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The local guide from bump to 5 Library Services for Young Children

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& The importance of reading to your child

Win! Theatre Tickets A Polar Bear Scarf & Ear Muffs

Christmas

Activities

& Events

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

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


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Winter 2016 Contents

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elcome to the winter issue. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The most exciting time of the year with young children. Turn to pages 8 to 15 to start planning your festive activities with our Christmas What’s On guide. There is a great range of activities to choose from this season from train rides to snow globes, Santa’s grottos to Christmas crafts. Some activities are even free so entertaining the children needn’t cost a fortune. Northamptonshire Libraries Early Years Team have written an insightful article for us on pages 31 to 33. Research has proven that reading to and sharing books with your child from a young age has a great impact on their progress at school and can enhance their development significantly. The article includes some tips on sharing books with your child and details of the Bookstart Scheme run by the libraries.

We’ve once again produced our super handy desk calendar for 2017. We’ve got a limited number to give out to readers. Turn the page to find out how to get your hands on one. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year with your families. See you in 2017!

Vanessa

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Tots News Christmas What’s On Guide Winter Events Diary Clubs and Classes Featured Class: Tots Play Library Services for Young Children Tips for sharing books with your child Business Mum Business Opportunities & Services Pregnancy, Birth & Babies Birth Announcements Childcare Tips for Choosing Childcare Time for Mum Winter Beauty Tips for Busy Mums Party Services Weekly Activities Timetable Competitions Page Special Offers Index of Advertisers

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The main cast of the Royal & Derngate’s pantomime “Jack and the Beanstalk” feature on this issue’s front cover. “Jack and the Beanstalk” is on from the 9th to the 31st December. 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

Mayor Cuts Ribbon on New Nursery Playground

First Aid Training A for Parents and Carers

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aisy first aid provides essential first aid training for parents, parentsto-be, grandparents and babysitters. The 2 hour classes are specially designed to give you the skills and confidence to know what to do if an emergency, accident or sudden illness happened. Covering CPR, choking, fevers, febrile seizures, meningitis, bleeding, burns, broken bones, bumps to the head and more, the classes are fun and informal and all run by Marie, a female trainer who has over 10 years of nursing experience and has 2 young children herself. The sessions can be held in the comfort of your own home with family and friends, or join a local class. Monthly classes are currently being held at Rush 2the Den with more locations coming soon. For more details email: marie@daisyfirstaid. com, visit Facebook: Daisy First Aid Northampton, or visit:

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The Time for Tots 2017 Desk Calendar

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e have a limited number of these super handy 2017 desk calendars to give away to our readers. If you’d like to get your hands on one, e-mail us at info@timefortots.co.uk with where you live and we’ll tell you where you can pick one up.

ngels Day Nursery in Kettering welcomed two special guests recently as the Mayor and Mayoress of the town cut the ribbon on a brand new outdoor playground. The playground, which has been created in conjunction with a market-leading landscape gardening company, will be used by children aged two to four and includes a trike bike track, a log climber and a large shaded sand pit with a pulley and bucket system. Planter beds to encourage gardening, water play equipment and a ‘welly shed’ have also been incorporated. As well as cutting the ribbon on the new playground, the Mayor and Mayoress were also treated to a tour of the nursery and an afternoon tea prepared by Chris Neal, the nursery chef. The Mayor also built sandcastles with the children at the new sand pit! Simeon Singer, owner of Angels Day Nursery, said of the event: “We were delighted to welcome the Mayor to our nursery to open the fabulous new playground and showcase the rest of our wonderful facilities. We put a lot of thought into the new playground and will take great pleasure from seeing the children use it to develop their physical and social skills and, generally, just have fun!” The Mayor of the Borough of Kettering, Councillor Scott Edwards, added: “Myself and the Mayoress were honoured to be given the opportunity to officially open the new outdoor play space at Angels Day Nursery. The facilities, inside and out, are wonderful and a real asset to the town of Kettering.” Angels Day Nursery, which caters for children between the ages of 0-4, has recently been inspected by Ofsted and retained it’s ‘Outstanding’ rating for the third consecutive time. The nursery is inviting the local community to visit and take part in a guided ‘show around’ of the facilities. To find out more or book an appointment, call 01536 519926 or go to:

www.angels-nursery.co.uk

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Full STEAM Ahead for Northampton High School

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iretree Photography are now taking advance bookings for their popular Bluebell Wood Photoshoot, in April and May next year, and offering Time for Tots readers a £5 discount on the cost of the shoot! Spend an hour with a professional portrait photographer in the woodland grounds of a private house, Gumley, Nr Market Harborough. A fantastic opportunity for bluebell wood portraits. The wood is completely secluded and undisturbed, set in the grounds of a private manor, a stunning location for bluebell wood portraiture. These shoots are only run once every year and are very popular. Find out more by visiting:

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ubble Babies, who offer baby, pre-school and junior swimming classes, are now taking bookings for their spring term next year. For more information or to book, contact Erika on 01604 780244 or e-mail: erika.bubblebabies@hotmail.com. Places fill up quickly so book now to secure your child’s place.

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orthampton High Junior School is delighted to have developed a series of specialist rooms to create a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Learning Hub. The school champions the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects across the school from our younger girls’ right through to sixth form. There are four new Junior School rooms: an IT suite, Science room, Art and Design Technology room and a multi-function space which can be used for break out groups. There is a pond and wildlife area nearby in the school grounds where girls can learn firsthand about science, nature and the environment. If you would like to come and see all our School can offer your daughter, come and visit us during our Junior School Open Week from Monday 30 January to Friday 3 February. Give us a call or email to book in at a time that suits you. The following week, Monday 6 February to Friday 10 February, we welcome girls to come and spend the day with us during our Taster Week. For more information, please contact our Registrar, Mrs Amanda Wilmot on 01604 765765 a.wilmot@ nhs.gdst.net or see our website:

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Christmas 2016 Your local guide to what’s on for families this festive season

Activities & Grottos The Christmas Experience at West Lodge Rural Centre

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Saturday 26th November to Saturday 24th December

he Christmas Experience at West Lodge Farm is where magical memories are made for you and your little ones with visitors returning year after year. Activities include: • A visit to Father Christmas in his magical workshop. Receive a gift to tide you over until the big day. • Walk through the elves village and make some magical reindeer food to take home • Take a ‘donkey selfie’ with our two gorgeous donkeys, Arthur and Donny • Take part in the live Nativity play, star alongside the farmyard animals and sing our favourite Christmas carols All of the above plus the usual farm activities: undercover animal petting areas, barrel rides, adventure playground, family restaurant with wood burning stove serving all your festive favourites. Tickets sell out quickly for this popular event so book yours online now at:

www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk


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at The Holiday Inn, Corby

he Holiday Inn Corby makes family festive cheer fun with their 2016 events! The newly refurbished hotel has a huge range of festive events this December including family friendly events such as the Frozen Forever Show, Sunday Lunch with Santa and a family friendly New Year’s Eve Party! Our Frozen Forever show (Sunday 4th December) promises to be an afternoon of magical entertainment with songs, acting and games for all the family for only £10.00 per person (1 adult per 3 children). Let us do the washing up and relax on the run up to Christmas day with our Sunday Lunch with Santa (Sunday 18th December). The children will be entertained by our resident magic entertainer and for all the good boys and girls there’s a surprise visit from Santa too. There is also plenty of evening entertainment for adults with regular tribute nights, afternoon teas and festive lunches. The Christmas Brochure can be downloaded from hicorby.com or can sent to you by contacting the hotel. Call now to book on 01536 401020 or email Christmas@hicorby.com

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visit Santa at Stanwick Lakes

3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th December

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isit Santa in his magical grotto and receive a present. He’ll be there every Saturday and Sunday in December, from the 3rd to the 18th inclusive, between 11am and 4pm. £4.50 per child, including a present. Modest car parking charges also apply. While you are at Stanwick Lakes why not explore the playground or come inside and enjoy the soft play area and refreshments in Cafe Solar. On Saturday 17th December enjoy a Christmas Celebration at Stanwick Lakes, including a festive market, Santa’s grotto, live music from Big About Sing Choir and children’s activities. Free entry, modest charges for some activities, special discounts for members. Normal car park charges apply.

