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The local guide from bump to 5 Summer Activities & events Stay at home or back to work? The tough decision faced by Mums

Meet our Mum in a Million

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Big Toddle! Find out more inside

Plus... News, Reviews, Articles Classes, Weekly Activities Timetable Competitions, Money Saving vouchers and plenty more...

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


Bunny Hopperz

Soft Play Hire * Bouncy Castle Hire Parent & Toddler Sessions Bunny Hopperz Soft Play Sessions are designed to challenge, engage and entertain you and your little ones. It’s packed with fun and child development for children between ages 0 to 5 years, with everything from inflatables, pop-up tents to sensory bubble tubes and our own dedicated baby area ...plus so much more!

Weekly Parent & Toddler Sessions Tuesdays, 9am to 4pm at Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre, Corby* Saturdays, 10.30am to 3.30pm at Eden Centre, Kettering* Prices per hour: 0 to 6 months: free, over 6 months: ÂŁ2.00, adults 50p * Subject to availability, check website


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Summer 2014



ello and Welcome to the Summer Issue!

Our biggest ever issue with a whopping 64 pages of everything baby, toddler and pre-school related in the local area. Not to mention our ever expanding ‘Time for Mum’ section which has lots of interesting articles this issue; including case studies from local Mums in our look at the stay at home vs back to work dilema, and we reveal our ‘Mum in a Million’ from our Spring competition - a competition we’re also running in this issue so please keep those nominations coming in! Many of our readers have older children too so with the long summer holidays approaching we’ve once again compiled our ‘Summer Activities & Events’ guide. There’s plenty going on this summer to keep children of all ages entertained but there is one special event in particular we’d like to draw your attention to....our Big Toddle and Fun Day on the 27th June!! This is a sponsored walk/fun day to raise much needed funds for 2 very deserving children’s charities: Barnardo’s and Alfe’s Cause. You can find out more about the event on pages 8 and 9 or on our website: www.timefortots.co.uk. Please, please, please do sign up and come along and help us raise lots of money. We’re lining up a whole host of entertainment and there are some fantastic prizes to be won for the biggest fundraisers. So what are you waiting for? Sign up today and we’ll see you there! Have a great summer!


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Tots News Special Announcements The Time for Tots Big Toddle Summer Activities & Events Farndon Fields Review Clubs & Classes Featured Class: Kiddie Coaching Andy Nickerson Photography Events Diary Why I Love My Daddy... What’s On this Father’s Day Time for Mum Meet our Mum in a Million Top Beauty Tips for Busy Mums Steps Fitness Club Stress and Wellbeing Childcare Awareness of Childhood Cancer Party Services

46 Pregnancy & Birth 48 Business Opportunities 49 Stay at home Vs Back to work 53 Weekly Activities Timetable 60 Special Offers 62 Competitions 63 Index of advertisers

our gorgeous front cover photograph was taken by Andy nickerson Photography.

Win a photo shoot & 16” potrait with Andy! see page 29. Whilst every effort is taken to ensure the content of this magazine is up to date and accurate, ‘Time for Tots’ cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Neither does ‘Time for Tots’ endorse any of the companies, products or services that are advertised. Copyright on all written material and artwork produced by the ‘Time for Tots’ team remains with ‘Time for Tots’.

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Pre-school Brand Launches Partnership with Musical Franchise, Hartbeeps™


he LEGO® DUPLO® brand is excited to announce its new partnership with Hartbeeps™, an innovative, fun and interactive music based educational programme for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. As part of the partnership, which launched on the 28th April, LEGO DUPLO will be supplying a range of products from their portfolio for use in classes allowing attendees to get hands on with the product including new sets, Creative Picnic and Creative Ice Cream, and the best-selling Number Train, which professional Hartbeeps musicians have composed a song around. To celebrate the launch of the partnership, class attendees will also be invited to enter a competition to attend an exclusive Hartbeeps class hosted at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort Hotel with free entry to the Park afterwards to enjoy DUPLO Valley - an exciting new water play area featuring a mix of toddler friendly rides, creative wet play areas and spectacular water features. Award-winning Hartbeeps sound play™ classes are delivered by specially trained teachers with all programmes linking to the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. At every class participants are transported into the world of the imagination, interacting through play within colourful and sensory environments. Offering a world of play, LEGO DUPLO toys stimulate creativity, encourage role play and conversation, and help towards developing motor skills in pre-school boys and girls. Colourful, safe and sturdy they are designed for small hands and big imaginations. For stockists details visit:


WIN a LeGo DuPLo Creative Ice Cream Set! See page 62 for details

Lakeside Photoshoot with Firetree Photography


iretree Photography are holding their Lakeside Photoshoot on the 29th July 2014. This is a fantastic opportunity for natural portraits in the grounds of a private residence with a beautiful lakeside and woodland location. Session fees from £40. Book online at:



Multi-Sports Classes


with L’il Dynos

his summer sees the return of L’il Dynos and some new multi-sports classes! These new classes, for 2½ to 8 year olds, will incorporate a variety of sports including martial arts, football, athletics, basketball, baseball and volleyball. As well as giving children an introduction to these sports, classes will also teach essential life and social skills, learning to respect each other and play in a team. Classes are being held in Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough, Rushden and Northampton. See L’il Dynos advert on page 25 for more information.


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Specialist equipment for children and young people used in nurseries, paediatric departments, hospices and schools. The Jolly Back PosturePad™ Mama & Me is a multi-use antenatal support and baby development wedge. It provides abdominal muscle support, helps reduce back and pelvic pain and improves comfort and sleep for mums to be. For babies, it helps control reflux, encourages early movement skills and body awareness and promotes health back development. The ErgoKneeler™ is a kneeling system that can provide comfort, support and ease of movement for people such as nurses, midwives, podiatrists, orthotists, therapists, care workers and educational staff who undertake tasks at a low level. It can assist the user in managing the postural stressing associated with kneeling, helping to reduce the cumulative strain and promote musculoskeletal health.

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Tots News Continued


The return of

Tumble Tots!


umble Tots has restarted classes in Kettering and Thrapston! Cheryl, Laura and Keri look forward to welcoming you to the Arena Sports Hall in Kettering on Tuesday mornings or The Plaza in Thrapston on Monday mornings and hopefully classes in Rushden too in the near future. Between them, the new leaders have 7 children - ranging in age from 2 to 16, so they have a wealth of patience and experiences on hand! During each weekly 45-minute session, Tumble Tots provides challenging and structured physical activities, where children explore and develop their physical and social skills. In addition action songs and rhymes contribute to language development. All Tumble Tots children have an equal opportunity to realise their potential, and tasks are varied according to the different ages and stages of a child’s development. Sessions are stimulating and exciting as formats are changed regularly. Cheryl, Laura and Keri look forward to welcoming you and your child along to their sessions. For more information please call Cheryl on 07871 946695 or visit www.tumbletots.com/kettering, where you can also book in for your first session.

Special Announcements Welcome to the World... Rocco Vincent

Born at 1.58pm on the 8th March to proud parents Selina & Adam. Weight 8lb 5½ oz.

Eden Elizabeth

Kelly and Ricky would like to announce the safe arrival of their baby girl ‘Eden Elizabeth’ born on 27th February 2014 at 19.42pm, weighing 6lb 7oz.

Cole George

Born on Tuesday 11th March at 12.43am, weighing 6lb 5½ oz

Dion Lucas

Our beautiful son Dion Lucas was born at 21:50 on 26th March weighing 5lb 15oz. He is filling our lives with much joy. From proud parents Danny and Tiffany.

Zeb James

Born on Saturday 8th March at 9.18pm weighing 9lb 12oz. Son to Chloe and James, brother to Izzy and cousin to Cole (born 3 days later!)

James William George


Baby James William George Mannion was welcomed to the world on Thursday 15th May at 8.20pm, weighing in at a teeny 5lb 12oz and perfect in every way.

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Pete’s Personalised Toy Boxes Gorgeous childrens furniture, hand-made locally from solid wood and personalised with your child’s name. Choose from either a cream, white or wood finish. The perfect gift for birth, christenings or birthdays!

To order or for more information contact us on:

01933 276144 or email: pete@wellboards.co.uk

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Big Toddle

Friday 27th June 2014

What is the Big Toddle? The Big Toddle is a short sponsored walk for children under the age of 5 and their families to raise money for Barnardo’s vital work with the UK’s most vulnerable children. It has been going for 18 years now and is the UK’s biggest charity event for under 5s with Big Toddles taking place all over the country. Time for Tots organised a Big Toddle in 2010 which proved a huge success! Nearly £2000 was raised and a fun day out was had by all!

When & where is the Time for Tots Big Toddle? Our Big Toddle will take place at Wicksteed Park in Kettering on Friday 27th June 2014. The event is on from 10am to 2pm although the Toddle itself should only take 20-30 minutes and will commence at approximately 11am after a fun warm-up with Music Makers and special guests, Wicky Bear and Peppa Pig! Every child taking part will receive a certificate, sticker and medal on crossing the finish line, and those raising £10 or more will also be treated to a FREE ride on the Wicksteed Park Express! Refreshments will be provided after the toddle when families can then relax on the lawn and enjoy the games and entertainment - including face painting, bouncy castle and Jelly Tots Entertainment. The whole event will be about having fun with family and friends, old and new, whilst raising money to help less fortunate children. It promises to be a really fun day out so please sign up to join us and raise as much as you can! Wicksteed Park have agreed to waive the parking fee for all those taking part so the day needn’t cost you a thing to take part (other than the sponsorship money of course!)

What happens to the money raised?

At least 75% of the sponsorship money raised will be sent straight to Barnardo’s who use the vital funds raised by all Big Toddle events to support their early years work up and down the UK. To find out more about Barnardo’s visit: www.barnardos.org.uk.

The remaining 25% will go to local charity “Alfe’s Cause” - please see below for information about this charity.

Prizes to be won!

The biggest fundraiser on the day will win a gorgeous, personalised, wooden toy box, handmade and donated by the wonderful “Pete’s Personalised Toy Boxes” in Wellingborough! (See www.facebook.com/pages/Petes-Personalised-Toy-Boxes) Up to 20 runners-up will each receive a copy of the super children’s book “The Silly Solar System”, written and kindly donated by Kevin Price. (Available to buy on Amazon.co.uk) So how do I sign up? To register for our Big Toddle simply go to our website, www.timefortots.co.uk, and complete the on-line form. We will then e-mail a Big Toddle Pack to you with more details about the event including a sponsorship form to start raising money.

