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What’s inside


The best bits 7 22 Fun family days out in the city Fun for all the family from 0-100 here’s something for everyone.

15 The complete guide to summer camps Keeping your children occupied over the summer holidays.

52 Disabled friendly places to visit in the city



Fancy a day out in the fresh air? We’ve picked some attractions that are easily accessible to everyone.

57 Supercool party ideas this summer Crank up the fun and make it a Birthday party they will always remember.

All the rest 12 ZSL London Zoo Voted London’s Best Tourism Experience.

20 Latest London kid’s fashions Most children don’t care what they wear - luckily most mothers do care.

27 Our top 10 children´s books Books every child should read.

28 5 books every new parent should read Parenthood can turn life into a steep learning curve, so why not try reading one of these.

30 What´s on in the city this summer Our comprehensive guide to cultural, sporting, recreational activities and events in the city. Something for every child!

34 Our top 10 restaurants for rascals Personaly tried and tested, here is our verdict on child friendly places to eat.

41 New mama myths True or false, A women’s brain grows after childbirth?

42 Great London nurseries Our guide to the best nurseries across London.

48 Kid stuff this summer Don’t want to hear the words “I’m bored” this summer? Check out this selection of great toys and goodies.

61 Happy Father’s Day


Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a DADDY!

64 Directory and Services From schools to fashion.

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“Can you please stop working on that silly magazine I´m bored!” Henry´s words.

Welcome Welcome to the first edition of Rascals of London. And whow – what a journey it’s been to get here! But in spite of all those sleepless nights, seeing the mag finished makes it all worthwhile. The true inspiration for this mag comes from Henry. Henry’s six and the Rascal of all Rascals. He’s a little bookworm, loves learning and is a budding footballer (or so my partner says!). But like all kids, he needs things to keep him busy and after endless searching for stuff for Henry to do at the weekend in London, my partner and I decided it was time for some serious research. Six months on after struggling to find things to do for Rascally Henry in London, we decided to bring Rascals of London to life. It’s a mag designed to give parents, grandparents and carers answers to that difficult London question “what shall we do with the kids today?”. You’ll also find valuable parenting information plus plenty of helpful resources. I hope you find it useful and I’d love to hear about your thoughts and ideas - drop me a line on: natasha@rascalsoflondon.co.uk. Enjoy - and happy days out!

Natasha Hewett Natasha Hewett Editor

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22 Fun family days out in the city Fun for all the family from 0-100 here’s something for everyone.

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4 London Dungeon The London Dungeon calls itself “the world’s most chillingly famous horror attraction.” It covers 2,000 years of London’s gruesome history. Kids just love it!



Where: Tooley Street, London. Tel: 0207 403 7221 Web: www.the-dungeons.co.uk

Museum of London Docklands:

The Museum of London Docklands has a lot for children and our favorite area is Mudlarks. This is an informative and interactive play area for the under 12s, with a soft play section for under 5s. Everything is themed around life in the London docks so the big kids can weigh cargo or load a tea clipper while the small kids get to crawl around with large foam bananas and a London bus, plus they can pretend to drive a DLR train. Talking of trains, to get to the Museum of London Docklands you need to take the DLR (Docklands Light Railway). Get a seat at the front as these trains don’t have a driver and you, or your little one, can pretend to drive the train! Where: West India Quay, Canary Wharf. Tel: 0207 001 9844 Web: www.museumoflondon.org.uk


Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

Battersea Park Children’s Zoo invites you to check out the monkeys, crawl down the tunnel to see the meerkats, talk to the parrots and mynah birds, go to the farm to say hello to the goats, donkeys, pigs, emus and loads more.


One of the city’s largest amusement arcades, Namco Station is a kid´s favourite and perfect on a rainy day. Where: Westminster Bridge Road. Tel: 0207 967 1067 Web: www.namcostation.co.uk

WWT London Wetland Centre

WWT London Wetland Centre - is a fun filled day out for the whole family. This 43 hectare reserve allows children to learn about the importance of wetlands in an interactive way. And there is always a wide range of children’s activities on offer. Unwind in this oasis in the heart of the capital and let your kids run free in their own Explore, Discovery and Pond Zone adventure areas. Spot wildlife close-up from their hides and meet the collection of rare birds from around the world. Take a free guided walk with one of the wardens and then relax in the cafe over coffee or lunch. A great day out, whatever the weather. Where: Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes. Tel: 0208 409 4400 Web: www.wwt.org.uk

London Bicycle Tour Company

The London Bicycle Tour Company provides bicycles suitable for the whole family from an hour up to a day, a week or even more. You just have to choose from a selection of bikes, adults and children models. If you are big, small or somewhere in between, they will definitely have something to suit you. A wide range of accessories (helmet, lights) are available if required and locks are provided. Need a map? Cycle maps are free and good advice about routes is provided. Guided Tours are also organized in order to have an overview of the East, West or Central part of London and to learn about it. With London Bicycle Tours, children will be ready for a new outdoor adventure! Where: Gabriels Wharf, South Bank. Tel: 0207 928 6838 Web: www.londonbicycle.com

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Fantastic for kids aged between 7 and 12 years, the CBBC Interactive Tour takes you on a journey into the magic of CBBC.

Where: BBC Television Centre Wood Lane, White City Tel: 0370 901 1227 Web: www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours


The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum promotes the discovery, understanding, enjoyment and responsible use of the natural world. Explore their world-class collections, fantastic exhibitions and cuttingedge research online, or visit the landmark building. Where: Cromwell Road, Londonn.


Tel: 0207 942 5000

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The Tropical Zoo

Stroke a crocodile, cuddle a snake or feed the world’s largest piranha - there is loads to do at The Tropical Zoo. Daily animal encounters offer children and adults the opportunity to experience animals up close. Learn about animals, the environment and conservation hands-on.


Kew Gardens The best news is children under 17 go free to Kew Gardens! The Gardens are 300 acres. To get an idea of walking times between landmarks see the map, and if you´re with small children be prepared to double these times. Climbers and Creepers is Kew’s interactive play area for 3-9 year olds but explore the gardens first as once the kids get there they won’t want to leave! Try the Kew’s big tree book, which is aimed at children but an excellent introduction to the trees at Kew Gardens and trees in general.


St Johns Wood Playground

London’s oldest Adventure Playground! The playground aims to support children’s individual and social development. Facilities include mini basketball, digging area and outdoor play structures. Where: St. John’s Wood Terrace Tel: 0207 586 1884 Web: www.adventureplayground.org.uk

Sea Life Aquarium Club

The SEA LIFE London Aquarium is home to one of Europe’s largest collections of global marine life and the jewel in the crown of the 28 Sea Life attractions in the UK and Europe. Situated in the heart of London, the experience takes visitors on an immersive and interactive journey along the Great Oceanic Conveyor. The mysterious experience starts in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Along Where: Richmond, Surrey. the journey, a stunning glass tunnel Tel: 0208 332 5655 walkway offers guests an unforgettable experience by strolling Web: www.kew.org underneath a tropical ocean. There´s plenty of interaction along the way - from feeding the rays and watching diving displays to touch pools and discovery zones. Other stars of the show include green turtles, seahorses, octopus, zebra Kid’s Zone at The National Army Museum sharks and the ever popular clown fish. But the true highlight is when guests complete Kid’s Zone is a fantastic play area for children under 10, within the National their journey in the deeper darker zone of Army Museum. This place is cool! It’s all about discovery and the kids can go the Pacific Ocean - take a walk on the wild wild in a safe environment. Just ask at the information desk for a free timed side and watch 6 species of shark swim ticket and you’ll get 50 minutes play time. The castle fortress is a lot of fun. Kids beneath your feet from a floating glass can dress up in soldier’s uniforms, scale the rock climbing wall, crawl through platform. tunnels, and whiz down slides. There’s even a soft play for babies so you can Where: County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd. take the whole family. Tel: 0871 663 1678 Where: Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea. Web: www.visitsealife.com Tel: 0207 730 0717 Web: www.nam.ac.uk


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Greater London Treasure Trails


London RIB Voyages

Captain Kidd’s Canary Wharf Voyage, is specifically designed to entertain and excite the whole family. Speed through London at up to 35knots as the river is eaten up by 400hp of engine power. Pull “G” past the MI6 building before an exhilarating turn in front of Canary Wharf. Zoom under the capitals famous bridges and marvel as you pass London’s legendary landmarks from the comfort of the river Thames. Where: London Eye Millennium Pier, Southbank. Tel: 0207 928 8933 Web: www.londonribvoyages.com

London is a fantastic place to explore - whether on foot, bike, tube, bus, boat or in a black cab - and a Treasure Trail is a wonderful thing to do with family or friends as a different way to see the sights. With a treasure hunt, spy mission and murder mystery routes leading you through a variety of London locations, you’ll be sure to discover views, buildings, parks and places you never knew existed. Whether you live or work in London or are visiting for the first time, Treasure Trails will take you to the most beautiful, interesting and historic locations in London. It’s up to you when you do the Trail and who with. You can treasure hunt as a solo adventure, or in a group with family, friends or work colleagues. In fact, they make a great basis for team-building events, corporate socials, exhibitions, parties and special occasions.


