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...endless ideas for families of young children in Henley • Reading • Wokingham • Bracknell • Newbury • West Berkshire Families® Thames Valley West • Issue 101 • May/June 2019 Visit us at

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News and Views


Family friendly beaches in Europe

Hello from the Editor

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Education News


Single sex or mixed – the great schools debate


Positive discipline


Are we squashing our kids’ creativity?


It’s party time!


Party directory

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Smart route to success Mrs Bun’s chicken pies

Clubs and classes directory Clubs and classes news

How to encourage a love of music in your child

Family festivals – the survival guide What’s on

Cooking classes for your child

Dealing with medical emergencies: choking

There are three party-loving princesses in our household so I know only too well the stresses of birthday planning. Hopefully, this party special issue will help you embrace the mayhem. As well as offering inspiration for your theme, we have a directory of some of the best party suppliers in our area. All designed to help ease some pressure so you can you enjoy the celebration (almost) as much as your little ones. Look out for some great education features in this issue. We spoke to the headteachers of several leading independent schools about why they think co-education or single sex works best. Their viewpoints make fascinating reading. We also explore whether, in our drive for excellence in the core subjects, we are robbing our children of the creativity that will give them confidence, self-esteem and practical problem-solving skills.

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The Families Team Editor: Rachel Jones Designed by: Ridgeway Press Ltd, 01256 300 420 Next Issue: July/August – Summer Holiday Special! Summer camps & classes plus the biggest What’s On guide to keep the kids entertained in the school holidays. Booking deadline: 10 June.

Enjoy some sunny Spring days out with your families (inspiration aplenty in What’s on) you may even be planning a far flung adventure soon, in which case, do check out the Travel Counsellor’s guide to family friendly beaches in Europe. We look forward to seeing you back in July for our round-up of the hottest Summer activities and holiday camps.


Thames Valley West

Families Thames Valley West is part of Families Print Ltd, a franchise company. All franchised magazines in the group are independently owned and operated under licence. Families is a registered trademark of LCMB Ltd, Remenham House, Regatta Place, Marlow Road, Bourne End, Bucks SL8 5TD. The contents of Families Thames Valley West are fully protected by copyright and none of the editorial or photographic matter may be reproduced in any form without prior consent of Families Thames Valley West. Every care is taken in the preparation of this magazine, but the franchise company, Families Print Ltd and Lifecycle Marketing cannot be held responsible for the claims of advertisers nor for the accuracy of the contents, or any consequence thereof.

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Families Thames Valley West May June 2019 issue 101