Alfe’s Cause Alfe’s Cause was set up to support Northamptonshire families whose children have a long term illness, particularly but not exclusively all forms of cancer, by arranging and funding monthly activity meetings. The charity was started after Alfe, now aged 10, went into remission from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and wanted to help other children going through a similar situation to his own experience. One of the charity aims is to provide all schools, GP surgeries, libraries and children’s centres within the county information cards designed by Be Child Cancer Aware stating the main signs and symptoms of childhood cancer. This information was something that wasn’t available when the trustee’s own children were diagnosed and by working in partnership with Be Child Cancer Aware, Alfe’s Cause aims to empower people with the knowledge. Children have already managed to get an early diagnosis within the UK because their parents referred to the cards. Please see page 44 for a copy of this card or to request a card or find out more about Alfe’s Cause contact Karen at: alfescause@hotmail.co.uk or visit: www.alfescause.blogspot.com.

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Big Toddle

A Sponsored Walk & Fun Day for Under 5s Raising money for Barnardo’s and Alfe’s Cause Date: Friday 27th June 2014 Time: 10am to 2pm Venue: Wicksteed Park

Register on-line to receive your Big Toddle Pack: www.timefortots.co.uk

Warm up with Music Makers Refreshments Face painting Bouncy Castle Entertainment with Jelly Tots Train ride Meet Peppa Pig Games & Tombola Picnic & The Toddle itself!

Come along and have some fun whilst raising money for less fortunate children Prizes for the biggest fundraisers!

Big Toddle Big Fun!

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Summer Activities & Events Sponsored by

Get Involved this Summer

Wistow Maze Needs you..


21st & 22nd June

his year to mark the centenary of the First World War, Leicestershire’s famous Wistow Maze has been designed in the shape of a Field Cannon, as a timely reminder of the 16 million people across the globe that lost their lives in this war. Opening this year on Saturday 19th July, the Wistow Maze features over 3 miles of pathways carved through 8 acres of living corn, with high level bridges and towers giving unrivalled 3D panoramic views. “In the words made famous by Lord Kitchener, WE NEED YOU to come to Wistow Maze and enter the challenge of finding 12 quiz boards hidden amongst the paths of the giant maze” says Diana Brooks, owner of Wistow Maze. “Each quiz board has a multiple choice question on the First World War which will help to unravel the answer to the quiz trail, whilst providing interesting facts and figures about this world-changing conflict.” An excellent family day out, visitors can not only pit their wits against the maze but can also take part in a variety of mini mazes, games and table top activities 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. Wistow Maze opens on Sat 19th July - Sun 31st August (daily), and then weekends only until Sun 21st September.

Camping weekends

10am – 6pm Free Parking.

Includes tent pitch, entry to the farm for 2 days, hog roast, twilight walks around the farm.

Admission charges: Child £5.50 Adult £6.50 Family (2+2) £22

With Corby’s schedule of activities


orby Borough Council has a jam packed schedule filled with fun activities that the youngsters will love including Corby SPLAT Holiday Club, lots of wet activities at Corby International Pool and Sports Camps across the Borough to name a few. Activities will run from Thursday 24th July to Friday 29th August (except Bank Holiday 25th August). For full details and an even longer list of activities taking place throughout the holidays, please visit the Corby Borough Council website: www.corby.gov.uk/holidayactivities

Special events at West Lodge Rural Centre

Fathers Day on 15th June

Big farm machinery including a CLAAS Combine harvester once featured on Top Gear!

Fairies & Elves weekend Make a wand, follow the fairy trail, fancy dress competition, face painting.

16th/17th & 23rd/24th August

Family Fun Day

24th/25th August

A traditional fun day out for the family including old fashioned games like splat the rat, hoopla and a family challenge.


For more information visit: www.wistow.com or call: 07884 403889

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Lots to see, lots to do!

Summer Holidays T


nic Teddy Bears’ Pic 5th & 6th July www.nvr.org.uk Children who bring a teddy RIDE FREE!

Weekends & Wednesdays in

June & early July

Green Trunks, Loddington Road, Great Cransley, Kettering, NN14 1PY

-----------------------Intensive schedule for

late July & August See our website for details

Now taking bookings over the phone. Call: 01536 799778

Bring the whole family to join in the fun with a variety of scheduled activities, including: • 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) • Doodle Bugzzz Cafe - new cafe now open (under new management)

Bugtopia World of Darkness New Now open at Woodmeadow Garden Centre. Come and see the fruit bats in their nocturnal house. Booking essential, call 01536 799778.

www.greentrunks.co.uk 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

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fun and freedom. You can run or relax, climb or dine, ride or ramble at Wicksteed Park. Do whatever you enjoy in our beautiful park grounds and entertainment areas.

Bring your friends or family – big group or small, there’s something for all! Visit our website for more information or come on down and find out for yourself.


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A Summer of Fun at Thurleigh Farm Centre


hallenged with keeping the kids amused over the summer holidays yet not ending up broke? Then the team at Thurleigh Farm Centre should be well placed to help. Over the summer holiday period Thurleigh Farm Centre will be running its usual timetable of scheduled activities such as the Fire Engine, Ponies, Tractor Trailer rides, mini quads, bungee trampolines and animal feeding sessions not to mention the regular six bed trampoline set, archery, indoor/outdoor play and bunny cuddling. There will also be lots of adventures up in the Wacky Woods with interactive story-telling. Previous tales have included “The Gruffalo”, “The Three Little Pigs” and “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”. Back too, due to popular demand, is Chris Welbourn from “Chris’s Animal Encounters” who will conduct hands-on sessions with his exotic critters and pygmy hedgehogs every Thursday commencing July 24th. Finally mindful that more and more families are staying at home over the holidays, the farm have introduced a different themed activity for each of the six week period so that even those who are familiar with the farm can be further distracted by pirate mania, dinosaurs & fossils, or Super Heroes – plenty of paint and art based adventures for all to enjoy. Day visitors are welcome but did you know that a 3 month membership of £68 (1 adult & 2 children) gives you 12 weeks of unlimited fun enabling you to visit as many times as you like. For further information call 01234 771597 or visit: www.thurleighfarmcentre.co.uk. Or stay in touch on Facebook or via Twitter.

www.corby.gov.uk/holidayactivities SPLAT Holiday Club/ Swimming/Supervised Diving/ Sports Camps and lots more ...

Summer holidays at Stanwick Lakes Family Explorer Challenge

Thursday 24th July to Sunday 31st August, 11am to 5pm, explore the site on a quest to see what’s lurking in the undergrowth – you might even spot Nessie! Buy your Challenge Passport from the Visitor Centre or Rangers Cabin for £2. Charges apply for canoe and cycle hire.

Get Arty

Every Thursday of the summer holidays, 1-4pm, come to the Discovery Zone and play with clay, make Paper Bag Trees, Little Peg People and Dream Catchers. £1 per child.

Pond Dipping With The Rangers

Wednesdays in the summer holidays, 12.303pm, discover the fascinating underwater world of Stanwick Lakes. Booking essential. £2 per person, free to members.

Marvellous Minibeasts

Thursdays 7th, 14th and 21st August 1-2pm. Hunt for creepy crawlies in the undergrowth. Booking essential. £2 per child, free to members.


Summer Family Fun at Lyveden New Bield

There’s something to do every weekday at Lyveden during August with themed self guided activities. On “Fab Fridays” (2 - 4 pm), take part in special organised activities such as archery and wild art. Check the website to find out more. Gates open: 10.30am, Last admission time: 4pm, Free event (normal admission charges apply)

For more information contact Claire Barrett, 01832 205158,

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Summer Reading Challenge

Terrific Toys & Games Galore! at Kettering’s Manor House Museum


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 11 and can be a great way to get pre-schoolers into loving books ready for starting school, or encouraging older children to keep up their reading over the summer. The challenge is absolutely free! Look out for details of this summer’s challenge in your local library. Every year has a different theme. www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/libraryservice


et creative during the Summer Holidays! Join us throughout the school summer holidays for a packed programme of children’s craft activities inspired by our current Museum exhibition, ‘When I was Young...’ Come along to try out our terrific toy and game themed craft activities, get creative and make something to take home with you. Workshops last approximately 1 hour £3 per child, £2 for Kettering Leisure Pass Holders Booking is Essential Contact the Museum for bookings and further information: 01536 534219 Email: museumandgallery@kettering.gov.uk

Storytelling in the Garden at Kelmarsh Hall


n Wednesday 30th July and Wednesday 13th August, Children can be transported into a magical world of adventures with ‘Storytelling in the Garden’ at Kelmarsh Hall. Step into the walled garden for a truly unique experience that will keep children captivated. Tom the Tale Teller presents Stories from the Story Stick, which gives children the opportunity to choose a story from one of the many and varied pictures that adorn the Story Stick. From birds to beast, mythical creatures to fairy tale characters, which story will be chosen next? Pick a story and sit back, enjoy and, maybe even join in, with a story from hundreds of years ago or just the other day, the other side of the world or just around the corner. Stories will be told at set times from 11am to 4pm, with children’s activities available during the breaks. Normal garden admission fees apply - free entry for children under 5. Visit: www.kelmarsh.com or call 01604 123456 for more information.

Country Parks


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! Most of the country parks hold quiz trails and other activities over the summer holidays. Unfortunately details of summer events are unavailable at the time of going to press, but we suggest you check out their website nearer the time for details. Visit: www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/parks

50 things to do before you’re 11¾


f you’re looking for more inspiration for things to do with your children this summer, check out the National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ website (address below). Aimed at getting more young children outside, active and enjoying the simple things in life, the list includes 50 little activities such as rolling down a hill, hunting for bugs, building a den, picking an apple from a tree and eating it, catching a crab and so much more. Visit the website and download the full list to start ticking them off!


