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A Mum’s Diary School Admissions Guide An Autumn Day Out

Autumn Events Inside!

News Competitions New! Clubs & Classes Timetable

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


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Autumn 2011 Hello! A blue sky, crisp air and crunchy leaf-type welcome to your Autumn issue of Time for Tots! Well the new season brings big change for most of us. Your little ones may be starting nursery, off to big school for the first time, or just getting used to the darker mornings and earlier nights. There are plenty of fab clubs and classes starting up again after the long summer holidays (and exciting new ones to try out ), so if you have a little window in your week to fill then you’ll enjoy flicking through our brand new Clubs & Classes timetable on pages 16 & 17. On the subject of little windows, turn to page 10 for a peep at the normal daily schedule of four busy mums with very different lives. A big thank you lovely ladies for rolling up the blinds and giving Time for Tots readers a fascinating insight into how you run your households. If you fancy taking some time out and watching your littlies disappearing into leafy piles then turn to this issue’s ‘Family Day Out’ feature. Fermyn Woods Country park offers the perfect escape with loads to do in a beautiful setting (and it’s really nearby!) Have a good read and whatever your plans, I hope you and your tots have heaps of fun.

Liz

A BIG thank-you to Liz for editing this issue for me. Liz is the editor of the Northampton, South & West Northants edition of Time for Tots and agreed to manage and edit this issue for me so I could take the summer off to spend with my children. Thanks Liz!

Vanessa

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Contents 4 Tots News 6 What is a present worth? 9 Precious Moments 10 Mum’s Diary 14 Clubs & Classes 15 Bubble Babies 16 Clubs & Classes Timetable 22 A Family Day Out 25 Events Diary 26 School Admissions Guide 30 Book Reviews 31 Party Services 32 Where to feed and change your baby 34 Business Opportunities 35 Time for Mum 37 Special Offers 39 Win Win Win!

Barbara Hooton School of Dancing Ballet and Tap Classes Burton Latimer, Earls Barton, Finedon, Irthlingborough and Wellingborough

Keep Fit Classes for Mums Principal: Barbara Allebone M.N.A.T.D

Telephone: 01933 663225 07788 710144

www.barbarahootonschoolofdancing.co.uk

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 Baby Yoga Classes come to Wellingborough

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lready a roaring success in Northampton, we are pleased to announce that from the 13th September, Aqualite Baby Yoga classes will come to the Redwell Leisure Centre, Barnwell Road, Wellingborough every Tuesday at 2pm. Classes are 45 minutes long and will consist of baby yoga, with a little yoga and relaxation for parents. Mums and/or dads are welcome to bring their babies from however young up to crawling (and escaping!) stage. The price is £40 for 6 sessions, or there is a drop in price of £7.50 per session. For full details contact Emie Kitson on 01604 830 405, email: info@aqualightbabies.co.uk or visit: aqualitebabies.co.uk.

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Peppa‘s Back!

ollowing the incredible sell-out success of Peppa Pig’s Party, Peppa is back with a brand new show featuring true to life puppets, perfect sing-a-long songs and a new story that will charm and delight all her fans. Full sail! Ahoy! Arrrrr! Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt is showing on the 25 & 26th October at The Castle Theatre, Wellinborough. See their ad on page 7 for more details and turn to our WIN WIN WIN section to try your luck at winning tickets.

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Sing & Sign in Corby

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ue to popular demand, award winning Sing and Sign classes have now hit Corby. Please contact Amanda on: 07939 092134 or email her at: amandawalker@singandsign.co.uk for more information.

line up of exhibitors at the Baby & Toddler Show 2011 is bigger than ever. With a smorgasbord of family goodies, gadgets and services and class demos and workshops, facepainting and entertainment from Gary Good for the little ones, a great afternoon for all is guaranteed. Sun 25th Sept, 10am - 4pm, County Ground, Abington Ave, Northampton. Visit: northamptonbabyshow.co.uk for tickets and a full list of exhibitors. Hope to see you there...

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Get your PJ’s on!

Snappy Happy Shots

are teaming up once again to bring pre-schools across the country the enormously successful Humphrey’s Pyjama Week. For a voluntary donation of £2 per child, children can wear their pyjamas to nursery or school and participate in a number of fun and educational themed activities, whilst raising funds for The Children’s Trust. Your child’s nursery or pre-school group can get involved by filling in the online registration form at: www. thechildrenstrust.org.uk. For more information call 01737 365017 or email: humphrey@ thechildrenstrust.org.uk.

Located at Gumley near Market Harborough, the shoot will take place on the 24th September, 1pm to 5pm.

rom the 10th to the 14th October, iretree Photography are organising The Children’s Trust and the popular Fpre-school an autumn location shoot at a F brand, Humphrey’s Corner, private residence in a stunning setting.

For families and children, the £80 digital package includes an hour’s worth of shooting, 5 high resolution images on a disk plus a 12” x 16” canvas. Booking essential. For more information please visit www.firetreephoto.co.uk or call 01858 440981.

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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 who have not only never had a present, but for whom the concept is so alien that when you first give them a gift they will smile, enjoy it and then hand it back as they cannot comprehend that something could ever be for them to keep. Operation Christmas Child, the worlds largest Christmas Children’s appeal, run by Samaritans 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. For 21 years we have been gathering in shoeboxes wrapped in pretty paper and full of toys, stationary, sweets and gifts. We then send them overseas to Eastern Europe, Africa and Central Asia to children who have been stricken by poverty or terrible events and use them to restore hope, bring a smile and remind them that someone does care. To date we have sent over 8 million shoeboxes from the UK and because we work with the churches overseas (we are a Christian Charity) we know that the boxes are given out to those who really need them. This is also the only criteria we use, race, gender, religion etc are not allowed to come into the decision making process, they are simply destined for, and will be given to, children who are needy. It is not only the children overseas who benefit though. We know that many children in the UK, even those who are quite young, really get into the campaign helping their parents pack boxes and are quite particular about what should go in. It is also a very 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 do take the time out to make sure that at least one more child in this world goes into

the New Year with a bigger smile on their face than they have at the moment. Article by Chris Roberts, Regional Manager for Samaritans Purse in the South Midlands

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 tot group or local class), packing and preparing a shoebox couldn’t be easier. The Operation Christmas Child website: www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk will tell you everything you need to know including what you can put in your shoebox, how to pack it and where to deliver it. If taking part as a group you can order resources, such as leaflets and posters, from the website. Alternatively there is an ‘Operation Christmas Child’ leaflet which also contains all the information you need, including labels for your box(es). Time for Tots has a stash of these leaflets. Please email us, info@timefortots.co.uk, if you’d like one. The deadline for submitting shoeboxes is in early November so be sure to pack and deliver your box(es) before then.

