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Autumn 2013 - Issue 23


Money Spinning Ideas Nursery Funding

Dad, Work and a New Baby

Settling your Little One into Pre-school


Win Family Tickets for Bowling and The Raptor Foundation

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Welcome to the Autumn Issue of Jolly Tots

Here I am sat at the window with the sun beating down on one of the hottest days of the year while editing the autumn issue, thinking that a nice crisp autumn day would be welcomed right now to break up the hot summer we’ve had (well minus a few cloudy, rainy days and the odd thunderstorm!)

While spring is known as the time for new beginnings with lots of new life around, in many ways autumn could be seen as a time of new beginnings too with many starting a new pre-school, school or college. Perhaps you have a little one who is starting pre-school or school for the first time. If so you will want to read Heidi’s article on settling your little one into pre-school or nursery. If your little one going off to school leaves you with time on your hands, then Emma’s feature on Money Spinning Ideas is packed full of ways to make a bit of money in your new found time. Jane, this month has been asked to tell us about funding for nursery or pre-schoo,l while Jenny has written about how new dads can adjust to going back to work once the little bundle arrives. We also have our usual giveaways so the new Bowling Lanes at St. Ives One Leisure is giving away ten pairs of bowling tickets and The Raptor Foundation, Somersham is giving away four family tickets. You need to be in it to win it so please do enter and who knows, you could be a lucky winner! Oh and don’t forget to read up on what our loveable little tyke Gregory has been up to! I always look forward to the next installment.

So without further ado, I will leave you to sit back and relax with Jolly Tots. Enjoy!

Competition Winners Congratulations to the below people who entered into our Summer Giveaways - You are winners!


Katherine Marsh, St. Neots Helen Foster-Henson, Upwood Sarah Jones, Godmanchester Tanya Cornwell, March Fay Newbold, Eynesbury

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Emma Perry

Heidi McFadyen

With over 16 years Our feature writer is mother to Gregory and childcare experience in has many strings to her nurseries and nannying, Heidi holds the bow. Emma is a writer, title of Professional proofreader and former Nanny of the Year primary school teacher. 2007. Heidi also writes for several publications on childcare issues.

Jane Roberts

Mother to three, Jane owns five children’s day nurseries each with out of school and holiday clubs and also AJJ Recruitment Ltd a specialist recruitment agency.

Jenny Barrett

Mother to three boys, Jenny has been teaching ante-natal classes for over ten years for the NCT. Four years ago Jenny started up Mantenatal - antenatal classes for dads-to-be.

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What Gregory Did Next


Dad, Work and New Baby



Money Spinning Ideas

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Pre-school Years and Music




Ask Jane - Nursery Funding

Win Bowling Tickets


Win Raptor Foundation Family Tickets



Signing is Not Just for the Deaf




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Settling Into Nursery or Pre-school 21

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In Gregory's house, there is always music playing in the kitchen during the day and he's used to hearing me singing along to the radio at the top of my voice. Often, when it's time to sit at the table for dinner, Gregory's dad will attempt to discreetly change the channel to a station that's likely to be playing music which is more to his taste (which is very different from mine!). Gregory will alert me to the situation and a debate will begin about the reason I don't like my husband's choice of music as he attempts to justify why he turned off what I was listening to. As you can imagine, Gregory often picks up our opinions and it seems that he takes them on board and applies them to his own musical tastes. Just yesterday, we had a friend visiting and he heard the song on the radio, he told her, 'I dont want to listen to this anymore because it's not my bag...' A little while ago we were out shopping in a busy town centre and people had gathered around a street performer who was playing a guitar and singing. Gregory wanted to stop and listen and worked his way to the front, close to the singer and after a minute, she finished her song and the small crowd that had gathered clapped appreciatively. As the round of applause continued, he asked me why everyone was clapping. I told him that people clapped their hands to show that they liked the lady's singing and guitar playing. He thought about it for a while and I expected him to eventually join in. Instead, he waited until the noise had died down and in the moment of silence that followed the end of the applause, he piped up loudly, 'Well I'm not going to clap, Mummy; because she sounded like a cat being strangled didn't she?' We don't stop to listen to street performers anymore...


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WIN a pair of Bowling Vouchers - We have TEN pairs to giveway!!!

Families with children of all ages are discovering that the new Basement Lanes tenpin bowling venue at One Leisure St Ives takes out all the hassle to make a fun day out. Your lane host enters the bowlers names for you, presets the electronic bumpers if you need them, plus they can take your food and drink orders and bring them to your lane. There is even the option of wearing your own shoes which parents absolutely love! Jolly Tots have teamed up with Basement Lanes in St Ives to give away 10 pairs of bowling vouchers.

To enter, please answer the question below and send your name, address, and telephone number to Question: In the cartoon The Flintstones, what is Fred Flintstone’s bowling nickname?

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Linda has been practicing yoga for over 30 years and teaching for 12 years since 2001. She originally trained with the Yoga for Health Foundation and also with Anubhava Yoga UK, Iyengar Yoga UK, the British Wheel of Yoga and Birthlight and now attends ‘in-service’ training days with these organisations.

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For more information and to book contact Linda, Yoga Teacher and Therapist: Tel. 01480 350345 Mob. 0773 3343702 Email:


She runs yoga classes and yoga in pregnancy classes in St Neots, Brampton and Godmanchester. She says yoga helps to maintain complete health and quotes from the BKS Iyengar manual The Path to Holistic Health – ‘The primary aim of yoga is to restore the mind to simplicity and peace, to free it from confusion and distress. This sense of calm comes from the practice of yogic asana (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation and relaxation. Unlike other forms of exercise which can strain muscles, bones and joints, yoga gently rejuvenates the body.’ The practice of yoga is ‘holistic’ but as with any healing supplement, regular practice is very important. Starting with simple postures and breathing exercises, a beginner can progress to more complex ones by building strength, confidence and concentration and thereby helping to alleviate a variety of complaints.

Contact Linda on 01480 350345

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Dads, Work and New baby... Yahoo got international publicity recently after giving new fathers working for them eight weeks paternity leave. Here in the UK most new dads get two weeks off after their babies are born, but those who are self employed or have recently changed jobs might find it difficult to take even that. New dads can find it hard when they do go back to work, as after asking after the baby and perhaps looking at a few photos, colleagues will often expect them to be back to their normal selves, whereas the dads can feel their lives have changed hugely. How can you make the most of the time you do have off and try and get some balance when you do go back to work? • Make sure while you are off you make some time to get used to

By Jenny Barrett

being a family of three (or more if you have older children). Friends and family will want to visit but this is a very special time with a new family member and you need to try and make the most of it. You could block out some time with no visitors or ensure visitors know how long you are happy for them to stay. If grandparents are staying with you, perhaps suggest they could have a day out. • Make sure you get involved in those first few weeks; that does mean changing nappies, but you can also take your baby for a walk in the pram, bath them, try out using a baby sling or just spend some time with them at home talking to them and getting to know them. When you go back to work, make sure you still have time to do these things at evenings or on days off. Mums, this means you must try not to tell dads that you have now found a ‘better way’ of doing things (however tempting

this might be!). Mums and dads will often have a different approach to things; partly due to mum usually getting to spend more time with baby, but let dad find his own way.

• When you go back to work, think about how you are going to get some downtime for yourself – if previously you have relied on relaxing with a cup of tea or a beer when you get in, that might not happen from now on. If you can, try to unwind a bit before you get home. You could read a good book on the train, or cycle so that you have some enjoyable exercise on the way home. Whatever you do, try not to point score when you do get home as being a new mum at home is as tough as being a new dad trying to work with perhaps very little sleep.