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Opening Hours Monday to Saturday 8am - 6pm Sunday 10am - 4pm Bank Holidays 10am - 4pm

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Afternoon Tea Anyone? A Grandmother’s review of

Farndon Fields


e were driving back from Leicester, with my daughter Leanne and two grandchildren Jake and Maisy, when Leanne asked if I would like to visit Farndon Fields Farm Shop on the way home. I had never been before and the children both shouted from the back “ please lets go Grandy” so I said yes. The grandchildren were excited because they had heard there were some chickens and goats and they adore animals. It had been a busy day and by the time we arrived we were all feeling hungry so we headed for the café first to have a drink and something to eat. It was very busy and most of the tables were taken but we were shown to a table in the window that was vacant. On passing all the other tables my eyes were drawn to the cake stands overflowing with mouth watering treats, which everyone was tucking into with glee. We were handed a menu and both Leanne and I were immediately drawn to a picture of the aforementioned cake stands, which neither of us could resist! The inclusive price of £15.50 for two, included freshly made sandwiches, salad, crisps, a choice of various home made cakes, scones with fresh cream and strawberries and a large pot of tea (we both managed three cups each). It was excellent value. The children were well catered for and enjoyed freshly made sandwiches, tucking into strawberries from the cake stand afterwards. There is plenty of choice of drinks for the children. Highchairs are supplied for the younger ones and the standard of cleanliness is excellent. After finishing this scrumptious tea we ventured outside and looked at the excellent range of garden plants and accessories. Jake

wanted to buy a plant for his daddy and there was a good selection for him to choose from starting at just £1.99. We then had a walk around the farm shop, which is overflowing with local home-grown produce. I am certainly coming back to stock up my freezer! There is an excellent gift section as well which we enjoyed a browse in. We ended the visit by taking the children to see the chickens and goats which they loved. Farndon Fields is easy to find and has excellent car parking. The whole experience was thoroughly enjoyed by all - young and old! Review by local Grandmother, Glenys Veal Farndon Fields Farm, Farndon Road Market Harborough, LE16 9NF Open Monday to Saturday 8am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm. Tel: 01858 464838 Find them on Facebook Follow them on Twitter @FarndonFieldsFS www.farndonfieldsfarmshop.co.uk

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

Jenny’s Dolphins

Baby & Pre-school Swimming Lessons Classes in Rothwell and Corby Average price of £6.50 for 30 mins Instructor in the water Average of 4 children per class

1 to 1 tuition available Wednesdays between 10.30am & 1pm at Corby Book now for September

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

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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.

Contact us now for a free trial lesson! t: 07710 40 35 73 www.modedance.co.uk e: enquiries@modedance.co.uk To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


Clubs & Classes

Featured Class: Kiddie Coaching

What is ‘Kiddie Coaching’?

Kiddie Coaching is a play programme for 2½ to 6 year olds which introduces key rugby related skills.

What is the aim of the classes?

We aim to teach children the basics of rugby, key social and interaction skills and allow them to build confidence and self-esteem.

Talk us through a typical class...

Kiddie Rugby always begins with parent interaction and fun before the session starts. The formal session starts with a warm up followed by structured and fun games and activities based on teaching children the core skills of rugby, such as try scoring, passing, kicking, catching, footwork and team work. We finish off with key team games and fun end-ofsession games. Sessions are altered to ensure all aspects are both ability, need and age appropriate.

How do the classes benefit children?

Our classes increase a child’s level of physical activity, therefore improving their chances of sustaining increased physical activity as they grow up and maintaining a healthy life style. Children learn key rugby related skills including the ethos of rugby: to be respectful, persevere and work as a team. Classes also help children to build key social, interaction, listening, sharing and turn taking skills, as well as building their confidence, self–esteem and

motivation. There is also a basic element of numeracy and literacy skill to the classes which benefits preschool age children in particular.

What ages are the classes for?

For boys and girls from age 2 to 6 years old.

When and where do you run classes? Sundays at Kettering RFC, Waverly Road, Kettering 10am - ages 2 to 3 years, 10.45am - ages 3 to 5 years 11.45am - ages 2 to 3 years Saturdays at BBOB RFC, St Andrew’s Road, Northampton 9am - ages 2 to 3½ years, 10am - ages 3½ to 4½ years 11am - ages 4½ to 6 years

How long does each class last? The sessions for 2 to 3 year olds lasts 30 minutes. The sessions for 3½ to 6 year olds last 45 minutes.

How much does a class cost?

£5 a session paid on a termly basis following the school terms. All new kiddies are offered a free trial session and we do offer a sibling discount.

Contact: Louise Robinson/Liam Welch Telephone: 07854540419 Email: Louise@KiddieCoaching.co.uk Website: www.KiddieCoaching.co.uk

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Pre-school Gymnastics Sessions

KIDDIE RUGBY is a play programme for 2-5 year olds which introduces key rugby related skills. Classes run on Sundays during term time at Kettering RFC, Waverly Road. For more information and session times contact:

Louise@KiddieCoaching.co.uk www.KiddieCoaching.co.uk Tel: 07854 540419

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





Clubs & Classes

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

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

Baby & Toddler Music Classes


A fun filled hour of music & play FREE TRIAL SESSION

Classes in Kettering and Thrapston

New venues coming soon! Call or email for details Call today for details of local classes and to secure a place for your child


Debbie: 07504 115182 or debbie.bryant@musicbus.com

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Clubs & Classes Give your child a brighter future

Li’l Dynos

Multi-sports for Pre-school

A fun-filled introduction to sports, martial arts and life skills for children aged 2½ to 8 years A solid foundation for children to develop their fitness levels, life skills, social skills and character. Children encouraged to work hard and progress with reward badges and martial arts gradings. Classes include martial arts, football, athletics, basketball, baseball, volleyball and Dodgeball. All instructors CRB checked.

Classes in Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough, Rushden and Northampton See the ‘Weekly Activities Timetable’ in the back of the magazine for exact days, times and locations.

For more information contact: Phillip Bartlette (Martial Arts Expert) 07770 622776 info@martialartsports.org www.lil-dynos.co.uk

Li’l Dynos

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Barbara Hooton

School of Dancing

Ballet and Tap Classes Burton Latimer, Earls Barton, Finedon, Irthlingborough and Wellingborough

PUNCHIN PANDAS Find us on Facebook

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

Telephone: 01933 663225 07788 710144


The Barbara Hooton School of Dancing are performing their show ‘The Love of Dance’ at The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough on Friday 27th June at 7.30pm and Saturday 28th June at 2.30pm. All pupils at the school will be taking part ranging from 4 years old to ‘very much older’! The show is in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, a charity which the school have supported for many years, and they hope to raise a good sum of money for this worthwhile cause.


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.co.uk 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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MUSIC MAKERS Come and join in the Music Makers fun: singing-movement-instruments-puppets For babies to pre-schoolers

GRAFTON UNDERWOOD - Village Hall Mondays at 10am, 11am & 2pm MAWSLEY - The Centre Wednesdays at 10am & 11am TITCHMARSH - The Pavilion Thursdays at 9.30am OUNDLE - Joan Strong Centre Thursdays at 11.15am



45-minute sessions cost £4 per child and £2 per subsequent sibling FREE taster sessions up for grabs BOOKING ESSENTIAL - Contact Naomi: Tel: 07815 293893 or 01832 731953 Email: musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Find us on Facebook at Music Makers Northants

Music Makers Birthday Parties available

Parents - take a well deserved time-out! 01604 211249 eogden@littlekickers.co.uk www.littlekickers.co.uk

Fun football training from 2 years - 7th birthday

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Clubs & Classes

Pick up a Under 5 Activities booklet which lists all fun ac tivities for Under 5’s taking pla ce at Corby East Midlands Inter national Pool and Lodge Park Sp orts Centre. Available to downlo ad from www.corby.gov.uk

(Age 4 - 19 years old) Classes in Tap, Ballet and Modern Dance. Classes are held at

various community centres around the Borough. We also run adult tap classes. For more information please email: julie.cardwell@corby.gov.uk or view the webpage: www.corby.gov.uk/shapedance

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

Corby International Pool Tel: 01536 464643 www.corby.gov.uk/corbypool Find us on Facebook Corby East Midlands International Pool

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So, what’s Andy Nickerson Photography all about then?


I’m a specialist children’s and family portrait photographer working from my relaxed boutique style studio in rural Brixworth, just a few miles north of Northampton.

What’s different about your studio to all the others out there? Unlike many portrait photographers, I’m only interested in capturing your children’s real characters and expressions not creating posed or heavily styled photography. I also offer all my clients unrivalled level of customer service with an experience that is both relaxing and enjoyable.

How do you achieve this? Time, patience and rapport. I allow bags of time for my sittings so my clients never feel rushed or processed, resulting in happy and relaxed children and therefore much more organic captures. I believe in letting children behave like children and not forcing them to pose or getting them to perform. I never ask them to smile, in fact I never really ask them to do anything structured, instead preferring to study them carefully whilst chatting and observing them interact with their family members. I believe that this patience leads to a rapport and trust between the child and myself, this is the key to unlocking their real character. I’m also a seasoned Dad of two young children myself and so understand what makes them tick. On a technical note, my work strips away all the usual distractions often associated with contemporary portrait photography, like novelty props and themed backdrops, and really focuses on the child. I also prefer to work in monochrome, believing that over saturated colour only serves to get in the way of great portraiture, it distracts the eye away from what really matters, your child!

How long have you been doing this? I’ve been a professional photographer ever since I qualified in 1996, so way too long. I shot commercial/advertising work down in London for the first 12 or so years of my career, which is where I really learnt my craft and developed my signature style. I’ve been taking on private commissions from local families for just over 2 years now and have to say it’s the best thing I ever done, I love it!

What does it cost? A Family or Child Portrait Experience costs £50, which includes up to 2 hours of relaxed studio time, a cinematic viewing and ordering session, plus

Visit: www.andynickerson.com/t4t to be in with a chance of winning a Family Portrait Experience & a gorgeous 16” box framed portrait, worth £255. Deadline: 30/06/14

Fine Art Children’s Portraits

www.andynickerson.com £50 credit towards your own bespoke artwork. Typical artwork investments range from £140 upwards depending on what the client chooses. I’ve also just started working in association with Emma’s Diary and so will soon be offering FREE Baby Portrait Experiences for new Mum’s with access special discounted packages. Please visit my website for more details. There are of course cheaper studios out there, as with everything in life, you get what you pay for and my clients enjoy the difference in quality and value the level of service I offer them. Children aren’t children forever and as a result, my clients appreciate that bespoke portrait photography is well worth investing in.

How do I find out more? Visit our website: www.andynickerson.com to see many more examples of my work and LIKE my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ andynickersonphoto to be kept up to date with all my latest news and offers. Call 01604 882945 for a chat or to book a date for your families shoot.

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fabulous family shows at Royal & DeRngate

hoRRible histoRies: baRmy bRitain

Jack anD the flumflum tRee

the gRuffalo

Go on an adventure through horrible history of Britain... with all the nasty bits left in.

With engaging puppetry and beautiful songs this show will enchant family audiences.

