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The family

North Surrey & South West Thames


Winter 2010



tickets to Lapland UK Christmas gifts and ideas

Front cover image by Kerry Jordan Photography

Music - Drama - Parties - Sport - Shopping - Babies - Places to Go.....

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Welcome to the Winter issue of

the Family Grapevine. We hope you find it useful.

We have a family ticket to Lapland UK to giveaway (find the competition in this issue to enter).

Why you need a Will! Writing a Will is essential, however few people get around to doing it. In fact, over 75% of adults in the UK die without a Will. A Will is often thought of as just the place where one distributes ones assets after death, but a Will also has a very important role to play, particularly for all parents with young children and especially for those who are not married. Your Will is the appropriate place to appoint Guardians for your children in the event of both parents dying. If this is not done it may be down to the Courts to decide who your children will live with. It is also the place to ensure the financial needs of both your children and the appointed Guardians. Trust Funds can be set up in your Will and used for the benefit of your children. In your Will you also name the Trustees who are going to administer these funds. Shortland and Sawbridge are a family business and are members of The Institute of Professional Will Writers. We specialise in writing Wills for people with young children. We are happy to provide you with more information on telephone 020 8397 5176 or email A special discount is available to readers of The Family Grapevine. If you mention this article when making your appointment we will write your Will for the special price of just ÂŁ140 each or ÂŁ160 for a pair.


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Opportunities Teaching your toddler to ride safely on two wheels By Lisa Whalley-Smith, Strider Bikes UK

Strider PREbikes are balance bikes, without pedals, designed for toddlers as young as 18 months old and teach the fundamental skills required to ride on two wheels: balance and steering. The lightweight bike has adjustable handlebars and a saddle that adjusts to just 11 inches off the ground which means that the tiniest of legs can straddle the bike with both feet securely on the ground. Toddlers simply stand astride the bike, hold the handlebars and walk. As confidence grows, they will stride, run and then glide, lifting their feet off the ground and riding on two wheels! Visit for videos, photos, testimonials and to buy. The bikes come in funky colours such as Monster Green, Hot Pink and Sunshine Yellow. A great Xmas present for 2010!

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Photographs / Portraits A great personal gift for grandparents and relatives is a quality photograph of the family and/or children. Using a professional photographer really makes the image special and a present they will keep for ever. Kerry Jordan Photography Maria Murray Photography 07810 541 685 01708 479 562

Silver jewellery (of your child’s fingerprint, handprint etc) Another very personal gift perfect for Mum’s, Dad’s and Grandparents is handmade, pure sliver jewellery and giftware incorporating your child’s fingerprints, handprints, footprints and artwork. Another present to last a lifetime. Contact PastelPrint on 020 8894 6254 or visit Personalised gifts Anne Taylor makes personalised, hand-painted boxes, plaques, chairs, peg boards and photo frames. Visit

Gifts for Men It’s not always easy buying a present for the men in your life. The inside Man is an online store that sells luxury gifts designed just for men and will give you loads of great ideas. Telephone: 020 8682 3834

Shopping online Save money and time by shopping online this Christmas. Try these sites: for gorgeous cotton pyjamas, nightdresses, toys and clothes. for great wooden toys and fast delivery. for men’s gifts.


CocoaJam, a world of gorgeous traditional cotton nightdresses and pyjamas for babies, children, ladies and men, with a wonderful selection of bedding, clothes, gifts and toys. All our pyjamas, nightdresses, baby grows and clothes are made in the softest 100% cotton. This makes them super cool and kind to skin. Also, a percentage of all sales of the children’s pyjamas and nightdresses goes to the Mobile Creches Charity, so ethical, too! Buy online at


Babies Activities for Babies

Party Venues

Twinke Toes Ballet, classes for babies and toddlers from 6 months, Richmond areas, 07813 741 189

Avondale Gym Club, Surbiton, 020 8399 3386 Battersea Park Zoo, 0845 6016679

Bea’s Baby Music, Babies - 6 yesr, 020 8670 9378 Gymboree, Wandsworth, tel 020 8870 0011

Bullen Hall, Hampton Wick, 020 8831 6108

Little Frogs, sensory play classes, Teddington and Kew, 079507794866

Charrington Bowl, indoor bowling, Surbiton 020 8337 2696

Camilla Plows Baby Massage, Battersea, tel 020 7350 2228 Certified Infant Massage Instructor, tel 07929 207 799

Buggyfit Postnatal Exercise Kingston: 07759 515901 Richmond: 07909 874890 Wimbledon: 07941 851 778

Tiny Talk, 020 8339 3711

Chiropractic Care For Everyone, Barnes, tel 020 8878 7887

EarthLife Yoga, Kew, 020 8940 0888

Advice, Information and support

Eddie Catz, Putney, 0845 201 1268

Fit by nature, buggyfit classes, 07909 874890

Eating for Pregnancy, telephone Advice Line, 0845 130 3646

Koala Therapies, baby massage, Surbiton & Kingston, 07908 748 187

Latino Bambino, keep fit and bond with your baby whilst dancing to Latin Rythms, 07961 838349

Sign and Bond, 020 8673 7564. Sing And Sign, tel 020 8755 2885

La Leche League, breastfeeding helpline, 0845 1202918 Millpond, Children’s Sleep Clinic, 020 8444 0040 Rowan Perkin, parent coach, 07801 414435 The National Childbirth Trust 0870 444 8707