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Listen to each other and be honest about how you feel, and make sure you give mum a break as well.

• Sleep, or the lack of it, can be a huge issue with a young baby. If you need to be fresh for work, or even for the drive there, then think about how you make sure you get enough sleep on nights before you are working. Some couples find it helps to sleep in separate rooms for a period of time to help with this and many people take ‘shifts’ to catch up on naps to refresh themselves. Make sure you talk this through and agree a plan as and when the subject needs to be addressed. • Many new dads feel extra pressure to do well at work at a time when family finances might be tighter. This is understandable, but if that involves having to work late or showing willing by agreeing

to go away on work trips, make sure you talk this through with your partner.

Jenny teaches a range of antenatal classes for • Just as new dads can find going local parents: back to work hard; for new mums it can be the time that they start to adjust to life being at home with a young baby. Mums can miss the social side of their jobs and envy the dad’s ability to leave the house in the morning (even if dad is finding it hard to go). Again the key is being honest with each other, and also encouraging mums to get out and about and make new friends.

- Mantenatal, which is just for dads, is now run on Saturday mornings in Cambridge (

-Relax and Breathe St. Neots are mums only classes focussing on relaxationa nd preparing for birth ( You can enquire about NCT couples classes at

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Money Spinning Ideas Not ready to go back to work but want to make a few extra pennies? Read on for alternative ways to make money around bringing up your children.

We all know how difficult it can be to slip back into the working world if you have stayed at home to raise your children. It's not always as straight forward as simply gaining employment and arranging childcare for your youngsters. You need to take into consideration that childcare can be expensive, logistics can be a nightmare in terms of travel and work times and of course, you may not want to leave your child in the care of somebody else too often. However if you are home alone as your tot has just started preschool or nursery or you find yourself with a free hour or two while your baby sleeps; why not use your time wisely to top up your income? Whilst many of the options available may not earn you a fortune, it's always nice to have something extra coming in. Read on for some ideas.


by Emma Perry

STAY AT HOME Complete surveys

There are many online survey sites which you can register with and most of them will send you surveys to complete on a daily basis. Depending on the length of the survey and what the company's general rates of pay are; you can earn between 5p and a few pounds per survey that you complete.

Surveys can be about any subject matter, from consumer opinion to personal questions about different aspects of your life and many of them won't take much over half an hour to complete.

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The only down side to completing these is that they often have some qualifying questions and you may find that these take you a few minutes to get through, only to be told that you don't meet their target criteria.

Some survey sites will pay into your PayPal account, while others will let you select vouchers to use in popular high street or online shops. Some may even send you freebies to sample and answer subsequent questions on. I like and, but there are plenty of others out there!

Write reviews

If you enjoy writing, this can be a way to pass your spare time while getting your opinion out there. There are a few review sites that you can join which will allow you to review endless household products and services, from a humble can of baked beans to the best restaurants on the planet - the world is your consumer based oyster!

Your review needs to be of a certain length and quality and you will be paid somewhere between about 10p and 30p for each review you submit. Each time a member of the review community reads and rates the usefulness of your review, you earn an additional penny or two. The money soon builds up and you can end up earning a few pounds from each review and when you get to a certain amount, you can cash your points in for a payment or vouchers.

The key to getting other reviewers to rate your review is to look through the community and rate other people's. They then tend to rate yours also and you all make money from helping each other out. Try

Enter Competitions

While entering competitions may not make you any instant cash; some people who dedicate their spare time to it end up winning multiple prizes, whether they be in the form of cash, holidays or packets of crisps. It's logical that the more hours you put into entering competitions, the more likely you are to win- but much of it is also quite literally down to the luck of the draw. There are many places to pull out competitions, including online (e.g. Twitter and Facebook), magazines, in store prize draws and on TV.

A tip would be to only enter competitions which promise prizes that you actually want to win or can sell easily locally or on eBay. Whilst an electronic egg poacher might sound novel - is it worth three minutes of your time when those valuable moments could be spent on trying to bag yourself a nice shiny BMW?

It's worth scanning the terms and conditions of each competition as you go along too as the prize may not be what it seems at first glance, for example, you may find the the holiday that you have got your eye on doesn't include flights, so you may have to shell out for these yourself. On the whole though, competition prizes tend to be very good as it's often more cost effective for companies to attract an audience and market their wares in the form of prizes than it is for them to pay for large scale advertising. If you're going to become a regular 'comper', it's a good idea to install some form filling software such as 'Roboform' to save you time. It's also wise to set up a system to keep track of what you've entered as duplicate entries can disqualify you. Do be aware of the tick boxes on the entry pagesmake sure you opt out of potential junk mail and do set up a separate email address as your inbox will become busy!


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Make use of your Talents

Are you a creative cake baker or can you turn a few sparkly beads into a desirable adornment? If you have a creative flair, then try your hand at setting up your own small business making and selling things.

If you decide to set up alone, you'll need some money to put into getting yourself up and running for materials and the likes. If you start small, you can soon build up your stock as you start to sell and get orders. The other important thing to focus on is marketing your business as there will be nobody to sell to unless people know that you exist!

Make use of social media and local publications to get your product or service and logo out there and recognised and have some business cards printed. Attend networking meetings in your area where you can chat to others, share ideas, learn new strategies and make yourself known within a community of local businesses. And don't forget to set up a website and Facebook page; the latter being an invaluable tool for modern marketing as you display photos, post updates and run competitions.The more things you get involved with, the more likely it is that people will remember you which will keep the orders

coming in. Don't forget to keep abreast of local events such as school fetes, shows and town events as you can often reserve yourself a stall with which to display and sell your wares to the public! Before you book anything though, do have a think about whether the audience that the event is likely to pull in are the appropriate clientele for your products.


You don't need to root through the attic to uncover hidden treasures from days of yore to sell on eBay (although it's always a good idea to try that!) As a mum to little ones, you'll have already built up quite an impressive pile of things that your tot has grown out of or is ready to part with. While it's nice to pass down clothes and other baby items to friends or relatives who can use them, it's also nice to have money coming in to buy new things for your precious ones!

The key to eBay selling is to do your research before you start to sell; search before you begin to see what sells and what doesn't do as well. You can do this by clicking on 'advanced' in the top right hand corner of the home page, then typing in your item and clicking 'completed listings'. You will be able to get a general idea of what your items sell for. It's definitely worth selling larger items such as cots and pushchairs, especially if they're in good condition as you can always reap some money back from these. As far as children's clothing is concerned, some brands are always well sought after; high street brands such as NEXT are popular as is Mamas and Papas and designer items tend to create a bidding war! If you have some supermarket branded items, it may be worth selling these in bundles for a few pounds as after postage costs are added on to individual pieces, they may cost a buyer almost as much as buying them brand new. Also think about the season; people are unlikely to fight over a wooly scarf in Summer! Fit as many relevant words into the title as you can (have a think about what people may search for and the terms they might use) and make sure that you spell things correctly as mistakes may prevent your listing from showing up in people's searches.

Remember that eBay do take fees, as do PayPal so check the site for current rates. Remember never to pitch your bidding price too high - if something is listed initially for 99p, people are more likely to take an interest in it and lock onto it with a determination to win, thus starting a bidding war.


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Remember that eBay isn't the only place to sell your goods. You can also sell your baby and toddler things in one fell swoop by booking a slot with your local NCT sale, by visiting a shop that specialises in second hand baby and toddler items or by contacting someone like Theo and Maisie (see advert on page 6) who put on baby sales. There are also local selling pages on Facebook that don’t incur selling fees.

