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The local guide from bump to 5 Summer Activities & Events Guide


Is your child starting school in September? Read our tips and advice on how to prepare

Celebrate Father’s Day!

Your personal messages What’s on guide Plus...Win a Ferrari driving experience for your Dad!!

News, Reviews, Articles, Clubs & Classes, Weekly Activities Timetable Competitions, Money Saving Vouchers and plenty more...

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Learn to skate * Friday disco £3.50 (skates included if required) CRB/DBS checked. Non profit making organisation run by volunteers for the community.

Tues 2-4pm School hols skate Wed 6-8pm Family skate Fri

7-9pm Roller disco

Sat 6-8pm Family skate Sun 1-3pm Learn to skate Sun 3-5pm Family Skate

Protective gear provided (upon request) Available for parties & private hire

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FRI 26 4.30PM & SAT 27 10AM, 1PM & 4PM JUNE The entire crew of the Octonauts are live on stage for the very first time in this action-packed show.

SAT 5 & SUN 6 SEPTEMBER 10AM, 1PM & 4PM Come and join your ultimate arts and craft hero Mister Maker, for his first ever live theatre tour.

TICKETS £14.50 & £16.50

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warm, sunny welcome to our summer issue! The sun is streaming through the window as I type and knowing summer is just around the corner can’t help but put you in a good mood! Our summer activities and events guide on pages 10 to 16 is bursting with ideas for keeping the children occupied this summer - come rain or shine. If you have a child starting school this September then turn to page 20 for our tips and advice on how to prepare. One important tip is to have your child’s eyes tested before they start. Stirling Opticians explain why on page 22. Don’t forget Father’s Day on the 21st June! If you’re wondering how to entertain Dad this year, turn to page 32 for our Father’s Day what’s on guide. We’ve been on the hunt for local Mums in a million the past year, well this issue we’re on the hunt for a local Dad in a million too. Leanne has managed to bag a super duper prize for this competition - a driving experience in a Ferrari! Details on how to enter are on page 33. Have a fantastic summer! Until the autumn...


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Tots News Wicky’s Play Factory Summer Activities & Events Guide Tips for Running a Successful Event Events Diary Tips and Advice for Starting School Eyecare for Children Clubs & Classes Featured Class: Mini Dribblers What’s on this Father’s Day Dad in a Million Competition Your Father’s Day Messages Time for Mum Birth Announcements The Function of Tantrums Childcare Business Opportunities Business Mum

48 Party Services 52 The Samaritans 53 Weekly Activities Timetable 60 Competitions 61 Special Offers 63 Index of Advertisers

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Tots News Celebrating 10 years at Cheeky Monkees


hy not swing into Cheeky Monkees where they are celebrating 10 years of quality play and party this year. This summer they will once again be offering unlimited play with the purchase of their summer pass - just £25 for your first child then £10 per sibling. For more amazing 10 year special offers and competitions, like Cheeky Monkees on Facebook.

Giggles & Wiggles Summer Camp


f you and your little one miss your clubs & classes over the school holidays don’t fret! Giggles & Wiggles will be running their summer camp this August - a 4 week block of weekly music & movement sessions for babies, toddlers and children up to age 6. For more information or to book, contact Julianna on 07913 624837.


Brand New Little Shapers Class


ittle Shapers are now offering fun fitness classes at The Kingsway Centre in Wellingborough on Tuesdays at 5pm. These classes are designed for ages 3 to 11 years. You can now text Nadine at Little Shapers on 07791 942341 to book your place. If you quote TIME FOR TOTS your first session is absolutely FREE! Find out more about classes at:




est Lodge Farm in Desborough is a finalist in the Best Family Day Out category for the What’s on 4 Junior Awards 2015 which means that they are in the top few providers in the UK as voted for by parents! West Lodge is a family run, open farm which offers a wide range of activities for the whole family to enjoy such as pony rides, piglet racing, nature trails and adventure playgrounds. Ed Dee, farmer, said: “We are over the moon to have got this far in the awards, we have a great staff team and this award is a real credit to them” The winners of the awards will be announced on 19th June 2015 at the official awards ceremony at Drayton Manor. TM







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Tots News Continued

Peppa Pig returns to the stage this Autumn in

Peppa Pig’s Surprise


veryone’s favourite pig is returning to the stage this Autumn in her new show ‘Peppa Pig’s Surprise!’ It’s a lovely day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have got a surprise for her and George - they can’t guess what it is, can you? Enjoy fun, games and of course, surprises in this charming, colourful new show with new songs and new life size puppets, Peppa Pig’s Surprise promises to be the perfect theatre show for all pre-schoolers! We have 1 family ticket to give away to 1 lucky reader - turn to page 60 for details on how you can enter.

Funky Lil Feet gets a Makeover


unky Lil Feet Children’s Shoe shop in Thrapston is celebrating its 10th anniversary by having a complete makeover. Now under new ownership, Claire Fox and the team have been busy creating a room for older children to use as well as updating the original room for younger children. They are also soon to be stocking Dr Martens shoes alongside their existing brands (Start-Rite, Camper, Geox, Joules, Babybotte, Noel,Teva, to name a few!). If you have never visited this little gem of a shop then now is the time. The team are all fully trained to measure and fit your childrens feet from a tiny infant size 1 (Eu17) right up to a teenage size 9. They are also very experienced in fitting children with special requirements such as orthotics or splints. Opening hours for the store are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturdays 9.30am to 4pm. Located 1 minute off junction 13 of the A14 with free parking right outside. You will be assured a very warm welcome!


Come to our Summer Fayre! Saturday 27th June 11am – 1pm at Alpha Pre-school Westfield Terrace, Higham Ferrers, NN10 8BB

Alpha Pre-school invite you to their Summer Fayre! Fun for all the family. Prizes to win on the raffle and tombola. Games to play and cake to eat. Bric-abrac and more stalls for you to enjoy. Free admission for all. We hope to see you there.

www.funkylilfeet.co.uk The funny things kids say... Share your funnies with us and make us smile :-)

“We’re all going to Devon when we die” Oliver, age 4

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hoop whoop! It’s party time.

Wicksteed Park – the home of children’s play – has just opened the perfect venue where you can do just that! Wickys Play Factory includes a host of soft play and adventure attractions for younger children. It is situated in the former Arcade in the Fairground area and has been transformed into an airy and secure indoor play that will be open all year round. There are lots of fun activities to do for toddlers, pre-schoolers, and kids up to 1.43m, such as climbing, sliding, jumping, twizzing, zipping and hiding. There are areas for mums and dads to relax while the little ones have a fab time burning off their boundless energy. Bookings and enquiries are being taken for children’s birthday parties and there are a range of exciting party packages, with the option to hire the Play Factory exclusively! The Play Factory is open Monday to Friday 9:30am – 5:30pm (Term Time) and 10:30am – 5:30pm (Weekends and School Holidays) Party package one is £8.50 per child (min 10 children) and available to book Mon- Sun, 10.305.30pm. The package includes: • 90 minutes soft play • 30 minutes for food • Downloadable Party Invitations Package two is £10.50 per child (min 10 children) and available to book Mon- Sun, 10.30- 5.30pm.

The package includes: • 90 minutes soft play • 30 minutes for food • Downloadable Party Invitations • Character meet and greet with Wicky Bear or Charlie Dog • Face painting The option to hire out Wickys Play Factory exclusively is available from 5.30pm-7.30 pm, or 7.30pm to 9.30pm each day, for a maximum of up to 50 guests. There’s also a refreshing child and adult menu in the brand new Play Factory café. Choose from pasta, toast and healthy snacks for the kids and adults can enjoy a range of sandwiches, paninis and jacket potatoes. Wristband users (including annual) can enter the play factory by upgrading their wristband for an extra £1 (daily charge on ride operating days). Other new attractions at the park this year include a thrilling new drop slide, the Woolloomooloo walkthrough aviary, a sand and water play area and new lakeside features made out of natural materials to encourage children to climb and explore. Following the completion of the park’s £3million lake restoration project, there is also a Play Trail to encourage children to enjoy all the natural play attractions around the lake and throughout the park. For further information on Wickys Play Factory, go to: www.wicksteedpark.org/indoorplay

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

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


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Special Events at West Lodge Rural Centre

Fathers Day 21st June

Big machines, tractors, steak & ale!

Fairies & Elves weekend 27th & 28th June

Make a wand, follow the fairy trail, fancy dress competition and face painting.

Summer Holidays Begin!

Lots of extra activities on our timetable to keep your little ones amused throughout the summer – More pony rides, more tractor tours and more ice cream.

Camping weekends

27th & 28th June, 15th & 16th August, 2nd & 23rd August Camping in the fresh air with twilight walks, hog roast and toasting marshmallows. Ticket Only Event.

Family Fun Day

30th/31st August

Traditional Country Fair Family Fun and Games.

The Great Big Fossil Hunt 30th/31st August

Fossil hunting, fossil displays, experts on hand to identify fossils.


