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The local guide from bump to 5 Mothering Sunday Special

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Win a spa session at Rushton Hall!

Postnatal depression Spotting the signs and getting help

Spring & Easter

Activities & Events

Find the golden egg inside! For your chance to win a prize

News, Articles, Classes, Weekly Activities Timetable Competitions, Vouchers and plenty more...

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


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othering Sunday is nearly upon us. A day when we celebrate mothers up and down the country and give thanks for everything they do. It’s often not until you become a mother yourself that you fully appreciate everything your mother has done for you. Being a mother is not always easy, no matter how old the children are, and for many the first realisation of this comes in the first few weeks of their child’s life. Many mothers, and fathers, are affected by postnatal depression (PND) which can be very debilitating. Gabby Matthews, local Birth and Postnatal Practitioner, has written an article for us on the signs to look out for with PND and where you can go to for help. It’s important to remember you are not alone and there is plenty of help and support out there if you are struggling - be it with PND or later in your child’s life. Do not be afraid to seek help. Ultimately we all do our best as mothers and we all deserve to be celebrated on the 31st March! So let’s enjoy our special day and remind each other how well we’re doing! We’ve teamed up with Rushton Hall to offer one local mother, and her friend or partner, a relaxing spa session at The Stableyard Spa. Turn to page 52 for details on how to nominate someone. Happy Mother’s Day for the 31st! Until the summer,

Vanessa

Contents 4 & 8 Tots News 10 Spring Events Calendar 16 Easter Activities & Events 23 The Joy of Animals 24 Time for Crafters 28 Clubs and Classes 30 Featured Class: Tots & Tiddlers 36 38 39 40

Party Services Business Opportunities Pregnancy, Birth & Babies Birth Announcements

42 How Can I Tell if I Have Postnatal Depression? 44 Childcare Directory 47 Time for Mum 48 Mothering Sunday Special 50 Why do you love your Mummy? 52 Mum in a Million Competition 53 Weekly Activities Timetable 59 Could you be a Foster Carer? 60 Competitions Page 62 Special Offers 63 Index of Advertisers

How to contact us: This issue’s gorgeous front cover photograph was taken by Amy Woodham Photography.

See her advert on page 9.

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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Vanessa Simpson - Editor Leanne Houghton - Sales & Admin Support


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Tots News bottle-feed the Lambs at Mini Meadows Farm

Spring open Week at St Peter’s School

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t Peter’s School in Kettering will be opening it’s doors to prospective parents from Monday 29th April to Friday 3rd May. The open week provides a chance to tour the school, meet the Headmistress and to see pupils and teachers at work as well as look at samples of pupils’ work across the subject and age-ranges. St Peters is a small, independent preparatory day school and nursery founded in 1946. They are coeducational, accepting boys and girls from 3 years old up to 11 years of age.

www.st-peters.org.uk

New “Wild Tots” Sessions

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isit Mini Meadows Farm this Spring to bottlefeed their lovely little lambs. Come and meet the other cute newborn animals in the baby barn, explore the huge indoor play area, The Treetops, and of course don’t forget the other larger animals will be waiting to meet you too. Bottle-feeding the lambs will start in March and continue for a good 8 weeks, 7 days a week. They feed the lambs throughout the day, but to begin with in the first few weeks they have a limited number of bottles per session (when the lambs are really small, they naturally cannot drink/eat as much). Come and make some special memories! Normal farm entry price (£5 per child/adult and under-twos free) plus £1 per bottle. See website for more details and to pre-book:

www.minimeadowsfarm.com

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he new monthly ‘Wild Tots’ sessions, at Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre at Rushden Lakes, are run by a qualified Forest School leader and encourage children to explore the natural world, ask questions, take the initiative and assess risks. They are great for building confidence and developing a wide range of skills, including social, communication and fine motor skills. The Centre also run a “Little Bugs Club” every month enabling little ones to learn about nature through play, stories, crafts and outdoor activities. Both sessions are suitable for 3-5 years olds and take place in the specially designed Education Area. Check our Events Calendar for upcoming dates. Sessions cost £5 per child. Booking is essential, call 01933 779587.

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As we navigate our way through the minefield that is parenting decisions, childcare is one of the biggest we all make. From a return to work, wanting our child to socialise more or moving to a new area, whatever the reason for looking for a childminder, nursery or pre-school, our overriding desire as parents is that our children are safe, happy and stimulated. For parents able to manage the shorter hours of a pre-school day, Aldwincle Pre-School is an attractive proposition. Here’s why we believe it’s the perfect foundation for all children from 2 years old as an early years setting. High staff/child ratios At Aldwincle, there’s the time to truly nurture the educational, personal, social and developmental needs of every child as they learn and play. There is no one size fits all rule and the experienced team ensure that every child gains the most from their time there. Indoor and outdoor play areas Using children’s natural, spontaneous curiosities and interests at the starting point, the team let the environment play its part in deepening and lengthening concentration. The doors are flung open to the garden and children can choose where they play; indoor or out, it’s successfully used as a tool to support the learning programmes. Sharing in one another Spend any time at Aldwincle and you witness first-hand the charming friendships that are blossoming and the sense of camaraderie that exists. There’s also a strong ethos of sharing and celebrating one another’s successes and parents are encouraged to share news from home too.

Supporting each other Alison and her team are committed to supporting parents and sharing in the responsibility of each child’s development. Her door is always open and any information shared will be treated confidentially and sympathetically. Laying foundations for the future Alison also works closely with Mr Dainty, the Headmaster at Trinity CE Primary School, to ensure that the early years provision is aligned between the settings. Visits are also made into Reception during the summer term to hopefully make the transition up to ‘big school’ as stress-free as possible. Their promise to you To provide your child with a safe, fun, caring and stimulating learning environment that feeds their curiosity, supports their development and prepares them for the step up to primary school. Whilst words are easy to say, Aldwincle Pre-School genuinely lives and breathes its promises. The number of younger siblings that follow on, parental endorsements freely offered and children that attend from Thrapston and the surrounding villages including Islip, Lowick and Sudborough are all testament to the excellent level of service but more importantly care provided.

So if you currently find yourself in the position of exploring your options, Aldwincle Pre-School, with the familiar presence of Trinity just next door, could indeed be the perfect foundation you are looking for.

01832 720566 or email manageraldwinclepreschool@hotmail.co.uk


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New for 2019: Positive birth Movement Monday Sessions

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ollowing the success of her Tuesday morning sessions, Gabby Matthews, Birth and Postnatal Doula, has launched a new monthly Monday evening “Positive Birth Movement” session at Magazine Heaven in Rushden Lakes, 5.30pm to 6.45pm. The informal, free drop-in sessions are a chance to meet other expectant or new Mums and ask Gabby any questions you may have. Bring your bump, bring your new baby (under 6 weeks), come with your partner, come by yourself or with a friend, family member or work colleague. Everyone is welcome. 2019 dates: March 25th, April 29th, May 27th (date may change due to Bank Holiday), June 24th The Tuesday morning sessions are held at Cafe Nero in Rushden, 9.30 to 11.30am. See our Events Calendar for dates. Email Gabby to find out more: positivebirthmovementrushden@gmail.com

infant Aquatics are now open for bookings for their new term, starting 23rd April 2019. For further details contact them via their website:

www.infantaquatics.co.uk Lessons running every day.

Creating Special keepsakes

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o many attics and spare rooms are full of those tiny clothes that hold so many special memories that you are just unable to part with. Memory Trunk lovingly transforms those precious first clothes into adorable keepsakes that you can treasure forever. It takes just 4 to 5 baby grows to make one of their beautiful animal keepsakes. They also offer a range of various sized blankets and pillows. If you have an extra special keepsake in mind they would love to discuss your ideas. For more information visit their facebook page, memorytrunkUK, or website:

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Parenting Quote: “If parenthood came with a GPS it would mostly just say ‘Recalculating’ ” Simon Holland

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

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Open every day 10am - 5pm Only £5 entry (under-twos free)

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Make some special memories this spring... Bottle feed our lambs Late Feb - mid-April

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World Book Day at Wicksteed Park

Join the community and education team in Wicksteed’s new Learning Space to celebrate World Book Day with a range of book-themed activities. £3 per ticket. www.wicksteedpark.org

Whole School Open Day at Northampton High School

An excellent way to get to know the school as well as they know their pupils! Bring along your daughter/s and any other family or friends who are interested in seeing the school. Thursday 4.30pm to 6.30pm and Friday 9.30am to 12pm. Book online: www.northamptonhigh.co.uk

Little Bugs Club at Nene Wetlands Centre

See details under ‘Regular Events’ on page 12. 10am to 11.30am. Booking essential. £3 per child. FB: NeneWetlandsVisitorCentre

Wildlife Explorers at Stanwick Lakes See details under ‘Regular Events’ on page 12. May’s theme is ‘Going Birding’ - Brushing up on bird identification. www.stanwicklakes.org.uk

RSPB Bird Walk at Stanwick Lakes Join local RSPB volunteers for a bird walk to learn about the resident and migrant birds found in and around Stanwick Lakes. Meet outside the Rangers Cabin at 10am. Tickets cost £2.50 for adults, £1.50 for children Booking available online or by calling 01933 625522. www.stanwicklakes.org.uk

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Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park

10am to 11.30am. See details under “Regular Events” on page 12. To book email: barnwell@ northamptonshire.gov.uk. www.northamptonshireparks.co.uk

Nature Tots at Fermyn Woods Country Park

10am to 11.30am. See details under “Regular Events” on page 12. To book email: fermyn@ northamptonshire.gov.uk. www.northamptonshireparks.co.uk

Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park

10am to 11.30am. See details under “Regular Events” on page 12. To book email: sywell@ northamptonshire.gov.uk. www.northamptonshireparks.co.uk

Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park

10am to 11.30am. See details under “Regular Events” on page 12. To book email: brixworth@ northamptonshire.gov.uk. www.northamptonshireparks.co.uk

Bugtopia at the Newlands Centre, Kettering

Come and enjoy a hands-on experience with lots of creepy crawlies at the Newlands Centre! 11am to 2pm. www.newlandsshopping.com Continued on page 14....


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

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

Spring 2019

Family Fun At Your Local Steam Railway 20th & 21st April Who’s at Wansford

Come and Join the 15th Cyber legion charity costume group and their Heroes and Villains from the long running TV Sci Fi show.

27th & 28th April Thomas & the Travelling Post Office 4th May Wallis & Gromit

Ride a Steam Train Plus see Wallace & Gromit at intervals throughout the day!

