The essential magazine for parents of children aged 0–12
Issue 7: May/June 2012
✶ ee! r F London–Kent Borders
Brilliant party ideas for all ages • Your guide to the 10Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations
things to master before starting in Reception
A weekend break with Feather Down Farm • A family ticket to Diggerland • A family ticket to The Tiger Who Came to Tea •
Plus: News, ‘What’s on’ & much more inside! ★ For families living in the Bromley & Bexley boroughs, Dartford & the surrounding areas of Kent www.familieslondonkent.co.uk
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In this issue
4 News 5 Mothers mean Business 6 Education 6 Top 10 things your child should know before starting school 8â€“11 Party directory 12 Whatâ€™s On 13 Diamond Jubilee Celebrations 14 Local summer fairs 15 Out & about
With the Queenâ€™s Diamond Jubilee celebrations under way and the London 2012 Olympics just round the corner, there really is a reason to celebrate! This issue we have embraced the party mood and have lots of ideas to entertain you, so do have a look at our party directory. Plus we have some fantastic prizes to win including tickets to Diggerland and The Tiger Who Came to Tea plus a family weekend break with Feather Down Farm. To enter visit: www.familieslondonkent.co.uk/ competitions Plus, take part in our online readersâ€™ survey (www.familieslondonkent.co.uk) and you have a chance of winning ÂŁ100 worth of Mattel toys! Good luck and happy reading!
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News & Views
Local produce in Keston Local couple Sarah Clout and Gary Mercer are opening Holwood Farm Shop in Keston this summer, having transformed the original barn into an attractive, family-friendly building which will combine the best of a farmers market and a high street delicatessen. The farm shop will source the best local produce, top quality British products and ethical products from around the world. For more information visit www.holwoodfarm.co.uk
We’re all going to the Zoo On 15 May The Queen is visiting Bromley as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations! Bromley Council are planning an all day street party with entertainers and music to mark the special event, while the Queen’s Gardens and the Glades Shopping Centre will celebrate 60 years of British Fashion. More details will be released nearer the time at www.bromley.gov.uk/diamondjubilee
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Special Children’s Day returns to ZSL London Zoo on 19 May. The event caters specifically for families of children with disabilities, and includes British Sign Language interpreters at animal talks and demonstrations and guided ‘Touch Tours’ for visuallyimpaired children. Brand new for 2012, kids can learn some animal-themed sign language with Olli the signing monkey who is at the Zoo throughout the day. To book tickets or to find out more visit www.zsl.org/specialchildrensday
Studio 74’s new agency Studio 74 Dance and Theatre School in Bromley has opened an agency for children and young adults. They are searching for talented and confident individuals for jobs in TV, film, theatre, radio, advertising and modelling to add to their new Summer 2012 books. The Agency is led by Performing Arts agent Kemal Huzen who has worked with numerous artists, including Missy Elliott, Madonna, Girls Aloud and Sugarbabes, as well as West End Shows including West Side Story, Lion King, Fame and Hairspray. ‘We aim to make working in the Performing Arts fun and make each experience an exciting memory for the children to take with them and learn from,’ says Kemal. Kemal is looking for children from all walks of life but it is essential that they are happy and confident when performing. For further information call 020 82954255 or email kemal@ studio74agency.co.uk
Mothers Mean Business
Claudine Payne, mother of two and owner of Studio 74 in Bickley
Best foot forward
Is your family up for the great British Walking Challenge? The national charity Living Streets is urging all of us to mark May by leaving our cars at home and walking to and from school, work and the shops. According to recent research, only one in ten commuters walks to work, and a quarter of us admit we rarely walk for as much as 20 minutes at a time. But walking is one of the most effective forms of exercise - and it’s one of the simplest and cheapest . For information see www.living streets.org.uk
Child safety week After cancer, accidents are the biggest single killer of UK children – and even children who survive serious accidents are often left with injuries that take months or years to heal. This year’s Child Safety Week, 18–24 June, aims to raise awareness of accident prevention among parents and those who work with children, highlighting the hazards often present in day to day living. For information on the activities planned visit www.childsafetyweek.org.uk