Tackle the Wistow Maze this Summer


ith England hosting this year’s Rugby World Cup, Leicestershire’s famous Wistow Maze is joining in the fun. Created in the shape of a Rugby Player (scoring a try), the maze has been designed to build on our appetite for major sporting events, and to test visitors’ knowledge on a variety of sports that originated in the UK. Opening this year on Saturday 18th July, the Wistow Maze features over three miles of intricate pathways carved through 8 acres of living corn, with high level bridges and towers giving unrivalled 3D panoramic views. “Three matches are being played in Leicester and we want visitors to join in the excitement and patriotic fervour of this tournament, whilst exercising both mind and body along the way”, says Diana Brooks, owner of Wistow Maze. Diana continues “The challenge for visitors is to find 12 quiz boards hidden amongst the 3 miles of pathways. Each quiz board features a different sport along with a multiple choice question, combined with an array of interesting facts and figures on how and when these sports first originated in this country”. Wistow Maze is an excellent family day out. As well as the challenge of this giant maze, visitors can test their skills on a variety of mini mazes and games in the Activity Funyard, which includes a space hopper track, hoopla and a football shooting game. Across the road is the Wistow Rural Centre with its cafe, garden centre, art gallery, model village and numerous shops, ensuring there really is something to satisfy all ages. The Wistow Maze attracts over 15,000 visitors each year and is a winner of Leicestershire’s “Best Visitor Attraction”. At the end of each season, the maze is harvested for cattle fodder and then redesigned the following Spring using GPS satellite technology. Opens Saturday 18th July to Sunday 6th September (7 days a week), and then weekends only until Sun 20th Sept. 10am – 6pm Free Parking. Admission charges: Child £5.50, Adult £6.50, Family Ticket (2+2) £22.


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EXPLORE Have a really wild time with the little ones at Twycross Zoo this Easter. Explore our multi-tiered soft play jungle

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A Summer of Fun at Thurleigh Farm Centre

Family Events at Stanwick Lakes Bicycling Into The Past

On Saturday 13th June, 11am to 4pm, enjoy a day of Victorian cycling inspired entertainment, children’s bike trail, crafts and marvel at the “Cycling Wall of Death”! A FREE event thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery.

Robin Hood – The Musical


re you ready for a different adventure every week? Want to unlock your child’s imagination whilst keeping summer time fun within budget? The team at Thurleigh Farm Centre have come up with the answer. As well as hosting an action packed day of indoor and outdoor play, animal feeding sessions, scheduled tractor, fire engine and pony rides, quad bikes, inflatable assault course and bungee trampolines; each week of the school summer holidays the team will be hosting a different theme. This will entail an art based/sport based activity along with daily story telling affiliated to the particular week’s theme. So whether you fancy being a pirate or a princess, a super hero or a nature detective, there is an activity for you! Moreover every Thursday of the holidays Chris Welbourn from Animal Encounters will be in situ with his exotic critters, with hands-on informative sessions to learn more about creepy crawlies, reptiles and a chance to meet his latest arrivals – a baby Eagle Owl named “Roo” and Monitor Lizard called “Manny”! You are welcome to visit for the day, but did you know that a three month membership of £68 (one adult & two children) gives you 12 weeks of unlimited fun enabling you to visit as many times as you like? Amusing the children this summer might not be as costly as you think! For further information call 01234 771597 or visit: www.thurleighfarmcentre.co.uk. Or stay in touch on Facebook or via Twitter.

Wednesday 22nd July 4.30-6.30pm Cambridge Touring theatre brings this swashbuckling family favourite to the Outdoor Theatre at Stanwick Lakes. £12 adults, £9 children, £38 family ticket. Under 3’s go free!

Summer Holiday Fun

The summer is packed with adventurous things to do, including trails, crafts, games, stories, dressing up and den building! There is an exciting theme for each week of the school summer holidays: 22nd to 31st July – ADVENTURES AHOY 1st to 7th August – SPIES LIKE US 8th to 14th August – HERE BE DRAGONS 15th to 21st August – TIME TRAVELLERS 22nd August to 2nd September – GO WILD!

Get Arty

Craft fun every Monday of the Summer Holidays, between 1pm and 4pm, in the Discovery Zone. £1.50 per child

Pond Dipping With The Rangers

Wednesdays 29th July and 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th August, 12.30-3pm, discover the fascinating underwater world of Stanwick Lakes. Booking Essential £2.50 per child. FREE to members of Stanwick Lakes

Marvellous Minibeasts

On Thursdays 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th August, 1-2pm, hunt for creepy crawlies in the undergrowth. £2.50 per child, free to members of Stanwick Lakes. Please book.


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A Summer of Fun at Stanwick Lakes! Summer 2015 is packed full of adventurous things to do inside and out at Stanwick Lakes. Exciting summer holiday activities include trails, crafts, games, stories, dressing up and den building, and follow a different theme each week.

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Adventures Ahoy! Adventures Ahoy! Spies Like Like UsUs Spies Dragons Here be be Dragons Here Travellers Time Time Travellers WILD! WILD! GoGo

Email us at: info@rftrust.org.uk to receive a monthly newsletter and be the first to find out about all our events. For further details please call the Nene Valley Railway on 01780 784444 or visit the website: www.nvr.org.uk Wansford Station (next to the A1), Stibbington Peterborough PE8 6LR Registered Charity No 263617

For a full list of activities visit www.stanwicklakes.org.uk


Storytelling in the Garden

at Kelmarsh Hall

Country Parks


n Wednesday 19th & Wednesday 26th August, spend a magical day in the walled kitchen garden when a professional storyteller will keep children (and adults!) enthralled with imaginative tales of adventure. Tom the Tale Teller will be accompanied by the magical Story Stick, which is full of pictures and stories to go with them. There will be some true stories, some fantastical, some set in far-away lands and some from just around the corner – featuring animals, kings, queens and heroes. There will also be children’s craft activities available. 11.30am – 12.00: Session 1 12.30pm - 1pm: Session 2 2pm - 2.30pm: Session 3 3pm - 3.30pm: Session 4 Standard admission prices apply plus a £1.50 surcharge for under-5s. Visit: www.kelmarsh.com or call 01604 123456 for more information.

Unlimited Summer Play

at Cheeky Monkees


urchase a Summer Pass from Cheeky Monkees this summer and enjoy unlimited visits throughout the school holidays. A summer pass costs £25 for the first child and then £10 per additional sibling. Cheeky Monkees are celebrating 10 years of quality play and party this year. Like them on Facebook for more amazing 10 year special offers and competitions.



orthamptonshire’s wonderful country parks are a great place to visit any time of year but especially in the summer to enjoy the great outdoors with a picnic. And with no entrance fees (just a small car parking charge) it’s also an economical day out!

Special Events: Summer Quiz at Fermyn Woods Country Park A park related quiz for all the family. Pick up a self led trail sheet from the Skylark Cafe for £2 and follow the clues around the park. Available daily from 18th July until 2nd September. Summer Quizzes at Brixworth Country Park Each week throughout the summer, from the 13th July to the 30th August, take part in a self led trail on a different theme at Brixworth Country Park. Pick up a self led quiz trail from the information booth for £1.50. Themes as follows: 13th to 19th July - Mammals 20th to 26th July - Birds 27th July to 2nd August - Wild Flowers 3rd to 9th August - Trees 17th to 23rd August - Insects 24th to 30th August - Fungi For more information and details of other events on at the country parks, visit:


Summer Family Fun at Lyveden New Bield

There’s something to do every day at Lyveden during the summer holidays with themed self guided activities. Full details unavailable at time of going to press so contact them directly nearer the time. Gates open: 10.30am. Last admission time: 4pm. Free event (normal admission charges apply)

For more information contact Sharon Taylor on 01832 205158 or email lyveden@nationaltrust.org.uk. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyveden-new-bield



The Library Summer Reading Challenge


very summer holiday, the county’s libraries hold a summer reading challenge, encouraging children to read 6 books over the course of the summer and rewarding them with stickers and a certificate if they achieve it. The challenge is aimed at children aged 4 to 12 years and can be a great way to get preschoolers into loving books ready for starting school, or encouraging older children to keep up their reading over the summer. The Summer Reading Challenge 2015 will begin on Saturday 11th July 2015 and continue until Saturday 12th September 2015. This year’s theme is ‘Record Breakers’. Visit your local library to sign up. It is absolutely free to take part! www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/libraryservice

Green Trunks, Loddington Road, Great Cransley, Kettering, NN14 1PY Bring the whole family to join in the fun with a variety of scheduled activities, including:

Now taking bookings over the phone. Call: 01536 799778

• Face to face and hands-on interaction with all our creatures • A friendly and in-depth talk with our in house handler, where everyone can learn something new about the diversity of nature • Feeding sessions • Bug and butterfly hunts: a fun and interactive way to learn about our english insects • Bug parties (for birthdays and all other celebrations) • Tea Room - serving a selection of hot and cold snacks and delicious cakes

Now open 6 days a week, all year round!


Sound the Octo Alert!

