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Great discounts, competitions & reader offers exclusive to Handprints Magazine readers. Read more inside about health, family friendly work & Spring garden fun. A guide to life with under 5’s in South Bristol & North Somerset Handprints 0310 Issue 6 SB AW.indd 1

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ow, its spring already! It seems like only yesterday that we were planning Christmas parties and making snowmen. Life has been busy as usual at Handprints Magazine, and we have some new additions to the team including Handprints bear. You can read more about our Teddy about Town who loves to do the things that 3 year olds later. Handprints Bear loves to meet new friends so if you have somewhere that you would like Handprints Bear to visit then let us know and we will do our best to get him there. We have lots more in store in this edition including lots of vouchers and competitions from our advertisers. You can win a Spring Gardening Prize and a family day out from Woodlands Family Theme Park



in Devon. We’ve also got vouchers for Playspace and Jump in Bristol. Take care and have a great spring, our next edition will be available in Summer from July.

xxx Lucy, Lisa & Becca If you would like to contact us you can on our new number 0800 8824027 or email

learning through story, drama and play Baby Story Play

Early Years Drama

6 months - 2 years

2 - 7 years

Interactive storytelling and imaginative play encourage you to communicate and create with your little one. Be inspired by a new story each week!

Delight in your child’s love of story as we fire their imagination, boost their confidence and build their language, listening and social skills through dramatic play.

FREE TRIAL CLASS Contact Lucy Smith on 01454 612063 Bradley Stoke · Thornbury · Downend · Redland · Henleaze · Chipping Sodbury

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Questions & Answers

movement and music classes for pre-school children A 45 minute all-action creative music and movement session. Explore a different theme each week with exciting fun and games. Your child’s imagination and confidence will develop and thrive.

Telephone Kelly on 07899 921693, visit or email

Baby Massage A special and fun time with your baby Choose from a group 5 week course or home individual tuition – letting you learn a simple, effective massage with your baby in a way that suits you. Suitable for babies from 7 weeks Some comments from parents ‘ A great course to do to help bond with your baby’ ‘ It’s a lovely way to spend time with baby’ Further feedback available on the website See website or call for further information and details for groups: 07779 234144

We get lots of questions from parents – everything from parenting advice to starting a small business so we though it was time we asked the experts for their advice in our new regular page – A Problem Shared.

Starting a new business? Q: I have always worked as an employee, but now want to take steps to set up my own business and work for myself. Can you explain how this differs to being employed? A: When you are employed, your employer deducts tax and NI from your gross pay and pays the balance to you. The amounts deducted are paid to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) through your employers PAYE scheme. Assuming you have no other source of income, you are unlikely to have any further tax liabilities, and will not be asked to complete a Self-Assessment Tax Return (SATR). However, the rules for the self employed require you to register as self-employed with HMRC ( within 3 months of starting your business, and failure to do so results in a £100 fine. You are responsible for ensuring a SATR is prepared to disclose your earnings, and any Tax and National Insurance are paid by the due dates. This will require you to maintain appropriate records of all your business transactions. Whilst you do not need to consult an Accountant, it is probably a good idea to appoint one as they can provide you with guidance and support to help you deal with the mountain of regulations that have to be complied with, together with identifying any tax savings due to you. They can help with this and can also help you to develop sound ways of improving business profitability from the outset, ensuring you can measure the progress of your business against your desired targets.   Thanks to Ali from TaxAssist Tel 0117 3149499

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working parents

Sew Sweet Designz Ever thought of setting up your own business? Think you have an idea that could make you millions? Local new business owner Melody from Sew Sweet Designz has agreed to let us follow her new business. Tell us about your new business? We are Sew Sweet Designz and are just about to launch our own business selling personalised clothing and accessories. We will sell items for babies and toddlers such as muslins cloths, babygrows, bibs, hats, gym bags and birthday t-shirts. When I was made redundant from the company I had worked at for 17 years I had to take a substantial drop in salary and started to think about ways I could make some extra money. I wanted to do something I enjoyed and could fit in around my son who is two. My sister Tracy is in a similar situation and one day we got talking and agreed that we should put our creative skills to use and start our own business. A few days later my sister was complaining that she could never find anything with her sons name on – Addision then it hit us that it would be great to start a business idea. We did weeks of research, decided that personalised embroidery was the way to go, bought a machine and have been setting up our business ever since. What is the biggest challenge you have faced? With two small children between us, me living in Bristol and my sister living in Trowbridge finding the time to get together to get our business up and running is hard. Sourcing materials has also been a problem as most wholesalers only sell items to companies who are VAT registered which makes it extremely difficult for new small businesses. If you would like to find out more about our personalised clothing range contact us on 10% discount for all Handprints readers on their first order – quote sewsweet01.

