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What’s inside The best bits 15 Baby’s First Food Introducing your baby to solid foods.

19 Weaning with Annabel Karmel

Weaning Recipes on page

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Sharing her favourite healthy weaning recipes.

27 Beautiful Boutiques A selection of our favourite London boutiques.

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34 More best bits 34 Spring Fashion Parade In the secret garden with vintage inspired, designer label, Their Nibs London.

58 The Best Car Seats for 2014 Our top tried and tested car seats for all ages.

65 Parenting Your Strong-Willed Child Learning to parent your strong-willed, spirited child.

74 Alternative Easter Goodies Easter isn’t just about chocolate, Check out some of our alternative gifts this year.

77 Child’s Play Our top children’s indoor play centres across the city.

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irst of all, before I start telling you about this amazing edition, I best wish my little man Henry a Happy Birthday, I cannot believe you are going to be 9 on March 11th. I know me being on the computer all the time drives you mad but I promise on your birthday I won’t touch work (well maybe a little whilst your at school).

Talking of Henry, In the Summer holidays last year I sent him off to Mill on the Brue in Somerset where he had the most amazing time, he met children from all over the country and stayed at the residential camp for a week. I would highly recommend it especially if you are working parents, the children enjoy at least six activities every day so there is no time to get home sick. Read all about Henry’s stay on page 70 and don’t forget to book your spaces now for the Summer holidays. We always get letters from mums who are struggling with what to cook for their little ones and how to start the weaning process, with this in mind we have revisited weaning with an article on introducing solid foods for the first time (page 15), some fantastic recipes from the lovely Annabel Karmel on page 19 and a selection of essential weaning products every family would love. Not forgetting our amazing competition to win a Brother Max scoop high chair worth £340 on page 23. Great Grandparents are often the first death that your children will experience and with my Grandmother passing away in January I realised how much of an effect it was having on Henry and searched for ways to help him understand. We have teamed up with Child Bereavement to bring you an article (page 40) aimed at helping you tackle those difficult conversations and selected a few books that helped us and I hope they help you too. Also in this edition we have the beautiful Spring Fashion Parade by Their Nibs London entitled; In the secret Garden on page 34, a selection of our favourite Indoor play centres across the city (page 77) and a special feature on the best car seats for 2014 on page 58. I hope you enjoy this edition as much as we enjoyed putting it together, as always its lovely to hear your thoughts on our articles and features. Make sure you catch up and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for weekly competitions and do make sure you sign up for our weekly newsletters, just visit our website to subscribe.

Natasha Hewett Editor-in-chief

Rebecca Harding Assistant Editor

Emma Pailing Copywriter

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Gavin Bridle Art Direction

Advertising with us: Email: emma@rascalsoflondon.co.uk Tel: 07514 852 648

General Enquiries: Email: info@rascalsoflondon.co.uk

With many thanks to our contributors: Their Nibs London, Mary Ashton, Natasha Wiening Photography, Gambado, Diddi Dance, Maria from Eddie Catz, Kathryn Mewes, Annabel Karmel, Sarah Rose, La Chouette School & all our advertisers.

I’m going to enjoy a Chai Tea Latte, Happy reading,

Natasha

Natasha Hewett, Editor-in-chief

No part of this magazine, including the advertisements within it may be reproduced, without the express permission of the editor. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for errors, inaccuracies or omissions. The opinions expressed within Rascals of London magazine are not necessarily the views of the publishers, but those of individual writers. Rascals of London is printed by Wyndeham Group.

Many thanks to Their Nibs London for supplying us with our cover shot taken during the Spring fashion shoot which you can find on page 34.

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Rascals Reviews All the latest product reviews.

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Weaning Made Easy Products every family would love.

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Celebrity Special Drew Barrymore’s 2 minute make-up tips for mums.

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Rascals News Keeping you up to date on all the latest news across the city.

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Hot Mum A selection of tempting, stylish and comfortable maternity underwear.

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When a Grandparent Dies

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Teaming up with Child Bereavement UK to help your children cope with a death in the family.

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Fussy Eaters!

Farming Around

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Holiday Family Fun

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Booty Barre Home Workout Getting into shape at home.

Reluctant Readers Clubs & Classes Find a club or class near you.

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Luxury holidays for the whole family.

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Carefully selected Dyslexia friendly reading books.

Discover the urban agriculture near you.

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Q & A with Ben Faulks Talking about his arena debut on the CBeebies Live! The Big Band 2014 tour.

How to stop throwing yet another meal in the bin?

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What’s On When Our extensive guide to keeping the whole family entertained.

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Motorola, Remote Wireless Baby Monitor £159.99 - www.motorola.com

Piriuki Luxe Nappy £17.00 - www.piriuki.com Highly adjustable by snaps, with 4 sizes and crossover tabs allows a perfect fit during all the grow stages of your baby. With comfort fit in the waist and anti-wicking leg gussets, this nappy is simply perfect! An inner contact layer of stay dry fleece allows your baby to feel dry and cozy and the outside a super soft minky makes your baby feel fluffy as a bunny! Available in a variety of colours and cute prints, all Piriuki Luxe nappies come with two Luxe inserts.

The Motorola Remote Wireless Baby Monitor is packed with all the features you need to safely monitor your baby throughout

the early stages of life. The monitor has a high quality 3.5” LCD Colour screen with adjustable brightness & contrast to give you the best viewing experience. The Camera has a fully motorised head enabling it to Pan tilt & zoom around the bedroom to watch over your baby & child, it has a 25 FPS frame rate giving you a live seamless video without any glitches.

Gro-Clock £29.99 - www.gro-store.co.uk How do you get your children to understand when it’s time to get up? SIMPLE “stay in bed until you see the sun!” This updated version of the Groclock uses fun images of the stars and sun to communicate when to go back to sleep and when it’s time to get up.

Mountain Buggy Terrain £489.00 - www.buggybaby.co.uk The Mountain Buggy Terrain works as well as it does in the countryside as it does in the city. The Mountain Buggy Terrain is the ultimate in Jogging Strollers. The design and the “Slowing Down” Drum Brake gives maximum control, allowing you to master your speed, making hills and slopes much safer with your Mountain Buggy Terrain. The Mountain Buggy Terrain also melds precision steering and maximum control for getting active with refined style and manoeuvrability for the city. Furthermore the Mountain Buggy Terrain will assure you that your baby gets a comfortable ride, thanks to the suspension and 16 inch wheels.

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Boori Country Eton Cot To Double Bed £599.99 - www.boori.com The Boori Eton Range of Nursery Furniture is a contemporary design with a classic edge and as you expect from Boori, exudes quality and style. Available in 3 beautiful finishes, The Eton moves away from the classic Boori finishes and is available in Mocha, Natural and White.

Converts from cot to toddler bed suitable from birth to around 5 years then on to a full size double bed. Includes Bed Rail for Toddler Bed and extension set for conversion to a Double Bed. Matching cosy 2 seater sofa when in double bed mode. 2 base heights to allow easy access to baby.

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MaByLand Comfort Carrier

£45.00 - www.bababing.com

£84.99 - www.mabyland.com

Little ones are guaranteed a comfortable ride in the Bababing Rock Out Rocker as it features two reclining positions, so it’s suitable for lounging and feeding as the legs can be locked to stop babies rocking. The Quick Smart Supportive Harness opens out fully for no fuss entry and exit, with finite adjustment for security and comfort. While the toy bar features a host of engaging characters for hours of entertainment.

Fully supportive and comfortable baby carrier for both parent and child, allowing you to carry your child in comfort for longer. The Comfort Carrier carries baby in an ergonomic seated position from 3 months to 3 years. The Carrier includes a large storage pocket and soft attachable cotton blanket that wraps around the outside.

Piriuki, Reusable Nappy £15.99, piriuki.com

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin £9.99 - www.lansinoh.com Lansinoh HPA® Lanolin is an ultra purified grade of lanolin, refined using a unique process to make it the world’s safest, purest lanolin. Lansinoh HPA® Lanolin Nipple Cream has been specially developed to help soothe and protect sore, cracked nipples in breastfeeding mothers.

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Lansinoh Affinity Pro 2 In 1 Electric Breast Pump £120.00 - www.lansinoh.co.uk The Affinity Pro™ can be used as a single or double electric breast pump, and has two separate phases to simulate your baby’s natural sucking pattern. Phase 1 provides rapid suction to stimulate the breasts and initiate milk flow. This is then followed by Phase 2 - slower, deeper suction to maximize milk flow. The Affinity Pro™ is effortless to assemble, use and clean, and is as effective as a hospital grade pump

Babymoov Sport Style Maternity Bag £64.99 - www.babymoov.eu The Babymoov Sport Style Maternity Changing Bag is a unique and versatile changing bag with a modern sporty design for active mums that like long trips with baby. The gorgeous, bright interior can be removed and washed transforming the Sport Style into a weekend bag or daily bag to take to the gym. With two large compartments separated with a further zipped compartment, two roomy side pockets, exterior zipped pockets and a slot pocket at the front keeps baby items and personal belongings safe and secure all in one place.

Origami buggy £929.00 - www.johnlewis.com Introducing the 4moms Origami pushchair with a 2 stage power-folding mechanism, which opens and closes itself with the simple touch of a button. The Origami was designed for busy mums in mind and provides great functionality. The 2 step folding function means that the pushchair will only fold when you need it to and the safety sensor ensures that it doesn’t fold whilst your child is still seated. Safety features include the daytime running lights and the reflective piping help increase you and your child’s visibility.

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Summer Infant Slumber Buddy - Green Frog

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£22.00 - www.mothercare.com The Summer Infant Slumber Buddy Frog is the ideal bedtime companion for soothing your little one to sleep! A star and moon nightlight display projects around the room in 3 colour options. Complete with lullabies and nature sounds.

Underneath, the additional pathway lights turn on automatically in low light conditions enabling you to see in hard to navigate areas. Powered by the generators in the rear wheels, the pushchair charges itself as you walk along and what’s more, you can also charge your phone when on the go. Keep track of power levels with the LCD dashboard, which also includes a thermometer, speedometer and trip and lifetime odometers, so you can keep check of the distances travelled.

Little ones are in for a comfortable trip thanks to the round seat that reclines and the 4 wheel suspension is sure to provide a super-smooth ride. Packed with handy storage options, which include a removable storage bag, a handlebar bag for important essentials and a handy cup holder.


FAMILY Snugglebundl £39.99 - www.snugglebundl.co.uk This beautiful multi-award winning hooded baby garment ties at the front and the soft, strong handles on this wearable wrap let you lift and lay your baby so gently that they’ll stay sleeping;

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even lifting babies in and out of car seats, prams and pushchairs without waking them is so easy. Snugglebundl is amazing help for wrapping & lifting baby after c section and can really help post birth recovery time too.

Justafit ADJUSTABLE Sleepsuit £19.99 - www.loubilou.com No two babies are the same. One size doesn’t fit all. Some 12 month old babies need an 18-24 month size, others a 9-12 month size. A Justafit velcro sleepsuit adjusts to fit, is hard wearing and lasts longer.

Silver Cross Reflex Pushchair £250.00 - www.johnlewis.com Give baby a comfortable and stylish ride with the Reflex model from Silver Cross. Its air flow ergonomic back support combines with the adjustable calf support to ensure baby is in the best position. The silent, multi-position seat recline lies flat for pleasant nap times and can be altered using just one hand. Your little one can face forwards to watch the world go by, or backwards for great parent-baby eye contact with the addition of a birth pack (sold separately). The Reflex pushchair also converts to a travel system with Silver Cross Simplicity. The tyres are puncture resistant and the handle is height adjustable

Nursing Bra Fast Food - Dotted £45.00 - shop.boobdesign.com Nursing Bra Fast Food is a soft, seamless bra with a perfect fit both during pregnancy and nursing. It is smart and flexible in a flattering, feminine design. The bra has a deep cut with a thin lace edging and wide adjustable straps with nickel-free details. The cups un-clip easily with one hand.

Almondella Box www.almondella.com Imagine receiving the loveliest products, you didn’t even know existed, beautifully wrapped and presented in a gift box? Sent to your door, every month, through the pregnancy and your babies very first year. Almondella has taken the task to source the best products for that special time in your life, thoughtful products with excellent and functional design, especially for you.

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The Raspberry, the latest edition to the iCandy family

Lightweight, compact and manoeuvrable the unveiled iCandy Raspberry pushchair will keep you on the move. The Raspberry is iCandy’s new state-of-the-art lightweight compact fold stroller. Hopping on and off buses, from cafés to cabs, up curbs and through the London underground, with its agile chassis weighing 5.83kg, ease of fold and innovative, hidden spacious storage capsule, the quick and easy pushchair is the smart choice for urban adventures with your new born – or toddler. The latest addition to the iCandy range has been conceived from consumer feedback and given life by iCandy’s design team. Part of the design brief was to ensure comfort; the seat unit is soft with added cushioning for the child’s comfort and is made from a water resistant fabric for ease of cleaning. Lightweight, compact and manoeuvrable, the Raspberry keeps you on the move and is suitable for children weighing up to 15kg. The seat unit is highly adaptable, the option of a lie-flat position allows the stroller to be used from birth, as well as parent and world facing. The 3-position reclining seat adjusts to suit the mood of your infant or toddler. The stroller will fold with the seat unit in situ or it can be removed to make storage of the Raspberry even more compact. The innovative seat folds like a clam shell protecting the seat unit from muddy wheels when stored. When folded the Raspberry is compact and freestanding making it easy to fold, carry and store.

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Parents take pride in the luxurious look of an iCandy, but it’s in the handling where iCandy pushchairs excel. Styled to perfection, the Raspberry comes with a state-of-the-art wheel design to complement the innovative tyres with 4-wheel independent suspension, ensures smooth strolling for both parent and child no matter the surface or bumps in the road. The chassis comes in two colours, a sleek matt black or natural brushed aluminium with the iCandy logo lasered into the frame for that perfect finish. To allow you to customise your Raspberry the hood is available in 7 fresh colour ways - Arctic Night, Atlantic, Lush, Beetle, Sunflower, Wisteria, Fuchsia. What's more, the quick and easy pushchair goes the extra mile: its unique iCandy accessories allow your Raspberry to grow with your little one. For newborns iCandy have created a fabulous Newborn Pod keeping your baby warm and comforted with a knitted outer fabric and luxury inner fleece lined double layer wrap. The design also makes it easy to take your baby in and out of the stroller, whether they are awake and wriggling or sound asleep. For the older child there is a larger footmuff with a non-slip base, Ripstop performance fabric on the outer lining and a cosy inner fleece lining to keep your little one warm and snug. iCandy know your child likes to have independence and movement so on the front there is a large fleece-lined pocket for the child to keep their hands warm or store their favourite toy. Both the Newborn Pod and Footmuff are also available in 7 stunning colours so you can choose to match the hood or you can mix and match to your own taste with over 100 fashionable combinations.


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Any way you want it Wayfarer is the contemporary three-in-one lightweight travel system that’s designed for ultimate flexibility and all-out fun. It includes a carrycot, and adapts from lie flat pram to easyfold pushchair, with vibrant mix and match fabrics and ingenious accessories. Personalise it to suit you – whichever way you style it, it’s an instant classic.