It’s the Octonauts’ Deep Sea Volcano Adventures


ased on the popular CBeebies’ TV show Octonauts, Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure comes to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th June. In this brand new full-length stage adventure, the entire crew of the Octonauts, led by intrepid explorer Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso, embark on an exciting new quest and visit amazing underwater worlds full of adventure, with surprises around every corner. This action-packed show with massive projection screens, 3D animation, full-size characters and bags of sing-a-longs, features new music (from BAFTA Awardwinning composer Mani Svavarsson) and all the Octonauts live on stage for the very first time. Director/adaptor Richard Lewis said: ‘Octonauts is all about adventure and exploration which offers up a whole host of possibilities in a live environment. From the colourful characters and fantastic underwater setting to the amazing octopod where the Octonauts live, there’s great scope for a really unique, interactive theatre experience. We can’t wait to take fans on an adventure like never before’. Recommended for ages 3 and upwards, Octonauts – The Deep Sea Volcano Adventure bursts onto the Derngate stage on Friday 26 June at 4.30pm and Saturday 27 June 10am, 1pm and 4pm. Tickets – priced £14.50 and £16.50 – can be booked by calling Box Office on 01604 624811 or online at

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10 Tips For Running A Successful Community Event



any people have great ideas for local charities or causes - but only a small few of these actually become wellattended, safely run (profitable) events. We have seen it all, from the over-organised (but under advertised) ones, to well-attended, poorly planned and (to be honest) quite dangerous ones. Over the years I have developed a template to follow, this keeps things consistent and ‘stress free’ for me, but you need to develop your own method. We all want to raise lots of money and awareness for those that really need it, but why does it need to be so difficult? Here are my top ten tips to help you run a truly AMAZING event: 1. Have a great venue It needs to be easily found, well known, and have plenty of car parking. Consider disabled persons and those with push chairs – can they easily access all areas? 2. Draw a site plan Draw this several times over, consider how the stalls will affect each other, for example a penalty shoot out needs clear space around it, not just in front. Run this plan through with the venue and suppliers – are they happy with it? 3. Electricity All the big attractions and services need power, and they need it nearby. Don’t stick the PA system or bouncy castle the other side of the field! 4. Access times Do not allow any vehicles in the area once the event has started. Inform all suppliers in advance when they can set up / down. 5. Risk assessment / safety Simply saying ‘accidents happen’ is not good enough. Get a professional in to assess the event (around £100£200). If it goes wrong – you’re in court. 6. Food and drink Never never never run out of food and drink!! It’s your biggest earner! If you are preparing / serving food, also speak to your local environmental health department. 7. Not just Facebook There is more to advertising than Facebook. Get permission from the council, and get some leaflets out, or send a text to all your friends and family. Or advertise in Time for Tots! 8. Consider neighbours How will the event affect them? Can they help you? Give them a knock a few weeks before for a chat (this might reduce the chance of traffic or noise complaints). 9. Spend money to make money Great events need great attractions. You will never make a lot of money back from a large bouncy castle / inflatable slide or farm yard animal show for example, but you can guarantee high visitor numbers, (who spend money when they are there). Place your attractions strategically to make visitors walk round, keep them at the event as long as possible. 10. Contingency plan What if your main attraction doesn’t show up, or it rains? What if you have a medical emergency or a fight breaks out? Remember you are dealing with the public, and anything can happen – plan plan plan, then plan some more… Don’t ‘wing it’!! We hope you have a fantastic event, and it all goes well. If you would like our assistance please get in touch, we can supply a bouncy castle, with staff, safety barriers and insurance for £25.00 (you even get a share of the event takings).

Dan Folgate, Owner of Bouncy Wouncy

About the author Dan Folgate is the owner of Bouncy Wouncy, and Director of Folgate Safety, an established Health & Safety company in Northamptonshire. Previous jobs include running events for the local authority in parks and community centres, and five years as an operational fire fighter. He is a qualified risk assessor and has a diploma in events management.

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Events Diary

See pages 10 to 16 for more summer activities and events

at Wellingborough Library. Performance workshop for U5s and their families. Limited spaces, Wed 3rd please book through the library. Nature Tots at Irchester Country 10am to 11am. Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per Fri 26th & Sat 27th child. Must book. “Octonauts and the Deep Sea Sat 6th Volcano Adventure” at The Royal Baby & Children’s Nearly New & Derngate Theatre. Fri 4pm Sale at The Pemberton Centre, Rushden. 10am to 12pm. Entrance Sat 10am, 1pm & 4pm. Tickets £14.50 & £16.50. To book, visit: £1. Kids free. www.royalandderngate.co.uk or The Chris & Pui Show at The Core call 01604 624811. at Corby. Shows at 11am and 2pm. Sat 27th & Sun 28th Tickets £10.50. Fairy & Elves Weekend at West Lodge Farm. Fairy Trail, Wand Summer craft and gift fair at Making, Fancy Dress, Face Kettering library. 11am to 3pm Painting. “Along the Riverbank” at The Wellingborough Medieval Castle Theatre. 11am & 2pm. Festival. Activities in and around Wed 10th the town centre. Free! Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per July child. Must book. Sat 13th Wed 1st Family Crafts at Burton Latimer Nature Tots at Irchester Country library. A ‘foodie’ themed craft Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per activity to celebrate The Great child. Must book. Burton Bake Off. 10.30am to Sat 4th 11.30am. Baby & Children’s Nearly New Cycling into the past at Stanwick Sale at The Pemberton Centre, Lakes. A day of Victorian cycling Rushden. 10am to 12pm. Entrance inspired entertainment. Children’s £1. Kids free. bike trail, crafts and marvel at the Sun 5th “Cycling Wall of Death”! FREE! Wellingborough’s Party in the Park. Tue 16th From 12noon at Croyland Park. Nature Tots at Sywell Country Wed 8th Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per Nature Tots at Barnwell Country child. Must book. Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per Wed 17th child. Must book. Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Fri 10th & Sat 11th Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per “Carnival & Circus” A show by child. Must book. Mode Academy of Dance at The Sat 20th Masque Theatre. 7pm. ”The Magic Porridge Pot & Other Tasty Tales” at The Castle Theatre. Wed 15th Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Performances at 11am & 2pm. Visit www.thecastle.org.uk to book. Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per child. Must book. Mon 22nd Teddy Bears Picnic at Barnwell Wriggle Dance Theatre Country Park. Story telling, fun presents ‘Into the Rainbow’


and games, arts and crafts. Meet on the meadow behind the visitor centre. 11:30am to 2:30pm Wed 15th & Thu 16th “Aliens Love Underpants” at The Castle Theatre. Wed 15th at 4.30pm and Thu 16th at 10.30am & 4.30pm. www.thecastle.org.uk Tue 21st Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per child. Must book. Schools break up for the summer Wed 22nd Robin Hood the Musical at Stanwick Lakes outdoor theatre. £12 adults, £9 children, £38 family ticket. Under 3’s go free!

August Wed 5th National Playday at Wicksteed Park. Sat 8th Craft Fair at The Pemberton Centre, Rushden. Lots of stalls to browse. Kids crafts, face painting and bouncy castle. Free Entry! Sat 29th Baby & Children’s Nearly New Sale at The Pemberton Centre, Rushden. 10am to 12pm. Entrance £1. Kids free. Sun 30th & Mon 31st Family Fun Day at West Lodge Farm. Traditional Country Fair Family Fun and Games.

September Sat 5th & Sun 6th “Mister Maker” at The Royal & Derngate Theatre. Ideal for ages 2 to 8 years. Tickets £14.50. Visit: www.royalandderngate.co.uk or call 01604 624811 to book. Wed 9th Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per child. Must book.

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An Independent Day School in Kettering, where children up to age 11 are encouraged to develop to their full potential.

For more information contact: 01536 512 066 st-petersschool@btconnect.com www.st-peters.org.uk


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hen your child starts school for the first time it’s a big milestone in both their life and yours and it can mean significant changes in family life, especially if it’s your eldest or youngest child. It can be an anxious time for all concerned so we’ve compiled some tips to help you prepare.

In the preceding weeks

1. Help your child develop the skills they need to be independent e.g. dressing themselves, taking responsibility for their own belongings, taking themselves to the toilet 2. Talk to your child about school so they know what to expect. Tell them what will happen on the first day, include stories from your own school days and read them story books about school. Make sure everything you say is positive. 3. Involve your child in the preparations eg let them choose a pencil case and lunchbox 4. Get your child’s eyes tested. Problems with eyesight can seriously affect a child’s learning and development. Eye tests are free on the NHS for children. 5. Read to and share books with your child. Research shows that children that are read to from an early age generally learn faster and perform better in school. 6. Purchase the school uniform and equipment in plenty of time to avoid a last minute rush and items being out of stock.

7. Label absolutely everything. All clothes (including socks and shoes), bags, coat, lunch box etc. You’ll be surprised how many children have identical items! 8. If your child will have packed lunches, make sure they can undo their lunchbox themselves and get them used to using one. 9. Make the journey to school a few times to judge how long it will take and get your child used to the school run, the buildings and people. 10. Have a few practice runs the week before to get your child used to the time they will have to get up in the morning and go to bed at night. 11. Try and ensure your child knows other children that will be in their class. It will make settling in so much easier. 12. Help your child build their confidence, so they don’t feel afraid to ask for help, but also encourage them to be thoughtful about others and to take turns and share. 13. Make the school aware of any special needs, medical problems, or likes and dislikes your child may have 14. Note down all the school dates on your calendar as soon as you know them 15. It’s perfectly normal for the parents, as well as the child, to feel anxious. If you do, try talking it through with someone. If you have a friend with a child already at school, talk to them. Don’t let your child pick up on any anxieties you have though, as this will only add to their own.

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The night before

1. Talk your child through what will happen the next day to help prepare them for the morning. 2. Make sure your child’s uniform is washed, ironed and laid out ready. 3. If they need a packed lunch, make this the night before. 4. Pack their school bag and leave it ready by the door. 5. Try to ensure your child has an early night. They’ve got a big day ahead in the morning!

On the day

1. Make sure you’re all up and about in plenty of time. If you’re rushing to get ready it will make the morning all the more stressful for you and your child. 2. Take a photograph of your child in their school uniform! It’s a milestone in their life and you will all enjoy looking back at the photos in years to come.

3. Try not to cry in front of your child. Seeing you upset will upset them and make them feel more anxious. If you feel the tears welling up pinching yourself is supposed to help! 4. If your child is clingy and won’t leave you, tell them about the dull activities you have planned for the day! 5. Give your child lots of attention when they come home and even plan a treat for them eg a trip to the local park or their favourite tea.