Flexible Working Opportunity Successful business Mum is seeking working partners to work part time from home without compromising current working or family commitments. If you have a Supervisory, Managerial, Sales, Marketing, Recruitment or Self-Employed background or you wish to develop an extraordinary lifestyle call me NOW.

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There’s a new party in town! Jamie Oliver has a new party plan business, selling essential kitchenware, tableware and dinnerware. Book your party now and reap the benefits of being a host. Or become part of this new venture, we have vacancies now! Tel Diane Vowles: 07977 129351 or email

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working parents

Flexible Working – Know Your Rights Working and being a parent isn’t an easy life and its often hard to maintain the balance between work and family life. You either feel like you are letting the team down if you have to deal with family issues or you sacrifice family time to get your job done either way someone is not happy.

It works for me… Andrea is a personal travel agent with Dream Travel Group she has two children aged 5 and 4. What makes your job so family friendly? I have the flexibility to work hours to suit my family life, especially around my husband’s work hours which vary daily!

Flexible Working can help parents to manage the work life balance and can benefit both employers and staff. Flexible working is a working pattern that is adapted to suit your needs – for example part time hours, flexi time, annualised hours or job sharing. If you are an employee and have worked for your employer for 26 weeks’ continuously and not made another application to work flexibly during the past 12 months you can apply for a flexible working pattern. You have the statutory right to ask for flexible working if you have parental responsibility of a child aged 16 or under or a disabled child under 18. This includes foster parents and adoptive parents and guardians. Your employer must give serious consideration to your application and can only reject it if there are good business reasons for doing so, but remember… You have the right to ask for flexible working but not the right to have it. For more details about how to apply for flexible working and information about parental leave, maternity and paternity rights you can log on to and look in the parents or employment sections where you will find useful help on how to apply and what to include in your application.

How do you maintain the balance of work and family life yourself? The mix of customer contact and administration allows me to split my work across the day – I often deal with emails and admin late at night allowing me the time to speak with tour operators, airlines and clients during the day. In between, I’m able to get the kids up and ready for school, collect them myself at the end of their school day, take them to their clubs with time to get involved where I can, as well as fitting in the household chores of cleaning, cooking and ironing!

Diane is a Jamie at Home Consultant I left work four and a half years ago after working full time. I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old. After much contemplation about work I finally joined the Jamie at Home team in September last year. It fits in perfectly with my family life, my husband works days and I work evenings. I have even done some day parties and helped a couple of organisations raise money by having parties, this can work with children’s toddler groups too.

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Garden Fun

Spring is here and it’s a great time to get out in the garden with children... Warmer weather, sunshine, longer days... there are plenty of great reasons to get out and have fun in the garden. Gardening is a fantastic free activity and you don’t need a lot of space to plant flowers or even veggies. Getting little ones involved in gardening allows them to explore nature, they will love to plant their own seeds and watch them grow. Big seeds that are easy to handle are a good choice – miniature sunflowers are a favourite. Growing vegetables is a brilliant way to introduce children to how food is grown and where it comes from. You don’t need a lot of space and a little bit of time invested now could see you eating your own fruit and vegetables in summer and autumn. Start simple with ideas like cress egg-heads or some potatoes in a bucket or strawberries in a pot. The joy of eating your home grown produce is amazing!

To support our gardening ideas the helpful guys at Keynsham Garden Centre have donated a childrens gardening prize. If you would like a chance of winning, email with your name and address and childs age. Winners will be chosen at random at the end of April and will be contacted via email.

