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The local guide from bump to 5

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Bonfire Night Activities & Events

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Our Big Toddle! News and Photos

WIN! Octonauts Live Tickets Twinlakes Tickets Plus... News, Reviews, Articles Classes, Weekly Activities Timetable Competitions, Money Saving Vouchers and plenty more...

Kettering, Wellingborough, Corby, Rushden, Thrapston and Surrounding Areas


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CHRISTMAS AT ROYAL & DERNGATE The magical tale of the boy who became a legend

By Ella Hickson This Christmas, the Royal stage will be transformed into the mythical kingdom of Camelot for a magical new take on the legend of Merlin. AN IDEAL

WED 26 NOVEMBER 2014 – SUN 4 JANUARY 2015

CHRISTMAS TREAT FOR ALL THE FAMILY

AN INTERACTIVE HEART-WARMING AND BRILLIANTLY FUN SHOW FOR THE UNDER 5S AND THEIR GROWN-UPS

SAT 13 DECEMBER 2014 – MON 5 JANUARY 2015

Box Office 01604 624811 www.royalandderngate.co.uk

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Autumn 2014 Hello and Welcome to the Autumn Issue! After a glorious summer it’s now time to get back into a routine with the start of a new academic year. If your little one is starting pre-school or school this year we wish them (and you!) lots of luck. If you find you have a gap in your week come September and are looking for something to do with your little one then have a browse through the Clubs & Classes section, starting on page 20, and the Weekly Activities Timetable on page 53. There are plenty of activities to cover all interests and budgets. If you find yourself with a little more ‘me’ time with September’s new schedule then check out our ‘Time for Mum’ section on pages 36 to 39 for health & beauty treats - including Sanctuary of Beauty’s ‘Top Tips for Busy Mums’. With Halloween and Bonfire Night looming as we get deeper into Autumn, we’ve once again brought you the low down on what’s happening where for both events. Dare you ride Nene Valley Railway’s Wizard Express? Or delve your hand into one of Greentrunks Garden Centre’s ‘Boxes of Fear’? Whatever you do have a great Autumn! Until the winter...

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How to Contact us:

Tel: 0845 6439687 E-mail: info@timefortots.co.uk Facebook: facebook.com/timefortotsmagazine www.timefortots.co.uk Meet the team: Vanessa Simpson - Editor Leanne Houghton - Sales & Admin Support

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Tots News The Time for Tots Big Toddle Operation Christmas Child Introducing Trostisar Clubs & Classes Bubble Babies Events Diary What’s On this Halloween What’s On this Bonfire Night Time for Mum Top Beauty Tips for Busy Mums Meet our Mum in a Million Childcare Pregnancy & Birth Birth Announcements

46 Natal Hypnotherapy 47 Party Services 50 Pause for Thought: The Super Power of a 2 Year Old 52 Business Opportunities 53 Weekly Activities Timetable 59 Group B Strep Support 60 Special Offers 62 Competitions 63 Index of advertisers

Our cute front cover photograph was taken by Precious Moments Photography at our recent Big Toddle. Whilst every effort is taken to ensure the content of this magazine is up to date and accurate, ‘Time for Tots’ cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Neither does ‘Time for Tots’ endorse any of the companies, products or services that are advertised. Copyright on all written material and artwork produced by the ‘Time for Tots’ team remains with ‘Time for Tots’.

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Tots News New Clothing Range at

Bearly Worn

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early Worn, children’s clothing agency, in Thrapston are delighted to announce they are now stocking award winning children’s clothing range ‘Kite’. These gorgeous clothes use organic cotton and soft fabrics with beautiful colours and prints, relaxed styles and thoughtful details. The Autumn/Winter 2014 collection includes beautiful mix and match colours with stunning squirrel prints, fab florals and happy Harbour scenes. Heidi, owner of ‘Bearly Worn’, says “We are really excited about this venture and have some other new brands who have contacted us about stocking their ranges so watch this space.” Visit Bearly Worn at 26 High Street, Thrapston.

Kids eat for £1 at Cheeky Monkees

It’s back! Cheeky Monkees are once again running their ‘Kids eat for £1’ deal Monday to Friday after 3pm for every child paying the full entrance price.

www.cheeky-monkees.co.uk Voted Salon of the Year:

Sanctuary of Beauty

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www.bearly-worn.co.uk Infant Aquatics Launch New Website

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ocal Baby & Toddler Swim School, Infant Aquatics, have launched their brand new website where parents can keep up to date with their latest news and class timetable. Check it out at:

www.infantaquatics.co.uk

anctuary of Beauty in Desborough has been voted the Northants Evening Telegraph Salon of the Year! Well done ladies! They have been open less than 3 years and fought off competition from all over the county to win this award. On winning, owner and manager Sam Stapleford said: “I am overwhelmed by the support from all our ladies. We have only been open for 2½ years – not a very long time. This award has given us a big confidence boost”. In other news, congratulations to their trainee, Jess, who is now a fully qualified therapist. They are continually growing as a salon and now offer laser hair removal, ear piercing, acrylics and shrink body wraps along with all their usual beauty treatments and products. They also now stock local brand The Earth Works Cosmetics. They have teamed up together to offer our chosen local mum in a million winner a great prize this issue, see page 62 to enter now!

www.sanctuaryofbeauty.co.uk

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Dear Santa Fri 5 – Sat 20 December

Sat 25 1.30pm & 4pm, & Sun 26 October 11am & 2pm

IDEAL CHRISTMAS TREAT FOR AGES 2-7

Suitable for ages 2-7 Running time approx 50 minutes (no interval)

Ticket Office: 01536 470 470 www.thecorecorby.com

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Room On The Broom

Ticket Office: 01536 470 470 www.thecorecorby.com

h c a o c e tag Theatre Arts “Inspiring and enriching young people through the performing arts”

For 4-18 year olds, after school, at weekends and holiday workshops.

Stagecoach Kettering are now enrolling!

Call: 01234 828878 kettering@stagecoach.co.uk www.stagecoach.co.uk/kettering

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New Outdoor Areas

Announce the arrival of your little bundle of joy in our ‘Special Announcements’ section

for Northampton High School

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orthampton High School, Nursery and Junior School have seen a major transformation of their outdoor spaces over the summer holiday. The Nursery outside area has been increased to double its previous size, and new equipment has been added across the Junior School play areas including a new climbing frame. Major resurfacing of the school playgrounds has also taken place including the development of new learning areas which include seating and exciting growing areas on artificial turf. In addition to these transformations we are excited to announce the development of a brand new fitness suite, which will be open for parent and public memberships in October Our next open day is on the 11 October where you can come and see the transformation for yourself. For more information please contact our Registrar, Mrs Ila Wrightson on 01604 765765 i.wrightson@nhs.gdst.net or see our website www. northamptonhigh.gdst.net. For enquiries regarding fitness suite memberships please contact: sportscentre@nhs.gdst.net

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News from Sing and Sign

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here’s been lots going on at 4 Sing & Sign East Northants HQ! Firstly Jessie Cat and Amanda did Junior the Race for Life at Abington park AWARDS 2014 on 6th June and raised a fantastic £430 with the help of their Sing Finalist and Sign supporters. Amanda was also a finalist in the “What’s on 4 Little Ones” awards in the “Most Outstanding Activity Leader for the Under 5s East of England”. Well done Amanda! They have also employed 2 wonderful new teachers and have added more classes to their timetable. Check out our ‘Weekly Activities Timetable’, starting on page 53, for the full timetable. For more information contact Amanda on 07939 092134. TM

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INTERNATIONAL What's On 4

www.singandsign.com

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E-mail their name, date of birth, weight, a photo and a special message (optional) to: info@timefortots.co.uk

Lakeside Photoshoot with Firetree Photography

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utumn location shoot, in the private grounds of a residence in Gumley village near Market Harborough. Beautiful lakeside and woodland location for wonderful autumn colour. Saturday 18th October, prices from £40 for the session. Book online at www.firetreephoto.co.uk on the Events page or call Kyra 01858 810038.

www.firetreephoto.co.uk Barbara Hooton School of Dancing raise £1000 for cancer charity

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he Barbara Hooton School of Dancing raised just over £1000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer at their recent show “The Love of Dance” at The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough. The show was a great success by all accounts and Barbara would like to thank everyone who took part or came to watch. Their new term begins on the 8th September, and they look forward to welcoming everyone back for lots of hard work and fun. www.barbarahootonschoolofdancing.co.uk

Macmillan Coffee Morning at Thurleigh Farm Centre

Join Thurleigh Farm Centre on September 19th, for coffee, refreshments & some retail therapy as they host their annual World’s Largest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. £4 entrance - all proceeds to Macmillan. Includes drinks & refreshments plus the chance to catch up with friends or shop as Thurleigh Farm opens its doors to some wonderful ladies selling all sorts of fares - including jewellery, cards, cakes, beauty & more!

www.thurleighfarmcentre.co.uk

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National Kindness Day Thursday 13th November

Green Trunks, Loddington Road, Great Cransley, Kettering, NN14 1PY

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Halloween activities on in October at

Bugtopia world of darkness at Woodmeadow Garden Centre

Call to book and check activities:

Bring the whole family to join in the fun with a variety of scheduled activities, including: • Face to face and hands-on interaction with all our creatures • A friendly and in-depth talk with our in house handler, where everyone can learn something new about the diversity of nature • Feeding sessions • Bug and butterfly hunts: a fun and interactive way to learn about our english insects • Bug parties (for birthdays and all other celebrations) • Jitterbugz Tearoom - newly refurbished

 www.greentrunks.co.uk 01536 799778

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nation spreading kindness! Thursday November 13th is not just a National Day of Kindness but a World Kindness Day, so let us all embrace it across our County. It’s a wonderful thing which everyone can do . . . to be mindful of showing some extra kindness towards others - and it doesn’t cost a penny! The many benefits of the effects of being kind have been extensively researched and how kindness can increase our personal happiness. One of my favourite writers on the subject is Dr David Hamilton PhD “Why Kindness is Good for You”. As well as it making us feel happier inside, the increased emotional warmth releases the positive ‘cardioprotective’ hormone Oxytocin which can help our hearts by reducing blood pressure, it can slow down the aging process, it improves our relationships & it becomes contagious like a ripple effect as acting kinder towards others inspires them to feel much kinder too! In my Cognitive Hypnotherapy practice I look at ways to help clients explore this feel good factor so they can increase their personal wellbeing and happiness. I suggest looking for 3 different ways to do a random act of kindness towards someone else everyday, here are some suggestions: • Hold a door open for someone • Pay someone a compliment • Surprise someone with a cup of tea • Make a lovely meal for a loved one or friend especially if this is not the norm! • Smile as you pass people in the street • Clean someone’s car for them • Give up your seat to another on the bus, train or tube • Offer to help someone who might be struggling - either crossing the road or carrying heavy bags • See what you could do to help a neighbour • Be kind to yourself too Remember that being kind is in thought, spoken word and deed, so everything counts in the happiness factor. Enjoy the kindness of each other today, it may start a ripple effect across the world for weeks to come!

www.national-awareness-days.com/national-kindness-day.html

Harshani Curbishley-Brown

Cognitive Hypnotherapist, Integral Yoga Teacher & Reiki Master Teacher

Tel: 07941 841485 www.mindbodywellbeing.co.uk

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The

Big Toddle

Together we raised £6883.50 for children’s charities!

