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The local guide from bump to 5

What’s On This Halloween and Bonfire Night

Top Tips for Choosing a Primary School Plus... News, Articles, Clubs & Classes, Weekly Activities Timetable, Competitions, Money Saving vouchers and plenty more...

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Spooky Half-Term Fun Saturday 15th to Monday 31st October Join us down on the farm for loads of spooky activities…

• Pumpkin carving • Witch’s House tours • Panto style ghost stories • Trail of doom • Spooky tractor rides Plus all of the usual farm activities! SAVE MONEY! book your tickets online at www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk

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Autumn 2016 Contents

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big welcome to the autumn issue. I hope you’ve enjoyed everything summer had to offer and are feeling refreshed ready for the new academic year. Although I love spending the summer with my children, it is somewhat of a relief to get back to normality and a routine when September rolls around! The clubs and classes will be resuming again so turn to page 22 to see what’s on offer. Many of the classes offer a free trial so you could take advantage of those to try out a few different activities and see what you and your child enjoy. If your child is entering into their pre-school year you’ll be applying for their school place in the next few months. A local teacher has written some top tips for choosing your child’s school on page 33 so be sure to have a read if this applies to you. Our events calendar is on pages 8 to 21 this issue with our special Halloween and Bonfire Night ‘what’s on’ guide on pages 12 to 16. Please remember if you respond to an advertisement in this magazine to mention where you saw it. Time for Tots would not exist without all its valued advertisers so it’s important they know their adverts are being seen. Enjoy the autumn!

Vanessa

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Tots News Autumn Activities & Events What’s on this Halloween What’s on this Bonfire Night Clubs and Classes Bubble Babies Swim School Featured Class: The Creation Station Stagecoach Performing Arts

31 A Special Time at Spratton School

33 Choosing Your Child’s Primary School 34 Pregnancy, Birth & Babies 34 Birth Announcements 36 Operation Christmas Child 37 Childcare 40 Time for Mum 41 Business Opportunities & Services 42 Business Mum 43 Party Services 45 Weekly Activities Timetable 52 Competitions Page 54 Special Offers 55 Index of Advertisers

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Tots News

Art o’Clock The new art, craft & sensory class

Art O’clock is an art, craft and sensory class for toddlers to 5 year olds devised and run by a qualified art teacher with the Development Review and EYFS programme in mind. The classes are structured to enable your little one to get the most out of their art experience, whether it’s painting, clay, mark-making, gluing or printing. Children develop at different stages therefore the classes are differentiated to meet your child’s ability: toddlers - 2 year olds and 3 - 5 year olds. The classes will focus more on the art process your child experiences as opposed to the outcome. Classes run during term time and are currently held in Kettering. Please email: sandramallen@hotmail.co.uk for more details or to register your interest.

New Studio

for Lindsey Arber Photography

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t’s been a very exciting year at Lindsey Arber Photography with the opening of the new studio. The studio is located in Desborough, which works so well as its a nice central location and easy for families to travel to from the many surrounding towns and villages. The studio itself is perfect for the range of photography offered. The main room is an open space with both a seated area, for families to relax in, and the studio area so parents can watch their little ones in action. The best room though has to be the prop room! Filled with headbands, knitted hats, cake smash outf its, bunting and a variety of newborn props that parents can browse to add that personal touch to their images. Lindsey still does lots of location sessions, making the most of the countryside that surrounds the area, but as the demand for studio shoots has increased, it has also seen the arrival of Liz who has joined the team to help keep things ticking along smoothly.

Tel: 07725 944941

infant Aquatics New courses starting in September and November. Look online or call to book. www.infantaquatics.co.uk

The funny things kids say... Examining his scrotum(!): “This looks like Nanny ’s neck” Oliver, age 4

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Funky Lil’ Feet Childrens Shoe Shop

Shoo Pom boots £45

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Why not come and have your children’s shoes professionally fitted in our friendly little shop. We cover all width fittings with sizes from a teeny 1 to a teenage 10 (44). We specialise in fitting orthotics for children with special requirements too. Only 10 minutes from Kettering and 20 minutes from Northampton with free parking right outside. We look forward to welcoming you! 36 Huntingdon Road, Thrapston, NN14 4NQ Telephone: 01832 734500 Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9.30am-4pm

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Autumn Photoshoot with Firetree Photography

Upcoming Events at Cheeky Monkees

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pend an hour with a professional portrait photographer in the woodland grounds of a private house, Gumley, Nr Market Harborough. A fantastic opportunity for stunning Autumn family portraits. The wood is completely secluded and undisturbed, a stunning location for natural portraiture. These shoots are only run once every year and are very popular. This year’s event will be on Saturday 29th October. Time slots are structured at hourly intervals. You will have an hour with the photographer in the wood. Within that time they will capture as many photographs as your baby/child/family will allow. Session Fees: £35 for one or two children, £45 for a family booking (two or more children and large family groups). Session fee is for the session only and covers photographers time and talent and custom editing of the images. Viewings take place at Firetree Photography Studio Boutique at The Manor, Tur Langton. For more information or to book, please visit:

www.firetreephoto.co.uk

ow, summer seems to have come and gone too quickly here at cheeky Monkees.   What a great time we have all had seeing your lovely happy faces coming through the doors.  Hearing all the adventures that you have experienced over the summer has just been a joy.   With our sights now firmly set on the autumn season what a great line up of events we have to look forward to.  Whether it’s super slide fun at one of our Halloween or Christmas parties or our free soccer school every Tuesday morning with coach Chloe that gets your dribbling skills improving, there is always something fun to enjoy with us.   Come along to one of our monthly free SEN evenings, where you can relax and enjoy a delicious hot drink and slice of homemade cake from our 5 star rated bistro cafe.   With regular competitions and great prizes on offer pop in and give us a visit, you won’t be disappointed!! We are open 7 days a week 10am to 6pm.  Contact us on 01536 443310 should you require any more information on any of the upcoming autumn events.

www.cheeky-monkees.co.uk

New Term and New Classes

at the Barbara Hooton School of Dancing

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he new term of The Barbara Hooton School of Dancing begins week commencing the 12th September, with baby ballet in Burton Latimer and then Keep fit followed by ballet and tap classes. They also offer baby ballet for 2½ year olds in Finedon, Earls Barton and Ise Lodge. Dancing for all ages includes ballet and tap at all their venues. Barbara Hooton School of Dancing also have two new exciting classes for the new term in Earls Barton: adult ballet on Mondays, 7.30pm to 8.30pm, and adult tap on Thursdays 7pm to 8pm. Both classes are to be held at The Studio. Now is the time to get into shape, so come along to Keep Fit where they do muscle toning exercises to music designed for fitness, health and well-being. They look forward to welcoming you at The Barbara Hooton School of Dancing.

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Inspired

Learning Come and join in our Open Day activities. Visit the Junior School interactive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) experience.

Whole School (3 - 18 years)

Open Day

NEW specialist STEAM hub

Saturday 1 October

Give us a call

10:00am - 1:00pm

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Activities & Events

September Wed 7th

Nature Tots at Irchester Country Park

Nature themed walk with a Ranger followed by a craft activity for pre-school children. £3.50 per child, per session includes refreshments. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, Call 01933 276866.

Thu 8th

Sat 17th

Baby & Childrens Nearly New Sale at The Pemberton Centre, Rushden

Lots of stalls to browse! Refreshments available. Entrance £1, kids free. Lots of pre-loved items (toys, clothes etc) at a fraction of the high street cost! 10am to 12 noon. To book a stall please call 07577 701161 or email:karen_aves@hotmail.co.uk

Sun 18th

Nature Tots at Fermyn Woods Country Park

Hedgerow Harvest at West Lodge Rural Centre

Wed 14th

Tue 20th

Nature themed walk with a Ranger followed by a craft activity for pre-school children. £3.50 per child, per session includes refreshments. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, call 01933 276866.

Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park

Nature themed walk with a Ranger followed by a craft activity for pre-school children. £3.50 per child, per session includes refreshments. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, call 01933 276866.

Sat 17th to Sun 25th Nene Valley Festival

Enjoy a diverse programme of events aimed at both residents and visitors to the region, inspiring more people to connect with the wildlife and heritage of the Nene Valley. There will be 9 days of exciting events taking place at a variety of venues from Northampton to Peterborough. The programme has been designed so there is something for everyone to enjoy, whether you are interested in cultural heritage, local history, archaeology, food and drink, the arts or leisure activities. Visit the website for more information: www.nenevalley.net/festival-home

Jump aboard the tractor trailer ride to visit all the berry picking hot spots around the farm, collect as many sloes, blackberries and hazelnuts as you can carry! www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk

Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park

Nature themed walk with a Ranger followed by a craft activity for pre-school children. £3.50 per child, per session includes refreshments. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, call 01933 276866.

Wed 21st

Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park

Nature themed walk with a Ranger followed by a craft activity for pre-school children. £3.50 per child, per session includes refreshments. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, call 01933 276866.

Wed 21st to Sun 2nd october

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at The Royal & Derngate Theatre Jason Manford will play the role of Caractacus Potts, when the Music & Lyrics Limited and West Yorkshire Playhouse production of the muchloved musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang comes to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate this autumn.

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The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang cast also features Phill Jupitus (The Producers, Hairspray) as Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst and Claire Sweeney (Brookside, Hairspray) as Baroness Bomburst. Carrie Hope Fletcher (Les Misérables, War of the Worlds) will play Truly Scrumptious. There are sensational sets and stunning special effects, including Chitty, the flying car herself, and, of course, the memorable score, including such favourites as Truly Scrumptious, Toot Sweets, Hushabye Mountain and the Oscar-nominated title song Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang takes to the Derngate stage from Wednesday 21 September to Sunday 2 October, with tickets priced from £17 to £42.50*. To check times and to book, call Box Office on 01604 624811 or go to:

Sat 24th

Baby & Childrens Nearly New Sale at The Pemberton Centre, Rushden

Lots of stalls to browse! Refreshments available. Entrance £1, kids free. Lots of pre-loved items (toys, clothes etc) at a fraction of the high street cost! 10am to 12 noon. To book a stall please call 07577 701161 or email: karen_aves@hotmail.co.uk

Fri 30th & Sat 1st oct

Wriggle Dance Theatre – The Colour of Me at The Core at Corby Cube

Can you feel the excitement of the deep blue sea, the green peacefulness of nature, or bravely go where no child has ever been…inside an orange? But do watch out for red, who is sometimes very cross. Come and experience the beautiful rainbow of emotions that lives inside each and every one of us. What colour are you today? With live music and projection, this interactive dance theatre performance promises to delight, tickle and inspire young audiences. Recommended for ages 3 to 7. www.thecorecorby.com

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October Wed 5th

Nature Tots at Irchester Country Park

A parents and tots group with a difference. Nature themed walk with a Ranger followed by a craft activity for pre school children. £3.50 per child, per session includes refreshments. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, telephone 01933 276866.