At the gallery you can pick up a free art trail that acts as a fun guide through the artworks. These activities are always free, always fun and encourage children’s creativity and enjoyment of art. Where: Bankside Tel: 0207 887 8888 Web: www.tate.org.uk

Where: Various locations across London. Tel: 0187 226 3692 Web: www.treasuretrails.co.uk



Queens Ice and Bowl

QUEENS is London’s ONLY Ice Rink and Ten Pin Bowling venue with its own bar, café and games. Whether you want to learn to skate on real ice, try your hand at a game of bowling, enjoy a drink in the bar or relax with a coffee in their Costa Café, the choice is yours. If you are looking for something less active then check out the wide selection of video games and amusements. And with everything under one roof, you can bowl and skate whatever the weather. Where: Queensway, Bayswater. Tel: 0207 229 0172 Web: www.queensiceandbowl.co.uk

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Hamleys is a magical and unique experience. A world of wonder and delight with activities in the holidays as well as tours around the toy store and parties.

Let your children play in a healthy, fun and above all safe environment whilst learning some of the most valuable development skills: social, risk taking, coordination, educational, creative and exercise. Gambado is designed to allow your family, whatever age, to enjoy all of the facilities together. From babies to grandparents there is something for everyone. The centre boasts a dodgems track, carousel/tiger pots ride, climbing wall, huge playframe, toddler/ sensory area, licensed Yum Yum café serving healthy options or treats for all, adult lounge with free WiFi and internet access and the icing on the cake-fantastic party areas!

Where: Regent Street Tel: 0871 704 1977 Web: www.hamleys.com

Where: Station Court, Townmead Road, Chelsea. Tel: 0207 384 1635 Web: www.gambado.com


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London Eye

At 135 metres, The London Eye is the world’s tallest observation wheel, with 40 kilometre panoramic views on a clear day. Where: Westminster Bridge Road Tel: 0871 781 3000 Web: www.londoneye.com


Coram’s Fields Coram’s Fields has a wide variety of activities including big lawns for free play (and just right for family picnics), artificial turf sports pitches, a paddling pool, sandpits, a flying fox and other slides, a pets corner (with sheep, goats, ducks, hens and much more), vegetarian cafe, a nursery and drop-ins for under 5’s as well lots of other organised activities. Where: 93 Guilford St, london Tel: 0207 837 6138 Web: www.coramsfields.org


London Waterbus Canal Trips

Cruises along the historic Regents Canal as it slips quietly along the green and leafy fringes of Regents Park. Trips from Brownings Pool at Little Venice, where the island is surrounded by lovely architecture, through the damp dark mysteriousness of the Maida Hill tunnel, to the lively bustle of Camden Lock, the famous market for everything from craftshops and clothing to the interesting and unusual. Trips one way or return. Make a stopover for a picnic at Little Venice or to shop and try out the unusual food stalls at Camden. If you want to see the animals at London Zoo take the Waterbus from either end, pay their special low prices, miss the queues and enter through their own canal gate. Where: Blomfield Road, Maida Vale Tel: 0207 482 2550 Web: www.londonwaterbus.com

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London Zoo Voted London’s Best Tourism Experience 2010, London Zoo is the Number One day out in the capital. At London Zoo you’re guaranteed to meet cheeky and mischevious animals, from fat hairy spiders to giant giraffes, the tallest living creatures. Whatever your favourite animal, you’ll meet it at this award-winning attraction. Along with seeing the animals, older children can have a more educational day out by joining the keepers. In this magical experience, children help the keepers in their daily duties such as mucking out and feeding the animals while learning more about them.

Rascals of London’s favourite part is the Meet the Monkeys Walkthrough where the monkeys are really cheeky. We also love making our way through London’s only living rainforest where you come face to face with amazing forest animals such as sloths and armadillos. Where possible, the zoo is disabled-friendly with paths and parks adapted for wheelchairs. However, some buildings are listed and access is limited. Wheelchairs can be hired – booking is recommended. The zoo is open daily from 10.00 to 17.30. Whatever you do this summer, make sure London Zoo is part of it!

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Music Makers

Age: 5 – 10 years

Music Makers aim is to share their enthusiasm and enjoyment of music, whilst helping each young musician to develop their abilities and confidence in playing and performing. All the courses culminate in a presentation concert of some of the music rehearsed during the week. Monday 11th July to Friday 15th July. Juniors age 5 to 6, Intermediates age 7 to 10. Where: King’s College School, Wimbledon. Tel: 0142 565 4819 Web: www.musicmakers.co.uk

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Camp Beaumont is London’s No 1 and most experienced Day Camp. Children are grouped according to their age and take part in up to 40 activities throughout the week as well as Theme Day with special events for specific age groups such as Kiddi- Karts, Zorbing and climbing a Mobile Climbing Tower. Activities also include creative workshops, horse riding, motorsports, soccer, swimming and tennis. Each week they arrange a host of additional activities based on super themes and special events unique to Camp Beaumont. Their motto is simple – Strictly No Boredom!! This must be why so many campers return to camp each year.

The Crazee Kids Around the World Adventure Summer Workshop offers a unique opportunity Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm. for children to experience and Where: North London, Woodford Green, Blackheath, enjoy the wonderful worlds of art, Richmond, Wimbledon, Bromley, Tunbridge Wells, Reigate, creative dance, music and drama. Esher, Ascot and Northwood. A broad mix of imaginative Tel: 0126 382 3000 themes are taught in a fun, exciting way for children. The Web: www.campbeaumont.co.uk children are divided into age specific groups throughout the morning, in order to experience each area of the creative arts. The workshop encourages children to participate in group co-operation as well as stimulating individual Stagecoach Age: 4 – 7 years expression. Art will include, painting and prop making. Creative dance will focus on different Summer holidays 5 day workshop. movement themes, developing self-confidence, Five fabulous mornings of dance, drama co-ordination & rhythm. Drama will combine and singing culminating in a FREE story-telling, improvisation and performance performance for family and friends. An skills. Children will be encouraged to work unmissable opportunity to make new individually & in groups. And music will be friends, learn new skills and have fun all included throughout the workshop. There will at the same time! They provide the dance, Toy Story 5-day workshop. be an informal show of the children’s work, the drama, the singing, the costumes, Children come and perform a musical at the end of the week. the lights, the mics - all you need is version of ‘TOY STORY’! Monday 1st August to Friday 5th August enthusiasm! Whether you have never done any acting, Where: Weston Park Primary School, Crouch End. Monday 25th July - Friday 29th July. singing or dancing before you are Tel: 0208 444 5333 Where: Honeywell School, Battersea. welcome to this fun week of exciting Tel: 0193 225 4333 Web: www.crazeekids.co.uk musical magic with a big show on the last Web: www.stagecoach.co.uk day for family and friends. Children will get to wear lovely costumes and the shows are very exciting for 4 to 6 year olds as they perform on stage with full lighting. Monday 25th July - Friday 29th July. Where: Blenheim High School, Epsom. Tel: 0193 278 4001 Web: www.stagecoach.co.uk

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Matt Dawson Rugby Academy

Age: 7+

A fantastic opportunity to learn from an England World Cup Winner, this 5-day summer camp for children aged 7-16 years covers every aspect of rugby coaching, designed to build on existing talent and unearth future stars. A unique rugby coaching opportunity! There´s age appropriate coaching in the following: speed, handling, passing, rucking, mauling, scrums (age specific), line outs, chip kicks, box kicks, place kicks and decision making. All coaches are RFU qualified and CRB cleared. Monday 15th to Friday 19th August, camp hours are 9.30am - 4.30pm. Final awards ceremony, prizes and certificates. Where: Eltham College, Grove park, Mottingham Tel: 0115 973 1676 Web: www.mattdawsonrugbyacademy.co.uk

Active Sport Cross Keys

Age: 4 – 13 years

A specialised activity camp for children aged 4 – 13, Cross Keys has a fun and friendly atmosphere and provides the perfect environment for every child to thrive doing the activity they love most! Cross Keys is broken into four groups: Art, Drama, Sport (for 6-13’s) and Apprentices (for 4-5’s) Activities for apprentices include: arts and crafts, face painting, puzzles, parachute games, fancy dress, bouncy castle, singing, mask-making, weekly show, ball pool, Mr Tickle the clown, story time, playground, puppet making, clay, disco and stretch-andgrow. Activities for the 6-13 year olds include: sports: football, tennis, basketball, summer swimming, cricket, rugby, badminton, obstacle courses, mini olympics, volleyball and judo. Drama: improvisation workshops, contemporary dance and musical theatre, vocal techniques and singing, choreography, games, relaxation sessions and the weekly show! Art: clay, modrock, collage, marbling, printing, model making, jewellery making, painting, scenery and props for the drama show, mask making and loads more. Week 1: Monday 25 - Friday 29 July Week 2: Monday 1- Friday 5 August Week 3: Monday 8- Friday 12 August Week 4: Monday 15- Friday 19 August Where: Christ’s College School, Finchley Tel: 0208 371 9686 Web: www.xkeys.co.uk