The first few weeks

1. Have patience. Your child’s behaviour may be different as they settle in and adapt. 2. Show a genuine interest in what they’ve done each day and encourage them to talk to you. 3. Allow them time to unwind when they get home and try and spend some quality time with them each day, even if it’s just watching TV. 4. You’ll probably find your child is more tired in the evenings so you may have to bring their bed time forward. It’s recommended reception age children be in bed for 7pm on a school night. 5. Establish a morning routine as soon as possible, it makes for less stressful mornings. 6. Always check their book bags when they get in and read any letters you get from school straight away, adding important dates or things to remember to your diary or calendar. 7. Be careful not to ignore your other children. Make a fuss of them too. They might find it strange that their older sibling isn’t around as much. 8. Try to get to know other Mums, chat to them at the school gates. This will make the whole experience more pleasurable all round! 9. Try to read to your child every night, not just in the first few weeks but the years to come. This will aid your child’s literacy skills no end and give them a higher aptitude for learning.

A BIG thank-you to all the teachers, parents and organisations that have contributed to this article. And good luck to all children starting school this September! To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


Eyecare for Children Children up to the age of 18 and in education are entitled to a free eye exam and free glasses under the NHS.


ood vision is critical to a child’s early educational, functional and social development. Parents should be aware that it is essential to address the child’s visual needs as early as possible. The eyes continue to develop during childhood. The majority of children at birth are long sighted which, if within normal limits, will correct itself as the child matures. However if poor vision is not properly corrected early there is a risk of permanently poor vision. One in five school children could have undetected poor sight (RNIB). Recent studies have shown that many pupils are struggling with poor eyesight because eye tests are no longer routinely carried out in schools. Sight problems can wreck academic performance – or even lead to children being wrongly classed as “special educational needs”. Typical warning signs are: Excessive blinking, Squinting, Peering closely at Books and TV, Bumping into objects, Poor performance at school The importance of good eyesight in childhood cannot be overstated. Around 80% of a child’s learning occurs visually, yet many children do not see well enough to reach their full potential. Part of the problem is that children may not recognize they have a visual defect. It’s also easy for parents to think there’s nothing wrong with their child’s eyesight, not realizing that vision can change very quickly as young eyes develop At Stirling Opticians we use special computerised test charts so that we can check the vision of children that can’t read letters yet, and even younger toddlers and babies can have their vision assessed by our opticians using special equipment that measures the way images are being formed in the eye.

Did you Know? • 1 in 8 boys have a colour vision problem, early detection can help them choose a career where this isn’t a problem • Treatment for lazy eye or squint is far more effective if started at the age of 2-3 rather than 8+ • Children can wear contact lenses if the optician feels the child and parents can work together to care for the lenses

Funky Glasses for children Over the last few years, it has become more accepted and even fashionable for kids to wear glasses and this is reflected in the wide range of frame styles that are available. At Stirling Opticians we offer a large choice of free frames including branded ones from the likes of Batman, Superman, Barbie, and also designer brands to keep your young ones looking cool (Bench Kids, Kickers, Guess just to name a few). What sets us apart is our ranges of specialist children’s eyewear, for example Tomato eyewear and Erin’s World frames. Tomato frames are comfortable, colourful, practical frames which have been expertly designed with babies and children in mind. They can be fully adjusted to fit properly to a child’s head and are virtually unbreakable. They also come in a range of cool colours and designs. Erin’s World frames accommodate and fit children and adults with Down syndrome. Unlike other frames, the bridge is adjusted to fit on the unique features of the nose and the arms are modified to keep the glasses from constantly slipping. Erin’s World frames are available in a variety of sizes and styles to fit toddlers through adults.

Contact us on 01536 511605 and speak to our specialist childrens eyewear advisors. ‘Kids in Specs UK’ on Facebook is a great support group for helping parents of kids that have eye conditions or wear glasses.

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

Emma’s Dance Studio Childrens Freestyle Dance Classes Kettering Mondays

at Buccleugh Academy Sports Hall

Wellingborough Fridays

at St Barnabas Church Hall

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

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


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

at Ise Lodge Community Centre

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

Fully qualified CRB checked

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Clubs & Classes

Featured Class: Mini Dribblers


ini Dribblers is a football class for children from 18 months to 5 years old. The classes aims to get young children involved with football in a safe and fun environment.

Talk us through a typical class The children will first of all do a warm up which involves them moving around using all parts of their body - hands, feet, knees, head etc - so they are more at ease with themselves and don’t just use their feet. Then comes the skill part of the session. The children will always have a ball each when doing the skills. This will include dribbling (tiny kicks), heading, throwing and catching and heading to name but a few. Then comes the fun part. All the children take it in turns to score goals. But first they must run/dribble the ball in and out of cones, shoot, score, then do their best goal celebration (it’s the best bit). Then its home time, after they have received their stamp on their hands to show others how well they have done!

How do classes benefit children? Hand/eye coordination and foot/eye coordination are developed through simple drills and games based around football. The confidence levels of the children raise every single week, with this comes the ability to improve their skills to become better players.

When and where do you run classes? Classes are run on Saturdays in 2 locations: • Redwell Leisure Centre in Wellingborough Beginners - 9.30am - 10.15am. Advanced - 10.15am - 11am.

• Northampton at Benham Sports Arena, Moulton Park Beginners - 12pm - 12.45pm. Advanced - 12.45pm - 1.30pm.

How long does each class last? Each class is 45 minutes in duration.

How much does a class cost?

Everybody gets a free trial session to give it a go, then it is £55 for a 10 week booking. We offer discount for siblings.

What ages are the classes for? We run 2 different sessions for different age groups. Beginners class for children from 18 months to 3 years and an Advanced class for children from 3 years to 5 years.

To book a free trial or for more information: Contact: Patrick Franks tel: 07818 401707 E-mail: patrickfranks101@hotmail.com Website: www.prosocceracademy.co.uk Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement

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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!  

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

Classes running  across  East  Northants   Local  classes  and  availability  listed  on  our  website  www.singandsign.com   Email  katiemarchant@singandsign.co.uk   or  call  Katie  for  more  information  07905  275459     search  for  East  Northants  Sing  and  Sign    

Contact us now for a free trial lesson! t: 07794 413 630 www.modedance.co.uk e: enquiries@modedance.co.uk

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


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Infant Aquatics Baby & toddler swimming courses

Small, friendly classes from six weeks to four years. Building life long safety skills using our holistic approach in a fun environment. Kettering area call 01858 565 713 Wellingborough area call 01933 674 505 www.infantaquatics.co.uk

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Pre-school Gymnastics Sessions



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Fully matted gymnasium with soft play, climbing and challenging equipment to aid in the development of children from 1 to 5 years.

Structured classes with qualified coaches to develop your child’s physical, mental and social skills in a safe and fun filled environment. Sessions held Monday to Thursday £3.50 per ¾ hour session for under 3s £4.00 per ¾ hour session for over 3s No registration fee Award schemes in which to participate Contact Kerry or Vicky on 01536 415444 or e-mail ketteringgymtots@hotmail.com www.ketteringgymnasticsclub.co.uk Find us at Brunel Close, off Northfield Avenue, Kettering

Home of Kettering Gym Tots & Kettering Olympic Gymnastics Club


Only £3 per class

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

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

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At Corby International Pool  & Lodge Park Sports Centre 

Pick up an Under 5’s Activities booklet which lists all fun  activities taking place at Corby East Midlands Pool and  Lodge Park Sports Centre.  Available to download from www.corby.gov.uk     Includes Creche at both sites, Pre‐school gymnastics  Lodgy’s Litttle Lions, Parties available at both sites  Swimming Lessons & Parent & Toddler Sessions  Summer Holiday Activities 


Must be accompanied by  an adult.   

Please submit this voucher at reception to   receive your FREE junior swim.  Expiry date 30/9/15.  This voucher was advertised in the   Summer Edition of Time for Tots. 

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

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From 22nd July ‐ 28th August  2015 we offer  a wide range of activities in various facilities  throughout the Borough during the holidays.   

Visit our Holiday Activities  web page for more   information. 

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

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Now in Desborough

Rugby fun for 2 to 7 year olds ScrumKids offers fun non-contact rugby-based sessions for girls and boys aged 2 to 7 years V

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Fitness classes that kids and parents love! Little Shapers offers modern and unique fitness classes for children from 3 to 15 years.

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• Our fun modern classes offer children of all abilities an easy way to become more active. • Great for children that shy away from team sports or want to try something different. • We teach exercise elements through fun games, relays, circuits and dance moves to trendy music beats that kids love. • Excellent to develop your child’s co-ordination, balance, agility and flexibility as well as helping to build team working skills and general confidence.

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming Lessons

For more information on all our classes and the latest timetable visit: www.littleshapers.co.uk For enquiries please email: nadine@littleshapers.co.uk or call us on: 07791 942341

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View our full timetable on our website

Friendly classes in Rothwell Instructor in the water Average of 6 children per class Prices start from £6.50 for 30 minutes

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What’s On this Father’s Day - 21st June 2015

f you’re wondering how to spend the day with your Dad or husband/partner then here’s our guide to what’s on where:

Medieval Father’s Day - Fun & Fools

at Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire

It’s time for dads to play the fool this father’s day! Meet side-splitting jesters Baldwin the Fool and Godfrey Pugh who will take you back to a time when comedy was uncomplicated and the comedians were... simple! With juggling, stilt-walking and all round tomfoolery this promises to be a fabulously foolish day out for the whole family – but make sure your daddy dearest is the main attraction and sign him up to take part in the circus school. Historical high jinks have never been so hilarious. 11am to 5pm. Purchase tickets on the door. For more information call 01926 852078 or visit:

www.english-heritage.co.uk Jousting & Medieval Living History Village at Rockingham Castle

The Knights of Nottingham & the Oxford Household make a thrilling return to Rockingham Castle. With baronial banners streaming, the glint of the sun on steel bladed swords and axes, the armoured knights will fight it out on horseback and on foot. The Black Knight has come to do battle and he intends to win at any cost. Out in the arenathere will be displays by armour clad warriors of sword and pike drill, skill-at-arms and combat prior to the jousters taking the field. Audience participation is expected! A fire eating display, jester in the grounds & story telling for children and adults are all set to entertain you. Open 12 noon to 5pm. Family ticket £31.50.


