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News & info •Local news •Clubs and Classes news •School news


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Childcare feature


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•Choosing childcare •Childcare vouchers


Prep schools feature •What are prep schools and how to choose the right one? •Local prep schools news •Open days

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•Adjusting to your new baby •No more BPA •Local news and charitites •How to potty train •Exercise classes with babies •Important milestones in child development

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This March cycling charity Sustrans challenges kids, parents and teachers across the UK to leave their cars at home and get on their bikes and scooters for the school run. The Big Pedal 2014 takes place 3-14 March with hundreds of thousands of kids expected to take part. First launched in 2009, the Big Pedal has become the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting competition. Sign up to the Big Pedal and receive posters, maps and ideas on how to get involved. You can also win some amazing prizes! ‘Last year hundreds of thousands of journeys were made by over a thousand schools and this year it will be even bigger and better!’ says Malcolm Shepherd, Sustrans Chief Executive. ‘The average primary school journey is just 1.5 miles which is the perfect distance to walk or cycle, so this year we’re aiming to get children in two thousand schools to make over one million journeys by bike and scooter over 10 school days.’

Osteopathy for all Kiki's Children's Clinic and Julia Finlay, Clapham Family Osteopath have teamed up to offer paediatric osteopathy one day a week. A well-known local clinic, Kiki’s has a fantastic team of Paediatric Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists, with osteopathy fitting in well alongside these. It helps with many aspects of health and wellbeing in children from babyhood to adolescence, addressing the body's structure and function and focussing on helping us to function at our best. Contact Kirsty Curtis at Kiki’s Clinic on 020 7450 1708 or Clapham Family Osteopath, 24 Chelsham Road, Clapham SW4 6NP

New tree top adventure course Baby room now open Wee Ones Day nursery is proud to announce the arrival of their newly renovated and spacious Baby Room. It has been modernised to ensure that they offer a cosy, safe and fun environment for all of their little ones to develop within. With the use of bright colours, a dedicated play ball area and a far wider range of age appropriate toys, babies' days are filled with fun and educational activities under the watchful eye highly qualified and caring members of staff. They are very aware that in order to develop and flourish, children need caring, stimulating and safe environment. Wee Ones Day Nursery is based in Wandsworth and offers full time day care from 8 months to 5 years. From the age of 2½ years children have access to Montessori teaching on a daily basis during term time. •For further information on the Day Care Nursery or the Montessori School, please contact Phillipa Straker-Nesbit, the Nursery Registrar. 020 8870 7729


Exciting plans have been unveiled for a new treetop adventure course in Battersea Park. Families could reach for the sky very soon as the park has signed an agreement with Go Ape for a new treetop adventure course suitable for children aged 6 and above, as well as brave mums and dads. Subject to planning permission the adventure course could open later this year, the first of its kind in central London, and would complement the £250,000 of play equipment unveiled in Battersea Park last summer. The high wire course would incorporate some of the park's tallest trees, however at a hefty £20 per child is Wandsworth Council running a risk of creating a divide between rich and poor families?

Much-loved nursery expands Parents’ favourite Bobby’s Playhouse has expanded. Now the much-loved nursery has a third nursery room for 3–5 year olds, offering high quality, affordable childcare in Parson’s Green. Bobby’s was judged to be good by OFSTED recently under their more onerous criteria, and parents agree that the nursery provides a happy, multi-lingual and multiethnic environment for all children aged 3 months–5 years. They feed all the local state and private primary schools. 16 Lettice Street SW6 4EH, 020 7384 1190

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Divine appliqués Do your kids wear through the knees of their jeans or the elbows of their sweaters? Check out the fabulous and fun knee and elbow appliqué patches from Appleberry England. Easy to apply and permanent, they come in a range of vibrant colours with a soft velvet finish. The appliqués are handmade to order and the range includes fun designs such as pears, apples, boats, puzzle pieces, cats, dogs and more!

Therapy experts 2014 sees some exciting changes at local practice Children’s Therapies. The team has moved to new clinic premises in Putney, and now offers Occupational Therapy and Family Therapy in addition to their speech therapy and child psychology services. With Training for Parents and a new programme of training services for schools, this multidisciplinary, holistic practice supports children and their families. Children’s Therapies within The Pilates Room, 226a Upper Richmond Road, Putney SW15 6TG, 020 8673 7930

Give a Giant Wiggle London’s children centres are celebrating The Very Hungry Caterpillar anniversary this March with a great big ‘Giant Wiggle.’ Leading charity Action for Children is teaming up with The World of Eric Carle™ and encouraging children’s centres, nurseries and groups for under-5s in the capital to host a Giant Wiggle on The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day, 20 March 2014. The day marks

the start of the 45th anniversary celebration of the UK’s most read children’s book, and 2014 also marks Action for Children’s 145th year. The event brings together under-5s to wiggle along in giant caterpillar conga lines, opening up their imaginations through storytelling and creative activities. Get involved and support vulnerable children and families in London. Register for a fundraising pack at 0300 123 2112

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CLUBS & CLASSES NEWS Pop School & Stage Academy Clapham Are excited to announce it is show time, with this term's classes focused towards their professionally staged Easter Show. 2 - 6 year olds will be dancing and singing through a Mamma Mia medley whilst 7-16 year olds will be performing highlights from the West End smash, Matilda. Students will also perform pop hits, street dances and Glee favourites ensuring they gain all round stage skills and techniques before taking to the stage! These exciting classes are based at ALRA, Royal Patriotic Building. Get in touch to book your free trial and take part this term. Amelia - 07943 656092 /

Need help for interviews? Has your child got a school interview coming up? Or a drama exam? Are they in the debating team and need a little help? They can improve their skills in public speaking, communication, elocution, interview technique and presentation of poetry and prose with the Speech Specialists. To be clear, well mannered and articulate is more important than ever, and a little help in this area of personal development can really enhance a child’s potential. With studios in Wimbledon, the Speech Specialists offer individual tuition in all aspects, using one-to-one teaching methods and various examination boards to give an aim and sense of achievement. Worth a look!

Want to sing songs? Sports party And jam in a band? And escape to a tropical beach club? Mozo Island Music School offers fantastic island-inspired after-school clubs and holiday camps at Hurlingham School, Putney and Ritz Music Shop, Richmond, with fun and easy music and art for ages 5-10. Sing and play sunny pop songs with guitars, ukulele, keyboards, drumming and more. Fire up your little one’s musical imagination whilst developing confidence and new skills.

For a fantastic party venue for your child’s next birthday, look no further than Barnes Sports Club. A great place for cricket or other outdoor parties, it has a large indoor area for tea and comes at a very reasonable price! Barnes Sports Club, The Club House, Lonsdale Road, Barnes SW13 9QL. Contact Stephen Harding, Club Manager on 0208 748 6220 or


News Paint those pots

Get creative For all those artsy and craftsy, a fantastic new Artyard Handmade studio has just opened at The Crafthouse. It offers a wide range of creative workshops for children, sparking your little one’s creative expression. Classes are limited to small groups, so your child can get the most out of their class. From £165 per term including all materials, equipment, aprons and bags for children to take their creations home in. Artyard Handmade also run exciting holiday camps and will host your children’s birthday parties in style. Temporary address All Saints Church Hall, Park Drive, East Sheen SW14 8LU

If you’ve got a budding artist on your hands, why not sign them up for a class at Paint Pots? With Creative Classes for babies as young as 6 months, children can explore and discover while having fun, making friends and learning. Classes run during term time as well as in the holidays and include Art Club, Movement and Music, Ballet Pots, Cooking for Fun, Sensorial Art and Music and much more. Creative Classes for all ages take place at St Mary The Boltons Church Hall, The Boltons, Chelsea SW10 9TB. 020 7373 1114,

Fostering the joy of music in children

Young stars

Brilliant, fun, inspired, educational - Chelsea Quavers’ music workshops & Saturday Clubs have taken Chelsea by storm! From the age of 5, children are taught to read, write, perform and transcribe music in the most engaging, fun and creative way using the acclaimed Chelsea Quavers’ series of music puzzles and aural and sight singing games. Live instrumental demonstrations, singing, musical maths, 1:1 tuition, group activities, lives and works of composers, orchestral families, keyboard, percussion & recorder tuition are just some of the activities the children all enjoy! Check out their Easter activities, see our Easter listing. 07899 678 655 or email

Calling all budding songwriters! If you are between 7 and 18 and have a hit song in your head, put pen to paper now. The Song Academy Young Songwriter 2014 competition is all about creativity, courage, individuality, selfexpression and inspiration. Have your songs heard by industry professionals and release your own professionally recorded single. You can enter individually or with friends, it is free to enter and the closing date is 6 April. The star-studded Song Academy Young Songwriter 2014 judging panel is looking forward to hearing your songs!

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Musically minded If you’ve got a little one bursting with musical talent, look no further than Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra. Based in Wimbledon, the orchestra provides a challenging, fun, friendly and supportive environment in which young musicians of all backgrounds can develop their skills and nurture a lifelong love of music. There are two orchestras: the Main Orchestra, aimed at musicians with the equivalent of Grade 6/7 or above, and the Training Orchestra for those at least Grade 4. They perform three concerts a year in some of the best concert halls in and around London and work with leading professional musicians. They also tour Europe in summer on a regular basis - what an experience! The orchestra rehearses Sundays during term time at St Paul’s Community Centre, Inner Park Road SW19, with auditions for potential new players held in April, September and January. They also run Taster Days where you can come and play or just listen to the rehearsal, so don’t miss out! Email or


Perform are opening two new branches in SW London this spring, with new classes at St Barnabas Church, Southfields and Kensington United Reformed Church in Kensington. Perform drama, dance and singing workshops are designed to help children develop confidence, communication, coordination and concentration skills whilst being the best fun of the week! Call 0845 400 4000 to book your child's free trial lesson at any of the Perform workshops across SW London. Plus you can claim £40 off your child's first ten sessions by quoting FAMI010514.

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News Support local charity Little League Football, which provides free football for children who may not otherwise be able to play regularly for their schools or other organisations. The emphasis is on participation, enthusiasm and endeavour, and players are encouraged to develop team spirit, self discipline and sportsmanship. Clapham Little League runs weekly on Clapham Common, North Side, with weekly trials on Saturdays at 12pm for ages 7-13. The charity is always looking for sponsors, organisers, team managers, referees, in fact anyone who is willing to lend a hand, so please do give some of your time if you can. Call Elizabeth Oddono 07801 381482,

Get stuck into nature This spring, discover more about the beauty of nature with Wimbledon Common Nature Club. Find out how to make a campfire and cook toasty things on it, go pond dipping and scavenger hunting, discover the secret life of honey bees and make leafy headdresses. Meet at the Information Centre, Wimbledon Commmon, 10am-12pm on the first Sunday of every month. 6-14 year olds, £1 registration and £2 per session. Contact Auriel Glanville for a registration form 020 8540 6154,

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Bal-A-Vis-X workshop for learning Bal-A-Vis-X is a rhythmic exercise programme used by parents, teachers and OTs in group settings and one-to-one with children. These classroom designed exercises are fun, inexpensive and easy to schedule. They are used for dyslexia, dyspraxia and ASD and other diagnosed problems as well as for learning excellence. To find out more go to or call 07766 837 616.

SCHOOL NEWS World Book Day

Fancy trying to run? This March, Common Runners is offering a free Learn to Run day on Wimbledon Common. With plenty of advice on hand, there will be a fun warm up as well as some running depending on your level. Learn to Run takes place on Sunday 9 March, with beginner sessions 10-10.45am and 11.45pm, and improver sessions 11-11.45am and 22.45pm. Places are limited and booking essential, so don’t miss out! Email Caroline Dunleavy or call 07810 486286.

This year’s World Book Day hits the shelves on 6 March, and they need your help! Which books have changed your life? Which books thrill you, scare you, make you laugh? Which books do your children devour again and again? Nominate your favourites now at World Book Day is the biggest celebration of books anywhere, with millions and millions of book tokens given out, great free books for kids plus events taking place in schools, libraries and bookshops. Don’t miss out – register online to keep up to date with the exciting Big Booky Events and to get your free books.

