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

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


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ello and welcome to the Winter issue! Also our Christmas issue as we bring you the low down on what’s on for families and little ones across the county this festive season. From family days out to Santa’s Grottos, pantos and shows; turn to page 9 to start planning your Christmas calendar. We’ve got several competitions for you again - mostly puzzles to keep you entertained during these cold, dark winter months - with some fabulous prizes up for grabs! Competitions begin on page 55. We’re on the search for our winter Mum in a Million, with a spa day for 2 people at Ragdale Hall to award to the lucky winner! If you know a local Mum who truly deserves this accolade then email us with her story. Find out more about the competition on page 34. You can read all about our Autumn Mum in a Million on page 33. As always this winter issue doesn’t end with Christmas but covers the period to the beginning of March 2016 when our Spring issue will be out. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Until the spring..... Vanessa

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Contents 4 9 19 20 27 28 30 32 33 34 35 36 38 42 43

Tots News Christmas What’s On Guide Clubs and Classes Featured Class: Little Kickers Events Diary Groococks: Then and Now Pause For Thought: The Controlling Partner Time for Mum Meet our Mum in a Million Mum in a Million Competition Pregnancy & Birth Birth Announcements Childcare Business Opportunities Business Mum: Kyra Williams

44 Party Services 49 Weekly Activities Timetable 55 Competitions 58 Special Offers 59 Index of Advertisers

How to contact us:

Tel: 0845 6439687 E-mail: info@timefortots.co.uk Facebook: timefortotsmagazine www.timefortots.co.uk Meet the team:

Vanessa Simpson - Editor Leanne Houghton - Sales & Admin Support

Our front cover photograph was taken at the Press Launch for the Royal & Derngate’s 2015 Christmas Panto “Cinderella”. Read all about the show on page 16. Whilst every effort is taken to ensure the content of this magazine is up to date and accurate, ‘Time for Tots’ cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Neither does ‘Time for Tots’ endorse any of the companies, products or services that are advertised. Copyright on all written material and artwork produced by the ‘Time for Tots’ team remains with ‘Time for Tots’.


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Tots News

Tots Play Baby and Toddler Programme

Comes to Kettering

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riday 22nd January will see the launch of brand new baby and toddler classes at the Ise Lodge Community Centre, Kettering. There are 3 different classes depending on the age of your baby or toddler: • Baby Development Course 6 week course for babies from birth to 6 months, • Discovery Tots For babies 8 weeks to 8 months • Social Tots For toddlers 8 months to 3 years The classes are multi-activity and include: massage, yoga, sign language, singing and sensory play, so there’s a lot to keep little ones active and engaged. If you would like to try something new and spend some special time with your baby and toddler, why not give Tots Play classes a try? To book or for further information contact Amy on 07930340139 or amyd@totsplay.co.uk, or visit:

www.totsplay.co.uk

Joy in a Box

The Christmas Card with a difference

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hristmas Cards just got more fun! And these cards won’t be thrown away like all the rest. The Joy in a Box range of cards contains seeds and a grow guide making them both educational and fun for kids - a great antidote to all the technology they seem to be hooked on these days. There are 8 unique designs available in all, for both adults and kids, and you can choose from a range of seeds - all of which will grow in the winter months. Only £2.50 (or £6 for 3) with FREE DELIVERY! And 5p from every card sale will go to UK schools and community projects so they can grow their own too. Available to order online at www.joyinabox.co.uk or through AMAZON (just search for Joyinabox). Numbers are limited so order now to avoid disappointment.

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Padders For Kids Name Change

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adders and Padders For Kids shoe stores, situated on Kettering Park East Venture Park, have returned to their roots changing their store name from Padders and Padders for Kids to Groococks and Groococks for Kids. Turn to page 28 to find out why and for a brief, history of the Northamptonshire shoe manufacturer and store.

www.padders.co.uk/factoryshop

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Aliens Love Underpants

IDEAL FOR AGES 3+

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Tots News Continued

“We Love the Wild Area!”

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orthampton High School were delighted during the summer to develop their wildlife area. There is now a viewing platform on the pond to enable girls of all ages to access the water safely which enhances their learning about science, nature and the environment. From Nursery to sixth form, pupils benefit in a variety of ways by having an area like this just a short walk from the school buildings. “We love the wild area because we like to go to the pond. It’s fun because we can use the fishing nets.” If you would like to find out more about all the school can offer your daughter please see our website, www.northamptonhigh.gdst.net, and come and visit us during our Junior School Open Week from the 25th to the 29th January 2016. Or arrange a tour with our Registrar, Mrs Heather Berry on 01604 765765 or email h.berry@nhs.gdst.net

Under 5s Eat For Free Midweek At West Lodge Farm in January

You will receive one free under 5s meal with every adult meal purchased. Offer available Monday to Friday throughout January.

www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk

Free Soft Play at Sywell Country Park

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on’t miss out! From Monday 26th October until the 25th December they are offering free soft play for toddlers at Sywell Country Park. On arrival please enquire at the Pump House Cafe. The soft play unit is situated in the Pump House visitor centre which itself is open to all and free. The visitor centre and soft play unit, is available for children’s party hire after 3pm and has other children’s activities as well as reference books, seating for parents ...and possibly the only geared electric industrial water pump in the country! Come and enjoy the park no matter what the weather.

www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/parks

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FOR AGES 6 MONTHS 4 YEARS

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Christmas 2015 Your local guide to what’s on for families this festive season Family Days Out - pages 10 to 11 Activities & Grottos - pages 12 to 15 Pantomimes & Shows - pages 16 to 18 Fairs & Markets - pages 18


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Family Days Out The Christmas Experience

at West Lodge Rural Centre

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Sat 28th Nov to Thur 24th Dec

truly magical time for children and adults of all ages at the farm this December. Families can enjoy taking part in the live Nativity play, with children from the audience starring alongside the farmyard animals. You can take a walk through the Elves village and make some magic reindeer food to take home and sprinkle on your lawn on Christmas Eve. Meet Star the Donkey and take a ‘donkey selfie’. The highlight of your trip will be a visit to Father Christmas who is waiting to receive your Christmas lists, he’ll also be able to tell you if you are in the Good Boy and Girl book or the Naughty Boy and Girl book! You will receive a gift to tide you over until the big day. All of this plus the usual farm activities: undercover animal petting, barrel rides, adventure playground, family restaurant with wood burning stove serving all your festive favourites. The Rickyard restaurant is the perfect place to warm up in front of a log burner with a hot chocolate and mince pie. You can now book tickets online at:

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Memorable Christmas at Twycross Zoo

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Sat 28th Nov to Thur 24th Dec

he festivities start on Saturday 28th November at Twycross Zoo with the opening of Santa’s Grotto! There will be stunning lights and decorations around the zoo, a festive adventure trail, Christmas music and choirs, plus plenty of opportunities to enjoy Christmas food and drinks. Visitors will be shown how to make treats for garden birds and you will be able to purchase Reindeer Food for sprinkling in your garden on Christmas Eve. There will be opportunities to dine with Santa too – you can book now for breakfast or supper with Santa. Places are selling quickly though so early booking is recommended. Santa’s Grotto is open Saturdays and Sundays from the 28th November to the 20th December then the 21st to the 24th December daily. The Grotto will be located within the Himalaya Centre and a visit to Santa will cost £9.50 per child (£8.50 for members). This will include: • The chance to meet Santa and his Elves • A quality themed gift that children will adore • PLUS a professionally taken photo in a souvenir wallet • AND every child that visits Santa, will receive a return zoo admission voucher for a free child visit when accompanied by two full paying adults. You can either use the voucher on the day you meet Santa or come back any day before 31st January 2016. For Christmas shopping, come along during December for some unique gift ideas – what about zoo membership or an animal adoption? Ideal for animal lovers or people who seem to have everything. For soft toys and children’s gifts, the zoo offers a wide range of quality products and remember, whenever you buy anything at the zoo, you are helping fund vital conservation work both here in the UK and overseas. All in all, this is an excellent Christmas package so plan your visit now! Over the festive period, Twycross Zoo is open 10am to 5pm. They will not be open on Christmas Day, but come along during the festive period for some fresh air and the chance to escape from the Christmas TV!

www.twycrosszoo.org

Magical, Memorable

Santa Express 28th November to 24th December

Booking Essential

01780 784444

www.nvr.org.uk Nene Valley Railway, Wansford Station, Peterborough, PE8 6LR Registered Charity No. 263617


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Activities & Grottos Christmas Party at Cheeky Monkees Friday 11th December, 6.15pm to 7.45pm