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Baby’s First Foods When to start introducing solid foods

Introducing your baby to solid foods, often called weaning on to foods, should start when your baby is around six months old. It is a really important step in your baby’s development and can be great fun to explore new flavours and textures together. To begin with, how much your baby takes is less important than getting them used to the idea of eating. They will still be getting most of their nutrition from breastmilk or infant formula. Babies don’t need three meals a day to start with, so you can start by offering foods at a time that suits you both. Gradually you’ll be able to increase the amount and variety of food your baby eats until they can eventually eat the same as the rest of the family, in smaller portions. Research shows that babies need nothing but breastmilk or infant formula for the first six months of life. This gives a baby’s digestive system time to develop so that they cope fully with solid foods. This includes solid foods made into purees and cereals mixed with milk.

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Family Why it pays to wait until they are ready If you are breastfeeding, feeding only your milk up to around six months will give them extra protection against infection, and it will continue to protect them for as long as you carry on. Whether your baby has breast milk or infant formula, waiting until your baby is ready for food will save a lot of time too, as they will quickly be able to feed themselves and with less mess, as they will be able to swallow properly.

Three signs your baby is ready for their first food Every baby is an individual, but there are three clear signs which, together, show your baby is ready for solid foods alongside breastmilk or infant formula. It is very rare for these signs to appear together before your baby is six months old.

1.  They can stay in a sitting   position and hold their head   steady. 2.  They can co-ordinate their   eyes, hands and mouth so   that they can look at the   food, pick it up and put it in   their mouth, all by   themselves. 3.  They can swallow food.   Babies who are not ready   will push their food back   out, so they get more round   their face than they do in   their mouths. Some signs that can be mistaken for a baby being ready for solid foods: • chewing fists • waking in the night when they have    previously slept through • wanting extra milk feeds These are normal behaviours and not necessarily a sign of hunger, or a sign of being ready to start solid food. Starting solid foods won’t make them any more likely to sleep through the night. Extra feeds are usually enough until they’re ready for other food.

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Getting started • Always stay with your baby when    they are eating in case they start    to choke. • Let your baby enjoy touching and    holding the food. • Allow your baby to feed them    selves, using their fingers, as soon    as they show an interest. • Don’t force your baby, wait until    the next time if they are not    interested this time. • If you are using a spoon, wait    for your baby to open their    mouth before you offer the food. • Your baby may like to hold a    spoon too. • Start by offering just a few pieces    or teaspoons of food, once a day. • Cool hot food and test it before    giving it to your baby. • Don’t add salt, sugar or stock    cubes to your baby’s food or    cooking water.

Tips on what foods to give your baby as they grow Feeding your baby from 0-6 months Breast milk or infant formula. ‘Follow-on’ formula is not suitable for babies under six

months, you don’t need to introduce it after six months either. Introducing solid foods before six months: if after checking with your health visitor or doctor, you decide to introduce solid foods before six months, you should avoid giving your baby certain foods as they may cause food allergies or make your baby ill. These include foods that contain wheat, gluten, nuts, peanuts, peanut products, seeds, liver, eggs, fish, shellfish, cows’ milk and soft or unpasteurised cheese.

Baby food from 6 months First foods: your baby’s first foods can include mashed or soft cooked fruit and vegetables like parsnip, potato, yam, sweet potato, carrot, apple or pear, all cooled before eating. Or soft fruit like peach, melon, soft ripe banana or avocado as finger foods or mashed. Or baby rice or baby cereal mixed with your baby’s usual milk. Keep feeding them breast milk or infant formula as well but don’t give them whole cows’ milk as a drink until they are a year old. Next foods: soft cooked meat such as chicken, mashed fish (check very carefully for any bones), pasta, noodles, toast, pieces of chapatti, lentils, rice and mashed hard boiled eggs. Also full-fat dairy products such as yoghurt, fromage frais or custard (choose products with no added sugar or less sugar). Whole cows’ milk can be used in cooking or mixed with food from six months.


Family Cups: introduce a cup from around six months and offer sips of water with meals. Using an open cup or a free flow cup without a valve will help your baby learn to sip and is better for your baby’s teeth. Read more about drinks and cups for babies and children.

Feeding your baby from 8-9 months Gradually, in this time your baby will move toward eating three meals a day. It will be a mixture of soft finger foods, mashed and chopped foods. Your baby’s diet should consist of a variety of the following types of food: fruit and vegetables; bread, rice, pasta, potatoes and other starchy foods; meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non dairy sources of protein and milk and dairy products. Read more about understanding food groups.

Your infant’s food from 12 months Your baby will now be eating three meals a day, chopped if required, plus breast milk or whole cows’ milk and healthier snacks like fruit, vegetable sticks, toast and rice cakes. They can now drink whole cows’ milk. Choose full-fat dairy products because children under two need the extra fat and vitamins found in them. From two years old if they are a good eater and growing well they can have semiskimmed milk. From five years old 1% fat and skimmed milk is OK. You can give your baby: • Three to four servings a day of starchy food such as potatoes, bread and rice • Three to four servings a day of fruit and vegetables • Two servings a day of meat, fish, eggs, dhal or other pulses (beans and lentils)

What milk when? For around the first six months you should feed your baby only breast milk or infant formula. Only use soya-based infant formula if your GP has advised you to. Follow-on milks are available for babies over six months but there is no need to change over to these. Cows’ milk can be mixed with food from six months and whole cows’ milk can be given as a drink from one year. Infant formula, follow-on formula or growingup milks are not needed once your baby is 12 months old. Goats’ and sheep’s milk are not suitable as a drink for babies under one year and rice drink is not suitable as a drink for children under the age of five.

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Tips to encourage your child to explore foods • Healthy eating. Babies like the food they get used to so give them as many different, healthier foods as you can – this way they are more likely to keep eating them as they grow up. It is a great habit to get into and one that will hopefully make your life a little easier as they get older. Also, do not give them foods or drinks with added sugar, or salty or fatty food, as this will make them more likely to want them as they get older. • Solid foods and milk. As your baby eats more solid food, they may want less milk at each feed, or even drop a milk feed altogether. Babies should have breast milk (or infant formula) for at least the first year, and can carry on with breast milk for as long as you both want. From 12 months cows’ milk is fine as their main drink. Infant formula, follow-on formula or growing-up milk is not needed once your baby is 12 months old. • Take time. Allow plenty of time for eating, especially at first. Rushing or forcing your baby could lead to problems. Go at your baby’s pace and stop when your baby shows you they have had enough. • It’s messy. It can get messy but this is an important part of your baby’s development. You may want to cover the floor with newspaper or a protective mat to make clearing up easier. • Show them and eat together. Babies copy their parents and other children so you can help them by showing them that you eat healthier foods. Babies enjoy watching you eat, and learn from being a part of family mealtimes. Help them join in by talking to them and giving them food when you or the rest of the family is eating. Having mealtimes around the same time every day can make it easier for your baby to know when to expect to eat. • Finger foods. Let your baby feed themselves with their fingers. This way they can show you how much they want to eat, and it gets them familiar with different types of food. It also makes eating more enjoyable. As a guide, the best finger foods are foods that can be cut up into pieces that are big enough for your baby to hold in their fist, and stick out of the top of it. Pieces about the size of your own finger work well. • How much? Most babies know when they are full up, so don’t make them finish a portion when they don’t want to. Smaller, more frequent meals and healthier snacks will suit them better when they are young. Don’t worry if your baby hasn’t eaten much in a meal or a day, what they eat over a week is more important. • Homemade is best. Homemade food is made from simple ingredients with no added sugar or salt. Any unused food can be kept in the fridge or frozen. Then all you have to do is reheat the amount you need. This also helps them get used to family foods and saves money. • Jar or packet food. Baby food in jars or packets can be handy, but portion sizes are often too big and much of it has the same texture. This may make it harder for your baby to accept more varied textures and to move to family foods as they get older. Jars are useful when you don’t have much time or you are out with your baby. • Sit up straight. Make sure your baby is sitting up straight so that they are able to explore foods better and are less likely to choke. • Offer different foods. Babies like to choose for themselves and sometimes take their time getting used to different foods, so offer a small amount lots of times to let them gradually get used to new foods.

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Beaba Babycook Original 4-in-1 Babyfood Maker An invention which revolutionised food preparation thanks to its multi-function system: steam cooking, blending, defrosting and reheating. It guarantees healthy and nutritious meals, preserves the vitamins, to give baby the very best when switching to solids. Price: £89.95 www.johnlewis.com

Beaba 1st Stage Baby Spoons - Set of 4

Bib’secondes Steam Bottle Warmer

This set of 4 colourful and modern feeding spoons for baby from Beaba is perfect for babies transitioning to solid foods.

The Beaba Express Steam Bottle Warmer will bring milk and baby foods to the perfect temperature, without hot spots, in just 2-3 minutes with Beaba’s warmer.

Price: £12.00 www.blossommotherandchild.com

Compatible with nearly all glass or plastic bottles and jars, it works equally well with home-cooked and packaged baby foods. Price: £69.00 www.boohoobaby.co.uk

Bibetta Bibs Mam’s brilliant Bibetta bibs are made of neoprene (wetsuit material) and have a soft, friendly and flexible feel that children love! Neoprene is waterproof, absorbent and very easy to clean and all have large, soft pockets that fold out to catch food. Price: £5.50 www.bibetta.com

Fill n Squeeze Starter Pack Available to the UK for the first time the Fill n Squeeze system has been cleverly designed to help feeding on the go! Allows you to have the convenience of a portable, mess free baby food pouch, while still providing your little one with fresh homemade food and the ability to reuse the pouch over and over again! Ideal if you’re starting on baby weaning & looking at having homemade food on the go. Contains pouch filler jug, plunger (which doubles up as a masher), jug closure cap, 5 x 150ml squeezee reusable pouches, sterile and ready to use. Price: £19.99 www.fillnsqueeze.co.uk

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Pasta with Tomato & Mascarpone Sauce Cooking 20 minutes

Weaning Recipes

So you’re at the stage where you want to begin introducing yo ur baby to the wonderful world of food … but where do you start? With more than 20 years’ experience, the UK’s number one pa renting author, Annabel Karmel MBE, sh ares her favourite weaning recipes with Ra scals of London. Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 red onion (about 140 g/5 oz), peeled and chopped 30 g (1 oz) carrot, peeled and chopped 30 g (1 oz) courgette, washed, topped and tailed and chopped 15 g (1/2 oz) celery, washed and chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 50 g (2 oz) mushrooms,washed and chopped 400 ml (14 floz) passata or 400 g (14 oz) tinned chopped tomatoes 2 tablespoons apple juice 60 g (2 oz) pasta shells 2 tablespoons torn basil leaves (optional) 3 tablespoons mascarpone cheese 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

P reparation 10 minutes

Makes 4 portions Suitable for Freezing

Method: 1. Cook the pasta following the packet instructions, then drain. 2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a saucepan and sauté the onion, carrot, courgette and celery for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. 3. Add the mushrooms and sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in the passata or tinned tomatoes with the apple juice, cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 4. Remove the tomato sauce from the heat, add the basil (if using) and blend in a food processor. Return to the pan and stir in the mascarpone and Parmesan. Stir the sauce into the pasta.

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Vegetable Couscous P reparation minutes

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Cooking 15 minutes

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Makes 3 portions Method: 1. Put the couscous into a bowl, pour over the stock or water and cover the bowl with cling film. Leave to absorb for 10 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the onion, courgette and pepper, stir, then cover with a lid and sautÊ for 3–4 minutes. Stir in the garlic, then add the passata. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. 3. Add the basil, then blend half of the mixture until smooth, using a hand blender. Mix with the chunky sauce and the couscous. If the consistency seems too thick for your baby, you could add a little extra water or stock.

Ingredients

Suitable for Freezing

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30 g (1 oz) couscous 100 ml (3 1/2 floz) unsalted vegetable stock or water 1 teaspoon olive oil 1/2 medium red onion (75 g/3 oz), peeled and finely chopped 1/2 medium courgette (75 g/3 oz), washed, topped and tailed and finely chopped 1/2 red pepper (50 g/2 oz), washed, deseeded and finely chopped 1/2 garlic clove, crushed 150 ml (1/4 pint) passata 2 teaspoons chopped basil


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* Sweet Potato with Broccoli & Peas

Cooking 10 minutes Makes 3 portions

Ingredients 1 small sweet potato (300 g/11 oz), peeled and chopped 60 g (2 oz) broccoli florets, washed 40 g (1 1/2 oz) frozen peas

Method: 1. Steam the sweet potato for 3 minutes. Add the broccoli florets and steam for another 4 minutes.

Suitable for Freezing

2. Add the frozen peas and cook for 3 minutes. Blitz the vegetables using an electric hand blender, together with about 75 ml (3 floz) of the water from the bottom of the steamer.

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Apricot, Apple, Pear & Vanilla Puree

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Cooking 5 minutes Ingredients 75 g (3 oz) dried apricots, chopped 1 large dessert apple (150 g/5 oz), peeled, cored and chopped 3 tablespoons apple juice 2 tablespoons water a few drops of vanilla extract 1 large ripe pear, peeled, cored and chopped

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1. Put the apricots and apple into a heavy-based saucepan together with the apple juice, water and vanilla extract. 2. Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 4 minutes. Add the pear and simmer for another 2–3 minutes. 3. Purée using an electric hand blender.

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2 Minute Makeup Tips for Mums Interviewed and written by Mybaba www.mybaba.com

Drew Barrymore, mum to Olive and founder of FLOWER beauty, always looks so fresh, pretty, and confident, doesn’t she? What’s her secret? Drew shares her 2 minute makeup routine for new mums, what she loves (and hates!) about motherhood, her most embarrassing pregnancy moment (oh, how we can relate to her craving!), and the mom advice she most treasures.

What is your favorite thing about being a mum?

trying to remember perfection probably doesn’t exist. Then, going straight back to beating yourself up again for not being perfect (and then hopefully having a good laugh at yourself).

Being a mum makes me think so much about my reactions to things. With kids, your reactions to everything are so utterly important and it’s made me rethink other parts of my life as well. In a nut shell, how you handle everything comes into the sharpest focus of your life when you become a parent.

Any embarrassing pregnancy or new mum moments?

What’s been the hardest thing about motherhood? Guilt, guilt and more guilt. It’s never enough, being an overachiever doesn’t come close to cutting it. Worry, Worry, Worry. Wanting to make everything as perfect as you can for your kids, while

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I’m at Rite Aid, ordering a mint chocolate chip ice cream cone, and as I’m going animal on the cone, I look up and a paparazzi is taking a picture inside the store. I felt so humiliated in that moment, I just wanted to be a crazy pregnant woman eating her ice cream. Needless to say, I yelled at him, walked out of the Rite Aid with my head held high, and continued to eat that ice cream like nobody’s business.


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What’s the one thing about motherhood you were never told prior to being a mum, but totally want to share? A friend of mine said, “It’s their journey” and that sentence has really, really stayed with me. It’s not about you, it’s about making their journey the best that it can be.

For new mums who are short on sleep and time, do you have any every day recommendations for how to feel like themselves again? I’ll try to do a workout DVD at home while Olive is napping every once in a while. It’s also good to start wearing more fitted clothes again because I don’t know about you, but I dressed like “Frumpy Mc. Frumpterton.”