Keynsham Garden Centre, Hicks Gate, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 2AD Fax: 01179 776436

Get rid of your unwanted stuff, cheaply, simply and locally.

Buy, sell or swap …face 2 face Get a 2good2tip online stall… it’s just like having a tabletop or carboot sale on your computer! ®

Visit NOW 8 • Handprints Magazine • Spring 2010 Handprints 0310 Issue 6 SB AW.indd 8 – The community based website for buying, selling, swapping low cost stuff, locally – you can even use it for fundraising! Think of all those things around the home you no longer want, use or need – most of it is 2good2tip. Why not get your own stall on line (rather like a tabletop or carboot stall) where you can up load all your things and advertise them to people local to you. Put your stall on community groups around you – join ones that already exist, or start your own group at your school, club, workplace, village... and get your friends involved. 2good2tip is the new and simple way to trade face to face with people you know or people who are local to you. For only £1 a month – become a member of www.2good2tip and get your own stall – and then you are free to buy and sell as you please and you keep all the profit. Why not start a new group with your friends – make some extra cash or use it to fundraise for that special cause. 2good2tip is all about making friendlier, fun and safer places to buy, & sell. Find out more and meet the floggies by visiting

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k c u d e l d Pudcorner Meet our team of tame ducks, watch them follow the feeder before listening to a special talk from the warden.

Visit for more details, events, news and the latest wildlife sightings.


Wetland Centre

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The ideal venue for Children’s Parties with yummy party food available and lots of places for them to let off steam. There’s an adventure playground and lots of animals to see plus a great cafe area serving hot and cold snacks, to keep the grown-ups happy.

Old Down Country Park, Foxholes Lane, Tockington, Bristol BS32 4PG (off the B4461 Thornbury to Aust)

Tel: 0845 683 0730 Email:

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dad’s page

Back on the road again Unfortunately, or fortunately, whichever way you look at it, my road trip has taken an unexpected diversion. Whilst cruising in my MPV I found my self suddenly back on the career highway dodging traffic cones! I was offered a job, almost 1 year since I was made redundant. It was such a great opportunity that I could not turn it down, So the MPV is now parked back up and I’m back in the driving seat of my new company car.

However the time I have spent with my children has been invaluable. Where most dads have to work at least 7 hrs a day (just like me now!) I was lucky enough to spend this time for the past year with the most important people in my life, my kids (oh yeah and the wife!). It has been such a great ride and a great opportunity to bond and to really get to know them, and them to get to know and trust me. So where before Tom hurt himself, or was upset, it was always “Mum!” nowadays “Dad!” seems to creep in a bit more often. So to all those dads who may be facing troubled times, if the worst happens and you do loose your job, its crap I know, I’ve been there! But use this time to your advantage. Get to know your kids better, spend all the time you can with them. You wont regret it. At the end of the day you will find another job, but you’ll never have another chance to enjoy being part of your children’s lives as they grow up!

Abacus Professional Training 12 hour Paediatric First Aid £50 per person Little Stoke Bristol:

Tel 01179 599280

In House Courses Available From £375 Ask for Michelle

HSE Approved Training Provider

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Woodlands Family Theme Park, Dartmouth, South Devon TQ9 7DQ

Tel: 01803 712598 •

Woodlands Leisure reserve the right to close the park or any attractions without prior notice.

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Photo Book Project for Children’s Hospice South West Helping to raise around £3000 in funds for Children’s Hospice South West, local photographers Jenny Cheetham and Kate Birnie of Petal Portraits are looking for 100 everyday children to be photographed for a coffee table art book called “Celebrate Our Generation – Children of North Somerset 2010”. Parents will be asked to make a £30 donation to the Children’s Hospice in return for a photo session and their child’s inclusion in this limited edition book which will be available for sale later in the year. The idea of the book is to celebrate our local community and capture a generation for posterity, giving parents and grandparents the opportunity to see their children and grandchildren in print. It is not a model search, Petal Portraits are looking for all kinds of children from birth to 15 years to show that North Somerset is a great place with great people. Children’s Hospice South West help and support children and their families who are living with lifelimiting conditions. They are the only organisation in the South West to provide vital hospice care to these families and are available day and night throughout the year and are funded almost entirely by voluntary donations.