19th May Thomas’ Big Adventure 29th & 30th 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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Regular Events Little bugs Club

The ever popular Little Bugs Club, by the Wildlife Trust, allows little ones to learn about nature through play, stories, crafts and outdoor activities. Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds the session takes place in the specially designed Education Area at the Nene Wetlands Centre at Rushden Lakes (meet at the visitor centre). Booking is essential, call the Visitor Centre on 01933 779587 or call in to book.

www.wildlifebcn.org

Wild Tots

The new ‘Wild Tots’ sessions, by the Wildlife Trust, are run by a qualified Forest School leader and encourage children to explore the natural world, ask questions, take the initiative and assess risks. They are great for building confidence and developing a wide range of skills, including social, communication and fine motor skills. Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds the session takes place in the specially designed Education Area at the Nene Wetlands Centre at Rushden Lakes (meet at the visitor centre). Booking is essential, call in to the centre or call 01933 779587.

www.wildlifebcn.org

Wildlife Explorers at Stanwick Lakes An RSPB group lead by volunteers which provides the perfect location to observe wildlife, make friends and take part in all sorts of practical activities. From bark rubbing to hunting for mini-beasts, its perfect for children aged 5+. All meetings are at The Rangers Cabin, 10am-12 noon unless otherwise stated. Cost per session is £1 per child. For further information and latest news, please visit:

Nature Tots at the Country Parks For parents and tots aged 2-4 years exploring nature through the seasons. £3.50 per child. Take an Education Ranger led themed walk followed by a craft activity. 10am to 11.30am Sessions are held once a month at each park during term time. Booking essential. Call 07703 160878.

www.northamptonshireparks.co.uk

Positive birth Movement

Informal, free drop-in sessions led by local birth and postnatal practioner, Gabby Matthews. Everyone welcome: bring your bump, bring your new baby (under 6 weeks), come with your partner, come by yourself or with a friend, family member or work colleague. Sessions held monthly on a Monday evening and a Tuesday morning. See Events Calendar for dates. Join the fb page: Positive Birth Movement Rushden. Or contact: positivebirthmovementrushden@gmail.com

Saturday 13th April

Pebble Painting 11:00 – 3:00

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Totally Tots at Wicksteed Park

A monthly group for preschool children in term time. Includes crafts and activities on a different theme each month - check social media for the latest theme. 10.30am to 12pm in the brand new Learning Space!

www.wicksteedpark.org

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Family fun event enjoy a full breakfast buffet (Full English & continental) at the hotel with a surprise visit from Woody and Buzz

(4 Tickets for £ 30) Price: £ 10.00 per person

TIME: 9:00am - 11:00am

Recommend all guests to arrive at 9am to avoid missing any of the entertainment. Subject to availability. Full pre-payment and pre booking required. All payments are non-refundable. Holiday Inn Corby - Kettering A43 | Geddington Road, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN18 8ET Tel: 01536 401020 Web: www.hicorby.com Email: events@hicorby.com @holidayinncorby

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Open Day at Pitsford School

10.30am to 1pm. Guided tours of both the Junior and Senior School with the chance to meet the teachers and interact in the various activities. At the end of the tour enjoy tea and cakes with the Registrar and Headmaster who will be able to answer any admissions queries you may have. If you wish to attend and discover for yourself what makes Pitsford so great then please contact the Registrar on registrar@pitsfordschool.com and book a place. www.pitsfordschool.com

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Messy Play with Mess Around Northamptonshire

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Totally Tots at Wicksteed Park

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Come along and play at 10:30am at Ise Lodge Community Centre, Kettering. Session theme: “Rumble in the Jungle”. Book online: www.messarounduk.com/ Northamptonshire See details on page 12 under ‘Regular Events’. Check social media for the latest theme. www.wicksteedpark.org

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Positive Birth Movement

9.30am to 11.30am at Cafe Nero, Rushden. See details on page 12 under ‘Regular Events’.

Wild Tots at Nene Wetlands Centre

See details under ‘Regular Events’ on page 12. 10am to 11.30am. Booking essential. £3 per child. FB: NeneWetlandsVisitorCentre

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“Room on the Broom” at The Royal & Derngate Theatre

Join the witch and her cat on their mission to defeat the dragon in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of Room On The Broom, the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick when they pick up a friendly dog, a beautiful green bird and a frantic frog. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK! – it snaps in two, just as the hungry dragon appears. Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 upwards and their grown-ups, in this Olivier Award-nominated stage show. Running time 60 minutes (no interval). For ages 3+ Thu 1.30pm, Fri & Sat 10.30am & 1.30pm, Sun 10.30am Tickets £12.50 www.royalandderngate.co.uk

Underwater Photoshoot with Bubble Babies Open to all children who are confident going under water! Held in a warm pool in Kettering. Contact Erika on 01604 780244. www.bubblebabies.co.uk

“Exciting Science” at The Core, Corby Warning… Warning… Extreme Fun Alert! This brand new, exciting and educational show will amaze and astound all ages as they put the ‘exciting’ back into science. With fun and fact filled experiments, watch in amazement as we recreate a volcanic eruption, turn a vacuum cleaner into a missile launcher or take aim at you with our smoke blaster. So stand clear and prepare for action, as this show is full of whizz, bang, pop …. and splurt. Prepare to be amazed! 2.30pm. www.thecorecorby.com

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

Sunday 21st & Monday 22nd April

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ome along to Rockingham Castle Easter weekend for the annual Children’s Easter Hunt and family quiz! Eggsplore the Easter Trail through Rockingham Castle and Gardens to find the Nursery Rhyme clues and unscramble the mystery word. Then hand in your booklet to claim your Chocolate Prize! If you still have energy to spare, help Wentworth the Griffin find his missing gold and have a go at drawing your favourite Nursery Rhyme character. A fun filled family outing for the Easter weekend! 12 noon to 5pm Event & Castle: Adults £12, Senior £11, Children £8.50 & Family Ticket (2+2) £32.50 Book Tickets online at:

www.rockinghamcastle.com

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA at West Lodge Rural Centre Friday 19th to Monday 22nd April

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hroughout the Easter school holidays West Lodge Rural Centre has lots of fun activities for you to enjoy. Then on Easter Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (19th to 22nd 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

Win a family ticket to Rockingham Castle’s Easter Event! See page 61 for details


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Easter Extravaganza at Mini Meadows Farm

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ake part in the Easter Egg Trail at Stanwick Lakes over Easter weekend. Follow the clues around the accessible trail (suitable for buggies and wheelchairs) to win a prize! Buy a trail from Reception in the Visitor Centre. No booking required. £2 per trail.

www.stanwicklakes.org.uk

Wicky Wonderland easter egg hunt at Wicksteed Park

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icksteed Park will be running a Wicky Wonderland event throughout the park during the school Easter holidays and will be doing an Easter Egg Hunt where you can collect a delicious prize afterwards! Visit the park for fun activities including curious croquet!

www.wicksteedpark.org

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isit Mini Meadows Farm for some hopping fun throughout the Easter Bank Holiday weekend! With lots of eggciting fun and games planned for the whole family. Take part in the egg and spoon races for little and long legs, go on a bunny hunt and hold the cute chicks and ducklings. Get crafty and make a sock bunny, let the face painter transform you into your favourite animal and bottle feed the little lambs. Normal farm entry price plus tokens (£1 each) to take part in the activities. PLUS… Come along to the film afternoons to watch that cheeky bunny, ‘Hop’. Mini Meadows will be showing the film every afternoon at 3pm on the 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd April. Tickets are £5.95 each (adults and underones free) and must be pre-booked online and do not include farm park or Treetops play area entry. Tickets include popcorn. Bring your own beanbag/cushion!

www.minimeadowsfarm.com

EASTER Sunday FunDay at East Carlton Park

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orby Mind is bringing Easter fun to East Carlton Park! With an Easter Egg Hunt (find the golden egg), Easter Bonnet Competition (best designed hat competition judging at 2pm, Egg Decorating Competition (a table to be set up for you to purchase and decorate an egg or bring your own), Easter Market & more! 11am to 3pm. Judging at 2pm. £2 per activity £5 for all 3!

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oin family and friends at Lyveden this Easter and help hunt for Bunny. Explore the spiral mounts, woods and labyrinth as you search for clues and earn a chocolate surprise at the end of your hunt!

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Little Bugs Club at Nene Wetlands Centre

See details under ‘Regular Events’ on page 12. 10am to 11.30am. Booking essential. £5 per child. FB: NeneWetlandsVisitorCentre

Messy Play with Mess Around Northamptonshire

Mega Mess Spring Eggstravaganza! 11.30am to 12.45pm at The Pemberton Centre in Rushden. Book online: www.messarounduk.com/ Northamptonshire

Slime Making Workshop with Mess Around Northamptonshire A slime making workshop at Stanwick Lakes, hosted by Mess Around Northamptonshire. 10.30am or 1.30pm. www.messarounduk.com/ northamptonshire

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Wildlife Explorers at Stanwick Lakes See details under ‘Regular Events’ on page 12. April’s theme is ‘Going Underground’ - Uncovering the world of underground animals. www.stanwicklakes.org.uk

“Twirlywoos Live” at The Castle Theatre

From the producers of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show comes another enchanting show for young audiences. The Twirlywoos are setting sail around the UK to welcome young fans along for a theatrical adventure. Expect mischief, music and plenty of surprises as they share the delight of discovery. With beautifully inventive puppetry the show promises a cast full of all your favourite characters from the hit TV show. Tickets £12. Family Ticket £40 for 4. Performances at 1.30pm and 4pm. www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk

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Breakfast with Toy Story at The Holiday Inn, Corby

A family fun event! Enjoy a full breakfast buffet (full English & continental) at the hotel with a surprise visit from Woody and Buzz. 9am to 11am. £10.00 per person or 4 tickets for £30. Booking essential. www.hicorby.com

“Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom” at The Core, Corby

From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA Award-winning television animation live on stage! Join Ben and Holly and their friends on this exciting, enchanting and magical musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter. This beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family! Wed 1pm & 4.30pm, Thu 10am & 1pm. www.thecorecorby.com

“Dinosaur World Live” at The Royal & Derngate Theatre

Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Live in this interactive new show for all the family. Grab your compass and join the intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre‑historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life‑like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh‑eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, as well as a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus! A special meet-and-greet after the show offers all our brave explorers the chance to make a new dinosaur friend. Fri 11.30am & 2pm, Sat 11am & 2pm. For ages 3+. Tickets £14 www.royalandderngate.co.uk

