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Spring 2020

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fter what seems to have been one of the wettest winters on record the arrival of spring can’t come soon enough! Roll on those longer, warmer, brighter days and all the wonderful things spring brings with it..... In March we celebrate World Book Day and to mark the occasion the Northamptonshire Library Service have written an article for us on the importance of sharing stories with our children. Reading with children is so beneficial to their development in so many ways. Read all about how on page 9. We also celebrate Mother’s Day in March, this year on Sunday 22nd. Do you know why it’s on a different date each year? If not find out why on page 46! In April we have the lovely, long Easter weekend. Our spring events calendar, starting on page 34, and our Easter Eggtivities feature on pages 16 to 19 are once again packed full of activities and events, many of them free or for just a nominal fee so it needn’t cost a fortune keeping the children entertained. I hope all you Mums have a relaxing day on the 22nd March and I wish you all, all the joys of spring! Until the autumn....

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Contents 4 Tots News 8 World Book Day 2020 9 The Importance of Sharing Stories 10 Why Northampton High? 12 Why Learn Baby & Child First Aid? 15 Win a Photoshoot with Kline Studios 16 Easter Eggtivities! 20 Party Services 22 Time for Crafters 24 Clubs and Classes 26 Featured Class: Sing Squad 31 Business Opportunities 34 Spring Events 46 5 Facts About Mothering Sunday 47 Pregnancy, Birth & Babies 47 Birth Announcements 48 Childcare Directory 53 Weekly Activities Timetable 60 Competitions Page 62 Special Offers 63 Index of Advertisers

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New Class from Tots Play

Tots News

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Bottle Feed the Lambs

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isit Mini Meadows Farm this spring to bottle feed the lovely little lambs. 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 on February 24th and continue for a good 8 weeks, 7 days a week. Mini Meadows 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). Visit and make some special memories! Normal farm entry price (£5 per child/adult and under-twos free) plus £1 per bottle. Must phone on day to pre-book 07824 393517.

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ots Play is now running a preschool class for 2 to 4 year olds aimed at building the skills for riding a bike. Using a range of fun games, songs and equipment from bean bags to balance bikes, your little one will have the chance to develop and practice all of these skills and more, challenging themselves in lots of different ways. From early riding skills on our toddler size balance bikes to learning how to stretch and relax, with simple yoga, Action Tots will boost your toddler’s body awareness, confidence, fitness and social skills as you laugh and play together. Contact Amy for more information: amyd@totsplay.co.uk, or visit their website:

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ushden Kids Club are offering 50% off the first month’s fees in the Buttercups Baby Room for a limited time! Their beautiful baby room provides a nurturing, stimulating and safe environment for your little one to thrive in those all important first years. Highly qualified practitioners provide expert, tailored care and support with an emphasis on the outdoors and natural materials. Book a visit to have a look around and meet the staff. Email admin@rushdenkidsclub.co.uk or call: 01933 387945. Rushden Kids Club is a Nursery, Pre-school and Out of School Club situated on St Margaret’s Avenue, Rushden.

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Tots News Continued

Time for Tots Loves... Mother’s Day Crafts & Cream Teas at Mini Meadows Farm

A delicious cream tea in the cafe, a handmade gift from your little one and precious time spent together visiting the animals and bottle feeding lambs - what’s not to love?! Sounds like a fabulous Mother’s Day out to us! Sunday 22nd March at Mini Meadows Farm.

All the Easter Activities at Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre! When we were compiling our Spring Events Calendar and Easter ‘What’s On’ guide we were amazed at all the different activities on at the Wildlife Trust’s Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre at Rushden Lakes - there’s something on everyday of the school Easter holidays! From decorating a wooden Easter bunny or chick to pond dipping and mini-beasting. See our Events Calendar, starting on page 34, for many events or visit: www.wildlifebcn.org.

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f you’re someone who prefers to see before you buy you can now view (and buy!) a range of Jomanda products at Newman’s of Rothwell, 10 Market Hill, Rothwell. Pop along and see just how soft their gorgeous toys are. #SofterThanASoftThing!

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aisy First Aid are running baby & child first aid courses on Saturday 18th March, 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Rush2TheDen in Rushden, and Saturday 18th April, 1pm to 3pm in the Community Room at Tesco Superstore in Wellingborough. The 2 hour course will teach parents and carers essential first aid skills for babies and children. Course content includes choking, head injuries, burns, febrile seizures, bleeding, fractures, resuscitation & CPR. Their article on page 12 will tell you more about the courses or contact Chelsea@daisyfirstaid.com for more information or to book. If you can’t attend the scheduled dates Chelsea can be booked for closed sessions (minimum of 4 people), evenings or weekends, in a venue of your choice.

www.daisyfirstaid.com

Splat Holiday Club at Lodge Park Sports Centre

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odge Park Sports Centre’s fun Holiday Club will return this Easter Holiday and May Half Term. Suitable for children from year 1 upwards (age 5 - 14 years old). Full days and half days available to book. View the website for prices and further details:

www.corby.gov.uk/splat

English Not Your First Language? New Conversational English class

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ack of confidence in communicating in English may lead to individuals feeling more isolated or disempowered. The Eden Centre in Kettering have started a conversational English group on Monday mornings in term time. It is free, as it’s run by volunteers, and is 9.30 to 11am at the Eden Centre, 21 Montagu Street, Kettering. No need to pre-book, just turn up. The session is aimed at those who don’t yet feel brave enough to sign up to a more formal English course. The course is for adults only, children are not permitted at the session. For more information contact Ali Harris:

alisonharris@ntlworld.com

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World Book Day 2020

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orld Book Day, a registered charity, was launched in 1995 to celebrate books and reading and to encourage children and young people to “discover the pleasure of reading”. The first World Book Day in the UK was in 1997 and it is now celebrated in over 100 countries all around the world! World Book Day 2020 is on Thursday 5th March.

Book Tokens Thanks to their partnership with National Book Token Ltd, and numerous publishers and book sellers, World Book Day are able to give almost every child and young person in the UK (under 18 years of age) a £1 book token, which they can exchange at participating books shops for a special ‘World Book Day’ book. Alternatively they can use the token to get £1 discount on a different book of their choice. Your child should receive their book token at their nursery school or school and they are usually valid until the end of March. The World Book Day book token will also be available on McDonalds Happy Meal boxes until the 17th March this year. If your child doesn’t receive a token you can still purchase one of the exclusive World Book Day books for the bargain price of £1 from any participating shop.