“We are very excited about the book art project that Petal Portraits are working on, and delighted they have chosen to support Children’s Hospice South West in this way. The images that I have seen of the photography are just stunning and I am hoping to include my own children in this special book” said Louise Turner local community fundraiser for the Children’s Hospice.

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Choose your route to success UÊ Validation Only pathway - Four months part time UÊ ÊShort EPD pathway – Six months part time UÊ Long EPD pathway – Fifteen months part time UÊ ÊFull Training pathway – Twelve months full time To find out more Telephone 0117 32 84128 E-mail

We offer: Excellent mentor support No fees Supply Cover A dedicated and experienced team High success rate MA programmes Supported network of Early Years Work Placements

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Jenny and Kate hope to raise up to £3000 to help the Children’s Hospice continue with its vital work. To be part of this special worthwhile cause and to have your child included in a fabulous limited edition art book, call Jenny on 0845 0949722 or Kate on 0845 0949711 or email jennyandkate@

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Have you ever wondered what life is like as a childminder? We spoke to Maxine Pinkett a registered childminder to find out what a typical day is like for her and the children in her care. I enjoyed being with young children and when my son was two I needed to be earning a wage again but didn’t want to miss out on his early years so this was the perfect combination. In the last few years the opening of the Children Centres has made a positive difference to my job. As well as drop-in groups that offer a massive array of activities and resources that wouldn’t necessarily have at home there are also Childminding Groups who offer us childminders fantastic support with EYFS. A typical day for me would start from anytime after 7.30 when the children arrive at my house. We

do a school run first thing in the morning to drop my boys off and then often we will go to Oldbury Court Children’s centre. At the centre the children will get nice and messy with sand or water. There are lots of activities for the children, lots of toys and learning spaces. The centre offer a healthy snack of fruit and water or milk. Then after tidy up time we have a group story with singing and then its home for lunch. After lunch Esme (one of my children at the moment) will have her afternoon nap and then we do the school run. When we get home Ezzie loves spending time playing with my boys until tea time and then her Mum picks her up. I would recommend childminding to anyone who has a love of children. Its definitely not the easiest job I’ve done but it is by far the most rewarding as you get to build such a great relationship with the child and the parents. Maxine currently has vacancies and can be contacted on 0117 9656032. If you would like to find a childminder in your area take a look at

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Babies love books in Bristol! It’s never too early to start enjoying books. Children can join the library at any age and have their own library card. Joining is absolutely free and this gives access to all of bristol’s 27 libraries and the Mobile Library Service. Most libraries have a weekly story and rhyme time for early years children with opportunities to join other young families. All children, no matter how young, are welcome with their parent or carer. Just check with your local library for details. Every baby in Bristol is also entitled to receive a Bookstart pack for babies from 0-12 months. Two further packs are then gifted to children aged 15-35 months and to pre-school children aged 3-4 years. If your child is blind, partially sighted or deaf then there also Bookstart packs to cater for their needs. Please contact 0117 3772718 or email for more information.

A great book to look out for is I’m not cute by Jonathan Allen... Baby Owl doesn’t want to be cute, he wants to be a scary, sleek, sharp-eyed hunting machine. All the other animals cannot resist hugging him because he is so sweet. When Baby Owl’s mum agrees with him that he isn’t cute, it’s a different matter and then he changes his mind and decides that he is! A lovely simple story with ‘cute’ illustrations! Go to for more information about Bristol library services.

Do you ever struggle to find a reliable and professional Evening Babysitter?

We can help! ELF sitters provide an evening babysitting service for hundreds of families throughout Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. ELF sitters is owned and run by Emma Fursman and Emma personally selects all the ELFs and ensures they go through a strict application process. This process includes checking references, ensuring an enhanced CRB check is held and meeting each potential ELF to assess their suitability. All Emma’s ELFs in addition to this must have their own transport, have relevant child care experience, and be 18 years of age or older. The majority of Emma’s ELFS tend to be mid 20s upwards and are often Mummies themselves. Unlike most child care agencies ELF sitters prices are modest. Their hourly rates for sitters are reasonably priced at £5.80 per hour for weeknights and £6 per hour at weekends. In addition to this rather than have to pay a large registration fee or monthly retainer ELF sitters charges a small booking fee each time you use a sitter. In fact the more bookings a family has in one month the smaller the booking fee becomes. Emma, is keen to provide an excellent service but at affordable prices, especially in the present economic climate. For first time families ELF sitters is offering a discount of £1 off your first booking fee. Please quote hp01 when booking to receive this discount.