Any tricks or shortcuts for new mums who have less time to get ready – if they could apply 2 or 3 things tops, what would you recommend? I do these short videos called “Tip Tuesdays” on www.FlowerBeauty.com and I talk about my “Two Minute” makeup routine. It’s amazing what you can do in two minutes!

What’s in your makeup bag? Our new FLOWER Glisten Up! Highlighter Chubby that is coming out in January. I put it on my cheekbone, brow bone, a tiny bit down the slope of my nose and a dab on the bow of my lips. It has literally changed the way I do makeup. I love it and I can’t wait for people to try the new product.

What’s the one beauty item you can’t live without? Concealer. I never leave home without it. I love our Skincognito Stick Foundation, or for something lighter, our Lighten Up! Illuminating Concealer click pen. They’re my go to!

What celeb do you most admire for her makeup (or makeup free!) style? I like women who change up their styles. Whether it was Jane Fonda, Vintage Madonna, Scarlett Johansson — I like reinvention and women who keep you guessing.

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ilovegorgeous was born out of a fascination with fabric, colour, trim silhouette and a little hint of sparkle. Fun and feminine, the aim of the brand is to make everyday and party wear for girls who love to be girls and aren’t afraid to show it.. Where: 73 Regents Park Road, NW1 8UY. 52 Ledbury Road, W11 2AJ www.ilovegorgeous.co.uk

Bonpoint With boutiques dotted across the Capital, this beautiful French fashion label is never far away. For more than 30 years Bonpint have been dressing our brood, persistently keeping it chic. Where: 15 Sloane Street London SW1X 9NB www.bonpoint.com

London Boutiques London has baby mania. Luckily, our capital has super-cool boutiques to cater to your baby and child’s needs.

No Added Sugar The popular London-based brand recently opened its first shop in Notting Hill’s chichi Ledbury Road. Here you’ll find the whole collection for babies and boys and girls up to the age of 12. Where: 57 Ledbury Road, W11 2AA www.noaddedsugar.com

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Mayoral Already a best-selling children’s wear brand selling in more than 55 countries through 140 Mayoral stores, Mayoral’s latest edition, located in the heart of Northcote Road, is keeping little Londoners bang on trend. Mayoral provides stylish coordinated looks for babies and children aged 0-9 years and has been at the forefront of Spanish fashion for more than 70 years. Where: 58 Northcote Road, SW11 1PA www.mayoral.com

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Petit Bateau This shop will find favour with those who like discreet but luxurious baby wear. Representing the less frilly and fussy end of French fashion, this is a great store to buy your baby apparel. Where: 62 South Molton Street, W1K 5SR. 70 Marylebone High Street, W1U 5JL.. 106 - 108 Kings Road, SW3 4 TZ. 125 Upper Street, N1 1QP. 73 Ledbury Road, W11 2AG. 19 Hampstead High Street, NW3 1PX. 133 Northcote Road, SW11 6PX. www.petit-bateau.co.uk

Born

An impressive range of organic, fairly traded baby clothes and paraphernalia, with baby massage classes on a Sunday. The first Born store opened in March 2000; it was then and still is now their vision to bring natural, organic, fairly traded and practical baby products to the High Street. As well as this they want to impart information to parents to be to allow them to make informed choices about pregnancy, birth and parenting. Where: 168 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 www.borndirect.com

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Bob and Blossom Dear little knitted and crocheted animals, smart toy cars, spinning tops and bike horns, romper suits and sweetly logoed T-shirts – the selection at Bob & Blossom is nothing if not eclectic. Where: 140 Columbia Road Tower Hamlets, E2 7RG www.bobandblossom.co.uk

Kidsen KIDSEN is a fun and friendly, award winning children’s store stocking Scandinavian inspired products. The range includes everything from Classic Wooden Toys and Swedish Nursery Furniture through to beautiful and practical children’s clothes from some of Scandinavia’s best brands. You really will find everything you need - along with tons of helpful advice! Where: 111 Chamberlayne Road, NW10 www.kidsen.co.uk

Cordelia de Castellane

You can expect to see a gorgeous collection incorporating soft colours, cosy couture pieces maintaining an innocent, vintage-chic style. Where: 38b Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, W11 2AB. 133 Fulham Road, South Kensington, SW3 6RT. www.cdec.fr/en

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JoJo Maman Bebe

JoJo Maman Bebe was launched in 1993 as a response to the lack of fashionable and affordable maternity wear available in the UK. Today, JoJo Maman Bebe is one of the leading maternity and baby and children’s wear companies, offering a one-stop solution for thinking parents. JoJo Maman Bebe now has everything you need for your exciting new arrival, from practical bibs and breast pumps to nursery furniture and decorations as well as offering the most extensive maternity collection. Where: 167 The Broadway, Muswell Hill, N10 3RS. 47 The Broadway, N8 8DT. 258 West End Lane, West Hampstead, NW6 1LJ. 101 Westbourne Grove, W2 4UW. 82 Turnham Green Terrace, W4 1QN. 12 Cale Street, Chelsea Green, SW3 3QU. Unit 30, The Exchange Shopping Centre, Putney, SW15 1TW. 72 Northcote Road, SW11 6QL. 39 Bedford Hill, Balham, SW12 9EY. 6 Lordship Lane, Dulwich, SE22 8HN. 21 Montpelier Vale, Blackheath Village, SE3 0TJ. www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk

Elias & Grace

Elias & Grace has successfully established itself as a luxury brand in its own right. Offering stylish parents an unrivalled retail experience and unprecedented access to the best in chic and unique international designer childrenswear for 0-10 years. Where: 158 Regents Park Road, Primrose Hill, NW1 8XN. www.eliasandgrace.com

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Caramel Baby & Child The bewitching Caramel brand was started by Eva Karayiannis, a trained lawyer whose distaste for ‘mass-produced clothing covered in logos’ led her to open her own shop in 1999. Her foray into designing togs for children aged 0-12 has certainly paid dividends. The look is relaxed, not aggressively trendy but obviously well finished and fun to wear.

Where: 291 Brompton Road, South Kensington, SW3 2DY. 259 Pavillion Road, Sloane Square, SW1X 0BP. 77 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, W11 2AG. 400 Oxford Street, Selfridges, 4th Floor, W1A 1AB. 63 New Bond Street, Fenwick, LG Floor, W1A 3BS. www.caramel-shop.co.uk


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When a Grandparent Dies:

The Impact on Children Parents have a great deal to manage when their own parent or carer dies. There is the grief associated with their own loss but also the reactions and responses of their children to the death of a grandparent. The death of a grandparent is often a child or young person’s first encounter with the loss of someone important as the result of a death.

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ependant on their life experiences so far, the realisation that we die may come with varying degrees of surprise, even shock. They probably have had an awareness at some level, but until directly affected may not be prepared for the reality. Some children will work out that if a grandparent has died, other people may

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shape how these children respond in the future; whether they feel it is OK to talk about death and dying and to show their emotions, or perceive it as something better ignored and swept under the carpet.

die, resulting in unusually clingy or anxious behaviour. Others may take it all very much in their stride.

The media tends to present a rather skewed version of death and dying, concentrating on the dramatic and traumatic. This can result in some children, not just those who are younger, being rather anxious, viewing dying as something fearful. It might help to reassure your children if you explain that just like being born, dying is a part of the life cycle and that it is a natural and inevitable result of growing older.

Children look to the adults around them for cues on how to react and respond, so this first encounter with loss and grief is an important life lesson. It will influence and

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family Others may be a bit more prepared having had a family pet or someone else that they know die. These previous experiences will hopefully have familiarised them with some of the behaviours and feelings associated with a death and the rituals we use to say goodbye. If your children understand that you are upset or behaving differently because their grandparent has died, your distress will be of less concern to them. Explaining that to react like this is perfectly natural gives your children “permission” to show their own sadness, should they need to. Equally, remind them that we are all different and if they don’t have the same response as you, or other family members, that is OK too. The closeness of the relationship and frequency of contact that grandchildren have had with their grandparents will influence their response. The death of a distant grandparent with whom they have had little contact may be an event that causes little upset and any grief is short lived. However, children can sometimes be taken unawares. Initially unaffected, the full significance of the loss may not be realised until attending a family occasion such as a wedding. They are now aware that someone important is missing, and always will be. Young people can sometimes not appreciate the special things that grandparents can bring until that grandparent is not around. Gone also is the potential to put right any regrets that a grandchild may have as regards their relationship with their grandparent. Negative feelings associated with this can sometimes be helped by writing a letter to express what they wished they had said when the grandparent was around. As a consequence, the relationship the child has with any grandparents still alive may take on a new, more positive, meaning. In today’s world, many grandparents have a key role to play in a child’s life providing childcare for working parents and seeing their grandchildren on a regular basis. Others are their grandchild’s main carer, responsible for the child’s upbringing. Clearly, the closer relationship, the more keenly the loss will be felt and for a significant number of children and young people today, it can feel like losing a parent.

Steven was eight years old when his much loved grandmother died. He went in and out of the hospital room several times before saying goodbye. He left a small picture of himself on her pillow to “take with her”.

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Health opportunity for children to learn that they can handle sad things in life and therefore acquire increased confidence and strengthened resilience for whatever life might throw at them, a powerful legacy for any grandparent to leave. Should you need further information or guidance, please do not hesitate to contact the Child Bereavement UK Support and Information Line 01494 568900. www.childbereavementuk.org Written by Jill Adams

Suggestions of resources that may be helpful Dear Grandma Bunny by Dick Bruna Price: £3.99 Miffy’s Grandma died last night and Grandpa Bunny is crying. Using Miffy’s experiences, this simple story would help an adult to explain to a very young child why people are sad when someone dies and what happens at a funeral. It includes a basic illustration of a coffin. Suitable for around age 3 upwards.

Badgers Parting Gifts by Susan Varley Price: £4.99 When old Badger dies, his friends think that they will be sad forever. Gradually they are able to remember him with joy and gratitude and to treasure the gifts he left behind for each one of them. Primary school age.

Granpa by John Burningham Price: £5.99 Granpa nurses his grandaughter’s dolls, eats her pretend ice cream and takes her tobogganing. A poignant tale of friendship and loss. Primary school age.

Adolescents and teenagers often have a stormy relationship with parents and carers and therefore appreciate non-judgemental support and unconditional love from grandparents. Modern communication methods such as SKYPE mean that even when geographically distant, a close bond can be formed by a child with a family member who can offer a different view of the world from that of a parent. The loss of this special relationship can be deeply felt. When a grandparent dies, it is an opportuntity for a family to grieve together, but at the same time recognising that each had their own unique and individual relationship with that grandparent, and will therefore experience the loss in their own way. The death is an

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Let me set the scene... Once again you have prepared a lovely meal for your darling little one and you have placed it in front of him with your other hand behind your back with your fingers tightly crossed in the hope that he will devour the entire lot... the green vegetables first!

“Yuk� is the reply and the plate is pushed to the middle of the table, which is a blessing compared to yesterdays Sheppard’s pie which decorated the kitchen floor!

In despair and with a fear of him going to bed hungry you give him what he wants.... ...the jam sandwich! Does this little tale ring an element of truth in your home, if so; do not think that you are alone. All children between 1 - 5 years old will challenge their parents at some stage at the meal table. This is a natural part of child development. It cannot be avoided. It needs to be managed accordingly.

Kathryn Mewes, Bespoke Nanny, enters family homes every week and helps them with a variety of challenges they are having with their children. One element of her work revolves around meal times and in just 3 days she has made fundamental changes. A fresh face with a positive attitude can break the habits you have found yourself in and give you the strength and guidance to believe in your child again. They will eat a variety of foods. Small steps and a calm and positive attitude and soon the meal table will be the hub of family life. A third of parents in England worry that their children are not getting enough to eat or eating the right foods.

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You are not alone if meal times have become that part of the day you dread.

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Stop the meal table being a battle ground! It is a fact that if you make a change in a child’s routine and continue for 3 consecutive days you will see a strong change in their behaviour ... So what have you got to lose? In her book ‘The 3 Day Nanny’ Kathryn Mewes talks about believing in your child. The moment your child senses that you have labelled them ‘The Fussy Eater’ or ‘The nightmare at the table’ this is what they become. When your child senses that you have no belief in them, they then have no belief in themselves. This does not mean that you cannot make a change. You can start straight away. Dedicate 3 consecutive days to making a change at meal times and continue with positive energy and you will see life unfold at the meal table.

First things first Look at the foods your child eats and try to abbreviate on these. For example: If he is eating chicken nuggets now is the time to start to bread different things such as turkey, beef or fish. If he enjoys chips then introduce home-made potato wedges or roast potatoes. If pasta is eaten now start to add a tomato based sauce with hidden vegetables. Do not read this and say under your breath - “That won’t work!” Remember the key factor believe in your child. Sit and create a weekly meal plan with your child’s likes in mind and see if you can follow it without giving in and succumbing to what their ‘good old favourite is’. It is a fact that a child needs to see a meal presented to him at least 6 times before he is even likely to try it. Most parents will introduce a meal 2 to 3 times and

courgettes with a blunt knife, 2 year olds can mix a marine for the stir fry chicken, 3 year olds can roll out pastry for the quiche, 4 year olds can turn on the gas and cook a bolognaise from start to finish! The moment a child takes ownership for helping to prepare the meal, they take interest in eating it as well.

‘Nobody likes to feel they are being watched or pressured into eating.’

then make the decision that their child does not like it. The fact of the matter is that it has not been presented to them enough times. Many parents will say to Kathryn how they hate to see food wasted. She suggests that you cook the meal with the child the first time you make it and ‘batch cook’. This way the food is placed in the freezer and will be presented in the the following weeks. In fact it is 6 weeks until the food becomes familiar to a child.

Involvement Children love to feel involved in a ‘grown-up’ activity. They love the sense of ‘helping’. Kathryn suggests cooking with your child. She cooks with children as young as 18 months of age.

Don’t underestimate what your child is capable of. An 18 month old can chop raw mushrooms and

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Health A child can get lost in the moment when cooking and if you turn a blind eye they will often put something in their mouth without thinking! ‘Hey Presto - a new flavour!’

Eating together Kathryn tells a true story which helps put into perspective the importance of eating together. Recently she went out to meet with friends at 2pm in the after noon. There had been a miscommunication and when she arrived everyone had eaten at home earlier and were all drinking coffee. Kathryn was starving so ordered herself a meal. She was the only one at the table eating. Even though she was with close friends she felt conscious of being watched, she couldn’t decide as to whether she ate quickly to remove the evidence of being the only one eating, or whether to pick at it in a discreet fashion.


family The point here is: ‘Nobody likes to feel they are being watched or pressured into eating.’ Kathryn advises that you sit with your child and eat what they are eating. “You will not become the size of a house by eating a little dinner with your child at 5pm and then a main meal with your partner/ husband. Look at it as a starter and then your main meal!”

Posture at the table When sitting at the table we tend to have our tummy button not too far from the surface of the table. This needs to be the same for your child. They need to be looking down on their food. You do not want a situation where your child has demanded that they sit on ‘an adult chair’ and their nose is level with their plate. This position will not encourage eating. Kathryn recommends the Trip Trap chair. ‘A chair that grows as your child does!’