Share A Story World Book Day are running a campaign this year to get people sharing a story every day. Spending just 10 minutes a day sharing a story with a child can make a huge difference to their development. World Book Day are aiming to share a million stories during World Book Day month this year. Find out how you can get involved, and find many other useful resources, at:

www.worldbookday.com

There are 12 £1 World Book Day books available this year. Titles suitable for under 5s include:

Bing’s Splashy Story “Celebrate World Book Day 2020 with a brilliant new picture book story about Bing! It’s Bing’s bath time and he wants Flop to read him his favourite story. But books don’t like splashy baths, as Bing soon learns. Find out what happens when Bing’s bedtime book gets all drippy-wet and Bing and Flop are forced to use their imagination to finish the story. A charming new picture book about telling stories, overcoming adversity and the power of imagination. This World Book Day Bing picture book is sure to delight all toddlers!” Age guideline: 1 to 4 year olds

Supertato: Books Are Rubbish! “The Evil Pea thinks books are rubbish! Find out whether the veggies can prove him wrong in this brand new mini picture book created especially for World Book Day 2020. It’s night-time in the supermarket, and all the veggies are happily reading their brilliant books. Well, not quite all... The Evil Pea thinks books are rubbish! Is there anyone who can prove him wrong?” Age guideline: 3 to 6 year olds The full list of 12 books can be found at: www.worldbookday.com/books

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The importance of Sharing Stories

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hursday 5th March is World Book Day which this year is about sharing a million stories. Sharing stories, is not only a brilliant way to bond with your children and help their learning, it is also hugely beneficial to their mental health and wellbeing. Reading together for just 10 minutes a day can have a huge impact. Studies have shown that those who read for pleasure have higher levels of self-esteem and a greater ability to cope with difficult situations. Reading for pleasure was also associated with better sleeping patterns which is why sharing a story at bedtime is recommended. Stories are also a great way for children to learn about feelings and moods. You can discuss how characters feel and behave in different scenarios which can be very useful when trying to explain real life situations to a child. Reading together supports a child to develop their communication skills. Listening to different words and sounds from an early

age, particularly rhymes, help children to develop early literacy skills. This is very useful when they begin to learn to read and write themselves. Northamptonshire County Council Statutory Libraries will be holding special activities for World Book Day and they all provide weekly Rhymetime sessions to support parents and children with early learning. Some libraries also offer play sessions. The Weekly Activities Timetable in the back of this magazine lists some of the activities taking place in local libraries. For a more comprehensive list visit: www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/whatson or like your library’s facebook page. You can also follow them on twitter: @Library_Plus. Article by Jo Hoyer from Northamptonshire Libraries and Information Service www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/libraryservice

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Why Northampton High? C laudia joined Northampton High School in Year 4 and is now finishing her A Levels this year, hoping to read Psychology at University. Meeting with Claudia today, she explained the reasons why she enjoys being a pupil at Northampton High. Sitting happily, holding old school photographs of herself, Claudia reflected on the very different child she once was. Coming from a mixed school in France to a girls’ school in England, she arrived very shy, lacking in confidence and a bit withdrawn. “Completely different to how I am now. Spontaneous, confident, willing to fail” she smiles. Does she feel the school was a big influence in this change? “Absolutely”, she confidently replies. The picture she then paints of the school shows the passion that she has about personal growth that the school supports. She explains that the school enables girls to be more confident, most noticeably through the networking opportunities she has experienced being in the Head Girl Team and with her rapport with her teachers. Claudia attended the Girls’ Day School Trust summit in the autumn where she heard inspiring talks on female empowerment and how girls should lead the way and make up their own rules. “The talks were eye-opening, the friends I made, I still have. We even share ideas on events we can run in school”, she said excitedly. Reflecting on the teaching she emphasised how the small Sixth Form classes meant the teachers were approachable, “they welcome debate, love to hear our point of view and encourage us to do research to back up our views”. Being with girls she felt made her more likely to speak up in class, as she reflects “I don’t mind if I’m wrong, it literally doesn’t matter”. The fact that she attends an all girls’ school appears to have a big influence on Claudia. Does she mind not learning with boys? “I love not being in a school with boys”, she laughs. “I have my whole life for boys! Why can’t I just let my education be a priority? I’m only 18 when I go to Uni; so young”. Rather than debate this topic, Claudia was keen to discuss the clubs she is involved in, these being a great passion of hers. The Current Affairs club is her top tip for new girls to join. “It explains things in a gentle way. News is confusing otherwise.” And the UN club is another favourite. “We all get given a country and have to debate a topic after researching the country’s laws and views”. The vast amount of clubs and activities on offer at Northampton High clearly allows all girls to explore their passions. Claudia joined in the Junior School and felt that these years had a big influence on her. “I felt like I had a place for the first time. I was included”. A favourite memory for Claudia was her Year 4 teacher. Claudia lit up when describing the difference a good teacher can make to a child. “She just got us. She really understood us. I remember us all standing,

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talking and plaiting her hair”. When talking about the Junior School it was clear how much Claudia loved being in the school as a young girl. She explains that the teachers knew each girl and their level of learning. On a Science Experience Day in the Senior School she explained how “everyone was included, it was really cool how they knew us all and would make sure we were all involved”. So does she feel it was a benefit going right thorough the school? “Definitely; continuity is key for confidence. You can grow with those around you. I have friends who have helped and supported me in ways I didn’t even realise. The school gave me the skills to grab my opportunities. I have loved it.” An Interview with Claudia by Heather Berry, Northampton High School

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A sense of belonging from the very first moment

“The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent” - ISI Inspection Report, November 2019 Experts in education for girls aged 2 to 18. We invite you to book a personal tour of our school, and we look forward to welcoming you into our family. Book your visit today: northamptonhigh.co.uk/visit-us

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Why Learn Baby & Child First Aid? Article by Chelsea from Daisy First Aid Kettering Do you stop yourself giving your baby certain foods because you’re terrified they may choke? Have you ever found yourself watching your child’s every breath when they sleep just in case something changes? Have you ever worried if you’re little one bumps their head what you should do?

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hen faced with an accident or serious illness involving our own child, our world can stand still. Blood rushes to your head, pounds in your ears, your breathing quickens, your heart rate soars….and you freeze. You’re scared, you wonder if you do know what to do? Lack of information or knowledge contributes to those feelings of fright and helplessness. Attending a first aid class can help you massively in these situations, I always say knowledge is power. Learning first aid need not be scary, here at Daisy First Aid we have developed a class that is fun and informal, no scary stories, no awkward role play just simple, life saving information. Babies and young children are inquisitive, they have little to no sense of fear and do not understand potential consequences of actions. This unfortunately can lead to accidents. Choking is a common worry among parents, prevalent especially at the weaning age, but can happen at any age when something is inhaled or swallowed and becomes blocked. Babies and children can also be attracted to colourful objects such as laundry capsules, brightly coloured medications, berries on a tree…if ingested this could cause poisoning; knowing how to manage and monitor their ABC’s could save a life. Children riding bikes or scooters or even taking a tumble in the playground could sustain a head injury; do I let them sleep? No, I’m sure I must keep them awake….find out what signs and symptoms to

look out for in cases of head injuries, dispel the old wives tales. As well as accidents, our children could become unwell with fever, allergy or meningitis. You may have read something in the media but would you know what symptoms to look out for or when to call for medical assistance? If you feel it is time to get the answer to all of these questions (and probably a lot more) then a paediatric first aid course is for you. Being a parent or carer can be hard and we get tired and there never seems enough hours in the day but we also know it can also be the most rewarding job! The parenting journey is to be enjoyed, it really does pass by too quickly, one moment they are babes in arms, then a toddler and then probably a moody teenager (I’m yet to get to this stage!). Add a paediatric first aid class to your to-do list, have those skills under your belt and make the parenting journey just that bit easier! I run Daisy First Aid Kettering offering award winning classes to parents and carers. As a

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13 mum myself I am passionate about teaching first aid to empower parents and carers alike. If you would like to learn more about CPR, choking, head injuries, meningitis and a lot more, you can attend a venue class or host a class in the comfort of your own home. Our classes take 2 hours and can be in evenings and at weekends to suit you. The cost is £25 per person and babies under 1 are welcome to come along. Keep in mind that paediatric first aid training is not just ideal for those who are parents. It can be very valuable to expectant parents, friends and the extended family. This type of training is something anyone can benefit from no matter what type of interaction you have with children. Our family first aid classes are accredited by CPD Standards Office.