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“Who” at Nene Valley Railway

Join the 15th Cyber legion charity costume group and their Heroes and Villains from the long running TV Sci Fi show. Photo opportunities, 2 full size Police Box,(1966 & 2006) 1970s Interior console room, Prop and Costume displays as well as amazing costumed characters to meet, make sure you bring your camera and sonic Screw driver and be prepared for some out of this world encounters! www.nvr.org.uk

Easter Sunday Funday at East Carlton Country Park Corby Mind is bringing Easter fun to East Carlton Park! With an Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Bonnet Competition, Egg Decorating Competition, Easter Market & more! 11am to 3pm. Judging at 2pm. £2 per activity - £5 for all 3! Fb: EastCarltonCountryPark

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Come 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 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! You can also have a go at sorting letters on the Mail Train. Space on is limited, so advanced booking is essential. Mail trains leave from Wansford at 11.30, 13.15 & 15.00. www.nvr.org.uk

Messy Play with Mess Around Northamptonshire

Mega Mess Spring Eggstravaganza! 10.30am to 11.30pm at Ise Lodge Community Centre in Kettering. Book online: www.messarounduk.com/ Northamptonshire

See details on page 12 under ‘Regular Events’. Check social media for the latest theme. www.wicksteedpark.org

Positive Birth Movement

5.30pm to 6.45pm at Magazine Heaven, Rushden Lakes. See details on page 12 under ‘Regular Events’. Monday

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For girls aged 1 to 5 years. 10am to 12pm. Book online: www.northamptonhigh.co.uk

Totally Tots at Wicksteed Park

Open Week at St Peter’s School, Kettering

Meet the Headmistress and see pupils and teachers at work as well as look at samples of pupils’ work across the subject and age-range. www.st-peters.org.uk

Positive Birth Movement

9.30am to 11.30am at Cafe Nero, Rushden. See details on page 12 under ‘Regular Events’.

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Bring along your daughter/s and any other family or friends who are interested in seeing the school. 8am to 12pm. Book online: www.northamptonhigh.co.uk

Wallace and Gromit at Nene Valley Railway

Ride a Steam Train plus see Wallace & Gromit at regular intervals throughout the day! Lots of fun for all the family including: kids tombola, lucky dip, pick a straw, toy stalls, refreshments, bouncy castle plus lots more attractions to be announced. Plus the children’s play area and Riverside Picnic area at Wansford Garden Railway Join the train at any of the stations. www.nvr.org.uk

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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! Plus all the usual fun of the farm. www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk

Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park

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Nature Tots at Fermyn Woods Country Park

10am to 11.30am. See details under “Regular Events” on page 12. Booking essential. www.northamptonshireparks.co.uk

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Little Bugs Club at Nene Wetlands Centre

See details under ‘Regular Events’ on page 12. 10am to 11.30am. Booking essential. £5 per child. FB: NeneWetlandsVisitorCentre

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Wildlife Explorers at Stanwick Lakes See details under ‘Regular Events’ on page 12. May’s theme is ‘Hatching a Plot’ - Finding out about nesting birds. www.stanwicklakes.org.uk

Thomas’ Big Adventure at Nene Valley Railway

Thomas fun for all the family on this very special trip: • Goody bags for children over 1 • Help Thomas take water at Peterborough • Meet the Driver and Fireman • Thomas Quiz on board the Train • Thomas Buffet car for snacks • Meet the Wansford Controller • Send a Thomas letter home. One trip only at 11.15am. Tickets on sale now and are limited this is a pre-booked ticket only event. www.nvr.org.uk

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Totally Tots at Wicksteed Park See details on page 12 under ‘Regular Events’. Check social media for the latest theme. www.wicksteedpark.org

“Zog” at The Core, Corby

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved Zog comes to life in Mike Shepherd’s magical adaptation with Johnny Flynn’s sumptuous folk score featuring live musicians. Katie Sykes’ design lifts the book from the page and creates a real and fantastical world. From the team behind Tiddler And Other Terrific Tales and Tabby McTat, Zog promises to be roaring fun for all ages. Mon 4.30pm, Tue 10.30am & 4.30pm, Wed 10.30am & 1.30pm. www.thecorecorby.com

Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park

10am to 11.30am. See details under “Regular Events” on page 12. Booking essential www.northamptonshireparks.co.uk

Wild Tots at Nene Wetlands Centre

See details under ‘Regular Events’ on page 12. 10am to 11.30am. Booking essential. £5 per child. FB: NeneWetlandsVisitorCentre

Positive Birth Movement

5.30pm to 6.45pm at Magazine Heaven, Rushden Lakes. See details on page 12 under ‘Regular Events’.

Positive Birth Movement

9.30am to 11.30am at Cafe Nero, Rushden. See details on page 12 under ‘Regular Events’.

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Studio and Lifestyle Photography

T: 01858 810038 M: 07773 280492 E: info@firetreephoto.co.uk 12 Turnpike Close, Market Harborough, LE16 7TJ. CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Open Day Saturday 23rd March 2019 10:30am - 1pm 01604 880306 registrar@pitsfordschool.com to book a tour

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2 to 18 years A Nursery and Junior School experience unlike that offered anywhere else. Where teaching is delivered by experts in girls’ education.

Arts Activity Day Saturday 27 April 10am – 2.30pm (Girls aged 6-10 years) Early Years Fun Morning Saturday 27 April 10am – 12pm (Girls aged 1 to 5 years) Book your visit today: nhs.admissions@nhs.gdst.net | 01604 765765 Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


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The Joy of Animals

by Northampton High School

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ll children love animals; it is a wonderful natural draw that brings little ones and animals together. Some children may prefer bouncing dogs, others may like a gentle guinea pig and some may just enjoy watching the butterflies in the summer. Whichever your child’s preference, everyone will agree that animals can have a multitude of positive effects on children and adults alike. A study carried out by Cambridge University demonstrated that owning a pet can improve the pet owner’s overall health in as little as a month(1). As well as the physical improvements, such as getting more active, having less headaches and improving illness, there are the social and emotional benefits as well. Animals can help to promote responsibility, establish routine and lower stress levels in those around them. Encouraging your child to enjoy and appreciate animals at all levels therefore is so important and starts from the very beginning, at home. Bringing animal life into your home or garden will spark excitement in your child and open up a huge range of learning opportunities for them as well. It will encourage their curiosity, highlight their empathy for others, give them a new level of responsibility and challenge their problem solving skills. How can I keep an animal healthy? How can I keep them safe? How can I entertain them? It will also, inevitably, help them to learn about the cycle of life. Whew. With so many benefits we should get going today! At Northampton High School we certainly agree that animals are worth their weight in gold. We have recently welcomed an Australian Miniature Labradoodle named Betty into our school. Welcoming Betty into our school family has had a marvellous impact on students already; we have particularly noted the fantastic positive emotional impact on our girls. Girls who were worried or anxious have felt so much better after spending some time with Betty. It was also wonderful to see that Betty has helped some girls to face their fears. Whilst no one has to be near Betty if they do not wish to be, we were pleased to see some girls who were nervous of dogs also fall in love with Betty.

Welcome animals at home Not everyone is able to have a pet at home, but this shouldn’t stop us from enjoying animals with our children. Can we help animals in the wild? What might animals in the garden or park need? Why is it important to help animals? Let’s start by making bird feeders. 1. Take an apple and remove the middle using an apple corer. This is a great exercise in safe cutting techniques and being responsible with sharp objects too. 2. Take a piece of string or wool and thread it through the middle of the apple. 3. For an extra twist try hunting for some good twigs and tying them with your string as well, above the apple. This will help to attract the birds and give them some extra perches. 4. Hang your apple and twig feeder from a tree in your garden or in the park. Sit quietly, a little way away and watch your bird feeder; see if you can spot any birds who may like to eat from it. Talk to your child about why it’s kind to help animals and other people. Be quiet and listen to the sounds of nature. Maybe even enjoy an apple yourselves too! Sources 1: Hope for pets. Benefit of owning a pet. www.hopeforpets.org/Benefits%20of%20Owning%20a%20Pet.htm

Written by Northampton High School. Everyone is welcome to visit at any of their open events. To find out more please contact admissions on: nhs.admissions@northamptonhigh.co.uk.

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Time for Crafters beautiful handmade gifts that make the perfect unique present - you won’t find them on the high street! handmade Children’s Clothing by Rhubarb and bee

Sparkles and Glitter

Handmade custom children’s clothing which is perfect for wriggly babies, adventurous toddlers and creative preschoolers. Find us on Facebook and Instagram @rhubarbandbee

Hello, my name is Kerry and I started making giftware whilst on maternity leave 9 years ago. I make a variety of gifts from keepsake memory boxes, baby shower gift bags and party bags, 1st day at school frames and t-shirts, all of which can be personalised. Find my whole range in my Etsy shop ‘SparklesGlitter07’, email: kerry.ann@ sparklesandglitter.com or visit my Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/rhubarbandbee

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Personalised Gifts by Sew b it Sew B It provide a large range of beautifully personalised gifts for all occasions. To view our beautiful range of gifts, with prices to suit all budgets, either visit our website, www.sewbituk.co.uk, or follow us on social media: @sewbituk. E-mail: sewbituk@outlook.com Tel: 07761215410

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Bespoke Children’s Clothing by Clayton’s Cloth Hi I’m Lacie, owner and founder of Clayton’s Cloth. I make bespoke clothing for children. I love bright bold colours. All of my fabrics are either organic or okeo tex standard which means they are kind to skin. They are more expensive than shop bought however they last longer, look better and obviously take time to make by hand. Please pop over to my Facebook page for a browse:

www.facebook.com/ClaytonsCloth

The Gift Fox

We specialise in capturing moments in our foil prints and creating unique personalised items. Our design service is free and we love to bring your ideas to life. Message us on info@thegiftfox.co.uk or find us on social media:

www.facebook.com/GiftFoxUK

Baby Clothes Keepsakes By Danique Keepsakes

We create personalised memory bears, cushions and blankets from your little ones outgrown clothing. Each one custom made with your child’s name, date of birth and any other important details. You can even add a tutu or bow to your Keepsake animals! Find us on Facebook & Instagram or shop with us at:

www.daniquekeepsakes.co.uk Enter code ‘TIME4TOTS’ for 20% Off!