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Selected dates between 28th Nov and 24th Dec our Santa experience starts with a welcome from the station staff - entertainment is provided at busy weekends. This is followed by an enjoyable visit to Santa’s log cabin where each child receives a special present from the man himself. Families then join the steam hauled, decorated train for a 50 minute ride to Peterborough and back. During the journey the train staff serve the children with a drink and sweets. Parents and other adults are not forgotten with a serving of a mince pie with either an alcoholic miniature, wine or a hot drink. Santa walks through the train to see the children and to wish everyone the compliments of the season - with plenty of opportunities for family photos! Booking essential. View dates online at:

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riday 11th December sees the annual Cheeky Monkees Christmas party swing into action! Always extremely popular, this event embraces all that is magical and fun for your little ones in the run up to Christmas. This year they have the amazing DJ Rizzo and disco that will involve all of your children with fun party games and challenges with plenty of prizes for everyone. They also have their crafting table upstairs in the party rooms were you can make special decorations for your Christmas tree. The elf helper Michelle will be on hand to help you decorate Christmas biscuits to bag up and take home. And it wouldn’t be a party without the big man himself! Santa will, be paying a visit during his busy December schedule, talking to all the children and handing out a present to every child. So come along and have some festive fun! All of the above is included in your ticket price of just £7 per child. This was a very popular event last year that could have sold out 3 times over so make sure you grab your ticket as soon as possible! Contact us on 01536 443310 to buy yours today or pop in any time.

www.cheeky-monkees.co.uk

Santa Claus at Stanwick Lakes 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th & 20th Dec

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isit Santa in his magical grotto and receive a present. He’ll be there every Saturday and Sunday in December between 11am and 4pm. £4.50 per child, including a present. Modest car parking charges apply. While you are at Stanwick Lakes why not explore the playground or come inside and make lovely Christmas crafts. On Saturday 12th December, 10am to 4pm, visit Stanwick Lakes for a Christmas celebration that includes festive food, arts and crafts, music and merriment! Modest charge apply for some activities.

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Christmas Train at Wicksteed Park

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Selected dates in December

he Wicksteed Park Festive Train is a preChristmas family event that will help set the scene for the special day. Before setting off on your magical Christmas train journey, meet up with our impish elves who will help children collect their mini-lanterns and make a special Christmas wish. Stroll down to our decorated station and clamber aboard the Christmas Train for a journey around the lake, where you will see festive lights plus some special surprises. Afterwards enter the nearby garden where you can collect a well-earned warm drink and mince pie before you walk around the giant lantern display. Watch out for the dancing water and light show and our festive bubbles and then place your wish on the wishing tree. The Festive Train will run from 4pm to 7.40pm on December 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd. Be sure to reserve a place in advance and get the best online price:

www.wicksteedpark.org/ChristmasTrain

Santa in Kettering Town Centre

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anta is leaving the North Pole to take his pre-Christmas vacation at The Yards, Market Street. You’ll find him in an enchanting log cabin and would love for you to come visit him. £3 per child and every child will receive a present Tuesdays to Saturdays: 12pm – 6pm (Thursdays until 7pm), Sundays 12pm – 4pm.

http://xmas.kettering.gov.uk

Santa’s Grotto at The Centre, MK

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oin Santa and his trusty elves for a fun craft experience, where children can make their own Christmas Eve pack, including magical reindeer food. Santa’s grotto opens on Friday 13 November (late afternoon) and is open until 6pm on Christmas Eve. Santa’s Grotto prices from £6.50 to £8.50, including entire grotto experience, crafts and a special gift from Santa.

www.thecentremk.com

Tea with Santa

at Bosworths Garden Centre 30th November to 23rd December

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he ever popular ‘Tea with Santa’ returns to Bosworths Garden Centre this Christmas on selected dates between the 30th November and the 23rd December, from 4.30pm. Tea is served in Poppies Coffee Lounge and Santa arrives and each child receives a present. The children’s meal includes a choice of sandwich, crisps, drink, chocolate or fruit. £8.50 per child (includes present). Adult meals include sandwich, mince Pie or scone and tea or coffee (£6.50 per adult). Booking essential. Visit

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Journey around the park on our decorated Train Collect your own mini lantern from our Elves’ workshop Stroll around the Rose Gardens and see amazing large lanterns Collect a delicious warm drink and mince pie Place your wish on our wishing tree Be sure to book your place in advance to receive your early bird discount.

wicksteedpark.org 01536 512475

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

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Pantomimes & Shows A Christmas Carol

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Cinderella

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11th December to 3rd January

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he famous rags-to-riches fairy tale will be brought magically to life by a wonderful cast led by actor, dancer, singer and television presenter John Partridge (EastEnders). He is joined by CBeebies legend Sid Sloane, as well as impressionist Danny Posthill and vocalist Alison Jiear, both fresh from their appearance on this year’s Britain’s Got Talent. Packed with all of the traditional Royal & Derngate pantomime ingredients audiences have come to expect, Cinderella features stunning scenery, plenty of boos and hisses, incredible music and dancing, plus Pegasus, the amazing flying horse - all of which will ensure that you will have a ball!

at The Castle Theatre 7th to 29th December

benezer Scrooge is a mean old man and he doesn’t believe in Christmas. He doesn’t have time for family and friends, in fact he’d rather spend the season alone at home, counting his money. Well, this year we’re going to show mean old Ebenezer Scrooge what he’s been missing… Winter is cold and stories are told to warm the heart. This Christmas, The Castle presents an exciting, gloriously entertaining and genuinely heart-warming new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story. Packed with songs and jokes and festive shenanigans, spooks and surprises, it’s a tall tale with a truly uplifting message for the festive season. Ebenezer Scrooge is not a bad man, not really. He used to be a good man and, with our help, he will be again... A Christmas Carol is a musical fantasy for all the family, silly enough for grown-ups and smart enough for children of all ages.

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The Snow Queen

at The Royal & Derngate Theatre 25th November to 3rd January

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n enchanting new version of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale, The Snow Queen. Featuring memorable new songs and hilarious characters, this mischievous retelling of a timeless story will melt your heart. In a frozen land far away, a Snow Queen kidnaps a young boy named Kai. His best friend Gerda, a stumpy, grumpy, determined little girl is the unlikely hero who sets out to rescue him. On the way, she finds friends who will help her, the truth behind the mysterious Snow Queen’s identity and why she lives locked up in solitude in her Icy Palace.

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Fairs & Markets

Aliens Love Underpants

German Christmas Market in Northampton Town Centre

at The Core at Corby Cube

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7th to 24th December

his Christmas, The Core at Corby Cube presents the stage adaptation of the bestselling children’s book: Aliens Love Underpants blasts into the theatre from Monday 7th to Thursday 24th December. Aliens love underpants, of every shape and size, but there are no underpants in space, so here’s a big surprise! This zany and hilarious tale based on the book by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort has been brought to life by Adam Bampton-Smith with stunning effects, madcap action and original music. The biggest and most exciting show to hit The Core for Christmas yet, families will be treated to a fantastically fresh and funny production that will delight young and old – but beware – this show comes with a warning that audiences must hold on tight to their own underpants in case they laugh their pants off too! Recommended for ages 3 and above. For a full details of performance times or to book, call Ticket Office on 01536 470 470 or visit:

www.thecorecorby.com

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19th November to 20th December

traditional German Market of 12 stalls, selling all sorts of German Christmas products, line the pedestrianised area of Abington Street, from 9.30am to 7pm daily until 20th December.

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Corby Christmas Market

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Weekends in December

orby Christmas Markets will be held on Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th, Friday 11th, Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th December 2015 on Queens Square, Corby Town Centre. An array of stalls selling Christmas gifts, Santa’s grotto, reindeer and sleigh, a swing grill and rides. Contact: 01536 200073.

Christmas Shopping Market at The Plaza, Thrapston

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nnual Indoor Christmas Shopping Market coinciding with Thrapston Farmers Market on Saturday 5th December 2015. A very busy Christmas event with fabulous footfall and great advertising. 10am to 1pm. Fundraising for Aldwincle Pre-School. For further details please contact Hilly Horton on 07530 404511.

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ith 30 stalls, free kids activities, Christmas music, refreshments & charity raffle! Free entry, 10am-2pm. Contact 07525 786141.

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

Emma’s Dance Studio Childrens Freestyle Dance Classes Kettering Mondays

at Buccleugh Academy Sports Hall

Wellingborough Fridays

at St Barnabas Church Hall

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

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

Tuesdays

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

TIME TO ENTER A NEW WORLD Acting, singing and dance classes for 4 to 18 year olds. Find out more and start your child’s journey today stagecoach.co.uk/kettering 01234 828878 kettering@stagecoach.co.uk

Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools are operated under franchise and are independently owned by their Principals. Stagecoach is a registered trademark of Stagecoach Theatre Arts Ltd.