For more information or to book a course contact me on 07539 856822 or email Chelsea@daisyfirstaid.com

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Easter Eggtivities For The Whole Family!

EASTER Egg HUNT

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he Castle’s much-loved Children’s Easter Egg Hunt will make its annual return this Easter Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday. Youngsters get to seek out brightly coloured eggs with letters on from the magnificent gardens to solve an exciting word puzzle and claim a delicious chocolate prize. There is also a family quiz and a range of meals, throughout the afternoon from 12noon, in Walkers House Restaurant. Tickets: £12 per adult, £8.50 per child and £32.50 for a family (2 adults, 2 children). Book Tickets online at:

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Win a family ticket to Rockingham Castle’s Easter Event!

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isit Mini Meadows Farm for some hopping fun throughout the Easter Bank Holiday weekend at their Easter Eggstravaganza!

They’ve got lots of egg-citing fun and games planned for the whole family. Go on a bunny hunt, hold the cute chicks and ducklings, let their face painter transform you into your favourite animal and bottle feed the little lambs. Plus, new for this year, a giant indoor rabbit warren play area! And of course meet all of the animals large and small, explore the indoor Treetops play area, giant indoor sandpit and outdoor play area. Normal farm entry plus tokens (£1 each) to take part in the activities. Lamb bottle feeding is £1 per bottle and must be prebooked by phoning ahead on the morning of your visit (07824 393517).

www.minimeadowsfarm.com

See page 60 for details

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EASTER Egg TRAiL on Nene Wetlands

Saturday 4th to Sunday 19th April

EASTER EggSTRAvAgANZA at West Lodge Rural Centre Friday 10th to monday 13th April

Pick up a trail sheet from the visitor centre at Rushden Lakes and head off around the lake in search of eggs. Identify them all, bring your sheet back and collect a prize. £2 per trail sheet, 10am to 5pm daily.

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Take a steam hauled trip along the NVR over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend. Activities include: • Easter Trail • Easter Bonnet Competition - Judging at 2pm on Sunday 12th April • Face painting, available Saturday 11th & Monday 13th April 11:30 to 14:30 • Take pictures with Thomas (Thomas will not be in steam) • Easter Craft and colouring station • Story telling and meet the Easter Bunny • Stop off at Yarwell for a Picnic in the Station Garden • Shop at Wansford for those essential Thomas and other railway gifts • Children’s play area at Wansford No booking required, all attractions subject to availability

www.nvr.org.uk

Join in all the fun this Easter: follow the Easter trail around the farm; meet the Easter Bunny in his Easter garden and receive a special sweet treat! Opportunities for photos with the Easter Bunny; Decorate an egg to take home; egg and spoon races; lamb feeding plus all the usual farm activities.

www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk

EggCHANTED EASTER FUN at Newlands Shopping Centre

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Tuesday 7th April

op along to Newlands Shopping Centre on Tuesday 7th April, 11am to 4pm, for an Eggchanting Easter experience! Meet the Easter Bunny after you make your own basket at the magical workshop. With glitter tattoos, creative balloons and tasty giveaways, you won’t want to miss it!

www.newlandsshopping.com

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EASTER Egg TRAiL

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ake part in the Easter Egg Trail at Stanwick Lakes over Easter weekend. Follow the clues around the solstice lake to win a prize! Approximately a 2km walk, suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. Purchase a clue sheet from the Visitor Centre and return there to collect your prize. No booking required. £2 per trail. Car parking charges apply.

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icksteed park is the perfect place to enjoy the Easter holidays, with an array of a rides and activities to give you a fun-packed Easter to remember. All the park’s attractions will be open every day from Saturday 4th April and there is lots of fun planned especially for Easter. Come and take part in the egg hunt throughout the park and learn all about the meerkats and the birds in the interactive animal experiences. You can also enjoy Wicky’s Play Factory or take on the challenges of the Clip ‘n Climb indoor climbing attraction, as well as all the park’s rides. Don’t forget to book your wristbands online to get a 15% discount.

www.wicksteedpark.org

Sunday 12th April

isit East Carlton Park on Sunday 12th April, 11am to 3pm, for some Easter fun, including: Easter egg hunt, Easter bonnet parade (bring your own), orienteering trail and free family fun and games. £4 per activity or £10 for all.

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uring the Easter break Corby Borough Council has a variety of activities taking place at Corby International Pool, Lodge Park Sports Centre and West Glebe Park, please view the website for further details:

www.corby.gov.uk/holidayactivities

DELAPRÉ’S CHOCOLATE FACTORy

at Delapré Abbey

Saturday 4th to Sunday 19th April

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aturday 4th to Thursday 9th & Tuesday 14th to Sunday 19th April, explore the Delapré Chocolate Factory solving puzzles and enjoying sweet treats along the way. Look out for Mr Delapré and his helpers, and if you spot a golden ticket a chocolate experience awaits! Chaperone costs includes end of trail refreshments. This event is recommended for ages 5+ however younger children are welcome to join in the fun. Every half hour between 11am and 4pm Tickets £5, £2.50 for adult chaperones.

www.delapreabbey.org

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Featured Class: Sing Squad What is Sing Squad? Sing Squad is a fun group singing class for children aged from 4 through to 18 years old. It is split into three groups, infants, juniors and seniors, to enable teaching to be specific to age.

What is the aim of the classes? The aim of these classes is to help children explore and develop their singing voices, whilst having fun and building confidence.

Talk us through a typical class A class will start with a circle sit down, where we each tell our ‘News of the Week’. This is followed by a physical warm up, then a vocal warm up where we use kazoos and singing games. Each week we have a focus, whether it is a particular type of sound or learning about a musical term. We then work on a song, breaking it down to help learning. Once the song is learnt we look at how we can add

different things to it, using the focus of that week to explore.

How do Sing Squad classes benefit children? These classes build up children’s confidence, which is the main feedback we get from parents. They also learn how to use their voices with someone who understands how children’s voices work and develop. This means that the teaching is tailored for the age groups.

What ages are the classes for? There are three classes: Sing Squad Infants is for children aged 4-7 (Reception to Year 2) Sing Squad Juniors is for children aged 7-11 (Year 3 to Year 6) Sing Squad Seniors is for children aged 12-18 (Secondary School)

When and where do you run classes? Classes take place during term-time at BHVA Studio, The Yards, Market Street, Kettering, NN16 0AH. We’re located on the top courtyard, opposite the blue shipping containers. Sing Squad Infants takes place on Mondays 4.15pm to 5pm Sing Squad Juniors takes place on Mondays 5.15pm to 6pm Sing Squad Seniors takes place on Tuesdays 6pm to 6.45pm

How long does each class last? Each class lasts for 45 minutes

How much does a class cost? Classes cost £6, and you pay per session

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RSPB Family Bird Walk at Stanwick Lakes Join the local RSPB for a walk around Stanwick Lakes to learn about it’s resident and migrant birds. If you own binoculars, feel free to bring them, if not the RSPB will bring spares. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing for the weather, approximately 4k walk, wheelchair and pushchair accessible. 10am to 12pm. Book online. Car parking charges apply.

