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Letter from the Editor

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12-13 What is the Mummy MOT? 14 - Ask the Expert - Newborn Testing 15 - Marisposa Children’s Boutique 16-23 - Regional Activity Timetable 24 - Alternative Easter Egg Competition

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25 - Big Game Hunters for Big fun this Spring 26 - Business & Babies - Twin Mumpreneurs & Dadpreneur Andy from My Special Teddy 27 - Diono Radian 5 Carseat 28 - Molly’s Story - Down Syndrome Awareness Week

29 - Spring Forward to Bedtime

Being a busy Mum means producing a publication brings its challenges and this issue has been no exception. I have; battled all 4 of my children coming down with the dreaded Chicken Pox, been packing for an forthcoming house & office move, and been struggling with the fatigue and nausea of early pregnancy - that’s right! This Mumpreneur is expecting Baby Number 5 (due August 2017). So it’s great to finally be here with this fabulous Spring issue! Spring has to be my favourite time of year. Sure, I love the Summer Sunshine (when we see it) and the joys of Christmas. But there’s something about Spring that gives everyone the feeling of a ‘fresh start’. Whether that be a Spring clean of your home, the announcement of a new addition or perhaps taking up a new hobby? In Winter we often feel like simply hibernating, the freshness of Spring seems to bring the energy to enable us to do more. Whether you’re a regular reader or this is the first issue you have ever read, I do hope you enjoy this issue of Mummy and Me Magazine and I look forward to bringing you a Sizzling Summer issue in a couple of months time!

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Sensory Experiences

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eing a baby means facing new experiences daily. All of which are the foundations of learning to do all the things we take for granted as a grown adult. As a parent, one of the most effective ways you can aid your baby in their development is to help encourage sensory play. Sensory experiences happen for your baby even before birth. At only three weeks gestation (when your baby is the size of a tiny bean) the first sense has begun - touch. As your baby grows, the uterus provides the security your baby needs (like a big cuddle). The warmth of the uterus also plays a huge part. When you are in the second trimester, your baby’s sense of sound is developing and some Mums like to talk, sing or play music to their baby. Some of the sounds your baby hears from within your womb will amaze you. You may find that they recognise voices or that they are not bothered by familiar loud noises. Inside your womb, your baby hears the gushing waves of amniotic fluid and your heartbeat. These noises (or similar sounds such as shushing) can prove to be soothing post birth. At around 26 weeks gestation, your baby will begin to open their eyes and at around the sixth month they are sensitive to light in the womb. At this early stage, prior to their birth, your baby is experiencing the sense of sight. The sense of movement begins to function at five months gestation. By birth, this sense is relatively advanced but will only reach full maturity in adolescence. By the last trimester, the sensory system is quite well developed in order for your baby to be able to deal with the outside world. Although the senses begin to develop in the womb, it is only when the baby is born that they are put to the test. As a parent, it is

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your role to help your child explore the world around them and sensory stimulation is a fantastic way to do this. At birth, the sense of sight is the least developed. You may notice how your newborn becomes attracted to lights and then contrasts of colour. The development of sight happens rapidly and this becomes more and more apparent as your baby begins to recognise faces and objects. Sound is carried by airwaves which are then picked up and registered by receptors in the inner ear. Determining the direction of sound is something that a baby picks up on quite quickly. You will notice how your baby moves their head when they hear your voice. One of the first senses your baby will learn and arguably the most important (particularly in those early days) is that of touch. Skin is the body’s largest organ and your baby’s skin is so fragile. The sense of touch plays a significant role in the mood of a baby, their intelligence and ultimately their survival. Your baby will learn to turn to feed in response to touch and skin-to-skin with your baby can help regulate their temperature and can calm baby when distressed. The sense of movement is again something learnt when your baby is developing in your womb. Receptors in the inner ear sense changes of body position. If this does not function well then we may feel nauseous or dizzy. To help this sense develop, you can ensure that your baby is not always lying flat on their back. You can try ‘tummy time’ instead. The world around a baby is rich in sensory experiences and your role as their parent is to help them to learn through using them. Sensory experiences can start from day 1 and in the comfort of your own home.


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Creating a Birth Plan is a great way of ensuring that health professionals know how you would ideally like the birth to go. Of course, babies can have their own input on the day and ultimately a safe delivery for both Mother and Baby is what is important. But often preparation is the key to success and therefore planning and preparing for how you would like the birth to be will make you far more likely to achieve it!

Home Birth

For women with low risk pregnancies, a Home Birth can be an option. However, for low risk women having their first baby, a home birth is slightly less safe than a hospital birth. Once you’ve booked to have a home birth with the NHS, you will usually be looked after by community midwives who cover your local area. Alternatively this may be an option discussed through a private midwifery company. Pain relief options are still available i.e. gas and air, tens machine etc. Often the environment itself has a calming influence on women and women who have had a successful home birth report how they enjoyed being able to have their own home environment to relax in and their own bed to sleep in post-labour. If your midwife has any concerns, you will be transferred to hospital by ambulance.

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Water Birth

Water Births are becoming increasingly popular, with many hospitals now having birthing pools and private companies offering them for hire in Home Births. Birth Pools offer ample room for a woman to feel comfortable and for their partner to also be in the water should they desire. Many women use water during their labour to help them cope with pain. Even sitting in water in your bath at home when in early labour may help keep you relaxed and at home longer. A survey by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) stated that around 30% of women giving birth in England plan to use water or a birth pool for coping with pain. Being in warm water can help your muscles to relax, which can reduce pain and speed up labour. Staying in the water to actually give birth is not as common, the survey continues to highlight that only 6% of women gave birth in a birth pool. As the water supports your weight, it can make you more comfortable. It can also help maintain an upright position which is beneficial for labour. Some women feel it is a more gentle transition for the baby going from the amniotic fluid of the womb into a birth pool and in some cases (not all) it may also be less likely to tear your perineum. A water birth is not suitable for everyone. Women who require close monitoring for medical reasons may not be able to in a birth pool. Discuss your desires with your midwife to ensure that you are suited for this type of birth and that the birth unit of your choice is set up for you to have a pool birth. And if you plan to have a Home Birth then you will have to hire out or buy your own inflatable birth pool.


Hypnobirth The word ‘Hypnobirth’ may conjure up all sorts of images in your mind, but although the name may suggest something rather ‘out there’ or ‘hippy’, it is purely a form of deep relaxation and breathing techniques allowing you to have a more positive birth experience. Hypnobirthing has been the best kept secret until more recently when allegedly celebrities and royalty are using this amazing practice. Hypnobirthing is based on the belief that a women’s body is perfectly designed to give birth. Aiming to free women from the fear and tension that surrounds childbirth and enabling the pelvic muscles to relax.

Cheshire Baby Hypnobirthing is a unique and bespoke birth preparation workshop, designed to help you feel more calm and confident in your pregnancy and labour so that you can look forward to the birth of your baby with the excitement and the enthusiasm it deserves!

At Cheshire Baby Hypnobirthing, you are able to take time out of your busy life to reflect on the amazing job you’re doing growing this tiny little human, you will also have a clear understanding of the birth process and you will feel more positive about your birth.

After completing the Cheshire Baby For the best chance of success, it is best to workshop you will look forward to your begin practicing the techniques well in advance babys birth, knowing that your body knows exactly what to do and that 'you've got of your due date. This goes on to create a wonderful and positive beginning to motherhood this' no matter which birth plan you choose. and the skills learnt during pregnancy are toolswww.cheshirebabyhypnobirthing.co.uk

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Medicated Birth

It is natural to have concerns over how you will cope with pain in labour, whether this is your first pregnancy or your have experienced labour before (as each birth is different).

Many women are aware of Epidurals (a type of local anaethetic that numbs the nerves administered through a needle into your back), but there are other options available, and some women opt to refrain from medication for as long as possible or altogether; using hynobirthing, a birth pool, aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, acupuncture and other methods to work through each contraction. Whatever your decision, it is advisable to find out the pain relief options available to you and what side effects they may have for you and your baby, so you can make an informed decision to document in your birth plan. Entonox (Gas and Air) is arguably one of the most commonly used in labour. You breathe in the gas and air through a mask/mouth piece. The gas can take around 20 seconds to work and is breathed in as a contraction begins. There are no harmful side effects for you or the baby, but it can make you feel light-headed and in some cases women have felt sleepy or sickly. You can stop using it at any time and other pain relief is still an option. A Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) machine - these can be purchased or you can hire machines through some hospitals, pharmacies and private services. The NHS website documents that TENS “has been shown to be effective during the active phase of labour” (when contractions get longer, stronger and more frequent). It is particularly effective for women who experience lower back pain and can be used at home in the early stages of labour. Electrodes are tapes onto your back connected to a batterypowered stimulator, safe and small amounts of current travel through the electrodes to stimulate

your body to produce more of its own natural painkillers ‘endorphins’ and reduced the number of pain signals sent to the brain by the spinal cord. At present there are no known side effects for you or baby when using a TENS machine. An intramuscular injection (into the muscle in your thigh or buttock) is another form of pain relief - drugs such as Pethidine or Diamorphine. These drugs begin to work about 20 minutes after the injection and last for up to 4 hours. With these drugs there are side effects that you should consider as they may make aspects of labour and post birth more challenging. The use of intramuscular injections can make some women feel sick. If it hasn’t worn off by the end of labour you may find it difficult to push. Pethidine/ Diamorphine can also affect your baby’s breathing. Early mentioned, an Epidural is also an option. As an Anaesthetist is the only person who can give an epidural, this is not a pain relief available for those opting to have a home birth. For most women, an epidural gives complete pain relief offering support to women in long painful labour or becoming distressed. However, an epidural is not always 100% effective in labour and there are a number of side effects to be aware of including; legs feeling heavy, feeling sick or drowsy, difficulty passing urine, sore back days later and headaches. Epidurals can also prolong the second stage of labour so you can no longer feel your contractions and your midwife will have to tell you when to push. This may also lead to the need for an instrumental delivery (with forceps or ventouse to assist delivery of your baby’s head). Finally, medicated births can make your baby sleepy and therefore interfere with their first feeds, particularly challenging if you plan to breastfeed so should be something you take into consideration. It is best to discuss your options with your midwife and include your preferences in your birth plan. You can also read more and watch an informative video at www.nhs.uk searching ‘Pain Relief in Labour’

