerations While it might seem tempting to guide your child to musical, sporting and artistic genius outside the classroom, they need time for just ‘chilling’ too. Liz Baker is a parent, and also a school teacher. In her view: “there is no point in enrolling in every class going. Don’t assume your child will get an academic head start. They will only benefit academically when they are ready, and not before. Remember children get exhausted too - give them time to themselves. Children should choose and be given a taste of each activity before deciding if he or she wants to commit to it long-term – there’s no gain in putting your child under pressure.” Think ahead. You may need to put your child’s name on a waiting list, particularly for more popular classes Stay local. Walking distance is best, otherwise getting there and back becomes another chore Great staff. The best leaders are enthusiastic, skilled, trained, and have eyes in the back of their heads to spot children who need a little more encouragement, particularly when they are new and might feel shy Additional costs. Will you need specialist clothes or equipment? Does the club offer these second-hand? Is there an annual subscription or insurance charge? How much are exam fees? Look-see. Many clubs offer a free trial class, especially if they run on a term basis. If that’s not possible, ask to pay weekly for the first two sessions Give it time. Some children are prone to dropping out. Unless you think they are completely and utterly unsuited to the activity, or really, really hate it, stick it out for at least a couple of terms.

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3. After-school care When both parents work, after-school activities on school premises can be incredibly valuable. Most schools offer a mix of teacher— run and externally—organised clubs after school, and even at weekends 4. A sense of achievement Amanda says: “Kitty, 8, has just reached purple belt and she has been made karate captain. She’s very proud, it’s tremendously good for her.” 5. For all the family When Patrick started tennis lessons, his parents were inspired to get active too. Mum Maria has joined a tennis club for adult group coaching, and daddy Mike cycles to and from Patrick’s lessons with him.

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Your local Groups, Clubs and Classes RASCALS Holiday Club Help is on hand for your children to have a great time during school holidays at RASCALS, our outstanding club in a purpose-built lodge, in the grounds of Rownhams St. John’s Primary School, Bakers Drove, Rownhams, Southampton SO16 8AD.

Duckling Dives Infant Aquatics At Duckling Dives we teach techniques that stimulate these natural reflexes with the ultimate aim of turning them into conscious swimming movements. We use techniques which are designed to create an excellent foundation for the chil’s future in the water, promoting safe practices and confidence. To book a class and for more information on where our classes are, contact Sara on 01962 860 588

Our highly-qualified and friendly staff provide a great choice of indoor and outdoor activities, tailored to the children, including messy play, cooking, sports, play station, x-box, den building, scooters, water play, arts and crafts, games, and above all, FUN! We open in all holidays (except Christmas) from 8.30am–6 pm, offering half-days (£10) or full days (£19.50), with discounts for siblings. Call 023 8073 7207 for more details. www.hornsdrovepreschool.org

www.ducklingdives.co.uk

LittleFunkyArt LittleFunkyArt is a messy play art club for 1 – 4 year olds. We have themed sessions which involve painting, craft, water, sand, hand and feet painting and much more. The club runs on a Monday at Otterbourne Village Hall from 9.30 – 10.30am and Tuesdays at Knightswood Leisure Centre from 10am – 11am and Thursday at Twyford Village Hall. Contact Paula to book or for more information: 07809 209442 www.littlefunkyart.com

Messy Play art club Messy Play art club is aimed at the under 5’s, is great fun and allows children to explore their creative side in a social and happy environment. Messy Play

combines themed ideas with a world of discovery through paint, glue, water, rice, oats and sand play. Each session begins and ends with circle time, combining a rhyme or short story before the messy play begins. Sessions are run in King’s Worthy and Alresford with Messy Play art club coming to Stockbridge from 2012. For further information about King’s Worthy Christmas holiday sessions or term bookings, contact Ginny Walker: ginny.messyplay@yahoo.co.uk or call 07789 715709. You can also find Messy Play art club on Facebook! www.messyplayartclub.co.uk

