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The local guide from bump to 5 Celebrating

free 40 things to do in Northamptonshire

of Time for Tots!

before your child starts school Part 1: Spring

What is a Doula? The role of your

Health Visitor

Find the golden egg

hidden inside to win a prize!

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


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Spring 2018 Contents

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ime for tots is 10! Our very first issue was published exactly 10 years ago this spring in March 2008. It’s hard to believe we’ve been going that long, especially when you look at some of our early front cover models and what they look like now! To celebrate this milestone anniversary we’ve done just that on pages 28 to 29. Inspired by the National Trust’s “50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾” campaign we’ve come up with our own “40 things to do in Northamptonshire before your child starts school”. We’ve divided the activities into seasons and will bring you 10 in every issue this year. Some activities you may have done already with your children but we hope it gives you some new ideas. Turn to page 8 to see our ‘10 things to do in spring’. Our Events Calendar, starting on page 10, is bursting with other activities to enjoy throughout spring. Our special “Easter Eggcitement for the whole family” feature on pages 12 to 14 has lots of ideas for the Easter holidays. Enter our competition on page 53 and you could even win a family ticket to Rockingham Castle’s Easter event! Have a wonderful Mothering Sunday on the 11th March all Mums out there! Until the summer.....

Vanessa

4 Tots News 8 40 things to do in Northamptonshire before your child starts school 10 Spring Events Calendar 12 Easter Eggcitement for the whole family 20 Clubs and Classes 22 Infant Aquatics 28 Celebrating 10 years of Time for Tots! 32 Pregnancy, Birth & Babies 34 What is a Doula?

35 Birth Announcements 36 The role of your health visitor

38 Time for Mum 39 Childcare 43 Business Opportunities & Services 44 Party Services 46 Weekly Activities Timetable 52 Competitions Page 54 Special Offers 55 Index of Advertisers

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Vanessa Simpson - Editor Leanne Houghton - Sales & Admin Support Our front cover photograph was taken by Firetree Photography at one of their Bluebell Wood Photoshoots. This year’s shoot is on the 28th & 29th April. We have a £5 off voucher for the shoot in our special offers section. www.firetreephoto.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

Celebrating

Northampton High School Nursery

Welcome Their Youngest Ever Pupil

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taff and pupils were excited to welcome their first two year olds in their Nursery at Northampton High School in January this year. Alexa, who had just turned two in November, is the youngest ever pupil in the history of Northampton High School. Child-centred, play-basedlearningisthefoundation of the outstanding Nursery education. All of the new Nursery girls are settling in extremely well to their very own, refurbished Kipper Room, and are enjoying their activities exploring both the indoors and the outdoors. Their programme includes music and movement and ballet lessons with specialist teachers, visits to the on-site Forest School whatever the weather, story bags and visiting the library as well as exploration walks.

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Firetree Photography’s Bluebell Wood Photoshoot

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hat’s right, it’s 10 years since we published our first ever issue of Time for Tots back in spring 2008! We have come a long way since then with 40 issues and over 320,000 magazines printed! A heart-felt thank-you to everyone for your support over the years - our readers, advertisers and distributors. We wouldn’t have made it to issue 2 without you let alone issue 40!

Harmony Kids Introduce Baby Massage Classes

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armony Kids are running 5 week Baby Massage courses in Kettering and Corby. Learn how to give your baby a full body massage during the 5 week course. You will receive a free bottle of massage oil when you join and be given take home handouts so you can practice at home. Why not learn a wonderful new skill that will benefit you and your baby in so many ways! Suitable from newborn to walking.

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Celebrating 50 Years!

The Barbara Hooton School of Dancing

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ongratulations to Barbara Hooton celebrating 50 years of being a qualified dance teacher! Barbara was presented with a certificate from The National Association of Teachers of Dancing, to mark her 50 years of dedicated service, at a drinks party last November. Talking about the celebration Barbara said: “It was lovely to have Wendy Betts and Nicola Large there, as I have taught them since they were 7 and 4 years old and of course they teach with me now. My daughters Nicola and Katy are dancers and my granddaughters who dance too were also there. Even my husband does adult tap! So it was a lovely Barbara Hooton School of Dancing affair”.

900 FREE Tickets

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hen it came to doing something for Peterborough Celebrates the 900th Anniversary of Peterborough Cathedral, the Nene Valley Railway thought that they had better do something really spectacular. With the theme being ‘900’ the Railway thought... Why not give away 900 free rides?! In March the railway will be doing just that, throwing open the carriage doors as part of their open weekend on 17th and 18th March. Those visiting the Railway’s Wansford headquarters will be entitled to free entry to the site plus a free ride on the shuttle service to Yarwell station and back. Ferry Meadows will be throwing its doors open too. It’s going to be a fun weekend with plenty for everybody to do.

www.nvr.org.uk

Pitsford School Open Day Saturday 28th April 2018, 10.30am to 1pm

The Barbara Hooton School of Dancing will be performing 2 shows at The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough, on the 25th & 26th May, in aid of Breast Cancer Research. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.castletheatre.co.uk. Find out more about The Barbara Hooton School of Dancing by visiting: www.barbarahootonschoolofdancing.co.uk

Bottle Feed the Lambs At Mini Meadows Farm this Spring

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ottle-feed the new lambs at Mini Meadows Farm throughout March until mid-April, and meet the other cute newborn animals in the baby barn. Open daily 10am to 5pm. Normal £5 entry plus £1 per bottle.

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ne of the most important decisions that we make for our children is ensuring that they get the best education available. Pitsford School is one of the county’s leading independent co-educational day schools for children aged four to eighteen, set in 26 acres of rural Northamptonshire. At the heart of the school is the ethos of Opportunity, Excellence and Understanding. Not only providing the opportunity for academic excellence but also helping each child grow and mature into a wellrounded individual with a strong set of life skills and experiences. To find out more join us at the Open Day on Saturday 28th April or visit :

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40 Things to do in Northamptonshire... ...before your child starts school Inspired by the National Trust’s “50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4” campaign, we thought we’d bring you “40 things to do in Northamptonshire before your child starts school”; as those early years before full time school are so precious and there are so many wonderful places to visit in this county! We’ve divided the 40 things up into seasons so will bring you 10 each issue starting with....

10 things to do in

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Bottle feed a lamb

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Walk among the treetops at Salcey Forest

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Play hide and seek in the dens and tunnels in Brock Wood at Sywell Country Park

Both West Lodge Rural Centre near Desborough and Mini Meadows Farm in Welford offer the opportunity to bottle feed their lambs in early spring.

Go on an Easter Egg hunt

Many of the county’s wonderful venues host Easter Egg Hunts - see our ‘Easter Eggcitement for the Whole Family’ feature on pages 12 to 14 for where to go this Easter. Or you could just hold your own egg hunt in your garden or local park!

Salcey Forest’s Tree Top Way takes you to 15 metres above the woodland floor! Walk all the way to the top where there is a viewing platform providing stunning views across the forest and beyond to Northampton. There is also an adventure play area at Salcey Forest, a cafe and trails to take part in so a fun afternoon out with the family.

One of my favourite places to take my children when they were small. They had loads of fun playing hide and seek and building dens in Brock Wood. There are so many other things to do at Sywell too with an indoor and outdoor toddler play area, a sand and water play area, a butterfly garden to hunt for butterflies and a cafe for ice creams and snacks. Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


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Hold a bunny (and other small, furry creatures!) at a local farm

As well as the bigger farm animals, both West Lodge Rural Centre and Mini Meadows have smaller, fluffy animals, such as bunny rabbits and guinea pigs, for children to stroke and hold. Cuddle Corner at West Lodge has a timetable of activities each day for children to get closer to the animals.

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Attend a Parent & Tot Swimming Session

Most of our local pools run parent & toddler swimming sessions which provide a great opportunity for some one to one fun with your child; with toys and floats in the pool and often nursery rhymes lead by pool staff. We particularly like Corby East Midlands International Pool as it has a toddler area too complete with ship!

Go on a spring scavenger hunt

Our country parks provide fantastic locations for going on scavenger hunts with your children on a beautiful spring day. Come up with your own list of items for your child to find or download a scavenger hunt from Northamptonshire Country Park’s website: www.northamptonshireparks.co.uk

Feed the ducks

A simple but enjoyable activity to do with your toddlers on a spring day! Barnwell and Sywell Country Parks both have opportunities to feed the ducks and you can pick up some corn from their visitor centres too (which is much better for ducks than bread).

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Visit Thomas the Tank Engine and friends at Nene Valley Railway

Ok not strictly in Northamptonshire we realise but not that far from the border and a great day out with little Thomas fanatics. Visit Thomas with his travelling post office in April or on his big adventure in May. See details in our Events Calendar.