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Featured Class: Little Kickers

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he Little Kickers pre-school football programme first started over 10 years ago in London. Since then, the programme has grown phenomenally, and in the UK alone now provides over 30,000 enthusiastic young footballers with the chance to let off steam and get fit each week. Approx 350 of these attend classes in and around Kettering and Corby, with growth set to continue as children take the opportunity to gain an early introduction to the nation’s favourite sport. The programme was developed by child health specialists in conjunction with UK FA qualified coaches, and works on the basis that children are much more likely to learn if their imaginations are engaged and skills are introduced through games, rather than formal drills.

What is the aim of the classes?

We have 4 different football classes, each tailored to a different age group, and 2 core beliefs that we take into every session: Firstly, we believe in something we call “Play not Push”. It means teaching football in a fun, pressurefree environment. We want to give children a positive introduction to sport as a whole, not just football, so they’re more likely to stay healthy and active throughout their lives. Secondly, we believe football can be educational. Coached in the right way it can stimulate imagination and aid early development skills such as learning colours and numbers, following instructions and playing as a team.

Talk us through a typical class

The content covered in our classes varies between age groups but generally the class is broken down into 3 areas: Exercises and Warm up: The children begin by playing games without a football that work on movement skills such as jumping, running and dodging whilst learning about colours, numbers and increasing their confidence. This is all done through themed games such as an obstacle course “through the jungle”. Ball Skills: Here, each child has a football and works on a range of age related football skills to include directional kicking, dribbling and ball control although to them they may simply be “firing cannon balls” at the “crocodile” with their feet! Goal Scoring: Each week the children get the

opportunity to experience success and score some goals after completing certain tasks. These tasks give the children the opportunity to become more confident at listening, working as part of a team, balancing and much more too! Take a look at our “Little Kickers” youtube video for more of an insight!

How do classes benefit children?

Improves social and emotional skills: listening, confidence, team work, peer interaction, independence, following rules and sharing; as well as physical skills: balance, agility, co-ordination, control, kicking, speed, stamina. Its also great fun and keeps them fit and healthy.

What ages are the classes for?

2 to 7 years currently although we are looking into class for 18 months+ if there is enough interest.

When and where do you run classes?

Saturday morning at Lodge Park, Corby and Southfield School for Girls, Kettering. Sunday morning Bishop Stopford School, Kettering

How long does each class last?

Between 45 and 55 minutes depending on age (along with some time for a kickabout before class!)

How much does a class cost? 6 weeks is £39 or 13 weeks is £78.

To book a free trial or for more information: Contact: Emma Ogden Tel: 01604 211249 E-mail: eogden@littlekickers.co.uk Website: www.littlekickers.co.uk

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Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming Lessons

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Friendly classes in Rothwell Instructor in the water Average of 6 children per class Prices start from ÂŁ6.50 for 30 minutes

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

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

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Clubs & Classes

At Corby International Pool  & Lodge Park Sports Centre  Pick up an Under 5’s Activities booklet which lists all fun   activities taking place at both facilities.  Available to download from www.corby.gov.uk   If you book 5 Crèche   sessions, you get the 6th  session FREE!! Vouchers  can be redeemed from our  Crèche Team at either   facility, vouchers can be  used between both   facilities.  

Visit  

Children’s Parties/Room Hire  on www.corby.gov.uk for 

full details on all parties  available. 

Party packages available at both facilities, these   include Pre‐School Gymnastics, Crèche “Fun Play”,  Tots and Tiddlers Pre‐School Gymnastics, Swim and  Supervised Diving, contact either of the   facilities for further information and prices.   Contact us: 

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

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

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Rugby fun for 2 to 7 year olds Fitness classes that kids and parents love! Little Shapers offers modern and unique fitness classes for children from 3 to 15 years. • Our fun modern classes offer children of all abilities an easy way to become more active. • Great for children that shy away from team sports or want to try something different. • We teach exercise elements through fun games, relays, circuits and dance moves to trendy music beats that kids love. • Excellent to develop your child’s co-ordination, balance, agility and flexibility as well as helping to build team working skills and general confidence.

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

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

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Infant Aquatics Baby & toddler swimming courses

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

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Inspired Learning Small class sizes Specialist Music, French and PE teaching Quality care available 7.45am 6.00pm, 46 weeks of the year First-class facilities and resources

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

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Events Diary

See pages 9 to 18 for more Christmas activities and events

Sun 6th Willow Lantern Workshop at Stanwick Lakes. 1.30 to 3.30pm. Thurs 26th Booking essential. £8 per lantern. The BIG Switch on, Market Place, Mon 7th to Thur 24th Kettering 5 to 7pm. With special “Aliens Love Underpants” at The guests and entertainment. Core at Corby Cube. For ages 3+ Sat 28th Wed 9th Underwater Photoshoot with Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Bubble Babies, Kettering. Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per Call 01604 780244 for more child. Must book. information. Thurs 10th Baby and Kids Nearly New Sale at “The Snowman and the The Pemberton Centre, Rushden. Snowdog” Big Screen Movie Night 10am to 12 noon. Entrance £1. in Kettering’s Market Place. 5pm. Free! Christmas Lights Switch on in Fri 11th Wellingborough Town Centre. Christmas Party at Cheeky With a visit from Santa and his Monkees, Corby. Disco, games, reindeers and a firework display. crafts and a visit from Santa! Booking essential. December Sat 12th Stanwick Lakes Christmas Wed 2nd Celebration. Festive food, arts Nature Tots at Irchester Country and crafts, music and merriment. Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per 10am to 4pm. child. Must book. Fri 11th to Sun 3rd Jan Thurs 3rd “Cinderella” pantomime at The “Elf” Big Screen Movie Night in Royal & Derngate Theatre. Kettering’s Market Place. 5pm. Tue 15th Free! Nature Tots at Sywell Country Fri 4th to Sun 3rd Jan Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per “Oh No! Not Snow!” at The child. Must book. Royal & Derngate Underground Theatre. An interactive show ideal Tue 15th to Fri 18th Christmas sing-a-long at West for under 5s. Book online: Lodge Farm. 4.30pm to 7.30pm. www.royalandderngate.co.uk Includes a visit to Father Sat 5th Christmas, make a Christmas Small Business Saturday & Teenage Market in Kettering Town card, 2 course supper, sing-along around the tree and a live nativity Centre. 9am to 4pm. play. Booking essential. Christmas Shopping Market at The Wed 16th Plaza, Thrapston, 10am to 1pm. Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Christmas Gift, Craft and Produce Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per Fair at The Pemberton Centre, child. Must book. Rushden. 10am to 2pm. Free Sat 19th entry. Baby and Kids Nearly New Sale at Willow Lantern Workshop at The Pemberton Centre, Rushden. Stanwick Lakes. 1.30 to 3.30pm. 10am to 12 noon. Entrance £1. Booking essential. £8 per lantern.

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Frozen Saturday in Kettering’s Market Place, 12pm to 6pm. Enjoy the giant snow globe and special guests from 12noon, before watching Disney’s Frozen on the Big Screen at 4pm. Mon 21st Winter Solstice Lantern Walk at Stanwick Lakes. Walk around the lake followed by carols. 5 to 7pm.

January Wed 6th Nature Tots at Irchester Country Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per child. Must book. Sat 16th “Little Red and the Wolves” at The Castle Theatre, W’boro. 2.30pm. Fri 22nd “Shiny” at The Core at Corby Cube. 11am and 2pm. Mon 25th to Fri 29th Open week at Northampton High School, Junior School & Nursery (ages 3 to 11). Call 01604 765765. Sat 30th “Shiny” at The Castle Theatre, W’boro. 11am and 2pm.

February Wed 3rd Nature Tots at Irchester Country Park, 10 to 11.30am. £3.50 per child. Must book. Sat 13th to Sun 21st Lambing and half term fun at West Lodge Farm. Bottle feed the lambs. Mon 15th Get Arty at Stanwick Lakes. 1pm to 4pm. Wed 17th & Thu 18th Feathered Friends family event at Stanwick Lakes. 1pm to 4pm. Build a bird box or feeder. Plus birdy crafts in the Discovery Zone.