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Maxi Our Biggest Fundraiser raising £262! Maxi won his very own rtesy personalised toybox cou ed lis na so Per s of ‘Pete’ our Toyboxes’ for being ll done biggest fundraiser. We

Brooke 2nd Biggest Fundraiser raising £237.50 Brooke and 19 other big fundraisers all received a copy of the book ‘The Silly Solar System’ by Kevin Price as a thank-you for their efforts.

hat an amazing day we had on Friday 27th June at our Big Toddle at Wicksteed Park! Despite the down turn in the weather (the first wet day in weeks!) we were thrilled to see so many of you (into the hundreds) turn out to take part and help raise such a fantastic amount for less privileged children. The weather (together with the absence of 14 students who were supposed to come and help but didn’t show!) did make the day more of a challenge but we pulled together and made the most of it and lots of fun was had by all. The day started with registration where every child taking part was given a goody bag and those that raised £10 or more a ticket for a FREE ride on the Wicksteed Express after the toddle. We also handed out balloons and stickers and children were kept entertained with the giant games and bouncy castle (kindly lent to us by ES Promotions) not to mention the appearance of a certain pig that goes by the name of Peppa and enjoys jumping in muddy puddles (which there were an abundance of on this particular day!) After registration it was over to Naomi from Music Makers who performed a little warm-up with the children, getting them fired up and ready to toddle, before the big countdown and the toddle itself! The route took children past the front of the pavilion, down the path, over the train track to the lake, over the humped back bridge and back up. With so many taking part no sooner had we waved off the last participants than the first ‘toddlers’ had arrived back! On crossing the finish line children were greeted by ‘Todd’ from Barnardo’s and rewarded with a special Barnardo’s Big Toddle medal and a Shaun the Sheep colouring book (donated by WEETABIX). They could then make their way to the refreshments stand for a free drink and snack of their choice. (Thank-you to Bunzl for donating the drinks and chocolate and Eureka in Wellingborough for the fruit). Once the hard work was done everyone could relax and enjoy the games, stalls and entertainment courtesy of Jelly Tots Entertainment. The sun came out at just the right time so we could enjoy a picnic on the lawn! With the FREE train ride to take and all the fun of the Wicksteed playground too there was plenty to keep everyone entertained until they’d had enough. It took a few weeks after the toddle to collect all the money in but when we finally did and arrived at our final figure we were STUNNED! In all the weeks of planning the event we never dreamt we would raise such a fantastic amount. Thank-you so much to everyone who took part, everyone who sponsored a participant and everyone who donated their time and/or resources to the event. You are all stars! Find out how your efforts are making a difference to the lives of less privileged children overleaf....

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The Big Toddle

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A word from the charities... Rachael Voss from Barnardo’s:

“I would like to say a HUGE thank you on behalf of Barnardo’s to the Time for Tots team and everyone who took part in their Big Toddle. It really was a fantastic day and enjoyed by so many. I was really happy to have been involved myself, not so happy to have been inside the giant purple Todd costume but someone had to do it! The list below gives an idea of where the vital funds raised will go and the difference it will make to so many children and young people’s lives. We are always on the look out for volunteers and We raised £5383.50 for Barnardo’s! fundraisers to join us throughout the rest of the year. Big or small event, every penny counts!” • £10 pays for toys for a play therapy session for a child who has been abused, allowing them to express their feelings • £25 lets us give emergency warm clothing and toiletries to a child who has run away from home, and who is sleeping rough on the streets • £30 allows a child from a deprived area to go to the seaside for a day – possibly their first ever holiday • £50 pays for a “home starter kit” for a young person who has become homeless due to substance abuse, and is in temporary accommodation • £100 will pay for one vulnerable child who has been bereaved to have three sessions with a psychologist, to help them rebuild their lives • £500 pays for five places on a summer place scheme where vulnerable children are able to play, make friends and increase their confidence • £1,000 provides a long-term unemployed young person with the accredited training which they require, allowing them to find sustainable employment and turn their life around Rachael Voss Community Fundraising Volunteer Manager Tel: 01509 815252

Karen Rogers from Alfe’s Cause:

We raised £1500 for Alfe’s Cause!

“Thank you to everyone who was involved with the Time for Tots Big Toddle. The money Alfe’s Cause have received will go towards continuing to fund our monthly meetings for the charity families to spend quality time together. The money will also be used to pay for the printing of our information leaflets to support our childhood cancer awareness campaign. September is childhood cancer awareness month in the UK and the 15th September also marks the 5th anniversary of Alfe getting diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Gold is the colour of the childhood cancer awareness ribbon and so on the 15th September Alfe’s Cause are asking people/ nurseries to wear gold/yellow on behalf of Alfe’s Cause for a small donation”.

To make a donation visit: www.goldengiving.com/fundraising/weargoldforAlfesCause or contact Karen at: alfescause@hotmail.co.uk or on: 0781 8823099 for an information pack. Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


A big thank-you to all our sponsors, all of whom gave their time and/or resources free of charge and were not only superb in what they did, but also an absolute delight to work with...

With special thanks to: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Alison Starmer at ES Promotions Leanne Houghton at Page Planner Jenni Smart at Wicksteed Park Marie at Precious Moments Photography Martin Warren at Bunzl Rob Hudson at Eureka Elisa at Jelly Tots Naomi at Music Makers Pete & Sarah at Pete’s Personalised Toyboxes Kevin Price, author of ‘The Silly Solar System’ Diana at Wistow Maze Rachel Kay at Weetabix Lesley Terrett & Sam Malpass at Coca-Cola Lindsey O’Neill at Tayto Kirsty-Jane Calvert for Peppa Pig Lou (manager) at Greggs Adrienne from Cheers Mobile Bars Karen at Alfe’s Cause

Also volunteers on the day:

(some of whom stepped in at the last minute when we were let down)

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Sue Hunter Adam Simpson Rachael & Richard from Barnardo’s Michelle Budworth from Rothwell Surestart Centre • Nicolle Veal

Fancy Dress! Barnardo’s theme for this year’s big toddle was ‘Space’ so we challenged little participants to dress up in a space related costume! There were so many great outfits, many of them home-made, it was difficult to pick a winner. But we eventually did select our favourite and 2 runners-up who all won tickets to Wistow Maze (thank-you Wistow Maze for supplying the prizes!) Here are 2 of the winners and a selection of our other favourites from the day:

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re you looking for a unique gift for someone special? Why not give them a card or print that will be treasured forever? Personalised cards (£5) and framed prints (£30) are available in twelve contemporary colours and lovingly hand-finished with your choice of diamanté, pearls or cute buttons.

Providing a safe, stimulating environment in which children are encouraged to learn through play. Monday 9.15am to 12.15pm

Something special for someone special.

Tuesday to Friday 9.15am to 2.45pm Government funding and childcare vouchers accepted. Come and have a look around and speak to our experienced staff. No appointment necessary.

Taking all funded 2 year olds from September 2014

Or are you hosting a baby shower, christening or birthday party?

For more information please contact us on:

Bespoke, unique invitations are available in six contemporary colours and also hand-finished with your choice of diamanté, pearls or cute buttons.

Tel: 07879 072796 www.titchmarshpreschool.co.uk Titchmarsh Preschool, The Clubrooms, 19 High Street, Titchmarsh, NN14 3DF

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contemporary childrens collections in 6 stunning colours baby shower invitations, birth announcement cards, new baby cards & framed prints, christening invitations & cards, birthday invitations & cards and our popular ‘likes...’ framed prints

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Pete’s Personalised Toy Boxes

01536 310 520

Gorgeous childrens furniture, hand-made locally from solid wood and personalised with your child’s name. Choose from either a cream, white or wood finish. The perfect gift for birth, christenings or birthdays!

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

Indoor Games Entertainers Fun Days Theme Parties Outdoor Fun Promotions

To order or for more information contact us on:

01933 276144 or email: pete@wellboards.co.uk

Find us on Facebook: petes-personalised-toy-boxes Please allow up to 14 days for the manufacture of your item as they are carefully made to order.

Handmade locally by a joiner with over 40 years experience!

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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. Since 1990, we have partnered with caring people like you to deliver over 113 million shoebox gifts to children around the world. And 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. Article by Chris Roberts, South Midlands Regional Manager for Samaritan’s Purse & Lynne Dejoodt, OCC UK Project Leader

How can you get involved? Whether you take part as an individual or family, or as part of a larger group (such as nursery school, parent and tots group or local class), packing and preparing a shoebox couldn’t be easier. You will find lots of resources to order or download at the website: www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk, including what to put in your shoebox, how to pack it and where to drop it off in your local area – you can even purchase decorative flatpack shoeboxes. Alternatively there is an ‘Operation Christmas Child’ leaflet which contains all the information you need, including labels for your box(es). Look in your local church and/or library for the leaflet. The deadline for submitting shoeboxes is 18 November, so be sure to pack and deliver your box(es) before then.

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Specialist equipment for children and young people used in nurseries, paediatric departments, hospices and schools. The Jolly Back PosturePad™ Mama & Me is a multi-use antenatal support and baby development wedge. It provides abdominal muscle support, helps reduce back and pelvic pain and improves comfort and sleep for mums to be. For babies, it helps control reflux, encourages early movement skills and body awareness and promotes health back development. The ErgoKneeler™ is a kneeling system that can provide comfort, support and ease of movement for people such as nurses, midwives, podiatrists, orthotists, therapists, care workers and educational staff who undertake tasks at a low level. It can assist the user in managing the postural stressing associated with kneeling, helping to reduce the cumulative strain and promote musculoskeletal health.

Find out about these and more products on our website: www.spectrumhealthcare.co.uk www.facebook.com/SpectrumHealthcare.UK Email: info@spectrumhealthcare.co.uk Tel: 01793 762928

ErgoKneeler™

Jolly Back PosturePad™ Mama & Me

Lunch now free for every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2!

For healthier, happier children

Find out how to order nutritious meals for your child:

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Bearly Worn

26 High Street Thrapston NN14 4JH

01832 732405

Brand new Children’s clothing range with us from September

Along with all our fabulous pre-owned clothing you will now also find many new & exciting products so come along & take a look....... BearlyWornChildrensClothingAgency

Oakley Bugz Professional cleaning service for prams, car seats and lots more...

01536 743646 www.OakleyBugz.co.uk

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Introducing Trostisar..

Award-winning, Innovative Products to Soothe & Comfort Young Children

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aunched into the UK in July 2014, Trostisar has developed an imaginative range of unique and exciting healthcare and toy products to help soothe and comfort children experiencing fears and anxieties they may encounter from an early age. Parents and carers experience situations on a daily basis when their children are anxious, often seemingly unnecessarily, and where rational attempts to calm a child leaves them even more upset. Small bumps to the head, a trip to the doctor, receiving treatment in hospital or a first day at school can be upsetting and stressful for both child and parents, and millions of children around the world are afraid of the dark when it comes to bedtime.