River Studios River Studios is the new premier venue for music & dance in the south. With our purpose built facilities, hand picked coaching and teaching staff coupled with our passion for music we are rapidly building a reputation for excellence. River Studios run lessons and classes for children of all abilities. Our new GLEE club is for kids who love to sing or dance and want to join a show choir. The River Rock School is for 10 - 16 year old musicians who want to join a band and learn with local legend Chris Wood. For any budding young dancers, there is our Urban Dance Program that includes classes in Street, Hip Hop & Break with our team of inspirational coaches. If you simply love to sing or dance then we would love to hear from you! Call us on: 02380 658373. info@riverstudios.co.uk

Experience fun messy play for under 5‛s in a social environment Book your place now for a session in King‛s Worthy, Stockbridge (new for 2012) or Alresford

JANUARY 2nd – MARCH 30th

Stockbridge sessions starting 11 January 2012

Call 07789 715709 or e-mail Paint, ginny.messyplay@googlemail.com glue, sand for more information and play & much more!!! to book a trial session.

www.messyplayartclub.co.uk We are available for arty parties/weddings/ special occasions for children up to 10yrs ● DRAWING ● MIXING ● CUTTING ● ● POURING ● COLOURING ●

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Clubs and Classes Rugbytots

Little Kickers Little Kickers recognise that every child is an individual, and feel that children develop their skills best when they are playing with other kids of a similar age and ability. As such, Little Kickers separate kids into four distinct age groups, which encourage each child to maximise their involvement and development potential. In summary, the real joy of our 4 pronged approach (Little Kicks, Junior, Mighty and Mega Kickers) is that we can offer a gently staggered learning environment for all our students, an enjoyable yet challenging pre-school football programme that is safe and always stays strictly within the student’s comfort zone. We offer classes for boys and girls aged 18 months to 7 years. Contact Gary to book your class today: 01489 871 916 www.littlekickers.co.uk

Monkey Music Monkey Music are the premium providers of pre-school music classes for babies and toddlers in the UK with classes available in Southampton. Y ou and your child can experience our award winning Monkey Music classes with a FREE session. Contact Marie on 0845 5192217 for more details.

Rugbytots unique programme has been designed to develop your child’s physical, psychological and social attributes, as well as gently encouraging rugby specific skills such as running with the ball, finding space, kicking, catching, scoring a try and much more. We guarantee small clas sizes to ensure that the children receive the right level of individual coaching and help them to develop their physical and social skills. We operate daytime, after school and weekend classes across Hampshire and South Wiltshire. Call 0845 313 3244 for South Hampshire or 0845 313 3258 for Winchester & Romsey. www.rugbytots.co.uk

Helen O Grady The Helen O Grady Drama Academy has been established worldwide for 31 years. Our developmental drama programme helps children to develop excellent social skills that they will need in everyday life. We guarantee they will: Speak and move Confidently, Answer in full Sentences, Increase confidence and Self Esteem, Discuss social issues, increase listening skills, work in group situations and act in plays. The lessons are specifically written by experts in self-development.

Dance, Rhythm, Coordination, Imagination, Fun For Boys and Girls aged 2-5

CALLING ALL TODDLERS TO GET THEIR ‘GROOVE’ ON! Classes held @ Romsey Rapids & Academy Studios For more information call Emma on 0781 8406831

Currently we hold classes around the Southampton/ Hampshire area for children aged 5-17years. For more Information please call Lisa Bennett on 0845 226 8117 and ask about your FREE taster lesson! www.helenogrady.co.uk

www.monkeymusic.co.uk

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Clubs and Classes Solent Swim Academy Solent Swim Academy offers private and group swimming lessons. Our aim is to harness enthusiasm for swimming and channel their energy into moving through water more smoothly by letting go of unnecessary tension. Our lessons take place at Quindel and New Place and our swim academy operates the Amateur Swimming Association stages awards. We also produce free progress reports at the end of term so you can see how your child’s swimming education is coming along. Quote Families Solent West and get your first lesson free. Call Tanya on 7525 847 801 www.solentswimacademy.co.uk

