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Issue 10 Jan/Feb 2013

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Welcome Letter from the Editor

Welcome Happy New Year to all of our readers! I hope that you have all enjoyed the Festive Season and had some time to sit back, relax and have some quality family time together. We are kick starting the New Year as always with our Nurseries Issue, so if you are looking at enrolling your little one, then we have some top tips for you on choosing the right setting for you and your child. I also wanted to say a huge thank you to St Dominic’s Priory School in Stone for providing us with a great front cover image of one of their nursery pupils. We also have the start of 2013’s Health Feature which this issue looks at Coeliac Disease and also our Bumps and Beyond ‘Sling debate’. You will find that our What’s On is a little thin on the ground but don’t worry, it’s because most people were still focussing on Christmas whilst we were compiling this so make sure that you check out the up to date What’s On listings online at www.familiesstaffordshire.co.uk I hope that you enjoy reading this issue and don’t forget to stay up to date with all of the Families news by ‘Liking’ us on Facebook www.facebook.com/FamiliesStaffordshire.

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In this issue...

4...............................................................................NEWS 6...................................................NURSERY/EDUCATION 12........................................................BUMPS & BEYOND 14........................................................................ HEALTH 15 &16 ..........................................................WHAT’S ON

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News Staffordshire woman tops Amazon best-seller charts

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A life and business coach from Staffordshire has topped the Amazon.co.uk business bestseller charts with the release of her first book ’21 Ways to Manage the Stuff that Sucks Up Your Time.’

GET CRAFT Y AND SUPPORT DISABLED CHILDREN Leading children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation is calling on all crafters to support disabled and terminally ill children around the UK.

Grace Marshall, a mother of two from Stafford, is celebrating after the book reached number 1 in the ‘Time Management’, ‘Business Management’ and ‘Small Business and Entrepreneurship’ categories on the renowned retailer’s website on its first day of release.

Whatever your craft, getting involved is simple.

Grace, who works with business owners to help them achieve their business and personal goals, is the first UK author to gain a publishing agreement from the US publishers of the ‘21Ways’ book series.

Alternatively spread the word or simply donate cash.

As an accredited NLP practitioner and experienced business coach, Grace specialises in helping business owners to make the most of their time through a combination of face-to-face, online and audio coaching. She also runs a Busy Mums Networking group in Stafford which supports mothers who run their own businesses, and shares her tips regularly with 3,200 twitter followers worldwide.

For further details

21 Ways to Manage the Stuff that Sucks Up Your Time is available to buy online for £3.97 from Amazon, WH Smiths, Waterstones and all good online book shops.

Either make something and sell it at local sales and donate the proceeds to Newlife or donate your handcrafted goods and we’ll sell it for you.

Newlife guarantees that 100 per cent of funds received will directly support disabled children in your area.

contact Vicky Jones or Anna Szymczak on 01543 468888 or go to: getcrafty@newlifecharity.co.uk.

NCT Stafford, Chase & District -

part of the UK’s largest parenting charity, are looking for enthusiastic people to join our team of volunteers. We offer Bumps & Babies groups, Nearly New Sales and more. Roles are varied, interesting and fun – there’s something for everyone, even if you only have limited time available. Support is given by the team – you’ll get a sense of pride and achievement, and make new friends! Interested? Contact Sarah by phone: 08442436278 or E-mail: secretary@nctstafford.org.uk http://www.nct.org.uk/branches/stafford-chase-district/get-involved. Or come to our branch meeting: 23/01/2013, 8pm, County Staff Club, 77 Eastgate Street, ST16 2NG. Babes in arms welcome.

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News

Relax Kids

Keep Staffordshire’s ‘Hearts Alive’ Stafford Mum Polly Paine , owner of ‘All Your Training Needs’ has recently been working with the UK’s largest independent First Aid training and supplies company Nuco Training Ltd on a campaign promoting First Aid and CPR training in the community.

My name is Su, and I have been teaching yoga, relaxation and meditation to adults for over twelve years. Earlier this year I trained in the Relax Kids method and I am now offering workshops for children and training for staff in schools across Staffordshire. Child anxiety, worry and stress is a growing problem. Pupils who are exposed to relaxation have been found to be more positive, happy, productive and focussed, and improvements can be seen in emotional literacy, concentration, self esteem and social interaction. The Relax Kids classes explore high and low energy states in order to show children what it is like to feel their mind and body truly relax. Relax Kids created the 7 steps to relaxation: movement, games, stretching, massage, breathing, affirmations and visualisations. The programme integrates nicely into the National Curriculum, fitting in with emotional learning units - SEAL, PSHE, circle time and healthy schools. It is suitable for children from pre-school up to post-16. If you are interested in having some relaxation classes, please get in touch at justbeyoga@hotmail.com or call 07707 668710.