This hit stage musical adaptation of The Gruffalo provides the perfect family treat.

Recommended for ages 5+

Recommended for ages 4-10

Recommended for ages 3+

TicKeTS £17, Under 16s £13

TicKeTS £7.50

TicKeTS £12

Tue 1 – SaT 5 July


Fri 4 – Sun 6 July


WeD 10 & Thu 11 SePTember


TicKeTS From JuST £10

PeteR Pan


Join the hilarious Joe Pasquale as this enchanting tale is brought magically to life with stunning sets, lavish costumes and breathtaking flying sequences.

Join King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table on this fantastical adventure tale. A world premier by ella hickson (Wendy And Peter Pan, RSC). An ideal Christmas treat for all the family.

Fri 5 December – Sun 4 January

TicKeTS £9 – £28

Concessions available on all performances DerngaTe

WeD 26 november – Sun 4 January

TicKeTS £9.50 – £24 royal

A transaction fee of £2.50 applies for telephone and webs*ite bookings only. Does not apply in person or to Groups and Friends, and is per-transaction, not per-ticket.

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Events Diary

See pages 10 to 15 for summer holiday events and page 33 for Father’s Day activities.

Tue 29th Firetree Photography’s Lakeside Location Shoot. Book online: Tue 1st to Sat 5th Wed 4th “Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain” www.firetreephoto.co.uk Nature Tots at Irchester Country at The Royal & Derngate. Age 5+. Wed 30th Park. 10 to 11.30am. Must book. Alice in Wonderland (by the Wed 2nd Sun 8th Cambridge Touring Theatre) at the Nature Tots at Irchester Country Father’s Day Gifts at Stanwick outdoor theatre at Stanwick Lakes. Park. 10 to 11.30am. Must book. Lakes. Come and make a lovely gift 4.30pm. Booking recommended. for your dad in the Discovery Zone. Fri 4th to Sun 6th Modest charges apply. 1 to 4pm. “Jack and the Flumflum Tree” at August the Royal & Derngate. Suitable for Wed 11th ages 4 to 10. Tickets £7.50. Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Wed 6th Park. 10 to 11.30am. Must book. Sat 5th National Play day at Wicksteed Wellingborough Carnival. Starts Park. From 11am. Sat 14th at 1pm from Broad Green and “Jack and the Flumflum Tree” at Titan the Giant Robot at Twinlakes finishes at Croyland Park. The Castle Theatre. 11am & 2pm. Park, Melton Mowbray. Sat 5th & Sun 6th “Alice in Wonderland” at the Teddy Bears Picnic Weekend at the Tue 12th Outdoor Theatre at Sacrewell Peppa Pig at Twinlakes Park, Nene Valley Railway. Visit www. Farm. 6pm. Must book Melton Mowbray. nvr.org.uk for more information. Sun 15th Sat 16th to Sun 17th sun 6th Father’s Day Camping weekend at West Lodge Wellingborough’s Party in the sat 21st Park. From 12pm in Croyland Park. Farm. Includes tent pitch, entry Teeth & Talons Family Walk at Includes live music, stalls, funfair. to farm for 2 days, hog roast and twilight walks around the farm. Wicksteed Park. All manner of Mon 7th beasts from Red Kites overhead Sat 23rd to Sun 24th Nature Tots at Barnwell Country to grass snakes and squirrels Camping weekend at West Lodge below, we’ll lead you on a journey Park “How does your garden Farm. Includes tent pitch, entry grow” Oundle Food Festi val through them all... meet outside to farm for 2 days, hog roast and Nature Tots Special. 10 to reception at 2pm. twilight walks around the farm. 11.30am. Must book sat 21st & sun 22nd Sun 24th & Mon 25th Wed 9th Fairies and Elves Weekend at Family Fun Day at West Lodge Teddy Bears Picnic at Barnwell West Lodge Farm. Make a wand, Farm. Traditional fun day out with Country Park. 11.30am. follow the fairy trail, fancy dress old fashioned games. competition, face painting plus all Thu 10th the usual attractions. Nature Tots at Fermyn Woods September Country Park. 10 to 11.30am. Must Friday 27th June book. Wed 3rd The Time for Tots Big Nature Tots at Irchester Country Sun 13th Toddle at Wicksteed Park!! Butterflies and Dragonflies family Park. 10 to 11.30am. Must book. See page 8 for details. walk. There’s an abundance of Wed 10th these delicate, beautiful insects at Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Fri 27th & Sat 28th this time of the year. Join us as we Park. 10 to 11.30am. Must book. Barbara Hooton School of Dance walk beside the lake to see them. Wed 10th & Thu 11th perform “The Love of Dance” at Meet by the boat house at 2pm. The Gruffalo at the Royal & The Castle Theatre. sat 19th Derngate Theatre. For ages 3+. Sat 28th “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” at The Tickets £12. Family Fun Day at Lyveden New Castle Theatre. 11am & 2pm. Thu 11th Bield. Lots of family friendly games Nature Tots at Fermyn Woods for you to enjoy. From 10.30am to Sat 19th & Sun 20th History Live! at Kelmarsh Hall. Country Park. 10 to 11.30am. 9.30pm for those wanting to stay 9.30am to 6pm. Suitable for all. Must book. and watch the sunset!



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“Why do you love your Daddy?” 14 Happy Father’s Day! 15th June 20 friend!” “I love Daddy because he is my best Maisy, age 3

“Because he gives the best snuggles ever! I love him lots” Grace, age 5 (and Freddie, age 1!)

us to nice places “Because he takes try park and like Irchester coun bike” helps me to ride my Charlie, age 4

“Because he has bristle s, he is my best friend and he plays Lego with me” Maisy, age 3

“Because he m

akes nice dinn ers” Alfie, age 4

!” “Daddy is best Aimee, age 2 “I love my Daddy just because he’s my Daddy and he takes me football and fun plac es” Harry, age 9, William, age 5 and Isabella, age 9 months

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great he gives me dy because ad en” d y rd m ga e ve “I lo und th chases me ro age 1 d , ia an s liv le O d d cu

33 “I love my daddy becaus e he makes the best dippy eggs and soldiers”

Sophia, age 2 “I love my daddy becaus e he has the penny pot for sweeties! ” Violet, age 6

Daddy” “Happy 1st Father ’s Day Rocco, age 2 months

and “Because he’s nice to me ” ses kis and s dle gives me cud Olivia, age 4

What’s on this Father’s Day? 15th June 2014

Big Farm Machinery

Father’s Day Lunch

Visit the farm to see some big farm machinery including a CLAAS Combine harvester once featured on Top Gear! www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk

Treat your dad this Father’s Day to a delicious three-course lunch on Sunday 15th June. Bring your family to the Terrace Restaurant at Highgate House and enjoy a traditional Sunday lunch prepared by award winning team of chefs, headed up by Lee Gaskins, Northamptonshire’s Chef of the Year. Food served 12pm to 3pm. To ensure he feels extra special, each Dad in your party will receive a free pint or glass of wine. Cost per person is £21. Children 4-12 years old are half price and under 4 years are free. Call 01604 731999 to book.

At West Lodge Rural Centre

Wicksteed at War At Wicksteed Park

The ever-popular Wicksteed at War returns to Wicksteed Park on the 14th & 15th June. Wicksteed At War is the Midlands premier military history show for the whole family. There are re-enactments, military vehicles, stalls, traders and much, much more. A great family day out. www.wicksteedpark.co.uk

At Highgate House (nr Creaton)

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Time for Mum Treat yourself to some time for you. You derserve it!

Mum in a Million... Nominate a Local Mum for a FRee Pamper Package


ollowing the success of our last competition we’re doing it again! If you know a local Mum that really deserves some time to herself with a relaxing pampering, 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. This time we’ve teamed up with the lovely Julz Therapy in Rushden to offer one local Mum a FREE de-stress, pre-blend aromatherapy back, neck and shoulder massage followed by a luxury face, neck and scalp massage using the finest nourishing facial oil! If you know a local Mum who you think really deserves to win this fantastic prize, please e-mail us with their name and story to: info@timefortots.co.uk. Closing date is the 25th July 2014.

Professional Massage & Complementary Therapist Various massage treatments (including pregnancy massage) and beauty facials available, as well as wellness coaching, talking therapy and more. Based in Rushden, Northants. For a full list of treatments visit: www.julztherapy.co.uk FREE confidential telephone consultations available

** Mum’s Time Special Offer ** 30 Minute Quick Stop Facial Normally £20.00 for just £15.00. That’s 25% off ladies! Why not organise a babysitting circle so all the Mums in the group get a chance to chill out Valid for any mum Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 2.30pm at Julz Therapy, Rushden until 29th August 2014. Excludes bank holidays, cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Quote TT04 at time of booking

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Meet our Spring ‘Mum in a Million’...


big thank-you to everyone that wrote in to nominate a local mother they know for our ‘Mum in a Million’ competition in our Spring issue. We received so many lovely stories and it really was a tough decision picking a winner. In the end though the judges agreed unanimously that Wendy Barton, nominated by her friend Jolene, should win. Here’s her story (in the words of Jolene):


future medical treatments and equipment Logan will need. Ironically Wendy will probably choose not to take some time out for herself to be pampered (but hopefully she will!) as it would mean being apart from Logan but she definitely is a worthy winner of at least the recognition for being a mum in a million and I’m sure her lovely sons would agree!


endy and her family have been on an incredibly difficult journey over the past 8 months and if anyone deserves to be pampered, it is Wendy! Wendy is married to Darren and they have two lovely boys, Toby who is 3 in June and Logan who recently turned 1. Wendy’s youngest son Logan has an incredibly rare chromosome deletion and also has severe and uncontrolled epilepsy, hypotonia and faltering growth. Over the past 8 months Logan has had numerous admissions and stays in hospital, he spent both his 1st Christmas and his 1st Birthday in hospital. Logan has extensive care needs and requires monitoring 24 hours a day. Even when at home there is rarely a day that doesn’t involve numerous medical appointments. During this difficult time Wendy has never been apart from Logan. She has spent every day and night that he has been in hospital by his side and continues to provide the majority of Logan’s care needs even whilst in hospital. When not in hospital Wendy is often juggling the needs of both her boys alone during the day, as Wendy’s husband Darren works incredibly hard and often long hours. Wendy works amazingly hard, with very little sleep, to keep on top of all the demands placed on her time and still manages to be super organised! Wendy provides a happy, stimulating, loving home for both her boys despite the very difficult situation that she and her family are faced with. This shows in her happy, content, loved and amazing boys that are an absolute credit to her (and Darren). Wendy is a loving, selfless, dedicated mum who loves her boys and would do anything for them. Wendy takes the time to update a Facebook page dedicated to keeping family and friends updated on Logan (Love for Logan - Team Logan) and is dedicated to raising money for her precious boy, to go towards making his life as happy, stimulating and as comfortable as possible and to cover any

A very worthy winner we’re sure you’ll agree! We’re delighted to be able to treat Wendy to a pamper package at sanctuary of Beauty in Desborough and even more delighted that she has agreed to take a little time out to be treated! Thank-you Sanctuary of Beauty for supplying the prize, thank-you Jolene for nominating Wendy and thank-you Wendy for letting us share your story. What a gorgeous little boy you have!