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Works of Heart by Simone “Where every frame tells a story” Call Simone on: 07803 312929

www.facebook.com/ Worksofheart

Bee My Memory Let me transform your child’s first adorable, treasured outfits into a memory quilt, blanket, keepsake cushion, bear or Christmas stocking - a beautiful and unique reminder for you and your family to use, display and enjoy. Because they don’t stay little for long. Facebook: beemymemorybabyblankets ● Instagram: bee_my_memory Quote code BMMTEN for 10% discount off your first order.

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Teddö

- Premium Range of Stunning Creations for Babies & Toddlers

At Teddö it is our mission and passion to offer an absolutely gorgeous and ultra-special creation - be it a blanket, an outfit, a romper, a dress, a pullover, a cardigan or simple accessories like headbands, gloves and mittens for a newborn, infant, baby or toddler! Whether you’re purchasing for your own little munchkin, your grandchild or as a gift for your friends, family and colleagues, we always put our heart and soul into creating a fantastic product as well as experience for you to remember us by even after years have passed and you find yourself reminiscing looking into your child’s early years’ wardrobe. Find us on www.teddo.co.uk and www.instagram.com/teddo1154

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Memory Trunk Stunning Creations for babies & Toddlers

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o many attics and spare rooms are full of those tiny clothes that hold so many special memories that you are just unable to part with. Memory Trunk lovingly transform those precious first clothes into adorable keepsakes that you can treasure forever. It takes just 4 to 5 baby grows to make one of our beautiful animal keepsakes. We also offer a range of various sized blankets and pillows. If you have an extra special keepsake in mind we would love to discuss your ideas. For more information visit our facebook page, memorytrunkUK, or website: www.memorytrunk.co.uk

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

For children aged 18 months to 5½ years

Pre-school Soccer Courses in Wellingborough £6

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Saturdays at Redwell Leisure Centre 9.30 to 10.15am for ages 18 months to 3½ years 10.15 to 11am for ages 3½ to 5½ 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 Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


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Unlock your child’s potential with Stagecoach Performing Arts

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

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

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Featured Class: Tots & Tiddlers What is Tots & Tiddlers? A pre-school gymnastics and movement class at Lodge Park Sports Centre in Corby. Our sessions start at 10am and run right through to 2.30pm every Thursday in school term time. We have 4 different sessions for different ages and stages:

The four sessions: 10am-10.45am (babies/crawling) Parents/guardians are required to stay in the room and assist their child 11am-11.45am (toddlers) Parents/guardians are required to stay in the room and assist their child 12-12.45pm (independent beginners) Parents/guardians can spectate in our viewing gallery. 1-1.45pm & 1.45-2.30pm (pre-school) Parents/guardians can spectate in our viewing gallery.

The format of the classes: Our friendly staff will welcome you and your child into our sessions and talk you through the layout of the day. The first 2 sessions of the day are “free play” where the children get to explore and climb on our soft play equipment, they then have the chance to make some noise with our musical instruments, and awaken their senses by playing with feathers and bubbles. Nearer the end of the session the children take a star turn on our equipment when they will receive a sticker when the challenge is completed, finally finishing off with songs and parachute games. Our sessions vary each week. The 12pm onwards sessions for older children are “staff led” so the children start to learn basic skills such as the correct way to climb up and down using co-ordination and balance they have learnt from our sessions. Staff build your child’s confidence and strength over the sessions so in time they are able to complete the apparatus un-aided. Children work in small groups and learn to take turns.

How do Tots & Tiddlers classes benefit children? Our sessions improve the children’s social skills, coordination, balance and strength. Our sessions increase the children’s confidence and other motor skills they can then use in everyday situations.

When and where do you run classes? Every Thursday in school term time at Lodge Park Sports Centre, Shetland Way Corby NN17 2SG in our Practice Hall.

How long does each class last? Each session lasts for 45minute.

How much does a class cost? The cost is £4 per child per session.

Book Now!

To book a class or for more information: Contact: Kate Trenwith Telephone: 01536 400033 Website: www.corby.gov.uk/lodgepark Email: kate.trenwith@corby.gov.uk

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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.

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming Lessons

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.

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

BOOK YOUR LESSON NOW! Contact Coach Emma Ogden E-mail:

eogden@littlekickers.co.uk

Or Visit:

www.littlekickers.co.uk and click on “find a class”

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Come and enjoy our pre-school gymnastics classes for 2-4yr olds at Matrix Gymnastics Academy!

       

Our MiniTrix classes are led by  British Gymnastics qualified  preschool coaches and follow a   different theme each week.  Each class costs £5 for 45  minutes and fees are paid every  half term.   FULL TIMETABLE AVAILABLE ON  OUR WEBSITE

Diamond Way Nene Park Irthlingborough Northamptonshire NN9 5QF

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Come along to Singing, games, one of our fun and interactive stories, movement and classes! craft For children from 6 months Thursdays 10 - 11am to 8 years Market Harborough Leisure Centre Fridays 9.45 - 10.45 am Civic Centre, Burton Latimer Saturdays 9.30 - 10.30am Civic Centre, Burton Latimer

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Sing and Sign is Britain’s original, longest running and best loved baby signing programme, taught through music and song. Developed with Speech and Language Therapists to provide a progressive curriculum in 3 stages. We help you and your baby enjoy the process of learning to talk with • Less frustration • Better communication • And more fun!

Classes in Kettering, Wellingborough, Rushden & Oundle Classes available Monday to Friday Sing & Sign Babes - 6 weeks to 6 months Stage 1 - 6 to 15 months Stage 2 - 15 to 24 months Classes and availability listed on our website:

www.singandsign.co.uk

Email: sarahsilsby@singandsign.co.uk or call Sarah for more information 07585 557664 Facebook search ‘Sing and Sign - East Northants’

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Corby International Pool &   Lodge Park Sports Centre  Crèche £3.20 for 1 hr, £5.30 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  “Stay & Play” 

at the Pool  Parent / Guardian 

FOR   UNDER   5’s 

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. 

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Snacks &   Water   available  

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,  Swim & Supervised Diving.    For further info contact either facility. Visit www.corby.gov.uk/partyhire   Pre‐school gym and movement, our sessions run every Thursday  throughout term time 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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Jomanda Soft Toys and Accessories All suitable from birth All machine washable at 30ยบ plus cool tumle dry Brand New All proudly wearing the CE mark toys

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To advertise here call

0845 6439687

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Children’s Parties

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

Tel: 01536 400033

Various parties available: Football/Multi Sports/Cheerleading/Soft Play & Crèche “fun play”. Prices include room hire, food/ party invitations & party bags for you to fill.

West Glebe Pavilion

Tel: 01536 204217

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

Corby International Pool

Tel: 01536 464643

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

Hazelwood N/Hood Centre

Tel: 01536 443171

Offers a spacious hall for up to 150 people, kitchen available. Inflatable play and soft play equipment is permitted to be used within the centre. Can be brought in by hirer. For further information on all parties/venue hire please view the website: www.corby.gov.uk/partyhire

Rachel Tyler Baker & Cake Decorator 5* Hygiene Rating Cakes, Brownies, Tray Bakes & Cookies

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

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

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

Desborough based 07756634433 f- @cakeday34

Whytewell Sweet Carts Hand-made, solid wood sweet carts available for hire for any occasion Available in cream or white with a range of decorations and canopies. Traditional wooden post box also available to hire.

Call: 01933 387172 or 07919 114100 fb.whytewellsweetcarts

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Call or text: 07738 887540 or find us on Facebook: sleepovercompanynorthampton

Fantastic sleepover party accessories from gorgeous unicorn themed indoor tents to a beautiful outdoor 4m bell tent.

Prices from £30.

Imaginative, wonderfully created children’s entertainment for every theme and occasion

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Business Opportunities & Services

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Looking for work? Want something that will fit in with family life? Then check out the opportunities and services featured here...

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

Gabby Matthews

Doula, Birth Practitioner and Postnatal Supporter Your local NCT Doula – for all birthing mothers wherever you choose to birth your baby. A doula can provide help during pregnancy, continuous care during labour, a reduced chance of medical intervention at birth, support for your birth partner and postnatal care to help with recovery. Contact Gabby for a free initial consultation and find out how doula support can ensure you feel informed and positive about your birth experience.

Positive birth Movement

Gabby Matthews, Birth and Postnatal Doula, runs free informal, drop-in sessions for expectant and new Mums in Rushden every month. A great opportunity to meet other Mums and ask Gabby any questions you may have. Sessions run on a Monday evening in Magazine Heaven at Rushden Lakes and a Tuesday morning at Cafe Nero in Rushden. See our events calendar for exact dates. Everybody welcome and feel free to bring a friend or family member.

Birth Practitioner led small group sessions and workshops including: Next Steps

Daytime sessions helping new parents feel confident about their parenting decisions

Gift Vouchers

Mindfulness Matters

Daytime and evening sessions Stretch, breathe, relax and restore your energy

available

mas & Ideal for Christ Baby Showers

Call or text: 07976 245971 Email: gabbym.doula@gmail.com Website: www.gabbym-birthpractioner.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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birth Announcements Sponsored by:

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

Welcome to the World...

Louie Born on 22 June 2018 at 2.37pm weighing 8lbs 8oz. Baby brother to Erin, Ruby and Amelia. Proud parents Haley and Craig nd

Noah Bunce Born into the world after a very long few days of labour and eventually having a c-section as he was back to back! Born at 23:55 on 31st July 2018 weighing 7lb15.

Claudia Born on 11th October weighing 8lb 5oz. Here she is enjoying her first Christmas. Proud parents to Amy and James

Lacie Stella Marshall Riley, Laila and Elisia (Bibby) welcomed their beautiful baby sister, into the world on November 15th 2018 at 23:24pm weighing 6lb 6oz. A perfect little princess to complete our family.

Logan Arthur Dunn Chloe Louise O’Reilly Born on 10th December 2018 at 7.15am, weighing 8lb 1oz. She’s just perfect in every way!

Born on the 17th December 2018, weighing 6lb 5oz A perfect Christmas present for Mummy, Daddy and your big brother Declan xx

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Pregnancy & Birth Nurturing Hands

Baby Massage Classes

Amelie Our beautiful daughter born on 4th October at 11.19am weighing 7lb 3oz. The perfect little sister for Alfie.

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:

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

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Reggie John Hubbard Born 12th January at 11.54am weighing 7Ib 15oz. Mum and Dad are so in love.

Hallie Maeve Born on the 8th February, weighing 7lbs 14oz Little sister to Isla Niamh & Sofia.