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Going Green

– it’s a growing business

It can’t have escaped your notice that the world is becoming increasingly concerned about global warming and carbon emissions. We’ve all seen the adverts on TV with the small child asking “is there a happy ending?”

If you run a business, school or organisation, there is plenty of legislation that may affect how you operate. To help you simplify this complexity and use it to your advantage, it is worth getting some specialist advice. Steve Tainton says “Smaller businesses and organisations often haven’t got the time to understand all the issues that might affect them. They may be missing really good opportunities to reduce their energy costs, “green” their organisations and improve their performance. If you can integrate a positive environmental story into your marketing you can generate new business too – green markets are growing all the time”.

For more information go to or call Steve on 0117 9856640.

It’s more than just becoming water-confident. It’s about nurturing your child’s natural love of water. Join at any age, from birth. Tel 0117 971 7165 Email

Life but swimmingly...

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Meet Handprints Bear... Handprints bear is the newest member of our team. He is a 3 year old teddy bear and he loves to do all the things teddy bears enjoy, so we have taken him on as a roving reporter. Since joining the team Handprints bear has been very busy. Here is his first report... “Hi, I love working for Handprints Magazine cos I get to do lots of really fun things with the children and adults I meet. In January I enjoyed the snow and I built a snowman with Stan and Toby – it was brilliant! I also went to the cinema @Bristol and Softplay. In February I was very busy. First of all I joined my friend Charlotte at a Gymtastic Club 4 session. “Gymtastic is Fantastic! I loved the activities and using the equipment. Sherri and Vicki have such fun songs and brilliant exercises. I did a handstand and learnt how to do a forward roll. My favourite bit is star jumping on the trampoline. I can’t wait to go again! I also joined Thomas and his Mummy at a swimming class with Puddleducks in Thornbury. I LOVE SWIMMING! Thomas and I really enjoyed splashing and swimming as a Little Kicker with Sarah the teacher. The best part was singing 3 Little Ducks with Sarah’s puppet. My fur got very wet though and I did need to use the hairdryer at the end. Great fun – I wish I could go every week! I joined Stan and Toby for a fantastic afternoon at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Millennium Square Bristol... Wow how exciting! Lots to sea – whoops see. We could see and reach everything we had a great time exploring. Octopus feeding time was great fun. We visited the Imax 3D Cinema to watch a film about Whales and Dolphins which mummy wasn’t sure we’d be patient enough for but it was brilliant, Stan said it was “Real Magic”. And finally, I went to Flying Saucers Pottery Café with Charlotte and Thomas where we painted some Mother’s Day gifts for our Grannies. This was really good fun, I loved getting my paws wet to make a pawprint on the plates we chose and I can’t wait to see what they look like when we collect them.” 16 • Handprints Magazine • Spring 2010 Handprints 0310 Issue 6 SB AW.indd 16

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Further details... Gymtastic classes are gymnastic classes for preschool children. The classes are held at esporta Health Club in Stoke Gifford. For more details call 0117 910 9563 or look at Puddle Ducks run baby and toddler swimming classes that teach your child to swim, be safe and have fun in the water in lots of pools in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. Contact Sarah on 0117 971 7165 or or visit www. for more information. Flying saucers Pottery Café is in Clifton. They are open 7 days a week in school holidays. For more information please visit or call 0117 927 3666.

Blue Reef Bristol Aquarium & IMAX 3D Cinema, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TT, 0117 929 8929

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ugly bugs softplay NOW OPEN!