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Regular Events Wildlife Wander at Nene Wetlands

Join the expert volunteers for an informal walk around the reserve, before finishing up at Magazine Heaven for a free tea or coffee. A great opportunity to meet new people, get out in the fresh air and find out about the amazing wildlife that calls this area home. 10:30am-12:30pm, £5 per adult, £3 per child, booking advised, meet at the visitor centre.

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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 to 12 noon unless otherwise stated. Cost per session is £1 per child. For further information and latest news, please visit:

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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. Email the park or call 07703 160878 to book.

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Wild ‘n’ Woody at Fermyn Woods Country Park

An inspiring outdoor experience for pre-school children age 2 years and upwards. Activities include mud kitchen, den building, bug hunting, basic tool use, camp fire and much more. Children must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian. Booking and pre-payment essential. £30 per child for 6 sessions every Monday from 24th February until 30th March. To book call 0300 126 5933 or email: jothompson@ Northamptonshire.gov.uk

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Spanish for Under 5s at Kettering Library

A gentle singing session for your little one aimed at giving them an early start at learning a new language, Spanish! This event, run by a volunteer, is aimed at children under the age of 5 who must be accompanied by a parent or carer at all times. 10.30 to 11am.

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Who Let the Dad’s Out? at The Church of Christ the King

For Dads and male carers with their children. Every 1st Saturday in the month. Toys, crafts, newspapers. 9.30-11.30am at Christ the King Church, Deeble Road, NN15 7AA (opposite St. John’s Road) £1 per family – includes tea, coffee and snacks.

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Baby & Child First Aid Class with Daisy First Aid Learn essential baby & child first aid skills in this 2 hour course. 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Rush2TheDen, Rushden. Contact: Chelsea@daisyfirstaid. com on 07539 856822

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Mother’s Day Crafts & Cream Teas at Mini Meadows Farm

“Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday” at The Royal & Derngate Theatre

Spend quality time together this Mother’s Day and visit Mini Meadows Farm for crafts and cream teas. Enjoy a delicious cream tea in the cafe, then let your little ones craft away and make a lovely gift for the special Mummy. Enjoy some simple good family fun around the farm park and meet and feed the lovely animals. Come and make some special memories! There will also be lamb bottle feeding running on the day, but this is popular and you will need to ring on the morning to pre-book your bottle feeding session to avoid disappointment. Normal farm entry plus £1 tokens for kids activities. Cream teas, £5.95 each. Bottle feeding is £1 per bottle (but please ring to prebook!)

The enchanting world of Sarah and Duck is brought to life featuring the wonderful characters from the BAFTA award-winning CBeebies show. Join Sarah and Duck and a host of your favourite friends including The Ribbon Sisters, The Shallots, Flamingo & John and Umbrella, as they plan a birthday party for Scarf Lady in their garden. Told through a fantastic blend of puppetry, storytelling and music, Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday will take you and your children on a magical adventure. Performances at 11am and 1.30pm. Book online at:

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www.minimeadowsfarm.com Mother’s Day Sunday Lunch at Holiday Inn, Corby

Learn about Spring flowers and decorate a beautiful ceramic planter, an ideal gift for Mother’s Day. Includes a plant and Mother’s Day card. 10:30am to3:30pm. £7.50 per person. Drop in, no need to book

Enjoy a 3 course carvery lunch and receive a free gift for mum. Children under 12 half price and under 3 eat for free. Price: £20 per person Time: 12pm to 4pm

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Wild ‘n’ Woody Forest School at Fermyn Woods Country Park See details under “Regular Events” on page 36.

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Underwater Photoshoot with Bubble Babies An underwater photoshoot, in one of the warmest pools in Kettering, with local swim school Bubble Babies. Open to all confident in the water. Contact Erika on 01604 780244 for more information.

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Thomas’ Branch Line Weekend at Nene Valley Railway Travel behind Thomas on his Branch Line to Yarwell and back, the train then continues to Peterborough hauled by a bigger locomotive. Licensed Buffet Car Turntable Café serving hot and cold food and refreshments from 8:30am Wansford Shop open with a selection of Gifts and toys Children’s Play area and Riverside Picnic area at Wansford Garden Railway at Wansford Second-Hand Book Shop open Miniature Railway, Bouncy Castle and Tea Room at Overton (subject to weather)

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Wild ‘n’ Woody Forest School at Fermyn Woods Country Park See details under “Regular Events” on page 36.

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Who let the Dads out? at Church of Christ the King See details under ‘Regular Events’ on page 36.

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Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Holiday Inn Corby Enjoy a full buffet breakfast (full English and continental) with a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny. A morning full of delicious food, fun and games. £12 per person. 9am to 11am

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Explorer Trail Launch at Nene Wetlands Centre Join the Wildlife Trust and Mini Map-Makers for the launch of their explorer trail. Learn basic map reading skills and then head out into the reserve with your explorer pack and see how many symbols you can spot. Sessions at 10am, 12pm and 2pm (sessions last approx. 90 minutes). £8 per child (includes Mini Map-Makers explorer pack). Booking advised.

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Spanish for Under 5s at Kettering Library See details under ‘Regular Events’ on page 36.

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“Sooty’s Magic Show” at The Castle Theatre Izzy wizzy, let’s get busy! Join Sooty for his brand new Laugh Out Loud Magic Show. Direct from their hit ITV series, Sooty, Sweep and Soo and TV’s Richard Cadell will amaze you with impossible tricks and side splitting jokes. Be astounded at Sooty’s flying car, Soo’s singing unicorn and Sweep’s levitating sausage! A spectacular treat for the whole family – including a chance to meet Richard and Sooty after the show. Suitable for ages 3+. Performances at 11am and 2.30pm. Book online:

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Thomas at the Nene Valley Railway 2020

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“Exciting Science” at The Royal & Derngate Theatre This brand new, exciting show featuring loads of amazing experiments from the world of Science is coming to Northampton and is not to be missed. Join the crazy scientists as they “Create a volcanic eruption, build an Air Missile Launcher, make mini rockets and create some pretty big bangs!”…Live on Stage. With loads more fun and other experiments to see, this highly interactive show is the perfect way to expand your mind in the world of science. Who knows… the next generation of future scientist could be you! Performance at 2pm. Book online:

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Family Forest School at Nene Wetlands Centre Enjoy a morning of forest fun with your children in the Education area. Build dens, look for mini beasts, have a go at woodland crafts or just go exploring! 10:30am to 12:30pm. £5 per person (max 2 children per adult). Booking essential

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Eggchanted Easter Fun at Newlands Shopping Centre Hop along to Newlands Shopping Centre in Kettering on Tuesday 7th April, 11am to 4pm, for an Egg-chanting Easter experience! Meet the Easter Bunny after you make your own basket at the magical workshop. With glitter tattoos, creative balloons and tasty giveaways, you won’t want to miss it!

