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Autumn 2017 Contents

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s another summer draws to an end thoughts turn to the new term and for many the start of a new routine. The autumn can bring big changes for some, especially if you have a child starting nursery or school. My second child is starting secondary school this September which means big changes in our household. Many parents will be just starting to think about schools this autumn with applications for places in September 2018 opening soon. We have a few schools advertising their open evenings in this issue. My son has just finished at Brambleside School in Kettering who, by co-incidence, are advertising their open evening. For what it’s worth my son has been very happy at Brambleside and we have been extremely pleased with his progress there. If you live near the Brambleside area I highly recommend you take a look at the school. Wherever you live if you are considering primary schools this autumn then be sure to read our top tips from a local teacher on page 32 to help you choose the right school for your child. If you and your family are facing changes or big decisions in the coming months then we wish you the best of luck! Until the winter....

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Tots News Brambleside Open Evening Mini Meadows Farm Autumn Events Halloween Happenings Clubs and Classes Bubble Babies Swim School Choosing your Child’s Primary School Party Services Pregnancy, Birth & Babies Birth Announcements Time for Mum Childcare The Montessori Approach to Childcare Business Opportunities & Services Business Mum: Claire Fox Childhood Cancer: A Local Family’s Experience What is a Present Worth? Weekly Activities Timetable Competitions Page Special Offers Index of Advertisers

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Tots News How’s that? Girls at

Spratton Hall Bowled Over with their

New Cricket Facilities

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irls’ sport at Spratton Hall is changing shape from a bat held with one hand to a bat held with two hands. Women’s cricket is taking off throughout the world and with England winning the Women’s World Cup this summer at Lord’s what a perfect time for girls at Spratton Hall to move to cricket! Heather Knight, England skipper, hopes young girls are inspired by their victory. “There’s never been a better time to be a young girl in cricket” says Heather. Children at Spratton play team sports from Year 2 through to Year 8 and all pupils will learn cricket in the summer term from next summer. This season they have more than doubled the number of cricket nets and next season there will be new cricket pitches, giving Spratton a total of 10 outdoor nets (grass and all-weather) and 9 cricket pitches, so plenty of room for all. Exciting times ahead!

www.sprattonhall.com

Parenting Quote: “I think it’s necessary to let kids get bored once in a while - that’s how they learn to be creative” Kim Raver

“My Family Holiday”

Local Dad raising money for charity with his new book

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ocal Dad of 2, Gurvinder Patara, has just had his Family Holiday first children’s book published and all proceeds from purchases of the book are being donated to the Written by Gurvinder Patara charity “Beyond the Illustrated by Kris Lillyman Moon”. “My Family Holiday” tells the story of a happy young family planning and then embarking on their annual holiday. Wonderfully illustrated, the book is aimed at young children and is written in a rhyming style which is a proven technique to aid a young child’s reading development. The charity “Beyond the Moon” offers families with seriously ill children the chance to get away on their own family holiday to enjoy quality time together away from the stresses and strains of hospitals and treatments. To find out more about the charity visit: www.beyondthemoon.org. Please support this very worthwhile charity by purchasing this delightful book. It’s available on Amazon for just £5.99.

Grandparents Day! Sunday 1st October

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id you know Sunday 1st October 2017 is National Grandparents Day in the UK? Although not as widely recognised as Mothering Sunday or Father’s Day, the UK has been celebrating National Grandparents Day since 1990 when it was introduced by the charity Age Concern. Since 2008 it has always been celebrated on the first Sunday in October. How will you treat your Grandparents this Grandparents Day?

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Christmas at The Core

Thu 7 – Sat 30 December Following the success of A Christmas Carol last year, we are excited to be staging another well-loved favourite for The Core this Christmas. This brand new production, made in Corby, is filled with humour, song, dance and good old-fashioned storytelling that puts the audience right at the heart of the action. For ages 5+

Tickets 01536 470 470 www.thecorecorby.com

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Northampton High School’s

New Science Lab Opens With a Bang!

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orthampton High School have celebrated the opening of a fantastic new facility for the Junior girls in the shape of a brand new, modern science lab. The day was filled with exciting activities for the younger girls including a visit from the National Space Centre who brought along a mobile Planetarium. Karen Holland of XCAM (manufacturer of scientific cameras) officially opened the new Lab with the cutting of a ribbon and a BANG provided by a rocket explosion! She spoke to girls about her career in Science and the exciting opportunities in STEM. Arrange to visit the school by calling the Registrar on 01604 765765.

www.northamptonhigh.gdst.net

NCT is Back In North East Northants!

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017 has seen a group of mums revive the local branch of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT). NCT is a charity which provides antenatal and postnatal courses, breastfeeding advice and community support and events for young families. The branch covers Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough, Rushden and Thrapston and everywhere in between. The new Bumps and Babies group will be launching on the 6th September at Busy Bees nursery in Kettering. This drop-in session for expectant and new mums will run from 10-11.30am on the first Wednesday of every month. There are big plans for 2017/18, including launching first aid courses, a nearly new sale and a Christmas party. If you’d like any more information on NCT or would like to get involved, please email Thomasin James, branch chair, at thomasin.james@gmail.com. NCT is a great place to meet other mums and give something back to the community. We’d love to hear from you!

www.nct.org.uk

Firetree Photography Autumn Photo Shoot

Barbara Hooton School of Dancing

Introduce Their New Teacher

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he Barbara Hooton School of Dancing congratulate their new teacher Christy Ann Wilson. Miss Christy is taking beginners in ballet and tap on Mondays at The Britannia Club, Burton Latimer at 3.30. The New term begins Monday 11th September. They are, of course, offering all their other classes, Baby Ballet, Keep Fit, Ballet, Tap, Adult Ballet and Adult Tap. Something for everyone, whatever age or ability. It is never too early or too late to dance, keep fit and healthy. Classes are held throughout the area, call Barbara on 01933 663225 or 07788710144 or visit: www.barbarahootonschoolofdancing.co.uk

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iretree Photography is holding their popular Autumn photo shoot on the 28th October. Held in the grounds of a private Manor house in Gumley, the shoot makes the perfect autumnal backdrop for natural family portraits. Book on the bookings page:

www.firetreephoto.co.uk

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Open Evening We warmly invite prospective parents, especially those due to start school in September 2018, to learn more about what our school can offer. We are holding an open evening on Wednesday 11th October 2017 at 7.00pm. The evening will give you an opportunity to see our school, meet members of staff and gain the information you need to help you make your hugely important decision. We understand what a big decision it is choosing the right school for your child and we hope to support you in making that choice. If you are unable to make the date or would simply like to tour the school in action, then please use the contact details below to arrange a tour. To express your interest in attending, please email Brambleside by 2nd October 2017 at: reception@brambleside.northants.sch.uk. (Please note that the evening is for the adults only at this stage). Brambleside Primary School Cleveland Avenue Kettering, NN16 9NZ Telephone 01536 310680 Headteacher: Mr Drew Brown

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ini Meadows children’s farm in the village of Welford first opened its doors to the public in 2012. Since then it has grown from a small farm with little more than a few chickens to a 12 acre site boasting a whole range of animals, an indoor and outdoor play area, sandpit, cafe and shop! On entry to the farm you can buy a food bucket (for only £2) with food for just about every animal on the farm! The bucket contains colour coded cups with different food in each and a key to tell you what to feed each animal. Children can wander freely around the farm meeting and feeding: rabbits, chickens, guinea pigs, goats, sheep, cows, alpacas, ponies, pigs and many others. The paddocks have been set up in such a way that every pen can be seen at every angle and children don’t have far to walk from one animal to the next. As well as the animals the farm has it’s own play areas including a large undercover sandpit with buckets and spades. A recent addition are the pedal tractors and track situated in the newly erected barn so available for use in all weather. Plans are afoot to expand the indoor play zone further so watch this space for more developments! The farm has it’s own classroom and welcomes schools and nurseries and other organisations for group visits where children can learn about the animals as well as meet and feed them. It’s also available for childrens parties on weekends. The cafe serves a good range of delicious hot and cold drinks and snacks (including home-made cakes!) or visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic with plenty of benches available at which to eat. Mini Meadows is a super little farm that children of all ages will enjoy but is particularly suitable for young children. At only £4 entry per person (children and adults) it’s also a great value day out. Annual membership is available for just £45 which gives unlimited entry for up to 5 people for the year. The farm is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm, 361 days a year. To find out more visit:

www.minimeadowsfarm.com


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Autumn Events

Wed 13th

September

Thu 14th

Wed 6th

Nature Tots at Irchester Country Park

Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park 10am to 11:30am. See Regular Events on page 11.

Nature Tots at Fermyn Woods Country Park

10am to 11:30am. See Regular Events on page 11.

10am to 11:30am. See Regular Events on page 11.

Wed 6th

Sat 16th to Sun 17th

10-11.30am at Busy Bees nursery at Lamport Close, Kettering. A drop-in group for expectant and new Mums. A great place to meet new Mum friends! Running on the first Wednesday of every month.