Expecting a baby? Recently given birth? Why not share your birth story with our readers? We would love to hear from you, get in touch at info@mummyandmemagazine.co.uk

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(always check with your employer that the premises are suitable). Seeing your colleagues and being in the workplace prior to your return date can make the concept less daunting. Most of all, cherish every moment that you are on maternity leave and the fun and enjoyment you have together doesn’t need to end there, enjoy the time you are together and allow your baby to amaze you as they learn and grow!

If you’re not fortunate enough to have relatives who are able to look after your little darling, then there are a lot of decisions to make; Do you go part-time? Can you work from home? Should you change your job altogether? Can you and your partner share childcare? What nurseries are good? Are there any good childminders in your area? Take your time! Don’t rush into a decision. Do some research, find out what nursery or childminder friends send their children to. Speak to the childcarers in your area, visit nurseries or homes of childminders and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Consider what has been important to you as a Mum and see if you can find childcare that can continue this. For example, if you have taken your child to playgroups you may wish to find a childminder who will also take them to playgroups. Don’t be hard on yourself when the time comes. Most women find themselves in tears on more than one occasion before the ‘big day’. It’s not uncommon for Mums to get emotional on the job too (and for breastfeeding Mums, don’t forget to put in those breastpads as any mention of your baby can start not just your emotions but also your milk production going!). Before the ‘big day’, make sure you’re not a stranger to your work. Your colleagues who chipped in for the baby shower collection will be delighted to see your little one if you pop by

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So many women suffer in silence and assume it is the new state of motherhood because no one talks about it. Many think it’s normal to leak a bit and pad up, or even resign themselves to not run or dance again and avoid exercising or trampolining. What is a Mummy MOT? A Mummy MOT is a specialist postnatal check for mums following delivery (vaginally or by C-section). In France, postnatal check-ups and pelvic rehab sessions are standard for every new mum. The MOT assesses how women’s internal organs, pelvic floor and stomach muscles are recovering after birth. And if they’re not, then the patient is provided with exercises and

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Your pelvic floor supports your bladder, bowel, and uterus (womb), and gives you control over when you empty your bladder and bowel. Having a weak pelvic floor makes it harder for you to squeeze the muscles and sphincters at the bottom of your bladder to prevent wee from escaping. To strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, sit comfortably and squeeze the muscles 10 to 15 times in a row. Do not hold your breath or tighten your stomach, buttock or thigh muscles at the same time. When you get used to doing pelvic floor exercises, you can try holding each squeeze for a few seconds.


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This issue - Midwife Rae on baby’s ‘newborn testing’

very parent wants their child to be healthy and as health professionals we do as much as we can to give you that reassurance.

This process begins in pregnancy when we offer you blood tests and scans that screen for normality and abnormality. Once your baby is born further screening is offered to ensure you have a healthy infant and if any problems are picked up that they receive early treatment and the best possible care.

When is my baby first tested?

One of the first screening tests you will be offered is the Newborn Examination. This takes place within the first 72 hours of your baby’s life. When your baby is born the midwife will do a preliminary check to see if your baby appears generally well but the Newborn Examination is more in depth and checks your baby from head to toe. You will be invited to accompany your baby for the examination, which will take place either in the hospital or in some cases at your home. The examination is conducted by a midwife, neonatal nurse or doctor who have all had the same training and passed the same course to receive the specific qualification needed to undertake the screening.

What is involved with newborn testing? They will ask you questions about family history such as if anyone has had problems with their heart, hips, eyesight or any other inherited conditions present in the family. If you are unsure ask your relatives in advance so you are prepared as this information is incredibly valuable in making sure any issues are picked up quickly and treated appropriately. The practitioner will check your baby’s head by measuring and feeling it, they will look in their eyes with an ophthalmoscope, listen to your baby’s heart and lungs with a stethoscope, inspect their ears, mouth, hands, feet and spine, they will check your baby’s genitals to ensure

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they look correct and in particular for little boys that their testes have descended to the right place, they will also check your baby’s hips by rotating them slightly to make sure they are in the sockets and not dislocated.

Is there anything I will need to know for the testing to take place?

Be prepared that most babies will cry a little during the examination, this doesn’t mean they are in any pain they just don’t like the fact they have been undressed and disturbed! It is important that you realise not every problem can be picked up at this first examination but the practitioner will tell you if at this stage they are detecting anything of concern. The examination is repeated at 6-8 weeks as some things may not be apparent during the first 72 hours. Most parents will however gain a good level of assurance that all is well once these examinations have been performed and that their baby is well and healthy, which is the news we all want to receive. Further information can be found at

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Drop In

WA16 8DB

01625 374  904

Bramhall Library

SK7 2DU

0161 217  6009

SK11 8UD

01625 374  470

Drop In

WA1 3AJ

01925 418  633

Call for   Details

WA16 8DB

01625 374  904

Drop In

SK11 8UD

01625 374  470

Drop In

WA4 1RE

01925 570  870

Drop In

WA4 1RE

01925 570  870

Drop In

SK12 1NW

01625 383  090

Call for   Details

Story Time

13:00pm -­‐  14:30pm

Cherubs Breastfeeding  Support  Group

13:30pm -­‐  14:30pm

Messy Play  at  Fairfield  Howley

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Stay and  Play (Aged  0-­‐4  years)  -­‐  Term  Time  Only

Broken Cross  Children's  Centre Parkett  Heyes  Road The  Old  School,  Fairfield  Street Warrington Knutsford  Children's  Centre Manor  Park  North

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Tuesday

Tuesday

ACTIVITY TIMETABLE

Monday

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

St.John's Toddler  Group

09:15am -­‐  11:15am

Stay and  Play Term  Time  Only

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Toddler All  Kinds  of  Play

10:30am -­‐  11:30am

Baby Soft  Play  (Term  Time  Only)

13:00pm -­‐  14:30pm

Baby and  Me  at  Poynton Mums  Group

13:30pm -­‐  14:45pm

Baby All  Kinds  of  Play

Sandy Lane  Children's  Centre

WA2 9HY

01925 425  580

Drop In

Toddler All  Kinds  of  Play

The Orchard  Children's  Centre Hilden  Road,  Padgate

WA2 0JP

01925 816  912

Drop In

Ash Grove  Children's  Centre

SK11 7TD

01625 374  484

Drop In

Hurdsfield Children's  Centre

SK10 2LW

01625 378  081

Drop In

WA16 8DB

01625 374  904

Call for   Details

WA5 0JG

01925 636  856

Drop In

WA4 1RE

01925 570  870

Drop In

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Broken Cross  Children's  Centre Parkett  Heyes  Road Westy  Children's  Centre Tinsley  Street Westy  Children's  Centre Tinsley  Street Poynton  Children's  Centre Vernon  Primary  School,  Clumber  Rd

Wednesday 09:30am -­‐  11:00am 09:30am  -­‐  11:30am 10:00am  -­‐  11:00am 10:00am  -­‐  11:15am

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10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Wednesday

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10:00am -­‐  11:30am

T F

10:00am -­‐  11:30am 10:00am  -­‐  11:30am 10:30am  -­‐  12:00pm 10:30am  -­‐  12:00pm 13:45pm  -­‐  14:45pm

Childminder Drop  In  (Term  Time) Childminder  Support  Group  -­‐  Drop  In Term  Time  Only Toddler  All  Kinds  of  Play BOOKABLE  -­‐  Please  contact  to  book Tots  Time  Baby  &  Toddler Bosom  Buddies Breastfeeding  Support  Group Cherubs  Breastfeeding  Support  at   Oakenclough Toddler  Time  -­‐  12-­‐24months  ONLY Limited  Spaces

Knutsford Children's  Centre Manor  Park  North Little  Stars  Children's  Centre Boulting  Avenue Westy  Children's  Centre Tinsley  Street Great  Sankey  Children's  Centre Liverpool  Road Sunshine  Children's  Centre, O'Leary  Street,  Warrington Bethel  Free  Church Cotswold  Road,  Orford The  Orchard  Children's  Centre Hilden  Road,  Padgate Oakenclough  Children's  Centre Colshaw  Drive Knutsford  Children's  Centre Manor  Park  North