Poppits Day Nursery Brenda Symes, proprietor and manager, has 32 years full-time experience in the childcare field and is actively involved with the Wandsworth Borough Early Years Team. Brenda has a real passion for children; she has been on Breakfast TV shows several times talking about childcare and children in nursery life, showing her expertise in the field. Poppits offer a great range of extra curriculum activities to support the children‘s learning that include ballet, French, music, and Tumble Tots for all age groups. Brenda operates an open door policy, which means that parents are always welcome to contact or visit her at any time of the nursery day. Open 8am-6pm all year round. Quality Childcare for 3mths-5 years. Flexible sessions. Putney Leisure Centre. Contact Brenda Symes on 07958 331414

New school for Earlsfield

More childcare places

Wandworth council has announced plans for a new primary school and nursery in Earlsfield. If the planning application is approved it will be built on the site of the vacant Atheldene Centre in Garratt Lane and admit 60 children a year, eventually providing enough places for 420 pupils, alongside a nursery with space for 52 toddlers. If the scheme is given the green light it could form part of a wider regeneration programme in this part of the borough, including a state-of-the-art community health centre and new homes. Local residents have already been invited to register their views on the proposed new school, but you can find out more at

Boris Johnson has announced the launch of an £8million fund to create more nursery school places in London, a move that has been welcomed with open arms by the London Early Years Foundation. Details of the fund are not yet clear and the £8million is, according to the LEYF, by no means enough to establish the long-term support needed by thousands of the capital’s children, however Chief Executive June O’Sullivan said, ‘Any extra funding from the government to increase childcare places for children, particularly the most disadvantaged, is to be welcomed. We hope the money will be spent wisely in the areas that need it most and we also urge the government to remember that London’s nurseries, as well as its schools, need more financial support to create capacity for children, particularly those accessing free places under the entitlement for two-year-olds.’

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Choosing your childcare Childcare costs are increasing – but it’s quality that matters the most for any parent. Joanna Moorhead looks at what option might suit you best, plus what’s new in 2014

A childminder might suit you if...

According to a recent survey from, childcare costs are soaring – up by 19% over the last year. Every parent knows that what matters most about any sort of childcare is its quality – it’s vital that your child is safe, happy and in a stimulating environment while you’re at work – but the money matters too. So what are the factors you need to take into account when you’re choosing childcare in readiness for returning to work?

 You have two or more children and would like them to see a lot of each other through the day

A nanny might suit you if...

It is not unusual for a parent to become overwhelmed when selecting childcare. Many parents are unprepared for the extensive waiting lists of up to 1 year and demand for good quality childcare. Finding the right childcare is an extremely subjective process depending on the requirements, needs and personalities of the parent(s) and children. Mothergoose Childcare Solutions work with families to identify the childcare that would suit them best and then work on their behalf to find exactly that whilst offering guidance and support. They source childcare that parents need whilst providing friendly support and guidance throughout the process. Founded by a mum who knows how it feels to leave an establishment in tears at the thought of leaving her precious baby, they understand what an emotional time this can be!


 You’re a reasonably high earner – nannies can be expensive, though they’re a lot more affordable if you share them with another family. As well as basic pay, there are a lot of extras to be aware of when you employ a nanny – particularly her tax, which you are required to pay, but also car insurance if she’s driving your car, and the costs of all the outings and visits your child is taken on.  You work irregular hours. That’s because you can pay a nanny to work the hours you work, whereas a nursery or childminder will be less flexible about time  You have two or more children, or have one baby and hope to have another very soon, because you’ll pay your nanny for her time, not for the number of children she’s looking after  You have quite rigorous ideas about, for example, the food you want your child to eat, and the schedule you want for his or her day. You can be a lot more prescriptive as a parent with a nanny than you can with a nursery or childminder, where your child will have to fit into a pre-existing schedule established by the institution or minder.

 You work part-time or are not a high earner (childminders are usually the cheapest or, as many would prefer to put it, the best-value option)

 You like the idea of another mother caring for your child – most childminders are mothers themselves

A nursery might suit you if...  You have an only child or this is your youngest child and you are unlikely to have more in the near future – because a nursery will give him or her plenty of opportunities to play with other children  Your child is not a small baby, and so many benefit particularly from the organised activities a nursery can offer  You like the idea of a setting where events are regulated in a way that involves a lot of carers, rather than just one

What’s happening in 2014? Childcare is always a political hot potato – and with a General Election looming in just over a year’s time, politicians are saying more and doing more about it. Here’s what’s new on the childcare horizon:  From September this year, more two-year-olds will be offered 15 hours of free childcare each week, because the eligibility criteria are being expanded. See your local authority website for more information – they’ll be publishing full details of who’s eligible and how to find a place  Free universal childcare for all pre-school children is being promised by Labour in their

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election manifesto. If they’re elected to power next time round, the Labour leadership is likely to make a dramatic announcement about the way childcare will be organised in Britain in the coming years  The new tax-free childcare scheme comes into effect from 2015. Under that, parents will be able to claim 20% of the cost of registered childcare up to £1,200 per child per year. Both parents must be working to qualify, or a single parent must be in employment.  Last year’s report from the Department of Education that proposed making changes to the child to staff ratios in nurseries and for childminders was shelved after the Liberal Democrats objected, but the government has consulted on relaxing ratios and quality criteria for out-of-school childcare with the aim of making it easier for schools to offer provision. At the moment the issue is with the Department for Education, and an announcement is expected soon.  Under the Children and Families Bill, currently going through Parliament, Ofsted will be made ‘the sole arbiter of quality’. This means that local authorities will not be able to impose their own quality conditions on providers who offer childcare under the existing scheme offering free places for three and four year olds (provided these providers are not rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted). Some parents will see this as a good thing, as it could lead to a wider choice of providers; or they might see it as a bad thing, as local authorities will be able to do less to force childcarers to improve their services.

Putting mum and baby first NightOwl Nannies are a brand new nanny finding service, aiming to provide the right support when it’s needed to mums and babies UK wide. From solving sleep problems in toddlers and older children to providing expert support with breastfeeding and newborn care, you can trust them to find the perfect nanny for your needs. What better way to welcome mum home? NightOwl offer a specialised Welcome Home service for new Mums, offering the support of one of their expert maternity nurses to travel home from the hospital with you and spend three days and nights helping you to settle in. This package is especially popular with grandparents who live a distance from their family, and is the perfect way to welcome mum and baby home. One good night’s sleep… Their night nanny service can be a lifesaver for tired and stressed out parents, and sometime all it takes is one good night’s sleep to put things back on track. They also have nannies who can support mums suffering with postnatal depression, and even have maternity nurses on hand to help prepare for the birth of the baby. To find out more about NightOwl services or to book a nanny yourself, contact 020 3714 5126 or visit

Organisations offering advice and information on childcare include: • is an online social networking platform for parents, childcare providers and private tutors. • The Family and Childcare Trust is a campaigning organisation with a helpful bank of information for parents. • The Pre-school Learning Alliance is England's largest early years membership organisation. • Working Families aims to help parents and carers achieve a work-life balance. More at

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Childcare vouchers are being replaced—it’s mostly good news! A new Childcare Vouchers scheme comes into force in October 2015 and, despite what you might have read, the changes are mainly positive. Here’s what you need to know.

What’s wrong with the current set up? A number of things. Childcare Vouchers are employer-sponsored. About half of all employers STILL don’t have a childcare voucher scheme set up and if you’re self-employed, vouchers are no help at all. In addition, if you’re one of the quarter of a million working parents who uses nannies/au pairs or some form of informal childcare, you’re unlikely to have access to vouchers.

How will the new Voucher Scheme help? The new scheme is broader and there is more money in the pot. In theory, it will cover 20% of all childcare costs up to £6,000 per year per child, for any family with parents who earn less than £150,000 each. There are far fewer hoops to jump through, nearly all working parents are supported and it’s a simple scheme.


Is it a bad thing to take employers out of the mix? In a word, “no.” Many employers don’t have a vested interest in getting the best quality childcare voucher provider. Some, like care-4, offer a range of extras for parents accessing their scheme, but are likely to be eschewed by employers in favour of cheaper providers. Under the new arrangements, parents will probably be able to register directly with voucher providers who are likely to be the same providers that currently dominate the market. The difference will be that the quality providers, such as care-4 and Computershare will be able to differentiate themselves by the level of consumer experience and service that they offer, rather than price alone.

So what are the downsides? There have been a few justifiable criticisms levelled at the new proposals. Chief amongst them is that not all the detail has been worked out yet. Some working parents may be worse off than before, whilst some wealthier parents may benefit slightly more. The scheme will also only help those with children under 5. Overall though, it looks like the majority of working parents will be better off under the new scheme. So, if you fall into this category, it’s good news. If not, then now is the time to be shouting as loudly as you can!

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By Ben Black

My Family Care Ben Black is Managing Director of My Family Care which provides childcare support to employers at businesses such as P&G, Barclays, KPMG, Deloitte, and IBM. He is also one of the founding members of Tinies Childcare which has 20 nurseries/crèches and 30 childcare agencies throughout the UK. For further information, visit

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Prep school feature

Prep schools—what are they and how to choose the right one? By Ellen Arnison

Ask yourself the following questions:

 Does the school fit the basic requirements of you and your child in terms of gender, day and/or boarding, religious denomination, curriculum and location?  Does it meet your educational objectives in terms of offering the exams your child will need to sit?

Traditionally a preparatory school was where children went to ‘prepare’ to go to one of the major British public schools, such as Eton and Harrow, working up to them sitting the Common Entrance exam at 13. However, while that picture still exists in some cases, the situation now varies widely. Broadly, there are two kinds of prep school – one where the children leave at 11, perhaps after an 11 + exam, and one where the children sit the Common Entrance exam then leave at 13. In some cases youngsters attend a prep school until they reach their 11 + exam and then transfer to a local (state) grammar school. The smaller classes and more focussed attention in a prep school can improve their chances. This is particularly appealing to parents who think their child won’t get what they require from the nearby state primaries. Traditionally boys attended prep schools up to age 13, either to sit the Common Entrance exam (part of the admissions process for academically selective secondary schools) and then to move on elsewhere or to graduate to the attached senior school almost automatically. However, girls as well as boys now attend prep school on this basis as across the board the trend is to move from singlesex education to co-ed. But it isn’t just about the exams, in both cases the prep schools can provide far more, including a wide range of sports and more specialised subjects, such as Latin, the pupils will need as they move through their education. Julie Robinson, a former prep school head and Education and Training Director at the Independent Association of Prep Schools said:


“They say the independent sector seems to bring a set of high expectations: a huge amount of time invested in pastoral support and personal development for the children, excellent facilities and a focus on learning. “Parents believe their investment in fees is an investment in their children’s future.” However, the range of places to invest and ways to ensure the best for your children is enormous. At first glance the decision about whether or not to use a prep school and, indeed, which one is best can seem bewildering. There are more than 1,000 prep schools in the UK taking children to 11 and 13, traditionally they are boarding schools but nowadays many parents choose to send their children daily. Equally some prep schools will be part of ‘allthrough’ schools catering for from the age of three up to 18 and some will be attached to a senior school. Some prep schools adhere to the National Curriculum but they are not bound to, which can give them freedom to offer a broader and more varied curriculum that isn’t burdened by tests. There isn’t always an entrance exam for prep schools, in many cases the school will just want to interview you and your child, perhaps inviting him or her to spend a ‘taster’ session in class. This also allows teaching staff to observe how your child fits in. The decision is easier when you look to the end destination—the senior school—and work backwards. Your decision will be narrowed by considering if there is a school attached to your preferred secondary and what kinds of criteria they use to select pupils.

 Will your child be happy there? Do you get good feedback from other parents and children?  Does the school get a good report? How are the exam results, the general atmosphere and the teaching quality?  Do you like the ethos of school? It’s usually very clear and follows strong leadership from the Head.  What is the teaching and staff turnover like?  What is the curriculum?  How big are the classes?  What is the school’s approach to discipline and rules?  What did the most recent inspection report say?  What are the pastoral care facilities like?  Does the school offer the facilities you would like to see, such as for sport, music or drama?  Is there a wide-enough range of extra curricular activities?  Does the school give value for money for what you want? Be careful to take extras into account.