To follow Logan’s plight and keep up to date with fundraising efforts, please visit and like their Facebook page: 'Love for Logan - Team Logan'

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Time for Mum

Top Beauty Tips for Busy Mums!

By Samantha from Sanctuary of Beauty


e spend most of our time running around after our families, which is all part of being a Mum, but can sometimes forget about ourselves! I’m here to make sure you look after you. The tips and advice I will share are quick and easy so you can fit them into your daily routine. Being a Mum myself I know how little time we all have, and the best set plans are soon changed! As Mothers our hands are always in water, washing them constantly after changing a nappy or preparing a snack, which means they get dry very quickly. Make sure you have your hand cream by your sink and massage it into your hands after washing every time. Also leave your hand cream on your bedside table and massage it in before bed. If you only do it once a day that’s a start and your hands will feel and look a lot heathier in no time.


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If you get some “spare time” whilst your little ones are resting, pop on some bright nail polish to cheer you up. Make sure you use a quick drying top coat to guarantee that quick drying time!

Those early starts and interrupted nights play havoc our eyes which can often feel heavy. Run the cold tap and get 20 cotton pads 10 for each eye, soak them in the cold water and squeeze the water out. Put these straight on your eyes with pressure. Your eyes will feel fresh and the puffiness will be reduced! Before you make it outside a few layers of mascara will soon give your eyes that awake look! Don’t forget to pick up your next issue for Time for Tots, where I will be giving you more top tips for Mums on the move. Take care, Samantha


Tel: 01536 760 222 SanctuaryOfBeauty.co.uk

3 The Oaks, Braybrooke Road, Desborough NN14 2LN


Professional Beauty Salon Desborough Manicures · Pedicures · Gels · Acrylics · Massage · Facials · Waxing · Threading · Eye Treatments ·Spray Tanning · Lashes · Make Up · Weddings · Laser

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Start getting hair free now IPL Laser Hair Removal for men and women from as little as £15 by a certified technician. Friendly home based salon in Kettering. Call now for a consultation and test patch for only £15, which is redeemable off your 1st treatment. Ultra Blitz 01536 481241 07846 377583 www.ultrablitz.co.uk

LET’S COMPARE SCENTSY ‘V’ CANDLE JARS 1 Medium candle jar lasts around 60-80 hours and costs £16.99 1 Scentsy bar lasts around 60-80 hours and costs just £5.00 Over the 1st year 12 medium candle jars costs about £203.00, 1 full-size Scentsy Warmer and 12 Scentsy bars Will cost just £85.00, Over the following year 12 medium candle jars will cost about £203.00, 12 Scentsy wax bars will cost just £50.00 *Prices correct at time of printing, wax prices based on Scentsy multipacks*

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Preserving your Health & Fitness With Steps Fitness Club, Rothwell

and being a happier parent!

Mums and Dads often become taken over with great and make you more productive throughout looking after children, and what happens? We forget the rest of the day. about ourselves and our health and fitness often We offer professional support, including full fitness takes a decline assessments and programmes for those who We often don’t take stock of this until the children want it, in a very homely environment. We have are grown up and then we have a lot of work to do or an excellent range of cardiovascular equipment, are faced with worrying health problems. We have to machines and free weights, all you need to give find ‘ourselves’ again and this can be difficult. With a yourself the best workout. little organisation and a bit of time for ourselves we Why not try our Vibro Gym, an easy, fun and very can not only preserve our health and fitness but feel effective way to tone up? The benefits of this kind much happier and even make much better parents of exercise can be felt through your whole mind because of it. and body. This can be yours for considerably less STEPS is a friendly local gym specialising in general than the price of one take away a week! If we feel fitness for men and ladies. We are open long hours, fitter and healthier we also enjoy the treats in life early mornings to late evenings, 7 days a week and so much more and exercise itself is great stress are very convenient for local people. After dropping relief! the children off at school why not grab an hour during Call 07563 932124 for more details the day to chat with your friend and concentrate on or visit www.stepsfitnessclub.co.uk yourself, doing something which will make you feel Busy Parent?

Little time for yourself?

WE can help YOU! A fitter parent is a happier parent! A happier parent is a better parent! Visit your local, convenient, friendly gym for some quality ME TIME! Open early mornings, late evenings, 7 days a week. Perfect place to exercise and chat with your friend. Small steps go a long way to feel better, look better, be fitter and be healthier! CV and resistance equipment, Vibro Gym, professional support. All from just £15 a month or pay as you go from £3 a session.

No time to cook?

Take out meals available, freshly frozen for your convenience. Healthy, tasty, restaurant quality! Please view our website www.stepsfitnessclub.co.uk

Call: 07563 932124 and speak to Sue or Marc

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Awareness of Stress Factor on Wellbeing


tress is a huge issue in today’s high pressure society. Most of us find ourselves stressed at one time or another - maybe because of worries at work, difficulties in home life, work overload, financial pressures.....all these things can lead to stress in our lives. Prolonged stress can lead to depletion of our body resources affecting our health and wellbeing. Harshani-Lori CurbishleyBrown from Mind & Body Wellbeing explains why and what we can do to combat stress... There are 3 Stages of Stress: Alarm, Resistance and Exhaustion The alarm stage is triggered when faced with a stressor - something the brain recognises as either frightening or puts us under pressure. At that stage the hypothalamus, pituitary gland and adrenal glands are activated, resulting in the production of cortisol, noradrenaline and adrenaline. If a stressor continues to be present and our personal stress reaction continues, we enter into a degree of resistance stage. The hypothalamus in the brain, produces endorphins allowing us to maintain a state of ‘alert’ around the stressors and gradual depletion starts to set in. If the stressor is still present, gradual depletion continues and the body is unable to maintain it’s normal functioning - the third stage of exhaustion comes into play. Extended or prolonged exhaustion stage can affect us mentally, physically and emotionally. We might experience anxiety, low mood, confusion, insomnia, addiction, nerviness, nausea, bloating, ulcers, skin conditions, diarrhoea, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, colds, infections, headaches etc. In stressful situations the production of adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol leads to an increase in heartbeat; increase in breathing rate; sugar in the form of glucose is released from the liver to give us increased energy for action; sweat is produced to cool the skin down whilst our muscles work; our senses become more alert; our pupils dilate; the immune system works hard to help the body fight any anticipated infections or wounds; and the muscles tense for action. It’s principal is to get oxygen, blood and energy to our lungs and muscles so we can have the extra resources we need to either tackle or run from the situation. But alongside that, our digestion shuts down to prevent us from needing to eat or process

food because it needs us to take immediate action around the situation.

What is an antidote to Stress? By learning how to relax deeply, fully and completely on a regular basis the natural calming influence of our nervous system can have a healing effect on stress symptoms. This phase of rest and repair is necessary to maintain healthy balance in the body, to: • Restore energy, to grow • Body tissues repair and grow • Heart action slows down to a healthy rate • Breathing slows becoming deeper and calmer • Digestive system activates to absorb nutrients • Nervous system finds rest and recuperation • Muscles relax • Excessive mental activity slows down • Positive emotional states arise • Sleep improves Learning self-hypnosis, practising mindfulness, Yoga or Tai Chi, practising meditation and deep relaxation, are all positive things that we can all learn to do and introduce into our daily lives to help us help ourselves along the way. These all support the parasympathetic nervous system and bring about it’s calming, healing response to us physically, mentally and emotionally. If you have been suffering from stress for a prolonged time, then Hypnotherapy and other talking therapies can help you reduce the impact of any mental or emotional stress factors, enabling you to be able to reach deeper states of relaxation. Learning to relax is a practise, which takes patience, practise and time to accept and allow the body/ mind that quiet time of doing nothing in a physical sense - but so much in a healing context! Contact me today if you would like to know more about relaxation, meditation, or to be taught SelfHypnosis and put stress into your past, with better coping strategies into your present day and future life ahead of you now. Harshani-Lori Curbishley-Brown Cognitive Hypnotherapy Tel: 07941 841 485 E-mail: harshani@mindbodywellbeing.co.uk www.mindbodywellbeing.co.uk Discovery. Enlightenment. Change.

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Memorial Hall, Great Doddington, Northants, NN29 7TQ (located next to Great Doddington Primary School)

Nursery Schools, Pre-schools & Childminders

For children from 2 years to school age Free places for children 3-4 years Open Monday-Friday 9am to 12pm Term time only Breakfast club from 8am

Oak Tree Day Nursery Cecil Street, Rothwell Tel: 07810 661757 Email: oaktreedaynursery@hotmail.co.uk

OFSTED Accredited

Charity No. 1080077

A small family-run nursery caring for children aged 3 months -11 years • • • • • • • • • •

OFSTED Registered Open all year (except one week at Christmas) Open from 7.30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Full day sessions or flexible hourly rate sessions. 2/3/4 yr old free entitlement sessions Competitive fee prices Separate baby area “Great oaks from little acorns grow” Secure outside area Ran by qualified and experienced staff Before and after school club available on-site or at our fully established out of school club facility in Desborough

Offering a friendly, caring environment for your children to learn and develop through play during their Early Years Foundation Stage.

Contact Lydia Guclu on 07940 333784 or email ringofrosesinfo@yahoo.co.uk

Aldwincle Pre-School Aldwincle Pre-school is a small village pre-school set in beautiful rural surroundings within the grounds of Trinity Lower School. Sessional places and full days available. Now taking admissions for 2014/2015 academic year To make an appointment to look around or for more information call Alison on:

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Excellent pre-school education including: French, music, dance and sports from fully trained teaching staff.