Have a forest adventure on the Gruffalo orienteering course at Top Lodge Fineshade Woods

The Gruffalo is a firm favourite with preschoolers and this fun orienteering course provides an opportunity for children to enjoy a physical and decision making activity in one as they hunt for the 12 Gruffalo markers on the map. Pick up the orienteering sheet and a map from the lodge, for ÂŁ1.50.

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March Wed 7th

Under 5s Live Storytelling at the Forum Cinema 1pm to 2pm at the Forum Cinema, Weston Favell www.forumcinema.org.uk

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Thu 8th & Fri 9th

Wed 14th to Sun 25th

5pm to 7pm on Thursday and 9am to 12 noon on Friday. www.northamptonhigh.co.uk

Following a record-breaking UK and Ireland tour, the smash hit blockbuster is back! Based on the story and characters from the Oscar‑winning DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all‑dancing, must-see musical comedy. Tue – Sat evenings 7pm, Thu (15 March only) & Saturday Matinee 2.30pm, Sun 1pm & 5pm Tickets £16 - £49.50. Book online at: www.royalandderngate.co.uk

Whole School Open Day at Northampton High School

Sun 11th

Mother’s Day at West Lodge Rural Centre

Treat your mum to a day out on the farm, she can watch the Mother’s day piglet race and will receive a free primrose on her way out. www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk

Sun 11th

Mother’s Day Sunday Lunch at the Holiday Inn, Corby

Three course carvery lunch with a free gift for Mum. £16 per person, children under 12 half price and under 3s eat free. Booking essential. 12pm to 3pm. www.hicorby.com

Sun 11th

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at Stanwick Lakes

With a glass of prosecco on arrival and a delicious array of sandwiches and cakes. Times available: 2.30pm or 4.30pm. Adults £18, Under 18s (and those not wanting alcohol) £15, under 5s £5. Booking essential. Call 01933 625522.

Shrek The Musical at the Royal & Derngate

Wed 21st

Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park

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

Wed 21st

Under 5s Easter Egg Hunt at Berzerk Soft Play

Party games and Easter Egg Hunt for under 5s, 11.30am to 1.30pm. £5.95 per child. www.trilogyleisure.co.uk/about/berzerk

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Fri 23rd

Big Chef Little Chef at Stanwick Lakes

A parent and child cookery session. Make a tasty lunch for the 2 of you to share. 10.30am to 12pm. For ages 18 months+ £6.50 per child. Must book.

Sat 24th

Underwater Photoshoot with Bubbles Babies

Open to anyone whose baby is happy going under the water. Further details and booking forms can be obtained by phoning Erika on 01604 780244 or visiting www.bubblebabies.co.uk.

Sat 24th

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An enchanting and interactive production, I Believe in Unicorns sparks imagination in both young and old. 1.30pm. Tickets £11 (£9 conc). Family ticket for 4 £36 Book Swap! Audience members are invited to bring along a favourite children’s book to form part of the set and then to swap it at the end for another book. (This is not obligatory and we do have a few extra books for those who cannot bring one with them) Book online at: www.thecastletheatre.co.uk

Wed 28th

Xplorer Orienteering at Brixworth Country Park

1pm to 4pm. Activities include Steve the Juggler, Funzone activities, inflatables, cinema screening of Monster Family and much more. www.trilogyleisure.co.uk

Take part in this unique orienteering adventure. A family activity for all ages; help each other to find the clues and complete the course. Certificate and gift for all children taking part. £1 suggested donation per child. Available 11am to 3pm.

Mon 26th

Sat 31st

This intimate show is set in a library full of books that hold more than stories within their pages. It is a tale of the power of books, and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas. Tomas hates reading and school, but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn Lady ...

Children can create their own Easter hat for the virtual Easter parade album with the public’s favourite winning £25! See the ‘Hat Fit for a Royal Wedding’ entries from the retailers with the public voting for their favourite on Facebook! 11am to 3pm.

Lings Forum Fun Day

I believe in Unicorns at The Castle Theatre

Easter Hat Workshop at the Newlands Centre

Spring & Summer 2018 Family Fun At Your Local Steam Railway 31st March to 2nd April Easter Steam & Egg Hunt 28th & 29th April Thomas & the Travelling Post Office 6th May Tornado & Paddington 20th May Thomas’ Big Adventure 9th & 10th June Thomas’ Branch Line Weekend

Visit www.nvr.org.uk for details and bookings Wansford station, A1, Peterborough, PE8 6LR

Charity number: 263617

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Easter Eggcitement For The Whole Family Children’s Easter Egg Hunt Rockingham Castle

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ome and enjoy the family fun this Easter at Rockingham Castle - Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd April 2018, 12 noon to 5pm. Seek out the brightly coloured eggs that have been hidden in the gardens. Each egg has a letter, which makes up an Easter word. There is an opportunity for all the family to get involved in the family quiz too. If your little treasure hunters are still full of beans, they can help Wentworth search for his master’s armour. Help him to find all the missing pieces to earn a badge as Chief Griffin Assistant! Tel: 01536 770240

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Easter Egg-stravaganza West Lodge Farm

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hroughout the Easter school holidays West Lodge has lots of fun activities for you to enjoy. Then on Easter Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (30th March to 2nd April) you can take part in the Easter Quiz, follow clues around the farm, which will lead you to the Easter Bunny in his Easter garden, and receive an Easter egg, paint an egg, take part in the egg and spoon race and egg painting competition.

www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk

Easter Crafts & Wicky’s Easter Trail

Wickteed Park

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isit Wicksteed Park on the 3rd, 5th, 10th or 12th April for some Easter themed craft activities in the Learning Space (aka big grey portacabin) including make your very own pompom bunny. Cost is £2.50 per participant. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities available from 10am to 11.30am and 1pm to 2:30pm. Throughout the Easter holidays, 29th March to 15th April, take part in Wicky’s Easter Trail. Wicky Bear has been very mischievous and hidden some Easter shapes in the park. He wants all the children to help him find them! Entry is £3 per child and every entry receives an Easter gift.

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Easter Steam & Egg Hunt Nene Valley Railway

un for all the Family over the Easter weekend, 31st March to 2nd April, at Nene Valley Railway. Let the children hunt with clues to find as many numbered eggs as they can • Shop at Wansford for those essential Thomas and other railway gifts • Meet the Easter Bunny • Visit Wansford Garden Railway • Childrens story telling in the waiting room • Children’s tombola and games • Ride the miniature railway at Ferry Meadows • Play in the children’s play area at Wansford • Enjoy refreshments and ice creams from the café. Childrens Picnic boxes available So much to do! No booking required. Adults £16, Seniors £13, Children £8, Family £40.

www.nvr.org.uk

Under 5s Easter Egg Hunt Berzerk Soft Play Centre

Easter Egg Trail

Stanwick Lakes

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ake part in the Easter Egg trail at Stanwick Lakes, any day between Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April, 10am to 4pm daily. Follow the clues around the site to win a prize! The trail is approximately a 2 km walk that is accessible on foot and to buggies and wheelchair users. The trails are available to purchase from the Visitor Centre. £2 per trail. Usual car parking charges apply.

www.stanwicklakes.org.uk

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Easter Hat Workshop Newlands Shopping Centre

n Saturday 31st March, 11am to 3pm, children can create their own Easter hat for the virtual Easter parade album with the public’s favourite winning £25! See the ‘Hat Fit for a Royal Wedding’ entries from retailers with the public voting for their favourite on Facebook!

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arty games and Easter Egg Hunt on Wednesday 21st March at Berzerk Soft Play Centre in Northampton. 11.30am to 1.30pm. £5.95 per child.

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Dino Egg Easter Challenge Irchester Country Park

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or one day only, on Friday 6th April, search for the hidden dinosaur eggs and find out about the park’s Jurassic history too. £2 per child, suitable for the whole family. No booking required, just drop in. Available 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3pm.

www.northamptonshireparks.co.uk

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COMING UP... AT THE NEWLANDS SHOPPING CENTRE Saturday, 31 March 11.00am-3.00pm

Easter Hat Workshop

Check our Facebook page to see our Mother’s Day Poems by local schools

Children create their own Easter hat for our virtual Easter parade album with the public’s favourite winning £25! See our ‘Hat Fit for a Royal Wedding’ entries from our retailers with the public voting for their favourite on Facebook!

Tuesday, 3 April 11.30am, 1.00pm & 3.00pm

Tuesday, 10 April 11.30am, 1.00pm & 3.00pm

With a stack of colourful hoops and funky tunes, Angie demonstrates the skilful art of hula hooping. Try it yourself with a Hula Hoop Workshop at 1.00pm

The Puppetree Theatre Company bring the story of Pooka - a mischievous ‘spirit’ - to life in puppet shows which feature this character from Celtic folklore and fairytales.

Hula Hooping with Angie

The Puppetree Theatre Company The children’s entertainments are not supervised playschemes and parents are requested to stay with their children and join in the fun.