Cuddly Plasters

Trostisar’s product ranges are designed specifically to use toys to alleviate fear in children. The Trostisar are six adorable and fun characters who love children and use their special powers to develop new products which calm and soothe children when they are hurt or upset. Trostisar’s award winning First Care range is the only product range in the UK to offer real innovation in the First Aid market. The Cuddly Plasters are soft, velvety plasters which adhere either to normal plasters or straight onto the skin to provide comfort to a child who has been injured or is scared. These are available in either the Trostisar or ever popular Angry Birds characters. A night-time range of cuddly plasters with a glow-in-the-dark heart allow a new special bedtime plaster to protect a wound after bath time, fading gently as a child falls asleep. The Bumpsicle is a re-fillable ice-pack in a soft, velvety character which is used to soothe a child who has experienced a sore, bump, sting or bite, and can then be opened up to be eaten as an ice-pop. We are very proud that both our Cuddly Plasters and Bumpsicle products are the recipient of a Gold Family Choice 2014 Award, recognising the positive difference that our products make to the lives of children and families around the world. Other products include a Gentle Sleep Range, designed to be used as a regime to encourage your child to fall asleep gently and easily. For younger children, our BedBlocks make it easy for parents to raise the pillow end of a cot when a child has a cold or colic, as recommended by NHS guidelines. Also available are cute cuddle blankets and soft toys which are both super soft and colourful, with children easily relating to the characters and their protective super-powers.

Bumpsicle

Bed Blocks

Cuddle Blanket

For more information on the products, character and concept or to buy products please visit the company’s online store: www.trostisar.co.uk. You can also follow all the latest news via Facebook by visiting: www.facebook/Trostisar To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


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Keep the children entertained this Autumn at The Castle! Norwich Puppet Theatre

The Pied Piper A skilful mix of puppetry, foot-tapping music and storytelling that will have audiences entranced! Sat 20 Sep, 11am & 2pm Adults £5, Under 16s £7 SPECIAL OFFER: 1 adult free with every Under 16 ticket purchased Blunderbus Theatre

Duck in the Truck

Based on the bestselling book by acclaimed children’s author Jez Alborough, this funny, silly, yucky, mucky show will have you giggling away, singing along and laughing out loud! Mon 27 Oct, 2.30pm Tickets £8. Family ticket: £25 for 4

Snail Tails

A Pinch of Pickle, A Whisk of Wise Magic-spinning storytellers guide children through an exciting world created by the people who know them best: children! Sat 18 Oct, 11am & 2pm Adults £5, Under 16s £7 SPECIAL OFFER: 1 adult free with every Under 16 ticket purchased Blunderbus Theatre

Hugless Douglas This delightful show is brought to life with an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and high energy storytelling.

Join Storyteller on The Castle Carpet The the Castle presents FREE for an afternoon of interactive story!

Toy Story 3 (U) Fri 14 Nov, 10.30am Tickets £3 Groups 10+ £2

Classes for adults Theatre Arts Courses (21yrs+)

Storytime! telling!

A new weekly group developing & exploring skills in a different area of theatre arts each term. Thursday 11.30am - 1pm £48 per term (12 weeks)

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Weekly interactive story-telling days in advance. sessions for Under 5s and their grown ups. Limited availabilty: Bookable in a Mondays, FREE block of 5 sessions.

Castle Youth Music

Mondays & 25 Nov 8Oct Sep11, - 1 18 Dec* 1pm - 2.30pm

Fun & relaxed music making sessions; participants will learn songs and take part in musical activities from many cultures. Fridays 1.45pm - 2.15pm £2 per child per session

*no session 27 Oct or 3 Nov

Monsters University (U) Wed 24 Sep, 10.30am

Tue 7 Apr, 2.30pm Tickets £8. Family ticket: £25 for 4

Classes for children at The Castle

16, 23 & 30 Sep / 7, 14 & 21

With sound levels turned down, lights left at a low level, and film-goers able to make noise and sit where they feel comfortable, we’re creating an environment for anyone to come along and experience the world of cinema!

(0-3yrs)

Turrets (18yrs+) Our adult actors company work towards a performance each term. Thursday 7pm - 9pm £48 per term (12 weeks)

Box Office 01933 270 007 www.thecastle.org.uk Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


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Professional home & location photography

Specialist maternity, baby and family portraiture. Candid, natural pose for beautiful artistic imagery. Fine art printing, photography books, framing, canvases, acrylics and digital purchase. For information and details please visit: www.firetreephoto.co.uk

Tel: 01858 810038 Mobile: 07773 280492 email: info@firetreephoto.co.uk 108 Coventry Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 9DA

Give us a call

01604 765765

Inspired Learning From Nursery to Sixth Form (3-18 years), outstanding success is achieved through a broad and challenging curriculum. In a happy, friendly environment, girls visibly grow in confidence and ability, emerging as fully rounded, educated young women.

Open Day Saturday 11 October 10:00am - 1:00pm Come and see for yourself.

www.northamptonhigh.gdst.net

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

Barbara Hooton

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 running  across  East  Northants  

School of Dancing

Local classes  and  availability  listed  on  our  website  www.singandsign.com  

Ballet and Tap Classes

or call  Amanda  for  more  information  07939  092134  

Email amandawalker@singandsign.co.uk   search  for  Sing  and  Sign  East  Northants  

Burton Latimer, Earls Barton, Finedon, Irthlingborough and Wellingborough

Keep Fit Classes for Mums

Classes currently  running  in  Kettering,  Rushden,   Aldwincle,  Wellingborough,  Great  Oakley  and  Wollaston!     Babes  –  0-­‐6  months   Stage  1  –  6-­‐15  months   Stage  2  –  15  months  +  

Principal: Barbara Allebone M.N.A.T.D

Telephone: 01933 663225 07788 710144

www.barbarahootonschoolofdancing.co.uk

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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Tuition given in Ballet, Modern and Tap dancing at The Masque Theatre Dance Studio, Barton Seagrave. From ages 3 years and upwards. Exams and shows held periodically.

Contact us now for a free trial lesson! t: 07794 413 630 www.modedance.co.uk e: enquiries@modedance.co.uk To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


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Bubble Babies Swim School For Babies from Birth to Five Years Old

Welcome to Bubble Babies!

Explode into action at the weekend in the tropical conditions of Kingsley School Hydrotherapy Pool, Kettering where the water is a wonderful 34 degrees! Saturday mornings will become the highlight of your week as you and your little one enjoy together the dynamic, fun filled experiences that Bubble Babies swimming classes inspire. All members of the family are welcomed along to enjoy these precious moments when baby acquires more and more vital aquatic skills leading to a life long love of the water!

Learn in Luxury

With you and baby luxuriating in the warm water and air temperatures, optimum conditions are achieved: comfortable and relaxed you can maximise on your swimming session, focusing purely on baby’s enjoyment, skills and progress. Needless to say, landmark achievements are often swift in coming and are always intensely satisfying for all those involved. The carefully structured lessons ensure that a whole range of activities and equipment is introduced, leading to an appreciation of all four strokes and of baby being confident, happy and safe in the water, ABOVE and BELOW!

Dads are welcome!

Bonding opportunities between adult and child overflow in the positive and self-affirming atmosphere of each Bubble Babies class and it is highly entertaining to welcome so many Dads along. Way before lunchtime, we may have swum across white water rivers to islands where the children climb up then dive off the other side. We may have built a lodge for a beaver and even built gravity defying towers around the pool as we practise our different skills. There’s always the chance that Mr Croc (inflatable of course!) will chase after us!

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 multi-skilled, water-confident, safety-conscious swimmers with a lifelong love, respect and enjoyment of the water.

Underwater Photo Shoot

In November we have another Underwater Photograph session booked. This exciting event is open to anyone who would like to come along and is confident going under the water. What better souvenir of those happy times and earliest swims?

Ask the parents!

At the end of her time at Bubble Babies, Sophie (Evie’s mum) wrote, “We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our swimming lessons and will really miss them Saturday mornings have been such a highlight in my week! You’re a fantastic teacher and you do an absolutely amazing job! Thank you so much for having us and for teaching Evie to swim - we will really miss you!”

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 Lead by example Website: www.bubblebabies.co.uk With 11 years of experience under her belt, Erika Bubble Babies classes are always very popular so looks forward every week to welcoming, enthusing please book early to join in the adventure! Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


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Emma’s Dance Studio Childrens Freestyle Dance Classes Kettering Mondays

at Buccleugh Academy Sports Hall

Wellingborough Fridays

at St Barnabas Church Hall

3 to 8 years: 4.45pm to 5.45pm 8+ years: 5.45pm to 6.45pm

7 to 11 years: 5.15pm to 6pm 11+ years: 6pm to 7pm

Tuesdays

Contact Emma Green on: 07787 828532 emmaatgrn@hotmail.com

at Ise Lodge Community Centre

3 to 8 years: 5.30pm to 6.15pm 8 to 12 years: 6.15pm to 7pm 12+ years: 7pm to 8pm

Fully qualified CRB checked

Baby & Toddler Music Classes A fun filled hour of music & play FREE TRIAL SESSION

Classes in Thrapston and Oundle

New venues coming soon! Call or email for details Call today for details of local classes and to secure a place for your child

COME AND JOIN THE FUN

Debbie: 07504 115182 or debbie.bryant@musicbus.com

Parents - take a well deserved time-out! 01604 211249 eogden@littlekickers.co.uk www.littlekickers.co.uk

Spaces now available in Market Harborough

Fun football training from 2 years - 7th birthday

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MUSIC MAKERS!

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Singing-dancing-instruments-puppets For babies to pre-schoolers GRAFTON UNDERWOOD Village Hall Mondays - 10am 11am & 2pm MAWSLEY Centre - Wednesdays – 10am & 11am BARTON SEAGRAVE Community Centre Wednesdays - 1.45pm TITCHMARSH Pavilion - Thursdays – 9.30am OUNDLE Joan Strong Centre – Thursdays - 11.15am STANWICK Village Hall – Thursdays - 2pm

45-minute sessions only £4 per child and £2 per subsequent sibling FREE taster sessions up for grabs Booking Essential - Contact Naomi Cooper 07815 293893 musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Facebook - Music Makers Northants Music Makers birthday parties also available

WORLD AT THEIR FEET HAYLEY NADINE DANCE ACADEMY Manor School, Raunds, Dance Studio Dance & Musical Theatre for children from three years old Ballet • Tap • Modern • Irish • Street Jazz • Singing Musical Theatre • Adult Zumba • Fitness Classes Established Dance School Professional teachers trained at: • Italia Conti - London • Bird Academy - Kent • Stella Mann - Bedford Annual showcase, prize giving and progress reports T: 01933 625078 • www.danceacademyshowcase.com • DREAM BELIEVE ACHIEVE

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Explore The Arts, Discover Your Dreams Noda Award for Best Youth Production 2013 If you love Music, Dance, Drama or Musical Theatre Then this is the place to be Saturday Mornings 9am-12pm during term time

Babies -18 Years New classes for Babies - 4 years With Julianna from Giggles and Wiggles Latimer Arts College, Castle Way, Barton Seagrave, NN15 6SW

Superb Value Less than £3 an Hour -Early years to reception £55 a term -Year 1+ £80 a term Registration day 13th September Lessons begin 20th September

Help may be available for those on receipt of benefits ( families in receipt of ‘family tax credit’ alone are not eligible for support

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Jenny’s Dolphins

Baby & Pre-school Swimming Lessons

Classes in Rothwell Average price of ÂŁ6.50 for 30 mins Instructor in the water Friendly classes View full timetable on our website

Lessons also available at the Holiday Inn , Corby for Clu b members.