Sat 8th & Sun 9th

Gift & Craft Fair at Lamport Hall

Over 90 stalls showcasing jewellery, decorative glassware, jams, chutneys and fudge, and other gifts, visitors are able to browse a variety of indulgent treats for themselves or seek inspiration for some early Christmas shopping. The fair has been a yearly fixture for over twenty years, and is sure to be a great day out for all the family. Open 10am to 5pm daily. The weekend is also the last chance to visit the Hall and Gardens before the end of the season. The Hall and Gardens will be open both days between 2pm and 5pm, last admission at 4.00pm (under separate admission). www.lamporthall.co.uk

Mon 10th

Turned on it’s Head - Sponge at The Core at Corby Cube From the company that brought you Shiny, roll, squeeze and pop yourself through a new malleable kind of family dance show, set to a 1970s-influenced score, perfect for babies, young children and families. Sponge is about all things spongy, a child’s ability to soak information up like a sponge and the squishy, squashy texture that fascinates children and adults alike. Dance company Turned On Its Head makes exciting participatory theatre for early years, taking children on a creative journey, engaging audiences throughout its performances and encouraging lots of family interaction. Suitable for children from 6 months to 4 years. Running time 45 minutes. www.thecorecorby.com

Wed 12th

Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park

Nature themed walk with a Ranger followed by a craft activity for pre-school children. £3.50 per child, per session includes refreshments. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, call 01933 276866.

Thu 13th

Nature Tots at Fermyn Woods Country Park

Nature themed walk with a Ranger followed by a craft activity for pre-school children. £3.50 per child, per session includes refreshments. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, call 01933 276866.

Mon 17th

Ministry of Science Live at the Royal & Derngate Theatre Ministry of Science Live is not your ordinary science show – it comes with a bang. It comes with a whoosh. But most of all is comes with a hovercraft built on stage…. Oh, and a human cannon too! This new production takes an anarchic approach to science communication whilst looking at the inventors and engineers who have shaped and inspired the modern world that we live in. From liquid nitrogen frozen flowers to hydrogen bottle rockets. From Buzz Aldrin to virgin galactic. From a cat food tin to the hovercraft. From the discovery of methane to the invention of the battery. Join the super talented presenters and the voiceover from above (X Factor‘s Peter Dickson) as they take you on a journey using brilliantly designed demonstrations with a few loud bangs to lead the way. Suitable for all ages. www.royalandderngate.co.uk

Tue 18th

Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park

Nature themed walk with a Ranger followed by a craft activity for pre-school children. £3.50 per child, per session includes refreshments. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, call 01933 276866.

Wed 19th

Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park

Nature themed walk with a Ranger followed by a craft activity for pre-school children. £3.50 per child, per session includes refreshments. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, call 01933 276866.

Mon 24th to Sat 29th

The Gruffalo’s Child at the Royal & Derngate Theatre Following hot on the heels of The Gruffalo’s sell out tour and his monstrous West End success comes The Gruffalo’s Child – with attitude! Just how brave is she? Find out by joining her when she visits the Royal this October. One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist… does he? Tall Stories returns, bringing Julia Donaldson and

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Mon 26th

National Playday at Wicksteed Park

Join in the fun at Wicksteed’s free* Autumn Play Day where they’ll be hosting the 4th Annual World Puddle Jumping Championship plus the usual assortment of straw, leaves, mud and mayhem. *Car parking charges apply.

Sat 29th

Autumn Location Photoshoot With Firetree Photography

Spend an hour with a professional portrait photographer in the woodland grounds of a private house, Gumley, Nr Market Harborough. A fantastic opportunity for stunning Autumn family portraits. For more information or to book, visit: www.firetreephoto.co.uk

Baby & Childrens Nearly New Sale at The Pemberton Centre, Rushden

Lots of stalls to browse! Refreshments available. Entrance £1, kids free. Lots of pre-loved items (toys, clothes etc) at a fraction of the high street cost! 10am to 12 noon. To book a stall please call 07577 701161 or email: karen_aves@hotmail.co.uk

FOR AGES 3+

MON 24 – SAT 29 OCT Box Office 01604 624811

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For opening hours, prices and fantastic party packages, visit:

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What’s On This Halloween

SPOOKY HALF TERM AT WEST LoDgE rUrAL CENTrE 15TH To 31ST oCToBEr

Loads of spooky activities to keep you entertained down on the farm this half term. Pumpkin carving, Spooky Walkway, Witch’s house tours, Spooky Tractor rides, Panto style ghost stories plus all of the usual farm activities. www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk

FUN DAY OF THE DEAD AT NEWLANDS SHoPPiNg CENTrE THUrSDAy 27TH oCToBEr

Visit the Newlands Shopping Centre in Kettering on Thursday 27th October, 11am to 3pm, to enjoy some classic Halloween fun based on the Mexican tradition of the ‘Day of the Dead’. With a Trick ‘n’ Treat Trail, face-painting and fancy dress parade with prizes to be won. www.newlandsshopping.com

SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN PARTY AT CHEEKy MoNKEES FriDAy 28TH oCToBEr

Join the crew at Cheeky Monkees in Corby for some Halloween Fun at their annual Spooktacular Party, this year held on Friday 28th October, 6.30pm to 8pm. Includes a best carved pumpkin competition, fancy dress and a spooky treasure trail. Tickets £6 (includes hot dog). Booking essential. www.cheeky-monkees.co.uk

WIZARD EXPRESS

AT NENE vALLEy rAiLWAy FriDAy 28TH & SATUrDAy 29TH oCToBEr

Dare you ride the Wizard Express? Join Harry Spotter and friends for loads of spooky fun aboard the Wizard Express at Nene Valley Railway, Friday 28th & Saturday 29th October. Decorated train, characters and more. £13.50 per person, booking essential. www.nvr.org

GHOST HUNT BY TORCHLIGHT

AT WEST LoDgE rUrAL CENTrE SATUrDAy 29TH oCToBEr

The ghosts of West Lodge Past have escaped and it’s your job to find them! Search the grounds of the farm to find all of the ghosts, prizes for the winners then join us back in the restaurant to meet the ghosts and dance at our spooky disco. 5.30pm to 8.30pm. This is a ticket only event so make sure you book in advance. www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk

WICKY’S LITTLE MONSTERS BALL AT WiCKSTEED PArK SATUrDAy 29TH oCToBEr

Wicky Bear is holding his annual Little Monsters Ball, and he can’t wait! He and his crew will be performing some spooktacular dances as well as hosting party games and a disco. Tickets are £5* for kids and £1.50* for adults. Come in fancy dress! Doors open 11.30am, party starts at 12noon to 2pm *50p extra per person on the day of the party. Babies under 12 months go free. www.wicksteedpark.org

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR AT WEST LoDgE rUrAL CENTrE SUNDAy 30TH oCToBEr

Meet Daisy the Witch in the Witch’s house! Loads of spooky activities to keep you entertained including pumpkin carving, spooky walkway, Witch’s house tours, Scary Tractor trailer rides, Panto style ghost stories plus all of the usual farm activities. Make sure you wear your Halloween outfits, there’s a fancy dress competition too! www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk

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FUN BY DAY, SCARY BY NIGHT AT EAST CArLToN CoUNTry PArK MoNDAy 31ST oCToBEr

Visit east Carlton Park during the day, 11am to 3pm, on Monday 31st october and take part in a free trail around the park, pumpkin carving (must book), apple bobbing, fun rides and ghost train as well as hot dogs and face painting. Then if you’re brave enough visit in the evening and take part in a fancy dress competition, watch a performance by ‘Steel Spirit Cheerleaders’ and take part in a spooky walk around the park. There will be an entrance fee for the day and evening. All proceeds go towards the event. Tel: 01536 770977

SPOOKY CREATURES AT STANWiCK LAKES 24TH To 31ST oCToBEr

Meet owls, make crafts, follow the Halloween trail and have spooky fun! 11am to 4pm daily in half term. Modest charges for some activities. For more details call 01933 625522, or visit: www.stanwicklakes.org.uk

The Wizard Express Dare You Ride?

join harry spotter and his friends for loads of spooky fun on our wizard express

28th and 29th October 2016

6.30pm arrival for 7pm departure decorated train, characters and more Booking essential... £13.50 all classes For further details please call the Nene Valley Railway on 01780 784444 or visit the website: www.nvr.org.uk Wansford Station (next to the A1), Stibbington Peterborough PE8 6LR Registered Charity No 263617


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Thursday 27 October

11am to 3pm Join us for classic Halloween half term fun based on the Mexican tradition of the ‘Day of the Dead’. • Trick ‘n’ Treat Trail • Facepainting • Fancy Dress Parade • Prizes to be won The children’s entertainments are not supervised playschemes and parents are requested to stay with their children and join in the fun.