A happy, caring and safe environment. OFSTED Outstanding

Full or part time for children ages 2 to 5 years Open 51 weeks a year 8am to 5.30pm

KETTERING 01536 482809 Email: officeqoh@btinternet.com Fax: 01536 482809 www.queenofheartsnursery.co.uk 122 ROCKINGHAM ROAD, KETTERING NN16 9AG

Rectory Nursery School

Hightrees, The Nook, Corby Old Village, Corby, NN17 1XA Tel: 01536 877980 E-mail: rectorynursery@btinternet.com www.rectorynurseryschool.co.uk • Open 51 weeks of the year (excluding bank holidays) • Open plan baby room with self-contained areas including a purpose built changing area, milk kitchen, separate dining area and a sensory room • Spacious outdoor area with natural habitat grounds which all age groups can access throughout the day • The toddler and pre-school room provide a range of stimulating activities with the pre-school room having free-flow access to the outside • State of the art interactive smart boards to stimulate learning and development. • All food freshly prepared on site daily by qualified cook • Ample off road parking on site to allow safe drop offs and pick ups • Funded places available

“Jack & Bonnie have settled really well at Rectory Nursery, Jack always wants to go everyday. Bonnie being a baby has settled instantly and I trust the staff with both children. They seem to be having fun and the setting feels like a home environment” – Parent

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The Perfect Start Providing a safe, stimulating environment in which children are encouraged to learn through play. Monday 9.15am to 12.15pm Tuesday to Friday 9.15am to 2.45pm Government funding and childcare vouchers accepted.

Set within the attractive and spacious walled gardens of St Peter’s School, Kettering, Sunnylands Nursery offers a safe, stimulating and supportive environment where children are inspired to learn and play within a caring family atmosphere.

Come and have a look around and speak to our experienced staff. No appointment necessary.

Taking all funded 2 year olds from September 2014

Sunnylands Nursery at St Peters School 52 Headlands, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN15 6DJ

Please call us to arrange a visit: 01536 512066 Email: sunnylandsnursery@btconnect.com

For more information please contact us on:

Tel: 07879 072796 www.titchmarshpreschool.co.uk Titchmarsh Preschool, The Clubrooms, 19 High Street, Titchmarsh, NN14 3DF

Come and  join  the  fun                       at  Brigstock  Playgroup    

Brigstock Playgroup  is  a  small,  caring   and  happy  playgroup  providing  pre-­‐ school  care  and  educa<on  to  2  to  5   year  olds.      

It  provides  a  safe  and  s/mula/ng  environment   where  children  can  develop  to  their  full  poten/al  by   learning  through  play.  It  plays  a  key  role  in  the   community,  and  has  very  strong  links  with  the   village  primary  school.       Brigstock  Playgroup  is  rated  as  Good  by  Ofsted.       It  is  run  on  weekday  mornings  during  the  term  /me.     For  more  details  contact  Lisa  Meagan  on  07772   251863  or  email  brigstock_playgroup@yahoo.com                 Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


For girls aged 3 - 4 years Our excellent staff to pupil ratio enables us to get to know your daughter as an individual and help her to develop confidence and enthusiasm for learning in superb surroundings. Within this caring and supportive environment, she will have the opportunity to develop her skills in all areas of the Foundation Stage curriculum and have the opportunity to benefit from a huge range of activities and resources.

Come and Visit Us

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Ofsted registered childminders provide a flexible, home-based childcare service

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Childminders encourage children to learn and develop to their full potential through a wide range of activities. They are required by law to be police checked and trained in child development and paediatric first aid as a minimum. Northamptonshire Childminding Association offers support, advice and training to childminders across the county and can provide help and advice for parents looking for a childminder.

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Party Services

Jacqueline’s Face Painting

Planning a party? Check out our party pages for local providers of party entertainment, equipment and supplies... Face and body painting for childrens parties and all events

Girls, boys and adult designs with over

100 designs to choose from NEW - Baby Bump Painting

A unique way to celebrate your baby bump. Fun and relaxing, designed around you. For more information or to book, contact Jacqui on: Tel: 07739 225366 or Email: jacqui.wilford@googlemail.com Find me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/jacquelinesfacepainting CRB Checked and Public Liability Insured

Children’s Parties

A variety of party packages and venues for hire.

Fully licensed mobile bars for any occasion Birthdays Weddings Christenings Anniversaries Fêtes & Fairs Corporate events All occasions covered No hire charges * Friendly and efficient service Competitive drinks prices Tel: 01933 678540 Email: enquiries@cheersmobilebars.co.uk www.cheersmobilebars.co.uk Find us on Facebook: CheersMobileBars

Lodge Park Sports Centre

Tel: 01536 400033

Sports Parties—various available Pre-school Gym Party Creche “Fun Play” Party Party Room Hire

West Glebe Pavilion

Tel: 01536 204217

Offers a warm, spacious community room for up to 75 people, spacious enough to house inflatable play and soft play equipment.

Corby International Pool

Tel: 01536 464643

Hazelwood N/Hood Centre

Tel: 01536 443171

Aquatic Parties - Swim/Diving/Water polo Creche parties also available.

Offers a spacious hall for up to 150 people, kitchen available. Inflatable play and soft play equipment is permitted to be used within the centre.

For further information on all parties/venue hire please view the website: www.corby.gov.uk/partyhire

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Pregnancy & Birth Congratulations if you are expecting! Our pregnancy and birth section is just for you.

Announce the arrival of your little bundle of joy in our new ‘Special Announcements’ section (page 6 in this issue)

e-mail their name, date of birth, weight, a photo and a special message (optional) to: info@timefortots.co.uk

Cognitive Hypnotherapy & Reiki

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Confident Childbirth (hypnobirthing) Fertility Post-Natal Depression Stop Smoking Weight Loss & Eating Issues Confidence & Self-Esteem Issues Phobias, Fears & Anxiety Stress Management

Harshani Curbishley-Brown Cog Hyp HDP MP.NLP MNCH CNHC Private therapy practice in Islip, Northants

Tel: 07941 841 485

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Call today for a confidential consultation & take your first step towards change. Find me on:

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



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WORKING PARENTS Would you like to find a way of seeing more of your children without compromising your income? Are you worried about childcare after school and in the long school holidays? And what about school fees? I can show you a way to address these issues.


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he decision most mothers face as they approach the end of their maternity leave can be a tough one... do they stay at home with their baby or do they go back to work? Some mothers don’t have the choice and some have already made their minds up before the baby was even born, but for many mothers it’s an agonising decision which leaves them feeling torn. We’ve talked to 6 local Mums who all made different decisions. We share their stories with you here and how it’s working for them...

THe FuLL-TIMe-eMPLoyMeNT MuM Anna, Mum to Lexi

work in marketing for Cambridge Weight Plan where I’ve worked for 7 years. I always knew that when we had a baby I would go back to work full time. The reasons for this were financial but also because I love my job! When Lexi was born I loved being at home with her and going back straight into full time employment was very difficult, however we are now in a good situation. I’m fortunate because my husband’s job (in IT) means he works unusual hours and can be at home a lot to handle much of the childcare. We also have an amazing child minder who Lexi loves which makes things easier. Being with Ellen (the childminder) gives Lexi the chance to mix with other children, which is great because she is an only child and, at the moment, we have no plans to have any more. Lexi also spends a lot of time with her Daddy, which makes her so close to him - much more than most dads are. I am able to get Lexi up every morning, I come home at lunch and am home every evening to spend some time with her and put her to bed. Weekends are family time and we always try to do fun things and go places

and buy things that, without my full time job, we wouldn’t be able to afford. I certainly don’t think that Lexi has any problems with me working full time. We’re very close, and she is such an amazing little girl. It is hard at times leaving her, especially if I have to work away overnight, but I know it’s the right thing for our family. We all work as a family unit - whether that be Lexi and Simon, Lexi and me or the three of us. I don’t think any of us miss out on anything - neither me or Si have missed any milestones. I saw her first steps, I heard her first words, I get to enjoy everything about being a mummy but I also have my own independence and my own income and I have actually progressed in my job since returning to work.

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THe voLuNTeeR MuM Zoe, Mum to 4 children

have 4 children and my husband works full time as a lift engineer, with awkward hours, so I’m very busy looking after my family. About a year ago though I decided to start volunteer work and now work as a volunteer at Rothwell Children’s Centre. I work 5 hours a week, when my daughter goes into nursery, mainly raising money for the centre but also running my own parent forum. I chose to be a volunteer to better my job prospects when I do go back to work full time. Being a volunteer works really well around my life style and I would definitely recommend it to get you back in the flow of working life, but without the commitment of being regular as we

all know our children can be unpredictable with illnesses. It feels great being a proper human again for part of the week, being called Zoe and not Mum! Once you become a mum I feel you lose who you are to some degree. Volunteering has given me back a little independence as well as a sense of belonging and achievement. It also looks good on my CV and has boosted my confidence for taking the plunge back into paid employment, which I intend to do at some point in the near future.



THe STAy-AT-HoMe MuM Davina, Mum to violet, 6, and Sophia, 2½ hen I became pregnant with my first daughter I worked as a full time Client Services Executive, a busy job with a good side order of stress. I couldn’t wait to go on maternity leave and put my feet up (and believe me I did!) then once Violet was born I kept both our schedules busy with visits to friends, mixing with other babies and just enjoying quality one on one time. I returned to work full time when Violet was 11 months old and juggled childcare between both sets of grandparents and 2 days at a nursery. At this point I felt I was ready to leave her and as I was only paying for 2 days nursery fees it still made working beneficial to our family, plus Violet got to spend quality time with her grandparents and benefitted from the stimulation of the nursery activities. This arrangement continued for 3 years until I fell pregnant with my second daughter. During the early stages of pregnancy I found the work/home balance overwhelming, exhausting and increasingly stressful so took maternity leave at my earliest opportunity. Timing wise Sophia’s

birth couldn’t have been better as Violet was just starting pre-school 5 afternoons a week so I got quality bonding time with Sophia, and Violet got that break from her squawking little sister. The decision to go back to work was taken out of my hands as during maternity leave I was made redundant from my job. The decision to not seek further full time employment was based on a few factors. My parents, were in their 70s and it was no longer viable to rely on them. This would have meant full time nursery fees for Sophia and a childminder for Violet each morning and after pre-school each day. Even with a full time wage these costs would have eaten it up and then factoring in school holidays and days when the children were sick and I could not be at work (I did not receive sick pay) it just didn’t make financial sense. Sophia is now 2½ and I adore the time we spend together. It’s been such a different experience compared to when Violet was little as aside from the weekend I barely saw her for more than a couple of hours a day and that time was always busy and rushed. In some aspects it’s almost like starting from scratch. Potty training, for example, as this was done by the grandparents and nursery with Violet! It makes me sad in some ways to think I missed out on all these little things with Violet but I’m very lucky and blessed to have the time now to make up for that and I intend to make the most of every minute!