www.stanwicklakes.org.uk

Frozen Forever Sunday, 4th December Show starts at 2pm Holiday Inn Corby-Kettering £10 per person (Adult or Child) A magical experience with songs, acting and games for all the family. Join the Snow Queen and all her friends for the Frozen Forever spectacular - with live songs and acting scenes from the movie, plus games and audience participation. What better way to spend a Christmassy Sunday afternoon! Advanced booking and prepayment required, please call us on 01536 401020 or email us on events@hicorby.com


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Santa & Steam! Christmas Party at Nene valley Railway

Selected dates between 26th Nov and 24th Dec he Nene Valley Railway’s Santa Specials hold a very special place in many local people’s hearts, indeed some families are now coming back with their 4th generation of Santa special guests. If you haven’t already experienced for yourselves perhaps this year you should! The Santa experience starts with a welcome from our station staff and badge team. This is followed by an exciting visit to Santa’s log cabin where each child receives a special present from the old gentleman himself. Families then join our steam hauled, decorated train for a 50 minute ride to Peterborough and return. During the journey our train staff serve the children with a drink and chocolates. Parents and other adults are not forgotten with a mince pie and either an alcoholic miniature, wine or a hot drink. Santa walks through the train to see the children, providing an opportunity to take photographs and to wish everyone the compliments of the season. Classic Santa, First Class and Premier First Class packages available. Visit the website or call for more information. Booking is essential for this magical, memorable experience and places sell fast so don’t delay and book today!

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at Cheeky Monkees

Friday 9th December, 6.15pm to 7.45pm

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riday 9th 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

Christmas Sing-A-Long at West Lodge Rural Centre

13th, 14th, 15th & 16th December, 4.30pm to 7.30pm

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traditional festive evening for all the family and friends to enjoy. • Visit Father Christmas in his magical workshop, children receive a gift to tide them over until the big day • Enjoy a 2 course carvery supper - a mixture of traditional and modern Carols around the Christmas Tree • Finishing off with a live Nativity Play in the display barn with all the farmyard animals Book online at:

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Eden Centre home of Open Door Church 21 Montagu Street Event sponsored by Churches Together in Kettering and District

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25 December 12 to 2pm Help us celebrate Christmas with a feast of warm company, traditional food, crackers, carols, TV All Welcome! no dress code and no hassle.

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A MEMORABLE CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! From 26th November up to & including Christmas Eve

If possible call 01536 484800 or call into the office at 21 Montagu Street or come on the day anyway. No plans for Christmas, want to help out? Contact as above

Happy Christmas from Churches Together

To book visit www.nvr.org.uk or call 01780 782833


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Christmas Fun at Wicksteed Park

The Santa Train

9th, 10th, 11th & 16th to 23rd December

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espite being very busy, Santa will be paying Wicksteed Park a visit this December! He’d like to meet and greet each little one who rides on the Christmas Train and each child passenger will receive a small present. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket office at the railway. The train will run between 12:30pm to 3:40pm on December 9th, 10th and 11th and daily from the 16th to 23rd. Tickets are £3.00. Children who are under 90cm will ride for free but must be accompanied by a grown-up with a purchased ticket. Please note, normal car parking fees apply.

Wicky’s Christmas Ball Friday 23rd December, 12 to 2pm

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his Christmas Wicky Bear would be over the moon if you joined him and his crew for his annual Christmas Party in Wicksteed’s Pavilion. They will be playing plenty of games and joining in with dancing. Advance tickets £5 for children and £1.50 for adults (extra 50p for both on the door). Babies under 12 months go free. Tickets can be booked online through the Wicksteed Park website.

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Various dates in December

oin us for an enchanted Christmas experience on a variety of dates in December. You can stroll around the fairground and enjoy views of spellbinding Chinese lanterns; explore up high in the Tree Top Walk and other fairground experiences; listen to entertainers performing hourly stories. Tickets are £10 per person.

www.wicksteedpark.org

Santa in Kettering Town Centre

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24th November to 24th December

anta is leaving the North Pole to take his preChristmas vacation at The Yards, Market Street and would love for you to come and visit him. Thursdays & Saturdays 12 to 6pm, Sundays 12pm to 4pm. Late night is available on the 15th December with pre-booked slots by calling 07762 473150. £4.20 per child and every child will receive a present. (50% of proceeds go to KGH’s Skylark Children’s Ward).

www.kettering.gov.uk/Christmas

Berzerk Re-Launch Party Friday 16th December

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ome and see the new-look Berzerk Soft Play in Northampton with brand new areas: Go Kart Track, Air Bouncer, Climbing Frames, New Under 5s Space.... and a Santa’s Grotto! Plus free mince pie for Mum or Dad! 12-2pm for under 5s, 4-6pm for under 10s. Normal entry fees apply plus an extra £2 for Santa’s Grotto.

www.berzerkleisure.co.uk

FREE Christmas Crafts at Kettering Manor House Museum

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10th, 17th and 20th to 23rd December

n the lead-up to Christmas there are a range of FREE, drop-in crafts for children available at the Manor House Museum. Come along and craft something Christmassy! 10th, 17th and 20th to 23rd December, 10am to 4.30pm.

www.kettering.gov.uk/manorhousemuseum

Snow Globe & Santa

at Swansgate Centre, Wellingborough FREE Snow Globe

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isit the Swansgate Centre on Saturday 3rd December to hop in their FREE Giant Snow Globe! From 10am to 3pm, gather your family & friends to take a festive picture in the Snow Globe, with a free print to take home. Plus, young shoppers can follow the festive treasure hunt round the centre for the chance to win goodies.

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ome and meet Santa on Saturday 10th and 17th December, Santa will be visiting the centre where you can tell him what’s on your Christmas list and take home a free early gift. Find him located by Specsavers in-centre from 10am to 3pm. * Free gift is subject to availability.

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COMING UP...

AT THE NEWLANDS SHOPPING CENTRE

KETTERING CHRISTMAS LAUNCH Thursday 24 November at ?6.30pm? Kettering launches Christmas with a visit from Santa and spectacular switch on on the Christmas lights in the Town Centre.

Elfie Shelfie Our cheeky elf will be up mischief in the Newlands Shopping Centre! Enter our Facebook competition from 1st to 14th December. Tell us where in the Newlands Shopping Centre our mischievous elf is and you could WIN £100 of shopping vouchers each week! As Christmas is the season of goodwill, every person that correctly answers during the two weeks will have the chance to WIN an extra prize of £200 of shopping vouchers!!

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Check our Facebook page on the 12 days up to Christmas for your chance to win prizes from our retailers!

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The children’s entertainments are not supervised playschemes and parents are requested to stay with their children and join in the fun.

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Pantomimes & Shows Second Star to the Right at The Royal & Derngate Theatre 2nd December to 7th January

Peter and The Starcatcher at The Royal & Derngate Theatre 29th November to 31st December

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udiences will take an unforgettable journey through the Neverland they never knew this Christmas, as Northampton’s Royal stage is transformed for the much-anticipated European Premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher. Winner of 5 Tony Awards for its hugely successful run on Broadway and one of the most produced plays in America last year, this fascinating and funny prequel brings one of classic literature’s most beloved characters to life. Join Starcatcher apprentice Molly as she embarks on a daring mission to stop a precious cargo of stardust from falling into the wrong hands. And meet a very special orphan and help solve the mystery of how he became ‘the boy who never grew up’. Twelve actors playing more than 100 characters use ingenious stagecraft, inventive storytelling and live music to whisk audiences to a magical world of lost boys, pirates, and mermaids. This brand new production of Peter and the Starcatcher premières at Royal & Derngate, from Tuesday 29th November to Saturday 31st December before a national tour. Tickets, priced from £10 to £26*, can be booked by calling Box Office on 01604 624811 or visiting:

www.royalandderngate.co.uk

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nspired by the world of Peter and the Starcatcher, which can be seen in the Royal auditorium this festive season, Royal & Derngate invites under 7s and their families on a magical and mystical adventure taking them on a journey into Neverland and back again. From Friday 2nd December to Saturday 7th January, fairy dust will be sprinkled to transform the theatre’s Underground Studio into an enchanting and immersive wonderland, for the delightful Second Star to the Right. Will Croc ever get rid of his tock? Will the lost boys find what they have been looking for? And which pirate will end up being captain of the ship? Second Star to the Right is the perfect introduction to theatre for little ones – a very special interactive experience for boys and girls under 7 and their adults (but can be enjoyed by all children and their families). Tickets for family performances are just £9.50* each. On 7th January at 11am there is a specially adapted, relaxed performance for children with a wide range of disabilities and for those on the autistic spectrum. For dates and times, and/or to book, call the Box Office on 01604 624811 or visit:

www.royalandderngate.co.uk


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A Christmas Carol

Jack And The Beanstalk

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at The Core at Corby Cube 8th to 31st December

his Christmas at The Core at Corby Cube, the most famous festive tale of all time, A Christmas Carol, is brought to life in a brilliantly entertaining version for all the family, from Thursday 8th to Saturday 31st December. Wealthy miser Ebenezer Scrooge is all set to greet Christmas Day with his traditional “bah humbug”! Not this year… the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future have other ideas, and with the clock ticking they appear on Christmas Eve to see if they can show him the real meaning of Christmas, before it’s too late. The Core will be transformed with candles, mince pies, mulled wine, carols and some ghostly goings on, in the first major production to be created at the venue since the inaugural year’s Hansel and Gretel. Recommended for ages 6 and above, tickets for standard performances are £12.50*, with concessions at £10.50, schools tickets at £9. Tickets for premium performances (24th – 27th December) are priced at £13.50, with concessions at £11.50. For a full details of performance times or to book, call the Box Office on 01536 470470 or visit:

www.thecorecorby.com

at The Royal & Derngate Theatre 9th to 31st December

usic and theatre star Simon Webbe stars in Royal & Derngate’s spectacular family pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, alongside Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey, from Friday 9th to Saturday 31st December. This year, Northampton’s premier pantomime reaches new heights. Forced to sell his trusty cow, join Jack as he climbs a beanstalk of gigantic proportions to cloudland and fights to save the beautiful Princess Apricot, outwit the evil giant, win riches beyond his wildest dreams and gain the hand of the girl he loves. Offering outstanding entertainment for theatre-goers of all ages, Jack and the Beanstalk is packed with lots of laughs, fabulous music, fantastic special effects and bundles of audience participation. The wonderful cast is led by Simon Webbe, best known for being a member of the chart-topping boy band Blue, who will play the title role of Jack. Playing Princess Apricot is Wellingborough-born Ashleigh Butler and her canine sidekick Pudsey, who rose to fame after winning the 6th series of Britain’s Got Talent. Tickets, priced from £11 to £30*, can be booked by calling Box Office 01604 624811 or by visiting:

www.royalandderngate.co.uk


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Events Diary December Fri 2nd

Big Chef Little Chef at Stanwick Lakes

See details on the right. 10.30am-12.30pm. Booking essential. Call Karen on 07792 013274.

Sat 3rd

FREE Snow Globe at Swansgate Centre

Visit the Swansgate Shopping Centre in Wellingborough to hop in their FREE Giant Snow Globe! From 10am to 3pm, gather your family & friends to take a festive picture in the Snow Globe, with a free print to take home. Plus, young shoppers can follow the festive treasure hunt round the centre for the chance to win goodies.

Fossil Fun Day at The Manor House Museum Learn about and handle some amazing, real fossils and have a go at the fossil activities. 10am to 4pm at The Manor House Museum in Kettering. Free!

Sun 4th

Family RSPB Walk at Stanwick Lakes

Spot and identify birds found around Stanwick Lakes. Bring binoculars if you have them. £2 adults, £1 children. Book by ringing 01933 625522. Standard car parking charges apply.

Little Art Works Craft Day at Sywell Country Park

A mobile craft studio offering pottery painting, hand and foot impressions in clay and a range of hand made bespoke silver jewellery. Why not take advantage of this opportunity to make some hand made personalised gifts. Either for yourself, family or friends. 10am to 4pm. Call 07752 969847 for more information.

Wed 7th

Nature Tots at Irchester Country Park

See details below. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, telephone 01933 276866.

Thu 8th

Nature Tots at Fermyn Woods Country Park See details below. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, telephone 01933 276866.

Sat 10th

Angels Nursery Christmas Party

Taking place at the nursery, the Christmas

See pages 8 to 15 for more Christmas activities and events Party Open Day is open to everyone in the local community (not just the children who attend our nursery) and FREE to attend. Bring all the family and enjoy delicious food and a range of fantastic activities facilitated by our ‘Outstanding’ team of qualified childcare professionals. There will be lots going on including: Santa’s grotto with FREE presents, Christmas arts and crafts, singing and dancing sessions, face painting, making reindeer food, tasty seasonal treats by our chef. No tickets or registration required, just click ‘going’ on our Facebook page.

Baby and Childrens Nearly New Sale at the Tithe Barn, Wellingborough

Lots of stalls to browse! Refreshments available. Entrance £1, kids free. Lots of pre-loved items (toys, clothes etc) at a fraction of the high street cost! To book a stall please call 07577 701161 or email karen_aves@hotmail.co.uk

Big Screen Movie Night in Kettering Town Centre

Come and watch ‘Minions’ on the big screen in Kettering’s Market Place. 5pm. Late night shopping and free parking at council car parks and too.

Sat 10th to Mon 2nd January Beauty and the Beast at The Lighthouse Theatre

A traditional fun-filled pantomime at The Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering.

Wed 14th

Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park

See details below. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, telephone 01933 276866.

Thu 15th

Kettering Christmas Market

In Kettering Market Place, 4pm to 8pm. Late night shopping and free parking at council car parks and too.

Fri 16th

Berzerk Leisure Re-launch Party

Come and see the new-look Berzerk Soft Play in Northampton with brand new areas: Go Kart Track, Air Bouncer, Climbing Frames, New Under 5s Space....and a Santa’s Grotto! Plus free mince pie for Mum or Dad! 12-2pm for under 5s, 4-6pm for under 10s. Normal entry fees apply plus an extra £2 for Santa’s Grotto.

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Sat 17th

Tue 17th

Celebrate Christmas at Stanwick Lakes with a festive market, Santa’s grotto, live music from Big About Singing choir and children’s craft activities. Free entry, but modest charges for some activities.

See details below. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, telephone 01933 276866.

Christmas Celebration at Stanwick Lakes

Tue 20th

Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park

See details below. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, telephone 01933 276866.

Schools out Disco at Lings Forum

For 4 to 10 year olds. £1.50 for non-members. For more information contact Northampton Leisure Trust on 01604 837500.

Wed 21st

Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park

See details below. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, telephone 01933 276866.

Solstice Walk at Stanwick Lakes

Wrap up warm, bring a lantern or torch, and celebrate the shortest day of the year with us. Sing carols in the Outdoor Theatre after a walk around the lake. Booking essential on 01933 625522

Thu 22nd

Big Screen Movie Night in Kettering Town Centre

Come and watch ‘The Snowman’ and ‘The Snowman and the Snowdog’ on the big screen in Kettering’s Market Place. 5pm. Late night shopping and free parking at council car parks and too.

Fri 23rd

Wicky’s Christmas Ball

This Christmas Wicky Bear would be over the moon if you joined him and his crew for a Christmas Party. They will be playing plenty of games and joining in with dancing. Tickets are £5* for kids and £1.50* for adults. Doors open 11.30am, party starts at 12noon to 2pm *50p extra per person on the day of the party. Babies under 12 months go free.

January Wed 11th

Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park

See details below. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, telephone 01933 276866.

Thu 12th

Nature Tots at Fermyn Woods Country Park See details below. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, telephone 01933 276866.

Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park

Wed 18th

Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park

See details below. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, telephone 01933 276866.

Sun 22nd

Big Garden Birdwatch with the RSPB at Stanwick Lakes

A free event for all the family to learn about the birds of Stanwick Lakes. Includes bird walks and bird box building.