The tractor trailer ride will take you to all the berry picking hot spots around the farm, collect as many sloes, blackberries and hazelnuts as you can carry!

New! NCT Bumps and Babies Group

Hedgerow Harvest at West Lodge Farm

Sat 9th

www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk

Contact Erika on 01604 780244 for more information or to book.

Nene Valley Festival

Bubble Babies New Term Begins

Sat 9th & Sun 10th

Grandparents Weekend at Twinlakes

For a fun packed Grandparents Day visit Twinlakes Park! Grandparents get entry in to Twinlakes for just £5. You can use all the indoor and outdoor areas, rides, slides, and animal farm activities. Purchase tickets at the gates on arrival or online.

www.twinlakespark.co.uk

Wed 13th

Ben & Holly at the Newlands Centre!

Come and see Ben & Holly at the Newlands Centre in Kettering! They will be appearing at regular intervals throughout the day.

Sat 16th to Sun 24th Enjoy a diverse programme of events for the whole family to enjoy, whether you are interested in outdoor family fun, outdoor cinemas, nature activities, the arts, local archaeology or leisure activities. For more information visit:

www.nenevalley.net Nene Valley Trail at Barnwell Country Park Have a pleasant stroll around the park and enjoy learning about the river Nene’s backwaters with activities, facts and questions along the way. Collect sheet from Kingfisher Café, free event, Car parking charges apply. 10am to 4pm daily.

www.newlandsshopping.com

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Tue 19th

Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park

10am to 11:30am. See Regular Events on page 11.

Wed 20th

Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park

10am to 11:30am. See Regular Events on page 11.

Tue 19th to Sun 24th

“The Railway Children” at The Royal & Derngate Theatre

then this loveable, Olivier Award-nominated production is the perfect way to show the whole family how to behave the next time one rings the doorbell. When Sophie and her mummy welcome the hungry Tiger to tea, he proceeds to eat all the sandwiches, buns, biscuits and more. He even manages to the drink all the water in the tap! What will Sophie’s Daddy say when he gets home? The Tiger Who Came to Tea is the perfect slice of teatime mayhem with sing-along songs, oodles of magic and clumsy chaos for children ages 3 plus and their families. Performances at 1.30pm on Friday and at 10.30am and 12.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are priced £13.50*

www.royalandderngate.co.uk

Regular Events A brand new stage production of E. Nesbit’s classic tale, The Railway Children. This thrilling coming of age story follows the lives of Roberta, Peter and Phyllis, whose lives are turned upside down when their father mysteriously disappears. Forced to leave the comforts of their privileged London life in exchange for a simple existence in the depths of the Yorkshire countryside, this fractured family soon discover new friendships and an unexpected secret that will change their lives forever. Complete with beautiful period costumes and ingenious designs, including stunning digital projections, this new production promises an uplifting theatrical experience for all ages, packed with intrigue, adventure, joy and jubilation. Performances at 7pm from Tuesday to Saturday, and matinees at 2.30pm on Wednesday and 3.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are priced from £11 to £27.

www.royalandderngate.co.uk

Fri 22nd to Sun 24th

“The Tiger Who Came to Tea” at The Royal & Derngate Theatre

Judith Kerr’s ferociously popular tale The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a Grrrreat musical play and if you’ve never had a Tiger arrive for tea,

See diary listings for actual dates

Nature Tots

For parents and 2-4 year old tots exploring nature through the seasons. £3.50 per child. Take an Education Ranger led themed walk followed by a craft activity. Sessions are held once a month at each park during term time. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, call Jo on 07703 160878.

Big Chef, Little Chef

Spend time with your child whipping up all kinds of delightful lunches in this parent and preschooler activity. Get messy in the kitchen without any of the mess! Hosted by Always Time to Bake in the Discovery Zone at Stanwick Lakes. 10.30am to 12pm. For ages 18 months+ £6.50 per child. To book call Karen on 07792 013274 or email: kallworth9@gmail.com.

Stanwick Bakes

Get your kids excited about cooking in these fun drop off sessions hosted by Always Time to Bake in the Discovery Zone on alternate Saturdays, 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3pm. £8.50 per child. To book call Karen on 077920 13274 or email: kallworth9@gmail.com.

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Sat 23rd

Sat 23rd & Sun 24th

Join the Ranger in the visitor centre for a Bird themed craft session. No need to book, just turn up. Wear old clothing as there might be glue and paints used. £1 per child. 10.30am to 12 noon.

A Victorian weekend celebration with traditional craft demos, children’s activities and the amazing re-enactor group ”the Ragged Victorians”! Free thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding. Normal car-park charges apply.

Making History at Stanwick Lakes

Bird Crafts at Barnwell Country Park

Sat 23rd & Sun 24th

www.stanwicklakes.org.uk

Wansford station will be transformed into a very special place. You’ll see lots of familiar characters, and Thomas fans can expect plenty of fun with the superstar engine doing what he does best, meeting and greeting his friends! Thomas will be hauling trains through the Tunnel to Yarwell and can also be seen in action around Wansford. Day includes lots of games for the family on the platform a bouncy castle, children’s entertainer, face painting and unlimited rides behind Thomas and friends! Adults £18, children £12 (children under 1 free), family ticket £48.

Bug Hunting at Barnwell Country Park

Thomas Weekend at Nene Valley Railway

Sun 24th

Join the Ranger as you hunt down the smaller creatures that live under logs, round the trees, in the grass, using a range of equipment. £1 per child. Booking recommended. 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

www.northamptonshireparks.co.uk

Fri 29th

Big Chef, Little Chef at Stanwick Lakes

10.30am to 12pm. See Regular events on page 11.

Sat 30th

www.nvr.org.uk

Open Day at Pitsford School

10.30am to 1pm. For more information visit:

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October Wed 4th

Nature Tots at Irchester Country Park

10am to 11:30am. See Regular Events on page 11.

Fri 6th

Open Morning at Spratton Hall

Visit Spratton Hall on their open morning, 10am to 12 noon. Contact the school on 01604 847292 or email afj@sprattonhall.com for an invitation or to visit the school.

www.sprattonhall.com

Sat 21st

“The Tiger Who Came to Tea” at The Castle Theatre

Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! Performances at 1pm and 3.30pm.

www.castletheatre.co.uk

Sat 21st & Sun 22nd

Thomas Weekend at Nene Valley Railway

Sat 7th

Open Day at Northampton High School

“Offering much more than just an education, these girls are being set up for life”. Come and see for yourself at the open day. 10am to 1pm.

www.northamptonhigh.gdst.net

Sat 7th

Bubble Babies Underwater Photoshoot

A beautiful photograph of your baby swimming under the water captures a priceless moment and is a unique and wonderful memory of your child’s earliest achievements. Bubble Babies runs regular photo shoots in the warm waters of Kingsley School pool with a professional underwater photographer using the latest hi-tech equipment. Contact Bubbles Babies on 01604 780244 for more information or to book.

www.bubblebabies.co.uk

Wed 11th

Fireman Sam at the Newlands Centre!

Come and see Fireman Sam at the Newlands Centre in Kettering! He will be appearing at regular intervals throughout the day.

www.newlandsshopping.com

Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park

10am to 11:30am. See Regular Events on page 11.

Thu 12th

Nature Tots at Fermyn Woods Country Park

Join Thomas on his Half Term Specials as he pulls the train through the tunnel to Yarwell and back, then enjoy a little nostalgia with a trip along the picturesque Nene Valley from the comfort of our carriages, pulled behind a Steam Locomotive. Break your journey at Ferry Meadows and visit the country park. Enjoy refreshments from our Café while watching the trains and ducks at our riverside picnic area. Shop at Wansford for those essential Thomas and other railway gifts or enjoy the children’s play area. Adults £16, children £8, family ticket £40.

www.nvr.org.uk

Sun 22nd

Feed the Birds at Barnwell Country Park

Make a bird feeder to take home and help the birds in your garden. £2 per feeder. 1pm to 3pm.

Mon 23rd

Minibeastly Bughunt at Sywell Country Park

Tue 17th

Come and find out what creatures like to lurk in the dark! Come dressed up in a spooky costume if you’d like to! £1 per child suggested donation. 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

10am to 11:30am. See Regular Events on page 11.

Tue 24th

10am to 11:30am. See Regular Events on page 11.

Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park

Wed 18th

Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park

10am to 11:30am. See Regular Events on page 11.

Hibernaculums at Brixworth Country Park Join the rangers and build a home for wildlife over the winter. A selection of hibernaculums

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15 (somewhere for creatures to hibernate over winter) will be available to build. £3 per child. 11am to 2pm.

