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CONTENTS OCT-NOV 2015 ISSUE

PREGNANCY

5 BUNDLES OF JOY PHOTOGRAPHY 6 NUTRIMUM - Snack Positively in Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

7 SIGNS LABOUR IS ON THE WAY

EARLY YEARS

12-21 ACTIVITY TIMETABLE

Your comprehensive timetable of North West Playgroups and Activities.

22 NEWS FROM THE N. WEST

Toytopia Liverpool & Alder Hey in the Park

DADDY AND ME

38 COMMANDO DAD

BIRTH & BEYOND 23-34 CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

8 - 9 ASK THE EXPERT

35 CREATIVE LEARNING

11 BUSINESS AND BABIES

KARMEL 36-37 ANNABEL Autumn Appetisers

Potty Training Advice

This Month’s Mumpreneur Amy Goodman & Flosselle

Dad’s Role in Pregnancy & Childbirth

Autumn Craft Ideas

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Letter from the Editor Hello lovely readers!

Many thanks for picking up the latest issue of Mummy and Me Magazine, if you like what you read and want to check out future issues then you can pick up the latest issue from your Maternity Hospital, local children’s centre, selected North West Boots, Mothercare, Mamas & Papas, Waitrose, Tesco, Toys R Us, The Entertainer Toy Store, Smyths Toys and many other locations including playgroups, nurseries, NCT events, libraries etc. Don’t forget that you can also view copies online at our website www.mummyandmemagazine.co.uk or via www.issuu.com/mummyandmemag and please do take the time to follow us on social media for updates, information and competitions. This issue, we feature our fabulous Christmas Gift Guide with great ideas for all the family. If you’re planning to start your Christmas Shopping then why not also check out Toytopia: the UK’s only Family Toy Fair which is coming to Liverpool this Half Term. For £5 off your ticket use code TOYTOPIA511 at www.ticketquarter.co.uk

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/mummyandmemagazine Magazine Founder & Director Michelle Thompson Researchers/Critiques Eden, Bethany & Faye Thompson

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Assistant Editor Sue Bennett

Special Needs Consultant Anita Harris

Educational Researcher Danielle Furber

issuu.com/mummyandmemag Artist/Illustrator Ilan Sheady

Creative Learning Consultant Alan Bennett

Creative Designer Neil Bennett

Photographer & Stylist Elanza Butters


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Pregnancy

Let sleeping babies lie

D

erbyshire-based business woman Georgina Humphrey knows a thing or two about newborn babies.

As a professional newborn photographer, working full time from her homely studio in the Hope Valley area of the Peak District, she has had literally hundreds of new babies come through her door. Most are usually no older than three weeks old. She says, “Newborns spend a lot of their time asleep! It’s how I can get those gorgeous curled up sleeping baby photos that parents love.” Georgina has developed a burgeoning reputation for her heart-warming baby portraits. Her aptly named business ‘Bundles of Joy Photography’ is achieving great things; multiple industry awards and growing acclaim from not just parents and their families, but also from her peers and the media. BundlesOfJoy_June15 15:37newborn Page 1 In recent months 29/6/15 Georgina’s

portraits have been prominently featured on the UK’s number one parenting website Mother & Baby. It is publicity like this that is helping to keep the enquiries flooding in. Her client base is growing year on year. Her work is even attracting the attention of celebrity clients who are travelling from London and beyond, specifically having chosen her because of her unique photography style and personal approach. Georgina said, “Many new parents are now choosing to celebrate the birth of their child with professional portraits, taken in those first few weeks. They realise that they just have this one chance before the baby quickly changes and grows. I’m honoured to be able to do what I love; to help them get the beautiful portraits they desire.” For more information visit www.bundlesofjoybygeorgina.co.uk or call 07973 939522.

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Nutrients matter While you are pregnant and breastfeeding, you need to take additional vitamins and nutrients to help nourish your baby, support brain and physical development and contribute to health in later life.1 A third of mums report that they don’t take supplements because they have made them feel ill in the past.2

A simple and tasty alternative nutrimum’s delicious range of cereal bars are specifically designed for pregnant and breastfeeding mums. They are fortified with the vitamins and minerals mums need when pregnant and while breastfeeding but with no compromise on taste. So, whether you are struggling with nausea during pregnancy or grabbing a snack on the go whilst breastfeeding, nutrimum is your convenient go-to solution to meeting some of mum and baby’s specific nutritional needs.

THE POWER OF MATERNAL NUTRITION “Eating well and incorporating specific nutrients during pregnancy and breastfeeding, especially during the 1000 days from conception to toddlerhood, will positively influence the future health of your baby.” LUCY JONES, CONSULTANT DIETITIAN AND NUTRITIONIST

Mummy’s yummy once-a-day, ‘non-pill’ way to get government recommended* nutrients in pregnancy & breastfeeding The nutrimum pregnancy range has been specifically developed to provide 5 important nutrients women need during pregnancy, each cereal bar contains: 400µg folic acid, the recommended daily intake by the UK Department of Health for all women during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, Omega-3 (DHA), vitamin D, iron and iodine.3 The nutrimum breastfeeding range provides continued nutritional support for mum and baby with 10 key nutrients. In addition to those included in the pregnancy range, it also contains: vitamins B1 and biotin (B7) to contribute to normal functioning of the nervous system4,5 and vitamins B2 and B6 to contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue6,7 as well as zinc to contribute to normal functioning of the immune system.8

*Department of Health recommendations: 10μg vitamin D throughout pregnancy and 400μg folic acid during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy only; 10μg vitamin D whilst breastfeeding3 References 1. Early life Nutrition. The Importance of the first 1000 days. Nutricia Reseach. Available here: http://www.nutriciaresearch.com/ early-life-nutrition/thousand-days/. Accessed September 2015. 2. OnePoll. Early nutrition surveys of mothers/ mothers-to-be and healthcare professionals. August 2014. 3. Department of Health. Report on Health and Social Subjects 41. Dietary Reference Values for food energy and nutrients for the United Kingdom. London: The Stationery Office. 1991. 4. EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies. Scientific Opinion on substantiation of health claims related to thiamine. EFSA Journal 2009; 7(9):1222. 5. EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies. Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of health claims related to biotin. EFSA Journal 2009; 7(9):1209. 6. EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies. Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of health claims related to riboflavin (vitamin B2). EFSA Journal 2010;8(10):1814. 7. EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies. Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of health claims related to vitamin B6. EFSA Journal 2010;8(10):1759. 8. EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies. Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of health claims related to zinc. EFSA Journal 2009; 7(9):1229.

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Signs that Labour is on the way...

A

s pregnancy draws to a close, the cervix will begin to soften in preparation for your forthcoming labour and birth. You may also notice various physical signs that labour is starting. It’s important to remember that not every woman experiences the same signs, and that certain signs occur before or during labour varying from woman to woman. Towards the end of your pregnancy, you may begin to feel the sensation that there is pressure building and/or cramps in your pelvic/rectal area. The cramping will feel similar to those you experience when having your monthly menstrual. The position of the baby may also cause lower back pain too. It is not uncommon to notice and increase in acid refux (heartburn). At this stage, there is no need to go to the hospital. If you have appointments with your midwife it may be wise to mention your symptoms to them. Ensure that you get plenty of rest ahead of your body going through labour. Some women experience quick labours whilst others have longer labours, so get plenty of relaxation in the run up to your due date. The period before labour begins can last a matter of hours or even days, particularly if this is your first labour. Look after yourself; eat well and enjoy warm baths. The most common symptom of approaching labour is an increase in the strength and frequency of Braxton Hicks contractions. These are practice contractions which may occur a few times an hour helping to soften the cervix. Aside from the discomfort, one of the main ways to distinguish BH contractions from the real thing is that BH contractions are irregular and fade away. Labour pains occur at regular intervals and gradually become stronger.

Pregnancy

Close to your due date, your midwife will check for engagement of your baby’s head. This is the dropping down of their head into your pelvis and may not occur until the start of labour but can equally happen a few weeks prior to labour starting. You may notice that you have left discomfort in your ribs but an increasing pressure in your pelvic or vaginal area causing you to ‘waddle as you walk’ and perhaps pass urine more frequently. Ensure that you have packed your hospital bag and you may be ‘nesting’ preparing your home for your new addition. If you have any concerns, make sure you consult with your midwife and try not to worry.

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Birth & Beyond

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ASKthe

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Each issue we will be putting YOUR questions to our panel of experts.

This issue, Child Psychologist Aleisha Khan provides tips and advice on how to embark on Potty Training your toddler.

T

he important thing to remember when starting potty training is that children get bladder and bowel control when they are physically ready for it. Every child is different and what works for one child might not necessarily work for another.

may surprise you. It usually takes a little longer to learn to stay dry through the night, so even if your child is becomes dry in the day it may take some time for this to happen at night time too. Most children learn to stay dry through the night between the ages of three and five. But do expect the occasional wetting of the bed.

What is the best age to begin thinking about potty training my toddler?

Most children can control their bowels before their bladders. So a sign that they are on the path to potty training is having wet not soiled nappies through the night. Some children are dry by the age of two, however this is still quite early. By the age of three most children are dry (with the occasionally accident when excited, distressed or too absorbed in an activity). Don’t expect things to happen straight away! Take things slowly and your child

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Parents tend to consider potty training between 18 and 24 months. It is advisable to start potty training when you have a time to dedicate to this with no disruptions i.e. school holidays or annual leave. As this is a whole new learning curve for your child it is also advisable not to make any other changes to their routine at this time. Summer is a good time to start as wet clothes and bedding can be dried on the line and activities can take place outdoors where mess can be dealt with more easily. If you are planning to start during the colder months, try to plan indoor activities were your child will be warm if accidents happen and you can avoid them any discomfort and cold journeys if they have wet or soiled.

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YOUR SAY? ASK THE EXPERT... Send your questions to:

asktheexpert @mummyandmemagazine.co.uk All questions sent to our panel will be published anonymously and any personal information will be treated confidentially. *Always speak to your own midwife or GP for any urgent concerns.


