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When we had our first baby, it was like being thrown into a whole new world - and I’m pretty sure you know what I mean when I say that! One of the biggest problems we encountered was that we wanted to go and do baby things with the new addition to our family - but we had no idea what was on offer or where... The information was all out there, but it was scattered across umpteen different websites, flyers and leaflets - and finding the time to sleep was a big enough issue, let alone trauling the internet for ideas of things to do. We knew we weren’t alone in our dilemma, so we decided to solve the problem for everyone and create a central resource that put everything in one place. You’re holding the result of that journey in your hands - the Toddle About magazine. And we hope you like it! Inside, you will find literally hundreds of groups and classes to try out in our Daily Activity Planner (p.20-30), all listed by location and in a day-by-day format so you can easily find what you need. We also have several special offer vouchers in our centre pages, letting you try many of these classes for free or at a discounted rate. Look out for the sign on adverts - this tells you if they have an offer voucher for you.

Contents What’s New?

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Spring Craft Activity

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In at the Deep End

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Shop About

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Like Riding a Bike

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Family Friendly Festival

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Baby Yoga & Massage 12-13 Controversy Corner

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Special Offers

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Mums Making It

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14,000 copies of Toddle About are distributed every quarter around Oxford, Banbury, Bicester, Witney, Abingdon, Wallingford, Didcot and surrounding areas. 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.

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Wh at ‘s N ew ? What’s new for bumps, babies & toddlers in the Oxfordshire area Key to each area:

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Enjoy a happy and healthy pregnanc y - and baby! Active Birth Preparation Classes Using yoga movement, breathing and birth hypnosis relaxation techniques, Daisy Birthing classes prepare both your body and mind, ready for your big day. Baby Massage & Yoga Classes Learn how to soothe your baby, deep en bonding and develop important sensory syste ms at Daisy Baby classes. Help to ease colic, flat head and sleeping issues, and even reclaim your tummy! Bicester - Donna@lazydaisybirthing.c o.uk or call 07412 580853 Banbury - aliso n-hargrave@ lazydaisybirthing.co.uk or call 0797 6 977782 www.thelazydaisychain.co.uk P.13

Work Opportunity with Action Kids Action Kids are looking for licensees in this area. Grab this opportunity to start an active career with great earning potential and a low cost of entry. Current licensees currently benefit from a fun working day, flexible hours and the ability to grow their business at their own pace. Start dates occur every 6 months so if interested now or in the future let us know! Request an information pack by emailing james@actionkids.co.uk P.18

Dance, Dance, Dance in Banbury! LoveBallet Dance Company are now offering new dance classes in Banbury. We are very excited to be offering Ballet, Funky Dance, Gymnastics and a Combination LoveDance Class on Wednesdays starting 17th April at the North Oxfordshire Academy School. Classes are for 3yrs+ with the opportunity to work towards exams and take part in shows. First class free as a trial, just email claire@loveballet.co.uk or call 07774 518949. P.22

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Baby Sensory: A Unique Baby Development Class Baby Sensory classes are NEW to the Banbury area on Wednesday mornings and classes are now also running again in Abingdon and Wallingford as we welcome back Leigh from maternity leave. Our hour long sessions offer different baby development activities each week plus babies can explore our unique exploratory play area. With some fantastic themed sessions such as Baby Pirates, Jungle Jitters and Beach Party available for all babies from birth up to 13 months throughout the Oxfordshire region- we welcome you to join us for a free trial at any of our venues. And in June if you’re looking for something special to offer Dad for Father’s Day why not book him onto one of our Father’s Day Specials. Visit www.babysensory.com to find your nearest session. P.21

Father’s Day Dilemma?