Antenatal Birthing pool hire, 01306 888327 Birth preparation courses with active birth teacher, New Malden, 0208 395 9435 Birthworks Birthing Pools, 01252 821706 Earthlife Wellbeing & Fitness, Kew, Tel: 020 8940 0888 Web: Emma Furr, Maternity Reflexology 0208 4049431 Private Antenatal Courses, Midwife Led, Kingston, 020 8949 9040 Rowan Perkin, pregnancy massage and hypnobirthing, 07801 414435 Shiva Health, Yoga & Holistic Therapies, Kingston, 208 549 8637 The Midwifery Practice 07905 326705

Lavender Therapies, Hampton, 020 8941 6447 Massagebaby, 020 8893 9491 Mum and Baby Yoga, Earthlife Wellbeing & Fitness, Kew, Tel: 020 8940 0888 Web: Nargis Ahmed Osteopath, cranial osteopathy for mother and baby, 0208 943 1728 Physio For All, Battersea, 020 7228 2714 Rowan Perkin, baby massage, reflexology and yoga, 07801 414435 Shiva Health, Yoga & Holistic Therapies, Kingston. Baby massage & reflexology courses, craniosacral therapy, 0208 549 8637 SunBeam Baby Massage, Wimbledon, 020 8542 6884 Tender Touch, Baby massage courses Twickenham and Richmond, 07749 785794 The Daybrook Road Osteopathic Clinic, Merton Park, 020 8542 8596 Vanessa Emery CIMI, baby massage, 020 8874 4039 Vie baby massage in Wimbledon SW19, 07723091055

Women’s Ultrasound Centre, Wimbledon, 020 7636 6765


Baby Massage & Cranial Therapy

Appleyoga, Wimbledon, 020 8788 8892

Angela Yates Baby Massage, Wandsworth, tel 020 7573 5264 Baby Massage,Barnes, tel 020 8876 9897 Baby Steps, first Aid, Baby Massage and Weaning courses at home and at local venues, 07796 942771 Baby Yoga & Rhythm Kids (music & movment classes) in Wimbledon. Contact Vie Health on 07951 573 928

Antenatal yoga, Earthlife Wellbeing & Fitness, Kew, Tel: 020 8940 0888

Mum2b Ltd, personal home trainer, tel 07814 004501 Mums in Shape, 020 8873 7441 Newborn Fitness, 07884 497828 No More Excuses, 700 340 1287 Optimum Vitality, fitness with Baby, Personal Training (baby comes too!), 07718 355244 Postnatal Exercise Classes, Midwife run in Kingston, 07905 934005

Colourhouse Children’s Theatre, Merton Abbey Mills, 020 8640 5111 David Lloyd Centre, Raynes Park, 020 8543 8020 Eddie Katz, Putney and Wimbledon, 0845 201 1268 Greenacres Kids Cafe, Hampton, 020 8941 8608 Hampton and Richmond Borough Football Club 020 8941 2838 KraftyKidz, private party venue, craft/magic/toy parties available, 020 8892 5577 Lloyds Lanes, Raynes Park 020 8544 9965 Lollipop Club, kew, 020 8332 7436

Pilates Classes, 020 7223 3039

Marble Hill Playcentres, 0208 8914930 / 0641

Pushbabies, Barnes, 020 8563 9704

Murray Park Hall, Kneller Road, Whitton, 020 8831 6108

Shiva Health, Post-natal yoga for mums & babies, pregnancy yoga, pregnancy relaxation classes, 0208 549 8637

Open Door Community Centre, Wimbledon, 020 8871 8174

The Personal Training Centre, Kids come too, Teddington, 020 8943 5353 Yoga for Pregnancy, New Malden, 020 8395 9435 Yoga for Pregnancy, Wimbledon, 020 8287 5411 Sue Lewis, Women’s Health Physio, postnatal exercise and Pilates classes for Pelvic core, 020 8946 8561 The Vitality Centre, Yoga & Pilates for new mums, 020 8871 4677.

Nappies Kingston & Merton Real Nappy Network, 07949 628148

Around Birth, postnatal, mother and baby yoga, tel 020 7274 3968

The Green Baby Store, Richmond (Summer only), 020 8940 8255

Batterseayoga, Postnatal and Mother and Baby Yoga classes, Battersea and Clapham, 0707 978 7995 or 07771 687 128

The Nappy Lady, real nappy advice, 0845 456 2441

Bodyflow, Pilates and Yoga in your own home, tel 020 7736 0017

Children’s Parties at Central London Golf, Tooting, 020 8871 0485

The Natural Baby Company 01983 810925 TreeHugger Mums, 0845 6443684


Playball GB Ltd, 07717 721231 Pottery Café, Twickenham 020 8744 3000 Putney Leisure Centre, 020 8785 0388 Roehampton Recreation Centre, 020 8785 0535 Surbiton Library Hall, 020 8547 6418 The Greenwood Centre, Hampton Hill, 020 8979 9662 The Little Gym, Hampton Hill, 020 8977 0099 The White House, Hampton, 020 8979 1884 Tudor Drive Library Hall, 020 8547 6418 Tiffin Sports Centre, 0208 541 3972 Wimbledon Leisure Centre, 020 8542 1330 Whitton Sports Centre, 020 8898 7795 YMCA Hawker Centre, Kingston, 020 8296 9747