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Prep school feature

Reasons to choose Steiner Streatham & Clapham High School – developing independent education London Steiner School (formerly Waldorf School of South West London) thinkers and learners has been providing Steiner education in South London for the last three The Junior School at Streatham & Clapham High School GDST is an independent school for girls aged 3-11. They provide high-quality education in an environment where girls are happy, confident and inspired and where diversity is valued and celebrated. Their pupils thrive in an atmosphere where learning is fun. “We believe a creative approach, excellent teaching skills and a supportive environment encourage high levels of achievement. Girls are both motivated and challenged. We want each day to present our pupils with exciting opportunities and challenges, which will develop and nurture their individual strengths and help them achieve their maximum potential across all aspects of school life.” A broad academic curriculum together with a wide range of extra-curricular activities allows each pupil to develop her individual talents, interests and skills and a lifelong love of learning. 020 8674 6912

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decades. Steiner education is a world wide network of schools that enables your child to be intellectually and emotionally confident as well as academically successful. Did you know this year's Nobel Prize for Medicine winner Thomas Sudhof was Steiner educated? As well as the core subjects, two foreign languages, drama, art, music, games, sport, as well as hands-on experience in woodwork, building, crafts and gardening is offered. Results are well above the national average and pupils are able to advance to higher education and a huge variety of career paths, vocational as well as academic. London Steiner School, 9 Weir Road, Balham, London SW12 0LT 020 8772 3504


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Open days Hornsby House open morning 6th March 5th and June 9am Balham 020 8673 7573 Sinclair House School prep school, 15th March 9.30-12.30pm Fulham 020 7736 9182 Thames Christian College Open morning 30th April 11am-1pm SW11 2HB 020 7228 3933 Lion House School Open morning 10th May 10am-12 noon or call to arrange a tour. SW15 6EH 020 8780 9446 Streatham & Clapham High School GDST. Independent education for girls aged 11-18. Senior School and Sixth Form Open Morning on Friday 14 March 9.30 am - 11.30 am at 42 Abbotswood Rd SW16 1AW. Register at or call 020 8677 8400. Streatham & Clapham High School GDST (Junior School). Independent education for girls aged 3-11. Junior School Open Days on Tuesday 4 March 2 pm - 3.30 pm and Tuesday 6 May at 2 pm - 3.30 pm at Wavertree Road SW2 3SR. Register or call 020 8674 6912. Newton Prep School, 6 March, 149 Battersea Park Road SW8 4BX, 020 7720 4091, The London Steiner School. Open Day 8th of March - 1-5pm Weir Road Balham 020 8772 3504

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Do you have an idea of how you would like your toddler to be when they are 16, 17 or 18 years old? Parents naturally have aspirations but young families most often only have their own personal experiences to measure what is a best start. A strong body of research supports what we would intuitively believe: that personal, cognitive and physical development is strengthened by positive early experiences. So, here are a few tips about choosing the best school when so much seems to be on offer and so much promised by a large number of institutions. - An excellent school has a vision, a curriculum that is able to meet the needs of the children’s immediate future but also has a strong idea about what the outcomes will be in the years to come, beyond the nursery and the junior school. The early years setting is a perfect one for children to establish the attributes and dispositions that will give them confidence to engage and participate effectively. - School can become overly competitive, so it is essential that right from an early age children learn to develop a sense of the needs of others. When visiting a prospective school parents can find out that even the youngest children have a part to play in a larger community, through such things as a house system; trips and excursions; learning opportunities that extend beyond the core curriculum but are devised to enrich and enthuse. - It is topical to compare schools based on gender but a parent’s overriding concern might be better directed towards assessing how well a school can meet the needs of the individual. All schools attract children with diverse needs and differences and gender is just one way of looking at what schools do to meet their needs. Unsurprisingly, it is most often the least difficult one to address in regard to excellent all round provision and teaching. Headmaster of Alleyn’s Junior School, Mark O’Donnell says, ‘Our vision for the children is full-involvement and total engagement. Our goal is to provide children with opportunities that will equip them not just for their immediate school needs but for future success in their senior years. Link junior and senior schools that are culturally cohesive are most often impressively high-achieving establishments. 020 8557 1519


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Ravenstone Schools

Sinclair House School

“Our schools have two key aims. The first is that, above all, the children should be happy and self-assured. The second is that they should love coming to school and thoroughly enjoy learning. We are fortunate to have London’s museums and galleries on our doorstep. Using these outside of the classroom enriches the learning in the classroom,” says Headmaster, Dr Ronald Pritchard. “We expect and foster high standards of work and behaviour, with kindness and consideration for others being of paramount importance.” The schools are well resourced with modern equipment and the children are safe, secure and exceptionally well cared for. They are small, cosy, friendly establishments where no individual becomes lost in the crowd. • Ravenstone Preparatory School, housed in an elegant Victorian building in South Kensington, takes children rising 3 years of age to 11 years. • The Pre-Preparatory school and Nursery, situated in a wonderful garden near Hyde Park, takes children from one to five years. It also offers extended days, holiday clubs and 48 week care.

Sinclair House School believes that education should be premised upon a broad range of opportunities and experiences, which enrich learning and intellectual development. The children are encouraged to reflect on the rich diversity of nationalities and backgrounds within the School, and to develop a critical awareness of different cultures, traditions and values. This Spring Term, pupils have been busy with lots of festivities to celebrate Chinese New Year – including a theatre play based on animals of the Chinese Zodiac, and a “Dress-Up” Day, inspired by traditional Chinese costumes. Pupils had great fun learning about the symbols and stories associated with Chinese New Year, making paper lanterns and dragon puppets, as well as learning some Mandarin, and were thrilled to watch a performance from a professional Chinese dancer. 020 7736 9182

Eaton Square School Eaton Square School is a co-educational Nursery, Pre-Preparatory and Preparatory school in South West London, educating children from the age of 2 ½ to 13 years of age, offering continuity of education in the important formative years of a child's life. The school is a vibrant, popular community where children learn not only the skills but also the values that will prepare them for the next stage of their life at senior school and beyond. The school offers a breadth and depth of education which goes beyond academic success in examinations and into every sphere of life. Equal emphasis is placed on intellectual, artistic, aesthetic, physical and musical pursuits. In addition, teaching staff want children to learn moral and spiritual values that will make them happy and confident in themselves, without arrogance. "Every child, every single child has the capacity to excel. We believe education must be fostered from within - it stems from connecting not directing,” says Headmaster, Sebastian Hepher. •For more information please visit or call 020 7931 9469 to arrange a visit.


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Easter Holiday listings, part 1 We took every care in preparing these entries but sometimes events are cancelled or times changed. Please double check event with the organiser to avoid disappointment.

Fun with Fimo Clay West London 020 8992 3767, 8, 15 and 22 April. Craft Activity Sessions Fun and creative session, fully supervised and non messy! Recommended for ages 6+, morning refreshments provided but remember a lunchbox. 10.15am4.15pm, £50 8 April. A Pretty Egg-cellent Home! 15 April. Hanging Easter Decoration 22 April. Family of Butterflies

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ARTS, CRAFT & COOKING Dulwich Picture Gallery

Sew Me Pretty

Gisela Graham Set of Four Pastel Bamboo Baskets

377 Wimbledon Park Road SW19 6PE 07903 681552, 7, 9 and 11 April. Easter Sewing Camp Lots of fun sewing projects from appliqué cushions, tote bags, pencil cases, buntings, felt greeting cards, stuffed animals, heart key rings and more. Age 7+, 10am-1pm, £24, includes snack, refreshments and all materials

Smarty Paints Pottery Studio 85 Nightingale Lane, Balham, SW12 8NX 020 8772 8702, 7-11 April. Easter Holiday Workshops Fun and creative holiday workshops with themes such as moustaches, animals and cartoons! Different activities each day including painting on pottery, T-shirts, canvas and Decopatch. 10.30am-12.30pm, 612yrs, £20 per session, snack included

Fulham Palace Bishops Avenue SW6 6EA 020 7751 2432, 16 April. Seed Planting at Fulham Palace Create your own plastic bottle greenhouse with planted seeds to take home and watch grow. 2pm3.30pm, £2 per child, 5-12 year olds 20-21 April. Easter Trail Search around the museum and garden for clues that will lead you to

Classic Italian cuisine

cooking classes by TOZI, an authentic Italian cicchetti restaurant, to teach children how to make popular Italian dishes. Max six children at a time to ensure each child receives hands-on tuition as they learn to create each dish completely from scratch. Make pasta and pizza dough, gelato etc. from cooking to tucking in. From 8 April. £10 each class, every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30pm – 5pm during the Easter, half-term and summer school holidays.

MUSIC AND DRAMA Amanda’s Action Club Fulham Palace creepy crawlies a chocolate prize. 1pm-3.30pm, £2 per child, 5-12 year olds 23 April. Creepy Crawlies Hunt Join a creepy crawly hunt in the Fulham Palace garden and see how many mini-beasts you can find. 2pm3.30pm, £2 per child, 5-12 year olds

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8 Gillingham Street, SW1V 1HN Victoria A series of brand new experiential


Wandsworth, Putney, Parsons Green, Southfields, Battersea 01895 623999, Throughout the Easter holidays. Music classes and workshops Fun, fitness and music for children 4 months to 4 years.

Caterpillar Music Battersea, Fulham, Southfields and Tooting 020 8540 1762, 07968764301, Throughout March and April. Music Classes Fun, stimulating classes using puppets, nursery rhymes, action songs and instruments

Funky Moves Kids Club The Exhibit, 12 Balham Station Road SW12 9SG 020 8772 6556, / 7, 9 and 11 April. Kids Club Eat a packed lunch provided by The Exhibit in a private cinema, watch a film and learn a cool dance. Films include One Direction: This Is Us, Shark Tale and The Smurfs 2. 1-4pm, 5-12yrs, £15 The Exhibit & Funky Moves offer a new wave of dance activity for kids. The movie, dance class & lunch will be sure keep the kids


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Gallery Road SE21 7AD 020 8299 8732, First and last Sundays of March and April. Family Sundays On the first and last Sunday of every month families with a gallery ticket can enjoy a range of free drop-in activities. Get creative together at Artplay, a practical drop-in session, making everything from bunting to block prints. 2–4pm, no booking necessary 15-17 April. Fanciful Feathers Create a range of bird inspired crafts from felted egg cosies to feathered headdresses. Explore a range of techniques including wirework, fabric collage and mixed media drawing with artist Erica Parrett. 6-8 years 10.30am-12.30pm, 9-11 years - 24pm, £18

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Easter Holiday listings, part 1 entertained and having a fantastic time. There are no limits to the customised dance classes and parties which they provide.

Funky Moves Easter Course Oak Lodge School, 101 Nightingale Lane SW12 8NA 07810 431101, 14-17 April. Holiday Camp Dance, art, fun and games for kids 514yrs, 9.30am-12.30pm, £105 per course

The Music House for Children 306 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd's Bush W12 7LJ 020 8932 2652, 14-16 April. Easter Holiday Workshops 14 April. Musical Storytelling, 10am-11am, £10, 2-5 years 14 April. Create and Make, 11.15am-12.15pm, £10, 2-5 years 15-16 April Drumming, Body Percussion, Beat Boxing, Rapping and Vocalisation Workshop, 10am-3pm, £95 including lunch, 6-11 years and 12-14 years

Perform Fulham, Notting Hill, Kensington, Putney and Wimbledon 0845 400 4000, Easter Holiday dates TBC. Follow the Yellow Brick Road This spring take a trip down the Yellow Brick Road to discover the

Swimway Ruby Slippers, brave the Haunted Forest and explore the strange and colourful world of your imaginations. 3-day courses specially designed to encourage creativity, confidence and communication skills as well as being a kaleidoscope of fun! On the final day, family and friends are invited to a magical mini performance which will delight and enchant. 4-8yrs

Polka Theatre Perform

240 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SB 020 8543 4888. 8-17 April. Easter Holiday Workshops Act, sing, dance, direct and create at Polka Theatre. Whatever you’re interested in, experience life behind the scenes of a real working theatre by creating work of your very own. Includes Nursery Rhyme, Story Time, Music Mix , Spring in Your Step!, Physically Funny!, Bit of a Joker?, Act Direct, and Behind the Scenes: Miniature Theatre Model Box Making. Prices and times vary

Song Academy Fulham and Hammersmith 07710 023743, 9-10 and 15-16 April. Easter Workshops

Holiday workshops for budding young songwriters, age 7-16, 2-5pm, £75 for two afternoons, siblings £70, snacks provided

Studio Film School Balham 0845 533 3763, / Easter Holiday Workshops 7-11 April. The Super Secret Spy Shoot – make a murder mystery with a licence to thrill. Expect super sleuths, secret spies, dastardly villains and a race to save the day. Learn new skills in filmmaking and acting over 5 action-packed days, ages 714, 10am-4pm, £235 + VAT 14-15 April. Springtime Stop Motion – model, animate and voice your own animal creations as you learn professional skills in stop motion technique. Ages 7-14, 10am4pm, £145 + VAT

SPORTS Central London Golf Centre Burntwood Lane SW17 0AT 020 8871 2468, 31 March – 17 April. Easter Holiday Camps

Chelsea Quavers Easter Music Workshops for children (5-10)

Brilliant, fun, educational, inspirational! Monday to Thursday 14-17 April 2014 St Luke’s Hall, Chelsea, SW3 3RP (9am-5pm) Telephone 07899 678 655


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Easter Holiday listings, part 1 What better way to spend the holidays than improving your golf with an array of skills challenges, competitions and tasks? For children of all levels. Includes golf coaching, daily fun competitions, skill challenges and prizes. £40 per day, £180 for 5 days, 9am – 3pm

Swimway Putney, East Sheen, Aquilla in Knightsbridge, Fitness First in Streatham Hill and at the new Wimbledon/SouthFields venue. Call the SwimWay office on 020 8871 3972 or email,

Venues across SW London 020 7957 8220, / 7-18 April. London Soccer School Fun holiday soccer camps for boys and girls aged 3-13. 9am-3pm, from £28 depending on venue

All Star Tennis Camps

Elite Sport Development South Park, Fulham SW6 07725 607544 No website as yet

Fulham FC Foundation Venues in Fulham 0870 442 5432, March and April dates TBC. Half Term Holiday Courses Holiday courses for all abilities from beginners to regular players in a fun and challenging environment. 3-5yrs - 9-11am, 6-14 yrs - 9am-3pm, from £12 per day

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March and April dates TBC. Holiday Football Camps Fun football camps throughout the holidays. Boys and girls age 5 upwards, 9am-3pm. Excellent value skills training, games and fun!