Sat 28th

Baby & Childrens Nearly New Sale at The Pemberton Centre, Rushden

Lots of stalls to browse! Refreshments available. Entrance £1, kids free. Lots of pre-loved items (toys, clothes etc) at a fraction of the high street cost! 10am to 12 noon. To book a stall please call 07577 701161 or email:karen_aves@hotmail.co.uk

Mon 30th to Fri 3rd Feb

Nursery and Junior open Week at Northampton High School

For nursery to year 6. Call for more information: 01604 765765

Regular Events Nature Tots

at Northamptonshire’s Country Parks A parents and tots group with a difference. Nature themed walk with a Ranger followed by a craft activity for pre school children. £3.50 per child, per session includes refreshments. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Big Chef Little Chef at Stanwick Lakes

Mix, make and munch a tasty lunch! A cooking club for pre-schoolers and their carers on alternate Fridays hosted by “Always Time to Bake”. 10.30am-12.30pm £5.50 per child. Suitable for children from 18 months. Booking essential by calling Karen on 07792 013274. Normal carpark charges apply.

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February

Mon 13th

Get Arty at Stanwick Lakes

Wed 1st

Family arty half term. 1 to 4pm. £1.50.

See details below. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, telephone 01933 276866.

Roald Dahl’s The Twits At the Royal & Derngate Theatre

Nature Tots at Irchester Country Park

Tue 14th to Sat 18th

Wed 1st to Fri 3rd

The Twits really are the most spiteful and revolting couple you could ever hope to meet. They spend their days playing wicked tricks on each other and mistreating Muggle-Wump monkeys. But not for much longer because the monkeys have a cunning plan to teach those terrible twits a lesson. Directed by Max Webster, this mischievous new show promises to be just as disgusting and repulsive as earth worms disguised as spaghetti – the perfect treat for all the family. 10 performances across 5 days. To book call the Box Office on 01604 624811 or visit: www.royalandderngate.co.uk

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show At the Royal & Derngate Theatre

Wed 15th

Nature Tots at Brixworth Country Park The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 41 million copies worldwide. Now, the timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage in this critically acclaimed production featuring a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle stories, The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. 5 performances across 3 days. To book call the Box Office on 01604 624811 or visit: www.royalandderngate.co.uk

Wed 8th

Nature Tots at Barnwell Country Park

See details below. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, telephone 01933 276866.

Thu 9th

Nature Tots at Fermyn Woods Country Park See details below. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, telephone 01933 276866.

Sat 11th to Sun 19th

Half Term Fun at West Lodge Farm

Bottle feed our new born lambs this February half term. We will also have lots more newborns such as chicks, guinea pigs and bunnies.

See details below. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, telephone 01933 276866.

Wed 15th & Thus 16th

Feathered Friends at Stanwick Lakes

Build a bird box or a feeder at this popular family event. Modest charges apply.

Sat 18th

“Black Magic: The Little Mix Show” at the Lighthouse Theatre

A highly energetic tribute show, suitable for all ages, that follows in the footsteps of the award winning girl band, Little Mix. The show takes audiences as close to a large-scale concert production as they can get and the girls’ stunning voices soar with the passion and power of the real deal. 7pm. Win tickets! See page 52.

Tue 21st

Nature Tots at Sywell Country Park

See details below. 10am to 11:30am. Booking essential, telephone 01933 276866.

Sat 25th

Baby & Childrens Nearly New Sale at The Pemberton Centre, Rushden

Lots of stalls to browse! Refreshments available. Entrance £1, kids free. Lots of pre-loved items (toys, clothes etc) at a fraction of the high street cost! 10am to 12 noon. To book a stall please call 07577 701161 or email:karen_aves@hotmail. co.uk

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“ANIMAL MAGIC RIVALS WAR HORSE”

“A BRILLIANT, LIFE-AFFIRMING SHOW”

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TUE 23 – SAT 27 MAY

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Junior School Open Week (Nursery – year 6)

Monday 30 January Friday 3 February www.northamptonhigh.gdst.net

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Funky Lil’ Feet Childrens Shoe Shop

Shoo Pom boots £45

Start-rite Camper Geox Dr Martens Pom D’Api Noel Vans Joules Teva Babybotte Petasil Polo by Ralph Lauren

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

www.funkylilfeet.co.uk

Overstone Park Independent School Creche, Nursery & Pre-School DFE & Ofsted registered “Celebrating Diversity”

• A safe & happy environment • A wide range of equipment & resources • A variety of work vouchers accepted • Qualified & experienced staff • 15 hours of FREE entitlement for 2 year olds • 15 hours of FREE entitlement for 3 year olds • A 5% reduction is given on fees for each sibling • As well as 48 weeks attendance, termly attendance is accepted for all children within this department and fees are not charged for the holiday non-attendance. • Our early years department has achieved excellent results in all learning goals • Ofsted - January 2016: Good with outstanding features

A school for all ages, 0 to post 16 years We can make a difference

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

Sing and Sign is Britain’s original, longest running and best loved baby signing programme, taught through music and song. Developed with Speech and Language Therapists to provide a progressive curriculum in 3 stages. We help you and your baby enjoy the process of learning to talk with • Less frustration • Better communication • And more fun! Classes in Kettering, Rushden, Wellingborough and Kingscliffe Classes available Monday to Friday Class Stages and Ages!! Also see our video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4_oc3US9RM Babes - 6 weeks to 6 months Stage 1 - 6 to 15 months Stage 2 - 15 to 24 months

Classes and availability listed on our website: www.singandsign.com Email: sarahsilsby@singandsign.co.uk or call Sarah for more information 07585 557664 Facebook search East Northants Sing and Sign

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. For Kettering area email: carly@infantaquatics.co.uk For Wellingborough area email: mel@infantaquatics.co.uk Or find us at: www.infantaquatics.co.uk

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Spaces now available in Desborough and Kettering

ASK ABOUT OUR TWO WEEK TRIAL

Unlock your child’s potential with Stagecoach Performing Arts

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

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

Creative Courage For Life

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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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Clubs & Classes Award-winning

Arts & Crafts For children aged

5 months to 11 years

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming Lessons

NEW FIXED PREMISES AT GLENDON FARM COMPLEX Arts & Craft sessions for Little Explorer session (15 months to 5 years). Baby Discover sessions (4 months to 15 months) Parties

For all enquiries, please email:

clairelee@thecreationstation.co.uk or call: 07826 525856

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Friendly classes in Rothwell Instructor in the water Average of 6 children per class Prices start from ÂŁ7.00 for 30 minutes

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

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EVERY MONDAY Desborough Leisure Centre 5.15pm to 6pm 3 to 6 years 6pm to 7pm Family class

EVERY TUESDAY Britannia Club, Burton Latimer 5.30pm to 6.15pm 4 to 8 years 7.15pm to 8.15pm Ladies only

EVERY WEDNESDAY Melton Street Community Centre, Kettering

Only £3 per class

! WINNER Kettering Community Sports Club of the Year 2015!

Friendly, fun, exciting lessons Ideal for the less confident child For ages 3 to adult Fantastic to learn as parent and child Start together, child is free

5.30pm to 6.15pm 3 to 6 years 6.15pm to 7.15pm Family class 7.15pm to 8.15pm Family class

EVERY THURSDAY Ise Pavilion, Kettering

1.45pm to 2.30pm 2 to 4 years 5pm to 5.45pm 4 to 8 years Classes fo older child r 7pm to 8pm Family class re

EVERY FRIDAY Corby

n& adults too. Please enqu ire.

5pm to 5.45pm 3+ years Scout Hut Occupation Road 6.15pm to 7pm 3+ years Kingswood School 7pm to 8pm Family class Kingswood School

Contact Nick on 07720 430798 or e-mail: nickbinder@ntlworld.com Real karate at realistic prices. www.punchinpandas.org Find us on Facebook

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Clubs & Classes

Featured Class: Tots Play

T

ots Play offers a complete programme of classes, parties, information products and resources suitable for children from birth to around 2 and a half years, with a range of sessions aimed at different age groups.

Talk us through a typical class

We have 3 different classes depending on the age of your little one: Our classes always start with singing our Tots Play ‘Hello’ song to every little one, then in our Discovery Tots and Social Tots classes we sing a welcome song and do actions to our warm up. Following a warm up, we are ready to do some yoga and movement to recognisable tunes and nursery rhymes, before learning some signs and singing our signing song of the week. In Discovery Tots we do a sensory play activity together and in Social Tots we do a bit of learning about our bodies, opposites or colours and numbers. We understand the importance of allowing children the opportunity for independent play and learning, so following the group activities, we give children the chance for sensory play with parents and movement activities for the toddlers. Our classes all end with bubbles and singing our goodbye song with our puppet mascot, Totsy Monkey! Our Baby Development Course for our youngest tots follows a slightly different pattern and also includes baby massage, tummy time ideas and calming holds and techniques.