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Keeping your Cool •  The idea is that you have    a meal plan on your fridge    and you have made your    child aware of what the next    meal is going to be so that    it comes as no surprise. •  The next step is to involve    your child with cooking    the meal. •  Thirdly the idea is to sit at    the table with your child /    children. •  Now comes the challenge.    It is at this stage that you    will often feel your stress    levels increase and you will    become anxious that your    child will not eat.

Your child will immediately feel your anxiety and then take control, demanding a different meal and pushing this one aside. The key is to not feel anxious. It is only the meal table and if your child chooses not to eat, they will simply be hungry for the next meal! •  Sit at the table and focus on    your meal. •  Place your child’s plate a reach    away from them. Do not place    it directly under their nose.

•  Do not make eye    contact with them. •  Do not start to ‘coach’    them into eating. They    know what they have to do. •  NO PRESSURE. •  Eat your meal slowly so that    you are not sitting with an    empty plate before they have    even started. •  Ignore them totally if they    start to experiment with their    food. They need to touch it and    become familiar with it. •  Do not enforce strict table    manners with a fussy eater. •  Talk about topics other than    food. Eg: Talk about your last    holiday or the morning’s music    class you went to. •  Do not ask your child too many    questions at the table. This will    take their attention away from    eating. •  The more people you can have    at the table the better. This    allows your child to relax and    feel that not all of the pressure    is on them to perform. •  When they do eat, do not    make a huge fuss. Praise    them but do not push them to    eat more.

You are a great parent – Not an ‘Eating Coach!’ No child wants to hear ‘Go on, you can do it, one more mouth full!’

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Helpful hints towards a happy meal time Fear of your child being hungry

•  Be realistic with your expectations. A meal    needs to be seen at least 6 times before a    child attempts to try it.

Kathryn hears this all of the time and she will often say that this is a common thought that causes a lot of parents concern. The fact is ‘we want your child to be hungry’. This is the time when they are most likely to eat. Children will generally only eat when they are hungry.

•  Have your child sitting in a good position at    the table. Tummy button close to the    surface of the table.

If breakfast has not been eaten, see this as a positive, they will be hungry for lunch. If lunch is not eaten, they will be hungry for dinner. If dinner is not eaten you can offer a small amount of fruit and small yoghurt or a cup of milk. This will line your child’s stomach and prevent them from waking in the night hungry.

“I have been helping and guiding parents with their children for nearly 20 years. They have NEVER woken hungry. They may say this to see your reaction but they are not generally hungry.” States Kathryn. If your child hears you saying at the end of a meal “You will be hungry in the night”. They will believe you and when they come into a light sleep this is what they will tell you!

Snacks in between mealtimes Parents will tend to give their children snacks in between meals if they have not eaten well at the previous meal. The main point Kathryn suggests is that: •  A snack is small. It does not replace a meal. •  A snack is fruit or protein, try to avoid    carbohydrate. Eg: A rice cake with cheese    and half an apple is far better than a jam    sandwich. •  Do not give snacks 2 hours before a    meal. If dinner is at 5pm snacks should stop    at 3pm.

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•  Eat with your child. Eat the same food. •  Do not overly focus on what your child is    doing at the table. Eat your food slowly and    do not keep looking at them. This is    pressure they do not need. •  Do not use the TV as a distraction. The    radio can be on to prevent silence. •  The more people at the meal table the    better. Invite friends for a meal. •  NEVER tell your child to ‘Eat Up’. •  Do not always give an alternative food. Your    child will see this as the routine. “I don’t eat    the first thing she gives me but something    always comes afterwards!” •  Do not be nervous that they will be hungry.    If you are not eating you can get down. “I    am sure you will be hungry later when we    have our dinner.” •  Keep calm. Your anxiety will spill into your    child. Relax so that they can do the same. It is far from easy when you have found yourself in a downward spiral at the meal table but I am sure that if you took on board some of the suggestions above, and continued for 3 consecutive days you would see a change. The steps are slow with meal times but you will get there. The easy option in life is never the right one. The challenge holds the reward. For more information or to follow Kathryn Mewes’ 3 Day Plan to solve Fussy Eating buy her book The 3 Day Nanny from Amazon for £10. If you wish to learn more about Kathryn’s service go to her website www.bespokenanny.com where you can contact her direct.

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Spitalfields City Farm The Farmyard is at the centre of the farm and home to many much loved animals including great characters such as Bayleaf the Donkey & Bentley the Goat. Volunteers take part in the animals daily care and have the opportunity to learn about their needs. Co-ordinated by two members of staff, the animals are a learning resource for all who use the farm. They also hold a regular weekly young farmers club. Make sure you visit the farm shop and try some delicious Goats milk soap.      Where: Buxton St, London E1 5AR      Tel: 0207 247 8762     www.spitalfieldscityfarm.org

Offering an opportunity for children and adults to get up close to a range of farmyard animals and to learn about where their food comes from and why that matters. You can see pigs, donkeys, calves, goats and sheep and so many more. They also organise regular activities in various areas of their work, pottery classes, stone carving, volunteering and school visits, to name but a few… so why not pop down and have some rather good fun. Where: Goldsmith’s Row, London E2 8QA Tel: 0207 729 6381 www.hackneycityfarm.co.uk

Surrey Docks City Farm Surrey Docks Farm is a working city farm in the heart of London. It provides visitors with unique opportunities to learn about farming and food production and become actively involved. The herds and flocks are farmed with specific attention to animal welfare. Farm produced meat is on sale whenever available, so are plants, honey and other produce too. On September the 13th Randy, one of their pigs had given birth to eight piglets, defiantly worth a trip to see these little cuties. They also have a young farmers club for children aged 8-13 on every 3rd Saturday of the month. For smaller children there are lots of other things to take part in from music classes to arts and crafts. Where: South Wharf, Rotherhithe Street, London SE16 5ET Tel::0207 231 1010 www.surreydocksfarm.org.uk

Kentish Town City Farm Vauxhall City Farm Vauxhall City Farm is an oasis in the heart of London, providing the local community and visitors from afar the opportunity to stay connected to nature and animals. Covering 1.5 acres of land, Vauxhall City Farm is home to over 80 animals, from rare breed sheep and cows to animals from other regions of the world. The Riding Project has continued to provide riding opportunities to children and adults alike. As well as private lessons, the farm has strengthened it’s remit by functioning as The Riding Therapy Centre. They are an approved riding centre for The British Horse Society and riding for the disabled in addition to being a Pony Club centre. Where: 165 Tyers Street, London SE11 5HS Tel: 0207 582 4204 www.vauxhallcityfarm.org

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Children, young people and adults are actively encouraged to participate in all aspects of animal care at this farm, from mucking out to helping with feeds and site maintenance. The farm has a stock of chickens, cows, ducks, geese, goats, horses, pigs and sheep, as well as some rare breeds. The Farm has a classroom, under 5’s activity room, a training room, fitted kitchen, stables, gardens and seating areas. It also has disabled access including hard paths and decks throughout. There is a drop in sing along, messy play, pottery after school club & not forgetting the creative health lab that provides a range of free weekly arts and horticulture activities. Kentish Town City Farm will also hold your little farmers birthday party at a reasonable price. Where: 1 Cressfield Close, NW5 4BN Tel: 0207 916 5421 www.ktcityfarm.org.uk


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Mudchute Park & Farm The largest city farm in London, 32 acres of countryside in the middle of the Isle of Dogs to share with friendly fur and feathered creatures. Available for events, community groups or just simply your family picnic. Throughout Mudchute Farm’s landscape and buildings you will be able to view the British rare breed animals, horses and ponies everywhere. The larger animals graze in the outer enclosures and fields, while the smaller and perhaps more cuddly are kept just next to the main courtyard in ‘Pets Corner’, providing interactive viewing. Their farm staff are on site to support ‘Animal Encounter’ sessions, providing hands on contact with farm animals for people of all ages. Most of the animals go to bed at around 16:00hrs, and you are welcome to help, when they are ‘rounded-up’, and walked into their night shelters. Mudchute boasts a nursery onsite which provides 76 places and welcomes children aged between 0-5 years. Set in the courtyard, overlooking the horses and within earshot of the cattle, Mudchute kitchen is the perfect place to get a taste of the countryside without leaving the city. Where: Pier St, London E14 3HP

Tel: 0207 515 5901

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Belmont Children’s Farm The farm is unique to North London and has over 30 different animal varieties, ranging from traditional farm animals such as sheep, goats, pigs and cows; typical countryside wildlife such as game birds, ducks and geese; to the more unusual storks and wallabies; mesmerising alpacas; and stunning snowy and eagle owls. Where: The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, NW7 1QT Tel: 0207 318 4421 www.belmontfarm.co.uk

Deen City Farm Freightliners City Farm Freightliners Farm is a registered charity, and a non-profit organisation. Entrance to the farm is free although visitors are encouraged to leave donations. Frightliners has plenty for the kids to do and has an onsite cafe and shop for mum & dad to sit and have a well deserved coffee. They keep and sell chickens, ducks, geese, goats, sheep, turkeys, guinea fowl, quail, pigeons & doves, rabbits and guinea pigs. Where: Sharingham Road, London N7 8PF Tel: 0207 609 0467 www.freightlinersfarm.org.uk

    Deen City Farm is a unique, educational resource     and registered charity in SW London, giving young     people the opportunity to learn from their visit or     contribution to a successful community project.     The livestock at Deen City Farm show an excellent     example of high standards of animal care and living     conditions. With sheep, goats, cows, alpacas, pigs     and various poultry, there are many animals to see,     some of which you can feed or stroke at certain times     of the week.     They hold a ´young farmers day´ and a ´own a pony day´.    On both days children learn to muck out the animals,    feed and groom them and find out all the general     information they need, and these jobs have to be    done no matter what the weather.     Where: 39 Windsor Avenue, SW19 2RR     Tel: 0208 543 5300     www.deencityfarm.co.uk

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Hounslow Urban Farm Hounslow Urban Farm is one of London’s largest community farms. Covering 29 acres it is an important educational resource and leisure facility for all the family. Visitors can enjoy a variety of colourful and unusual farm animals, including 5 types of pigs, goats, cows, rabbits, ducks, geese, alpacas, rheas chipmunks and lots more. Where: Faggs Road, Feltham, TW14 0LZ Tel: 0208 831 9658    www.hounslowurbanfarm.co.uk

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Lee Valley Park Farms Go wild at Lee Valley Park Farms! Lee Valley Park Farms make for a great day out; they are on the edge of the 1,000 acre River Lee Country Park, providing all you need for fantastic family fun and are easy to get to. Meet ‘Tallulah’ and ‘Barbara’ the pigs, ‘Ella’ and ‘Eve’ the goats, tiny mice, slimy snails, and even ‘ Newton’ the bearded dragon! Take a stroll or a tractor and trailer ride (weekends & school holidays only) to the working dairy farm and see the cows being milked, ride mini tractors, dig in ‘The Pit’, or whizz down the cow slide in their new Bundle Barn indoor soft play area. Where: Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 2EF Tel: 0199 289 2781    www.leevalleypark.org.uk

Stepney City Farm Stepney City Farm in London’s East End is a working farm, rural crafts centre and community hub. They give children and adults a chance to meet farm animals, learn how to grow food and try out arts and crafts.

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•  Making small bends, pulse your knees out 8 times gently    and repeat twice more.

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Kiddy Evolution Pro The Kiddy Evolution Pro is an infant carrier that has significant and innovative design feature which offers the best ergonomic choice for a growing baby. Inspired by nature this infant carrier has been moulded to simulate the protective, simple, shape of an egg. During transport, the Kiddy Evolution Pro literally protects the baby in the same way as an eggshell protects a growing chick. When the infant carrier is removed from a vehicle, the baby can remain relaxed and sleeping in it thanks to a clever hidden technical feature. With a simple movement of the handle, the carrier gently transforms from the carrying position, to a flat low sleeping position which is best for the baby’s back. The sleeping position can only be used outside the vehicle on the stroller or as a baby rocker.

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Britax Dulifax

The flexible Britax Dualfix car seat will take your little one from birth and right through their toddler years. It has been designed for the ultimate in safety thanks to the deeply padded side wings that offer optimum side impact protection along the entire seat, and the five point safety harness that will distribute any impact force across the strong bones of the body and into the seat. The car seat is fitted in the car using the car’s Isofix anchorage points and features an indicator to confirm that the seat is correctly and safely installed..

Silver Cross Simplicity

Suitable from birth the Silver Cross Simplicity infant car seat features superior side impact protection and is easily installed in your car using the easy to follow seat belt guides. The Simplicity is compatible with both the Silver Cross Wayfarer and Surf to form a travel system. The Silver Cross Simplicity baby carseat is suitable from birth and is compatible with the Silver Cross Wayfarer and the Silver Cross Surf pushchairs (both sold separately) to form a travel system. It is installed in the car in a rearward facing position, and secured using the car’s seatbelt. The easy to follow blue guides help you to position the seatbelt to ensure a firm and correct fit. The seat can also be used in the car with the Silver Cross Simplifix Isofix base.

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Cosatto Troop

Clever Troop 1,2,3 Car Seat stands to attention with a unique physique - an extra embrace with the snug Protective Impact Shield™ system means Troop cuddles closest. Little soldiers can rest ‘at ease’ with Troop’s exuberant levels of squidge and no need to worry about harnesses becoming unbuckled in the back because no harness is required. Intuitive Troop is a snug scoop fitting little troopers ‘needs, awesomely adjustable it’s the ‘almost any age-any stage’ superhero with trendsetting tactics. The unique ISOFIT system offers the ultimate security as Troop is anchored directly into the car. Tots are secured in the seat with the 3-point seat belt across the Protective Impact Shield when used as a Group 1 car seat, then with just the seat belt when used as a Group 2,3.

Kiddy Phoenixfix Pro 2

The new Kiddy Phoenixfix Pro 2 is the logical successor to the Stiftung Warentest test winners ‘Kiddy Infinity Pro (2007)’ and ‘Kiddy Energy Pro (2009)’. In four independent tests, it impressed the officials from the ADAC, Stiftung Warentest, ÖAMTC and TCS as the test winner and received the highest result of 1.4 as well as two fivestar awards. The Kiddy Phoenixfix Pro 2 received the top test results thanks to its optimised side and frontal crash performance. In addition there is good belt routing and extremely low risk of improper use, this seat is also quick and easy to install into vehicles and fastening in a child is simple.

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Maxi cosi Axiss

The Maxi-Cosi Axiss Group 1 car seat offers outstanding comfort and safety features including 90° seat rotation for easy access, a colour coded locking mechanism indicator for peace of mind and a belt tensioning system for the perfect fit. With the additional side impact protection, adjustable headrest and 8 recline positions, the Axiss is at the top of its game in convenience, safety and comfort.

Cosatto troop BoostApak by Trunki With the BoostApak by Trunki, mums will never need to worry about their child's safety (or the law) as they will always have this fun and handy booster seat to hand whether travelling by car, taxi or bus. The BoostApak by Trunki is a handy and fun rucksack with loads of storage space that quickly transforms into a booster seat.