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www.dinkydayz.co.uk Beautiful castings of your little ones tiny hands and feet to tell a timeless tale To find out more or to book an appointment, contact Della on: Tel: 07973 213519 Email: della@dinkydayz.co.uk

The Old Garden Studio An affordable treat for you and your friends

Private tea room for small groups Fully catered vintage tea parties Baby friendly area Lovely patio and gardens Enjoy lunch and a gossip in peace with friends & babies in our beautiful private tea room www.theoldgardenstudio.co.uk 07968 222 532 info@theoldgardenstudio.co.uk Grendon, Northants

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Come and have your children’s shoes professionally fitted in our fun and friendly shop. There is a resident podiatrist who can also assist with any special requirements. We also stock Junior Joules clothing. 36 Huntingdon Road, Thrapston, NN14 4NQ Telephone: 01832 734500 Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.00-5.00pm, Sat 9.30-4.00pm

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Little Miss Gifts Pink and glittery gifts for special little girls

Fairy dresses, wings, wands, dolls, teddies, bags and much more Visit us online at

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Making life better for parents and children by bringing together early education and day care, health services, employment and training advice, family support, drop-in groups, courses and information services. Croyland Road, Wellingborough, Northants NN8 2AX Tel: 01933 279681 www.croylandcentre.ik.org We are a non-profit organisation

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Treasure the moment

At Precious Moments we believe that it is a real privilege to be involved in preserving the memories of pregnancy, childhood and family life - and feel that the love and passion we have for our work, is evident in the photographs we take, below we run through the process of how its done! Your photo session takes place in a fun and friendly studio environment – sittings usually take around 45mins. Our aim is to make your little one/s feel as comfortable as possible – so we do things at their pace and work around what they want to do – we find that this relaxed and informal approach produces the most spontaneous and natural portraits. Our photographer will use a range of backgrounds and props to create your portraits, although you are more than welcome to bring any toys or props that you would like your little one/s to be photographed with – a change of clothes is also a great idea too! After your photography session, you will be asked back for a viewing a few days later to preview your images. All you then have to do is pick your favorites! We will then work with you to create your original and vibrant portraits and layouts. Whether it is black and white, colour, traditional, or something more contemporary, it will be unique to you.

You can then choose from our affordable range of traditional or contemporary frames, canvas prints, and much more to show your beautiful portraits off at their very best. Now you can treasure those Precious Moments forever! For more information or to view examples of our work and products please visit: www.yourpreciousmoments.co.uk. To book your session please ring us on: 01536 384047

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Phew! What a Day!

Like me, do you tend to feel frazzled by 7pm, can’t work out where the day went and why your plans never materialise? Or do you run a tight ship and everything tends to runs like clockwork? Ever wonder as you arrive at the nursery gates (apparently through a hedge backwards) how the super glam mum dropping off her three under 5’s before zipping off to work does it? Or are you like her? Myself and three fellow mums made notes during a normal, term-time weekday and here they are. Compare and contrast as you will but I can safely say if I ever get stressed again I will close my eyes and repeat my new mantra: “pull yourself together and think of Megan”.

Viki teaches business English and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, with her husband Ken and daughter Olivia, 2. 7.30am Get up and have our usual breakfast: weetabix with warmmilkandbanana. 8.30am Drive Liv to playschool for 9am. Sing along to her favourite animal song CD on the way. 10am Work at home. 12.15pm Collect Liv and we come home for lunch: salad, ham & cheese with bread. My friend Kate joins us for lunch today and we have a bit of snoek* pate, too. Mmmmm. Liv’s not convinced... 2pm Back to work for an hour or so while Liv plays with Bokang (her nanny)and then she comes to join me in my office. She sits at her little table colouring while I work for a bit longer. 4.30pm We take the dogs for a walk to the park and play on the swings for a long time today because Liv’s friend, Tsego is there. Liv picks up some rubbish and puts it in the bin. 6pm Liv has scrambled egg with tomatoes and mushrooms on toast while I cook dinner for me and Ken. Give Liv a bath, then read her a story (The Little Prince) for a bit before she falls asleep at 7pm. Ken and I watch a film and end up going to bed at around 11pm. *snoek is a type of fish

Liz works for Time for Tots Magazine and lives in Kettering, Northants, with her partner Craig and daughter Isabel, 3. 7am Izzy wakes up early and we have porrige and melon for breakfast. The sun is shining so I manage to get a couple of loads of washing done and out on the line while Izzy plays with her dolls house and dances to my 80s collection which she loves! We then do a jigsaw together and eat biscuits in the hammock. 11am Nursery uniform on and off to the corner shop as we’ve run out of milk. It’s Thursday which means Disney Princess magazine day. Izzy insists on riding her Pingu bike there which takes ages... 12.30 Drop Izzy off at nursery on the way back home (she has a cooked lunch there) and then I go for a run in the woods with the dog. 1.30pm Arrive home and head upstairs to my office, with a sandwich, to work on Time for Tots until 5pm when I go to collect Izzy. 5.30pm Craig arrives home from work and plays with Izzy while I clean the bathroom, hoover & start supper.

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11 6pm Lazy supper tonight..we sit together to eat beans on toast infront of Charlie & Lola followed by Gigglebiz. 7pm Craig takes the dog out while Izzy and I have a bath. After her warm milk and stories she falls asleep at around 8pm listening to her new story CD. Craig & I do some gardening, bring in the last of the washing & end up enjoying too many beers in the evening sunshine and going to bed really late...