Torch lights up Bexley On 18 May, the Olympic Torch Relay will start with a 70-day celebration that will bring the London 2012 Games to hundreds of communities across the UK. On 22 July at around 4pm it will arrive at Bexley. Torchbearers will then carry the Flame through the borough to an evening celebration at Danson Park. For more information visit www.bexley.gov.uk
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Tell us a little bit about your business. Studio 74 is a dance and theatre school in Bickley for adults and children of all ages offering everything from ante-natal classes to baby ballet to hip hop to teenage bootcamp to zumba to over 50s dance fitness! What made you set up Studio 74? I am a qualified pre-school teacher and qualified IDTA dance teacher, having studied at the Laban Centre, and I always wanted to work with children so I could combine my love of dance and theatre with kids. I wanted to do something I would enjoy doing and to make performing arts fun for children. I started to look for premises in January 2010 and it was pure luck that I came across the building the following July. It was a Ballroom and Latin school and the current owner was retiring after running it since 1974. We started the refurbishment in January 2011 and had moved in by June 2011. How does it fit in with family life? I have two children of 7 and 13. It has been hard as they were so used to having me at home but they have been involved with the business since the start. It’s long hours so my partner helps more and I have fantastic support at home. I have had to learn not to worry about the little things and have to manage my time more efficiently! Both my children come and do their classes here and it is becoming a great place for my son and his friends to get together and it keeps them away from the playstation! My daughter also helps out with the baby ballet on Saturday mornings and has decided she wants to be a ballet teacher when she grows up! What do you like most about working for yourself? Being able to juggle my time if I really need to – especially for my children. I also get to see the children who come to the school grow and develop – it is amazing to see a child that was shy when they first arrive standing up on the stage singing their heart out. I have a great team and love going to work – no day is the same and I get to be creative and meet new people every day.
What are the worse bits? The hours are really long and you never get to switch off, which can be hard. It is a big responsibility and can be very challenging. Where do you go from here? We would like to expand and I would love to see our Agency grow and see more of our kids in TV, theatre and panto! I would like to eventually open a vocational school for young performers. What advice would you give to anyone wanting to set up in business? Be prepared to work long hours. Don’t give up and if possible pick something you feel passionate about – it does become a huge part of your life and you have to give 100%. Ask family and friends for support as you will need it! My Mum is my rock – she has been a grumpy fairy, a pirate, a princess, a bunny and loves to be involved! Finally, what is your top tip for a good work/life balance? Try and share some of your responsibilities and have a good supportive team. My team at work are amazing and I am able to leave work and feel like they care as much as I do. Do take some time off and when you are with your family try to make sure you switch off from work. Studio 74 St Augustines Avenue, Bromley, BR2 8AG, 020 82954255, email@example.com, www.studio74dance.co.uk
News & Views Count down to starting in Reception
As soon as you find out which school your child is going to this September, it’s time to start preparing. Fellow Families editor Sarah Butters shares her top 10 tips for a stress-free start Can they dress themselves? Imagine the scene. One teacher faced with 30 children and their coats. By the time each child is ready, playtime is over. If your child is able to go some way to helping, they may get some fresh air! If you can see buttons becoming a problem during the post PE change, invest in elasticated waistbands. Avoid tights in the early days as they can also lead to unnecessary bathroom accidents. With shoes, stick to Velcro fastenings which your child can do themselves. Are they used to sharing? Sharing is a vital skill if you want your child to settle in and make friends easily. Start to make a point of praising your pre-schooler for sharing their bag of figures or last few treats. Can they use the toilet on their own? Reception classrooms usually have a toilet nearby but children are expected to use it on their own. That can mean less confident children avoid a visit until it’s too late. Encourage your child to begin taking toilet trips without you to build their confidence. Are they able to eat independently? Lunchtimes can be a real flashpoint in the early days of your child’s school life. Dinner halls are noisy places and can