What is the aim of your classes?

Our classes aim to give you the confidence and inspiration needed to play, connect and enjoy special time with your baby or toddler in ways which will enhance their development through sensory play, yoga, sign language, singing and massage. V

How do classes benefit children?

We know that young children learn best when using their whole body and all their senses and at Tots Play there is so much to get involved with that they can do just that. Each session includes a carefully chosen mix of structured and free play activities including songs, movement, games and equipment play. So whether your child is thoughtful and reserved or a nonstop action seeker, they will have the opportunity to play and explore in ways they’ll love – allowing their personality to shine, new skills to develop and flourish and confidence to soar.

What ages are the classes for?

Our Baby Development Course is for babies from birth to 6 months, Discovery Tots is suitable from 8 weeks until actively crawling and Social Tots is for the crawlers until approximately 2½ years.

When and where do you run classes?

We run classes on Tuesdays in Burton Latimer, Wednesdays in Mawsley and Fridays in Kettering (see our website for up to date times and locations).

How long does each class last?

Approximately 40 minutes for Discovery Tots and Social Tots and our Baby Development Course sessions last between 50 minutes and an hour.

How much does a class cost?

Our Baby Development Course is £50 for 6 weeks (includes massage oil, music and a colour workbook). Discovery Tots and Social Tots is £13 for 3 sessions as a trial and then £5.50 per class thereafter, payable as a half term block.

For more information contact: Contact: tel: E-mail: Website:

Amy Donovan 07930 340139 amyd@totsplay.co.uk www.totsplay.co.uk

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Now in Desborough

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

Follow us on Twitter @scrumkids Find us on Facebook Facebook.com/scrumkids

V Does your child

& love dancing

meeting new friends?

Here at Boogie-Lou Dance we love all things dance and pride ourselves on providing fun and supportive Dance Classes that encourage your child to enjoy dance and express themselves Classes start from 2yrs and cover various dance styles including modern, street and lyrical. All instructors are fully qualified, DBS Checked and First Aid trained. Looking for something different for your child’s birthday? Boogie-Lou Dance also offers dance focused parties with various packages starting from £5 per child! For more information please contact Louise Wright on 07900 992803 or lwdance@outlook.com or facebook Boogie-Lou Dance & Boogie-Lou Dance Parties

Do you want your child to enjoy dancing in a safe, happy and professional environment?

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Clubs & Classes

Corby International Pool &   Lodge Park Sports Centre  Crèche: LPSC 9.25—11.25am Mon/Wed/Fri Pool 9.25—11.25am Mon/Tues/Weds/Thurs/Fri & 12.25—2.25 Mon/Wed/Fri

FUN ACTIVITIES 

Shop   &   FREE  Swim 

FOR   UNDER   5’s 

“Stay & Play” 

at the Pool  Parent / Guardian 

     Swim  +    ng  & Bri wim & Play S y a    Tuesd n o   s Twin

Hi, I’m  Lodgy the  Lion... 

Parent & Toddler  Lessons  + 

Adult & Child  Sessions  Fun for all..  Phone for info. 

Snacks &   water/juice  also   provided 

Tots and Tiddlers Pre‐school Gymnastic sessions run every   Thursday during Term Time at Lodge Park.  Delivered by qualified  British Gymnastics Coaches to help develop your children’s social,  physical, language, education, imagination and co‐ordination skills.  Please call LPSC for more information or to make a booking.  

Party packages some available at both facilities.   Includes Crèche “Fun Play” (our Crèche facility is   available to hire), Soft Play,  Football, Cheerleading,  Archery, Trampolining,  Swim & Supervised Diving.    For further info and prices contact either facility.   Visit www.corby.gov.uk/partyhire  

Contact us: 

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

   Find us on Facebook      Lodge Park Sports Centre 

CRÈCHE   £3.10 for 1 hr,   £5.20 for 2 hrs 

£2.50/session  @ LPSC 

FREE JUNIOR SWIM  

Must be accompanied   in the pool by an adult.  Please submit this voucher at  reception to receive your   FREE junior swim.  Expiry date 30/12/16.   

This voucher was advertised   in the Winter Edition of   Time for Tots. 

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

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Library Services for Young Children By Northamptonshire Libraries Early Years Co-ordinator The Bookstart Scheme

Bookstart gives away free books to all babies and pre-schoolers and has great ideas for activities for toddlers too. You’ll get your free Bookstart pack in your baby’s first year, usually from your health visitor. The pack contains everything you need to get started sharing stories, rhymes and songs with your baby! Ask at your local library if you haven’t received your pack by the time your child reaches 1 year. Your child will get their Bookstart Treasure gift when they are 3 to 4 years old, from their nursery, playgroup or other early years setting. This pack contains everything you need to share stories, rhymes and songs with your pre-schooler! Ask at your local library if you haven’t received your gift by the time your child reaches 5 years. Excellent resources are also available to support children with additional needs and children who do not speak English as their first language.

Tips for sharing books with your child • Sit close together when sharing a book and encourage your child to hold the book themselves and/or turn the pages • Don’t be afraid to use funny voices – it’s a great way to make your child giggle. And don’t be afraid to sing either – they won’t care whether or not you sing in tune or know the words! • When you talk to your child about what’s going on in a book, give them plenty of time to respond. Try to ask questions that don’t require just yes or no answers. For example, ask them what they think will happen next ask or about how a character might be feeling • Sharing books isn’t just about the words - point to the pictures and relate them to something your child knows • Using a puppet to act out a story can help your child to understand what’s going on and learn how to pretend play. Why not pick a character from your book and use the puppet to show what they are doing? • And lastly – make it fun! It doesn’t matter how you read with a child, as long as you both enjoy the time together! Even tiny babies enjoy stories and rhymes. Sharing books with babies and toddlers is a great way to help them learn about their world, and talking about the pictures will help your child begin to talk. Try to make time to enjoy books every day – you can share books anywhere, anytime and a bedtime story is a lovely way to end the day.

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Why are these packs important? The Save the children, “Ready to Read” report in 2015 shows that early language skills can have a major impact on the development of a child’s literacy skills during primary school and their ability to read well by the age of 11. This relationship starts very early in a child’s life. A child’s language skills at the age of 2 have a strong influence on their school readiness at the age of 5, and this can continue to affect how children get on at school and as they grow up. 5 year olds with poor language and literacy development face a significantly higher risk of low achievement at age 7 and beyond. So make sure you receive your free Bookstart packs and read our top tips for sharing books with your child. There are fun, free Bookstart events for families held every year – come along and join in the fun!

The Bookstart Bear Club!

The Bookstart Bear Club is a fun and engaging free reward scheme for all babies, toddlers and preschoolers and their families. How do I join? If you are a library member, you can join the Bookstart Bear Club in your local library, and receive your Bookstart Bear Club passport. What happens next? The aim is to collect paw stamps in your passport. You get a stamp for: • Borrowing books • Sharing books in the library • Attending Rhymetimes or book related activities Each time you have 6 stamps you will get a certificate. There are 10 certificates to collect.

Rhymetime

What are Rhymetimes? Sessions last between 20 minutes and half an hour. They are friendly, informal sessions where you can join in with action nursery rhymes and songs. • Rhymetimes are a good for helping with your child’s language development. • By using simple musical instruments and performing action songs babies develop language and rhythm. • They are an opportunity for you to learn some new rhymes to share at home with your child. Some libraries have separate Bounce and Rhyme Times. Bounce and Rhyme Time sessions are aimed at babies and non-walkers. It is a gentle, supportive and fun first activity which introduces nursery rhymes and songs to parents to interact with their baby. For more information about these sessions please contact your local library. Also, look out for National Bookstart Week. An annual week of sharing rhymes, stories and songs around the country-various events planned in libraries.