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BONFIRE NIGHT

BONFIRE NIGHT AT CorBy BoATiNg LAKE FriDAy 4TH NovEMBEr

To join the walking procession, led by a piper, meet in the Swimming Pool car park at 6.30pm to set off at 6.45pm. The Bonfire will be lit at 7pm and the Firework display will start at 7.30pm. FREE event. www.corby.gov.uk

THE GUNPOWDER PLOT AT BoUgHToN HoUSE FriDAy 4TH & SATUrDAy 5TH NovEMBEr

The Gunpowder Plot returns to Boughton this year after the success of previous years. A great night out for all the family in one of Northamptonshire’s most spectacular stately homes. As you wander through stunning courtyards, enjoy mouthwatering treats, a comedic fire performance and the sounds of a live choral recital. Early evening entertainment sets the atmosphere for a spectacular performance retelling the story of the gunpowder plot and its many connections to both Boughton House and Northamptonshire. Enjoy live performance, large scale projection, original soundtrack, a dramatic story and, of course, a breathtaking fireworks finale. The Gunpowder Plot is an unforgettable night out for all the family that captures the true essence of the Gunpowder Plot, right here at Boughton House. Gates open 6.30pm, show starts 7.30pm. Purchase tickets online at: www.boughtonhouse.co.uk

FIREWORKS NIGHT AT WiCKSTEED PArK SATUrDAy 5TH NovEMBEr

The Wicksteed Park annual fireworks extravaganza will be held on Saturday 5th November. A popular annual event for everyone! All proceeds go to developing the park’s natural play area. Free car parking. There will be live entertainment plus funfair (additional cost). Advance online tickets from £4 or £5 on the night. www.wicksteedpark.org

BIG BONFIRE PARTY AT WEST LoDgE rUrAL CENTrE SATUrDAy 5TH & SUNDAy 6TH NovEMBEr

Join the team at West Lodge Rural Centre on Saturday 5th November or Sunday 6th November, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, for free sparklers, Farmer Ed’s big bonfire, apple bobbing, guy making, toasted marshmallows and the gunpowder plot re-enactment. No fireworks at this event so perfect for little ones! This is a ticket only event so make sure you book in advance. www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk

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November Wed 2nd

Nature Tots at Irchester Country Park

Nature themed walk with a Ranger followed by a craft activity for pre school children. £3.50 per child, per session includes refreshments. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, call 01933 276866.

The Boy Who Bit Picasso At The Core at Corby Cube

Storytelling, music and puppetry combine with chances to make your own art in this hands-on and hilarious interactive family show. For ages 4+. www.thecorecorby.com

Tue 8th

Why the Whales Came At the Royal & Derngate Theatre

Multi-award-winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller vividly brings to life another enchanting tale by Michael Morpurgo. Children Gracie and Daniel have been forbidden to go near the mysterious and seemingly dangerous Birdman. But messages and clues intrigue them and, after being lost at sea in the fog and stranded on his tiny island, they begin to unravel the Birdman’s secrets, the villagers’ fears and superstitions and learn why the whales came to the island. Suitable for ages 7+. 7.30pm.

Wed 9th When Picasso comes to stay anything can happen! Come and play on the farm with Tony and Picasso. We’ll have loads of fun, make crazy pictures and tell the true story of how a young boy became friends with one of the greatest artists who ever lived.

Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park

Nature themed walk with a Ranger followed by a craft activity for pre-school children. £3.50 per child, per session includes refreshments. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, call 01933 276866.

THIS CHRISTMAS AT ROYAL & DERNGATE

FOR AGES 7+

A MAGICAL CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE FOR UNDER 7S AND THEIR FAMILIES TUE 29 NOVEMBER – SAT 31 DECEMBER

FRI 2 DECEMBER – SAT 7 JANUARY

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Thu 10th

Sat 26th

Nature themed walk with a Ranger followed by a craft activity for pre-school children. £3.50 per child, per session includes refreshments. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, call 01933 276866.

A Family Bird Walk at Stanwick Lakes, 10 am to 12 noon, to learn about the many resident and migrant birds found in and around the nature reserve. 10 am to 12 noon. Bring your binoculars! Booking Recommended. Call: 01933 625522

Nature Tots at Fermyn Woods Country Park

Thu 10th to Sat 12th

Stick Man at The Core at Corby

Family Bird Walk at Stanwick Lakes

Sun 27th

Christmas Tree Decorating at Stanwick Lakes

11am to 4pm. Help us decorate our Christmas tree and make decorations to take home Three decorations for £1.

Tue 29th to Sat 31st Dec

Peter and The Starcatcher At the Royal & Derngate Theatre “Stick Man lives in the family tree, with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three…” But the world outside the family tree is a dangerous place for Stick Man. A dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree? Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man is touching, funny and utterly original. This awardwinning production is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves. www.thecorecorby.com

Tue 15th

Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park

Nature themed walk with a Ranger followed by a craft activity for pre-school children. £3.50 per child, per session includes refreshments. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, call 01933 276866.

Wed 16th

Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park

Nature themed walk with a Ranger followed by a craft activity for pre-school children. £3.50 per child, per session includes refreshments. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, call 01933 276866.

Sat 26th

Baby & Childrens Nearly New Sale at The Pemberton Centre, Rushden

Lots of stalls to browse! Refreshments available. Entrance £1, kids free. Lots of pre-loved items (toys, clothes etc) at a fraction of the high street cost! 10am to 12 noon. To book a stall please call 07577 701161 or email: karen_aves@hotmail.co.uk.

Audiences will take an unforgettable journey through the Neverland they never knew this Christmas, as Northampton’s Royal stage is transformed for the much-anticipated European Premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher, from 29th November to 31st December. Winner of five Tony Awards for its hugely successful run on Broadway and one of the most produced plays in America last year, this fascinating and funny prequel brings one of classic literature’s most beloved characters to life. Join Starcatcher apprentice Molly as she embarks on a daring mission to stop a precious cargo of stardust from falling into the wrong hands. And meet a very special orphan and help solve the mystery of how he became ‘the boy who never grew up’. Twelve actors playing more than 100 characters use ingenious stagecraft, inventive storytelling and live music to whisk audiences to a magical world of lost boys, pirates, and mermaids. This brand new production of Peter and the Starcatcher premières at Royal & Derngate, from Tuesday 29 November to Saturday 31 December before a national tour. Tickets, priced from £10 to £26*, can be booked by calling Box Office on 01604 624811 or visiting: www.royalandderngate.co.uk

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December Christmas shows to book in advance! (For more events in December see our Winter issue, out at the end of November)

Fri 2nd to Sat 7th Jan

A Christmas Carol at The Core at Corby Cube Inspired by the world of Peter and the Starcatcher, which can be seen in the Royal auditorium this festive season, Royal & Derngate invites under 7s and their families on a magical and mystical adventure taking them on a journey into Neverland and back again. From Friday 2nd December to Saturday 7th January, fairy dust will be sprinkled to transform the theatre’s Underground Studio into an enchanting and immersive wonderland, for the delightful Second Star to the Right.

Will Croc ever get rid of his tock? Will the lost boys find what they have been looking for? And which pirate will end up being captain of the ship? Directed by Jesse Jones (co-founder of The Wardrobe Ensemble and Resident Assistant Director at Royal & Derngate) and created with a team of brilliantly imaginative theatremakers, Second Star to the Right is the perfect introduction to theatre for little ones – a very special interactive experience for boys and girls under 7 and their adults. Tickets for family performances are just £9.50* each. Schools performances can be booked by groups of up to 60, at a cost of £370 for the group. Second Star to the Right is designed particularly for children under 7, but can be enjoyed by all children and their families. On Friday 6th January (for schools) and Saturday 7th January (for families) at 11am there are specially adapted and relaxed performances for children with a wide range of disabilities and for those on the autistic spectrum. Please visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk or call Box Office on 01604 624811 for a full schedule of times and dates, or to book.

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Thu 8th to Sat 31st

Fri 9th to Sat 31st

This Christmas at The Core at Corby Cube, the most famous festive tale of all time, A Christmas Carol, is brought to life in a brilliantly entertaining version for all the family, from Thursday 8th to Saturday 31st December. The Core will be transformed with candles, mince pies, mulled wine, carols and some ghostly goings on, in the first major production to be created at the venue since the inaugural year’s Hansel and Gretel. Recommended for ages 6 and above, tickets for standard performances are £12.50*, with concessions at £10.50, schools tickets at £9. Tickets for premium performances (24th – 27th December) are priced at £13.50, with concessions at £11.50. For a full details of performance times or to book, call the Box Office on 01536 470470 or visit: www.thecorecorby.com.

Music and theatre star Simon Webbe stars in Royal & Derngate’s spectacular family pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, alongside Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey, from Friday 9th to Saturday 31st December. This year, Northampton’s premier pantomime reaches new heights. Forced to sell his trusty cow, join Jack as he climbs a beanstalk of gigantic proportions to cloudland and fights to save the beautiful Princess Apricot, outwit the evil giant, win riches beyond his wildest dreams and gain the hand of the girl he loves. Offering outstanding entertainment for theatre-goers of all ages, Jack and the Beanstalk is packed with lots of laughs, fabulous music, fantastic special effects and bundles of audience participation. The wonderful cast is led by Simon Webbe, best known for being a member of the chart-topping boy band Blue, who will play the title role of Jack. Playing Princess Apricot is Wellingborough-born Ashleigh Butler and her canine sidekick Pudsey, who rose to fame after winning the 6th series of Britain’s Got Talent. Tickets, priced from £11 to £30*, can be booked by calling Box Office 01604 624811 or by visiting: www.royalandderngate.co.uk.

A Christmas Carol at The Core at Corby Cube

Jack and the Beanstalk At The Royal & Derngate Theatre

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Clubs & Classes See our ‘Weekly Activities Timetable’ in the back of the magazine for class times and venues

Sing and Sign is Britain’s original, longest running and best loved baby signing programme, taught through music and song. Developed with Speech and Language Therapists to provide a progressive curriculum in 3 stages. We help you and your baby enjoy the process of learning to talk with • Less frustration • Better communication • And more fun! Classes in Kettering, Rushden, Wellingborough and Kingscliffe Classes available Monday to Friday Class Stages and Ages!! Also see our video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4_oc3US9RM Babes - 6 weeks to 6 months Stage 1 - 6 to 15 months Stage 2 - 15 to 24 months

Classes and availability listed on our website: www.singandsign.com Email: sarahsilsby@singandsign.co.uk or call Sarah for more information 07585 557664 Facebook search East Northants Sing and Sign

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Infant Aquatics Baby & toddler swimming courses

Small, friendly classes from six weeks to four years. Building life long safety skills using our holistic approach in a fun environment. Kettering area call 01858 565 713 Wellingborough area call 01933 674 505 www.infantaquatics.co.uk

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Clubs & Classes

Bubble Babies Swim School

For children of 3 months to 5 years

Welcome to the dynamic experience Treat yourself and your family to a fabulous start to the weekend in beautiful warm water with all the fun and excitement that comes with Bubble Babies swimming classes! Saturday mornings at Kingsley School’s hydrotherapy pool (Kettering) provide the ideal opportunity for children from 3 months to 5 years old to build up vital aquatic skills with mums, dads, even grandma or granddad all enjoying precious moments and a dynamic, fun-filled experience!