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have 2 children and currently work part-time for a University as a Trainer whilst also setting up my own business which I hope to move into once both children are at school. Life now is very different from life before children. I used to work for a Business Consultancy commuting to London in one of those jobs where you ‘sell your soul’ and you’re there all hours as the work dictates in quite a fast-paced environment. I was made redundant from there at 7 months pregnant and although at the time it was awful and stressful, actually it was probably the best thing that could have happened as it would not have been family-friendly at all. I started a new job when Charlie was 8 months old, just 2 days a week at the time then moved up to 3 days. I’ve always found it a good balance, time to be ‘me’ and put some smart clothes on (and make up, and brush my hair!) and use my brain for part of the week while spending time with the kids for the rest of it. It’s not always easy as people still expect you to be available throughout the working week, having to decline meetings or events as it’s ‘not one of my working days’ didn’t always go down well. Trying to keep a foot in both camps is also a juggling act and I completely appreciate people who go for full-time work or full-time Mum – there’s pros and cons to both of them! However the ‘family friendly’ environment can also have its downsides (with stability comes slow pace and lack of spark) and I’m now starting to put the wheels in motion to set up on my own business. I’m passionate about helping people and making a difference (I’m also co-founder of a community group, Brighter Beginnings, which helps local families). I’m so aware of the difficulties mums have when going back to work, and when in work – financially, emotionally, logistically – and so I want to focus on offering support to help ease that. I recently trained as a

And soon to be business owner with some great advice! coach and in my training I had some coaching which really helped me address some of my own issues, ultimately down to lack of my own identity past being a ‘mum’ (part-time work can sometimes feel driven by having a family, and part-time opportunities are limited) and the guilt many of us feel of breaking yourself in so many pieces you never give full attention to any part. So my new business, Soar Development, will offer coaching and training for mums and women in business. At the moment I’m trying to set up ‘development evenings’ with a speaker and some time to talk about goals (mums so rarely focus on themselves and what they want!), training days and 1-2-1 coaching. It’s early days but I’m hoping that when the kids are both at school and no childcare costs it will free me a bit so I can make a go of it – get back to doing something that inspires me and (hopefully) still gives a good worklife balance. Watch this space! My tips would be do what you need to do at this stage in yours and your kids’ lives – nothing needs to be forever. I’ve worked for a family-friendly place as it fit around the kids being young but now can move into what I want to do a bit more If childcare doesn’t make it feasible to go back to work, put it on hold for now, keep your skills up in other ways (the female Vice Chancellor at my previous job, equivalent of a CEO, was a huge advocate of women acknowledging skills in out of work activities, such as organising cake sales or being a school governor). I’ve spoken to loads of mums and whatever our situation we all think it could be better – I think we all need to give ourselves a break and realise we’re doing a great job right now with what we have!


Claire, Mum to Charlie, 5, and Lily, 2

For more information about Soar Development contact Claire: claire@soar-development.co.uk, or visit: www.soar-development.co.uk

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THe BuSINeSS MuM Claire, Mum to Lewis, age 3

have a varied work background. I’d worked my way up the corporate ladder after leaving school, spending many years as a civil servant working for The Department for Work and Pensions and Her Majesty’s Court Service, before taking on a more local sales role. Three years later in 2010, I had our son Lewis and things changed for me. He was my world and I knew that my priority was to raise him myself, however financially we couldn’t afford for me to sacrifice my income completely. I returned to my job working part time hours but still felt like I was missing out on so much time with Lewis. A friend that worked in the finance industry told me about some evening positions they had available so I gave that a try. However very quickly I realised that juggling being a Mum and working until 9pm at night wasn’t as easy as I expected, and although it gave me that time with Lewis, I didn’t get to see anyone else as they worked whilst I was at home and vice versa. It was then that I stumbled across an advert for Forever Living. The lady that introduced me to the company, came to see me with her 8 week old daughter. I could see just how flexible the business was for her and thought if she could do it, then perhaps I could too. I got to work very quickly, fitting in meetings and events around my evening hours and looking after Lewis during the day. I had to use my time wisely as

it was limited. Six months down the line, I was able to leave my job and focus on developing my business and more importantly, spend lots of time with Lewis. Fast forward 2 years, I’m now earning a full time income for a few hours work per week, still very flexibly around Lewis, so that when he’s not at nursery we still get time together. I never have to worry about childcare, I’m the Mum who can always drop him off and pick him up and be at home with him if he’s ill. I can take the school holidays off and still get paid! It’s the best of both worlds - being your own boss but without all the risks and costs involved in a traditional business. I feel extremely lucky to have found this opportunity, the income is great but I’ve also developed massively on a personal level. When I started my business, my confidence and self esteem were at rock bottom. I meet many Mum’s at home that feel like this, going from having a career to being the Mum at home and not being able to contribute to the household income is never easy. Forever have Investor In People Champion Accredited Training, so with this, along with the support of the team I work with, you can become the best you that you can be.




Kirsty, Mum to two boys aged 7 years and 18 months.

inding myself out of work after meeting my soon-to-be husband and giving birth to my second child, I decided to take up a hobby to learn a new skill. That hobby was needlecraft - learning how to sew and make gifts. When word got out about my crafts I was invited to take a stall at a local Christmas Craft Fair. To my amazement I made £100 that day selling beautiful gifts from Owl key rings to Polar bears to hang on your tree, Christmas puddings and lots more My business just took off from there with orders coming in from various sources. I decided to take the plunge and in January of this year I became a proper business: ‘Kirsty’s Kushty Krafts! I am now a full time Mother to two boys and I

run my own handmade craft business from home, working around my children. They are my priority, always have and always will be. I did not have the best of upbringings, living with an abusive parent, so want to ensure I do the best for my children. I never want them to have an unhappy childhood Being able to work for yourself gives you more freedom - no pressure from a boss, you work when you want to, are around for your children and don’t incur any childcare costs.



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Corby and District Mondays Lody’s Little Lions 9.30am to 11.25am at Lodge Park Sports Centre. Drop-in. Parent & Toddler Swimming 10am to 12pm at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Wilbarston Tots & Tiddlers 10am-12pm at Wilbarston Village Hall. Diane: 07761 957825. TT Street Tots (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 4.30 to 5pm at Elizabeth St Dance Studios. Ages 18 mths to 3 yrs Street Rainbows (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 5 to 5.45pm at Elizabeth St Dance Studios. For ages 3.5 to 6 years. Club Futsal 5 a-side Football At Corby Rugby Club 7 to 8.30pm. For ages 2+

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 11.30am at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Little Angels Playgroup For pre-school children with additional needs. 9.30 to 11.30am at Lodge Park Sports Centre. Little Movers (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 10 to 11am at Elizabeth St Dance Studios. For under 4s. Toddle Time 10 to 10.30am & 11 to 11.30am at Corby Library. Free. Term Time. Multi-Sports with L’il Dynos Afternoons at the Hazelwood Neighbourhood Centre, Gainsborough Rd Key:




Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At the Holiday Inn. All lessons last for 30 minutes. 10am 3 year olds (no adults) 10.30am 3 year olds (no adults) 11am 1 year olds 11.30am 1 to 1 lessons 12pm adults beginners 12.30pm 1 to 1 lessons Baby Bounce 10 to 10.30am at Corby Library. Free. Parents & Tots (Corby Old Village) 1.30-2.45pm at Corby Old Village Primary School. £1. TT. 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.

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 2 to 3 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.

Parent & Toddler Swimming 1.30pm to 3pm at Corby International Pool. Drop in.

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

Parent & Toddler Swimming 9.30am to 11.30am at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Hartbeeps 10am Happy House (toddling to 4 years, younger siblings welcome) 11am Babybeeps (babies sitting to toddling) At Corby Masonic Complex Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At the Holiday Inn. 30 min lessons. 10am for 1 & 2 year olds 10.30am 1 to 1 lessons. 11am for 3 & 4 year olds 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.


Little Angels Tots Group 12 to 3pm at The Baptist Church Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on 01536 394824

Music, Dance & Drama

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

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

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

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 ages 3+

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

Hawthorn Berries 9.15-11am. Hawthorn Primary School. £1/family. 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 Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 min classes between 10am and 12pm at Balance Health Club. For 3mths to 4.5 yrs.

St Botolphs Tots Group St Botolphs Church Hall. 9.30am to 11am. 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 Infant Aquatics Swimming 10am-12pm in Geddington. Each class 30 minutes. For children aged 3 months to 4.5 yrs.

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

Infant Aquatics Swimming Aquanatal Class, 12 to 1pm at Balance Health Club. Pay as you go.

Pytchley Mums & Tots Tuesdays 10-11.30am. Pytchley School Hall. Sally: 01536 799541

Multi-Sports with L’il Dynos Afternoons at the Ise Lodge Community Centre. Call for details: 07770 622776

Toybox Mums & Tots, Broughton 1.30-3pm, Broughton Village Hall. £1.50 per family. Julie 01536 790152 or Kate 07958 562688.

Children’s Freestyle Dance Class (Emma’s Dance Studio) 4.45 to 5.45pm at Kettering Buccleugh Academy. For 3 to 8 years.

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

Punchin Pandas 6.30 to 7.15pm at St John’s Ambulance Hall. For ages 4 to 9.