Kiddikicks Across South West London 020 7937 7965, March and April dates TBC. Holiday Sessions Kiddikicks (football 18m to 5 years) Kiddisports (multi-sport 18m to 5 years) and Ligasoccer (football Under 8’s) sessions run throughout the summer holidays. Or arrange a bespoke session (1 to 3 hours) for your player and their friends: pick your sport and they’ll provide the coach, equipment and place

SwimWay will be running intensive swimming courses for children aged 3yrs-9yrs during the Easter Holidays. The lessons will be provided on a private or a semi-private basis for half an hour each day Monday 7th to Friday 11th (5 days) and Monday 15th to Friday 18th (4 days) of April. •SwimWay will open bookings for the Summer 2014 Term (April to July) to new clients on 3rd March 2014 once the priority booking period for existing clients ends.

London Tennis Wimbledon Park Tennis Courts 020 8789 0482 / 07961 170675, 7-11 and 14-17 April. Easter Coaching Sessions For children aged 3-16. Fun tennis coaching during the holidays


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Chelsea FC Soccer School

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Easter Holiday listings, part 1 Wigmore Tennis Club 43 Becmead Avenue, Streatham SW16 1UJ 07816 004 992, 31 March – 17 April. Fun Kids Holiday Camps Would your child like to follow in Andy Murray's footsteps? Join the fun at this family friendly tennis club, with tennis camps throughout the Easter holidays. Ages 3-15, all levels welcome

All Star Tennis Four weeks of tennis courses in over 28 courts in 6 venues! (31st March to 23rd April) Prices range from as little as £39 to £188 depending on ages and timings. There are courses for children aged 5 to 14yrs in age specific groups. For ages 5 to 7 years, mini-tennis activities include co-ordination, balance, movement and group games. For ages 8 to 14 years, these courses increase awareness of the game, teach appropriate techniques and provide experience of tennis drills, tactics, bio-mechanical principles, team games and tournaments, in a fun learning environment. You can view the full programme including adult and junior term time clubs and book online Call 020 8871 4706 for more information.’

Wimbledon Village Stables 24 a/b High Street, SW19 5DX 020 8946 8579, April dates TBC. Children’s Holiday Courses Aimed at children under 10 including


Eddie Catz Putney First Floor, 68-70 Putney High Street SW15 1SF 0845 201 1268 8 and 16 April. Cooking Extravaganza with Cookie Crumbles! 10am-1pm, 4-8yrs, £25, call Cookie Crumbles on 020 8876 9912, 9-10 April. Easter Dance Workshop with Dynamic Dance Learn some funky routines with the Dynamic Dance team in these complete beginners. Enjoy a riding lesson every day and play fun pony games and quizzes. The 3-day courses run from Wednesday to Friday 1.45-4.15pm, £170. Dress for the weather and bring a drink and snack.

ALL-DAY CAMPS Activ Camps Emanuel School, Battersea Rise SW11 1HS Wimbledon College SW19 4NS Barnes Sports Club SW13 9QL 07896 546067, 4-17 April. Multi-activity Camps Non-stop, fun-filled and actionpacked! The best day camp in town.

fun packed two mornings. 10am1pm, £40 per child for the 2 days, 5-10yrs 15 April. Crazy Science Workshop Get hands on with science. Race tornados, make giant bubbles, exploding volcanoes, fun with magnetic cars, blowing up balloons with chemical reactions, exploding coke fountains, eggbert the stunt egg, Kaleidoscopes, binoculars and slime making! 10am-1pm, £22, 510yrs 16 April. Toddler Cookery with Cookie Crumbles 2pm-3pm, £13 per child, 2-4yrs, call Cookie Crumbles on 020 8876 9912, 17 April. Make a Bunny Easter Workshop 10am-1pm, 4-8yrs, £22 includes a beautiful soft bunny or bear to bring home

Eddie Catz Wimbledon 42 Station Road SW19 2LP 0845 201 1268 8 April. Easter Dance Workshop with Dynamic Dance 10am-1pm, £20, 5-10yrs 9 April. Cooking Extravaganza with Cookie Crumbles! 10am-1pm, 4-8yrs, £25, call Cookie Crumbles on 020 8876 9912, 14 April. Crazy Science Workshop 10am-1pm, £22, 5-10yrs 15 April. Make a Bunny Easter Workshop 10am-1pm, 4-8yrs, £22 includes a beautiful soft deluxe bunny or bear to bring home.

Age 4-14, from £35 per day, discounts for siblings. Dates dependant on venue. Don't miss out, places go quickly!

Wild Learning Putney, Sheen, Wimbledon 01483 424 400, 4-17. Outdoor Woodland Holiday Camp Play, learn, explore, get muddy and have an adventure in a safe, nurturing but wild environment at this speciallymade woodland camp. Den building, rope bridges, mud sculptures, woodland games and much more. Age 5-12, 10.15am-4pm, extended day available, from £37.50

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The Science of Play By Dr David Whitebread, Senior Lecturer in the Psychology of Education, Cambridge University As the Easter break comes upon us, many parents will be thinking about how to entertain their children. Dr David Whitebread at Cambridge University shares his views on what constitutes effective play and tackles some of the myths and misconceptions around the types of play children engage in today. Dr Whitebread is supporting National Science and Engineering Week, which aims to raise awareness of the important role science has in many aspects of our lives. A whole host of scientific topics will be explored during the Week, which takes place from 14th to 23rd March. Adults and children alike can attend free events across the UK in a range of fun environments. To find out about these events and how you can take part, visit

Physical play

Symbolic play

• Most parents would recognise that physical play (such as running, climbing and gymnastics) helps a child develop their whole body and hand-eye co-ordination and is important in building strength and endurance. But it also provides a crucial means for children to develop their emotional intelligence. • Encouraging children to get physical isn’t just about letting them loose outside, it’s also about creating opportunities at home. So encouraging play through things like craft activities, helps children with their fine motor skills, essential when it comes to learning to write and even playing musical instruments. Due to their absorbing nature, it has even been shown to help children develop their concentration and perseverance skills.

• Artistic activities such as drawing, dance, and even developing silly rhymes, give children the opportunity to develop their language and interpretation skills as they start to decode what is going on around them. It can even make them nicer! A study in 2010 of almost 100 four year-olds found that children who take part in music making were more likely to show cooperative and helpful behaviour.

Get your children to create their own music compilation for their best friend or family member. Encourage them to add their own tracks for that special touch.

Playing with rules

Create an obstacle course in the garden. Create time targets and challenges (ie do the course on just one leg!). Give craft activities a purpose, for example, create posters for an Easter egg hunt or party.

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• Touching, sorting, building and making objects encourages children to organise their thinking and helps them learn how to solve problems. Children have to pick the right strategy to complete the task, and then stay on track to complete it. Creativity comes in here, as does the use of language, as children often talk to themselves when they broach these tasks as a way of organising their thoughts.

Get your children to build their own skyscraper. Arm them with different materials to build at home or in the garden.

Pretend play • Pretend play can have a serious side too. Dressing up, playing with dolls and miniature figures gives children the chance to rehearse some of the scenarios they already see or might face in their future life, whether it’s expressing how to care for someone (such as their favourite doll) or tackling aggressive situations. © mickyso -

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Different types of play

Make a challenge to act like a member of their family, or their favourite TV character for a day. It might be their mum, Homer Simpson, or Daddy Pig!

• We live by rules and playing by the rules in sports, board games, card games and computer games helps children adjust to the reality that they cannot always do, say, or act how they wish to. • The use of electronic and computer games by today’s children is another particular area of anxiety for parents and teachers. Too much screen time obviously prevents your child from doing the range of other activities that is beneficial to them, so keep these tech tools in your armoury, but keep time restricted on use. There is some evidence that well-designed videogames can enrich play resources for children and their families.

Many parents are concerned about videogame overuse but the key is to make it interactive. So get involved! Challenge them to their favourite game in return for them participating in an activity of your choice.

References 1. 'Developmental Psychology & Early Childhood Education' (Sage, 2013). David Whitebread. Available on Amazon and at all good book shops. 2. ‘The Importance of Play’ (Report written for the Toys Industry of Europe, March 2012). David Whitebread with Marisol Basilio, Martina Kuvalja and Mohini _-_the_importance_of_play.pdf


Sports feature A-Z, Part 4

Sports listings N-R

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See the first parts (A - M) on

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We've undertaken a huge challenge: we are aiming to list every single sporting activity suitable for children in the SW postcodes! We've started with the letter A for Archery and will move on all the way through to Z. This month we are covering Netball, Orienteering and Rugby.

RUGBY Bank of England RFC Priory Lane, Roehampton SW15 5JQ Mini, Midi and Youth rugby for boys and girls. Beginners welcome. Training Sundays at 9.30am for U7s to U16s. 020 8876 8417, Barnes RFC Barnes Rugby Club, Queen Elizabeth Walk SW13 0DG Minis rugby from Under 6s to Under 12s, training Saturdays 9.30-11am. All new players welcome. Battersea Ironsides RFC Burntwood Lane, Earlsfield SW18 Coaching for boys and girls between 7 and 18, with some now joining the club as young as 4! The Junior section of Ironsides Rugby is a leading club in Surrey Rugby and has a good turnout at every year group. Trains on Sundays at 10am. 020 8874 9913, Rugby Tots Don’t miss the other parts in subsequent issues.

NETBALL Battersea Park Millennium Arena East Carriage Drive, Battersea Park SW11 4NJ The park boasts six netball courts, available for hire at £30.20. 020 8871 7537 / 020 8871 7542, sure_centres_and_facilities/381/batte rsea_park_millennium_arena Kennington Park Opposite Oval tube, SE11 4BE The Astro Turf is the hub of the park’s sports facilities and is open 10am-10pm, with floodlit hard courts for netball available to hire. 0845 130 8998, Rocks Lane Multi Sports Centres Rocks Lane, opposite Ranelagh Avenue, Barnes SW13 0DG High 5 Junior Netball League - a dynamic junior netball league (Years 5 and 6) every Friday after school during term time, match times between 4pm and 7pm. Put together a team, choose your kit and get


playing! Cost of season £24 per week, £288 in total. 020 8876 8330, /

ORIENTEERING Holland Park Ecology Centre The Old Stable Yard, Holland Park, Ilchester Place W8 6LU Orienteering open to all, whenever you like! Collect your map and set of questions from the Park Reception during normal opening hours. This self-led route takes about an hour. £4.10 (RBKC residents), £5.20 (nonresidents), 5-10 year olds, under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. 020 7938 8186, South London Orienteering Across South and South West London Navigate your way around a number of control points marked on a specially drawn map in the quickest time possible. Suitable for all levels of fitness and all ages from 6 to 90! Events usually held on Sunday mornings between September and May, plus some urban street orienteering events during the winter.

Hammersmith & Fulham RFC Hurlingham Park, Fulham SW6 3RH Minis and Youth rugby, boys Under 6s – Under 15s, girls Under 6s – Under 12s. Training 10am-12pm on Sundays in Hurlingham Park, September – Easter. 020 7381 5064, London Irish Amateur RFC The Avenue, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex TW16 5EQ Minis and Youth rugby Under 7s – Under 18s. Friendly fixtures and tournaments against some of the best clubs in the south of England and beyond. Various training grounds. London Scottish Richmond Athletic Ground, Twickenham Road TW9 2SF Minis and Youth, Under 6s to Under 16s. (Share ground with Richmond RFC.) They also run Rugby Camps in the school holidays. 020 8940 8289,

London Welsh RFC Mini Rugby London Welsh RFC, Old Deer Park, Kew Rd, Richmond TW9 2AZ Under 6s to Under 12s, a fun, structured approach to ball-handling skills, team building and tag rugby. From Under 9s the children compete in full contact rugby. 020 8940 2368, Old Rutlishians Poplar Road, Merton Park SW19 3JS Under 7s – Under 18s. New players of all abilities welcome to join this long established, successful and friendly rugby club. Most age groups run multiple squads to allow new players to come through the ranks. RutRugs is for 3-4 year old active kids, sessions 10.45am on Sunday mornings, having fun learning handeye co-ordination. 020 8542 3678 Old Wimbledonian Warriors RFC 143 Coombe Lane, Raynes Park SW20 0BJ Minis and Junior rugby on Sunday mornings from 9.30am. Boys and girls of all abilities are invited to join their teams from Under 5s to Under 16s. Richmond RFC Richmond Athletic Ground, Twickenham Road TW9 2SF Minis and Youth, Under 6s to Under 18s. (Share ground with London Scottish.) Building young minds to appreciate good team sport and have a lot of fun! 020 8332 7112, Rosslyn Park F.C. Priory Lane, Upper Richmond Road, Roehampton SW15 5JH Minis and Youth rugby, Under 5s – Under 12s. Trains on the club pitch and in Richmond Park by Roehampton Gate, Sundays from 9am, September-April, beginners welcome. 020 8876 1879, /

next month. See for other sports A-M…

More on Rugby in part 5

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Baby Feature Mothering Sunday

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Mother’s Day takes place on 30 March this year, so it’s time for your little ones to treat you or you to treat your mother! Perhaps you’d like a lie in and breakfast in bed, a day at the spa, afternoon tea or a trip to the theatre? Or perhaps what you’d really love is a day to spend time with your loved ones. Across the country many museums, National Trust properties and stately homes are running Mother’s Day events, so why not plan a special day with your family this March?