Children’s Centre Services

Children’s Centre services are available to everyone and are delivered by the Northamptonshire Libraries and Information Service. Their range of services include:

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Local Libraries Brixworth

Irthlingborough

Activities Activities include children’s stories, songs and rhymes groups, as well as welcome events for new parents. Some of these activities will be run at weekends to make it easier for working parents to attend with their children. Details can be found on our events calendar or our dedicated under 5s page.

Burton Latimer

Kettering

High Street, Burton Latimer, NN15 5RH Email: burtlib@ firstforwellbeing.co.uk

Sheep Street, Kettering, NN16 0AY Email: ketlib@ firstforwellbeing.co.uk

Corby

Raunds

For more information on anything in this article, please contact: Sarah Measures Early Years Bookstart Coordinator smeasures@firstforwellbeing.co.uk or: Nid Clouting Bookstart Programme Assistant nclouting@firstforwellbeing.co.uk

For opening times and services, visit:

www3.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/library-service and click on ‘Libraries’.

Or e-mail your local library on the address below: Spratton Road, Brixworth, NN6 9DS Email: burtlib@ firstforwellbeing.co.uk

High Street, Irthlingborough, NN9 5PU Email: Irthlib@ firstforwellbeing.co.uk

The Corby Cube, Parkland Gateway, George Street, Corby, NN17 1QG Email: corlib@ firstforwellbeing.co.uk

High Street, Raunds, NN9 6HT Email: raunlib@ firstforwellbeing.co.uk

Desborough

Newton Road, Rushden, NN10 0PT Email: rushlib@ firstforwellbeing.co.uk

High Street, Desborough, NN14 2QS Email: deslib@ firstforwellbeing.co.uk

Earls Barton

Broad Street, Earls Barton, NN6 0ND Email: bartlib@ firstforwellbeing.co.uk

Finedon

Berry Green Road, Finedon, NN9 5JL Email: finlib@ firstforwellbeing.co.uk

Higham Ferrers

Midland Road, Higham Ferrers, NN10 8DN Email: highlib@ firstforwellbeing.co.uk

Irchester

High Street, Irchester, NN29 7AA Email: Irchlib@ firstforwellbeing.co.uk

Rushden

Rothwell

Market Hill, Rothwell, NN14 6EP Email: rothlib@ firstforwellbeing.co.uk

Thrapston

High Street, Thrapston, NN14 4JJ Email: thraplib@ firstforwellbeing.co.uk

Wellingborough

Market Hill, Rothwell, NN14 6EP Email: rothlib@ firstforwellbeing.co.uk

Wollaston

Newton Road, Wollaston, NN29 7QN Email: wollib@ firstforwellbeing.co.uk


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Business Mum: Marie McLoughlin

From Precious Moments Photography Name: Marie Family: 4 children aged 8, 6, 3 and 7 months Description of your business: I am a photographer and have my own photography studio to capture beautiful images to treasure forever How long have you been in business? I’ve enjoyed photography my whole life but I’ve been doing it for a living since 2010. What did you do before? I worked at a greeting cards company before starting Precious Moments. I started my business whilst I was pregnant with my second child. Why did you decide to start your business? To do something that let me be me, using my creative skills that I felt were going to waste but mainly to have the freedom of being self employed - so I could fit my work around family life. I was fed up of rushing around getting children to places so that I could be at work for a certain time! The children were missing out on a lots because I was not around and this is what made me want a change. What do you like about it? The freedom - being able to work around my own family. Meeting clients and their beautiful families! Using my creativity and love of photography to create lasting memories for people. It has helped me grow in confidence and as a person in general.

How well does it fit in with family life? It can be very hectic but it works for us as a family. I take the kids to school and pick them up, they do the clubs they want to do and I can go to sports days, concerts etc My husband looks after the kids when I have a shoot and I can do my editing and paperwork with the children at home or when they go to bed. What do you find are the drawbacks? When I get really busy (usually in the run up to Christmas) it gets quite stressful - I have to do very long hours to get editing and ordering done to meet with client deadlines, which isn’t easy with a baby that doesn’t sleep through, but I fuel up on coffee and slog on! You definitely have to be very motivated and have to carry on no matter what as the clients are relying on you to deliver a service. What advice would you give to other Mums thinking of working for themselves? Do it! To find out more about Precious Moments Photography, visit:

www.yourpreciousmoments.co.uk

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s Business Opportunities & Service Looking for work? Want something that will fit in with family life? Then check out the opportunities and services featured here... N Hir ow ing The world’s leading Direct Sales Jewellery, is now trading in the UK.

NOW HIRING

If you’d like to: be part of a fab team, work hours to suit you, get paid weekly, have no targets and get free jewellery and overseas trips Then contact Donna on 07584 033108 or email donnaparklane@gmail.com

Visit www.parklanejewellery.co.uk/rep/donna for more information on how you can earn extra income around your existing commitments and family for just a few hours work or build a fabulous business and full time income.

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

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Nurturing Hands

Baby Massage Classes

For babies aged from birth to crawling.

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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Pregnancy & Birth

Birth Announcements Welcome to the World...

Sponsored by:

Clare@simplynurture.co.uk Tel: 07875 954427

Andreas Jack Smith Born on the 13th September 2016 at 11.39am, weighing 8 lb 14oz. One proud big sister Alicia Jasmine

Bella-Rae & Leo Born on the 25th August 2016 Leo at 9.51am weighing 7lb 3oz Bella-Rae at 9.53 weighing 5lb 14oz

Henry Born on the 5th October 2016 at 10.39pm, weighing 7lb 6oz. Little brother to Darcy and Thomas and loved by Daddy and Mummy, Ben and Natasha

Leo Born on the 7th September 2016, weighing 9lb 3oz. We love him so much

Riley Jack Browning-Jones Born on the 19th October 2016 at 9.33am, weighing 9lbs 12oz A new baby brother for Holly, Harry and Alfie.

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Lodge Park Sports Centre

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Sports Parties—various available Football, Soft Play, Creche “Fun Play”, Cheerleading, Archery and Trampoline Party, Party Room & Creche Room Hire

West Glebe Pavilion

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

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

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Corby and District MoNDAyS

WEDNESDAyS

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.

Adult & Child Swimming Lessons 9.30 to 10am 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.

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

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Wilbarston Tots & Tiddlers 10am-12pm at Wilbarston Village Hall. Diane: 07761 957825. TT

Tots & Tiddlers (Pre-school Gymnastics) At Lodge Park Sports Centre. 10am to 10.45am for under 2s Primary Ballet (Starlight Dance) 11am to 11.45am for 2 to 3 years 4.30 to 5.30pm at Ennerdale 12pm to 12.45pm for 3 to 4 years Community Centre. For 3 to 6 year olds 1pm to 1.45pm for 3 to 4 years 1.45pm to 2.30pm for 3 to 4 years

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. Adult & Child Swimming Lessons 9.30 to 10am at Corby International Pool. For children aged 2yrs 9mths to 4 yrs. Must book. Little Angels Playgroup For pre-school children with additional needs. 9.30 to 11.30am at Lodge Park Sports Centre. Rhyme Time 10 to 10.30am & 11 to 11.30am at Corby Library. Free. Term Time only

Play and Learn for under 1s 10 to 11am at Corby Library. Free. Drop-in. First Moves Movement & Music for under 5s. 10 to 10.45am & 11 to 11.45am at The Core at Corby Cube. £2 per child, per class. Little Angels Tots Group 12 to 3pm at The Baptist Church Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on 01536 394824 Adult & Child Swimming Lessons 1 to 1.30pm at Corby International Pool. For children aged 2 years 9 months to 4 years. Must book. Parent & Toddler Swimming 1.30pm to 3pm at Corby International Pool. Drop in.

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Allstars Show Team (Starlight Dance) 4 to 5pm at Ennerdale Community Little Angels Centre. For 3 to 6 year olds 9.15-11.30am at The Baptist Church Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on 01536 394824

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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 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 3+ 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 Storystomp 10.30am to 11am at Danesholme Library throughout the year. Fun interactive story and rhyme session Free. Drop-in.

SuNDAyS Play and Learn for under 5s 2.30 to 3pm at Corby Library. Toys, fun and games. Free. Drop-in. Wear clothes suitable for messy play!

If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class can be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 24.