Desborough & Rothwell

Burton Latimer Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 3.40 to 4.40pm at The Britannia Club Desborough & Rothwell Rhymetime (Rothwell) Mondays 2.30-3pm at Rothwell Library. Free. 01536 711880 Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 6pm at Montsaye Sports Centre. For ages 3+. Call 01536 713708

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. All kessons last for 30 mins 9.30am < 12 months 10am 2 & 3 year olds 10.30am 3 year olds (no adults) 11am 1 year olds Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 6pm at Montsaye Community Sports Centre. For ages 3+ Call 01536 713708

wednesdays St Edwards Mums & Tots 9-11am. St Edwards RC Primary School, Eastleigh Road. £1.20 for 1st child, 30p thereafter. 01536 391581 Kettering Gym Tots At Kettering Olympic Gymnastics Club, Brunel Road. 45 minute sessions between 9.15am and 1.30pm. Call 01536 415444 Sing and Sign Babes At The Woodcroft Scout Centre, London Road. 9.30am 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-2.30pm in Geddington. Each class 30 minutes. For children aged 3 months to 4.5 yrs. Ballet, Tap and Modern Dancing (With Mode Academy of Dance) At the Masque Theatre, Barton Seagrave for ages 3+. Call for times: 07710 403573. 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. Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 6pm at Montsaye Sports Centre. For ages 3+. Call 01536 713708 mawsley Music Makers 10am and 11am at The Centre. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com

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The Little Ones 9-11.15am & 1-2.50pm, Church of Christ The King. £1 /family. 01536 517553 St Thomas More Mums & Tots 9-10.45am. St Thomas More School. £1.20 1st child, 30p thereafter. Hopscotch (Loddington) 9.15-10.15am in term time at the Village Hall. Jo: 07742 664604

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

Music Bus Kettering Gym Tots Baby & Toddler Music Classes At Kettering Olympic Gymnastics 10am to 11am at Ise Lodge Club, Brunel Road. 45 minute Community Centre. sessions between 9.15am and 12pm. Infant Aquatics Swimming Giggles and Wiggles 30 min classes between 10am and ‘Our time’ for 15 mths to 3yrs, 12pm at Balance Health Club. For 9.30 to 10.15am at the Counties 3mths to 4.5 yrs. Community Centre Alleycats Mini Dribblers Football 10-11.15am in term time at Praise 9.30 to 10.15am for 18 months to 4 Community Church, Alexandra St. yrs at Crescents Community Centre. £1.20 for 1st child, 60p thereafter. per family. Rebecca: 01536 484777 Jungle Tots At Greentrunks Garden Centre, Gt Hartbeeps Happy House Cransley. From 11am. £4 for 1 child. 10.15am at Mocha Mama, Glendon Farm. £5per session. £2.50 siblings. Ballet, Tap and Modern Dancing See ad. (With Mode Academy of Dance) At the Masque Theatre, Barton Building Blocks Drama Seagrave for ages 3+. Call for times. 5 to 6pm at Starlight Dance, High Punchin Pandas Street. For 2 to 6 year olds. £3.50 5 to 5.45pm at Ise Lodge Pavilion. For ages 3 to 6 years. Desborough & Rothwell Burton Latimer Toddle Time and Bounce & Rhyme Toddle Time 9.30 to 10am for toddlers and Bounce & Rhyme 10.30 to 11am for babies. Library. Free. Desborough & Rothwell Salvation Army Parents & Toddlers 9.30-11am in term time. New Street, Rothwell. Contact 07726 580187. Braybrooke Tiny Tots 10am-12pm in term time. Braybrooke Village Hall. £2 per family. Contact Jo 07565 783128. Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 6pm at Montsaye Sports Centre. For ages 3+. Call 01536 713708 mawsley Mawsley Baby & Toddler Group 9.30-11am at The Centre £1.50 first child, 50p per child thereafter. Sarah: 01536 790517

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. All lessons last for 30 mins. 12.15pm 1 year olds 12.45pm over 2 years Rhymetime (Desborough) Every Friday in term time. 2.15 to 3pm at Desborough Library. Free call: 0300 126 1000.

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

Parent & Tot Group / Other

SATURDAYS Bubble Babies Swimming 8.45am to 12.45pm at Kingsley School Hydrotherapy Pool. 30 min classes for 0 to 5 year olds 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. DiscoGems Emeralds Disco / Freestyle / Jazz. 10 to 11am at Starlight Dance, High Street. For 4 to 6 year olds. £3.50.

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 Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. All lessons last 30 mins. 11.45am 3 year olds 12.15pm 1 & 2 year olds 12.45pm 3 & 4 year olds 1.15pm 2 year olds 1.45pm adults beginners

Weekly Activities Timetable


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.



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

Tumble Tots At The Saxon Hall. Gymbabes, 9.50am, for babies from 6 months to walking Tumble Tots, 10.45am from walking to 2 years. Tumble Tots, 11.45am, ages 2 to 3 Tumble Tots, 1pm, ages 3+

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. Multi-Sports with L’il Dynos Mornings at St Peters Church Hall, Midland Road. Call for details: 07770 622776 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 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.

Rhymetime 1.30-2pm at Raunds Library. Free.



Rhymetime 10 to 10.30am at Oundle Library. Free.

Hartbeeps Happy House 9am at Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Wymington. £5.50 per session. £2.50 siblings. See ad.

RAUNDS Musical Theatre (Hayley Nadine Dance Academy) 4pm at Manor School. For all ages rushdeN

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.

Mugs and Beakers (Mums & Tots) 9-11am at The Bridge (in the grounds Stanwick of Whitefriars Junior School). 50p per Parent & Tot Sessions family. Emma: 01933 411393 Join in in an activity inspired by the surroundings until 11am at Stanwick Mums & Tots Lakes, then sing and dance your 10-11.30am at Rushden Full Gospel way through to lunch with Lisa from Church & Christian Centre, 60 High Music and Movement. Children Street South. Linda: 07904 638612 Café Specials available. £2 per child. Parking charges apply. Stanwick Stanwick Mums & Tots 1.45-3.15pm. Stanwick Village Hall. £2 per family. Contact Lucy 01933 461384.

thrapston & villages

thrapston & villages

Rhymetime 10.30am to 11am at Thrapston Library. Free. 01832 733251

Music Bus Baby & Toddler Music Classes 9.30am to 10.30am at St James’ Church Hall. 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

Talk, Toast & Play 9.15am to 10.15am at Thrapston Library. Tel: 01832 730524.

Bookstart Bear Club & Story Sack 11.30am to 12.15pm at Thrapston Library. 01832 733251 Together Time Music, Movement and Drama for babies and toddlers at The Plaza Centre, Thrapston. Free taster sessions. Call 07402 966286

Little Angels (Ringstead) 1.30 - 3pm in term time. Ringstead Fit For You Buggy Walk School Hall. £1.30 per family. 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Meet outside the library. Tel: 01832 730534

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thrapston & villages

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

Rhymetime 2-2.30pm at Irthlingborough Library. Free.

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


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

Raunds Rhymetime 11.30am to 12pm at Raunds Library. Free. Little Treasures 9.30-11am. St Laurence Church. Donation optional. TT Stanwick Ballet, Tap and Modern Dance with Northamptonshire Dance Academy 3.45 to 5.45pm Classes at Stanwick Village Hall. For boys and girls ages 4+. £4 per class.

St Peters Parent & Toddler Group 9.30-11.30am at Saxon Hall. £2 per family. Sarah 01933 622116. TT rushden Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505 Sing and Sign Park Road Baptist Church, Rushden. Stage 2 (15mths to 2.5yrs) 10.30am to 11.30am. Stage 1 (6 to 15 mths) 10.30am to 11.30am

thrapston & villages Tiddlers 9.30-11am, term time only. Thrapston Baptist Church, 33 Huntingdon Road. £1/family. Contact Tina: 01832 730297 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 Music Bus Baby & Toddler Music Classes 9.30am to 10.30am at St James’ Church Hall.

stanwick Pre-school Street Dance & Musical Theatre with Northamptonshire Dance Academy

2pm to 3pm at Stanwick Village Hall. For ages 3+.

STAGS Drama, Singing & Musical Theatre and Ballroom with Northamptonshire Dance Academy 5pm to 6.30pm at Stanwick Village Sing and Sign At Aldwincle Village Hall, Main Street Hall. For boys and girls ages 4+. £4 per class. Stage 1 (6 to 15 mths) 9.30 am to 10.30am. Stage 2 (15mths to 2.5yrs) 10.30am to 11.30am thrapston & villages 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

Little Explorers 10am to 12pm at Thrapston Library. From birth to crawling. Free. Contact 01832 275889

Weekly Activities Timetable


Physical classes

Weekly Activities Timetable


Wellingborough and District Mondays Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9.30am and 12pm at Hinwick College, Poddington School. Little Fishes (Little Harrowden) 2-3pm 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



Irchester BATS (Babies and Toddlers) 9.15-11.15am at Irchester Village Hall. £1 1st child, 50p thereafter. Nichola: 01933 410866. TT Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 10.30am at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club.

“Conversation Group” 9.30-11am at Croyland Children’s Centre. Free. Drop in. 01933 279681 Little Cogs (Irchester) 9.30-11.15am at Reachout Community Church, Irchester. £1 st child, 50p thereafter. Contact Nicola on 01933 225525

Rhymetime 10-10.30am & 11-11.30am at Wellingborough Library. Free.

The Rascals Music Session 9.45-10.45am at St Andrews Church Hall, Berrymore Road. £2 1st child, £1.25 2nd child.

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 3.30pm and 5.30pm at Rowangate Primary School.

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

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 10.30am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club.


Multi-Sports with L’il Dynos Afternoons at Redwell Gym, Barnwell Road. Call for details:

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 Story Stomp 10-10.30am fortnightly at Wellingborough Library. A story followed by activities based on that story. Free. 01933 225365 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

Funky Fridays 12-2pm at Croyland Children’s Centre. For parents aged 21 and under. Lunch provided. Just drop in. 01933 279681

Rhymetime (Earls Barton) 2.30pm to 3pm weekly at Earls Barton Library. Free. Infant Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 3.45 to 4.45pm at The Studio, Earls Barton. For ages 3 to 5 years.

THURSDAYS Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 10.30am at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club. Little Cogs Toddler Group 9.30-11.15am & 1-2.30pm, Reachout Community Church, Havelock St. Call 01933 225525. TT Rhymetime (Irchester) 9.30am to 10am weekly at Irchester Library. Free.

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 3.30pm Jigsaw Toddler Group and 5.30pm at Rowangate Primary 9.30am to 11am at Compass School. Church, Commercial Way. Beginners Ballet & Tap Rhymetime (Wollaston) (Barbara Hooton School Dance) 10am to 10.30am weekly at 4 to 5pm at Vicarage Farn Wollaston Library. Free. Community Centre Rhymetime (Finedon) 10.30am to 11am in term time at If no contact details are Finedon Library. Free.

provided, an advert for the class can be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 20.



Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 3.45 to 4.45pm at The Studio, Earls Barton.

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Physical classes

Castle Youth Music For 0 to 3s and their parents at The Castle Theatre. 1 to 1.45pm for 18mths to 3 yrs, 2 to 2.45pm for 0 to 18 months. £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

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. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 11.30am at Rowangate 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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The local guide from bump to 5. North & East Northamptonshire

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The local guide from bump to 5. North & East Northamptonshire