OUT AND ABOUT If your partner is home in the evenings and at weekends or you have someone to watch your tots, then there are many ways to make money for a few hours here and there outside of the home.

Car Boots

If you are due a big clear out and have a lot to sell, then car boot sales may be a quicker and easier way to make money from selling your unwanted items.

Car boots are ideal for shifting knick-knacks and old bits of furniture and equipment that eBay customers may not want to buy online. You will tend to get a higher price for items on eBay, so just make sure you do your research first. That said, you can also use this knowledge to your advantage (as many people already do) and become a car boot prowler! To become a prowler, you must turn up early and with a pocket full of money ready to jump on bargains and haggle away. Many people make a few hundred pounds after each sale that they attend from buying items from the sale cheaply and selling them on eBay for a nice little profit. For example, it's often possible to pick up a popular brand of pram in the region of £20 and sell it on eBay for closer to £100, especially if it's a range that's still available to buy brand new in the shops!

Other pieces of interest include old records and antiques, but you will need to do much more research before you recognise a bargain (and jump on the items early as dealers also prowl car boots!) If in doubt about what you may be able to make a profit on, take your mobile with you. With a bit of luck you'll be able to connect to the internet while at the sale and quickly look items up to see if they are worth buying or not!

Mystery Shopping

are plenty of companies that will employ people to go and 'spy' on various outlets including pubs, restaurants and shops. Some assignments may even be in the form of a telephone call or an email. You will be expected to be taking mental notes of various aspects of the establishment in question, such as how customers are treated by the staff and whether products and services are readily available and displayed well. You'll need to fill out a report at the end of the session, most likely in the form of a questionnaire and in turn you will be paid for your efforts, sometimes a monetary payment or occasionally in vouchers for you to spend. Payment for these type of assignments will vary but usually will be a fair amount for your half an hour effort. The drawback being that assignments may not be very frequent so mystery shopping shouldn't be relied on to earn a regular income.

Party planning

If you enjoy getting out and meeting new people on a regular basis then party planning might be just the thing for you. This involves taking a range of products to a willing host's home and entertaining a group of people with information about the products and games whilst the attendees enjoy drinks and nibbles while perusing your wares.

You can search online to find out which kind of products you might enjoy selling, such as toiletries, make up or home wares. Most companies will ask you to purchase a 'kit' in order for you to start your business. You will then need to arrange to visit the homes of people who are willing to host the party at their home and sell, sell, sell. You will get to keep a percentage of the money that you make from sales and there are often substantial discounts if you want to buy any of the products for yourself. The other advantage to the arrangement is that it's a little job which you can tailor around your own family commitments to suit. The beauty of the ideas above is that you can manipulate them to fit in with your life and they don't have to become all-consuming if you have times when you aren't able to fit them in. In fact, it's nice to think of them as hobbies with the benefit of profit!

If you do anything different to make some extra cash in your spare time, let us know on our Facebook page!

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Learning through Music The pre-school years are a critical period for learning and carefully planned music classes provide many opportunities for personal and social development.

Singing and performing simple pieces builds up selfesteem and builds individual confidence. Children expand their vocabulary when words are reinforced by simple actions and Math skills are reinforced by number rhymes and counting games. Music also teaches us an understanding of the world in which we live through songs and stories from other cultures. Finger rhymes and action songs give plenty of opportunity for refining motor skills and co-ordination. When moving to music in an eurhythmic way, children can develop the ability to use their imagination, to listen and to observe through music, dance, and imaginative play. When selecting a music class for your child, ask about class sizes. It needs to be small enough to meet the individual needs of the children and most importantly make sure the teacher is properly qualified and understands early childhood development. Karen Dickinson MA (Mus Ed) LTCL BA(Hons) Music for Little People (see advert below)




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“Ask Jane”

Kerry Pearce from March asks:

When will my child be eligible for nursery funding and for how much? Mother to three and owner of four nurseries, Jane is on hand to use her pearls of wisdom to answer all your questions. If you would like to ask Jane anything relating to raising your children then please get in touch by emailing

Funding in a nutshell...

So what is this ‘funding’ that nurseries and parents of young children talk about? Simply put, the government funds 15 hours of nursery education for children aged 3-5 years during term time, which equates to 38 weeks of the year. As you might guess there are guidelines to be adhered to which have hitherto varied across local authorities but as from the autumn, seem standardised. Here they are:

A child becomes eligible for funding the academic term following the child's 3rd birthday. For instance a child with a birthday of 3rd March will receive funding in the summer term; a birthday of 1st April will receive funding in the autumn term. Funding goes directly to the childcare provider who must be registered with both Ofsted and the Local Authority. The childcare provider must give up to 15 hours free, irrespective of their normal hourly rate. Meals are not included, just the care. A child may use up to 10 hours in one day and the whole 15 hours across 2 days between the hours of 8am and 6pm. Disclaimer: The answers given are Jane's opinion and it's always advisable to check with the relevant authorities and the latest guidelines.

Funding may be split across childcare providers providing the overall number of hours does not exceed 15 per week, for example 8 hours at Setting A and 7 hours at Setting B.

If you are a working Mum whose hours do not fall into term time only then ‘stretching’ the hours over the whole year will even out nursery bills to avoid the higher costs of the non-funded months April, August and December. In this instance, funded hours works out at around 11.5 hours per week over 50 weeks.

As part of the Government's initiative to extend early years childcare and education from this September, up to 15 hours per week is funded for disadvantaged 2 year olds. For most areas application is through local children's centre rather than the childcare provider.

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Signing is not just for the Deaf!

It’s true. Many parents are discovering the joy of teaching their hearing babies to sign. Babies really can communicate their wants and needs before they can actually say the words. It’s a rewarding fun activity to do with your child with many benefits:

Reduced frustration leads to less crying and screaming tamper tantrums as babies really can express their needs. Signing helps to engage a child and makes their activities visual and kinaesthetic and many children learn best that way. It improves memory and it gives visual clues to the meaning of words so it helps babies understand and develop a larger vocabulary. In fact, children learn their letters and sounds and enjoy reading earlier with the use of signs. It can also act as a great bridge if a child’s second language is English. By adding signs to songs and stories, a powerful and fun learning tool is formed. It is a wonderful bonding activity for parents and baby or preschool children to engage in meaningful and playful interaction. So why wait to communicate? Learn to sign with your child and experience the many benefits and joy in doing so.

For more information about classes contact Brenda 07515 165 965

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Settling your little one into nursery or pre-school

Starting a new nursery or pre-school can be hard. With so many new things to adjust to it can often be as hard for the parent as it is for the child! Having worked in childcare for over 16 years I have some useful information that should help you with the settling in process. If you have never left your child it is usual for them to be unsettled when you first leave them, not only do they need to get used to the new people caring for them but they also need to get used to their new surroundings.

You must prepare yourself for your child to become upset; even the most confident of children can find the transition difficult or want to make you feel guilty for leaving them! I was the child that would cry and hang on to my mum’s neck, kick and scream because I had never been left, not even with grandparents! However, I survived my first day at pre-school (and the same in the lead up to primary

school and embarrassingly, secondary school) and so will your child!

In the lead up to your child starting nursery or pre-school it may be a good idea to leave them for short periods with a relative or friends that you trust, start off with small periods such as 15-20 minutes and gradually increase this time. This should help them to understand that even though you are leaving them you will always come back!