Party Time

Party Entertainers Pirate, Knight, Spy parties 07845 320001, award winning face painting, balloon modeling... Tel: 07802 842446 Backflip performers, learn gymnastic skills and have fun, 07806 631 731 Captain Cutlass pirate, Puppets, parachutes & Discos 3-12yrs, 020 8677 1667 Cat’s Grin Theatre Company, for parties and schools, 4-11yrs, 01932 867698 Froggle the Clown, 0845 0504509 Girly Gang Makeovers, 020 8337 5495 / 01883 621326 Gymboree Play and Music, St Margarets, Richmond under 6yrs, 0208 607 9995 Gymboree Play and Music, Surbiton, 020 8398 9360 Gymboree Play and Music, Wimbledon, 0208 946 0400 JabberJacks, West Surrey, 18mnths-8Yrs, 020 3185 1003 Jolly Dolly’s Magic and Disco Parties 4-8yrs, 01932 222432 Jumping Beans, Fun parties for under 6Yrs, 020 8287 3402 Mad Science Birthday Parties, have a blast, 0845 330 1881 Makeover Magic, girls 6-16yrs, 01737 832656 Mini Makeovers, 020 8398 0107 Party Parcels, complete makeovers for girls aged 6 to 16, 01737 832656 Pottery and craft studio, 0208 398 6681 Sima’s Action Kids, structured fun and fitness for all, 07956 993439 Tom Foolery, 01903 815728 / 07870 595497 Tumble Tots 2-7yrs, 020 8944 8818 Twizzle Parties, 020 8789 3232

PARTY FOOD - suggestions Remove crust from 2 slices of white bread. Using a rolling pin, flatten each slice. Spread 2 slices of bread with cream cheese or filling of choice. Starting from 1 short end, roll up bread tightly to enclose filling. Cut each roll into 4 slices. Bake potatoes at 180°C for 1-1 1/2 hours. Cut the potatoes in half lengthways. Scoop out the flesh, leaving some close to the skin. Cut each piece into 2 or 3 pieces lengthways. Place the potato skins on a non stick baking tray and spray generously with olive oil. Sprinkle with cheddar. Bake for about 20 minutes or until skins are golden and crispy. Serve with a dip of your choice. Popcorn is really easy to make and can be an alternative or addition to the usual assortment of crisps. To make a caramel sauce for the popcorn combine butter, sugar and honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 to 7 minutes or until sugar has dissolved. Bring mixture to the boil. Boil, uncovered, without stirring, for 5 to 8 minutes or until light golden. Children’s party fare can be both yummy and relatively healthy. When served with a delicious chocolate sauce, these fruit kebabs are guaranteed to please the fussiest eaters. Kids will find them even more appealing if they’re allowed to choose the fruits.


Nannies & Au Pairs Babysitting / Childminding Home Organisers emergency help service including babysitting, 01932 844321 In Trust Babysitting Service, 020 8395 0796 Lucy Locket Babysitting Register 020 8392 0121 Maternal Response, maternity nurses, emergency childcare, 0845 838 2885

Nannies & Au Pairs ABC Au Pairs, 020 8771 1918 Abbeville Nannies, 020 7627 3352 Absolute Childcare, 020 8288 1807 Absolutely Au Pairs, 020 8835 8594 After School Nannies 020 8871 2211 Alice Nannies, 0845 8887 771 A-One Au Pairs & Nannies, 0800 298 8807 Applejack Nannies Ltd 020 8878 5778 Au Pairs by Pebbles, 0870 066 4743 BB’s Au Pairs and Nannies, 020 8480 9461 Buttons, Qual Nannies Full/ part+Temp Wimbledon & Surrey 0845 873 7010 Cherry Blossom Childcare, 01483 725623 Childcare International Ltd, 020 8906 3116 Enchanted Childcare, 01883 330890 Euro Pair Agency, 020 8421 2100 Everyday Angels, Special Needs Care, 020 8785 5600 Gina’s Nannies, Wimbledon, 020 8542 7503 HandiHelps Ltd, Nanny, Cleaner & Housekeeper, 020 8386 8333 Hungarian Au Pair Agency 020 8399 8663 Imperial Nannies, 020 7795 6220

Richmond Childminding Group 0208 891 6090 Simply Childcare, 020 7701 6111 Sitters, The babysitting service 0800 38 900 38 Surrey Childcare, babysitting service available, 020 3343 8451

1984, 01932 341704 Maternal Response, maternity nurses, emergency childcare 0845 838 2885 Maternally Yours Nannies 020 7795 6299 Millenium Aupairs and Nannies 020 8241 9752 Mini-Tots Nanny Agency 07810 771940 Nannies In London, 020 8785 5755 Nannies Unlimited, 020 8788 9640

Night Nannies, flexible overnight care for newborn babies, 07967 100345 Occasional and Permanent Nannies, 020 7225 1555 Peek a Boo Childcare, 020 7600 9880 Simply Childcare, 020 7701 6111 Surrey Childcare, 020 3343 8451 The London Nanny Company 020 7368 1603 The Nanny Agency, 0845 2606 360 The Nannysharers, 020 8789 9556 Tinies Childcare, 020 8642 8866 TLC Nannies, 01737 850212

Nanny Payroll Services Nanny Tax, 0845 226 2204 Nanny Pay, 01883 330890 Taxing Nannies, Nanny Payroll Service, 020 8882 6847

Larah Au-Pairs, help with housework and childcare, EST


Nannies & Au Pairs


What’s On CHRISTMAS FAIR Knollmead Primary School, Knollmead, Tolworth, KT5 9QP Date: Sat 27th November Web: www.knollmead.kingston. Santa, refreshments, face painting and games.