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

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KIDDIE RUGBY is a play programme for 2-5 year olds which introduces key rugby related skills. Classes run on Sundays during term time at Kettering RFC, Waverly Road. For more information and session times contact:

Louise@KiddieCoaching.co.uk www.KiddieCoaching.co.uk Tel: 07854 540419

or email info@timefortots.co.uk

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Pick up a Under 5 Activities booklet which lists all fun ac tivities for Under 5’s taking pla ce at Corby East Midlands Inter national Pool and Lodge Park Sp orts Centre. Available to downlo ad from www.corby.gov.uk

(Age 4 - 19 years old) Classes in Tap, Ballet and Modern Dance. Classes are held at

various community centres around the Borough. We also run adult tap classes. For more information please email: julie.cardwell@corby.gov.uk or view the webpage: www.corby.gov.uk/shapedance

Contact us Lodge Park Sports Centre Tel: 01536 400033 www.corby.gov.uk/lodgepark Find us on Facebook Lodge Park Sports Centre

Corby International Pool Tel: 01536 464643 www.corby.gov.uk/corbypool Find us on Facebook Corby East Midlands International Pool

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PUNCHIN PANDAS

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Exciting, Fun, Interactive The most original musical baby & toddler classes on the planet!

TIMETABLE

Mondays

Market Harborough Happy House (walkers under 5) 9.30am 10.30am Babybeeps (sitting to toddling tots) 11.30am Babybells (birth to sitting)

Find us on Facebook

Mondays

Gretton, nr Corby Happy House (walkers under 5) 9.30am 10.30am Babybeeps (sitting to toddling tots)

Tuesdays

Only ÂŁ3 per class

Friendly, fun, exciting lessons Ideal for the less confident child Classes in Kettering, Burton Latimer, Corby, Desborough & Wellingborough For ages 3 to adult Contact Nick on 07720 430798 or e-mail: nickbinder@ntlworld.com www.punchinpandas.org 6th Dan Chief Instructor - Part of S.K.E. England

Real karate at realistic prices. No hidden costs or direct debits

Great Oakley, nr Corby Happy House (walkers under 5) 9.30am 10.30am Babybeeps (sitting to toddling tots)

Wednesdays

Braybrooke, nr Market Harborough 10.15am Happy House (all ages from steady sitting) 11.15am Babybeeps (sitting to toddling tots)

Thursdays

East Farndon, nr Market Harborough Happy House (walkers under 5) 9.30am 10.30am Babybeeps (sitting to toddling tots) 11.30am Babybells (birth to sitting) Saturdays (MONTHLY) Market Harborough Happy House (all ages from steady sitting) 10am Weekday classes run term time only!

www.hartbeeps.com donna@hartbeeps.com

07584 033108

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Opening Hours Monday to Saturday 8am - 6pm Sunday 10am - 4pm Bank Holidays 10am - 4pm

Farndon Fields Farm Farndon Road Market Harborough, LE16 9NP Tel: 01858 464838

Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter @FarndonFieldsFS

www.farndonfields.co.uk

Voucher Valid for

One Standard Photoshoot Excellent Quality Pre-loved Children’s Clothing High Street Brands and Designer Labels including Joules, Mini Boden, Next, M&S Age 6 months to 6 years

5 Market Street Mews, Kettering

Family & Pet Photography Professional Quality Prints, Acrylics, Panels and Canvasses To book your photo session contact Andy: andy@amcphotos.co.uk 07446 329053

For further details contact Claire on: 07900 907250 Or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/caboodlekettering

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Mobile Holistic Therapist Feeling tired, stressed, run-down? Then why not treat yourself to a holistic therapy in the comfort of your own home:

To advertise here call

0845 6439687

or email info@timefortots.co.uk

Reiki Reflexology Aromatherapy Massage Hot Stone Massage Baby massage Indian Head Massage Gift Baskets - Natural health & beauty products tailor made to your individual needs using essential oils and herbs

Gift Vouchers also available Contact Vicky, IIHHT, on: Tel: 01604 780505 Mob: 07821 937336

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Events Diary September Wed 10th Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park. 10 to 11.30am. Must book. Call 07703 160878. Wed 10th & Thu 11th “The Gruffalo” at The Royal & Derngate. For ages 3+. Tickets from £12. Book online. Sat 13th “Once in a Blue Moon” at The Core at Corby. For ages 3 to 6. 11am and 2pm. Tickets from £6.50. Sat 13th & Sun 14th Harvest Festival Weekend at Sacrewell Farm. Ploughing demonstrations, animal displays, rural crafts. Sun 14th Hedgerow Harvest at West Lodge Farm. Take a fun & bumpy tractor tour to all the berry picking hot spots around the farm. Tue 16th Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park. 10 to 11.30am. Must book. Call 07703 160878. Wed 17th Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park. 10 to 11.30am. Must book. Call 07703 160878. Thu 18th Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park. 10 to 11.30am. Must book. Call 07703 160878. Fri 19th Macmillan Coffee morning at Thurleigh Farm Centre. Entrance £4. Refreshments and stalls. Sat 20th “Pied Piper” at The Castle Theatre, W’boro. Performances at 11am and 2pm. For ages 3 to 7. Sat 20th & Sun 21st Apple Weekend at Lyvden New Bield. Tasting, juicing, children’s craft activities and all manner of family fun. 10.30am to 5pm.

See pages 32 to 35 for Halloween & Bonfire Night activities and events

October Wed 1st Nature Tots at Irchester Country Park. 10 to 11.30am. Must book. Call 07703 160878. Wed 8th Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park. 10 to 11.30am. Must book. Call 07703 160878. Sat 11th Open Day at Northampton High School, 10am to 1pm. Wed 15th Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park. 10 to 11.30am. Must book. Call 07703 160878. Thu 16th Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park. 10 to 11.30am. Must book. Call 07703 160878. Sat 18th “A Pinch Of Pickle, A Whisk Of Wise” at The Castle Theatre, W’boro. Performances at 11am and 2pm. For ages 3+. Lakeside & Woodland Photoshoot with Firetree Photography. Book online: www.firetreephoto.co.uk. Tue 21st Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park. 10 to 11.30am. Must book. Call 07703 160878. Sat 25th & Sun 26th “Room on the Broom” at The Core at Corby. For ages 3+ Tickets from £10. Sat 25th Little Monsters’ Ball at Wicksteed Park. Book online: www.wicksteedpark.org Mon 27th “Duck In The Truck” at The Castle Theatre, W’boro. 2.30pm. For ages 3 to 7. Thu 30th Leo & Raph from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the Newlands Centre, Kettering. Guest appearances between 12 & 5pm.

November Sat 1st Fireworks Night Celebrations at Wicksteed Park. Tickets £4 in advance or £5 on the day. With live music and funfair. Sun 2nd Bonfire Crafts at Stanwick Lakes in the Discovery Zone. Modest charges apply. Wed 5th Nature Tots at Irchester Country Park. 10 to 11.30am. Must book. Call 07703 160878. Sat 8th & Sun 9th “Octonauts and The Deep Sea Volcano Adventure” live at The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham. Win tickets! See page 62. Purchase tickets at: www.octonautslive.co.uk Wed 12th Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park. 10 to 11.30am. Must book. Call 07703 160878. Thu 13th National Kindness Day! Spread some warmth and happiness by carrying out a random act of kindness today. Sun 16th Peppa Pig at Twinlakes Park. Appearance throughout the day. Tue 18th Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park. 10 to 11.30am. Must book. Call 07703 160878. Wed 19th Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park. 10 to 11.30am. Must book. Call 07703 160878. Thu 20th Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park. 10 to 11.30am. Must book. Call 07703 160878. Thu 27th Paddington Bear at the Newlands Centre, Kettering. Appearances between 12 and 5pm.

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What’s On This Halloween

Halloween fun at West Lodge Rural Centre

18th October – 31st October 2014 the farm There’s spooky goings on down on ghost with ber, Octo 31st the from the 18th to carving, stories, witch’s house tours, pumpkin all the us spooky tractor rides, trail of doom....pl fun of the farm! Halloween On Sunday 26th October it’s the ding all inclu noon after ky spoo astic fant A y! Part y dress fanc h, witc the t mee of the above plus hlight’. Torc by t Hun competition and the ‘Ghost . 5pm at starting www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk

family scream park park at twinlakes family theme

2014 20th October – 2nd November Scream Twinlakes award-winning* Family d at blen ural rnat supe ed Park offers a wick e-tingling Halloween… with unique family spin e-grown attractions, and 20,000 FREE hom t with pain or e carv pumpkins for you to s, meet magnificent prizes, wicked workshop etful forg our and ster, Mon dly our Marty, a frien & treat! Witch! Creepy competitions and trick

Beware of Experience eerie entertainment!! they go…. as ls ghou and ts ghos ky spoo the scuttling with ers Critt py Cree r BOO!!! Encounte tarantulas, beetles, stinging scorpions, hairy friendly scaly snakes and twisted creatures. Our at fears your e brav you farm team will help older boys our daily handling sessions. For the and deadly and girls dare you brave the dark alive? And es com st corners, as Dungeon Que lenge of chal the face you can le peop ller sma for active Inter e? maz bale straw Marty Monsters le Hunt fun in the Haunted Black Knights Cast

as Jason the Jester has a quest for King Dave… can you help him ? Plus The New Multi-Sensory Eerie Express Train that takes you on a journey that will have you shouting out loud and looking for our uninvited Halloween guests - a must for the whole family! Then why not brave a ‘not so scary’ tale lying deep within the Farmhouse of Fear… For more information and to see what others say, visit our facebook page. 2014 delivers a day to remember this Halloween for the whole family, you wont find better in the UK. Book now and save online or enter out competition on page 62 to win tickets! *Voted UK’s Best Daytime Halloween Attraction, Scare Awards 2011

www.twinlakespark.co.uk

The wizard express

at nene valley railway

Friday 31st october 2014

Nene Valley Railway invites you to join Harry Spotter the Wizarding Train spotter and his friends on The Wizard Express on Friday 31st October. All aboard as the train awaits you at Wansford departing from platform 2 and a bit!! Travel on our Steam hauled, Steam Heated “Wizards Express” from Wansford to Peterborough via Wellwarts and return Halloween Goody Bags for all children over one, spooky goings on on board the train with Halloween Characters, play The Wizards Express Quiz, can you spot the Friendly Ghost in the tunnel, the Tunnel has been haunted since 1845, meet Wilma the Witch, fancy dress highly recommended! Booking required. www.nvr.org.uk