Age: 5 – 12 years

Theatrebugs Age: 3 – 8 years Theatrebugs stories and class plans are designed to ensure they hit the spot for each of their three different class structures. Their stories are filled with characters that children love pretending to be, like pirates, explorers, sharks, fairies, superheroes and princesses! Where: Riverside Business Park Haldane Place. Tel: 0800 975 5290 Web: www.theatrebugs.co.uk

If your child likes to play lots of different sports or take part in a combination of dance, drama, arts and crafts sessions, this camp is perfect. Choose a Multi Sport programme that lets your child play their favourite sports and take part in World Cups & challenges. Alternatively they could try the Multi Activity programme full of arts & crafts and favourite games that will capture their imagination. Join the fun of Wacky Wet-day where campers can turn up in fancy dress or just as Wacky as possible, use the water slide, and take part in lots of fun activities that normally mean the ‘instructors get a soaking too’ and finish with the Wet-day Olympics. Where: Eltham College, Mottingham Tel: 0115 973 1676 Web: www.activatesport.co.uk

London Children’s Ballet Age: 3 – 17 years

London Children’s Ballet Summer School is an opportunity for young dancers aged 8 to 13 with no audition required, to take part in a varied selection of classes and workshops based on all aspects of performance. All are welcome, and classes will be streamed by technical standard and age so that dancers of all levels of experience will be challenged and have the opportunity to make new friends. The objective is to have fun and help children improve their skills by breaking down the many attributes required for a strong performance. Where: St Charles Square, London. Tel: 0208 969 1555 Web: www.londonchildrensballet.com

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Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy

Age: 5 – 16 years

The Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy is a fantastic opportunity to learn from one of the greatest cricket stars in a fun and safe environment! A fun filled week packed with every aspect of cricket coaching, designed to build on existing talent and unearth future stars. Fun, innovative and age appropriate coaching based on the fundamentals that made Freddie the great player he is Quality cricket expertise and innovative coaching delivered by ECB qualified and CRB cleared staff. Freddie or another international cricketer will visit the academy to pass on coaching tips. Free Academy Cricket shirt, certificate, feedback form and goodie bag for all full week players. Monday 25th July to Friday 29th July. Where: Eltham College, Grove Park Road, Mottingham Tel: 0115 973 1676 Web: www.andrewflintoffcricketacademy.co.uk

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Kids Theatre Week Budding thespians and general attention seekers can get their fill of theatre during Kids Week, a huge theatre event in August. Discount theatre shows, acting workshops, performance classes and more are on the line up for a week of top theatre fun in Central London. Kids Week 2011 takes place from 12th August – 26th August 2011 Now in its 14th year, Kids Week offers children the opportunity to experience the magic of London theatre for free, with booking opening in mid-July. During Kids Week, a child aged 5 -16 can go free to any participating show when accompanied by an adult paying full price. You can also purchase up to two extra children’s tickets at half price per transaction. Plus, kids can also take part in a fantastic range of free activities and events. Whether it’s an energetic dance workshop, a behind the scenes tour or singing workshop, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Tel: 0207 557 6799 Web: www.kidsweek.co.uk

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Read various kinds of stories to your child, using different voices and changing your intonation in order to make the story more exciting. Singing the lyrics is also a good way to keep your child´s attention.

Read your child’s favorite stories over and over again. Keep a collection

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Teach the time in a week?

Make sure your home has plenty of reading material that are age-appropriate for your child. Keep a collection of books, magazines and newspapers available in the house. Involve your child Talk to your child about what you are reading; point out objects in pictures and talk about what is going on in the story. When your child is old enough, ask questions about what is going to happen next, and objects in the pictures, and point out new words. Set a good example Show your children that reading is important to you as well. Read books yourself and ask your child to join you. Visit the library Take trips to the library with your child and let them pick out a book for story time.

In a recent trial 85% of the children learned to tell the time within one week using Aramazu The Learn To Tell the Time Right Now Book

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Children who are read to at least three times a week are almost twice as likely to score in the top 25 percent in reading than those who are read to less than three times a week. As a result, reading to kids can have lasting effects on their educational level in the future.


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Children´s Books

Books that should be found in any child’s library, There will surely be something to capture everyone’s imagination here!

The grunt and the grouch By Tracey Corderoy Meet The Grunt - if you dare - the grumpiest troll in the world! When The Grunt finds a party invitation on his doormat, he is furious - he hates Tuesdays, he hates visitors, and he hates parties. But then he meets The Grouch…and things are never quite the same again.

By Michella Knudsen

When Sophie and her Mother are sitting down for afternoon tea, suddenly the door bell goes. Sophie and her mum are left, wondering who it could be, it cant The selfish be daddy because he has a key crocodile so they go to the door to see!

Matilda By Roald Dahl

Matilda is a small girl with unknown magical powers. She comes from a family that dont care about anything but themselves. Matilda is on a mission to go to school and belong somewhere, but what troubles will she have to face with Headmistress Mrs Trunchbull.

Guess how much i love you By Sam McBratney

This is the story of two Nutbrown Hares, Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare. Although many see them as father and son they are never referred to as such. Little Nutbrown Hare asks Big Nutbrown Hare the title question, “Guess how much I love you?” The story is simple, but effectively, showing the love the two share for each other.

The very hungry catapilar By Eric Carle

Follows the progress of a little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.



The crocodile is lord of the jungle and all the animals are terrified of him. And the selfish crocodile won’t even let them go into the river! Then one day the selfish crocodile gets very bad toothache and it is up to the animals to decide whether they want to help him. A lively, funny tale that has wonderful animal illustrations.

Visiting the library regularly, Lion is allowed in because he sticks to the rules and there’s nothing to say that lions aren’t allowed in. Helpful and kind, the lion is soon a firm favourite with all the library visitors. Then one day, the lion performs a good deed, a rescue, that requires a loud roar but then he is banned from the library.


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We´re going on a bear hunt By Micheal Rosen

A chldrens classic of an adventure with the whole family “We´re going on a Bear hunt and we´re going to catch a big one” what will they have to get over and under and go through to find the bear?


Stick man By Julia donaldson

“Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three.” But it’s dangerous being a Stick Man. A dog wants to play with him, a swan builds her nest with him.And he even ends up on a fire! Join Stick Man on his troublesome journey back to the family tree.


Our No. Gruffalo

By Julia Donaldson Mouse can scare hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined?

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parent should read

Perfect Parenting By Elizabeth Pantley Your go-to guide for your parenting questions, from the author of the breakthrough No-Cry series. Perfect Parenting will give you the tools you need to feel confident as you bring up your children. This handy reference book will become an indispensable part of your family’s life.

Baby Minds By Linda Acredolo and Susan Goodwyn

The New Dad´s Survival Guide Man-to-Man Advice for First-Time Fathers

By Scott Mactavish A manual for new dads that deciphers the immensely confusing world of fatherhood and, gives crucial tips and advice from a man´s point of view. No psychobabble, no warm fuzzies - just hilarious ( and surprisingly practical) military-style guide to surviving and thriving through even the queasiest moments of pregnancy, birth, and babyhood.

More than 65 delightful games and activities to jump-start your baby’s amazing brainpower. Can simply singing a song or blowing a dandelion under a toddler’s nose help her mind to blossom? Can your baby count, remember events, and solve problems even before he can talk? The exciting answer to both questions is yes!

Time Management for Manic Mums By Alison Mitchell

The Baby Book Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two

By William Sears, Martha Sears, James Sears, Robert Sears The Baby Book is a comprehensive guide to parenting infants and toddlers from birth through the first two years of life.

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GET CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE IN 7 WEEKS Where does your day go? Do you feel as though you never seem to have time to breath in between all those things that you need to get done? Swamped with ever-increasing demands of work and motherhood? Then this is the book for you!

