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Get your skates on... Parent and Toddler Ice Skating

Free Skating for children aged 5 and under every Monday!

Our real ice rink is open daily from Saturday 10th November*. Introduce your child to the wonders of ice skating with our great value Parent & Toddler Sessions, designed exclusively for children aged 5 years and under. For the price of a single adult ticket £8.49, a ‘Parent & Toddler’ ticket entitles one parent/guardian and a toddler (aged 5 & under) to 45-minutes of skating on our fantastic real ice rink. Please note that Parent & Toddler tickets are only available on Monday’s. Our Ice Rink is open all day, every day* until Tuesday 8th January 2013. To book tickets please visit www.frostsgroup.com, visit the Customer Service Desk within the Garden Centre or call 0800 954 9484. *Opens Saturday 17th November at Willington & Woburn Sands. Ice Rink Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day.

Find us at... Millets Farm - Millets Farm Centre, Kingston Road, Frilford, Oxfordshire, OX13 5HB Woburn Sands - Newport Road, Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes, MK17 8UE Willington - Sandy Road, Willington, Bedford, MK44 3QP

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to the Autumn issue of Toddle About!

Putting together this edition of the magazine has helped though - there are so many exciting things coming up this festive season! Make sure you check out the What’s New? section on pages 4 - 5 for the latest news, and we have a fun Christmas cooking activity for you to try on page 16. Read about how to meet Santa on a cruise up the canal or at a toddler ice skating rink (p.17) and get some gift ideas in Shop About (p.10). I’m sure loads more events and activities will be announced as we get closer to the big day itself, so make sure you are following us on Facebook (toddleaboutmagazine) or Twitter (@toddleabout) to hear about them. We’ll be sending out plenty of special offers to our email list in the run up to Christmas too - sign up on our Facebook page (click the Special Offers tab) or on our website at www.toddleabout.co.uk/ subscribe/email-list.php. (Scan QR code below to go straight there). Loving life with little ones,

Tim, Ruth & Eloise

Contents What’s New?

4-5

Safari Competition

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Making the Most of Nursery8 Shop About

10-11

Party Ideas

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How to Child-Proof Your Home15 Christmas Tree Cakes

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Where to Meet Santa

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Controversy Corner

18-19

Special Offers

20-21

Baby Science

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Toddle Models

25-26

Mums Making It

28-29

Daily Activity Planner

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Toddle About Directory

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Contact us on 0845 643 2483 or info@toddleabout.co.uk

PS. You can subscribe to Toddle About for FREE at www.toddleabout.co.uk/subscribe and we’ll post a copy to your door as soon as it is ready every quarter. Yes, it really is free! Cover Picture: Archie Billingham from MK Thank you to Caso Photography in Castlethorpe (p.24) for the gorgeous front cover picture of our Toddle Models winner. Win your child on our front cover! Find out how on p. 26.

This furry little fella is Charlie! He’s hiding all over the magazine - why not see if your little one can find him while you read?

8,500 copies of Toddle About are distributed every quarter around MK, Bletchley, Stony Stratford, Buckingham, Newport Pagnell, Olney and the surrounding villages. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information in Toddle About is accurate and correct, we cannot guarantee that this is so and neither Toddle About nor Tim Freed can accept any liability for loss, damage or problems arising from any errors, omissions or inaccuracies in content, nor from actions taken by readers based on information or opinions presented in advertisements or throughout the magazine. Images and information supplied by 3rd parties have been accepted in good faith and all liability for any legal transgression including breach of copyright remains with the supplying parties. Toddle About, PO Box 1010, Bugbrooke, NN7 3WD

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Family picture courtesy of PixiFoto

When is too early to start getting excited about Christmas? Everyone has their own opinion on this topic - some stronger than others, but I have to admit - we’re getting excited already. Though our 5 year old did put a slight dampener on my mood when she told me in no uncertain terms that singing Jingle Bells in September was totally unacceptable. Talk about a role reversal...


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What’s new for bumps, babies & toddlers in the Milton Keynes area

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Buckingham

Milton Keynes NCT Nearly New Sale

When? 13th October 2012, 12.30 - 2pm (12.15pm for members). Last entry at 1.45pm. Where? Ridgeway Centre, Featherstone Road, Wolverton Mill South, MK12 5TH NCT Nearly New Sales are an amazing place to get some great bargains, sell your children’s old (but good condition) toys and clothes and help support the NCT too! Entry is £1.50 which helps support the continuing work of the NCT. Payment for purchases can be made by cash or card. Cheques will not be accepted. Please note that for safety reasons pushchairs cannot be taken into the hall. A free, supervised “buggy park” is available throughout the sale. Disabled access before 12:30pm can be arranged . Please email mknctsale@gmail.com

New Underwater Photography from Piranha Pics Following the success of previous Little Turtle Swim Company photo sessions, Scott, the inhouse photographer, has set up ‘Piranha Pics’ - a sister company devoted to underwater photography for babies aged 12 weeks to 2 years. Underwater portraits are beautiful and are a unique way to capture an image of your child’s early years. The next photo session will be held at the end of October – contact Scott or Zara on 01908 543384 to book your place. Babies must have attended swimming classes before and be comfortable underwater. See p.6

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Newport Pagnell/Olney

Stony Stratford

Funky New Pre-School Dance Class

Heralded as the hippest class in town, Disco Babies is a fun and sociable dance class for babies, toddlers & pre-schoolers from 0 - 4years (children are grouped in age-appropriate classes). These classes are for trendy toddlers and their mum/dad/carers to enjoy a break from the nursery rhyme circuit! They consist of dance movement to pop and disco music – and you can join in as much or as little as you like. The classes last for 30 minutes. Disco Babies can also provide the entertainment at your child’s party! Visit www.discobabies.co.uk or call 07713 120 827 for more info. See p.33 08/08/2012

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New Musical Monkeys Session

Musical Monkeys sessions are a party every week and they have launched a new day for you! Where? Shenley Church End Leisure Centre, Burchard Crescent, Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes, MK5 6HF When? Thursdays at 10-11am Visit www. musical-monkeys.com. See p.35

Daisy Birthing Antenatal Classes Little Owl’s Children’s Centre (Oxley Park) will be hosting Daisy Birthing evening classes from 11th September. Daisy Birthing has a unique take on birth preparation. They’ve taken the bits they love best from more conventional techniques such as Pregnancy Movement, Traditional Active Birthing, Birth Breathing Education and Birth Hypnosis, and combined these into a 1hr 20 minute all-embracing class at affordable prices. They are FEDANT qualified and insured, assuring you of their professionalism. Email Donna@lazydaisybirthing.co.uk or call 07412 580853. Visit www.thelazydaisychain.co.uk to see a sample class! See p.22

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New SwimKidz Swimming Classes

New Swimkidz & Swimbabez classes are coming soon to Bletchley for babies and toddlers. Lessons are structured, progressive and, best of all, fun! SwimKidz have a real passion for what they do - they love seeing babies who cannot move freely on the ground happily swimming under water. They also love helping parents’ confidence to grow and seeing the special bond between them and their little ones strengthen. What’s more, regular swimming can enhance baby’s awareness whilst improving eating and sleeping patterns – a definite bonus! Contact Shelley on 01908 520528/07544 555028 or email shelley@swimkidz.co.uk. See p.33

New Children’s Cookery Classes

Kindercooks is a new and exciting opportunity for children from the age of 2 to learn to cook and experience new tastes in a fun group session with other 2 and a half children. A recent review said “My y morning Frida a on ery year old boy loves cook which is a es class the in ged enga ly total is and es are fun complete surprise to me! The class mmend reco dn’t coul I and al ation educ and oks classes erco Kind ly.” high Kindercooks more newcomers are y sbur Ayle and am ingh Buck in run always welcome. For more info, or contact Michelle on 01280 812700 visit or k, co.u info@kindercooks. www.kindercooks.co.uk. See p.35

Discomania’s Charity Discos

Discomania do a lot of great work for charity, and for 2012/13 they are supporting Genesis Research Trust who find cures & preventions against illnesses that happen during & after pregnancy & in newborn babies. On Saturday 17th November they’re holding a children’s disco at The Silver Band Club, Earls Barton,Northampton, 1pm – 3pm with an appearance from Peppa Pig. Entry is £2.50 per child, with a raffle and stalls. Please bring your pennies as all proceeds go to the charity. For more information please contact Katie: 07931 308173 or kt_bonham@yahoo.co.uk. See p.13

Party Time with Music Bugs

To celebrate their 1st year of delivering music and singing preschool classes in Milton Keynes and the surrounding y themed area, Music Bugs will be running part r. mbe Nove -9th 5th sessions from will take place Birthday party theme celebrations Pagnell, port New es, at classes in Milton Keyn Stratford y Ston and ster owce on/T Nort Greens ng, singi of deal t where there will be a grea with a cing boun and ing danc , gling wrig jumping, ren. If child the rtain ente to fantastic range of props would like and es class Bugs c Musi to new you are e contact to join in on the celebration fun, pleas via email or 8 -115 -822 0844 on n Dixo Michelle p.37 See .uk. at michelle@musicbugs.co

Musical Monkeys Christmas Party

Enjoy a real Christmas Party with Musical Monkeys this year - with Father Christmas, buffet lunch, Musical Monkeys Entertainment Show & lots of stalls for last minute shopping! On Weds 19th Dec 11am-1pm. At Longueville Hall, Whaddon Road, Newton Longville MK17 0AT. Tickets on sale soon. Stall holders welcome. Contact ness@musical-monkeys.com. See p.35

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Learn to Swim

With The Little Turtle Swim Company We absolutely love swimming at the Little Turtle Swim Company, and we also love to have lots of fun.