The national campaign, Hearts Alive, provides people and their communities with the facility of free online training and the opportunity to purchase a certificate and guidebook to recognise that training. By completing this training and making the purchase (£7.50), the purchaser is also enabling a £2 donation to be gifted (by Hearts Alive) to a community project of their choice. This £2 will go into a ‘pot’, much like a Just Giving site, towards a defibrillator or other First Aid supplies for the community project of choice. In addition, community organisations such as schools, sports clubs, retirement housing, WI, in fact any organisation, can set up a campaign and raise funds to put a defib into (or near) their building or site. The reason for this project is the sharp increase in cases of sudden cardiac arrest and a lack of instant emergency care and resources in these situations prior to paramedic arrival on scene. One of the most reported occurrences of a sudden cardiac arrest, you may recall, was Mwamba, the Bolton Wanderers footballer, who would not have survived had it not been for the quick reactions of the people around him, their training and the speedy use of a defibrillator. For more information on this project: visit www.heartsalive.co.uk (using promotional code AA5 if you wish to get involved). Alternatively you can contact Polly on 07553 222 260

In the meantime, feel free to have a look at the website. There are many free exercises and articles that explore relaxation that you can print out and try at www.relaxkids.com

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Nursery/Education

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

By Joanna Moorhead

Is a nursery the right choice for you?

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tudies show that attending nursery can increase a child’s confidence, because it involves mixing with adults and other children from outside the family group. It gives children social skills, and experience from an early age of an environment outside the home. The nursery ‘key worker’ scheme, under which each child is allocated a special member of staff with whom they can bond, helps provide security.

Healthy food and menus are another big plus of most nursery provisions; staff work hard to ensure children are given a balanced diet. As your child gets older, play and learning opportunities will be targeted appropriately as staff are trained in what young children can do when, and will be conscious of a child’s likely interests and potential.   Nurseries work best for parents who have regular working hours, because it’s difficult and sometimes impossible for staff to deal with erratic patterns of collection and drop-off. Nurseries often open early in the morning and some close late in the evening, but they are not as flexible as say, a nanny or a childminder. On the other hand, they have the big advantage that only very, very rarely will they be closed at short notice, so they’re more reliable than one carer who may be ill or have to cope with a sudden family emergency.   They may be prohibitively expensive if you have more than one child, although many nurseries do offer a sibling reduction. But if you can fit around its opening hours, if your budget stretches to the fees, and if you like the idea of a social environment and a place with plenty of activities and trained carers, a nursery could be the place for your child and for you.

How to reduce nursery costs The government is currently considering cutting staff-to-child ratios in nurseries as a way of reducing what many see as unsustainable prices, but the move is controversial, and organisations such as the Preschool Learning Alliance is warning such a change could risk children’s safety and well-being. Under current regulations, there must be one staff member for every three under-twos, and one for every four children aged two and three.   Most nurseries provide funded places for three to four year olds under the government free nursery education scheme. If your child is younger, check whether your employer can offer help towards your nursery costs through the childcare voucher scheme. Under this, money is taken out of your pay packet before deductions, giving you savings on tax and National Insurance. In return, you are given a voucher or e-voucher that you forward to your nursery and the amount is deducted from your bill. So it’s a way of getting more childcare for your money, though it requires your employer’s co-operation.

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You may also qualify for help towards your childcare through Child Tax Credits. For more information call the Tax Credit Helpline on 08453 003900.

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How to choose the right nursery

Start your nursery search well ahead of the time when you’re

actually going to need to leave your child; the more confident you are of the choices you make, the happier you’ll be when it comes to the day you have to head back to the office. Ask around so you get other parents’ views on what nurseries are like in your area. Make a shortlist of ones that might work for you. Remember to take geography into account. How easy will it be for you and/ or your partner to do the drop off/collect? and don’t hesitate to ask to visit a second time. Make sure you read the most recent Ofsted inspection report for the nurseries you are considering, and ask whether they have any awards of excellence. Be guided by your instincts when looking at a nursery. It may seem a cliché to say, “do the children look happy?” but it is an important barometer of whether a nursery is good. Be aware of the quality of both indoor and outdoor play areas; are the spaces pleasant, bright, welcoming, and do they seem safe? Ask about meals, how the food is prepared, and what time meals are served. Are you able to provide input for your child’s food choice or suggestions for what s/he would like to eat, or recipes? What kinds of snacks are provided and how often are they available?   Watch the children while they’re playing, and pay attention to how much they’re interacting with the staff. How do the staff come across? Do they seem happy, relaxed, fun to be around? Do you feel comfortable talking to them? Do they seem interested in your child and his/her likes/dislikes and interests?   Ask about organised play sessions - weekly music groups, perhaps, or storytelling. Are there trips to the library, and to the park? How are these organised, and how often do they take place?   Make sure you understand what the nursery charges, how payment is made, and exactly what the fees include (for example, do they cover meals, nappies, outings). How many weeks a year is the nursery open? How are parents involved in the nursery, and are there opportunities for parents to meet up?