Arts & Crafts

Parent & Tot Group / Other

Weekly Activities Timetable

Weekly Activities Timetable


Weekly Activities Timetable

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Tuesdays

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

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

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

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

Music Makers 11.15am 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. Burton Latimer Baby Ballet (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 10 to 10.30am at The Britannia Club Music Makers 1.15pm at Methodist Church Rooms. 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 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.

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

Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 6pm at Montsaye Sports Centre. For ages 3+. Call 01536 713708. Punchin Pandas At Desborough Leisure Centre. 5.15pm to 6pm for 3 to 6 year olds. 6pm to 7pm Family Class.

Kettering Gym Tots 45 Minute sessions between 9.15am and 1.30pm. Call for details. 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 St Botolphs Tots Group St Botolphs Church Hall. 9.30am to 11am. 12pm at Balance Health Club. For 3mths to 4.5 yrs. Music Makers The Little Ones 10am at Busy Bees Nursery, 1 to 2.50pm, Church of Christ The Lamport Close. Fun music and King. Term time only. 01536 517553 movement for 0-5 years. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or e-mail Music Makers musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com 1.45pm at Barton Seagrave Community Centre. Fun music Pytchley Mums & Tots and movement for 0-5 years. Tuesdays 10-11.30am. Pytchley £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. School Hall. Sally: 01536 799541 Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or Isham Mums & Tots musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com 10-11.30am, Isham Village Hall. £2 first Punchin Pandas child, £1 siblings. All welcome. At Melton Street Community Centre. Toybox Playgroup, Broughton 5.30pm to 6.15pm for ages 3 to 6 years, 1.30-3pm in the Village Hall. £2 / family. 6.15pm to 7.15pm and 7.15pm to Julie 01536 790152. Term time only. 8.15pm Family Class. Burton Latimer Tots Play Classes At Burton Latimer Civic Centre, 9.50am Social Tots, 10.40am Discovery Tots, 11.40am Baby Development Course. Play and Learn for under 5s At Burton Library. 10am to 11am

Punchin Pandas Jenny’s Dolphins At the Britannia Club. 5.30pm to Baby & Pre-school Swimming 6.15pm for 4 to 8 year olds. At Montsaye Sports Centre. 12.25pm to 12.55pm. Little Kickers Little Kicks for children aged 18 mths to 2 yrs, 3 mths. 1.15pm to 2pm at Desborough Leisure Centre.

St Edwards Mums & Tots 9-11am. St Edwards RC Primary School, Eastleigh Road. £1.20 for 1st child, 30p thereafter. 01536 391581

Desborough & Rothwell Salvation Army Parents & Toddlers 9.30-11am, term time only. New Street, Rothwell. 07726 580187. Stay & Play for Under 5s (Rothwell) 10.30am-11.30am at Rothwell Library. Free. Drop-in. Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 12.15pm and 1.15pm.

Desborough & Rothwell Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 9.30am and 12pm. Baby Bounce & Rhyme 10.15am to 11am at Desborough Library. For pre-walkers. Free. Drop-in.

Wednesdays

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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THURSDAYS The Little Ones 9-11.15am & 1-2.50pm, Church of Christ The King. Term time only. 01536 517553 Kettering Gym Tots 45 Minute sessions between 9.15am and 12pm. Call for details. St Thomas More Toddler Group 9.15-10.45am at St Thomas More School, Northampton Rd in term time. Contact Linda: 07787 521903.

Arts & Crafts

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 1pm. Call for details. Braybrooke Tiny Tots 10am-12pm. Braybrooke Village Hall. £2/family. Contact Jo 07565 783128.

Giggles and Wiggles ‘Our time’ for 15 mths to 3yrs, 9.30 to 10.15am at the Counties Community Centre Rhymetime 10.30-11am at Kettering Library. Baby Ballet (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 11 to 11.30am at Ise Lodge Community Centre. Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 4 to 5pm at Ise Lodge Community Centre Punchin Pandas At Ise Pavilion. 1.45 to 2.30pm for 2 to 4 year olds, 5 to 5.45pm For 4 to 8 year olds, 7 to 8pm Family Class. Burton Latimer Rhymetime 10.30 to 11am for ages 2+. Burton Latimer Library. Free. Drop-in. Baby Bounce & Rhyme 11.30am to 12pm for babies and non walkers. Burton Latimer Library. Free.

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 Alleycats 10-11.15am in term time at Praise Community Church, Alexandra St. £1.20 for 1st child, 60p thereafter per family. Rebecca: 01536 484777

Burton Latimer Storystomp 10 to 10.45am at Desborough Library. Play and Learn for under 5s Stories, rhymes and craft linked with At Burton Library. 10.30am to 11.30am a theme each week. Free. Drop-in.

Mawsley Edentots 9.15-11.15am, Eden Centre, Mawsley Toddlers Montagu St. £1/family, 01536 484800 9.15 to 11am at The Centre. £1.50 first child, 50p per child thereafHawthorn Berries ter. Contact Samantha on : 07818 9.15-11am. Hawthorn Primary 408911, sam.egg@gmail.com. FB: School. £1/child, £1.50 for 2+ children. Snack provided. Facebook. Mawsley Toddlers. com/groups/Hawthornberries Hopscotch (Loddington) 9am to 10.15am in term time at the Sports Pavilion, Harrington Road. Contact Jo: 07742 664604

Parent & Tot Group / Other

FRIDAYS Geddington Parents & Tots 9.15-11.15am, Geddington Village Hall. £2.50 per family. Contacts Sheri 01536 239235. 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 Tots Play Classes At Ise Lodge Community Centre 9.40am Social Tots, 10.35am Discovery Tots, 11.30am Baby Development Course. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 min classes between 10am and 12pm at Balance Health Club. For 3mths to 4.5 yrs.

Desborough & Rothwell Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. 30 minute lessons between 12.30pm and 2pm. Play & Learn for Under 1s (Rothwell) 2 to 3pm at Rothwell Library. Drop-in. Rhymetime (Desborough) 2.15 to 3pm at Desborough Library.

SATURDAYS Bubble Babies Swimming 8.45am to 1.15pm 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. Stagecoach Theatre Arts School At Brambleside Primary School. Early Stage Class for 4-6year olds, 9.30 to 11am.

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If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class may be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 24.

Weekly Activities Timetable

Tots Play Classes At The Centre, Mawsley. 10am Discovery Tots (8 weeks to crawling), 11am Baby Development Course (birth to 6 months).

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Weekly Activities Timetable

Kettering cont. Boogie-Lou Dance At LW Dance, Orion Way. Baby Boogie-Lou (2 to 4 years) 9.30am to 10am, Boogie-Lou Beats (5 to 8 years) 10am to 10.45am.

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

Burton Latimer Tots Play Classes At Burton Latimer Civic Centre, 1st Saturday of every month, 10.25am Social Tots. Desborough & Rothwell Play & Learn for Under 5s 11am to 12pm at Desborough Library. Free. Drop-in. If no contactSundays details are provided, an advert for the class may be found in Little Kickers our Clubs & Classes section starting At Bishop Stopford School onfor page Junior Kickers 2 to20. 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. Rhymetime 2.30 to 3pm at Kettering Library. Desborough & Rothwell 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 11.30am and 2.30pm.

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

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Rhymetime 10 to 10.30am at the Library. Free. Twinkletoes Baby Ballet (Hayley Nadine School of Dance) 1.30pm to 2.15pm at Saxon Hall. For ages 2+ RAUNDS Primary Ballet Play & Learn for Under 1s (Hayley Nadine School of Dance) 10.15-11.15am at Raunds Library. Free. 4.15pm to 5pm. Baby and Primary Tap (Hayley Nadine School of Dance) 4.15pm to 4.45pm. Rushden Musical Theatre Rhymetime (Hayley Nadine School of Dance) 9.30am to 10am and 10am to 5.30pm to 6.15pm. 10.30am at Rushden Library. Free. Bumps & Babes @ Church 10am at St Mary’s Church. Short lively service followed by playtime. £1 per family. 01933 358218. TT 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 Morning Cafe 9am to 11am in St Mary’s Church, Titchmarsh. Community drop in for all ages including baby corner, toys and crafts for tots All year round. Contact Judith on 01832 730587. Little Angels (Ringstead) 1.45pm to 3pm in term time. Ringstead Primary School Hall. £1.30 per family. Contact Sue on 01933 625126.