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Diono Monterey 2

Diono is the ideal solution for today’s “on the go” family, with state-of-the-art product designs that combine safety and convenience so that every family excursion can be an enjoyable experience. High-back booster seat designed to fit a growing child up to 36 kg. Deep, reinforced sides lined with energy absorbing EPS foam for side impact protection. A dial on the back adjusts the width of the expandable seatback to fit a child’s shoulders up to 50.8 cm wide. 11-position headrest adjusts up to 16.5 cm in height with one hand for an easy, precise fit. As a fixed-position booster, integrated ISOFAST connectors and a front adjuster allow for a safe and secure installation in seconds (ISOFAST use is optional).

Graco Logico L

The Graco Logico L is a highback booster car seat which is suitable for children from 4 years to approx 11 years and features triple side impact and head protection providing ultimate safety for your child. The Graco Logico L has been designed to ensure your child travels in comfort, and features luxury foam padding on the armrest, headrest and seat. The armrest and headrest are both easily adjusted as your child grows, and the backrest can recline in 2 positions. Another useful feature of the car seat are the 2 holders on either side, which are perfect for keeping a drink and snack close by, and when not in use they can be folded away.

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Cybex Solution Q-Fix

The Solution Q is an innovative new car seat that has been optimised for safety, exceptional design and sophisticated ergonomics as well as improved functionality.. The award winning Solution Q fix is one of the best in its class, taking your child from 3 years onwards. Its key features ensure this seat offers your baby the best protection for every journey. The reclining headrest shifts the balance point of the back of your child’s head keeping it within the safety zone when asleep, while the linear side impact protection ensures the head and shoulder area is also protected.

Diono Dry Seat Waterproof Car and Pushchair Seat Protector

Sunshine Kids Super Mat

Dry Seat is softly padded, waterproof protection that keeps car seats and buggies dry. Whether it’s a wet swimsuit or a toilettraining ‘accident’, make travel more comfortable and stress free for everyone. .

Non-slip surfaces on the top and bottom prevent slipping and sliding of child safety seats. With handy front organiser pockets, it really is the ultimate undermat. Works with all infant carriers, car seats and booster seats. Washable. ISOFIX compatible.

Price: £8.99 www.argos.co.uk

Price: £16.99 www.bizziebaby.co.uk

Ruby and Ginger Cosy Car Seat Cover The Cosy Car Seat Cover ensures that your little one is snug and protected whilst removing the risk of overheating. The elasticated 3+tog rated cover allows the safety harness to be fitted correctly offering maximum protection.

Price: £30.00 www.rubyandginger.co.uk

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Strong-Willed Child

Have a strong-willed child? You’re lucky! Strong willed children can be a challenge to parents when they’re young, but if sensitively parented, they become terrific teens and young adults. Self-motivated and inner-directed, they go after what they want and are almost impervious to peer pressure. As long as parents resist the impulse to “break their will,” strong-willed kids often become leaders.

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FAMILY What exactly is a strong-willed, or spirited, child? Some parents call them "difficult" or “stubborn,” but we could also see strong-willed kids as people of integrity who aren’t easily swayed from their own viewpoints. Strong-willed kids want to learn things for themselves rather than accepting what others accept, so they test the limits over and over. They want desperately to be "in charge" of themselves, and will sometimes put their desire to "be right" above everything else. When their heart is set on something, their brains seem to have a hard time switching gears. Strong-willed kids have big, passionate feelings and live at full throttle. Often, strong-willed kids are prone to power-struggles with their parents. However, it takes two to have a power struggle. You don't have to attend every argument to which you're invited! If you can take a deep breath when your buttons get pushed, and remind yourself that you can let your child save face and still get what you want, you can learn to sidestep those power struggles. Research shows that parents who pay attention can avoid power struggles, even with strong-willed kids, by empathising as they set limits, giving choices, and clearly offering respect. Looking for win/win solutions rather than just laying down the law keeps strong-willed children from becoming explosive and teaches them essential skills of negotiation and compromise. Strong-willed kids aren't just being difficult. They feel their integrity is compromised if they're forced to submit to another person's will. If they're allowed to choose, they love to cooperate. If this bothers you because you think obedience is an important quality, I'd ask you to reconsider. Of course you want to raise a

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responsible, considerate, cooperative child who does the right thing, even when it's hard. But that doesn't imply obedience. Morality is doing what's right, no matter what you're told. Obedience is doing what you're told, no matter what's right. So of course you want your child to do what you say. But not because he's obedient, meaning that he always does what someone bigger tells him to do. No, you want him to do what you say because he trusts YOU, because you are the parent and have his best interests at heart. You want to raise a child who has self-discipline, takes responsibility, and is considerate - and most important, has the discernment to figure out when to trust and be influenced by someone else.

Breaking a child’s will leaves him open to the influence of others who often will not serve him. What’s more, it’s a betrayal of the spiritual contract we make as parents to nurture our child’s unique gifts. That said, strongwilled kids can be a handful - high energy, challenging, persistent. How do we protect those fabulous qualities and encourage their cooperation?

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Ten Tips for Positive Parenting Your Strong-Willed, Spirited Child 1. Avoid power struggles by using routines and rules. That way, you aren't bossing them around, it’s just that “The rule is we use the potty after every meal and snack,” or “The schedule is that lights-out is at 8pm. If you hurry, we’ll have time for two books,” or "In our house, we finish homework before screen time." The parent stops being the bad guy.

2. Your strong-willed child wants mastery more than anything. Let her take charge of as many of her own activities as possible. Don’t nag at her to brush her teeth; ask “What else do you need to do before we leave?” If she looks blank, tick off the short list: “Every morning we eat, brush teeth, use the toilet, and pack the backpack. I saw you pack your backpack, that's terrific! Now, what do you still need to do before we leave?” Kids who feel more independent and in charge of themselves will have less need to be oppositional. Not to mention, they take responsibility early.

3. Give your strong-willed child choices. If you give orders, he will almost certainly bristle. If you offer a choice, he feels like the master of his own destiny. Of course, only offer choices you can live with and don’t let yourself get resentful by handing away your power. If going to the store is non-negotiable and he wants to keep playing, an appropriate choice is: “Do you want to leave now or in ten minutes? Okay, ten minutes with no fuss? Let's shake on it.... And since it could be hard to stop playing in ten minutes, how can I help you then?”

4. Give her authority over her own body. “I hear that you don’t want to wear your jacket today. I think it's cold and I am definitely wearing a jacket. Of course, you are in charge of your own body, as long as you stay safe and healthy, so you get to decide whether to wear a jacket. But I’m afraid that you will be cold once we are outside, and I won’t want to come back to the house. How about I put your jacket in the backpack, and then we’ll have it if you change your mind?” She’s not going to get pneumonia, unless you push her into it by acting like you’ve won if she asks for the jacket. And once she won’t lose face by wearing her jacket, she’ll be begging for it once she gets cold. It’s just hard for her to imagine feeling cold when she’s so warm right now in the house, and a jacket seems like such a hassle. She's sure she's right - her own body is telling her so -- so naturally she resists you. You don't want to undermine that self-confidence, just teach her that there's no shame in letting new information change her mind.

5. Don't push him into opposing you. Force always creates "push-back" - with humans of all ages. If you take a hard and fast position, you can easily push your child into defying you, just to prove a point. You'll know when it's a power struggle and you're invested in winning. Just stop, take a breath, and remind yourself that winning a battle with your child always sets you up to lose what’s most important: the relationship. When in doubt say "Ok, you can decide this for yourself." If he can't, then say what part of it he can decide, or find another way for him to meet his need for autonomy without compromising his health or safety.


FAMILY 6. Side-step power struggles by letting your child save face.

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You don’t have to prove you’re right. You can, and should, set reasonable expectations and enforce them. But under no circumstances should you try to break your child’s will or force him to acquiesce to your views. He has to do what you want, but he’s allowed to have his own opinions and feelings about it.

7. Listen to her. You, as the adult, might reasonably presume you know best. But your strong-willed child has a strong will partly as a result of her integrity. She has a viewpoint that is making her hold fast to her position, and she is trying to protect something that seems important to her. Only by listening calmly to her and reflecting her words will you come to understand what’s making her oppose you. A non-judgmental “I hear that you don’t want to take a bath. Can you tell me more about why?” might just elicit the information that she’s afraid she’ll go down the drain, like Alice in the song. It may not seem like a good reason to you, but she has a reason. And you won’t find it out if you get into a clash and order her into the tub.

8. See it from his point of view. For instance, he may be angry because you promised to wash his superman cape and then forgot. To you, he is being stubborn. To him, he is justifiably upset, and you are being hypocritical, because he is not allowed to break his promises to you, but you broke yours to him. How do you clear this up and move on? You apologise profusely for breaking your promise, you reassure him that you try very hard to keep your promises, and you go, together, to wash the cape. You might even teach him how to wash his own clothes! Just consider how would you want to be treated, and treat him accordingly.

9. Discipline through the relationship, never through punishment. Kids don’t learn when they’re in the middle of a fight. Like all of us, that’s when adrenaline is pumping and learning shuts off. Kids behave because they want to please us. The more you fight with and punish your child, the more you undermine her desire to please you. If she’s upset, help her express her hurt, fear or disappointment, so they evaporate. Then she’ll be ready to listen to you when you remind her that in your house, everyone speaks kindly to each other.

10. Offer him respect and empathy. Most strong-willed children are fighting for respect. If you offer it to them, they don’t need to fight to protect their position. And, like the rest of us, it helps a lot if they feel understood. If you see his point of view and think he’s wrong -- for instance, he wants to wear the superman cape to synagogue and you think that’s inappropriate -- you can still offer him empathy and meet him part way while you set the limit. “You love this cape and wish you could wear it, don’t you? But when we go to Temple we dress up, and we can’t wear the cape. I know you’ll miss wearing it. How about we take it with us so you can wear it on our way home?”

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A Summer Adventure at Mill on the Brue A residential camp for 8-15 year olds 1 week full board ÂŁ560 The summer holidays are always so long and tiring, the prospects of juggling work and family life can be daunting; Mill on the Brue offers enormous amount of activities and bundles of fun with a dose of education making it the perfect all-round residential camp for children 8-15 years.

There are over 40 activities and every day children complete at least 6 of them. Activities st: Henry took part in and loved the mo

Parachutte Games Camping expedition Zip wire Raft building Archery

Henry 8, stayed at the residential camp for one week and enjoyed every last moment, he shared a room with five other and made some lasting friendships. He especially loved camping over and building a raft.

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Meal Times: Henry Loved the fact he could start with having a small portion and always go back for more. All the groups had targets to reach and not waste food. At the end of every meal each group would scrape their wastage into a container and weigh it and at the end of the week the winners would be announced. Henry’s team‘Squirrels’ did have the most amount of wastage but there is always this year to put that right.

Sleeping: It was essential all the children got a good night sleep so that they had the energy to enjoy all the activities throughout each day. Bed time was at a reasonable hour and sharing a room of six leaves no time to be home sick.

Travel to and From: Mill on the Brue offer a fantastic service that we used for Henry’s return. Henry was accompanied on the train by two chaperones and arrived back at London Paddington bang on time.

Henry Says: I 100% want to return here in the Summer as its way cooler than watching mum work, I won the ‘Stack the Crates Challenge’ and camping out was AWSOME. I also liked the club house Disco. On my next trip to Mill on the Brue im going to try really hard to encourage our team to win the wastage competition. I made lots of new friends and the staff were very friendly. I give this trip a 5 star, best camp going.

Mum Says: I loved knowing henry wasn’t going to be bored at any time, with at least six activities every day this was enough to make sure he wasnt thinking about home. Actually when I called him every night he was always too busy to actually talk to me and I think I wanted to talk to him more than he did me. This camp is a blessing and there is nothing better than knowing your child is safe and having fun. The food was fantastic and fresh, all cooked on site so I even knew he was eating healthy whilst away. There’s nothing I didn’t love about Henry’s trip to Mill on the Brue and it would be my first choice everytime for a residential camp.

www.millonthebrue.co.uk Mill on the Brue, Trendle Farm, Somerset, BA10 0BA

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Learning made Fun From day one, children are continously learning, however we still want to encourage them to learn more. Educating them doesn’t always have to be dull and tiresome, we have selected five engaging products which will ensure your tot will want to learn – no persuasion required! Move over naughty step, goodbye golden stars, Mumbucks is the brand new reward system that truly works and is set to bring the tradition into the 21st century! It provides a fun and motivating way to encourage good behaviour. The Mumbucks system is created around realistic looking note based currency which is EARNED for good behaviour, SAVED for special treats and TRADED for time towards doing favourite activities. £14.99 www.mumbucks.co.uk

The Wondercube is an activity toy that will entertain for years. The cube is filled with textile squares that the little one can pull out one by one. Although based on a simple idea, the Wondercube ensures that learning is a fun experience and with a huge range of add on fillings including numbers, letters, animals, stories and many more, the Wondercube is a toy that tots will be ‘pulling’ out year after year! £17.99 www.mywondercube.com

If you’ve ever struggled with thinking of fun and creative ways to play with a small baby then Babycademy is just the toolkit you need. Packed with ten different lesson plans, this interactive set helps mums and dads create structured playtime for their little one’s first year. Developed in connection with a leading Child Development Expert, playtime with Babycademy is sure to tick all the boxes! £50.00 www.babycademy.co.uk

Seedling is the New Zealand brand that is passionate about igniting the imagination and inspiring the minds of children everywhere. The range of innovative craft kits allow children to create, discover and explore using their own initiative. Whether they want to build their own erupting volcano, create a nature habitat from exploring the garden or teach themselves geography with colour the earth, Seedling will make it a reality! Ranges from £8.00 - £50.00 www.kindtoys.co.uk

Teaching children about their heritage, and the many cultures and languages we embrace in the UK can be something of a challenge. Ily Life is a new collection of clothing that shows kids that heritage is something to be proud of. The first in the collection is the Punjabi range, t-shirts and babygrows are decorated with beautiful calligraphy and everything is explained on a keepsake tag. With more collections on the way children will be able to shout loud about all the cultures in the world! From £15.00 www.ilylife.com

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Ben Faulks, better known as CBeebies’ gardener extraordinaire Mr Bloom, talks about his live arena debut on the CBeebies Live! The Big Band 2014 tour. We were very excited to hear that you are going to be strutting your stuff on the CBeebies Live! The Big Band tour. Can you tell us who you’ll be sharing the stage with? I’m lucky enough to be teaming up with Justin, Mr Maker, Andy, Katy & Nina (from Nina & The Neurons). It’s a real pleasure to be part of the team and I’m sure it’s going to be an absolute blast. The show is playing some pretty huge arenas across the UK. Do you get butterflies in your stomach before you go on stage? I certainly do, but truth be told there’s some sort of strange comfort in it. A few nerves help you focus and keep you on your toes. If there wasn’t a smidgen of pre show anxiety, I’d be concerned to be honest. That said, these shows will certainly be in the biggest venues I’ve ever played, so I’m expecting the butterflies to grow in proportion to that. They’ll more likely be Pterodactyl than Red Admiral in size. This new show is called CBeebies Live! The Big Band, so it sounds as though we’re in for some musical treats. What’s your favourite instrument? Guitar is my first instrument but I like having a dabble on the drums and piano. Little bit of accordion and mouth harp too… Music is a big thing in our household so I’m very happy it’s a main feature of the show. I’ll be volunteering for as many musical jobs in the show as possible. Is there any special home comfort or item that you like to take with you on tour? I’ll be bringing my kite in the hope of getting some flying in where possible. Other than that swimming trunks & a good book are a must.