Get your skates on! 27th November 2010 to 9th January 2011 The Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink returns this festive period for yet another splendid skating season. With the spectacular backdrop of Hampton Court Palace’s West Front this really is a family event not to be missed.

Come and meet Father Christmas and receive a personal gift at Morden Hall Park SM4 5JD


Date: Sat 11th Dec 10

Sunday 28th November Web: Take part in a 5k Santa Fun Run and 1k Jingle Bell Walk in aid of local hospice, Princess Alice Hospice. Registration starts at 10.00, with the Santa Fun Run commencing at 11.00 and the Jingle Bell Walk at 11.15. Once registered, you will get your very own free santa suit too. For more information, please call Events on 01372 461 869 or email events@pah. To register quickly and securely online please visit

mordenhallpark Booking essential on 020 8545 6850 £7.50 per child

Christmas Shopping

Chessington Community College Sports Centre Presents

‘Chessington on Ice’

Do your Christmas Shopping in the comfort of the Snuff Mill with an exciting range of local stallholders.

5 days of indoor skating in the fabulous Chessington Community College School Atrium

Free admittance

WEDNESDAY 8th December to SUNDAY 12th December 2010

Saturday 11th December 2010 Sunday 12th December 2010

Bookings will be taken by the Chessington Community College Sports Centre and on-line at

10am - 4pm

Christmas Fair The Children’s Trust, Tadworth Court, Tadworth, KT20 5RU Tel: 01737 364 322 Saturday 27th November, 12 noon to 5pm Stalls, skating for all, chance for the children to visit Santa in his workshop and play festive games and competitions. You can even post a letter to Father Christmas! Call: 01737 364 322 or book online for Santa and skating.


Balham Christmas Lights Switch on 27th November Hildreth Street Christmas Carols, refreshments, children’s entertainment

Christmas Lights Switch On Friday 3rd December Friary Gardens, Richmond. The traditional Christmas lights switch on will take place at 7pm in the Friary Gardens.

What’s On

The Toytown Christmas Eddie Catz Wimbledon & Putney will both be hosting a spectacular Christmas Pantomime “The Toytown Christmas” in December as well as offering a variety of drop off sessions to allow busy Mums to get their shopping done. Workshops include: Christmas Cookery with Cookie Crumbles, Playball Sports Camp, Hannah Montana Dance Workshops, Crafty Christmas Sessions with Artybobs and in the Wimbledon Salon little girls 6-11 can enjoy a “Divalicious Spa Manicure and Pedicure Morning”, “ Mini Diva Lipgloss & Perfume Making” and a “ Choc au Lait Spa Morning” with the Mini Diva crew. Also, Santa Claus will be visiting both centres during December and welcoming children with presents too! All bookings are via the Eddie Catz online shop:

Christmas Market & lights event - Putney Friday December 3, 2010 Last year we had a lot of fun with the bouncy castle, big Christmas Tree with lights, kids carousel, Santa’s post-box, live carols and jazz along with a great range of 35 market stalls ranging from toys, gifts and beauty to mulled wine and Italian food. Bigger and better this year. For more information Email Telephone: 0208 8785 0374

The Christmas season starts in Kingston on Thursday 18th November 2010 with the annual Lights Switch On event. Radio Jackie will be helping Father Christmas turn on the lights at 6pm on Clarence Street. The full information will be available in the special Christmas section of this site from early November, or call 020 8547 1221.


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Toddlers Timetable Toddlers Art

Toy Libraries

Artbugs, art experiments, 1+yrs,

Crossways Toy Library, Twickenham, 020 8831 6176.

0208 995 7672 Crafty Tales, craft, music and storytelling for the 2-4’s, craft and drama for the 4 - 7’s, 0208 977 9675 / 07810 596342 Junipers Creative Play, 0845 058 3959 KraftyKidz, craft sessions, drop in play, seasonal craft activities, 020 8892 5577 North Surrey Mucky Pups, 07766 199993/5 Paint that Pot, 5Yrs+ Kingston and Wimbledon, 020 8942 6759

Soft Play Areas Avondale Gym Club, Tumble Gym for under 5’s, Surbiton

Kingston Toy Library, Eden Street, Kingston, 020 8399 3247 National association of Toy and Leisure Libraries, 0207 428 2280 Richmond Toy Library 020 8940 9207 Surbiton Children’s Centre, Toy library 11.30-12.30, Wednesday Only, 0208 547 6242 Three Wings Trust Toy Library for children with special needs, 0208 831 6176

Toddlers Music 3yrs, All Areas, 020 8677 6871 Boogaloo -music and movement, raynes park, under 5’s, 0208 879 0753 Boogie Tots, 18months-5yrs, Twickenham, 020 8898 5622

Boogaloo Raynes park, under 5’s

Caterpillar Music, Wimbledon, under 5yrs, 020 8286 3754

Eddie Catz, Wimbledon & Putney, 0845 2011268 Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, Climbers & Creepers, Indoor play centre, 0208 332 5655 Little Fishes Soft Play, St Frances De Sales Church Hall, Wellington Rd, Hampton Hill. Tues/Wed/ Thurs 10-12.15pm Lollipop Club, Kew, up to 6 yrs, 020 8332 7436 Putney Leisure Centre, Tumble Time, 020 8785 0388 Rascals, Motspur Park, Mon - Fri: 10-3 07721 021 290 Roehampton Recreation Centre, up to age 8, 020 8785 0535 Wacky Warehouse, Kiss Me Hardy Playbarn, Colliers Wood, up to 12yrs, 0208 543 9631 Wimbledon Leisure Centre call for session times, 3mnths - 5 yrs, 020 8542 1330. YMCA Hawker Centre, Kingston Tots Funtime, 020 8296 9747 YMCA Wimbledon, Jumping Jacks Under 5’s, 020 8542 9055 Young Ruts, 020 8542 3678