By helping you and your child share enjoyment and excitement in the pool, we build their confidence and create a solid foundation for their development in the water. This makes the process of learning to swim light-hearted and effective, so progression to independent swimming can emerge in a natural and relaxed environment. You will be able to play together, bond together and relax together – all while learning a vital life skill. Our lessons are tailor-made to your child and the group they swim with – these bespoke lessons make Little Turtle sessions special & unique...just like your child. See advert for booking details.

Sherington C E School The St Andrew‛s and Sherington Village Church Schools‛ Partnership

‘Realising every child‛s potential‛ Where children aged 4-7 develop a strong foundation for learning, with small class sizes housed in modern facilities alongside 'outdoor' classrooms and activity areas. We welcome children from Milton Keynes and surrounding villages. Come and see how we could support your child‛s learning journey at our next open mornings.

Wednesday 17th October

Located: 6 mins - Olney 5 mins - Newport Pagnell 15 mins - Milton Keynes

9.30-11.30am & 1.30-2.30pm

Saturday 20th October

10am-12pm Please contact us for more information. Sherington CE School, School Lane, Sherington, Bucks MK16 9NF, Tel: 01908 610470 sheringtonf@milton-keynes.gov.uk www.sherington.org.uk/school

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Win tickets to

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Competition Time!

Woburn Safari Park Have you ever been just a windscreen’s width away from rhino, giraffe, lions and bears?

Now’s the perfect time to bring your little ones on their first big adventure! Woburn Safari Park is an ideal place to bring your young explorers; with dedicated toddler-only soft play areas, organic baby food options in the restaurant and plenty of changing facilities - Woburn Safari Park caters for even the smallest of adventurers. Admission is free of charge for children under 3 all year round at Woburn Safari Park. Pre-school and nursery groups also make a great saving with special group prices for groups of 15 or more: Call the Education department on 01525 290991 to book a visit. If you are looking for an exciting day out with your toddlers, Woburn Safari Park has donated THREE Family tickets, each for 2 adults and 2 children, for us to give to our readers, so you can take your little ones for a really special treat at Woburn Safari Park.

Simply answer the question below to enter:

What is a male elephant called?

A. Bull B. Cow C. Calf

Terms and conditions: Email your answer to prize@toddleabout.co.uk with the subject ‘Woburn’, your name, address and phone number. The closing date is 31/12/12. The winner will be selected at random and the editor’s decision is final. Each of the three winners will receive one family ticket (valid for two adults and two children aged 3-15 years of age, children under 3 are free). The prize is nontransferable and there is no cash alternative. If you are under 16 please ask an adult to supervise your entry. If you are not one of our lucky winners, you can find fantastic discounted tickets offers online at www.woburn.co.uk/safari or call 01525 290407 for more information.

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Getting the most

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kindly written by staff at Akeley Wood School, Wicken, Nr Deanshanger

By Cheryl Johnston, Marketing Manager and Nicola Simkins, Nursery Manager

It’s rather daunting to think that the average child will spend roughly half their waking week at nursery. You are effectively sharing the education and care of your child with your nursery, so it is vitally important that once you have chosen the right nursery for your children, you build a strong, lasting relationship with your nursery setting. In doing so, you will be able to share observations, goals and ideas to help your child get the most from their nursery experience – and you will also be able to raise concerns in a constructive way if and when they arise. But striking the right balance can be tricky, and it is not uncommon for parents to be unsure about how they can help their child get the most from their time at nursery.

So what can you do to build a great relationship with your nursery? Find out about the nursery curriculum and its approach to care Understanding what goes on at nursery is the first step to being able to influence it. We recommend you attend any Parent’s Evenings or Open Evenings that your nursery holds – these are a great opportunity to discuss how your child is getting on and to collectively iron out any issues that may have arisen. At Akeley Wood, we host two parent’s evenings and one open evening each year – among other things, we use these events to explain how we track a child’s progress (for example, we use a Learning Journey book), and they give you a great chance to see the nursery environment as well as creative work displays. We also encourage our parents to attend the Information Evenings that we hold twice a year, where parents can come along to learn about our curriculum and how we implement it.

Communicate Regularly and Openly The key here is regular communication. Communicate when things are going well and you’ll have a strong relationship in place to let you solve any problems that may arise as a team. We encourage our parents to spend time at the end of each day chatting to their child’s key person to find out how their day has been, but we appreciate this can be difficult when you’re in a rush, so we have a Communication Day Book in which parents can share comments, questions or concerns with the carers on a daily basis.

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We also have a Comment Box, which parents can use to make their comments, suggestions or questions directly to the Nursery Manager or Head teacher who respond on a weekly basis.

Get Involved! Your nursery will most likely have plenty of activities that you can take advantage of to get involved. Being more involved will help you get to know the nursery and carers better, and it will also give you the knowledge and confidence – not to mention the opportunity – to make suggestions and become a central part of your child’s nursery experience. We invite special people in our children’s lives (parents, aunties, uncles or grandparents) to spend time in school for our Themed Nursery Days, joining in with a baking afternoon, a crafty morning, planting seeds in the vegetable patch or simply reading a story. We also have Wishing Boards on which children pin an activity they would like to do in nursery, after discussing it at home with mum and dad. And we have Achievement Trees and Ladybirds in all of our Nursery rooms - pupils take home a leaf or a spot and with their parents they talk about and write down a special achievement they have made at home. They bring this to Nursery and share these achievements with the class. For more information on the junior school or nursery at Akeley Wood, call 01908 555803 or email: joanne.crosse@akeleywoodschool.co.uk

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The Kindiwrap

Price: £35.99

Carrdies Colour In and Play Sets

Price: £8.99

Designed by two mums, Kindiwrap is an easy to use baby wrap, ideal for babies and mums on the go. Lighter and more practical than a cosy-toes, it adds an extra layer of warmth that would normally be achieved by a coat or blanket. Its ingenious design allows the baby to be strapped into a car seat or pushchair, with the harness straps placed under or over the wrap. The baby can easily be moved, without having to remove the wrap. Buy online from www.kindiwrap.com

Sticker Christmas Card

Price: £7.99

Carrdies make the perfect stocking filler! Perfect for children who love colouring and imaginative play, each box contains a set of card people “who live in a box” and can be brought to life. Carddies are great for keeping children entertained while travelling or eating out, as well as during quiet time at home.

A box of 15 individually designed Christmas cards with stickers and decorative envelopes for children to complete. Children can use the stickers to fill Santa’s sleigh with presents, decorate a Christmas tree and help the elves get the reindeers ready, as well as use the additional stickers to add festive messages and envelope seals to add the finishing touches. To order your set or find out more about how you can get a box for FREE, please contact Heidi on 07739 287168 or email heidi@thebookballoon.co.uk. WARNING! Not suitable for children under 36 months because of small parts. Choking Hazard.

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Each set contains 12 double-sided, handdrawn characters made of thick card with stands, 12 colouring pencils and a handdrawn card scene as a backdrop. They really are great little gifts. Carddies have won several awards - twelve sets have been launched to date, including Ballet, Cavemen, Fairies, Football, Knights, Family One & Two, School, London, Sports and recently Nativity and Farm. Carddies are available from the Carddies store at www.amazon.co.uk and from the other stockists listed at www.carddies.com WARNING! Not suitable for children under 3years because of small parts. Choking Hazard.

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Personalised Ceramic Gifts

Learn to Dress Ollie & Lilly Price: From £5

Let The Crafty Gecko make your unique Christmas gifts! They design and make all of their ceramics to order so you can be assured of a very unique and personal gift. They have designs ranging from character clocks for children’s rooms to message mugs & plates. All their prices, which start from £5, include an optional name and message. To order visit www.thecraftygecko.co.uk or email them at mail@thecraftygecko.co.uk to discuss your ideas.

Christmas Wish List

Price: £3.50

Nothing gets children more excited and ready for Christmas than writing their Christmas wish list and posting it to Santa! These Christmas Wish Lists from Phoenix Trading make the whole activity that little bit more fun, with beautifully designed stationery, stickers and even some magic dust. Each pack contains paper and envelopes for 3 lists. www.phoenix-trading.eu/web/charlotte/

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Early Learning Centre have introduced their new ‘Learn to Dress’ dolls featuring Ollie (the bear) and Lilly (the doll). Dressing Ollie or Lilly is a good way for your child to learn to dress themselves. ‘Learn to Dress Ollie and Lilly’ provide a great way to improve dexterity in children as they can enjoy learning how to undress Ollie and Lilly for bed or dress them for their day ahead. They have buttons to fasten and pop, ribbons to tie, Velcro to close and zips to open and close. They both also have their own bags to carry. All in all, cute, educational and fun! Check them out at Early Learning Centre, online at www.elc.co.uk

MyLittleDavinci Frame

Price: £29.99

Every proud parent has the same problem: children’s artwork they cherish, and photographs they want to display! Face it, most of us use our fridge as an art gallery, and our computers as our photo albums. The worst part is that we never really get to enjoy them. Many of the masterpieces our children create for us end up lost or damaged, and even the digital photos never get shared. To solve this universal problem, Dynamic Frames® patented several lines of front-opening frames that not only professionally display artwork and photos, but store up to 50 in each slim frame! They are perfect for displaying photos, artwork, certificates, collages, and posters so you can create a rotating photo and art gallery in your home or office! Several styles are available, including Black, White and Cherry. All come with a mat, template, and hanging hardware, and can accommodate vertical or horizontal artwork. Buy from Fenwick, Iwantoneofthose.com, Findmeagift.com. You can also buy directly from www.mylittledavinci.co.uk

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Planning the

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Craft Activity

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Children love making things, so let them! You could get them decorating their own party hat, making a sock puppet, making a mask matching the party theme and loads more. You could always make this the central theme of the party and hold the party at a pottery painting studio like the Roobard & Kustard Ceramics Cafe in Northampton (p.16). Kindercooks is another good option for something crafty - they will come to your home and run a really fun cooking activity with the children! (p.35)

Disco Another thing children love to do is dance! They’ll dance all day if you play the right music and make it interactive for them. You can do this yourself but the professionals have all the right kit and know exactly what music and games to play to keep the children entertained – check out Discomania Jnr (below) or Disco Babies (p.33) for good disco options

Bouncy Castle You just can’t go wrong with a bouncy castle. All children love them and it’s not as expensive as you might think to hire a big one for the children to enjoy.