WA5 1SB

01925 446  244

Drop In

WA2 7RQ

01925 628  680

Must Book

WA2 9SE

07732 813  288 07868  115  973

Drop In

WA2 0JP

01925 816  912

Drop In

SK9 2PZ

01625 374  180

Drop In

WA16 8DB

01625 374  904

Drop In

WA2 9HY

01925 425  580

Drop In

WA5 1SB

01925 446  244

Drop In

SK10 5EZ

01625 575  557

Drop In

SK9 2PZ

01625 374  180

Drop In

SK12 1NW

01625 383  090

Drop In

Thursday 09:30am -­‐  11:00am 10:00am  -­‐  11:00am 10:00am  -­‐  11:30am

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Tiny Tots  Time Babies  0-­‐Walking  age Lactation  Clinic  for  Specialist  Support For  Breastfeeding  Mums Baby  Blossom (Runs  Alternate  to  Baby  Massage) All  Kinds  of  Play Confident  Walkers  -­‐    5  years

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Toddler All  Kinds  of  Play Baby  All  Kinds  of  Play Jolly  Bolly's  (Term  Time  Only) 0-­‐5  years Morning  Stay  and  Play  at  Oakenclough (0-­‐5  years)  -­‐  LIMITED  SPACES

WWW.MUMMYANDMEMAGAZINE.CO.UK

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Stay and  Play  at  Poynton  (0-­‐5  years)

Sandy Lane  Children's  Centre Great  Sankey  Children's  Centre Liverpol  Road Bollington  Community  Centre Overnhouse  Lane Oakenclough  Children's  Centre Colshaw  Drive Poynton  Children's  Centre Vernon  Primary  School,  Clumber  Rd


10:00am -­‐  11:30am 10:00am  -­‐  12:00pm

13:30pm -­‐  14:45pm 13:30pm  -­‐  15:00pm 13:30pm  -­‐  15:00pm 13:30pm  -­‐  15:00pm

Stay and  Play  at  Poynton  (0-­‐5  years) Bosom  Buddies Breastfeeding  Support  Group Cherubs Breastfeeding  Support  Group Baby  All  Kinds  of  Play Afternoon  Stay  &  Play  (0-­‐5yrs)  -­‐   LIMITED  SPACES Baby  and  Me  at  Oakenclough Group  for  New  Mums Tiny  Tots  Time Babies  0-­‐Walking  age

Overnhouse Lane Oakenclough  Children's  Centre Colshaw  Drive Poynton  Children's  Centre Vernon  Primary  School,  Clumber  Rd Westy  Children's  Centre Tinsley  Street Ash  Grove  Children's  Centre Sunshine  Children's  Centre, O'Leary  Street,  Warrington Oakenclough  Children's  Centre Colshaw  Drive Oakenclough  Children's  Centre Colshaw  Drive Broken  Cross  Children's  Centre Parkett  Heyes  Road

SK9 2PZ

01625 374  180

Drop In

SK12 1NW

01625 383  090

Drop In

WA4 1RE

01925 570  870

Drop In

SK11 7TD

01625 374  484

Drop In

WA2 7RQ

01925 628  680

Drop In

SK9 2PZ

01625 374  180

Drop In

SK9 2PZ

01625 374  180

Drop In

SK11 8UD

01625 374  470

Drop In

WA2 8AH

07929 345  146 07722  984  022

£1

SK10 2LW

01625 378  081

Drop In

WA4 1RE

01925 570  870

Call for   Details

WA16 8DB

01625 374  904

Drop In

SK11 7TD

01625 374  484

Drop In

WA5 0JG

01925 636  856

Drop In

SK9 2PZ

01625 374  180

Call for   Details

Thursday

11:30am -­‐  13:00pm

0-­‐5 years Morning  Stay  and  Play  at  Oakenclough (0-­‐5  years)  -­‐  LIMITED  SPACES

Cheshire

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Friday 09:30am -­‐  11:15am

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm 10:00am  -­‐  12:00pm

Cherubs Breastfeeding  Support  Group

13:00pm -­‐  15:00pm

Little Stars:  Parent-­‐led  for  children   aged  0-­‐5  years  with  disabilities  /SEN

13:30pm -­‐  14:30pm

Baby All  Kinds  of  Play

13:45pm -­‐  14:45pm

Fun and  Sign  at  Oakenclough (0-­‐4  years)

Hurdsfield Children's  Centre Westy  Children's  Centre Tinsley  Street Knutsford  Children's  Centre Manor  Park  North Ash  Grove  Children's  Centre Little  Stars  Children's  Centre Boulting  Avenue Oakenclough  Children's  Centre Colshaw  Drive

Friday

11:00am -­‐  12:30pm

St Ann's  Church  Centre, Central  Avenue,  Orford Great  Sankey  Children's  Centre Liverpool  Road

ACTIVITY TIMETABLE

10:00am -­‐  11:00am

St.Ann's &  Orford  Park  'Nip  In' Carer  &  Toddler  Group All  Kinds  of  Play Confident  Walkers  -­‐    5  years Smile  Group Helping  Mums  with  P.N.D Sonyshko   (International  Toddler  Group)

Monday Stay and  Play

09:30am -­‐  10:45am

Cheshire Ice  Cream  Farm Toddler  Morning

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Bickerton Toddler  Group

09:45am -­‐  11:45am

Lache and  Handbridge Children's  Centre

CH4 8HX

Newton Lane

CH3 9NE

Bickerton Village  Hall,  Malpas

SY14 8AU

01244 977  791 Call  for  Details 01829  770  995 £2  Term  Time

£2 Term   Time

£2

£2

01244 976  225 Drop-­‐In 01244  336  683 Call  Jules  for  Info 01244  976  220 Drop  In 0151  338  2227 Creche  Provided 01244  976  220 Drop  In

Twins and  Multiples

Blacon Children's  Centre

CH1 5DB

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Little Fishes  Toddler  Group

Burley Memorial  Hall, Village  Road,  Waverton

CH3 7QN

11:15am -­‐  11:45am

Under 5's  Story  Time

Chester Library,  Northgate  Street

CH1

12:45pm -­‐  14:45pm

Arts and  Crafts

Elton Community  Centre

CH2

13:15pm -­‐  14:45pm

Stay and  Play

Chester Victoria  Children's  Centre

CH1 4BR

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Breastfeeding Support  Group

Blacon Children's  Centre

CH1 5DB

01244 976  225 Drop  In

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Wesley Toddler  Group

Wesley Centre,  St.John's  Street

CH1

£1.50 per  family

13:15pm -­‐  14:45pm

Sunshine Tots  Toddler  Group (Birth  to  4  years)

Church Hall,  Demage  Lane

CH2 1EL

50p per  child

09:15am -­‐  11:15am

Play &  Weigh

Lache and  Handbridge Children's  Centre

CH4 8HX

10:15am -­‐  10:45am

Rhyme Time

Chester Library,  Northgate  Street

CH1 2EF

Drop-­‐In Call Jules  for   Drop-­‐In Creche   Provide Drop-­‐In

M

Tuesday Drop-­‐In £1.50 per   50p  per   child

Wednesday

11:30am -­‐  13:00pm 13:00pm  -­‐  14:30pm

Breastfeeding Support  Group Stay  and  Play

Lache and  Handbridge Children's  Centre Kingway  and  Upton Children's  Centre

CH4 8HX CH2  2LB

01244 977  791 Call  for  Details 01244  977  380 Call  for  Details 01244  977  791 Drop  In 01244  976  100 Uni  Campus

Drop-­‐In Uni of Chester  

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Stay &  Play

Blacon Children's  Centre

CH1 5DB

01244 976  225 Call  for  Details

Call for   details

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Dodleston Baby  &  Toddler

Dodleston Village  Hall

CH4 9NT

£2

£2

NCT Bumps  &  Babies

No Need  to  be  an   Caffe  Nero,  Foregate   St CH1  1HA Drop  In WWW.MUMMYANDMEMAGAZINE.CO.UK NCT  Member

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Thursday

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Chester

09:15am -­‐  10:45am

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Chester

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Stay &  Play

Blacon Children's  Centre

CH1 5DB

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Dodleston Baby  &  Toddler

Dodleston Village  Hall

CH4 9NT

Call for  Details

details

£2

£2

No Need  to  be  an   Drop  In NCT  Member 01244  976  225 Drop-­‐In Drop  In

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm

NCT Bumps  &  Babies

Caffe Nero,  Foregate  St

CH1 1HA

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Play Tots

Holy Trinity  Church,  Blacon

CH1

09:30am -­‐  10:45am

Cheshire Ice  Cream  Farm Toddler  Morning

Newton Lane

CH3 9NE

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Rhyme Time

St.Thomas Church  Hall

Chester SANDS

Chester Rural  Children's  Centre Elton  Primary  School

CH2 4LT

St Werburghs  Sensory  Play

Park Grove

CH41 2TD

0151 647  8404 Call  for  Details

Call for   details

Childminder Drop  In

Pensby Children's  Centre

CH61 8SB

0151 666  4819

Drop In

West Kirby  Methodist  Church

CH48 4DQ

0151 625  3224 Donation

Donation

Rock Ferry  Children's  Centre

CH42 2BL

0151 647  4445

Drop In

Friday

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

01829 770  995 £2  Term   £2  Term  Time Time 07789  867  589 Call  Julia   Call  Julia  for  Info for  info 0151  338  2227 3rd  Fri   3rd  Fri  of  Month of  

Monday 09:30am -­‐  10:00am 09:30am  -­‐  11:00am 09:30am  -­‐  11:00am 09:30am  -­‐  11:00am

E.Port & Wirral M T W T F

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Stay and  Play  0-­‐4  years