Learning in 34 degrees; tropical conditions! Divine water and air temperatures make a happy baby (not to mention parent!) and these optimum conditions mean every swimmer is comfortable and relaxed, ready to maximise on their 30 minute session. With the carefully structured lesson filled to the brim with vital skills, activities, games and races; baby’s progress is often swift and immensely satisfying for all those involved!

Bring Dad along

Saturdays mean Dad is often around and we have a wonderfully enthusiastic group of fathers who have come to relish the opportunities Bubble Babies provides for them to interact and bond with their children. Before the morning is out they have often swum through white water to Treasure Island together, braved caves and waterfalls and even been chased by Mr Shark (inflatable of course!!).

Thirteen years of experience

With 13 years of running Bubble Babies, Erika looks forward every week to welcoming, enthusing and inspiring her mini swimmers. ‘It’s a win-win situation! I get to jump and dive, float like a jelly fish and spin around under the water until I’m dizzy - all the things that I love to do - and the kids just zoom into action! The energy is infectious!’

Badges and certificates

To celebrate everyone’s achievements, babies receive the STA’s Starfish Badges and Certificates, while the older children earn the Stanley First Steps Series Awards. By firmly establishing the principles of good swimming technique in an encouraging, happy environment, Bubble Babies aims to create multiskilled, water-confident, safety-conscious swimmers with a lifelong love, respect and enjoyment of the water.

Underwater photoshoot

In October we have another Underwater Photograph

Photography by Underwater Art session lined up and this exciting event is open to anyone who would like to come along and is confident in going under the water. What better souvenir of those happy times and earliest swims?

Ask the parents

Dominic’s parents Eanna and Joanne enthuse, ‘We started coming to Bubble Babies 6 months ago with a 2 year old who didn’t like getting water on his face (hair wash time was a nightmare). We chose bubble babies because we’d heard fantastic reviews, they were small classes so more personal and the water temperature of the pool was warm which was a must for a child who already didn’t like water. From the first session, Erika was friendly and chatty and really made us all feel comfortable. She didn’t push our son to try anything he wasn’t ready for and encouraged us not to get disheartened as he would pick it up in his own pace. She knows all the children names which is incredible and is always happy to see everyone. It wasn’t long until we saw an improvement, after the first term he would happily put his face in the water to blow bubbles for a few seconds and his confidence in the water grew with every lesson. Now my child is completely different to when we first started lessons, he goes under the water by himself, picks toys off the bottom of the pool and even wants to swim unaided by an adult but with floats instead. So much confidence in such little time! We are so happy and can’t thank Erika enough for all her patience with us as much as with him! Thank you Erika :)’.

Join in the fun

You’ve read all about us, now come along and see Bubble Babies in action! To book a class or for more information contact Erika on Telephone: 01604 780244 Website: www.bubblebabies.co.uk

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Now in Desborough

Rugby fun for 2 to 7 year olds ScrumKids offers fun non-contact rugby-based sessions for girls and boys aged 2 to 7 years Visit www.scrumkids.co.uk to book your FREE TRIAL SESSION

Follow us on Twitter @scrumkids Find us on Facebook Facebook.com/scrumkids

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EVERY MONDAY Desborough Leisure Centre 5.15pm to 6pm 3 to 6 years 6pm to 7pm Family class

EVERY TUESDAY Britannia Club, Burton Latimer 5.30pm to 6.15pm 4 to 8 years 7.15pm to 8.15pm Ladies only

EVERY WEDNESDAY Melton Street Community Centre, Kettering

Only £3 per class

! WINNER Kettering Community Sports Club of the Year 2015!

Friendly, fun, exciting lessons Ideal for the less confident child For ages 3 to adult Fantastic to learn as parent and child Start together, child is free

5.30pm to 6.15pm 3 to 6 years 6.15pm to 7.15pm Family class 7.15pm to 8.15pm Family class

EVERY THURSDAY Ise Pavilion, Kettering

1.45pm to 2.30pm 2 to 4 years 5pm to 5.45pm 4 to 8 years Classes fo older child r 7pm to 8pm Family class ren &

EVERY FRIDAY Corby

adults too. Please enqu ire.

5pm to 5.45pm 3+ years Scout Hut Occupation Road 6.15pm to 7pm 3+ years Kingswood School 7pm to 8pm Family class Kingswood School

Contact Nick on 07720 430798 or e-mail: nickbinder@ntlworld.com Real karate at realistic prices. www.punchinpandas.org Find us on Facebook

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Featured Class: The Creation Station

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he Creation Station is an award winning Arts & Craft session for children aged 5 months to 11 years. Activities include regular weekly sessions, parties, events and family fun sessions. What is the aim of the classes?

To inspire imagination and give you quality, fun, creative experiences with your child in a safe, nurturing and friendly environment.

Talk us through a typical class

The start of the session involves a Baby Discover bag or magic ideas box. Inside these are various items for the children to touch, explore and open up their imaginations. The next stage is the messy bit - working on the floor using and experimenting with paint to create hand prints, foot prints, designs and more. With the Baby Discover group, the parent/carer would move on to make something special as a keepsake with the paint work their baby has completed, whilst their baby is happy discovering the bag and world around them. In the Little Explorer session, once the children have finished in the painting area they would move to the creative table and enjoy gluing, cutting, sticking and more and take home with them what they have created. Finally, we all sit round in a circle and show everyone what we have created and what amazing imaginations we all have.

How do classes benefit children?

Following the early years foundation, each week and term follows a session plan. This term January to April has us looking at colours and each week a new colour will be introduced and the children will learn how to make that colour from mixing primary colours then the item they make will be in relation to that colour too. It also

Award-winning

Arts & Crafts

teaches the children fine motor skills, social skills, expressive arts and design skills and more.

What ages are the classes for? • •

Baby Discover is for children aged 4 months to 14 months approximately Little Explorer is for those aged 15 months to 5 years approximately

When and where do you run classes? Monday - Cranford Village Hall Thursday – Rothwell Methodist Church Friday - The Centre at Mawsley 10am

How long does each class last? 45 minutes

How much does a class cost?

If booked for the half term the session is £4.50, but you can pay as you go for £6 per session, siblings are half price.

For children aged

5 months to 11 years

Available for parties, events & regular sessions See the weekly activities timetable at the back of the magazine

For all enquiries, please email: clairelee@thecreationstation.co.uk

For more information contact: Contact: Claire Lee Tel: 07826 525856 e-mail: clairelee@thecreationstation.co.uk Website: www.thecreationstation.co.uk

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Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming Lessons

Friendly classes in Rothwell Instructor in the water Average of 6 children per class Prices start from ÂŁ6.50 for 30 minutes

Call: 07821 646451 Email: jennysdolphins@live.co.uk www.jennysdolphins.co.uk

#MoreThanJustFootball Classes for children aged 18 months - 7 years, including new Desborough classes! To book a class get in touch with Coach Emma Ogden: email: eogden@littlekickers.co.uk or visit: www.littlekickers.co.uk and click find a class

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Corby International Pool &   Lodge Park Sports Centre  Crèche: LPSC Mon/Wed/Fri 9.30-11.25am & the Pool Mon/Wed/Fri 12.30-2.25pm

FUN ACTIVITIES 

at the Pool  Parent / Guardian 

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Shop   &   FREE  Swim 

FOR   UNDER   5’s 

“Stay & Play” 

CRÈCHE   £3.10 for 1 hr,   £5.20 for 2 hrs 

£2 / session   @ LPSC 

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Snacks &   water/juice  also   provided 

Tots and Tiddlers Pre‐school Gymnastic sessions run every   Thursday during Term Time at Lodge Park.  Delivered by qualified  British Gymnastics Coaches to help develop your children’s social,  physical, language, education, imagination and co‐ordination skills.  Please call LPSC for more information or to make a booking.  

Party packages available at both facilities.   Includes Crèche “Fun Play” (our Crèche facility is   available to hire), Soft Play,  Cheerleading, Archery,  Trampolining,  Swim & Supervised Diving.    For further info and prices contact either facility.   Visit www.corby.gov.uk/partyhire  

Contact us: 

Lodge Park Sports Centre   Tel: 01536 400033   www.corby.gov.uk/lodgepark   

Hi, I’m  Lodgy the  Lion... 

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FREE JUNIOR SWIM  

Must be accompanied   in the pool by an adult.  Please submit this voucher at  reception to receive your   FREE junior swim.  Expiry date 3/10/16.   

This voucher was advertised   in the Autumn Edition of   Time for Tots. 

Corby International Pool  Tel: 01536 464643  www.corby.gov.uk/corbypool   

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give your Child Courage for Life

with Stagecoach Performing Arts

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arents looking for new ways to keep their children active, happy and engaged have found the solution in the form of performing arts classes at Stagecoach Performing Arts. Stagecoach Performing Arts in Kettering offer classes in singing, dancing and acting at Brambleside CP School and are offering a two week trial during the school autumn term for youngsters aged four to 18. Performance at Stagecoach is about more than simply learning how to sing, dance and act. Students develop the creative courage to unlock their potential, to stand up and be heard, to work well with other students and to embrace new ideas and possibilities. As they hone their new skills and work together to devise and rehearse performances, students become more self-assured, expressive, sociable and imaginative. All skills that will serve them well on the stage of life and help them to tackle new situations with resilience, creativity and courage. Eva Johnson, 12, and her brother Sam, 10, are now

www.stagecoach.co.uk/Kettering

ASK ABOUT OUR TWO WEEK TRIAL

Unlock your child’s potential with Stagecoach Performing Arts

Singing, dancing and acting classes for 4 - 6 year olds, where students learn to embrace life with creativity and courage Find out more today:

stagecoach.co.uk/kettering kettering@stagecoach.co.uk 01234 828878

Creative Courage For Life

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Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools are operated under franchise and are independently owned by their Principals. Stagecoach is a registered trademark of Stagecoach Theatre Arts Ltd.

BE GOOD AT BEING YOURSELF

Stagecoach regulars after initially attending a two week trial a couple of years ago. Their mum, Katie Johnson, said: “My children absolutely loved it. They came home after the first day and were full of chatter about the friends they’d made and the fun they’d had.” She added: “They learn so much more than singing, dancing and drama. My son is naturally quite shy and I’ve seen his confidence levels soar, whereas my daughter is outgoing and has been able to channel her energy into performing.” Classes are small which means every child is given attention and allowed to realise their potential at their own pace. The teachers all have performing arts experience and are there to lead and support youngsters as they conquer fears and rise to new challenges. Classes run during school term time on Saturdays. To find out more about the two week trial please call Penny on 01234 828878 or visit:


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Our newly refurbished children’s activity centre is FREE to our Junior Active members under 5 Monday - Friday during term time.