Beautifully Crafted Cakes for Kids Create the perfect centrepiece for your child’s birthday party, with a delicious handmade cake made by The Good Slice. For a no-obligation quote

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Activity ideas to make it an amazing day! Entertainers Getting the right entertainer turns a party into an unforgettable experience that the children will be talking about for weeks. It also takes a lot of the stress out of the party for you as the entertainer frees you up to organise food and chat to other parents.

Song Time Sitting in a circle and singing songs is always fun for young children, requires no props - and is a great way to calm everyone down before food. Many music classes such as Music Bugs, Musical Minis, Musical Monkeys (see index) will come and make your party a magical musical treat for a modest fee.

Birthday Food The eating part of the party is entertainment itself! You’ll need to plan about 30 minutes for this. Don’t worry about going all gourmet – children will be more than happy with sandwiches, crisps, cocktail sausages, grapes and strawberries. And of course cake! If you want a special cakes for your party, check out The Good Slice (below). Don’t forget to send the children home with some party bags! Party Bags for Kids (below) make wonderful bespoke bags to match your party theme.

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Party bags for kids

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Make your child’s party extra special Pick a theme or character and we will custom-make your party bags or sweetie cones with unique keepsake handcrafted tags. Now taking pre bookings for Halloween and Christmas goodies. Great prices from £1.50 per bag. Find us on Facebook: party bags for kids - Milton Keynes

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How to... Child-Proof Your Home Top tips on how to make your home baby safe - by Kevin Searle from Baby Bee Safe Babies are quite possibly the biggest accident magnets in the world. Constantly discovering and learning, they have no concept of danger, so it’s vitally important that their home environment is a safe place for them to experiment, develop and grow. The first thing you need to do is work out where the risk areas are in your house. It might seem silly, but you should get down on your hands and knees and complete a risk assessment. Think like a child and remember that what is safe for an adult may well be dangerous to a baby. Here are some of the main danger areas we get asked to help with, and suggestions on how to make them safe:

Windows Low level or easy to reach windows should have their openings restricted to no more than 6.5 cms in order to prevent children from squeezing through the gap. Move furniture away from windows to prevent access by climbing.

Fires

Fireguards are another essential. Even if you don’t light the fire, it will still be a source of endless amusement to your child. Don’t worry if the traditional wire fireguards put you off - there are more stylish, modern alternatives available now too.

Remember No matter how you prepare your home, please remember that these safety measures are not a replacement for parental supervision and that all equipment should be regularly checked for functionality and effectiveness.

Electric Sockets Plug covers and socket protectors not only stop junior from pushing Dad’s favourite ballpoint pen into the national grid, but can also prevent unwanted disruption to important power sources such as computers. Cupboards All accessible cupboards should be secure. There are many types of cupboard locks and latches on the market, and different types will work for different units. Experts, such as our Baby Bee Safe fitters, have the experience to know which locks work where. Stairs are an obvious safety hazard for babies and toddlers, so stair gates are a must. The top gate should be fixed permanently to the wall for extra safety, whilst the gate at the bottom of the stairs can be of the pressure fit variety. There are many different types and size of gate available from standard metal latch gates, to auto-close, swing shut gates and fancy roller-style mesh gates that are almost invisible when not in use. Doors are dangerous for little fingers and accidents typically happen when a child leans against the hinged area of the door while the door is being closed. Finger guards will cover the hinged area of the door to prevent this, as will anti-slam and door stop devices which will stop doors slamming or closing completely. Drawers often contain items that should be kept away from your child and they also present a crush risk for little fingers, so ensure they are safe by fitting latches on all drawers. At Baby Bee Safe, we recommend magnetic drawer locks for ease of use and practicality. If you would like more advice on the best way to make your home baby safe, Baby Bee Safe offer FREE child safety risk assessments for the home. Their ROSPA qualified staff will assess your home and recommend the safety solutions for you to consider. They can also supply any equipment you choose to buy – and they will even fit it for free! Call 07740 467071 or visit www.babybeesafe.co.uk for more info.

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Activity - Christmas Tree Cakes

Get cooking with your little ones this feastive season - By Michelle Moore at Kindercooks

You will need:

Scales, mixing bowl, spoon, sieve, cupcake cases, baking tray and piping bag or nozzle.

Christmas Tree Cake Ingredients:

For the cakes: 85g Self Raising Flour 75g Caster Sugar 75g Soft Butter 1 Large Egg A Few Drops of Vanilla Essence

For the icing: 50g Soft Butter 85g Icing Sugar A few drops of Green Food Colouring Any small sweets to decorate

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1. Place the butter in the bowl 2. Add the sugar and mix well 3. Add the vanilla essence and stir 4. Sieve in the flour 5. Add the egg and mix until smooth 6. Spoon the mixture into paper cases 7. Bake 180* C for 15 – 20 minutes

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Place the butter, icing sugar and food colouring in a bowl and mix well, fill the icing nozzle with icing and pipe onto the cakes, starting with the outside edge and forming the icing into a peak in the middle. Decorate the cakes using sweets of your choice.

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The Calpol Debate

Virtually all parents have given paracetamolbased medicines such as Calpol to their children when they have caught a fever or a bug of some kind. These medicines are typically the first port of call to help lower a temperature or ease different types of pain for our children and they are often recommended by doctors and health professionals as a safe and easy solution to stop babies and children being uncomfortable during an illness. However, the use of such medication has come into debate recently with some research indicating that the potential long term side-effects could outweigh the immediate benefits.

Written by Catherine Earp.

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Against Calpol

Relieves fever

Interferes with the body’s natural defences Although Calpol may benefit the child’s overall comfort, reducing the child’s temperature can interfere with the body’s natural defence system. A fever is the body’s way of fighting infection and is not necessarily a bad thing. Certain components of the immune system work better at a higher body temperature, and a fever actually helps to limit the growth of the germs that cannot grow well at higher temperatures. Children get over most infections in their own time as long as their fluid level is kept up and they are watched for signs of serious illness.

Young children are prone to getting a lot of fevers as they grow. Unfortunately, this can cause them a fair amount of discomfort. Contrary to popular speculation, it is not advisable for a young child to sweat out a very high fever. This is because their ability to control their body temperature is not yet developed. The NHS advises that the best way for them to recover is to keep cool and hydrated and lower their temperature.

Reduces chance of complications

Having a temperature is nature’s way of fighting off infections or bacteria. It rises when proteins (called pyrogens) are released by the white blood cells to help defend the body against illness. However, if a child’s temperature continues to escalate, it may cause problems such as dehydration or convulsions. Bringing down the overall body temperature reduces the risk of the child over-heating and such difficulties occurring.

Eases night time fevers

As body temperature goes up later in the day, a lot of children get fevers at night. Being hot and uncomfortable can prevent a child from having a restful night’s sleep which will inevitably affect parents as well. By giving a dosage of medicine such as Calpol, the child will be relieved from pain which will allow them, and you, to have a good night’s sleep.

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Might cause allergies in later life

Hitting the headlines recently was research suggesting that babies who were given frequent doses of medicine containing paracetamol were much more likely to develop asthma, hay fever and other allergies in later life. However, the NHS says this analysis was not conclusive and more in-depth research needs to take place. Current advice states that as long as the correct dosage is given, children’s medicines containing paracetamol are safe.

Can cause hyperactivity

To produce its pink colour, Calpol uses E122 which is a suspected carcinogen and is banned in Austria, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the US. E122 can lead to hyperactivity and the Hyperactive Children’s Support Group identifies it, along with E218 which is also used, as likely causes of mysterious and sudden cases of ADHD-like hyper-activity.

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For Calpol... Relieves pain and discomfort

Choosing not to administer any medicine could leave a child distressed and in pain for a prolonged amount of time, whilst giving them Calpol or other temperature reducing medication means that the child can be pain-free and comfortable.

Recommended by doctors

If a child has a fever, the NHS suggests giving your child either children’s paracetamol or ibuprofen to reduce their temperature and keep them comfortable. It’s also routinely recommended if your child is teething, has earache, or to relieve symptoms after vaccinations. These pains and illnesses usually clear up themselves after a few days and giving a child medication tackles the child’s pain in a quick and effective manner in the meantime.