Wed 25th

Mad Science at Twinlakes Park

Mad science will be at Twinlakes park this half term with 3 incredible shows and performances throughout the day. Shows are FREE with day tickets and annual passes. They will also be getting busy and creative with workshops such as slime making and candy floss making. Please book early on the day for these activities - places are limited.

www.twinlakespark.co.uk

Stanwick Bakes at Stanwick Lakes

10.30am to 12pm or 1.30pm to 3pm. See Regular events on page 11.

Sun 29th

RSPB Family Bird Walk at Stanwick Lakes

Learn about the resident and migrant birds found in and around the lakes. Please book and bring your binoculars. 10am to 12pm £2 per person [£1 for members. Normal car-park charges apply.

Wicksteed’s October offer!

Wed 25th

Minibeastly Bughunt at Fermyn Woods Country Park

Come and find out what creatures like to lurk in the dark! Come dressed up in a spooky costume if you’d like to! £1 per child suggested donation. Meet at the Graze Maze. 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm.

Fri 27th

Big Chef, Little Chef at Stanwick Lakes

10.30am to 12pm. See Regular events on page 11.

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Sat 28th

Wicksteed Park is opening more than 20 of your favourite attractions every weekend in October and every day during half term week (Monday October 23rd to Friday October 27th). What’s more, you can enjoy a day of inclusive* activities from as little as £10 for senior citizens, £11 for adults and £13 for children – with an additional £1 off each wristband when you buy online in advance. Remember, this is also your last chance to use up your 2017 ride tickets, so don’t miss out! *Please note this does not include RUSH or Wickys Factory.

or play centre open ever y day*

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

www.wicksteedpark.org/indoorplay *Excluding 24th - 26th Dec & 1st Jan.

Barton Road, Kettering, Northants NN15 6NJ Wicksteed Park Ltd is wholly owned by Wicksteed Charitable Trust. Registered charity no.1142103

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Twinlakes Family scream park October 2017

half term fun at stanwick lakes 23rd to 30th October

A jam-packed week of Halloween-themed activities including an outdoor trail and creepy Halloween crafts. 10am to 4pm daily. Modest charges or donations for each activity. Normal car-park charges apply. www.stanwicklakes.org.uk

Pumpkin carving at the country parks 25th & 26th October at Brixworth Country park

Join the rangers in the Woodpecker Room to carve your own Halloween pumpkin. £4 per pumpkin.

Twinlakes Family Scream Park in Leicestershire offers a family friendly fangtastic blend at Halloween…with unique, family not-so-scary Halloween attractions, they have grown over 20,000 FREE pumpkins for kids to carve or paint. Win magnificent prizes plus wicked Halloween workshops, all part of their new Halloween spooktacular show! Meet and greet Marty the friendly Monster and laugh along with them as you see spine-chilling Halloween happenings in the not-so-scary scare-zones and Halloween attractions. Twinlakes, Melton Mowbray is packed full of fangtastic Halloween surprises this October for the whole family! www.twinlakespark.co.uk

26th & 28th October at Barnwell Country park

Spooky half term FUN at west lodge rural centre

Wizard Express at Nene valley railway

14th to 31st October

Loads of spooky activities to keep you entertained. Pumpkin carving, Spooky walkway, Witch’s house tours, Spooky Tractor rides, Panto style ghost stories plus all of the usual farm activities. There will also be a spooky ghost hunt by torchlight! Date tbc. www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk

Get creative carving your own pumpkin to take home. 1pm to 3pm. £5 per pumpkin. www.northamptonshireparks.co.uk

Family Halloween party at the holiday inn, Corby Friday 27th October

A one course buffet, frighteningly good DJ,entertainment and children’s games. 6pm to 11pm. £15 per adult, children under 12 half price. Family ticket only £40 (2 Adults and 2 children) www.hicorby.com

Friday 27th & Saturday 28th 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 27th & Saturday 28th October. Decorated train, characters and more. £16.50 per person, booking essential. www.nvr.org

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Autumn & Winter 2017 Family Fun At Your Local Steam Railway

The Wizard Express

Registered Charity Number: 263617

Santa Specials

Dare You Ride?

The kids love them! 25th November to 24th December From £15

Booking Essential Trains filling fast!

Halloween Fun

Ride the wizards express if you dare.

27th and 28th October 2017

Booking essential... £16.50 all classes

Visit www.nvr.org.uk for details and bookings

Corby’s Indoor Play & Party Zone • 4 themed party rooms all with air conditioning • Separate baby & toddler area • Three storey play palace • Maximum height 1.45m • Open 7 days a week, 10am to 6pm • Also available for private hire

HALLOWEEN PART Y Tuesday 31st October 6.30pm to 8pm

Best Carved Pumpkin Competition Fancy Dress Competition Spooky Treasure Trail Lots of Prizes Tickets £7 - Booking Essential Meal of hot dog and fries included

Call 01536 443310

www.cheeky-monkees.co.uk

Unit 2, Curie Courtyard off Cockerell Road, Corby, Northants, NN17 5DU

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Spooky Half-Term Fun Saturday 14th to Sunday 29th 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

OPEN 7 DAYS 9.30am-5pm Sign posted off the A6 between Market Harboro’ and Desborough Tel:01536 760552 Sat Nav: NN14 2SH


wicky’s little monsters ball Saturday 28th October

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Wicky Bear and his crew will be performing some spooktacular dances as well as hosting party games and a disco. Advance tickets are £6 for kids and £2 for adults (50p more on the day). Come in fancy dress! www.wicksteedpark.org

Wed 1st

Freaky farm weekend at mini meadows

“The Snow Dragon” at The Core at Corby

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October A freaky farm weekend with ghostly decorations, spooky photo booth, spooky moonlight walk, strange animal noises.....but lots of sweets too! As well as all the usual farm attractions. www.minimeadowsfarm.com

cheeky monkees Halloween party Tuesday 31st October

Join the crew at Cheeky Monkees in Corby for some Halloween Fun at their annual party on Tuesday 31st October, 6.30pm to 8pm. Includes best carved pumpkin and fancy dress competitions a spooky treasure trail and lots of prizes! Tickets £7 (includes hot dog). Booking essential. www.cheeky-monkees.co.uk

Nature Tots at Irchester Country Park

10am to 11:30am. See Regular Events on page 11.

Fri 3rd & Sat 4th

Billy has everything a young goat could need – and more besides. On New Year’s Eve, Billy is looking forward to the annual visit of the legendary Snow Dragon, who will bring him even more goodies…But when Billy bumps into some hungry wolves in the forest, New Year’s Day seems a long way off. How will Billy escape? And has he been naughty or nice? With toe-tapping songs and lots of laughs, this delightful show comes from Tall Stories, the company that brought you The Gruffalo and Room On The Broom. For ages 3+ Performances on Friday 1.30pm & 4.30pm, and Saturday 11am & 2pm. Tickets £11.50

www.thecorecorby.com

Sat 4th

Fireworks Night At Wicksteed Park

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The Wicksteed Park annual fireworks extravaganza will be held on Saturday 4th November. A popular annual event for everyone. All proceeds go to developing our park. 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

Sat 4th

Fireworks Frenzy At Santa Pod

A spectacular afternoon/evening of Fireworks, live action including Podzilla the Monster Truck, Stunt Display, Drifting, Huge Bonfire, Fun Fair, catering and bar facilities, plus family entertainment. Main activities to take place between 4pm and 7pm. www.santapod.co.uk


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Sat 4th & Sun 5th

Wed 15th

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

10am to 11:30am. See Regular Events on page 11.

Big Bonfire Party at West Lodge Farm

Wed 8th

Postman Pat & Jess the Cat at the Newlands Centre!

Come and see Postman Pat and Jess the cat at the Newlands Centre in Kettering! They will be appearing at regular intervals throughout the day.

www.newlandsshopping.com

Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park

Sun 19th

“Big Fish Little Fish” at The Core at Corby

Family rave sensation Big Fish Little Fish are bringing their award‑winning, critically acclaimed, ultimate family party to Corby. Expect top DJs playing dance music, crafts, a multi-sensory dance floor with glitter cannons and giant balloons, a baby chill out space, tents and tunnels play area, colouring mural, glow sticks, licensed bar and more. For ages 8 and under. 2pm. Tickets £8.50, babes in arms free (half price for residents of Corby, Cottingham, East Carlton, Gretton, Little Stanion, Middleton, Rockingham, Stanion and Weldon)

www.thecorecorby.com

Tue 21st

Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park

Wed 8th

10am to 11:30am. See Regular Events on page 11.

10am to 11:30am. See Regular Events on page 11.

Big Chef, Little Chef at Stanwick Lakes

Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park

Fri 24th

10.30am to 12pm. See Regular events on page 11.

Thu 9th

Nature Tots at Fermyn Woods Country Park

10am to 11:30am. See Regular Events on page 11.