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Groococks: Then and Now! A

little known fact...In 1906 Groococks opened their shop to the public, a lifetime before Padders came along! In 1914 Thomas Groocock established his own company, T Groocock & Co (Rothwell), making traditional welted shoes. He did his part for the war effort making army boots for the boys and in the 50s jumped straight on the band wagon producing 'Winkle Pickers' for the fashion conscious! Groococks were also making shoes for high street brands including Clarks, Next and Babour to name a few. Then 1982 hit and Groococks produced a brand that changed the course of the company, Padders. Padders shoes were created with exceptional comfort in mind, we wanted nothing but feel-goodfeet! But we couldn't just stop at making shoes, we wanted to sell them as well. In 2004 our shop moved from Rothwell to Kettering. The shop turned into so much more than selling 'seconds' of Padders. Taking on-board what our customers were saying we introduced more and more brands including Fit Flop, Sketchers and Rieker, all selling alongside our own brand Padders. 2012 was a crazy year, we kitted out our Children's department, we brought brands in like Start-Rite, Geox and Lelli Kelly, we introduced a measuring and fitting service and included a play area for the little ones while you shop for shoes! With Padders already having a pretty impressive name it was easy for our shop to jump on the back of an already successful brand, however Padders wasn't us, we are and will always be Groococks, just like we were in 1906. Throughout the decades of change Groococks has always remained a family affair. We are proud to have an independent family run shoe shop in the heartland of the British footwear industry and now is the time to go back to our heritage. So pop along to the best shoe shop for miles, visit our cafĂŠ, take a look at some bargains in our Clearance shop, get fitting advice from our trained staff but most importantly come and enjoy a relaxed shopping experience with a wonderful variety of styles and brands - with free parking as well we're the destination to be at!! Here at Groococks we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their custom over the years, your support really is appreciated! Lots of Love Team Groococks xx

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Pause for Thought..

The Controlling Partner

“What have you been doing all day?” “Well. I tidied things up, went shopping, caught up with Kathy for a quick coffee, she brought Ben and Reena with her…the kids had fun. Then I took them to the park then came home, made the tea, did the dishes and tidied some more. Why do you ask?” “The place still looks like a bomb has dropped. Do you really think you needed to spend that time with Kathy? I’m not even sure I’ve got clean clothes for tomorrow…” “I don’t see friends that often… She was only here for an hour.” “Well, I still think you could’ve prioritised things a bit better. After all, you do have responsibilities, you can’t just choose to relax when there are things that need to be done.” “I don’t call managing 4 under 5s relaxing.” “Don’t argue with me. You’re supposed to keep this place in a decent state and it’s a tip. You have all day, never make a penny and can’t even do that one simple task….” Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


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nyone recognise this conversation? Let me re-phrase that. You’ve probably all had that conversation. There’s a person in your life with impossibly high expectations. They nag you incessantly, make you feel terrible about yourself and generally give nowhere near enough credence to your achievements. Maybe you’re sitting, thinking now… Who is this terrible person? However, they’re not terrible, simply, humanly, fallible. In their harsh judgement of you they miss the sheer beauty of the things you achieve, in the daily smiles of the small people who surround you. They have yet to learn that balance i.e. seeing the whole package that is you, is infinitely important to their own outlook on life, and, therefore, to their ability to feel happiness and joy. Yet again, you ask yourself, who is this person?

“In their harsh judgement of you they miss the sheer beauty of the things you achieve” It is the one who is closest to you in the world, the one you were born with and, the only one who will be with you when you die. The opinion of no other matters, in comparison to this one. It is you.

“Seeing the whole package that is you, is infinitely important to their own outlook on life, and, therefore to their ability to feel happiness and joy” a moment, for all those unfortunate souls who are genuinely subjected to such harsh treatment from another family member and remind yourself that you’re lucky for the choices you have. Change the way you talk to yourself. Don’t be the abusive, criticising partner to your own soul. Don’t expect so much of yourself that you set yourself up for failure. Just know, you are good enough and that’s good enough. Even if, at first, you don’t believe it could be this simple, just try it. Just for a week. Every time you catch yourself putting yourself down say something different. Say it out loud if you need to. In order for new habits to form, enough repetition must be given to behaviour you are trying adopt. So, for every one criticism you level at yourself, there should be several counteractive statements. They can be all the same, or all different. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you respect yourself enough to try.

Read back now and ask yourself if you now recognise this conversation. Then ask yourself this… How did you feel, when you read the dialogue above for the first time? How did you feel about that partner? How did you feel about how they were treating the other who was doing her level best the only way she knew how? How would you change them and their responses for the better?

“Don’t expect so much of yourself that you set yourself up for failure. Just know, you are good enough, and that’s good enough”

Self-talk is incredibly important. It makes you who you are. If you talk to yourself in such an unpleasant way you can’t then be surprised when you begin to feel worthless, timid and self-loathing. Spare a thought, for

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Time for Mum

Kettering Buggy Boot Camp

Because a happy, healthy Mum is a better Mum!

Mondays 10:00am & Wednesdays 10:00am

Wicksteed Park Kettering, NN15 6NJ

£5 pay as you go, £24 for 8 sessions

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No one said it would be easy but... Are you finding being an

expectant parent or parent of young children harder than you thought it would be ?

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Tuesday night is ladies night. 7.15pm-8.15pm

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Specialising in: early days issues post natal issues sleep deprivation coping with toddlers breastfeeding birth fears confidence issues relationship issues

The Britannia Club, Burton Latimer.

Sessions are confidential and can be given via phone, email or within a location of your choice.

S.K.C Kettering & Corby is a long running Shotokan Karate Club. Run by a qualified instructor, Sensei Nick is a 2nd Dan Black Belt and a level 3 Advanced Fitness Instructor.

First lesson free No special clothing required, just appropriate exercise clothes. Other adult classes available too

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hank-you to everyone who wrote in with a nomination for our Autumn Mum in a Million competition.

Picking a ‘winner’ is never easy, as there are always so many worthy nominations, but this issue we’ve decided to award the accolade to Jenny from Northampton who has helped so many children and who I’m sure you’ll agree, is a very worthy winner. We are delighted to be able to treat Jenny to a gourmet dining for two experience at Highgate House, courtesy of Red Letter Days. Jenny was nominated by her daughter Sophie. Here’s why Jenny is a ‘Mum in a Million’ (in Sophie’s words): I would like to nominate my Mum, Jenny. She is totally brilliant and has been a Mother to many, many children over the years. She has been a foster carer for 15 years and has fostered over 55 children, as well as adopting 2 children - she would probably adopt them all if we had a house big enough! She is still fostering now and currently has 2 foster children at home, together with the 2 children she adopted. My Mum has a passion for caring and really wants what is best for the children. She is extremely busy all the time and is constantly on the go. My Mum works so hard to provide a loving, stable, family home for the children. I would love it if she could go for the tea as I know she just needs a little time for her. She has given so much, she deserves something back.

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We’re on the search for our Winter

Mum in a Million To treat her to a

Ragdale Experience Day for Two People at award winning Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa (worth £190 – valid Monday to Friday) About the prize: Ragdale Hall, located in the rolling Leicestershire countryside, combines state-of-the-art facilities with the charm of traditional Victorian architecture to create one of the most luxurious and relaxing health spas in the country. Whether you are looking for total relaxation, me-time and pampering or to kick-start a healthier lifestyle, Ragdale Hall is the perfect choice. Ragdale’s great selection of spa days and spa breaks include something for everyone, so if you’re seeking a romantic getaway, a day out with girlfriends or some time-out with your nearest and dearest, Ragdale Hall really is the spa to visit. You and a friend could spend a relaxing day (valid Monday – Friday) at Ragdale Hall in Leicestershire on a Ragdale Experience Day to include: • Light lunch in the Verandah Bar. Plus use of all of Ragdale’s facilities including: • The multi-million pound Thermal Spa featuring candle pool, indoor/outdoor waterfall and a series of heat and water experiences plus two further pools, including whirlpool bath and cascade. • Gym, exercise classes and outdoor facilities. If you are not the lucky winner, then maybe a Ragdale Hall gift voucher would be the perfect Christmas present. Available in monetary amounts from £25 or for days or overnight breaks, they are the ideal Christmas gift. For further information contact Ragdale Voucher Sales on 01664 433030 or visit: www.ragdalehall.co.uk.