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So now your little ones can enjoy Berzerk as well as swimming lessons or gymnastics club and our extensive range of under 5s activities across our Leisure Centres.

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A Special Time at Spratton Hall T he final year at Spratton Hall School is a special one that will live long in the memory of our pupils once they have left us. Year 8 pupils are given areas of responsibility, whether this is Head Boy or Head Girl, House Captains, Heads of Music, Captains of Sport or organising particular aspects of their House. These responsibilities mean that the children leave us as confident, well-rounded individuals, fully prepared for life before joining their chosen senior schools. Our Year 8 pupils also select a charity for which they raise awareness during the year. They attend trips to the site of the Battle of Bosworth and to the National Portrait Gallery and spend time away with their teams ‘on tour’ in such places as Oxford and York for hockey, rugby, cricket, netball or rounders. Once their Common Entrance Exams are completed, they have a splendid post CE programme, including a special Head Master’s treat as he takes them to London visiting various well-known sites and taking in a show in the evening. They have a ‘Special Activity Week’ with a variety of visiting speakers, and activities such as ballroom dancing, special challenge days, Fashion Show, Cinema Experience, Tours, educational workshops, quizzes, and charity presentations. In addition, two professional actors from ‘The Young Shakespeare Company’ spend a week with them putting on a Shakespeare play.

Photography by Nicky Callis The children go on ‘Outward Bound’ in the Lake District where they have the chance to enjoy each other’s company, while taking part in team building exercises, water sports and evenings spent socialising together or camping outside on the slopes of a mountain. Their time at Spratton culminates with the very special ‘Speech Day’ held in the marquee on the top fields and attended by over 800 people, where the Year 8s receive their prizes and, of course, the highlight of the day – the Head Boy and Head Girl Speech! That evening is the magical and very special “Leavers’ Ball”, again held in the marquee, a quite wonderful way for the children to end their time at Spratton and leave us with many wonderful memories.

...more than just a school

Open Morning Friday 30th September 2016 10 am to 12 noon “Nothing short of sensational for my child” - Current Parent

Please contact us at afj@sprattonhall.com or 01604 847292 for an invitation to the Open Morning or to visit the school Spratton Hall is an Independent Co-Educational Day Prep School for children aged 4-13 in Northamptonshire

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CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY

Newborn & Child Specialist

Trained for safe practice in handling newborns. Fine art printing, photography books, framing, canvases, acrylics and digital purchase. Candid, natural pose for beautiful artistic imagery.

For information and details please visit: www.firetreephoto.co.uk

Tel: 01858 810038 Mobile: 07773 280492 email: info@firetreephoto.co.uk The Manor, Tur Langton, Leicestershire, LE8 0PJ

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Overstone Park Independent School Creche, Nursery & Pre-School DFE & Ofsted registered “Celebrating Diversity”

• A safe & happy environment • A wide range of equipment & resources • A variety of work vouchers accepted • Qualified & experienced staff • 15 hours of FREE entitlement for 2 year olds • 15 hours of FREE entitlement for 3 year olds • A 5% reduction is given on fees for each sibling • As well as 48 weeks attendance, termly attendance is accepted for all children within this department and fees are not charged for the holiday non-attendance. • Our early years department has achieved excellent results in all learning goals • Ofsted - January 2016: Good with outstanding features

A school for all ages, 0 to post 16 years We can make a difference

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Ten Top Tips from a Local Teacher 1 2 3

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Research local primary schools. Check their admission criteria- be realisticdon’t waste your 1st choice by putting down a school you are not eligible to apply for! Look at a school’s website- think about your own child - their personality and interests - do you think the school would suit them? Ignore gossip! Keep an open mind about a school until you have visited it. Find out when a school’s open days are - book yourself in early as popular times can get booked up. Try to choose a day when you can go without any children so have no distractions! Read through the latest Ofsted report but check the date. Schools can change very quickly - especially when they have new staff. Essential to visit your local catchment school - even if you do not think you will apply to that school. The development of the whole child is vital. Academic achievement comes to children who are happy and well-rounded. As children get older they like to invite friends home, this can be difficult if children live a long way away and can make it harder for them to join friendship groups. Always talk positively about a school to your child. Do not ask them which school they would like to go to, that’s not fair. Remember they are only 3/4 years old.

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Choose a school because you think it is right for your child, not because it is where their friends are going. Children soon make a new set of friends. Do not miss the deadline for applications. Check the date on Northamptonshire County Council’s website and make sure you get your application in in plenty of time. A child’s first teacher is the most important- remember you as a parent are, and always will be, your child’s best teacher.


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Pregnancy, Birth & Babies Congratulations if you are expecting! Our pregnancy and birth section is just for you.

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Nurturing Hands

Baby Massage Classes

For babies aged from birth to crawling.

One to one or small group classes offered at IAIM baby massage instructor’s home in Higham Ferrers Or in your own home. Some Rushden based venues also available. Prices: £25 per baby for the full course (5weeks) or £5 on a drop in basis. (Concessions for one to one classes and for hosting a class in your own home - please enquire)

Dads very Welcome Happy to travel and with evening or weekend classes

For further information:

Text/phone Lynne on: 07784 329245 Email: lynneatnurturinghands@gmail.com Facebook: Nurturing Hands Baby Massage Classes www.babymassageatnurturinghands.co.uk

Birth Announcements Welcome to the World...

Sponsored by: Simply Nurture, Clare@simplynurture.co.uk, Tel: 07875 954427

Samuel Robert Taylor

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Born on the 11th May 2016 at 4.14am, weighing 7 lb 10oz. Our beautiful son, truly blessed Helen and Mark.

Born on the 7th June 2016, weighing 9lb 3oz. Baby brother to Jacob, Ewan, Amy’s Josh and Ash.

Zofia Christine Maple Born on the 5th July 2016 at 10.14am, weighing 10lbs 11oz We made a wish and you came true. Love you to the moon and back. Super proud Mum & Dad.

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What is a present worth?

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Help put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas

ow many presents will your children get for Christmas this year? Can you even remember how many they received last year? How big a pile would it make if you could get together all the presents your children had received since they were born? Yet there are millions of children around the world who have never received a present, in fact, the very thought is so alien that when you first give them a gift they will smile, enjoy it and then hand it back as they cannot believe it is theirs to keep. Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas Children’s appeal, run by the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse, aims to help make sure that as many of those children as possible, at least once in their lifetime, get to know what it feels like to be given a joyous gift. It’s so easy to take part. You simply cover an empty shoebox with colourful wrapping paper, fill it with gifts that will bring delight to a child including toys, school supplies, hygiene items, sweets and a £3 shipping donation. Drop it off at a location near to you and we then send

the shoeboxes to children overseas in Eastern Europe, Africa and Central Asia to remind them that they are loved and not forgotten. Last year we sent almost 1 million shoeboxes from the UK alone, and because we work with local churches in these countries, we know that the boxes are given out to those who really need them, regardless of their race, gender or religion. The shoebox gifts are simply destined for, and will be given to children living in difficult situations in some of the toughest parts of the world. We know that many children in the UK, even those who are quite young, love taking part in this campaign by choosing the gifts that go into their shoeboxes. It is a tangible and meaningful way to get them involved early in the act of giving and learning about people who are less fortunate than themselves. Please pack a shoebox gift this year and ensure that at least one more child in this world will know that God loves them, and that someone has taken the time to send them a special gift. operation Christmas Child V

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Childcare LOCATED IN ROTHWELL

Oak Tree Day Nursery “Great oaks from little acorns grow” Caring for children aged 3 Months -5 Years ‘GOOD’ Graded by OFSTED • • • • • • • • • • •

Small family run nursery Open all year (except one week at Christmas) Term Time Sessions available Minimum of one session a week Open 7.30am-6pm Monday- Friday Full & half day sessions or Flexible hourly rate sessions. 2/3/4 yr old Free entitlement Very Competitive fee prices Separate baby area Secure outside area Ran by Qualified and Experienced staff Offsite Outdoor learning sessions ‘Nature Kids’ .

30 Cecil Street, Rothwell NN146EZ For more information or to arrange a viewing please call 01536 601670 or email oaktreedaynursery@hotmail.co.uk Find us on facebook fb.me/oaktreerothwell m.me/oaktreerothwell.

‘Nature Kids’

We are Outstanding Fun is an essential ingredient at Windermere Day Nursery and Preschool where the care and education opportunities for each and every child are as extraordinary as the staff who provide them. You are welcome to visit and meet the team.

Twice rated Ofsted Outstanding

“Children settle very quickly and flourish. Y ounger children are naturally nurtured and cuddled by caring staff. Older children demonstrate high levels of confidence. All children demonstrate that they feel safe and emotionally secure.” Ofsted inspection 2016, www.ofsted.gov.uk

Please call 01536 520075 or email windermere.nursery@childbase.com Windermere Day Nursery and Preschool, Haweswater Road, Kettering, Northants NN16 8XB

Funded places available

www.childbasepartnership.com To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk

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Childcare

Aldwincle Pre-School Aldwincle Pre-school is a small village pre-school set in beautiful rural surroundings within the grounds of Trinity Lower School. Sessional places and full days available. To make an appointment to look around or for more information call Alison on:

01832 720566 Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


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The Perfect Start Set within the attractive and spacious walled gardens of St Peter’s School, Kettering, Sunnylands Nursery offers a safe, stimulating and supportive environment where children are inspired to learn and play within a caring family atmosphere. Sunnylands Nursery at St Peters School 52 Headlands, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN15 6DJ

Please call us to arrange a visit:

01536 512066

Email: sunnylandsnursery@btconnect.com

Are you looking for a warm and welcoming

where your child can thrive and develop?

To find out more... Call Sarah, the Playgroup Manager on 07708 977714

To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


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No one said it would be easy but... Are you finding being an

Time for Mum

expectant parent or parent of young children harder than you thought it would be ?

Because a happy Mum is a better Mum!

Rachel Bridgeford, BSc.(hons) Dip. Adv. MBACP Qualified counsellor and mum of two.

Specialising in:

Mobile Holistic Therapist The following treatments in the comfort of your own home: Reiki Reflexology Aromatherapy massage Baby massage Flower essences

early days issues post natal issues sleep deprivation coping with toddlers breastfeeding birth fears confidence issues relationship issues

Sessions are confidential and can be given via phone, email or within a location of your choice.