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Nursery/Education Eccleshall Preschool Eccleshall Preschool is a fantastic facility for children aged 2-5 in the heart of the beautiful Staffordshire village of Eccleshall. Eccleshall Pre-school provides sessional care for children aged two to five. We also offer eBASH, (Eccleshall Before and After School and Holiday club) for children age 2-11. We are based within the Eccleshall community centre. We have a fantastic new outdoor area with a large shelter to enable us to use the area whatever the weather. We are OFSTED registered and received a ‘good’ grade at our last inspection in October 2009. eBASH is open during term time and all school holidays except Christmas. The Pre- school is open 39 weeks each year, during term time including teacher training days. We open weekdays from 7.30am until 6pm, with care being offered for various sessions throughout the day. We also collect children from and take them to, the nursery class at Bishops Lonsdale School, thereby offering a wrap around option. If you would like more information Contact us on 01785 859578 or visit www.eccleshallpreschool.co.uk

Trentham Pre School Trentham Pre School operates from a purpose built premises during term time. The Pre School is committed to providing a stimulating learning environment in which all children can flourish. The Team at the Pre School have recently completed their level one Stoke Speaks Out Training and have been creating a builders yard in the outdoor play area as their level 2 project. The children raised funds with a sponsored Autumn Walk and parents were asked to donate any old tools and materials. The idea of the area is to enhance all areas of the curriculum in particular communication and language, by helping to extend the children’s vocabulary, responding to instructions and directions. Staff have been impressed with the children’s ability in handling some of the new equipment such as real hammers and screw drivers and feel that children are beginning to use communication as means to expressing feelings and new ideas. If you would like more information about Trentham Pre School please visit www.trenthampreschool.co.uk

News from St.Dominic’s Priory School, Stone – Early Years We are delighted to announce that due to demand we are expanding our Nursery to offer a further 17 places in the New Year. Our ISI report stated ‘The outcomes for children in the EYFS are outstanding. Children are very happy and greatly enjoy their time in the setting. They feel safe and secure because they receive regular reassurance and encouragement from the staff’. Our pupils have access to the beautiful grounds of St Dominic’s School, as well as their own outdoor learning areas. Why not come along and see for yourself? Some Dates in the New Year for your diary…. Early Years and Prep Performing Arts Show on the 12th February – 2pm in the Priory Hall, an afternoon of singing, music, dance and drama. Open Day on the 9th March - 9.30am to 1pm, we hope to see you or alternatively please book a taster day at your convenience. Please visit www.stdominicspriory.co.uk for more information or call 01785 814 181

Voyage @ Flash Ley - A Journey of Change Change can be a difficult concept in any work or home environment, but in September 2009, Flash Ley Primary School, in Stafford, embarked on a journey that would change the way families access childcare whilst encompassing the school day. The aim was to create a provision that would improve the lives of children and families in the Flash Ley Community, but this successful venture now welcomes families from throughout the Stafford area. A recent open evening celebrated further expansion to premises which provide children aged 2-11 years with a bespoke suite of rooms where families are offered flexible, high quality and affordable services. During any journey the call is heard, “Are we nearly there yet?” Unlikely, as Voyage will continue to change and evolve in order to provide a positive impact on children’s development throughout their learning journey. ‘Excellence is a journey never a destination!’ If you would like more information Tel: 01785 356642 or Email: office@flashley.staffs.sch.uk

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Nursery/Education Midway Academy Midway Academy on Bramshall Road in Uttoxeter specialises in providing a loving, nourishing environment for your special little one and is proud to announce the recent redecoration of its dedicated baby room. Manager Stephanie Wilks said ‘We really want our baby room to be a special place, where parents feel happy leaving their precious child for the first time. Returning to work can be a difficult time for parents, but we aim to help as much as possible by making your baby our top priority and ensuring that they’re as happy as can be’. Recent additions to the room include a range of sensory lights and the room twinkles as children find snuggly corners to curl up in. Older children have endless fun in the Forest Area and love getting out and about to see what is going on in the community. Why not pop by at any time to see what they can offer you and your little one? For further information on the Midway Academy call Stephanie on 01889 562089.  