Diary of a New Mum This has been the longest – and the shortest – week of my life. It’s funny – people tell you how hard it is, coming home with a baby for the first time. They say that lack of sleep is a killer, and that your whole world will be turned upside-down. But nothing – nothing – can prepare you for those first few days. Of course, it’s not like this for everyone. People who have loads of family around, siblings with kids of their own, friends and neighbours to muck in, probably fare a lot better. But for us, well – it was just us. Hubby, baby and me. Knackered hubby, exhausted me, and screaming baby. Jackson was born on Sunday morning and we were all back Still, it’s not like home by Monday afternoon. This was a bit of a shock – I’d sleep is essential to expected to be kept in hospital your physical and for a few days, with this being my first baby and all. I’d mental well-being. expected to be allowed a Oh, it is! That must night’s sleep at the very least! be why I’m so I hadn’t slept properly for weeks at the end of the messed-up right now, pregnancy, getting up in the having been awake night to go to the bathroomyou know how it is. I hadn’t for approximately slept at all for the two nights nine days! before Jackson’s birth. And I didn’t sleep the night after either – in a ward with three other mums and babies there is always someone crying (and not necessarily the babies). Still, it’s not like sleep is essential to your physical and mental well-being. Oh, it is! That must be why I’m so messed-up right now, having been awake for approximately nine days! I’m afraid I’ve given up on breast-feeding. Go on – shoot me. I’m a terrible mother, my baby is destined for a life of sickness and obesity and I’ve failed, failed, failed. I tried, I really did, but there was nothing there. And I just couldn’t bear to listen to Jackson screaming while I waited for my ‘milk to come in’. Perhaps it’s a bit of a design flaw. Lord knows, we’d planned to breast-feed, and as such didn’t have a bottle, teat or scrap of formula in the house. Cue yet another emergency trip to the supermarket. (Our food bill has gone through the roof and it’s only the first week of the month). Jackson took to the bottle like he had been stranded in the desert for a year. He was happy, Paul was happy, and I feel like a failure. But, then again – I was bottle-fed, and most of my friends were bottle-fed. And we’re all fine. Of course, it is fantastic to breast-feed if you can, and you do give your baby extra immunity. The World Health Organisation recommends it, so don’t listen to me. All I’m saying is, don’t beat yourself up like I did if you can’t breast-feed. It’s not the end of the world. Unlike lack of sleep. Once i´ve had some sleep I will write again soon but until then it’s a long good night from me, Enjoy the 1st edition of Rascals Of London and tune in next edition to find out how I get on with motherhood!

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What´s On London is great for kids! Keep the whole family entertained with London’s kid-friendly attractions, events and activities.

June 1st - 8th

June - August

The month of June brings climate stories, Climate changing programe. Nearest Tube: South Kensington Time: 10am - 6pm, Monday – Friday

Classic War Stories for Children.

Science Museum

June - August

Doctor Who Experience

Step inside the TARDIS to take a starring role in your very own Doctor Who adventure at the Doctor Who Experience. Join the Doctor on a journey through time and space before exploring the wonders of Doctor Who at an out of this world exhibition. Where: London Olympia Nearest Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Time: 10am - 4pm

June - August

Dinosaurs Unleashed Discover what it would have been like 65 million years ago, with life size dinosaurs. Where: The O2 Nearest Tube: North Greenwich Time: 10am - 6pm www.dinosaursunleashed.co.uk

June 2nd - 6th

Madame Tussauds Marvel Super hero interactive wax figures and 4D cinema. Where: Marylebone Road Nearest Tube: Baker street Time: 9am - 7pm

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Once Upon A Wartime Where: Imperial War Museum Nearest Tube: Lambeth North Tel: 0207 416 5439 www.wartime.iwm.org.uk

June 12th

RBC Race for the Kids 5k Fun Run

Get your trainers on... Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity is encouraging everyone to take part in the RBC Race for the Kids 5k fun run. Money raised from the event will help fund the essential redevelopment of Great Ormond Street Hospital. Where: Battersea Park Nearest Tube: Sloane Square Time: 9.30am - 2pm Tel: 0207 239 3164 www.gosh.org

June 14th

The Barnardo’s Big Toddle The Big Toddle is a short sponsored walk for toddlers with all the proceeds going to help the UK’s most disadvantaged under 5´s. Where: V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green Time: 10am Tel: 0208 983 5200 www.barnardos.org.uk

June - August

Feed the Animals at Battersea Zoo A visit to the world famous Battersea Park Children’s Zoo in the heart of South London is a must see stop for all children. Where: Battersea Park Children’s Zoo Otters and Meerkats: 11am and 2.30pm Monkey Mayhem: 11.30am and 3pm Tel: 0207 924 5826 www.batterseaparkzoo.co.uk

June - 2012

Shrek The Musical

Every Saturday Somerset House

Shop, eat, skate and take a guided tour of somerset house. Where: Strand Nearest Tube: Temple Time: From 12:15pm - 2:45pm Tel: 0207 845 4600 www.somersethouse.org.uk

June 19th

West Ham United Stadium Tour Celebrate with your dad on Father’s Day at the home of Legends by treating your dad to a carvery and stadium tour. Where: Upton Park Stadium Nearest Tube: Upton Park Time: 12pm - 4.30pm Tel: 0844 375 8200 www.whufc.com

Based on the original Oscar-winning movie from 2001, and bringing everyone’s favourite big green ogre to life on the London stage. Where: The Theatre Royal Dury Lane Nearest Tube: Covent Garden Time: 3pm & 7:30pm Tel: 0844 871 8810

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Dancing with Karen Hardy Courtesy of the strictly come dancing star, Dance classes for 4-16 years. Where: Karen Hardy dance studios, imperial Warf Nearest Tube: Fulham Broadway Tel: 0844 567 1155

Where: Church road Wimbledon SW1 Nearest tube: Waterloo Time: 10am onwards www.wimbledon.org

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More What´s On June 23rd

Britains Got Talent Show

June 25th

The Three Little Pigs

Britains Got Talent Live takes to the stage in June as the hit iTV1 show showcases its winner and a number of the finalists at the O2 Arena. Where: The O2 Nearest Tube: North Greenwhich Time: 7.30pm Tel: 0844 249 1000

June 25th - 29th

Glee Live in London

For all ages: Enjoy Roald Dahl’s version of this classic fairy tale and make your own three little pigs, their houses and a big bad wolf to eat them all up! Where: Roald Dahl Museum Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm and 3pm - 4pm Tel: 0149 489 2192 www.roalddahlmuseum.org

July 2nd - 23rd

Shakespeare’s Pericles Calling All geeks, to see this fantastic show take to the stage. Where: The O2 Nearest Tube: North Greenwhich Time: 6.30pm

June 25th

Family Fun Run Pants in the Park Fundraising event! Get involved in a 5km family fun run to raise awareness for prostate disease. Decorate your pants and wear them with pride.. Where: Regent’s Park Nearest Tube: Regent’s Park Time: 11am www.prostateaction.org.uk

The Open Air Theatre has re-imagined Shakespeare’s “Pericles” for everyone aged six and over. It tells the story of the young prince Pericles, who takes to the high seas on a quest to discover the world, but ends up on a journey full of shipwrecks, tournaments and of a love lost and found. Where: Regents Park Open air theatre Nearest tube: Regents park

July 6th - September

The Tiger Who Came To Tea A childrens favourite story and now Play. The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger! Where: Vaudeville Theatre Nearest Tube: Charing cross

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July 16th

August 5th

Become part of Sir Francis Drake’s crew and spend a night on the Golden Hinde. On arrival you will be dressed in tudor clothes and taken aboard where the captain will give you your commands for the evening, alongside his dimwit assistant Jack. After an evening of fun activities you will settle down to sleep by the cannons.

The Underage Festival returns to London’s Victoria Park, with a fantastic show strictly for 14-18-year olds. Bands and DJs across six stages deliver teenage kicks - without alcohol, or embarrassing parents.

The Golden Hinde

Where: 1&2 Pickfords Warf Nearest Tube: London bridge Tel: 0207 403 0123

July 24th

The Underage Festival

Where: Victoria Park Nearest Tube: Mile End Time: 11.30am-8pm www.underagefestivals.com

August 24th - September 4th Batman Live

Ben & Jerrys Sundae It’s back! The legendary Ben & Jerry’s Sundae on the Common returns to Clapham Common for a weekend of family-friendly fun. Expect free ice-cream, musical entertainment and even a few fresians moo-ching on the lawn! Where: Clapham Commom Nearest Tube: Clapham Commom www.benjerry.co.uk/sundae/

July 31st

Ickle Pickles Charity Parade See back cover. Where: Tooting Bec common Nearest Tube: Tooting Bec Time: 11am-5pm

July 31st - August 5th Carnival del Pueblo

The carnival begins with a spectacular procession of exotic floats, costumes, musicians and dancers which ultimately find their home in Brockwell Park. The site remains busy until well into the night, with live music, delicious food and plenty of Latin spirit on hand to keep the crowds entertained. Where: Brockwell Park Nearest Tube: Brixton Time: 10am-9.30pm

For the first time in DC Comics history, see Batman the world’s most popular DC Super Hero as you’ve never seen him before, in an all-new, live-action arena adventure, set to take the world by storm Where: The O2, North Greenwich Nearest Tube: Greenwich www.theo2.co.uk

August 26th - August 29th Jolly Day Out

Jolly Day Out is all about the family, so that means keeping the kids entertained. They will have live shows in the theatre every day with Charlie & Lola’s Best Play. They also have more festival fun planned with hourly story-telling from The Roald Dahl Museum, as well as hands-on interactive demos with the coolest experiments from the Science Museum. Where: Hampton Court Green Nearest Tube: Richmond Time: 12pm Tel: 0208 241 9818 www.jollydayout.com

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Our Top

Restaurants for Rascals Our top 10 child-friendly restaurants in the city have been personaly tried and tested by Rascals Of London’s very own little Rascal, our son Henry. We visited each individual Restaurant and here´s our verdict.