Sun 12th to Tue 14th

“Stick Man” at The Royal & Derngate

Touching, funny and utterly original. What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure 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? This award-winning production features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves. Performances on Sunday at 4pm, Monday at 10.30am & 1.30pm and Tuesday at 10.30am

www.royalandderngate.co.uk

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TUE 28 NOV – SUN 31 DEC Box Office 01604 624811 www.royalandderngate.co.uk FOR AGES 5+

IDEAL FOR UNDER 7S

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...more than just a school

Open Morning

Friday 6th October 2017, 10 am to 12 noon â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing short of sensational for my childâ&#x20AC;? - Current Parent Please contact us at afj@sprattonhall.com or 01604 847292 for an invitation to the Open Morning or to visit the school

www.sprattonhall.com Spratton Hall is an Independent Co-Educational Day Prep School for children aged 4-13 in Northamptonshire To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


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Clubs & Classes

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming Lessons

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Friendly classes in Rothwell Instructor in the water Average of 6 children per class Prices start from £7.00 for 30 minutes

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

Shotakan

Karate Class ST FREE FIRN LESSO

experience the fantastic benefits of KARATE

EVERY MONDAY

Desborough Leisure Centre EVERY TUESDAY

Britannia Club, Burton Latimer

£3.00 per session

PUNCHIN PANDAS FREE FIRST LESSON

£3.00 per session

EVERY TUESDAY

Britannia Club, Burton Latimer EVERY WEDNESDAY

EVERY WEDNESDAY

Ise Pavilion, Kettering

EVERY THURSDAY

Ise Pavillion, Kettering

EVERY FRIDAY

Redwell Leisure Centre, Wellingborough

Melton St. Community Centre Ise Pavilion, Kettering Kingswood School, Corby EVERY SATURDAY

Redwell Leisure Centre, Wellingborough

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EVERY THURSDAY EVERY SATURDAY

Free 4 week beginners courses starting from Monday 12th September

Contact Nick on 07720 430 798 or e-mail: nickbinder@ntlworld.com www.punchinpandas.org www.skcengland.co.uk 6th Dan Chief Instructors - Part of S.K.C. England. Member of The A.M.A. Largest martial art organisation in the country. Nationaly recognised gradings.

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Pre-school Soccer Courses in Wellingborough ÂŁ6

ion. per sess ked boo Courses for and paid . quarterly

Saturdays at Redwell Leisure Centre 9.30 to 10.15am for ages 18 months to 3 years 10.15 to 11am for ages 3 to 5 years

Please call Patrick Franks on 07818 401707 for details One parent must participate in each session (beginners course only) First session FREE! Discount given for siblings Courses run all year round

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Clubs & Classes

Bubble Babies Swim School For children from 2 months to 5 years Experienced, fun instructor

A dynamic family experience

A very warm welcome awaits you (not to mention the very warm water!) at Kingsley School Hydrotherapy Pool, Kettering on Saturday mornings. Bubble Babies Baby and Junior Swimming Classes encourage all members of the family to come along and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Babies love having grandparents or auntie and uncle watch as they confidently show off their latest skills; there really is no better way to splash into the weekend! Bubble Babies have the pool exclusively to themselves so we are able to create a friendly environment totally revolving around the needs of the budding swimmers and their families. Come along and see!

Tropical conditions with water 34 degrees! Because the water is so warm, babies from as young as 2 months are comfortable and relaxed during the half hour lessons. This of course means that parents can relax and enjoy themselves too, focusing all their energies on carefully developing their child’s swimming capabilities. It’s not just the tiny ones that benefit from the ‘tropical-like’ conditions, however! Bubble Babies runs classes for children up to 5 years old and of course parents are always very happy to slip into what we lovingly call the Big Bath!

Not just mums: dads are welcome too!

As classes run on Saturday mornings, there is a dynamic collection of enthusiastic dads who enjoy this wonderful opportunity to bond with their children. A whole range of structured activities, races, games and different equipment each week offers them the chance to share in giving their baby the precious aquatic skills and confidence that lead to a lifelong love and enjoyment of the water.

Erika, the founder of Bubble Babies who has been teaching babies to swim for 14 years, looks forward each week to chasing her pupils with crocodiles (inflatable of course!), sending them down white water alley on the adventure to Treasure Island and getting them to swim through caves and waterfalls on their fronts and their backs! She believes strongly that if the principles of good swimming technique are firmly established and everyone is having fun then the learning follows on quite naturally. This is backed up enthusiastically by parents: Emily’s mum proudly writes, ‘Bubble Babies is absolutely fantastic! It’s such a fun way to build confidence and learn new skills in a nurturing and supportive environment. Erika is a brilliant teacher always making the sessions enjoyable with songs, games and activities. Out little girl has thrived taking part in these lessons, going from no swimming experience to swimming a whole length by herself. We highly recommend it’.

Swimming awards

To celebrate their achievements, the mini swimmers receive the Swimming Teacher’s Association Starfish Badges and Certificates with the older children working through the Stanley First Steps Series awards. For children with special needs, there is the Rockhopper series, ensuring that everyone is challenged in appropriate ways and has the opportunity to enjoy the self-affirming satisfaction of success.

Underwater Photo Shoot

In October we have another Underwater Photograph session at Kingsley School 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?

Book Now!

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 Telephone: 01604 780244 Website: www.bubblebabies.co.uk Email: erika.bubblebabies@hotmail.com Bubble Babies classes are always very popular so book early if you would like to join in the adventure!

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SPANISH classes for children 0 – 11 year olds (We deliver community classes, classes in schools and nurseries) Language learning made fun through singing, play, stories, games and craft. Fun, interactive and friendly classes delivered my me, Carla, a fully qualified primary teacher with 20 years of teaching experience. Looking to set up some FREE taster sessions with a view to weekly community classes in Kettering, Burton Latimer, Thrapston and Market Harborough SOON! Keep checking my webpage www.lingotot.com/about/kettering for details or follow on facebook: @lingototkettering. Please like and share. You can also email me kettering@lingotot.com

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

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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.

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Clubs & Classes

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. For Kettering area email: carly@infantaquatics.co.uk For Wellingborough area email: mel@infantaquatics.co.uk Or find us at: www.infantaquatics.co.uk

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Clubs & Classes Now in Desborough 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 and Wellingborough 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 ‘Sing and Sign - East Northants’

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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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Corby International Pool &   Lodge Park Sports Centre  Crèche £3.10 for 1 hr, £5.20 for 2 hrs: LPSC 9.30—11.25am Mon/Wed/Fri Pool 9.25—11.25am Mon/Tues/Weds/Thurs/Fri & 12.25—2.25 Mon/Wed/Fri

 FUN    ACTIVITIES 

FOR   UNDER   5’s 

“Stay & Play” 

at the Pool  Parent / Guardian 

     Swim  +    ng  & Bri wim & Play S y a    Tuesd n o   s Twin

Lodgy the Lion  £2.50/session   @ LPSC 

Snacks &   water/juice  also   provided 

Parent & Toddler  Lessons  + 

Adult & Child  Sessions  Fun for all..  Phone for info. 

Party packages are available at both facilities.   Includes Crèche “Fun Play” (our Crèche facility is available to hire), Soft Play,   Football, Cheerleading, Archery, Trampolining,  Swim & Supervised Diving.    For further info contact either facility. Visit www.corby.gov.uk/partyhire   Pre‐school Gymnastic sessions run every Thursday during Term  Time at Lodge Park.  Delivered by qualified British Gymnastic  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.  

Contact us: 

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

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

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Start-rite ¬ Camper ¬ Geox ¬ Dr Martens Pom D’Api ¬ Noel ¬ Vans ¬ Joules ¬ Teva Babybotte ¬ Petasil ¬ Polo by Ralph Lauren 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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Research local primary schools. Check their admission criteria- be realistic- don’t waste your 1st choice by putting down a school you are not eligible to apply for!

2. Look at a school’s website- think about your own child - their personality and interests - do you think the school would suit them? 3. Ignore gossip! Keep an open mind about a school until you have visited it. 4. 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! 5. Read through the latest Ofsted report but check the date. Schools can change very quickly - especially when they have new staff. 6. 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. 7. 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. 8. 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. 9. 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. 10. A child’s first teacher is the most importantremember you as a parent are, and always will be, your child’s best teacher.

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Open Day 7 October 2017 10am - 1pm â&#x20AC;&#x153;Offering much more than just an education, these girls are being set up for lifeâ&#x20AC;? Come and see for yourself Give us a call

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Open 7 Days: Mon-Sat: 9.30am - 5.30pm, Sun: 10am - 4pm • FREE Parking

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Serving families for generations

A small, friendly, independent school for Children aged 4-18 years

OPEN DAY

Saturday 30th September 2017 10.30am - 1pm • Small class sizes to ensure individual attention • School Bus Network • Free wrap around care from 8am – 5.20pm • Wide range of extra-curricular activities offered

For more information call us on 01604 880306 or email office@pitsfordschool.com

www.pitsfordschool.com

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Party Services

Have you thought about a

Soft Play Party for 0 to 4 year olds?