Monkey Music classes for 3months-4Yrs,Wimbledon 020 8764 5185

Blueberry Playsongs, 9mths-

020 8399 3386

Mon & Tues, 0208 879 0753

Lucy’s Movement for Toddlers, Under 3’s, Richmond, Mon & Fri 07900 246262

Monkey Music, Richmond and surrounding area, 6months-4yrs, 020 8847 4031

Crazy Hazy Song Time (Babies from 4 mnths upto 4 yrs) Wednesday’s 1.30pm to 2.30pm Holy Trinity Church Hall The Green, Twickenham Pay as you go from £3.00 per child or £4.00 per family For more information or 01932 788801

Gymboree Play and Music, St

Monkey Music, Surbiton, Kingston, 020 8873 0411

Margarets, Richmond under 6yrs,

Music Bugs, 0844 578 1013

Gymboree Play and Music,

Children’s Yoga Classes, 2-4yrs in Surbiton & Wimbledon, 07946 343821

Musical Stars Children’s Music Classes, West Wimbledon, 0795 5603197

Surbiton, 020 8398 9360

Colourstrings Music Kindergarten, Richmond, 6months-5yrs, 020 8948 2066

Musical Express, Wimbledon, 020 8946 6043

Gymboree Putney, up to 3.5 yrs,

Musical Bumps, Kingston & Richmond, 07764 684 334

Gymsters, Teddington 1-5yrs

Crafty Tales, craft, music and storytelling for the 2-4’s, craft and drama for the 4 - 7’s, 0208 977 9675 / 07810 596342

Tic Toc Music, under 5’s, Call for Classes, 020 8942 7147

020 8607 9995

Gymboree Play and Music, Wimbledon, 0208 946 0400

020 8780 3831

020 8755 1583 Little Kickers, Thames Ditton, Kingston, Surbiton, Raynes Park,

Fun with Music, 1-5yrs, Richmond, 020 8332 2275

Tiny Tunes Music Preschool drop in Teddington Baptist Church 10am & 11am, 07977 585020

Gymboree Play and Music, St Margarets, Richmond under 6yrs, 0208 607 9995

Yo Baby under 5’s World Music, Surbiton 07970 202473

Hampton, Teddington, Richmond,

Tots Funtime, Malden Centre, mon,wed,fri, call for times, 020 8336 7770

Pee Wee Karate, Richmond, Kew,

Gymboree Play and Music, Surbiton 020 8398 9360 Gymboree Play and Music, Wimbledon, 020 8946 0400 Jo Jingles, 6months-5yrs, Twickenham, Kingston, Teddington & Hampton, 020 8241 8139 Jumping Beans Story and Song, 1-6yrs, 020 8287 3402 Junipers Creative Play, 0845 058 3959 Kinder Tots, St Margarets, 2-5yrs 020 8977 7914 Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington, 020 8977 7558 Little Voices, Richmond & Kingston, 0-4 yrs, 07932 786094

Tumble Tots, Hampton, kingston 01932 865100 Tumble Tots, Kingston, Kew & Twickenham, 01932 865100 YMCA Wimbledon, Tiny Tumblers, under 5’s Tuesday, 020 8542 9055

020 8286 6038 Little Kickers, Twickenham, Ham, 020 3092 1313

Whitton, Kingston 3-6Yrs, 020 8332 1709 Rugby Tots, 0845 313 3242 SocaTots, Call for venues, Toddler-5Yrs, 020 8392 1221 The Little Gym, Hampton Hill, 4mnths - 12yrs, 020 8977 0099

Toddlers Fitness

TJ’s Gymnastics Club,1-5yrs

Bouncing Bunnies, songs,dance,drama,music and games, Under 5’s, 07956 802294

Wimbledon, 02083973111

Crechendo Playgyms, Richmond 020 8772 8120

areas, 07813 741189

Crechendo Playgyms, Wimbledon 6months- 4Yrs, 020 8772 8120 Footie Tots, 2-5yrs, Several Areas, 07931 707720


Twinkle Toes Ballet, 6mnths 6yrs, Richmond & surrounding

Toddler Other Little Frogs, sensory play classes, Teddington and Kew, 5 mnths to 5 yrs, 079507794866

Toddlers Timetable

Socatots Kingston receives funding for their football classes. Socatots the worlds first pre school football programme has just been awarded funding for their classes in Kingston Surrey. In a Dragons Den style pitch Nicola and Joe had to prove why their football programme was so worthwhile and also how they would incorporate fruit into their classes. ‘Community Buzz has given us the opportunity to offer our classes at a cheaper rate to kids which is fantastic news for our Socatots’ Classes are normally £7 for a session at this unique training programme, Community Buzz has enabled them to offer classes at £4 a session nearly half price. The Socatots Funding is available to all so get In touch to book.


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Performing Arts Funky Moves offers the latest in fun activity and fitness for kids. Bespoke Funky Moves Dance Parties New break dancing parties...modern moves for modern kids Customised Private and Group Dance Lessons Funky Dance classes in Chelsea, Clapham, Putney, Roehampton, Wandsworth and NEW classes @Huggle, Swiss Cottage, NW3 Fantastic holiday courses @Belleville School in Wandsworth Learning to dance with Funky Moves will increase your childs confidence, coordination and fitness, while having great fun at the same time. Whether it’s a weekly class, holiday course or a fab party, they will reap the rewards from the fun that they have had. Anyone can be a funky mover with Funky Moves! Adult classes and parties also available Please contact: Alice on 07810 431101 or email alice@funkymovesdance.