Vanessa runs her own publishing business, Time for Tots, and lives in Kettering, Northants, with her husband Pete and 3 children: Beth 7, Adam 5 and Olivia 17 months. 7am We’re all up just in time to say ‘good morning’ followed by a quick ‘goodbye’ to Daddy before he leaves for his train to work. It’s then breakfast time. 2 or 3 bowls of cereal for Beth and Adam who always have quite an appetite in the morning. They then have to get dressed into school uniform and washed and brushed - the morning is then their own to play, read or watch some morning tv. I dash around getting myself and Olivia washed and dressed, school lunches made and school bags packed. 8.45am Walk to school to drop Beth and Adam off then home to tidy up, stick some washing in and have a quick snack and cuppa. 10am Olivia and I go out to her Kindermusik class which she loves. We see my Mum and nephew there. 11.15am After Kindermusik (which

always puts us in a good mood for the rest of the day!) we head over to the supermarket to do the weekly shop. We have lunch there afterwards as I know Olivia will fall asleep in the car on the way home, 1pm Arrive home. Olivia is asleep so I transfer her to her cot for a nap. I then unpack the shopping and unload the washing machine before sitting down at my PC to catch up with some emails. 3pm Wake Olivia and we walk to school to pick Beth and Adam up. Once home the kids have a quick snack before playing. I try and entice (bribe) them to do a little homework. 5.15pm Tea time. It’s the night for Beth and Olivia’s favourite meal - tuna pasta! 6.15pm All 4 of us jump in the car to take Beth to Brownies. Its then home to bath Adam and Olivia and get them into their PJs before we pick Beth up 7.15pm Back in the car to pick Beth up. 7.30pm Home again and it’s bed time. Putting 3 kids to bed on my own can take a while! Adam gets ready first as he’s the most tired, followed by Olivia and last of all Beth (who likes to read to herself at bedtime). I read to Adam and Olivia before lights out. Once all the kids are in bed, I tidy up before starting tea for me and Pete. 8.30pm Pete arrives home from work and we eat together. 9pm Do some housework followed by Time for Tots work. Bed far too late than is good for me at around midmight.

Megan is Childminder

an OFSTED registered and lives in Kettering, continued on the next page...

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12 Northants with her husband Mark and 6 children: Danielle 12, Callum 10, Luke 8, Tyler 5, Kieran 2 and Louie 5 months. 5am Mark off to work 6.30am I get up, washed, dressed, come downstairs, make a cup of tea, prepare Louie’s bottle, and make and pack all the sandwiches. 6.50am Go and make sure Danielle is up, getting washed and dressed. 7am Get all the boys out of bed and make their breakfast, Weetabix with banana, also give them beaker of juice. Load washing machine. 7.30am Louie gets fed, washed and dressed. 7.40 Give Danielle lunch money, and usher her out the door to catch the bus. 7.50am Boys upstairs to get washed and dressed, ready for school. 8am Quickly get Kieran washed and dressed, have a quick look around my house to check all is ready for the childminding children 8.25am All coats and shoes on, lunchboxes and book bags picked up. Child A arrives. 8.30am Leave the house, load up the buggy walk to school. 9am Return home, free play for the children 9.30am Child B arrives - free play time 10.15am Snacks and juice then nappy changing followed by messy play. 11.30 Clear up and wipe the table down ready for lunch.

12 noon Lunch time for all the children, Louie is fed. 12.30pm Clear up from lunch. 1pm Quiet time for us all, story, singing. Child A and B go to sleep. 1.15pm My lunch. 1.30pm Load dishwasher from lunchtime, prepare dinner. 2.15pm Wake Child A and B and change nappies. 2.30pm Child B leaves. 2.50pm Coats and shoes on ready for school run. 3pm Leave for school. 3.15pm Children come out of school. 3.50pm Home, snacks and juice for all, and tea for me. 4.10pm Danielle arrives home, quickly changes before off to dancing. 4.30pm Child A leaves, put the dinner on, today is Chicken and Pasta. 5pm Mark arrives home. 5.15pm Have dinner, load dishwasher, sort myself out. 5.45pm Play with the children for an hour and put more washing in the machine. 6.50pm Danielle arrives home from dancing, quickly I give all the children a kiss before I leave for college. 7pm 2 hours of psychology and sociology. 9.10pm Arrive home, all children in bed, dishwasher on, and bottles all sterilized thanks to Mark. 9.30pm Get all the childrens clothes ready for the next day, sit down and relax. 10.30pm Bed.

Time waits for no mum...

Viki, Megan and Vanessa will all be receiving their very own Family Life Book courtesy of Organised Mum as a thank you. The great news is we have another copy, worth £13.49 to give away to one lucky reader! Just complete the following phrase: ‘Better late than ...’ and email your answer along with your name , address & phone number to: info@timefortots. co.uk. Closing date: 30.09.11. Good luck! The Family Life Book by Organised Mum starts in September ’11 and lasts for 16 months and offers everything a busy mum needs to keep her up to speed throughout the school year. Available from www.organisedmum.co.uk or call 0845 644 7507 for a brochure. Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


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Clubs & Classes To advertise your Club or Class here call: 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk

Jenny’s Dolphins

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Bubble Babies: Make a splash this weekend...

A very warm welcome awaits you (not to mention the very warm water!) at Kingsley School Hydrotherapy Pool, Kettering on Saturday mornings. Bubble Babies ‘Baby and Pre-School Swimming Classes’ encourage all members of the family to come along and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Babies love having Grandparents or Auntie watch as they confidently show off their latest skills; there really is no better way to SPLASH into the weekend!

adventure to Treasure Island and swimming through caves and waterfalls! ‘If the principles of good swimming technique are firmly established and everyone is having fun then the learning follows on quite naturally.’ To celebrate their achievements, the mini swimmers receive the STA’s Starfish Badges and Certificates with the older children working through the Stanley First Steps Series awards. Donna, Jack’s mum, enthuses, ‘Jack loves attending each week and can’t wait to get into the pool!’ In October we have another Underwater Photograph session lined up and this exciting event is open to anyone who would like to come along and is confident in going under the water. What better souvenir of those happy times and earliest swims? To book on a class or for more information: Contact: Erika Bird Telephone: 01604 780244 Website: www.bubblebabies.co.uk

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

As classes run on Saturday mornings, there is a dynamic collection of enthusiastic dads who enjoy this wonderful opportunity to bond with their children. A whole range of structured activities, races, games and different equipment each week offers them the chance to share in giving their baby the precious aquatic skills and confidence that lead to a lifelong love and enjoyment of the water. Erika, the founder of Bubble Babies who has been teaching babies to swim for 7 years, looks forward each week to riding her ‘motorbike’ through the waves, ‘white water rafting’ on the To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


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New! Clubs and Classes Timetable

Welcome to our new ‘Clubs & Classes Timetable’! Got a slot to fill in your weekly schedule and wondering what’s on? Well this timetable should help. Please be sure to book your child on the class before turning up (unless otherwise stated). If contact details aren’t supplied there will be an advert for the class in this issue where you can find more information.