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How can I tell if I have postnatal depression?

By Gabby Matthews, Postnatal Practitioner

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hen talking to a group of new mothers or discussing experiences of becoming new parents, it is not unusual to hear several members of a group say they are concerned about themselves or their partners, experiencing symptoms of postnatal depression. By exploring feelings and emotions it is often possible to put these concerns down to being extremely tired, overwhelmed by the responsibilities being a new parent or understanding the feelings of anxiety often experienced in the early days of caring for a new baby.

Feelings How are you feeling following the birth of your baby? It is usual for new parents to feel tired, lack energy and feel consumed by the care and attention their baby needs. New mothers often experience the ‘baby blues’ which can appear 3-4 days following birth and can remain for a couple of weeks bringing feelings of low mood, bouts of sadness and crying. New fathers can feel isolated and concerned for their baby’s health and well-being. These early parenting days can bring tension to relationships but are usually short lived.

Symptoms You may have postnatal depression if: • you feel tearful, lethargic and have problems concentrating • you or your partner find you are having trouble sleeping and are isolating yourself from friends and family • you worry that you are struggling to bond with your baby or you find you have no interest or enjoyment in your daily life • have a low sex drive and a low self esteem • you feel angry or find yourself overeating • you have suicidal or self-harm thoughts If you can relate to any of these then perhaps it is time to consider your own health and well-being and seek professional help.

Post-partum Psychosis For some new mothers feelings of depression and anxiety can be more extreme. If the person you are concerned about appears deluded or are discussing strange thoughts, perhaps hearing voices, they are

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Postnatal depression and Paternal Postnatal depression (PNd) In 2014, figures from the UK Medical Research Council and University College London claimed the first 12 months following the birth of a baby was the period new parents were most at risk of a diagnosis of postnatal depression (39% of new mothers) and paternal postnatal depression (21% of new fathers). Interestingly, and also worryingly, paternal PND rose in cases where the mother was diagnosed with PND. The good news is that PND is an illness, it can be treated and it will improve over time. It is a condition that develops slowly and is not immediately evident bringing feelings of distress, fear and loneliness. Asking for help is the first step towards being supported, for many people this brings positive feelings of starting to be in ‘control’ of the situation. If you feel you, or anyone you know, may be suffering from postnatal or paternal postnatal depression reach out and ask for help. Speak to your Health Visitor, GP or other healthcare professionals about how you feel, they will arrange for you to receive help and ongoing support.

Treatments and Support • Your GP can refer you for a course of therapy such • • • •

a cognitive behavioural therapy Antidepressants – these may be prescribed by your GP, it is possible to be prescribed antidepressants and continue to breastfeed your baby Self help – 10 minutes a day of fresh air, or periods of exercise can make a huge difference to your health and feelings of well-being. Sleep and a balanced diet are equally important. Talk to friends and family about how you feel and the help you may need to enable you to care for yourself and your baby Try to spend time with other new parents. This can help you to evaluate your feelings and understand you are not alone in feeling overwhelmed.

February 2019 Gabby Matthews – Birth and Post-partum Doula Postnatal Practitioner

Contacts: Pandas Foundation

Pandas Foundation vision is to support every individual with Pre or Postnatal Depression in England. We campaign to change the law, provide Pandas Help Line, offer advice to all and much more. www.pandasfoundation.org.uk Helpline 0843 28 98 401

The Association for Postnatal Illness Provides a telephone helpline, information leaflets for sufferers and healthcare professionals as well as a network of volunteers, who have themselves experienced postnatal illness. www.apni.org Helpline 020 7386 0868

NCT (The National Childbirth Trust)

The NCT help over a million mums and dads each year through pregnancy, birth and early days of parenthood. Offer antenatal and postnatal courses, local support and reliable information to help all parents. www.nct.org.uk Postnatal Line - 0300 330 0773

Samaritans

The Samaritans provide confidential nonjudgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. www.samaritans.org Telephone 08457 90 90 90

Mothers for Mothers

Postnatal Depression Support Group Helpline: 0117 975 6006

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Childcare



Stepping Stones Pre-School Fun and education for the under 5’s



Full days available (9am3pm)

Nursery Schools, Pre-schools & Childminders

Funded and non funded places for 2,3 and 4 year olds

Offering 30 hour funding completely free!*

Including 30 hours funding

Cooked lunches Early Years Teacher and experienced staff

Trips out

Based at Melton Street Community Centre, Kettering For an information pack or to arrange a visit: call: 07523 974286 or *Subject to eligibility and bringing a packed lunch

Childcare directory desborough, Rothwell & district Daodils Outdoor Nursery

The Estate Office, Arthingworth, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 8JT Tel: 01858 525777 or 07858 460419 Email: info@daffodilsoutdoornursery.co.uk www.daffodilsoutdoornursery.co.uk

Oak Tree Day Nursery

30 Cecil Street, Rothwell, NN14 6EZ Tel: 01536 601670 E-mail: oaktreedaynursery@hotmail.co.uk

East Northants Aldwincle Pre-school

Main Street, Aldwincle, Kettering, NN14 3EL Tel: 01832 720566 manageraldwinclepreschool@hotmail.co.uk www.aldwinclepreschool.btck.co.uk

Kiddi Caru Day Nursery

77 Park Road, Rushden, NN10 0LH Tel: 01933 410544 Email: marketing@kiddicaru.com www.kiddicaru.com

kettering & district Acorn Day Nursery

Burton Park, Polwell Lane, Burton Latimer, Kettering NN15 5PS Tel: 01536 726700 www.acornearlyyears.org.uk

Broughton Under 5s Pre-school

Broughton Village Hall Tel: 07939 985071 www.broughtonunderfives.wordpress.com

email: steppingstoneskettering@yahoo.co.uk



Stepping Stones Pre-school

Melton Street Community Centre, Kettering Tel: 07523 974286 Email: steppingstoneskettering@yahoo.co.uk

Sunnylands Nursery

52 Headlands, Kettering, NN15 6DJ Tel: 01536 512066 Email: sunnylandsnursery@btconnect.com www.st-peters.org.uk

Windermere Day Nursery & Pre-school

Haweswater Road, Kettering, NN16 8LX Tel: 01536 520075 E-mail: windermere.nursery@childbase.com www.childbasepartnership.com

Northampton & district Fledglings Day Nursery & Pre-school

Overstone Park, Northampton, NN6 0DT Tel: 01604 643787 E-mail: fledglings@fledglings.com www.fledglingsdaynurseryandpreschool.com

Wellingborough & district Kiddi Caru Day Nursery

22-24 Farm Road, Wellingborough, NN8 4UF Tel: 01933 678325 Email: wellingborough@kiddicaru.com www.kiddicaru.com

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Fledglings Nestled in the beautiful countryside, within the premises of Overstone Park School, Fledglings Day Nursery and Pre-school provides a wide range of facilities and resources. Children are given the opportunity to develop a spirit of adventure and to discover their unique talents and abilities. On our beautiful site we have our own registered farm with ponies, chickens and goats. Children are encouraged to help with feeding and caring for the animals. They are also encouraged to grow vegetables in the allotment adjoining the farm. Children are safe, healthy and happy in their achievements. They participate in all aspects of nursery life. Their opinions and contributions are valued and appreciated and they are encouraged to become good and effective members of the wider community.

Please contact us to book a visit: Overstone Park, Northampton, NN6 0DT t | 01604 643787 e | fledglings@fledglings.com www.fledglingsdaynurseryandpreschool.com St Peter's NHS Staff Handbook A5 Landscape 148x210 Advert.pdf

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

WIN A MAKEOVER (hair colour and nails)

worth ÂŁ150!

at an award-winning salon To enter, email: info@quattrolounge.co.uk with your name and contact number and expressing why you should win. Closing date: 31st May 2019 Terms and conditions apply, contact QL for details. NB This competition is run entirely by QL and is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Time for Tots. Any questions should be directed to QL.

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Welcome to Q.L an AWARD WINNING SALON within Diana’s Fitness Club, Wellingborough. (Hair Salon of the Year 2018, Hair Colourist of the Year 2018, Brow Specialist of the Year 2018 - British Hair & Beauty Awards) Offering you the ultimate experience provided by our hair, beauty, wellbeing and aesthetics experts. We are an informal yet professional salon, who love to interact and take a lot of care with our guests. You can be yourself with us and feel free. Have a laugh, feel inspired and also nurtured. We have 1 Clinic room, 1 luxurious treatment large holistic room, a pedicure pamper lounge, nail bars and two state of the art Hair Stations. For a 360 degrees pamper session, check in for the ultimate experience. Our salon is renowned for the most jaw dropping transformation services locally! Including services such as Microblading, Afro Hair, Hair Replacement, Barbering, Hair Extensions, Facials, Massage, Acrylic Nails, Weddings, Princess Pamper Parties and more. We believe in making a positive change to the people we meet. Have a peruse through our photos and videos. The Urban Salon of Choice www.qlheadquarters.com 01933 275 353

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Mothering Sunday 5 Facts About Mother’s day That may surprise you!

1. it has a religious origin

The origin of Mothering Sunday dates back to the 16th century when children working away from home used to visit their ‘mother church’ and families on the 4th Sunday of lent, known as Laetare Sunday. It wasn’t until the 20th century though when the daughter of a vicar, Constance Smith, started a move to have an official day dedicated to mothers. She was inspired by a lady in America, Anna Jarvis, who was trying to do the same thing over there. Laetare Sunday seemed the obvious date to choose as children traditionally visited their mother’s on that day anyway.

2. it is on a different date each year because it is linked to lent Because of it’s religious origin Mothering Sunday in the UK always falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Day.

3. it is celebrated on different dates around the world In many countries Mother’s Day does not have a religious origin and so is not necessarily celebrated on the 4th Sunday of lent. In the USA for example it is celebrated on the second Sunday in May and is a day for celebrating and honouring mothers with no link to the church.

4. it’s original name is Mothering Sunday Influenced by the USA it is becoming more widely known as ‘Mother’s Day’ in the UK these days, and celebrated in the same way as the US, but with it’s religious origin it was always known as Mothering Sunday traditionally.

5. it has many different names

They’re not widely used but Mothering Sunday (Laetare Sunday - the 4th Sunday in lent) is also known as Refreshment Sunday, Rose Sunday, Pudding-Pie Sunday, Simnel Sunday and the Sunday of the Five Loaves.