Fantastic toddler softplay perfect for Under 5’s Food Served Daily Our opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.30-5 Sat 10-5 Sun 10-4 Party information on Unlimited play Mon-Fri 10.30-11.30 messy play, snacks and juice all included

Telephone 0117 9603969

Spring your children’s learning to life with Debutots! This term we have a host of new characters and stories in Debutots classes across Bristol and South Gloucestershire. We will meet Doug the bug who finds out he’s a slug, we’ll travel with Milton Monkey on his first day at work on the Jungle Bus and we’ll meet Stella Star to create our very own Space Trek and learn all about the sun, moon, star and planets through story, drama and play! Anything is possible in the magical world of stories and at Debutots Early Years Drama we know how to nurture young imaginations so that through creative play, children can make sense of the very big world they live in. Our popular weekly classes are a blend of interactive storytelling and dramatic play designed to fire budding imaginations, build children’s self confidence and help develop their communication skills. Join our Baby Story Play Classes perfect for tiny tots under 2 or weekday Early Years Drama Classes for preschool age 2 – 4 or Saturday classes where we enjoy a drop off session for 4 – 7 year olds and a great family

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class for under 4’s where parents have just as much fun and laughter as their children. Debutots now has classes in more venues in Bristol and South Gloucestershire and from April classes will be available in Henleaze, Bradley Stoke,Thornbury we will also be introducing new classes in Downend and Emersons Green with our new practitioner Emily. We also offer a highly recommended party entertainment package for little ones with our loveable characters Fairy Fuddle, Pirate Goldstealer, Tiny Ted and Safari Sue, perfect for children aged 2 – 6 years old.

You can find out more about our classes and parties from Lucy on 01454 612063 or email or look at our website

Calling all Schools and Nurseries We can entertain at your end of term parties or summer fayres and provide creative and interactive workshops for holiday activity schemes for children under 7 – just call Lucy for more information on 01454 612063 or email

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The Bristol School of Dancing The Bristol School of Dancing is now one of the longest established schools still running in the city and venues in North Somerset. It was founded in 1947 by Muriel Carpenter and Mary Hoskyn and was housed in two Victorian houses in Pembroke Road in Clifton. The school’s main studio is now just around the corner from its original home, in Lansdown Road in Clifton and there are also classes held in studios in SOUTHVILLE, COTHAM, NAILSEA, CLEVEDON AND PORTISHEAD. The school prides itself on the high quality and dedication of its teaching staff and has an excellent reputation throughout the city and far beyond with former students attending school such as The Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst, to name just two as well as those students currently performing professionally in the UK and on Broadway.

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The school accepts children to learn classical ballet from the age of 2.5 but in Nailsea there is a new mother and toddler/baby session with Miss Emma Weaver who is the voice of “Bella” from BBC televisions TWEENIES. These sessions focus on basic movement, singing and stories and much much more. Children may take ballet examinations if they wish with The Royal Academy of Dance and if they attend Tap and Modern classes; examinations with The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. Examinations are not compulsory, the school ‘s aim is to introduce and inspire children to the wonderful world of dance that will enable them to develop a love that will last a lifetime, whether they become professional dancers or dance teachers or if they just want a few years of an immensely enjoyable hobby. For more information about classes contact or call 0117 973 3487 or 0117 9737932

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directory nurseries & Pre-schools Axbridge

Treasure Island Pre-School, Elim Pentecostal Church, Balmoral Road 0117 9869902

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Yew Trees Nursery, Yew Trees Farm, Tarnock - 01934 750556



Busy Bee Day Nursery - 0117 9775357


Sunshine Pre-School, St Gerard, Buller Rd - 0117 9774170

Sydenham Rd Under 5’s, Jarman Hall, Sydenham Rd, Totterdown 0117 9074108


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HoneyTree Day Nursery, The Corner House - 01934 708664

Around 3 Day Nursery, Monkton Avenue 01934 814364

long ashton

Busy Bees, Bransby Way, Locking Castle 01934 519850

Notting Hill Day Nursery, Notting Hill Way, Weare - 01934 733393

Bitton Pre-School, Church Lane 0117 9326042

Brislington Abacus Day Nursery, Emery Road 0117 9772868 Hamilton Pre-School, Wick Lane 0117 9144471 Little Eagles Pre-School, Bath Road 0117 9775533 Village Pre-School, St Lukes Church Hall, Church Parade - 07798 501770

chew magna Magna Minors, 2 High Street 01275 333900

clevedon ABC 123 Day Nursery, 114 Old Church Road - 01275 872706 Highdale Day Nursery, School Lane 01275 872345 Little Clowns Day Nursery, 10 Queens Road - 01275 340069 St Andrews Sunbeams - 01275 879229

clutton Little Star Nursery, Methodist Chapel, Bristol Rd, Farrington Gurney 01761 452142