Not only do we struggle to find the men in our lives something for their birthday or Christmas oaching, but now that Father’s Day is fast appr who man the for get you do earth what on er - KNR already has everything? Look no furth e to suit all Jewellery has a men’s product rang your precious ure capt – sizes ly budgets and fami make a little one’s fingerprints in silver to Dads and for sake keep ised onal pers special ’s Pendants Grandads. Key Rings from £75, Men inks from Cuffl and £75 from chain or er leath on all hand – yone ever for thing £95. There is some ay 16th June made to order. Father’s Day is Sund your 10% off – last orders 8th June. Don’t forget buy online to Visit too! Toddle About Voucher 5 271051 www.knrjewellery.co.uk or call 0129 P.11 ent. intm to make an appo

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Flexible Work Opportunity in Banbury & Oxford Areas

Due to the continuing expansion within the Oxfordshire area, Musical Minis are recruiting two Oxford areas. Assistants to work in the Banbury and assist and You will work alongside the Leader be ld shou You on. sessi the t them throughou children. enthusiastic and love working with but a A musical background is not necessary only -time term is job dynamic person is! The be able to must You s. hour ble flexi s offer and ation. The drive and have your own transport training will roles are temporary positions as full classes.Full run to er Lead a me beco to be given . training will be provided a on: For an informal chat contact Leen is.co.uk for lmin usica a@m leen or 652 738 6 0129 more info. P.22

Little Kickers Classes in Oxfordshir e

Nothing is more rewarding than watching a child learning new skills, keeping fit and loving every minute of it! That’s why more and more parents are bringing their children along to Little Kickers football train ing sessions. At Little Kickers the focus is very muc h on fun, with a network of informal yet profe ssionally run training classes where enthusiastic boys and girls (18 months – 7th birthday) are given a helping hand to stand on their own two feet. Classes are suitable from 18 months to 7th Birthday - classes are run in Banbury, Bicester, Oxford, Kidlington, Thame & Chinnor. P.26 (Bicester & Banbury) 01869 323186 or email Helen at hjohnson@littlekickers.co.uk (Aylesbury & Oxford) 07412 480804 or email Kieran at ktownsend@littlekickers.co. uk

New to Oxfordshire - Jumping Clay!

to Give your children the opportunity to experience Jumping Clay! New toxic and Oxfordshire, it is the lightest, softest clay in the world; air drying, non an provides and free mess is it all, of Best colours. bright 8 in easy to use. Comes creativity exciting, fun 3D modelling experience that ignites the imagination and of of all children. Find out more and take your children through the wonders below. See 4228. 0770103 on Fern Contact fun! colour and shape, all whilst having

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FATHER'S DAY Craft

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The Deep End Babies love being in water – as you’ll see from the excited smiles and gurgles around the pool. And swimming from birth is entirely natural. After all, they’ve just spent nine months in the womb! ‘Generally, babies start swimming at around six weeks,’ explains Saz Sunthareswaran, director of Water Babies Oxford. ‘Though it’s becoming increasingly popular for dads to bring them earlier as this then becomes their special time with baby, right from the start.’ The warm water amplifies positive emotions within a fun, shared activity. And weekend classes are perfect for dads, who are often still working full-time. There’s normally no need for your baby to have had their immunisations before going swimming. However, if your baby was premature, or you have any other medical concerns, check with your doctor first. With obesity rates doubling over the last ten years, it’s vital that children form the habits of fun, regular exercise from a young age - and it’s important that they see their parents as active role models. ‘Getting our babies used to exercising from birth is something of which we’re really proud,’ says Saz. Despite looking very gentle, each half hour lesson with Water Babies provides a complete physical workout – exercising and strengthening muscles they’d never even find on land.

TIP: Interact with your baby Once you’re in the pool, keep your baby constantly moving all the time: bouncing across the water, swinging them round, singing nursery rhymes as you go. You’ll find they respond really positively, especially as they’ll love sharing such an unusual one to one time with you. However, if they’re still very small, don’t be surprised if they don’t appear to be remotely interested in what you’re doing, there’ll be a huge amount of other stimulating things attracting their attention. The other obvious benefit is water safety. Sadly, drowning is still the third highest cause of accidental death among children in the UK. However, with carefully structured training, babies can be taught life saving skills such as turning onto their backs or, following a sudden submersion, swimming to the nearest solid object. ‘And if the confidence of knowing you’re making your child safer in water isn’t enough to drag yourself out of bed at the weekend, I don’t know what is,’ suggests Saz. ‘Especially as you’re almost guaranteed to have a really good time!’