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Paint Your Own Ceramic Egg Bird Feeder at Nene Wetlands Centre

Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Beyonce and Rihanna all join in the fun for 2 hours of non-stop hits. There’s even an appearance from American Youtube teen sensation JoJo Siwa, making her Pop Divas Live! debute for 2020! Whether you’re a mum who listens on the radio or a little diva who watches on a tablet, we guarantee you’ll love every tune! Performance at 6pm. Book online:

Learn all about eggs and then come up with your own design for your bird feeder. Includes sample of bird seed. 10:30am to 3:30pm, £6 per feeder, drop into the Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre (no need to book)

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Decorate Your Own Wooden Easter Bunny or Chick at Nene Wetlands Centre 10:30am to 3:30pm, £4 per craft, drop into the Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre (no need to book)

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“Spontaneous Potter Kids” at The Core at Corby A family-friendly version of the smash hit Edinburgh Fringe show Spontaneous Potter. Grab your wands, don your house robes, and apparate yourselves to the box office! A very magical improv show awaits… Spontaneous Potter Kidz is an entirely improvised Harry Potter comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a fanfiction title. Hilarity ensues as an entirely new Potter adventure is magically improvised on the spot – with live musical accompaniment! Performance at 2pm. Suitable for ages 4+. Book online at:

www.thecorecorby.com “Pop Divas Live!” at The Castle Theatre

Get ready to experience all your favourite pop divas as the greatest female stars of today appear on the same stage for the first time ever! The UK’s number one girl band, Little Mix kick off the show, then Taylor Swift,

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Decorate Your Own Wooden Easter Egg Magnet at Nene Wetlands Centre 10:30am to 3:30pm. £3 per craft. Drop into the Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre. No need to book.

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A 3 course carvery lunch with a free chocolate egg for children. Children under 12 half price and under 3 eat free. £20 per person. 12pm to 4pm

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Decorate Your Own Wooden Easter Bunny or Chick at Nene Wetlands Centre 10:30am to 3:30pm, £4 per craft, drop into the Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre (no need to book)

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Pond Dipping & Mini Beasting at Nene Wetlands Centre Join an expert and get up close to the creatures of the Nene Wetlands in their Education area. 10:30 to 12pm, £5 per child, booking essential, meet at the visitor centre.

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“Andy and the Odd Socks” at The Core at Corby Fronted by CBeebies superstar Andy Day, the London based fivepiece will play live shows up and down the country to support the release of their hotly anticipated second studio album Who’s In The Odd Socks?, which is due for release on April 3rd ahead of the tour. Fast becoming the most exciting, innovative and in-demand live music act for children in the UK, Andy And The Odd Socks have played over 100 shows including festivals such as Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, Victorious, Big Feastival, Shambala and many more. Woven into a colourful world of characters – which sees Andy rocking out as the Odd Sock’s front man, Rio from Planet Rock on guitar, mega Moxy on drums, cool Blu on bass and crazy Cousin Mac on the keys – the energetic songs hold a message of acceptance and encouragement for all those, young and old, who feel a bit like an odd sock, and will feature original songs from Andy Day’s brand-new TV Show, Andy and the Band which will debut on BBC iPlayer early next year. Performance at 4.30pm. Suitable for ages 3+ (ear defenders recommended for under 3s). Book online at:

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Wildlife Explorers at Stanwick Lakes See details under ‘Regular Events’ on page 36. April’s theme is ‘Easter Dip’ - uncovering the world of underground animals.

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Baby & Child First Aid Class with Daisy First Aid Learn essential baby & child first aid skills in this 2 hour course. 1pm to 3pm at Tesco Superstore Community Room in Wellingborough. Contact: Chelsea@daisyfirstaid.com on 07539 856822

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Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park See details under ‘Regular Events’ on page 36. To book email: Sywell@ northamptonshire.gov.uk.

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Gardening for Wildlife at Nene Wetlands Centre Find out how to make your garden better for wildlife and create your own miniature garden to take home. 10:30am to 3:30pm, £5 per child. Drop in, no need to book

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“Zog”at The Castle Theatre

Large in size, and keen in nature, Zog is so eager to win a golden & star at Madam Dragon’s school, Wednesday where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to nd 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! The smash-hit stage adaptation from Freckle Productions is back in 2020 and promises to be bigger, brighter and more roar-some than ever before! With brand new songs, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved Zog is a magical production for all ages. Performances at 4.30pm on Tuesday and 11am and 2pm on Wednesday. Book online:

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It’s a new day at Sittingbottom school and FROG is looking for a place to sit, but CAT has other ideas and DOG is doing as he’s told. Little do any of them know that chaos is coming… Who know there were so many rhyming rules and what will happen when FROG is in charge? Expect songs, puppets, laughs and more rhymes than you can shake a chime at in this new action-packed stage adaptation of Kes Gray and Jim Field‘s bestselling books. Performances at 1.30pm on Monday and 10.30am and 1.30pm on Tuesday. Book online at:

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Spring Fair at Delapré Abbey To coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Delapré Abbey invite you to join them in the Walled Garden for a vintage inspired celebration of spring this May bank holiday, 11am to 4pm. Expect stalls and activities at this wonderful day out for all the family. Free entry.

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A comedy adventure that will have you rolling with laughter from here to the French countryside! Armed with only a baguette and his questionable steed, join hotheaded d’Artagnan as he travels to Paris to become a musketeer. Will things go to plan? It’s unlikely! Featuring hilarious heroics, raucous romances and some bonkers fun with BMX bikes, Le Navet Bete condense Dumas’ 700-page classic into two hours of non-stop comedy gold. Performances at 7.30pm on Friday and 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday. Book online at:

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Pirates & Princesses Weekend at West Lodge Farm 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 grownups involved in the sandcastle competition! Free face painting plus all the usual fun on the farm! Book online to save at:

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Early Years Family Fun Morning at Northampton High School

Little Red Riding Hood is a kind and thoughtful little girl who loves her family. One day, on a visit to her grandmother, she meets a very hungry wolf in the forest who just wants something to eat. But is he really such a big, bad wolf? Join Little Red on her adventure as she makes friends and discovers the importance of kindness. Retelling the classic fairytale with a Northern Ballet twist, Little Red Riding Hood is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre. With sell-out performances and a string of hugely successful CBeebies TV adaptations, Northern Ballet’s productions for children are not to be missed. This child friendly performance lasts approximately 40 minutes. Performances at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm. Book online at:

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Junior Arts & Crafts Morning at Northampton High School 10am to 2.30pm. Call for more details or book your place online:

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Pick up a trail sheet from the visitor centre and head off around the lake to find out more about bird migration. Bring back your completed sheet and collect a prize. £2 per trail sheet, 10am to 5pm.

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Family Forest School at Nene Wetlands Centre

Enjoy a morning of forest fun with your children in the Education Area. Build dens, look for mini beasts, have a go at woodland crafts or just go exploring! We provide the space, guidance and equipment, the children provide the ideas! 10.30am to 12.30pm. £5 per person. Booking essential.

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“Milkshake Live!” at The Castle Theatre

Milkshake! Monkey’s Musical is a spectacular show featuring his favourite Milkshake! friends, it’s the biggest and best Milkshake! Live EVER. Be part of this fantastic production as you learn the amazing songs and dances with your favourite Milkshake friends, and watch as the music, the lights, the costumes and stage come together. Staring Milkshake! Monkey, Fireman Sam, Noddy, Shimmer & Shine, Digby Dragon, Wissper, Nella the Princess Knight and the Floogals, alongside two Milkshake Presenters! It’s a family show not to be missed! Performances at 12pm and 3.30pm. Book online:

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Decorate Your Own Frog House at Nene Wetlands Centre Decorate a ceramic frog house and help newly emerged frog and toad-lets by providing somewhere safe and damp for them to hide. 10:30 to 3.30pm. £5 per child. Drop in, no need to book.