Bristol Day Nursery, David Lloyd Tennis Centre, Ashton Road - 0117 9532830 The Early Birds Neighbourhood Nursery, Hollis Close - 01275 395359 Westleaze Pre-School, Brook Close 01275 395533

nailsea Golden Vally House Day Nursery, 18 Oaksley Grove - 01275 853304 Greenslade Pre-School Playgroup, Pound Lane - 01275 858359 Happy Hours Nursery, 9 worcestor Gardens - 01275 790433

portishead Brampton Pre-School, Brampton Way 01275 817834 Hilltop Pre-School, St. Barnabas Centre, West Hill - 01275 390947 Honey Tree Day Nursery, 13 Stoke Road 01275 843752

Buffer Bear Nursery, Clock Tower Yard, Temple Meads, Bristol - 0117 9079935

Chatterboxes Playgroup, 39A Swiss Road - 01934 416300 Christchurch Pre-School, The Christchurch Spire Centre 07720 488967 Honey Tree Day Nursery - Weston General Hospital, Weston Super Mare 01934 708668 Hutton Pre-School, Small Hall, Hutton Village Hall - 07817 867954 Little Acorns Playgroup, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Locking Road 01934 514735 Little Bears Day Nursery - 01934 642261 Little Dumplings, 15 Orchard Street 01934 415155 Lympsham Pre School, Lympsham Road 07743 188865 Mendip House Nursery & Pre-School, 17A Bedford Road - 01934 629584 Noah’s Ark Pre-School, Corpus Christi Old Hall, Ellenborough Park South 01934 412735


The Coach House Nursery, 49 Nore Road 01275 840000

Inwood Nursery, Wrington Road 01934 876674  


Secret Garden Nusery, The Barns, Brinsea Road - 01934 853350

Tiddlers Day Nursery, 480 Bath Road 01225 872088



Gatehouse Nursery, The Gatehouse Centre, Hareclive Road - 0117 9781708

Magic Roundabout Nursery, Coronation Road - 0117 9639800



Sunshine Pre-School, School House, East Dundry Rd, Bristol - 0117 9774170

Groovy Monsters Nursery, Charlton Rd 0117 9860077

Abbeywood Tots Day Nursery, Stockwood Lane - 0117 9693990

Whitchurch Under 5’s Pre-School, School Close - 01275 547453

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St Georges Pre-School - Community Centre, Willow Close, St Georges 07527 636226 Swiss House Nursery, 36 Swiss Road 01934 621576


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st annes

Little Starz Day Nursery, 89 Ebdon Rd, Worle - 07531 439465

Elizabeth Emmerson - 01275 851780 Joanne Jones - 01275 855811 Judith Clarke - 01275 541554 Marie Young - 01275 790424 Stella Hassan-Ally - 01275 857078

Childrens Centre - 0117 3773189

Playdays, Becket Primary School, Tavistock Road - 07794 098206 St Mark’s Church Playgroup, St Mark’s Road - 01934 515922


Peekaboo Day Nursery, 106 New Bristol Road - 01934 510046

Joanna Burt - 01275 374925


Elan Hemmings - 01275 399858 Lisa Steer - 01275 844000 Liz Maggs - 01275 845890 Pam Blything - 01275 399830