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The large number of E-numbers in Calpol can cause allergic reactions such as a rash, nausea or tiredness. If any of these side effects persist for more than 2-3 days, you should consult a doctor.

Alternatives to Paracetamol 1. Make sure you keep your child well hydrated when they’re ill. Encourage them drink little and often even if they are not thirsty. 2. Try giving a teething baby a frozen washcloth as something to chew on. Biting the cold object will help to soothe the gums. 3. A warm compress such as a heat pad or warm wash cloth whilst laying on their side can help to reduce the pain in a child with earache.

Medicine Guidelines • If you decide to give medicine to your child, make sure a measuring spoon or syringe is used rather than a teaspoon as these vary in size. • Read the dosage guidelines on the packaging and stick to them. Don’t give them any more. NICE recommends... • ...that antipyretic agents such as paracetamol and ibuprofen should be considered for children with a fever who appear distressed or unwell. They should not routinely be used with the sole aim of reducing body temperature in children with a fever who are otherwise well. • ...that either paracetamol or ibuprofen can be used to reduce temperature, but they should not be administered at the same. Nor should they be routinely given alternately to children with fever, though use of the other drug may be considered if the child doesn’t respond to the first one.

The right dosage is harmless

New dosage guidelines were issued for Calpol in late 2011 which caused a number of people to question its safety. You needn’t worry on this score however. The new guidelines, issued by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), say that dosages given in the past would not have caused children any harm - the guidelines have simply been updated to define more accurately the amount of paracetamol that should be given to children of different ages.

Can disrupt hormones Along with colouring and flavourings, Calpol uses a number of other additives that are suspected hormone disrupters if taken in large doses. These include E218 and E216 which were recently banned in Russia and E214 which has been banned in France and Australia.

May reduce the effectiveness of a vaccination

Research from the University of Defence in the Czech Republic has indicated that Calpol could limit how the immune system responds to vaccinations. A fever is a common side effect of an immunisation injection, but the study showed that if children were given Calpol to reduce their fever for 24 hours after the jab, then the numbers of antibodies created by their immune system was significantly reduced. This means that the effectiveness of the vaccine may be impacted. There have been calls from professionals for more research to be completed about this.

What is ‘Dangerously High’?

If a child’s temperature becomes dangerously high, the NHS advises you to contact your doctor or health visitor urgently. They suggest this would be at: • 38oC or over for babies under 3 months • 39oC or over for babies 3-6 months • For over 6 months, if they have a raised temperature and show other signs of being unwell.

Disclaimer – we are not health professionals and this article is not intended as medical advice. The reader should consult a doctor if they are looking for advice on how and when to administer medicine to their children. The information for this article has been drawn from various sources, and its accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

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Your local ‘What’s on Guide’ in your area for bumps - 5s and parents

Monday

Fishermead Baby Clinic

Bancroft Bancroft Parent and Toddler Group

09:45-11:30T at Bancroft Meeting Place, 29 Hadrians Drive MK13 0QB. Kelly: 07969 589 777; For 0 - 5s, £1.50 per family (drop in). 1st session free. Craft, snacks & baby area

Bletchley Family Stay & Play: 09:30-11:30T

Stories, songs and friends. £0.50 (donation) Health Advisory Drop In: 09:30-10:30T H/V help with breastfeeding, sleeping & more at The Saplings Children’s Centre, Knowles Nursery School MK2 2HB. 01908 378123

13:30-15:15TH at Pebbles Children’s Centre, Newlyn Place MK6 2LP. 01908 240556; For 0s, (drop in). Baby weighing with the H/V

Fullers Slade Childminders’ Drop-In: 09:30-11:00T Young Parents Group: 13:00-14:30TH

Light breakfast and fun activities Parent Paws: 09:00-11:00T; For 0 - 5s, FREE A parents’ support group, run by parents at Little Paws Children’s Centre, Simpson School MK6 3AZ. 01908 696312 (drop in)

Furzton Breastfeeding Support Group

Stantonbury Messy Play: 09:30-11:30TH; For 0 - 5s, Happy Talking: 13:00-15:00TH; For 0 - 5s,

For 0 - 5s, (drop in). For parents 21yrs & under Jump and Jive: 15:00-16:00T; For 1 - 5s at The Rowans Children’s Centre, 13A Moorfoort MK11 2BD. 01908 565852. FREE.

12:00-13:30TH at Sunshine Children’s Centre, Dulverton Drive MK4 1EZ. 01908 508566; For 0 - 2s, FREE (drop in). 1st & 3rd Mon of month

Pre-school Swimming Lessons

13:00-14:45TH at Seedlings Children’s Centre, Singleton Drive MK8 0PZ. 07904 005847 / 01908 503736; For 0s, FREE (drop in). For birth-crawlers in Seedlings reach area

14:30-15:00T at Leon Leisure Centre, Fern Grove MK2 3HQ. 01908 624788 / 01908 624725; For 3 - 5s, £3.50 per class (book by term). Swimming lessons for pre-schoolers

Broughton Stay & Play

09:30-11:00TH at Hummingbird Children’s Centre, Shackerstone Close MK10 9LS. 01908 609609; For 0 - 5s, (please book). Small donation, limited spaces

Buckingham Water Babies

09:15-10:45T at Buckingham Best Western Hotel, A421 Ring Road MK18 1RY. 01295 709221; For 0 - 4s, £13 per class (book by 10week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

Kindercooks Cookery Classes

10:00-11:00TH at 34 Bourtonville, MK18 1AZ. 01280 812700 / 07706 990430; For 2 - 5s, £6.50 per class (please book).

Musical Minis

10:00-11:45T at The Buckingham Athletic and Sports Social Club, Stratford Road MK18 1NY. Amanda: 01908 259914; For 0 - 5s, £4.25 per session (please book). 45-minute classes starting at 10 & 11am

Breastfeeding Support Group

13:30-15:00TH at Embleton Dining Room, Buckingham Community Hospital MK18 1NU. 01280 712975; For bump - 1s.

Central Milton Keynes Family at Centrecom

10:30-12:00TH at Conniburrow CC at Centrecom Meeting Place, North Row MK9 3BJ. 01908 675575; For 0 - 5s. ONLY for families in the immediate area

Water Babies

11:00-12:30T at Holiday Inn, 500 Saxon Gate West MK9 2HQ. 01295 709221; For 0 - 4s, £13 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

Conniburrow Bumps and Babes

13:30-14:30TH at Conniburrow Children’s Centre, 1 Germander Pl. MK14 7DU. 01908 675575; Bump - 0s. ONLY for families in the immediate area

In the Water

09:45-11:15TH at Little Owls Children’s Centre, Oxley Park Community Centre MK4 4TA. 01908 524482; For 0 - 5s, £1 (donation). Tatte nhoe,Westcroft,Kingsmead,Oxley Park only

Simpson Pop In Paws: 08:15-09:00T; For 0 - 5s, FREE.

For 0 - 5s, (drop in).

Swimkidz Swimming Lessons

11:00-12:30T at Leon Pool, Fern Grove MK2 3HQ. 07544 555028 or 01908 520528; For 0 - 4s, £11 per class (book by 10-week term). Swim classes for babies/toddlers 12 wks-4 yrs

Oxley Park Childminders/Carers Group

Grange Farm Seedlings Starters

Heelands Musical Minis

10:00-12:00TH at Kents Hill Community Centre, Frithwood Crescent MK7 6HQ. 07765 051 285; For bump - 5s, £2 per family (drop in). Membership £10 p/yr. Call before 1st visit

Water Babies

14:00-16:00T at Hilton Hotel, Timbold Drive MK7 6HL. 01295 709221; For 0 - 4s, £13 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

Kiln Farm MK Springers

13:30-14:15T at The Robins Children’s Centre, 16 Carters Lane MK11 3ER. 01908 318 758; For 1 - 5s, £1 per family (drop in). Physical activity and soft play

Middleton Baby Clinic

12:30-14:30T at Bridges CC at Milton Keynes Village Practice, Griffith Gate MK10 9BQ. 01908 586472; For 0s, FREE (drop in).

New Bradwell Making Marks and Crafts

10:00-11:30TH at The Windmill Children’s Centre, Bounty Street MK13 0BQ. 01908 312473; For 0 - 5s, £0.50 (donation). Please wear old clothes

13:30-15:00T at Newport Pagnell Medical Centre, Queens Ave MK16 8QT. 01908 611767; For 0 - 2s, FREE (drop in). Receive support and advice from Jo

09:00-10:15T at Pebbles CC at Oldbrook School, Illingworth Place MK6 2NH. 01908 240556; For 0 - 5s, £1 (donation).

Singing & Signing

Physical Fun

09:30-11:30TH at York House Centre, London Road MK11 1JQ. ; For 0 - 5s, £2. All welcome, friendly local, parent-run group. 11:00-13:00T at Watling Way Pool, Galley Hill MK11 1PA. 07544 555028 or 01908 520528; For 0 - 5s, £11 per class (book by 10-week term). Swim classes for babies/toddlers 12wks-10yrs

Baby Bumpkin

Kents Hill MK Multiples

Oldbrook Stay & Play with Lindy Lou

Stony Stratford Little Cherubs Playgroup

Swimkidz Swimming Lessons

10:00-11:00T at The Robins Children’s Centre, Glovers Lane MK13 7QL. 01908 318 758; For 0 - 4s, £1 per family (drop in). Fun music and rhyme time session

Newport Pagnell Breastfeeding Support Group

Speech & language sessions. Once a month. at Squirrel’s Children’s Centre, Wood End First School MK14 6BB. 01908 317863 (drop in).