It is strongly advised that your child attends the settling in sessions recommended by the childcare setting; you can even stay for some of this time to ease them in gently! Many young children will cry initially but often they are quickly distracted. Children love predictability so introduce them to the idea of a changing routine. If you can, visit the nursery or school a few times before they start. Take the time to explain to your child what they’ll be doing without overloading them

with information as this can make them anxious.

All children at some time will be reluctant to want to leave the house, often it’s because they are tired or something happened the previous day that has unsettled them, lots of encouragement and a few cuddles should help. In my experience children are usually fine shortly after you’ve left! If your child seems to be consistently unsettled at nursery or preschool, plan a meeting with your child’s key worker and try to find out what is causing the problem.

It is never easy settling a child but just remember it’s often harder for you as the parent than for the child, show them that you are confident about the place and people you are leaving them with and they too will feel confident about being left.

By Heidi McFadyen

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Baby / Toddler Playgroups

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Family Eating Out

Reading / Story Time Special Needs Sports

Toy Library

Wildlife/Animals Art & Craft

Crafty Monkey 12, Moores Walk, St. Neots Pottery painting and craft studio. Baby hand and footprints, make a bear, birthday parties and more! Open Mon Sat 9.30am - 5.30pm. Contact (01480 219222)

Messy Play Scout Hut, Ramsey. For Under 5’s to develop their creative side. Soft play: Tues 9.30am – 11.30am, Wed 1pm-2.30pm. General Play: Fri 9.30am – 11.30am (term time). Call: Sarah Abraham (01487 813279).



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Baby & Me The Hub, Cambourne. 0-2 years (older siblings up to school age welcome) Friday 10-11.30. £1.50 Baby Lounge - Time for Health 8 Station Road, St Ives, PE27 5BH. For babies up to 15mths. Fri 10.45am – 12.00pm. Refreshments, buggy space and toys Baby Lounge Extra - For 0 2yrs. Fri 3.00p.m to 4.15 p.m. Cost: £3. Call: (01480 461411).

Baby Playtime Brewster Avenue Children’s Centre, 10, Brewster Avenue, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 9PN. For 0 - 12mths. Tues 9.45am - 11.15am, just drop in (term time). Stay and Play, 0 - 5yrs 1.15pm - 2.45pm. Book your place (term time). Call: (01733 452600).

Brampton Baby & Toddler Group Brampton Community Centre. For 0-5 yrs. Every Mon 9.30am -11.30am (term time). Cost £2 per session. Arts & crafts, role play, singing, floor toys for all ages. Healthy snacks and drinks. Call Katie on (01480 355433). Follow us on Facebook. Brewster Babes Post Natal Group Brewster Avenue Children’s Centre, 10, Brewster Avenue, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 9PN. For 0 - 6mths. Varied programme of guest speakers and subjects. Fri 1.15pm - 2.30pm. Just turn up. Call: (01733 452600).

Busybees Baby & Toddler Group Great Staughton Village Hall For 0 - 5 yrs. Weds (term-time) 10.00am - 11.30am. Cost: FREE. Fruit and drink for the children, Arts & Crafts and floor toys for all ages. Call: Lyanne 01480 357540

Busy Bears Fun Time The Priory Centre, Priory Lane, St. Neots PE19 2BH. Newborn - 5 yrs. Wed & Fri 10am-11.30am (term time). Cost: £2.50 per child, £4 family ticket. (01480 388922). Butterfly Children’s Centre Winhills School, off Duck Lane, St. Neots PE19 2DX. For age 0-5, Mon - Thurs 8.45am - 4.45pm. Fri 8.45am - 1pm. Contact: (01480 358350) Chatterbox Toddler Group Memorial Hall, School Lane, Alconbury. Fri 9am - 11am. Juice/hot drinks and biscuits provided. Call: Vicky Brown (07775 777091).

Colne Toddler Group Colne Community Hall, East Street. Fridays during term time. 9.30-11.30am. Birth up-to school age. £2.00 per family. Includes refreshments. Contact Charlotte Daleworth (01487) 843925. Cyril’s Acorn Club One Leisure St Ives, Westwood Road. For 0 – 5 yrs. Soft play equipment, climbing frames, tunnels, slides, hoops, bean bags and balls. Thurs 10.30am – 12.00pm term time only. FREE for under 1’s. Call: (01480 388500).

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Daffodil Children's Centre Godmanchester Primary School, Park Lane, Godmanchester, PE29 2AG Open Mon-Fri 9am-3.30pm (01480 375116)

Fenstanton Baby & Toddler Group Church Centre, Fenstanton. Meets every Wed (inc. school hols), 10am 11.30am.Sessions cost £2. First is free. Come along or call: Becky (01480 493067). Folksworth Toddler Club Folksworth Village Hall, Folksworth. Tues 10am - 11.30am. Call Hege Moller-Green (01733 240049). Funky Monkeys Farcet Salvation Army Church. For age 0-5yrs. Tues/Thurs 9.30am - 11.30am (term times). Cost: £1 per family. Call: Captain Beverley (01733 240130).

Houghton & Wyton Toddler Group Houghton & Wyton Memorial Hall, St. Ives Road, Houghton, PE28 2BJ. Arts & Crafts on Tues 10am - 11.45am (inc. holidays). Craft, free play and singing. Refreshments available. Cost: £2 per family. Huntingdonshire Twins and Triplets Club (affiliated to Sure Start Centre, Godmanchester Community Primary School Mon 10am - 11.30am (term time).

Jigsaw Juniors The Jigsaw Centre, Orton Malborne, Peterborough PE2 5PW. For pre-school age. Toys, books, activities and messy play. Wed 1.30pm-2.45pm. Run by Orton Children’s Centre (01733 452690). Bookings only. Leo’s Pre-school Mornings One Leisure St Neots. Relaxed and sociable sessions which include use of Leo's Funzone plus other fun activities.Term time only. For reduced prices, times and dates visit

Little Angels Berkley Street Methodist Church, Eynesbury, St. Neots PE19 2NB. Newborn - 4 years. Wednesdays (term time only) 1pm to 2.45. Free play with lots of floor and table top toys. Refreshments provided, no fee just donations. Call Ellice (01480 474062) email: Little Lambs Toddler Group Salem Baptist Church, High Street, Ramsey PE26 1AB. Toddlers: Every Thurs 9.30am-11am (term time). Call: Jo Smith (01487 711109).

Little Monkeys House of Fun One Leisure Ramsey, Abbey Road. For Under 5’s. Bouncy castle, ball pool and soft play area. Wed 9.30am – 11.30am (term time only). FREE for 6 months or under. Call: (01480 387900)

Mini Movers Kingsgate Community Church, 2 Staplee Way, Parnell, Peterborough PE1 4YT. For newborn - pre-school, Wed 10am 11.30am (term time). Art, craft, singing and trips. Cost: £1.50 per family, includes drink/snack for all. Call: Kim Connor (01733 311156 via church office). Moonlight Hare’s Baby & Toddler Group Peterborough Museum First Thursday of month (term-time only). Story and rhyme; handle real objects and enjoy a craft activity. Suitable for 2 - 5 year olds. £2 per child (babies free). Contact: Carol Law to book special EY group sessions: (01733 864 700)

MOMS Club of Huntingdon Playgroups/Playdates, Park days, Outings, MOMS Night Out, Crafts, Activity Groups & More! Supporting moms with kids of all ages. Email m. Follow us on Facebook Mucky Pups Playtimes, Ferriman Road, Spaldwick, Huntingdon PE28 0TQ. Newborn - 5yrs. Fri 1.30pm - 3pm (term time). Bring a piece of fruit. FREE (01480 890077) Mummas & Bubbas Meet Up Mondays in term time: 10.30 - 11.30. Cost £1. British Legion, 210 Broadway, Yaxley, PE7 3NR. Contact Lou: 07710 465711 Needingworth Little Tigers Baby & Toddler Group Needingworth Village Hall. For 0-5 yrs. Mon 10am -11:30am (term time only). Call: Sarah (01480 469294).