Take a fresh look at Newcastle-under-L yme Junior School Our pupils thrive in a happy learning environment that nurtures the individual child. We encourage pupils to realise their full potential in and out of the classroom, with a focus on helping your child to develop good skills for learning. Our children enjoy excellent sport, drama and music facilities, and develop in a family atmosphere with enthusiastic, caring staff. We have a wonderful range of extra curricular activities for your child to enjoy, and we benefit from the superb facilities of our Senior School, including the science laboratories, swimming pool, all-weather pitch, rugby, cricket and athletic fields and our new partnership with Badminton England. You couldn’t give your child a happier start to their education.   The best way to see the opportunities available for your child is to visit us on a School day.  To arrange a visit please call Janet Hargreaves on 01782 664625. www.nuls.org.uk

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Get a HEAD start Our head teachers’ column written by Harvey Trump - Head Teacher at St Dominic’s High School for Girls and St Dominic’s Prep School, Brewood.

Happy New Year! As we enter into 2013 many of us, like me, may have already reneged on our New Year Resolutions! What we must do is try and reinstate them and look at why we felt they were important in the first place and why they fell by the way side. Perhaps you took on too much or your intentions, good in the first instance, had not been planned to ensure success. A key part of this is good organisation and this is important for each young person’s development. Whether this is just the simple task of remembering something to take to school, perhaps a new present to a ‘show and tell’ in their setting, or their PE kit, their books or their homework! The big question for us as parents is how much help do we give them and when do we look to give them greater independence and responsibility? Like New Year resolutions these intentions can be soon fall away as routines set in and we return to ‘old ways’. The sense of independence and responsibility are vital as our children prepare for adult life. Even under two year olds strive for more independence. From this age, you should encourage your child to make simple choices about their lives. From 18 months our ‘littlest people’ whose nearest and dearest are warm, sensitive, and responsive, learn that the world is safe and adults can be trusted. These infants develop a ‘secure attachment’ and more willingly explore independently, coming back to us when afraid or threatened. Research has shown that when parents are too controlling our children do not take responsibility for their actions, whilst those who provide clearly defined boundaries and therefore a degree of freedom see their children develop a sense of responsibility. Thus we should all look to nurture these qualities which for really young people could simply be choosing which coloured top to wear or helping with simple household tasks. Central to the success of his development is not only giving them the freedom to develop but with plenty of praise too. Having said this, as they develop, experiencing the consequences of certain actions are also important, so if they leave their homework at home or their bike outside on a rainy day, try to avoid correcting their actions for them; letting children make mistakes and then supporting them to learn from them is a crucial part of their development in becoming successfully independent. Good luck! I would like to wish all the ‘Families’ readers a Happy New Year from us all at St. Dominic’s High School for Girls, and the Preparatory and Pre-Preparatory Departments.

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Clubs & Classes

Watching your precious newborn, probably the last thing you’re thinking is that pretty soon they’ll need to start exercising. But it’s true! The first year of a baby’s life is one of the most important in terms of their long term development. It’s a time when their brain will grow more rapidly than at any other, and every movement your baby makes helps strengthen this growth. Swimming is one of the few things you can do from birth, and it’s also one of the healthiest activities for you too! Babies are able to exercise every single muscle in their body – including some they would never even find on land so what better way to do this than with national award winning Water Babies’ baby swimming classes. Winners of six national awards, they have just been named ‘Best UK medium sized franchise!’ Free taster sessions available across Staffordshire and Cheshire. For more information call the office on 01270 611 111 or email swim2me@waterbabies.co.uk

Shine like a Star with Marye Humphreys School of Dance Marye Humphreys offers the highest quality training in all aspects of dance and performing arts. Our staff are fully qualified and our exam results are exemplary. We are delighted to have taken part in ‘Snow Business’ in December and are looking forward to our next big production in July. Join us now to ensure your place on Stage. Contact 01782 623155 email tappydog@hotmail.com  find us on facebook (Marye Humphreys School of Dance)

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Bumps & Beyond image courtesy of www.nctshop.co.uk

Sling when you’re winning! With baby wearing on the increase as many mums choose to follow in the footprints of their ancestors and get back to nature by carrying their little ones; are we about to wave bye bye to the humble pushchair? We spoke to 2 local mums with very different opinions and asked them ‘to wear’ or ‘not to wear’…

TO WEAR

NOT TO WEAR

Name Drea Age 25 From Newcastle-UnderLyme Mum to James-Scott age 4 and Cassie-Leigh 13 weeks 5 days  