make a child feel overwhelmed. Make sure they arrive at school able to use a knife and fork. If they’re opting for a packed lunch, make sure they can open a yoghurt, put a straw in a juice box and unpeel a banana. Are they able to recognise their name? If your child can recognise their name, they’ll be able to find their peg, identify their drawer in the classroom and find their cardigan if it gets misplaced. Starting school can make even the most confident child feel a little lost. If they can locate important places, it will make them feel more in control. Can they use scissors? Teachers look for this in the early stages of Reception to evaluate dexterity, so get crafty over the next few months. Do they understand discipline? It’s important your child understands what’s expected of them when they arrive at school. They need to know hitting, kicking, biting and hair pulling will not be tolerated. Not only will it bring your child to the attention of the head teacher for all the wrong reasons, but it will make them unpopular with their classmates. Can they communicate with an adult? Giving your child the skills to communicate with their teacher means they will be able to have some control. How else will they ask to go to the toilet or let their teacher know they don’t understand the work? Encourage your child to ask and even practice with a raised hand
at home to make sure they understand the most appropriate way of getting a grown up’s attention. Are they able to count? If your child can count up to 20, and count back from 10, this will give them a really good head start. Use some of their favourite toys or foods to make counting fun. Lay out 10 grapes and get them to eat them one by one, counting as they go. It will give them confidence and help them see learning as fun. Can they follow simple instructions? The school day is full of instructions. Your child will be asked to put coats on pegs, bring packed lunches into classrooms and sit cross legged on the carpet for circle time. If a child is used to following instructions, they will avoid being reprimanded. Start giving your child simple tasks – perhaps helping with the weekly shop or with some easy jobs around the house. It will prepare them for school life.
USEFUL BOOKS: • I am too Absolutely Small for School (Charlie and Lola) by Lauren Child • Topsy and Tim Start School by Jean Adamson • Starting School Sticker Book (Usborne) by Felicity Brooks • Going to School (Usborne First Experiences) by Anna Civardi • Starting School by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
New phonics tests are to be introduced to all Year 1 pupils this summer. The test will take place between 18 and 22 June, with the aim of identifying children who need extra help and who can then be given support to improve their reading skills. Visit www.education.gov.uk
11+ Mock Tests 11+ Mock Tests will be running tests on 6 June, 23 July and 13 August at Crofton Halls in Orpington. Exam fees are £12.50 per subject and detailed feedback is available for a further £5; this includes a detailed report of your child’s strengths and weaknesses, access to mock test questions and answers and your child’s answer papers returned. 0800 242 5525, www.11plusmocktests.com
Year 7 selection tests: key dates May: Registration for Bexley Secondary Selection Tests begins, for further details visit www.bexley.gov.uk 2 July: Final date for registration for Kent Selection tests, for further details visit www.kent.gov.uk 6 July: Final date for receipt of SIF by St Olave’s Grammar School, Orpington (www.saintolaves.net) and Newstead Wood School, Orpington (www. newsteadwood.bromley.sch.uk)– forms can be downloaded from their respective websites.
Independent School Open Days • Breaside Preparatory School, Bromley (020 8460 0916) 17 May, 2pm–3.30pm 22 June, 9.30am–12pm • Bromley High School, Bromley (020 8781 7000)
14 May, from 2pm (visit www. bromleyhigh.gdst.net to register) • Farringtons School, Chislehurst (020 8467 0256) 10 May & 15 June, 9am–11am
• Merton Court Preparatory School, Sidcup (0208 300 2112) 2 May, 5.30pm–8.30pm • Wickham Court School, West Wickham (020 8777 2942) 12 & 13 June, 9.30am–12pm
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Birthday Party Bash at Bromley Ski & Snowboard Centre 01689 876812 For a party with a difference why not take to the slopes? The one hour session consists of skiing (with instruction) and tobogganing, and a birthday tea can be arranged in the Ski Lodge afterwards.
Watersports Birthday Parties at Danson Watersports Centre 020 8303 2828 Enjoy your birthday on the water with a fun-filled, action packed party – kayaking or sailing available. Birthday parties with a difference for 8 to 16s.
Chislehurst Caves 020 8467 3264 Hear about the ghosts and maybe explore some low tunnels during your own private tour, followed by a cold buffet meal in the Caves Café. Diggerland 0871 22 77 007, www.diggerland.com Want to enjoy an exciting party with a difference? Be the envy of your friends by having your party at Diggerland! The party includes unlimited rides and drives on real construction machinery and an exclusive lunchbox party meal. It’s guaranteed fun for everyone! Parties available weekends and every day during the school holidays.