NCT Bumps & Babes St Jude’s Church Hall, Cranford Drive, Netherton, Peterborough For pregnant parents and babies up to one year. Tues 1pm-2.30 pm. Cost £1 per family. Join us for coffee & tea, chat, play, postnatal support, and mum2mum breastfeeding info (0844 243 6240, press 1).

Orton Wistow Toddlers Orton Wistow Community Centre, Napier Place Peterborough PE2 6XN. Newborn pre-school. Indoor and outdoor play. Tues 1.15pm - 3pm (term time). Cost: £2 per

family (includes drink/biscuit). Call: Lynn Whitfield (01733 237727) Poppies Children's Centre Brampton Primary School, The Green, Brampton, PE28 4RF. Open Mon-Thurs 9am-12pm (01480 376191) Puddleducks Mums n Tots Overhills Primary School, Kimbolton, PE28 0HY. Tues 9am - 11am. £3 per family, includes drink and biscuits. Contact Mandy 01480 869370.

Rainbow Toddler Group 83A High Street, Huntingdon Community Church Centre PE29 3DP. Newborn – 4 yrs. Tues 9.30am – 11am. Cost: 50p per family, refreshments provided (01480 411665)

Ramsey Children's Centre 25 Great Whyte Ramsey PE26 1HG. Open Mon, Tues & Thurs 9am-5pm, Wed 9am-12.30pm and Fri For more details call (01480 379420) or

Roxton Tots Roxton Village Hall. Fridays 0930-1130 Climbing and ride on toys. Craft table. Baby area. Song time. £2.50 (one adult, one chil). 50p per extra adult or child over one. Refreshments included. Call Andy on (07795431766) or join our closed group on Facebook 'Roxton Tots'. St Ives Children’s Centre Wheatfields Primary School, Nene Way PE27 3WF. For 0 – 5 yrs. Mon 9am - 3pm. Tues - Wed 9am - 5pm, Thurs 9am - 4pm, Fri 9am - 12pm. Call: Fran (07776 494 100).

St. Ives Christian Fellowship Parents and Toddlers Burleigh Hill Community Centre, Constable Road PE27 3ER. Newborn – 4 yrs. Thurs 9.15am – 11am (term time). Call: Jason Street (01480 463161). St Neots Rural Children’s Centre Little Paxton Primary School, Gordon Road, St. Neots PE19 6NG. For age 0-5. Open Mon - Fri 8.45am - 12.45pm. Contact: (01480 357540).

Smiley Tots Parent & Toddler Group Yelden Village Hall, Spring Lane, Yelden MK44 1BA. Every Wed 10am-12pm (term time). Come and play! £2 per family inc. drink & snack. Call: Vicky (01933 317220) The Daisy Children’s Centre Papworth Everard & surrounding villages. For more information about their current programme, call: (01480 831423).

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The Eatons Children’s Centre Bushmead Primary School, Bushmead Road, Eaton Socon, St. Neots PE19 8BT. For age 0 - 5. Various courses and support for parents. Open Mon - Thurs 8.45am - 4.45pm. Fri 8.45am - 1pm. For more details (01480 358340) Thistle Tots Thistle Drive Playcentre, Wessex Close, Stanground PE2 8HZ. For 0 - 2yrs. Thurs 1.15pm - 2.30pm and 2 - 5yrs Fri 10am - 11.15am. To book (term time) call: (01733 452610). Tiddlers and Toddlers Jubilee Hall, Eaton Socon, St. Neots. Est. 30 yrs. Friday 9.30am – 11.30am (term time). Call: Margaret Birchall (01480 215695) Benny (07980 810313).

Tiddlywinks St. Andrews Church, Alwalton, near Peterborough PE7 3UU. For Under 5’s and their parents/carers. Mon 9.30am-11.30am (term time). Singalongs, stories, toys and refreshments. Call: Liz or Malcolm Ingham (01733 239289).

Tot Stop Stanground Baptist Church, Chapel Street, Stanground PE2 8JG. Toys for babies, toddlers and pre-school children, craft activity, singing and refreshments. A friendly and welcoming group. Fri 9:45-11:45 (Term time) Call: Jane Carter (01733 310411)

Tots’ Praise St. Neots Parish Church, PE19 2BU. Last Weds of month 10.30am. FREE. Bible based, refreshments. Older siblings welcome in holidays. Call: Rev. Paul Andrews, Parish Office: (01480 472297). Warboys Under Fives Toddler Group High street, Warboys, PE28 2TA. Newborn – 5 yrs. Fri 1pm – 3pm. Cost: £1.50 for first child, 50p for each additional child. Toys, games and refreshments. Call: (01487 823190) Westwood & Ravensthorpe Children’s Centre offer support to local families that include fun, play activities. Based at Highlees and Ravensthorpe Primary School, Call: (01733 266425) for more information.

WhoLet the Dads Out A chance to have some fun with your preschooler, eat some bacon,meet some other dads, even read the newspaper! 1st Saturday of the month at 9am. St Mary’s Church Eaton Socon. Cost £1 per child. Contact




Buckden Childcare Agency Nannies, babysitters, childminders and more. Contact: (01480 811180)

Nice Nannies Now 40, Station Road, Warboys, Huntingdon, Cambs PE28 2TD. Childcare for all ages. Call: Helen (01487 823516)  General

Baby Café Brewster Avenue Children’s Centre, 10, Brewster Avenue, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 9PN. Help and advice on breastfeeding from health visitors and nursery nurses. Mon 1pm 2.30pm (plus baby weighing). Telephone before arriving. Call: (01733 452600 / 01733 774537). Jigsaw Centre, Orton Malbourne, PE2 5PW. Thurs 1pm - 2.30pm. Call: (01733 452690 / 01733 237209).

Baby Café Local Stanground Children’s Centre, 31a Chapel Street, PE2 8JF. Tues 1.30pm 3pm NCT Breastfeeding counsellor visits every week. Please telephone before arriving. Call: (01733 452610). Families and Childcare Information Services. Local childcare info. Peterborough (0800 29 89 121) Cambridgeshire (0345 04 54 014)

Days Out

 Adventure/Soft Play

Active Antics Highlees Primary School Hall, Ashton Road, Westwood PE3 7ER. For 0 - 4 yrs, Wed 10am - 11am (term time only.) Fun movement activities. Build sensory and motor skills. Call: Lynn Boness (01733 295864). Activity World & Toddler World Padholme Road East, Peterborough, PE1 5XH. Indoor play. Separate Toddler World. Open 9.30am – 5.30pm. Closed Tues. Cost: from £4.95. Birthday parties. Call: (01733 314446) Big Sky Adventure Play 24, Wainman Road, Shrewsbury Avenue, Woodston, Peterborough PE2 7BU. Soft play area for under 4yrs. Open 9.30am – 6pm (term time), Sat 10am - 6pm, Sun 10am – 5pm. Cost:

Under 4’s - £4.90, age 4+ £5.90, adults £1.30. Birthday parties. Call: (01733 390810)

Cracker Jacks 3 Foundry Way, Eaton Socon, St. Neots, PE198TR. A play and party venue in St. Neots for 0-12 year olds. Call (01480 477515) Dave the Clown’s Fun House The Cresset, Bretton Centre, Rightwell Peterborough PE3 8DX. For 0 – 8 yrs. Soft Play Centre. Mon 10am – 1pm. Call: (01733 265705).