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22nd March 2020 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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Childcare

Kettering & District Acorn Day Nursery

Burton Latimer, NN15 5PS burton@acornearlyyears.org.uk Tel: 01536 726700 www.acornearlyyears.org.uk

Nursery Schools, Pre-schools & Childminders

Broughton Under 5s Pre-school

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

Stepping Stones Pre-school

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

Childcare Directory Corby & District Busy Bears Pre-school

Stoke Albany, Tel: 07517 145282 E-mail: busybearspreschool@hotmail.co.uk www.busybearspreschool.co.uk Fb: Busy Bears Preschool Stoke Albany

Sunnylands Nursery

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

Toddlerz Day Nursery

Crown Street, Kettering, Northants Tel: 01536 218569 Email: enquiries@toddlerznursery.com

Northampton & District Fledglings Day Nursery & Pre-school

Desborough, Rothwell & District Daodils Outdoor Nursery

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Oak Tree Day Nursery

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

Rushden & District Rushden Kids Club

128-130 St Margarets Ave, Rushden, Northants, NN10 9PW admin@rushdenkidsclub.co.uk Tel: 01933 387945 www.rushdenkidsclub.co.uk

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

Northampton High School Nursery Newport Pagnell Road, Hardingstone, Northampton, NN4 6UU Tel: 01604 765765 E-mail: nhsadmin@nhs.gdst.net www.northamptonhigh.co.uk

Pitsford School

Pitsford Hall, Pitsford, Northants, NN6 9AX Tel: 01604 880306 E-mail: registrar@pitsfordschool.com www.pitsfordschool.com

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Corby and District MONDAYS Noah’s Ark Baby & Toddler Group 9am to 10.30am at Congregational Hall, Chapel Road, Weldon. £2 per parent/carer & 1st child, 50p per other child. Contact: emma@ stmarysweldon.uk Songs & Rhymes 9.15 to 11.15am at Woodnewton Children’s Centre. 01536 265173. Adult & Child Swimming Lessons 9.30 to 11.30am at Corby International Pool. For children aged 1 to 5 years old.

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.

FRIDAYS

Music & Singing 9.45 to 10.15am at Pen Green Children’s Centre. Infant Massage 10.30-11.30am at Exeter Children’s Centre. 01536 204765 Music Makers 11.15am at Priors Hall Park Community Centre. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Jenni: musicmakersnorthants@ gmail.com. FB: Music Makers Northants

Growing Together (up to age 3) 1pm to 2.30pm at Kingswood ChilCreche @ Lodge Park dren’s Centre. 01536 747508 9.30 to 11.25am at Lodge Park Sports Centre in term time and holiday periods. £3.10 for 1 hour, £5.20 for 2 hours. No need to book.

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Sparkle Tots Toddle Tots 9.30am-11am at St John’s Church Hall. £2 session. Call 07739 362924. 9am to 11.30am at Beanfield Community Centre. £1 per family. 01536 265173. Social Babies (pre-walkers) 10 to 11.30am at Kingswood ChilBusy Bees Baby & Toddler Group dren’s Centre. 01536 747508 9.30am to 11.30am at Priors Hall Community Centre. £2 per Parent & Toddler Swimming parent/carer & 1st child, 50p per 9.30am to 11.30am at Corby other child. Contact: louise@ International Pool. Pay as you go. stmarysweldon.uk.

TUESDAYS Parent & Toddler Swimming 9.30am to 11.30am at Corby International Pool. Pay as you go. Little Angels Stay & Play 9am to 11am at Woodnewton School. Term Time only. Tel: 01536 265173 Messy Play 9.30 to 11am at Pen Green Children’s Centre. Baby Massage 1pm to 2.30pm at Kingswood Children’s Centre. 01536 747508

WEDNESDAYS Creche @ Lodge Park 9.30 to 11.25am at Lodge Park Sports Centre in term time and holiday periods. £3.10 for 1 hour, £5.20 for 2 hours. No need to book. KEY:

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Infant Massage 10am to 11.30am at Pen Green Children’s Centre. 01536 400068. Rhymetime 10 to 10.30am and 11 to 11.30am at Corby Library. Free. Tots & Toddlers (Pre-school Gym & Movement) At Lodge Park Sports Centre. 10am to 10.45am for under 2s 11am to 11.45am for 2 to 3 years 12pm to 12.45pm for 3 to 4 years 1pm to 1.45pm for 3 to 4 years 1.45pm to 2.30pm for 3 to 4 years Parent & Toddler Swimming 1pm to 2.30pm at Corby International Pool. Pay as you go.

Parent & Toddler Swimming 9.30am to 11.30 am at Corby International Pool. Pay as you go. Little Angels Stay & Play 9am-11am at Woodnewton School. Term time only. Creative Play 9.15-11am at Exeter Children’s Centre. 01536 204765 Creche @ Lodge Park 9.30 to 11.25am at Lodge Park Sports Centre in term time and holiday periods. £3.10 for 1 hour, £5.20 for 2 hours. No need to book. Explore a Story 10 to 11am at Corby Library. Free. Booking essential. Growing Together For children up to age 3. 10am to 11.30am at Pen Green Children’s Centre. 01536 400068. Adult & Child Swimming Lessons 11.30am to 12pm at Corby International Pool. For children aged 1 to 5 years old. Punchin Pandas 5 to 5.45pm at The Scout Hut, Occupation Road. For ages 3 to 7. Punchin Pandas 6.15 to 7pm at Kingswood Community Centre. For ages 3 to 7 years. 7pm to 8pm Family beginners class.

SATURDAYS Pirate Play at Corby International Pool Sessions take place in the fun pool for children aged 5 and under with a parent/guardian. Every Saturday & Sunday 9am to 10.30am. Booking advised.

Little Kickers At Lodge Park Sports Centre. 9.15am - “Mighty Kickers” for 3½ Baby Messy Play at Pen Green to 5 year olds 1.30pm to 2.30pm at Pen Green Centre. For babies up to 18 months. 10.15am - “Junior Kickers” for 2½ to 3½ year olds Stories & Songs 11.15am - “Mighty Kickers” for 3½ 2pm to 3pm at Exeter School. to 5 year olds

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

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons at 9am, 9.30am and 10am.

Punchin Pandas Stay & Play Mums & Tots At Desborough Leisure Centre. 9.15am to 10.45am, in term time, 5.15pm to 6pm for 3 to 7 year olds. at Hawthorn Community Primary School. Donations welcome. Contact: office.hawthorn@gmail.com Music Makers 10am at Barton Seagrave Village Hall. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Jenni: musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com FB: Music Makers Northants

Tuesdays Kettering Gym Tots 45 Minute sessions between 9.15am and 2.30pm. Call for details. Rhymetime 9.30 to 10am or 10.30 to 11am at Kettering Library. Free. Drop-in.