Exercise: Water Safety It’s important that your baby learns what to do if they fall in the water by accident. Start by sitting them on the side of the pool and bring them into the water, taking them a little way from the edge. Then, whilst repeating, “turn, turn,” turn them to face the side. Saying “kick, kick,” bring them back to the edge. And then say, “Hold on” and encourage them to grab the side. As with all else, repeat over and over!

TIP: Dressing your baby You’ll find that a toasty baby is infinitely happier than a shivering one! Do make sure you put your baby in a wetsuit at the start of the session. It’s very easy to take it off if they get too hot, however if they start getting too cold, putting anything on them at that stage will do little to make them warmer. Keeping little ones warm in water is a serious consideration as the body can lose heat up to 25 times faster than on land – and a baby’s body can lose heat even faster than an adult’s.

Saz and the team on 01869 325 499 Water Babies classes run across Oxfordshire, for more information call or visit www.waterbabies.co.uk to areas) ing (please call Tamsin on 01295 709221 for Banbury and surround cover. back the on  April-June 2013 Toddle About 7 advert See find your local pool!


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Things to make for Dads (paperback) - £4.99 Looking for inspiration to make that special gift for Father’s day? Whether it’s for your own children or for a pre-school group that you run, Things to make for Dads has eighteen great ideas to make dad’s day - any day of the year. Activities include a pop-up goal card, a car photo frame, a dangly-dads decoration, a garden collage and a sleepy-dad door sign. Each activity is clearly illustrated with stepby-step instructions and includes over 200 colourful stickers to decorate the activities. WARNING! Not suitable for children under 36 months because of small parts. Choking Hazard. For more information and to order your copy contact Jenny Cooke, jenny@cookeville.plus.com, 07976 231127. To see inside sample pages visit www. usborneonline.org/cookeville_books

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Soft play sets from Swedish brand Oskar&Ellen. They are made of soft fabric and come in different themes, from the beauty box for a little girl wanting to copy mummy, afternoon tea sets perfect for spring, to the aeroplane hangar and spaceship for boisterous boys! They come compact in a soft box or a bag so they can be taken anywhere and be easily stored away. These toys are great for stimulating children’s fine motor skills and imaginative role play. Find a great selection at www.thelittlelavendertree.co.uk

Featuring advanced composite construction, a unique rear drum brake and a host of other safety features, FirstBIKE™ is the coolest bike on the street. It’s the ideal companion for walks and discovery journeys because it’s designed so young children can keep up with their parents’ walking speed. Children will develop an early sense of balance and control, along with independence, self-confidence and happiness – all without any need for stabilisers. Winner of toy awards across Europe, FirstBIKE™, catches your eye from first sight due to its unique ergonomic design. It surpasses other balance bikes, primarily due to its high quality workmanship and range of important safety features. For further information contact FirstBIKE on 07882 507 460 www.thefirstbike.co.uk

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Teach Your Child to Ride

Without Stabilisers Learning to ride a bike is one of those milestones in life that represents a huge achievement for children and parents. It’s the next stage of mobility and opens up new possibilities for days out, fun games and healthy exercise. But learning to ride a bike can be full of tears, fears, thrills and spills. Traditionally in the UK, we strap stabilisers onto the bike so that our children can learn the feel of riding and work out how to pedal. When we’re feeling brave enough – or simply embarrassed that our soon-to-be-teenager is still riding with stabilisers – we remove the stabilisers so they can learn the last piece of the puzzle: balancing. The whole ‘learning to balance’ thing is where it gets tricky. As parents, on the whole, we quickly learn that our children are not going to learn to balance on their own – after a couple of nasty falls, our excited little adventurers are none too keen to climb back on and give it another go. So in comes the back-breaking parental support, holding onto seats, handle bars or shoulders to help our children stay upright for more than a few seconds. And eventually, after quite possibly doing some permanent damage to our spinal cords, our children can ride their bike. Fortunately for our generation, there is an easier and quicker way to teach our little ones to ride a bike. Not only does it save our backs, but it also makes the whole process a lot more fun and pretty much eliminates all tears.