Eat ‘N’ Play Huntingdon Road, St. Neots PE19 1XG. Large play area (max height 1.45m/4’9”) Separate toddler area. Open 11am daily. Cost: £3.75. Weekends/hols £4.25. Call: (01480 471611) w w w. Houghton Mill Houghton, Huntingdon PE28 2AZ Kids of all ages will be fascinated to see a working mill in action, with lots of hands on fun too. Beautiful grounds and boat rides. Ideal for a family day out.

Leo’s Funzone @ Huntingdon One Leisure Huntingdon, St Peter’s Road, Huntingdon. Indoor adventure play centre for babies, toddlers and children. A great venue for children’s parties.Free entry for adults and children under 1. Open 7 days a week. Call: (01480 388600) Leo’s Funzone @ St. Neots One Leisure, Barford Road, St. Neots. Indoor adventure play centre for babies, toddlers and children. A great venue for children’s parties. Free entry for adults and children under 1. Open 7 days a week. Call: (01480 388700) Whale of a Time - Childrens Indoor Softplay Centre 8 Viking Way, Bar Hill, Cambridge CB23 8EL Mon-Fri 10am - 5.30pm Sat & Sun 10am - 6pm (01954 781018)  Theatre

Key Theatre Embankment Road, Peterborough. PE1 1EF. Productions aimed at children throughout the year. Box office: (01733 207239).

The Cresset Theatre Rightwell, Bretton Centre, Peterborough PE3 8DX Seasonal shows for children.(01733 265705)

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Hall. All pre-schoolers welcome. Thurs 1.45pm - 2.45pm (term time). Cost: £1 donation. Call: Kate Smith(01487 824390).

Clap & Sing / Parachute Play The Rainbow Children's Centre Sure Start Parkhall Road, Somersham For newborn – 5yrs. Song and movement to stimulate babies. Wed 9.30am – 10.30am, 10.30am – 11.30am (term time only). Pre-enrolment. Voluntary donation. Call: Trisha (01487 741456).

Music for Little People Fun and educational music classes for 0 - 5 years. All taught by qualified musicians and teachers. Call: Karen (01480 812469)


 Developmental Play

Babygrowz Huntingdon, St Neots & Ely. Developmental Play classes for mum and baby. Newborn to 2yrs. Call Janet (07891 676504)

Dance and Movement Brewster Avenue Children’s Centre, 10, Brewster Avenue, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 9PN. For 12mths 5yrs. Thurs 1.15pm - 2.15pm. Just drop in (term time). Call: 01733 452600. Happy Faces The Crown Inn, Glinton, Peterborough For 8mths - 5yrs. Educational play, refreshments and more. Call: Claire (01733 324851). Languages

La Jolie Ronde French Open Centre, 58 Burleigh Road, St. Ives PE27 3DF. Introduction to French with songs, rhymes and games. Age 5+ Call: Anna Ireland (01480 382036). Little Language Learners St. Neots. Learn Spanish with your toddler through music, movement and rhyme. For age 0 -5. Call: Vicky Payne (07979 503269)  Music/Singing

Clap & Sing Warboys Community Primary School - Community

Musical Minis Heritage Park Primary School, Park Farm, Stanground and Alwalton From 0 - 5yrs. Music sessions for babies and toddlers. Call: Janie (01778 570340)

Sing and Sign Samuel Pepys School, St. Neots. For 6 18mths. Thursdays. Learn to communicate with your baby or toddler pre-speech. Call: Julie Warriner for details (01767 691488). Tiny Talk Whaddon, Cambourne, Histon & Brampton. Baby signing classes for all babies and young toddlers. Class is 1 hr - ½ hr singing and signing followed by ½ hr social time. Call: Carol (0795 1601107) Tuneful Tots Brewster Avenue Children’s Centre, 10, Brewster Avenue, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 9PN. For 0 - 5yrs. First session 9.30am -10.25am. Second session 10.50am to 11.45am. To book call: (01733 452600). Warboys Clap and Sing (including Toy Library) Warboys Community Primary School Community Hall. All pre-schoolers welcome. Thurs 1.45pm - 2.45pm (term time). Cost: £1 donation. Call: Kate Smith (01487 824390).

Wiggle Waggle Huntingdon, Godmanchester, St. Ives, St. Neots, Houghton & Stukeley Meadows. Lively, fun and educational Music dance and fitness programme for 0s to 5s. Build confidence , self esteem and fitness. . Call Sharon (01480 382103),


Antenatal Yogacise FREE Pregnancy Yoga classes at Ramsey and Somersham Children’s Centres in June/July. Call: Victoria (01954 204742)

Birthlight Hatha Yoga Classes Brampton, Godmanchester & St. Neots and Pregnancy Yoga Class in St. Neots. Call: Linda (01480 350315) Babybliss Huntingdon /Peterborough area. Infant Massage, Baby/Toddler Yoga, Baby & Child swimming and First Aid courses. Call: Kate Stewart (07857 683291)

Daisy Birthing A course for women who are between 14 to 42 weeks of their pregnancy. Keeps the body healthy and strong through yoga, breathe work, relaxations and self hypnosis. For course dates contact One Leisure St Ives (01480 388500), One Leisure St Neots (01480 388700) MamaBaby Bliss St. Neots, Potton, Sandy and Biggleswade Pregnancy & baby yoga, relaxation and baby massage. . Call: Joanna (07904 374212)

Pregnancy Yoga Oak Tree Centre, Huntingdon PE29 7HN. Wed 7pm – 8.30pm. Call: Barbara Moorby (01480 380307).

Sleep Clinic If you have a child over 8 mths keeping you awake at night, contact the Westwood & Ravensthorpe Children’s Centre sleep management advisor. Call: Linda Minett (01733 260833).


DramaTots - From 2 - 5yrs, younger siblings welcome, £4 per 50 min session. Call: Liz: (01480 839112)

Colin Daines MMC Magic and balloon modelling. Member of the magic circle. Family occasions a speciality (01480 212571). Singing Beans: St Mary’s Parish Hall, The Walks East, Huntingdon. Pre-School singing session with puppets, bubbles, instruments etc Mon 10am. £2 per child. Contact Natalie 07870249129 On Stage Youth Theatre School 71, Shakespeare Road, St. Ives PE27.

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For age 4+. Train in the performing arts in a fun and friendly environment. Call: Eve Webb (01480 461959) Stagecoach Theatre Arts School For age 4 +. Learn to act, sing and dance and build confidence. For Huntingdon classes contact: Jo (01353 667442) and Peterborough call: Ashleigh (01778 440077)

Stage Stars Theatre Academy Alconbury, Brampton, Papworth & Sawtry. Classes in drama, singing and dance for ages 2+. Contact: Gemma (07807193182) Stars on Stage UK Alconbury, Woodston & Orton Waterville. Dance and drama classes for various ages.Courses run over half term and summer holidays. For full details Contact: Sam & Hannah


 Children’s Entertainers/Parties

Butterfly Party Church St, Fenstanton Jewellery Making Parties from 4+. Make beautiful treasures to keep. Face painting and cupcake decorating included. Qualified teachers, jewellers & CRB checke. 01480 493040 Crafty Monkey MooresWalk, St Neots or Mobile Offers Pottery Painting, Build a Bear, decopatch, Jewellery Making parties for all ages. Call (01480 219222) The Children’s party and mobile creche specialists. Fun parties for boys and girls aged 1 - 11. Soft play equipment for hire, ideal for weddings, christenings etc. Call: 08456 804894.