Big Machines, Steak and Ale

at West Lodge Rural Centre

Take Dad along to West Lodge Rural Centre on the 21st where there’ll be farm machinery on display and steak and real ale will be served in the restaurant. Plus all the usual farm attractions to entertain the children.


Father’s Day Musical Picnic & Wine Tasting

at Canon’s Ashby

Spend a perfect Father’s Day picnicking to the sounds of smooth jazz surrounded by the vibrant beauty of Canons Ashby’s formal gardens. We all love our Dad! Pack him a lovely picnic, then browse around the Wine Fair showcasing wines from independent wine merchants.


Retro Show at Santa Pod

If your Dad is a car fanatic then why not take them along to Santa Pod this Father’s Day. The Retro Show is a classic car and bike show with a difference: Unlike most shows where you park up in a field and sip tea, this is an action-packed day where you can take part in the racing and show & shine whatever type of retro machinery you have. There will be fairground rides for children together with refreshment stalls and evening entertainment. Plenty to see and do!


Happy Father’s Day! View your special messages on pages 34 to 35

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Dad in a Million

Win a Ferrari Driving Experience for your Dad/Husband/Partner!


o celebrate Father’s Day we have teamed up with Red Letter Days to give one local Dad the treat of his life - a Ferrari Driving Experience!

“Get to drive a Ferrari round a race track for six thrilling miles as part of this supercar driving experience. Begin with a short safety briefing from a qualified instructor, then choose between three models; the already-classic Ferrari 355, the upgraded 360, or the incredible 430. Each car has different power and handling suited to different driving styles. And with circuits all over the UK, each with its own characteristics, this Ferrari driving experience is bound to be both exciting and unique. Some tracks take drivers round the circuit in a hot hatch or sports saloon, in advance of the Ferrari. Depending on the venue, finish off with a question and answer session and receive a certificate to take home.” For your chance to win this super prize for your husband/partner/Dad, write in and tell us why you think he is a ‘Dad in a million’ and why he deserves this extra special treat. E-mail your entry to: info@timefortots.co.uk

Closing date: 10th July 2015

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Father’s Day Messages

“He plays cars with me, takes me to the park to feed the ducks and makes me giggle a lot. My daddy is the best” Bailey, 14 months

Your Father’s D “Why do you lov “He sings my favourite songs to me and reads me stories every night. He helps around the house and loves my Mummy.” Logan, 20 weeks “He plays games with me, he loves me and makes me laugh” Mason, 3

“I love daddy because I love him. Daddy gorgeous!” Hugo, 3

“He takes me swimming and gives lovely cuddles. I love him!” Lyra, 4 & Edward 10 months

“He’s really really kin d and helpful” Violet, 7 “He built me a new yel low trampoline” Sophia, 3

ddy because “We love our da friend” he’s our best Imogen, 3 nths & Thomas, 5 mo

“My dad is a Jeff but we love him” Isabel, 3 Harley 5, Darcie, 10

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Happy Father’s Day 21st June 2015

“My 2 boys love their daddy because he tickles and cuddles them, plays racing cars, football, peppa pig and fireman Sam ! We are all so very lucky to have daddy in our lives he brings so much love, laughter and fun! He is so hard-working and always puts us first. We love you! Thank you for being soooo amazing!” Anna, Archie, 4 & Joe, 21 months

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“We love our daddy because he is clever and han dsome. He makes us laugh and helps us when we hurt our selves. Also he is very good at DIY. We love our daddy so mu happy fathers day dad ch dy.” Ciara, 7 & Tayla, 2

“I love my daddy because I can twist him around my little finger” Jacob, 5 months

“We always have lots of fun together, he is ve And makes me sm ry silly! ile all the time!” Tilly, 3

“We love our daddy because he is silly and makes us laugh, he also married our beautiful mummy!!” Olivia, 2 & Daniel, 6 months

“He lets me sit up high on his shoulders and it’s really funny when Daddy tickles me” Dion, 14 months

“Because he is nice and he plays with us” Lara, 6 “I he like e how daddy looks like caus “I love my daddy because “I love my daddy be ke, 6 and he is funny” Leon, 4 he’s the best!” Maisy, 4 loves my mummy” Ja To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


Time for Mum

Want to get in shape, learn some self-defense, and gain self-confidence? Why don’t you come along to our ladies only karate session?

Because a happy, healthy Mum is a better Mum!

Tuesday night is ladies night. 7.15pm-8.15pm The Britannia Club, Burton Latimer. S.K.C Kettering & Corby is a long running Shotokan Karate Club. Run by a qualified instructor, Sensei Nick is a 2nd Dan Black Belt and a level 3 Advanced Fitness Instructor.


First lesson free


No special clothing required, just appropriate exercise clothes.



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Other adult classes available too

Contact Nick Binder on: 07720 430798 E-mail: nickbinder@ntlworld.com

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

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

Gift Vouchers also available Contact Vicky, IIHHT, on: Tel: 01604 780505 Mob: 07821 937336 Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement

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Mum in a million

Nominate a Local Mum for a FREE Afternoon Tea for Two


ollowing the success of this feature last year we’re doing it all again! 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 they’ve been through a rough time recently, been struggling on their own or are always doing things to help others. It could be your partner, sister, friend or even your own Mum. About the prize: “What could be more quintessentially British than a delicious afternoon tea served in charming surroundings? Give in to tea and cake cravings at one of a range of hand-picked venues, including charming hotel restaurants and lounges. What’s included will vary according to the location chosen - for example be served a traditional English cream tea, a tea with finger sandwiches and homemade cakes, fancy pastries and champagne, or cakes and cocktails. Whichever it is, find the perfect spot to relax on any occasion, and indulge and while away an afternoon. Tuck in!” If you know a local Mum who really deserves to win this fantastic prize, please e-mail us with their name and story to: info@timefortots.co.uk Closing date: 10th July 2015

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Pause for Thought..

The Function of W


e’ve all been there. It’s 8am and all you want is to put clothes on your toddler and get them out of the door so you can get to work. They, of course, have other ideas. That brand new purple t-shirt with the dinosaur is never going to suffice when there is an infinitely more attractive, stained, 2 sizes too small pyjama top with an owl on it that it is vital that they are allowed to wear to go to childcare today. No, they no longer like dinosaurs. No, it doesn’t matter that the other children will laugh. No, the weather or social norm does not have any significant impact on their decision. Why should it? Their decision is arbitrary. It’s only function to defy you. Frustration ensues, you becomes insistent, putting your foot down. A tantrum at this stage is inevitable. Sigh.

Now, if you’re hoping this article is going to give you a sure-fire method to end tantrums so that you can stop being late for work/embarrassed in the supermarket, then you’re going to be disappointed. The only way to end a toddler’s tantrum quickly is to give in and accept that social exclusion and ultimate descent into delinquency will not occur purely because your child chooses to don sleepwear in the park. On the other hand, if a child grows up thinking that he should be able to have his own way on everything then you may well find that the odd preference for sleepwear will mutate into something much more unacceptable. A two year old walking around the supermarket in pyjamas and slippers will likely pull a few wry smiles in your direction. A 15 year old walking around in boxer shorts and a smelly t-shirt, not so much! So at the point when your child drops to the floor, shattering glass with his screams and hurling random dinosaur related items in your direction, try to remember that God has not sent this child just to test you. In actual fact your angry,

frustrated little angel, given the right reaction from you, is about to experience one of the most important lessons he can possibly receive in life. He’s about to learn about the importance of managing his own emotional state.

We all know that adult who walks around assuming absolutely no responsibility for himself at all. He is the person who moans incessantly about how sucky his life is but never makes any effort to make any changes. It’s all someone else’s fault that he’s unhappy. He is the person who becomes more and more isolated and bitter because nobody is prepared to spend any time with someone who sucks the fun out of everything they do, like Eeeyore. He is the person who scowls at you as you catch his eye in the street and throw him a friendly grin. He is a miserable, joyless fountain of negativity and, to make matters worse, he puts so much energy into expecting the worst to happen, that it often does. This is the image you should hold in mind as you watch your tantrum-ing toddler reach a climactic frenzy in front of you. You can just stand back and let it happen, safe in the knowledge that your lack of reaction, will serve to ensure your child never arrives in such a negative future as the one you are currently imagining. It may sound illogical but here is the reason why it will work. Nobody ever fought fire with fire effectively. Adding your own anger to the situation will only fuel the small frying pan fire into a blazing inferno. Reasoning is unlikely to help. When was the last time you responded to reason when you were in such a rage? But one thing is a given. Anger does not feel good. It feels powerful, it feels overwhelming and it can even feel satisfying but,once it’s over, just like a 500g bar of chocolate, you regret it instantly. Your child is no exception to this rule. As a parent you know

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41 that, once the screaming and flailing subside, the anger in your child’s face will be replaced with fear, distress and regret. They may even have hurt themselves physically in the process. By not intervening to stop the tantrum from escalating you are telling your child that they have a choice and a right. They have a right to anger but, if they choose to express it aggressively, the end result will be more unpleasant for them than it will be for anyone else. Providing the tantrum doesn’t serve a function of actually getting the child what he originally wanted, he will eventually come to see that putting himself through that is not only futile but deeply unpleasant. As his learning progresses he will even begin to understand how his behaviour has impacted on you but don’t count your chickens before the eggs have hatched!! The more ineffective tantrums he has, the more his hand will be forced to look for ways of handling his frustration in different ways. This is where you pounce with an awesome lesson.