Lady Lever  Art  Gallery

CH62 5EQ

0151 478  4136

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Stay and  Play  0-­‐4  years

Pensby Children's  Centre

CH61 8SB

0151 666  4819

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Christchurch Toddler  Group (Term  Time  Only)

Christchurch Moreton

CH46 0PA

0151 604  0049

£1.50 a child

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Foster Carers'  Drop-­‐In

Seacombe Children's  Centre

CH44 7AN

0151 630  1845

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  11:00am

Let's Play  Drop  In  (Term  Time  Only)

Parklands Children's  Centre Little  Sutton

CH66 3RL

0151 337  6324

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Breastfeeding Support  Group

Bromborough Children's  Centre

CH62 7BW

0151 334  1381

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Homestart Breastfeeding  Support

Seacombe Children's  Centre

CH44 7AN

0151 630  1845

Drop In

10:30am -­‐  11:15am

Baby Sensory  0-­‐2  years

Brassey Gardens  Children's  Centre

CH41 8DA

0151 652  1916

11:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Wallabies at  Wallasey  Library (0-­‐5  years)

Wallasey Library

CH45 5DX

0151 639  2334 Free

Call for   Details

13:00pm -­‐  14:00pm

Mini Artists  0-­‐5  years

Hillside Primary  School

CH43 9HG

0151 677  9960

Call for   Details

13:00pm -­‐  14:00pm

Stay and  Play  0-­‐5  years

Rock Ferry  Children's  Centre

CH42 2BL

0151 647  4445

Drop In

13:00pm -­‐  15:00pm

Drop In  Child  Health  Clinic

Leasowe Nursery  School  & Family  Centre

CH46 2QF

0151 639  8923

Drop In

13:10pm -­‐  14:30pm

Little Stars  Playgroup  (0-­‐4  years)

Moreton Baptist  Church

CH46

0151 677  7902

13:30pm -­‐  14:30pm

Baby Sensory

Seacombe Children's  Centre

CH44 7AN

0151 630  1845

Positive Play  (Term  Time)

Leasowe Nursery  School  & Family  Centre

CH46 2QF

0151 639  8923

Drop In

13:30pm -­‐  14:30pm

Stay and  Play  for  Babies

Bromborough Children's  Centre

CH62 7BW

0151 334  1381

Drop In

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Rainbow Group  for  children  with   speech  difficulties  or  Autism

Seacombe Children's  Centre

CH44 7AN

0151 630  1845

Call for   Details

09:30am -­‐  10:15am

Baby Massage  0-­‐8  months

Rock Ferry  Children's  Centre

CH42 2BL

0151 647  4445

Call to Book

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Active Tots  0-­‐5  years

Brassey Gardens  Children's  Centre

CH41 8DA

0151 652  1916

Drop In

Childminder Drop-­‐In

Cathcart Children's  Centre

CH41 3JY

0151 647  4445

Drop In

Rock Ferry  Children's  Centre

CH42 2BL

0151 647  4445

Drop In

Christchurch Moreton

CH46 0PA

0151 604  0049

13:30pm -­‐  14:30pm

FREE

50 per child Call  for   Details

Tuesday

09:30am -­‐  11:00am 09:30am  -­‐  11:00am 09:30am  -­‐  11:30am

Messy Play  0-­‐18months (Please  wear  appropriate  clothing) Christchurch  Toddler  Group (Term  Time  Only)

£1.50 a child Call  for   Details Call  for   Details

09:45am -­‐  10:30am

Baby PEEP  0-­‐6  months

Bromborough Children's  Centre

CH62 7BW

0151 334  1381

10:30am -­‐  11:15am

Baby Sensory  0-­‐2  years

Rock Ferry  Children's  Centre

CH42 2BL

0151 647  4445

A-­‐Z of  Breastfeeding

Leasowe Nursery  School  & Family  Centre

CH46 2QF

0151 639  8923

Drop In

St Catherine's,  Tranmere

CH42 0LQ

0151 652  7379 £1

£1

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

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Little Angels  0-­‐5  years Tea,  Toast  and  Play Messy  Play  0-­‐18months (Please  wear  appropriate  clothing)

Cheeky Monkeys 10:00am   -­‐  11:30am WWW.MUMMYANDMEMAGAZINE.CO.UK (0-­‐3  years)


10:00am -­‐  11:30am

10:00am -­‐  11:30am 10:30am  -­‐  11:30am 10:30am  -­‐  12:00pm

Cheeky Monkeys (0-­‐3  years) Tea  and  Toast (0-­‐5  years  play  session) Hummingbirds  Sing-­‐a-­‐long 0-­‐5  years Big  Dish  Little  Dish (Call  for  Start  Date)

Details

Leasowe Nursery  School  & Family  Centre

CH46 2QF

St Catherine's,  Tranmere

CH42 0LQ

West Kirby  Children's  Centre Black  Horse  Hill  Infants  School

CH48 6DR

0151 639  8923 0151  652  7379 £1 0151  625  3892 Drop  In 0151  677  8068 Free

Drop In £1 Drop-­‐In

Woodchurch Library

CH49 8HB

Seacombe Children's  Centre

CH44 7AN

0151 630  1845

Stanlaw Abbey  Children's  Centre Ellesmere  Port

Call for   Details

CH65 9HE

0151 337  6425

Drop In

Breastfeeding Support  Group

13:00pm -­‐  14:30pm

Messy Play  0-­‐18months (Please  wear  appropriate  clothing)

Brassey Gardens  Children's  Centre

CH41 8DA

0151 652  1916

Drop In

13:00pm -­‐  14:30pm

Stay and  Play  0-­‐5  years

Prenton Primary  School

CH43 0RQ

0151 652  1916

Call for   Details

13:00pm -­‐  15:00pm

Baby Discovery  0-­‐8  months

Rock Ferry  Children's  Centre

CH42 2BL

0151 647  4445

Drop In

13:15pm -­‐  14:45pm

Sunbeams Playgroup  (0-­‐5  years)

Moreton Methodist  Church, Pasture  Road

CH46 7TQ

0151 678  9339

13:30pm -­‐  14:15pm

Baby PEEP  for  Under  1's

New Brighton  Children's  Centre

CH45 5HU

0151 630  2731

Baby PEEP  0-­‐18  months

Brassey Gardens  Children's  Centre

CH41 8DA

0151 652  1916

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm 13:30pm  -­‐  15:00pm 14:00pm  -­‐  15:00pm

Rainbows Group  &  Sensory  Room Autism  Support  0-­‐8  years Messy  Play  0-­‐18months (Please  wear  appropriate  clothing)

Pensby Children's  Centre

0151 666  4819

£1 per family Call  for   Details Call  for   Details Call  for   Details

Seacombe Children's  Centre

CH44 7AN

0151 630  1845

Drop In

Wednesday 09:15am -­‐  10:45am

Fun Tots  0-­‐5  years

Hillside Primary  School

CH43 9HG

0151 677  9960

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  10:30am

Messy Play  0-­‐18months (Please  wear  appropriate  clothing)

Seacombe Children's  Centre

CH44 7AN

0151 630  1845

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Fun Tots  0-­‐5  years

Brassey Gardens  Children's  Centre

CH41 8DA

0151 652  1916

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Stay and  Play  0-­‐4  years

New Ferry  Windsor  Community  Centre

CH62 5BX

0151 643  1393

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Twinkle Twos  0-­‐2  years

Rock Ferry  Children's  Centre

CH42 2BL

0151 647  4445

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Health Visitor  Drop  In

Seacombe Children's  Centre

CH44 7AN

0151 630  1845

Drop In Drop  In

10:00am 10:00am -­‐  10:45am 10:00am  -­‐  11:30am

Baby Rhyme  Tume

Ellesmere Port  Library

CH65 0BG

0151 337  4684

Baby Massage  6  week  course Call  to  Book  your  place!

New Brighton  Children's  Centre

CH45 5HU

0151 630  2731

Call to Book Call  for   Details

Twinkle Twos

Seacombe Children's  Centre

CH44 7AN

0151 630  1845

Toddler Rhyme  Time

Ellesmere Port  Library

CH65 0BG

0151 337  4684

Drop In

13:00pm -­‐  14:30pm

Let's Play  Drop  In  (Term  Time  Only)

Stanlaw Abbey  Children's  Centre Ellesmere  Port

CH65 9HE

0151 337  6425

Drop In

13:30pm -­‐  14:15pm

Baby PEEP  for  Under  1's

Serpentine Road  Church,  Wallasey

CH44 0AA

0151 638  5772

Drop In

13:30pm -­‐  14:30pm

Baby Sensory

Seacombe Children's  Centre

CH44 7AN

0151 630  1845

13:30pm -­‐  14:30pm

Merry Music  Stay  and  Play

Leasowe Nursery  School  & Family  Centre

Call for   Details

CH46 2QF

0151 639  8923

Drop In

Rock Ferry  Children's  Centre

CH42 2BL

0151 647  4445

Drop In

11:00am

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Read It  Together Lead  by  The  Reader  Organisation Rainbows  Group  &  Sensory  Room Autism  Support  0-­‐8  years