Corby & Surrounding Area Mondays

Sing and Sign Stage 1 10am to 11am in Great Oakley Village Hall. For 6 to 15 months.

Tuesdays

Parent & Toddler Swimming 9.30 to 10.30am or 10.30 to 11.30am at Corby East Midlands International Pool. For parents with children from 3 mths to 4 years. No need to book.

Wednesdays

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At the Holiday Inn. All lessons last for 30 minutes. 10am One to one lessons 10.30am 3 year olds 11am 1 year olds 12.30pm One to one lessons

Thursdays

Parent & Toddler Swimming 1pm to 2pm or 2pm to 3pm at Corby East Midlands International Pool. For parents with children from 3 months to 4 years. Booking not required. Tots & Tiddlers (Pre-school Gymnastics) At Lodge Park Sports Centre. Booking advisable on all sessions. Call 01536 400033. 10 to 10.45am for under 2s 11 to 11.45am for 2 to 3 year olds 1 to 1.45pm for 3 to 4 year olds 1.45 to 2.30pm for 3 to 4 years

Fridays

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At the Holiday Inn. All lessons last for 30 minutes. 10am for 1 year olds 10.30am One to one lessons 11am for 2 & 3 year olds

Saturdays

Little Kickers At Lodge Park Sports Centre. “Junior Kickers” for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 10.10 to 10.55am. “Mighty Kickers” for 3.5 years olds to 5th Birthday, 11.05 to 11.50am

Kettering & Surrounding Area Mondays

Kindermusik (Music and Movement Class) At Counties Community Centre. ‘Our time’ for 15 mths to 3 years, 9.15 to 10am ‘Village Babies’ from birth to 15 mths, 10.15 to 11am Infant Aquatics Swimming 10am-12pm at Balance Health Club. Each class 30 minutes. For children aged 3 mths to 4.5 yrs. Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance)

3.40 to 4.40pm at The Britannia Club, Burton Latimer. Starlight Dance “Munchkins” Show Team Class 4 to 5pm at Starlight Dance & Musical Theatre School, High Street. For 3 to 6 year olds.

Tuesdays

Sign and Sign At The Woodcroft Scout Centre, London Road Stage 1 (6 to 15 mths) 10 to 11am or 11am to 12pm Stage 2 (15mths to 2.5yrs) 12 - 1pm

Wednesdays

Infant Aquatics Swimming 10am-12pm at Balance Health Club. Each class 30 minutes. For children aged 3 months to 4.5 yrs.

Thursdays

Kindermusik (Music and Movement Class) ‘Our time’ for 15 mths to 3yrs, 9.30 to 10.15am at the Counties Community Centre

Fridays

Kindermusik At Counties Community Centre. ‘Our time’ for 15 months to 3 years, 9.15 to 10am ‘Village Babies’ from 0 to 15 months, 10.15 to 11am Infant Aquatics Swimming 10am-12pm at Balance Health Club. Each class 30 minutes. For children 3 months to 4.5 years. Mucky Pups Arts and Crafts 1 to 2pm at North Park Pavilion. For pre-school children. Starlight Dance “Mini Tappers” (Ballet & Tap) 4 to 5pm at Starlight Dance & Musical Theatre School, High Street. For 3 and 4 year olds.

Saturdays

Bubble Babies Swimming 8.45am to 1.15pm at Kingsley School. 30 minute classes for children aged 0 mths to 5 yrs. Stagecoach Theatre Arts School At Brambleside Primary School. Early Stage Class for 4-6year olds, 9.30 to 11am or 2 to 3.30pm. Main schools for 6 to 18 year olds,either 10am to 1pm or 2.30 to 5.30pm. 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 years olds to 5th Birthday, 10.10 to 10.55am or 11.05 to 11.50am. Infant Aquatics Swimming 12-1.30pm at Balance Health Club. Each class 30 minutes. For children 3 months to 4.5 years.

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.

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Tuesdays

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 min classes from 11am to 12.30pm. Call for times and ages.

Fridays

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 12.15 to 12.45pm for < 12 mths 12.45 to 1.15pm for 2 & 3 years

Sundays

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 12.15 to 12.45pm for 1 year olds 12.45 to 1.15pm for 3 year olds 1.15 to 1.45pm for 1 year olds 1.45 to 2.15pm for < 12 months

Rushden & Higham Ferrers Mondays

Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9.30am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years Jumpin’ Jax 9.30 to 11am at Pemberton Centre. For 0 to 5 years.

Tuesdays

Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9.15am at Splash Leisure Pool. 0 to 5 year olds Mini Music 1.15-2pm at Pemberton Centre. For 0 to 3 year olds Gymnastics 5 to 6pm at Pemberton Centre for 4+ year olds.

Jumpin’ Jax 1 to 2.30pm at The Nene Centre. For 0 to 5 years. Thursdays Gymnastics Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9.15am at Splash Leisure Pool. 4-5pm at Nene Centre. Ages 4+ 0 to 5 year olds Saturdays Mini Gym Ready, Steady Dance At Pemberton Centre for 2.5 to 5 10 to 11am at The Nene Centre for year olds. 9.30 to 10.30am, 10.45 3 to 4 year olds to 11.45am or 1.30 to 2.30pm Boogie Tots (Footloose Dance) Wellingborough & 1 to 1.45pm in the Function room Surrounding Area of Higham Ferrers Working Mens Club. For all walking pre-schoolers! Mondays Gymnastics Infant Aquatics Swimming 4 to 6pm at Pemberton Centre for 11.30am to 1.30pm at Hinwick 4+ year olds. College, Podington or 3.305.30pm at Rowangate Primary, Fridays Wellingborough. Each class 30 Parent & Tot Swimming minutes. For 3 mths to 4.5 yrs. 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. 0 to 5 years Tuesdays Jumpin’ Jax (Movement and Play) Baby Yoga with Aqualight Babies From 2pm at Redwell centre. For 9.30 to 11am at Pemberton 0 to rolling & rolling to crawling. Centre. For 0 to 5 years. Infant Aquatics Swimming Boogie Tots (Footloose Dance) 3.30-5.30pm at Rowangate 9.45 to 10.30am, Function room Primary School. Each class 30 of Higham Ferrers Working Mens Club. For all walking pre-schoolers! mins. For 3 mths to 4.5 yrs. Beginners Ballet & Tap Sign and Sign (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) Fair Building, Park Road Baptist Church, Rushden. Stage 2 (15mths 4 to 5pm at Vicarage Farn Community Centre, W’boro to 2.5yrs) 10 to 11am. Stage 1 (6 and Methodist Church Hall, to 15 mths) 11am-12pm Irthlingborough For 0 to 3 year olds