Adjusting to your new baby by Marygrace Anderson from MG Hypnosis

You had the baby, congratulations! However, now we may be faced with a whole range of worries. If the birth didn’t happen to the birthing plan, you might feel disappointed. Or, thinking, “I let myself down or could have done something different”. A sense of not having control over the situation can continue to play through our minds. The pressures can feel overwhelming such as “do I have all the right stuff”, or

having to listen to other people’s views on what is right/wrong for the baby, and your image (physical and mental). The first 4-5 months are key. This time of adjustment can be one of bliss or depression. New mothers need time to learn about raising babies. It takes time to establish a routine, learn what the different cries of their newborn mean and what they need to "survive" in public, and how to sleep/rest when their baby is sleeping. It takes time so don’t beat yourself up. This is a special time so you need to learn how to enjoy it. If you need help, ask for it. If you are feeling down, get some Rescue Remedy from Boots or see a homeopath. If you feel

isolated, attend baby groups with nurturing support groups. Your body has gone through a lot of change and the hormones are settling down, so rest regularly. Most importantly you are not alone. I have seen hundreds of great new mummy’s who just need to learn a few basic coping techniques. I use a combination of hypnotherapy and teach you some simple skills to help you feel better, more confident and relaxed. It's a lot to adjust to and keep in perspective but it is a wonderful time too! Remember that! Asking and getting help will restore your confidence and help your family enjoy those first special months. •Contact Marygrace on 07931 547414 or email

Fighting infertility Sadly many people in the world are unable to have children, many men and women are infertile and unable to have a baby, which is heartbreaking. Juliet Rees is currently researching the topic for a health book and she says it shows there’s great hope. Did you know that there are simple, highly effective things one can do to treat successfully most cases of infertility? To learn more and for free advice and information please see

And baby comes too… Villa Radicata is the perfect family holiday home in a stunning location in the Tuscan hills with lake and mountain views. It has a fenced pool, barbecue, outside pizza oven and a large garden with plenty of toys. There are cots, high chairs, baby monitor, sterilizer as well as a babysitter, and you can join pizza/pasta making lessons. Villa Radicata also organise mum and baby yoga/cooking/fitness retreats where mums can take advantage of on site childcare and get to relax (yes, really!) as well as spending quality time with your little ones (from 3 months to 5 years). Daily yoga classes and cooking lessons, specialist baby yoga and baby massage. Enjoy spa treatments and excursion to local medieval village and market. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and "granny" flat with room for 2-4 next door. "Would not have thought a holiday with a 13month baby would be relaxing but it was. It was a real treat to have time with Ossian and time to myself to do daily yoga and cooking lessons. I loved the views, the garden, the pool, the relaxed pace, the wine. The house is great and would love to return." Great reviews by the Guardian, Ryanair and mother and baby magazine. • Other family friendly properties in Florence, Amalfi coast, Liguria, Lake Como, Sicily. 07785 571292


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Cakes for CDH on 8th March

No more BPA By Susan Tomlinson

Banned in plastic baby's bottles across the EU, Canada and the US, yet the UK government is convinced the chemical Bisphenol A, or BPA is entirely safe. Is it? From tins, and plastic bottles, to boxes, dental fillings and even shopping receipts, the chemical is present in a huge range of objects. It's main job is to make plastic shatterproof, so, in the world of packaging and manufacturing, it's crucial. The trouble is, since the 1930's, it's been associated with all sorts of health problems. It’s what’s known as a suspected endocrine disruptor, meaning it mimics the body’s hormone system, and has been linked with diabetes, obesity, cancer and even behavioural problems in children. But the jury’s not out yet. Other research shows that the small amounts of the chemical that leach into our food and drink are of an acceptable level and at present that’s where the UK’s Food Standards Agency sits. But the EFSA is presently reassessing all the data and is due to report back in 2014. In the meantime, if you’ve got you’re doubts, here’s how to avoid it: • More and more BPA-free products are coming onto market. In fact, many food companies are beating government policy by using alternatives. If a product isn’t labeled BPA free, you can avoid the chemical by looking at the plastic recycling code on the side of the container. Anything marked with the recycle code 7 (as above) or 3, may contain BPA. • Cut back on using cans, as most of them are lined with a BPA resin. • Avoid heating plastic containers in the microwave or the dishwasher, as they may break down over time and allow the BPA to seep into food or drink. • Use glass, porcelain or stainless steel wherever possible. • Join the Breast Cancer UK, in their "No More BPA" campaign.

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Mandy Dell, 22, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Sienna on the 2nd January 2014. She is hoping to raise awareness of a rare disease, which has given her baby a 15 per cent chance of survival. Although Sienna has made great progress, there is still along way to go. She had her operation on the 14th January to repair the damage done by the disease and is doing well. At the 28-week scan baby Sienna was diagnosed with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), which meant that her liver and other organs were being pushed up into her heart and lung cavity. Sufferers of the condition can have severe breathing difficulties, problems with their heart, kidneys and spinal cord defects, which can lead to spina bifida. Mandy was offered a termination but wanted to give Sienna the chance to live. “It is so important that we spread awareness of this disease and we are trying to in every way possible starting with a fundraiser to raise money for CDH UK, a national charity which supports parents of children born with the condition,” says Laura Greenyer, a friend of Mandy's who owns The Fulham & Chelsea Cake Company. Laura has arranged a Charity evening on the 8th March 2014 at the Hammersmith Club, Rutland Grove. Tickets are £10 and include a welcome drink. There will be food, cake and an amazing raffle with donations from local businesses such as La Durbin Boutique Salon. Please contact to get your tickets! One in 2,500 babies are born with CDH in the UK each year. For more information about the charity, visit The Fulham & Chelsea Cake Company 020 7385 5016


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How to potty train without going potty by Judith Hough and Diane Titterton

Potty training can be one of the most stressful stages of being a parent. The book, ‘How to Potty Train’, by Judith Hough and Diane Titterton, aims to make it simple and even enjoyable for parents and children.

When to begin?

Is my child ready?

Keep going

Parents are often blamed for potty training happening later and lasting longer. But we, and many health professionals, believe that one of the main reasons this is happening is because of the over-use of disposable nappies. While they are great, they are so absorbent and dry that they mask the signs that children are ready to start potty training. This means that children wear them beyond the age of two, which is the best time to potty train. In fact, if potty training is started much later, it can be more difficult and take longer because children find it more convenient to let a parent clear up the mess than have their play disrupted to go to the toilet.

The question we get asked most is ‘how do I know when my child is ready to start?’ There are a number of things to look out for, including the child doing fewer larger wees, rather than lots of little ones, as this is a sign they are learning to hold on. Being able to follow simple instructions and ask for things, like a drink, is a good sign. Many children also show signs that they know they are doing a wee or a poo – look out for the ‘potty dance’! These, combined with being around the age of two, usually mean children are ready to start.

There are lots of ways to help with this ‘keeping going’ stage. For example, on first trips out, be prepared - take changes of clothes, a potty in a carrier bag, and make first trips short and achievable. Expect accidents with play dates, or at school. Children are learning an additional skill – to listen to their bodies while they are busy and distracted. Try to keep positive as children can get frustrated and frightened of failure at this stage, especially after doing so well earlier on.

Parents can start preparation from when the child is around 18 months. There are a number of ways to do this, including starting to change the nappy in the bathroom as this is where grown-ups go, and saying when a nappy is wet and when it is dry to help them learn.

When parents decide to go for it, they need to take the nappy off and not be tempted to put it back on during the day. It can confuse children when they are just starting out, and it can also make them believe that they have a choice. If the leap is too great, use Dry Like Me pads in ordinary pants to help to capture the mess and remove the temptation to put the nappy back on. It’s extremely difficult to potty train in a nappy, so parents must make the leap into own pants.

Accidents are key to learning Parents shouldn’t see accidents as a sign of failure. They are a key part of learning as children may not have felt the difference between wet and dry in their nappy. In fact, young children can only feel that they need the toilet when their bladder is about ¾ full, and so accidents are likely to be large and there will be less time to react. Children get better at predicting and holding on as their bladder and their brains connect and mature. Although potty training can be stressful, it’s important to try not to get frustrated. If the child doesn’t appear to be succeeding, focus praise on effort in trying - and the parts of potty training that are going well, such as washing hands. A good tip is to aim any frustration at the naughty wee or poo, and get the child to join in. We also recommend instant rewards that are small and inexpensive, like stickers, for maximum impact.

Night time Once children have mastered day time potty training, they are ready to tackle night time potty training and there are simple steps to take to make this more successful, including limiting drinks in the early evening and making sure the potty is by the bed or easily accessible and well lit as some children are frightened to get up go to the toilet at night. With all potty training, it is a case of following a common sense approach and sticking with it. How to Potty Train is published by Brewin Books and costs around £8.95. It is available from a range of retailers including Amazon and from the Dry Like Me website

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Potty training isn’t something children will do by themselves; it has to be taught, like brushing teeth and preparing for potty training is an important first stage.

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Exercise with babies Congratulations, you have a baby! But when is it time to start thinking about exercising, and who is going to look after your baby while you do it? Fear not - from pilates studios to yoga classes, from running in the park to yummy mummy members clubs, there is a whole range of exercise out there where you can bring your baby with you. Research shows that not only does exercise help your body recover from pregnancy and birth, it can also help prevent postnatal depression, so there’s no excuse not to get stuck in. Authentic Pilates

Pramming in the park

Get fit with your baby. All levels of fitness welcome, just take it at your own pace. Classes Mondays and Thursdays 10am, meet by Tooting Bec Common Café, no need to book

A buggy class in the park is a great way to meet other mums while getting a safe, cardio-based workout.

TIM HAYES LIFESTYLE FITNESS Barnes, Clapham, Knightsbridge, Richmond, South Kensington, Wimbledon 020 7096 9396 / 07872 994 691 Bring your baby with you for postnatal exercise in your own home and in local parks

BUGGYBELLS Common Ground Café, Wandsworth Common 07949 162554 Buggybells is designed for mums who want to exercise and get their bodies back without the cost of added childcare. Join them for a fast, fun and effective 45-minute workout 3 times a week

VERN HILL PERSONAL TRAINING Unit 26 Jaggard Way, Wandsworth Common SW12 07967 777294 Postnatal exercise specialists, creating bespoke training regimes incorporating boxing, yoga and Pilates-based breathing techniques and postural techniques

BUGGYFIT Across SW London including Wandsworth Common, Tooting Common and Wandsworth Park 01844 202081 / The ultimate fitness class for mums. A mixture of cardio, core and strengthening. From initial recuperation in your first six weeks, through those tough times of getting back into your jeans and onto those new levels of fitness – and most of this from behind your buggy or pram

Studio classes Many Pilates and yoga studios have classes specifically designed for postnatal women, and most studios offer either a crèche or welcome your baby into the class with you. ANNABEL HARGRAVE YOGABIRTH Raynes Park and Merton 07817 931571 / Postnatal Yoga class with an introduction to Baby Massage, focusing on core strength recovery, gentle stretches and relaxation

HA FITNESS South Park Gardens, Wimbledon Common, Wimbledon Park Buggyfit sessions Mondays-Fridays, as well as Fit in the Park outdoor classes for both beginners and experienced exercisers. Great for shifting postnatal weight, toning your tummy, arms, bum & legs. Baby comes too! Free trials available

APPLE YOGA Open Door Community Centre, Keevil Drive, Southfields SW19 6TF / Pimlico Academy, Lupus Street SW1V 3AT