Gift baskets and vouchers also available counselling service

Contact Vicky IIHHT Tel: 01604 780505 Mob: 07821 937336

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3 The Oaks, Braybrooke Road, Desborough NN14 2LN www.info@sanctuaryofbeauty.co.uk

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Autumn Beauty for Busy Mums

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Business Opportunities & Services

By Sanctuary of Beauty, Desborough

ello all, We are now falling into autumn where the days seem shorter and the night seems to creep into the day. Autumn is such a warming time with all the colours that fill the air but the air begins to cool down which makes us want to get all cosy and warm; wrapping our bodies up and hiding them away from the outside to keep us snug after the exposure we have had from summer. Before you hide your body away though, make sure you give it some TLC. We recommend a body polish, to get rid of the build up of dead skin cells after being in the sun, followed by a massage to hydrate your skin and relax your body and mind. A pedicure is also a must after your feet have been in sandals for the past few months. Your feet are extremely important, after all they carry you around everyday, but they can often be neglected when it comes to beauty routines. Booking your feet in for a pedicure is the start to falling into autumn. Make sure you fall in style and have healed yourself before you get all cosy. Here at Sanctuary of Beauty we look forward to getting you snug and ready. Don’t forget to claim your 10% off with the voucher in the back of the magazine. With love

Looking for work? Want something that will fit in with family life? Then check out the opportunities and services featured here... N Hir ow ing The world’s leading Direct Sales Jewellery, is now trading in the UK.

NOW HIRING

If you’d like to: be part of a fab team, work hours to suit you, get paid weekly, have no targets and get free jewellery and overseas trips Then contact Donna on 07584 033108 or email donnaparklane@gmail.com

Visit www.parklanejewellery.co.uk/rep/donna for more information on how you can earn extra income around your existing commitments and family for just a few hours work or build a fabulous business and full time income.

Samantha x

To advertise here call

0845 6439687

or email info@timefortots.co.uk

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Business Mum: vanessa Simpson From Time for Tots Name: Vanessa Family: 3 children aged 12, 10 and 6. Description of your business:

I publish a free, quarterly magazine for parents and carers of under 5s in North & East Northamptonshire. I started the business back in autumn 2007 after having my second child. The first issue was published in March 2008. I can’t believe it’s been 9 years!

on the autumn issue!) I also enjoy the work of course. You’re not going to start a business doing something you don’t enjoy! There are aspects I enjoy more than others but on the whole I love my work.

What did you do before?

What do you find are the drawbacks?

How long have you been in business?

After graduating with a degree in IT and Business Management I went on to work as an IT contractor working on IT projects up and down the country for various clients.

Why did you decide to start your business?

Working as a contractor my work could take me anywhere in the country and often meant long hours. After having children I wanted to be around for them more so decided to start my own business working from home. I found when I had children there was lots of information available on how to care and look after them but very little on local groups and activities for how/where to entertain your children. I thought there was a real need for something like Time for Tots to inform new parents of things to do and places to go in the local area. Having children opens up a whole new world!

What do you like about it?

I love being my own boss and the freedom and flexibility it allows me. I work the hours I choose, take days off when I want to and am always around for my children. It fits in very well with family life. I can take my children to school everyday and pick them up. If they’re sick it’s not a problem and I’m around for them every school holiday (although the summer holiday is always a tricky one when trying to work

Working from home I find it difficult separating work and home life sometimes. The two often blur into each other and it can feel like you are never away from work. I do sometimes miss being able to walk in the door after a day at work and not think about it again until the morning. Having your own business you are also not guaranteed a regular monthly income like you are in paid employment.

What advice would you give to other Mums thinking of working for themselves?

Make sure you are passionate about what you do and enjoy the work. It is hard work setting a business up from scratch and you’ll need to put a lot of hours in in the beginning to get it up and running - be prepared for that. If you’re passionate about what you’re doing though and enjoy it you won’t mind. Research your intended business to make sure there is a demand for it before spending all the time and money starting it up.

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Party Services

Children’s Parties

A variety of party packages and venues for hire. #CorbyCan

Planning a party? Check out our party pages for local providers of party entertainment, equipment and supplies...

Lodge Park Sports Centre

Tel: 01536 400033

Sports Parties—various available Soft Play, Creche “Fun Play” Party, Cheerleading, Archery and Trampoline Party, Party Room & Creche Room Hire

West Glebe Pavilion

Tel: 01536 204217

Offers a warm, spacious community room for up to 75 people, large enough to house inflatable and soft play equipment.

To advertise here call

0845 6439687

Corby International Pool

Tel: 01536 464643

Hazelwood N/Hood Centre

Tel: 01536 443171

Aquatic Parties - Swim or Supervised diving, Under 5 swim party. Creche parties also available.

or email info@timefortots.co.uk

Offers a spacious hall for up to 150 people, kitchen available. Inflatable play and soft play equipment is permitted to be used within the centre.

For further information on all parties/venue hire please view the website: www.corby.gov.uk/partyhire

Te e n ie B opp e rs

& Crazy Fa c es

Entertainment for Childrens Parties

1 to 2 hour or 2 to 3 hour party packages with your choice of the following entertainment:

Soft play equipment, tents and balls (suitable for ages 2 to 6 years) Disco lights, face painting and prizes (for ages 3 years and up) theme parties Minnie Mouse and other guests available Dance parties for children & discos for teenagers Just Jhoom Bollywood parties for children of all ages

Sm Bounc all y includ Castle ages 1 ed for to with a 8 years ll packa party ges!

Pirates & Princesses and/or dressing up parties with a full range of costumes for boys and girls. Hair styling and nail art available too. We can also provide party bags for £3 per child Birthday cakes available too

Call Leisa on 01933 625012 or 07736 418726 for more information To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


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01536 310 520

sales@es-promotions.com www.es-promotions.com

Indoor Games Entertainers Fun Days Theme Parties Outdoor Fun Promotions

Fully licensed mobile bars for any occasion No hire charges * Friendly and efficient service Competitive drinks prices * 15 years experience

Tel: 01933 678540 Email: enquiries@cheersmobilebars.co.uk

www.cheersmobilebars.co.uk Find us on Facebook: CheersMobileBars

Whytewell Sweet Cart

20% off if you quote Time for Tots when you book.

Solid wood, hand-made sweet cart and post box available to hire for Weddings, Parties, Christenings or Baby showers. Various packages available. Call: 01933 387172 or 07919 114100 fb.whytewellsweetcarts Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


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Corby and District MoNDAyS

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Lodgy’s Little Lions 9.30am to 11.25am at Lodge Park Sports Centre. A ‘stay and play’ parent and toddler session including arts and crafts, messy play, sensory room, fun and games.

Parents & Tots (Corby old Village) 1.30-2.45pm at Corby Old Village Primary School. Open to all. Costs £1 per child (max charge £2). Call 01536 202359 for more details. Friendly group for parents/carers to have a natter and a cuppa while the children play.

Adult & Child Swimming Lessons 9.30 to 10am at Corby International Pool. For children aged 2 years 9 months to 4 years. Must book. Parent & Toddler Swimming 10am to 11am and 11am to 12pm at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Pay as you go.

Rhyme Time 2.30 to 3pm at Danesholme Library. Songs, stories and lots of fun! Free. Drop in.

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Wilbarston Tots & Tiddlers 10am-12pm at Wilbarston Village Hall. Diane: 07761 957825. TT

Tots & Tiddlers (Pre-school Gymnastics) At Lodge Park Sports Centre. 10am to 10.45am for under 2s Primary Ballet (Starlight Dance) 11am to 11.45am for 2 to 3 years 4.30 to 5.30pm at Ennerdale 12pm to 12.45pm for 3 to 4 years Community Centre. For 3 to 6 year olds 1pm to 1.45pm for 3 to 4 years 1.45pm to 2.30pm for 3 to 4 years

TueSDAyS Little Angels Tots Group 9.15 to 11.30am. The Baptist Church Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on 01536 394824. Parent & Toddler Swimming 9.30am to 10.30am and 10.30am to 11.30am at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Pay as you go. Adult & Child Swimming Lessons 9.30 to 10am at Corby International Pool. For children aged 2yrs 9mths to 4 yrs. Must book. Little Angels Playgroup For pre-school children with additional needs. 9.30 to 11.30am at Lodge Park Sports Centre. Rhyme Time 10 to 10.30am & 11 to 11.30am at Corby Library. Free. Term Time only

Play and Learn for under 1s 10 to 11am at Corby Library. Free. Drop-in. First Moves Movement & Music for under 5s. 10 to 10.45am & 11 to 11.45am at The Core at Corby Cube. £2 per child, per class. Little Angels Tots Group 12 to 3pm at The Baptist Church Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on 01536 394824 Adult & Child Swimming Lessons 1 to 1.30pm at Corby International Pool. For children aged 2 years 9 months to 4 years. Must book. Parent & Toddler Swimming 1.30pm to 3pm at Corby International Pool. Drop in.

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Allstars Show Team (Starlight Dance) 4 to 5pm at Ennerdale Community Little Angels Centre. For 3 to 6 year olds 9.15-11.30am at The Baptist Church Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on 01536 394824

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Music, Dance & Drama

Physical classes

Parent & Toddler Swimming 9.30am to 10.30am and 10.30am to 11.30am at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Pay as you go. Play and Learn for under 5s 10 to 11am at Corby Library. Toys, fun and games. Free. Drop-in. Wear clothes suitable for messy play! Adult & Child Swimming Lessons 11.30am to 12 noon at Corby Pool. For children aged 2 years 9 months to 4 years. Must book. Punchin Pandas 5 to 5.45pm at The Scout Hut, Occupation Rd. For ages 3+ Punchin Pandas 6.15 to 7pm at Kingswood School. For ages 4 to 7 years. 7pm to 8pm Family beginners class.

SATuRDAyS Little Kickers At Lodge Park Sports Centre. “Junior Kickers” for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 10.10 to 10.55am. “Mighty Kickers” for 3.5 years olds to 5th Birthday, 11.05 to 11.50am Storystomp 10.30am to 11am at Danesholme Library throughout the year. Fun interactive story and rhyme session Free. Drop-in.

SuNDAyS Play and Learn for under 5s 2.30 to 3pm at Corby Library. Toys, fun and games. Free. Drop-in. Wear clothes suitable for messy play!