Charlton Nursery Ltd, 49 Charlton Drive 01275 810304


weston super mare Little Inspirations, Christ Church, 16 Montpelier - 01934 641016 Purple Tots, The Purple Sheep Centre, Hughenden Road - 01934 620500

whitchurch First Steps, Whitchurch Community Centre - 01275 542734 Little Learners, Whitchurch Community Centre - 0772 281 5059



st annes

Toddler Time, Withywood Centre 0117 9878311

Stonecroft Day Nursery & Pre-school, 11 High St, Yatton 01934 833717

Bridget Duckett - 0117 9879562


childminders ashton vale Lindsay Hickery - 0117 9639283

blackwell Tina Palmer - 07792 275675

brislington Lisa Liminton - 0117 3738670

clevedon Angela Pass - 01275 871207 Carol Welsh - 01275 794128 Emma Turner - 01275 340389 Gillian Shepherd - 01275 875458 Helen & Steve Wheelock - 01275 795068 Kathleen Hampton - 01275 877292 Maria Wylde - 01275 549717 Nicola Marshall - 01275 872021 Pat Chetland - 01275 794275 Ruth Porter - 01275 877333

failand Hannah Johnson - 01275 391320

headley park Debra Ward - 0117 9782562

knowle Buttercup Bear Childminding 0117 9096717

long ashton Elaine Tancell - 01275 393469

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stockwood Amanda Day - 01275 545479

weston super mare Diane Carr - 01934 617868 Katherine Haines - 01934 621056 Leanne Miller - 01934 527439 Louisa Gregory - 07946 263416 Louise Board - 01934 645407 Sarah Brown - 01934 525598 Shirley Frost - 01934 624206

worle Christine Clark - 01934 522580 Jemma Hill - 01934 510316 Justine Bristow - 01934 528386

playgroups & Activities ashton vale Ashton Vale Toddlers Group, Ashton Vale Community Centre - 0117 9639283

bedminster Bedminster Methodist Church Toddler Group, British Road - 0117 9755518

clevedon Jumping Jacks Toddler Group, Kenn Road Methodist Church - 01275 877465

hartcliffe Hartcliffe Children’s Centre, Hareclive Road - 0117 9038633

nailsea Urchins, United Reformed Church Hall 01275 856209

Clavertots, Claverham Village Hall 01934 876072

childcare providers Elf Sitters - 0117 2309053 Nannies and Childcare Nanny Cover - Norland Agency - 01225 787090

helplines Family Information Service, 178 Easton Road, Easton, Bristol 0845 1297217

For more information on services in your area you can also check out and If your organisation is not listed here please contact us on 01454 877642 or email We make every effort to ensure our information is up to date. Although we have contacted each of our directory entries their entry does not act as a recommendation from Handprints Magazine Ltd.

When you call a listing please tell them you found out about them from Handprints Magazine.

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How to get a FREE listing in Handprints Magazine directory

If you are a childminder, nursery or pre-school, toddler group or support group you can have a free listing in our directory. We provide you with FREE copies of Handprints Magazine and we will list your group for FREE All you need to do is email Next issue: Summer 2010 To advertise please contact: 0800 8824027 or email To send information for events and directory please contact: If you would like some free copies of Handprints Magazine please call 01454 877642 or email Any original materials submitted for publication are sent at owner’s own risk and, while every care is take, Handprints Magazine does not accept liability for loss or damage. Handprints Magazine is an independent community publication and whilst we take care in producing this magazine but we cannot be held responsible for the claims of advertisers nor for the accuracy of the contents or for any consequence. Design & Print: The Magazine Production Company: 01273 46 75 79

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Enormous toddler play area 22 Concorde Road Cribbs Causeway Bristol BS34 5TB tel: 0117 931 2733

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1st March – 7th March Join us from 10 till 3pm each day for lots of fun with your little one! To celebrate the introduction of our new activity program and us splashing out on loads of new toddler equipment we would like to invite you along to our toddler week.

Painting & Crafts Biscuit Decorating Making and Decorating and lots more

New room & revamp for 2010 Your party is a very special occasion and an experience to remember From the moment your child arrives we take care of everything – from gathering the party children together at the beginning to making sure they all have a big smile on their face when saying goodbye!

No hidden additional costs involved just pay to play as normal!

free birthday child free birthday child per • Management reserve the • 1party booking right to withdraw the offer at any time Voucher be • surrendered onmust booking Defaced, torn or • to be used in conjunction photocopied vouchers will • Not with any other offer not be accepted vouchers has a • Valid for parties booked • This before 31st May 2010 redemption value of 0.001p

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