Name Cheryl Age 33 From Trentham Mum to Sam age 3

What made you decide to use a sling? As a breastfeeding mum I use feeding time as a chance to bond with my child and the sling offers a closeness to her that using my arms could ruin for me as its difficult to get positioning correct with your arms especially as your child grows and puts extra weight on and the sling offers a nice cover to save feeling shy etc when feeding out. What did you find were the benefits to using a sling? My daughter is that child every parent dreads. The one who hates being left on her own for longer than two minutes ,with the sling I can be with her as she sleeps to the beat of my heart and also do my washing at the same time. When going out for walks with my 4 year old and dog it makes leaving the house a doddle as I just put Cassie in the sling and off we go without worrying about the ground we will cover as there are no pesky wheels of a pushchair to get dirty or disrupt our walk in any way. It’s also a good form of exercise to help loose that annoying pregnancy weight without even thinking about it. Which sling did you use? With my son I used a close carrier but with my daughter I have found the Kari-Me wrap round sling to be more comfortable and much easier to adjust so that dad can have a go also. Were there any downsides to wearing a sling? The only thing that worries me when wearing the sling is falling over. Because of this I am always extra, extra careful and ensure I wear flat, comfortable shoes. Would you recommend sling wearing to other parents? I would 100% recommend it to anyone as it promotes skin to skin with your child and really is very comfortable. What would be the best piece of advice that you could give to any parent thinking of trying out a sling? Even if they are not thinking of using a sling I would suggest that all parents visit their local sure start centre as they have great classes for all different things and I am quite sure if you are not thinking of using a sling beforehand you will be after. When and if you do decide to try a sling they hire them out at ridiculously low prices but alternatively the health centre in Cobridge also hire them out and sell at cheaper prices than retail.

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Did you ever consider carrying Sam in a sling? No. Becoming a parent for the first time brings a mass of decisions, but luckily for me using a sling or not was an easy one - I’ll be honest from the start and say I always looked at other parents wearing them and knew that it wasn’t for me, so when Sam came along I didn’t do any research, I didn’t try any on and I didn’t look into it further. For me the biggest thing was the safety aspect, I’m pretty clumsy at the best of times so add to that sleepless nights and the return of wearing normal shoes and I knew it would be a recipe for disaster. I also really liked that when Sam was in his buggy or I was holding him he had a little freedom in his arms and legs, he could look around and see the world around him instead of being strapped to me and either having a face full of hair or jumper. I understand the whole skin to skin theory so when me and Sam did it, it was when we were relaxed and comfortable, not while he was strapped to me and I was doing the cleaning/shopping etc. and I don’t believe the bond you have with your baby is helped or hindered by wearing or not wearing a sling. There are so many Pro’s to using a sling and honestly I can see them all but for me and Sam it just wouldn’t have suited. If you were to have another baby, would you consider carrying them?  No I don’t think being in a sling or not being in a sling has any bearing on how your child develops. I survived without one for Sam so I have no reason to change my mind Did you know that you could do a sling trial from a local sling library? No but again it’s not something I have considered Can you see any benefits to sling wearing? I can see plenty of benefits you only have to search online to find a mass of Pro’s but like everything its personal choice - what works for one mum and baby won’t work for another.

For further advice, tips and information on slings and babywearing you can check out:

www.thebabywearer.com www.slingmeet.co.uk www.ukslinglibraries.co.uk www.babywearingadvice.co.uk www. nctshop.co.uk www.familiesstaffordshire.co.uk


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Health

Gluten Sensitivity and Coeliac Disease –is your child affected? The prevalence of Coeliac Disease has increased five-fold overall since 1974, yet testing for the condition has been plagued with difficulties and inaccuracies especially in children. Nutritionist Christine Bailey who specialises in digestive disorders and allergies in children discusses new tests available and the signs and symptoms to look out for. Coeliac Disease (CD) is one of the most common lifelong diseases in both Europe and the US. The problem is that it is seriously underdiagnosed especially in children. Approximately 78% of sufferers don’t realise they have the disease – in fact only 10-20% have been diagnosed. What is also shocking is that there has been an increase in its prevalence over the last 50 years. One study suggested CD has increased by up to 400 percent. While classic symptoms include diarrhoea, intestinal bloating and stomach cramps the majority of people including children do not experience any digestive symptoms making detection harder. Left untreated, it can lead to the malabsorption of nutrients, damage to the small intestine and other medical complications. Coeliac Disease is an autoimmune condition triggered by gluten, which is found in certain foods (wheat, barley and rye). It is a life long condition and requires the complete avoidance of all foods and drinks containing gluten. If your child has coeliac disease, eating gluten will cause a reaction in their bodies that damages or destroys the villi (small projections in the intestines that help us absorb nutrients). When this occurs, the surface of the small intestine is flattened and a child’s body can’t absorb vitamins and nutrients from food.   You’re not necessarily born with coeliac disease, although the condition is linked to certain genetic markers there is normally an environmental trigger that causes the immune system to lose tolerance to gluten.