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

Available for childrens parties, fetes, corpororate events Many costumes to choose from • Good rates • Party entertainment

Fun Dis avail cos able to

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A variety of party packages   & venues for hire.   Lodge Park Sports Centre

#CorbyCan Tel: 01536 400033

Sports Parties—various available. Football, Soft Play, Creche Fun Play, Cheerleading, Archery and Trampoline Party, Gallery Room available to hire. Hot food available.

West Glebe Pavilion

Tel: 07961 046108 • Find us on Facebook: Steves Mascots

Bouncy fun for everyone!

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Slides, candy floss & candy cones also available

Tel: 01536 204217

Offers a warm, spacious community room for up to 75 people, large enough to house soft play equipment & inflatables. We also offer football parties on the Astroturf.

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.

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.

Find us on Facebook: YouBounce Hire

Whytewell Sweet Cart

Tel: 07999 035485 E-mail: youbounce.hire@gmail.com www.ubouncehire.com

For further information on all parties/venue

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Fully licensed mobile bars for any occasion 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

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

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

Birth Announcements

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Simply Nurture : Massage, Yoga & Sleep Support Contact Clare on 07875 954427 or e-mail: Clare@simplynurture.co.uk

Riley David Louie Smith Born on the 31st May 2017 at 12:26pm weighing 8lb 6½oz. A little brother for Logan.

James William Born on the 26th July at 9.18pm weighing 9lb 4oz. A much loved little brother for Tabitha.

Ruby Born on 6th August 2017 at 1.20am weighing a whopping 10lb! A long awaited daughter and sister.

Announce the joyous arrival of your little one here. It’s free and a lovely keepsake for your child. Simply email us your baby’s name, date of birth, weight, a special message (optional) and a photo to: info@timefortots.co.uk Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


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Baby Massage Classes

For babies aged from birth to 1 year old

Classes are run by a qualified IAIM instructor, Thursdays at 10am in the sensory snug at Rush 2The Den, 16 Fitzwilliam Street, Rushden Baby Reflexology Classes also available at Rush 2The Den, Tuesdays at 10am 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 * 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

Baby Massage ● Baby Yoga ● Parent and Toddler Yoga Sleep Support for Tots to Teens

Classes, private group bookings and 1:1 appointments with Clare Qualified Instructor, Qualified Sleep Practitioner and Qualified Healthcare Professional

For more information contact Simply Nurture via Facebook or visit: www.simplynurture.co.uk

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BODY PERFECTIONS A new salon in the heart of Burton Latimer

We offer a wide range of beauty treatments including: • • • • •

manicures & pedicures facials massages waxing lash extensions

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Body Perfections has a KIDS PLAY AREA that is totally free - we try to offer our Mums and Dads a relaxed area for children while you have your treatments. ¬¬¬Special Offers¬¬¬  New! Microdermabrasion. 6 sessions for £175 or a course of 12 sessions for £300  Summer nails - gel manicure & pedicure just £28. Both offers valid until 5/9/17

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Childcare Nursery Schools, Pre-schools & Childminders

BRAND NEW DAY NURSERY

Confident Calm

Knowledgeable

We are located within The Times Complex, School Lane, Kettering, NN16 0DH. We are open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, 51 weeks of the year. Offering flexible care for children from 12 weeks to 5 Years.

Friendly Creative Inclusive

For more information, call Angela Walker on 01536 412172

Open Morning. 15th July 10am-12pm. Come and register for September

Overstone Park Day Nursery DFE & Ofsted registered “Celebrating Diversity”

• A safe & happy environment • Beautiful grounds • Qualified & experienced staff • A wide range of equipment & resources • A variety of work vouchers accepted • A 5% reduction is given on fees for each sibling • 15 hours of FREE entitlement for eligible 2 year olds • 30 hours of FREE entitlement for 3/4 year olds from September 2017 • 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 • Nursery farm with goats, chickens and ponies

T: 01604 643787

F: 01604 670445

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The Montessori Approach to Childcare Glendon Farm Montessori and Forest School

A child-led approach to education

Nature plays a vital role

Through respecting and challenging children’s own interests, the Montessori method aims to develop a life-long love of learning. We look at the bigger picture of what is needed to become a happy, healthy and capable adult. We are guided by the children as individuals, rather than a standardized curriculum.

Montessori said “There is no description, no image in any book that is capable of replacing the sight of real trees, and all the life to be found around them, in a real forest. Something emanates from those trees which speaks to the soul.” We fill our classroom with natural materials and ensure children have plenty of time to play outdoors in our ‘Forest School’ environment.

The Montessori environment is a very special place

The materials are cleverly designed so that children can be self-taught. For instance, babies play with sets of ten sequentially sized blocks that introduce the decimal system. In Literacy, the skills needed for reading and writing are broken down into fun activities. Children are never formally taught to write, but have been known to produce pages and pages of words with the joy and enthusiasm normally only associated with ‘play’. This is partly achieved by not putting pressure on them. We let children be children! We observe closely, and guide them to learn at a pace that is perfect for them as individuals.

The room is calm, ordered and neutral. There are ‘just enough’ activities to stimulate and challenge children without overwhelming them.

Independence is key Children are given lessons such as: dressing themselves, pouring their own drinks, using tools and clearing up from a very young age. Children come to take great pride in caring for themselves and their environment. “Help me to help myself” is a well known quote from Maria Montessori. Montessori was an Italian doctor and scientist who lived from 1870-1952. She studied child development and opened revolutionary schools all over the world.

Academic progress is easily achieved

To find out more about how your child can benefit from a place at our brand new nursery visit: www.glendonfarmmontessori.com or facebook.com/glendonfarmmontessori

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The Perfect Start Set within the attractive and spacious walled gardens of St Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

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Business Mum: Claire Fox from Funky Lil Feet Name: Claire Fox Family: 2 children (Will 15, Olivia 14) Describe your business:

Funky Lil Feet is a children’s clothing and shoe shop.

How long have you been doing this? 12 years.

What did you do before and why did you decide to make a change?

I used to work as an engineer and emergency planner for Anglian Water. I took voluntary redundancy after 17 years in the water industry to enable me to spend more time with the children. There are only 10 months between the two of them and they were both born prematurely. After a few months of being at home full time with the babies I felt the need to do something part time for a change of scenery! I started to help out Jane (Podiatrist) in her dream of owning a children’s shoe shop that concentrated on specialist fitted shoes that weren’t just plain and boring. There was a definite gap in the market for beautiful shoes (alongside school shoes) that are professionally fitted. Jane continued to run her podiatry clinic and as the business grew from strength to strength I ended up managing the shop before eventually taking over the business 3 years ago.

What do you like about it?

I love the freedom of working for myself and we have a great team of people so coming to work each day is always great fun and not a chore (something that I hope the customers feel also).

How well does it fit in with family life?

It works perfectly well as I live in Thrapston so my children have always been close by and been able to come into the store if they needed to. Indeed they have both worked part time over the busy

summer period putting away shoe boxes! The downside is I am always at my busiest when it is the School Holidays!

What advice would you give to other Mums thinking of starting a business?

I love it but there are downsides – you are never really away from work and when you employ staff there are additional pressures too. However I never dread coming into work and if I fancy a day off then I can (I just don’t get paid for it!). It is more of a passion than a job! Funky Lil Feet cover all width fittings with sizes from a teeny 1 to a teenage 10 (44). They 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. Funky Lil Feet look forward to welcoming you! Autumn and winter boots and shoes are now in stock.

Contact: Funky Lil Feet tel: 01832 734500 Address: 36 Huntingdon Road Thrapston, NN14 4NQ Website: www.funkylilfeet.co.uk

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Childhood Cancer: A Local Family’s Experience It’s a subject most parents don’t want to think about - their worst nightmare - but sadly childhood cancer is a reality and a nightmare that some families have to face. With September being childhood cancer awareness month we’re sharing with you a local family’s experience with the dreadful disease, in the Mum’s words, to highlight the early warning signs and possibly help save a young life....

eptember is childhood cancer awareness month. Buildings all over the world turn gold and celebrities wear gold ribbons to draw attention to this horrible disease. I’d read articles about it in the media but I never thought for 1 minute I’d be personally affected by it. How wrong was I... Sam was born in October 2012 after a very rapid delivery (almost on the A14 but not quite). He was a happy and contented baby and we all settled into busy family life. He was a very welcome addition to our family, his big brother Matthew was 5 at the time and he adored him. Sam met all of his developmental milestones. I returned to work as a travel agent part-time when my maternity leave finished. Life was hectic but very normal. In February 2015 when Sam had turned 2 we noticed that he had a turn in his right eye. We were referred to the specialists who confirmed he had a squint and poor eye sight so he started to wear glasses. A follow up in July 2015 showed it wasn’t getting any better so he wore patches on his eye for 12 hours a day. During the summer of 2015 Sam just didn’t seem to be quite right. He suffered from one infection after another. Mainly tonsillitis and ear infections, couple with discharge from his ears. Quite