Dance and Drama Act Drama Classes, Streatham, Clapham, 07976 873161 All Expressions Theatre School, drama, dance and musical theatre, 3 - 16yrs, 0208 898 3321 Eddie Catz, Toddler Dance Classes Putney, 0845 201 1268 Elite School of dance & drama, 07946 038168

It’s A Kids Thing, Ballet 2-7yrs Earlsfield, 020 8739 0909

Fancy Footwork, Wandsworth, 0845 094 1774

Jean Winkler Dance Studios, Wandsworth, 020 8874 2142

Funky Moves Kids, 07810 431101

Jayne Marshall, Kingston, 020 8399 9543

Jigsaw, 3-18yrs, drama, singing, dance, 020 8447 4530 Mini Moves, drop in toddler dance classes, 07946 038168 StageCoach Theatre Arts School, Battersea 020 8946 2986 Putney, 020 7631 5378 Allsorts Drama, Putney, 020 8969 3249 Battersea Arts Centre, 020 7223 2223 British Ballet Organization, 2yrs+,Inc., 0208 748 1241

Kingston Ballet School, 020 8549 1129 Kingston Dance Studio, 020 8546 2312 Kingston Vale Dance Academy, Ballet, Modern, Tap, 020 8579 4652 Little Dancers, 020 8255 9237 Little Magic Train, 18months-7yrs, Streatham, 01865 739048 Perform, 0845 4004000

Children’s Discovery Centre, Drama Club, Tooting, 020 8767 4551

Pleasing Dance School of Ballet, Battersea, Earlsfield., 020 7722 1829

Dragon Drama, Teddington, 020 8943 1504

Red Dot Drama, Tooting 7-10Yrs, 020 8542 5700

EarthLife, Dance 3Years +, Kew, 020 8940 0888 Esta Theatre School, 020 8741 2843

Russian Ballet and Russian Workout, Clapham, 020 7498 0498

Five Stars School Of Dancing, Balham, 020 8673 6488

Safrey Academy of Performing Arts Dance Classes020 8664 6676

Fusion, Academy of Performing Arts age 4-18yrs, 020 8334 8800

Southfields School of Ballet, 020 8835 0939

Georgina Dancing School, Hampton, 020 8755 1504 Get active with Hi-5 dance Classes, All Area’s 4-6yrs, 01865 739048 Helen O’grady Drama Academy, 020 8255 4090 Go for it Theatre School and Agency, Teddington, 4-18yrs, 020 8943 1120 Hampton Hill Theatre School, 3yrs +, 020 8977 5537 Helen O’grady Drama Academy, Surbiton, Wimbledon, 020 8255 4090


Streatham School of Dance, 20 8857 4206 The Spring School of Ballet, Clapham, 0845 0942797 The Susan Handy School of Dancing, Tap & Ballet, East Sheen, 01753 542672 Theatrebugs,Balham, Barnes, Clapham, Kingston , 3.5years-8 years 02073502995

Performing Arts


Day Care / Preschools

IS YOUR MONTESSORI SCHOOL ACCREDITED? The MEAB (Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board) scheme was introduced by the Montessori St Nicholas charity in 2008 to ensure that all schools using the Montessori name in the UK offer high quality education and care to children. Montessori St Nicholas is the UK’S Montessori charity. The scheme has been developed with the British Accreditation Council and Independent Schools Inspectorate. There are many benefits of MEAB accreditation for Montessori schools, parents, teachers, and of course the children attending the schools. The most important benefit will be the sense of recognizing a setting which delivers a genuine Montessori practice and is committed to excellence in Montessori education. When selecting a Montessori school for your child, ask if they have been accredited. An accredited school will have an accreditation plaque on its wall. For further information, please log on to: To find out more about “best practice” Montessori, order your FREE DVD – Discovering Montessori with Tana Ramsay. Email: or phone: 020 7493 8300


Education Sticky Fingers Day Nursery


will be opening a new nursery school in the Autumn, next door to the existing day nursery. This will run from 9am-12pm for 2-5 year olds. It is a bright airy space with a lovely garden. There will be a focus on the Montessori method of education and extra curricular activities will include French, computers and dance. Children from the age of 3 will be eligible for the government grant. If you are interested please contact Jeannie or Raje on 020 8871 9496 or

The Family GrapevineTo advertise call Justine on 0 01883 33089 Email jvcutmore@

Tutoring Alpha Tuition, Maths, Science, Computer & Business studies. 020 8397 5604 Direct Tutoring, maths/science tuition, 0779 365 5055 Dominiques French & English Tuition, 07939 756606 Fleet Tutors, 020 8580 3911 Home School Tutoring, all subjects/levels, 01372 806 780 Kip McGrath Tutors children age 6-16yrs, Kingston area, 020 8786 2000 Kumon Centres, Merton Park 020 8644 4009 Kumon Centres, Richmond 020 8940 5445

Violin Viola Piano Theory of music Elizabeth Binks A.G.S.M. • Cert Advances Studies • Children of all ages • Beginners to Advanced Diploma level • Parents encouraged to attend lessons • CRB checked • Adult beginners welcome