How to enter: If you know a local Mum who really deserves a treat, e-mail us with her name and the reasons you’re nominating her. Perhaps she is going through a tough time, been struggling on her own or is always doing things to help others. It could be your partner, sister, friend or even your own Mum. If you know a local Mum who really deserves to win this fantastic prize, please e-mail us with her name and story to: info@timefortots.co.uk

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Pregnancy & Birth

Nurturing Hands

Baby Massage Classes

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

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One to one or small group classes offered at IAIM baby massage instructor’s home in Higham Ferrers Or in your own home. Some Rushden based venues also available. Prices: £25 per baby for the full course (5weeks) or £5 on a drop in basis. (Concessions for one to one classes and for hosting a class in your own home - please enquire)

Dads very Welcome Happy to travel and with evening or weekend classes

For further information:

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

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

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

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Pregnancy & Birth

Birth Announcements Welcome to the World... Sponsored by: Babytime Massage

Claire@babytimemassage.co.uk

Tel: 07875 954427

Freddie Jack Johnson

Born on the 24th August 2015 at 5.28pm weighing 8lbs 5oz.

When Payton met Harlie...

Florence-Rose James Born 16th September 2015 at 2.33am and weighing 8lbs 12oz.

Oliver Ian David Loasby

Born 16th September 2015 weighing 9lbs 7oz. A little brother for the best big sister Ellie.

Belle Michaela Danielle Sando

Born on the 12th October 2015 at 1:24pm. Our beautiful baby girl and perfect sister to AmĂŠlie and Elsie.

Kaison John Hull

Born on 23rd October 2015 at 2.25pm, weighing 8lbs 13oz.

Payton Jaide Allmark

Born on the 10th October 2015 at 4.42pm. A little sister for Harlie.

Arlo George Elmore

Born on the 7th November 2015 weighing 10lbs 14oz. 2 weeks late but worth the wait.

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“Welcome to the World” Announce the arrival of your little bundle o  f joy in our special Birth Announcements section - a lovely keepsake for your baby. Simply e-mail us at info@timefortots.co.uk with your baby’s name, date of birth, weight, photo and a special message if you wish. The deadline for our next issue is the 12th February 2016.

Top Baby Names Every year the Office of National Statistics publishes the top 100 baby names in England and Wales. Here’s the top 10 from the last published list earlier this year:

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1. Amelia 2. Olivia 3. Isla 4. Emily 5. Poppy 6. Ava 7. Isabella 8. Jessica 9. Lily 10. Sophie

1. Oliver 2. Jack 3. Harry 4. Jacob 5. Charlie 6. Thomas 7. George 8. Oscar 9. James 10. William

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Childcare Nursery Schools, Pre-schools & Childminders

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

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

The Perfect Start 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. Sunnylands Nursery at St Peters School 52 Headlands, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN15 6DJ

Please call us to arrange a visit:

01536 512066

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To find out more... Call Amy, the Playgroup Manager on 07708 977714

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Childcare

Irthlingborough

Mobile crèche Babysitting service School holiday nanny Award winning national day nursery Highly qualified, well motivated staff Beautifully appointed, bright open rooms Brand new, large outd oor play area Open 7am-7pm - 51 wee ks of the year Large, safe, enclosed drop off area

Professional, Qualified, Experienced Nannies • Weddings • Birthdays • Christenings • Corporate All nannies are DBS checked | First aider at all events | Fully Insured

Call Ami: 07769 905 385 Email: sweetheartnannies@hotmail.com Web: www.sweetheartnannies.co.uk www.facebook.com/sweetheartnannies @Ami_Sweetheart

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Childcare

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. To make an appointment to look around or for more information call Alison on:

01832 720566

Looking for local

www.acornchildcare.co.uk

Nurseries at: Stanwick, Burton Latimer & Brafield-on-the-Green

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

Mums and Dads... Are you tired of juggling family and work? Are you looking for a more flexible way of working without comprising time with your family? I may have the solution....

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For more information on this amazing opportunity contact: Louise Pollard Tel: 07801 371688 Email: Aloebeforever@gmail.com

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Work hours that suit YOU and your family Save for a holiday, wedding, school uniforms, new car, pay for Christmas or pay off that credit card! Fed up with your job? Try something new! To have a chat about earning money:

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Business Mum:

Kyra Williams

From Firetree Photography Name: Kyra Family: 3 Children. Ages 5, and twins of 10. My twins were born at 30 weeks prem. Molly has Cerebral Palsy and Autism. Description of your business: I cover many areas of photography from weddings, newborns, family portraits and underwater photography. I have a small studio in Tur Langton, dedicated to photographing newborns and children. How long have you been in business? I have been a full-time photographer for nearly 10 years now. My father brought me my first camera when I was 10, he was a full time professional photographer and taught me photography from an early age. Initially it was just a hobby. Why did you decide to start? I didn’t want to be a photographer! I graduated from Goldsmith’s University with a first BAHon in Media and Communications and a passion for the film industry. I graduated and eventually became a full time video editor. I worked on music documentaries and edited music videos. I edited many videos including videos for Blue (All Rise), Holly Vallence (Kiss Kiss), Melanie C etc and documentaries for UB40 and Damien Hirst. My twins were born prematurely and one of my daughters needed complex care and I found it impossible to continue to edit. My father retired and gave me all his old lenses and studio equipment and I started by chance to photograph babies and children. I always intended to go back to video editing but my photography business grew and now I wouldn’t want to go back and love what I do. What do you like about it? I make the school run, I go to all the

Christmas nativities and am here for all Molly’s hospital appointments and sick days without making excuses to The Boss! How well does it fit in with family life? Reasonably well, I work many Saturdays though, often for 10 hours or more and in the summer this is not so convenient. What do you find are the disadvantages? I don’t like physically working from home, I find it very difficult to take time off. Photography is also very competitive. A lot of my job is marketing and business admin which I would love to be able to afford to give to someone else. What advice would you give to other Mums thinking of working for themselves? Spend time planning before you set up. I made many mistakes in the early days not having a clear business plan. You have to make a profit and it is very exciting to get bookings but you don’t want to be ‘a busy fool’, to begin with you overlook the fact you have to not only cover your overheads and insurance but pay the bills as well. To find out more about Kyra’s business ‘Firetree Photography’, visit: www.firetreephoto.co.uk or call Kyra on 01858 810038

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Party Services Planning a party? Check out our party pages for local providers of party entertainment, equipment and supplies...

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Children’s Parties

A variety of party packages and venues for hire. 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, large enough to house inflatable and soft play equipment.

Corby International Pool

Tel: 01536 464643

Hazelwood N/Hood Centre

Tel: 01536 443171

Aquatic Parties - Swim or 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

Fully licensed mobile bars for any occasion No hire charges * Friendly and efficient service Competitive drinks prices * 15 years experience Tel: 01933 678540 Email: enquiries@cheersmobilebars.co.uk www.cheersmobilebars.co.uk Find us on Facebook: CheersMobileBars Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


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1 to 2 hour or 2 to 3 hour party packages with your choice of the following entertainment:

Soft play equipment, tents and balls (suitable for ages 2 to 6 years) Disco lights, face painting and prizes (for ages 3 years and up) theme parties Minnie Mouse and other guests available Dance parties for children & discos for teenagers Just Jhoom Bollywood parties for children of all ages

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Pirates & Princesses and/or dressing up parties with a full range of costumes for boys and girls. Hair styling and nail art available too. We can also provide party bags for ÂŁ3 per child Birthday cakes available too

Call Leisa on 01933 625012 or 07736 418726 for more information

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The Underwear Rule

Teach your child the Underwear Rule and help protect them from abuse

The Underwear Rule is a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from abuse - without using scary words or mentioning sex. The NSPCC has developed this simple guide for parents, (and a child-friendly version available online), to help you talk PANTS with your child. PANTS is an easy way for you to explain to your child the key elements of the Underwear Rule:

Privates are private

Be clear with your child that the parts of their body covered by underwear are private. Explain to your child that no one should ask to see or touch their private parts or ask them to look at or touch anyone else’s. Sometimes doctors, nurses or family members might have to. Explain that this is OK, but that those people should always explain why, and ask your child if it’s OK first.

Always remember your body belongs to you

Let your child know their body belongs to them, and no one else. No-one has the right to make them do anything that makes them feel uncomfortable. And if anyone tries, tell your child they have the right to say no. Remind your child that they can always talk to you about anything that worries or upsets them.

No means no

Make sure your child understands that they have the right to say “no” to unwanted touch - even to a family member or someone they know or love. This shows that they’re in control of their body and their feelings should be respected. If a child feels confident to say no to their own family, they are more likely to say no to others.

Talk about secrets that upset you Explain the differences between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ secrets. Phrases like “it’s our little secret” are an abuser’s way of making a child feel worried, or scared to tell someone what is happening to them. Good secrets can be things like surprise parties or presents for other people. Bad secrets make you feel sad, worried or frightened. Your child needs to feel able to speak up about secrets that worry them and confident that saying something won’t get them into trouble. Telling a secret will never hurt or worry anybody in your family or someone you know and love.