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common childhood infections so we thought we had no reason to be overly worried. He seemed a bit unsteady on his feet so we bought new shoes. While his peers were dropping their naps Sam wasn’t, but with his eyesight issues we expected that. One September morning Sam could not stand up and he’d been vomiting the night before. We’d taken him to the GP who was not happy to give us any more antibiotics as clearly they were not working. He thought Sam might have a urine infection. With all this in mind and Sam being unbalanced we took him to A&E. A CT scan showed a mass on his brain stem. We were blue lighted to the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford where he underwent emergency surgery. A biopsy later confirmed he had a cancerous brain tumour, a nasty piece of work called an Anaplastic Astrocytoma. He had just celebrated his third birthday in October 2015. Sam underwent 12 hour brain surgery to remove as much of the tumour as possible. He spent 10 weeks in hospital recovering and we cannot thank the team at John Radcliffe enough for their care and dedication. Sam then had radiotherapy and chemotherapy which finished in February 2017. Thankfully after all his treatment his scans show that he has beaten this beast. But it’s a marathon not a sprint and we hope to be one of the lucky ones who survive and don’t relapse. We are now looking to the future and him starting reception year at Rothwell Victoria Infant School. Sadly though like many children who have had cancer he has been left with disabilities and for him his eyesight has been particularly affected. That said we are so very thankful that Sam is still with us and enjoying life like any 4 year old should. You can follow Sam’s journey on his Facebook page ‘Supporting Sam’. Looking back I wish I’d have known the signs, we just never thought in a million years this would happen to us.

Thank-you Sarah (Sam’s Mum) for sharing your story with us.

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What Is A Present Worth? Help put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas

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ow many presents will your children get for Christmas this 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. www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/ operation-christmas-child


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Weekly Activities Timetable Corby and District Mondays

Baby Massage, Tummy & Toddle Time, Infant Feeding Support FRIDAYS 1pm to 2.30pm at Woodnewton Toddle Tots A Learning Community, Rowlett 9am to 11am at Beanfield Creative Play Road. Donations gratefully reCommunity Centre. £1 per family. 9.15-11.15am at Exeter A Learning ceived. 01536 265173. 01536 265173. Community. Donations gratefully Little Stanion Stay & Play Songs & Rhymes received. 01536 204765 1pm to 2.30pm at Little Stanion 9.15am to 10.30am at Little Angels Stay & Play Primary School. Woodnewton A Learning 9.15-11.15am at Woodnewton Community, Rowlett Road. NOT A Learning Community, Rowlett run on the 1st Monday of the Road. £2 per family (up to 4 month. Donations gratefully Wednesdays children & 1 adult). Contact Carrie received. 01536 265173. on 07903 996858. Tummy & Toddle Time Lodgy’s Little Lions Parent & Toddler Swimming 9.30-11am at Exeter A Learning 9.30am to 11.25am at Lodge 9.30am to 10.30am and 10.30am Community. 01536 204765. Park Sports Centre. A ‘stay and to 11.30am at Corby International play’ parent and toddler session Baby Massage Pool. Drop in. Pay as you go. including arts and crafts, messy 10-11.30am at Exeter A Learning play, sensory room, fun and games. Community. 01536 204765. Play and Learn for under 5s 10 to 11am at Corby Library. Toys, Adult & Child Swimming Lessons Little Angels Stay & Play fun and games. Free. Drop-in. Wear 9.30 to 10am at Corby 1pm to 3pm at Woodnewton A clothes suitable for messy play! International Pool. For children Learning Community, Rowlett aged 2 years 9 months to 4 years. Road. £2 per family (up to 4 Adult & Child Swimming Lessons Must book. children & 1 adult). Contact Carrie 11.30am to 12 noon at Corby Pool. on 07903 996858. For children aged 2 years 9 months Health Visiting Team Clinic to 4 years. Must book. 9.30am to 11am at Woodnewton Health Visiting Team Clinic A Learning Community, Rowlett 1pm to 2.30pm at Woodnewton Punchin Pandas Road. Health visitor available on A Learning Community, Rowlett 5 to 5.45pm at The Scout Hut, the 1st Monday of the month. No Road. Health visitor available on Occupation Rd. For ages 4+ appointment needed. 01536 265173. the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Punchin Pandas No appointment needed. 01536 Parent & Toddler Swimming 6.15 to 7pm at Kingswood School. 265173. 10am to 11am and 11am to 12pm For ages 4 to 7 years. 7pm to 8pm at Corby International Pool. Drop Family beginners class. in. Pay as you go. Wilbarston Tots & Tiddlers 10am-12pm at Wilbarston Village Hall. Diane: 07761 957825. TT

Tuesdays Parent & Toddler Swimming 9.30am to 10.30am and 10.30am to 11.30am at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Pay as you go.

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Toddle Tots 9am to 11am at Beanfield Community Centre. £1 per family. 01536 265173. Tots & Tiddlers (Pre-school Gymnastics) At Lodge Park Sports Centre. 10am to 10.45am for under 2s 11am to 11.45am for 2 to 3 years 12pm to 12.45pm for 3 to 4 years 1pm to 1.45pm for 3 to 4 years 1.45pm to 2.30pm for 3 to 4 years

Adult & Child Swimming Lessons 11.30am to 12pm at Corby International Pool. For children aged Little Ones 2yrs 9mths to 4 yrs. Must book. 1pm to 2.30pm at the Welcome Centre, Little Stanion. Rhymetime 10 to 10.30am & 11 to 11.30am at Bounce & Rhyme for under 1s Corby Library. Free. 1.30pm to 2.30pm at Corby Library. Free. Drop-in. Key:

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Music, Dance & Drama

Physical classes

SATURDAYS Little Kickers At Lodge Park Sports Centre. “Mighty Kickers” for 3.5 to 5 year olds, 9.15am to 10am “Junior Kickers” for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 10.10am to 10.55am.

If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class may be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 24.

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Wellingborough and District Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club. Little Fishes (Little Harrowden) 9.30am-10.45am in the church. A Bible story, songs, prayers, crafts, toys and refreshments. Contact Margaret: mgbobby@hotmail.co.uk. 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 - Babes. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 4pm and 6pm at Rowangate School.

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 Baby Ballet (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 10 to 10.30am at The Mission Room, Finedon. Play and Learn Under 1s 2pm to 3pm in term time at Wellingborough Library. Play and Learn Under 5s (Irchester) 2pm to 3pm in term time at Irchester Library. Drop-in. Play and Learn Under 1s (Wollaston) 2.15pm to 3.15pm in term time at Wollaston Library. Drop-in. Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School Dance) 4 to 5pm at Vicarage Farm Community Centre

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

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

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

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

Play and Learn Under 5s 10.30am to 12pm in term time at Wellingborough Library. Drop-in.

Rhymetime (Wellingborough Library) 10-10.30am. Free. Drop-in. Bounce & Rhyme 11-11.45am. Free. Drop-in.

St Mary’s Thursday Club Finedon 1.30pm to 3pm at The Mission room, Well street, Finedon. £2 for the 1st child, 50p thereafter. Term time only.

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. Doddington Ducklings 1.30-3pm at Great Doddington Memorial Hall. Alternate Wednesdays. Toys, snack, rhyme time and tea/coffee & cake for adults. Kate: krodwell@hotmail.com Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 4 to 5pm at The Studio, Earls Barton.

FRIDAYS Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club. The Rascals Music Session 9.45-10.45am at St Andrews Church Hall, Berrymore Road. £2 1st child, £1.25 2nd child. 01933 272119.

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 Rowangate School.

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

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.

Mini Champs Toddler Group 10am-11.30am at Everyday Champions Church, 47-61 Havelock St. Call 01933 225543.

Punchin Pandas 9am to 10am at Redwell Leisure Centre. For ages 4+

Rhymetime (Irchester) 9.30am to 10am in term time at Irchester Library. Drop-in. Jigsaw Toddler Group 10am to 11.30am at Diana’s Health & Fitness, Finedon Road. Contact Gemma: info@ compasschurch.co.uk Rhymetime (Wollaston) 10am to 10.30am at Wollaston Library. Drop-in.

Music, Dance & Drama

Physical classes

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 3pm and 5pm at Scott Bader Pool, Wollaston.

Sundays Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 2.30pm and 4.30pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club.

Arts & Crafts

Parent & Tot Group / Other

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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 Baby & Toddler Class, 10am at the Counties Community Centre. Music Makers 11.15am at Grafton Underwood Village Hall. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or e-mail musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com

Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 6pm at Montsaye Sports Centre. For ages 3+. Call 01536 713708. Shotakan Karate (Punchin Pandas) At Desborough Leisure Centre. 5.15pm to 6pm for 3 to 6 year olds.

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.