Schmidt’s Cafe Clapham Common

Schmidt’s cafe is situated in the so-called nappy valley area of Clapham, and is so child-friendly, the NCT are known to host its groups there. Families are guaranteed to feel right at home. There is a variety of tasty food, and kiddie portions of adult meals, such as mini full English breakfasts, scrambled eggs with herbs and mushrooms and organic bread, fruit salads, small pasta portions and delicious herb sausages. Kids can sip home-made lemonade or babycinos from colourful beakers and dive into a range of books or play with finger puppets. The cafe also regularly offers face painting for children at the weekend so parents can enjoy their brunches in peace. Located in the park with plenty of outside space for kids to burn off their energy Schmidt’s provides fantastic facilities for children. Kids meals start at £2.50; adults at around £3.50. Tel: 0207 720 7787 Visit: www.schmidtsrestaurant.co.uk

Sticky Fingers Phillimore Gardens, Kensington

I’ll Have a Rolling Stone, Well Done... Opened in1989 by legendary Rolling Stones rocker Bill Wyman, Sticky Fingers is a kid-friendly restaurant with excellent food and service and tons of rock ‘n roll memorabilia that welcomes families! Wyman called his restaurant Sticky Fingers in honour of the infamous album released by the band. Bill Wyman’s Sticky Fingers remains one of London’s favourite, lively and fun restaurants featuring award-winning burgers, steaks, what some would say are the best ribs in London and freshly caught grilled fish. A kids menu starts from £7.95. Email: bookings@stickyfingers.co.uk Tel: 0207 938 5338 Visit: www.stickyfingers.co.uk

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The Original Hard Rock Cafe Old Park Lane

This place may not feel like the most authentic restaurant choice in London, but think again. This location is actually the original Hard Rock Cafe, open on this site since 1971. It has some amazing rock memorabilia that will probably eppeal to parents more than kids, but the general atmosphere is great for the whole family. Tel: 0207 514 1700 Visit: www.hardrock.com



Bodean’s Tottenham Court Road & Oxford Circus

Bodean’s is a fabulous American diner, right in the heart of London. They provide all the heartwarming (if calorie saturated) delights you’d expect like ribs (babyback, spare or beef) cooked in the wood-burning smoke pit, chicken wings with blue cheese sauce, nachos, meatloaf, pulled pork, or burnt ends (delicious morsels of slow-cooked beef brisket available on Mondays & Wednesdays). But by far the best feature for families is the great kids menu and a TV-room for kids to hide away in after meals, leaving the parents time for a little grown-ups time.

Tel: 0207 287 7575 Visit: www.bodeansbbq.com

Wagamama Covent Garden Exploded onto the UK dining scene with at least 16 locations to choose from in London alone... The food is Japanese and is fantastic, no sushi, and all pretty healthy. A favourite there is the meal combination, called “Absolute Wagamama”, where you get chicken, greens, and noodles in a chicken stock dish, accompanied by a side dish. The atmosphere is loud and fun, and you will remember it. High chairs are happily provided, which is sometimes unique in hip places to eat.


Candy Cakes Covent Garden

For delicious home-made cakes that are brightly decorated and look amazing, Candy Cakes is the place for you. They also offer a great selection of snacks and hot drinks. Tel: 0207 497 8979 Visit: www.candycakes.com

Tel: 0207 836 3330 Visit: www.wagamama.com


Giraffe Spitalfields

Giraffe serve tasty, fresh and healthy European and African inspired food, with a fantastic range of dishes. They even have a life-sized family of giraffes in the restaurant! Check out the beachstyle cafe area with a ‘fast and fresh’ menu or the Brekkie Bar for when the kids are getting impatient. Tel: 0203 116 2000 Visit: www.giraffe.net

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The Medieval Banquet London St Katharines Dock, East Smithfield

You can have a right royal time at the Medieval Banquet London. Enjoy traditional medieval fare with King Henny VIII whilst knights battle right in front of your very eyes.


Tel: 0207 480 5353 Visit: www.medievalbanquet.com


Gourmet Burger Kitchen South Kensington, St Pauls, Earls Court

Parents looking for a wholesome, tasty meal that both they and the kids will really enjoy need look no further than Gourmet Burger Kitchen where the humble hamburger gets a Gok Wan style makeover! Neglected for years as a staple of mere fast food, the burgers at GBK are given their rightful place in the limelight with a series of mouthwatering classic recipes and exciting new twists that’ll have you pondering what you’ve been missing out on all this time. With everything from their classic Aberdeen Angus beefburger to a buffalo burger or even the vegetarian Babaganoush burger (made using renowned chef Peter Gordon’s secret recipe), there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Gourmet Burger Kitchen. Tel: 0207 581 8942 Visit: www.gbk.co.uk

Rainforest Cafe Piccadilly Circus

Rainforest Café, located just 2-minutes from Piccadilly Circus, brings together the sights and sounds of the jungle in a vibrant and exciting atmosphere of fun for all the family including Animatronics and waterfalls. With a varied menu of American European dishes, theres also a children’s menu with Organic and Gluten Free options. Great for Birthday parties or family outings and with partner deals available at key times, experience something totally different and enjoy a truly unique time at London’s largest family restaurant. Tel: 0207 434 3111 Visit: www.therainforestcafe.co.uk

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New Mama

MYTHS It’s True! Scientists have found that parts of a woman’s brain, including those responsible for reasoning and planning, grow after childbirth, but here are some common misconceptions.

MYTH: When babies pull on their ears, it means they have an ear infection. It’s normal for kids to tug on ears! They’re floppy, fun things to grab onto, and babies are very curious and interested in ears. If an ear hurts, the baby probably won’t want to tug on it. MYTH: Breastfeeding mums have to eat a totally bland diet. Sometimes nursing mums think they can only eat rice and pasta, no citrus or anything spicy. But babies actually get the flavours of foods their mum eats through her breast milk, and research shows that those flavours may help babies develop their palate.” MYTH: Babies can be spoiled if held too much. During those first few months, holding your baby and responding to his cries is helping him form a secure feeling about the world. It’s common for parents to be so wrapped up in our babies that they forget to put them down, which can mean they learn not to be able to fall asleep alone or soothe themselves. MYTH: A green or yellow runny nose means that your child has a sinus infection and needs antibiotics. This is usually not true. A sinus infection is commonly defined as having a green or yellow runny nose that lasts for more than 10-14 days without improvement. Many other infections caused by viruses can also cause a green runny nose, but unlike a sinus infection, these infections will not respond to an antibiotic. MYTH: Giving your infant cereal will help him to sleep through the night. This is one of the most common. When your child begins to sleep through the night has more to do with his development and having a good bedtime routine where he learns to fall asleep on his own, and not on how hungry or full he is. Remember that many children do not begin to sleep though the night until they are about 3-4 months old.

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Beginnings Early Childhood Centre West London Tel: 0207 723 0330 Web: www.beginnings.org.uk Beginnings is a Progressive Jewish environment, offering the richness of Jewish learning, traditions, festivals, food and the Hebrew language, The centre welcome children of all faiths and their ethos encourages a respect of each person’s cultural identity.

Great London

Nurseries Make sure whatever nursery or childcare you choose is ofstead inspected!

Nelly’s Nursery West Dulwich Tel: 0208 761 4178 Email: info@nellysnursery.co.uk Web: www.nellys.co.uk

Leo’s Den Nursery

Nelly’s is a privately run day nursery situated in a fully refurbished Victorian house in West Dulwich. They help guide children towards the early learning goals as defined in the National Curriculum within a homely, family atmosphere where a child can learn through play and have freedom of choice of activities.

Playdays Day Nursery The Whitehouse, Wimbledon Tel: 0208 944 8959 Email: whitehouse@playdaysnurseries.co.uk

Queens Road, Wimbledon Tel: 0208 946 8139 Email: queens@playdaysnurseries.co.uk

Chiswick Tel: 0208 747 9599 Email: chiswick@playdaysnurseries.co.uk

Barton Road, West Kensington

Southwark, London Tel: 0207 403 4484 Email: rachel@leosdennursery.com Web: www.leosdennursery.com Children will have fun while learning in the brightly themed jungle look rooms.

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MiniStars Day Nursery St Margaret’s Church, Streatham Hill Tel: 0208 678 8600 Email: info@ministarsltd.com web: www.ministarsltd.com A privately run nursery accommodating 26 children, providing full and part time day care for 51 weeks of the year, closing only over Christmas and for statutory holidays.

Tel: 0207 386 9083 Email: barton.comeragh@playdaysnurseries.co.uk

Comeragh Road, West Kensington Tel: 0207 385 1955 Email: barton.comeragh@playdaysnurseries.co.uk Web: www.playdaysnurseries.co.uk A daily routine diary for every child under 2 years old is written for parents to take home at the end of the day at this nursery for parents to see nursery activities and how their child is progressing.