Birth & Beyond How do I know when my child is ready to be potty trained? Signs that your child is ready to potty train: - When they are aware that they have a wet or dirty nappy. - You can tell when they are urinating or pooing through squatting or ‘face pulling’. - They understand when they are passing urine or needing a poo by telling you. - There is at least an hour gap between wetting or soiling. (Potty training may fail if this is more frequent). A child displaying these signs will probably take to potty training much quicker. Be prepared for lots of accidents whilst your child is learning. Don’t make using the potty a battle. If your child is continually wetting themselves they may not have been ready to potty train therefore meaning you can go back to nappies or can keep going (and hear the constant cycling of your washing machine). Make the potty something exciting and interesting. Don’t leave it until potty training for to introduce it. Try leaving the potty around where your child can see it and

get to know what it is. You could perhaps keep it in your bathroom and explain to your child what you are doing when you are using the toilet. Often children become drier if they see an older peer, sibling or adult going to the toilet. We have all seen children mimicking actions and this is just the same! If you have got to know your child’s toilet habits i.e. what time of day they open their bowels, then you can try to pre-empt this by taking their nappy off and encouraging them to try their potty. If your child becomes distressed, don’t force things, simply put their nappy back on and try again another time. Be prepared for the accidents and act calmly upon them. If you make a fuss or shout at the child then they feel anxious and worried when next time and will be less likely to succeed in their potty training. In the end, your child will want to be dry for their own sake. So take a deep breath and be patient!

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I

’m 33 and have 4 amazing children. Daniel 10yrs, Joshua 7 years, Leo 5yrs and Isla 3yrs.

Flosselle was set up in May 2014. I have always has a passion for children’s clothing. When my daughter was born I was excited to be able to shop the girls section. But then felt very deflated with the choice in the shops. I am very close to my Nan Alwyn and at 79 years old and a seamstress all her life she can still predict the latest fashion trends and has a big impact on Flosselle’s designs. She decided to sew a dress for Isla which was not to my taste so I decided to dust off my sewing machine and make Isla a dress. It was a big hit and then I continued to sew clothing for Isla. As a child photographer I took some photos of Isla in my dresses and posted them on facebook. Very quickly I had lots of people asking me if they could have a dress the same.

helping out with the dinners and housework! Flosselle has now evolved and changed. Rather than me sewing each piece I have a manufacturer to make my designs. Also before customers had a lot of choice and had to wait up to 4 weeks for their order now every item is ready made so is dispatched within 24hours. We also now stock our clothing on notonthehighstreet.com and we also stock a boutique ‘Alana’s Baby Corner’ in Hay On Wye. Our Christmas Dress sets are being released very soon and designs are already in place for Spring/Summer and Autumn/ Winter 2016. For more information visit:

www.flosselle.co.uk

I then decided to set up Flosselle. Our vision is to bring stunning fabrics to new designs concepts. To fill your child with joy and happiness. To create clothing that attracts and puts a smile on your face and ultimately to give your little girl sparkling memories filled with laughter. Very quickly I was inundated with orders and had to close my order books. This kept happening, so I entered a competition in association with Annabel Karmel, Prima Baby and Pregnancy Magazine, Made For Mums website and Amazon. I was an incredible shocked when I got the call to say I had been crowned Britain’s Ultimate Mumpreneur. As a very busy mum I often get up early and work before the children wake up and stay up and work late into the evening. It is very time consuming but I love it and I also have an excellent husband who despite working long hours himself is great at

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ACTIVITY TIMETABLE

Tuesday

Monday

Cheshire

Oakenclough Children's  Centre

SK9 2PZ

01625 374  180

Styal team Appointment  Only

Baby Blossom

Oakenclough Children's  Centre

SK9 2PZ

01625 374  180

For Under  1's

Toddler Café

Lymm United  Reformed  Church, Brookfield  Road,  Lymm

WA3 0QL

07802 921  891

Call for  details

Well Baby  Clinic

Oakenclough Children's  Centre

SK9 2PZ

01625 374  180

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Parent &  Toddler  Group

The Salvation  Army,  Academy  St, Warrington

Last Admittance 10:50am

WA1 2BQ

01925 415  000

Term Time  Only

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

St.John's Toddler  Group

St.John's URC  Church,  Warrington

WA4 6QE

07591 621  050

Call Emma  for  info

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

New Parents  Group

Knutsford Children's  Centre

WA16 8DB

01625 374  904

Call for  details

11:00am -­‐  11:30am

Story Time

Bramhall Library

SK7 2DU

0161 217  6009

Drop-­‐In

11:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Baby Blossom

Oakenclough Children's  Centre

SK9 2PZ

01625 374  180

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13:30pm -­‐  14:30pm

Sensory Stars

Oakenclough Children's  Centre

SK9 2PZ

01625 374  180

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01625 374  904

Inc; healthy  snack,   songs  &  play  time

M32 9AN

0161 912  5020

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07786 864  588

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SK11 7TD

01625 374  484

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09:30am -­‐  11:00am

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09:30am -­‐  11:00am

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09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Stay and  Play

Knutsford Children's  Centre Stretford  Children's  Centre Poplar  Road,  Manchester Croft  Youth  Activity  Centre, Smithy  Lane Ash  Grove  Children's  Centre St.Georg's  Baptist  Church

SK11 6TG

01625 427  404

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Bridgetots at  Hillcliffe

Hillcliffe Baptist  Church, 12  Red  Ln,  Appleton,  Warrington

WA4 5AD

01925 860  630

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09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Lavender Group  with  H.Visitor

Knutsford Children's  Centre

WA16 8DB

01625 374  904

For Mums  with   Post-­‐Natal  Issues

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Stay and  Play  (0-­‐5  years)

Christ Church,  Lostock  Road

M41 0TD

0161 912  3274

£2 per  family

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Baby Blossom

SK12 1NW

01625 383  090

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10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Incey Wincey  Baby  &  Toddler Group

Poyton Children's  Centre (Vernon  Primary  School) Lymm  Baptist  Church,  Higher  Ln

WA13 0AZ

07967 481  808

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10:15am -­‐  10:45am

Rhymetime (0-­‐5  years)

Hale Library,  Leigh  Road

WA15 9BG

0161 912  5821

11:00am -­‐  11:30am

Rhyme Time

Macclesfield Library

SK10 1EE

01625 374  000

Under 5's  -­‐  FREE

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Baby &  Me

Poyton Children's  Centre (Vernon  Primary  School)

SK12 1NW

01625 383  090

Call to  Book

09:15am -­‐  11:00am

Breastfeeding Support  Group

Partington Children's  Centre

M31 4FL

0161 912  2122

Free

09:15am -­‐  11:00am

Tiny Tots  Time

Ash Grove  Children's  Centre

SK11 7TD

01625 374  484

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10:00am -­‐  11:45am

Cheshire Buddies Disabled  Child  Parent  Group

Knutsford Children's  Centre

WA16 8DB

01625 374  904

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10:30am -­‐  12:00pm

Cherubs Breastfeeding  Support

Oakenclough Children's  Centre

SK9 2PZ

01625 374  180

13:15pm -­‐  15:15pm

Childminders Drop-­‐In

Partington Children's  Centre

M31 4FL

0161 912  2122

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13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Young Parents  Group (Under  23  years)

Knutsford Children's  Centre

WA16 8DB

01625 374  904

Term Time  Only

09:00am -­‐  10:30am

Cale Green  Baby  & Toddler  Group

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09:00am -­‐  10:30am

Stay and  Play

Ladybridge Park  Primary  School

10:00am -­‐  11:00am

Little Lambs  -­‐  Baby  &  Toddler

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10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Stay &  Play  (0-­‐5  years)

Oakenclough Children's  Centre

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Stay &  Play  (0-­‐5  years)

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13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Baby &  Me

Oakenclough Children's  Centre

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Tiny Tots (birth  to  walking)

Knutsford Children's  Centre

13:45pm -­‐  15:00pm

Stay and  Play  (0-­‐5  years)

St.Mary's Church,  Urmston

Pop Tots  Stay  &  Play (0-­‐5  years) Wriggles  &  Jiggles (0-­‐18  months)

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10:15am -­‐  10:45am

Rhymetime (0-­‐5  years)

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

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M32 9AN

0161 912  5020

SK3 8QW

0161 474  5043

Hale Library,  Leigh  Road

WA15 9BG

0161 912  5821

Baby Club  (0-­‐18  months)

Urmston Library,  Golden  Way

M41 0NA

0161 912  2122

Wriggles &  Jiggles (18  months+)

Abacus Adswood   Children's  Centre

SK3 8QW

0161 474  5043

Term Time  Only

Cherubs Breastfeeding  Support

Knutsford Children's  Centre

WA16 8DB

01625 374  904

Brunch Provided Siblings  Welcome

SK3 8QW

0161 474  5043

Drop-­‐In

M32 9AN

0161 912  5020

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Term Time  Only

£2 per  family

13:00pm -­‐  15:00pm

Little Stars  (S.E.N  Children)

Ash Grove  Children's  Centre

SK11 7TD

01625 374  484

Call for  details

13:45pm -­‐  14:45pm

Fun and  Sign  (0-­‐4  years)

Oakenclough Children's  Centre

SK9 2PZ

01625 374  180

Call for  details

09:15am -­‐  10:45am

Stay and  Play

CH4 8HX

01244 977  791

Call for  details

09:30am -­‐  10:45am

Cheshire Ice  Cream  Farm Toddler  Morning

Lache and  Handbridge Children's  Centre Newton  Lane

CH3 9NE

01829 770  995

£2 Term  Time

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Bickerton Toddler  Group

Bickerton Village  Hall,  Malpas

SY14 8AU

09:45am -­‐  11:45am

Twins and  Multiples

Blacon Children's  Centre

CH1 5DB

01244 976  225

Drop-­‐In

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Little Fishes  Toddler  Group

Burley Memorial  Hall, Village  Road,  Waverton

CH3 7QN

01244 336  683

Call Jules  for  info

11:15am -­‐  11:45am

Under 5's  Story  Time

Chester Library,  Northgate  Street

CH1

01244 976  220

Drop-­‐In

12:45pm -­‐  14:45pm

Arts and  Crafts

Elton Community  Centre

CH2

0151 338  2227

Creche Provided

13:15pm -­‐  14:45pm

Stay and  Play

Chester Victoria  Children's  Centre

CH1 4BR

01244 976  220

Drop-­‐In

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

01244 977  791

Call for  details

10:15am -­‐  10:45am

Rhyme Time

Chester Library,  Northgate  Street

CH1 2EF

01244 977  380

Call for  details

CH4 8HX

01244 977  791

Drop-­‐In

CH2 2LB

01244 976  100

University of Chester  Campus

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

Breastfeeding Support  Group

13:00pm -­‐  14:30pm

Stay and  Play

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Stay &  Play

Blacon Children's  Centre

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Dodleston Baby  &  Toddler

Dodleston Village  Hall

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm

NCT Bumps  &  Babies

Caffe Nero,  Foregate  St

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Play Tots

Holy Trinity  Church,  Blacon

CH1 5DB

01244 976  225

CH4 9NT

£2 No need  to  be  an NCT  Member

CH1 1HA CH1

Call for  details

01244 976  225

Drop-­‐In

M

Thursday

11:30am -­‐  13:00pm

£2

Wednesday

Breastfeeding Support  Group

Chester

13:00pm -­‐  15:00pm

Tuesday

BIBS Breastfeeding  Group

Monday

12:30pm -­‐  14:30pm

Friday

11:00am -­‐  12:30pm

SK12 1NW

ACTIVITY TIMETABLE

10:30am -­‐  12:00pm

(Vernon Primary  School)