“Your angry, frustrated little angel, given the right reaction from you, is about to experience one of the most important lessons he can possibly receive in life. He’s about to learn the importance of managing his own emotional state”

In the lovely cosy moments that abound with small children; those moments where they’re playing peacefully and you’re having a cup of tea and pondering on how you could never love anything more than you love them, teach them other strategies. Teach them compromise, teach them reason. Use role play with a baby doll to show them that not wearing a pyjama top with an owl on it does not spell the end of the world. But most importantly, teach them to train their attention on recognising what makes them feel good and what makes them feel bad, emotionally. There are some excellent toys and books on the market for teaching children about different emotions and these should be a staple part of your play kit. Given enough patience on your part (because we all expect that toddlers need an abundance of this anyway; it’s more important than food!!), your expressive little person will soon figure out that life is much more pleasant all round when he takes control over his own outlook. This is a gift to your child that will just keep on giving. Maybe, compared to those of us who have the incessantly negative, miserable, joy sapper amongst our circle of companions, rather less of us have access to the person who seems to have an infinite capacity for forgiveness, endless patience and an irrepressibly sunny To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk

42 outlook. It’s a sad fact that few of us master the skill about which I have here spoken. If you are one of those many who find emotional self-control difficult, then you may read this article with a degree of horror and wonder how you can possibly hope to control your own responses in the face of such extreme pressures from your toddler. My answer to you would be this. Make his immediate area secure removing anything on which he could seriously harm himself or do harm with and turn your back on the whole thing. If you have to be late for work then you may as well have another cup of tea. The key is to give the negative behaviours as little attention as possible then, once the child has calmed down, shower them with love

and comfort. Be prepared to dump that second cuppa immediately and go and give your little one the hug he needs after having dealt with the frightful force that is himself. There is plenty of literature on this subject at your disposal not to mention the numerous, infamous TV series’..... Returning for a moment to the impact that tantrums can have on your immediate plans and, therefore, levels of frustration there is one other thing worth remembering...... Choose your battles wisely. Tantrums may be functionally necessary for small children but they are no fun for anybody. If you can avoid them then do. Who cares if your toddler leaves the house looking like Noddy? Only you, that’s who. Anyone else will merely have a passing thought before returning to whatever, much more pressing issue, is currently on their mind, if they notice at all!! When you’re dealing with a tantrum out in public and wishing the ground would swallow you up and save the embarrassment of looking like a ‘bad’ parent, remind yourself of this...Those who walk past and tut probably never had this gift given to them as children. They are intolerant, judgemental and either not a parent at all or, if they are, then they certainly aren’t one who carried out their role with the wisdom that you do! At the end of the proverbial day, children are not given to us to be forced to conform. They are given to us so that we may guide them to grow to be as respectful of their own needs as they are of the needs of others. At the end of the actual day, when you are having one of those ‘I love you so much’ moments that tend to abound during the times your child is sleeping, you’ll look back on this morning’s tantrum and realise that, rather than spending your day feeling guilty about how loudly you shouted this morning, you feel proud that you helped your child to learn one of life’s most important lessons. It’s win, win really...well, except for your boss but....hey....he knew you had small children when he employed you, didn’t he?

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Childcare Nursery Schools, Pre-schools & Childminders

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From Page Planner Administration Services Name: Leanne Houghton Family: I have 2 children, Jake 6 and Maisy 4. Description of your business:

I am an Admin Assistant to many businesses with varying job roles for each client. I might manage their Facebook/Twitter pages, help them with promotional/marketing ideas, advertising sales, invoicing, sales calls etc. I have some regular clients and I have those that call on me as and when they need help. I actually work for the publication you are reading right now, helping with features, competitions and advertising! I have so far worked in the baby and toddler industry, publishing, natural cosmetics, health & beauty, fitness to name a few.

How long have you been doing this?

I have been doing this for the last 2 and half years and must say I have never looked back!

Why did you decide to start?

It all started by mistake really! I noticed an error on a Facebook page and messaged them to let them know. They then said they needed an assistant and the rest is history! I am so thrilled that first client asked me to be an assistant as that really was the moment my business started. Consequently they recommended me to someone else and it rolled on from there. So thank you! Word of mouth is key in business so make sure you spread the word of any good service you receive as it can help someone more than you know. The actual plunge into self-employment started a little before I launched Page Planner, thanks to a Business Opportunity advert within this very magazine to work for Time for Tots. An amazing opportunity that has opened many doors for me, so thank you Vanessa! (Editor). I started after having my second child, not feeling ready to go back into full-time office based positions. I wanted to be able to do the majority of school runs and attend tots groups and generally have that quality time to be a Mum! Particularly in those early special years before school.

What do you like about it?

I have the flexibility to work within hours that suit me and work around the family. The workload is

very varied and keeps it interesting. I have the benefit of doing work that I enjoy.

How well does it fit in with family life?

It works well. I can attend the school play, sports day, open days, assemblies etc as I have that flexibility that self-employment gives you. I can schedule work in around all those family commitments.

What do you find are the disadvantages?

Being self-employed does have its negatives; you don’t get the employed perks like holiday and sick pay. I also find it hard to switch off so I have to remember to arrange that downtime but also keep self-motivated. It has stayed in my head that ‘You will get out of this as much as you put in’ so that really helps me keep focus.

What advice would you give to other Mums thinking of working for themselves?

Go for it! It’s important to be happy in your work, it’s such a massive part of your life. You need to do what’s right for you and your family. What works for one person is not necessarily right for you, but you will find your own path. There’s no wrong or right way and I’m a great believer in ‘everything happens for a reason’ If you decide to take the plunge, I would advise joining a network group. Being self-employed can be quite isolating and you need like-minded individuals to keep you motivated and offer friendly help and advice. I would like to give a special mention to Clair and Andrea of Aspiring Business Women. They have been a great networking support to me. Any Women in Business should try their Twitter Hour on Mondays 8-9pm #ABWhour and find out more about them.

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Samaritans We’re here for you Who are we? What do we do?


amaritans offer confidential, emotional support to distressed, depressed, bereaved and suicidal callers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It is often easier for a caller to talk to a completely anonymous volunteer and reveal their most personal and distressing thoughts, rather than offload to a family member or friend for fear of worrying or upsetting that person. The Samaritans can be contacted by phone, e-mail, text or in person at our office in Montagu Street, Kettering, where we have a team of around 70 trained listening volunteers who give up their time freely and willingly, day and night, to help those in distress. We are here to listen and support callers but never to give advice. It is by talking through problems and crises that callers at the end of the conversation, which can be very lengthy, can see a possible course of action which is right for them. Follow-up calls can be offered in certain circumstances and arrangements made to ring the caller back to see how they are progressing. If the person is still distressed, another call may be suggested. Samaritans are self-funding and receive no state aid so raising money is ongoing to raise the £20,000 per annum it costs for phone calls, to maintain the premises in Montagu Street and provide a reliable service to callers. We receive 2,000+ calls a month in Kettering and over the Christmas and New Year period took a call every 6 seconds. Our message to all callers is that we do care, are here for you and you are never alone. Whatever you’re going through, the Samaritans go through it with you. You don’t need to be suicidal to contact us. 111 Montagu Street, Kettering, NN16 8XJ Tel: 01536 416999 or 08457-909090 Text: 07725 909090 Email: jo@samaritans.org

Kettering & District Samaritans


e are in the process of having a new system installed for connecting callers with Samaritan volunteers. At the moment, there are times when our callers get an engaged tone, even though there are volunteers available in other regions. With CONNECT, there will be more callers getting through to us, rather than hearing the engaged tone, especially during the night when there are fewer volunteers on duty. So once we go live with CONNECT, callers will always get through if there is a volunteer available to speak to them somewhere in the country. It will also help us to gather better data on call patterns, so we can find out when we need more volunteers on duty.


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Corby and District Mondays



Lodgy’s Little Lions 9.30am to 11.25am at Lodge Park Sports Centre. A ‘stay and play’ parent and toddler session including arts and crafts, messy play, sensory room, fun and games.

Parents & Tots (Corby Old Village) 1.30-2.45pm at Corby Old Village Primary School. Open to all. Costs £1 per child (max charge £2). Call 01536 202359 for more details. Friendly group for parents/carers to have a natter and a cuppa while the children play.