Thrapston

Mondays

Parent & Tot Swimming 9 to 10am at The Nene Centre. For 0 to 5 year olds

Wednesdays

Parent & Tot Swimming 9 to 10am at The Nene Centre. For 0 to 5 year olds Jumpin’ Jax 11am to 12.30pm at The Nene Centre. For 0 to 5 years.

Wednesdays

Infant Aquatics Swimming 2-3.30pm at Scott Bader Pool, Wollaston. Each class 30 mins. For 3 mths to 4.5 yrs.

Saturdays

Infant Aquatics Swimming 3-5.30pm at Scott Bader Pool, Wollaston. Each class 30 mins. For 3 mths to 4.5 yrs. Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance)

9.30 to 10.30am at The Mission Room, Finedon.

NB We plan to alternate the Clubs and Classes Timetable with the Parent & Tot Group Directory each issue. Next issue will therefore see the return of the Parent & Tot Group directory.

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Infant Aquatics Baby & toddler swimming courses

• Small and friendly classes • Babies and toddlers from 3 months to 4 years • Gain confidence and life long skills • Weekday and weekend classes

For Kettering classes contact Carly Tel: 01858 565 713 carly@infantaquatics.co.uk For Wellingborough & Wollaston classes contact Mel Tel: 01933 223 458 mel@infantaquatics.co.uk

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www.infantaquatics.co.uk

www.footloosedanceschool.com

Boogie Tots

Dance based exercise for any child who can walk and wiggle Many styles of dance will be touched on including Disco/Freestyle, Ballet, Tap, Ballroom and Latin. Parents are required to stay with their children and will be actively encouraged to join in also!!! Thursdays 1 - 1.45pm Fridays 9.45 - 10.30am

Footz

Ballroom, Latin and Disco/Freestyle classes for children aged 4-15 9-10am First Footz 4-7yr olds 10-11am Fancy Footz 8-11yr olds

For more information contact Sarah on: 07956 597748 or email: info@footloosedanceschool.com

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A FAMILY DAY OUT Autumn Fun at Fermyn Woods Country Park

We woke up, the sun was shining (hallelujah!) and for the first time in a very long time, my daughter Izzy and I had a day entirely to ourselves. As I’d heard that Fermyn Woods had built a new playground we figured we’d better go and check it out. Sandwiches, wellies, suncream (don’t you love the uncertainty of British weather!), spare pants and dog all packed and ready in the car and we were off. Just 15 minutes drive from Kettering and we arrived then headed to the Skylark Cafe to buy a parking ticket (£2.50 for the whole day). On the cafe door, there are all sorts of activities suitable for kids of all ages advertised. (Bearing in mind we were there during the first week of the school summer holidays). Izzy, 3, decided that she’d like to do the animal post trail, so we set off, map in hand, box of crayons at the ready and £1.50 lighter (includes trail and prize. £1 for trail map only). There were 12 posts with metal castings of woodland animals, their locations clearly marked on the map. With a total of 6 brass rubbings made, we gave up (map reading is not my forte and makes me bad tempered) and claimed our prize anyway. With a brand new squirrel finger puppet, and two big mugs of hot chocolate we settled ourselves on one of the picnic tables outside the cafe. Izzy explored the brand new and completely gorgeous tots play area. All wooden play structures and huts, cute little mushroom seats and soft flooring all nestled under the trees.

Surrounded by a low timber fence, the kids are contained and safe as the parents enjoy a warm bev and look on. Moving on to the main playground, this is just as it always has been. Swings, slides, zip wire... Loads and loads of fun and all the apparatus are in great condition and bark flooring cushions the inevitable tumbles. And the grand finale...the amazing and brand spanking new timber fort complete with ladder entrance and super-fast slide exits. As expected, this was mobbed and Izzy backed out looking startled at one point. There was a very rowdy game of knights and dragons going on but in such a setting up high on a grassy bank overlooking the rest of the park, childhood imaginations can only run riot. Absolutely brilliant. A great day was had at Fermyn and we will all be going back soon. Beautiful countryside, easy walking trails, safe enclosed play areas and a lovely Cafe. We were worn out and very happy at home time. I highly recommend you take a visit. Some complain about the car park charge but I was more than happy to contribute to the upkeep of a really clean, safe and well-planned park. P.S. There are no bins. Bring your own bag for rubbish to take home at the end of the day.

Park and car park open all day, every day. Toilets open 9am to 5pm daily Cafe and shop open 10am to 4pm daily Admission FREE - Car Park £2.50 per day Address: Fermyn Woods Country Park, Lyveden Road, Brigstock, Kettering NN14 3HS Tel: 01536 373 625 Web: www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/parks

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Barnwell Country Park

Why not?

Let the kids loose in the children’s

play area suitable for toddlers, younger children & older children, plus seating for mum & dad. Take a lakeside stroll with the buggy & feed the ducks. Hire our Kingfisher Lodge for a birthday party or community event. Take the kids fishing - free for under 12s Find us at: Barnwell Road Oundle Peterborough PE8 5PB

Test your knowledge with our quiz trails during the holidays – pick up a sheet from the shop for £1.50 each. There’s a prize for everyone! Enjoy a picnic or fly a kite on one of our meadows.

Bring your binoculars and try and spot a red kite soaring above you, dragonflies flitting over the pond or if you’re quiet, a fallow deer in the woodland.