Cheshire

Stay &  Play  (0-­‐5  years)

Thursday

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

T W T F


Friday

Chester

09:30am -­‐  10:45am

Cheshire Ice  Cream  Farm Toddler  Morning

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Rhyme Time

St.Thomas Church  Hall

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Chester SANDS

Chester Rural  Children's  Centre Elton  Primary  School

09:30am -­‐  10:00am

St Werburghs  Sensory  Play

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

01829 770  995

£2 Term  Time

07789 867  589

Call Julia  for  info

CH2 4LT

0151 338  2227

3rd Fri  of  Month

Park Grove

CH41 2TD

0151 647  8404

Call for  details

Little Angels  0-­‐5  years Tea,  Toast  and  Play

West Kirby  Methodist  Church

CH48 4DQ

0151 625  3224

Donation

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Messy Play  (0-­‐5  years)

Cathcart Children's  Centre

CH41 3JY

0151 647  4445

Drop-­‐In

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Tea &  Toast  Play  Group

Greasby Children's  Centre

CH49 3AT

0151 677  5037

Drop-­‐In

Breastfeeding Group

Eastham Children's  Centre Millfields  Primary  School

CH62 9EB

0151 327  3174

Drop-­‐In

Parents and  Tots  Group

Marlowe Road  URC,  Wallasey

CH44 3BU

0151 630  4716

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Stay and  Play

Brightside Community  Centre Mount  Pleasant  Road

Come Along, All  Welcome

CH45 5HU

0151 630  2731

£1 per  session

09:30am -­‐  12:00pm

Childminders Drop-­‐In

Pensby Children's  Centre

CH61 8SD

0151 666  4819

Drop-­‐In

10:00am -­‐  10:45am

Story Rhyme  Time  (0-­‐5yrs)

Lady Lever  Art  Gallery, Port  Sunlight

CH62 5EQ

0151 478  4136

Drop-­‐In

10:30am -­‐  12:00pm

Breastfeeding Group

Pensby Children's  Centre

CH61 8SD

0151 666  4819

Ran by  H  Visitor

11:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Wallabies at  Wallasey  Library

Wallasey Library

CH45 5DX

0151 639  2334

13:00pm -­‐  13:45pm

Rhythm Time   (under  4  months)

Greasby Children's  Centre

CH49 3AT

0151 677  5037

CH48 6DR

0151 625  3892

CH41 8DA

0151 652  1916

Call for  details

Monday

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

E.Port & Wirral Tuesday

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

13:00pm -­‐  16:00pm

Sing &  Sign

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Discovery Play

13:45pm -­‐  14:30pm

Rhythm Time (4-­‐14  months)

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

T F

Wednesday

W

Suitable for Under  5's  -­‐  FREE Provider  Charge Call  for  Details Provider  Charge Call  for  Details

Greasby Children's  Centre

CH49 3AT

0151 677  5037

Baby Discovery  (0-­‐8m)

Rock Ferry  Children's  Centre

CH42 2BL

0151 652  1916

£1 entrance  fee

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Cheeky Monkeys (0-­‐3  years)

St Catherine's,  Tranmere

CH42 0LQ

0151 652  7379

£1

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

New Mums  (up  to  12  weeks)

Pensby Children's  Centre

CH61 8SD

0151 666  4819

Call to  Book

Tea and  Toast (0-­‐5  years  play  session) Makaton  Beginners  Workshop For  Parent/Carers

West Kirby  Children's  Centre Black  Horse  Hill  Infants  School West  Kirby  Children's  Centre Black  Horse  Hill  Infants  School Eastham  Children's  Centre Millfields  Primary  School

CH48 6DR

0151 625  3892

Drop-­‐In

CH48 6DR

0151 625  3892

Call to  Book

CH62 9EB

0151 327  3174

Drop-­‐In

Pensby Children's  Centre

CH61 8SD

0151 666  4819

With Wirral   Autistic  Society

13:00pm -­‐  15:00pm

T

West Kirby  Children's  Centre Black  Horse  Hill  Infants  School Brassey  Gardens Children's  Centre

CH3 9NE

Provider Charge Call  for  Details

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

M

Newton Lane

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Discovery Play  (0-­‐2  years)

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Rainbows Group  & Sensory  Room

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Stay &  Play  (0-­‐12m)

Rock Ferry  Children's  Centre

CH42 2BL

0151 644  5500

£1 entrance  fee

14:00pm -­‐  15:30pm

Neomates (2nd  Tue  of  Month) Families  with  neonatal  exp

Bromborough Children's  Centre

CH62 7BW

0151 334  1381

Drop-­‐In

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Messy Play  (0-­‐5  years)

Prenton Children's  Centre

CH43 0SN

0151 608  7253

Drop-­‐In

CH41 8DA

0151 652  1916

Support &  Advice

CH41 8DA

0151 652  1916

Cuppa &  Play

CH62 9DG

0151 327  3722

50p a  session

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Breastfeeding Support  Group

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Tea &  Toast  Play  Group

13:00pm -­‐  14:30pm

Dinkies Messy  Play

Brassey Gardens Children's  Centre Brassey  Gardens Children's  Centre St.David's  Church,  Eastham

13:00pm -­‐  15:00pm

Parents To  Be

Hoylake Community  Centre

CH47 3AG

0151 652  1916

13:00pm -­‐  15:00pm

Poppies (Infant Loss  Support  Group)

Brassey Gardens Children's  Centre

Call West  Kirby  CC   To  Book  a  Place

CH41 8DA

0151 652  1916

Drop-­‐In

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Messy Play  (0-­‐5  years)

Bromborough Children's  Centre

CH62 7BW

0151 334  1381

Drop-­‐In

Birthlight Yoga

West Kirby  Children's  Centre Black  Horse  Hill  Infants  School

0151 625  3892

Provider Charge Call  for  Details

16:30pm -­‐  17:45pm

CH48 6DR


West Kirby  Children's  Centre Black  Horse  Hill  Infants  School

CH48 6DR

0151 625  3892

Provider Charge Call  for  Details

09:30am -­‐  10:00am

Baby Bounce  &  Rhyme

Greasby Library

CH49 3AT

0151 606  2665

Term Time  Only

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Childminders Drop-­‐In

Greasby Children's  Centre

CH49 3AT

0151 677  5037

Drop-­‐In

10:00am -­‐  11:00am

Kid's Church

St Barnabas,  Bromborough

0151 334  4155

0-­‐5 years

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Jireh Church  Toddler  Group

Jireh Church,  Bebington

CH63 2JH

0151 608  7799

Drop-­‐In

Little Stars  (0-­‐5  years)

Wallasey Village  URC

CH45 3LP

07581 071  979

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Tea and  Toast  (0-­‐5  years)

Pensby Children's  Centre

CH61 8SD

0151 666  4819

Drop-­‐In

10:30am -­‐  12:00pm

F.A.B (Friendship &  Babies)

Heswall United  Reformed  Church

CH60 7SE

0151 342  8522

1.5

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Discovery Play

Cathcart Children's  Centre

CH41 3JY

0151 647  4445

Call for  details

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Stay &  Play  (12m+)

Rock Ferry  Children's  Centre

CH42 2BL

0151 652  1916

£1 entrance  fee

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Twins Group

Bromborough Children's  Centre

CH62 7BW

0151 334  1381

Drop-­‐In

09:15am -­‐  11:00am

Little Fishes  Playgroup

Hebron Evangelical  Church

CH45 4JL

0151 923  2513

Call Liz  for  Info

CH63 2LW

0151 644  6288

£1.50

CH60 0AF

0151 342  2614

£2 per  session

Higher Bebington Methodist  Church Heswall  Hall  Community  Trust Heswall  Hall,  111  Telegraph  Rd

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Hester Hedgehog  Active  Tots

10:00am -­‐  11:00am

Bumps to  Babies

Hoylake Community  Centre

CH47 3AG

0151 625  3892

Up to  12  months

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Action Tots

Oasis Church  Centre,  Wallasey

CH44 4EU

0151 638  4475

1.5

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Farm Tots  (0-­‐5  years)

Tam O'Shanter  Urban  Farm

CH43 7PD

0151 653  9332

£1 per  child

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Rainbow Group

Brassey Gardens Children's  Centre

CH41 8DA

0151 652  1916

With Wirral   Autistic  Society

12:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Childminders Drop-­‐In

Pensby Children's  Centre

CH61 8SD

0151 666  4819

Drop-­‐In

Messy Play  (0-­‐5  years)

New Ferry  Children's  Centre Grove  Street  Primary  School

CH62 5BA

0151 645  1703

Drop-­‐In

Museum of  Liverpool

L3 1DG

0151 478  4545

Church &  Mossley  Hill Children's  Centre

Collect ticket  at Welcome  Desk

L18 1JX

0151 233  6868

Drop In

L19 4XR

0151 281  9716

Call to  Book Your  Place

L14 8XG

0151 296  7960

Drop-­‐In

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm All  Day  30min  Slots 09:30am  -­‐  11:00am 09:30am  -­‐  11:00am 09:30am  -­‐  11:15am

Little Liverpool  Activities  for Under  7's BAMBIS  Bosom  Buddies Breastfeeding  Support  Group Bridgetots  Playgroup (0-­‐4  years) Stay  and  Play  (0-­‐5  years)

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

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Mother &  Toddler  Group

L17 2AE

07584 575  604

Call Ian  for  info. £2  Per  Child

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Parent &  Toddler  Group

Old Police  Station,  Lark  Lane

L17 8UU

0151 728  7884

£2.50

09:45am -­‐  11:00am

Stay &  Play  (18m  -­‐  4yrs)