Tuesdays

RushdeN Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505 Mugs and Beakers (Mums & Tots) 9.30-11am at St Peter’s Catholic Church. 50p per family. Contact Kalesi on: 01933 355114 Play & Learn for Under 1s 9.30 to 10.30am at Rushden Library. Free. Drop-in Mums & Tots 10-11.30am at Rushden Full Gospel Church & Christian Centre, 60 High Street South. Linda: 07904 638612 Play & Learn for Under 5s 2pm to 3pm at Rushden Library. Free. Drop-in Stanwick Stanwick Mums & Tots 1.45-3.15pm. Stanwick Village Hall. £2 per family. Contact Lucy 01933 461384.

Higham Ferrers Rhymetime 10.30-11am at the Library. Free. Primary Ballet (Starlight Dance) 4 to 5pm at Higham Ferrers Junior School. For 3 to 6 year olds

Thrapston & villages Lets Get Active 10am to 11am at St John’s Hall. Tel: 01832 730534


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Play & Learn for Under 1s 10.30 to 11.30m at Higham Ferrers Library. Free. Drop-in

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Rhymetime 2pm to 3pm at Irthlingborough Library. Free. Drop-in.

Wednesdays

Raunds

AllStars Show Team Rhymetime (Starlight Dance) 5.15 to 6pm at Higham Ferrers Junior 11am to 11.30am at the Library. Free. Drop-in. School. For 3 to 6 year olds Oundle Play & Learn for Under 1s 10-11am at Oundle Library. Drop-in Rushden Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years. Call 01933 410505 Jelly Babes 9.30-11.30am at Queen Street Church Hall. £1 per family. Contact Jeanette on 01933 391457. TT

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

Irthlingborough

Raunds

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Raunds Stay and Play For 0 to 5s and their carers. 9.15 to 11.15am, in term time, at The Methodist Chapel, Brook Street. Contact: Vicky 07597 843284. Facebook: Raunds Stay and Play.

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

Rushden

Rhymetime 2.15pm to 2.45pm at Rushden Library. Free. Thrapston & villages

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.

Parent & Tot Swimming 10.30 to 11.30am at Splash Leisure Pool. Call 01933 410505

Parent & Tot Swimming 9 to 10am at the Nene Centre. Call 01832 734090

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

Tiddlers 9.30 to 11am, term time only. Thrapston Baptist Church, 33 Huntingdon Road. £1/family. Contact Tina: 01832 730297

Stanwick

Music Makers 9.15am at Titchmarsh Pavilion. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com

OUNDLE

Play & Learn for Under 1s 10.15 to 11.15am at the Library. Free.

Thrapston & villages

Parent & Tot Rainbow Cafe An activity inspired by the surroundings, 10.30am to 11.30am at Stanwick Lakes, then sing and dance your way through to lunch. Children Café Specials available. £2 per child. Parking charges apply. Thrapston & villages Parent & Tot Swimming 9 to 10am at the Nene Centre. Call 01832 734090 Rhymetime 10.30am to 11am at Thrapston Library. Free. Booking via email or Facebook is advised.

THURSDAYS 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 Higham Ferrers

Music Makers 1.45pm at The Nene 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

Saturdays Play & Learn for Under 5s 10.30-11.30am at the Library.

Play & Learn for Under 5s 10.30-11.30am at Thrapston Library. Free. Drop-in

If no contact details are provided, an advert for the class may be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 24.

Weekly Activities Timetable

Fit For You Buggy Walk Music Makers 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Meet outside the 11am at the Joan Strong Centre. Fun library. Tel: 01832 730534 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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Weekly Activities Timetable

Wellingborough and District Mondays Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club. Little Fishes (Little Harrowden) 9.30am-10.30am in the church. A Bible story, songs, prayers, craft activities, toys, refreshments and a chat with other carers. Contact Mary 07766 957413. Play & Learn Under 5s (Irchester) 2pm to 3pm at Irchester Library. Sing and Sign At the library, Pebble Lane. 1.30pm - Stage 1, 2.30pm - stage 2. 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 siblings. Contact 01933 272119

Wednesdays

Create and Craft 10.30am to 12pm in term time at Wellingborough Library. Drop-in.

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

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

Baby Ballet (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 9.30 to 10am and 10 to 10.30am at The Studio, Earls Barton.

FRIDAYS

Rhymetime (Wellingborough Library) 10-10.30am. Free. Drop-in. Bounce & Rhyme 11.15-11.45am. Free. Drop-in. Play and Learn Under 5s 10.30am to 12pm in term time at Earls Barton Library. Drop-in. Play and Learn Under 5s (Finedon) 10.30am to 11.30am in term time at Finedon Library. Drop-in. St Mark’s Buggy Club 1.30-3pm, St Mark’s Church Hall, Queensway. Voluntary 50p donation. Contact Joy: 01933 676368. Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 4 to 5pm at The Studio, Earls Barton.

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

Play and Learn Under 1s 2pm to 3pm in term time at Wellingborough Library.

Mini Champs Toddler Group 10am-11.30am at Everyday Champions Church, Havelock St. Call 01933 225525.

Play and Learn Under 1s (Wollaston) 2.15pm to 3.15pm in term time at Wollaston Library. Drop-in. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 3.45pm and 5.45pm at Rowan Gate Primary School. Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School Dance) 4 to 5pm at Vicarage Farm Community Centre Key:

Swimming

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 10am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club. Little Fishes 1.30-3pm at Our Lady’s Infant School Hall, Henshaw Road. £1/ family. Nancy: 01933 381168 Play and Learn Under 1s (Irchester) 2pm to 3pm in term time at Irchester Library. Drop-in.

THURSDAYS

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

Play and Learn Under 5s (Irchester) 2pm to 3pm in term time at Irchester Library. Drop-in.

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

SATURDAYS Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) Beginners Ballet & Tap 9 to 10am Junior Ballet & Tap 10 to 11am at The Mission Room, Finedon. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 12pm at Rowan Gate School.

Rhymetime (Irchester) 9.30am to 10am in term time at Irchester Library. Drop-in. Jigsaw Toddler Group 9.30am to 11am at Diana’s Health & Fitness, Finedon Road. Rhymetime (Wollaston) 10am to 10.30am at Wollaston Library. Drop-in. Rhymetime (Finedon) 10.30am to 12pm in term time at Finedon Library. Drop-in.

Music, Dance & Drama

Physical classes

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.

Arts & Crafts

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Index Activities & Days Out

Berzerk Cheeky Monkees Holiday Inn Corby Nene Valley Railway Newlands Shopping Centre Royal & Derngate Theatre Stanwick Lakes West Lodge Rural Centre Wicksteed Park

Business Opportunities

Page Planner Park Lane Jewellery

5 11 9 11 13 5, 21 9 56 7 35 35

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

Arts and Crafts

The Creation Station

Dance Schools

Barbara Hooton School of Dancing Boogie-Lou Dance

Music & Movement

Giggles & Wiggles Sing & Sign

Physical Activity

Little Kickers Mini Dribblers Punchin Pandas Scrum Kids Tots Play

Swim Schools

Bubble Babies Infant Aquatics Jenny’s Dolphins

Theatre Schools Stagecoach

First Aid Classes Daisy First Aid

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26 24 29 26 24 25 27 27 29 28 29 24 26 25 6

Health & Beauty

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Body Perfections Mrs B’s Beauties Sanctuary of Beauty Soul Attention Counselling Service

41 41 42 41

Nurseries, Pre-Schools & Childminders Aldwincle Pre-school Angels Day Nursery Brigstock Playgroup Daffodils Nursery Kettering Childcare Oak Tree Day Nursery Sunnylands Day Nursery Windermere Day Nursery

40 4 39 2 38 38 40 39

Party Services

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

Photographers

Firetree Photography Lindsey Arber Photography Precious Moments Photography

Pregnancy & Birth

Simply Nurture Nurturing Hands

Schools

Northampton High School Overstone Park School Ringstead C of E Primary School

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Time for Tots Magazine Winter 2016  

The local guide from bump to 5 five Kettering, Wellingborough, Corby, Rushden, Thrapston

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