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 min classes between 10am and Sing and Sign 12.30pm at Balance Health Club. For At The Woodcroft Scout Centre, children aged 3 mths to 4.5 yrs. London Road. 10am - Stage 2, 11am - Stage 1 and 12 noon - Babes. Play & Learn for under 1s 2 to 3pm at Kettering Library. Free. St Botolphs Make & Play Drop-in. 9.30am to 11am at Church House, St Botolphs Road, Barton Seagrave. Term time only. 01536 414052. Burton Latimer Tots Play Classes Footsteps Baby & Toddler Group At Barton Seagrave Village Hall, 9.30 to 11am at the Baptist Church 9.40 to 10.20am Social Tots in the Assembly Room. Faith based 10.40 to 11.20am Discovery Tots group. Term time only. Free but 11.40 to 12.30pm Baby Developdonations appreciated. Contact ment Course. Robyn 07535 443432 Isham Mums & Tots Baby Ballet 10am to 11.30am, Isham Village (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) Hall. £2 first child, £1 siblings. All 2 to 2.30pm at The Britannia Club welcome. Beginners Ballet & Tap Pytchley Mums & Tots (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 1.30 to 3pm at Pytchley School. Term 3.45 to 4.45pm at The Britannia Club time only. £1 per child with 50p for siblings. 01536 790506. Desborough & Rothwell Building Blocks A group for babies & toddlers with their carers, on Mondays at Desborough Baptist Church 9am to 10.30am term time only. Free

Burton Latimer SMUFs - St Mary’s Under Fives 10.30 - 11.30 am in the guiding hall on Duke Street. Term time only. Free but donations welcome. Contact Tony 01536 726833

Desborough & Rothwell Stepping Stones 9 to 11am at Rothwell Community Centre in term time. £3 per family (inc refreshments). Contact: sandiebar41@gmail.com Music Makers 9.45am at Rothwell Library. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Jenni: musicmakersnorthants@ gmail.com. FB: Music Makers Northants

Wednesdays Little Gems Playgroup 9.15am to 11am at Kettering Salvation Army, 66 Rockingham Rd. £1.50 per carer/child. Term time only. Contact: Major Rena 07941 048937 Kettering Gym Tots 45 Minute sessions between 9.15am and 1.30pm. Call for details. Tots Play Classes At Barton Seagrave Village Hall, 9.40 to 10.20am Discovery Tots 10.35 to 11.15am Discovery Tots 12.45 to 1.25pm Discovery Tots 11.35 to 12.25pm Baby Development Course. 12.40 to 1.30pm Baby Development Course. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 min classes between 10am and 12.30pm at Balance Health Club. For 3mths to 4.5 yrs. The Little Ones 1 to 2.50pm at Church of Christ The King, Deeble Road, NN15 7AA. Term time only. 01536 517553 Pre-school Play for under 5s 2 to 3pm at Kettering Library. Free. Drop-in.

Punchin Pandas 5.30pm to 6.15pm at Ise Lodge Little Kickers Pavilion. For 3 to 7 year olds. At Desborough Leisure Centre. Punchin Pandas 1.20pm - Little Kicks for children aged At the Britannia Club. 5.30pm to 18 mths to 2½ yrs 6.15pm for 3 to 7 year olds. Desborough & Rothwell 2.15pm - Junior Kickers for 2½ to 3½ Babytime and Pre-walkers year olds 10.15 to 11.15am at Desborough 3.45pm - Mighty Kickers for 3½ to 5 Library. Free. Drop-in. year olds 4.40pm - Mega Kickers for 5 to 7 If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class year olds

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Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 9.10am and 13.10pm.

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons at 9.10am, 12.10pm and 12.40pm

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Playtime at the library for under 5s 2 to 2.45pm at Desborough Library. Free. Drop-in.

Rhymetime for under 5s 9.30 to 11am at Desborough Library. Free. Drop-in.

Music Makers 10am at The Centre. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Jenni: musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com FB: Music Makers Northants

THURSDAYS The Little Ones 9-11.15am & 1-2.50pm, Church of Christ The King, Deeble Road, NN15 7AA. Term time only. 01536 517553 Kettering Gym Tots 45 Minute sessions between 9.15am and 12pm. Call for details. Edentots 9.15-11am, Eden Centre, Montagu St. £1 per family. Term Time only. 01536 484800 Rhymetime 9.30 to 10am or 10.30 to 11am at Kettering Library. Free. Drop-in. Punchin Pandas 5pm to 5.45pm at Ise Lodge Pavilion. For 3 to 7 year olds. Burton Latimer Mums & Tots 9.15 am to 2.15 pm at the Baptist Church in John Yeomans Hall. £1 per family and 50p for annual registration. Free play with lunch provided at a small cost. Term time only. Contact Steve 01536 720238 Rhymetime 10.30 to 11am at Burton Latimer Library. Free. Drop-in. Bounce & Rhyme 11.30 to 12pm at Burton Latimer Library. Free. Drop-in.

Tiny Tots 2pm to 3pm at St Giles Community Centre, Desborough. Bible story, singing, craft, refreshments and time for a play. Free. Contact via Facebook: St Giles Church Desborough.

SATURDAYS

Little Kickers At Kettering Science Academy 8.15am OR 10.15am - Mighty Kickers for 3½ to 5 year olds Mawsley 9.15am - Junior Kickers for 2½ to 3½ year olds Mawsley Toddlers 11.10am - Mega Kickers for 5 to 7 9.15 to 11am at The Centre. £2 first child, £1 per child thereafter. Contact year olds Nikki on : 07432 546409, Email: Bubble Babies Swimming nikkitahatfield@yahoo.co.uk 8.45am to 1.15pm at Kingsley School FB: Mawsley Toddlers. Hydrotherapy Pool. 30 min classes for 0 to 5 year olds

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 Jenni: musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com FB: Music Makers Northants Tots Play Classes At Ise Lodge Community Centre 9.40 to 10.25am Action Tots 10.40 to 11.20am Social Tots 11.40 to 12.20pm Discovery Tots

Stagecoach Theatre Arts School At Brambleside Primary School. Early Stage Class, (4 to 6 year olds) 9.30 to 11am or 11.15am to 12.45pm Main school (6 to 18 years) 10am to 1pm or 2pm to 5pm. Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

Infant Aquatics Swimming Sundays 30 min classes between 10am and Little Kickers 12.30pm at Balance Health Club. For At Kettering Science Academy 3mths to 4.5 yrs. 9.15am, 10.15am or 11.15am Explore a Story for under 5s Mighty Kickers for 3½ to 5 year olds, 2pm to 3pm at Kettering Library. 9.15am or 10.15am Free. Drop-in. Term time only. Junior Kickers for 2½ to 3½ year olds 11.10am or 12.10pm Mega Kickers for 5 to 7 year olds Burton Latimer Library Pre-school Play Session 10.30 to 11.30am at Burton Latimer Library. Free. Drop-in.

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

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

Weekly Activities Timetable

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons at 12.15pm and 12.45pm.


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East Northamptonshire 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 9am 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). £1.50. Contact: Sue on 01933 358218

Key:

RushdeN Parent & Toddler Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For under 5s. Call 01933 410505 Rhymetime 10.30 to 11am at Rushden Library. Free. Drop in.

Wednesdays ALDWINCLE Sing and Sign At Aldwincle Village Hall. 10.30 am Stage 1, 11.30 am - Babes. Higham Ferrers Tiny Tots 1.45pm to 2.45pm at St Mary’s Church. Contact: 07708 275510.

Swimming

Music, Dance & Drama

Sunbeams 1pm to 2.30pm at Park Road Baptist Church. £1. Term time only. Contact: 07494 444101 Stanwick Parent & Tot Rainbow Cafe A fun packed hour of arts and crafts, music and movement for preschoolers. £3 for first child, siblings and additional children charged at £2.75 each. 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 11.30 to 12.30pm. Call to book: 01933 625522.