Easter Opening Times: Good Friday - 30 March 9am - 5.30pm

Easter Sunday - 1 April Closed

Saturday, 31 March 9am - 5.30pm

Easter Monday 10am to 4pm

Please check with individual stores to avoid disappointment.

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April Tue 3rd

Underwater World at Brixworth Country Park

Take part in the holiday pond dipping session to learn about the creatures lurking in and around the water. Rangers will be on hand to help identify your finds; children must be supervised. Booking essential. 3 x 1 hour sessions available: 11am-12pm, 12.30pm1.30pm, 2pm-3pm. Call 0300 126 5932 or email: brixworth@firstforwellbeing.co.uk. £5 per dipping pack (max. 3 children per pack).

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The Selfish Giant promises to firmly usher Spring to Northampton, reminding us that a little bit of kindness can melt even the harshest of hearts. Evenings 7pm, Thu & Sat Matinees 2.30pm Tickets £10 - £27. Book online at: www.royalandderngate.co.uk

Sun 8th & Mon 9th

Dear Zoo at The Core at Corby Cube

Come and get crafty! Make all sorts of creatures common to Barnwell using all sorts of different craft materials. A great day to get sticky and have fun! £2 per child, most suitable for 4years+. No booking necessary, just drop in! 10.30am to 12.30pm or 1.30pm to 3pm.

Dear Zoo, the timeless children’s classic book by author and illustrator Rod Campbell, is making its stage première. The best-selling lift-the-flap book has delighted generations of young readers since it was first published in 1982 and has sold more than eight million copies worldwide. The Core’s Christmas production of Rod Campbell’s Dear Santa was a huge success in 2014. Visit The Core now for this production of the original book, Dear Zoo, that will delight both young and old as it unfolds with engaging puppets, music and lots of audience interaction. Running time 55 mins with no interval. For ages 2+ Tickets £13.50. Book online at: www.thecorecorby.com

Wed 4th

Tue 10th

Tue 3rd

Hula Hooping with Angie at the Newlands Shopping Centre, Kettering 11.30am, 1pm & 3pm. With a stack of colourful hoops and funky tunes, Angie demonstrates the skilful art of hula hooping. Workshop at 1pm. www.newlandsshopping.com

Wed 4th

Creative Creatures at Barnwell Country Park

Xplorer Orienteering at Brixworth Country Park

The Puppetree Theatre Company at the Newlands Shopping Centre, Kettering

Take part in this unique orienteering adventure. A family activity for all ages; help each other to find the clues and complete the course. Certificate and gift for all children taking part. £1 suggested donation per child. Available 11am to 3pm.

The Puppetree Theatre Company bring the story of Pooka - a mischievous ‘spirit’ - to life in a puppet show which features this character from Celtic folklore and fairytales. Shows at 11.30am, 1pm & 3pm. www.newlandsshopping.com

Wed 4th to Sat 7th

Tue 10th

The Selfish Giant has a beautiful garden, but he won’t let any of the children play in it. Winter comes and never leaves, until the power of love brings Spring and joy into the Giant’s garden and his heart... Don’t miss this limited run of a major new musical, adapted from Oscar Wilde’s classic children’s novel by three-time BRIT and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Guy Chambers. Guy has written No. 1 songs for Kylie Minogue and Rufus Wainwright, and was behind numerous chart toppers for Robbie Williams including the unforgettable Angels. A West End cast will share the Royal stage with a large band of extraordinary musicians in a unique concert‑staging that will transport audiences young and old to a magical world through music.

For one day only, come and have fun finding all the signs of spring hiding around the park. £2 per child, suitable for the whole family. No booking required, just drop in. Available 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3pm.

The Selfish Giant at the Royal & Derngate

Spring into Easter Challenge at Sywell Country Park

Tue 10th

Underwater World at Brixworth Country Park

Take part in the holiday pond dipping session to learn about the creatures lurking in and around the water. Rangers will be on hand to help identify your finds; children must be supervised. Booking essential. 3 x 1 hour sessions available: 11am-12pm, 12.30pm1.30pm, 2pm-3pm. Call 0300 126 5932 or email: brixworth@firstforwellbeing.co.uk. £5 per dipping pack (max. 3 children per pack).

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Tue 10th to Sat 14th

Wed 11th

When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger... Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie! From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny comes the world première of David Walliams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very large owl, a very small ghost and a very awful Auntie! Tue 7pm, Wed – Sat 2.30pm & 7pm Tickets £15 - £19. Book online at: www.royalandderngate.co.uk

9.30 to 10.30am at the Forum Cinema, Weston Favell www.forumcinema.org.uk

Awful Auntie at the Royal & Derngate

Wed 11th

Breakfast with Scooby Doo at the Holiday Inn

Family fun event. Enjoy a full breakfast buffet (full English and continental) at the Holiday Inn in Corby with a special appearance from Scooby Doo! £10 per person with 1 adult free with every 2 child places booked. 8am to 10am. Call 01536 401020 to book.

Princess Party Sing-a-long at the Forum Cinema

Wed 11th

Stick-tas-tic at Brixworth Country Park

What can you do with a stick? Come and join this popular natural play event. Take part in den building, natural weaving, games, stickmen, sticky sticks and much, much more! 4 sessions: 10.30am - 11.30am, 11.30am - 12.30pm, 1.30pm - 2.30pm, 2.30pm 3.30pm. £2 per child, most suitable for 4years+. Booking essential, call 0300 126 5932 or email: brixworth@firstforwellbeing.co.uk

Fri 13th

Beauty & the Beast at The Castle Theatre

Starring comedy legend Bobby Davro and Dani Harmer from Tracy Beaker & Strictly Come Dancing. Don’t miss another fun-filled Easter pantomime from the same team behind The Wizard of Oz and Robin Hood. With a star cast, impressive music, energetic dance routines as well as plenty of jokes, slapstick and heaps of audience participation! Performances at 2pm & 6pm. Tickets £20 (£18 conc), Family Ticket for £4 £69 Book online at: www.thecastletheatre.co.uk

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Explore the play areas... Relax in the cafe... ... and much more!

Naseby Road, Welford, Northants, NN6 6HZ

Tel: 07824 393517

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Wed 18th

May

Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park

10am to 11:30am. For parents and 2-4 year old tots exploring nature through the seasons. £3.50 per child. Take a Ranger led themed walk followed by a craft activity. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, call Jo on 07703 160878.

Thu 26th

You’ve Got Dragons at The Core at Corby Cube Based on the book by Kathryn Cave. Lots of people get them; bad dreams, swirly tummy, feeling prickly. And sometimes they make you feel alone. So, what can a young child with a bad case of the dragons do? With live, original music, this is a humorous and touching exploration of the dragons we all face. 11am. For ages 3+. Tickets £8.50. Book online at: www.thecorecorby.com

Fri 27th

Big Chef Little Chef at Stanwick Lakes

A parent and child cookery session. Make a tasty lunch for the 2 of you to share. 10.30am to 12pm. For ages 18 months+ £6.50 per child. Must book.

Sat 28th

Open Day at Pitsford School

A small, friendly, independent school for children aged 4 to 18 years. Visit them on their Open Day to find out more. 10.30am to 1pm. www.pitsfordschool.com

Sat 28th & Sun 29th

Thomas and the Travelling Post Office at Nene Valley Railway

Come along and meet Postie Pete and his Cat, Ginger, who work on the mail train. The experience starts with a brief ride in the mail train through the tunnel before getting off so Thomas, Pete and Ginger can show you how they exchange heavy bags of mail from a moving train using the big nets on the train and on the ground! Thomas and his train perform a number of exciting run pasts to make sure all the mail is picked up and everyone’s had a chance to see! Space on the train and in the viewing gallery is limited, so advanced booking is essential. Mail trains leave from Wansford 10.30, 12.15 and 2pm. There will also be a Postbox Craft room where you can write a letter to the Wansford Control or design your own Railway carriage. You can also have a go at sorting letters on the Mail Train. Time yourself for a minute and see if you’d get the job! www.nvr.org.uk

Tel: 07763 666456

Sat 5th, Sun 6th & Mon 7th Pirates & Princesses Weekend at West Lodge Rural Centre

A swashbuckling adventure awaits! Dress up in your favourite costume and take part in the fancy dress competition, have a go at walking the plank, search for clues around the farm on the treasure trail and get the grown-ups involved in the sandcastle competition! www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk

Sun 6th

Tornado & Paddington at Nene Valley Railway

Ride a steam train behind Tornado at Wansford! Plus meet Paddington at intervals throughout the day! Lots of fun for all the family. Includes: licensed buffet car and Turntable Café serving hot/cold food and refreshments from 8.30am, Wansford Shop open with a selection of Paddington gifts and toys, childrens play area and riverside picnic area at Wansford, Garden Railway at Wansford second-hand book shop, railcar service from Wansford to Yarwell. Buy tickets on-line now www.nvr.org.uk

Fri 11th

Whole School Open Day at Northampton High School 9am to 12 noon. www.northamptonhigh.co.uk

Fri 11th

Open Morning at Spratton Hall

Spratton Hall is an Independent Co-Educational Day Prep School in Northamptonshire for children aged 4-13. Visit them on their Open Morning to find out more. 10am to 12noon. www.sprattonhall.com

Fri 11th & Sat 12th

Tiddler And Other Terrific Tales at The Core at Corby Cube

From the books by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle, these terrific tales are woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-loved titles. This delightful production is brought to you by the team behind Stick Man Live. Funky moves, toe tapping tunes and giggles are guaranteed! Tickets £12. Book online: www.thecorecorby.com

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Wed 16th

10am to 11:30am. For parents and 2-4 year old tots exploring nature through the seasons. £3.50 per child. Take a Ranger led themed walk followed by a craft activity. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, call Jo on 07703 160878.