Telephone 0208 397 1716 07947 404484

Spanish Tuition, Carmen Ferreres,

Maths and English Tuition, NumberWorks’nWords, Wimbledon, 0208 543 7333

5-11Yrs Kingston, 020 8541 1619

Preschool Home teaching Scheme for special needs, Kingston, 020 8547 6698 Preschool Home Teaching Scheme for special needs, Merto, 020 8545 4817 Private Tutor, Nicola Saunders B.A. H.D.E., see ad on page 21, 020 8255 9101

The Children’s Spanish Club, Surbiton 3Yrs+ 020 8286 1817

Music Teachers Alicia Hunt, Surbiton. Flute, piano and music theory lessons 020 8399 8861 Elizabeth Binks, Violin, Viola, Piano, Theory of Music,

Spanish Tuition, Carmen Ferreres, 5-11Yrs Kingston, 020 8541 1619

0208 397 1716 Elisabeth Perry, Surbiton

Language Classes

‘Cello, Piano, Keyboard, Flute and

English Language Training for Aupairs, 020 7622 7345

07917 860144

La Jolie Ronde, Richmond 020 8892 4123

Recorder lessons

Julia Draeger, Teddington Violin Teacher, 020 8614 6811

La Jolie Ronde, 07771 732948.

Mrs Lori Fredrics.Surrey.

Kumon Centres, Teddington and Twickenham, 020 8893 8808

Le Club Francais & El Club Espanol, 020 8979 4586

Theatre 020 8255 6426

Kumon Maths, Surbiton, 020 8391 9495

Le Club Francais, Wandsworth, Wimbledon, Merton, 020 8542 2709

Maths and English Tuition, NumberWorks’nWords, Surbiton 0208 399 1234

Spanish for Children, Whitton 020 8898 7848


Mrs Lorna Baillie,Kingston. Piano,Recorder,Classical,Jazz 020 8541 0575 Otakar Kraus Music Trust, Richmond, 020 8570 6977


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State Primary to Independent Secondary

Applying to a private secondary school from a state primary can be daunting but don’t be put off. If your child is suitable for the school there is no reason why they should not pass the entrance exam but giving them a little help is definitely a good idea. If you choose an academically selective private secondary school, there are tried-and-tested ways to ensure that your child gets the place he or she wants. It’s no good leaving it all up to chance; the key is early preparation.

of Britain and doesn’t need a regular tutor, it’s worth investing in this type of tutor, if only for just a few sessions. The tutor is there to teach your child how to pass exams, including knowing exam strategy basics.

Remember, your child will be competing against children who have been in the private system practically since birth. They – and their parents – already know which hoops to jump through. It’s up to you to find out what they are, and to prepare your child to glide through them as smoothly as possible.

Talk to other parents at the schools you are interested in. If you have narrowed down a few schools you like, ask the other parents about the admissions process, including exams and interviews. Knowing what a particular school is looking for in a potential student is worth its weight in gold.

Admissions Criteria

Get some interview coaching – for you and your child. Professional coaches can give you a couple of sessions, if only to make you and your child - feel more comfortable on interview day.

Most private schools base their admissions criteria on a combination of an entrance exam and an interview, and often this interview includes the parents as well. With this in mind, the selection criteria is usually academic – and financial – although some schools may select a student based on musical other promise or sporting aptitude.

You have no doubt spent a lot of time looking into the schools you want, and you need now to spend even more time preparing your child to get accepted. Start early, and be optimistic – there are lots of great schools out there, and they would be lucky to have a child such as yours as a student!

Most schools will use the Common Entrance Examination to determine who is selected, with some students who score very highly given scholarships to generally raise the academic standing of the school. Preparing your child to pass the exam is perhaps the most important thing that you as a parent can do. And making those marks does not, in most cases, depend entirely on your child’s innate intelligence So start early to guarantee the best results!

Top Tips Do your research. Decide on a school that is right for your child, and one that he or she has a reasonable chance of actually getting into. Don’t put your child up for a specialist music school of they have never played an instrument in their life; don’t apply to an incredibly academic school if they aren’t up to it. Get a tutor early on. Children who attend a private primary school often have the benefit of having years of smaller class sizes and more personalised attention. It’s no wonder they often come out of primary school with more knowledge than their state-school counterparts. It might be worth investing in a weekly tutor (just one hour a week) when your child is in Year Four to even up the playing field a bit. Get an exam strategy tutor six months before your child takes the Common Entrance Examination. Even if your child is a Brain





Why Gymnastics? In addition to enhancing physical fitness, participation in gymnastics gives kids body confidence and promotes self esteem. As children’s skills progress, they become increasingly confident in their physical abilities. This confidence often spills over into other areas of the child’s life, improving their performance in many areas. Gymnastics classes are offered for children of all ages, beginning with toddlers. For little ones classes are fun filled experience aimed at letting kids learn a few of the basics. As they get a bit older, children can participate in classes designed to enhance their skills. By the time that they are teenagers, kids who have been taking gymnastics classes for a number of years will likely be quite proficient. See our list of Gymnastic classes below and have fun.