Bromborough Children's  Centre

CH62 7BW

0151 334  1381

Call for   Details

09:15am -­‐  10:15am

Baby Clinic  0-­‐2  years Weigh  &  Advice

Ganney Meadow  Nursery  School

CH49 8EE

0151 666  4819

Drop In

09:15am -­‐  10:45am

Baby Stay  and  Play  0-­‐12  months

Ganney Meadow  Nursery  School

CH49 8EE

0151 666  4819

Drop In

09:15am -­‐  10:45am

Stay and  Play  0-­‐5  years

Cathcart Children's  Centre

CH41 3JY

0151 647  4445

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  10:15am

Baby Babble  for  Under  1s

Seacombe Children's  Centre

CH44 7AN

0151 630  1845

Call for   Details

09:30am -­‐  10:30am

Wiggle to  Giggles  0-­‐5  years

Brassey Gardens  Children's  Centre

CH41 8DA

0151 652  1916

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Antenatal PEEP

Rock Ferry  Children's  Centre

CH42 2BL

0151 647  4445

Call for   Details

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Breastfeeding Support  Group

16:00pm -­‐  17:30pm

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Kid's Church

ACTIVITY TIMETABLE

12:30pm -­‐  14:30pm

E.Port & Wirral

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

A-­‐Z of  Breastfeeding

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E.Port & Wirral

09:30am -­‐  10:30am

Wiggle to  Giggles  0-­‐5  years

Brassey Gardens  Children's  Centre

CH41 8DA

0151 652  1916

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Antenatal PEEP

Rock Ferry  Children's  Centre

CH42 2BL

0151 647  4445

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Breastfeeding Support  Group

CH66 3RL

0151 337  6324

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  11:00am

Kid's Church (0-­‐5  years)

Parklands Children's  Centre Little  Sutton

Call for   Details

0151 334  4155

0-­‐5 years

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Breastfeeding Support  Group

West Kirby  Children's  Centre

CH48 6DR

0151 666  4819

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  12:15pm

Make &  Explore

Williamson Art  Gallery

CH43 4UE

0151 666  3537

Drop In

10:30am -­‐  11:15am

Talking Tots  1-­‐2  years

Seacombe Children's  Centre

CH44 7AN

0151 630  1845

Drop In

10:30am -­‐  11:30am

Mini Artists  0-­‐5  years

Brassey Gardens  Children's  Centre

CH41 8DA

0151 652  1916

Drop In

10:30am -­‐  12:00pm 10:45am  -­‐  11:45am

F.A.B (Friendship &  Babies) Little  Chicks Songs  &  Rhymes  Under  1's

St Barnabas,  Bromborough

0151 342  8522 £1.50 0151  677  8068 Free

Heswall United  Reformed  Church

CH60 7SE

Woodchurch Library

CH49 8HB

Cathcart Children's  Centre

CH41 3JY

0151 647  4445

£1.50

Call for   Details Call  for   Details

13:30pm -­‐  14:15pm

Baby Sensory  0-­‐2  years

13:30pm -­‐  14:30pm

Relaxation Group

Seacombe Children's  Centre

CH44 7AN

0151 630  1845

13:30pm -­‐  14:30pm

Baby Play  Group

Stanlaw Abbey  Children's  Centre Ellesmere  Port

CH65 9HE

0151 337  6425

Drop In

13:30pm -­‐  14:30pm

Ready, Steady  Go

Seacombe Children's  Centre

CH44 7AN

0151 630  1845

Call for   Details

Story Time

Ellesmere Port  Library

CH65 0BG

0151 337  4684

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  10:15am

Baby Massage  0-­‐8  months

Prenton Primary  School

CH43 0RQ

0151 652  1916

Call to Book

09:30am -­‐  10:30am

Wiggle to  Giggles  0-­‐5  years

Rock Ferry  Children's  Centre

CH42 2BL

0151 647  4445

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Baby Stay  &  Play  0-­‐18  months

Hoylake Community  Centre

CH47 3AG

0151 632  2889

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Breastfeeding Support  Group

Pensby Children's  Centre

0151 666  4819

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Stay and  Play  0-­‐4  years

Millfield Primary  School

CH62 9HS

0151 327  1722

Drop In

Breastfeeding Support  Group

Portside Children's  Centre Ellesmere  Port

CH65 2BY

0151 337  6365

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Childminder Drop  In

Seacombe Children's  Centre

CH44 7AN

0151 630  1845

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  11:00am

Let's Play  Drop  In  (Term  Time  Only)

Portside Children's  Centre Ellesmere  Port

CH65 2BY

0151 337  6365

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  11:00am

Little Explorers

Seacombe Children's  Centre

CH44 7AN

0151 630  1845

Call for   Details

Breastfeeding Support  Group

New Brighton  Children's  Centre

CH45 5HU

0151 630  2731

Drop In

14:00pm Friday

Liverpool

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

10:00am -­‐  11:30am 10:00am  -­‐  11:30am

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10:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Rainbow Group  for  children  with   speech  difficulties  or  Autism Makaton  Signing  for  Babies Group  for  Children  with  Down  Syn

CALL FOR  INFO

0151 644  5500

Seacombe Children's  Centre

CH44 7AN

07702 023  731

Call for   Details

10:30am -­‐  11:30am

Mini Artists  0-­‐5  years

Rock Ferry  Children's  Centre

CH42 2BL

0151 647  4445

Drop In

13:00pm -­‐  14:30pm

Stay and  Play  0-­‐5  years

Prenton Primary  School

CH43 0RQ

0151 652  1916

Call for   Details

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Stay and  Play  0-­‐5  years

Rock Ferry  Children's  Centre

CH42 2BL

0151 647  4445

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  10:30am

Stay and  Play  0-­‐4  years

Picton Children's  Centre

L7 6HD

0151 233  1200

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Bridgetots Playgroup (0-­‐4  years)

Bridge Chapel,  Heath  Rd

L19 4XR

0151 281  9716

Call to   Book

09:30am -­‐  11:15am

Stay and  Play  (0-­‐5  years)

L14 8XG

0151 296  7960

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Mother &  Toddler  Group

L17 2AE

07584 575  604

£2 per   child

Monday

Yew Tree  Children's  Centre at  St.Luke's  Church St  Clare's  Parish  Centre, Rutland  Avenue

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Parent &  Toddler  Group

Old Police  Station,  Lark  Lane

L17 8UU

0151 728  7884

2.5

09:45am -­‐  11:00am

Stay &  Play  Drop  In  for  Walkers  &   Talkers  18  months  -­‐  4  years

Dingle Lane  Children's  Centre

L8 9UB

0151 233  4930

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  11:00am

Get Set  Play

Hunts Cross  Children's  Centre

L25 0PJ

0151 233  3733

Drop In

Walker Art  Gallery,  City  Centre

L3 8EL

0151 478  4788

Free

Big Art  Parent  &  Toddler 10:00am   -­‐  11:15am WWW.MUMMYANDMEMAGAZINE.CO.UK Books,  Puppets,  Dress  Up,  Art


09:45am -­‐  11:00am

10:00am -­‐  11:15am 10:00am  -­‐  11:30am 10:30am  -­‐  11:30am

Get Set  Play Big  Art  Parent  &  Toddler Books,  Puppets,  Dress  Up,  Art BAMBIS  Bosom  Buddies Breastfeeding  Support  Group Movers  &  Groovers (18mths  -­‐  4  years)

Dingle Lane  Children's  Centre

L8 9UB

0151 233  4930

Drop In

Hunts Cross  Children's  Centre

L25 0PJ

0151 233  3733

Drop In

Walker Art  Gallery,  City  Centre

L3 8EL

0151 478  4788

Free

Church &  Mossley  Hill Children's  Centre

L18 1JX

0151 233  6868

Drop In

Garston Lifestyles

L19 6PE

0151 233  5433

Drop In

Messy Play  (0-­‐18  months)

Granby Children's  Centre

L8 2TU

0151 233  3200

Drop In

13:00pm -­‐  14:30pm

Bridgetots Playgroup (0-­‐4  years)

Bridge Chapel,  Heath  Rd

L19 4XR

0151 281  9716

Call to   Book

13:30pm -­‐  14:30pm

Music and  Movement

Millenium Centre,  Childwall  Valley  Rd

L25 2PR

0151 288  8309

Drop In

13:30pm -­‐  14:30pm

Story Song  and  Rhyme  Time

Wavertree Children's  Centre

L15 4LE

0151 233  6870

Drop In

13:00pm -­‐  14:30pm

Terrific Two's  for  2-­‐3  years

Stoneycroft Children's  Centre

L13 6QJ

0151 233  4770

14:00pm -­‐  14:45pm

Family Music  Session   £3  per  child  or  £5  per  family.