£2.50 parking charge applies at all parks. Season tickets available

Fermyn Woods Country Park

For more info call: 01832 273435

Why not? Let the kids run wild among the children’s play area and new fortress or for the younger ones, relax in Tot’s Corner while they play with the sand or ride the tractor. Enjoy a light snack from the Skylark Cafe including Wildlife Picnic Boxes for the kids. Take part in our holiday quizzes or attend an event – check our website for details: www.northamptonshire. gov.uk/parks Find us at:

Lyveden Road Brigstock Kettering Northamptonshire NN14 3HS For more info call: 01536 373625

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Enjoy a Family Day Out at the Newlands Shopping Centre Kettering Look out for special Appearances from

Human Statues – 23rd September 2011

Scooby Doo – 28th October 2011

Animal Zoo – 25th November 2011 Open 7 days a week Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 6.00pm Sundays 10.00am to 4.00pm

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Events Diary September Tue 6th

Schools re-open for a new academic year. Nature Tots at Fermyn Woods. 1-2.30pm. £3. Must book.

Wed 7th

Nature Tots at Irchester Country Park. 10-11.30 & 1-2.30pm. £3.

Wed 14

Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park. 10-11.30 & 1-2.30pm. £3. Baby Roadshow at Kettering General Hospital. 6-8pm.

Wed 14th to Sun 18th

Numberjacks at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton. Tickets: £13. Call: 01604 624811.

Sat 17th & Sun 18th

Country Life & Shire Horse Show at Sacrewell Farm. 10am-4pm.

Sun 18th

Hedgerow Harvest at West Lodge Farm. Tractor tours and berry picking.

Fri 23rd

Human statues at the Newlands Centre, Kettering.

Sat 24th

The Way Back Home at The Corby Cube. Suitable for ages 3+. 11am & 2pm. Firetree Photography Lakeside Photoshoot. See page 5.

October Tue 4th

Nature Tots at Fermyn Woods. Country Park. 1-2.30pm. £3. Must book.

Wed 5th

Fri 28th

Wed 12th

November Tue 1st

Nature Tots at Irchester Country Scooby Doo at the Newlands Park. 10-11.30 & 1-2.30pm. £3. Centre, Kettering. Booking essential. Sat 29th Sat 8th Little Monsters Ball at Northampton High School Wicksteed Park. Spooky fun, open day. 10am-1pm. games and disco plus prize for best fancy dress. 4 to 6pm. Sun 9th See ad on page 7. World Conker Championships at New Lodge Fields, nr Oundle. Mon 31st 10.30am - 3pm. Adults: £4 kids: Halloween Party and Ghost £2. Family tickets: £10. Free Hunt at Westlodge Farm. Parking. More details: www. Fancy dress.7. worldconkerchampionships.com Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park. 10-11.30 & 1-2.30pm. £3. Booking essential

Sat 15th to Mon 31st

Halloween Fun at West Lodge Farm. Pumpkin carving, witch’s house tours & Trail of Doom.

Sat 22nd

Nature Tots at Fermyn Woods. 1-2.30pm. £3. Must book.

Wed 2nd

Nature Tots at Irchester Country Park. 10-11.30 & 1-2.30pm. £3.

Fri 4th & Sat 5th

Fiddlesticks at The Corby Big Bonfire Party at West Lodge Cube. Suitable for ages 3+. Farm. 11am and 2pm. Tickets: £5.50. Wed 9th Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd Nature Tots at Barnwell Pumpkin Festival Weekend at Country Park. 10-11.30am & Sacrewell Farm. Halloween1-2.30pm. £3. themed activities for the whole family including Jack-O- Fri 25th Animal Zoo at the Newlands Lantern carving. Centre, Kettering.

Sat 22nd - Sun 30th

Spooky Spectacular Halloween Half Term at Sacrewell Farm including ghost-busting tractor rides. 11am-3pm.

Tue 25th & Wed 26th

Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt at the Castle Theatre, W’boro. See ad on page 7 for details.

Wed 26th & Thu 27th

Haunted Halloween at Stanwick Lakes. 12.30-4pm.

Thu 27th to Sat 29th

Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play at the Royal & Derngate. Tickets: £13. Ages 3 and up. Call: 01604 624811.

Sun 27th to Sat 24th Dec

The Christmas Experience at Westlodge Farm

Tue 29th to Sun 4th Dec

One Snowy Night at the Corby Cube. Suitable for ages 3+. Tickets: £8 to £12.50. Various show times. Call: 01536 470470 or visit www. thecorecorby.com for details.

Wed 30th - Sun 8th Jan

Alice in Wonderland at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton. Tickets from £9 to £21.

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School Admissions Guide

Applying for a school place for September 2012 2012’ at: www.northamptonshire.gov. uk/admissions. There are also links to school websites and Ofsted reports to help parents make an informed decision for their preferences.

Children living in Northamptonshire who turn four years old between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012 will start school in September 2012, so parents must apply to Northamptonshire County Council’s School Admissions Team for school places. This is the same for children transferring to junior, middle or secondary school places. Parents must apply to Northamptonshire County Council regardless of whether: • The parent has put the child’s name down at a school • The child lives in the area or attends the local/linked nursery or school • They have an older brother or sister already at the school •They want an Academy or Foundation school Applying for a school place is easy. Northamptonshire County Council’s website has guides on how to apply for primary and secondary school places,(it is advisable for parents to read the oversubscription/ admissions criteria of the school(s) that they are interested in) see ‘Applying for a Primary Place in Northamptonshire for September

Benefits of applying online include: • Open 24 hours a day, 7days a week • Applications can be amended up until the deadline • Peace of mind - receive an automated receipt • No need to worry about finding or posting paperwork • View offer on allocation day instead of waiting for the post Supporting parents... The school admissions team provide extra support for parents to apply online throughout Northamptonshire providing one to one help at Roadshows in schools and nurseries. Also there is limited funding for basic internet training sessions in libraries if the parent applies online at the same time (contact your local library for more information). Details of Roadshows will be published on Northamptonshire County Council’s website www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/ admissions or ring the helpdesk on 01604 236599. Any organisation who feels they would benefit from a Roadshow can email admissions@northamptonshire. gov.uk for details. Application deadlines... Primary applications open from 12th September 2011, closing date is Sunday 15th January but we will accept applications that reach us by Monday continued on the next page...