Nowadays, there is the option of buying a specially designed ‘balance bike’, such as those sold by FirstBikeUK (see below). Light-weight and pedal-less, these bikes mean that children as young as 18 – 24 months can start learning to ride – and they will typically move seamlessly to a regular pedal bike somewhere between 3 – 5 years old. The saddles on these balance bikes are deeper than regular bikes, giving the child a solid connection between their feet and the floor and a lower centre of gravity, making them feel more stable and comfortable. Little to no instruction is needed from an adult – typically a child will try to walk whilst holding the handle bars and with the bike between their feet. The little one controls the whole situation with his legs, using them as brakes from the beginning (he will later manage to control the hand brake too). After a while, he will rest his bottom on the seat and the walk will gradually turn into a “run” with the ride becoming smoother. After a few hours of practice, the child will experiment with lifting up both legs at the same time and.... they will balance! Eventually, they will want to try a regular bike with pedals and you’ll be amazed – they will learn to pedal very quickly. And they won’t ever need stabilisers!

We do this by switching the learning process around - instead of teaching how to pedal first, followed by how to balance, we teach balancing first and pedalling second. How do we do this? Well, we remove the pedals of course! And in fact, this isn’t a new idea. People have been taking pedals off bikes to teach little ones to ride for decades – the problem however has been that pedal bikes can be pretty heavy, so this is only really suitable for older children. selling the By Julie Fox. Julie runs FirstBIKE UK, ce bike multi-award winning FirstBIKE balan out find To . storm by pe Euro taken that has or visit more, contact Julie on 01788 332 187 opposite www.thefirstbike.co.uk. See advert

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Just So Festival Just So Festival in Cheshire are out to prove that being the parents of the very youngest children shouldn’t stop you enjoying some festival fun this summer, and have announced that they will be expanding and improving their celebrated Peekaboo baby area in 2013.

The Family Festival The organisers of this boutique family festival have been overwhelmed by how many babies are attending the event and have responded by announcing more programming and better facilities for their very youngest festival goers. With the support of returning sponsor Weleda Baby this August parents will be able to take their little ones along to festival favourites like baby yoga, baby massage, choral lullabies and clay babies. Joining them in 2013 will be; Shiny, an interactive dance experience for babies and toddlers; bubble hour, the shiny sensory tent and shake, rattle & roll a fabulous music making session.

Facilities will be better than ever with a baby change tent with free biodegradeable nappies and wipes, info about the Go Real Nappy Campaign from Cheshire East Recycling team, a beautiful breastfeeding boudoir sponsored by Medela where you can relax, feed your babies and warm your bottles, a baby bathtime tent, sling library and baby café. Rowan Hoban, Co-Director of the festival, says “I’ve taken my babies to festivals since they were just 8 weeks old and I can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend, immersing their tiny bodies and minds from the get go in wonderful outdoor adventures, it also means I know what kind of facilities new parents need and the kind of programming that will inspire”

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All about...

Baby Yoga & Massage Baby yoga and baby massage are a great way to bond with your baby, and they can really have a positive impact on your baby by calming them and helping with sleep issues and colic as well as increasing mum’s wellbeing, and easing postnatal anxieties. We run Daisy Baby classes in Bicester, Banbury and Milton Keynes and our classes are all about baby-led active bonding. We teach mums yoga and massage techniques within a friendly and intimate group surrounding, making them feel more empowered, more energised and ready to face the world!

spatial awareness, and in babies, this is developing day by day. We can help to encourage your baby’s vestibular system development by lifting them gently up and down, all the time keeping eye contact with them so they are comforted and confident because they know you are with them.

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Baby Yoga to try at home!