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Halloween Party at cheeky monkees

31st October & 1st November 2014 Spend Halloween with Max and Macie Monkey at Cheeky Monkees. Join in the Fancy dress competition, bring your carved pumpkin for a chance to win a prize or find our hidden spiders in the play area to win a goody bag. Entry includes a hot dog meal and chips. Booking essential. Tickets only £6.00 each. 6.30 to 8pm. www.cheeky-monkees.co.uk

Halloween crafts at stanwick lakes

29th, 30th & 31st october 2014 Arts and crafts to make your own spooky decorations for Halloween, face painting and other spooky fun. Normal car parking charges apply and modest charges for arts and crafts. From 1-4pm daily. www.stanwicklakes.org.uk

world of Darkness

With Greentrunks Garden centre

Halloween activities on in October at Bugtopia World of Darkness at Woodmeadow Garden Centre. Call to book and check activities: 01536 799778

www.greentrunks.co.uk

children’s HAlloween party

at the centre at mawsley Join in the fun on Friday 31st October, 5pm 8pm, at the children’s Halloween Party. Tickets £5. Includes entertainment by Just Party and a buffet by Coffee @ No 9. Fancy dress optional. www.thecentreatmawsley.co.uk

Little Monsters ball at Wicksteed Park

saturday 25th October 2014 Spooky fun and games with Wicky Bear, dancing, fancy dress and much more! www.wicksteedpark.co.uk

HAlloween activities

at east carlton country park Friday 31st october 2014 Lots of activities to keep everyone entertained. Why not join us for our Spooky Walk. Please wear suitable footwear and waterproofs (if needed). For more information contact the park on 01536 770977. £2 per car. www.corby.gov.uk/site-page/east-carlton-countryside-park

Spooky Quiz

at fermyn woods country park

25th October – 2nd November 2014 Follow the Spooky Creature Quiz around the park. Quiz sheets available from the Skylark Cafe 10am to 4pm daily. £2 to take part including a creepy prize. Suitable for ages 0-11. No need to book. Pumpkin carving at Fermyn Woods Country Park on the 28th October at 11am and the 29th October at 2pm. Come along and carve a spooky pumpkin to take home. All equipment and pumpkins provided. £3 To £4 depending on pumpkin size. Available 11am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 2pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book

www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/parks

magic tree trail

at barnwell country park

25th October – 2nd November 2014 Follow the trail and answer questions along the way to find out more about the magic trees at Barnwell Country Park. Collect objects to include in the Halloween arts and crafts and pumpkin carving. £4 covers trail sheet, art and craft materials and a pumpkin. Available 10.30am to 1pm daily during half term. Suitable for ages 0 to 18. No need to book. www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/parks


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Bonfire Night BIG Bonfire party at west lodge rural centre 1st and 2nd November 2014

Join the team at West Lodge Rural Centre on Saturday 1st November or Sunday 2nd November for sparklers, big bonfire, toasted marshmallows and the gunpowder plot reenactment. 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

Bonfire Night

at Corby’s Boating Lake Wednesday 5th November 2014 The procession will leave the Swimming Pool car park at 6.45pm. The lighting of the bonfire will take place at 7pm followed by the firework display at 7.30pm. Come along and enjoy our magnificent display at this FREE event. www.corby.gov.uk

The Wizard Express Dare You Ride?

Bonfire crafts

at stanwick Lakes Sunday 2nd November 2014 Create firework pictures and make your own mini Guy Fawkes. £1 per child. Normal car parking charges apply. www.stanwicklakes.org.uk

Superheroes vs Monsters Bonfire & Firework Festival at twinlakes family theme park Saturday 8th November 2014

Enjoy over an hour of Spooky fun on our Halloween train Friday 31st October 2014, early evening Goody bags  Glow sticks  On train entertainment Booking essential... £12.50 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

Join us for the famous Twinlakes Themed Bonfire and Firework Festival. Brought to you by Fire Magic, prepare to be amazed as we light up the sky with the biggest firework display in the East Midlands… witness us lighting our 80ft themed bonfire, a spectacle not to be missed! With stalls, games, live music, BBQ and exciting entertainers there’s something for the whole family… we are sure we will keep you entertained. Due to popularity this is a prebook event ONLY . Limited spaces available. Book online at www.Twinlakespark.co.uk/store www.twinlakespark.co.uk

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Time for Mum Because a happy, healthy Mum is a better Mum!

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The Earth Works Cosmetics

eing a mum of two, I must admit my skin care regime has become somewhat slack, and as a previously trained beauty therapist, I can’t believe I’m saying that! So I was thrilled recently to have the opportunity to trial some products by The Earth Works Cosmetics (TEWC). I soon realised how much I used to love products and began enjoying this new skin care routine straight away. My main issue with any routine is time, I’m sure we can all relate to that, but actually incorporating this routine into my day was not a problem. The first thing I noticed about these products were the beautiful fragrances, the use of zesty scents lemon, lime and orange work really well. I was lucky enough to try a few products from the range including: • Fragrance Free Cleansing Oil - which was great at removing mascara and left your skin feeling very moisturised. • The Grapefruit Facial Exfoliator - a once or twice a week product but my favourite! I always thought exfoliators were harsh and avoided using them, I do have sensitive skin and facial exfoliators can aggravate, however this was lovely. • The Regenerating Night Treatment - which you just apply to the face before you go to bed, I loved the simplicity of it and could see the benefits to my skin straight away. • I also used some body butters and body oil which are used after a bath or shower, just smother yourself and enjoy! I would highly recommend the Earth Works Cosmetics products, and after trialing samples would be more than happy to buy. Prices start from as little as £3.75 so they are really affordable

cosmetics. My hands were really dry and indirectly these products have significantly improved the condition of my skin without even applying any hand cream. They do have a hand cream so I must try that soon. The Earth Works Cosmetics are locally produced in Rothwell so by buying them you are also supporting a local business. Ally who owns and makes the products is very passionate about what goes into them and the focus is on natural ingredients with no nasty chemicals. Her products have gone through all the EU regulations being rigorously tested to ensure they meet EU standards. Pamper Parties To introduce the products Ally is running TEWC pamper parties. Why not host your own party and invite your friends to come along and try these amazing products? To find out more about the products visit: www.tewcosmetics.co.uk. To book a pamper party get in touch with ally at: a.sharratt@tewcosmetics.co.uk.

Review by Leanne Houghton

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Top Beauty Tips for Busy Mums! By Samantha from Sanctuary of Beauty The secret to maintaining beautiful nails...

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irstly your cuticles need to always be kept hydrated using an oil. This is where the nail is formed, so healthy cuticles equal a healthy nail. The shape of the nail is also very important, it needs to compliment your fingers. If they are filed in the wrong shape they, will break. Filing them every other day will stimulate the nail and encourage it to grow. The are a lot of Nail Strengtheners on the market some are not as effective as others, I have seen great results with Nailtiques this is my personal favourite. When selecting a nail care treatment you need to be aware what type of nail you are treating. A peeling weak nail needs protein and a hard dry nail needs a conditioner. Finally a touch of colour will make your hands stand out and bring a smile to your face! Don’t forget to use a base coat. Painting two layers of colour will give great depth and a top coat will add shine and durability. Your now on your way to beautiful healthy nails! For any more guidance book in for a Nailtiques Consultation. Love Samantha

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hank-you to everyone who wrote in to nominate a local mother for our Summer ‘Mum in a Million’ competition. It was a tough decision again but we eventually selected our winner: Childminder and Mum of 4, Natasha, from Moulton. Natasha was nominated by Katie, whose little boy Natasha looks after.

We’re delighted to be able to treat Natasha to a de-stress, pre-blend aromatherapy back, neck and shoulder massage followed by a luxury face, neck and scalp massage courtesy of Julz Therapy in Rushden. Thank-you to Julz Therapy for supplying the prize, to Katie for nominating Natasha and to Natasha for letting us share your story.

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Here’s why Natasha is a Mum in a Million (in Katie’s words):

atasha is a registered childminder and currently looks after my little boy. She is registered as ‘Outstanding’ with OFTSED and is just a wonderful person in so many ways. I have lots to thank her for as she shows my son so much personal attention. He has speech and hearing issues (which we are in a long process of overcoming) and she dedicates so much time to him and all of the children in her care, going above and beyond what is expected of her. Natasha has 4 children of her own. 2 are at the age where they have left home now, but she still does plenty to help and support them and their families, and 2 still live at home with her. One of her boys she schools from home due to a situation at his school. With all her caring for others, Natasha never seems to take time for herself which is why I nominated her to win this prize. As I’m sure many others who know her would agree, she really deserves some time to herself and what better way to do this than with some pampering! She ‘parents’, and ‘teaches’ so much to so many. She truly is a ‘MUM IN A MILLION’

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Childcare Nursery Schools, Pre-schools & Childminders

Oak Tree Day Nursery Cecil Street, Rothwell Tel: 07810 661757 Email: oaktreedaynursery@hotmail.co.uk

A small family-run nursery caring for children aged 3 months -11 years • • • • • • • • • •

OFSTED Registered Open all year (except one week at Christmas) Open from 7.30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Full day sessions or flexible hourly rate sessions. 2/3/4 yr old free entitlement sessions Competitive fee prices Separate baby area “Great oaks from little acorns grow” Secure outside area Ran by qualified and experienced staff Before and after school club available on-site or at our fully established out of school club facility in Desborough

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It  provides  a  safe  and  s/mula/ng  environment   where  children  can  develop  to  their  full  poten/al  by   learning  through  play.  It  plays  a  key  role  in  the   community,  and  has  very  strong  links  with  the   village  primary  school.       Brigstock  Playgroup  is  rated  as  Good  by  Ofsted.       It  is  run  on  weekday  mornings  during  the  term  /me.     For  more  details  contact  Lisa  Meagan  on  07772   251863  or  email  brigstock_playgroup@yahoo.com                 Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


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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. Now taking admissions for 2014/2015 academic year To make an appointment to look around or for more information call Alison on:

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Is your 2 year old eligible for free childcare? Ofsted Registered Childminders provide a Flexible, Home-Based Childcare Service. Depending on your circumstances you could be entitled to a childcare place for 12 hours a week (or 15 hours a week term time only) from the term following your child’s second birthday. A childminder could be the ideal choice for you as they operate on low ratios and can give your child lots of individual attention. A childminder will support you and your child through the sometimes difficult developmental steps like potty training, making friends, sharing and of course the sometimes challenging behaviour! Childminders will encourage children to learn and develop to their full potential through a wide range of activities, including out and about in the community and with larger groups of children. They are all police checked and trained in Child Development and First Aid as a minimum; many hold qualifications at Level 3 and above in Child Care. They also offer the free entitlement to childcare once your child becomes three until they start school. Childminders also offer school/ nursery collection so children benefit from the continuity of care. To find out of you are eligible please visit click ‘paying for childcare’ in the parents section on our website, then use the ‘find a childminder’ search to help find the childminder who suits your needs. Northamptonshire Childminding Association offers support, advice and training to childminders across the county as well as advice for parents looking for a childminder. Please visit our website or contact one of our friendly team for an informal chat.