POWERPRAMMING Tooting Bec Common 07976 778413 / 07957 560103

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0845 643 7027 Postnatal yoga bringing an enhanced feeling of health, strength and peace to your daily routine AUTHENTIC PILATES Unit 8, Commodore House, Juniper Drive SW18 1TW 020 7199 2060 Private, duet or group sessions in Pilates from the beginner to the advanced. Tone your tummy to get your figure back, stretch to relax and feel re-energized to face the motherhood experience. Babies welcome BATTERSEA YOGA Battersea Arts Centre, Chatham Hall and St Vincents Hall 020 7978 7995 Postnatal yoga focussing on strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, re-aligning pelvis and spine and rebuilding core strength. Plus baby yoga incorporating song, movement and yoga postures to ensure that both mothers and babies enjoy their yoga experience. Babies are welcome from 12 weeks to walking BEND IT LIKE LISA Across Chelsea, Clapham North, Earlsfield, Roehampton, Wandsworth and Wimbledon As well as a variety of yoga classes, Lisa runs a Postnatal Yoga class on Mondays 1-2.30pm at Sure Start, South Thames College, Roehampton Centre, 166 Roehampton Lane SW15 4HR. Suitable for mums with babies up to crawling, drop in, free BODY ALLIANCE 88 Atlantic Road, Brixton SW9 8PX 020 3286 6228 Anti natal and postnatal classes offering a bespoke workout to suit

individual needs. ‘Babies welcome classes’ with no more than three mummies working out at a time BOOTYBARRE Fybre Fitness Hub, Croosh Alley, 25 Northcote Road SW11 1NJ An energetic, fun workout that fuses fitness techniques from dance, Pilates, and yoga that will tone, define and chisel the whole body. The Booty Barre® method is the perfect combination of strength and flexibility with added cardio to burn fat fast. Buy a block and get your 1st class free. Drop off crèche at The Baby Drop 020 7738 0019, £7-£10 FAIRLEE WELLBEING CENTRE 26 Queenstown Road SW8 3RX 0800 098 8867 / 020 7720 7933 A friendly, modern therapy centre serving Battersea, Clapham and the rest of South London, offering Tibetan Yoga and Pilates MY BABY PILATES First Floor, English National Ballet School, Carlyle Building, Hortensia Road SW10 0QS 0756 453 0199 / Postnatal Pilates with your baby, focussing on correct postural alignment, toning arms and legs and gentle stretching PHYSIO4LIFE Putney Medical Centre, 125 Upper Richmond Road, SW15 2TL 0208 704 5998 Yoga and Pilates for postnatal women. Book in for a free consultation before starting classes THE PILATES PRACTICE 213 St John’s Hill, Battersea SW11 1TH 020 7228 6787


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Booty Barre Private or group Pilates classes in a calm, intimate atmosphere. A million miles away from a crowded gym! Builds core strength, tones and stretches the body after pregnancy

look after your children while you work out! SITARAM YOGA Brockwell Lido, Stockwell 07885 905 900 A programme of Mother and Baby yoga specially designed to provide a warmly supportive environment in which to enjoy getting to know your baby. As the babies grow into toddlers another set of classes is available, with challenges and yogic fun for all

TEN PILATES • Barley Mow Centre, Barley Mow Passage W4 4PH 020 8996 1710 • Lower Ground Floor, 6 Duke Street SW1Y 6BN 020 7930 4442 Like traditional Pilates, TenPilates is designed to engage and strengthen your core waist and lower back muscles, helping improve posture and prevent injury. Unlike traditional Pilates, it also delivers an innovative, intense and highly effective full-body workout designed to give you a slimmer figure and lean, toned muscles

SOUTH WEST LONDON YOGA Wimbledon Village SW19 07977 298648 Postnatal or Mum and Baby yoga classes in a tranquil studio in Wimbledon Village. Tone your body while bonding with your baby as well as getting to know other mums

PHYSIO ON THE RIVER The Old Ticket Office, Barnes Bridge, The Terrace, Barnes SW13 0NP 020 8876 5690 Small, friendly Pilates and yoga classes, excellent for restoring your health and fitness following childbirth SHAPE 2 FIT The Wimbledon Studios, 1 Deer Park Road SW19 3TL 07777 698581 Mother and child personal training, working to your shape and size creating your pre-pregnancy body with your little one right beside you

TARA LEE YOGA The Life Centre, 15 Edge St W8 7PN Tara Lee’s Mother and Baby Yoga classes are as popular as ever, enabling you to practice safe yoga postnatally while bonding with your baby. The classes use a dynamic yoga form to aid recovery and build your strength VITALITY CENTRE 155-159 Merton Road SW18 5EQ 020 8871 4677 Postnatal yoga classes designed to help you get your body back from the demands of pregnancy - a supportive baby-friendly space to be with other new mums and babies. Also Maternally Fit, an exercise class consisting of both cardiovascular fitness and strength training and Pilates for New Mums. Babies welcome.

HALFPENNY PILATES 16 Polworth Road, Streatham SW16 2EU 07899 811 520 Postnatal Pilates classes in a fully equipped studios. Small group or private lessons. Simone’s au pair can




WHYOGA Balham and Earlsfield 01372 459 400 Join other postnatal mums for a friendly all-ability yoga classes at either Balham or Earlsfield Libraries on Monday and Wednesday evenings respectively at 8pm-9.30pm. £13£16.50 per class. YOGABIRTH Across SW London Feel recharged with specialised postnatal yoga and breath awareness classes, bring your baby along and meet other new mums

Gyms and members clubs Many gyms offer postnatal exercise classes and also have crèches. Some gyms don’t require membership; with others your membership will come with a free session with a personal trainer, who will be able to create a post-baby training programme especially for you. BALHAM LEISURE CENTRE Elmfield Road, Balham SW17 8AN 0208 772 9577 res/balham-leisure-centre All sorts of studio classes from Boxercise to Zumba with Pilates and yoga in between, with an affordable crèche for babies from 12 weeks CUPCAKE 11 Heathmans Road SW6 4TJ 0207 186 6000 / The ultimate club for families, offering dozens of classes for new mums including postnatal Pilates, Booty Barre and yoga, as well as more energetic classes Bootcamp, Zumba and 80s Aerobics. Babies are welcome in many classes but they also have a crèche for children from 4 weeks DAVID LLOYD Chelsea, Fulham, South Kensington, Putney, Raynes Park 0845 217 6464 A member’s only gym that offers a crèche in most of their clubs, as well as specially designed children’s activities so you can work out while your kids are having fun. A range of post-natal exercise and swim classes for new mums plus classes for mothers and babies THE HARBOUR CLUB Watermeadow Lane SW6 2RR 020 7371 7700

Are you a busy mum living in Clapham and surrounding area? No time to exercise and feeling fat, fed up and frustrated? Join Boxing Mummies The ultimate Fat Fighting Workout for stressed out Mums FREE CHIDCARE while you box yourself fit Daily classes Boxing Fundamentals course for beginners Start seeing a difference to your body shape within weeks For your free taster session go to Or contact for more details

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HA Fitness From beginners Pilates to bootcamp for the more adventurous! Babies from 3 months are well cared for in their excellent crèche

entres/putney-leisure-centre All sorts of studio classes from Boxercise to Zumba with Pilates and yoga in between, with an affordable crèche for babies from 12 weeks

LATCHMERE LEISURE CENTRE Burns Road, Battersea, SW11 5AD 0207 207 8004 entres/latchmere-leisurecentre All sorts of studio classes from Boxercise to Zumba with Pilates and yoga in between, with an affordable crèche for babies from 12 weeks

TOOTING LEISURE CENTRE Greaves Place, Tooting SW17 0NE 020 8333 7555 entres/tooting-leisure-centre All sorts of studio classes from Boxercise to Zumba with Pilates and yoga in between, with an affordable crèche for babies from 6 months

NUFFIELD HEALTH GYMS Fulham, Battersea, Wandsworth, Wimbledon 0333 920 1126 From Pilates for new mums to express Kettlebells workouts, Nuffield gyms offer exciting and varied timetables, some with crèches to look after your little ones PUTNEY LEISURE CENTRE Dryburgh Road, Putney SW15 1BL 0208 7850388

VIRGIN ACTIVE Fulham, Wandsworth, Putney, Chelsea, Clapham, Wimbledon 0207 717 9000 Mum members of Virgin Active find Pilates one of the best exercises they can do after pregnancy, helping reduce stress and maintain the body’s balance during pregnancy. Their crèches cater for babies as young as 6 weeks WANDLE RECREATION CENTRE Mapleton Road, Wandsworth SW18 4DN 0208 871 1149

Boxing Mummies entres/wandle-recreationcentre All sorts of studio classes from Boxercise to Zumba with Pilates and yoga in between, with an affordable crèche for babies from 12 weeks BOXING MUMMIES Boxing Mummies is a unique women only class using boxing techniques and fitness drills to help mums get fighting fit. Classes take place daily at the 12 Rounds Boxing Gym in Clapham Junction and come with an onsite childminder who will take care of kids while mums punch their daily stresses away! Boxing is THE ultimate workout around for women. It burns maximum calories, targets problem areas like bingo wings and love handles AND builds strength and muscle tone without any bulkiness. More importantly it’s a lot of fun and possibly the best form of stress relief known to man! To get your free taster session go to gn-up/ or contact for more details

Major new research into early detection of autism and ADHD is seeking babies The world-leading ‘Babylab’ at Birkbeck, University of London, is launching a new Europewide study of the early emergence of autism and ADHD. With over £2.5 million in funding, Professor Mark Johnson and his team are now embarking upon the Studying Autism and ADHD Risk in Siblings (STAARS) project, which will map brain development from birth in order to identify the earliest signs of these lifelong social communication and attention disorders. The research will focus on infants who have older siblings with autism or ADHD as these infants are at particularly high risk for these disorders. Although parents may notice symptoms of these conditions from infancy, children are often not diagnosed until they are in nursery or school. Earlier diagnosis of these children would help make it possible to design earlier and more effective interventions that may prevent symptoms from developing, and improve the quality of life for individuals with autism/ADHD and their families. Can you and your baby help? Expenses are paid and mothers we met said they spent a very special day with their child, which they really enjoyed. To read more about the STAARS project and to take part go to

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Five shocking food facts... By Susan Tomlinson

If you ever needed inspiration to grow your own, here it is... 1. Pesticide levels in our food have been steadily increasing, and according to a report by the Pesticide Action Network, as much as 40% of the food we eat contains them. *To campaign, join the Pesticide Action Network at:

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2. Food corporations spend millions lobbying governments every year to get what they want. For more information on just how much these corporate heavyweights spend on cajoling governments, check out The Center for Responsive Politics: 3. Vitamin levels in our food have dropped dramatically in 50 years. Canadian researchers discovered that today’s consumers need to eat eight supermarket oranges to get anywhere the same amount of Vitamin A our grandparents got from just one fruit. *For more information on why, check out Scientific American on:

4. Many in the world starving, while others are obese. In figures, it’s said there’s a total of 800 million people on the planet going hungry, while one billion are overweight. Both problems are symptomatic of a food system that is grossly out of control. *Read Raj Patel’s ‘Stuffed & Starved’ for insight into the failures of the global food chain.

5. Today’s chickens have as much of weight problem as we do. Cramped conditions where many birds don’t see the light of day, let alone move, and eating unnatural diets, means they contain 33 percent less protein and twice as much fat as in he past, according to a study from the London Met University. *Worried about battery farming? See Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s Chicken Out! Campaign.

Make a bee hotel! by Robin Dean, The Red Beehive Company

Of all the insects that visit our gardens, none are more iconic and important to us than bees, and they come in a surprising range of sizes, colours and shapes. One thing is common to all species, and that is they all need our help. Most bees would just like a little nectar and pollen, and a lovely Easter holiday project would be to plant up a “Bee Garden”. There are a number of plants to choose from that are robust and require minimum care, beyond a drink of water now and again, and will do splendidly in a small window box, planter or large pot. Snowdrops, crocus, primrose and bluebells (remember bluebells are protected, so don’t go digging them up from a local woodland area!) all make for a spectacular spring display. Rosemary, sage and lavender are also highly attractive to bees, and chives have flowers to tempt them - as well as making a tasty contribution to the kitchen. A catnip plant or two will keep your cat happy, as well as having the local bees dropping in for a nectar and pollen snack. Now why not make a bee hotel as well. For those of you concerned about encouraging bees to live in the garden, don’t be. Bees that live in bee hotels are solitary bees, and unlike the social bees (honey and bumble bees) don’t make honey so therefore don’t have anything to defend. This makes them really docile and perfectly safe to have around children and pets.

To construct your bee hotel: • You will need some bamboo (around 1.5cm in diameter), string or garden wire, and a small saw (to cut the bamboo). • Cut the bamboo into 15cm lengths, cutting each piece just before a node to give you a hollow tube with a natural sealed end. • Bind the bamboo pieces together with the string or garden wire, with the open ends all facing in the same direction. • Take the bundle out into the garden and find a secure place to fasten your bee hotel to. The open ends should face anywhere between east and south to get the early morning sun, with a clear flight path into the hotel.