L8 9UB

0151 233  4930

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  11:15am

Big Art  Parent  &  Toddler Books,  Puppets,  Dress  Up,  Art

Dingle Lane  Children's  Centre Matthew  Arnold  Primary  School Walker  Art  Gallery,  City  Centre

L3 8EL

0151 478  4788

FREE -­‐  Collect   Ticket  at  Desk

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Toddler Time  (0-­‐2  years)

Tuebrook Children's  Centre

L6 4BX

0151 233  3830

Drop In

10:30am -­‐  11:30am 13:00pm  -­‐  14:30pm 13:00pm  -­‐  15:00pm 13:30pm  -­‐  14:30pm

Moovers &  Groovers (18mths  -­‐  4  years) Bridgetots  Playgroup (0-­‐4  years) BAMBIS  Breastfeeding   Support Toss  and  Tumble Physical  activities  18m+

Garston Lifestyles

L19 6PE

0151 233  5433

Drop In

Bridge Chapel,  Heath  Rd

L19 4XR

0151 281  9716

Call to  Book Your  Place

West Derby  Children's  Centre

L12 9EY

0151 233  6202

Drop In

Tuebrook Children's  Centre

L6 4BX

0151 233  3830

Drop In

L19 9AD

enquiries@big youlittleyou.com

Contact for  info

14:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Little Yogis  (Toddler  Yoga)

Big You,  Little  You 75  Garston  Old  Rd

All Day  30min  Slots

Little Liverpool  Activities  for Under  7's

Museum of  Liverpool

L3 1DG

0151 478  4545

09:00am -­‐  11:00am

NCT Coffee  Morning

Junction Coffee,  Aigburth  Rd

L17 0BJ

0844 243  6191

Collect ticket  at Welcome  Desk Free  Toast  when Hot  Drink  Bought

Monday

Carers &  Tots

Friday

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

ACTIVITY TIMETABLE

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Call Christine  for More  Information

E.Port & Wirral

Birthlight Yoga

Thursday

16:30pm -­‐  17:45pm

M T W T F


E.Port & Wirral

Tuesday

Under 7's

Welcome Desk Free  Toast  when Hot  Drink  Bought

ACTIVITY TIMETABLE

09:00am -­‐  11:00am

NCT Coffee  Morning

Junction Coffee,  Aigburth  Rd

L17 0BJ

0844 243  6191

09:00am -­‐  11:30am

FAZ Tots

Fazakerley Primary  School

L10 7LD

0151 474  3060

Call for  info

09:30am -­‐  10:15am

Jumping Jacks  (12mths+)

Church &  Mossley  Hill Children's  Centre

L18 1JX

0151 233  6868

Provider Charge Term  Time  Only

09:30am -­‐  10:45am

Stay &  Play  (0-­‐5  years)

Picton Children's  Centre

L7 6HD

0151 233  1200

Call for  details

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Grandparents Group

West Derby  Children's  Centre

L12 9EY

0151 233  6202

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Tots &  Co  Playgroup (0-­‐4  years)

Allerton United  Reformed  Church

L18 7HD

07923 541  491

£1 per  family

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

WAM Toddler  group

Wellington Avenue  Methodist

L15 4LE

0151 733  4495

£2.00

10:00am -­‐  11:00am

Boogie Babes (Music  &  Dance  for  18m-­‐4yrs)

Dingle Lane  Children's  Centre Matthew  Arnold  Primary  School Childwall  &  Woolton  CC at  Simon  Peter  Centre,  Woolton

L8 9UB

0151 233  4930

Term Time  Only

L25 5JF

0151 233  5733

Term Time  Only

Wavertree Children's  Centre

L15 4LE

0151 233  6870

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  11:00am

Story Time

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm

BAMBIS Breastfeeding   Support  Group  for  Mums

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Little Fishes  Playgroup

Elm Hall  Drive  Methodist  Church

L18 1LF

0151 734  4540

£2.00

10:15am -­‐  11:15am

Story &  Rhyme  Time (0-­‐4  years)

Allerton Library

L18 6HG

0151 233  3069

FREE -­‐  Drop  In

Story Time

Fazakerley Library

L10 7LQ

0151 233  3069

Drop-­‐In

Little Explorers (Under  1's) Terrific  Twos (18m  -­‐  3  years)

Childwall &  Woolton Children's  Centre

L16 4PQ

0151 233  5733

Drop In

West Derby  Children's  Centre

L12 9EY

0151 233  6202

Drop In

L16 4PQ

0151 233  5733

Drop In

L18 8DB

0151 724  6391

£1 Term Time  Only

L6 7UA

0151 259  4831

50p donation

L19 8JZ

0151 233  6868

Call to  Book

L8 9UB

0151 233  4930

Term Time  Only

L19 8JZ

0151 233  6868

Book from  Wed

Museum of  Liverpool

L3 1DG

0151 478  4545

St Michael  in  the  Hamlet Church  Hall,  Aigburth

L17 7BD

07950 147  565  /   07786  372  750

Collect ticket  at Welcome  Desk £1  per  family. Tea  &  Toast

10:15am -­‐  11:15am 10:30am  -­‐  12:00pm 13:00pm  -­‐  14:30pm 13:00pm  -­‐  15:00pm

Bambis Stay  &  Play

13:30pm -­‐  14:45pm

Come And  Meet  Each  Other (CAMEO)  Playgroup

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

Newsham Park  Playgroup

Newsham Park  Chapel,  Sheil  Rd

Health Visitor  Weigh  &  Advice Clinic  -­‐  MUST  BOOK Story  and  Rhyme  Time (0-­‐4  years)

Garston Children's  Centre Banks  Road Dingle  Lane  Children's  Centre Matthew  Arnold  Primary  School Garston  Children's  Centre Banks  Road

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

Edible Explorers  (6mths-­‐5yrs)

All Day  30min  Slots

Little Liverpool  Activities  for Under  7's

09:15am -­‐  11:30am

ABC Play  Group

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Stay and  Play

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

M

10:00am -­‐  11:00am

Story Explorers

West Derby  Children's  Centre

L12 9EY

0151 233  6202

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Play and  Learn

St Bede's  Church  Hall, Hartington  Road

L8 0SQ

T

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Childminders 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 1st  Child £1  per  add  child

Frontline Church,  Wavertree

L15 0FH

0151 733  3373

£3.50 per  family

Garston Library,  Bowden  Rd

L19 1QN

0151 233  6868

Drop-­‐In Term Time  Only FREE  -­‐  Drop  In

W T F

Wednesday

14:00pm -­‐  15:00pm

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

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

0-­‐3 years  all   welcome

10:30am -­‐  11:30am

Words &  Pictures

Halewood Library

L26 0TS

0151 486  4442

11:30am -­‐  12:00pm

Once Upon  a  Story  Time (0-­‐18m)

Garston Library,  Bowden  Rd

L19 1QN

0151 233  6868

Mission Play  Group

105 Greenwich  Road

L9 0JJ

0151 233  3705

NCT Bumps  &  Babies

Big You,  Little  You

L19 9AD

07790 729  004

13:00pm -­‐  15:00pm 13:00pm  -­‐  15:00pm

Drop In

Drop-­‐In Term Time  Only Donation Term  Time  Only Call  Michelle  for  


13:00pm -­‐  15:00pm

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

105 Greenwich  Road

L9 0JJ

0151 233  3705

Big You,  Little  You 75  Garston  Old  Rd

L19 9AD

07790 729  004

Dingle Lane  Children's  Centre

L8 9UB

0151 233  4930

1st Wed  of  Month

Banks Road  Methodist  Church

L19 8HZ

0151 233  6868

Term Time  Only

L18 1JX

0151 233  6868

Drop In

L16 4PQ

0151 233  5733

Drop In

L12 9EY

0151 233  6202

Drop In

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Stay &  Play Stepping  Stones Weaning  Advice Tots  &  Co  Playgroup (0-­‐4  years)

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm 13:30pm  -­‐  15:00pm 16:00pm  -­‐  17:00pm

09:30am -­‐  10:30am

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

Allerton United  Reformed  Church

L18 7HD

07923 541  491

Calderstones Mansion Calderstones  Park

£1 per  family. Tea  &  Toast

L18 3JD

0151 233  2008

£2 Donation

Museum of  Liverpool

L3 1DG

0151 478  4545

Church &  Mossley  Hill Children's  Centre

L18 1JX

0151 233  6868

Bridge Chapel,  Heath  Rd

L19 4XR

0151 281  9716

Church of  St  Anne,  Aigburth  Rd

L17

Bookworms (0-­‐3  years) Little  Liverpool  Activities  for Under  7's Sing-­‐Along-­‐A-­‐Tots (6mths  -­‐  5years) Bridgetots  Playgroup (0-­‐4  years) St.  Anne's  Stars S.A.S  Mums  &  Tots  (0-­‐4  yrs) Terrific  Two's  Play  Time (1-­‐2  years)

Garston Children's  Centre Banks  Road The  Salvation  Army,  Cavendish  Rd Walton

Collect ticket  at Welcome  Desk Provider  Charge Call  for  Details Call  to  Book Your  Place £1  per  family

L19 8JZ

0151 233  6868

Drop In

L9 1HQ

0151 525  4785

Call for  info

09:30am -­‐  11:15am

Playbox Mums  &  Tots

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Garston Park  Church  Tots

Island Road,  Garston  Park

L19 1QL

07720 315  840

Term Time  Only

Messy Play (0-­‐5  years) Stay  &  Play  Drop  In (6-­‐18  months)

St Clare's  Parish  Centre, Rutland  Avenue

L17 2AE

07584 575  604

Call Ian  for  info. £3  per  child

Dingle Lane  Children's  Centre

L8 9UB

0151 233  4930

Drop In

L8 8AN

0151 709  1907

Childwall &  Woolton Children's  Centre

L16 4PQ

0151 233  5733

Frontline Church,  Wavertree

L15 0FH

0151 733  3373

£3.50 per  family

Story Time  at  Lee  Valley

Lee Valley  Library

L25 2RF

0151 233  3069

Drop-­‐In

Hub Mums  &  Tots

Hub361, Aigburth  Rd (Corner  of  Woodlands  Rd)

L17 0BP

Frontline Church,  Wavertree

L15 0FH

0151 733  3373

£3.50 per  family

St.Peter's Church,  Woolton

L25 5JF

0151 428  6810

£1 Term Time  Only

09:30am -­‐  11:30am 09:45am  -­‐  11:00am 09:45am  -­‐  11:15am

Down Syndrome  Support   Group Sticky  Fingers Craft,  Toys,  Games  &  Songs

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10:00am -­‐  12:00pm

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

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

Toxteth and Tabernacle Parent Child Group

Tab Tots

Sticky Fingers Craft,  Toys,  Games  &  Songs MINNOWS  Playgroup (0  -­‐  4  years)

Enjoy a FREE local session at

Parents and  Toddlers

Dovedale Baptist  Church

L18 1DW

0151 733  4791

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Tiny Tots  Playtime (1-­‐2  years)

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Church &  Mossley  Hill Children's  Centre

L18 1JX

0151 233  6868

Babies and Toddlers LOVE Caterpillar Music For more information or to book your FREE trial contact Emma

Call 0151 203 8280

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£1 Term Time  Only Last  Thur  of   Month

FREE Drop  In

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Fun music making amazing puppets Songs, games & instruments for all to enjoy Birthday Parties and Nursery Sessions also available.