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

Parent & Toddler Swimming 10am to 11am and 11am to 12pm at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Pay as you go. Adult & Child Swimming Lessons Mornings at Corby International Pool. For children aged 2 years 9 months to 4 years. Must book. Wilbarston Tots & Tiddlers 10am-12pm at Wilbarston Village Hall. Diane: 07761 957825. TT Muddy Mondays at the Log Cabin at Corby Boating Lake Every Monday from the 27th July to the 24th August. 10am to 12noon. Suitable for age 6+, £2 per child/must be accompanied by an adult. Activities include Bird Box Making, Guided Walk, Story Time, Woodcraft Skill and lots more! Call 07847 539184 to book.

tuesdays Baby Ballet (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 9.15 to 9.45am at Elizabeth St Dance Studios. For ages 18 mths to 3 yrs. Little Angels Tots Group 9.15 to 11.30am. The Baptist Church Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on 01536 394824. Parent & Toddler Swimming 9.30am to 10.30am and 10.30am to 11.30am at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Pay as you go. Little Angels Playgroup For pre-school children with additional needs. 9.30 to 11.30am at Lodge Park Sports Centre. Toddle Time 10 to 10.30am & 11 to 11.30am at Corby Library. Free. Term Time only



Primary & Pre-Primary Ballet & Tap

(Nene Valley Dance Academy) 4.15 to 5.15pm at Elizabeth St Dance Studios. For ages 2 to 6 yrs. Wicked Wednesdays at East Carlton Country Park Every Wednesday from 5th to the 26th August. 11am – 4pm. Lots of activities available at the park (charges apply for some). Entrance FREE. Cafe open for ice-creams, light meals and refreshments. Contact 01536 770977 for more information.

Parent & Toddler Swimming 9.30am to 10.30am and 10.30am to 11.30am at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Pay as you go. Adult & Child Swimming Lessons Mornings at Corby International Pool. For children aged 2 years 9 months to 4 years. Must book. Twinkle Tots Freestyle Dance (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 4.30pm to 5pm, Elizabeth St Dance Studios. Ages 18 mths to 3 yrs. Punchin Pandas 5 to 5.45pm at The Scout Hut, Occupation Rd. For ages 4+ Punchin Pandas 6.15 to 7pm at Kingswood School. For ages 4 to 7 years.

THURSDAYS Tots & Tiddlers (Pre-school Gymnastics) At Lodge Park Sports Centre. 10am to 10.45am for under 2s 11am to 11.45am for 2 to 3 years 12pm to 12.45pm for 3 to 4 years 1pm to 1.45pm for 3 to 4 years 1.45pm to 2.30pm for 3 to 4 years First Moves Movement & music for under 5s. 10.15 to 11.15am & 11.30 to 12.30am at The Core at Corby Cube. Free. TT. Little Angels Tots Group 12 to 3pm at The Baptist Church Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on 01536 394824 Parent & Toddler Swimming 1.30pm to 3pm at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Pay as you go. Adult & Child Swimming Lessons Afternoons at Corby International Pool. For children aged 2 years 9 months to 4 years. Must book.

Music, Dance & Drama

Physical classes

SATURDAYS Baby Ballet and Little Tappers (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 9am to 10am at Elizabeth Street Dance Studios. For 2 to 3 year olds. Little Kickers At Lodge Park Sports Centre. “Junior Kickers” for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 10.10 to 10.55am. “Mighty Kickers” for 3.5 years olds to 5th Birthday, 11.05 to 11.50am Rhymetime 10.30am to 11am at Danesholme Library throughout the year. Free.

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

If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class can be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 25.

Arts & Crafts

Parent & Tot Group / Other

Weekly Activities Timetable

Weekly Activities Timetable

Weekly Activities Timetable


Kettering and District Mondays


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

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

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

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

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

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

Music Makers 10am, 11am and 2pm at Grafton Underwood Village Hall. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

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

Children’s Freestyle Dance Class Pytchley Mums & Tots (Emma’s Dance Studio) Tuesdays 10-11.30am. Pytchley 4.45 to 5.45pm at Kettering School Hall. Sally: 01536 799541 Buccleugh Academy. For 3 to 8 years. Toybox Playgroup, Broughton Punchin Pandas 1.30-3pm, Broughton Village Hall. £2 6.30 to 7.15pm at St John’s per family. Julie 01536 790152 or Bex Ambulance Hall. For ages 4 to 9. 07803 755546. Term time only Burton Latimer Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 3.40 to 4.40pm at The Britannia Club

Children’s Freestyle Dance Class (Emma’s Dance Studio) 5.30 to 6.15pm at Ise Lodge Community Centre. For 3 to 8 years. Desborough & Rothwell

Rhymetime (Rothwell) 2.30-3pm at Rothwell Library. Free. 01536 711880

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 9.30am to 12pm. Call for details.

Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 6pm at Montsaye Sports Centre. For ages 3+. Call 01536 713708.

Baby Bounce & Rhyme 11.15am to 12pm at Desborough Library. For pre-walkers. Contact 0300 1261000.

Desborough & Rothwell

If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class can be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 25.

wednesdays St Edwards Mums & Tots 9-11am. St Edwards RC Primary School, Eastleigh Road. £1.20 for 1st child, 30p thereafter. 01536 391581 Sing and Sign Babes At The Woodcroft Scout Centre, London Road. 9.30am. Babes. Songs & Stories 10 to 11.15am, Ss Peter and Paul Parish Church Rooms, The Market Place. Free. Margaret 01536 310611 Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 min classes between 10am and 12pm at Balance Health Club. For 3mths to 4.5 yrs. The Little Ones 1 to 2.50pm, Church of Christ The King. £1 per family. 01536 517553 Infant Aquatics Swimming 1pm to 3pm in Geddington. Each class 30 minutes. For children aged 3 months to 4.5 yrs. Music Makers 1.45pm at Barton Seagrave Community Centre. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Ballet, Tap and Modern Dancing (With Mode Academy of Dance) At the Masque Theatre, Barton Seagrave for ages 3+. Call for times: 07794 413630 Punchin Pandas 5.30 to 6.15pm at Melton Street Community Centre. For ages 4 to 8. Desborough & Rothwell Salvation Army Parents & Toddlers 9.30-11am, term time only. New Street, Rothwell. 07726 580187. Building Blocks Wednesdays 2-3pm in term time. Free. Desborough Baptist Church, Station Road. Call: 01536 760149. mawsley Music Makers 10am and 11am at The Centre. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com

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The Little Ones 9-11.15am & 1-2.50pm, Church of Christ The King. £1 /family. 517553 Edentots 9.15-11.15am, Eden Centre, Montagu St. £1/family, 01536 484800 Hopscotch (Loddington) 9.15-10.15am in term time at the Village Hall. Jo: 07742 664604 Giggles and Wiggles ‘Our time’ for 15 mths to 3yrs, 9.30 to 10.15am at the Counties Community Centre Sing and Sign Babes At The Woodcroft Scout Centre, London Road. 10am. Stage 1 Rhymetime 10.30-11am at Kettering Library. Jungle Tots At Greentrunks Garden Centre, Gt Cransley. From 11am. £4 for 1 child. Ballet, Tap and Modern Dancing (With Mode Academy of Dance) At the Masque Theatre, Barton Seagrave for ages 3+. Call for times. Punchin Pandas 5 to 5.45pm at Ise Lodge Pavilion. For ages 3 to 6 years. Burton Latimer Rhymetime 10.30 to 11am for ages 2+. Burton Latimer Library. Baby Bounce & Rhyme 11.30am to 12pm for babies and non walkers. Burton Latimer Library. Desborough & Rothwell Salvation Army Parents & Toddlers 9.30-11am in term time. New Street, Rothwell. Contact 07726 580187. Braybrooke Tiny Tots 10am-12pm. Braybrooke Village Hall. £2/family. Contact Jo 07565 783128. Storytime 10 to 10.45am at Desborough Library. For under 5s. Contact 0300 1261000. mawsley Mawsley Baby & Toddler Group 9.30-11am at The Centre £1.50 first child, 50p per child thereafter. Sarah: 01536 790517

Arts & Crafts

FRIDAYS Giggles and Wiggles At Counties Community Centre. ‘Our time’ for 15 months to 3 years, 9.30 to 10.15am ‘Rock-a-bye-baby’ Class for 0 to 15 months, 10.30 to 11.15am Geddington Parents & Tots 9.30-11.30am, Geddington Village Hall. £2 per family. Contacts Siobhan 01536 743756 Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 min classes between 10am and 12pm at Balance Health Club. For 3mths to 4.5 yrs. Alleycats 10-11.15am in term time at Praise Community Church, Alexandra St. £1.20 for 1st child, 60p thereafter per family. Rebecca: 01536 484777 Hartbeeps Happy House 10.15am at Mocha Mama, Glendon Farm. £5per session. £2.50 siblings. See ad. Building Blocks Drama 5 to 6pm at Starlight Dance, High Street. For 2 to 6 year olds. £3.50 Burton Latimer Play and Learn 10.30 to 11.30am for under 1s. Burton Latimer Library. Desborough & Rothwell Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 12.15pm and 1.15pm. Call for details. Rhymetime (Desborough) 2.15 to 3pm at Desborough Library. Free. Call: 0300 126 1000.

Parent & Tot Group / Other

Little Kickers At Southfield School for Girls Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 9.15 to 10am Mighty Kickers for 3.5 to 5 years, 10.10-10.55am. Mega Kickers for 5 year olds to 7th Birthday, 11.05 to 11.55am. Kettering Music & Performing Arts Music lessons, Musical Theatre, Dancing, Singing, Acting. 9am to 12pm at Latimer Arts College, Castle Way. For ages 3 to 18 years. Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 9.15am and 12.15pm at Montsaye Sports Centre. For ages 3+. 01536 713708 Stagecoach Theatre Arts School At Brambleside Primary School. Early Stage Class for 4-6year olds, 9.30 to 11am or 2 to 3.30pm. Desborough & Rothwell Rhymetime (Rothwell) 10.30am-11am at Rothwell Library. Free. 01536 711880 Play and Learn 11am to 12pm at Desborough Library. Throughout the year. Free. Call 0300 1261000

sundays Little Kickers At Bishop Stopford School Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 9.15 to 10am Mighty Kickers for 3.5 years olds to 5th Birthday, 10.10 to 10.55am Mega Kickers for 5 year olds to 7th Birthday, 11.05 to 11.55am. Kiddie Coaching (Rugby) At Kettering RFC 2 to 3 years - 10am to 10.30am 3 to 5 years - 10.45am to 11.30am 2 to 3 years - 11.45am to 12.15pm


Desborough & Rothwell Bubble Babies Swimming 8.45am to 1.15pm at Kingsley School Scrum Kids (Rugby) At Ironwood Avenue. Hydrotherapy Pool. 30 min classes Various classes between 10.15am for 0 to 5 year olds and 11.45am. Visit scrumkids.co.uk for details. Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 11.30am and 2.30pm. Call for details.