For children it can be particularly difficult to diagnose. Classic blood tests are accurate only when the villi are severely damaged and in children this may not have occurred. However, if left undiagnosed it can lead to development of other autoimmune conditions as well as affecting the growth and development and overall health later in life. If there is a family history of autoimmune conditions and /or coeliac disease then it is recommended you get your child tested. Until recently this would involve a standard blood test from the GP to look for a range of antibodies. If positive, an Intestinal biopsy is often performed. The trouble is these are not particularly accurate and blood tests can be distressing for children. Thankfully there are new private laboratory tests, involving saliva collection. This is not only sensitive and accurate but also easier to undertake for young children. There are also more comprehensive blood tests, which are available privately for older children. Even if your child does not appear to be showing any symptoms (see list below) if you have a family history of the Coeliac disease it is recommended you get your children tested for the genetic markers. This blood test will identify whether or not your child has the genetic markers that make it more likely they will develop the disease if they continue to eat gluten. Ask your practitioner or qualified nutritionist for the most appropriate tests for your family.

Signs and Symptoms

Because symptoms in children are often subtle and mimic other intestinal diseases, like Irritable Bowel Syndrome or lactose intolerance, the disease is often difficult to diagnose. Some children experience symptoms the first time they are exposed to gluten, while others develop symptoms later in life.  

Typical symptoms include:

Diarrhoea, constipation Abdominal pain Poor appetite A bloated or painful belly, gas, flatulence Weight loss or difficulty gaining weight These symptoms can begin during infancy (between 6 and 24 months), after the child begins to eat glutencontaining foods.

Additional symptoms, which may develop later, include:

Slowed growth, failure to thrive Iron deficiency anaemia, fatigue, low energy Skin rash – dermatitis herpetiformis Tooth enamel changes Bone thinning Joint aches and pains Headaches Mouth ulcers Mood changes, depression Delay in menstruation If your child is diagnosed with coeliac disease it is important they receive nutritional advice to help with planning a gluten free diet, ensuring they are optimally nourished and also to ensure their gut heals. In many cases nutritional supplements will be recommended. While there are obvious sources of gluten such as breads, pastas, flours, cereals, cakes and biscuits. It is often used as an ingredient in many favourite foods such as fish fingers, sausages, gravies, sauces and soy sauce. Working with a qualified nutritionist can help you plan a healthy gluten free diet. However in some cases simply removing gluten may not be sufficient as many children with Coeliac Disease also react to other foods such as dairy so additional testing and support may be needed.

For further information about testing, nutritional support, cookery days and recipes contact Christine Bailey www.advancenutrition.co.uk

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What’s on

January Tuesday 1st January - Thursday 31st January 2013

The Ilam Folk Painting - the story of a village at Nicholson Gallery and Museum 10:00 to 16:00 (Closed on Sundays) Stockwell Street, Leek, ST13 6DW Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry and 18th century Swedish naive art, this 18m long Ilam Folk Painting depicts the amazing history of the Staffordshire Peak District village of Ilam. A variety of activities will support this exhibition. Free entry. For more information call the art gallery on 01538 483740

Tuesday 1st January Sunday 6th January 2013

Ice skating at Trentham Estate 11.00am - 4.00pm Stone Road, ST4 8AX Trentham’s real Ice Rink is back in its beautiful lakeside setting - come along and take an exhilarating whirl around. Hot and cold drinks and snacks are available at the rink side.Each session starts on the hour and lasts 45 minutes. Please arrive 15 minutes before your session starts to collect your skates. Only 70 skaters are allowed on the ice for each session - so book ahead by calling 01782 646646! Skating boot sizes from child size 11 (29), to adult size 13 (48.5). For more information visit www.trentham.co.uk  or tel 01782 646646

Wednesday 2nd January Sunday 6th January 2013

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Stoke Repertory Theatre 14.15 and 19.15 Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2TR Classic pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.£8.00 adults, £6.00 children/student/OAP. 10% discount on party bookings over 20. For more information or to book call  01782 317151

Wednesday 2nd January Saturday 5th January 2013

Cinderella at The Regent Theatre Piccadilly, ST1 1AP For more information or to book tickets tel- 01782 213800 or visithttp://www.atgtickets.com

Wednesday 2nd January Saturday 5th January 2013

Beauty and the Beast at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre 14.30 and 19.00 Eastgate Street, ST16 2LT To book call the box office on 01785 254653 or visit www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