Thursday

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

West Derby  Children's  Centre

ACTIVITY TIMETABLE

All Day  30min  Slots

Church &  Mossley  Hill Children's  Centre Childwall  &  Woolton Children's  Centre

Term Time  Only Call  Michelle  for   info

Liverpool

13:00pm -­‐  15:00pm

Mission Play  Group NCT  Bumps  &  Babies (All  Welcome  Pregnant  -­‐  12m) Additional  Needs  Support   Group Banks  Road  Buddies Stay  &  Play  (0-­‐4  years) Diddy  Dots  Play  Session (0-­‐1  years)

Drop In

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(6-­‐18 months) 09:45am  -­‐  11:15am 10:00am  -­‐  12:00pm 10:00am  -­‐  12:00pm

Thursday

10:30am -­‐  11:30am 11:00am  -­‐  12:00pm 13:00pm  -­‐  15:00pm 13:30pm  -­‐  15:00pm

L16 4PQ

0151 233  5733

Frontline Church,  Wavertree

L15 0FH

0151 733  3373

£3.50 per  family

Story Time  at  Lee  Valley

Lee Valley  Library

L25 2RF

0151 233  3069

Drop-­‐In

Hub Mums  &  Tots

Hub361, Aigburth  Rd (Corner  of  Woodlands  Rd)

L17 0BP

Frontline Church,  Wavertree

L15 0FH

0151 733  3373

£3.50 per  family

St.Peter's Church,  Woolton

L25 5JF

0151 428  6810

£1 Term Time  Only

Sticky Fingers Craft,  Toys,  Games  &  Songs MINNOWS  Playgroup (0  -­‐  4  years)

FREE Drop  In

L18 1DW

0151 733  4791

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

L18 1JX

0151 233  6868

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  10:30am 09:45am  -­‐  11:00am

Little Liverpool  Activities  for Under  7's Health  Visitor  Drop   In  Baby  Club

Museum of  Liverpool

L3 1DG

0151 478  4545

Dingle Lane  Children's  Centre Matthew  Arnold  Primary  School

Collect ticket  at Welcome  Desk

L8 9UB

0151 233  4930

Advice &  Support

Story &  Rhyme  Time

Toxteth Library,  Windsor  Street

L8 1XF

0151 233  3069

FREE -­‐  Drop  In

L8 9UB

0151 233  4930

Drop In

Bambis Feeding  Group

Dingle Lane  Children's  Centre

Babies 1st  Story  and  Rhyme (0-­‐18months) Tiny  Reads  (under  5's) Stories,  Songs  &  Craft BAMBIS  Bosom  Buddies Breastfeeding  Support  Group

Church &  Mossley  Hill Children's  Centre Calderstones  Mansion Calderstones  Park Garston  Children's  Centre Banks  Road

L18 1JX

0151 233  6868

Call to  Book

L18 3JD

0151 233  2008

£2 Donation MUST  BOOK

L19 8JZ

0151 233  6868

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Baby Club

Wavertree Children's  Centre

L15 4LE

0151 233  6870

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm

City Tots  (0  -­‐  5  years)

2 Blackburne  Place,  City  Centre

L8 7PE

0151 703  1870

FREE -­‐  Drop  In

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Parent and  Child  Group

Unitarian Church,  Ullet  Road

L17 2AA

0151 733  1927

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Sticky Fingers Craft,  Toys,  Games  &  Songs

Frontline Church,  Wavertree

L15 0FH

0151 733  3373

£3.50 per  family

L8 0TP

0151 233  1200

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

Monday

Childwall &  Woolton Children's  Centre

Church &  Mossley  Hill Children's  Centre

11:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Rhyme Time

Greenhouse Project,  Lodge  Lane

12:15pm -­‐  13:00pm

Little Fishes  Swimming  Fun (8wks  -­‐  2  years)

Garston CC  at  Springwood  Heath Primary  School Greenbank  Sports  Academy Greenbank  Lane,  Liverpool

12:30pm -­‐  14:30pm

Parent and  Toddler  Group

13:00pm -­‐  14:30pm

Me Time  -­‐  Parent  Support  for   those  with  S.E.N

Call for  info Call  Mon  to  Book Term  Time  Only £2.50  1st  child,   £1  per  add  child

L19 4TL

0151 233  6868

L17 1AG

0151 280  7757

Tuebrook Children's  Centre

L6 4BX

0151 233  3830

Drop In

13:30pm -­‐  14:45pm

Stay &  Play  (0-­‐5  years)

Picton Children's  Centre

L7 6HD

0151 233  1200

Drop In

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Drop In  Play  Session  for   Children  with  SEN/Disabilities

Church &  Mossley  Hill Children's  Centre

L18 1JX

0151 233  5399

Drop-­‐In

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Little Learners (1-­‐3  year  old  development)

Thatto Heath  Children's  Centre

WA9 5QT

01744 678  373

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Mother &  Toddler  Group

Hollies Hall,  Halewood

L26 0TH

0151 487  7418

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Childminder Drop  In  Group

Haydock Children's  Centre

WA11 0ER

01744 678  334

Drop In

Newton Children's  Centre

WA12 9PZ

01744 672  036

Call for  Info

L36 1XH

0151 443  5301

Drop In

L26 1TT

0151 443  2191

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

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

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Down Syndrome  Support   Group Sticky  Fingers Craft,  Toys,  Games  &  Songs

Dovedale Baptist  Church

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm

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0151 709  1907

Tiny Tots  Playtime (1-­‐2  years)

09:00am -­‐  11:45am

Friday

ACTIVITY TIMETABLE

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L8 8AN

Parents and  Toddlers

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

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Toxteth Tabernacle

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

All Day  30min  slots

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£1 Term Time  Only Last  Thur  of   Month

Tab Tots

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm 12:30pm  -­‐  13:30pm

Little Learners (1-­‐3  year  old  development) Bosom  Buddies Breastfeeding  Support  Group Bosom  Buddies Breastfeeding  Support  Group

Hilltop Children's  Centre Bedford  Close,  Huyton Oak  Tree  Children's  Centre Lichfield  Road,  Halewood

Childminders Group

Sutton Children's  Centre

WA9 3PY

01744 822  160

Drop In

Parr Children's  Centre

WA9 2AP

01744 671  788

Drop In

Fourways Children's  Centre

WA9 4QB

01744 673  444

Call for  Info

Coffee Morning  -­‐  For  Parents   with  English  as  2nd  Language. Mini  Munchers  -­‐  Health  Lunch (0  -­‐  4  years)


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St.Helens & Knowsley ACTIVITY TIMETABLE

Tuesday

10:00am -­‐  12:00pm 10:00am  -­‐  12:00pm 12:30pm  -­‐  13:30pm

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Wednesday

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Sutton Children's  Centre

WA9 3PY

01744 822  160

Drop In

Parr Children's  Centre

WA9 2AP

01744 671  788

Drop In

Fourways Children's  Centre

WA9 4QB

01744 673  444

Call for  Info

Moss Bank  Children's  Centre

WA11 7PQ

01744 673  444

1st Mon  of Every  Month

Sutton Children's  Centre

WA9 3PY

01744 822  160

Drop In

L26 1TT

0151 443  2191

Drop In

L14 0JG

0151 443  5377

Drop In

Coffee Morning  -­‐  For  Parents   with  English  as  2nd  Language. Mini  Munchers  -­‐  Health  Lunch (0  -­‐  4  years) Weaning  Party

13:00pm -­‐  14:30pm

Chatty Tots

Oak Tree  Children's  Centre Lichfield  Road,  Halewood The  Robins  Children's  Centre Pilch  Lane,  Huyton

13:00pm -­‐  14:30pm

Halewood Tots

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Stay &  Play

13:30pm -­‐  15:30pm

Grandtimes Grandparents  Grp

Haydock Children's  Centre

WA11 0ER

01744 678  334

Drop In

09:15am -­‐  11:15am

Jumping Jacks  (0  -­‐  4  years)

Hollies Hall,  Halewood

L26 0TH

0151 487  7418

Call for  Info

09:30am -­‐  10:15am

Musical Mahem  for  Todders

Newton Children's  Centre

WA12 9PZ

01744 672  036

Call for  Info

WA10 1QF

01744 673  444

Drop In

L14 0JG

0151 443  5377

Drop In

Central Link  Children's  Centre Westfield  Street  (Off  Peter  St) The  Robins  Children's  Centre Pilch  Lane,  Huyton

09:30am -­‐  10:30am

Baby Group  (0-­‐1  year)

09:30am -­‐  10:45am

Baby Club

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Baby Clinic

Sutton Children's  Centre

WA9 3PY

01744 822  160

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Baby Stay  and  Play

L36 1XH

0151 443  5301

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Bumps to  Babies Parents-­‐to-­‐be  Group

Hilltop Children's  Centre Bedford  Close,  Huyton Parr  Children's  Centre

WA9 2AP

01744 671  788

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Twinkle Tots  (0-­‐5's)

Moss Bank  Children's  Centre

WA11 7PQ

01744 673  444

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  11:00am

ARK Multiple  Birth  Group

Sutton Children's  Centre

WA9 3PY

01744 822  160

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Little Learners (1-­‐3  year  old  development)