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If you could duet on stage with anyone who would it be? (Answer doesn’t need to be a CBeebies character) I’d love to do a duet with Tina Turner. I reckon we could bang out a good number together. Not sure she’s been written into the script though. This is your first time on tour with CBeebies Live! What are you looking forward to most? The plans for the show sound amazing. I cannot wait to see how it all shapes up and slots together. It’s all happening on a size & scale that I’ve never experienced before so that’s an exciting prospect. It’ll be fantastic to get to team up and work with the rest of the chaps from CBeebies too. I usually get to see them once a year, during the filming for the Christmas show, so it’ll be brilliant getting to spend some intensive time working up this show then touring it. Happy days! What can we expect from you in the show? Mr Bloom will be there, having a great time and joining in with all the fun. There’ll be lots of singing & dancing, plus I’m certain you’ll know some of the songs very well. There’ll be more than a few surprises too and loads of excitement for the whole family. The show is going to look & sound AMAZING!

For more information about CBeebies Live! The Big Band visit: www.cbeebieslive.com


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At Eddie Catz the main emphasises is handson-discovery to foster children’s learning while they play and have fun. They aim to excite children’s minds, promote socialisation and encourage the development of motor skills. For babies and toddlers there are soft play areas, rides, and bouncy chairs. For children 3+ there are themed playframes, reading/quiet zones, and interactive games in multiple languages. For children 5+ there are interactive video games, air hockey, mini basketball, internet access, books and magazines. Eddie Catz hosts birthday parties, music and movement classes, and other workshops. Where: Eddie Catz Putney, 68-70 Putney High Street, 1st Floor, London SW15 1SF. Where: Eddie Catz Wimbledon, 42 Station Road, Merton, London, SW19 2LP. Tel: 0845 201 1268 www.eddiecatz.com

Go Kids N20

Kidspace

Let your children discover the excitement and exhilarating fun that GoKidsN20 has to offer. The café area features the latest High Definition Plasma screens playing music and children’s programs, free Wi-Fi, so siblings, parents and guardians alike can enjoy their stay. The purpose built children indoor play ground facilities includes a massive multi-level play-frame with high level rope bridges and a drop slide down to soft ball areas for the more energetic and adventurous child. Where: 1105-1111 High Road, Whetstone Tel: 0208 445 8889 www.gokidsn20.com This adventure park provides a fantastic environment for children from 2 to 12 to play, and they look after the adults pretty well too. At the centre you will find one of the largest indoor adventure playgrounds anywhere. Great for Birthday parties, they are a speciality. There is a dedicated

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party zone for adults and children. They have a fully licensed restaurant serving a full selection of coffees and drinks as well as freshly baked pizzas and panninis. Where: 619 Purley Way, Croydon Tel: 0208 686 0040 www.kidspaceadventures.com


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Play Centres

Parents Paradise Providing soft play for children of all ages up to 11 years. When it comes to play centres, Parents Paradise offers loads of fun and activities for children. The family-run play area includes exciting play frames, a separate baby play area, go karting race track, a shooting gallery (on the main playframe) and private kids party rooms. It’s an indoor play especially designed to keep your little ones entertained and buzzing with excitement for a soft play experience to remember.

Mums & Dads will find comfortable sofas, great coffee and their favourite newspaper or magazine to pass the time. Where: Unit C, Greatham Road Industrial Estate, Greatham Rd, Bushey, Watford. Tel: 01923 248747 www.parentsparadise.eu

Snakes and Ladders is a huge indoor softplay barn filled to the brim with climbing frames, ball ponds, cargo nets and slides with a three tier playframe, dedicated zones for toddlers and 2-5s, electric motorbikes which are a must and an outdoor ‘Adventure Assault Course’. Kids can really let off steam while parents relax in our comfortable café.

Make sure you look out for toddler events like ‘Musical Mayhem’ and ‘Arty Crafty’. The play centre is based in the grounds of the beautiful Syon House, so this is the perfect opportunity to package up a little culture along with some great entertainment for the kids. Where: Syon Park, Brentford Tel: 0208 847 0946 www.snakes-and-ladders.co.uk

Topsy Turvy World Topsy turvy world really does turn the world of family fun downside up and outside in. It’s the ultimate in soft play for children, housing a multi-level maze of tunnels, climbs, drops, slides and ball cannons providing endless energetic entertainment for children up to the age of twelve and accompanying adults. For the little ones there is a dedicated under 3 area on the mezzanine floor and a new learnthrough-play under 5 area. Their air-conditioned café serves hot frothy cappuccinos and delicious family friendly food all day long. Where: Prince Charles Drive, Hendon Tel: 0208 359 9920 www.topsyturvyworld.com

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Discover Children’s Story Centre Discover Children’s Story Centre, London’s only children’s museum is a place where children and their families can enjoy playing, learning and making up stories together. Where: 383-387 High Street, Stratford. Tel: 020 8536 5555 www.discover.org.uk

Gambado Gambado activity play centre is a supermarketsized warehouse of high octane, high energy fun for ten year olds and under! The centre has a range of zones each capturing the magic of circus and associated skills. Constantly evolving activities for active minds and active bodies making sure no two visits will be the same. Where: 7 Station Court, Townmead Road, Chelsea - Natwest Sports Ground, Copers Cope Road, Beckenham Tel: 0207 384 1635 / 0208 662 6910 www.gambado.com

Little Dinosaurs is a thoroughly pleasant venue for all the family, whatever the weather. Inside is the usual playframe with slides, tunnels, mats and padded obstacles, but Little Dinosaurs has plenty of windows and it’s also in the middle of a lovely park. On warmer days, the doors are thrown open to the air and guests can venture out into the grassy outdoor area. The café serves good coffee, children’s and adults’ meals and snacks.

Where: The Grove, Alexandra Park. Tel: 020 8444 1338 www.littledinosaurs.co.uk

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Tumble in the Jungle

Play Centres

Tumble in the Jungle guarantees fun filled entertainment for children who are free to “run wild” in their jungle themed activity centre, designed for children aged 1 to 8 years old. Perfect for birthday parties, special dress up days and many fun filled activites. On the first floor they have a TSP youth space for 8 to 12 year olds which includes snooker tables, IT room, Table Tennis, Games room and so much more. They also have a large hall used for drama, street dance, karate, disco’s and other events. Tumble In The Jungle also has a stylishly designed cafeteria offering a wide selection of high quality food and drinks where adults can relax and take “time out” while their child is busy at play. Where: 245 Wood Street, Walthamstow Tel: 0870 626 0710 www.tumbleinthejungle.co.uk

Bramleys Big Adventure Bramley’s Big Adventure is an indoor adventure playground for children up to 11 years old. The centre consists of a giant three level playframe with slides, ball pools, swings, climbs, spooky den, giant balls, sound effects and separate under 5’s and baby areas. Parents can relax in the cafe area meeting friends, reading or having a meal. Other facilities include separate children’s toilets, disabled toilets, baby changing and pram park. Bramley’s is a very popular venue for children’s parties and has had over 250,000 children through it’s door since it opened in October 1996.. Where: 136 Bramley Road, Kensington Tel: 020 8960 1515 www.bramleysbig.co.uk

Partyman World of Play A massive multi-level structure complete with ball cannon shooting arena and fantastic drop and twirl slides. They have an interactive stage for lots of fun with singing and dancing plus an outside ‘beach’ with bouncy castles, gold panning, adventure golf, a giant climbing wall, and much more. Partyman World of Play dedicate one night a month to those children with special needs, where the entire playcentre is closed for their use only, providing a safer, more relaxed environment for everyone to enjoy. Where: Vale Farm, Watford Road, Wembley Tel: 0208 904 9044 www.partymanworld.co.uk

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Mr. Boddington’s Mistral Soap Luxury stationer and design house Mr. Boddington’s Studio thoughtfully jackets each of Mistral’s artisanal bars with a playfully infused print. A smooth medley of pomegranate, strawberry and pear blended with exotic amber, passion flower, peony and vanilla. Price: £7.00 www.anthropologie.eu

Entertainment

Personalised Family Names Necklace This beautiful sterling silver personalised family names necklace has been designed to keep loved ones close to your heart. A wonderful gift for both new mums! While perfect for mums, it could be for any special gift or event and can be personalised with any message. Up to three names or words can be chosen to personalise this piece which hangs on a delicate silver trace chain.

Moviegoers

3 to look out for Antboy Release date: 16th April

Price: £59.00 www.notonthehighstreet.com

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return Release date: 9th May

y a D s r e h t o M y p p a H 30th March

Cashmere Hot Water Bottle Spot Ballerinas These beautifully textured ballerina pumps have feminine touches, including a dotty print, a cute bow and snuggle fleece lining.

Price: £12.00 www.next.co.uk

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A unique innovation on the traditional hot water bottle, YUYU Bottle is the world’s first luxury LONG hot water bottle. Price: £75.00 www.notonthehighstreet.com

Maleficent Release date: 30th May


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Reading

Go! Go! Chichico! By Geraldine McCaughrean Interest Age 5-7+ Reading Age 6+

Chichico is scouted for a try out at Santos Brazil. The only problem is that he doesn’t have any boots! How all is resolved to a joyful resolution is a delight. Snug By Michael Morpurgo Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6 Snug is Lisa’s cat and always has been as he arrived at the house just before Lisa is born. But Snug is also his own creature and he cannot be prevented from living his own life by the family. The story of Snug is a roller coaster of emotion with a delightfully happy ending.

T he Snake Who

Pitt Street Pirates By Terry Deary Interest Age 7+ Reading Age 7+ The Pitt Street Pirates want to find the treasure and they want to find it quickly. Led by Captain Roger Redbeard (who doesn’t actually have a red beard) they need to build a boat, find some water and set sail. But things aren’t as simple as that.

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Came To Stay By Julia Donaldson Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6+ When Polly sets up an animal home for pets, she doesn’t anticipate quite how many problems she may face! But then, she doesn’t know she is going to be asked to look after a snake! When Doris the snake disappears and then sheds her skin, Polly has all kinds of problems on her hands..

Dyslexia-Friendly Reading Books Cheesemares By Ross Collins, Interest Age 5-8+ Reading age 6+ Hal’s cheesy nightmares have become impossible and he is determined to find out why. With his fat dog Rufus, Hal goes on the hunt to find out and finds himself having to deal with some very disagreeable cows indeed.

Wildly Weird By Kaye Umansky, Interest Age 9-12 Reading Age 8+ The Weirds are a most unusual family in every way; mum is a stunt woman, dad is a scientist with a habit of blowing big things up and gran is just a little bit magical. And then there are the children…Three hilarious stories about the very unusual things the Weird’s get up and how they affect everyone around them – especially the Primms who have the misfortune to live next door.

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Editors Pick

T hird Wish By Ian Beck Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6 A generous helping of fairy dust fuels this delightful adventure with wonderful illustrations by the author. Cobweb is a very new fairy and she makes a complete mess up of her very first job! Tasked with delivering three wishes to the woodcutter she does fine with the first two but manages to lose the third! Now there is some powerful magic running riot. Will Cobweb ever be able to get the magic back on track?

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FAMILY

Health

March 22nd - 23rd

Lambing Weekend at Forty Hall Farm

Find an

April 19th - 21st

Egg-Tastic Easter Fun at V&A Museum of Childhood Enjoy bunny stories and games. Solve clues to find out where the Easter Bunny has hidden his chocolate eggs. Make an Easter egg basket and other seasonal crafts. All ages. Where: V&A Museum of Childhood Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA www.museumofchildhood.org.uk

April 5th - 21st

WWT London Wetland Centre Join us for duck themed crafts, have fun painting a rubber duck ready for our Easter Sunday duck race, design a pond, go on a giant duck hunt, build a den, enjoy a boat ride, explore the pond zone and have fun in the adventure play area as the water play re-opens. Giant Plastic Duck Hunt: Everyday during the holidays go in search of giant ducks hidden at Martin Mere.. Where: WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, Richmond. www.wwt.org.uk

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Easter

EVENT near you April 5th - 21st

Whipsnade’s Easter Egg-stravaganza! A very special bunny is making ZSL Whipsnade Zoo his home this Easter! He’s been busy causing mischief and hiding his golden eggs all around the Zoo. See if you can take on his egg-cellent challenge by following clues to find the hidden eggs and work out the secret Easter password, which you can use to collect a special prize from the Easter Bunny himself!

Where: Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2LF www.zsl.org

Come and see the new born lambs at Capel’s Forty Hall Farm, plus our horses, alpacas, goats, rare breed cows, pigs and chickens. There’ll be sheep-shearing demonstrations, as well as other rural crafts and local food stalls. Where: Forty Hall Farm, Forty Hill, Enfield Time: 11am – 4pm www.capelmanorgardens.co.uk

April 20th

Easter at Lauderdale House The Great Egg Roll is back this Easter Sunday, along with egg decorating and a treasure hunt. Great prizes for the best decorated eggs and the egg that rolls the furthest! Where: Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park Highgate Hill, N6 5HGh. www.lauderdalehouse.org.uk

March 31st - April 8th Easter Egg Hunt at Battersea Park Zoo

Join the Easter Egg Hunt at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo and find out whether it’s the mischievous monkeys who are stashing away all the eggs. Or could it be the ringtailed lemur? From giant rabbits to miniature Shetland ponies, your mission is to discover where the chocolate eggs are hidden by searching among the zoo’s unique range of exotic animals. Pick up a quiz sheet on entry, then solve the clues to claim your prize Where: Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, Albert Bridge Road, Wandsworth, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ www.batterseaparkzoo.co.uk


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April 5th - 21st

50 Whipple-Scrumptious years of Charlie and Willy Wonka at Kew Gardens Kew Gardens celebrates 50 Whipple-Scrumptious Years of Charlie and Willy Wonka with family fun and games. Based on Roald Dahl’s magical book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, visitors can get stuck into themed arts and crafts workshops that relate to the eccentric sweet factory owner and his adventures with the poor Charlie Bucket. The activities are based on the four main Chocolate Factory rooms featured in the book and offer all sorts of delights to participants. You can choose from making your own Willy Wonka chocolate bar, devising new recipes with the Oompa Loompas in the Inventing Room or even listen to some Roald Dahl Revolting Rhymes as read by the resident storytellers. With an Easter Egg hunt also thrown into the mix, this is a sweet way to mark 50 years of a great children’s book. Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB. Tel: 020 8332 5655 wwww.kew.org

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Easter Egg Hunt at Ham House Ham House is a stunning backdrop for Easter fun and games on the banks of the Thames, but with chocolate on the brain it’ll be scrumptious rather than sumptuous that your tots will be interested in. Still, while the kids scamper about hunting down eggs in the maze-like wilderness, the Cherry Garden with its famous lavender parterres is a lovely feature of these charming formal gardens for parents to enjoy Where: Ham Street, Ham, TW10 7RS. www.eastereggtrail.com