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What’s on this Mothering Sunday Mother’s day Afternoon Tea At Mini Meadows Farm

Ladies at Lyveden At Lyveden New bield

Enjoy the spring flowers as you explore the garden landscape before you treat Mum to a cream tea in the Cottage Tea Room. Find out more about the life of Lady Tresham and the role of women in Elizabethan England. 11am to 4pm. Normal admission charges apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

A day at the Farm At West Lodge Rural Centre Spend quality time together this Mother’s Day and visit Mini Meadows Farm for afternoon tea and some simple good family fun. Enjoy a selection of beautifully presented savoury sandwiches followed by delicious homemade scones and cakes, and of course a lovely cup of tea (or coffee if you prefer. They’ll even have some thoughtful Mother’s Day themed activities at your table to keep your little ones entertained and mums smiling. And if you’d like to visit the farm park to meet and feed the lovely animals after or even before you’ve enjoyed your scrummy afternoon tea, they’ll give every child in your party a complimentary bucket of animal feed and a bottle ticket for one of the lamb bottle-feeding sessions that day. Tables must be pre-booked in advance and excludes farm park entry. For more information visit: www.minimeadowsfarm.com

Mother’s day Lunch At The holiday inn, Corby

A 3 course carvery lunch, with a free gift for all Mums. £16 per person, children under 12 half price. Available 12pm to 4pm. Pre-booking required. www.hicorby.com

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. Plus all the usual fun of the farm! www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk

SUNDAY 31ST MARCH

MOTHER’S DAY LUNCH THREE COURSE CARVERY LUNCH (FREE GIFT FOR MUMS!)

12.00PM - 4.00PM

£16.00 PER PERSON

CHILDREN UNDER 12 EAT HALF PRICE

Subject to availability. Full pre-payment and pre booking required. Holiday Inn Corby - Kettering A43 | Geddington Road, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN18 8ET Tel: 01536 401020 Web: www.hicorby.com Email: events@hicorby.com @holidayinncorby

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Time for Mum

your Special Mothering Sunday Messages

“Why do you love your Mummy?” To celebrate Mothering Sunday we asked the lovely children at 2 local toddler groups “Why do you love your Mummy?”. And here’s what they told us...

Little Treasures Toddler Group Thursdays, 9.30am to 11am in St Laurence Church, Stanwick

She gives me biscuits Sam, age 3

Because I want to, because we’re best friends Christopher, age 3

Because she is Mummy Owen, age 2

Because she is beautiful Katie, age 4

Because she is funny Beatrice, age 3

I love mummy because I just love her Esmai, age 4

Why do you love your Mummy/Grandma? “Because she is the most loving Mum and Grandma, and so much fun. We all love her lots!” This lovely photo is of Sue with her two daughters (Anna and Louise) and 3 grandchildren (Harry 6, Lilah 3 and Molly 19 months). They are not part of Little Treasures Toddler Group but it is a lovely photo and we wanted to share it with you!

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Jigsaw Toddler Group

Thursdays, 10am to 11.30am at Diana’s Health & Fitness, Finedon Road info@compasschurch.co.uk

Mummy is the best Amelia, age 2½

Because she gives nice cuddles. Keira, age 2½

Because she plays with me lots and lots Fletcher, age 2½ Because she is funny Joel, age 2½

Because she gives me biscuits. Kaylee, age 2

Because she plays with us. Caitlin & Emma, age 1

Because she is a good mummy Hugh, age 2

Because she gets me juice Jack, age 1½

Because she’s the best. Marley, age 2½

Because she plays with me Amy, age 1½

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Nominate a ‘Mum in a Million’ To win a ‘Time for you’ Spa Voucher! Courtesy of Rushton hall Stableyard Spa

To celebrate Mothering Sunday we have teamed up with Rushton Hall to offer one lucky mother and her friend a ‘Time for You’ voucher for The Stableyard Spa! Rushton Hall is a magnificent Grade I Listed Country House hotel in Kettering, nestled in 25 acres of immaculate grounds and splendid 16th century surroundings. The historic luxury hotel offers sanctuary to a variety of guests including those seeking a relaxing weekend away, a romantic wedding venue, seamlessly planned events, corporate meetings and product launches. Rushton Hall has been awarded 4 red stars and 3 rosettes; and are the only restaurant in the county with a 3-rosette accolade making Rushton Hall the finest luxury hotel in Northamptonshire. The experienced restaurant team strives to deliver an unforgettable dining experience – be it for fine dining in the Restaurant or Afternoon Tea in the stunning Great Hall.

EXPERIENCE ONE OF THE FINEST SPAS IN THE MIDLANDS Rushton Hall’s Stableyard Spa offers a wide range of treatments and high spec facilities in a beautifully calm and relaxed setting. Considered by many to be the finest spa in Northamptonshire, you can experience the heated indoor swimming pool, indoor and outdoor spa pools, steam room, sauna and state of the art fitness suite.

The Time for You Spa Voucher includes: • 4 hours use of the spa facilities • Full use of the Fitness Suite, Swimming

pool, Spas, Steam Room and Sauna. • A Complimentary Tea or Coffee on Arrival. • Bath robe and towels provided. • Choice Of One Of The Following Treatments:

On the Move Manicure or On the Move Pedicure (A file and polish of the nails)

How to enter: If you know a local Mum that really deserves a little treat, e-mail us with her name and the reasons you’re nominating her. Perhaps she has been through a rough time recently, been struggling on her own or is always doing things to help others. It could be your partner, sister, friend or your own Mum. Just e-mail us with her name and story to:

info@timefortots.co.uk

Closing date: 30th April 2019

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Corby and district

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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Stories & Songs 2pm to 3pm at Exeter School.

Creche @ Lodge Park 9.30 to 11.25am at Lodge Park Sports Centre in term time and FRIDAYS holiday periods. £3.10 for 1 hour, £5.20 for 2 hours. No need to book. Parent & Toddler Swimming 9.30am to 11.30 am at Corby Music & Singing International Pool. Pay as you go. Songs & Rhymes 9.45 to 10.15am at Pen Green 9.15 to 11.15am at Woodnewton Children’s Centre. Little Angels Stay & Play Children’s Centre. 01536 265173. 9am-11am at Woodnewton Baby Massage Children’s Centre. Term time only. Adult & Child Swimming Lessons 10am to 11.30am at Exeter 01536 265173 9.30 to 10.30am at Corby Children’s Centre. 01536 204765 International Pool. For children Creative Play Growing Together (up to age 3) aged 1 to 5 years old. 1pm to 2.30pm at Kingswood Chil- 9.15-11am at Exeter Children’s Centre. 01536 204765 Creche @ Lodge Park dren’s Centre. 01536 747508 9.30 to 11.25am at Lodge Park Creche @ Lodge Park Sports Centre in term time and 9.30 to 11.25am at Lodge Park holiday periods. £3.10 for 1 hour, Sports Centre in term time and THURSDAYS £5.20 for 2 hours. No need to book. holiday periods. £3.10 for 1 hour, £5.20 for 2 hours. No need to book. Toddle Tots Sparkle Tots 9.30am-11am at St John’s Church Hall. 9am to 11.30am at Beanfield Play and Learn for under 5s Community Centre. £1 per family. £2 session. Call Sam: 07739 362924. 10 to 11am at Corby Library. Free. 01536 265173. Booking essential. Social Babies (pre-walkers) Stay & Play with lunch @ St Columba 10 to 11.30am at Kingswood Chil9.30am to 11.30am Stay & Play, Growing Together (up to age 3) dren’s Centre. 01536 747508 12pm to 1pm lunch. £ 1 for snacks, 10am to 11.30am at Pen Green Parent & Toddler Swimming £ 2 per family for lunch (lunch must Children’s Centre. 9.30am to 11.30am at Corby be booked by 12pm on Tuesday by Punchin Pandas International Pool. Pay as you go. ringing Pen Green Children’s Centre) 5 to 5.45pm at The Scout Hut, Occupation Rd. For ages 3 to 7. Busy Bees Baby & Toddler Group 9.30am to 11.30am at Priors Punchin Pandas TUESDAYS Hall Community Centre. £2 per 6.15 to 7pm at Kingswood parent/carer & 1st child, 50p per Community Centre. For ages 3 Parent & Toddler Swimming other child. Contact: louise@ to 7 years. 7pm to 8pm Family 9.30am to 11.30am at Corby stmarysweldon.uk. beginners class. International Pool. Pay as you go. Infant Massage Little Angels Stay & Play 10am to 11.30am at Pen Green 9am to 11am at Woodnewton SATURDAYS Children’s Centre. Term Time only. Children’s Centre. Tel: 01536 265173 Tots & Toddlers Pirate Play at Corby International Pool (Pre-school Gym & Movement) Sessions take place in the fun pool Messy Play At Lodge Park Sports Centre. for children aged 5 and under with a 9.30 to 11am at Pen Green Chil10am to 10.45am for under 2s parent/guardian. Every Saturday & dren’s Centre. 11am to 11.45am for 2 to 3 years Sunday 9am to 10am. Booking advised. Rhymetime 12pm to 12.45pm for 3 to 4 years Little Kickers 10 to 10.30am or 11 to 11.30am at 1pm to 1.45pm for 3 to 4 years Corby Library. Free. 1.45pm to 2.30pm for 3 to 4 years At Lodge Park Sports Centre. “Mighty Kickers” for 3.5 to 5 year Baby Massage Bounce & Rhyme for under 1s olds, 9.15am to 10am 1pm to 2.30pm at Kingswood Chil- 11am to 12pm at Corby Library. dren’s Centre. 01536 747508 “Junior Kickers” for 2 to 3.5 year Free. Drop-in. olds, 10.10am to 10.55am. Parent & Toddler Swimming 1pm to 2.30pm at Corby International Pool. Pay as you go. Noah’s Ark Baby & Toddler Group 9am to 10.30am in term time at Congregational Hall, Chapel Road, Weldon. £2 per parent/carer & 1st child, 50p per other child. Contact emma@stmarysweldon.uk

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Arts & Crafts

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Tuesdays

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

Pytchley Mums & Tots 9am to 11am at Pytchley School. Term time only. 01536 790506.

Music Makers 9.45am at Barton Seagrave Village Hall. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or e-mail musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com

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

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 min classes between 10am and 12.30pm at Balance Health Club. For children aged 3 mths to 4.5 yrs.

Sing and Sign Mornings at The Woodcroft Scout Centre, London Road. Stage 2, Stage 1 and Babes.