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Rectory Nursery School

Hightrees, The Nook, Corby Old Village, Corby, NN17 1XA Tel: 01536 877980 E-mail: rectorynursery@btinternet.com www.rectorynurseryschool.co.uk • Open 51 weeks of the year (excluding bank holidays) • Open plan baby room with self-contained areas including a purpose built changing area, milk kitchen, separate dining area and a sensory room • Spacious outdoor area with natural habitat grounds which all age groups can access throughout the day • The toddler and pre-school room provide a range of stimulating activities with the pre-school room having free-flow access to the outside • State of the art interactive smart boards to stimulate learning and development. • All food freshly prepared on site daily by our qualified cook • Ample off road parking on site to allow safe drop offs and pick ups • Funded places available • After School Club

“Children are welcomed into a warm, friendly nursery, where they are highly valued and included. The leadership of the nursery strive for excellence, ensuring the nursery continues to develop the highest possible standards. Children’s good health is promoted as they eat a varied range of nutritious foods to extend their tastes” - OFSTED

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

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

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Pregnancy & Birth

Natal Hypnotherapy™ What is Natal Hypnotherapy™? atal Hypnotherapy (NH) is the UK’s original form of hypnobirthing established in 2000 by clinical hypnotherapist and mother of 5, Maggie Howell. www.natalhypnotherapy.co.uk sells a range of self-hypnosis CDs and MP3 downloads and trains practitioners to deliver workshops throughout the UK. Happybirth covers Northamptonshire and South Leicestershire. Happybirth workshops involve: • teaching the skills of self-hypnosis • exploring the causes of fear around birth • the role and importance of hormones • practical skills for birth • empowering birth partners • working with your care providers.

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How does it differ from other birth preparation classes? Our subconscious minds are so powerful, full of beliefs, habits and fears. Some of these are useful, some of them hold us back. By its very nature the process of giving birth is not under our conscious control. By learning hypnosis you can communicate directly with your subconscious mind to let go of fears and feel confident and positive about the birth of your baby. Isn’t it all about having a natural, pain-free, drug-free labour? No! Happybirth continues to use the words ‘contraction’ and ‘pain’. We are very lucky to live in a country where we have access to medical help during birth if we need it, and Happybirth will show you how to work with your midwife and doctor to have a calm and safe birth, whatever path your labour takes. Ultimately Natal Hypnotherapy™ allowed me to feel useful in the process, and as my little girl was born I felt so proud of what Karen had done.

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Happybirth worked with Karen and Rich in the summer. Karen was fearful of labour as her first baby’s birth had been traumatic. Rich was unsure how he could support his wife. Karen The course was insightful and changed my perspective on giving birth. It gave me the confidence to centre my birth plan around what I wanted and be prepared. Harriett was overdue so I chose to be induced after carefully considering my choices. During the process I listened to the hypnotherapy CD and relaxed in preparation for labour. The techniques were incredibly useful and I was feeling relaxed and confident about the labour ahead. During the induction I had to overcome some hurdles but I didn’t let them phase me. When I was transferred to labour ward, Rich stepped straight into what we had learnt during the Happybirth course, he was using the relaxation techniques, stayed calm and was so supportive and encouraging. Although distracted, I managed to keep using the hypnobirthing techniques and at 4.18am having only had 2 paracetamol, our beautiful baby girl arrived weighing 8lb 11oz! It felt so incredible to experience giving birth naturally and I know that without the skills and techniques learnt doing the course there is no way I would have been able to get through it. Rich When Karen suggested we look at Happybirth I was sceptical, it sounded too alternative for my tastes but knowing that Karen was keen to give it a go I engaged with the process. I am so glad that we did: for me the Happybirth course gave me a clearly defined role during the birth of our second child. During the labour I felt confident in supporting Karen while she used the hypnotherapy techniques and I felt confident in being part of the decision making. Knowing our birth plan and being part of the process took some of the pressure off Karen and allowed her to be far more in control. Ultimately Natal Hypnotherapy™ allowed me to feel useful in the process, and as my little girl was born I felt so proud of what Karen had done. Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


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Pause for Thought..

The Super Power of a Two Year Old

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uperman has his ability to fly and his super strength, Spiderman has all those arachnid capabilities,the X-Men do all sorts of wacky things, and so on, but do any of them have the ability to remain completely untroubled in life except when it comes to a dearth of yoghurt or the wrong colour underpants? No, they don’t (at least I don’t think they do), but toddlers do. Let me explain what I’m blathering on about. I’m talking about mindfulness; the ability to live in the moment. Two year olds have this ability as their default setting and, watching my own 2 year old son exemplify this yesterday, it was suddenly very apparent to me why we have an awful lot to learn from our little bundles of joy. They are referred to in this way for a reason, are they not? Yes they bring joy and laughter to our lives as parents but I don’t think that that is where this particular expression came from. I think it came from the fact the toddlers can find joy in the absolute simplest of things just by virtue of the fact that they are so unencumbered by thoughts of what they did yesterday or what they might find themselves doing for the rest of the day they are in. When they are looking at a ladybird, it is all about that ladybird. They don’t care that you are on the school run and running late or that said ladybird happens to be in the middle of a path

on which several other people are trying to make their way about their business. They only care that it is teeny and red and tickles when it is on a fingertip. Yesterday was a Saturday and, as such, is one of my most challenging days of the week. I’m on my own with my two small children and no car in a little village with a limited bus service and a finite number of places to explore and people to see (we’re fairly new to the village and don’t know many people and my family are hundreds of miles away). Now, to me, this is why Saturdays represent torture. Coming up with ideas to ‘keep them amused’ and avoid resorting to the TV feels way too much like particle physics to me and particle physics is not my ideal way of spending a Saturday. So when I woke up yesterday and realised it was going to be a rainy day my mood immediately took a turn towards frustration and irritation. For about the first 2 hours I went through the usual litany of books and games. I couldn’t face crafting because neither of them are that interested and, being 2, Luke usually eats something or draws somewhere he shouldn’t the minute I’m busy with 6 year old Holly. A puddle walk together was out of the question because Holly was feeling poorly so by lunchtime the

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So, there you have it. The superpower of a two year old is nothing more than the ability to focus on things that interest them and make them happy and go after it with determination . That’s ‘The Secret’. It’s something we all have the capability to do when we stop fixating on guilt and resentment about the past and anxiety and fear about the future. Little children don’t suffer from those things. One way or another those are things that are drummed into us as we grow up so that we eventually lose our ‘superpower’ to go from sad to happy in the blink of an eye. But imagine how different our lives as adults would be if we never lost that ability. Imagine how it would affect our choices and the decisions that often lead us straight off the path of happiness and into a quagmire of ‘shoulds’ and ‘musts’. Just imagine.... We all have responsibilities as grown ups, I’m not saying that’s wrong. Of course it’s not. That’s just life. The trick is, when you’re feeling overwhelmed and disempowered, just stop and think. Look around you and see what you have that you are grateful for and allow the knowing of what you WANT to do next, to come slowly into your consciousness from far back in that part of your brain that is still 2 years old and remember this:

“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens” ~ Mandy Hale The universe has its own mysterious way of guiding you to your hearts desire. How was Luke to know that I’d let him play out in the pouring rain, not insist he come in for lunch and instead give him a banana and raisin picnic in his playhouse? If he’d stopped to consider whether I’d allow him to do this before indicating he wanted to go outside he probably wouldn’t have bothered. But he’s 2, he doesn’t do such stupid things as applying assumptions and reasoning to such simple things as what will make him happy, he just goes ahead and follows his heart.

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Corby and District Mondays Lody’s Little Lions 9.30am to 11.25am at Lodge Park Sports Centre. Drop-in. Parent & Toddler Swimming 10am to 12pm at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Wilbarston Tots & Tiddlers 10am-12pm at Wilbarston Village Hall. Diane: 07761 957825. TT Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At the Holiday Inn for members of Eclipse Gym. 30 minute lessons between 11am and 1pm. 1 or 2 children per class. Street Tots (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 4.30 to 5pm at Elizabeth St Dance Studios. Ages 18 mths to 3 yrs Street Rainbows (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 5 to 5.45pm at Elizabeth St Dance Studios. For ages 3.5 to 6 years.

tuesdays Baby Ballet (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 9.15 to 9.45am at Elizabeth St Dance Studios. For ages 18 mths to 3 yrs. 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 11.30am at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Little Angels Playgroup For pre-school children with additional needs. 9.30 to 11.30am at Lodge Park Sports Centre. Sing and Sign Babes At Great Oakley Village Hall. 10am. Stage 1.

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Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At the Holiday Inn for members of Eclipse Gym. 30 minute lessons between 10am and 12pm. 1 or 2 children per class. Parents & Tots (Corby Old Village) 1.30-2.45pm at Corby Old Village Primary School. £1. TT. Primary & Pre-Primary Ballet & Tap

(Nene Valley Dance Academy) 4.15 to 5.15pm at Elizabeth St Dance Studios. For ages 2 to 6 yrs.

THURSDAYS 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 First Moves Movement & music for under 5s. 10.15 to 11.15am & 11.30 to 12.30am at The Core at Corby Cube. Free. TT.

If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class can be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 20.

Parent & Toddler Swimming 9.30am to 11.30am at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Hartbeeps 10am Happy House (toddling to 4 years, younger siblings welcome) 11am Babybeeps (babies sitting to toddling) At Corby Masonic Complex Twinkle Tots Freestyle Dance (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 4.30pm to 5pm, Elizabeth St Dance Studios. Ages 18 mths to 3 yrs. Punchin Pandas 5 to 5.45pm at The Scout Hut, Occupation Rd. For ages 4+ Punchin Pandas 6.15 to 7pm at Kingswood School. For ages 4 to 7 years.

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Little Angels Tots Group 12 to 3pm at The Baptist Church Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on 01536 394824 Parent & Toddler Swimming 1.30pm to 3pm at Corby International Pool. Drop in.

Little Angels 9.15-11.30am at The Baptist Church Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on 01536 394824

Baby Ballet and Little Tappers (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 9am to 10am at Elizabeth Street Dance Studios. for 2 to 3 year olds. 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 Rhymetime 10.30am to 11am at Danesholme Library throughout the year. Free.

sundays Bounce & Rhyme 2.30pm to 3pm at Corby Library throughout the year. Free.