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Adelphi Theatre WC2R 0NS The Bodyguard Another West End adaptation of a big Hollywood blockbuster…

Ambassadors Theatre West Street WC2H 9ND Stomp Celebrating its 10th sensational year in London, Stomp is now fresher, faster and funnier than ever before. 3pm and 8pm, £26-£52.50

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Sadler's Wells Theatre •Sadler’s Wells Theatre and Lilian Bayliss Studio, Rosebery Avenue EC1R 4TN •Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street WC2A 2HT 0844 412 4300 With a home in the West End as well as two studios in their Islington theatre, Sadler’s Wells offers an exciting programme of dance of every variety you can possibly imagine. Fancy some tango or hip hop? Do you prefer ballet or flamenco? From Bollywood to cutting-edge contemporary dance to circus acts and physical theatre, London’s premier dance house is a world leader, bringing the best of international and British dance right to the heart of our capital. With shows for kids and adults alike, and everything from West Side Story to Matthew Bourne’s latest ballet to the fabulous Merchants of Bollywood, you’re sure to find something that grabs your imagination. They also run talks, classes, art exhibitions and workshops to fire up Blaze 18 Feb - 8 Mar you and your kids’ passions.

Artsdepot 5 Nether Street N12 0GA Sleeping Beauty in the Wood A long time ago, one disgruntled fairy cast a spell that sent the whole world into a spin... Age 3+, 11am and 2pm, £7 9 March

Comedy Club 4 Kids Cracking entertainment for everyone over the age of six, starring the best comedians on the UK and international circuit doing what they do best… but without the rude bits! 12pm and 2.30pm, £7, age 6+ 16 March Nobody Rides the Unicorn The greedy king has tricked Zoe into helping him capture a unicorn, so he can take its magical horn. Can Zoe find a way to set the unicorn free? Or will she be putting herself in terrible danger? Age 4+, 11am and 2pm, £7 23 March Big Red Bath Rubba-Dubba-Giggle, Rubba-Dubba-Laugh, there’s magic to be found in the Big Red Bath. Ages 2–5, 11am and 2pm, £7 30 March


The Bloomsbury Theatre 15 Gordon Street WC1H 0AH The Snowmaiden, by Rimsky-Korsakov. A boisterous, raunchy and quirky opera including a Chorus of Birds and a Chorus of Flowers. 7.30pm, £25/£17 University College Opera 24-29 March

Chicken Shed Chase Side, Southgate N14 4PE Tales from the Shed - Spring Season 2014 Entertaining, interactive theatre shows perfect for young children. Informal, lively and amazingly engaging, the performers and audience share the same space, and children are always encouraged to make a lot of noise and to make the story happen. 0-7yrs To 22 March An Awfully Big Performance An array of amazing moments from some of the most pivotal shows from Chicken Shed’s long history of outstanding theatre, showcasing their unique performance style. Age 7+, £5-£15 7-23 March

Chickenshed Kensington and Chelsea Chelsea Theatre, 7 Worlds Ends Place SW10 0DR Once The World Was Here A dark vision of a totalitarian future, in which love, freedom and thought are oppressed by tyranny and fear. Age 11+, 10am & 11.30am, £8/£5 1-2 April

The Colour House Theatre Watermill Way SW19 2RD Red Riding Hood Little Red Riding Hood is off to look after her poor old Gran. Lucky for her she has good friends in the wood because Wolf-it-down, the hungriest wolf in the world wants to eat her up. 2pm and 4pm, £8-£10 Every Sat, Sun to 13 April

Little Angel Theatre N1 2DN Red Riding Hood A young girl, a hungry wolf, and a walk through the woods – it sounds like a recipe for disaster, but Red Riding Hood’s not scared… £12/£10 5-9 March

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8 Argyll Street W1F 7TF I Can't Sing! The X Factor Musical Irreverent, mischievous and strangely touching, I Can't Sing! is the irrepressible new musical comedy hitting the London Palladium. Go behind the microphones at the biggest show on earth, as I Can't Sing! exposes the (allegedly) true story behind The X Factor. Age 5+

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The Lyric Hammersmith Lyric Square, Kings Street W6 0QL The Frog & The Princess A humorous re-telling of the traditional Frog Prince tale by the Brothers Grimm performed using puppetry. Ages 4–8, 11am & 1pm 15 March Town Mouse Country Mouse A tale of bravery and derring-do as Hickory goes into the Big Wide World and meets Dickory the Town Mouse. Ages 4–8, 11am & 1pm 29 March Curious A giggle-making introductory experience to theatre that explores everyday objects in an interactive environment. Ages 0–3, 11am, 12.30pm & 2pm 22 March Old Mother Hubbard A dotty old woman takes you on a nursery rhyme journey as she clatters about in her kitchen and her dancing dog sniffs out trouble in the most unlikely places. Ages 3–6, 11am & 1pm 8 March

National Theatre Upper Ground SE1 9PX A Taste of Honey Written by Shelagh Delaney when she was only nineteen, A Taste of Honey is one of the great defining and taboo-breaking plays of the 1950s. To 5 April

The New Wimbledon Theatre The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1QG Dinosaur Zoo Direct from Australia, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo brings these awesome prehistoric creatures to the stage as you’ve never seen them before, up close and personal! A Tyrannosauric treat for all ages 3+, £15.40-£17.90 6-8 March

The Peacock Theatre Portugal Street WC2A 2HT Blaze The international street dance craze Blaze returns to the Peacock Theatre with an expanded cast of 16 incredible dancers ready to pop, lock and breakdance their way around the city and on stage. £12-£38 Shadowland A mix of shadow theatre, dance, circus and concert, incorporating multiple moving screens of different sizes and shapes to create a performance that merges projected images and front-of-screen choreography. £15-£40 11-30 March

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The Polka Theatre 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SB Momo In a town not so far away, a friendly orphaned girl called Momo has a mysterious enemy to fight. Ages 7, £9-£12.50 12-22 March Red Riding Hood Once upon a time there was a young girl who went to spend the night at Grandma’s house… and her little brother came too! £9-£12.50 1-8 March


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Puppet Theatre Barge Little Venice, Blomfield Road W9 2PF The Birdman plus Monkey Biz Staged with beautiful lighting and specially composed music, Monkey Biz shows a set of exciting and hilarious tricks and turns performed by monkey marionettes to music, with all the skill of the circus. Age 3+, £10/£8.50 1-16 March A Child’s Garden of Verse A visual anthology of poems both old and modern. Age 3+, 11am and 3pm, £10/£8.50 Every Sat, Sun from 22 March

The Rose Theatre 24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL Tom’s Midnight Garden Is it possible to travel back in time? Tom has always believed it cannot be done, but when the grandfather clock in the hallway chimes thirteen times, Tom is transported to a secret garden from the past. £5-£22 4-8 March

The Royal Opera House Covent Garden WC2E 9DD The Sleeping Beauty Journey to an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magic spells in Petipa’s classic ballet. £5-£95 To 9 April

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What’s on The Soho Theatre 21 Dean Street W1D 3NE Comedy Club 4 Kids Family-friendly comedy club that promises no clowns, just a great line-up of proper comedians – like the grown-up equivalent but minus the swearing! Age 6+, 12.30pm, £10.00 22 March

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Catherine Street WC2B 5JF Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl's deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes.

The Unicorn Theatre 147 Tooley Street, Southwark SE1 2HZ Pim and Theo Two men with opposing views were shot in cold blood on the streets of Holland. Victims of extremism, real life left-wing anarchist Theo Van Gogh and far-right political leader Pim Fortuyn weren't afraid to make their views known. 11-16 March The Velveteen Rabbit There was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid. He was fat and bunchy, as a rabbit should be, and for at least two hours the Boy loved him. Age 4+ From 29 March Hannah Hannah gets frustrated with the little things; her mum, on the other hand, is out at work, trying to save the world. But then Hannah's life is turned upside down and there are some very big decisions to be made. Age 11+, £10-£16 To 9 March

Bank of England Museum the back garden and his mum and dad are just too busy to notice. So Bernard tries to befriend the monster, and that doesn’t go quite to plan. Under 5s, £10-£16 To 9 March At The End of Everything Else When her best friend goes missing, Icka puts her inventive mind to the test and sets off on a mission over land and sea to save him. But nothing can prepare her for what she finds. Age 8+ From 29 March


NW1 2DB Georgians Revealed - Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain Tasteful and polite, or riotous and pleasureobsessed? Discover the Georgians as they really were, through the objects that tell the stories of their lives To 11 March

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Threadneedle Street EC2R 8AH Bank of England Museum EASTER EVENT – EGGonomics Follow the trail to find the chicks and egg hidden in the Museum. Create and decorate your own Easter basket to take home. There is a chocolate egg for every child and prizes to be won. 10am 4.30pm 7-17 April

Great Russell Street WC1B 3DG Sutton Hoo and Europe AD 300–1100 A new display of the British Museum’s unparalleled early medieval collections which include the famous Sutton Hoo treasure. From 27 March Vikings A major exhibition on the Vikings, developed in collaboration with the National Museum of Denmark and the Berlin State Museum. From 6 March

The Design Museum 28 Shad Thames SE1 2YD London In the Making Capturing over twenty objects mid-manufacture, putting the aesthetic of the unfinished centre stage. £12.40/£9.30, 6-16 yrs £5.60 To 4 May

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The Foundling Museum 40 Brunswick Square, Camden Town WC1N 1AZ Bach to Baby Led by classical musicians and singers, Bach to Baby concerts bring classical music to babies and their parents. 10am-11.30am, adults £10, children free 20 March Mother's Day at the Foundling Museum Bring your mum to the Foundling Museum on Mother’s Day and she will receive concession price admission. Open to families with children under the age of 18. 30 March

Shakespeare in London Join in the national celebration of Shakespeare Week with this art workshop inspired by the bard himself. Age 5-11, 11.30am–12.30pm & 2-3pm 22 March

The National Army Museum Royal Hospital Road SW3 4HT Unseen Enemy This special exhibition tells the story of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in recent conflicts, focusing on the British Army’s experience in Afghanistan. To 31 March

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Horniman Museum 100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ Extremes Calling all explorers! Come on an expedition to see how animals and plants survive in extreme heat, cold, dryness and constant darkness in this new family friendly exhibition

London Transport Museum Acton Depot 2 Museum Way, 118-120 Gunnersbury Lane W3 9BQ Depot Open Weekend They’re opening up the Museum Depot at Acton for a weekend in celebration of buses. Big ones, small ones, and even teeny weeny ones. 11am5pm, £10/£8 15-16 March

Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN Family Sundays Activities designed for families to enjoy and learn together, 11am and 3pm, free, age 5-11 Magic Carpet Storytelling Fly away on the magic carpet, coming to land in front of a different painting each day. Ages 2-5, 10.30-11am and 11.30am–12pm

National Maritime Museum Park Row, Greenwich SE10 9NF Nelson, Navy, Nation A major new permanent gallery looks at how the

The Museum Of London London Wall EC2Y 5HN The Cheapside Hoard: London's Lost Jewels A major exhibition investigating the secrets of the Cheapside Hoard. This priceless treasure of late 16th and early 17th century jewels and gemstones – displayed in its entirety for the first time in over a century – was discovered in 1912, buried in a cellar on Cheapside in the City of London. £8/£10 From 1 March

What’s on Royal Navy shaped individual lives and the course of British history over the tumultuous 18th century Turner and the Sea The first full-scale examination of J.M.W Turner’s lifelong fascination with the sea To 4 April

The Natural History Museum Cromwell Road SW7 5BD Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story What was Britain like when the first humans arrived on its shores? Travel back in time nearly one million years to uncover what life was really like for our ancient relatives. £9/£4.50 Dino Snores for Grown-ups Ever wondered what happens when the doors close at one of the world’s most famous natural history venues? Now you can find out as Dino Snores for Grown Ups, one of the UK’s most extraordinary sleepovers, is set to return as a regular event for 2014. £175 14 March Lates with MasterCard Visit the Museum after hours and experience London’s most unique Friday night out. 6pm10.30pm 28 March Wildlife Photographer of the Year Revealing nature photography in its purest form, this collection of images uniquely combines the work of talented young photographers and gifted amateurs with leading lights of the profession from around the globe. £12/£6 To 23 March Dino Snores Discover what really happens at the Museum when the staff and visitors have gone home. 7–11 years, 7pm, ends 9.50am the following day, £52 4 April

Science Museum Exhibition Road, South Kensington SW7 2DD Going Dark How far can you see? A mile? A hundred miles? Or to the furthest shores of the universe to a faraway galaxy? Age 14+, 2.30pm–4.30pm, £20/£15 5-9 March

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West India Quay, Canary Wharf E14 4AL International Women's Day Celebrate amazing London women with inspiring stories and creative art workshops. Age 3-11, 11am–4pm 8 March