11:30-12:15TH at Whitespace Yoga and Wellbeing Studio, 5 St Pauls Court High Street MK11 1LJ. 0845 6804981 / 07580131842; For 0 - 1s, £5 per class (please book). Yogainspired sessions: babies 6wks-crawling

Sing & Sign Baby Signing Classes

13:00-13:45T at York House Centre, MK11 1JQ. Molly: 01908 411067; For 0 - 2s, £6 per class (book by 10-week term). Help your baby to communicate BEFORE speech

Towcester Baby Bumpkin

10:00-10:45TH at Brook Health Centre NN12 6HD. 0845 6804981 / 07580131842; For 6 wks - crawling, £5 (book). Yoga-inspired sessions.

Walnut Tree Puppy Paws

09:00-10:00T at Little Paws Children’s Centre at Heronsgate School, Lichfield Down MK7 7BW. 01908 696312; For bump - 0s, FREE (drop in). For bumps, babies & crawlers. Call to check dates

Woburn Sands Music Bugs

10:15-12:00T at Summerlin Centre, Station Rd MK17 8SG. 0844 822 1158; For 0 - 4s, (please book). Fun music sessions for 6 mths - 4 yrs

Tuesday Aylesbury Kindercooks Cookery Classes

16:00-17:00TH at Elmhurst Community Centre, 36 Fairfax Crescent HP20 2ES. 01280 812700 / 07706 990430; For 2 - 5s, £6.50 per class (please book). Children’s cookery classes.

Arts & Crafts

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Daily Activity Planner

Daily Activity Planner: Milton Keynes Area


Daily Activity Planner

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Tuesday - Wednesday Bletchley Mini Strikers

11:30-12:15T at The Saplings Children’s Centre, Knowles Nursery School MK2 2HB. 01908 378123; For 0 - 5s, £0.50 (donation). Fun, games & sporty activities

Swimkidz Swimming Lessons

11:30-13:00T at Leon Pool, Fern Grove MK2 3HQ. 07544 555028 or 01908 520528; For 0 - 4s, £11 per class (book by 10-week term). Swim classes for babies/toddlers 12 wks-4 yrs

Ducklings Swimming Classes

12:30-14:30TH at Bletchley Leisure Centre, Princes Way MK2 2HQ. 01908 364264; For 0 - 5s, £4.35 per class (book by term). 30-min swim lessons for 6 mths+

Broughton Baby Clinic: 09:30-10:30T; For 0s, (drop in).

Normally 1st Tues of month

Broughtonites Young Parents’ Group:

13:00-14:45TH; For 0 - 5s, No age limit at Hummingbird Children’s Centre, Shackerstone Close, MK10 9LS. 01908 609609 (drop in)

Buckingham Water Babies

09:30-12:00T at Buckingham Best Western Hotel, A421 Ring Road MK18 1RY. 01295 709221; For 0 - 4s, £13 per class (book by 10week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

Tumble Tots

09:45-13:30T at Buckingham Community Centre, Cornwalls Meadow MK18 1RP. Cathy: 07711 943697; For 0 - 5s, £5.50 per session (please book). Structured physical play classes

Central Milton Keynes MK Baby Rhyme Time: 10:00-10:30TH; For 0 - 1s, FREE (drop in).

MK Story & Rhyme Time: 10:45-

11:15TH; For 0 - 4s, FREE (drop in). at MK Central Library, 555 Silbury Boulevard MK9 3HL. 01908 254088.

Start The Art Toddler Sessions

11:00-12:00TH at MK Gallery, 900 Midsummer Blvd MK9 3QA. 01908 676900; For 0 - 3s, FREE (drop in). Painting, drawing & mark-making for under 4s

Conniburrow Family Play

13:00-14:30TH at Conniburrow Children’s Centre, 1 Germander Place MK14 7DU. 01908 675575; For 0 - 5s. ONLY for families in the immediate area

Downs Barn Family Play

10:00-11:30T at Conniburrow CC at Downs Barn School, Downs Barn Blvd MK14 7NA. 01908 675575; For 0 - 5s, . ONLY for families in the immediate area

Fullers Slade Breastfeeding Group

11:00-12:30TH at The Rowans Children’s Centre, 13A Moorfoort MK11 2BD. 01908 565852; For 0 - 2s, FREE (drop in).

Grange Farm Seedlings Stay & Play

10:00-11:30TH at Seedlings Children’s Centre, Singleton Drive MK8 0PZ. 07904 005847 / 01908 503736; For 0 - 5s, (please book). Priority given to families in reach area

Heelands The Little Turtle Swim Company

09:00-16:00T at Novotel Hotel, Heelands MK13 7RA. Zara: 01908 543384; For 0 - 5s, £10 per class (book by 6-week term). Private bespoke classes for babies & children

Play Sessions

13:30-14:30T at The Robins Children’s Centre, Glovers Lane MK13 7QL. 01908 318 758; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). A different activity each week of the mth

Kents Hill Water Babies

15:30-17:45T at Hilton Hotel, Timbold Drive MK7 6HL. 01295 709221; For 0 - 4s, £13 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

Kingston Breastfeeding Support Group

10:00-11:30TH at Bridges Children’s Centre, 13 Winchester Circle MK10 0BA. 01908 586472; For 0 - 2s, FREE (drop in). Health Professional present 10 - 11am

Kingston Story & Rhyme Time

14:15-14:45TH at Kingston Library, 11 Winchester Circle MK10 0BA. 01908 282720; For 0 - 4s, FREE (drop in).

Loughton Musical Minis

13:45-14:30T at Loughton Manor First School, Paynes Drive MK5 8FA. Amanda: 01908 259914; For 0 - 5s, £4.25 per class (please book). Free trial offer voucher in centre pages

Middleton Cygnets Toddler Group

Walnut Tree Toddler Time

14:00-14:45T at Little Paws Children’s Centre at Heronsgate School, Lichfield Down MK7 7BW. 01908 696312; For 0 - 4s, FREE (drop in). Only for families in outreach area

Wolverton Musical Monkeys

10:00-11:00TH at The Old Bath House, 205 Stratford Rd MK12 5RL. 07917 683330; For 0 - 5s, £3.75 per child (drop in). 4.75 per family. Entertainment show & cake!

Wednesday Bletchley

Stories, Songs and Rhymes: 09:3010:15T; For 0 - 5s, Stories, music & dancing Little Seedlings Group: 10:30-12:00T; For bumps and babies up to 12 mths at The Saplings Children’s Centre, Knowles Nursery School MK2 2HB. 01908 378123. £0.50 (donation). Ducklings Swimming Classes

09:30-11:30TH at Bletchley Leisure Centre, Princes Way MK2 2HQ. 01908 364264; For 0 - 5s, £4.35 per class (book by term). 30-min swim lessons for 6 mths+

Swimkidz Swimming Lessons

13:00-14:30T at Leon Pool, Fern Grove MK2 3HQ. 07544 555028 or 01908 520528; For 12wks - 4s, £11 per class (book by 10-week term). Swim classes for babies & toddlers

Bradwell Chatterbox Baby & Toddler Group

13:30-15:15TH at Milton Keynes Village Hall, Willen Road MK10 9AF. 07733 397 844; For 0 - 4s, £1.50 per child.

13:15-14:45T at Bradwell Memorial Hall, Vicarage Road MK13 9AG. 01908 320850; For 0 - 5s, £1 per family. Carers, grandparents & parents all welcome

Olney Olney Library Story & Rhyme Time

Brooklands Musical Monkeys

14:15-14:45TH at Olney Library, High Street MK46 4EF. 01234 711474; For 0 - 4s, FREE.

Oxley Park Baby Clinic

09:30-11:00TH at Little Owls Children’s Centre, Oxley Park Community Centre MK4 4TA. 01908 524482; For 0s, FREE (drop in). The 1st and 3rd Tues of every month

Simpson Messy Paws

09:00-10:00T at Little Paws Children’s Centre, Simpson School MK6 3AZ. 01908 696312; For 0 - 5s, FREE (drop in). Bring a towel and clothes to get messy/wet

Musical Minis

10:45-11:30T at Simpson Village Hall, Hammer Road MK6 3AD. Amanda: 01908 259914; For 0 - 5s, £4.25 per session (please book). Free trial offer voucher in centre pages

Stantonbury Baby Clinic with Health Visitor: 09:30-

11:30TH; For 0 - 1s. 2nd & 4th wks of month Toddler Time: 13:45-14:30T; For 0 - 5s. For families in Squirrels CC reach area only at Squirrel’s Children’s Centre, Wood End First School MK14 6BB. 01908 317863

Stony Stratford Little Fishes

09:30-11:30T at Stony Stratford Methodist Church, Silver St. MK11 1JS; For 0 - 4s, £1.50.

10:00-11:00TH at Brooklands Farm Primary School, 152 Fen Street MK10 7EU MK10. 07917 683330; For 0 - 5s, £3.75 per child (drop in). 4.75 per family. Entertainment show & cake!