Little Angels Highbury Tel: 0207 354 5070 Email: littleangelshighbury@btconnect.com

Hopes and Dreams Montessori Nursery School

Islington Tel: 0207 833 9388 Email: city@hopesanddreams.co.uk Web: www.hopesanddreams.co.uk

Highgate Tel: 0207 281 3514 Email: littleangelshighgate@btconnect.com Web: www.littleangelsdaynursery.co.uk Little Angels’ rich and varied curriculum is flexible enough to allow for children’s individual needs. They choose activities to suit their enthusiasms and interests. There´s plenty of opportunities for group activities for children who want to join in. They are encouraged but never compelled.

Hopes and Dreams Nursery have an excellent reputation for a progressive and inspirational method of education for babies and children, aged from 3 months to 8 years. They are conveniently located and enjoy beautifully equipped premises, including an outdoor garden.

Magic Roundabout Nursery Southville Tel: 01179639800

Docklands Tel: 0207 364 6028

Kennington Tel: 0207 277 36 43

Stockwell Tel: 0207 498 1193/4

Walthamstow Tel: 0208 523 5551 Web: www.mrnnursery.co.uk They pride themselves on the emotional, social and physical development of their children in a relaxed, friendly and multi-cultural environment, which endorses learning through play.

Bringing up Baby Day Nursery Clapham Daffodils Day Nursery Norbury Crescent, Norbury Tel: 0208 764 4866 Email: info@daffodilsnursery.com Web: www.daffodilsnursery.com Handy for parents wishing to use public transport, daffodils is a members of the PLA (Pre-school Learing. Alliance) and the NDNA (National Day Nurseries Association). Daffodils takes the environment very seriously and have a range of policies in place to reduce the effect on the environment.

Tel: 0207 498 3165 Email: clapham@bringingupbaby.co.uk Web: www.bringingupbaby.co.uk

Chandos Nursery Covent Garden Tel: 0207 836 6574 Email: mail@chandosnursery.wanadoo.co.uk Web: www.chandosnursery.org.uk Located in the heart of Covent Garden with a playground attached to the nursery surrounded by the courtyard garden. Children enjoy weekly trips to the local library, parks, museums and animal farms.

The nursery provides high quality care in a refurbished building. The location is ideal; quiet but easily accessible by all forms of transport and close to Clapham Common, Wandsworth Road and Queenstown Road Stations.

Ruskin House Nursery School Herne Hill Tel: 0207 737 4317 Web: www.ruskinhouseschool.co.uk With qualified and experienced staff, Ruskin House is a source of new and wonderful experiences, at the same time preparing the attending children for a fulfilling, adventurous and successful life ahead.

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Music classes for babies and young children! Action songs and rhymes Music and movement Fun with percussion Musical games


Since 1993 thousands of children across the UK have grown up with Monkey Music. Our unique teaching curriculum was written by classically trained musicians, and introduces music to very young children in a way they can easily understand and enjoy.

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Family based activities, including Stay and Play sessions for children aged from birth - 5yrs. Messy Stay and Play for children from birth - 5yrs. Family Stay and Play for children aged from birth - 7yrs. Baby Signing classes for babies aged up to 2yrs from November 2011.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast is served from 7.45am. Leaving at 8.30am for school drop off. Prices start from £21.00 per week.

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For children aged 5 to 11 years. Facilities include a Soft Play Room, Craft Room and a large Adventure Playground. Prices start from £19.00 per week, including after school collection.

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Care for 5 to 11 year olds during school holidays. Prices start from £20.50 per day, this is including any day trips.

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Including a soft play room, a hall for children’s parties and meeting rooms .

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These regular programmes boost confidence and self esteem. Developed from the Parent Pods course, this programme enhances and supports confident parenting, This exciting and interesting programme is free, with a free crèche.

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Four free sessions of solution-focussed therapy given by qualified Human Givens Therapist, to deal with any emotional difficulties you need to overcome.

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Beat your way to a

music class

You only have to put a saucepan and a wooden spoon in front of a toddler to see how natural making music is to a young child. As soon as you start singing “Happy Birthday” or put a CD on, children’s faces seem to light up. Making music is almost as natural to them as walking or talking. One of the best reasons for enrolling your child into a music class is that they are such great fun for both of you! There are many other good reasons, such as early exposure to music, enhanced listening skills, learning to take turns etc. But I am sure a fun, interactive music class will be the highlight of your toddler’s week simply because they enjoy it so much. It isn’t just a case of passively listening to music or banging a triangle, they may be singing songs, playing with parachutes and puppets, dancing or playing percussion instruments. Most classes will include music, story, movement and the exploration of all kinds of musical instruments. Many classes start from as young as six months where small percussion instruments may be used to engage the children’s attention, and to develop hand-eye co-ordination. As any parent knows, creating sounds with objects fascinates babies. As babies feel, touch and see each instrument, they begin to form an association between instrument and sound.

In music classes for babies there will be gentle and playful songs for them to listen to and enjoy. Babies are captivated by different sounds and as the leader of the class and parents sing, babies will often join in with “musical babbling” which is their first speech sounds.

Music classes for pre-schoolers are based on the premise that all children are musical.

As the children play various instruments, they hear and wonder at the different sounds each instrument produces. Instinctively, they associate the sound with the instrument. As we all know, repetition at this age is essential, so some songs will be repeated at each class, ensuring that the babies feel comfortable. Toddlers will begin to develop their language skills and try to sing sounds to music, sometimes using formed words. Lessons for pre-schoolers will continue to be great fun, and children may also delight in listening to an instrument and guessing the name and where it goes in an orchestra.There is always lots of singing involved in all music classes and many songs will have movements associated with them. The teacher encourages the children to act out stories, play singing games and use movement in meaningful ways. Music classes for pre-schoolers are based on the premise that all children are musical.

All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in music if they are exposed to it from a young age. Early childhood is the time when children learn about their world, primarily through the magical process of play, which is why they enjoy music classes so much. They get to play instruments which make a great noise, and they learn how to control that noise, and also the volume and pitch of their own voice. Children will be exposed to many different kinds of songs in a class, with different beats and rhythms. They learn to develop an ear for beat and respond to beat, rhythm and qualities of music, such as loud and soft, and fast and slow. They will skip, hop, march, clap and step to the beat, showing their understanding of rhythm, beat and the feeling of the music. You can easily see why most children love their weekly music class! It also teaches them to take turns (not all the children can play the mini-drums at the same time!), to listen to their teacher and to others. These are valuable lessons to learn before starting school. Many studies have shown that music enhances other learning, such as the acquisition of language, listening skills, maths skills, auditory discrimination, social understanding, and personal discovery. If children have music classes which are both fun and nurturing, ultimately it may inspire a passion for music that continues throughout their life.

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Wheely Bugs Wheelybugs are guaranteed to entertain any child. They go backwards, forwards, sidways and round and round due to their multi-directional castors. They can be ridden, pushed, pulled, kissed and cuddled! Price: £65.00 Web: www.justwilliamstoys.com

Diner Kitchen Perfect for boys and girls. Your child can create wonderful play meals with this beautiful kitchen. With a two-ring hob with dials, oven, sink, microwave, chalk board and chopping board, what more could the little chefs want? Price: £120.00 Web: www.elc.co.uk


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This Summer

Baby Born Magic

The Kids will love scooting around the park on this light weight portable scooter. It comes apart in two pieces and will fit easily on top of a buggy or in the corner of a cafe. Also available in pink Age: 3 – 5years

Price: £52.00 Web: www.justwilliamstoys.com

Wigwam Teepee Play Tent Keep the little ones cool and entertained this summer with this great WigWam TeePee. If your child likes being an Indian, give their imagination a helping hand with the Children’s Wigwam Teepee Play Tent The Kids will LOVE IT! Price: £48.99 Web: www.therandomshop.co.uk

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Dora Bike This Bike is a perfect starter with stabilisers and chopper hi back included making your child the coolest rider in the city. Rascals Of London LOVE THIS!! Price: £79.99 Web: www.smythstoys.com

Make Your Own Clock Colourful cogs are assembled in the clear plastic case, to make a fantastic mechanical clock. With easy to follow, illustrated instructions the kit is suitable for children as young as six, forming a fun and educational project. Price: £19.99 Web: www.notonthehighstreet.com

Butterfly Fairy With Mask For girls who like to dress up - the perfect outfit! Price: £40 Web: www.notonthehighstreet.com

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Sophie the Giraffe The famous giraffe ‘Sophie’, in natural rubber (phtalate-free), has been part of babies lives for almost 50 years. Price: £12.99 Web: www.sophielagirafe.co.uk

43cm function doll. Feed BABY Born her ice cream and she will get a messy face which needs to be cleaned with her scarf (colour-change effect) She is waterproof, has magic eyes, a drink and wet function and cries real tears. Includes ice cream, cloth, spoon and plate, bottle, diaper, simple potty, magic dummy, birth certificate. Colours and styles may vary.