Must Book

Dingle Lane  Children's  Centre

L8 9UB

0151 233  4930

Drop In

14:00pm -­‐  14:45pm

Messy Play  (0-­‐5  years)

Granby Children's  Centre

L8 2TU

0151 233  3200

Drop In

FAZ Tots

Fazakerley Primary  School

L10 7LD

0151 474  3060

Movers &  Groovers  -­‐  Walkers (Term  Time  Drop  In) Tots  &  Co  Playgroup (0-­‐4  years)

Church &  Mossley  Hill Children's  Centre

Call for   Info

L18 1JX

0151 233  6868

ACTIVITY TIMETABLE

13:00pm -­‐  13:45pm

Liverpool

10:00am -­‐  11:00am

Talkers 18  months  -­‐  4  years

Tuesday 09:00am -­‐  11:30am 09:30am  -­‐  10:15am 09:30am  -­‐  11:00am

Allerton United  Reformed  Church

L18 7HD

07923 541  491

£1

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Tots Health  Club  0-­‐5  years

Stoneycroft Children's  Centre

L13 6QJ

0151 233  4770

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Drop In  Baby  Weigh  In

Granby Children's  Centre

L8 2TU

0151 233  3200

Arrive Early

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Sensory Babies  with  BAMBIS

Granby Children's  Centre

L8 2TU

0151 233  3200

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

WAM Toddler  group

Wellington Avenue  Methodist

L15 4LE

0151 733  4495

£2

10:00am -­‐  11:00am

Boogie Babes  Music  &  Dance 18m  -­‐  4  years  -­‐  Term  Time  Only

Dingle Lane  Children's  Centre

L8 9UB

0151 233  4930

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  11:00am

Bumps to  Babies

Hunts Cross  Children's  Centre

L25 0PJ

0151 233  3733

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  11:00am

Jumping Beans

St Hugh's  Primary  School

10:00am -­‐  11:00am

Story Time

Childwall &  Woolton  CC at  Simon  Peter  Centre,  Woolton

L25 5JF

0151 233  5733

Term Time  

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

BAMBIS Breastfeeding  Group

Stoneycroft Children's  Centre

L13 6QJ

0151 233  4770

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  11:45am

Baby Story  &  Rhyme 0  -­‐  18  months

Church &  Mossley  Hill Children's  Centre

L18 1JX

0151 233  6868

Must Book

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Little Fishes  Playgroup

Elm Hall  Drive  Methodist  Church

L18 1LF

0151 734  4540

£2

Wavertree Children's  Centre

L15 4LE

0151 233  6870

Drop In

Allerton Library

L18 6HG

0151 233  3069

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm 10:15am  -­‐  11:15am

Wavertree BAMBIS   Breastfeeding  Support  Group Story  &  Rhyme  Time (0-­‐4  years)

Through Picton  CC

10:15am -­‐  11:15am

Story Time

Fazakerley Library

L10 7LQ

0151 233  3069

10:15am -­‐  11:45am

Stay &  Play

Toxteth Library,  Windsor  Street

L8 1XF

0151 233  3069

Drop In

11:00am -­‐  12:00pm

BAMBIS Breast  Friends

Hunts Cross  Children's  Centre

L25 0PJ

0151 233  3733

Drop In

Granby Children's  Centre

L8 2TU

0151 233  3200

Call for   Info

Picton Children's  Centre

L7 6HD

0151 233  1200

Drop In

11:00am -­‐  12:00pm 11:00am  -­‐  12:30pm

Forest Schools Meet  at  Reception Baby  Club Breastfeeding  Support

L18 1JX

0151 233  6868

Bambis Stay  and  Play (Inc  light  lunch) Come  And  Meet  Each  Other (CAMEO)  Playgroup

Church &  Mossley  Hill Children's  Centre Childwall  &  Woolton Children's  Centre St.Matthew  &  St.James (Mossley  Hill  Church),  Rose  Lane

Call to   Book

L16 4PQ

0151 233  5733

Drop In

L18 8DB

0151 724  6391

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Newsham Park  Playgroup

Newsham Park  Chapel,  Sheil  Rd

L6 7UA

0151 259  4831

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Stay and  Play

Belle Vale  Children's  Centre

L25 2RW

0151 233  1705

12:00pm -­‐  13:00pm 13:00pm  -­‐  15:00pm 13:30pm  -­‐  14:45pm

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Baby Massage

Stay and  Play Weigh  &  Advice  Clinic  

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Liverpool ACTIVITY TIMETABLE

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Newsham Park  Playgroup

Newsham Park  Chapel,  Sheil  Rd

L6 7UA

0151 259  4831

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Stay and  Play

Belle Vale  Children's  Centre

L25 2RW

0151 233  1705

Drop In

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Stay and  Play

Granby Children's  Centre

L8 2TU

0151 233  3200

Drop In

13:30pm -­‐  15:30pm

Weigh &  Advice  Clinic   (By  Appointment)

Garston Children's  Centre Banks  Road

L19 8JZ

0151 233  6868

14:00pm -­‐  14:45pm

Let's Make  Music  -­‐  Drop  In

Stoneycroft Children's  Centre

L13 6QJ

0151 233  4770

14:00pm -­‐  14:45pm

Story and  Rhyme  Time  0-­‐4  years Term  Time  Only

Dingle Lane  Children's  Centre

L8 9UB

0151 233  4930

09:15am -­‐  11:30am

ABC Play  Group £1  -­‐  Tea  &  Toast

St Michael  in  the  Hamlet Church  Hall,  Aigburth

L17 7BD

07950 147  565  /   07786  372  750

09:30am -­‐  10:30am

Bringing Books  Alive

Granby Children's  Centre

L8 2TU

0151 233  3200

09:30am -­‐  10:30am

Mini Mighty  Movers  (2-­‐5  years) Term  Time  Only

Call for   Info

St David's  Church,  Rocky  Lane

L16 6AL

0151 722  4549

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Stay and  Play  Drop  In

Wavertree Children's  Centre

L15 4LE

0151 233  6870

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:15am

Playbox Mums  &  Tots

The Salvation  Army,  Cavendish  Rd Walton

L9 1HQ

0151 525  4785

Call for   Info

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Childminder Drop-­‐In

Picton Children's  Centre

L7 6HD

0151 233  1200

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Play and  Learn (0-­‐3  years)

St Bede's  Church  Hall, Hartington  Road

L8 0SQ

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Childminder Drop-­‐In

Dingle Lane  Children's  Centre

L8 9UB

0151 233  4930

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Parent and  Child  Group

Unitarian Church,  Ullet  Road

L17 2AA

0151 733  1927

Drop In

Parent and  Toddler  Group

Greenbank Sports  Academy, Greenbank  Lane

L17 1AG

0151 280  7757

£2.50

Frontline Church,  Wavertree

L15 0FH

0151 733  3373 £3.50  per  family

Garston Library,  Bowden  Rd

L19 1QN

0151 233  6868

Booking Require

Belle Vale  Children's  Centre

L25 2RW

0151 233  1705

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm 10:00am  -­‐  12:00pm

10:30am -­‐  11:30am

Halewood Library

L26 0TS

11:00am -­‐  12:30pm

Stay and  Play

Toxteth Library,  Windsor  Street

L8 1XF

0151 233  3069

11:30am -­‐  12:00pm

Once Upon  a  Story  Time (0-­‐18m)

Garston Library,  Bowden  Rd

L19 1QN

0151 233  6868

12:00pm -­‐  13:00pm

Mini Movers

Granby Children's  Centre

L8 2TU

0151 233  3200

13:00pm -­‐  14:00pm

Mini Movers

Granby Children's  Centre

L8 2TU

0151 233  3200

L9 0JJ

0151 233  3705

L8 9UB

0151 233  4930

Drop In

Banks Road  Methodist  Church

L19 8HZ

0151 233  6868

Childwall &  Woolton Children's  Centre

Term Time  

L16 4PQ

0151 233  5733

Drop In

Allerton United  Reformed  Church

L18 7HD

07923 541  491

£1 per   family

Baby Time  -­‐  Newborn  to  Crawling

Church &  Mossley  Hill Children's  Centre

L18 1JX

0151 233  6868

Drop In

09:15am -­‐  10:45am

Stay and  Play  Drop  In

Stoneycroft Children's  Centre

L13 6QJ

0151 233  4770

£1 per   child

09:30am -­‐  10:15am

Sing A  Long  A  Tots  (Term  Time)

L18 1JX

0151 233  6868

Drop In

Bridge Chapel,  Heath  Rd

L19 4XR

0151 281  9716

Church of  St  Anne,  Aigburth  Rd

L17

£1 per  family

L9 1HQ

0151 525  4785

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

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Mission Play  Group

Drop In Booking   Require Call  for   Info Call  for   Info Donation   TT

105 Greenwich  Road

Additional Needs  Support  Group (First  Wed  of  the  Month) Banks  Road  Buddies Stay  &  Play  (0-­‐4  years)

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Stay and  Play  0-­‐5  years

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Tots &  Co  Playgroup (0-­‐4  years)

14:00pm -­‐  15:30pm

Thursday

09:30am -­‐  10:30am 09:30am  -­‐  11:00am

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Dingle Lane  Children's  Centre

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

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Rhyme Time Words  &  Pictures

13:00pm -­‐  15:00pm

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Sticky Fingers Craft,  Toys,  Games  &  Songs Once  Upon  a  Story  Time (18m+)

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n an age of computers and tablets, it is still reassuring to see how many children enjoy being active outdoors with many owning bikes, scooters and other outdoor toys. Although outdoor toys can be particularly enjoyed in Spring and Summer months, they can be used all year round making them great investments!

12 months and 5 years, this is an ideal sized playhouse that makes a wonderful addition to our garden. Having the optional extra of the playhouse floor was great as it allows my children to enjoy this playhouse all year round. We have even added carpet in the playhouse which the flooring has enabled us to do. It has a real cosy feel. The playhouse is excellent quality timber and is very affordable too!

With Birthdays, Christenings and other occasions throughout the year, often buying gifts for children/grandchildren can be a challenge and particularly because children will ask for one thing and quickly move onto the next. Therefore buying a special gift that will last years and bring an endless amount of enjoyment is a perfect solution - and what better gift than a playhouse?

I would definitely recommend Big Game Hunters who have been extremely easy to deal with and efficient with delivery.”