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Physical classes

Weekly Activities Timetable


East Northamptonshire Mondays




Higham Ferrers


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

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

Rhymetime 1.30-2pm at Raunds Library. Free.



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

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

rushden Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9.30am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505 Rhymetime 10 to 10.45am at Rushden Library. Free. Bumps & Babes @ Church 10am at St Mary’s Church. Short lively service followed by playtime. £1 per family. 01933 358218. TT thrapston & villages Community Stay & Play 9.30am to 11.45am at Thrapston Library. With snack and crafts. Tel: 01832 730524. Tumble Tots At The Plaza. Gymbabes (from 6 mths): 9.30am Walking to 2 years: 10.30am 2 to 3 years: 11.30am 3+ years: 12.45pm www.tumbletots.com/kettering Family Lunch Club 11.45am to 12.30pm at Thrapston Library. Bring along a packed lunch and enjoy a picnic with others. Titchmarsh Babes 1.30pm to 3pm. Clubroom, High Street. £1.50/family. Contact Sarah on 01832 735182 or TitchmarshBabes@live.co.uk Games Zone & Craft Club 3.15pm to 4.30pm at Thrapston Library. For children from birth to 5 years and siblings up to 8 years. Tel: 01832 730524.

oundle Rhymetime 10 to 10.30am at Oundle Library. Free. RAUNDS Raunds Stay and Play For 0 to 5s and their carers. 9.15-11.15am, in term time, at The Methodist Chapel, Brook Street. Contact: Lydia Wilkie on 07791 272600. Facebook group: Raunds Stay and Play.

rushden Hartbeeps Happy House 9am at Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Wymington. £5.50 per session. £2.50 siblings. See ad. Jelly Babes 9.30-11.30am at Queen Street Church Hall. £1 per family. Contact Jeanette on 01933 391457. TT Hartbeeps Happy House 11am at My Flourpower, High Street. £5 per session. See ad. Stanwick Parent & Tot Sessions Join in in an activity inspired by the surroundings until 11am at Stanwick Lakes, then sing and dance your way through to lunch with Lisa from Music and Movement. Children Café Specials available. £2 per child. Parking charges apply.

rushdeN Mugs and Beakers (Mums & Tots) 9-11am at The Bridge (in the grounds of Whitefriars Junior School). 50p per family. Emma: 01933 411393 Mums & Tots 10-11.30am at Rushden Full Gospel Church & Christian Centre, 60 High Street South. Linda: 07904 638612 Stanwick Stanwick Mums & Tots 1.45-3.15pm. Stanwick Village Hall. £2 per family. Contact Lucy 01933 461384. thrapston & villages Childminders Group 9.30am to 11am at The Plaza. For childminders and their minded children. Tel: 01832 730534 Lets Get Active 10am to 11am at St John’s Hall. Tel: 01832 730534 Fit For You Buggy Walk 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Meet outside the library. Tel: 01832 730534

thrapston & villages Talk, Toast & Play 9.15am to 10.15am at Thrapston Library. Tel: 01832 730524. Rhymetime 10.30am to 11am at Thrapston Library. Free. 01832 733251 Bookstart Bear Club & Story Sack 11.30am to 12.15pm at Thrapston Library. 01832 733251 Little Angels (Ringstead) 1.30 - 3pm in term time. Ringstead School Hall. £1.30 per family.

If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class can be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 25.

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Bounce & Rhyme 10 to 10.30am at Oundle Library. Free.

Rhymetime 2-2.30pm at Irthlingborough Library. Free.

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


thrapston & villages

Raunds Stay and Play For 0 to 5s and their carers. 9.15-11.15am, in term time, at The Methodist Chapel, Brook Street. Contact: Lydia Wilkie on 07791 272600. Facebook group: Raunds Stay and Play.

Dads Matter 10am to 11.30am at The Plaza. Monthly. 01832 730524

Little Treasures 9.30-11am. St Laurence Church. Donation optional. TT


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


Sing and Sign Park Road Baptist Church, Rushden. Stage 2 (15mths to 2.5yrs) 9.30am to 10.30am. Stage 1 (6 to 15 mths) 10.30am to 11.30am

Music Makers 11.15am at the Joan Strong Centre. Fun music & movement for 0-5 years. £4 per child, £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Raunds Rhymetime 11.30am to 12pm at Raunds Library.

Rhymetime 2pm to 2.45pm at Rushden Library. Stanwick

Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505

Music Makers 2pm at Stanwick Village Hall. Fun music & movement for 0-5 years. £4 per child, £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com thrapston & villages Tiddlers thrapston & villages 9.30-11am, term time only. Thrapston Baptist Church, 33 Huntingdon Road. £1/family. Contact Little Explorers 10am to 12pm at Thrapston Library. Tina: 01832 730297 From birth to crawling. Free. Contact 01832 275889 Music Makers 9.30am at Titchmarsh Pavilion. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Baby Talk 10am-12pm at Green lane clinic For birth to crawling Free. Contact 01832 275889 villages Jolly Totz Parent and Toddler Group 1 to 3pm, Easton on the Hill Preschool, New road. Term time only. Contact Rebecca on 07805 021169

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Weekly Activities Timetable



Parent & Tot Group / Other


Weekly Activities Timetable

Wellingborough and District wednesdays


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


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

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

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

Rhymetime (Wellingborough Library) 10-10.30am. Free. Bounce & Rhymetime 11-11.30am. Free.

Play and Learn for Under 1s 10am to 11am weekly at Wellingborough Library. Call: 0300 1261000

Rhymetime (Earls Barton) 2.30pm to 3pm weekly at Earls Barton Library. Free.

St Mark’s Buggy Club 1.30-3pm, St Mark’s Church Hall, Queensway. Voluntary 50p donation. Contact Joy: 01933 676368.

Infant Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) Storytime Interactive story-telling session for 3.45 to 4.45pm at The Studio, Earls > 5s and their parents at The Castle Barton. For ages 3 to 5 years. Theatre. 1pm to 2.30pm. Free.

tuesdays Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club. Mucky Pups Messy Play 9.30-11am at St Andrews Church Hall, Berrymore Road. £3 for 1st child, £1 thereafter. Contact 01933 272119 Mini Gym 10-11am at Croyland Children’s Centre. Free. 01933 279681 Harrowden Baby & Toddler Group 10am to 11.30am at Little Harrowden Village Hall, Main Street. Call 07787 165990 Play and Learn (Wollaston) 2pm to 3pm weekly at Wollaston Library. For under 1s. Call: 0300 1261000 Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 3.45pm and 5.45pm at Rowan Gate Primary School. Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School Dance) 4 to 5pm at Vicarage Farm Community Centre

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


The Rascals Music Session 9.45-10.45am at St Andrews Church Hall, Berrymore Road. £2 1st child, £1.25 2nd child. Sing and Sign At Salem Hall. Stage 1 (6 to 15 mths) 10am. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 10am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club. Castle Youth Music For 0 to 3s and their parents at The Castle Theatre. 1.45pm to 2.15pm. £2 per child. Sing and Sign At Busy Bees Nursery, Enstone Ct Stage 1 (6 to 15 mths) 1.30pm Little Fishes 1.30-3pm at Our Lady’s Infant School Hall, Henshaw Road. £1/ family. Nancy: 01933 381168

Mini Champs Toddler Group 9.30-11.30am at Everyday Champions Church, Havelock St. Call 01933 225525. Rhymetime (Irchester) 9.30am to 10am weekly at Irchester Library. Free.

SATURDAYS Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) Infant Ballet & Tap 9 to 10am Beginners Ballet & Tap 10 to 11am at The Mission Room, Finedon.

Jigsaw Toddler Group 9.30am to 11am at Compass Church, Commercial Way. Rhymetime (Wollaston) 10am to 10.30am weekly at Wollaston Library. Free. Rhymetime (Finedon) 10.30am to 11am in term time at Finedon Library. Free. St Mary’s Thursday Club Finedon 1.30pm to 2.30pm at The Mission room, Well street, Finedon. Toddle Group. £1.50 per family. Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 3.45 to 4.45pm at The Studio, Earls Barton.

Little Shapers 5pm at the Kingsway Centre. Fitness classes for children & parents Key:

Little Cogs (Irchester) 9.30-11.15am at Reachout Community Church, Irchester. £1 st child, 50p thereafter. Contact Nicola on 01933 225525

Music, Dance & Drama

Physical classes

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 12pm at Rowan Gate Primary School. Mini Dribblers Football 9.30 to 10.15am for 18 months to 3 years and 10.15 to 11am for 3 to 5 years at Redwell Leisure Centre. Punchin Pandas 9.30 to 10.30am at Redwell Leisure Centre. For ages 4+ Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 3pm and 5.30pm at Scott Bader Pool, Wollaston.

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