Broughton Messy Tots

09:30-11:00TH at Hummingbird Children’s Centre, Shackerstone Close MK10 9LS. 01908 609609; For 0 - 5s, (please book). ONLY for families in the immediate area

Buckingham Kindercooks Cookery Classes

15:45-16:45TH at 34 Bourtonville, MK18 1AZ. 01280 812700 / 07706 990430; For 2 5s, £6.50 per class (please book). Children’s Cookery Classes

Central Milton Keynes Baby Clinic

13:30-15:00TH at CMK Health Centre, Bradwell Common Blvd MK13 8DY. 01908 675575; For 0s, (drop in). Weekly clinic

Conniburrow Young Parents Group

12:30-14:30TH at Conniburrow Children’s Centre, 1 Germander Place MK14 7DU. 01908 675575; For 0 - 5s. For under 20s

Fishermead Groovy Movers

09:00-10:00T at Pebbles CC at Jubilee Wood School, Falmouth Place MK6 2LB. 01908 240556; For 18mths - 5s, (drop in).

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T = Term Time H = Holidays

Amazing

Pre-school dance classes Disco Babies – a fun and sociable dance class for toddler’s,pre-schoolers & their parents/carers. A class for trendy toddlers to enjoy a break from the nursery rhyme circuit. It is a dance based class to carefully selected pop and disco music. We OFF also offer bespoke parties for 0-4 year olds. 10% voucher see centre Email: enquiries@discobabies.co.uk pages

www.discobabies.co.uk 07713 120 827

Yoga for little people Inspired, imaginative and fun!

Come with your child to play on a journey of discovery and excitement.

Swimming Lessons

Teaching your baby, toddler or child how to swim and learn valuable lifesaving skills. Our amazing lessons are structured, progressive and lots of fun!

Thursday 9.45am: The Bath House Dance Studio, Wolverton, MK12 5RL

To find out more contact Swimkidz (North Bucks) Ltd:

Saturday 10:00am: Foundation House, The Square, Wolverton, MK12 5HX

E: shelley@swimkidz.co.uk M: 07544 555028 T: 01908 520528

£5 per session, pay as you go. Email: kelly@chotayoga.co.uk

Book your free taster session

www.chotayoga.co.uk 07821 915239

Deanshanger Village Playgroup Well established Ofsted registered childcare from 30 months to age 4 in the heart of Deanshanger village. Friendly staff provide a fun learning environment for your pre-schooler. Free places for 3 years and over available Mon - Fri term time. Deanshanger Village Playgroup, The Community Centre, Little London, Deanshanger, Milton Keynes, MK19 6HT. Call: 01908 263295. Charity Number - 1029968 Free taster session - use the voucher in the centre pages.

The Original British Sing and Sign - Signing Programme Reduces frustration for parent and baby by helping to understand your baby’s needs and wants in a fun and easy way.

FREE Taster Session see voucher in centre pages

Classes in Stony Stratford and MK. Contact Molly: 01908 411067

www.singandsign.co.uk

In the Water

Singing & Signing

Physical Fun

Arts & Crafts

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Daily Activity Planner

Disco Babies is the hippest class in town!


Daily Activity Planner

Wednesday

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Award winning baby development classes in Woburn Sands

Baby Sensory classes for babies from birth to 13 months. Baby signing, massage, music and dance, bubbles, bells, light shows, puppets, pom poms, a big play area. Fun sociable classes that make the most of your baby’s vital first year. www.babysensory.com

Taster sessionsact

nt available co Sarah to book your space

E: northbucks@babysensory.co.uk

Call Sarah: 07876 643276 Mucky Pups: 13:45-14:45T; For 0 - 3s, (please book). Check times Family Health Drop-In: 14:00-15:15TH; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). Advice from Health Visitor at Pebbles Children’s Centre, Newlyn Place MK6 2LP. 01908 240556 Fullers Slade Stay & Play

09:30-11:00TH at The Rowans Children’s Centre, 13A Moorfoort MK11 2BD. 01908 565852; For 0 - 5s, FREE (drop in).

Furzton Stay and Play: 10:00-11:30TH; For 2 - 5s Crawlers to Toddlers: 11:30-13:00TH; For

0 - 2s, Includes a light lunch. at Sunshine Children’s Centre, Dulverton Drive MK4 1EZ. 01908 508566. (please book).

South Furzton Mums and Tots

12:00-15:00T at Furzton Community Centre, 1 Blackmore Gate MK4 1DS. 01908 502877; For 0 - 5s, £1.50 per child.

Giffard Park Giffard Park Parent & Toddler Group

10:00-11:30T at Giffard Park Community Centre, Broadway Ave MK14 5PY. 01908 317863; For 0 - 5s, (drop in).

Heelands The Little Turtle Swim Company

09:00-16:00T at Novotel Hotel, Heelands MK13 7RA. Zara: 01908 543384; For 0 - 5s, £10 per class (book by 6-week term). Private bespoke classes for babies & children

Kents Hill Water Babies

15:30-17:15T at Hilton Hotel, Timbold Drive MK7 6HL. 01295 709221; For 0 - 4s, £13 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

The springboard to confidence for your child Britain’s leading preschool activity programme for children from 6 months to 7 years at a local centre near you. Contact us for a trial lesson on 07711 943697 www.tumbletots.com/milton-keynes

Loughton Loughton Parent & Toddlers

09:30-11:30T at The Memorial Hall, 44 Bradwell Rd MK5 8AJ. Kelly: 07825 165307; For 0 - 5s, £1.70 per family (drop in). On FRIDAYS ONLY during holidays, 10am-12pm

Monkston Park Tumble Tots

09:30-13:15T at Monkston Park Community Centre, MK10 9PH. Cathy: 07711 943697; For 0 - 5s, £5.50 per session (please book). Structured physical play classes

New Bradwell The Wyvern Parent & Under Fives Group

10:00-11:30T at The Windmill Children’s Centre, Bounty Street MK13 0BQ. 01908 312473; For 0 - 4s, £0.50 (donation). Stories, singing & play

Newport Pagnell Disco Babies

09:45-10:45T at , . 07713 120827; For 0 - 4s, £4.75 per child (book by 6-week term). For trendy toddlers! Membership fee £5

Newton Longville Musical Monkeys

10:00-11:00TH at Longueville Hall, Whaddon Road MK17 0AT. 07917 683330; For 0 - 5s, £3.75 per child (drop in). 4.75 per family. Entertainment show & cake!

Oxley Park Daisy Birthing Classes

18:30-20:00TH at Little Owl’s Children’s Centre, Redgrave Drive MK4 4TA. 07412 580853; For bump, £9 per class (please book). Birthing classes with a difference!

Shenley Brook End Musical Monkeys

10:00-11:00TH at Shenley Brook End Village Hall, Church End Road MK5 7AA. 07917 683330; For 0 - 5s, £3.75 per child (drop in). 4.75 per family. Entertainment show & cake!

Sing & Sign Baby Signing Classes

13:00-13:45T at Shenley Brook End Village Hall, Church End Rd MK5 7AA. Molly: 01908 411067; For 0 - 2s, £6 per class (book by term). Help your baby communicate BEFORE speech

Shenley Church End Disco Babies

11:30-12:30T at Shenley Leisure Centre, Burchard Crescent MK5 6HF. 07713 120827; For 0 - 4s, £4.75 per child (book by 6-week term). For trendy toddlers! Membership fee £5

Stantonbury Happy Talking: 10:00-12:00TH; For 0 - 5s,

Speech & language sessions. Once a month. Outdoor Stay & Play: 13:00-15:00TH; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). 1st week of the month Health Visitor Drop In: 13:00-15:00TH; For 0 - 2s. 1st week of the month at Squirrel’s Children’s Centre, Wood End First School MK14 6BB. 01908 317863

Stony Stratford Baby Bumpkin

10:30-12:15TH at Whitespace Yoga and Wellbeing Studio, 5 St Pauls Court High Street MK11 1LJ. 0845 6804981 / 07580131842; For 0 - 1s, £5 per class (please book). Yogainspired sessions: babies 6wks-crawling

Thornton Thornton College Nursery Baby Group

09:00-11:00T at Thornton College, Convent of Jesus and Mary MK17 0HJ. Samantha: 01280 812610; For 0 - 3s, FREE (drop in).

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Wednesday - Thursday

T = Term Time H = Holidays

Kindercooks teaches children to cook, weigh, mix and prepare all the ingredients for a variety of exciting sweet and savoury recipes. Taste new and seasonal foods. Pre-school and after school term time classes available in Aylesbury and Buckingham. Classes from age 2+. Holiday Classes also available – see website for dates and times. Hands on Cookery Fun!

ENTERTAINMENT SHOW

Interactive musical fun and other surprises for accompanied pre-school children.

Delicious cake selection and drinks included! It’s a party every week!

Weekly shows all over Milton Keynes. See our website for times & locations.

All ingredients & equipment provided To book or for further information 01280 812 700 / 07706 990 430

Prices from £2.75 & pay as you go.

www.kindercooks.co.uk Two Mile Ash Two Mile Ash Toddler Group

12:45-14:45T at The Annex, The High Street MK8 8LH. Holly: 07865 933306; For 0 - 5s, £1.50 (drop in). Crafts, refreshments & fun.

Winslow Musical Minis

09:45-11:30T at Winslow Public Hall, Elmsfield Gate . Amanda: 01908 259914; For 0 - 5s, £4.25 per session (please book). 45-minute classes starting at 9:45 & 10:45am

Wolverton Wolverton Story & Rhyme Time

14:15-14:45TH at Wolverton Library, Town Hall MK12 5LY. 01908 312812; For 0 - 4s, FREE.