Sun 20th

Come and join Thomas on his Big Adventure, as he takes the main line to Peterborough. Fun for all the family on this special, annual trip. Help Thomas take water at Peterborough with buckets and see his driving controls, meet the Driver and Fireman, take part in the Thomas quiz on board the train, enjoy something from the Thomas buffet car, meet the Wansford Controller, and send a special Thomas letter home. All children aged over 1 get a special goody bag on the train. Prices £16.50. Advanced Booking only. The Big Adventure will depart Wansford only at 11:15 and return to Wansford approx 13:30. Infants under 1 travel free. Buy tickets on-line now: www.nvr.org.uk

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Sun 20th

Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park

Thomas’ Big Adventure at Nene Valley Railway

Tel: 07763 666456

Beauty and The Beast Themed Afternoon Tea at the Holiday Inn, Corby

“Be our guest and put our service to the test!” with a Beauty and the Beast themed afternoon tea. A selection of sandwiches, cakes and freshly brewed tea/coffee with themed décor. Add a glass of prosecco for an extra £5 per person £20 per person, children under 12 half price. 1pm. Call 01536 401020 to book.

Fri 25th

Big Chef Little Chef at Stanwick Lakes

A parent and child cookery session. Make a tasty lunch for the 2 of you to share. 10.30am to 12pm. For ages 18 months+ £6.50 per child. Must book.

Wed 30th

Xplorer Orienteering at Brixworth Country Park

Take part in this unique orienteering adventure. A family activity for all ages; help each other to find the clues and complete the course. Certificate and gift for all children taking part. £1 suggested donation per child. Available 11am to 3pm.

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Help your little ones get active with Trilogy... · Swimming lessons · Gymnastics · Berzerk entry Mon-Fri during term time · Dance, storytime and rhymetime at Berzerk · Rugby/Soccer/Camo/Jumpin’ and Boogie Cubz · Softzone · Parent & Tots swimming · Pre-School Films (Forum Cinema)

All for just £21.99per month Under 5s A5 2018 L.indd 1

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Clubs & Classes

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming Lessons

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

o n y Ki d m r s Ha Fun filled multi-sensory classes for 0 - 4 years

Music and Movement, Singing and Signing, Sensory and Physical Play, Baby Massage and Yoga and so much more! Classes in Kettering and Corby.

BOOK NOW Call Katy 07496 740368 Visit www.harmony-kids.co.uk Email info@harmony-kids.co.uk

We also do parties! Email parties@harmony-kids.co.uk

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

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

Now in Desborough

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

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

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Two week trial available. Call or e-mail for details

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

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

Please call Patrick Franks on 07818 401707 for details One parent must participate in each session (beginners course only) First session FREE! Discount given for siblings Courses run all year round To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


Infant Aquatics

Photography by Firetree Photography

Baby and Toddler Swim School

So much more than just a splash around!

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t Infant Aquatics we pride ourselves on our approach and are very passionate about what we do! A lot has changed in the baby swimming industry over the last few years and we have ensured that we are ahead of the game with new advice and techniques. We are all about relationships, creating a lovely, nurturing environment for you to bond and create strong connections with your baby, which continue well after the swimming class has finished. We are child led, this means we work at the child’s pace, we don’t force or pressure. We allow them to explore, find their confidence and learn. We have great belief in the power of positivity, if baby has a positive experience, the body releases all the feel good happy hormones which leave a warm and contented feeling with them, they love this feeling and want more of it. They want to repeat the experience. Whereas if baby has a negative experience, the body releases the opposite hormones and chemicals, feelings of being fearful, scared and anxious. These don’t feel good and leave a baby upset. They won’t want to repeat it.

We understand the different development stages of babies and toddlers, both physically and mentally. Our teaching techniques are designed with them in mind, as baby changes so do our holds and activities, making it varied and progressive. So it seems simple to us, we create lots and lots of positive experiences in the pool, using development stages to guide us and supporting the parent enabling them to support their baby. Our aim is that parents and their little one are happy, supported, progress with love and gain confidence. Early swimming (and confident submerging) comes as a bi-product of what we do. Classes are now held across Northamptonshire, Rutland and Bedfordshire. Please contact us for information on new courses starting soon.

www.infantaquatics.co.uk Or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/iaquatics

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

 FUN    ACTIVITIES 

FOR   UNDER   5’s 

“Stay & Play” 

at the Pool  Parent / Guardian 

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

Lodgy the Lion  £2.50/session   @ LPSC 

Children aged 3 months to 5 years old.    Why not let us look after your children  while you go shopping then come back  for a free swim.  Available during crèche  opening times.  Price includes a free  swimming session for one parent/ guardian.   Booking essential, places can  be booked up to 1 week in advance.   Payment required at time of booking. 

Snacks &   water/juice  also   provided 

Parent & Toddler  Lessons  + 

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

Party packages are available at both facilities.   Includes Crèche “Fun Play” (our Crèche facility is available to hire), Soft Play,  Football, Cheerleading, Archery, Trampolining,  Swim & Supervised Diving.    For further info contact either facility. Visit www.corby.gov.uk/partyhire   Pre‐school Gymnastic sessions run every Thursday during Term  Time at Lodge Park.  Delivered by qualified British Gymnastic  Coaches to help develop your children’s social, physical,   language, education, imagination and co‐ordination skills.   Please call LPSC for more information or to make a booking.  

Contact us: 

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

   Find us on Facebook      Lodge Park Sports Centre 

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

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Spaces now available in Desborough

Shotakan

Karate Class ST FREE FIRN LESSO

experience the fantastic benefits of KARATE

EVERY MONDAY

Desborough Leisure Centre EVERY TUESDAY

Britannia Club, Burton Latimer

£3.00 per session

PUNCHIN PANDAS FREE FIRST LESSON

£3.00 per session

EVERY TUESDAY

Britannia Club, Burton Latimer EVERY WEDNESDAY

EVERY WEDNESDAY

Ise Pavilion, Kettering

EVERY THURSDAY

Ise Pavillion, Kettering

EVERY FRIDAY

Redwell Leisure Centre, Wellingborough

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

Redwell Leisure Centre, Wellingborough

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EVERY THURSDAY EVERY SATURDAY

Free 4 week beginners courses starting from Monday 12th September

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

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Clubs & Classes

Baby, Pre-school & Junior

Swimming Classes in one of Kettering’s warmest pools!

Dynamic and fun classes every Saturday

Underwater Photo Shoot on 24th March 2018 Open to anyone whose baby is happy going under the water

Contact Erika on 01604 780244 erika.bubblebabies@hotmail.com Facebook: Bubble Babies

www.bubblebabies.co.uk

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!

Come and watch the Barbara Hooton School of Dancing in action at the Castle Theatre in Wellingborough on: Friday 25th May at 7.30pm, or Saturday 26th May at 2.30pm. The show will include ballet, tap and modern dance by pupils from the age of 4 up to seniors and adults, culminating with their ballet: an adaptation of ‘The Sleeping Beauty’. Something for everyone. All proceeds to Breast Cancer Research Purchase your tickets online at www.castletheatre.co.uk

Classes in Kettering, Rushden and Wellingborough Classes available Monday to Friday Sing & Sign Babes - 6 weeks to 6 months Stage 1 - 6 to 15 months New ven Stage 2 - 15 to 24 months

coming soue on!

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

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FREE TRIAL SESSIONS Many of the Clubs & Classes featured here offer free trial sessions allowing you and your child to try a session before committing to a course. See our ‘Special Offers’ section for vouchers or speak to the class directly to find out more.

CLASS TIMETABLES Our Weekly Activities Timetable, at the back of the magazine, lists the class timetables for most of the classes featured in this section.