Michelle from Mummy and Me Magazine celebrated her daughter Faye’s 2nd birthday with a surprise playhouse from Big Game Hunters. The playhouse was the Redwood Lodge with floor. Here’s what she had to say;

From giant garden games and teepees, to climbing frames and playhouses - Big Game Hunters offer so much fun for all the family to enjoy this Spring! You can find Big Game Hunters on Amazon or by visiting their website directly

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“We were absolutely delighted when the Redwood Lodge Playhouse arrived (and so quickly too!). It was easy to assemble and took less than an hour to build, with pieces labelled and easy instructions to follow. The quirky crooked features of this playhouse add an enchanted feel and this truly is a playhouse that sparks imagination. My children have enjoyed using the playhouse as a; shop, house, fairy cottage, den, reading corner, hiding place, for picnics and many other games. With 4 children aged between

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win sisters Selina and Samantha (AKA Elderflower & Delilah) found themselves in a place of inspiration during their maternity leaves which resulted in the creation of an innovative 3-in-1 garment known as Feed®; a maternity top, accessible breastfeeding garment, baby car seat/carrier/universal buggy sun/ windshield cover + SPF 50 sun protection.

Selina McEntyre, tells her story…. “Like many breastfeeding Mums, I felt I was forced to re-jig my wardrobe with clothes that screamed practicality over style - overnight I had become ‘mumsy-fied’. In a desperate need to have something that met my need to feed with ease and comfort whilst not compromising my style, I busily sat on the floor and cut out a design from a sheet of fabric. And it was this moment of inspiration that born Feed®. It hasn’t been an easy journey developing a product for market, I soon felt out of my depth. So it was a natural development to team up with my twin sister, who gave me the confidence to see the

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With inspiration from Sam’s Bondi Beach lifestyle, the range offers safety in the sun with an SPF factor 50 sun protective and breathable fabric. The development of the 3-in-1 use came from the feedback from the first wave of customers, mummies sharing images of their Feed® garments as maternity and sun/windshields on their babycarriers and buggies. “ As twins themselves, Elderflower & Delilah are delighted that Feed® enables the discreet feeding of tandem fed babies under the cleverly designed batwing sleeves. Mums of twins and multiples have shared their delight in having a garment that makes the task of feeding two out and about so much easier. Now, as a mother of two, Selina works from home and enjoys the benefits of her business fitting around her children. Already Feed® has been awarded Mumsnet Best Award and BizzieBaby Awards – rated for it’s luxurious fabric and multi uses.

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a range of complimentary beanbags. So, for example, people can order an embroidered Pug teddy and a matching beanbag. I have access to a large laser cutter that can easily cut shapes out of wood and acrylic sheets. I am currently working on designs to create stunning display boxes for the teddies. I will also be supplying 3D model puzzles for the older children. Ranging from safari animals to Star Wars craft, dinosaurs to dolls houses, the sky’s the limit! To be honest it is a struggle to balance my work life and personal life. I don’t work normal hours in my full time job. Sometimes on the road at 6am and not returning until 6pm. Then working on my second job. Even though Alfie’s mum and I aren’t together, we get on fantastically well and I can go and see him whenever I can. On the rare occasions I finish before 5pm I go and spend time with him. I am really enjoying fatherhood. Alfie is the inspiration for me to break free from spending hours on the motorway with the hope of being able to work full time from home one day.

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No longer will you be governed by the standard milestones and capacity limits! Radian 5 has a 5 point harness to 25kg. Plus with a unique steel frame, exclusive fold mechanism and industry leading Lifetime Warranty, it is the complete all-in-one package - true back seat magic. All-in-one car seat Based on our bestselling US convertible car seat, Radian 5 provides ultimate protection with extended rear facing capacity and longer 5 point harness use when forward facing. Suitable from birth to 25kg rear facing and 9-25kg forward facing, Radian 5 gives you the option to choose what’s right for you and your family at a time to suit you. With a higher weight capacity, Radian 5 is the only seat which is suitable from birth, offers extended rear facing and converts to a forward facing car seat with a 5 point harness to 25kg. The unique steel frame means Radian 5 is super strong to resist crash forces and offer the most amount of protection. Metal reinforcements and the best EPP foam combine to provide the ultimate side impact protection, whilst the straight side walls ensure your child stays contained in the seat during a crash. The narrow design takes up less space in the back because it’s not necessary to have thick plastic sidewalls. For some larger cars this means 3 car seats can be installed in the vehicle.

“When our son Lewis outgrew his Group 0 Baby carseat, he was still very young and it was important to us that we found a good quality carseat which would allow him to be rear facing for as long as possible. The Diono Radian 5 was the perfect solution! It was straight forward to install in our car and is extremely spacious which is perfect for our very tall toddler. The straps adjust easily giving peace of mind and also enabling quick adjustment for different clothing and even when I occasionally give my niece a ride to nursery. As Lewis is still young, he often falls asleep in his carseat. The added support cushions enable him to have total comfort while travelling. As Lewis gets bigger, it is reassuring to know that the Diono Radian 5 will grow and adapt to suit our needs without having the expense of further carseats and the stylish design and full steel frame of this model means it will last. Another fantastic feature of this model is that it is foldable and comes with the option of a travel bag, giving peace of mind that you can have the same safety standards when travelling abroad as you can take the Radian 5 with you!” Danielle Furber - Mummy to Lewis (18 months) Reviewing for Mummy and Me Magazine WWW.MUMMYANDMEMAGAZINE.CO.UK

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Down Syndrome Awareness Week 20-26th March 2017

Molly’s Story Words: Gareth Kenwright

olly Anne Kenwright was born 14/11/11 with Trisomy 21 Down Syndrome. We had been trying for a baby for many years experiencing several complications including; a miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy. During this time I had a lot of personal problems which led to heavy drinking. After nine years we finally got pregnant! - That's when our lives truly changed. My wife was ill one morning and took a positive test. The doctor confirmed the pregnancy and given past problems, we went for a scan. Nervous wasn't the word, all I could think about was the miscarriage nine years early at twelve weeks. So I was massively surprised when told my wife was already five months pregnant! Molly was born by emergency Caesarean. She was leaning on her umbilical cord and her heartbeat kept dropping. Molly was born breach and spread out like a starfish in very little amniotic fluid. Within twenty minutes we were informed by the doctors there were signs of Down Syndrome and as we had turned the test down during pregnancy they were going to test her - Somehow we just knew. A few hours went by and Molly was rushed to ICU. First they thought it was her lungs and she was placed on oxygen until a scan confirmed problems with her heart. Whilst she was fighting for her life, we were visited by the Paediatrician. He proceeded to write my daughters future for her whilst she was still fighting to have one. Telling us not to expect her to walk or talk until she was at least five. This made us determined to prove him wrong. Molly spent five weeks in intensive care, in her first twelve months we had 112 hospital appointments. The big one was at twelve weeks when she had heart surgery. The change was instant, within two days she was fidgety and no longer lifeless. She started feeding properly and breathing much better. She even met the future Queen, Kate Middleton, who was visiting Alder Hey at the time. I took voluntary redundancy becoming main carer for Molly. Determined to prove the doctors wrong we taught Molly ‘Makaton Sign Language’ before she was even one year old and worked so hard to help her walk too. I spent that much time caring for her,

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that I forgot about drinking and past problems - she gave me purpose. After 12 months my wife took voluntary redundancy so I decided to become a support worker for adults with special needs, something I wouldn't have considered previously. Molly’s 2 year check was one of my proudest days. We didn’t take a pram, I carried her to the doctors door and together we walked through it hand in hand, step by step, then she signed ‘hello doctor’. It felt so great to have proved him wrong! We've never really stopped proving how wrong the ‘Sterotype’ is. My daughter has; been on stage in a real theatre and is a member of an inclusive drama group, she has been in mainstream nursery and infant school, she has achieved every goal set for her and more! I have done numerous fundraising events including; sky dives and having my back waxed in public! We have met many great friends along the way. Even her two God Mothers both have Down Syndrome. All we ever wanted was a family and we count ourselves the luckiest people in the world to have Molly. If you ever meet her you will understand why. A5 Mummy and Me Ad.qxp_Layout 1 17/02/2015 00:57 Page 1

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n Sunday 26th March at 1am the clocks will ‘Spring Forward’ an hour. Although it may only seem a small amount of time, it is amazing the difference it can make to the sleep pattern of some children, especially with the lighter nights. Some professionals advise to gradually change your child’s bedtime routine a few weeks before the clock change. A dark room promotes good sleep. Blackout blinds/curtains may be a great investment at this time of year as the nights grow lighter. If your child is afraid of the dark a night light can be useful. Having relaxation time for around an hour before bedtime can reduce the stress and create a calmer environment for more settled children at bedtime.

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Mummy and Me Magazine Founder - Michelle Thompson, used the brand to dress her daughter Bethany’s cotbed. Sharing her thoughts on Tiny Tielle she said; “From the moment the cot bed set arrived the exceptional quality of these products was evident. Beautifully packaged in a natural cotton drawstring bag, the cot bed complete set comprises of; Cot Bed Duvet and duvet cover, Cot Bed Pillow, Oxford pillowcase and Cot Bed Fitted Sheet (to fit mattress size 70 x 140cm). Tielle have taken their most popular 400tc sateen bedlinen and perfectly tailored it to fit a standard cot bed fit for any Prince or Princess.” Michelle added, “The feel of the product is so crisp and fresh with such a luxurious touch, that I literally wanted to clamber into the bed myself! My daughter has slept extremely well since using the Tielle products, I can highly recommend them. At £85 for the complete set, it is excellent value for money too!” With complimentary gift wrapping service this makes a wonderful gift or simply a great addition to you home.