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Muddy Boots Playgroup Jubilee Drive, Walgrave, Northamptonshire, NN6 9PH

• • • • • • • • • •

We welcome children from 2 years 6 months old Experienced and caring staff We work closely with parents An open plan room with two outdoor play areas Maximum 20 children per session Registered charity, run by parents Government funding for 3 & 4 year olds Childcare vouchers accepted Open Monday to Friday in school term time Morning, afternoon and school day sessions available

For more information, a prospectus or to join our waiting list call:

01604 781838 Registered Charity Number: 1052702

OFSTED URN: 220218

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12 noon 16th January 2012, (secondary applications need to be received by 5pm on 31st October 2011) Applications received after the deadline are processed after all those received on time, so parents are likely to miss out on a school place at their preferred school – last year many younger siblings were late applications which resulted in some parents having to take young children to different schools! Tips for parents who don’t have access to, or experience in using the internet: • Public libraries provide free internet access for accessing information on the county’s web pages such as the schools admission site • Some schools, Sure Start centres and nurseries can also help, either ask at your local provision or contact the

helpline for details of Roadshows in the local area.

• UK online centres provide free access, guidance and courses for using the internet see www. ukonlinencentres com or call: 0800 771234 • www.guide.gov.uk is great for helping people use the internet and an easy process to set up an e-mail address Visit: www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/admissions E-mail: admissions@northamptonshire.gov.uk Helpline for parents: 01604 236599

Article kindly provided by Angela James, School Admissions Officer.

A home from home For children aged 8 weeks to 12 years Open Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 6.30pm

• Rated outstanding by Ofsted • Open 51 weeks a year • FREE Nursery Education for 3 and 4 year olds • Family owned and run centre • Large garden with access to allotments and wildlife area • Before and After School Clubs and Holiday Club also available

For more information: 01536 264422 www.little-learners-childcare.co.uk sam@little-learners-childcare.co.uk Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Primary school, Occupation Road, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN17 1EE

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An Early Start Early learning provision at Northampton High School provides girls aged 3 to 4 with the best possible start to their education in a happy and caring community. • • • • • • •

A safe and secure environment with excellent facilities Fully qualified teachers and nursery nurses Outstanding Inspection report spring 2011 Covered all-weather outdoor play area Care from 7.45 am to 6pm in term time Fresh, nutritious meals Toddler group for 2-3 year olds on Friday afternoons

October 2011 OPEN DAY 810am - 1pm Come and Visit Us

Please Call 01604 765765 www.gdst.net/northamptonhigh

Aldwincle Playgroup Aldwincle playgroup is a small village playgroup set in beautiful rural surroundings within the grounds of Trinity Lower School. We take children from 2 years 6 months to school age. Grants are available for those aged from 3 years. All day sessions available for children in their preschool year

To make an appointment to look around or for more information either visit our website or telephone Alison on:

01832 720566

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Time for Books: Waterstones Book Review

Waterstones have selected another four books for our reader panel to review this issue. As usual a big thank you to Waterstones and all our reviewers.

For Babies... Peekaboo

Justine Smith & Fiona Land £7.99

For Toddlers... That’s Not My Monster Fiona Watt & Rachel Wells £5.99

Babies and toddlers will love this original tactile playbook from the innovative Baby Touch range. Have fun touching the different textures and playing peekaboo with the large integrated flaps. The bright and bold illustrations are perfect for baby to enjoy. Our parent said: “My baby LOVED this book. The bright and bold colours and different textures and shapes completely entranced him and he squealed with delight when I put his finger on the fluffy bunny’s tummy. I have already recommended this book to my mummy pals at baby group. Can I keep it please??!” Rating: 5/5 Tania, Mum to Archie, age 6 months

This is a fresh new edition of a classic title in the bestselling “That’s not my...” series. This title combines bright, colourful illustrations with a variety of different textures to touch and feel on each page. It helps very young children develop important language and sensory skills. Our (grand)parent said: “1 year old Knox tried each page out and when his older brother said is was about dragons Knox said “Raaaa!” We liked the different feel on each page and the reoccurring mouse but Knox didn’t want to read it again later on.” Rating: 3/5 Caz, Grandmother to Knox, age 1

For Pre-schoolers...

This Season’s Choice

The Tooth Fairy Peppa Pig £6.99

Peppa Pig has lost her first tooth. With the tooth safely under her pillow, Peppa waits for the Tooth Fairy to arrive! Read this delightful story, and use the letter and tooth envelope to wait for the Tooth Fairy yourself. Dr Elephant, the dentist, gives you some handy tips on looking after your teeth Our parent said: “My daughter thinks she has grown out of Peppa Pig, but this had her riveted. Although it’s going to be a while until she loses her milk teeth (I hope), she was interested and amused by the usual Peppa family capers and found the whole idea of the tooth fairy fascinating. This book interesting, educational and a lot of fun. A big thumbs up from us.” Rating: 5/5 Liz, Mum to Isabel, age 3

Meg Comes To School

Helen Nicoll & Jan Pienkowski £5.99 When Meg attends Owl’s school sports day in a very unusual hat, everyone is in for a big surprise! Previously published as “Owl at School”, this humorous Meg and Mog story is reissued with a bright new cover and in a larger, brighter format. Perfect for sharing or reading alone, children will love exploring the colours, sounds and shapes. Our parent said: “I remember loving Meg and Mog books as a child but most of those I read as an adult to my children I find disappointing - sadly this was no exception. A completely bonkers story that is difficult to read to a child because it mostly consists of comments in speech bubbles. You have to ad lib a lot to get the story to make any sense. My son loved the colourful pages and the illustrations though.” Rating: 1/5 Vanessa, Mum to Adam, age 5

Waterstones Booksellers Ltd, 72-76 High Street, Kettering, Northants, NN16 8SY Tel: 0843 290 8421. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm, Sun 9am-4pm

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Party Services To advertise your Party Service here call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk

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Where to change and feed your baby...