Clive’s Easylearn Pop Music Schools Clive’s Easylearn Rock & Pop Music schools recently launched in the Locks Heath and Whiteley area. These are a great addition to our existing schools in the New Forest. We provide music classes that kids actively enjoy – teaching guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals. Students work through modules with their tutor and each class ends with a jam session so they get to practice their skills in a live band from the start. The schools also put on a concert every six months raising money for charity. The schools run free taster sessions so you get to try before you commit, and there are often some offers on their website. For Southampton classes call: 07926 039 480 and for Lymington classes call: 07871 493 120 www.clivesmusic.com

Pony Magic Most children love ponies and riding is a great outdoor activity. At Pony Magic, we offer tuition and weekly courses at our base in Bursledon, Southampton and our mobile ponies can come to your chosen venue to give children a magical first experience of riding with plenty of opportunity to interact with the ponies. All our ponies are well trained and suitable for the younger child aged 2-8 approximately, Our aim is for your children to have a fun and memorable experience but of course safety is paramount, your event will be supervised by a registered British horse Society qualified instructor with first aid training, a child protection certificate and CRB checked. We are now taking bookings for 2012 please call 01489 579944 to book. www.ponymagic.co.uk 16

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What’s On

What's On

Where you see this symbol please visit...

www.hampshiretopattractions.co.uk k for more information and discount vouchers..

We aim to be as accurate as possible but the listings are compiled several weeks beforehand and may be subject to change. Please contact venues in advance to check details and prices.

Throughout January The Great Nave Winchester Cathedral www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk 01962 857200 9.30am-5.30pm Each year the chairs are removed from the Nave and visitors get the opportunity to see how this vast Cathedral would have looked in earlier times. Cathedral entry fees apply.

Until 8 January The Borrowers Nuffield Theatre www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk Arrietty and her parents are The Borrowers, tiny people who live under the floorboards. They own nothing, borrow everything and all without being seen by the ‘humans who live in the house above their heads.

6 January

All steam service every weekend! Mid Hants Railway – Watercress Line – Alresford www.watercressline.co.uk 01962 733810

Little Owls Parent & Toddlers Club Animal Homes & Hibernation Countryside Education Trust www.cet.org.uk

Come to the Watercress Line every weekend in January to enjoy our all steam service, for service timetable and more information please see our website.

Come and have fun exploring nature! Meeting is in the Treehouse Study Centre.

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10am – 12 noon & 1pm – 3pm

Bookings: The cost is £5.50 per adult and child (plus £2.75 for each additional adult/child).

Friends of the Trust £4.00/£2.00. Advance booking is required

8 January Hampshire Wassail & Mummers Play Manor Farm Country Park www.hants.gov.uk/manorfarm 01489 787055 12 noon-3pm Join ‘The Madding Crowd’ for a day of Hampshire traditions including Blessing the Plough, Wassailing Manor Farm’s apple trees, and an eventful Mummers Play featuring characters such as St George, the Doctor and olde Father Christmas. Normal Farm admission charge applies. Little Owls Parent & Toddlers Club Animal Homes & Hibernation Countryside Education Trust www.cet.org.uk

Come and have fun exploring nature! Meeting is in the Treehouse Study Centre. Bookings: The cost is £5.50 per adult and child (plus £2.75 for each additional adult/child). Friends of the Trust £4.00/£2.00. Advance booking is required

17 January Play Session at St Boniface, Hiltingbury Caterpillar Hill Children’s Centre Caterpillar.Hill@ childrenssociety.org.uk 023 8026 6763 Boogie Mites and Magician with a Baby Session at 10-10.30am and Minis music workshops 11-11.45am. Please contact Caterpillar Hill to book. Free but donations are welcome.

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What’s On Bond in Motion The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu www.beaulieu.co.uk James Bond Vehicle Exhibition, the largest of its kind staged anywhere in the world, will showcase 50 of the best loved and most iconic James Bond vehicles in celebration of the 50th year of James Bond. The exhibition will be open for the whole of 2012.