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 min classes between 10am and 12.30pm at Balance Health Club. For Sing and Sign children aged 3 mths to 4.5 yrs. At The Woodcroft Scout Centre, London Road. 9.30am - Stage 1, 10.30am - Babes Burton Latimer St Botolphs Make & Play (for Mums Baby Ballet & Tots) (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 9.30am to 11am at Church House, 10 to 10.30am at The Britannia Club St Botolphs Road, Barton Seagrave. Term time only. 01536 414052. Music Makers 1.15pm at Methodist Church Music Makers Rooms. Fun music and movement 10am at Busy Bees Nursery, for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and Lamport Close. Fun music and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi movement for 0-5 years. Contact on 07815 293893 or e-mail Naomi on 07815 293893 or e-mail musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Beginners Ballet & Tap Pytchley Mums & Tots (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 9am to 11am at Pytchley School. 3.40 to 4.40pm at The Britannia Club Term time only. 01536 790506. Desborough & Rothwell En Pointe & Melody Bear Dance 3.45pm at Elgee Works, Victoria Street, Desborough. Rhymetime (Rothwell) 2-2.30pm at Rothwell Library. Free. Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 12.25 to 12.55pm. For 9 to 18 months. Little Kickers At Desborough Leisure Centre. Little Kicks for children aged 18 mths to 2 yrs, 3 mths. 1.15pm to 2pm Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 2.15pm to 3pm Mighty Kickers for 3.5 to 5 year olds, 3.45pm to 4.30pm Mega Kickers for 5 to 7 year olds, 4.40pm to 5.30pm

Isham Mums & Tots 10-11.30am, Isham Village Hall. £2 first child, £1 siblings. All welcome.

Desborough & Rothwell Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 9.30am and 12pm. Baby Bounce & Rhyme 10am to 10.45am at Desborough Library. For pre-walkers. Free. Drop-in.

Wednesdays Little Gems Playgroup 9am to 11am at Kettering Salvation Army, 66 Rockingham Rd. £1.50 per carer/child. Roni: 01536 529085. Kettering Gym Tots 45 Minute sessions between 9.15am and 1.30pm. Call for details. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 min classes between 10am and 12.30pm at Balance Health Club. For 3mths to 4.5 yrs. The Little Ones 1 to 2.50pm at Church of Christ The King. Term time only. 01536 517553 Music Makers 1.45pm at Barton Seagrave Community Centre. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Punchin Pandas 5.30pm to 6.15pm at Ise Lodge Pavilion. For 3 to 8 year olds.

Toybox Playgroup, Broughton 1.30-3pm in the Village Hall. £2 / family. Burton Latimer Julie 01536 790152. Term time only. Tots Play Classes At Burton Latimer Civic Centre, 10am Discovery Tots, 10.55am Discovery Burton Latimer Tots, 11.50am Baby Development Course. Tots Play Classes At Burton Latimer Civic Centre, 9.50am Social Tots, 10.40am Discovery Tots, 11.40am Baby Development Desborough & Rothwell Course. Play and Learn Under 1s 10am to 11am at Desborough Play and Learn for under 1s Library. Free. Drop-in 10.15am to 11.15am at Burton Library. Free. Drop-in. Play & Learn for Under 5s (Rothwell) 10.30am-11.30am at Rothwell Shotakan Karate (Punchin Pandas) Library. Free. Drop-in. At the Britannia Club. 5.30pm to 6.15pm for beginners. Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 9.30am and 1pm.


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Swimming

Music, Dance & Drama

Music Makers 10am at The Centre. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £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. St Thomas More Toddler Group 9.15-10.45am at St Thomas More School, Northampton Rd in term time. Contact Linda: 07787 521903. Edentots 9.15-11am, Eden Centre, Montagu St. £1 per family. Term Time only. 01536 484800 Rhymetime 10.30-11am at Kettering Library. Baby Ballet (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 11 to 11.30am at Ise Lodge Community Centre. Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 4 to 5pm at Ise Lodge Community Centre Punchin Pandas At Ise Lodge Pavilion. Pre-school class 1.45pm to 2.30pm, beginner class for 3 to 6 year olds 5pm to 5.45pm, 6 years+ 5.45pm to 6.45pm, Family Class 6.45pm to 7.45pm.

Arts, Crafts & Cookery

Parent & Tot Group / Other

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 12.10pm and 1.10pm.

Forest School Parents & Child Classes At Glendon Farm Montessori and Forest School. Den building, mud kitchen, arts and crafts, cooking on the fire, and lots more. 11.30am - ages 18 months to 5 Play and Learn Under 5s years, 2.15pm - ages 3 to 6 years. 10 to 11.30am at Desborough Library. £45 for 6 weeks. Siblings half price. Stories, rhymes and craft linked with Term time only. Email: info@ a theme each week. Free. A busy glendonfarmmontessori.com. group so booking is required. Mawsley

Burton Latimer

Mawsley Toddlers 9.15 to 11am at The Centre. £1.50 first child, 50p per child thereafter. Contact Samantha on : 07818 408911, sam.egg@gmail.com. FB: Mawsley Toddlers.

Play and Learn for under 5s 10.30am to 11.30am at Burton Library. Free. Drop-in.

FRIDAYS Geddington Parents & Tots 9.15-11.15am, Geddington Village Hall. £2.50 per family. Contacts Sheri 01536 239235. Giggles and Wiggles Baby & Toddler Class, 10am at the Counties Community Centre. Tots Play Classes At Ise Lodge Community Centre 9.40am Social Tots, 10.35am Discovery Tots, 11.30am Baby Development Course.

Desborough & Rothwell Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 9am to 9.30am and 30 minute lessons between 11am and 1pm. Play & Learn for Under 1s (Rothwell) 1.30pm to 2.30pm at Rothwell Library. Free. Drop-in. Rhymetime (Desborough) 2.15 to 3pm at Desborough Library. Free. Drop-in.

SATURDAYS

Little Kickers At Southfield School for Girls Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 min classes between 10am and Mighty Kickers for 3.5 to 5 year olds, 12.30pm at Balance Health Club. For 8.15am - 9am 3mths to 4.5 yrs. Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 9.15am to 10am Music Makers 10am at Busy Bees Nursery, Mighty Kickers for 3.5 to 5 year olds, Lamport Close. Fun music and 10.10am - 10.55am movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per Mega Kickers for 5 to 7 year olds, child and £2 for siblings. Contact 11.05am to 11.50am Naomi on 07815 293893 or e-mail musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Bubble Babies Swimming Burton Latimer Montessori Parents & Child Classes 8.45am to 1.15pm at Kingsley School Hydrotherapy Pool. 30 min classes At Glendon Farm Montessori and Rhymetime for 0 to 5 year olds Forest School. Be amazed by your 10.30 to 11am at Burton Latimer child as they play and learn the Library. Free. Drop-in. Montessori way. 10am - ages 6 Baby Bounce & Rhyme Continued overleaf.... months to 4 years, 12.30pm - ages 3 11.30am to 12pm for babies and non to 6 years. £45 for 6 weeks. Siblings walkers at Burton Latimer Library. Free. half price. Term time only. Email: info@glendonfarmmontessori.com. Desborough & Rothwell

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Kettering cont. Forest School Parents & Child Classes At Glendon Farm Montessori and Forest School. Den building, mud kitchen, arts and crafts, cooking on the fire, and lots more. 9.30am - ages 18 months to 6 years. £45 for 6 weeks. Siblings half price. Term time only. Email: info@ glendonfarmmontessori.com. Stagecoach Theatre Arts School At Brambleside Primary School. Early Stage Class, for 4 to 6year olds, 9.30 to 11am. Main school (6 to 18 years) 10am to 1pm or 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

East Northamptonshire Mondays Rushden

Parent Drop-in 9am to 10.30am at The Bridge, Grounds of Whitefriars Junior School. Free. Contact Sarah: 07511 Play & Learn for Under 1s 572534. 10.15-11.15am at the Library. Rhymetime Free. 9.30am to 10am and 10.30am to 11am at Rushden Library. Free. Parent & Toddler Swimming 8am to 9.30am and 11am to 12pm at Splash Leisure Pool. For under 5s. Call 01933 410505

Burton Latimer Tots Play Classes At Burton Latimer Civic Centre, 1st Saturday of every month, 10.25am Social Tots.

Sundays Little Kickers At Southfield School for Girls Mighty Kickers for 3.5 to 5 year olds, 9.15am to 10am, 10.10am to 10.55am or 11.15am to 12pm. Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 9.15am to 10am or 10.10am to 10.55am Mega Kickers for 5 to 7 year olds, 11.05am to 11.55am and 12.05pm to 12.55pm.

Thrapston & villages

Tuesdays Higham Ferrers Rhymetime 10.15-10.45am at the Library. Free.