Northampton

Corby

Wellingborough

Kettering

...in Kettering, Wellingborough, Corby and Northampton Where to change your baby:

Where to feed your baby:

The following locations all have a baby changing mat and/or table:

The following establishments all welcome mothers breastfeeding or will heat a baby bottles for you and, unless otherwise stated, also have baby changing facilities:

• Public baby changing room in Newlands Centre, nr TK Maxx (have to get key from security) • Kettering Museum • Kettering Library (no nappy disposal though) • Baby changing room in Morrisons • McDonalds

• Fuller Coffee House on Newland Street • Cafe Culture on Silver Street • The Bakers Oven in the Newlands Centre • Costa Coffee on High Street • The George Hotel on Sheep Street (no changing facilties) • Out of town there’s Mocha Mama, catering especially for new mothers

• Mens or ladies public toilets in the Swansgate Centre • The children’s section of Wellingborough Library - 1st floor • Public toilets on Market Street • McDonalds • Baby changing room in Morrisons

• Costa Coffee on Market Street • Wellingborough Library - private room in the children’s section on the 1st floor • McDonalds • Burger King in the Swansgate Centre (no changing facilities)

• Baby changing room next to the public toilets in Willow Place • Public toilets in Corby Cube • McDonalds

• Costa Coffee in Willow Place • Corby Library in Corby Cube - no bottle heating facilities yet though • The café in TJ Hughes • McDonalds

• Baby changing room next to the public toilets in the Grosvenor Centre • McDonalds in the Grosvenor Centre • McDonalds on The Drapery • Ladies toilet on the ground floor of House of Fraser • Baby changing room in Peacock Place Shopping Centre • Parent Room on the 1st floor of H&M on Abington Street

• The cafe on the 1st floor of House of Fraser • Marks & Spencer - either in the baby changing room or the café, both on the 1st floor • BHS - either in the private mother & baby room or the café, both on the 1st floor • Costa Coffee on Abington Street • Café Nero on Abington Street • The café on the 1st floor of Debenhams • Parent Room on the 1st floor of H&M on Abington Street

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Toddlers ruined your carpet? Need a new one? Then contact:

Floors to Lay

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The Sooner the Better... A childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development and learning can be hindered by undiagnosed or uncorrected sight defects so early and regular eye examinations are essential to give them the best chance in life. Visual development takes place between 6 months and 3 years of age. Many defects such as long or short-sightedness, a squint or astigmatism can be inherited. Most problems can be better treated the earlier they are recognised. It is not necessary to wait until a child can recognise letters on a conventional sight test chart. Special measurements and picture tests have been developed which can be used to check the sight of babies and toddlers. Whilst doctors, health visitors and some school nurses carry out vision screening checks, only a comprehensive eye examination by an Optometrist will give an accurate assessment. Under the N.H.S children are entitled to free eye examinations up to the age of 16. Some signs for parents to look out for: Infants: frequent rubbing of the eyes, discomfort in bright light, watery eyes, one eye bigger than the other, eyes turning in or out (a squint), a red spot in one eye Pre-Schoolers: holding books very close, sitting too close to the TV, red eyes or sore looking eyelids, blinking a lot or screwing up the eyes, short attention span, difficulty with eye-hand-body-co-ordination.

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All day family fun whatever the weather!

Pumpkin Festival—Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd Oct Halloween Spooky Spectacular—Sat 22nd-Sun 30th Oct Fright Nights—Fri 28th-Sun 30th Oct (pre-booking essential) Father Christmas at Sacrewell—Sat 3rd-Fri 23rd December Located off the A1/A47 at Wansford 01780 782254

Open 7 days a week! www.sacrewell.org.uk

Registered Charity No. 233603

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Special Offers Register for £20 with this voucher. (usual cost: £45)

Call: 01536 264422 www.little-learners-childcare.co.uk valid until 31 October 2011

firstsessionfreeWiththisvoucher call: 01604 211249 to book.

www.littlekickers.co.uk

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FREE ENTRY for 1 child with this voucher

Indoor Adventure Play Area Voucher valid Monday to Friday only One voucher per family Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer

www.paulspirates.co.uk

Tel: 01933 679265

10% off

a coursE

voucher valid until 31 oct 11

Call amanda: 07939092134

free gift worth £8 if you book a party with this voucher Call: Lisa on 07957 235293 Offer valid until 31 October 2011

20% off

any treatment with this voucher Offer valid from 1st September to 31st October 2011 Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer One voucher per person 89a Wellingborough Road, Finedon, Northants, NN9 5LG

Tel: 01933 681110 Email: escapebeautyandwellbeingltd@yahoo.co.uk

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Win Win Win!

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

Win a family ticket worth £50 to see Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt... plus meet Peppa afterwards! A real treat for little piggies! Win a family ticket AND a VIP meeting with Peppa after the show at 4pm on Tuesday 25th October. Just answer the following question correctly:

Peppa loves jumping up and down in what? Email your answer, together with your name and address, to: info@timefortots.co.uk Closing date: 17th October 2011 Please note that all entries will be passed onto The Castle Theatre who may then contact you in the future with offers and news on other shows. If you don’t want your details to be passed on please say so on your entry.

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Win Two Tickets to see “The Way Back Home”

Author Oliver Jeffers’ inter-galactic tale about a little boy seeking adventure is brought to life on stage with original music and plenty of audience participation. Two tickets for the 11am show on Saturday 24 September at the Corby Cube could be yours if you answer the following question correctly: What is the name of the author of The Way Back Home? Email your answer, together with your name and address, to: info@timefortots.co.uk Closing date: 19th September 2011 Please note The Way Back Home is suitable for children aged 3 and over.

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Three Studio Sessions Worth over £190 to be won! Win one of three very snappy packages from Precious Moments by selecting the correct answer to the following question: What smelly foodstuff is usually named in front of a camera? A. Spam B. Mackerel C. Cheese Email A, B or C together with your name and address to:info@timefortots.co.uk 1st prize: photo shoot with 10x8 mounted and framed print worth £85 2nd prize: photo shoot with 10x8 print and 2 7x5 prints worth £65 3rd prize: photo shoot with 10x8 print worth £43 Closing date: 31 October 2011. www.yourpreciousmoments.co.uk Only persons aged 16 years or over can enter. One entry per household. The winners will be the first correct entries drawn at random in each competition. No cash alternatives. Any personal data provided will not be shared with any organisations external to Time for Tots, except the company supplying the prize.

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Home visit studio/location portraiture. No studio overheads so competitive print, framing and product prices. On location at Mocha Mamas, Kettering: Pre-book online, only ÂŁ4.99 sitting fees. Seasonal Location Shoots with all inclusive digital packages. Underwater Photoshoots booking now for Autumn/winter shoots. Weddings, Portraits, Events & Underwater.....

www.firetreephoto.co.uk FiretreePhotography, Market Harborough, 01858 440981/07773 280492 firetreephoto@googlemail.com

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