Toddle Time 10 to 10.30am & 11 to 11.30am at Corby Library. Free. Term Time only

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Kettering Gym Tots At Kettering Olympic Gymnastics Club, Brunel Road. 45 minute sessions between 9.15am and 2.30pm. Call 01536 415444

Kettering Gym Tots At Kettering Olympic Gymnastics Club, Brunel Road. 45 minute sessions between 9.15am and 2.30pm. Call 01536 415444

Giggles & Wiggles Counties Community Centre. 9.30 to 10.15am for ages 15mths to 3 yrs, 10.30 to 11.15am for ages 3+

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

Hawthorn Berries 9.15-11am. Hawthorn Primary School. £1/family.

St Botolphs Tots Group St Botolphs Church Hall. 9.30am to 11am.

Music Makers 10am, 11am and 2pm 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 musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com

Tumble Tots At Arena Sports, Kettering Conference Centre. Gymbabes (from 6 mths): 9.30am Walking to 2 years: 10.30am 2 to 3 years: 11.30am 3+ years: 12.45pm www.tumbletots.com/kettering

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 min classes between 10am and 12pm at Balance Health Club. For children aged 3 mths to 4.5 yrs.

Infant Aquatics Swimming 9.30am-1pm in Geddington. Each class 30 minutes. For children aged 3 months to 4.5 yrs.

Jungle Tots At Greentrunks Garden Centre, Gt Cransley. From 11am. £4 for 1 child & 1 parent

Sing and Sign At The Woodcroft Scout Centre, London Road Stage 1 9.30am to 10.30am Stage 2 10.30am- 11.30am

Children’s Freestyle Dance Class (Emma’s Dance Studio) Pytchley Mums & Tots 4.45 to 5.45pm at Kettering Tuesdays 10-11.30am. Pytchley Buccleugh Academy. For 3 to 8 years. School Hall. Sally: 01536 799541 Punchin Pandas 6.30 to 7.15pm at St John’s Ambulance Hall. For ages 4 to 9. Burton Latimer Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 3.40 to 4.40pm at The Britannia Club Desborough & Rothwell Rhymetime (Rothwell) 2.30-3pm at Rothwell Library. Free. 01536 711880 Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 6pm at Montsaye Sports Centre. For ages 3+. Call 01536 713708

wednesdays St Edwards Mums & Tots 9-11am. St Edwards RC Primary School, Eastleigh Road. £1.20 for 1st child, 30p thereafter. 01536 391581 Sing and Sign Babes At The Woodcroft Scout Centre, London Road. 9.30am. Babes. Songs & Stories 10 to 11.15am, Ss Peter and Paul Parish Church Rooms, The Market Place. Free. Margaret 01536 310611 Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 min classes between 10am and 12pm at Balance Health Club. For 3mths to 4.5 yrs. The Little Ones 1 to 2.50pm, Church of Christ The King. £1 per family. 01536 517553 Infant Aquatics Swimming 1pm to 3pm in Geddington. Each class 30 minutes. For children aged 3 months to 4.5 yrs. Music Makers 1.45pm at Barton Seagrave Community Centre. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Ballet, Tap and Modern Dancing (With Mode Academy of Dance) At the Masque Theatre, Barton Seagrave for ages 3+. Call for times: 07710 403573.

Toybox Mums & Tots, Broughton 1.30-3pm, Broughton Village Hall. £1.50 per family. Julie 01536 790152 or Bex 07803 755546. Term time only Punchin Pandas 5.30 to 6.15pm at Melton Street Community Centre. For ages 4 to 8. Children’s Freestyle Dance Class (Emma’s Dance Studio) 5.30 to 6.15pm at Ise Lodge Community Centre. For 3 to 8 years. Desborough & Rothwell Desborough & Rothwell Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. All lessons last for 30 mins 9.30am - 1 to 2 years 10am - 3 & 44 year olds 10.30am - 2 year olds 11am - > 12 months 12pm - 1:1 via the pool Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 6pm at Montsaye Community Sports Centre. For ages 3+ Call 01536 713708

Salvation Army Parents & Toddlers 9.30-11am, term time only. New Street, Rothwell. 07726 580187. Building Blocks Wednesdays 2-3pm in term time. Free. Desborough Baptist Church, Station Road. Call: 01536 760149. Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 6pm at Montsaye Sports Centre. For ages 3+. Call 01536 713708 mawsley Music Makers 10am and 11am at The Centre. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com


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The Little Ones 9-11.15am & 1-2.50pm, Church of Christ The King. £1 /family. 01536 517553 Hopscotch (Loddington) 9.15-10.15am in term time at the Village Hall. Jo: 07742 664604 Giggles and Wiggles ‘Our time’ for 15 mths to 3yrs, 9.30 to 10.15am at the Counties Community Centre Mini Dribblers Football 9.30 to 10.15am for 18 months to 4 yrs at Crescents Community Centre. Sing and Sign Babes At The Woodcroft Scout Centre, London Road. 10am. Stage 1 Rhymetime 10.30-11am at Kettering Library. Jungle Tots At Greentrunks Garden Centre, Gt Cransley. From 11am. £4 for 1 child. Ballet, Tap and Modern Dancing (With Mode Academy of Dance) At the Masque Theatre, Barton Seagrave for ages 3+. Call for times. Punchin Pandas 5 to 5.45pm at Ise Lodge Pavilion. For ages 3 to 6 years. Burton Latimer Toddle Time and Bounce & Rhyme Bounce & Rhyme 10.30 to 11am for babies. Toddle Time 11 to 11.30am for toddlers. BL 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 in term time. Braybrooke Village Hall. £2 per family. Contact Jo 07565 783128. Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 6pm at Montsaye Sports Centre. For ages 3+. Call 01536 713708 mawsley Mawsley Baby & Toddler Group 9.30-11am at The Centre £1.50 first child, 50p per child thereafter. Sarah: 01536 790517

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FRIDAYS Giggles and Wiggles At Counties Community Centre. ‘Our time’ for 15 months to 3 years, 9.30 to 10.15am ‘Rock-a-bye-baby’ Class for 0 to 15 months, 10.30 to 11.15am Geddington Parents & Tots 9.30-11.30am, Geddington Village Hall. £2 per family. Contacts Siobhan 01536 743756 Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 min classes between 10am and 12pm at Balance Health Club. For 3mths to 4.5 yrs. Alleycats 10-11.15am in term time at Praise Community Church, Alexandra St. £1.20 for 1st child, 60p thereafter. per family. Rebecca: 01536 484777 Hartbeeps Happy House 10.15am at Mocha Mama, Glendon Farm. £5per session. £2.50 siblings. See ad. Building Blocks Drama 5 to 6pm at Starlight Dance, High Street. For 2 to 6 year olds. £3.50 Desborough & Rothwell Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. All lessons last for 30 mins. 11.15am - 3 year olds (no adults) 11.45am - 1 year olds 12.15pm - 1 and 2 year olds 12.45pm - 2 and 3 year olds Rhymetime (Desborough) Every Friday in term time. 2.15 to 3pm at Desborough Library. Free call: 0300 126 1000.

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SATURDAYS Bubble Babies Swimming 8.45am to 12.45pm at Kingsley School Hydrotherapy Pool. 30 min classes for 0 to 5 year olds Little Kickers At Southfield School for Girls Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 9.15 to 10am Mighty Kickers for 3.5 to 5 years, 10.10-10.55am. Mega Kickers for 5 year olds to 7th Birthday, 11.05 to 11.55am. Kettering Music & Performing Arts Music lessons, Musical Theatre, Dancing, Singing, Acting. 9am to 12pm at Latimer Arts College, Castle Way. For ages 3 to 18 years. Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 9.15am and 12.15pm at Montsaye Sports Centre. For ages 3+. 01536 713708 Stagecoach Theatre Arts School At Brambleside Primary School. Early Stage Class for 4-6year olds, 9.30 to 11am or 2 to 3.30pm. Under 5 Activity 11am to 12pm at Desborough Library. Throughout the year. Free.

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. Kiddie Coaching (Rugby) At Kettering RFC 2 to 3 years - 10am to 10.30am 3 to 5 years - 10.45am to 11.30am 2 to 3 years - 11.45am to 12.15pm Rhymetime 2.30pm to 3pm at Kettering Library. Free. Desborough & Rothwell Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. All lessons last 30 mins. 11.30am - 3 & 4 year olds 12pm - 3 & 4 year olds 12.30pm - 1 & 2 year olds 1pm - 3 & 4 year olds 1.30pm - 1 year olds 2pm - 1 & 2 year olds

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

Rhymetime 9.30-10.15am at Higham Ferrers Library. 01933 314842. Free.

Rhymetime 1.30-2pm at Raunds Library. Free.

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Pre-Primary Ballet (Hayley Nadine Dance Academy) 4pm at Manor School. For 3 years+

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

rushden Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9.30am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505 Rhymetime 10 to 10.45am 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 thrapston & villages Community Stay & Play 9.30am to 11.45am at Thrapston Library. With snack and crafts. Tel: 01832 730524. Tumble Tots At The Plaza. Gymbabes (from 6 mths): 9.30am Walking to 2 years: 10.30am 2 to 3 years: 11.30am 3+ years: 12.45pm www.tumbletots.com/kettering Family Lunch Club 11.45am to 12.30pm at Thrapston Library. Bring along a packed lunch and enjoy a picnic with others. Titchmarsh Babes 1.30pm to 3pm. Clubroom, High Street. £1.50/family. Contact Sarah on 01832 735182 or TitchmarshBabes@live.co.uk Games Zone & Craft Club 3.15pm to 4.30pm at Thrapston Library. For children from birth to 5 years and siblings up to 8 years. Tel: 01832 730524.

oundle Rhymetime 10 to 10.30am at Oundle Library. Free. RAUNDS Musical Theatre (Hayley Nadine Dance Academy) 4pm at Manor School. For all ages

rushden Hartbeeps Happy House 9am at Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Wymington. £5.50 per session. £2.50 siblings. See ad. Jelly Babes 9.30-11.30am at Queen Street Church Hall. £1 per family. Contact Jeanette on 01933 391457. TT Hartbeeps Happy House 11am at My Flourpower, High Street. £5 per session. See ad. Stanwick

Parent & Tot Sessions Join in in an activity inspired by the surroundings until 11am at Stanwick Lakes, then sing and dance your way through to lunch with Lisa from rushdeN Music and Movement. Children Café Specials available. £2 per child. Mugs and Beakers (Mums & Tots) 9-11am at The Bridge (in the grounds Parking charges apply. of Whitefriars Junior School). 50p per family. Emma: 01933 411393 thrapston & villages Mums & Tots Talk, Toast & Play 10-11.30am at Rushden Full Gospel 9.15am to 10.15am at Thrapston Church & Christian Centre, 60 High Library. Street South. Linda: 07904 638612 Tel: 01832 730524. Stanwick Stanwick Mums & Tots 1.45-3.15pm. Stanwick Village Hall. £2 per family. Contact Lucy 01933 461384. thrapston & villages Music Bus Baby & Toddler Music Classes 9.30am to 10.30am at St James’ Church Hall. Childminders Group 9.30am to 11am at The Plaza. For childminders and their minded children. Tel: 01832 730534 Lets Get Active 10am to 11am at St John’s Hall. Tel: 01832 730534 Fit For You Buggy Walk 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Meet outside the library. Tel: 01832 730534

Rhymetime 10.30am to 11am at Thrapston Library. Free. 01832 733251 Bookstart Bear Club & Story Sack 11.30am to 12.15pm at Thrapston Library. 01832 733251 Little Angels (Ringstead) 1.30 - 3pm in term time. Ringstead School Hall. £1.30 per family.