April 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Easter Egg Hunt at Osterley

Muppets Most Wanted Release date: 21st March

This impressive redbrick mansion, originally Tudor but transformed into neo-classical style by Robert Adam, stands in beautiful 18th century grounds, where children are invited to scour high and low, leaving no stone unturned, in an effort to follow the trail leading to the chocolate-y treats. Be sure to get there early as there’s no booking and prizes are only available while stocks last. The trail starts on the Front Lawn if the weather is fine or at the Brewhouse in the Stableyard if wet. Where: Osterley Park and House, Jersey Road, Isleworth, TW7 4RB. www.eastereggtrail.com

April 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st

Easter Trail at Morden Hall Park There’s no need to book to take part in the Modern Hall Park Easter Trail, just turn up between 11am and 4pm at the snuff mills of Morden - where tobacco used to be ground down, now a learning centre - to follow the trail to win a Cadbury chocolate egg and then have fun playing in the natural play area by the white bridge where children can see life through the eyes of an insect, play on the zip wire or take on the climbing challenge. Where: National Trust: Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, Morden, SM4 5JD. www.eastereggtrail.com

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Clubs & Classes Maggie & Rose

The members club for families classes for your mini Mozart, juvenile Jamie Oliver or pint-sized Picasso. From 6 months to 9 years, Maggie & Rose classes are lovingly designed by brilliant teachers to recognise talent and cultivate creativity. Vibrant entertainers, exciting activities and yummy, fresh organic food: all the ingredients your child could wish for but without the mess or bother of doing it yourself. Where: 58 Pembroke Road, Kensington. Tel: 0207 371 2200 www.maggieandrose.com

Totstars

Totstars have developed a unique and innovative method of enhancing children’s cognitive, social and physical development through sport. They use fun and action packed games to challenge and keep children enthused as they learn. They focus on awareness, numeracy, teamwork & sharing. Providing young children an opportunity through the use of fun, action packed games and drills to engage in football and to teach them basic early learning. Where: Saturday Sessions - Streatham, Wallington/Hackbridge, Croydon. Tel: 07540 932 356 www.totstarsuk.com

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The Creation Station

Creation Station aims to inspire creative thinking at an early age in a safe and nurturing environment; to stimulate children’s development in thinking and problem solving using art, craft, music and movement. Where: Harrow, Finchley, Dulwich and Wimbledon. Tel: 08448 549 096 www.thecreationstation.co.uk

BabyBallet

An award-winning baby ballet Song and Dance Academy with an exciting educational movement to music programme.

Apples & Pears

Get going with Apples & Pears! Apples & Pears, operated by Mytime Active, is Camden’s free service for all the family to get you on your way to a healthier weight. We’ve got loads of classes to suit your lifestyle and interests, to help get you active and eating right. Apples & Pears is all about making exercise and good eating a fun part of your everyday routine, with like-minded people and friendly staff. There’s something to suit everyone at Apples & Pears. Whatever your age or shape, we’ll get you fitter – for free! Email: applesandpears@nhs.net Tel: 020 3688 1710 www.applesandpearscamden.co.uk www.mytimeactive.co.uk

Theatrebugs Theatrebugs carefully designs each adventure to ignite your child’s imagination and allow their confidence to bloom! They offer exciting new extracurricular activities in nurseries, schools, parties or shows. Helping your child with improved concentration, enriched vocabulary, increased selfconfidence and much, much more! But most of all, they will have so much fun!

Designed to encourage babies and young children to enjoy the joys of song and dance, baby ballet has built up a fantastic reputation for providing children with the opportunity to express themselves within a fun, safe and caring environment. Where: Wimbledon, Putney, Hamstead, Highgate, Greenwich, Bromley, Dartford and Bexley. Tel: 01422 329 471 www.babyballet.co.uk

Where: All areas across London. Tel: 0800 975 5290 www.theatrebugs.co.uk


To appear in our Clubs & Classes section contact us at: info@rascalsoflondon.co.uk

Pineapple Performing Arts School

Pineapple offers a warm and friendly environment for students to learn a variety of professional, disciplined performing arts subjects such as singing (musical theatre) dancing (street dance) and drama, and is a great place to meet new people and build confidence, whilst developing performing arts skills.

Baby Sensory Sensory Play, Baby and Child Development. Baby Sensory classes offer a musical world full of exciting sensory experiences for parents and babies from light shows to bubbles, bells, rainbows, puppets, signing, games, baby whispering & bonding activities.

Art at Kite Studio

Mozo Island After School

Sing pop songs and jam in a band! Big Kid’s Band Intermediate/ Advanced Group. Ukulele, Guitar, Keyboard and Recorder with Singing. Age 8 - 10, Every Monday 4.45 - 5.35 Beginner’s Club Introduction to - Recorder, Ukulele, Guitar, Singing, Drumming and Art (inc. free recorder) Age 5-10, Every Monday 3.45 - 4.35 Both Clubs £9. Per session. Book Now for Jan 2014, Quote: Rascals, to get first session FREE!!

All of their tutors are widely recognised industry professionals, and have lots of teaching experience. Where: 7 Langley Street, Covent Garden Tel: 020 8351 8839 www.pineapplearts.com

Clubs & Classes

Where: All London areas Tel: 07545 247 963 www.babysensory.com

Diddi Dance

Where: Ritz Music Shop, Sheen Rd, Richmond. Email: mozoisland@gmail.com mozoislandmusicschool.blogspot.co.uk Tel: 01582 766 464 www.monkeymusic.co.uk

Twisters Gym and Dance Twisters welcome children of all abilities and offer stimulating and fun classes for 6 months to young teens. Classes include: Twisters 1 & 2, Gymkids, Gymnastics, Ballet, Street Jazz, Tap, Dance, Drama and Art.

A creative oasis in Shepherds Bush. Founded more than six years ago to provide quality art education for children. Their aim is to make art accessible to everyone, irrespective of income, ability or age, including the early years and children with additional needs, and to involve parents in the creative learning process. They also offer bespoke workshops at beautiful premises in Kemerton, Gloucestershire, where you can book self-catering cottages or come for a day trip. Where: 2b Bassein Park, Road, Shepherds Bush. Tel: 020 8576 6278 www.kitestudios.org

At Diddi Dance they realise and encourage endless enthusiasm and energy in an action packed, full of fun 45 minute dance class. Using various dancing games and exercises, bells, hoops and dance ribbons to their own funky pop songs so your little one not only improves their rhythm and co-ordination but also their social and gross motor skills. Classes are ideally suited for both boys and girls between 2-4 years old, however they have had children as young as 16 months. Where: All areas across London. Tel: 07973 982 790 www.diddidance.com

Where: Ealing: St.John’s Church, Mattock Lane, Elthorne Sports Centre, Westlea Road, St.Thomas’s Church Hall, Boston Road. Chiswick: St Peter’s Church, Southfield Road. Tel: 020 8933 9997 www.twisters.org.uk

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Clubs & Classes Water Babies

Play Yoga Baby Yoga Classes, Baby Massage & Baby Weaning Classes in North London. Eat Play Grow aims to inspire positive development in the early years that will build the foundations which last a lifetime.

Water Babies is the UK’s leading baby swim school, teaching a core skill to hundreds of babies & children every week. The courses are very different to traditional swimming lessons. For a start, because they only use warm water pools, babies can join them from birth. And while the emphasis is on having fun, their course is carefully structured, with progressive lesson plans for each week.

Where: North London. Tel: 07831 941 419 www.eatplay grow.co.uk

Providing a variety of different activities with the essential stimulation that babies to five year olds need. It is well structured in a nursery-like setting where the children can explore, dress up, build, and create with art and craft materials. They finish the class with ‘music time’ where they use the puppet theatre to help with letter, number, shape and colour recognition. Where: Harrow & Pinner, Ruislip & Chiswick. Tel: 0845 519 7882 www.creativefunfactory.co.uk

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Join Pippa Panda and get musical with these action-packed 40 minute classes! With songs and teaching curriculum written by award-winning composer Pippa Cleary, this unique programme brings parents, carers and children together through fun and interactive learning. Where: St Columba’s Church vestry, 30 Warwick Square, Pimlico. Beaufort House, 354 Kings Road, Chelsea. St Columba’s Church, Pont Street, Knightsbridge. Tel: 020 7193 3920 www.pippaspoppets.co.uk

Where: All London areas. Tel: 01404 548 348 www.waterbabies.co.uk

Creative Fun Factory

Pippa’s Poppets Music & Movement Classes

The Spanish Machine

TinyTalk Half an hour of lively, interactive singing with signing. They teach about six core signs each week, with lots more signs being used in the songs. Every third week is a revision week, with a signed story book too! The second half hour is playtime for the babies and social time for the adults.

Spanish tuition for children of all ages throughout London from those as young as 3 years old right through to GCSE and AS/A level. We can arrange for a qualified tutor to teach your children at your home either individually or in a group with friends which makes the lesson even more fun and interactive. Tutors will use a range of materials including games and music to make the learning experience as enjoyable as possible. Where: Various locations. Tel: 0845 094 1866 www.thespanishmachine.co.uk

Where: St Augustine’s Avenue, South Croydon & Woodside, Baptist Church, Spring Lane, South Norwood. Tel: 07594 557 846 www.tinytalk.co.uk


To appear in our Clubs & Classes section contact us at: info@rascalsoflondon.co.uk

Central London Fencing Club

Karoon Taekwondo Academy

Clubs & Classes Technokids At our computer clubs children improve their skills, develop confidence and engage in interactive learning - all in a social context.

Children learn how to hold a weapon, footwork, bladework, how to attack, how to defend, fencing tactics and international rules. All children take part in ‘electric’ fencing as soon as possible.

We bring a suite of the latest laptops or iPads into school and teach a variety of courses using the best educational software and Apps available. We aim to expand upon the ICT units that children learn in school - but it’s got to be fun!

All of our coaches working with children have DBS clearance, and the children are supervised at all times. We have dedicated coaches who supervise the children and offer individual advice on how to improve their performance.

Karoon Taekwondo Academy’s programs for kids teaches your children the skills they need to be successful! In our martial arts programs, your children learn valuable lessons in self-defence and self-discipline, giving them the confidence that helps keep them safe and excel in school in a safe, fun environment in which children can develop good quality skills.

Where: Flat 2, 7 Hide Place, London SW1P 4HD. Tel: 0776 662 3507 www.centrallondonfencingclub.com

Where: 262 Holloway Road, London, Islington N7 6NE. Tel: 020 7700 3680 www.karoontaekwondo.com

Where: Various locations. Tel: 020 8977 6768 www.technokids.co.uk

Club Petit Pierrot

London Academy of Gymnastics & Dance

Richard Weekes Chess Academy

Fun French For Children. Established in 1993, Club Petit Pierrot is London’s Premier French club and offers many fun and stimulating classes across London. There are Parent & Toddler groups from 8 months old (learning together) and drop-off classes for older children. These lessons will give your child a wonderful headstart in French. They also offer private tuition at your home, whether for a single child or a mini-group, and they teach their innovative programme in many prestigious schools across London. Small groups, excellent results, dynamic native French teachers (all CRB checked), all levels. Highly recommended by BBC, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express & Time Out. FREE trial lesson for all new children.

Whilst working on strength, flexibility and endurance. Our little ones have a lot of fun and our approach is imaginative, playful and has clear developmental goals.

Where: Many venues across London. Tel: 020 7385 5565 Email: admincpp@btconnect.com www.clubpetitpierrot.co.uk

Where: Muswell Hill Centre, Hillfield Park, London N10 3QJ. Tel: 07881 848 884 www.lagad.co.uk

The Richard Weekes Chess Academy provides chess lessons in schools and junior clubs for children and young people who are interested in learning how to play chess. Evidence shows how children who learn chess perform better in school, have improved calculating ability, are more imaginative, creative, and self-motivated. Chess challenges the minds of both girls & boys and it’s a fun game that all children can play. Where: Various locations in South East London. Tel: 07538 035896 www.chessforchildren.influencer.biz

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What’s

ON Keeping the whole family entertained this Winter

Central

Camden, Islington, City of Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Wandsworth, Lambeth, Southwark, City of London

Baby & Toddler Show

April 25th - 27th

This event will provide both new and expectant parents everything they need from the complete range of baby essentials and unique useful products to free expert advice. Where: Glow, Bluewater, Greenhithe, Kent DA9 9ST. www.babyandtoddlershow.co.uk

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Comes to Kew Gardens

April 5th - 21st

Roald Dahl’s much-loved tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to life at Kew Gardens. Get your Golden Ticket and celebrate 50 whipple-scrumptious years of Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka. Activities are brought to you in partnership with the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. Highlights include: • Create your own Willy Wonka-inspired chocolate bar. • Join Willy Wonka and his head Oompa-Loompa in the Inventing Room for songs and music. • Go nuts in the Nut Room with colouring and drawing. • Revolting Rhymes. • Traditional Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB. www.kew.org

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The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games

March 21st - 23rd

It’s warming up to be one unmissable weekend with three massive fundraising events to choose from - the Mile, the Swimathon and the Cycle. You can run, swim or cycle your way to raising cash at over a thousand venues up and down the country, including the landmark events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford. www.sportrelief.com


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NOT NOW, Bernard

Until May 1st

Based on the picture book by David McKee, Not Now, Bernard is the story of a little boy who is constantly ignored by his busy parents, ideal for very small children, aged 2 and up. Ellen McDougall returns to the Unicorn to direct Rhys Rusbatch who plays Bernard and Monster in this tale of a boy who finds a monster in his back garden. The director and design team behind the critically acclaimed Henry the Fifth reunite for this new Unicorn production to bring the colourful pages of David McKee’s much-loved picture book to life. Where: Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, Bankside, More, London SE1 2HZ. www.unicorntheatre.com

Mothers Day at the Ritz

March 30th

Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival

May 11th

That’s the way to do it! Covent Garden, the place to go for London’s street entertainers, comes alive for its annual May Fayre and Puppet Festival. Besides the regular Punch and Judy celebrations, there is also usually folk music, dancers, clowns, jugglers and stalls. Where: St Paul’s Church, Bedford Street, London WC2E 9ED. www.coventgardenlondonuk.com

Put on your glad rags and treat your mother – or let your children treat you – to a very special Mother’s Day Tea at The Ritz. Besides the usual selection of fancy sandwiches, scones, cakes and drinks, you will also get a Bellini cocktail and children receive a teddy bear too. Where: The Ritz, 150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR. www.theritzlondon.com

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A breathtaking musical fantasy based on the novel by Michael Ende, author of The Neverending Story. In a town not so very far away, a friendly orphaned girl called Momo has a mysterious enemy to fight. Creeping through the alleys are the sinister Men in Grey, intent on stealing as much time as they can. With the help of the mysterious Professor Hora and his clairvoyant tortoise, Momo must save her friends before the world she knows is lost forever. Momo’s inspirational story comes to life with dazzling vocals, beautiful original songs, puppetry and storytelling.. Where: Polka Theatre, Wimbledon SW19 1SB. www.polkatheatre.com

CBeebies Live! The Big Band Easter Tour 2014

April 5th - 6th Come and join the fun and design, shape and make your own chocolates, Easter lollipops and cakes. Perfect for anybody who needs an extra chocolate fix before Easter!. Where: London Art House, 2-18 Britannia Row. Islington N1 8PA www.cookiecrumbles.co.uk

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Will the CBeebies megastars build the biggest band ever? What instruments will they find in their search? With visual trickery and lots of surprises, including a specially created live band and a priceless performance by Mr Tumble, be prepared to be amused and entertained by this fantastic new star-filled CBeebies live! show. Featuring Justin Fletcher MBE, Mister Maker, Mr Bloom, Rastamouse, the ZingZillas, Nina and the Neurons, adventurous Andy Day and Katy Ashworth.. Where: Wembley Arena, Arena Square, Engineers Way, Wembley HA9 0DW. Time: Performances at 1.30pm & 4.45pm on Saturday and 11am & 2pm on Sunday Tel: 0844 815 0815 www.cbeebieslive.com


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Meet Katy Perry at Madame Tusauds

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Guests to Madame Tussauds London this Easter will enjoy a sugar coated celebrity wonderland, as Katy Perry’s wax figure takes up residence in her very own edible candy-themed set.