Thursday Aylesbury Kindercooks Cookery Classes

10.30-11.30 & 16.00-17.00H at Elmhurst Community Centre, 36 Fairfax Crescent HP20 2ES. 01280 812700 / 07706 990430; For 2 5s, £6.50 per class (please book). Children’s cookery classes.

Bicester Daisy Birthing Classes

Bletchley St. Thomas Aquinas Stay & Play

09:15-10:45T at St. Thomas Aquinas School, St Mary’s Avenue MK3 5DT. 01908 378123; For 0 - 5s, £0.50 (donation). Stories & songs

In the Water

Ducklings Swimming Classes

Tiny Sunbeams Baby Group

10:00-12:30TH at Bletchley Leisure Centre, Princes Way MK2 2HQ. 01908 364264; For 0 - 5s, £4.35 per class (book by term). 30-min swim lessons for 6 mths+

10:00-11:30TH at Sunshine Children’s Centre, Dulverton Drive MK4 1EZ. 01908 508566; For 0s, (please book). For newborns to sitters. Donations welcome

Bletchley Story & Rhyme Time

Heelands The Little Turtle Swim Company

11:00-11:30TH at Bletchley Library, Westfield Road MK2 2RA. 01908 372797; For 0 - 4s, FREE (drop in).

Multicultural Mums’ Stay and Play

13:00-14:45T at The Saplings Children’s Centre, Knowles Nursery School MK2 2HB. 01908 378123; For 0 - 5s, £0.50 (donation). Women’s group - all nationalities welcome

Little Robins Toddler Group

Buckingham Water Babies

10:00-11:00T at Buckingham Best Western Hotel, A421 Ring Road MK18 1RY. 01295 709221; For 0 - 4s, £13 per class (book by 10week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

Fullers Slade Reading Café

13:00-14:00T at The Rowans Children’s Centre, 13A Moorfoort MK11 2BD. 01908 565852; For 0 - 5s, FREE (drop in). 14:00-15:30T at The Rowans Children’s Centre, 13A Moorfoort MK11 2BD. 01908 565852; For 0 - 2s, FREE (drop in). Older siblings welcome

Furzton Baby Clinic

09:30-11:15TH at Sunshine Children’s Centre, Dulverton Drive MK4 1EZ. 01908 508566; For 0 - 1s, . Meet Health Visitor and baby weighing

Singing & Signing

Physical Fun

09:00-16:00T at Novotel Hotel, Heelands MK13 7RA. Zara: 01908 543384; For 0 - 5s, £10 per class (book by 6-week term). Private bespoke classes for babies & children 10:00-11:30T at The Robins Children’s Centre, Glovers Lane MK13 7QL. 01908 318 758; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). Run by volunteers

Stay & Play with Toddler Time

19:30-21:00T at Bicester Children’s Centre, Queens Avenue OX26 2NR. Donna: 07412 580853; For bump, £9 per class (please book). Birthing classes with a difference!

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Baby Clinic

14:00-15:30T at The Robins Children’s Centre, Glovers Lane MK13 7QL. 01908 318 758; For 0s, (drop in). 1st Thurs of month.

Bumps and Babes

14:00-15:00T at The Robins Children’s Centre, Glovers Lane MK13 7QL. 01908 318 758; For bump - 0s, (drop in).

Medbourne Tumble Tots

09:30-12:15T at Medbourne Pavilion, MK5 6LS. Cathy: 07711 943697; For 0 - 5s, £5.50 per session (please book). Structured physical play classes

Milton Keynes NCT Bumps and Babes Group

11:00-12:00T at Various members’ houses, . Natalie: 07966 392 190; For 0s, . Please call for location - all welcome!

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Thursday - Friday Newport Pagnell Child Health Clinic

09:30-11:15T at Newport Pagnell Medical Centre, Queens Ave MK16 8QT. 01908 611767; For 0 - 3s, FREE (drop in).

Music Bugs

10:15-11:00T at Portfields Community Centre, 8 Wordsworth Avenue MK16 8SB. 0844 822 1158; For 0 - 4s, (please book). Fun music sessions for 6 mths - 4 yrs

Olney Church Mice

10:30-11:30T at St Peter’s & St Paul’s Church, Church Street MK46 4AD. 01234 712772; For 0 - 5s, FREE (donation). With Christian theme

Oxley Park Baby / Tatty Bumpkin Classes

10:00-11:45TH at Oxley Park Community Centre, Redgrave Drive MK4 4TA. Reanne: 0845 6804981; For 0 - 4s, £5 per class (book). Yoga-inspired sessions for babies & children

Multiple Births Meet and Play Drop-In

13:30-15:00TH at Little Owls Children’s Centre, Oxley Park Community Centre MK4 4TA. 01908 524482; For 0 - 5s, £1 per family (donation). 1st Thurs of every month

Shenley Church End Musical Monkeys

10:00-11:00T at Shenley Church End Leisure Centre, Burchard Crescent MK5 6HF. 07917 683330; For 0 - 5s, £3.75 per child (drop in). £4.75 per family. Entertainment show & cake!

Simpson Stay & Play: 13:30-15:00T; For 0 - 5s, FREE Sensory Paws: 14:30-15:00T; For 0s, FREE

Come and experience our sensory room at Little Paws Children’s Centre, Simpson School MK6 3AZ. 01908 696312 (drop in).

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09:30-11:00T at Little Paws Children’s Centre at Wavendon Pavilion, Isaacson Drive MK7 7RZ. 01908 696312; For 0s, FREE (drop in). Have your baby weighed and measured

Westcroft Westcroft Library Baby Rhyme Time

14:00-14:30TH at Westcroft Library, 10 Barnsdale Drive MK4 4DD. 01908 507874; For 0 - 1s, FREE (drop in).

Woburn Sands Woburn Sands Story & Rhyme Time

14:15-14:45TH at Woburn Sands Library, High St MK17 8SD. 01908 582033; For 0 - 4s, FREE.

Wolverton Chota Yoga for Little People

09:45-10:45TH at The Bath House (Upstairs in the dance studio), Stratford Rd MK12 5RL. Kelly: 07821 915239; For 1 - 5s, £5 per child (please book). Yoga for little people. £2.50 for siblings

Musical Monkeys

13:00-14:00T at The Old Bath House, 205 Stratford Rd MK12 5RL. 07917 683330; For 0 5s, £3.75 per child (drop in). 4.75 per family. Entertainment show & cake!

Friday Bletchley Saplings Young Baby Clinic

09:15-10:45T at The Saplings Children’s Centre, Knowles Nursery School MK2 2HB. 01908 378123; For 0s, (drop in). Baby weighing & advice with H/V

Musical Monkeys

Stantonbury Bumps & Babies

10:00-11:00TH at St John’s Centre, Conway Crescent (off Warwick Road) MK3 6AR. 07917 683330; For 0 - 5s, £3.75 per child (drop in). 4.75 per family. Entertainment show & cake!

Stony Stratford Musical Minis

Ducklings Swimming Classes

09:30-11:30TH at Squirrel’s Children’s Centre, Wood End School MK14 6BB. 01908 317863; bump - 0s, (drop in). Songs & baby massage

09:30-10:15T at York House Centre, London Road MK11 1JQ. Amanda: 01908 259914; For 0 - 5s, £4.25 per session (please book). Free trial offer voucher in centre pages

Sing & Sign Baby Signing Classes

10:45-11:30T at York House Centre, MK11 1JQ. Molly: 01908 411067; For 0 - 2s, £6 per class (book by 10-week term). Help your baby to communicate BEFORE speech

Baby Bumpkin

11:15-12:00TH at Whitespace Yoga and Wellbeing Studio, 5 St Pauls Court High Street MK11 1LJ. 0845 6804981 / 07580131842; For 0 - 1s, £5 per class (please book). Yogainspired sessions: babies 6wks-crawling

Swimkidz Swimming Lessons

12:30-14:00T at Watling Way Pool, Galley Hill MK11 1PA. 07544 555028 or 01908 520528; For 0 - 5s, £11 per class (book by 10-week term). Swim classes for babies/toddlers 12wks-10yrs

12:30-14:30TH at Bletchley Leisure Centre, Princes Way MK2 2HQ. 01908 364264; For 0 - 5s, £4.35 per class (book by term). 30-min swim lessons for 6 mths+

Pre-school Swimming Lessons

12:45-13:45T at Leon Leisure Centre, Fern Grove MK2 3HQ. 01908 624788 / 01908 624725; For 3 - 5s, £3.50 per class (book by term). Swimming lessons for pre-schoolers

Broughton Happy Friday

10:00-11:30TH at Hummingbird Children’s Centre, Shackerstone Close MK10 9LS. 01908 609609; For 0 - 5s, (please book). ONLY for families in the immediate area

Little Stars Childminders Group

12:15-14:45T at Hummingbird Children’s Centre, Shackerstone Close MK10 9LS. 01908 609609; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). For childminders & nannies in MK

Buckingham Kindercooks Cookery Classes

Stony Stratford Story & Rhyme Time

10:00-11:00TH at 34 Bourtonville, MK18 1AZ. 01280 812700 / 07706 990430; For 2 - 5s, £6.50 per class (please book). Children’s Cookery Classes

Water Babies

Conniburrow Messy Play

14:00-14:30TH at Stony Stratford Library, 5-7 Church Street MK11 1BD. 01908 562562; For 0 - 4s, FREE (drop in). 14:30-17:30T at Watling Way Centre, Galley Hill MK11 1PA. 01295 709221; For 0 - 4s, £13 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

10:15-11:45TH at Conniburrow Children’s Centre, Germander Pl MK14 7DU. 01908 675575; For 0 5s. ONLY for families in the immediate area

Fishermead Chirpy Chatterers

09:00-10:15T at Pebbles CC at The Willows School, MK6 2LP. 01908 240556; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). Stories, songs and rhymes

Fullers Slade Stay & Play

09:30-11:00TH at The Rowans Children’s Centre, 13A Moorfoort MK11 2BD. 01908 565852; For 0 - 5s, FREE (drop in). Includes baby and toddler songs & rhymes

Health Visitors Drop-in

11:00-11:30TH at The Rowans Children’s Centre, 13A Moorfoort MK11 2BD. 01908 565852; For 0 - 2s, FREE (drop in).