Gymnastics and Trampoline Backflip performers, learn gymnastic skills and have fun, 07806 631 731

Wandsworth, 01372 809 345 Hampton Sports, Arts, & Fitness Centre, 020 8941 4334 Shene Sports and Fitness Centre, 020 8878 7578

The Little Gym, Hampton Hill, 020 8977 0099

Spencer Club, Earlsfield, 020 8874 2717

The Little Gym, Wandsworth, 020 8874 6567

Tolworth Gymnastics Club, 01372 729606

Avondale Gym Club, Tumble Gym for under 5’s, Surbiton 020 8399 3386

Tolworth Recreation Centre, sport and play schemes, 020 8391 7910

Clapham Leisure Centre, 020 7926 0700 Gymnastics, ADT College,

TJ’s Children’s Gym Club, Wimbledon, 02083973111 Wimbledon Leisure Centre, 020 8542 1330

Martial Arts

Pools on the Park, Richmond, 020 8940 0561

Crouching Tiger Karate, 0208 332 1709

Qigong, Wimbledon Village 07970 007234

Bu’Sen , Karate & Judo, Twickenham, 020 8892 3338

Seiki Juku Karate Do, Kingston, Kew & Tolworth, 07951 252349

Cap Eira Brazilian Martial Art Classes, Wimbledon, 07050 073737

Spillard Karate Club, 07951 252349

Dragons Judo Club, Surbiton, 01932 227655 EarthLife, Karate, Kew, 020 8940 0888 England Karate Kan, Coombe Girls School, New Malden, 0780 122 6108 England Karate Kan, Malden Centre, New Malden, 0780 122 6108

Sportscoach, 6-16yrs Hampton, 01932 256264 Sportscoach, Wimbledon, 6-16yrs,01932 875138 Tang Lung Combat Academy Family Martial Arts, Battersea, 020 7738 9833

Freestyle Karate Centre, Surbiton, 020 8758 2882

The Yamabushi Judo Club, Kingston 8337 2234

GKR Karate, All Areas, 07659 591718

Tiffin Sports Centre, Judo, Karate & Kick boxing, 0208 541 3972

Hampton Sports, Arts, & Fitness Centre, 020 8941 4334

Whitton Sports Centre, 020 8898 7795

Judo & Karate, Shene Sports and Fitness Centre, 020 8878 7578

Wimbledon YMCA Judo, 07956 121752

karate & Judo @ whitehouse Community Centre, Hampton 020 8979 1884

Wing Chun Chinese Kung Fu, Tolworth, 020 8653 8188

Kickboxing For Kids, Tolworth, Ewell, 020 8786 8095

Wing Chun Chinese Kung Fu, Wimbledon, 020 8653 8188

Kick boxing classes, Tooting & Norwood, 5-16Yrs, 07973 712236

Wing Chun Chinese Kung Fu, Battersea, Balham, 020 8653 8188

Krav Maga,Battersea,Israeli Combative, 07961 09021

Yawara Martial Arts Club, Wandsworth, 07956 291064

Kung Fu & Tai Chi,5-18 yrs,Tolworth, 07958382389

Yamabushi Judo, Kingston Vale, 07768 893 685

Kyokushinkai Karate, Wimbledon, 020 8946 0673

YMCA Hawker Centre, Kingston, Karate, 020 8296 9747

Lil’ Dragons, 0800 849 6334 Master Cho’s Tae Kwon Do School, Malden Centre, 07947 829 817 Pee Wee Karate, Richmond, Kew, Whitton, Kingston 3-6Yrs 020 8332 1709

YMCA Surbiton, Karate, 020 8390 0148 YMCA Surbiton, Khai-Bo, 020 8390 0148 YMCA Wimbledon, 8yrs + Judo, 020 8542 9055


SEE THEM BALANCE SEE THEM BEAM, AT THE LITTLE GYM The Little Gym runs weekly, curriculum-based, gymnastics classes for children from 4 months to 12 years of age. The gym provides a safe, colourful haven where children can gain confidence in a non-competitive environment, with close guidance and encouragement from highly trained and friendly instructors. Our tailored classes help children get the most from every stage of their development; they promote co-ordination, balance, rhythm and flexibility, as well as an opportunity to let off steam, make new friends and have lots of FUN! Our classes allow each child to grow their skills at their own pace. They combine gymnastics, music and games and provide a personalised learning experience that evolves week-by-week. Throughout the programme, parents are k keptt abreast b t off th their i child’s individual progress. Whilst grown-ups accompany the under 3’s, parents of older children can spectate from a comfortable viewing lobby. We offer a free introductory class, so that parents have an opportunity to see the delight in their child, as they achieve there first Monkey Jump or Forward role. Classes are held throughout the day, all year round, so please don’t delay and give us a call at your nearest branch (see our ad on the back cover for more information). The Little Gym also provides children’s parties and fully OFSTED approved holiday camps. Please contact one of our friendly team at your local branch: Hampton Hill on tel. 020 8977 0099 or Wandsworth on tel. 020 8874 5657 or or visit

Swimming Little Dippers, baby water safety classes, Wimbledon, 0870 7580302 Aquatots, Surbiton, Wimbledon, Putney 020 8688 6488 Baby Swimming, Balham, 020 8772 9577

Community Swimming Programme, Wandsworth, 020 8640 4488 David Lloyd Centre, toddler +, Raynes Park, 020 8543 8020 Esporta, Kingston, all ages, 020 8481 6000 Hampton Heated Open air Pool, 020 8255 1116 Pools on the Park, Richmond, 020 8940 0561

South West Swimming School, 020 8767 2723

To advertise please call Justine on 01883 330890 or email

Supershark Swim Schools, 4yrs+, 020 8546 3864 Teddington Pool and Fitness Centre, 020 8977 9911 The Malden Centre, 020 8336 7770

The Springhealth Leisure Club, Richmond, 020 8940 0561 Wimbledon Leisure Centre, 020 8542 1330


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