Price: £32.99 Web: www.smythstoys.com

Perfume Laboratory Extract and blend your own secret formula of heavenly scents with your own private perfumery. You can also follow the other experiments to grow scented crystals, gross out mum with sublime burp slime, make forest pourri, scented note paper and much more! Price: £13.99 Web: www.justwilliamstoys.com

Nursery Swing The swing is one of the best loved playground rides. This folding nursery swing has incredible dual usage factors. It is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and makes for a fantastic preschool or home toy. Price: £29.99 Web: www.smythstoys.com

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Disabled Friendly

Places to Visit in the City Fancy a day out in the fresh air? We’ve picked some attractions that are easily accessible to everyone.

Lee Valley Riding Centre

Kidspace Adventures

Set in the heart of East London, in the green surroundings of Lee Valley Regional Park, Lee Valley Riding Centre caters for beginners and experienced riders in a friendly environment.

Kidspace Adventures have created a new breed of centre. From toddlers to twelve there´s something for everyone. Kidspace alters the perception of an indoor adventure park with its huge range of play equipment, activity zones and unique party offerings.

The Centre is a British Horse Society (BHS) accredited riding school and the first equestrian centre in the UK to be awarded a QUEST accreditation – a leisure industry award that recognises best practice. In partnership with the Riding for the Disabled Association, Lee Valley Riding Centre provides riding lessons for children with disabilities.

London Wetland Centre

There’s full access to the indoor arena viewing area, tack shop, cafeteria and yards for people in wheelchairs. The Riding Centre has a ramp and hoist to assist riders with limited mobility to mount horses. Lessons can be provided for riders with a variety of special needs. Where: Lea Bridge Road, Leyton. Tel: 0208 556 2629 Web: www.leevalleypark.org.uk

The mosaic of pools, ponds and lakes at the London Wetland Centre recreates 105 different habitats from around the world. Get closer to nature using new technology and TV monitors that let you explore the wilderness areas of the reserve. There are free guided tours and bird feeds daily. The majority of paths have tarmac and are accessible for wheelchairs. Facilities include low-level access to the ground-floor hides, free wheelchair loans and a fixed hearing loop in the audio-visual theatre. Where: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London SW13 9WT, Tel: 0208 409 4400 Web: www.wwt.org.uk

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Kidspace Adventures is wheelchair-accessible. Where: Purley Way. Tel: 0208 686 0040 Web: www.kidspaceadventures.com

Lady Allen Adventure Playground The Lady Allen Adventure Playground is a safe and secure oasis on the north edge of Wandsworth common, surrounded by trees and shrubbery. They have lots of swings, slides and play structures and a wild wooded area behind the building where children dig, make dens, climb and hide. The indoor facilities include play areas, a soft play installation, an arts and crafts area, an indoor slide and a video games room. The Playground provides adventurous, imaginative, and exciting play opportunities for disabled children and their siblings between the ages of 5 and 14. The playground has recently achieved their Quality in Play accreditation from Play England. School Holiday Playschemes open from Monday to Friday 10.00 to 16.00 Saturday Club: 10.00 to 16.00 Where: Chivalry Road, Wandsworth Common Tel: 0207 228 0278 Tel: www.wandsworth.gov.uk

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Horniman Museum and Gardens Covering 6.5 hectares (16 acres) of beautiful grounds, the Horniman Museum and Gardens in South East London feature formal landscaped gardens and promise stunning views over London. Highlights include a sunken garden, the analemmatic sundial where you can tell the time using your own shadow - and a beautiful rose garden. There´s also an animal enclosure with turkeys, goats and rabbits and a nature trail. The Horniman Museum and Gardens are both wheelchair-accessible and have accessible lavatories. Where: 100 London Road, London. Tel: 0208 699 1872

Battersea Park Children’s Zoo Fun for little monkeys, and for animals too! Set in the beautiful Battersea Park, this small children’s zoo is home to all sorts of animals - from farmyard favourites to monkeys, birds and reptiles. There is also a contact area where children can see the animals close up and stroke them. The zoo offers guided and unguided tours for groups of all sizes, and they will structure your day to meet the specific requirements of your group. For guided tours, your guide will stay with your group throughout your visit.

Streatham Kart Raceway Go Karting - kids parties, practice sessions available to children aged 8 to 16. Develop and improve your driving skills with computerised timing encouraging your efforts. Advance booking required. Disabled children can go on Karts.

The zoo is fully accessible with signed events on request, Braille information sheets and disabled toilets. Where: Battersea Park, London Tel: 0207 924 5826

Where: 390 Streatham High Road, London, SW16 6HX Tel: 0208 677 8677 Web: www.playscape.co.uk

Ceramics Cafe

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

At the Ceramics Café, children get to paint their own ceramics. Not only will they have a fun time painting their shapes, the shapes are then glazed, to give it that shiny look, and the child will be able to take it home and use it on a daily basis. Perfect for Kids Parties.

This reconstructed open air theatre on the banks of the Thames brings the world of Shakespeare to life using interactive exhibits and live demonstrations. A full theatre programme runs between May and September. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the exhibition are both accessible. The theatre has provision for wheelchair users and a hearing aid induction loop is available at all performances. Both hearing and guide dogs are welcome. Where: New Globe Walk, Bankside Tel: 0207 902 1500 Web: www.shakespeares-globe.org

The Ceramic Cafe is wheelchair-accessible. Where: 6, Argyle Road, West Ealing, London. Tel: 0208 810 4422 Web: www.ceramicscafe.com

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Launching Summer 2011 A New Website for Mums!

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“There’s so much more to mums than nappies and the school run!”

If you’re a mum and you have a business you’d like to promote or a hobby or talent you’d like to share, then this will be the perfect place! There will be many ways to get involved including lots of competitions with wonderful prizes. Find us now! We’re on: Facebook: www.facebook.com/morethanmummies and Twitter: twitter.com/#!/MoreThanMummies

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HELP, I am only human! Do you often find yourself saying, ‘I just don’t know where to start!’ or ‘I’m trying to do everything but succeeding at nothing!’ or ‘If I had another 24 hours in a day, I could manage my life!’ If so…you’re probably a Mum! Let me introduce myself. My name’s Isabelle and I’m mother to Jemima aged 7, Carl aged 4, Zachary aged 2 and Theo aged 11 months. I am one of the Directors of DreamMaker Day Nursery, a Nursery in Tower Hill. I’m also a barrister and I run my own legal practice specialising in employment law and legal advice to small businesses and charities. I am in the process of setting up a charity, The DreamMaker Foundation, which will set up educational establishments for street children overseas. I am married to my best friend, Clyde, who is creative, spontaneous and people-oriented, my complete opposite, in fact – this means that all things to do with the organisation, administration and structure in our household (i.e. everything!) falls on my shoulders. We are both very busy, probably just like you and especially if you’re full time at home. When I was at home full time with my children during maternity leave, it was one of the hardest times of my life – going to work again was a welcome break! But, here are some of the ways in which we squeezed in learning with Jemima and our other children, whilst managing our own daily routines:

1. We teach them anytime, any where

Even when they go to the toilet! For Carl, our 4-year old, we might look at the objects in the toilet and identify the shapes – the toilet roll in the shape of a cylinder, the tissue box in the shape of a cuboid, the notice on the door in the shape of a rectangle.

2. We link their learning with goals they want to achieve

We once laminated giant letters in different colours, threw them in the garden and got

7. We’ve switched our satnav to French! Our SatNav speaks to us in French! It took Clyde a while to figure out what ‘she’ was saying to us and we’ve ended up visiting some very interesting places. But, in the end, we all understand that ‘Tournez a gauche’ means ‘Turn left’ but ‘Dirigez-vous a gauche’ means head towards the left (believe me, there is quite a difference between the two!).

8. Our children always see me reading

Jemima to spell the word ‘Ice cream’. When she did it, she ‘earned’ ice cream’ for the whole family.

I often tell my children that reading is a ‘Key to Life’. There are other such ‘Keys’ for me and mine may differ from yours, but reading is definitely a major one for every child.

3. Our children learn through play

9. We read with our children

Carl, my 4-year old loves running outdoors, but doesn’t like maths. We took him to the woods and set him the task of collecting twigs to make into swords. He counted the twigs as he collected them. He then had to negotiate the number we would let him take home and had to do simple subtraction to figure out how many twigs he could keep.

4. We use ‘dead’ time

As we’re driving to Nursery, I have a conversation in French (on the way there) and Spanish (on the way back) with my 2-year old Zachary using simple phrases and basic words: ‘Comment tu t’appelle?’ – ‘What is your name?’ (French) ‘Cuantos anos tienes?’ – ‘How old are you?’ (Spanish).

5. We model good work ethics

We have a very long table in our kitchen and we often sit down as a family to do our work – Clyde and I do our College work (to emphasise that adults get homework too!).

6. We turn any situation into a learning opportunity

The other day, we went to a National Trust property and were exploring the grounds. The children began to climb a tree. Clyde pulled some of the bark from the tree and there were insects crawling around as well as some indications of dry rot. Clyde is a quantity surveyor and became very excited by the dry rot. He explained what it is and what it can do to wooden furniture.