Kreepie Krawlies Soft Play Soft play party hire at your venue (Cambs and Herts area). Call Debbie (07825 771408)

Little Beans Parties Themed parties for children aged 1 +. Call Natalie: 07870 249129 Party at One Leisure One Leisure Huntingdon, Ramsey, Sawtry, St. Ives and St. Neots. All One Leisure sites provide a wide


range of fun pool, soft play and sports birthday parties for under 5’s and juniors. Contact your local One Leisure site for details: Huntingdon: 01480 388600, Ramsey: 01480 387900, Sawtry: 01480 387800, St. Ives: 01480 388500, St. Neots: 01480 388700 or visit


The Birthday Football Club TBFC deliver completefootball birthday parties. Personalised Invitations, Party Bags & Personalised Homemade Cake, all included! Call Gareth: (07901 022874)

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Ab-Fab Party Time! Fun entertainment for Babies ,Tots through to Pre Teens. Choose from: Knights & Princesses, Grease, Tearless & Fearless, Ugly Bug & Beautiful Butterfly ball or Pirates & Fairies. Call: Trisha (01487 741456)

Family Eating Out

Brewster’s Fun Factory & Restaurant (Highwayman) Colmworth Business Park, St Neots also at Hampton, Peterborough. Pub restaurant. Fun Factory within, cost: £3 per child, per hour. Tots time: 10am 12pm (term time). Kids menu in restaurant. Call: (01480 408540). Frankie & Benny’s Towerfields, Kings Ripton Road, Huntingdon PE29 7EG. New York Italian style restaurant. Children’s menu. Free colouring pack. Call: (01480 437240).

Pizza Express 105, High Street, Huntingdon PE29 3LB. Children’s ‘mini’ menu. Free activity pack. Call: (01480 434446).

Reading / Story Time

Bretton District Library The Cresset, Rightwell, Bretton, Peterborough PE3 8DS. Storytime: Thurs 11am -11.30am. Rhyme Time: Tues 2pm - 2.30pm. Story and Rhyme time: Sat 10.30am - 11am. Call: (01733 864291). Cambourne Library Rhymetime and Storytime alternate Fridays from 9.30am -10.00am. Term time only. Call 0345 045 5225. Chatteris Library 2 Furrowfields Road, Chatteris PE16 6DY Storytime, Tues 2:15pm-2:45pm (term-time only), Rhymetime (birth to 3 yrs), Thurs 10am-11am (term time only) Call: 0345 045 5225

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COLIN DAINES MMC 01480 212571 Dogsthorpe Community Library Central Avenue, Dogsthorpe, Peterborough PE1 4LH. Storytime: Thurs 2pm - 2.30pm. Call: (01733 864300).

Eye Library Crowland Road, Eye, Peterborough PE6 7TN. Under 5’ s storytime: Mon 10.30am 11am. Rhyme Time: Mon 11am 11.30am. Children’s craft club, Sat 11am 12pm. Call: (01733 864142). Hampton Library 6B Serpentine Green Shopping Centre, Hampton, Peterborough PE7 8DR. Rhymetime: Tuesday, 10.15 – 10.45am Call: (01733 864538).

Huntingdon Library Princes Street, Huntingdon PE29 3PH. Storytime: 18mths – 5 yrs, Weds 10.30am –11am. Rhymetime: 0 - 18 mths Fri 10.30am - 11am (term time). Orton District Library Special Needs Orton Centre, Peterborough PE2 5RQ. Storytime: Orton Library Storytime is every Thursday, 10 – 10.30am (all year round) and every Saturday 11 – 11.30am Rhymetime: Mon 10.30am -11am. Call: (01733 864296).

Peterborough Central Library Broadway, Peterborough PE1 1RX Storytime: Fri 2.15pm - 2.45pm, Sat 11am -11.30am & 2.15pm - 2.45pm. Rhyme Time: Thurs 1.30pm-2pm. Call: (01733 864280).

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Ramsey Library School Lane, Ramsey PE26 1AF. Rhymetime: 0 – 3 yrs. Tues 2pm 2.45pm. Call: (0845 045 5225).

Sawtry Library Fen Lane, Sawtry PE28 5TQ. Story and rhymetime: Fri 2.30pm – 3.15pm.

Somersham Community Information Centre Church Street Somersham PE28 3EG. For pre-school children. Tues 10.30am-11am - stories & rhyme ending with a craft activity every week (term time) (01487 840266). Stanground Community Library Southfields Avenue, Peterborough PE2 8RZ. Storytime: Fri 3.30pm - 4pm. Rhymetime Tues 10 -10.30am.

St. Ives Library 4 Library Row, Station Rd, St. Ives PE27 5BW. Rhymetime: (for up to 18mths preschoolers welcome) Weds 10.30am – 11am (term time). St. Neots Library Priory Lane, St. Neots PE19 2BH. Storytime: Mon 2pm–2.30pm. Rhymetime:(0 - 18mths) alternate Tues 11am–11.30am (term time). Thorney Library Church Street, Thorney, Peterborough, PE6 0QB. Rhymetime: Friday 11am 11.30am. Under 5’s Storytime: Friday 11.30am - 12pm. Call:(01733 864542). Warboys Library High Street, Warboys PE28 2TA. For 18mths - 5yrs. Storytime:Thurs 10.30am – 11am.

Werrington District Library Staniland Way, PE4 6JT. Storytime: Tues & Thurs 2pm – 2.30pm, (also Thurs) 3.30pm - 4pm. Sat 10.45am - 11.15am. Rhyme Time: Fri 2.15pm – 2.45pm. Call: (01733 864282). Woodston Library Orchard Street, Peterborough PE2 9AL.Storytime: Thurs 10.30am - 11am. Rhyme Time: Wed 2.15pm – 2.45pm Call: (01733 864304). Yaxley Library Lansdowne Rd, Yaxley. Storytime: Alternate Tues 10.30am–11am (term time). Rhymetime: alternate Fri 10.30am–11am (term time only).

Special Needs

Cambridgeshire Parent Partnership Service For parents and carers of children and

young people with special educational needs. Confidential Advice Line: (01223 699214)


Buggy Boot Camp Postnatal outdoor workout for Mums with their buggies. St Neots and Huntingdon. Call Lindsay on 077 30302826 or email:  Cycling

Balanceability One Leisure St Ives, Westwood Road, St Ives PE27 6WU. Introduction to cycling in a safe environment. Develop cycling skills, balance, co-ordination, agility and flexibility. 6 week accredited programme for 2½ to 4 year olds. For course dates contact (01480 388500).  Dance

Joanne Brown (Formerly: Brown’s Dance Centre) Now teaching at: Tu Danse Studios, Newark Road, Peterborough Rosettes (3-6 yr olds) - £3.75 Wed 4:30pm to 5:15pm Juniors (7-15 yr olds) - £4 on Wed - 5:15pm to 6:15pm. Call: (01733 235241 / 07843 784417).

Dance Studio The Cresset, Rightwell, Bretton, Peterborough PE3 8DX. Classes for age 2+. Babies Ballet age 3+ Fri 3.15pm - 3.45pm. Modern and tap age 4+ Sat 2pm - 2.30pm. Term time only. Call (01733 842516). Dance Supplies 20, Bridge Street, St. Ives PE27 5EG. Authorised retailer (01480 498174)

Kelly Marie’s Dance Supplies Unit 2, Fishers Yard, Market Square, St. Neots PE19 2AF. Outfit sizes from age 2. Call: (01480 477212).

for under fives. Call: Jill Dawson (01733 234 555).