If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class can be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 22.

Arts & Crafts

Parent & Tot Group / Other

Weekly Activities Timetable

Weekly Activities Timetable


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Kettering and District Mondays Kettering Gym Tots 45 Minute sessions between 9.15am and 2.30pm. Call for details. Giggles & Wiggles Counties Community Centre. 9.30 to 10.15am for ages 15mths to 3 yrs, 10.30 to 11.15am for babies. Music Makers 11am at Grafton Underwood Village Hall. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or e-mail musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 min classes between 10am and 12pm at Balance Health Club. For children aged 3 mths to 4.5 yrs. Burton Latimer Baby Ballet (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 10 to 10.30am at The Britannia Club Music Makers 1.15pm and 2.15pm at Methodist Church Rooms. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or e-mail musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 3.40 to 4.40pm at The Britannia Club Desborough & Rothwell Rhymetime (Rothwell) 2-2.30pm at Rothwell Library. Free. Little Kickers Little Kicks for children aged 18 mths to 2 yrs, 3 mths. 1.15pm to 2pm at Desborough Leisure Centre. Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 6pm at Montsaye Sports Centre. For ages 3+. Call 01536 713708. Punchin Pandas At Desborough Leisure Centre. 5.15pm to 6pm for 3 to 6 year olds. 6pm to 7pm Family Class.

Tuesdays Kettering Gym Tots 45 Minute sessions between 9.15am and 2.30pm. Call for details.

Rhymetime 9.30-10am & 10.30-11am at Kettering Library. Free. Drop-in.

Kettering Gym Tots 45 Minute sessions between 9.15am and 1.30pm. Call for details.

Sing and Sign At The Woodcroft Scout Centre, London Road. 9.30am - Stage 1, 10.30am - Stage 2.

Songs & Stories 10 to 11.15am, Ss Peter and Paul Parish Church Rooms, The Market Place. Free. Margaret 01536 310611

St Botolphs Tots Group Infant Aquatics Swimming St Botolphs Church Hall. 9.30am to 11am. 30 min classes between 10am and 12pm at Balance Health Club. For Music Makers 3mths to 4.5 yrs. 10am at Busy Bees Nursery, The Little Ones Lamport Close. Fun music and 1 to 2.50pm, Church of Christ The movement for 0-5 years. Contact King. Term time only. 01536 517553 Naomi on 07815 293893 or e-mail musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Music Makers 1.45pm at Barton Seagrave Pytchley Mums & Tots Community Centre. £4 Per child Tuesdays 10-11.30am. Pytchley and £2 for siblings. Contact School Hall. Sally: 01536 799541 Naomi on 07815 293893 or Isham Mums & Tots musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com 10-11.30am, Isham Village Hall. £2 first Punchin Pandas child, £1 siblings. All welcome. At Melton Street Community Centre. Toybox Playgroup, Broughton 5.30pm to 6.15pm for ages 3 to 6 years, 1.30-3pm in the Village Hall. £2 / family. 6.15pm to 7.15pm and 7.15pm to Julie 01536 790152. Term time only. 8.15pm Family Class. Burton Latimer Tots Play Classes At Burton Latimer Civic Centre, 9.50am Social Tots, 10.40am Discovery Tots, 11.40am Baby Development Course. Play and Learn for under 5s At Burton Library. 10am to 11am Punchin Pandas At the Britannia Club. 5.30pm to 6.15pm for 4 to 8 year olds.

Desborough & Rothwell Salvation Army Parents & Toddlers 9.30-11am, term time only. New Street, Rothwell. 07726 580187. Stay & Play for Under 5s (Rothwell) 10.30am-11.30am at Rothwell Library. Free. Drop-in. Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 12.10pm and 1.10pm. Call for details.

Desborough & Rothwell Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 10am and 12pm. Call for details. Baby Bounce & Rhyme 10.15am to 11am at Desborough Library. For pre-walkers. Free. Drop-in.

Wednesdays St Edwards Mums & Tots 9-11am. St Edwards RC Primary School, Eastleigh Road. £1.20 for 1st child, 30p thereafter. 01536 391581

Mawsley Music Makers 10am at The Centre. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com

THURSDAYS The Little Ones 9-11.15am & 1-2.50pm, Church of Christ The King. Term time only. 01536 517553 Kettering Gym Tots 45 Minute sessions between 9.15am and 12pm. Call for details.


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Physical classes

Arts & Crafts

Parent & Tot Group / Other

Storystomp Desborough & Rothwell 10 to 10.45am at Desborough Library. Stories, rhymes and craft linked with Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming a theme each week. Free. Drop-in. At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 Edentots minute lessons between 9.30am and 9.15-11.15am, Eden Centre, 10am and 1.05pm and 1.35pm. Mawsley Montagu St. £1/family, 01536 484800 Play & Learn for Under 1s (Rothwell) Mawsley Toddlers Hawthorn Berries 2 to 3pm at Rothwell Library. Drop-in. 9.15 to 11am at The Centre. £1.50 9.15-11am. Hawthorn Primary first child, 50p per child thereafRhymetime (Desborough) School. £1/child, £1.50 for 2+ ter. Contact Samantha on : 07818 2.15 to 3pm at Desborough Library. children. Snack provided. Facebook. 408911, sam.egg@gmail.com. FB: com/groups/Hawthornberries Mawsley Toddlers. Hopscotch (Loddington) SATURDAYS 9am to 10.15am in term time at the Sports Pavilion, Harrington Road. Bubble Babies Swimming FRIDAYS Contact Jo: 07742 664604 8.45am to 1.15pm at Kingsley School Geddington Parents & Tots Hydrotherapy Pool. 30 min classes Giggles and Wiggles 9.15-11.15am, Geddington Village for 0 to 5 year olds ‘Our time’ for 15 mths to 3yrs, Hall. £2.50 per family. Contacts Sheri 9.30 to 10.15am at the Counties Little Kickers 01536 239235. Community Centre At Southfield School for Girls Giggles and Wiggles Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, Jenny’s Dolphins At Counties Community Centre. 9.15 to 10am Baby & Pre-school Swimming ‘Our time’ for 15 months to 3 years, Mighty Kickers for 3.5 to 5 years, At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 9.30 to 10.15am 10.10-10.55am. minute lessons between 9.30am and ‘Rock-a-bye-baby’ Class for 0 to 15 Mega Kickers for 5 year olds to 7th 1pm. Call for details. months, 10.30 to 11.15am Birthday, 11.05 to 11.55am. Rhymetime Tots Play Classes Stagecoach Theatre Arts School 10.30-11am at Kettering Library. At Ise Lodge Community Centre At Brambleside Primary School. Baby Ballet 9.40am Social Tots, 10.35am Early Stage Class for 4-6year olds, (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) Discovery Tots, 11.30am Baby Devel- 9.30 to 11am or 2 to 3.30pm. 11 to 11.30am at Ise Lodge opment Course. Community Centre. Infant Aquatics Swimming Beginners Ballet & Tap Burton Latimer 30 min classes between 10am and (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 12pm at Balance Health Club. For Tots Play Classes 4 to 5pm at Ise Lodge Community 3mths to 4.5 yrs. At Burton Latimer Civic Centre, 1st Centre Saturday of every month, 10.25am Music Makers Punchin Pandas Social Tots. 10am at Busy Bees Nursery, At Ise Pavilion. 1.45 to 2.30pm for 2 Lamport Close. Fun music and to 4 year olds, 5 to 5.45pm For 4 to 8 movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per year olds, 7 to 8pm Family Class. child and £2 for siblings. Contact Desborough & Rothwell Naomi on 07815 293893 or e-mail Play & Learn for Under 5s musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Burton Latimer 11am to 12pm at Desborough Alleycats Library. Free. Drop-in. Rhymetime 10-11.15am in term time at Praise 10.30 to 11am for ages 2+. Burton Community Church, Alexandra St. Latimer Library. Free. Drop-in. £1.20 for 1st child, 60p thereafter Baby Bounce & Rhyme Continued overleaf.... per family. Rebecca: 01536 484777 11.30am to 12pm for babies and non walkers. Burton Latimer Library. Free. Desborough & Rothwell Salvation Army Parents & Toddlers 9.30-11am in term time. New Street, Rothwell. Contact 07726 580187. Braybrooke Tiny Tots 10am-12pm. Braybrooke Village Hall. £2/family. Contact Jo 07565 783128.

Burton Latimer Play and Learn for under 5s At Burton Library. 10.30am to 11.30am

If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class may be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 22.

Weekly Activities Timetable

St Thomas More Toddler Group 9.15-10.45am at St Thomas More School, Northampton Rd in term time. Contact Linda: 07787 521903.


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Kettering cont.

Sundays Little Kickers At Bishop Stopford School Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 9.15 to 10am Mighty Kickers for 3.5 years olds to 5th Birthday, 10.10 to 10.55am Mega Kickers for 5 year olds to 7th Birthday, 11.05 to 11.55am. Rhymetime 2.30 to 3pm at Kettering Library. Desborough & Rothwell Scrum Kids (Rugby) At Ironwood Avenue. Various classes between 10.15am and 11.45am. Visit scrumkids.co.uk Iffornodetails. contact details are provided, an advert for the class may be found in Jenny’s Dolphins our Clubs & ClassesSwimming section starting Baby & Pre-school pageCentre. 20. At Montsayeon Sports 30 minute lessons between 11am and 2.30pm. Call for details.

East Northamptonshire Mondays Irthlingborough St Peter’s Under Fives 2-3pm. St Peter’s Church, Church Street. Contact 01933 650278

Irthlingborough Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 4.15 to 5.15pm at the Methodist Church Hall Oundle

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Rhymetime 10 to 10.30am at the Library. Free. Twinkletoes Baby Ballet (Hayley Nadine School of Dance) 1.30pm to 2.15pm at Saxon Hall. For ages 2+ RAUNDS Primary Ballet Play & Learn for Under 1s (Hayley Nadine School of Dance) 10.15-11.15am at Raunds Library. Free. 4.15pm to 5pm. Baby and Primary Tap (Hayley Nadine School of Dance) 4.15pm to 4.45pm. Rushden Musical Theatre Rhymetime (Hayley Nadine School of Dance) 9.30am to 10am and 10am to 5.30pm to 6.15pm. 10.30am at Rushden Library. Free. Bumps & Babes @ Church 10am at St Mary’s Church. Short lively service followed by playtime. £1 per family. 01933 358218. TT Parent & Tot Swimming 11am to 12pm at Splash Leisure Pool. Call 01933 410505 Thrapston & villages Parent & Tot Swimming 9 to 10am at the Nene Centre. Call 01832 734090 Monday Morning Cafe 9am to 11am in St Mary’s Church, Titchmarsh. Community drop in for all ages including baby corner, toys and crafts for tots All year round. Contact Judith on 01832 730587. Little Angels (Ringstead) 1.45pm to 3pm in term time. Ringstead Primary School Hall. £1.30 per family. Contact Sue on 01933 625126.