Haydock Children's  Centre

WA11 0ER

01744 678  334

Call for  Info

L14 9NQ

0151 482  1185

£1.00

L14 9NQ

0151 482  1185

£1.00 Drop In

Hillside Neighbourhood  Centre Huyton Hillside  Neighbourhood  Centre Huyton

10:30am -­‐  12:30pm

Parents &  Tots  (0-­‐4  years)

12:30pm -­‐  14:00pm

Parents &  Tots  (0-­‐4  years)

13:00pm -­‐  14:30pm

Baby Group  (0-­‐1  year)

Fourways Children's  Centre

WA9 4QB

01744 673  444

Stay &  Play

Jubilee Children's  Centre Twig  Lane,  Huyton

L36 2LF

0151 443  5226

Drop In

13:00pm -­‐  14:30pm

Weaning Party

Thatto Heath  Children's  Centre

WA9 5QT

01744 678  373

Last Tue  of Every  Month

09:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Childminder Drop  In  Group

Moss Bank  Children's  Centre

WA11 7PQ

01744 673  444

Drop In

09:15am -­‐  11:15am

Boogie Tots

Hollies Hall,  Halewood

L26 0TH

0151 487  7418

Call for  Info

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Family Fun  Time

Newton Children's  Centre

WA12 9PZ

01744 672  036

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Baby Clinic

Parr Children's  Centre

WA9 2AP

01744 671  788

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Childminder Drop  In  Group

Thatto Heath  Children's  Centre

WA9 5QT

01744 678  373

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  11:00am

Baby Group  (0-­‐1  year)

Parr Children's  Centre

WA9 2AP

01744 671  788

Drop In

10:00am -­‐  11:00am

Musical Mahem  (0  -­‐  5  years)

Fourways Children's  Centre

WA9 4QB

01744 673  444

Drop In

10:30am -­‐  12:30pm

Parents &  Tots  (0-­‐4  years)

L14 9NQ

0151 482  1185

£1.00

11:00am -­‐  12:00pm

Breast Friends Breastfeeding  Support  Group

Hillside Neighbourhood  Centre Huyton

13:00pm -­‐  15:00pm

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Lichfield Road,  Halewood

Childminders Group

12:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

13:00pm -­‐  14:30pm

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Breastfeeding Support  Group

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

Childminder Drop  In  Group Little  Learners (1-­‐3  year  old  development) Afternoon  Tea  -­‐    English  as   2nd  Language  Parents

Moss Bank  Children's  Centre

WA11 7PQ

01744 673  444

Drop In

Central Link  Children's  Centre Westfield  Street  (Off  Peter  St)

WA10 1QF

01744 673  444

Drop In

Moss Bank  Children's  Centre

WA11 7PQ

01744 673  444

Drop In

Thatto Heath  Children's  Centre

WA9 5QT

01744 678  373

Drop In


13:00pm -­‐  15:00pm

Moss Bank  Children's  Centre

WA11 7PQ

01744 673  444

Drop In

WA9 5QT

01744 678  373

Drop In

L36 8DB

0151 477  8600

Drop In

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Stay &  Play

09:15am -­‐  11:15am

Childminders Toddler  Group

Haydock Children's  Centre

WA11 0ER

01744 678  334

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Grandtots Group  -­‐  Drop  In Grandparent  Group

Thatto Heath  Children's  Centre

WA9 5QT

01744 678  373

Drop In

L36 1XH

0151 443  5301

Drop In

WA10 1QF

01744 673  444

Drop In

Fourways Children's  Centre

WA9 4QB

01744 673  444

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Little Stars

Hilltop Children's  Centre Bedford  Close,  Huyton Central  Link  Children's  Centre Westfield  Street  (Off  Peter  St)

WA9 3PY

01744 822  160

Drop In

WA10 1QF

01744 673  444

Drop In

12:30pm -­‐  14:30pm

Baby Clinic

Moss Bank  Children's  Centre

WA11 7PQ

01744 673  444

Drop In

13:00pm -­‐  14:30pm

Baby Group  (0-­‐1  year)

Moss Bank  Children's  Centre

WA11 7PQ

01744 673  444

Drop In

Step Outside  (0  -­‐  5  years) Outdoor  Fun  in  all  weathers Bumps  to  Babies Parents-­‐to-­‐be  Group Afternoon  Tea  -­‐    English  as   2nd  Language  Parents

Central Link  Children's  Centre Westfield  Street  (Off  Peter  St) Central  Link  Children's  Centre Westfield  Street  (Off  Peter  St)

WA10 1QF

01744 673  444

Drop In

WA10 1QF

01744 673  444

Drop In

Fourways Children's  Centre

WA9 4QB

01744 673  444

Drop In

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Baby Clinic

Thatto Heath  Children's  Centre

WA9 5QT

01744 678  373

Drop In

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Baby Group  (0-­‐1  year)

Thatto Heath  Children's  Centre

WA9 5QT

01744 678  373

Drop In

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Bosom Buddies Breastfeeding  Support  Group

L36 2LF

0151 443  5226

Drop In

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Stay and  Play

Jubilee Children's  Centre Twig  Lane,  Huyton Stockbridge  Village Children's  Centre

L28 1AB

0151 443  2540

Drop In

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

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

14:30pm -­‐  15:30pm

Family Support  Drop  In

Haydock Children's  Centre

WA11 0ER

01744 678  334

Drop In

18:00pm -­‐  20:00pm

MATCH -­‐  A  group  for  Men  and   their  children

Haydock Children's  Centre

WA11 0ER

01744 678  334

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Halewood Tots

L25 9PB

0151 443  2197

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:00am

Over 2's  Stay  &  Play

L36 2LF

0151 443  5226

Drop In

09:30am -­‐  11:30am

Mother &  Toddler  Group

Hollies Hall,  Halewood

L26 0TH

0151 487  7418

Call for  Info

Thatto Heath  Children's  Centre

WA9 5QT

01744 678  373

Drop In

Sutton Children's  Centre

WA9 3PY

01744 822  160

Drop In

Stockbridge Village Children's  Centre

L28 1AB

0151 443  2540

Drop In

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

Storymakers Fun &  Interactive  Session Twist  &  Shout Musical  Fun  for  Everyone!

Cherry Tree  Children's  Centre Arncliffe  Road,  Halewood Jubilee  Children's  Centre Twig  Lane,  Huyton

Stay and  Play

12:30pm -­‐  13:30pm

Mini Munchers  -­‐  Health  Lunch (0  -­‐  4  years)

Moss Bank  Children's  Centre

WA11 7PQ

01744 673  444

Drop In

13:00pm -­‐  15:00pm

Family Fun  Time

Fourways Children's  Centre

WA9 4QB

01744 673  444

Drop In

13:15pm -­‐  14:45pm

Adventure Tots  and Little  Explorers

L26 1TT

0151 443  2191

Drop In 6m  -­‐  2yrs

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

Baby Stay  &  Play

Oak Tree  Children's  Centre Lichfield  Road,  Halewood The  Robins  Children's  Centre Pilch  Lane,  Huyton

L14 0JG

0151 443  5377

Drop In

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

Family Fun  Time

Newton Children's  Centre

WA12 9PZ

01744 672  036

Drop In

Ready for  the  Weekend Explorative  Play  Session Ready  for  the  Weekend Explorative  Play  Session Ready  for  the  Weekend Explorative  Play  Session

Central Link  Children's  Centre Westfield  Street  (Off  Peter  St)

WA10 1QF

01744 673  444

Drop In

Moss Bank  Children's  Centre

WA11 7PQ

01744 673  444

Drop In

Thatto Heath  Children's  Centre

WA9 5QT

01744 678  373

Drop In

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10:00am -­‐  11:30am

Thursday

Sutton Children's  Centre Central  Link  Children's  Centre Westfield  Street  (Off  Peter  St)

10:00am -­‐  11:30am

ACTIVITY TIMETABLE

Little Learners (1-­‐3  year  old  development) Little  Learners (1-­‐3  year  old  development) Little  Learners (1-­‐3  year  old  development) Breast  Buddies Breastfeeding  Support  Group

St.Helens & Knowsley

Thatto Heath  Children's  Centre New  Horizon's  Children's  Centre Knowsley  Lane,  Huyton

13:30pm -­‐  15:00pm

(1-­‐3 year  old  development) Afternoon  Tea  -­‐    English  as   2nd  Language  Parents

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Early Years

NEWS North West from the

Toytopia: The UK’s only family toy fair - 87,000 Square Feet of Fun!

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he hands-on Toy Show for children and parents arrives in Liverpool this October half-term.

Here’s just a selection of what you can do, BUT THERE’S SO MUCH MORE! Your ticket includes… Marvel at 120 LEGO® Bright Bricks structures ALL activities, ALL shows, Meet Peppa Pig & Ben & Holly ALL entertainment, ALL DAY! (Saturday 24 October only) AND It’s ALL indoors, no Challenge 31 players at the LIVE Minecraft Hub worries with the weather Get Super with Playmobil’s Super 4 Play with Sylvanian Families & Aquabeads We are rewarding silliness, so Meet Dennis the Menace with The Beano for families who like to and get up to mischief have fun, come dressed up Race a Minion (especially Sunday 25th as Dennis the Menace or Minnie Run the Boot Camp and Jungle run the Minx) and you may win inflatable assault courses an EPIC prize! Drive a Bentley & Range Rover Evoque   Trump your parents at Top Trumps And why not take the chance Dance with the Meccanoid robot to kick-start your Christmas Go Toot Toot Crazy with V-Tech shopping at Toytopia? As well Build a dart blaster with K’Nex as the show-only discounts, Ride the latest Airboard, scooter, tractor there will be on-the-spot prizes, competitions and a and balance bike chance to win toys See toys and stickers come alive and games. Take the seat drop challenge with Follow us on Springfree Trampolines Facebook Ride the miniature train or Twitter Play 9 hole Crazy Golf www. Watch stage shows, demonstrations toytopiaworld & listen to authors .com

24-26th October (half-term holiday) at The Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Kings Dock, L3 4FP One ticket price for adults and children (under 3’s free) – Toytopia general admission is £20 but we’re offering Mummy and Me readers a 25% discount - simply use promotional code TOYTOPIA511 for £5 off every ticket bought at www.ticketquarter.co.uk

COMPETITION TIME Prize Value £330! We have a fantastic Toytopia competition for a Beamz Family System (R.R.P £249.99) and a Family Ticket to Toytopia (Family of 4, under 3’s go free). To enter simply send us a picture of your little one with their favourite toy. Images should be sent to: info@mummyandmemagazine.co.uk closing date 22.10.15

Alder Hey in the Park

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riginally established as a US army hospital during the First World War, Alder Hey has been a significant part of life on Merseyside for over a hundred years. Recognised around the world as a first class, pioneering children’s hospital ten years ago it was felt that it was time to create a new Alder Hey fit for the 21st century. With a £237 million building programme in Springfield Park ending in September 2015 finally a new hospital described by its chief executive as a hospital that ‘takes the NHS to a new level’ opened its doors to patients and parents who had watched it’s amazing development. Whilst the expectations of professional health care and devotion from staff will

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still be at the highest exacting levels of the old hospital the facilities will be very much different. With 75% of the beds in single, en-suite rooms with parent beds, access to play areas and use of natural light and scenic views will be new features of this state of the art children’s hospital. Mummy and Me welcome the new facility for children across Merseyside and England and offer our congratulations and continued support as the hospital transforms, develops and grow. If this incredible hospital can provide another hundred years of service, our children’s health and well-being will be in secure hands. Looking forward to viewing Alder Hey in the park in the near future.