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The startlingly life-like wax figure is visiting from Madame Tussauds Sydney and will wear one of the celebrated singer’s most flamboyant costumes – a heart shaped tutu-style dress, with sequin encrusted candy-striped corset and multicolour polka-dot gloves, recreated exclusively for the wax likeness by Katy Perry’s costumiers. In tribute to the superstar’s colourful stage persona, the world famous attraction is creating a uniquely colourful set for her – complete with edible treats.

May 23rd - September 2nd This summer dinosaurs will inhabit this quiet, leafy corner of Colden Common, transforming it into a Jurassic jungle. Adventurers will be enthralled by our awesome dinosaurs as they come to life with animatronics, roaring or even spitting at anyone who dares to get near them. Where: Marwell Wildlife, Colden Common, Winchester, Hants SO21 1JH www.Marwell.org.uk

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Secret Agents Academy for Spies

February 15th - August 31st Kids will be given the chance to test their sleuth detective skills this half term at the Secret Agents Academy for Spies. The evil Dr Iscove has used the good professor Irene Bop’s mastermind to create a treasure teleporting machine, and is planning to use it to steal the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London! Through master surveillance techniques, unlocking codes and dodging laser beams, kids must try and stop him. Are your little ones brave enough to enter this labyrinth of adventures?. Where: Discover Children’s Story Centre, Stratford, London E15 4QZ. www.discover.org.uk

October 26th - November 3rd BIG Hairy Bug draw!

The Big Hairy Bug Draw is back at ZSL London Zoo for Halloween half term! Big hairy bug draw 2011. The Big Draw at ZSL London Zoo is a drawing competition for children of all ages and is run in collaboration with Cool it Schools and Great Art. The competition itself is free to enter and takes place in our BUGS! House. Where: ZSL London Zoo, Regents park. Tel: 020 7722 3333 www.zsl.org

October 26th - November 3rd

Boo at the Zoo St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

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Boots

Tel: 020 7581 5764 www.mothercare.com

   Mummy & Little Me                  

A gorgeous collection of maternity wear, maternity lingerie & nursing underwear, baby changing bags, baby clothes, maternity nightwear and Bugaboo Prams as well as beautiful gifts for mum and baby. Tel: 01522 548 811 www.mummyandlittleme.co.uk

Oh Baby London

Tel: 020 7409 2982 www.boots.com

Tel: 020 7247 4949 www.ohbabylondon.com

Bonpoint Tel: 020 7792 2515 www.bonpoint.com

Pom D Api

   Caramel

Please Mum

             

Tel: 020 7486 1380 www.please-mum.co.uk

Tel: 020 7243 0535 www.pomdapi.fr

Shop caramel’s unique looks styled by designers, complete with fine knits, exclusive print dresses and playful toys and accessories. Tel: 020 7589 7001 www.caramel-shop.co.uk

  Early Learning Centre Tel: 020 7581 5764 www.elc.co.uk Tel: 0871 704 1977 www.hamleys.com

Easy 2 Name Tel: 01635 298 326 www.easy2name.com

Just Williams Toys Tel: 020 3538 6798 www.justwilliamstoys.com

  Marie-Chatal Offering fun, fresh and modern designer clothing for babies and children up to age 12. Tel: 020 7838 1111 www.mariechantal.co.uk

Mush Kids Tel: 020 8653 6635 www.mushkids.co.uk

Tel: 020 7590 7990 www.ralphlauren.co.uk

Roobub & Custard Tel: 07796 451 513 www.roobubandcustard.co.uk

  Pares Footwear

Hamleys

         

Ralph Lauren

                   

Parés Footwear is an independent footwear retailer in the UK. We have been established for 25 years and currently operate four stores in Blackheath Village in London, Sidcup in Kent and newly opened Cockfosters in Barnet. Tel: 020 8297 0785 www.paresfootwear.co.uk

  Small Print                

The original fingerprint jewellery keepsake company captures your child’s fingerprints, hand and footprints, writing and drawings in unique silver keepsakes. Tel: 020 8567 7871 www.smallprint.com

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Directory & Services Private schools

Classes

Bassett House Club Petit Pierrot

  Culture Kids

Where: Various locations Tel: 020 7385 5565 www.clubpetitpierrot.uk.com

               

SYC Yoga Tel: 020 8968 1900 www.specialyoga.org.uk

Baby Sensory Tel: 07834 170 485

     Boogie Babies                  

Boogie Babies is a weekly interactive music group where mothers, grandparents and nannies enjoy listening and participating in familiar nursery rhymes and songs with their little ones. Tel: 07960 498 208 www.boogiebabies.co.uk

Bright Sparks Tel: 020 3194 3178

Buzy Beez Tel: 07903 813 618 www.buzybeez.co.uk

  Catch a Ball              

Catch-a-balls provides the framework to learn a fundamental life skill; ball skills, oh and we have lots of fun doing it! Tel: 020 8398 3034 www.catch-a-balls.co.uk

Lucy Sparkles Tel: 07903 913 429 www.lucysparkles.com

Chatterbabies Tel: 07801 151 968

Messy play, Sensory play, music, cooking and art classes with a difference, throughout London, for babies, toddlers and children. From 4 weeks to 6 years. Tel: 07818 440 771 www.culture-kids.com

Dance Stars Tel: 07753 748 819 www.dance-stars.com

   Discover - Story   Making Centre                

Discover Children’s Story Centre, London’s only children’s museum is a place where children and their families can enjoy playing, learning and making up stories together. Tel: 020 8536 5555 www.discover.org.uk

Jo Jingles Tel: 01494 778 989 www.jojingles.com

Kids@N20

Tel: 020 8969 0313 www.bassetths.org.uk

Channing Junior School Tel: 020 8342 9862 www.channing.co.uk

                       

In a happy and purposeful family environment, where every member of the school community is important and all are valued as individuals, Chepstow House aims to discover the best in every child and challenge them to go beyond their expectations. Tel: 020 7243 0243 www.chepstowhouse school.co.uk

Devonshire House Prep School Tel: 020 7435 1916 www.devonshirehouse school.co.uk

Dallington School Tel: 020 7251 2284 www.dallingtonschool.co.uk

Eaton House School

  Latino Bambino

Eaton Square School

                     

Tel: 020 7931 9469 www.eatonsquareschool.com

Childrens play room

Tel: 020 7924 6000 www.eatonhouseschools.com

Falkner House Tel: 020 7373 4501 www.falknerhouse.co.uk

Francis Holland School Tel: 020 7730 2971 www.fhs-sw1.org.uk

Garden House School Tel: 020 7730 1652 www.gardenhouseschool.co.uk

Tel: 020 7639 1812

Crafty Tales Tel: 07810 596 342 www.craftytales.co.uk

Toy Library Tel: 020 7231 3755 www.lewisham.gov.uk

Footprints Playgroup Tel: 020 8305 0520

West London Tots Tel: 07939 070 773

  Monkey Music            

At Monkey Music, we know that music is fundamental to a pre-school aged child’s development. Tel: 020 8438 0189 www.monkeymusic.co.uk

Tumble Tots Tel: 01215 857 003 www.tumbletots.co.uk

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Tel: 020 8868 2346 www.heathfield.gdst.net

Highgate Pre-Preparatory Tel: 020 8340 9196 www.highgateschool.org.uk

Knightsbridge School   Chepstow House

Tel: 020 8445 8889 www.gokidsn20.com

Exercise, Keep fit, have fun and bond with your baby whilst dancing to Latin rhythms. Your baby stays right there with you, snuggled in a baby carrier, whilst you get some healthy exercise that has been devised to be safe and gentle for both you and your little one. Tel: 07961 838 349 www.latinobambino.co.uk

Heathfield School GDST, Pinner

  Ashton House School              

Ashton House is a small and caring school using its specialist skills to encourage children to develop, at their own pace, to their full potential. Tel: 020 8560 3902 www.ashtonhouse.com

Tel: 020 7590 9000 www.knightsbridgeschool.com

La Chouette School Tel: 07557 029 255 www.lachouetteschool.co.uk

L’Ecole Des Petits Tel: 020 7371 8350 www.lecoledespetits.co.uk

London Christian School Tel: 020 3130 6430 www.londonchristianschool.com

  Lloyd Williamson   Schools - Telford Road                      

Providing independent and progressive education in the vibrant, urban setting that is Portobello Road and Notting Hill Gate. We offer a stimulating, supportive learning environment for a diverse community of happy, confident children who are eager to learn. Tel: 020 8962 0345 www.lws.org.uk

Notting Hill Prep Tel: 020 7221 0727 www.nottinghillprep.com

The King Alfred Lower School Tel: 020 8457 5200 www.kingalfred.org.uk

  Hall School              

The Hall is one of London’s leading independent IAPS day prep schools for boys aged 4 to 13. Established in 1889 in the Belsize Park area. Tel: 020 7722 1700 www.hallschool.co.uk

Wetherby School Tel: 020 7727 9581 www.wetherbyschool.co.uk

Yesodey Hatorah School Tel: 020 8800 8612 www.learningtrust.co.uk


Directory & Services Day Nurseries

Indoor Play

Parties

Tinies

Dicky Birds - Surbiton

Adventure Playzone

Rockstar Parties

Tel: 020 8642 8866 www.tinies.com

Tel: 020 8942 5779 www.dickybirds.co.uk

Tel: 020 8539 8343

Tel: 020 8767 1125 www.rockstarparties.co.uk

St Mary Magdalen Montessori Nursery School

  Dreammaker Day Nursery

Tel: 020 8878 0756

St Mary’s Summerstown Montessori Nursery School Tel: 020 8947 7359 www.stmaryssummerstown montessori.co.uk

Matilda Day Nursery Tel: 020 7480 6396 www.matildanursery.com

  Asquith Battersea Day   Nursery                  

Bright and stimulating, Battersea Day Nursery is situated in the heart of London, with the added benefits of being within walking distance of both Battersea Park and Clapham Junction Station. Tel: 01753 201 122 www.asquithnurseries.co.uk

Blooming Kidz Tel: 020 8695 9959 www.daynurseries.co.uk

  Blossoms Day Nursery              

A caring place for your child to learn and develop, grow their confidence and take part in age appropriate activities. Tel: 020 8760 0540 www.blossoms-day-nurserycroydon.co.uk

Blue House Day Nursery and Preschool

                   

Over 20 years of outstanding childcare services in London. A family run children’s day Nursery, Pre School and Out of School Club that’s based just 5 minutes’ walk from Tower Hill and Fenchurch Street stations and 15 minutes from Liverpool Street. Tel: 020 7480 7166 www.mydreammaker.co.uk

Giggles & Wiggles Tel: 020 8566 4774 www.giggleswiggles.co.uk

  Goldstar Montessori   Nursery                        

At Goldstar we provide a carefully prepared program of education, in a happy, relaxed and caring environment, where your child can grow and gain knowledge in every area of their development, there fore, ensuring we are laying the foundations for your child’s future learning, Tel: 020 8364 6876 www.goldstarnursery.co.uk

Green Gables Tel: 020 7488 2374 www.greengablesschool.com

Hillyfields Day Nursery Tel: 020 8694 1069 www.hillyfieldsday nursery.co.uk

Jackanory

Tel: 020 8681 7579 www.bluehousedaynursery.com

Tel: 07849 171 524 www.jackanorynurseries.com

Carlton Hill Community Nursery

Keiki Day Care Nursery

Tel: 020 7624 3814 www.leyf.org.uk

Tel: 020 8340 3841 www.keikidaycare.co.uk

Kiddi Caru Day Nursery

Little Elves Montessori Nursery School

Tel: 020 8679 4009 www.kiddicaru.com

Tel: 07921 761 835 www.littleelvesmontessori.com

Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery

Mary Poppins Day Nursery

Tel: 020 8538 3999 www.monkeypuzzleday nurseries.com

Tel: 01708 722 800 www.marypoppinsday nursery.org.uk

Eddie Catz

Party Magic Box

Tel: 0845 201 1268 www.eddiecatz.com

Tel: 07913 168 323 www.partymagicbox.co.uk

Gambado Tel: 020 7384 1635 www.gambado.com

  The Creation Station   Wimbledon

  Bramleys              

Bramley’s Big Adventure is an indoor adventure playground for children up to 11 years old. A large building under the Westway flyover. Tel: 020 8960 1515 www.bramleysbig.co.uk

Our art parties include painting, modelling, making, sculpting, crafting and of course, music, dancing and games are provided too! Tel: 0844 854 9096 www.thecreation station.co.uk

Nutty

It’s a Kid’s Thing Tel: 020 8739 0909 www.itsakidsthing.co.uk

Tel: 0788 405 0954 www.nuttyschildrens parties.co.uk

The Action Station

  Little Dinosaurs                

               

Little Dinosaurs indoor play centre, along with the our outdoor parkland enclosure and activities makes us a great place to bring the kids all year round. Tel: 020 8444 1338 www.littledinosaurs.co.uk

Tumble in the Jungle Tel: 0870 626 0710 www.tumbleinthejungle.co.uk

Tel: 0870 770 2705 www.theactionstation.co.uk

Boo! Tel: 020 7287 9090

  Creative Biscuit              

Creative Biscuit is a paint your own ceramics café where you can customise your own pottery to make your home an even prettier place. Tel: 020 8532 2824 www.creativebiscuit.co.uk

  Snakes and Ladders                        

Jam packed with fun, there’s something for the whole family at Snakes and Ladders. Added to the huge threetiered climbing frame, there’s slides, ball ponds, tunnels and rope climbs. Plus discover soft play areas for little ones, dedicated zones for under 5s and more. Tel: 020 8847 0946 www.snakes-and-ladders.co.uk

  Creation Station                      

Inspiring imaginations is at the heart of everything we do. So whether you are looking for an award winning children’s creative classes or an original Arty Birthday Party Entertainer, or Event entertainment you have come to the right place. Tel: 0844 854 9085 www.thecreation station.co.uk

Kidspace Tel: 020 8686 0040 www.kidspaceadventures.com

Beanies Tel: 020 8680 2088 www.beaniescafe.co.uk Pretend to Bee Tel: 01159 847 838

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