Speak up, someone can help

Tell your child that if they ever feel sad, anxious or frightened they should talk to an adult they trust. This doesn’t have to be a family member. It can also be a teacher or a friend’s parent - or even ChildLine Remind them that whatever the problem, it’s not their fault and they will never get into trouble for speaking up. Please mention Time for Tots when responding to an advertisement


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Corby and District MONDAYS

WEDNESDAYS

FRIDAYS

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

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

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

Adult & Child Swimming Lessons 9.30 to 10am at at Corby International Pool. For children aged 2 years 9 months to 4 years. Must book. Parent & Toddler Swimming 10am to 11am and 11am to 12pm at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Pay as you go. Wilbarston Tots & Tiddlers 10am-12pm at Wilbarston Village Hall. Diane: 07761 957825. TT Primary Ballet (Starlight Dance) 4.30 to 5.30pm at Ennerdale Community Centre. For 3 to 6 year olds

TUESDAYS Little Angels Tots Group 9.15 to 11.30am. The Baptist Church Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on 01536 394824. Parent & Toddler Swimming 9.30am to 10.30am and 10.30am to 11.30am at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Pay as you go.

RhymeTime 2.30 to 3pm at Danesholme Library. Songs, stories and lots of fun! Free. Drop in.

THURSDAYS Tots & Tiddlers (Pre-school Gymnastics) At Lodge Park Sports Centre. 10am to 10.45am for under 2s 11am to 11.45am for 2 to 3 years 12pm to 12.45pm for 3 to 4 years 1pm to 1.45pm for 3 to 4 years 1.45pm to 2.30pm for 3 to 4 years Play and Learn for under 1s 10 to 11am at Corby Library. Free. Drop-in. 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 9.30am to 10.30am and 10.30am to 11.30am at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Pay as you go. Play and Learn for under 5s 10 to 11am at Corby Library. Toys, fun and games. Free. Drop-in. Wear clothes suitable for messy play! Adult & Child Swimming Lessons 11.30am to 12 noon at Corby International Pool. For children aged 2 years 9 months to 4 years. Must book. Punchin Pandas 5 to 5.45pm at The Scout Hut, Occupation Rd. For ages 4+ Punchin Pandas 6.15 to 7pm at Kingswood School. For ages 4 to 7 years. 7pm to 8pm Family beginners class.

SATURDAYS Little Kickers At Lodge Park Sports Centre. “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

Little Angels Tots Group 12 to 3pm at The Baptist Church Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on Storystomp 01536 394824 Adult & Child Swimming Lessons 10.30am to 11am at Danesholme 9.30 to 10am at at Corby Adult & Child Swimming Lessons International Pool. For children aged 1 to 1.30pm at Corby International Library throughout the year. Fun interactive story and rhyme session 2yrs 9mths to 4 yrs. Must book. Pool. For children aged 2 years 9 Free. Drop-in. months to 4 years. Must book. Little Angels Playgroup For pre-school children with Parent & Toddler Swimming additional needs. 9.30 to 11.30am 1.30pm to 3pm at Corby SUNDAYS at Lodge Park Sports Centre. International Pool. Drop in. Pay as Play and Learn for under 5s you go. RhymeTime 2.30 to 3pm at Corby Library. Toys, 10 to 10.30am & 11 to 11.30am at fun and games. Free. Drop-in. Wear Corby Library. Free. Term Time only clothes suitable for messy play! Allstars Show Team (Starlight Dance) 4 to 5pm at Ennerdale Community Centre. For 3 to 6 year olds If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class

can be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 19.

KEY:

Swimming

Music, Dance & Drama

Physical classes

Arts & Crafts

Parent & Tot Group / Other

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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 Giggles & Wiggles Counties Community Centre. 9.30 to 10.15am for ages 15mths to 3 yrs, 10.30 to 11.15am for babies. Music Makers 11am 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 e-mail musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 min classes between 10am and 12pm at Balance Health Club. For children aged 3 mths to 4.5 yrs.

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

The Little Ones 1 to 2.50pm, Church of Christ The King. Term time only. 01536 517553

Music Makers 10am at Busy Bees Nursery, Lamport Close. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or e-mail musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com

Music Makers 1.45pm at Barton Seagrave Community Centre. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com

Pytchley Mums & Tots Tuesdays 10-11.30am. Pytchley School Hall. Sally: 01536 799541 Toybox Playgroup, Broughton 1.30-3pm, Broughton Village Hall. £2 per family. Julie 01536 790152. Term time only Children’s Freestyle Dance Class (Emma’s Dance Studio) 5.30 to 6.15pm at Ise Lodge Community Centre. For 3 to 8 years.

Allstars Show Team (Starlight Dance) 4 to 5pm at Starlight Dance, High DESBOROUGH & ROTHWELL Street. For 4 to 6 year olds. Jenny’s Dolphins Children’s Freestyle Dance Class Baby & Pre-school Swimming (Emma’s Dance Studio) At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 4.45 to 5.45pm at Kettering minute lessons between 10am and Buccleugh Academy. For 3 to 8 years. 12pm. Call for details. BURTON LATIMER Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 3.40 to 4.40pm at The Britannia Club DESBOROUGH & ROTHWELL Rhymetime (Rothwell) 2-2.30pm at Rothwell Library. Free. Drop-in. Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 6pm at Montsaye Sports Centre. For ages 3+. Call 01536 713708. Punchin Pandas 5.15 to 6pm at Desborough Leisure Centre. For 3 to 6 year olds.

TUESDAYS Kettering Gym Tots At Kettering Olympic Gymnastics Club, Brunel Road. 45 minute sessions between 9.15am and 2.30pm. Call 01536 415444 Rhymetime 9.30-10am & 10.30-11am at Kettering Library. Free. Drop-in.

Baby Bounce & Rhyme 11.15am to 12pm at Desborough Library. For pre-walkers. Free. Drop-in.

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 At The Woodcroft Scout Centre, London Road. 9.30am - Babes, 10.30am - stage 1. 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.

Ballet, Tap and Modern Dancing (With Mode Academy of Dance) At the Masque Theatre, Barton Seagrave for ages 3+. Call for times: 07794 413630 Munchkins Show Team (Starlight Dance) 4 to 5pm at Starlight Dance, High Street. For 2 to 3 year olds. Punchin Pandas 4.45 to 5.30pm fro ages 3 to 5 years, 5.30pm to 6.15pm for ages 4 to 8 years. At Melton Street Community Centre. DESBOROUGH & ROTHWELL Salvation Army Parents & Toddlers 9.30-11am, term time only. New Street, Rothwell. 07726 580187. Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 12.10pm and 1.10pm. Call for details. Building Blocks Wednesdays 2-3pm in term time. Free. Desborough Baptist Church, Station Road. Call: 01536 760149. MAWSLEY Music Makers 10am and 11am at The Centre. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com

THURSDAYS The Little Ones 9-11.15am & 1-2.50pm, Church of Christ The King. Term time only. 01536 517553 Edentots 9.15-11.15am, Eden Centre, Montagu St. £1/family, 01536 484800