Desborough & Rothwell

Bounce & Rhyme 11.15-11.45am at the Library. Free

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

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Parent & Toddler Swimming 8 to 9.30am at Splash Leisure P For under 5s. Call 01933 41050 Play & Learn for Under 1s 9.30 to 10.30am at Rushden Library. Free. Drop-in

Titchmarsh Monday Morning Cafe 9am to 11am in St Mary’s Church, Play & Learn for Under 5s 2pm to 3pm at Rushden Library Titchmarsh. Community coffee Free. Drop-in morning for all ages. Toys, crafts and singing for pre-schoolers and activities for older children in school holidays. 50p donation. Wednesdays Contact Judith on 07801 446957.. Irthlingborough Little Angels (Ringstead) 1.45pm to 3pm in term time. Play & Learn for Under 5s Ringstead Primary School Hall. 10.30am to 11.30am at the Libra £1.30 per family. Contact Sue on Free. 01933 625126.

Rhymetime 2.30 to 3pm at Kettering Library.

Scrum Kids (Rugby) At Ironwood Avenue. Various classes between 10.15am and 11.45am. Visit scrumkids.co.uk for details.

Raunds Stay and Play For 0 to 5s and their carers. 9.1 to 11.15am, in term time, at Th Methodist Chapel, Brook Street Includes arts & crafts. Contact: Vicky 07597 843284. Facebook Raunds Stay and Play.

Irthlingborough Play & Learn for Under 1s 2pm to 3pm at the Library. Free.

Oundle Play & Learn for Under 1s 10-11am at Oundle Library. Drop-in RAUNDS Play & Learn for Under 5s 2pm to 3pm at the Library. Free. Rushden

Parent & Toddler Swimming 8 to 9.30am at Splash Leisure P For under 5s. Call 01933 41050

Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) Jelly Babes 4.15 to 5.15pm at the Methodist 9.15-11.15am at Queen Street Church Hall Church Hall. £1 per family. Term time only. Oundle Rhymetime 10 to 10.30am at the Library. Free. RAUNDS

Parent & Toddler Swimming 10.30 to 11.30am at Splash Leis Pool. For under 5s. 01933 4105 Stanwick


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Parent & Tot Rainbow Cafe Make arts and crafts in the Discovery Zone at Stanwick Lakes before being joined by Lisa from Music and Movement to sing and dance. For children under 5, Free Hideaway entrance before and after as well special lunchtime deals. £2.50 per child. 10.30 to 11.30am and 1.30 to 2.30pm. Call to book: 01933 625522. Thrapston & villages

Rhymetime Pool. 10.30am to 11am at Thrapston 05 Library. Free. Drop-in.

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Thrapston & villages Tiddlers 9.30 to 11am, term time only. Thrapston Baptist Church, Entrance in St Paul’s Gardens. £1 per family. Contact Mary on: Thrapston.baptist@gmail.com Music Makers 9.15am at Titchmarsh Pavilion. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail. com Play & Learn for Under 1s 10.15 to 11.15am at the Library. Free.

THURSDAYS FRIDAYS

Higham Ferrers Play & Learn for Under 5s 1.30pm to 2.30pm at the Library. Free. oundle Story Stomp 10.30-11am at the Library. Free Music Makers 11am at the Joan Strong Centre. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail. com Raunds Rhymetime 11am to 11.30am at the Library. Free. Drop-in.

Little Treasures 9.30-11am. St Laurence Church. Pool. Donation optional. TT 05

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rushden Parent & Toddler Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For under 5s. Call 01933 410505

sure Rhymetime 505 2.15pm to 2.45pm at Rushden Library. Free.

Parent & Tot Group / Other

Music Makers 1.45pm at The Nene Centre. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail. com Stanwick Big Chef, Little Chef (with Always time to Bake) At Stanwick Lakes. For 18 months+ 10.30am until 12pm. Alternate Fridays. Call Karen to book: 07792 013274. Thrapston & villages Bounce & Rhyme 10.30-11am at the Library. Drop-in

Higham Ferrers Play & Learn for Under 1s Saturdays 10.30 to 11.30m at Higham Ferrers OUNDLE Library. Free. Drop-in Play & Learn for Under 5s 10.30-11.30am at the Library. Irthlingborough Rhymetime 2pm to 2.30pm at the Library. Free. 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. Includes arts & crafts. Contact: Vicky 07597 843284. Facebook: Raunds Stay and Play.

Stanwick Stanwick Bakes - Children’s Cookery (with Always time to Bake) At Stanwick Lakes. 10.30am until 12pm. Alternate Saturdays. Call Karen to book on 07792 013274. Thrapston & villages Play & Learn for Under 5s 10.30-11.30am at Thrapston Library. Free. Drop-in

Rushden Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For under 5s. Call 01933 410505 Sing and Sign At Rush2TheDen, Fitzwilliam Street. 9.30am - Stage 2, 10.30am - Stage 1, 11.30am - Babes.

If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class may be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 24.

If you run a toddler group and would like it to appear in our listings, please email the details to us on: info@timefortots.co.uk Listings are free for notfor-profit groups.

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Competition Page

All correct entries will be put into a draw and the winner(s) selected at random in each competition. Please remember to include your name, address and telephone number with your entry.

Win 1 of 3 Family Tickets to Twinlakes Family Theme Park With Our Halloween Wordsearch

For your chance to win a family ticket to Twinlakes Family Theme Park in Melton Mowbray, find the Halloween-related words listed below in the grid. When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found them, some of the unused letters will spell out a hidden message. Pick them out from left to right, top to bottom, then, for your chance to win, email the hidden message (together with your name and address) to: info@timefortots.co.uk.

pumpkin witch ghost ghoul monster skeleton spider cobweb bat halloween trick treat sweets scary scream

Closing date: 10th October 2017

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Win a Family Ticket to see “The Snow Dragon” at The Core at Corby Cube on Friday 3rd November at 1.30pm The night of the Snow Dragon approaches… Billy has everything a young goat could need – and more besides. On New Year’s Eve, Billy is looking forward to the annual visit of the legendary Snow Dragon, who will bring him even more goodies. But when Billy bumps into some hungry wolves in the forest, New Year’s Day seems a long way off. How will Billy escape? And has he been naughty or nice? With toe-tapping songs and lots of laughs for everyone aged 3 and up. For your chance to win a family ticket for 4 people to see “The Snow Dragon” at The Core on Friday 3rd November at 1.30pm, simply tell us how many times the Snow Dragon in the picture on the left appears in this magazine. Email your answer together with your name and address to: info@timefortots.co.uk

Closing date: 28th October 2017

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Win a 2-hour pass to Cheeky Monkees We have 2 to give away! For your chance to win a 2-hour pass to Cheeky Monkees in Corby, just tell us what date their spooktacular Halloween Party is on this year. Email your answer together with your name and address to: info@timefortots.co.uk The popular party includes best carved pumpkin and fancy dress competitions, a spooky treasure trail, lots of prizes, a meal and all the usual fun of Cheeky Monkees Indoor Play Centre! NB The 2 hour pass is NOT valid for the Halloween Party. Tickets must be purchased separately for the party.

Closing date: 28th October 2017 www.cheeky-monkees.co.uk Only persons aged 16 years or over can enter our competitions. One entry per competition, per household. The winners will be the first correct entries drawn at random in each competition. No cash alternatives. Any personal data provided will not be shared with any organisations external to Time for Tots, except the company supplying the prize.

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Index Activities & Days Out

Berzerk Cheeky Monkees Holiday Inn Corby Mini Meadows Nene Valley Festival Nene Valley Railway Newlands Shopping Centre Royal & Derngate Theatre The Castle Theatre The Core at Corby West Lodge Rural Centre Wicksteed Park

Business Opportunities

Scentsy

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

Dance Schools

Barbara Hooton School of Dancing En Pointe Melody Bear

Music & Movement

Giggles & Wiggles Jo Jingles 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

Language Classes Lingotot

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Health & Beauty

Body Perfections Make-up & Nails by Alaine Nurseries, Pre-Schools & Childminders Aldwincle Pre-school Glendon Farm Montessori Kettering Childcare Oak Tree Day Nursery Overstone Park Day Nursery Sunnylands Day Nursery

Party Services

Children’s Parties - Corby Borough Council Cheers Mobile Bars Jelly Babies Soft Play Steve’s Mascots U Bounce Hire Whytewell Sweet Cart

Photographers

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Firetree Photography JHD Photography Lindsey Arber Photography Little Birds Photography Precious Moments Photography

Pregnancy & Birth

Baby Lurve Simply Nurture Nurturing Hands

Schools

Brambleside Primary School Northampton High School Pitsford School Spratton Hall

Services

Daisy First Aid Northants County Toy Library

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Shopping & Gifts Footwear & Clothing

Funky Lil Feet Groococks For Kids

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Thank-you for reading. The next issue will be out week commencing 27th November 2017.

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


Open Evening For parents of children due to start school in Sept 2018

11th October 2017, 7pm To register your interest in attending the open evening, please email reception@brambleside.northants.sch.uk by 2nd October 2017 and quote “New intake open evening”. Please note that the presentation is for the adults only at this stage.

www.brambleside.northants.sch.uk

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