Christmas

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The smallest and youngest doll in the My First Baby Annabell range is suitable even from birth, made with a fabric body she's a perfect first nurturing doll for your little one. Height: 36cm. Suitable from birth R.R.P. £10.99 Available at John Lewis, Argos, Smyths and other good retailers.

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Blade & Rose Leggings

Fabulous designs both festive and everyday. 75% combed cotton, 20% nylon, 5% spandex £10.00 www.bladeandrose.co.uk

TotsBots Christmas Nappy

This Christmas nappy is decorated with baby Rudolph, robins and gingerbread men, all taking a sleigh ride in the snow. Available in EasyFit, TeenyFit for newborns and the all new PeeNut design, TotsBots most flexible nappy. From £16.99 www.totsbots.com Available from November 2nd

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Wishbone is a device used to take body, ambient or object temperatures. Designed to fit into an iOS or Android enabled device, the Wishbone contains an infra-red sensor and a battery in order to measure temperature. £34.99 www.wishbonebaby.co.uk

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A fun first matching activity that develops into a game as your child grows in confidence and ability.

£19.99 www.galtoys.com

Suitable for 18 months+ £7.50 www.orchardtoys.com

Weebledown Farm Wobbily Farm Mill and Barn by Character

Suitable for aged 12 months+ £29.99 www.character-online.com and all good toy stores

Fire Dept Bike by Happy Hopperz The alarm bell rings.There's an emergency!!! Grab your boots, suit up, helmet on. Be first to the fire with your very own Emergency Fire Dept Bike. Suitable for aged 12 months - 5 years £23.99 www.happyhopperz.co.uk Also available in Amazon and Tesco.

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Little ones can recreate those special ‘dancefloor’ moments for themselves! Spin the lever to see Disney Princess figures Belle and Cinderella spin and twirl around the dance floor with Belle’s prince. Plays 2 favourite Disney songs: “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” and “Beauty and the Beast”. Open palace door to hear a trumpet fanfare.

Suitable for aged 18months - 5 years R.R.P £49.99

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Weebles Wobble, but they don’t fall down! Push the milk churn and watch the mill sails spin! Watch Rusty the Rooster slide down! Spin Rusty on the mill wheel roundabout! Includes 1 Rusty the Rooster Weeble. Balance Rusty on the wobbily weather vane!


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Pre-sch ooler 3 yrs+ Bright Eyes Pets Breeze the Owl

Give your child a head start in their learning as they're introduced to letters, numbers, animal sounds and instruments.

A super soft, interactive soft toy with animal sounds! Her eyes light up with love. Pet Breeze's head and she'll respond. She also has a silent bedtime mode.

Suitable for aged 3years+ £9.95 Available at Argos

Suitable for 2 years+ £19.99 www.character-online.com and all good toy stores.

LEGO® DUPLO® brand Doc McStuffins™ Rosie the Ambulance Comes with a Doc McStuffins figure, buildable ambulance and an injured doll decorated brick. Suitable for aged 2 years+ Around £20 in all good toy stores

Oskar & Ellen - Castle Set

This magical set consists of a medieval castle. Included are a prince, princess, white horse, dragon, witch and treasure chest!

Oskar & Ellen - Pirate Ship

Ahoy matey! Shiver me timbers! Includes ship, captain, two pirates, removable plank, cannon, treasure chest, treasure map and a shark. 40°C hand washable Suitable for ages 3 years + Around £30-35 each set www.oskarellen.com for nearest stockist


Jojo Maman Bebe Grace Ragdoll

Soft body, traditional style ragdoll. Beautifully dressed in a floral dress. Suitable from birth £15 www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk

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Your little ones will love taking their baby doll out for a walk in this beautiful retro styled Baby Annabell pram. It has a canopy which folds to suit the weather. Includes spoke wheels, reclining hood, apron, mattress and pillow. Suitable for age 3 years+ £49.99 Available in all good toy stores.

My 1st Years Personalised Wooden Dolls High Chair

Made from classic lightweight wood, this is a perfect present. It looks lovely inside any bedroom or playroom, and you can personalise the headrest for an extra special touch. Suitable for age 3 years+ £30 www.my1styears.com

Henry Cleaning Trolley JCB Tool Case By Casdon and Drill Contains Henry mop, removable fabric floor cloth, long handle brush, dust pan and hand brush, simulated detergent bottle, and a paper debris container. £14.99 Suitable for age 3 years+ Available at Argos and other good toy stores

Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Bag Playset

Contains a battery operated drill, screwdriver, drill bit, flat head and cross head accessories that all pack away neatly into a compact case.

Suitable for age 3 years+ £12.99 www.jcbexplore.com Also available on Amazon

The brightly coloured bag includes all your little one will need to ensure their toy pet gets on the mend!

Suitable for age 3 years+ R.R.P £22.99 Available at Argos, Smyths Toys and other good toy stores.

My First JCB Push Along Toybox A toy, a walking aid and a toybox all in one! With colourful JCB yellow, blue and brown design, any digger-mad kid will absolutely love it. Simple screw assembly. Suitable for 12 months + £49 www.jcbexplore.com Also available from Amazon, ASDA and Kidsaw

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Orchard Toys - Post Box Game

A fun, first colour matching game made especially for little hands. Suitable for age 2years+ £9.50 www.orchardtoys.com

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There's a pesky little bug in the kitchen! And it's not just any bug - it's a H EX BUG® nano®, scuttling around the game board! Quick - can you catch it in the trap? Suitable for age 6 years+ £20 Available at all good toy stores

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Gotrovo & Gotrovo Mini

This active runaround fun game uses pictures, words, riddles and role play clues to lay a treasure trail. Players collect the clues and fix them to the map as they go, at the same time collecting gold coins in the swag bag.

A mischievous and hilarious children’s game that will have kids screaming with laughter as they poop their way to victory. Suitable for ages 4years + £20 Available from Argos, Debenhams, Waitrose, Tesco, Toys R Us and other good retailers.

Suitable for ages 3 - 8 years £27.90 www.gotrovo.co.uk

Frozen Fever XXL100 Jigsaw by Ravensburger

Celebrating the long anticipted 'short' Frozen Fever, this 100 piece jigsaw puzzle is everything a young Frozen fan will love in a jigsaw puzzle.

Suitable for age 6years+ £8.99 Available from Amazon & Tesco

* Prices correct at time of print.

GAMES


Chad Valley Super Gigantic Piano

Discover the magic of music with this touch sensitive giant piano playmat. Simply walk over the keys to play the notes! There are 4 fun modes of play and 8 musical instrument sounds to choose from. Play individually or try a duet! Suitable for 6 years+ £34.99 Available at Argos

Chad Valley Chocolate Fountain

A very special treat! Simply melt some chocolate and pour it into the machine. The fountain mechanism will keep it pouring over the top in a delicious flow of melted chocolate, perfect for dipping in fresh fruit or marshmallows! Suitable for age 3years+ £9.95 Available at Argos

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Create super tiny delicious mini bakery treats that taste freshly baked! Simply mix, make and enjoy after just 15sec in the microwave! Suitable for ages 6 years+ £6.99 www.character-online.com

Build your design one Qixel at a time! Lay the Qixels out on the Fuser station, spray with water and close the lid. Then press the plunger to set the station spinning, air drying the Qixels in record time! Suitable for ages 4years+ £19.99 Available in all good toy stores

Plasticine Tub of Fun Softeez

This set contains 5 sticks of Plasticine SOF T EEZ, plus 4 fun animal and vehicle shaped cutters all packed in a cute on the go carry tub, perfect for little hands.

Suitable for ages 3 years+ £4.99 Available on Amazon

Minions Make-A-Bar Chocolate Factory

Design and make your very own personalised chocolate bar! Colour Your Own Palace Easy to use for all the family, Treat your little budding artist simply follow the steps to create to this special craft set with this your chocolate bar. magnificent Rose Garden palace! Suitable for age 4years+ £11.95 www.prezzybox.com

SRP: £4.99 www.recreationltd.co.uk


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I see Me! Books

I See Me! personalised books are award-winning, unique keepsake gifts that children and parents will treasure for a lifetime. Features name, photo and personal greeting. www.iseeme.com

Suitable for ages 3 - 8 years £24.99 www.hug-mi.

Fillers!...

A stunning 3D design featuring the infamous leader's marked head coming out of the front of the bag. The matching Star Wars interior lining and theme zip pullers completes the look. Constructed from high quality fabric with extra padding and reflective details. Featuring a mesh padded back panel and adjustable shoulder straps for comfort when carrying a full load. £59 Available at www.samsonite.co.uk or in John Lewis

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Plush fabric animal backpack with pull out character hood and arms to Hug and transform you into your favourite character.