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Open 7 Days GF cakes

find us on:

FREE Parking and Wifi Mon-Sat: 9:30am - 5:30pm Sun: 10am - 4pm Venture Park, Kettering, NN15 6WY Tel: 01536 534988

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Celebrating 10 years of Time for Tots! 10 years, 40 issues, over 320,000 copies!! Summer 2008

Spring 2008

Our very first cover model in Spring 2008 was Adam, aged just 1 in his first cover photo. Now 11 years old Adam is at secondary school and enjoys playing football and computer games.

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Summer 20

We paid a visit to Stanwick Lakes for Tamzin’s photoshoot back in 2009 when Tamzin was only 2. Now 11 and in her final year of primary school, Tamzin enjoys contemporary and street dance.

Aged 3 in her cover photo, and picking her GCSE optio gymnastics and photograp

Winter 2009

Ella was 4 when we took her with CK Photography. Now, a is at secondary school and in music.


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, Beth is now a teenager ons already! Beth enjoys phy.

for a winter photoshoot almost a teenager, Ella nterested in dance and

Autumn 2008

Cousins Eloise and Sydney are both now 10 years old. Eloise is in her final year of primary school and loves all forms of dance and performing. Her cousin Sydney lives in the US and loves sport and art.

Autumn 2010

Louis was just 2 in his cover photo from Autumn 2010. Now aged 10 Louis is in year 5 and enjoys Lego and football.


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pratton Hall is an independent, co-educational day prep school in Northamptonshire for children aged 4-13 years. At Spratton Hall, we believe that the best start we can give children to their education, is to provide a wonderfully exciting learning environment, which has been closely matched to their developing needs, and the support of adults who are committed to getting to know each unique individual. We reach out to nurseries and pre-schools, we listen to parents and most importantly, through a carefully thought-out induction programme, we spend time getting to know children prior to their starting with us in September. We want to know what fascinates and inspires your child, what excites them and how they learn best, so that, within the beautiful surroundings of Spratton Hall, and under our nurturing and positive guidance, they truly blossom and thrive. Starting school is a hugely exciting and important milestone for children, and their families. To discover more about Spratton Hall’s ethos and what we can offer your child please contact us on: afj@sprattonhall.com or 01604 847292 to organise a visit or to come to our next Open Morning on Friday 11th May between 10am-12noon.

www.sprattonhall.com

OPEN MORNING Friday 11th May 2018 10.00 am—12 noon

...more than just a school Spratton Hall is an Independent Co-Educational Day Prep School in Northamptonshire for children aged 4-13

‘Excellent Throughout’ as awarded by ISI Inspection—Nov 2016 Please contact us at afj@sprattonhall.com or 01604 847292 to visit the school

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Pregnancy, Birth & Babies

Baby Massage Classes

Congratulations if you are expecting! Our pregnancy and birth section is just for you. For babies aged from birth to 1 year old

5 week course run by a qualified IAIM instructor Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10am at Rush 2The Den 16 Fitzwilliam Street, Rushden

Baby Reflexology & Baby Yoga Classes also available Please contact for more information

For further information:

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

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Jomanda is an established soft toy company #SofterThanASoftThing All Jomanda products are des igned in the UK, we produce and distribute exc ellent quality soft and cuddly products around the world.

Gorgeous baby products that make the perfect gift...

Rattles

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Slippers

Soft toys

View our full range by visiting: www.jomanda.co.uk

Email: josales@jomanda.co.uk

Telephone: 0116 259 9800

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New baby? Sleepless nights? Early waking?

Need some support and advice or help with childcare.... Chiltern trained nanny, night nanny, maternity nurse and sleep consultant available for consultations and ongoing support from only £50! Call: 07861 770644 www.maternitynurse-zirconia-sapphire.co.uk

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Baby Massage & Baby Yoga

Gabby Matthews

Birth Practitioner and member of Northants Doulas Antenatal Course Facilitator Postnatal Practitioner and Mother and Baby Yoga Teacher

Women choose a doula to support them for many reasons: • It may be their first pregnancy and they would like a trained doula to help them with decision making and birth preferences. • They may have developed a fear of labour and birth (tokophobia). • Perhaps they had a difficult labour or an experience during a previous birth that is causing concern and anxiety in their current pregnancy. A doula will provide support to a woman’s birth partner by helping them feel informed and useful during the labour and birth. Discounted fees available for NCT members, clients from NCT antenatal classes and members of the Rushden Positive Birth Movement group Contact me today to arrange an initial discussion

Group classes with a Qualified Instructor in Kettering and Corby. Private group bookings and 1:1 appointments also available.

BOOK NOW Call Katy 07496 740368 Visit www.harmony-kids.co.uk Email info@harmony-kids.co.uk Email parties@harmony-kids.co.uk We also do parties!

Gift Voucher availabl s e doula su for and mot pport her and baby yo ga

Tel or text: 07976 245971 Tel: 01933 356003 between 9.30am and 4.30pm Email: gabbym.doula@gmail.com

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

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

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

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Pregnancy & Birth

What is a Doula?

Article supplied by Gabby Matthews, Birth and Postnatal Doula

doulas (plural noun)

www.nct.org.uk/courses/antenatal/antenatal-services/doula

doula

‘a woman who gives support, help, and advice to another woman during pregnancy and during and after the birth’

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eople often ask “what is a doula?” or “why do women choose a doula?” A quick response can be as simple as ‘a doula supports a women through her labour and birth’. A more expansive reply would be to list the incredible benefits of having a doula at your side during birth helps women feel cared for, protected and respected during their birth experience. A doula really listens to a woman’s birth preferences. By reflecting on the woman’s needs she can work beside the mother and nurture her natural instincts. A woman may decide on doula support as she has had a previous birth from which she carries memories of trauma and loss of control. It could be she is having her first baby and as the pregnancy progresses, rather than feelings of excitement, fear of the actual labour and birth are causing anxiety and unrest (known as tocophobia). Doulas come in so many shapes and sizes, they may be the perfect ‘earth mother’, trendy and jazzy, mature and calming, relaxed and informed. They are as individual as the characters in the circle of friends you choose. The most important factor when seeking a doula is to really consider what it is you want the doula to provide. Try and meet a few, then take time to consider who you feel the most comfortable with. You should aim to find a doula that makes you smile, fills you with confidence and offers the warmth and companionship you will need during your birth experience for it to be as successful and rewarding as possible. In the hospital environment doulas will confidently discuss the procedures the midwives and birth professionals are suggesting to ensure the mother is treated with dignity and respect. She will support and discuss procedures and pain relief options with birth partners enabling them to understand what is happening and why, and encourage them to support their birthing partner in a ‘hands on’ positive way. At a home birth a doula can wear many hats. She will ensure the labouring women has the space and time to work through her labour stages undisturbed. She can distract and care for any siblings who are home for the early labour stages. She may arrange for them to be collected or cared for by relatives or friends acting as the link between relatives and children as birth progresses.

In hospital or at home doulas provide continuity of care for the entire duration of labour and following birth. She will assist until the mother is settled and baby is feeding or having skin to skin. A doula will provide the labouring woman with the peace of mind to just centre her entire self on helping her baby to have the best opportunity to birth safely in a calm environment, often complementing the midwives by providing massage and breathing exercises. Evidence on Doulas by Rebecca Dekker PhD, RN, APRN of EvidenceBasedBirth.com Quote: ‘There have been 26 randomised trials that tested the effects of continuous labour support on more than 15000 people giving birth. Overall, people who receive continuous support are more likely to have a normal vaginal birth and less likely to have pain medication, negative feedback about childbirth, and caesareans. In addition, their labours are shorter and their babies are less likely to have complications at birth or be admitted to NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). In these studies, the best results occurred when the continuous support was provided by a trained doula – someone who was not a staff member at the hospital and not part of the birthing mothers social network’.

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The Role of Your Health Visitor

“I bet your job is lovely isn’t it, cuddling babies all day”

my friend said to me last night. Yes my job is pretty great; its different every day, its full of challenges, has enough scope to be creative with how I work with my families, and yes in fact I do sometimes get to cuddle a baby. My friend’s question got me thinking; she like you and me has young children, and yet she doesn’t really know what a health visitor does. Do you know for example that a health visitor is a qualified nurse or midwife, or both, who has completed additional qualifications in specialist public health nursing? This means that we are experts in the health and development of small children. In Northamptonshire we work in a 0-19 team and our team of Health Visitors, Community Nursery Nurses, Specialist School Nurses, Community Nurses and School Nurse assistants deliver the public health service from the antenatal period right through to when your child turns 19 years old. Within our service we also have specialist teams including Children’s Weight Management Specialists and Healthy Living Advisers, and Infant Feeding Specialists. Your journey begins while your baby is still snug inside the womb. The antenatal contact is a chance for the health visitor to hear about the mother’s pregnancy, her health and well-being and her family circumstances. It is a chance for the health visitor to get to know how things are going, the mother’s ideas about her baby as well as her thoughts (and her partners if applicable) and plans for becoming a parent(s) and for when the baby arrives. In the early years the health visitor will visit your family when your little one is around 2 weeks old, and again at 6 weeks. We then see families again at around 8 months to 1 year and 2 to 2½ years routinely for development reviews. At any time families are invited to access our drop in clinics or call our team to discuss any questions or needs that your family has. Wherever needed we will work closely with your family to support you on your journey. I suppose I understand why my friend can’t describe my job, because everyone’s experience of their health visitor will differ depending on what they need at the time. Maybe it will help to share with you a case study about 1 family I am working with at the moment....