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Cupcake Decorating Party 07802 795 846 ( Olwyn), firstname.lastname@example.org Fancy something a little different for your child’s party? Cupcake decorating parties hosted by Bella’s Cupcakes are great fun for all ages! A variety of packages available. Cookies Kitchen 07749 927 783 (Maxine) Cookies Kitchen brings the magic of the kitchen to you or your hired venue. As well as all the fun, they provide all the equipment, ingredients, aprons and takeaway boxes, etc. Suitable for ages 4 to adult!
Little Kickers Football 01293 226201, email@example.com Enjoy these hour-long sessions of fun and energetic football related activities and games suitable for children aged 2–7.
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Outdoor Parties at Kent Country Parks firstname.lastname@example.org Activities for 4 to 12s include pond dipping, mini beast safari, craft activities, scavenger hunt, hedgehog trail and bushcraft. Venues include Lullingstone Park and Trosley Park (01322 865995, Pauline Allen) and
Viva La Foto Photo Party 020 8466 6055, email@example.com This is an experience you will never forget! The party includes one hour with a professional photographer (bring different outfits to get plenty of variation in your photos) and up to 40 high res edited images on a
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Budding pop stars can record their own pop songs in the new recording studio at Studio 74 in Bromley (above) Photo shoot parties are a great way for your child to spend their birthday. Why not try Viva la Foto or Smile Please (below)?
PipSqueaks Music, Dance, Games & Craft Parties 01689 823880 (Jo), havefun@ pipsqueaksmusic.co.uk Choose from 45 minutes of singing and instruments for toddlers, to 90 minutes of fabulous music, games, dancing, craft and face painting! Parties can also be themed: Princess, Pirates, Flamenco, Hannah Montana, teddies picnic, sports day plus much more! Pipsqueaks offers the complete party package for children under 8. Parties at Studio 74 020 8295 4255, email@example.com This is a perfect venue for your child’s party, offering a variety of tailor-made themed parties for all ages, including: princess, pirate, fairy, baby ballet, bunny beats music and enchanted forest themed, cheerleading, musical theatre, drama parties, street dance – your wish is their command. The popstar parties are popular with little ones up to teenagers; from the moment they arrive they will be treated like popstars with a glass of bubbly (lemonade) on arrival, red carpet treatment and the chance to record songs of their choice with the creative team!
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Horse Riding Parties at Chelsfield Equestrian Centre 01689 855603 This tailormade party is based around the number of children, their individual needs and their riding ability – for example, a group of eight would have half an hour’s riding tuition in groups of four. Each child receives a rosette, and a birthday cake can be provided if arranged in advance. Horse Riding Parties at Mount Mascal Stables 020 8300 3947 Enjoy a 40–45 minute ride followed by food and drinks in the clubroom. All guests receive a rosette and balloon and the birthday child receives an £18 lesson voucher. Farmyard Birthday Parties at ChristmasTree Farm 01689 861603 (Sue or Eleanor) For a stress free party head to the farm. After saying hello to the ani-
mals, visit the farm-themed party room where the children will enjoy party food and games. Food and decorations are provided and extras are available at time of booking. The party costs £10 per child (includes entrance and bucket of food for the animals) for a maximum of 20 children. After school parties available May to July. Eagle Heights’ Birthday Parties 07565 397 632 (party planner) The party includes a reptile show, an animal display, lunch and face painting. Parties can be arranged for a maximum of 16 children (£16 per child) and includes free entry for two adults. Kent Life 01622 621249 (Natalie), email@example.com Want a fun-filled, stress free party to remember? Feed the Farmyard, Groom-a-Goat, Paint-a-Pot – just some of the options available. Great value from £11 per child. Parties at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park 01303 264647 For a party to remember, book a fun filled adventure on the wild side. The hospitality and event co-ordinator is on hand to make sure you have a fun-filled day, from going on safari, watching the apes being fed to a birthday lunch and dancing. Personalised cakes and goodie bags can be arranged at booking.