19 January Bouncy Castle and Soft Play at The Hilt, Hiltingbury Caterpillar Hill Children’s Centre Caterpillar.Hill@ childrenssociety.org.uk 023 8026 6763 1.30- 3.00pm Come and enjoy a drop in session with a bouncy castle and soft play for children aged 0-5 years. Free but donations are welcome.

21 January Little Pickles Markets www.littlepicklesmarkets.co.uk 2pm-3.30pm Bursledon Village Hall. Buy and sell pre-loved good quality baby and children’s clothes and equipment.

26 January Otterbourne Village Hall, Otterbourne Caterpillar Hill Children’s Centre Caterpillar.Hill@ childrenssociety.org.uk 023 8026 6763

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1 February

5 February

Winchester Cathedral Open Evening Winchester Cathedral www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk 01962 857200

The Great Nave Winchester Cathedral www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk 01962 857200

Little Pickles Markets www.littlepicklesmarkets.co.uk

5.30pm-8.30pm

Each year the chairs are removed from the Nave and visitors get the opportunity to see how this vast Cathedral would have looked in earlier times. Cathedral entry fees apply.

Each year for one evening visitors are invited to see this great building at night partially lit by candles. See the Great Nave without any chairs and enjoy the displays, tours, demonstrations and discover what goes on behind-the-scenes of this magnificent Cathedral. Free admission, all welcome.

Throughout February All steam service every weekend! Mid Hants Railway – Watercress Line – Alresford www.watercressline.co.uk 01962 733810 Come to the Watercress Line every weekend in February to enjoy our all steam service, for service timetable and more information please see our website. Bond in Motion The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu www.beaulieu.co.uk James Bond Vehicle Exhibition, the largest of its kind staged anywhere in the world, will showcase 50 of the best loved and most iconic James Bond vehicles in celebration of the 50th year of James Bond.

9.30 -11.30am A drop in session with Jumping Jacks for children aged 0-5 years. Free but donations are welcome.

9.30am-5.30pm

To 3 February The Glizzard Royal Victoria Country Park www.hants.gov.uk/rvcp 02380 455157 11am-12pm or 2-3pm Hunt for the mysterious Glizzard monster in the woods around the Park. Join us on this storytelling adventure for National Storytelling Week. Meet outside the chapel. Spaces are limited so book early. Ideal for pre-school children and young families. Price: £3 person in advance, £4 per person on the day (if space available).

2 February Knightwood Leisure Centre, Valley Park Caterpillar Hill Children’s Centre Caterpillar.Hill@ childrenssociety.org.uk 023 8026 6763 1.00 – 3.00pm Jumping Jacks session for children aged 0-5 years. Free but donations are welcome.

3 February Little Owls Parent & Toddlers Club Super Senses Countryside Education Trust www.cet.org.uk 10am – 12 noon & 1pm – 3pm Come and have fun exploring nature! Meeting is in the Treehouse Study Centre. Bookings: The cost is £5.50 per adult and child (plus £2.75 for each additional adult/child). Friends of the Trust £4.00/£2.00. Advance booking is required

4 February

Children’s Parties

Fun, adventure parties at two fantastic venues – the Treehouse Study Centre and Out of Town Centre, Beaulieu Follow trails, take part in fun outdoor games, hunt for hidden treasure. Themes include Animals, Bugs, Birds, Robin Hood, Pirates, Dinosaurs, Fairies & Owls and special Survival Parties for 7 yr olds + For more information or to discuss your party call the Countryside Education Trust on

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Compton Scout Hut, Compton Caterpillar Hill Children’s Centre Caterpillar.Hill@ childrenssociety.org.uk 023 8026 6763 A morning session split for babies and toddlers, please contact Caterpillar Hill for specific times. Please contact Caterpillar Hill to book. Free but donations are welcome.

2pm-3.30pm River Park Leisure Centre, Winchester. Buy and sell preloved good quality baby and children’s clothes and equipment.