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Annabel Karmel’s Good Fish for Good Friday

Whether it’s for Good Friday (14th April) or any other time, we hope you enjoy these delicious fish recipes from Annabel Karmel.

New Style Fish & Chips - Family

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sunflower oil, for frying 2 eggs beaten FOR DECORATION 1 sliced hard-boiled egg sugar snap peas a sliced radish parsley, to sprinkle

Cod with Butternut Squash - Baby Prep 2 mins, Cook 13 mins, Ideal for 6-12 months

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METHOD Peel the potatoes and boil for 20-25 minutes until soft. Drain and mash. Mix together the ingredients for the fishcakes. Season well. Divide the mixture into four balls, chill if possible for 3-4 hours or overnight. Put the Shredded Wheat into a processor and whiz to fine crumbs. Add the Parmesan and pulse to combine. Dip the fish cakes in the beaten egg then coat in the crumb mixture. Dip in egg once again and coat in the crumb mixture. Put the balls onto a chopping board or tray and make into a fish shape. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a frying pan. Fry the fish cakes for 2 – 3 minutes on both sides until golden brown and the salmon is cooked through. Place the fish cakes on a plate. If you like you can decorate with a slice of boiled egg and pea for the eye, halved sugar snap peas for the mouth, parsley for the fins and sliced radish for the air bubbles. Serve on a sea of peas.

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Primary School Places - Your Rights...

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f you have applied for a Primary School place for September 2017, you will find out about the place you have been offered on the 16th April. For parents applying for the first time, it can be a very anxious time, but what if you don’t get the school of your choice? If you don’t get the school of choice or any of the schools you selected and applied for, you will automatically be allocated a space in a local school. Whilst the school may not have been your preference, it is worth investigating what the school has to offer your child before you rule it out altogether and often parents have been pleasantly surprised. However, if you feel that the school is unsuitable or doesn’t match your child’s requirements, you may choose to appeal the decision. Firstly, it is advisable to contact your local council to find out what school places are available to you. Remember that class sizes are limited. If you feel that the admission criteria hasn’t been followed properly or that the decision to refuse your child a place wasn’t a reasonable one then you may have grounds to appeal. For legal advise you can contact the Education Law Advice Line on 0345 345 4345. The Coram

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Being Sociable in the Schoolyard...

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re you a social butterfly or a shrinking violet when it comes to interacting with other parents? If you’re a full-time working parent, meeting other school yard parents can admittedly be challenging, but do you make an effort to get to know the parents/carers of your child’s classmates?

How much effort you make with other parents can have an impact on the relationships your child has with their classmates. Simple things such as responding promptly to birthday invitations shows other parents you care and wish to make an effort. Social occasions whether for parents or a children’s birthday party, can be a good opportunity for you to meet other parents, particularly those who work during the week but may be able to attend weekend activities. Some schools have social media or whatsapp groups to give parents the opportunity to interact. These are a great way of keeping up-to-date with day to day activities and come in useful when you’re unsure when the next dress-down day is, or what time sports day starts! Having a child home to play or setting up a playdate is also a great way to meet them and their parents/carers. Again, if you’re a working parent you could perhaps drop a note in your child’s schoolbag to be passed to the child’s parents in the same way you would a birthday invitation. Getting your child involved in local activities can also give you the opportunity to meet the parents of their peers. If you work part-time, from home or are a stay-at-home parent, you could arrange regular meet ups? Perhaps a coffee morning somewhere local to school before/after the school drop off or pick up. If you are a working parent, is it possible to switch shifts or finish early once in a while to give you the opportunity to meet others?

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A great way to meet other parents is to join the parent-teacher association (PTA). You may get letters home about their meetings or you could enquire at the school office. You may not get along with every parent you meet, but neither will your child. Many parents find that their children choose like-minded friends who have parents with similar interests to their own. If you try to make an effort with others, they in turn are more likely to do the same for you and your child. So try to attend those birthday parties and school activities - they are beneficial for your child’s friendships and you may just gain some of your own.

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SCHOOL HOLS WITH THE TROOPS!

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s the Easter holidays rapidly approach (where does the term go? Ahem) thoughts in our base camp are already turning to activities to entertain and engage our troopers. But it’s not just about what to do with the troopers in the school holidays. It’s about how to do it. Preparation and Planning Prevent Poor Parental Performance after all. I’m always a bit mystified when people use the term ‘planned like a military operation’ as a form of criticism. A military operation is about moving people and resources from A to B to achieve the specified objective. As a dad with three troopers, I plan every activity like a military operation. And school holidays are no exception. Here’s a few tips from me: Don’t Overstretch the Unit Don’t commit the unit to too many missions. Hyper scheduling makes life difficult - and exhausting - for all of you. It’s not quantity of activity that counts, it’s quality. The most engaging and entertaining thing for all your troopers - even older ones - is your undivided attention. If you are stressed out about transporting troops from one activity to another, then they’re not going to be able to benefit from time with you. Plan your activities beforehand. If you’re staying at home, check out the internet and local papers - you’ll be amazed what’s on nearby (and usually for free). If a big day out (theme park etc.) is planned, then let the next day be a lazy one, spending time together in the house or garden. You’ll need time to relax and recover together. Don’t tell you troopers everything you have planned. Then not only do you not have to deal with disappointments when plans change, but also you’ll have a few surprises up your sleeve. When

planning activities, as in life, it pays to under promise and over deliver. Improvise, Adapt and Overcome Always have a ‘rainy day’ activity or two for when the inevitable happens. One of my favourites is drawing the curtains, getting some popcorn and a film on and having a bit of a ‘matinee’. When my troopers were younger, we’d get suited and booted and go and have competitions about who could jump in the most puddles. Another cracker was building an indoor den with a sheet over the back of the sofa. The key is to join in. The troopers will love it. Transporting - and Entertaining - your Troops. I know it sounds obvious, but once you’ve planned your means of transportation, you need to plan how you are going to entertain your troops. Know your enemy - and the enemy is boredom and frustration. For example, if you’re going to be on a long car journey don’t pack the very noisy toy to entertain your trooper - unless it can be muted - as it will fray your nerves and shorten your flash to bang time. Spotting games are brilliant and require no special equipment. A particularly good one is ‘Mini Cheddar’ where spotting a Mini is 10 points, a yellow car is five points and a yellow Mini (or Mini cheddar) is 25 points. The first one to 100 wins. Save the arguments by allowing one ‘unconfirmed’ sighting (i.e. one that only the spotter can see - normally a Mini cheddar by some strange coincidence). My troopers are now 10, nine and five and we are still playing this game. I actually got the highest score of all time by spotting a cheddar Mini Clubman in Malta, but I’m not big headed about it. Spotting games are also great for all forms of public transport, as are all the songs from our own childhood: The Wheels on the Bus, 10 Men went to Mow, 10 Green Bottles etc.

If you’ve got any other tips, please share them with me – and other dads – on the Commando Dad forums: commandodad.com/forum You can also follow me on Twitter @commandodad


Creative Learning

An Army Marches on its Stomach - a hungry trooper is an unhappy trooper. Take packed lunches, or picnics, even if you are going somewhere where food is on sale. There are multiple reasons for this: - The time spent making a packed lunch is much MUCH shorter than the time you will spend in the queue, waiting to be served food. - I guarantee it. It puts you in control of what your troopers eat. It’s more convenient as you can eat where and when is best for your family unit. - It’s cheaper. Don’t get me wrong, if you have the money to spend, then please spend it as the economy needs it. But when you’re out and about, food, and especially drinks, can work out to be very expensive (especially when you have a lot of troopers, like me). - Take snacks. It’s a universally acknowledged fact that 10 minutes outside the safety of base camp, troopers will be hungry. Embrace this and plan accordingly. Pack snacks that are suitable for eating on the move. Good options are oatcakes, nuts (allergies permitting), carrot sticks and low fat crisps (as a treat). You could make your own trial mix: seeds, chopped dried fruit and nuts, and some chocolate chips mixed in. - The best fruit for snacks is an apple in my experience - bananas and berries get mashed and oranges require you to find a bin to get rid of the peel, and something to wash sticky juice off hands and faces.

Before your child learns to read words, they will be encouraged to tell the story through looking at picture books and describing what they see, what people might be saying and what events are taking place. To encourage this creative learning and to enable your child to grasp this; 1) read plenty of stories together, discussing the pictures and even adding to the story by asking your child questions about what characters might be thinking or how they would feel in that situation and 2) play games gathering random items and trying to tell a story using the items as the adventure unfolds. You can also create your own story books using this method. Younger children can create picture storyboards and older children can enjoy writing their own stories using their fantastic imagination! We love ‘Storycubes’, they are a great investment. A pack of dice featuring various images on each side that encourage you and your child to make up a story until all cubes have been used. Available from all good retailers from £10.

- Make sure you have water, and plenty of it. Get the troopers water bottles that can be refilled. I usually fill them up with squash when we leave base camp, but all refills after that are water. So there’s my top tips, but I’m always looking for new ones to add to the armoury especially as my troops are getting older. So, if you’ve got any tips you could share with me, please let me know.

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