Cambridge Heath Road E2 9PA Queen for a Day Celebrate Mothering Sunday by making your mum Queen-for-a-Day. Design a beautiful, curly swirly crown in Art Smarts. All ages 2-4pm

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What’s on 30 March Autism Awareness Week As part of Autism Awareness Week, the Museum invites families with children on the autistic spectrum to join them for art workshops led by Sibylle Janert from Mind Builders and live inclusive storytelling with Bag Books. Free sessions for ages 3+ and 8+. Book now as spaces are limited. 12-4pm 29 March

The Wallace Collection Hertford House, Manchester Square W1U 3BN Family Tour Explore the collection through new eyes and handle objects as you are guided through its intriguing corridors and magnificent rooms. Age 5+, 2.30pm 15 March Four Seasons Family Day Inspired by the Great Art Quest “Four Seasons” exhibition, make your own mini Time Machine. Follow the Four Seasons trail, draw paintings and objects about every month of the year. 10.30am–12.30pm and 2–4pm 8 March The Little Draw Free, drop-in drawing workshop for all ages and abilities. 1.30pm-4.30pm 5 April

Wandsworth Museum 38 West Hill SW18 1RX Ready, Steady, Play! Led playtime and songs for tots and their parents or carers. Age 6 months–3 years. £3 per child, book in advance. 10.15–11am, £3 6 and 20 March Songs and Stories for Terrific Tots Stories and playtime for tots and their parents or carers. Age 6 months–3 years. £3 per child, book in advance. 10.15–10.45am (followed by playtime), £3 13 and 27 March

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Try on period costume, handle artefacts and learn about the history of Fulham Palace. Free, no booking necessary. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 2pm-3.30pm 16 March

Hampton Court Palace Battersea Park Children Zoo Battersea Park SW11 4NJ Farm Animal Fun Day Calling all mini farmers! Find out who eats their greens the quickest! Help to prepare and feed some of the farm animals, and meet and stroke rabbits and guinea pigs. 11am–12.30pm & 1.30pm–3.30pm, usual entrance fees apply 15 March

The Chelsea Physic Garden 66 Royal Hospital Road SW3 4HS Mandrakes, Minibeasts, Medicines and Microscopes A combination of their Creepy Crawling and Garden Safari workshops. Age 7+, 10.30am2.30pm, entrance fees apply 8 April

Fulham Palace Bishops Avenue SW6 6EA Museum Drop in: Tudors

East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU The Royal Chocolate Kitchen Hampton Court Palace is opening the doors to the Royal Chocolate Kitchen. For many years the kitchen had been considered lost, however was recently found (miraculously with many of the original fittings preserved) and has been restored to its former glory. Amazing! Family Ghost Tours Join the State Apartment Warders for an early evening walking tour to hear stories of ghostly apparitions and paranormal activity at Hampton Court Palace. Age 6+, 6.30pm, £20/£10 Saturdays until 15 March

Kew Gardens Kew, Richmond TW9 3AB Charlie’s Chocolate Adventure Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate factory at Kew Gardens. Get your Golden Ticket and join in celebrating 50 WhippleScrumptious years of Charlie and Willy Wonka. £16/£14, children free

Visit 345 Nursery where “The Nursery offers an exceptionally welcoming and inclusive environment” (Ofsted November 2011). Children become independent inquisitive and motivated in this rich and vibrant learning environment. Great outdoor space! Options include Afternoon School, Lunch Club and Early Bird Club. Please contact us on 020-8870-8441 or Fitzhugh Grove, Trinity Road, London SW18 3SA


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What’s on From 5 April Osterley Park And House Jersey Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 4RB Families First Weekend - Family History Create your own family tree and take part in fun activities. 12-4pm, £25.50, National trust members and under 5’s free of charge 29-30 March

The Royal Observatory Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich SE10 9NF Meet The Neighbours Meet our neighbours in space in this entertaining interactive show, where you decide which planets to visit. 5yrs+, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.45pm, 1.45pm, Mon, Wed during term time only, £6.50/£4.50

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Brooklands Road, Weybridge KT13 0QN Brooklands Mini Day All types of Mini are invited to this annual event so expect displays in all areas of the Museum site. The first thousand Minis to arrive will receive a complimentary 2014 Brooklands Mini Day car sticker. £15/£13 22 March

Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7ZN Easter Egg-stravaganza Easter themed activities. Egg-citing fun for all the family! From 5 April

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Tower Hill EC3N 4AB Tower Twilight Tours Dare to take an evening tour as Yeoman Warders lead exclusive tours of the Tower, taking in some of the gruesome sights and spooky stories which make it world famous. Over 12’s only. Tours 7pm8.30pm Every Wednesday until 26 March Life in the Medieval Palace Step into a world of gallant knights and beautiful damsels, brutal lords and sturdy peasants. As King Edward I extends his fortifications and royal lodgings, there are skills to learn and friends to be made

Hill Hoath Road, Kent TN8 7AD Garden Open Day The Castle gardens will open for the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) Charity. Garden tours will be available with Castle staff and the Tea Room and much of the Castle will be open for the day too. Don't miss the spectacular display of daffodils on the East Meadow. £4.50 adults, children free 29 March Mothering Sunday Teas Reserve your table in the elegant White Rose Drawing Room or the grand Great Hall for a delightful traditional Mothering Sunday Cream Tea – a treat for Mums of all ages! Pre-booking essential, £15 30 March

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Queen Elizabeth, Barnes SW13 9WT Family Activities Create your own flying bird and learn more about the sounds that different birds make. Take up bird watching by making your own binoculars from recycled materials and then join their team in a hide to spot winter birds. Admission fees apply Every Sat, Sun to 30 March

Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6HE A Day Out With Thomas Thomas the Tank Engine will be at Tenterden Station with some of his friends including Sir Topham Hatt, The Fat Controller. £15/£12 Every Sat, Sun 15-23 March

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'village' on the one-acre castle vineyard. The tents sleep a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children. 2 night minimum stay at the weekend, individual nights can be booked Sunday to Thursday. From £185 From 29 March

Leeds Castle Maidstone, Kent ME17 1PL Knight’s Glamping Escape to the countryside for a glamorous camping holiday with a difference. Eight splendid striped pavilions based on a Medieval design, form a

Painshill Park Portsmouth Road, Cobham KT11 1JE Free Entry for Mothers’ Day Spend the day with your mother in the beautiful landscape of Painshill Park. Free to mothers when accompanied by their children. 11am-12.30pm, 10.30am–6pm 30 March

Water Birds Walk Learn all about the wetland birds with an expert guide, teaching you how to identify the different species and focusing on the activity on the Serpentine Lake. Please bring binoculars. 8+ years, advance booking required, 11am-12.30pm, £10/£5 16 March

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Royal Opera House WC2E 9DD Every Sunday in March. Family Sundays A new regular event for families to come and explore the Royal Opera House, its artists and the world of opera and ballet. Packed full of creative and practical activities for all the family including informal performances from Royal Ballet dancers, Jette Parker Young Artists and Musicians, plus interactive singing and dance activities. 12–4pm, £5 adults, £3 children. Some tickets available on the day

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‘The unique needs of the children are promoted exceptionally well and staff are committed to meeting children’s learning and welfare needs' (Ofsted Outstanding – December 2011) Please come and see us in action and capture the excitement of learning at Oaktree Nursery School Incorporating art, music, yoga, sport, cooking and drama and all aspects of the Early Curriculum.

• EYFS and Montessori Method of teaching (only accredited Montessori nurseries in SW12) • French, Ballet and Music classes • Morning, afternoon and full day sessions (term time only) Nightingale 1 Montessori: St Luke's Church Hall, 194 Ramsden Rd, SW12 Ofsted outstanding and MEAB Accredited Nightingale 2 Montessori: St Stephen's Church Hall, 35 Weir Rd, SW12 Ofsted good and MEAB Accredited Contact: Nightingale 1 Montessori 07958 567210 Nightingale 2 Montessori 07930 401769

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What’s on NCT Wimbledon & Wandsworth Monday Munchkins. Every Monday in March, 10am-12pm at Elim Church, High Path, South Wimbledon Breastfeeding Drop-in. Every Thursday in March, 10am–12pm, Gooseberry Bush Café (upstairs studio) Bumps and Babes. Every Friday in March, 10.30am–12pm, Wimbledon Park Pavilion Post-natal meet up. Every Friday in March, 1.30–3.30pm at Mood Food Café, 131 Penwith Rd, Earlsfield, SW18 4PZ French Coffee Morning Contact Teresa at info@leclubtricolore or 020 7924 4649 / 07889 967003 Every Wednesday morning in March Get together ‘between the Commons’ for coffee and to speak French for an hour. Lively discussions on a topic (articles are distributed in advance) and a great opportunity to practise your French

Dulwich Picture Gallery SE21 7AD First and last Sunday of March. Family Sundays Enjoy being creative together in these drop-in Artplay sessions, making everything from bunting to block prints. 2.10pm and 3.10pm, no booking necessary, free for families with a Gallery ticket or £3 per child

NCT Putney & Fulham 5 and 19 March. Fulham FC coffee morning 10am–12pm at Cafe at the Cottage, Fulham Football Club, Stevenage Road SW6 6HH. Join Debs if you’re new to the area, starting to get out with your baby or just need an excuse for a welldeserved cup of coffee 5 and 19 March. Putney new mums' group 10.30am–12.30pm at Tried and True Cafe, Upper Richmond Road SW15 6SP. Contact

Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses SE24 9BJ 6 March. World Book Day Storytelling Event Bring your favourite storybook (ideally with a garden theme) to share at this story-sharing session, followed by a trail around the gardens to find some famous book characters hiding in the undergrowth. A range of book-inspired craft activities will also be available. Free, drop-in event. 10.30-11.30am


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22 March. Science Week Family Event What do seeds need to grow? How do plants transport water? What does a bee look like under a microscope? All these questions and many more answered at this family drop-in event in honour of National Science Week. £3 per family, participate in as many experiments as you like. 10am-12pm 23 March. Junior Dig the Park Looking for an enjoyable family activity that will also benefit your local park, teach your children some gardening know-how and keep you all rosycheeked? Sow seed for Brockwell Park’s annual (and award-winning) wild flower meadow. Dress appropriately and get stuck in. Meet at the Community Greenhouses. 10.30am-12.30pm 30 March. Herbal Bath Bags for Mother’s Day Come to this drop-in event to make mum a beautiful herbal bath bag for Mother’s Day. £2.50 per child. 10am-12noon

First Aid for Life Balham and Westminster 7, 8 and 19 March. The Emergency Course A 3-hour course covering care of the unconscious baby and child as well as most commonly occurring injuries and illnesses such as choking, bleeding, breaks, bleeds, burns, head injury and febrile convulsions. 9.30am-12.30pm, £60/£65

Bach to Baby Concert The critically acclaimed classical concert series specifically designed for babies and carers to enjoy together. Treat yourself and introduce your wee ones to live classical music during the crucial years. Be amazed at how your child will appreciate the likes of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms! 7 and 19 March, 4 April at Holy Trinity Church, 234 Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SB 25 March at St John’s Fulham, North End Road SW6 1PB 14 and 21 March at St Luke’s Church, 194 Ramsden Road SW12 8RQ

Little Folk with Albo Concerts Colour House Theatre SW19 2RD 8 March. Concerts for children with folk songs, traditional children’s songs, American camp songs and sing-alongs. 10.30am, £4, Box Office 020 8542 5511

Celebrate Mother's Day with Kensington Mums on 15th March from 36pm at the Mosaic Room. Guest speakers includes Jo Tantum baby sleep expert, Saira Khan TV

presenter and Founder of Miamoo, Amanda Frolich UK's leading celebrity children's entertainer. Read full program here. VIP goody bag for the first 30 who walk in. For bookings please visit or email

Where is Wally Fun Run Take part in the run with Kensington Mums in Victoria Park 16th March 2014. All are welcome. Registration is £20 which includes a FREE Where’s Wally? costume. Plus races for under 8s - £10 entry which includes a FREE Where’s Wally? Costume. to take part.

Fulham Palace SW6 6EA 16 March. Museum Drop In: Tudors Try on period costumes, handle artefacts and learn about the history of Fulham Palace. Free, no booking necessary. Children must be accompanied by an adult, 2-3.30pm

Mum2Mum Market Sale Ricards Lodge High School, Lake Road, Wimbledon SW19 7HB 22 March. Buy top quality baby and children's clothes, toys, books and equipment at this awardwinning pop up market, or sell and keep 100% of the takings. £2

decorfest The decorcafe at King’s College School, Southside, Wimbledon Common SW19 4TT 23 March. A one-day festival to inspire and help you create a more personal home and garden, a celebration of style, a party with a purpose! 50 fabulous exhibitors, talks, creative workshops and activities for children. Tickets from £5, children free

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Families London South West is the really useful magazine for parents of 0-12 years old. This is our Childcare edition.