6 February Little Owls Parent & Toddlers Club – Super Senses Countryside Education Trust www.cet.org.uk 10am – 12 noon & 1pm – 3pm Come and have fun exploring nature! Meeting is in the Treehouse Study Centre. Bookings: The cost is £5.50 per adult and child (plus £2.75 for each additional adult/child). Friends of the Trust £4.00/£2.00. Advance booking is required

11 February Hursley Village Hall, Hursley Caterpillar Hill Children’s Centre Caterpillar.Hill@ childrenssociety.org.uk 023 8026 6763 10 – 11.45am A Boogie Mites session for babies at 10-10.30am and Minis music workshops 11-11.45am. Please contact Caterpillar Hill to book. Free but donations are welcome. Little Pickles Markets www.littlepicklesmarkets.co.uk 1pm-2.30pm Pavilion on the Park, Eastleigh. Buy and sell pre-loved good quality baby and children’s clothes and equipment.

12 February Duncan Donkey’s Lost Carrots Royal Victoria Country Park www.hants.gov.uk/rvcp 02380 455157 Available 10am-3.30pm Duncan has lost his lunch! Help him find the carrots hidden in the Heritage Visitor Centre and win a prize. Price: £1.50 per quiz. To 20 February Ducks on the Run Manor Farm Country Park www.hants.gov.uk/manorfarm 01489 787055 Available daily 10am-4pm from Manor Farm Reception. The ducks have escaped from Manor Farm! Follow the trail through the park to see if you can find them all. Price: £1 per trail. To 17 February January – February 2012


What’s On HALF TERM ACTIVITIES Paultons Park www.paultonspark.co.uk 02380 814442 Home to Peppa Pig World, Paultons Park has over 60 rides included in the admission price. There is an amazing variety of things to see and do at Paultons including; big rides, small rides, play areas, entertainments, and an astonishing collection of exotic birds, all set within 140 acres of beautiful parkland. Peppa Pig World features 7 magical rides including Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight, Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride, Grandpa’s Little Train, George’s Dinosaur Adventure and Windy Castle!

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15 February

Wolf Tales Royal Victoria Country Park www.hants.gov.uk/rvcp 02380 455157

Birds, Brilliant Birds! Manor Farm Country Park www.hants.gov.uk/manorfarm 01489 787055

2pm

11am. Meet at Durncombe Copse car park.

Rediscover your favourite fairytales in this magical performance using puppetry, shadows and songs. A wonderful performance for all the family, in the Heritage Visitor Centre. Ideal for ages 5+. Price: In advance: £5 per person. On the day: £6 per person. 10% discount for Culture-all passport holders. Feathered Half Term Fun Manor Farm Country Park www.hants.gov.uk/manorfarm 01489 787055 10am-4pm A week of activities for children including farmhouse arts and crafts, Victorian school lessons, guided farmyard walk and ‘Meet the Animals’. Price: Normal Farm admission charge To 17 February Postman Pat sets his Special Mission at the Watercress Line! Mid Hants Railway – Watercress Line – Alresford www.watercressline.co.uk 01962 733810 Have you got what it takes? Children who complete a Special Mission will receive a Postman Pat memento! Catch the BIG steam trains to Alresford where Postman Pat and Jess the Cat will be making appearances at various intervals on each day! Standard Fares apply, adult £14; Child (2-16) £7; Family £35. To 17 February January – February 2012

Join a ranger to search for birds around the country park, learn about their homes, and build your very own bird box to help look after the feathered friends in your garden. Materials provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Price: £3 per person. Additional £4.50 per set of nest box materials. Booking essential. Bird Box Bonanza Lepe Country Park www.hants.gov.uk/lepe 02380 899108 10am-3pm A fun family event – build your own bird box or make a rustic bird feeder for your garden. No need to book just turn up and join in. Price: Bird box £6.50, Feeders £2.00.

18 February Little Pickles Markets www.littlepicklesmarkets.co.uk 10am-11.30am The Hilt, Hiltingbury, Chandlers Ford. Buy and sell pre-loved good quality baby and children’s clothes and equipment.

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