Play & Learn for under 1s 2 to 3pm at Kettering Library. Free. Drop-in.

St Botolphs Make & Play (for Mums & Tots) 9.30am to 11am at Church House, St Botolphs Road, Barton Seagrave. Term time only. 01536 414052.

Burton Latimer

Tots Play Classes At Barton Seagrave Village Hall, 9.30 to 10.10am Social Tots 10.25 to 11.05am Discovery Tots 11.20 to 12.10pm Baby Development Course.

Discovery Tots from Tots Play At The Civic Centre, 12pm to 12.40pm. For 2 mths to 9 mths. Baby Ballet (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 2 to 2.30pm at The Britannia Club Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 3.45 to 4.45pm at The Britannia Club

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

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

Bounce & Rhyme 10am to 10.45am at Desborough Library. For pre-walkers. Free. Drop-in. Music Makers 1.45pm at Rothwell United Reformed Church. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or e-mail musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com

Wednesdays Little Gems Playgroup 9am to 11am at Kettering Salvation Army, 66 Rockingham Rd. £1.50 per carer/child. Contact: Major Rena 07941 048937 Kettering Gym Tots 45 Minute sessions between 9.15am and 1.30pm. Call for details. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 min classes between 10am and 12.30pm at Balance Health Club. For 3mths to 4.5 yrs. Spanish for Under 5s 10.30 to 11am at Kettering Library. Drop-in.

The Little Ones 1 to 2.50pm at Church of Christ The Toybox Playgroup, Broughton 1.30-3pm in the Village Hall. £2 / family. King. Term time only. 01536 517553 Julie 01536 790152. Term time only. Play & Learn for Under 5s Desborough & Rothwell 2 to 3pm at Kettering Library. Free. Drop-in. Rhymetime (Rothwell) Burton Latimer 2-2.30pm at Rothwell Library. Free Music Makers but booking required via email or FB. Play and Learn for under 1s 1.45pm at Barton Seagrave Village 10.15am to 11.15am at Burton Hall. Fun music and movement for Little Kickers Library. Free. Drop-in. 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for At Desborough Leisure Centre. siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 Punchin Pandas Little Kicks for children aged 18 mths At the Britannia Club. 5.30pm to 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@ to 2 yrs, 3 mths. 1.15pm to 2pm gmail.com 6.15pm for 3 to 7 year olds. Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, Punchin Pandas 2.15pm to 3pm 5.30pm to 6.15pm at Ise Lodge Pavilion. Mighty Kickers for 3.5 to 5 year olds, Desborough & Rothwell For 3 to 7 year olds. 3.45pm to 4.30pm Stepping Stones Mega Kickers for 5 to 7 year olds, 9 to 11am at Rothwell Community 4.40pm to 5.30pm Centre in term time. £2.50 per family Desborough & Rothwell (inc refreshments). Play & Learn for Under 5s (Rothwell) Jenny’s Dolphins 10.30am-11.30am at Rothwell Baby & Pre-school Swimming Jenny’s Dolphins Library. Free. Drop-in. At Montsaye Sports Centre. Baby & Pre-school Swimming 9.10am - 3 year olds (no adults) At Montsaye Sports Centre. Jenny’s Dolphins 30 minute lessons between 9.30am Baby & Pre-school Swimming Punchin Pandas and 1pm. At Montsaye Sports Centre. At Desborough Leisure Centre. 12.15pm - 2 & 3 year olds 5.15pm to 6pm for 3 to 7 year olds. 12.45pm - 3 & 4 year olds (no adults)

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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Swimming

Music, Dance & Drama

Music Makers 10am at The Centre. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com

THURSDAYS The Little Ones 9-11.15am & 1-2.50pm, Church of Christ The King. Term time only. 01536 517553 Kettering Gym Tots 45 Minute sessions between 9.15am and 12pm. Call for details. St Thomas More Toddler Group 9.15-10.45am at St Thomas More School, Northampton Rd in term time. Contact Linda: 07787 521903. Edentots 9.15-11am, Eden Centre, Montagu St. £1 per family. Term Time only. 01536 484800 Rhymetime 10.30 to 11am at Kettering Library. Baby Ballet (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 11 to 11.30am at Ise Lodge Community Centre. Punchin Pandas At Ise Lodge Pavilion. Pre-school class 1.45pm to 2.30pm, beginner class for 3 to 7 year olds 5pm to 5.45pm, 5 years+ 5.45pm to 6.45pm, Family Class 6.45pm to 7.45pm. Burton Latimer

Arts, Crafts & Cookery

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 9.10am - 3 year olds (no adults) 30 minute lessons between 11.10am and 1.10pm.

Parent & Tot Group / Other

Play & Learn for Under 1s (Rothwell) 1.30pm to 2.30pm at Rothwell Library until 20th July. Free. Drop-in. Rhymetime (Desborough) 2.15 to 2.45pm at Desborough Library. Free. Drop-in.

Play and Learn for Under 5s 10 to 11.30am at Desborough Library. Stories, rhymes and craft linked with SATURDAYS a theme each week. Free. A busy group so booking is required. Little Kickers At Southfield School for Girls Mighty Kickers for 3.5 to 5 year olds, Mawsley 8.15am - 9am Mawsley Toddlers Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 9.15 to 11am at The Centre. £2 first 9.15am to 10am child, £1 per child thereafter. Contact Mighty Kickers for 3.5 to 5 year olds, Nikki on : 07432 546409, Email: 10.10am - 10.55am nikkitahatfield@yahoo.co.uk FB: Mawsley Toddlers. Mega Kickers for 5 to 7 year olds, 11.05am to 11.50am

FRIDAYS Music Makers 9.45am at Barton Seagrave Village Hall. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or e-mail musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Tots Play Classes At Ise Lodge Community Centre 9.30 to 10.10am Social Tots 10.25 to 11.05am Discovery Tots 11.20 to 12.10pm Baby Development Course.

Bubble Babies Swimming 8.45am to 1.15pm at Kingsley School Hydrotherapy Pool. 30 min classes for 0 to 5 year olds Stagecoach Theatre Arts School At Brambleside Primary School. Early Stage Class, for 4 to 6 year olds, 9.30 to 11am. Main school (6 to 18 years) 10am to 1pm or 2pm to 5pm.

Sundays

Little Kickers At Southfield School for Girls Mighty Kickers for 3.5 to 5 year Infant Aquatics Swimming olds, 9.15am to 10am, 10.10am to 30 min classes between 10am and 10.55am or 11.15am to 12pm. 12.30pm at Balance Health Club. For Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 3mths to 4.5 yrs. 9.15am to 10am or 10.10am to 10.55am Mega Kickers for 5 to 7 year olds, Burton Latimer 11.05am to 11.55am and 12.05pm to 12.55pm. Play and Learn for under 5s 10.30am to 11.30am at Burton Library. Rhymetime Free. Drop-in. 11.30am to 12pm at Kettering 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. Desborough & Rothwell Desborough & Rothwell

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 9.05am - 3 year olds (no adults) 12.15pm - 1 & 2 year olds 12.45pm - 3 & 4 year olds

Desborough & Rothwell Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 12.30pm - 1 & 2 year olds 1pm - 2 & 3 year olds 1.30pm - 2 & 3 year olds 2pm - 3 & 4 year olds

If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class may be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 28.

Weekly Activities Timetable

Mawsley

Physical classes


Weekly Activities Timetable

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East Northamptonshire

Key:

Mondays Higham Ferrers Toddle at the Bede House 10am to 12pm at The Bede House, St Mary’s Church. Suggested £1 donation. Contact: 07708 275510. Irthlingborough Bounce & Rhyme 10am to 10.30am at Irthlingborough Library. Free. Rushden Parent & Toddler Swimming 8 to 9.30am and 11am to 12pm at Splash Leisure Pool. For under 5s. Rhymetime 9.30am to 10am or 10.30am to 11am at Rushden Library. Free. Bumps & Babes @ Church 10am to 11.30am at St Mary’s Church (end of high st). £.150. Contact: Sue on 01933 358218

Play & Learn for Under 1s 2pm to 3pm at the Library. Free. Oundle Rhymetime 10 to 10.30am at Oundle Library. Free. Drop-in. RAUNDS Play & Learn for Under 1s 10.15am to 11.30am at Raunds Library. Free. RushdeN Parent & Toddler Swimming 8 to 9.30am at Splash Leisure Pool. For under 5s. Call 01933 410505 Play & Learn for Under 1s 9.30 to 10.30am at Rushden Library. Free. Drop-in

Higham Ferrers

Chapel Cheeky Monkeys In Elton Methodist Chapel, Elton, PE8 6RA. Stay & play session for under 5s. £2 per family. Includes refreshments. Tel: 07970 233343

Irthlingborough

Tuesdays Higham Ferrers Rhymetime 10.15-10.45am at Higham Ferrers Library. Free. Drop in. Bounce & Rhyme for non-walkers 11.15-11.45am at Higham Ferrers Library. Free.

Play & Learn for Under 1s 10-11am at Oundle Library. Drop-in RAUNDS

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.

Little Angels (Ringstead) 1.45pm to 3pm in term time. Ringstead Primary School Hall. £1.30 per family. Contact Sue on 01933 625126.

Music, Dance & Drama

Oundle Irthlingborough

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

villages

Swimming

Wednesdays Tiny Tots 2pm to 3pm at St Mary’s Church. Contact: 07708 275510.

Play & Learn for Under 5s 10.30am to 11.30am at Irthlingborough Library. Free. Matrix Pre-school Gymnastics Diamond Way, Nene Park Mummy & me post-partum fitness class - 10.30am to 11.15am 1pm age 2 to 3 Years 1.45pm age 3 to 4 years Little Crows Stay and Play session for pre-school children and their grown-ups at Crow Hill Community Centre, Fettledine Road. £1.50 per family. Refreshments included. Tel: 07970 233343.

Play & Learn for Under 5s 2pm to 3pm at the Library. Free. Rushden Parent & Toddler Swimming 8 to 9.30am and 10.30 to 11.30am at Splash Leisure Pool. For under 5s. Call 01933 410505 Jelly Babies 9.15-11.15am at Queen Street Church Hall. £1 per family (up to 2 children). Term time only. Contact: 07398 844378. Sunbeams 1pm to 2.30pm at Park Road Baptist Church. £1. Contact: 07494 444101 Stanwick Parent & Tot Rainbow Cafe A fun packed hour of arts and crafts, music and movement for pre-schoolers. £3 per child. Booking essential on 01933 625522. People who come to the Rainbow Café can benefit from FREE entry into the Hideaway soft 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.