Case Study

I met Ms Q when she was 28 weeks pregnant for her antenatal appointment. This was Ms Q’s third baby, and when she was expecting her older 2 we were not offering the antenatal contact, so she was a little confused when I turned up to talk about her bouncy bump. However Ms Q soon told me she was really pleased to be offered this contact as she had previously experienced depression and was worried about coping with 3 children. We worked out a plan to work together to build up Ms Q’s skills to identify and manage low mood, meaning that she felt prepared and confident. When the lovely baby arrived I continued to work with the family, and as we all know, before ‘teething problems’ comes sleep deprivation, sometimes feeding difficulties, stubborn wind, explosive nappies, and a whole host of potential challenges. Ms Q is a very busy Mum, and she often called on me to find out when and where she could access the relevant support. One day, however she called with a much more complicated problem. ‘When you have come to see baby we have often spoken about the strain a new baby can put on a relationship. The thing is that me and Mr Q are not good at all’, Ms Q said, ‘well I want to leave him, and he won’t let me. I’m scared for me and the kids. I don’t know what to do, can you help me?’ Yes, I can, and I will. Life with kids is a massive mixture of joy, uncertainty, love, fear and everything else besides. Health visitors work with families to face the things other people don’t always talk about. For most families this will be the horror of not sleeping for weeks and weeks, the worry that little Timmy isn’t yet walking but his sister was at this age, or sorting the myths from the facts – by the way you can never cuddle a baby too much and bottle fed babies do not sleep better! Other families are supported with mental health problems, domestic abuse, drug abuse, homelessness or complex health needs. We do not judge and we do not tell you what you have to do. What we do is work with you to figure out what you think needs to change and support you to find the way to make those changes. By the way, I love cuddling Ms Q’s baby. If you want to contact your health visiting team please do by calling: 0300 1111 022 (option 4) Or visit the website at: www.nhft.nhs.uk/0-19 We are also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Healthvisitors Confidentiality of service users is maintained in this article.

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Top Tips for Choosing Childcare:

1. Consider your child’s age and needs. Younger children need closer attention. Some children flourish in small groups, others in larger groups. 2. Consider what hours you need childcare. Some providers offer cover early morning and later in the evening. Some providers are school term time only. 3. Look around the facilities. Are they clean and safe? 4. Ask about the activities the provider offers. Do they offer a range? Will your child be stimulated? 5. Look at the menu available. Will they cater for special requirements? 6. Ask for references and speak to other parents. Consider combining childcare if it would benefit you and/or your child 7. Don’t leave it to the last minute to book your childcare. Some providers have waiting lists. 8. Take your child with you when you look around and watch their reaction. With older children you can usually tell if they’re comfortable somewhere or not. 9. Research all your options well. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

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Weekly Activities Timetable Corby and District Mondays Toddle Tots 9am to 11am at Beanfield Community Centre. £1 per family. 01536 265173.

We try and ensure that the information on these pages is kept up to date but we do rely on the organisers of the sessions to let us know if there are any changes. We recommend you check with the organiser before turning up.

Baby Massage, Tummy & Toddle Time, Infant Feeding Support 1pm to 2.30pm at Woodnewton A Learning Community, Rowlett Road. Donations gratefully received. 01536 265173.

Little Stanion Stay & Play Songs & Rhymes 9.15 to 10.30am at Woodnewton A 1pm to 2.30pm at Little Stanion Learning Community. NOT run on Primary School. 1st Monday of month. Donations gratefully received. 01536 265173. Lodgy’s Little Lions 9.30am to 11.25am at Lodge Park Sports Centre. A ‘stay and play’ parent and toddler session including arts and crafts, messy play, sensory room, fun and games. Adult & Child Swimming Lessons 9.30 to 10.30am at Corby International Pool. For children aged 2 years 9 months to 4 years.

Rhymetime 10 to 10.30am & 11 to 11.30am at Corby Library. Free. Key:

Swimming

Bounce & Rhyme for under 1s 1.30pm to 2.30pm at Corby Library. Free. Drop-in. Parent & Toddler Swimming 1.30pm to 3pm at Corby Pool. Drop in. Pay as you go.

Wednesdays

Tummy & Toddle Time 9.30-11am at Exeter A Learning Community. 01536 204765.

FRIDAYS

Baby Massage 10-11.30am at Exeter A Learning Community. 01536 204765.

Little Angels Stay & Play 1pm to 3pm at Woodnewton A Learning Community, Rowlett Sparkle Tots 9.30am-11am at St John’s Church Hall. Road. £2 per family (up to 4 £2 / child. Call Sam: 07739 362924. TT children & 1 adult). Contact Carrie on 07903 996858. Noah’s Ark Baby & Toddler Group 9.30-10.45am at Congregational church hall, Chapel Road, Weldon, £2 THURSDAYS per family. emma@stmarysweldon.uk Toddle Tots Parent & Toddler Swimming 10am to 11am and 11am to 12pm 9am to 11am at Beanfield at Corby International Pool. Drop Community Centre. £1 per family. 01536 265173. in. Pay as you go. Busy Bees Baby & Toddler Group Wilbarston Tots & Tiddlers 10am-12pm at Wilbarston Village 9.30 to 11.30am, term time, at Priors Hall Communtiy Centre, Hall. Diane: 07761 957825. TT NN17 5EB. £2 per family. Contact: Multi-Sensory (from Harmony Kids) louise@stmarysweldon.uk At Corby Old Village Community Centre, Tots & Tiddlers 12.50 to 1.40pm. For 0 to 5 years. (Pre-school Gymnastics) Active Play (from Harmony Kids) At Lodge Park Sports Centre. At Corby Old Village Community Centre, 10am to 10.45am for under 2s 1.50pm to 2.40pm. For 1 to 5 years. 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 Tuesdays 1.45pm to 2.30pm for 3 to 4 years Parent & Toddler Swimming 9am to 10am and 10am to 11am at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Pay as you go.

Little Ones 1pm to 2.30pm at the Welcome Centre, Little Stanion.

Baby Massage & Yoga with Harmony Kids 5 week course at Corby Old Village Community Centre. Suitable from newborn. Includes massage oil and handouts. Call for times or to book: 07496 740368.

Music, Dance & Drama

Physical classes

Creative Play 9.15-11.15am at Exeter A Learning Community. Donations gratefully received. 01536 204765 Little Angels Stay & Play 9.15-11.15am at Woodnewton A Learning Community, Rowlett Road. £2 per family (up to 4 children & 1 adult). Contact Carrie on 07903 996858. Parent & Toddler Swimming 9am to 10am and 10am to 11am at Corby Pool. Drop in. Pay as you go. Play and Learn for under 5s 10 to 11am at Corby Library. Toys, fun and games. Free. Drop-in. Wear clothes suitable for messy play! Adult & Child Swimming Lessons 11am to 11.30am and 11.30am to 12pm at Corby Pool. For children aged 2 years 9 months to 4 years. Must book. Punchin Pandas 5 to 5.45pm at The Scout Hut, Occupation Rd. For ages 4+ Punchin Pandas 6.15 to 7pm at Kingswood School. For ages 4 to 7 years. 7pm to 8pm Family beginners class.

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

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

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

Play and Learn for Under 5s 10 to 11.30am in term time at Wellingborough Library. Drop-in.

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

Little Footprints Toddler Group 1pm to 2.30pm at St Mark’s Church, Queensway. 50p per child. Call Samantha on 07739 362924

Little Fishes (Little Harrowden) 9.30am-10.45am in the church. A Rhymetime (Wellingborough Library) Bible story, songs, prayers, crafts, 9.45-10.15am. Free. Drop-in. toys and refreshments. Contact Margaret: mgbobby@hotmail.co.uk. Bounce & Rhyme for under 1s 11-11.30am. Free. Drop-in. Play & Learn Under 5s (Irchester) 2pm to 3pm at Irchester Library. Play and Learn Under 5s 10.30am to 12pm in term time at Sing and Sign Earls Barton Library. Drop-in. At the library, Pebble Lane. 1.30pm - Stage 1, 2.30pm - Babes. Play and Learn Under 5s (Finedon) 10.30am to 11.30am in term time Infant Aquatics Swimming at Finedon Library. Drop-in. 30 minute classes between 4pm and 6pm at Rowangate School. St Mark’s Buggy Club 1.30-3pm, St Mark’s Church Hall, Queensway. Voluntary 50p donaTuesdays tion. Contact Joy: 01933 676368. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club.