Sunday 6th January 2013

New Year.....New Trail at RSPB Coombes Valley 10:00 to 13:00 Six Oaks Farm, Bradnop, Nr Leek, ST13 7EU Need a reason to get out and blow away the cobwebs after Christmas? £5.00 for adults, £3.00 for children Members half price (£2.50 & £1.50) For more information call 01538 384017

Monday 7th January Thurday 31st January 2013

Saturday 12th January Sunday 13th January 2013

Ice skating at Trentham Estate 11.00am - 4.00pm Stone Road, ST4 8AX Trentham’s real Ice Rink is back in its beautiful lakeside setting - come along and take an exhilarating whirl around. Hot and cold drinks and snacks are available at the rink side.Each session starts on the hour and lasts 45 minutes. Please arrive 15 minutes before your session starts to collect your skates. Only 70 skaters are allowed on the ice for each session - so book ahead by calling 01782 646646! Skating boot sizes from child size 11 (29), to adult size 13 (48.5). For more information visit www.trentham.co.uk  or tel 01782 646646

Saturday 19th January Sunday 20th January 2013

Ice skating at Trentham Estate 11.00am - 4.00pm Stone Road, ST4 8AX Book ahead by calling 01782 646646! Skating boot sizes from child size 11 (29), to adult size 13 (48.5). For more information visit www.trentham.co.uk  or tel 01782 646646

Tuesday 22nd January 2013

Fishy Tales at City Central Library 11:00 to 12:00 Bethesda Street, ST1 3RS Join them at their underwater storytime as they discover the creatures hiding beneath the deep blue sea. Followed by a craft activity to make your own beautiful Rainbow Fish. Suitable for babies, toddlers and preschool children. All children must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Free Event. For more information contact the City centre Library on 01782 238455

Saturday 26th January - Sunday 27th January 2013

Ice skating at Trentham Estate 11.00am - 4.00pm Stone Road, ST4 8AX Book ahead by calling 01782 646646! Skating boot sizes from child size 11 (29), to adult size 13 (48.5). For more information visit www.trentham.co.uk  or tel 01782 646646

Garden sale at The Trentham Estate Stone Road, ST4 8AX Take an invigorating walk around the mile-long lake, through the historic gardens, parkland and woods or get active at the Adventure Playground. It certainly beats a visit to the gym! Warm up afterwards with a hot drink from the Italian Garden Tearoom, and take in the stunning panoramic views. *Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers, including 2for1s and Tesco Days Out Vouchers. All ticket categories are just £3.50 For more information visit www.trentham.co.uk  or tel 01782 646646

Sunday 27th January 2013

Friday 10th January Sunday 12th January 2013

The Sound Of Music at The Regent Theatre Piccadilly, ST1 1AP The world famous heart-warming story of the von Trapp family and their escape from Nazi occupied Austria is brought to life in this lavish new production from Staffordshire’s Stage Productions. For more information or to book tickets tel- 01782 213800 or visit www.atgtickets.com

Beauty and the Beast at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre 14.30 (sunday only) and 19.00 Eastgate Street, ST16 2LT To book call the box office on 01785 254653 or visit www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

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Octonauts Character Appearance at The Potteries Shopping Centre   Quadrant Road, ST1 1RZ Captain Barnacles and Kwazii character appearances at intervals throughout the day. Book FREE online from 13th January. For more information or to book tel- 01782 289822 or visit www.potteries.uk.com

Monday 28th January Thursday 31st January 2013

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February Friday 1st February - Saturday 2nd February 2013

The Sound Of Music at The Regent Theatre Piccadilly, ST1 1AP The world famous heart-warming story of the von Trapp family and their escape from Nazi occupied Austria is brought to life in this lavish new production from Staffordshire’s Stage Productions. For more information or to book tickets tel- 01782 213800 or visithttp://www.atgtickets.com

Friday 1st February Friday 15th February 2013

Garden sale at The Trentham Estate Stone Road, ST4 8AX Take an invigorating walk around the mile-long lake, through the historic gardens, parkland and woods or get active at the Adventure Playground. It certainly beats a visit to the gym! Warm up afterwards with a hot drink from the Italian Garden Tearoom, and take in the stunning panoramic views. *Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers, including 2for1s and Tesco Days Out Vouchers. All ticket categories are just £3.50 For more information visit www.trentham.co.uk  or tel 01782 646646

Saturday 2nd February Sunday 3rd February 2013

Ice Skating at The Trentham Estate 11.00am - 4.00pm Stone Road, ST4 8AX Book ahead by calling 01782 646646! Skating boot sizes from child size 11 (29), to adult size 13 (48.5). For more information visit www.trentham.co.uk  or tel 01782 646646