Samsonite ‘Darth Vader’ Star Wars School Bag

Stationery Set

Every Disney fan needs a Disney zip-up pencil case! Decorated with sparkling artwork with your favourite characters, it's filled with pens, pencils and other stationery essentials. Suitable for age 4 years+ £10.95 Available in The Disney Store or at www.disneystore.co.uk

Eat Sleep Doodle Pencil Case

Use it as a diary, notepad, timetable and sketchbook. And it all washes out, so what better way to encourage your kids to express themselves and get creative? £12.50 Eatsleepdoodle.com shop.royalacademy.org.uk

Sketch & Sniff Pencils by Royal Academy

Colouring in becomes a unique experience with these fun and fruity sketch and sniff pencils! Suitable for age 5 years+ £9 shop.royalacademy.org.uk


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Both a personal journal and a practical record, My Pregnancy Journal will become a precious keepsake of the months spent awaiting the arrival of your little bundle of joy. £14.99 Available from Amazon,

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game of Twister with all the kids. The Twister Picnic Blanket has a waterproof backing to keep it nice and clean, and a miniature Twister key-ring spinner to help you get your game on! £17.95 Prezzybox.com

£29 littlebutterflyorganic.com

Our Story Book

This beautifully designed, colour illustrated journal helps you to record every precious memory of your daughter’s life from birth to adulthood. £14.95 www.prezzybox.com

Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra This bra melts onto your body and gives you comfort unlike anything you've experienced from a nursing bra before wear it while nursing or as a maternity bra. A mum and celebrity favorite, everyone loves this seamless nursing bra that moulds to your shape. £30 www.bravadodesigns.eu

M u m w h o l o v e s ta k i n g pi c e h t s! Phone Projector For Smart With this incredibly clever and compact Smart Phone Projector you can project the images from your phone onto the wall so you get a much better viewing experience, without use of wires! £15.95 Prezzybox.com


Recruits Book

A must-have manual for all dads-to-be. It demystifies pregnancy and childbirth; provides the essential back-up information men need to support their partners and prepares them for the radical changes to their life that a new BT (baby trooper) will inevitably bring.

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Your egg will be prepared for battle in the morning, as it sits in its very own tank shaped egg-cup, complete with a protective helmet. Use the Toast Cutter to create perfectly shaped mini soldiers, ideal for destroying in a dipping battle! £6.95 www.prezzybox.com

VectorizePrints Comedy Show Clothing & Accessories

We all have our favourite comedy T V show, find Dad’s favourite turned into a digitalised print. Including shows such as Father Ted, Seinfeld, Impractical Jokers and Peep Show. Select from a range of merchandise from mugs and T-shirts, to framed prints. There is something for every Dad at VectorizePrints! Prices from £3 - £17. etsy.com/shop/vectorizeprints

y. . d o R a c d k e S r a D h t t F orPickmaster Plectrum Punch This ingenious piece of kit allows you to make a perfect plectrum out of anything plastic - if you need a little help with ideas here are a few to help you on your way - credit cards, gift cards, blister packs, carton lids, in fact anything plastic that you can find. £16.95 Prezzybox.com

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paper printer (if using templates online) glue, scissors, something to colour with, Optional: real leaves that you collect outside

Use a lovely leaf and some twigs collected when out walking and turn them into a picture of an autumn tree with this fun stamping craft. Craft Instructions: You will need: Draw out a body, or use a A large maple or sycamore template from dltk-kids.com Go for a nature walk and collect leaf leaves. Do your best to find Paint in autumn shades pointy shaped leaves but don't Twigs worry about the shape too much Glue -- just find leaves you like. Paper If you don't feel like using real Instructions: leaves, cut some free hand from construction paper or use the leaf Paint the leaf in different colours and shades of paint. template online. Glue the leaves to the body of Print on to the paper. the hedgehog and colour in the Glue on twigs to form the parts of the hedgehog that aren't branches and trunk. covered in leaves.

Harvest/Autumn Sensory Tubs Ideas at countingcoconuts. blogspot.co.uk What's inside: Straw Stuffed scarecrow Plastic gourds Fall colored puffs Beeswax pumpkin scented tea lights - they make the tub smell wonderful! Orange leaves Wooden bowl Wooden beads Fall themed buttons Pinecones Apples Conkers Autumn Leaves

Draw an outline of a tree trunk on sketch paper or construction paper or use the template provided. Color the trunk with brown crayon or oil pastel. Prepare finger paint or tempera paint in shades of brown, yellow, red, and orange. Dip your finger onto one color of paint and start finger painting the leaves. You can use one finger or all of your fingers for painting. Paint with all the colors in your palette until you've filled the tree with autumn leaves. Finger paint a ground at the base of your tree. Move your finger from side to side to spread out the paint. You can also finger paint some fallen leaves on the ground or paint on birds, clouds or whatever detail you like.

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Annabel Karmel’s

Autumn Appetisers CHICKEN & VEG STIR FRY INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp olive oil, plus a little extra for frying 2 chicken breasts, sliced into strips 1 tbsp honey 1 red onion, sliced 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and sliced 1 courgette, sliced into batons 250g (9 oz) brown mushrooms, thickly sliced 1 tbsp oyster sauce 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 tsp hoisin sauce

plate. Heat the remaining oil in the frying pan or wok, add the onion and fry for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic, peppers and courgette and fry for 3 minutes, then add the cooked chicken. Heat a little oil in another frying pan and fry the mushrooms for 3 minutes until just cooked. Add these to the other vegetables along with the oyster sauce, soy sauce and hoisin sauce and season to taste. Toss together and heat through.

METHOD Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan or wok. Toss the chicken in the honey and season, then stir fry over a high heat for 3 to 4 minutes until golden and cooked through. Transfer to a

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MAKES 4 PORTIO NS PREP: 5 MINS COOKING: 15 MI NS

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Sometimes it can be hard to get children to eat lentils, but they are a great source of protein and minerals. Mix them with a medley of root vegetables and you can make a delicious vegetable soup which should go down a treat.

ROOT VEGETABLE SOUP INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed 2 medium carrots (approx 110g), cut into small chunks 100g butternut squash, peeled and diced 100g sweet potato, peeled and diced 200g celery (2 sticks), sliced 500ml water 100g red lentils 700ml vegetable stock 1 bay leaf 1 sprig of thyme ½ teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper Conversion chart


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METHOD Heat the vegetable oil in a fairly large pan, add the onion, garlic and chopped vegetables. Pour over the water and then cover and cook gently, stirring occasionally for 15 to 20 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Rinse the lentils, drain and add to the vegetables with the stock, bay leaf, sprig of thyme and salt and pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and thyme and blitz in a food processor. Adjust the seasoning to taste.

MAKES 6 PORTIO NS PREP: 5 MINS COOKING: 40 MI NS

CINDERELLA’S COACH RISOTTO INGREDIENTS ½ medium butternut squash or pumpkin 30g butter 1 small onion 1 garlic clove 225g risotto rice Approx. 900ml hot vegetable stock 2 tbsp mascarpone cheese 30g grated Parmesan, plus extra to serve 1 tsp lemon juice Salt and pepper, to season 1 tbsp fresh parsley (optional), to serve

METHOD

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Peel and deseed the squash and cut into 3cm chunks. Steam for 10-15 minutes, until tender. Cool slightly and purée until smooth. Set aside. Melt the butter in a large saucepan and sauté the onion for 5-6 minutes, until soft. Add the garlic and rice and cook, stirring for a further 2-3 minutes, until the rice is translucent around the edges. Add 300ml of the hot stock and bring to a simmer,

stirring frequently, for 8-10 minutes, or until the stock has been absorbed. Add a further 300ml of the hot stock and cook, stirring frequently, for another 8-10 minutes, until the rice is almost tender (if you bite into a grain it will be slightly chalky in the centre) and the stock has been absorbed. If the rice is still very undercooked, add 100ml more of the stock and continue to cook, as above for a further 3-4 minutes. Add the squash purée and 100ml of hot stock and cook for 2-3 minutes, until thick. Stir in enough of the remaining stock to give a loose, but not runny consistency then remove from the heat and stir in the marscapone., Parmesan and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve in bowls (or hollowed out mini pumkins or squashes) wth extra grated Parmesan and sprinkled with chopped parsley, if using) MAKES 4-6 PORT IONS PREP: 15 MINS COOKING: 30 MI NS

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Daddy and Me

WRITTEN BY REGULAR COLUMNIST NEIL SINCLAIR A.K.A

DAD’S ROLE IN PREGNANCY & CHILDBIRTH

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ime was that a dad’s role in pregnancy in childbirth involved getting a labouring mum to the hospital on time. My own dad was no exception – he actually dropped my mum off outside the hospital when she was in labour with me and twin brother Mark – and told her he would see her during visiting time the next day. I think both of my parents would actually have died from embarrassment if anyone had suggested my dad attend the birth. Well, it was 1970. But now, a dad’s role has changed. Certainly, in my case, I wanted to involved from the second I found out I was going to be a dad. At the time, we were living in New York, and my wife went to the hospital because one morning she woke with an all over rash and her hair started to fall out. We sat in the Emergency Room for hours before I left my wife to go and get some food. The minute I left the ward the doctor drew the curtains around my wife’s bed and told her that she was pregnant. They had been waiting until I had left before they told me, just in case she didn’t want me to know. They needn’t have worried. They had paged me to come back before I even got off the ward. The minute I found out I was going to be a dad, I feel an overwhelming sense of excitement, responsibility to my wife and my unborn baby, and fear. I don’t’ use the word ‘fear’ lightly. As a commando I had experienced truly frightening situations. I soon realised that the fear I felt was not about being a dad – that was now inevitable – but the unknown. A lot of dads I speak to are no different. They want to get actively involved from the start too, attending appointments, scans, childbirth classes – and labour. But the information they need is not always available to them, as much of the literature available is still written exclusively for mums. Dads have told me that what is available can sometimes be patronising (“You’re going to be a parent too!”) or assumes that they are not actively

interested in getting involved (“You can forget your nights down the pub with your mates now!”). It’s not 1970 anymore. I have tried to redress the balance in a book I’ve written for dads-to-be called Commando Dad: Raw Recruits. It is a manual that provides clear and concise guidance on what to expect from the moment men find out they’re going to be a dad until the moment their baby trooper deploys. It gives men everything they need to know for the whole 266 days of pregnancy (and counting) in a clear, straightforward format. It covers everything from the expected physical development of their baby trooper and their COs (Commanding Officers, or mums-to-be); ‘typical’ pregnancy symptoms and those that may indicate problems; what’s covered in the scans and appointments; how to apply for paternity leave and pay; diet and fitness; antenatal classes; what actually happens during and after labour; the kit a baby trooper needs; the ups and downs; where to go for support if it’s needed; and more. The aim is to mentally, physically and emotionally prepare men for fatherhood, but not saturation bomb them with information. However, that’s not to say that men have to be actively involved throughout the pregnancy, or there for the delivery. It’s a personal decision and whatever works for dads-to-be and their COs is the right way. The difference between now and the 1970s is that we men have a choice – and it’s up to us what we do with it.

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


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