Baby Songs & Rhymes

11:00-11:30T at The Rowans Children’s Centre, 13A Moorfoort MK11 2BD. 01908 565852; For 0s, FREE (drop in).

Bumps & Babes

11:30-12:30TH at The Rowans Children’s Centre, 13A Moorfoort MK11 2BD. 01908 565852; For bump - 0s, FREE (drop in).

Furzton Musical Minis

09:30-11:15T at Furzton Sunshine Sure Start Centre, Dulverton Drive MK4 1EZ. Amanda:01908 259914; For 0 - 5s, £4.25 per session (please book). 45-minute classes starting at 9:30 & 10:30am

Great Linford Great Linford Stay & Play

09:00-10:30T at Squirrel’s Children’s Centre at Great Linford Primary School, St Leger Drive MK14 5BL. 01908 317863; For 0 - 5s, (drop in).

Greenleys MK Toy Library ‘Stay & Play’ Fridays

10:00-14:00TH at Greenleys Community Centre, 2 Ardwell Lane MK12 6AW. 01908 263700; For 0 - 5s, £2 (drop in). Themed sessions each week

Heelands The Little Turtle Swim Company

09:00-16:00T at Novotel Hotel, Heelands MK13 7RA. Zara: 01908 543384; For 0 - 5s, £10 per class (book by 6-week term). Private bespoke classes for babies & children

Breastfeeding Support

10:00-12:00T at The Robins Children’s Centre, Glovers Lane MK13 7QL. 01908 318 758; For 0 - 2s, (drop in). Last Fri of month. Not in December.

Kents Hill Munchkins Baby & Toddler Group

09:30-11:00TH at Kents Hill Community Centre, Frithwood Crescent MK7 6HQ. Tessa: 07973500356; For 0 - 4s, £1.50 per child (drop in). Extras 50p; under 6m free; up to 8yrs in hols

Water Babies

14:00-16:00T at Hilton Hotel, Timbold Drive MK7 6HL. 01295 709221; For 0 - 4s, £13 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

Loughton Loughton Parent & Toddlers

09:30-11:30TH at The Memorial Hall, 44 Bradwell Rd MK5 8AJ. Kelly: 07825 165307; For 0 - 5s, £1.70 per family (drop in).

Newport Pagnell Sherington Toddler Group

09:30-11:30T at Village Hall, Church Road MK16 9PB. Lauren: 07429634685; For 0 - 5s, £2 per child (drop in). With cuppa & chat!

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09:45-10:45T. 07713 120827; For 0 - 4s, £4.75 per child (book by 6-week term). For trendy toddlers! Membership fee £5

Newport Pagnell Story & Rhyme Time

14:00-14:30TH at Newport Pagnell Library, MK16 8HQ. 01908 610933; For 0 - 4s, FREE.

Old Stratford Tumble Tots

09:30-12:15T at Old Stratford Community Centre, MK19 6NL. Cathy: 07711 943697; For 0 - 5s, £5.50 per session (please book). Structured physical play classes

Shenley Church End Disco Babies

13:30-14:30T at Shenley Leisure Centre, Burchard Cres. MK5 6HF. 07713 120827; For 0 - 4s, £4.75 per child (book by 6-week term). For trendy toddlers! Membership fee £5

Stony Stratford Musical Monkeys

10:00-11:00TH at York House, London Road MK11 1JQ. 07917 683330; For 0 - 5s, £3.75 per child (drop in). 4.75 per family. Entertainment show & cake!

Swimkidz Swimming Lessons

12:30-14:00T at Watling Way Pool, Galley Hill MK11 1PA. 07544 555028 or 01908 520528; For 12wks - 10s, £11 per class (book by 10week term). Swim classes for babies/toddlers

Tattenhoe Tattenhoe Baby & Tots

09:30-11:30T at Tattenhoe Pavillion, Holborn Crescent MK4 3EQ. Sam: 07446233437; For 0 - 3s, £2 per family (drop in). Toys, snacktime, music and rhymes!

In the Water

Tinkers Bridge Action Kids Academy

13:30-14:30T at Little Paws Children’s Centre at Tinkers Bridge Meeting Place, Marshworth MK6 3DA. 01908 696312; For 1 - 5s, . Physical fun session

Walnut Tree Stay & Play

09:30-11:00T at Little Paws Children’s Centre at Heronsgate School, Lichfield Down MK7 7BW. 01908 696312; For 0 - 5s, FREE (drop in). Rhyme & story time plus a baby sign

Westcroft Westcroft Library Story & Rhyme Time

14:00-14:30TH at Westcroft Library, 10 Barnsdale Drive MK4 4DD. 01908 507874; For 0 - 4s, FREE (drop in).

Wicken Akeley Wood Baby & Toddler Group

10:00-11:30T at Akeley Wood Junior School, Wicken MK19 6DA. Hannah: 01908 571231; For 0 - 3s, FREE (drop in). Free play with indoor and outdoor activities

Woburn Sands Baby Sensory Classes

Wolverton Friday Tots

Singing & Signing

Physical Fun

Bletchley Saturday Mini Strikers

10:00-10:45T at The Saplings Children’s Centre, Knowles Nursery School MK2 2HB. 01908 378123; For 0 - 5s, £0.50 (donation). Once a month - call to check date

Central Milton Keynes MK Story & Rhyme Time

11:00-11:30TH at MK Central Library, 555 Silbury Boulevard MK9 3HL. 01908 254088; For 0 - 4s, FREE (drop in).

Conniburrow Saturdads

10:00-11:30T at Conniburrow Children’s Centre, 1 Germander Place MK14 7DU. 01908 675575; For 0 - 5s, . Every last Saturday of the month

Fishermead Saturday Club

10:00-12:00T at Pebbles Children’s Centre, Newlyn Place MK6 2LP. 01908 240556; For 0 5s, (drop in). 2nd Saturday of every month

10:00-14:00TH at St Mary’s Catholic Church Hall, Aspley Hill MK17 8NN. Sarah: 07876 643276; For 0 - 1s, (please book). 10am: 0-13 mths; 11:15am & 1pm: 0-6 mths.

10:00-11:30TH at The Foundation House, Aylesbury Street MK12 5HX. 0844 2436210; For 0 - 5s, £1.50 per family (drop in). Crafts, song/story times and a cuppa

Saturday

Fullers Slade Dads Zone

10:00-12:00T at The Rowans Children’s Centre, 13A Moorfoort MK11 2BD. 01908 565852; For 0 - 5s, FREE (drop in). Monthly session - call for dates

Heelands Dads, Kids & Working Parents

09:30-11:00T at The Robins Children’s Centre, Glovers Lane MK13 7QL. 01908 318 758; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). Runs monthly - call for dates

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Sunday

10:30-11:00T at Hilton Hotel, Timbold Drive MK7 6HL. 01295 709221; For 0 - 4s, £13 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

10:30-11:15T at Methodist Church Hall, Silver Street MK11 1JS. Amanda: 01908 259914; For 0 - 5s, £4.25 per child (drop in). Limited spaces, first come first served

Shenley Church End Infant Football Sessions

Swimkidz Swimming Lessons

09:00-10:30TH at Bletchley Leisure Centre, Princes Way MK2 2HQ. 01908 364264; For 0 - 5s, £4.35 per class (book by term). 30-min swim lessons for 6 mths+

Wolverton Chota Yoga for Little People

10:00-11:00TH at Shenley Brook End Village Hall, Church End Road MK5 7AA. 07917 683330; For 0 - 5s, £3.75 per child (drop in). 4.75 per family. Entertainment show & cake!

09:30-11:30T at Shenley Leisure Centre, Burchard Crescent MK5 6HF. 01908 502488; For 2 - 3s, £4 per class (book by 6-week term). Classes start at 9:30 & 10:30am

Simpson Papa Paws

10:00-11:30T at Little Paws Children’s Centre, Simpson School MK6 3AZ. 01908 696312; For 0 - 5s, FREE (drop in). 2nd Saturday of every month

13:30-18:00T at Watling Way Pool, Galley Hill MK11 1PA. 07544 555028 or 01908 520528; For 0 - 5s, £11 per class (book by 10-week term). Swim classes for babies/toddlers 12wks-10yrs

10:00-11:00TH at The Christian Foundation, Foundation House, The Square MK12 5HX. Kelly: 07821 915239; For 1 - 5s, £5 per child (please book). Yoga for little people. £2.50 for siblings

Bletchley Ducklings Swimming Classes

Shenley Brook End Musical Monkeys

Stony Stratford Water Babies

10:30-15:45T at Watling Way Centre, Galley Hill MK11 1PA. 01295 709221; For 0 - 4s, £13 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

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