I must confess, I really don’t enjoy reading out loud and I have absolutely no interest in what Chip and Biff are doing with their Magic Key, but… reading with children just has to be done. The key to my time management is using every second of ‘dead’ time, so, if I arrive at school with even 2 minutes before the bell rings, I sit on the ground and read to my children – half a page is better than none at all. Invariably, I end up with a crowd of children (not my own!) joining in.

10. We teach our children to work towards a goal

Jemima is currently revising for exams (yes, exams at the age of seven!). I’ve created a revision chart for her and took her out shopping the other day for the rewards she would earn for completing each piece of work. For example, she gets a ‘Silly Band’ (costing about 2p) for each set of 20 Maths questions she does. When she finishes all of the Maths exercises, she gets a wind-up torch (costing £3), when she completes all of her revision – in Maths, English and Comprehension – she gets a toy puppy (costing £10). Carl and Zac have already asked for ‘revision’ so they can start earning too!

I put all of this into practice since before becoming a mother (I used to read to my children in the womb, play classical music to them and talk to them through a speaker attached to my belly!). But I worked really, really hard on it when Jemima started ‘failing’ at school. For me, I’ve learned that, despite all my accolades, the only one that really matters is seeing my children thrive…I wouldn’t want to be a Superwoman, but being a Super Mum is something I can achieve. You can too. ‘Impossible!’ I hear you say. Guess what? You can’t fail - because you’re the one who sets the exam…then you mark it yourself! Isabelle Parasram would love to answer your questions or to have your comments on her article. Please e-mail her at: Director@dreammakerdaynursery.co.uk You can also read more about her at: www.mydreammaker.co.uk/our-ethos

My beautiful children, from left: Carl, Theo, Jemima, and Zachary.

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Nutty’s Children’s Parties

Party tips: 1.

First, choose your location.


If you are thinking of having the party at home, have you got enough room? Children need enough to be able to sit down comfortably, but small children don’t take up a lot of space.


If you aren´t having the party at home, book the venue first and well in advance. The best venues usually book up fast.


Next, book the entertainer.


Always have a chat to the entertainer who will be coming to your party, even if booking through an agency.


Make sure your entertainer offers a varied show

Run by Dulwich based actor, Danny Nutt, Nutty´s parties offer a variety of fun-packed, exciting and original drama workshop and adventure parties for children aged 3-9. The company now has a reputation of creating fun and activity-filled parties especially aimed at those with active imaginations and bags of physical energy. For their trademark Adventure parties, kids will be transported to...Pirate Dan’s Treasure Hunt, The Super Dan’s Adventure, Daniel The Space Warrior’s Mission (for Star Wars fans), The Princess’ Adventure and Wizard Dee’s Adventure (for fans of Harry Potter)...plus many more themes! contact Danny at: danny@nuttyschildrensparties.co.uk, call him on 0788 405 0954 or visit the web site: www.nuttyschildrensparties.co.uk

Charlie the Clown

- children can´t concentrate for long on the same thing. And they need time to run around.


Make too much party food. Pizza is popular and easy to prepare.


Decorate the table with colourful fruit and vegetables– grapes, sliced banana, apple, carrots etc.


Avoid fizzy drinks – they are usually loaded with sugar & artificial sweeteners etc. Serve juice.

10. When sending out invitations, plan for siblings and parents, as well as your child’s friends.

11. Instead of a birthday cake, why not bring in a tray of fairy cakes! They are simple to bake and home-made is best!

12. Helium balloons are expensive. If the entertainer is making balloons for the children, just purchase one special balloon for the birthday child.

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Charlie entertains children of all ages and offers a variety of entertainment - clown and magic shows, singing, dancing, games, balloon modelling, story-telling and puppets. Charlie also performs as Captain Bluster the Pirate, Mr Wiz the Wizard and Egbert the Explorer. Children are kept busy, happy and entertained throughout the party! Visit: www.charlietheclown.co.uk or call: 0780 873 2390


Pyjama Party There’s nothing like sitting around in your pyjamas and your favourite slippers, drinking hot chocolate, eating biscuits and sharing stories with friends. Invite everyone over for a pyjama party an all-night sleep over to celebrate your child´s birthday.

Magic Party There is nothing more fascinating for children than magic. Remember when that coin was pulled from behind your ear, or when that eight of hearts card mysteriously ended up on the top of the deck? Come on, we can all admit that we marvelled!

Pirate Party

Party Ideas

Treasure Hunt The perfect theme for a birthday - treasure chests filled with sand, costume jewellery and puzzles for your guests. Attach colourful balloons if you desire. Use treasure maps as place mats on each table; put instructions on each table with clues to find treasure you have hidden in the house or garden. Fill a room with balloons to lead people to the “buried” treasure. Don’t forget “who’s a pretty boy then” (the parrot), leave clues to find the letters to spell the parrots name. And finally, list the clues as well as the “rules” on the instructions for this Treasure Hunt Kids Party inside or outside. Chocolate money is a great idea for hidden treasure.

Does your child want to be a pirate? Find the buried treasure? Discover an island? Meet Captain Hook? Well, maybe not the last one, but this is a great party for any adventurous mate. Make an invitation and be creative. I suggest a treasure map to your house, what else? This isn´t hard to do and the whole family can get involved. Just make sure the clues aren’t too hard! Plan out your menu, and the activities that go along with it, etc. What do pirates eat? They love cake and ice cream and hot-dogs. Decorate the house with balloons and pictures of pirate ships and your table with chocolate money as treasure. Make treasure map place mats (that will send them looking for treasure).

Safari Party Track down animals in the jungle (aka your house or garden) + when you find them, put the right name on. Other games include pin the tail on the donkey, finding pairs of animals for Noah´s ark and animal dressing up. Bake animal-shaped biscuits + let the kids decorate them for the birthday tea. And don´t forget face painting and model making.

Film Star Party Make the Birthday child a film star for the party. All kids love dressing up and what better than for them to choose their favourite film star and all the guests can guess which star, character and film. Prizes could be in the style of Oscars. You could video the party interviewing guests as their film star role or acting out their favourite scene. And all for their 15 minutes of fame!

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1. Recognise that you are not a failure – You are not the only single parent in the world. In the UK statistics show that 1 in 4 parents are parenting alone. (The average age of a single parent is 36, 55% previously married, 75% of children will experience a non-nuclear family while growing up and only 36% of families are traditional/nuclear).

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2. Take responsibility for your role in the break

6. Create family time - Your family unit will be

up – It takes two people to really work at a healthy relationship. Recognise that divorce/ separation was maybe the only and the best solution to a failing relationship. You will learn something new about yourself and face the future with a new found knowledge.

going through a time of restructuring, spend time with the children and share how you are all feeling with the changes that are going on. Single parents say that their relationship with their children has benefitted immensely once they are parenting alone. So find that space where you can have a family meal, DVD night and during this time you can share what is going on for everyone.

3. Forgive yourself – Nobody is perfect, it is a complete waste of time spending every hour of every day pondering, questioning and obsessing over the demise of your relationship.

4. Forgive your ex – Eek, might feel like a tricky one, however you don’t want to be wasting time in your life being angry about someone else’s shortfalls. By forgiving your ex partner you can find peace within yourself.

5. Take care of yourself – Find something new that interests you, get in touch with some old friends, listen to music that you loved when you were a teenager, find laughter again.

7. Move forward – Get informed with any benefits you are entitled to, bring laughter back into your life, feel empowered with your new future and get connected. Join us at www.onespace.org.uk and share your experiences and support others who are at the beginning of their journey. If you are finding it very hard to move forward with your life, it is important to find some external help, contact your doctor or seek out some counselling.

‘One Space is a really really good place to be able to find answers to problems and most importantly I have found that I can just be me, me on a good day or me on a bad and down day, and someone always answers, that is so refreshing these days and I really do appreciate it, thank you!!!!!!!!!’ “I can’t tell you how much this site has meant to me, it has made me focus on the issues and look for solutions”

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Kids Play Cafe Tel: 0208 655 1583

Latino Bambino Tel: 0796 183 8349

Monkey Music Tel: 0208 438 0189

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Notting Hill Prep Tel: 0207 221 0727

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Yesodey Hatorah School Tel: 0208 800 8612

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Little Kickers Tel: 0193 242 9602

London Childrens Ballet Tel: 0208 969 1555

Music Makers Tel: 0142 565 4819

Stage Coach Tel: 0193 225 4333

Super Camps Tel: 0123 583 2222

React Drama Workshops Tel: 0208 366 1623

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Mother Care Tel: 0207 581 5764

Mummy & Little Me Tel: 0152 254 8811

Oh Baby London Tel: 0207 247 4949

Pares Footwear Tel: 0208 297 0785

Petite Ange Tel: 0207 235 7737

Pom D Api Tel: 0207 243 0535

Please Mum Tel: 0207 486 1380

Ralph Lauren Tel: 0207 590 7990

Roobub&Custard Tel: 0779 645 1513

Rykiel Tel: 0207 493 5255

Small Print Tel: 0208 567 7871

The Cross Tel: 0207 727 6760 ‎

Trotters Tel: 0207 259 9620

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