THURSDAYS Higham Ferrers Hope Toddlers 9.30 to 11am at Hope Methodist Church. £1.50. cmarshman@ btinternet.com Play & Learn for Under 5s 1.30pm to 2.30pm at Higham Ferrers Library. Free. Drop-in.


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Arts, Crafts & Cookery

Matrix Pre-school Gymnastics Diamond Way, Nene Park 45 minute sessions: 10.30am age 3 to 4 years 11.15am age 2 to 3 years 1pm age 3 to 4 Years 1.45pm Playgym for crawling to 4 years old. oundle Music Makers 11.15am 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

Play & Learn for Under 5s 10.15 to 11.15am at Thrapston Library. Free drop-in session.

FRIDAYS Irthlingborough Matrix Pre-school Gymnastics Diamond Way, Nene Park 45 minute sessions: 10.30am for 2 to 3 years 11.15am for 3 to 4 years 12pm for 3 to 4 years Rhymetime 2pm to 2.30pm at Irthlingborough Library. Free. Drop-in. Rushden

RAUNDS Rhymetime for under 5s 11 to 11.30am at the Library. Free. rushden Parent & Toddler Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For under 5s. Call 01933 410505 Tots and Tiddlers 9am-11am at St Peter’s Church. £1.50. Contact 01933 314251. Rhymetime 2.15pm to 2.45pm at Rushden Library. Free.

Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For under 5s. Call 01933 410505 Little Sparklers 9am to 11am in the Grounds of Whitefriars Primary School. £1.50. Contact Emma on 07957 080074. Sing and Sign Mornings at Rush2TheDen, Fitzwilliam Street. Stage 1 & Babes. Call for times. Breastfeeding Support Group 10am to 12pm at Rushden Library. Free. Thrapston

Stanwick Little Treasures 9.30-11am in St Laurence Church. Term time. Donations welcome.

Bounce & Rhyme 10.15 to 10.45am at the Library. Rhymetime 11.15 to 11.45am at the Library.

Saturdays

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

OUNDLE Family Stay & Play 10.30-11.30am at Oundle Library.

SUndays RushdeN Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For under 5s. Call 01933 410505

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 28.

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-for-profit groups.

Weekly Activities Timetable

Irthlingborough

Parent & Tot Group / Other


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Weekly Activities Timetable

Wellingborough and District

If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class may be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 28.

Mondays

W’boro URC Bumps, Babes & Tots 9.15-11.30am at Salem Hall, Salem Infant Aquatics Swimming Lane. Cost £1.50. Contact Kay: 30 minute classes between 9.30am haddonINC@live.co.uk and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Baby Ballet Fitness Club. (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) Little Fishes (Little Harrowden) 9.30 to 10am and 10 to 10.30am 9.30am-10.45am in the church. at The Studio, Earls Barton. Contact Margaret: mgbobby@ Rhymetime (Wellingborough Library) hotmail.co.uk. 9.45-10.15am. Free. Drop-in. Sing and Sign Bounce & Rhyme In the afternoon at Lazer Maze. 11-11.30am. Free. Drop-in. Stage 1 and Babes. Call for times. Play and Learn Under 5s (Earls Barton) St Andrew’s Toddler Group 10.30am to 12pm at Earls Barton 1.30pm to 2.45pm at St Andrews Library. Drop-in. Church, Berrymore Road. Term time only. Play and Learn Under 5s (Finedon) Play and Learn Under 5s (Wollaston) 10.30am to 11.30am at Finedon Library. Drop-in. 2.15 to 3.15pm at Wollaston Library. St Mark’s Buggy Club 1.30-3pm, St Mark’s Church Hall, Infant Aquatics Swimming Queensway. Voluntary 50p dona30 minute classes between 4pm tion. Contact Joy: 01933 676368. and 6pm at Rowangate School.

Tuesdays Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9.30am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club.

Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 3.40pm to 4.40pm at The Studio, Earls Barton.

THURSDAYS

Mucky Pups Messy Play 9.30 to 11am at St Andrews Church Hall, Berrymore Rd. Contact: 01933 272119.

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9.30am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club.

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

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

Play and Learn for Under 1s 2pm to 3pm at Wellingborough Library. Free. Play and Learn Under 5s (Irchester) 2pm to 3pm at Irchester Library. Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School Dance) 4 to 5pm at Vicarage Farm Community Centre

Wednesdays Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9.30am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club.

Jigsaw Toddler Group 10am to 11.30am at Diana’s Health & Fitness, Finedon Road. £1. info@compasschurch.co.uk Rhymetime (Wollaston) 10am to 10.30am at Wollaston Library. Drop-in. Play and Learn for Under 5s 10 to 11.30am at Wellingborough Library. Drop-in. Rhymetime (Finedon) 10.30am to 11am at Finedon Library. Drop-in. Little Footprints Toddler Group 1.15pm to 2.45pm at St Mark’s Church, Queensway. £1 for 1st child, 50p thereafter. Call Samantha on 07739 362924

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 Play and Learn Under 1s (Earls Barton) 2pm to 3pm at Earls Barton Library. Drop-in. Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School Dance) 4 to 5pm at The Studio, Earls Barton. For ages 4+

FRIDAYS Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9.30am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club. Rhymetime (Earls Barton) 2.30pm to 3pm at Earls Barton Library. Drop-in.

SATURDAYS Barbara Hooton School of Dance at The Mission Room, Finedon. Beginners Ballet & Tap 9 to 10am Grade 1 Ballet & Tap 10 to 11am 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 3½ years and 10.15 to 11am for 3 to 5½ 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 5pm at Scott Bader Pool, Wollaston.

Sundays Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 2pm and 5pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes from 12.15pm at Scott Bader Pool, Wollaston.


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Could you be a Foster Carer?

Frequently Asked Questions about Fostering

What is it like to be a Foster Carer?

One of our valued Carers shares her views; “The reward of fostering is seeing the children you care for blossom. I have had the privilege of seeing children in my care obtain trophies, awards for competitions and for them to have the opportunity to use their talent and skills to contribute to community events. They have passed school and college exams as well as a driving test. The change in their self-image and confidence has been wonderful to behold. I feel honoured to be a Foster Carer and I feel better that a child refugee’s birth mother knows that her son is alive and well and that he is being cared for. I have seen that words of encouragement, consistency and working with the child makes a difference with time.” When you Foster, you invest in that child’s life. You have the opportunity to make a difference that will be lifelong.

a policy in place for Foster Carers, many places offer leave similar to maternity/paternity or parental leave.

i’ve never worked with children before, does that matter?

That’s not a problem, you don’t need any qualifications or experience. We offer a great training package which will help you gain confidence in your own abilities and develop new skills.

i’ve got criminal convictions, does that automatically rule me out?

Not necessarily. Criminal convictions in the past may not affect your application – though you should be honest about them from the start. Convictions against children do automatically disqualify anyone from fostering.

do i need to own my own property to Foster? No, you can own your home or rent a home anywhere in Northamptonshire.

i’m a single parent, can i Foster?

Of course you can. Part of the assessment will explore your support network, in the same way you already have one for your own child. It’s important to remember your relationship status is not a barrier, you may be single, married or divorced, living together or in a same sex couple.

i already have children, do i need to wait until they are older? It doesn’t matter whether or not you have your own children or if they are still living at home.

i’m working, can i continue if i want to Foster?

You can be working, unemployed or retired. Your Social Worker can talk to you about training and other times you may need to be available. Also, it is worth checking with your employer if they have

Could that be you? www.fosterme.co.uk Tel: 0300 126 1009

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For your chance to win 1 of 2 family tickets to the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt at Rockingham Castle (see page 16 for details), simply find the golden egg (pictured left) hidden somewhere in this issue (excluding this page and the front cover). Email the page number it’s on together with your name and address, to: info@timefortots.co.uk

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Large in size, and keen in nature, Zog is so eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know. Zog tries so very hard, perhaps too hard, and he bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three. Luckily, the plucky Princess Pearl patches him up ready to face his biggest challenge yet…a duel with knight, Sir Gadabout the Great! Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved Zog comes to life in Mike Shepherd’s magical adaptation with Johnny Flynn’s sumptuous folk score featuring live musicians. Katie Sykes’ design lifts the book from the page and creates a real and fantastical world. From the team behind Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales, Zog promises to be roaring fun for all ages.

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Index

Teddo The Gift Fox Works of Heart

Activities & days out Cheeky Monkees Holiday Inn Corby Mini Meadows Nene Valley Railway Newlands Centre Royal & Derngate The Core The Wildlife Trust West Lodge Rural Centre Wicksteed Park

13 13 & 49 9 11 12 & 15 64 13 5 2 11 38

Clubs & Classes Corby Borough Council Trilogy Leisure

Arts & Crafts

Mess Around Northamptonshire

dance Schools

Barbara Hooton School of Dancing

Music & Movement

Sing & Sign

Language Classes Lingotots

Physical Activity

Little Kickers Matrix Gymnastics Mini Dribblers Punchin Pandas Tots Play

Swim Schools

Bubble Babies Infant Aquatics Jenny’s Dolphins

Theatre Schools

health & beauty

Quattro Lounge

Nurseries, Pre-Schools & Childminders

Aldwincle Pre-school Broughton Under 5s Fledglings Day Nursery Oak Tree Day Nursery Sunnylands Day Nursery Stepping Stones Pre-school

47 6&7 46 45 46 45 44

Party Services

business opportunities Scentsy

26 25 26

34 35 31 28 33 33 32 33 28 29 31

Cake Day Children’s Parties - Corby Borough Council Cheers Mobile Bars The Sleepover Company Whytewell Sweet Cart Wish Upon a Party

36 36 36 37 36 37

Photographers Amy Woodham Photography Firetree Photo

9 21

Pregnancy & birth Gabby Matthews Doula Nurturing Hands Simply Nurture

39 41 39

Schools Northampton High School Pitsford School St Peter’s School

22 21 45

Services

Daisy First Aid

8

Shopping & Gifts 28 31 32

Stagecoach

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Crafters Bee My Memory Claytons Cloth Danique Keepsakes Madisons Memory Trunk Rhubarb and Bee Sew B It Sparkles & Glitter

26 25 25 26 5 24 24 24

Footwear & Clothing

Funky Lil Feet Groococks For Kids

9 27

Gifts Jomanda

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Toys Kim’s Treasure Trove

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