Sunday 3rd February 2013

Stoke Craftworkers Bazaar The Mitchell Arts Centre, Broad Street Hanley 11am - 4pm More than just a craft fair... 20+ fantastic quality handmade stalls over 2 floors! The fabulous Kat Durber and her amazing face and body painting skills! Plus reiki and crystal healing treatments also available too :) Entry to the event is totally free and as well as being able to buy some fantastic handmade goods you can also have a go yourself and take your handmade items home with you for a small fee. Parking available on Broad Street (spaces permitting) for £1.50 all day or alternatively park on the big Tesco car park and walk through the walkway to the centre.

Tuesday 5th February Saturday 9th February 2013

2013 Dance at the Regent Theatre Piccadilly, ST1 1AP The countdown has begun...Lights. Camera. Action. It’s the region’s biggest community dance event - Regent Dance 2013 will be the UK’s largest celebration of dance featuring community-based dance companies from across the West Midlands and North West of England. Five days of dance from over fifty companies all taking place under one roof celebrating community, sharing with peers and a combining their passion for dance. Everyone is invited to join in and make dance a part of their lives in 2013 and beyond. For more information or to book tickets tel- 01782 213800 or visit www.atgtickets.com

Monday 18th February 2013

Half term fun for kids at the Potteries Shopping Centre. Quadrant Road, ST1 1RZ Face Painting at The Potteries Shopping Centre For more information tel- 01782 289822 or visit www.potteries.uk.com

Tuesday 19th February 2013

Half term fun for kids at the Potteries Shopping Centre. Quadrant Road, ST1 1RZ Let your children have a go at some Monster craft. For more information tel- 01782 289822 or visit www.potteries.uk.com

Tuesday 19th February 2013

Ice Skating at The Trentham Estate 11.00am - 4.00pm Stone Road, ST4 8AX Book ahead by calling 01782 646646! Skating boot sizes from child size 11 (29), to adult size 13 (48.5). For more information visit www.trentham.co.uk  or tel 01782 646646

Westport Lake Bird Bonanza Westport Lake Visitor Centre, Westport Lake Road, Tunstall, ST6 4RZ It’s National Nest Box Week and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust will be busy making homes for their feathered friends. Build your own Nest Box and fat balls to take home for your garden. Limited place, please book in advance onto one of our two sessions £3 to take part Timed Slots - 11am - 12pm and 1.30pm - 2.30pm Call 01782 454192 for more details

Thursday 14th February 2013

Wednesday 20th February 2013

Saturday 16th February Sunday 24th February 2013

Thursday 21st February 2013

Saturday 9th February Sunday 10th February 2013

Price Harry Look-a-like at The Potteries Shopping Centre Quadrant Road, ST1 1RZ Receive a red rose from a Prince Harry look-a-like. For more information tel- 01782 289822 or visit www.potteries.uk.com

Moshi Monsters at Alton Towers Alton Towers Resort, ST10 4DB. Visit the Alton Towers Resort for February Half Term 2013 and meet the Moshi Monsters, plus enjoy a selection of rides and attractions that will be available. Take part in the Moshi Quest, Moshi Medal activities and even earn thousands of Rox when you stay over in the Alton Towers Resort hotels. For more information visit www.altontowers.com

Saturday 16th February Sunday 24th February 2013

Half Term Ice Skating at The Trentham Estate 11.00am - 4.00pm Stone Road, ST4 8AX Book ahead by calling 01782 646646! Skating boot sizes from child size 11 (29), to adult size 13 (48.5). For more information visit www.trentham.co.uk  or tel 01782 646646

Meet Titan The Robot at The Potteries Shopping Centre Quadrant Road, ST1 1RZ Meet Titan the robot. Character appearances throughout the day. Book FREE online from 6th February. For more information or to book tel- 01782 289822 or visit www.potteries.uk.com

Half term fun for kids at the Potteries Shopping Centre. Quadrant Road, ST1 1RZ Kids craft event. On throughout the day. For more information tel- 01782 289822 or visit www.potteries.uk.com

Friday 22nd February 2013

Half term fun for kids at the Potteries Shopping Centre. Quadrant Road, ST1 1RZ Robot Wars at the shopping centre. For more information tel- 01782 289822 or visit www.potteries.uk.com

While every care has been taken to compile the listings in this magazine, please remember that it is printed weeks in advance of the events. Therefore it is always best to call and check the events with the venue to avoid any disappointment.

Families Staffordshire Issue 10 Jan-Feb 2013  

Families Staffordshire Magazine for January and February 2013

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