Party Paraphernalia Cakes Galore & More 07775 658 999 (Joanne) Bespoke handmade cakes for all occasions
– the perfect cake for any wedding, Christening, birthday or event. Your cake will be custom made, so call to discuss your requirements and for a no obligation quote. Leisure King 07505 078 463, www.leisureking.biz Equipment hire for everything from birthday parties and christenings to school events. Equipment includes candy floss, popcorn, slush drinks and hot dog machines, a bucking rodeo bull and sumo wrestling suits. Party Box www.partybox.co.uk Party supplies and products, plus personalised banners, sashes and ribbons available. Free delivery on orders over £25. Party Pieces www.partypieces.co.uk Party products galore – they have it covered from baby showers to 100th birthday parties. SweetTea Party – Vintage Crockery Hire 020 8306 5290, 07803 091 480, firstname.lastname@example.org www.sweetteaparty.co.uk Sweet Tea Party provides a vintage crockery hire service in and around London for any type of event including birthday parties, weddings, baby showers, children parties, christenings, themed parties, corporate events or afternoon teas. Packages available include Alice in Wonderland, Teddy Bear Tea Party, Pretty Baby Shower, Vintage Tea Party or you can simply hire individual items you need; decoration and set up services are available also.
Win a Family TickeT To DiggerlanD Diggerland in Strood, Kent (www.diggerland.com) is giving away a family ticket* to one lucky winner!
Diggerland is the ultimate adventure park experience where children and adults can drive REAL construction machinery. With over 15 rides and drives there’s something for everyone, from the ‘Spindizzy’ ride, to the monster JCB 3CX. Or you can relax and take in the views, from 50ft in the air on our ‘Skyshuttle’. Diggerland is open weekends and school holidays, from 10am – 5pm.
To win a family ticket visit www.familieslondonkent.co.uk/competitions * A family ticket consists of four tickets – all participating visitors must be over 90cm.
All entries must be received by 30 June 2012.
Sweeties PartyTime 07811 543 441, email@example.com www.sweetiespartytime.co.uk This childrenâ€™s party planner can provide you with any childrenâ€™s entertainment from face painters, Henna painters, clowns, party games, Punch & Judy shows, magicians, party food, party bags and much more.
Venues Blend Bar & Grill 020 8298 0284 www.blendbarandgrill.com/ index_files/privatehire.htm Blend in Bexleyheath is a perfect venue for a wedding breakfast, family celebration, Christening Party or any other special occasion. They can prepare a delicious buffet or design a bespoke sit down menu to match your exact requirements, complete with live entertainment. Gambado, Beckenham 020 8662 6910, www.gambado.com Party packages include Tiger Tots Parties for children aged 4 and under, Tiger Party for children aged 1 to 4 and Tiger Party for children aged 5 to 12. Each party lasts for two hours and includes a party buffet, partyware, unlimited drinks, balloons and your very own party host to make the most of this special event. Gymboree Bromley 020 8313 3921, firstname.lastname@example.org Choose your childâ€™s favourite theme and theyâ€™ll create a private, personalised party filled with activities guaranteed to be 100% fun with zero clean up! Located at The Glades Shopping Centre. Mytime Active Parties www.mytimeactive. co.uk/leisure/childrenâ€™s-parties Party activities take place at
Mytime venues throughout the Bromley borough and include buzz zone soft play, swimming, sport and dance parties, plus hall and venue hire available. To book a party contact the venue directly (see website for details). Party Bus 01689 858664, email@example.com www.kidspartybus.com Hop aboard this vintage bus and they will do the rest as you follow their motto: â€˜No mess, no fuss have your fun childrenâ€™s party on our busâ€™. Party Mania www.leisurecentre.com Pop down to your local leisure centre for a wide variety of party packages to thrill even the most active children. Participating leisure centres include: Crook Log (020 8304 9090), Erith (01322 350271), Fairfield Pool and Leisure Centre in Dartford (01322 224400) and Sidcup (0208 302 0556). Penshurst Place 01892 870307, firstname.lastname@example.org Have your childâ€™s party at Penshurst Place & Gardens! Party picnic bags and hot menus available from the Garden Tea Room. Email or call for further information and a booking form.