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Music, Dance & Drama

Arts & Crafts

MAWSLEY

Parent & Tot Group / Other

SATURDAYS

Bubble Babies Swimming Mawsley Baby & Toddler Group 8.45am to 1.15pm at Kingsley School 9.30-11am at The Centre £1.50 first Hydrotherapy Pool. 30 min classes child, 50p per child thereafter. Sarah: for 0 to 5 year olds Hopscotch (Loddington) 01536 790517 9.15-10.15am in term time at the Little Kickers Village Hall. Jo: 07742 664604 At Southfield School for Girls Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, Giggles and Wiggles FRIDAYS 9.15 to 10am ‘Our time’ for 15 mths to 3yrs, Mighty Kickers for 3.5 to 5 years, Geddington Parents & Tots 9.30 to 10.15am at the Counties 10.10-10.55am. 9.15-11.15am, Geddington Village Community Centre Hall. £2.50 per family. Contacts Sheri Mega Kickers for 5 year olds to 7th Birthday, 11.05 to 11.55am. Jenny’s Dolphins 01536 239235. Baby & Pre-school Swimming Stagecoach Theatre Arts School Giggles and Wiggles At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 At Brambleside Primary School. minute lessons between 9.30am and At Counties Community Centre. ‘Our time’ for 15 months to 3 years, Early Stage Class for 4-6year olds, 1pm. Call for details. 9.30 to 11am or 2 to 3.30pm. 9.30 to 10.15am Sing and Sign ‘Rock-a-bye-baby’ Class for 0 to 15 DiscoGems Emeralds (Starlight Dance) At The Woodcroft Scout Centre, months, 10.30 to 11.15am 10 to 11am at Starlight Dance, High London Road. 10am - Stage 1, 11am Street. For 4 to 6 year olds. Tots Play Classes - stage 2. At Ise Lodge Community Centre Rhythmic Gymnastics (Starlight Dance) Rhymetime Social Tots - 9.40 to 10.20am 2 to 3pm at Starlight Dance, High 10.30-11am at Kettering Library. Discovery Tots - 10.30 to 11.10am Street. For 4 to 6 year olds. Pre-primary Ballet (Starlight Dance) Baby Development Course - 11.20 to 4 to 4.30pm at Starlight Dance, High 12.10am. Street. For 3 to 4 year olds BURTON LATIMER Infant Aquatics Swimming Pre-primary Tap (Starlight Dance) 30 min classes between 10am and Rhymetime 4.30 to 5pm at Starlight Dance, High 12pm at Balance Health Club. For 10.30 to 11am for under 5s. Burton Street. For 3 to 4 year olds 3mths to 4.5 yrs. Latimer Library. Free. Drop-in. Every other Saturday. Primary Ballet (Starlight Dance) Music Makers 5 to 5.30pm at Starlight Dance, High 10am at Busy Bees Nursery, Street. For 4 to 6 year olds Lamport Close. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per SUNDAYS Primary Tap (Starlight Dance) 5.30 to 6pm at Starlight Dance, High child and £2 for siblings. Contact Little Kickers Naomi on 07815 293893 or e-mail Street. For 4 to 6 year olds At Bishop Stopford School musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com Punchin Pandas Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 5 to 5.45pm at Ise Lodge Pavilion. For Alleycats 9.15 to 10am 10-11.15am in term time at Praise ages 3 to 6 years. Mighty Kickers for 3.5 years olds to Community Church, Alexandra St. 5th Birthday, 10.10 to 10.55am £1.20 for 1st child, 60p thereafter Mega Kickers for 5 year olds to 7th BURTON LATIMER per family. Rebecca: 01536 484777 Birthday, 11.05 to 11.55am. Rhymetime TheatreBUGS Drama Rhymetime 10.30 to 11am for ages 2+. Burton 5 to 6pm at Starlight Dance, High 2.30 to 3pm at Kettering Library. Latimer Library. Free. Drop-in. Street. For 2 to 6 year olds. Free. Drop-in. Baby Bounce & Rhyme 11.30am to 12pm for babies and non DESBOROUGH & ROTHWELL DESBOROUGH & ROTHWELL walkers. Burton Latimer Library. Free. DESBOROUGH & ROTHWELL Salvation Army Parents & Toddlers 9.30-11am in term time. New Street, Rothwell. Contact 07726 580187.

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 9.30am and 10am and 1.05pm and 1.35pm. Call for details.

Braybrooke Tiny Tots Rhymetime (Desborough) 10am-12pm. Braybrooke Village Hall. 2.15 to 3pm at Desborough Library. £2/family. Contact Jo 07565 783128. Free. Drop-in. Storystomp 10 to 10.45am at Desborough Library. Stories, rhymes and craft linked with a theme each week. Free. Drop-in.

Scrum Kids (Rugby) At Ironwood Avenue. Various classes between 10.15am and 11.45am. Visit scrumkids.co.uk for details. Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 11am and 2.30pm. Call for details.

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Hawthorn Berries 9.15-11am. Hawthorn Primary School. £1/child, £1.50 for 2+ children. Snack provided. Facebook. com/groups/Hawthornberries

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East Northamptonshire MONDAYS HIGHAM FERRERS Community Stay & Play 9.30-11am at Higham Ferrers Library. For unders 5s. Free. Drop-in IRTHLINGBOROUGH St Peter’s Under Fives 2-3pm. St Peter’s Church, Church Street. Contact 01933 650278 RUSHDEN Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505 Rhymetime 10 to 10.30am at Rushden Library. Free. Drop-in. Bumps & Babes @ Church 10am at St Mary’s Church. Short lively service followed by playtime. £1 per family. 01933 358218. TT Parent & Tot Swimming 11am to 12pm at Splash Leisure Pool. Call 01933 410505 THRAPSTON & VILLAGES Parent & Tot Swimming 9 to 10am at the Nene Centre. Call 01832 734090 Monday Moring Cafe 9am to 11am in Titchmarsh Church. Contact Judith on 01832 730587.

TUESDAYS HIGHAM FERRERS Rhymetime 10.15-10.45am at Higham Ferrers Library. Free. Drop-in Primary Ballet (Starlight Dance) 4 to 5pm at Higham Ferrers Junior School. For 3 to 6 year olds

OUNDLE Rhymetime 10 to 10.30am at Oundle Library. Free. RAUNDS Raunds Stay and Play For 0 to 5s and their carers. 9.15-11.15am, in term time, at The Methodist Chapel, Brook Street. Contact: Lydia Wilkie on 07791 272600. Facebook group: Raunds Stay and Play. Play & Learn for Under 1s 10.15-11.15am at Raunds Library. Free. Drop-in RUSHDEN Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505

WEDNESDAYS HIGHAM FERRERS AllStars Show Team (Starlight Dance) 5.15 to 6pm at Higham Ferrers Junior School. For 3 to 6 year olds IRTHLINGBOROUGH Storystomp 2 to 2.30pm at Irthlingborough Library. An interactive story and rhyme session for pre-school children. Free. Drop-in. OUNDLE Play & Learn for Under 1s 2-3pm at Oundle Library. Free. Drop-in RUSHDEN

Parent & Tot Swimming Mugs and Beakers (Mums & Tots) 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 9.30-11am at St Peter’s Catholic 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505 Church. 50p per family. Contact Kalesi Play & Learn for Under 1s on: 01933 355114 9.30-10.30am at Rushden Library. Sing and Sign Free. Drop-in At Rush2TheDen, Fitzwilliam Street. Jelly Babes 10am - Stage 2, 11am - stage 1. 9.30-11.30am at Queen Street Mums & Tots Church Hall. £1 per family. Contact 10-11.30am at Rushden Full Gospel Jeanette on 01933 391457. TT Church & Christian Centre, 60 High Parent & Tot Swimming Street South. Linda: 07904 638612 10.30 to 11.30am at Splash Leisure Pool. Call 01933 410505 STANWICK Stanwick Mums & Tots 1.45-3.15pm. Stanwick Village Hall. £2 per family. Contact Lucy 01933 461384.

Hartbeeps Happy House 11am at My Flourpower, High Street. £5 per session. See ad. STANWICK

Parent & Tot Sessions Join in in an activity inspired by the surroundings until 11am at Stanwick Lets Get Active Lakes, then sing and dance your 10am to 11am at St John’s Hall. way through to lunch with Lisa from Tel: 01832 730534 Music and Movement. Children Café Specials available. £2 per child. Fit For You Buggy Walk 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Meet outside the Parking charges apply. library. Tel: 01832 730534 THRAPSTON & VILLAGES

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

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Parent & Tot Swimming 9 to 10am at the Nene Centre. Call 01832 734090 Rhymetime 10.30am to 11am at Thrapston Library. Free. Drop-in. Smalltalk 11 to 11.45am at Thrapston Library. Help your child learn phonics through fun stories and crafts. Free. Little Angels (Ringstead) 1.30 - 3pm in term time. Ringstead School Hall. £1.30 per family.

THURSDAYS HIGHAM FERRERS Play & Learn for Under 1s 2-3pm at Higham Ferrers Library. Free. Drop-in OUNDLE Bounce & Rhyme 10 to 10.30am at Oundle Library. Free. Music Makers 11am at the Joan Strong Centre. Fun music & movement for 0-5 years. £4 per child, £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com RAUNDS Rhymetime 11 to 11.30am at Raunds Library. Free. Drop-in. Little Treasures 9.30-11am. St Laurence Church. Donation optional. TT RUSHDEN Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505 THRAPSTON & VILLAGES Parent & Tot Swimming 9 to 10am at the Nene Centre. Call 01832 734090

Arts & Crafts

Parent & Tot Group / Other

Tiddlers SATURDAYS 9.30-11am, term time only. Thrapston Baptist Church, 33 HIGHAM FERRERS Huntingdon Road. £1/family. Contact Play & Learn for Under 5s Tina: 01832 730297 10.30-11am at Higham Ferrers Music Makers Library. Free. Drop-in 9.15am at Titchmarsh Pavilion. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. IRTHLINGBOROUGH Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or Play & Learn for Under 5s musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com 10.30-11am at Irthlingborough Play & Learn for Under 1s Library. Free. Drop-in 10.15-10.45am at Thrapston Library. Free. Drop-in OUNDLE 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

FRIDAYS IRTHLINGBOROUGH Rhymetime 2-2.30pm at Irthlingborough Library. Free. Drop-in. RAUNDS Raunds Stay and Play For 0 to 5s and their carers. 9.15-11.15am, in term time, at The Methodist Chapel, Brook Street. Contact: Lydia Wilkie on 07791 272600. Facebook group: Raunds Stay and Play. Storystomp 10.30 to 11am at Raunds Library. An interactive story and rhyme session for pre-school children. Free. Drop-in. RUSHDEN Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505 Sing and Sign At Rush2TheDen, Fitzwilliam Street. 9.30am - Stage 2, 10.30am - Stage 1, 11.30am - Babes.