THURSDAYS

Irthlingborough

Irthlingborough

villages

Matrix Pre-school Gymnastics Diamond Way, Nene Park 45 minute sessions: 9.30am age 2 to 3 years 10.15am age 3 to 4 years

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 Crows Stay and Play session for pre-school children and their grown-ups at Crow Hill Community Centre, Fettledine Road, 9.30 to 11am. £1.50 per family. Refreshments included. Contact via Facebook: Little Crows Baby and Toddler Group

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

Chapel Cheeky Monkeys 10 to 11.30am in Elton Methodist Church, Middle Street, Elton, PE8 6RA. Stay & play session for under 5s. £2 per family. Includes refreshments. Contact via Facebook: Chapel Cheeky Monkeys.

Rhymetime 10am to 10.30am at Irthlingborough Library. Free.

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 Jenni: musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com FB: Music Makers Northants

Oundle

RAUNDS

Baby Play (Under 1s) 10-11am at Oundle Library. Drop-in

Tuesdays Irthlingborough

Rushden

Explore a Story 10.30am to 11am at Irthlingborough Library. Free.

Parent & Toddler Swimming 8 to 9am and 10.30 to 11.30am at Splash Leisure Pool. For under 5s. Call 01933 410505

Oundle Rhymetime for Under 5s 10 to 10.30am at Oundle Library. Free. Drop-in.

Jelly Babes 9.15-11.15am at Queen Street Church Hall. £1 per family (up to 2 children). Term time only. Contact: 07398 844378.

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Rhymetime 11am to 11.30am at Raunds Library. Free. Drop-in. rushden Parent & Toddler Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For under 5s. Call 01933 410505 Tots and Tiddlers 9.30am-11.30am at St Peter’s Church, Midland Road. £1.50 per family. Contact 01933 314251.


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Arts, Crafts & Cookery

Parent & Tot Group / Other

Thrapston & villages

Thrapston

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

Rhymetime 11.15 to 11.45am at Thrapston Library. Free. Drop-in.

Stanwick

Music Makers 9.15am at Titchmarsh Pavilion. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Jenni: musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com FB: Music Makers Northants

FRIDAYS Higham Ferrers Packed Lunch & Play Club 12pm to 12.45pm in the Bede House. Contact: 07708 275510. 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 Rushden Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For under 5s. Call 01933 410505 Sparklers Toddler Group 9am to 11am in The Bridge in the grounds of Whitefriars Primary School. £1. Contact Emma on 07957 080074. Sing and Sign At Rush2TheDen, Fitzwilliam Street. 9.30 am - Stage 2, 10.30 am - Stage 1, 11.30 am - Babes.

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

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. 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 24.

Weekly Activities Timetable

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

Wild Tots Let your little ones explore and learn about nature through free play, crafts and wildlife activities in the designated education area at Nene Wetlands Centre, Rushden Lakes. Sessions are outside so please wear suitable outdoor clothing. 10 to 11:30am, £5 per child, booking essential, meet at the Visitor Centre.

Explore a Story 2pm to 2.30pm at Rushden Library. Free. Drop-in.


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Weekly Activities Timetable

Wellingborough and District Mondays

Library Rhymetime 9.45-10.15am at Wellingborough Infant Aquatics Swimming Library. Free. Drop-in. 30 minute classes between 9.30am Library Bounce & Rhyme and 12pm at Diana’s Health & 11-11.30am at Wellingborough Fitness Club. Library. Free. Drop-in. Little Fishes (Little Harrowden) Play and Learn Under 5s (Earls Barton) 9.30am-10.45am in the church. 10.30am to 12pm at Earls Barton Contact Margaret: mgbobby@ Library. Drop-in. hotmail.co.uk. Play and Learn Under 5s (Finedon) St Andrew’s Toddler Group 10.30am to 11.30am at Finedon 1.30pm to 3pm at St Andrews Library. Drop-in. Church, Berrymore Road. Term time only. Free. All welcome. 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. Baby Ballet (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 10 to 10.30am at The Mission Room, Finedon. Library Under 1s Fun 2pm to 3pm at Wellingborough Library. Free. 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. W’boro URC Bumps, Babes & Tots 9.15-11.30am at Salem Hall, Salem Lane. Cost £1.50. Contact Kay: haddonINC@live.co.uk Baby Ballet (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 9.30 to 10am and 10 to 10.30am at The Studio, Earls Barton. Matrix Pre-school Gymnastics Diamond Way, Nene Park 45 minute sessions between 9.30am and 11am.

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

THURSDAYS Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9.30am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club. Rhymetime (Irchester) 9.30am to 10am at Irchester Library. Drop-in. Baby Ballet (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 10am at The Studio, Earls Barton. Rhymetime (Wollaston) 10am to 10.30am at Wollaston Library. Drop-in. Library Preschool Play 10 to 11.30am at Wellingborough Library. Drop-in. Rhymetime (Finedon) 10.30am to 11am at Finedon Library. Drop-in. Matrix Pre-school Gymnastics Diamond Way, Nene Park, Irthlingborough. 45 minute sessions between 10.30am and 1.45pm. 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 Sing and Sign Highfield Nursery School. Stage 1 - 10am, Babes - 11am. Call for details.

Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School Dance) 4pm 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. Matrix Pre-school Gymnastics Diamond Way, Nene Park, Irthlingborough. 45 minute sessions between 10.30am and 12.45pm. Rhymetime (Earls Barton) 2.30pm to 3pm at Earls Barton Library. Drop-in.

SATURDAYS Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 9am at The Mission Room, Finedon. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 12pm at Rowangate School. Mini Dribblers Football 9.30 to 10.15am for 18 months to 3½ years and 10.15 to 11am for 3 to 5½ years at Redwell Leisure Centre. Family Fun Club A messy play and crafts session. 10.30 to 11.30am, every other Saturday, at Wellingborough Library. 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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All correct entries will be put into a draw and the winner(s) selected at random in each competition. Please remember to include your name, address and telephone number with your entry.

Win 1 of 2 Family Tickets to

Rockingham Castle’s Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday 12th or monday 13th April

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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For your chance to win 1 of the cute soft toys pictured above, find the words listed below in the grid. When you have found them all, some of the unused letters will spell out a hidden message. Pick them out from left to right, top to bottom then for your chance to win, email the hidden message (together with your name and address and which soft toy you’d prefer sheep, bunny, pony or soother) to: info@timefortots.co.uk.

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Index Activities & Days Out

Berzerk Cheeky Monkees Mini Meadows Nene Valley Railway Newlands Centre Royal & Derngate The Core at Corby The Wildlife Trust West Lodge Rural Centre

Business Opportunities

Scentsy

Health & Beauty

Slimming World

Holidays 13 35 7 39 19 5 7 5 2 31

Clubs & Classes Corby Borough Council

Dance Schools

Barbara Hooton School of Dancing

music & movement

Sing & Sign

Physical Activity

Kettering Gym Tots Little Kickers Mini Dribblers Punchin Pandas Tots Play

Swim Schools

Bubble Babies Infant Aquatics Jenny’s Dolphins

Singing & Theatre Schools

Beccy Hurrell Voice Academy Stagecoach

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Nurseries, Pre-Schools & Childminders

Busy Bears Pre-school Fledglings Day Nursery Oak Tree Day Nursery Rushden Kids Club Sunnylands Day Nursery Toddlerz Day Nursery

Party Services

Aardvark Soft Play Bouncetime Party Spiderman Sarah Martindale Entertainment Sweet Lorraine’s Confectionary

Photographers

Kline Studios

Pregnancy & Birth

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Nurturing Hands

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Northampton High School St Peter’s School

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Schools

Services

Daisy First Aid

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Funky Lil Feet The Clothing Outlet

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Jomanda

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