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oundle Bounce & Rhyme 10 to 10.30am at Oundle Library. Free. Music Makers 11.15am at the Joan Strong Centre. Fun music & movement for 0-5 years. £4 per child, £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Raunds Rhymetime 11.30am to 12pm at Raunds Library. Little Treasures 9.30-11am. St Laurence Church. Donation optional. TT

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Baby Talk 10am-12pm at Green lane clinic For birth to crawling Free. Contact 01832 275889 villages

Rhymetime 2pm to 2.45pm at Rushden Library. Stanwick Music Makers 2pm at Stanwick Village Hall. Fun music & movement for 0-5 years. £4 per child, £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com thrapston & villages

Music Bus Baby & Toddler Music Classes 9.30am to 10.30am at St James’ Church Hall. Sing and Sign At Aldwincle Village Hall, Main Street Stage 1 (6 to 15 mths) 9.30 am to 10.30am. Stage 2 (15mths to 2.5yrs) 10.30am to 11.30am

Bounce & Rhyme 2.30pm to 3pm at Rushden Library. Free.,

FRIDAYS Irthlingborough Rhymetime 2-2.30pm at Irthlingborough Library. Free.

St Peters Parent & Toddler Group 9.30-11.30am at Saxon Hall. £2 per family. Sarah 01933 622116. TT rushden Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505 Sing and Sign Park Road Baptist Church, Rushden. Stage 2 (15mths to 2.5yrs) 9.30am to 10.30am. Stage 1 (6 to 15 mths) 10.30am to 11.30am

Tiddlers 9.30-11am, term time only. Thrapston Baptist Church, 33 Huntingdon Road. £1/family. Contact Tina: 01832 730297 Music Makers 9.30am 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

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Jolly Totz Parent and Toddler Group 1 to 3pm, Easton on the Hill thrapston & villages Preschool, New road. Term time only. Dads Matter Contact Rebecca on 07805 021169 10am to 11.30am at The Plaza. Monthly. 01832 730524

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thrapston & villages Little Explorers 10am to 12pm at Thrapston Library. From birth to crawling. Free. Contact 01832 275889

Sundays oundle Bounce & Rhyme 2.15pm to 2.45pm at Oundle Library. Free.

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

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

“Conversation Group” 9.30-11am at Croyland Children’s Centre. Free. Drop in. 01933 279681

Little Fishes (Little Harrowden) 9.30am-10.30am in Little Harrowden Church. A group for carers and tots that meets every Monday in term time for: a Bible story, songs, prayers, craft activities, toys, refreshments and a chat with other carers. Contact Mary 07766 957413

Rhymetime 10-10.30am & 11-11.30am at Wellingborough Library. Free.

Storytime Interactive story-telling session for > 5s and their parents at The Castle Theatre. 1pm to 2.30pm. Free.

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 thereafter. Contact 01933 272119 Story Stomp 10-10.30am fortnightly at Wellingborough Library. A story followed by activities based on that story. Free. 01933 225365 Mini Gym 10-11am at Croyland Children’s Centre. Free. 01933 279681 Harrowden Baby & Toddler Group 10am to 11.30am at Little Harrowden Village Hall, Main Street. Call 07787 165990

St Mark’s Buggy Club 1.30-3pm, St Mark’s Church Hall, Queensway. Voluntary 50p donation. Contact Joy: 01933 676368. Rhymetime (Earls Barton) 2.30pm to 3pm weekly at Earls Barton Library. Free. Infant Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 3.45 to 4.45pm at The Studio, Earls Barton. For ages 3 to 5 years.

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club. Mini Champs Toddler Group 9.30-11.30am at Everyday Champions Church, Havelock St. Call 01933 225525. Tumble Tots At The Hindu Community Centre Gymbabes (from 6 mths): 9.30am Walking to 2 years: 10.30am 2 to 3 years: 11.30am Rhymetime (Irchester) 9.30am to 10am weekly at Irchester Library. Free. Jigsaw Toddler Group 9.30am to 11am at Compass Church, Commercial Way.

Rhymetime (Finedon) 10.30am to 11am in term time at Finedon Library. Free.

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 3.45pm and 5.45pm at Rowan Gate Primary School.

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

Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School Dance) 4 to 5pm at Vicarage Farn Community Centre

Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 3.45 to 4.45pm at The Studio, Earls Barton. Physical classes

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

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

Rhymetime (Wollaston) 10am to 10.30am weekly at Wollaston Library. Free.

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Sing and Sign At Salem Hall. Stage 1 (6 to 15 mths) 10am.

Sing and Sign At Busy Bees Nursery, Enstone Ct Stage 1 (6 to 15 mths) 1.30pm

Rhymetime (Wollaston) 10am to 10.30am weekly at Wollaston Library. Free.

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The Rascals Music Session 9.45-10.45am at St Andrews Church Hall, Berrymore Road. £2 1st child, £1.25 2nd child.

Castle Youth Music For 0 to 3s and their parents at The Castle Theatre. 1.45pm to 2.15pm. £2 per child.

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Sing and Sign At Wollaston Methodist Church. Stage 1 (6 to 15 mths) 10 to 11am

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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. Punchin Pandas 9.30 to 10.30am at Redwell Leisure Centre. For ages 4+ Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 3pm and 5.30pm at Scott Bader Pool, Wollaston.

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roup B Streptococcus (group B Strep/GBS) is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies. Tragically, the UK is way behind the rest of the world at preventing these devastating infections. GBS affects more babies than spina bifida and yet few pregnant women have heard of it. One in four pregnant women carry the group B Streptococcus (group B Strep/GBS) bacterium and it can be passed from mother to baby around birth. In the UK, GBS infects around 500 newborn babies a year despite existing prevention measures. It is the leading cause of severe infection in newborn babies - sepsis, meningitis and pneumonia – and the leading cause of meningitis in a baby’s first 3 months. 10 percent of these sick babies will die and 7 percent will survive with long-term physical or mental disabilities. Yet most of these infections could be prevented - simply, cheaply and easily. When a woman carrying group B Strep is given appropriate antibiotics in labour, the risk of her newborn baby developing the infection is reduced by almost 90%. The large majority of developed countries which a GBS prevention strategy routinely test pregnant women for GBS and the rate of these infections has fallen as a result by up to 85%. The NHS routinely offers pregnant women testing for syphilis, Hep B, HIV and even tests for smoking – yet not GBS. Testing for GBS is important since there are no symptoms of carriage – the only way to find out if you’re carrying it is to test. And around 40% of these infection in newborn babies occur when the mother has no identified risk factors. Apart from unknowingly carrying GBS. A safe, simple and inexpensive test late in pregnancy (35- 37 weeks) can detect the bacteria, allowing antibiotics to be offered to the mother in labour. Using antibiotics at this stage reduces the risk of GBS infection in newborns from around a one in 300 risk to less than one in 6,000. In England, Wales & Northern Ireland, the reported number of these infections has increased from 229 in 2003 to 281 between 2003 and 2011 (up by 23%) and the rate per 1,000 live births increased from 0.37 to 0.38 (up by 3%) since the introduction of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists’ 2003 prevention guidelines. These increases come

despite the expectation of significant falls in group B Strep infections in newborn babies following their introduction Countries which have introduced screening-based prevention guidelines have seen their incidence fall significantly – in the USA by over 80% , in Spain by 86% and France by 71% . National charity Group B Strep Support campaigns for greater awareness and better prevention, including for the simple and safe ‘Gold Standard’ ECM test for GBS carriage to be offered to every pregnant mum. During July’s GBS Awareness Month 2014 –#GBSaware - Group B Strep Support will be urging pregnant women to get informed about GBS and consider testing. Jane Plumb MBE, chief executive of Group B Strep Support, who lost her middle child to GBS infection, is calling on the government to inform all pregnant women about GBS, “Every mother-to-be should be informed about GBS during routine antenatal care and if she wants to be tested for it in pregnancy, the ‘gold standard’ test should be readily available on the NHS. The Government should act now to ensure women get the very best advice and support during their pregnancy.” Group B Strep Support is asking that: • Information about GBS should be routinely given to all women during antenatal care • Sensitive testing for GBS should be made freely available within the NHS and offered to every pregnant woman whose baby is at low risk of developing GBS infection • Antibiotics should be offered intravenously in labour to all mums whose babies are known to be at higher risk of developing GBS infection Lindsay Nunn created a petition, ending on 10th February 2015 asking the Department of Health to ensure that EVERY woman is routinely given accurate information about group B Streptococcus during antenatal care. Please read it at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/60515 and consider signing it, and sharing it with your friends and family Group B Strep Support www.gbss.org.uk. Registered Charity No 1112065.

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Index Activities & Days Out

Berzerk Leisure Cheeky Monkees Farndon Field Greentrunks Garden Centre Nene Valley Railway Newlands Shopping Centre Royal & Derngate Theatre Stanwick Lakes The Castle Theatre The Core at Corby Cube Thurleigh Farm Centre West Lodge Rural Centre

Business Opportunities

Partylite Virtual Sales Team

63 Independent Schools

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

Dance Schools

Barbara Hooton School of Dancing Emma’s Dance Studio Hayley Nadine Dance Academy Mode Academy of Dance

Music & Movement

Giggles & Wiggles Hartbeeps Kettering Music & Performing Arts Music Bus Music Makers Sing & Sign

Physical Activity

Kiddie Coaching Little Kickers Mini Dribblers Punchin Pandas Tumble Tots

Swim Schools

Bubble Babies Infant Aquatics Jenny’s Dolphins

Theatre Schools Stagecoach

Health & Beauty

Mobile Holistic Therapist Passion for Balance Sanctuary of Beauty Steps Fitness Club The Earthworks Cosmetics Company Time for Me Ultra Blitz

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Northampton High School

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Nurseries, Pre-Schools & Childminders Aldwincle Pre-school Brigstock Playgroup National Childminding Association Oak Tree Day Nursery Rectory Day Nursery Rushden Day Nursery Sunnylands Nursery Titchmarsh Pre-school West Lodge Day Nursery

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Party Services

Bouncy Wouncy Cakes From the Heart Children’s Parties - Corby Borough Council Cheers Mobile Bars ES Promotions Jelly Tots Entertainment Partee Putters Teenie Boppers & Crazy Faces

Photographers

AMC Photography Andy Nickerson Photography Firetree Photography Precious Moments Photography

Pregnancy & Birth

Happybirth Mind & Body Wellbeing Pregnancy Art

Services / Other

Earth Baby Foods iGroo NCC - Free School Meals Oakley Bugz Spectrum Healthcare

Shopping & Gifts Footwear & Clothing

Bearly Worn Caboodle Padders For Kids

Gifts

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Pete’s Personalised Toy Boxes Pink Ink Creative

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