Tuesdays

RushdeN Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505 Mugs and Beakers (Mums & Tots) 9.30-11am at St Peter’s Catholic Church. 50p per family. Contact Kalesi on: 01933 355114 Play & Learn for Under 1s 9.30 to 10.30am at Rushden Library. Free. Drop-in Mums & Tots 10-11.30am at Rushden Full Gospel Church & Christian Centre, 60 High Street South. Linda: 07904 638612 Play & Learn for Under 5s 2pm to 3pm at Rushden Library. Free. Drop-in Stanwick Stanwick Mums & Tots 1.45-3.15pm. Stanwick Village Hall. £2 per family. Contact Lucy 01933 461384.

Higham Ferrers Rhymetime 10.30-11am at the Library. Free. Primary Ballet (Starlight Dance) 4 to 5pm at Higham Ferrers Junior School. For 3 to 6 year olds

Thrapston & villages Lets Get Active 10am to 11am at St John’s Hall. Tel: 01832 730534


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Higham Ferrers

Raunds

Rhymetime AllStars Show Team 11am to 11.30am at the Library. (Starlight Dance) 5.15 to 6pm at Higham Ferrers Junior Free. Drop-in. School. For 3 to 6 year olds Little Treasures 9.30-11am. St Laurence Church. Donation optional. TT Oundle Play & Learn for Under 1s 10-11am at Oundle Library. Drop-in

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Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505

Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505 Jelly Babes 9.30-11.30am at Queen Street Church Hall. £1 per family. Contact Jeanette on 01933 391457. TT Parent & Tot Swimming 10.30 to 11.30am at Splash Leisure Pool. Call 01933 410505 Hartbeeps Happy House 11am at My Flourpower, High Street. £5 per session. See ad. Stanwick Parent & Tot Rainbow Cafe An activity inspired by the surroundings, 10.30am to 11.30am at Stanwick Lakes, then sing and dance your way through to lunch. Children Café Specials available. £2 per child. Parking charges apply. Thrapston & villages Parent & Tot Swimming 9 to 10am at the Nene Centre. Call 01832 734090 Rhymetime 10.30am to 11am at Thrapston Library. Free. Booking via email or Facebook is advised.

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Rhymetime 2.15pm to 2.45pm at Rushden Library. Free. Thrapston & villages Parent & Tot Swimming 9 to 10am at the Nene Centre. Call 01832 734090 Tiddlers 9.30 to 11am, term time only. Thrapston Baptist Church, 33 Huntingdon Road. £1/family. Contact Tina: 01832 730297 Music Makers 9.15am at Titchmarsh Pavilion. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Play & Learn for Under 1s 10.15 to 11.15am at the Library. Free.

Irthlingborough Rhymetime 2pm to 3pm at Irthlingborough Library. Free. Drop-in. Raunds Raunds Stay and Play For 0 to 5s and their carers. 9.15 to 11.15am, in term time, at The Methodist Chapel, Brook Street. Contact: Vicky 07597 843284. Facebook: Raunds Stay and Play. Rushden Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505 Sing and Sign At Rush2TheDen, Fitzwilliam Street. 9.30am - Stage 2, 10.30am - Stage 1, 11.30am - Babes. Music Makers 1.45pm at The Nene Centre. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or e-mail: musicmakersnorthants@ gmail.com

Saturdays OUNDLE Play & Learn for Under 5s 10.30-11.30am at the Library. Thrapston & villages Play & Learn for Under 5s 10.30-11.30am at Thrapston Library. Free. Drop-in

Villages Jolly Totz Parent and Toddler Group 1 to 3pm, Easton on the Hill Preschool, New road. Term time only. Contact Rebecca on 07805 021169

FRIDAYS Higham Ferrers Play & Learn for Under 1s 10.30 to 11.30m at Higham Ferrers Library. Free. Drop-in

If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class may be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 22.

Weekly Activities Timetable

Fit For You Buggy Walk Music Makers 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Meet outside the 11am at the Joan Strong Centre. Fun library. Tel: 01832 730534 music & movement for 0-5 years. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com

Parent & Tot Group / Other


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Weekly Activities Timetable

Wellingborough and District Mondays Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club. Little Fishes (Little Harrowden) 9.30am-10.30am in the church. A Bible story, songs, prayers, craft activities, toys, refreshments and a chat with other carers. Contact Mary 07766 957413. Play & Learn Under 5s (Irchester) 2pm to 3pm at Irchester Library. Sing and Sign At the library, Pebble Lane. 1.30pm - Stage 1, 2.30pm - stage 2. Primary Ballet (Starlight Dance) 4 to 4.30pm, Starlight Dance, Palk Road. For 3 to 6 year olds Primary Tap (Starlight Dance) 4.30 to 5pm, Starlight Dance, Palk Road. For 3 to 6 year olds

Tuesdays Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club. Mucky Pups Messy Play 9.30-11am at St Andrews Church Hall, Berrymore Road. £3 for 1st child, £1 siblings. Contact 01933 272119

Wednesdays

Create and Craft 10.30am to 12pm in term time at Wellingborough Library. Drop-in.

Irchester Babies & Toddlers (BATS) 9.15-11.15am at Irchester Village Hall. £1 1st child, 50p thereafter. Nichola: 01933 410866. TT

St Mary’s Thursday Club Finedon 1.30pm to 2.30pm at The Mission room, Well street, Finedon. Toddle Group. £1.50 per family.

Baby Ballet (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 9.30 to 10am and 10 to 10.30am at The Studio, Earls Barton.

FRIDAYS

Rhymetime (Wellingborough Library) 10-10.30am. Free. Drop-in. Bounce & Rhyme 11.15-11.45am. Free. Drop-in. Play and Learn Under 5s 10.30am to 12pm in term time at Earls Barton Library. Drop-in. Play and Learn Under 5s (Finedon) 10.30am to 11.30am in term time at Finedon Library. Drop-in. St Mark’s Buggy Club 1.30-3pm, St Mark’s Church Hall, Queensway. Voluntary 50p donation. Contact Joy: 01933 676368. Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 4 to 5pm at The Studio, Earls Barton.

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club.

Play and Learn Under 1s 2pm to 3pm in term time at Wellingborough Library.

Mini Champs Toddler Group 10am-11.30am at Everyday Champions Church, Havelock St. Call 01933 225525.

Play and Learn Under 1s (Wollaston) 2.15pm to 3.15pm in term time at Wollaston Library. Drop-in. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 3.45pm and 5.45pm at Rowan Gate Primary School. Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School Dance) 4 to 5pm at Vicarage Farm Community Centre Key:

Swimming

The Rascals Music Session 9.45-10.45am at St Andrews Church Hall, Berrymore Road. £2 1st child, £1.25 2nd child. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 10am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club. Little Fishes 1.30-3pm at Our Lady’s Infant School Hall, Henshaw Road. £1/ family. Nancy: 01933 381168 Play and Learn Under 1s (Irchester) 2pm to 3pm in term time at Irchester Library. Drop-in.

THURSDAYS

Baby Ballet (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 10 to 10.30am at The Mission Room, Finedon.

Play and Learn Under 5s (Irchester) 2pm to 3pm in term time at Irchester Library. Drop-in.

Little Cogs (Irchester) 9.30-11.15am at Reachout Community Church, Irchester. £1 1st child, 50p thereafter. Contact Nicola on 01933 225525

SATURDAYS Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) Beginners Ballet & Tap 9 to 10am Junior Ballet & Tap 10 to 11am at The Mission Room, Finedon. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 12pm at Rowan Gate School.

Rhymetime (Irchester) 9.30am to 10am in term time at Irchester Library. Drop-in.

Mini Dribblers Football 9.30 to 10.15am for 18 months to 3 years and 10.15 to 11am for 3 to 5 years at Redwell Leisure Centre.

Jigsaw Toddler Group 9.30am to 11am at Compass Church, Commercial Way.

Punchin Pandas 9.30 to 10.30am at Redwell Leisure Centre. For ages 4+

Rhymetime (Wollaston) 10am to 10.30am at Wollaston Library. Drop-in. Rhymetime (Finedon) 10.30am to 12pm in term time at Finedon Library. Drop-in.

Music, Dance & Drama

Physical classes

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 3pm and 5.30pm at Scott Bader Pool, Wollaston.

Arts & Crafts

Parent & Tot Group / Other


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Cheeky Monkees Nene Valley Festival Nene Valley Railway Newlands Shopping Centre Royal & Derngate Theatre The Core at Corby Cube Trilogy Leisure West Lodge Rural Centre Wicksteed Park

Business Opportunities

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Clubs & Classes Corby Borough Council - Activities for Under 5s

Arts and Crafts

Art O’Clock The Creation Station

Dance Schools

Barbara Hooton School of Dancing Hayley Nadine Dance Academy

Music & Movement

Giggles & Wiggles Sing & Sign

Physical Activity

Little Kickers Mini Dribblers Punchin Pandas Scrum Kids Tots Play

Swim Schools

Bubble Babies Infant Aquatics Jenny’s Dolphins

Theatre Schools Stagecoach

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Health & Beauty

Mobile Holistic Therapist Sanctuary of Beauty Soul Attention Counselling Service

Independent Schools

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Northampton High School Overstone Park School Spratton Hall

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Nurseries, Pre-Schools & Childminders Aldwincle Pre-school Brigstock Playgroup Little Stars Nursery Oak Tree Day Nursery Sunnylands Day Nursery Windermere Day Nursery

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Party Services

Children’s Parties - Corby Borough Council Cheers Mobile Bars ES Promotions Teenie Boppers & Crazy Faces Whytewell Sweet Cart

Photographers

Firetree Photography Lindsey Arber Photography Precious Moments Photography

Pregnancy & Birth

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Shopping & Gifts Footwear & Clothing

Funky Lil Feet Groococks For Kids

Gifts

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