Play & Learn for Under 5s 10.30-11am at Oundle Library. Free. Drop-in RAUNDS Baby & Toddler Time 11 to 11.30am at Raunds Library. Free. Drop-in. RUSHDEN Sing and Sign At Rush2TheDen, Fitzwilliam Street. 9.30am - Stage 1, 10.30am - stage 2. THRAPSTON & VILLAGES Play & Learn for Under 5s 10.30-11am at Thrapston Library. Free. Drop-in Family Swim 11am to 1pm at the Nene Centre. Call 01832 734090

SUNDAYS OUNDLE Bounce & Rhyme 2.15pm to 2.45pm at Oundle Library. Free. RUSHDEN Family Swim 9 to 11.30am at Splash Leisure Pool. Call 01933 410505 THRAPSTON & VILLAGES Family Swim 12pm to 2.15pm at the Nene Centre. Call 01832 734090

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Weekly Activities Timetable

Wellingborough and District MONDAYS

WEDNESDAYS

FRIDAYS

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

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

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

Rhymetime (Wellingborough Library) 10-10.30am. Free. Drop-in. The Rascals Music Session 9.45-10.45am at St Andrews Rhymetime Bounce & Rhyme Church Hall, Berrymore Road. £2 11.15-11.45am. Free. Drop-in. 1st child, £1.25 2nd child. St Mark’s Buggy Club Sing and Sign 1.30-3pm, St Mark’s Church Hall, At Busy Bees, Enstone Court. Queensway. Voluntary 50p dona1.30pm - Stage 1. tion. Contact Joy: 01933 676368.

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

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

Storytime Interactive story-telling session for Infant Ballet & Tap > 5s and their parents at The Castle (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 3.45 to 4.45pm at The Studio, Earls Theatre. 1pm to 2.30pm. Free. Barton. For ages 3 to 5 years. Primary Ballet (Starlight Dance) 4 to 4.30pm, Starlight Dance, Palk Road. For 3 to 6 year olds Primary Tap (Starlight Dance) 4.30 to 5pm, Starlight Dance, Palk Road. For 3 to 6 year olds

TUESDAYS Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club. Mucky Pups Messy Play 9.30-11am at St Andrews Church Hall, Berrymore Road. £3 for 1st child, £1 thereafter. Contact 01933 272119

THURSDAYS

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

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

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

Mini Champs Toddler Group 9.30-11.30am at Everyday Champions Church, Havelock St. Call 01933 225525.

Allstars Show Team (Starlight Dance) 4 to 5pm, Starlight Dance, Palk Road. For 3 to 6 year olds.

Rhymetime (Irchester) 9.30am to 10am weekly at Irchester Library. Free.

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

Jigsaw Toddler Group 9.30am to 11am at Compass Church, Commercial Way.

Family Plus Play and Learn 2pm to 3pm at Wellingborough Library. Free.

Rhymetime (Wollaston) 10am to 10.30am at Wollaston Library. Free.

Play and Learn (Wollaston) 2pm to 3pm weekly at Wollaston Library. For under 1s.

Rhymetime (Finedon) 10.30am to 11am in term time at Finedon Library. Free.

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 3.45pm and 5.45pm at Rowan Gate Primary School.

Sing and Sign Babes At Salem Hall, Slaem Lane. 1.15pm - Stage 1.

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.

St Mary’s Thursday Club Finedon 1.30pm to 2.30pm at The Mission room, Well street, Finedon. Toddle Group. £1.50 per family.

Punchin Pandas 9.30 to 10.30am at Redwell Leisure Centre. For ages 4+

Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School Dance) 4 to 5pm at Vicarage Farm Community Centre Little Shapers 5pm at the Kingsway Centre. Fitness classes for children & parents KEY:

Swimming

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

Music, Dance & Drama

Physical classes

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 12pm at Rowan Gate Primary School.

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 3pm and 5.30pm at Scott Bader Pool, Wollaston.

Arts & Crafts

Parent & Tot Group / Other


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WINter Puzzle Page

All correct entries will be put into a draw and the winner(s) selected at random in each competition. Please remember to include your name, address and telephone number with your entry.

Win a Family Ticket to see “Aliens Love Underpants” at The Core at Corby Cube on the Sunday 13th December at 4pm For your chance to win, find the cheeky alien (pictured left) hidden somewhere in this magazine (excluding pages 5, 18 and 55). Then email the page number it’s on, together with your name and address, to: info@timefortots.co.uk A Family Ticket is valid for 2 adults and 2 children on the date shown only.

“Aliens Love Underpants” runs from Monday 7th to Thursday 24th December. Turn to page 18 to find our more about the show.

Closing date 9th December 2015

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Win a Family Ticket to see “The Snow Queen” at The Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton on Sunday 13th December at 5.15pm For your chance to win, tell us who wrote the fairytale “The Snow Queen”, was it: a/ Christian Andrew Hansen b/ Hans Christian Andersen c/ Andre Hans Christianson Email your answer, a, b or c, together with your name and address, to: info@timefortots.co.uk A Family Ticket is valid for 2 adults and 2 children on the date shown only.

“The Snow Queen” runs from the 25th November to 3rd January 2016. Turn to page 16 to find our more about the show.

Closing date 9th December 2015

www.royalandderngate.co.uk

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“Sleep safe...Sleep...?” Email your answer together with your name, address and the Snuggle or Toddler Sac of your choice to: info@timefortots.co.uk Visit the Snuggle Sac website to view the full range of sacs available.

Closing date 4th January 2016

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Closing date 31st January 2016

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Index Activities & Days Out

Cheeky Monkees Mini Meadows Nene Valley Railway Royal & Derngate Theatre Stanwick Lakes The Castle Theatre The Core at Corby Cube Twycross Zoo West Lodge Rural Centre Wicksteed Park

Business Opportunities

Forever Living Page Planner Partylite Virtual Sales Team

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Clubs & Classes Corby Borough Council - Activities for Under 5s

Dance Schools

Barbara Hooton School of Dancing Emma’s Dance Studio Starlight Dance

Music & Movement

Giggles & Wiggles Sing & Sign

Physical Activity

Little Kickers Little Shapers Mini Dribblers Punchin Pandas Scrum Kids Tots Play

Swim Schools

Bubble Babies Infant Aquatics Jenny’s Dolphins

Theatre Schools Stagecoach

Health & Beauty

Buggy Boot Camp Ladies Karate Secret Retreat Beauty Soul Attention Counselling Service

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Independent Schools

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Northampton High School

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Nurseries, Pre-Schools & Childminders Acorn Childcare Aldwincle Pre-school Brigstock Playgroup Monkey Puzzle National Childminding Association Oak Tree Day Nursery Sunnylands Day Nursery Sweetheart Nannies Titchmarsh Pre-school West Lodge Day Nursery

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Party Services

Children’s Parties - Corby Borough Council Cheers Mobile Bars ES Promotions Teenie Boppers & Crazy Faces Whytewell Sweet Cart

Photographers

Firetree Photography Precious Moments Photography

Pregnancy & Birth

Babytime Massage Mind & Body Wellbeing Nurturing Hands

Services

Oakley Bugz Samaritans

Shopping & Gifts

Newlands Centre

Footwear & Clothing

Funky Lil Feet Little Eddie Baby Co Groococks For Kids

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Gifts

Jack’s Embroidery Joy in a Box

Thank-you for reading! The next issue will be out week commencing 1st March 2016 To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk

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Brighten up the winter months, with The Castle’s Spring season packed full of events to entertain the whole family!

Little Red & the Wolves Sat 16 Jan, 2.30pm

Shiny Sat 30 Jan, 11am & 2pm

Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales From the books by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo

Mon 11 Apr, 2.30pm

Wed 30 Mar, 11am & 2pm

Box Office 01933 270 007 www.thecastle.org.uk The Castle Theatre & Arts Centre

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