Doddington Ducklings 1.30-3pm at Great Doddington Memorial Hall. Alternate Wednesdays. Kate: krodwell@hotmail.com

Mucky Pups Messy Play 9.30-11am at St Andrews Church Hall, Berrymore Road. £3 for 1st child, £1 siblings. Contact 01933 272119

Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 4 to 5pm at The Studio, Earls Barton.

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

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

Swimming

THURSDAYS Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club. Mini Champs Toddler Group 10am-11.30am at Everyday Champions Church, 47-61 Havelock St. Call 01933 225543. Rhymetime (Irchester) 9.30am to 10am in term time at Irchester Library. Drop-in. Jigsaw Toddler Group 10am to 11.30am at Diana’s Health & Fitness, Finedon Road. Contact Gemma: info@ compasschurch.co.uk

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

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

SATURDAYS Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) Beginners Ballet & Tap 9 to 10am Junior Ballet & Tap 10 to 11am at The Mission Room, Finedon. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 12pm at Rowangate School. 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 9am to 10am at Redwell Leisure Centre. For ages 4+ Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 3pm and 5.30pm at Scott Bader Pool, Wollaston.

Sundays

Rhymetime (Wollaston) 10am to 10.30am at Wollaston Library. Drop-in.

Music, Dance & Drama

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

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 2.30pm and 5pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club.

Arts & Crafts

Parent & Tot Group / Other

Weekly Activities Timetable

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Kettering and District Mondays

Little Kickers At Desborough Leisure Centre. Kettering Gym Tots Little Kicks for children aged 18 mths 45 Minute sessions between 9.15am to 2 yrs, 3 mths. 1.15pm to 2pm and 2.30pm. Call for details. Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, Action Tots (from Tots Play) 2.15pm to 3pm 9.30am and 10.30am at Barton Mighty Kickers for 3.5 to 5 year olds, Seagrave Village Hall. For 2 to 4 year 3.45pm to 4.30pm olds. Mega Kickers for 5 to 7 year olds, Multi-Sensory (from Harmony Kids) 4.40pm to 5.30pm At The Crescent Community Centre, 9.30am to 10.20am. For 0 to 5 years. Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and Active Play (from Harmony Kids) 6pm at Montsaye Sports Centre. For At The Crescent Community Centre, ages 3+. Call 01536 713708. 10.30am to 11.20am. For 1 to 5 years. Shotakan Karate (Punchin Pandas) Giggles & Wiggles At Desborough Leisure Centre. Baby & Toddler Class, 10am at the 5.15pm to 6pm for 3 to 6 year olds. Counties Community Centre. SimplyZen Baby Relaxation Drop-in 10 to 11am at URC Meeting Rooms in the town centre. www.simplynurture.co.uk

Tuesdays

Burton Latimer Play and Learn for under 1s 10.15am to 11.15am at Burton Library. Free. Drop-in. Shotakan Karate (Punchin Pandas) At the Britannia Club. 5.30pm to 6.15pm for beginners. Desborough & Rothwell Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 9.30am and 12pm. Baby Bounce & Rhyme 10am to 10.45am at Desborough Library. For pre-walkers. Free. Drop-in.

Wednesdays

Kettering Gym Tots 45 Minute sessions between 9.15am Little Gems Playgroup Music Makers and 2.30pm. Call for details. 9am to 11am at Kettering Salvation 10am at Barton Seagrave Village Army, 66 Rockingham Rd. £1.50 per Hall. Fun music and movement Rhymetime carer/child. Roni: 01536 529085. for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and 9.30-10am & 10.30-11am at £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi Kettering Library. Free. Drop-in. Kettering Gym Tots on 07815 293893 or e-mail 45 Minute sessions between 9.15am Sing and Sign musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com and 1.30pm. Call for details. At The Woodcroft Scout Centre, Infant Aquatics Swimming London Road. 9.30am - Stage 1, Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 min classes between 10am and 10.30am - Babes 30 min classes between 10am and 12.30pm at Balance Health Club. For 12.30pm at Balance Health Club. For St Botolphs Make & Play (for Mums children aged 3 mths to 4.5 yrs. 3mths to 4.5 yrs. & Tots) 9.30am to 11am at Church House, The Little Ones St Botolphs Road, Barton Seagrave. 1 to 2.50pm at Church of Christ The Burton Latimer Term time only. 01536 414052. King. Term time only. 01536 517553 Baby Ballet Pytchley Mums & Tots Music Makers (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 1.45pm at Barton Seagrave Village 10 to 10.30am at The Britannia Club 9am to 11am at Pytchley School. Term time only. 01536 790506. Hall. Fun music and movement for Discovery Tots from Tots Play 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for Tots Play Classes At The Civic Centre, 12pm to siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 At Barton Seagrave Village Hall, 12.40pm. For 2 mths to 9 mths. 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@ 9.40am Social Tots gmail.com Beginners Ballet & Tap 10.35am Discovery Tots (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 11.30am Baby Development Course. Punchin Pandas 3.40 to 4.40pm at The Britannia Club 5.30pm to 6.15pm at Ise Lodge Pavilion. Isham Mums & Tots For 3 to 8 year olds. 10-11.30am, Isham Village Hall. £2 first child, £1 siblings. All welcome. Desborough & Rothwell Toybox Playgroup, Broughton Burton Latimer Rhymetime (Rothwell) 1.30-3pm in the Village Hall. £2 / family. 2-2.30pm at Rothwell Library. Free Tots Play Classes but booking required via email or FB. Julie 01536 790152. Term time only. At The Civic Centre 9.50am Social Tots 10.45am Discovery Tots 11.40am Baby Development Course

We try and ensure that the information on these pages is kept up to date but we do rely on the organisers of the sessions to let us know if there are any changes. We recommend you check with the organiser before turning up.


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Physical classes

Arts, Crafts & Cookery

Burton Latimer

Play and Learn Under 1s 10am to 11am at Desborough Library. Free. Drop-in

Rhymetime 10.30 to 11am at Burton Latimer Library. Free. Drop-in. Baby Bounce & Rhyme 11.30am to 12pm for babies and non walkers at Burton Latimer Library. Free.

Play & Learn for Under 5s (Rothwell) 10.30am-11.30am at Rothwell Library. Free. Drop-in. Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 12.15pm and 1.15pm. Mawsley Music Makers 10am and 11am at The Centre. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com

Desborough & Rothwell Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 9am and 1pm.

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

Action Tots (from Tots Play) 2.15pm at Ise Lodge Community Centre. For 2 to 4 year olds.

Baby Massage & Yoga with Harmony Kids 5 week course at North Park Pavilion. Play and Learn Under 5s Suitable from newborn. Includes 10 to 11.30am at Desborough Library. massage oil and handouts. Call for Stories, rhymes and craft linked with times or to book: 07496 740368. a theme each week. Free. A busy group so booking is required. Burton Latimer Mawsley

THURSDAYS

Forest School Parents & Child Classes At Glendon Farm Montessori and Forest School. Den building, mud kitchen, arts and crafts, cooking on the fire, and lots more. 11.30am - ages 18 months to 5 years, 2.15pm - ages 3 to 6 years. £45 for 6 weeks. Siblings half price. Term time only. Email: info@ glendonfarmmontessori.com.

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

FRIDAYS

Play and Learn for under 5s 10.30am to 11.30am at Burton Library. Free. Drop-in. Desborough & Rothwell Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons at 9am, 12.15pm and 12.45pm.

Geddington Parents & Tots Play & Learn for Under 1s (Rothwell) 9.15-11.15am, Geddington Village 1.30pm to 2.30pm at Rothwell Hall. £2.50 per family. Contacts Sheri Library. Free. Drop-in. 01536 239235. Rhymetime (Desborough) Music Makers Edentots 2.15 to 3pm at Desborough Library. 9.30am at Barton Seagrave Village 9.15-11am, Eden Centre, Montagu Free. Drop-in. Hall. Fun music and movement St. £1 per family. Term Time only. for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and 01536 484800 £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi Rhymetime SATURDAYS on 07815 293893 or e-mail 10.30-11am at Kettering Library. musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Little Kickers Baby Ballet Giggles and Wiggles At Southfield School for Girls (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) Baby & Toddler Class, 10am at the Mighty Kickers for 3.5 to 5 year olds, 11 to 11.30am at Ise Lodge Counties Community Centre. 8.15am - 9am Community Centre. Tots Play Classes Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, Beginners Ballet & Tap At Ise Lodge Community Centre 9.15am to 10am (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 9.30am Social Tots 4 to 5pm at Ise Lodge Community Mighty Kickers for 3.5 to 5 year olds, 10.25am Discovery Tots Centre 11.25am Baby Development Course. 10.10am - 10.55am Mega Kickers for 5 to 7 year olds, Punchin Pandas 11.05am to 11.50am At Ise Lodge Pavilion. Pre-school class Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 min classes between 10am and 1.45pm to 2.30pm, beginner class 12.30pm at Balance Health Club. For for 3 to 6 year olds 5pm to 5.45pm, 3mths to 4.5 yrs. 6 years+ 5.45pm to 6.45pm, Family Class 6.45pm to 7.45pm. St Thomas More Toddler Group 9.15-10.45am at St Thomas More School, Northampton Rd in term time. Contact Linda: 07787 521903.