Saldance Theatre Arts 27, Fenlake Business Centre, Peterborough PE1 5BQ. Mums & Tots (from age 2): Thurs 1.15pm. Pre-school age: Thurs 2pm. Cost: £4 per session. Call: Nicola Storton (01733 340003) Email: Stage Door School of Dance St. B’s Hall, Yaxley. Pre-School Ballet on Tuesdays. Call: Lesley (01733 244779) Stageworks Studios The Towers, High Street, Buckden, St. Neots PE19 5TA. Toddler Dance: Tues 10am - 10.45am. Call: Pauline (01480 812626)

Tu Danse Studios Newark Road, Peterborough, PE1 5YD. Dance & movement classes for age 2 yrs+. Contact: Anita (01733 553830) E-mail: Wendy Burke School of Dance Hartford, Huntingdon and Sawtry. Ballet classes. For age 3yrs +. Contact: Wendy (01487 822002)  Football

Dribblers Football School @ St Ives One Leisure St Ives, Westwood Road. For ages 2+ years. (01480 388500).

Dribblers Football School @ Sawtry One Leisure Sawtry, Green End Road, Sawtry PE28 5UY. For ages 3 - 5 yrs. (01480 387800).

Dribblers Football School @ St Neots One Leisure St Neots, Barford Road, Eynesbury, St Neots. For ages 3 – 4 yrs. (01480 388700).

Linda Allen School of Dance Alconbury, Kimbolton & Spaldwick Ballet, Tap & jazz classes from 3½ yrs. Email:

Little Kickers Pre-School Football Classes Peterborough/Stamford and Cambridge. For 18mths – 5yrs. Children will learn sound football skills with a positive introduction to sport. For free taster session at Peterborough/Stamford call: (07976 179899) For Cambridge call Linzi: (01954 719782).

Peterborough Academy of Dance 19, Abbotsbury, Orton Malborne, Peterborough PE2 5PS. Various classes

Baby Gym Huntingdon Gymnastics Club, Claytons Way PE29 1UT. Class for baby walking – 2yrs, Fri 10am -10.45am; 8wks old - walking, 10.50am 11.35am, £3, term time only. Structured

New Road Studios New Road, St. Ives, PE27 5BG. Dance, singing and drama. Dance parties Call : Lucie (01480 493111).


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Toddlers - call to join class (pre-booked and pre-paid. Call: (01480 523 43 - short number). Tumble Tots For 6mths - 7 yrs. For classes in Peterborough call: Amanda (01832 272127), St. Neots & Huntingdon, contact: Ann (07906 949206), St. Ives Karen (01353 661255)  Ice Skating

Planet Ice 1 Mallard Road, Bretton, Peterborough, PE3 8YN. Ice Toddlers: for 18mths - 5yrs. Structured classes to introduce young children to ice-skating. Always under strict supervision from qualified coach. Cost: £4.20 first child, second child only £1.50. Sun 10am -11am. Call: (01733 260222)  Martial Arts

Black Belt Attitude Tora Kai Karate classes at various locations, For age 4+. Call: (01733 246471 / 07800 985724)

Evolution Taekwondo Peterborough Martial Arts Academy Unit 4, Wainman Road, Peterborough PE2 7BU. Classes from age 4. Call for more info (01733 235230)

Little Ninja’s (Hicks Karate) Loxley Community Centre, Loxley, Werrington, Peterborough, PE4 5BW and Dogsthorpe Community Centre, Poplar Avenue PE1 4QF. Martial Arts Classes for age 3+. Call: Andrew Hicks (01733 810043 / 07974 196256)  Swimming

Baby Swimming Lessons One Leisure Huntingdon, Ramsey, Sawtry, St. Ives and St.Neots. For 6 - 18 mths and 18mths - 3 yrs. Introduces babies and toddlers to aquatic activities. Call your local One Leisure site for details: Huntingdon: 01480 388600, Ramsey: 01480 387900, Sawtry@ 01480 387800, St. Neots: 01480 388700 or visit First Strokes Godmanchester Community Pool, Park Lane, Huntingdon PE29 2AG. Swimming lessons for all. (01480 375145)


FREE swimming for under 5’s One Leisure Huntingdon, Ramsey, Sawtry, St. Ives and St. Neots. Free swimming for under 5’s. Call your local One Leisure site for timetables and details of sessions available: Huntingdon: (01480 388600) Ramsey: (01480 387900) Sawtry: (01480 387800) St. Ives: (01480 388500) St Neots: (01480 388700) Junior Swimming Lessons One Leisure Huntingdon, Ramsey, Sawtry, St. Ives and St. Neots. Qualified teaching staff help your child gain confidence, develop technique and enjoy swimming. Call local site for details: Huntingdon: (01480 388600) Ramsey: (01480 387900) Sawtry: (01480 387800) St Ives: (01480 388500) St Neots: (01480 388700) or visit Kimbolton School Swimming Pool Kimbolton, PE28 0EA. The pool is open to the public all year. General swimming for children under 8 years of age with parents. Lessons for over 5’s. For more info and timetable details call: (01480 862276)

Water Babies Teach your baby to swim at classes in Buckden, Cambridge and Wellingbrough. From Newborn. Call: Debi Hogston (01933 651790)

Toy Library

Huntingdon Toy Library Huntingdon Nursery School, Ambury Rd, Huntingdon PE29 1AD. Newborn – 5 years. Thurs 9am 11.15am, 12.45pm – 3pm. £1 per year subs then 25p per toy. Term time only. Call: Mary Mansfield (01480 375216). St. Neots Toy Libraries Butterfly Children’s Centre, Winhills School, off Duck Lane 01480 358350 , St. Neots and Eatons Children’s Centre, Bushmead School, Eaton Socon 01480 358350 Mon -Thurs 8.45am - 4.45pm and Fridays 8.45am - 1.00pm. St Neots Rural Children’s Centre, Little Paxton School, Mon-Fri 8.45 - 12.45 Call: (01480 358350). Toy Library Highlees Children’s Centre,PE3 7ER. Pop in any time. Baby Explorers - Fri 12.45am - 2pm. No charge and no booking needed. Call: Steph for more details (01733 260833).


Hamerton Zoo Park Nr Sawtry, Huntingdon PE28 5RE Wildlife park and adventure playground. Open daily.

Pigeons Farm Wisbech Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE6 0TD. Many Breeds Of Farm Animals and Birds, large Play Area, Restaurant and Shop. Open all year. For more details and opening hours call 01733 271020 or 01733 271414,email: or visit: Shepreth Wildlife Park Station Road, Shepreth, SG8 6PZ. Adventure playground and soft playroom for under fives. Open 10am - 5pm. Call: 01763 26 22 26. The Raptor Foundation The Heath, St. Ives Road, Woodhurst, Huntingdon PE28 3BT. Open daily, flying displays. Cost: Under 3’s FREE. Age 4+ £3. Adults: £5. Call: (01487 741140)

Thurleigh Farm Centre Cross End, Thurleigh, Beds MK44 2EE. Open from 9.30am - 5pm. Farm animals, tractor rides, adventure playgroud, quad bikes, cafe and more! Call: 01234 771597.

Wood Green, The Animal Charity King’s Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester PE29 2NH. Animal re-homing centre. Children’s play area, pet supplies and shop. Open 10am – 4pm daily. (0844 248 8181)

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