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

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Weekly Activities Timetable

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Weekly Activities Timetable

Kettering cont. Bubble Babies Swimming 8.45am to 1.15pm at Kingsley School Hydrotherapy Pool. 30 min classes for 0 to 5 year olds Forest School Parents & Child Classes At Glendon Farm Montessori and Forest School. Den building, mud kitchen, arts and crafts, cooking on the fire, and lots more. 9.30am - ages 18 months to 6 years. £45 for 6 weeks. Siblings half price. Term time only. Email: info@ glendonfarmmontessori.com. Stagecoach Theatre Arts School At Brambleside Primary School. Early Stage Class, for 4 to 6year olds, 9.30 to 11am. Main school (6 to 18 years) 10am to 1pm or 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

Sundays Little Kickers At Southfield School for Girls Mighty Kickers for 3.5 to 5 year olds, 9.15am to 10am, 10.10am to 10.55am or 11.15am to 12pm. Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 9.15am to 10am or 10.10am to 10.55am Mega Kickers for 5 to 7 year olds, 11.05am to 11.55am and 12.05pm to 12.55pm. Rhymetime 2.30 to 3pm at Kettering Library.

East Northamptonshire Mondays Rushden Parent Drop-in 9am to 10.30am at The Bridge, Grounds of Whitefriars Junior School. Free. Contact Sarah: 07511 572534. Rhymetime 9.30am to 10am and 10.30am to 11am at Rushden Library. Free.

RAUNDS

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

Parent & Toddler Swimming 8am to 9.30am and 11am to 12pm Play & Learn for Under 1s 10.15-11.15am at the Library. at Splash Leisure Pool. For under Free. 5s. Call 01933 410505 villages Titchmarsh Monday Morning Cafe 9am to 11am in St Mary’s Church, Titchmarsh. Community coffee morning for all ages. Toys, crafts and singing for pre-schoolers and activities for older children in school holidays. 50p donation. Contact Judith on 07801 446957. Chapel Cheeky Monkeys In Elton Methodist Chapel, Elton, PE8 6RA. Stay & play session for under 5s. £2 per family. Includes refreshments. Tel: 07970 233343 Little Angels (Ringstead) 1.45pm to 3pm in term time. Ringstead Primary School Hall. £1.30 per family. Contact Sue on 01933 625126.

Desborough & Rothwell

Tuesdays

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

Higham Ferrers

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

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

Rhymetime 10.15-10.45am at the Library. Free.

Irthlingborough

If you run a toddler group and would like it to appear in our listings, please email the details to us on: info@timefortots.co.uk Listings are free for not-forprofit groups.

Rhymetime 10 to 10.30am at the Library. F

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

RushdeN

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

Play & Learn for Under 5s 2pm to 3pm at Rushden Librar Free. Drop-in

Wednesdays Irthlingborough

Play & Learn for Under 5s 10.30am to 11.30am at the Libra Free.

Little Crows Stay and Play session for pre-school children and their grown-ups at Crow Hill Commu Centre, Fettledine Road. £1 pe family. Refreshments included Tel: 07970 233343. Oundle Play & Learn for Under 1s 10-11am at Oundle Library. Drop-in RAUNDS

Play & Learn for Under 5s Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 2pm to 3pm at the Library. Free. 4.15 to 5.15pm at the Methodist Church Hall Rushden Oundle


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Jelly Babes 9.15-11.15am at Queen Street Church Hall. £1 per family. Term time only.

rushden

Parent & Toddler Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. Parent & Toddler Swimming 10.30 to 11.30am at Splash Leisure For under 5s. Call 01933 410505 Pool. For under 5s. 01933 410505 Rhymetime 2.15pm to 2.45pm at Rushden Library. Free. Stanwick

Thrapston & villages Rhymetime 10.30am to 11am at Thrapston Library. Free. Drop-in.

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

THURSDAYS Higham Ferrers

Play & Learn for Under 5s 1.30pm to 2.30pm at the Library. unity Free. er d. oundle

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Arts, Crafts & Cookery

Parent & Toddler Swimming Little Treasures 8 to 9.30am at Splash Leisure Pool. 9.30-11am. St Laurence Church. For under 5s. Call 01933 410505 Donation optional. TT

Parent & Tot Rainbow Cafe A fun packed hour of arts and crafts, music and movement for pre-schoolers. £2.50 per child. Booking essential on 01933 625522. People who come to the Pool. Rainbow Café can benefit from FREE entry into the Hideaway soft 05 play area before and after the Rainbow Cafe. Normal carpark charges apply. 10.30 to 11.30am and 1.30 to 2.30pm. Call to book: 01933 625522. ry.

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Physical classes

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

FRIDAYS Higham Ferrers Play & Learn for Under 1s 10.30 to 11.30m at Higham Ferrers Library. Free. Drop-in Irthlingborough Rhymetime 2pm to 2.30pm at the Library. Free. Raunds Raunds Stay and Play For 0 to 5s and their carers. 9.15 to 11.15am, in term time, at The Methodist Chapel, Brook Street. Includes arts & crafts. Contact: Vicky 07597 843284. Facebook: Raunds Stay and Play.

Parent & Tot Group / Other

Rushden Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For under 5s. Call 01933 410505 Sing and Sign At Rush2TheDen, Fitzwilliam Street. 9.30am - Stage 2, 10.30am - Stage 1, 11.30am - Babes. Stanwick Big Chef, Little Chef (with Always time to Bake) At Stanwick Lakes. For 18 months+ 10.30am until 12pm. Alternate Fridays. Call Karen to book: 07792 013274. Thrapston & villages Bounce & Rhyme 10.30-11am at the Library. Drop-in

Saturdays OUNDLE Play & Learn for Under 5s 10.30-11.30am at the Library. Stanwick Stanwick Bakes - Children’s Cookery (with Always time to Bake) At Stanwick Lakes. 10.30am until 12pm. Alternate Saturdays. Call Karen to book on 07792 013274. Thrapston & villages Play & Learn for Under 5s 10.30-11.30am at Thrapston Library. Free. Drop-in We try and ensure that the information on these pages is kept up to date but we do rely on the organisers of the sessions to let us know if there are any changes. We recommend you check with the organiser before turning up If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class may be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 20.

Weekly Activities Timetable

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Index Activities & Days Out Cheeky Monkees Holiday Inn Corby Mini Meadows Nene Valley Railway Newlands Shopping Centre Royal & Derngate Theatre Trilogy Leisure West Lodge Rural Centre

Nurseries, Pre-Schools & Childminders 13 14 17 11 15 5 19 2 43 43

Clubs & Classes Corby Borough Council Activities for Under 5s

Dance Schools

Barbara Hooton School of Dancing

Music & Movement

Giggles & Wiggles Harmony Kids Sing & Sign

Physical Activity

Little Kickers Mini Dribblers Punchin Pandas Scrum Kids Tots Play

Swim Schools

Bubble Babies Infant Aquatics Jenny’s Dolphins

Theatre Schools Stagecoach

Language Classes Lingotot

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42 39 40 41 41 56 39

Children’s Parties - Corby Borough Council Cheers Mobile Bars Party Spiderman Piñata Fiesta Fiesta Whytewell Sweet Cart

44 44 44 44 44

Photographers Firetree Photography Francesca Angel Photography

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Pregnancy & Birth 23 20 26 25 21 25 20 27 26 23 20

Gabby Matthews Doula Harmony Kids Baby Massage Nurturing Hands Simply Nurture Zirconia Sleep Consultant

33 33 32 33 33

Schools Northampton High School Pitsford School Spratton Hall St Peter’s School

37 7 30 56

Services

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Daisy First Aid L is for Learning Northants County Toy Library The Northampton Grocer

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Shopping & Gifts

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Funky Lil Feet Groococks For Kids Jeyes of Earls Barton

Footwear & Clothing

Health & Beauty Pilates with Sylvia The Earthworks Cosmetics Co

Aldwincle Pre-school Broughton Under 5s Daffodils Outdoor Nursery Oak Tree Day Nursery Overstone Park Day Nursery Sunnylands Day Nursery Windermere Day Nursery

Party Services

Business Opportunities Forever Living Scentsy

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37 27 31

Gifts Jomanda

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