By using gentle movement you will help develop your baby’s vestibular system. This is what triggers the startle reflex in babies and makes them jump suddenly and cry (ever had your baby in your arms quietly asleep and you lay them down ever-so gently but they still wake and cry?) This is the sensory system that contributes to balance and

A very good way to try this is by singing ‘Row, row, row your boat’, with your baby sitting on your lap facing you whilst you pull them up and down, by their hands, from flat to sitting gently (please note that this exercise is for babies who can support their heads themselves).

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Baby Massage Infant massage deepens bonding with your baby, encouraging a release of Oxytocin and Endorphin hormones, which make both you and your baby feel happy. It can also help with teething and blocked sinuses, essential in the winter months when colds are doing the rounds.

Baby Massage to try at home! A technique to try at home if your baby is suffering with teething or blocked sinuses is to gently roll each toe – one at a time - between your fingers, all the way from the big toe to the little toe, and all the way back to the big toe again (repeat on other foot). You could sing to them ‘This little piggy went to market....’ whilst you keep eye contact and smile, reassuring your baby and bonding with them at the same time.

These are just a couple of techniques that Daisy Baby® classes teach, to help you actively bond with your baby, cope with ailments and help them to develop important sensory systems in the early months of their lives. Plus we have gentle techniques to help you get your tummy back too!

with classes in Bicester and Milton Instructor at The Lazy Daisy Chain ®, By Donna Lynch, a Birth Educator and ing baby bonding yoga, massage offer n®, Chai mark of The Lazy Daisy est Keynes. Daisy Baby® is a registered trade throughout the UK. To find your near e movement-based antenatal classes rt below. adve and postnatal classes, and also activ See . 0925 465 0845 call or k azydaisychain.co.u teacher, search for a class at www.thel

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Active Birth Preparation Classes Help both your body and mind prepare for labour. Learn yoga and breathing techniques to enable you to relax fully and bond with your baby, leaving you more confident in your ability to birth comfortably, and without fear. Bicester – Donna 07412 580 853 email donna@lazydaisybirthing.co.uk Banbury – Alison 07976 977 782 email alison-hargrave@lazydaisybirthing. co.uk Visit www.thelazydaisychain.co.uk to see a sample class!

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Controversy Corner

What Sort of Parent are You?

So you think it is time to tidy up and your toddler disagrees – how do you handle it? Researchers have attempted to classify our responses and have come up with three different styles of parenting.

What are the different parenting styles? According to psychologist Diana Baumrind (see insert), parents are either authoritarian, permissive or authoritative when interacting with their children.

What are the main differences? Put simply, authoritarian parents aim to keep their children under strict control via rigid rules. Rules are typically enforced via threat and the use of punishments. Permissive parents allow their children to largely do what they want and do not exert significant influence or have expectations of compliance. The relationship often feels more like a friendship. Reasoning, manipulation and bribes are used to achieve some level of control. Finally, authoritative parents aim to shape their child’s behaviours in definite ways and have high expectations but use a firm but fair approach. There is room for negotiation and discussion but only up to a point.

It sounds like authoritative is the desired style?

What are the advantages? The caring and warm manner of authoritative parents, along with the use of praise and perhaps rewards, teaches the child that behaving and fitting in feels good. They are able to emotionally regulate themselves and develop good social skills. Research suggests they do well in school, are self-confident and goal oriented. April-June 2013 Toddle About

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Baumrind focused on two aspects of parenting: parental responsiveness and parental demandingness. She placed parents on each of these on a continuum from high to low. Responsiveness described the degree to which parents made efforts to understand and respond to the specific needs of their child. Demandingness described the level of control parents asserted over their child. Parents deemed to be highly responsive and highly demanding were classified as authoritative.

Baumrind certainly thought so, as do most people today. Authoritative parents are accepting of their child’s current behaviour and outlook but hold clear views about how they want to shape them to their own ideals. They use reasoning and reinforcement to support the child’s development but also have clear boundaries and assertively manage situations, where necessary.

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Studying Parenting in the 1960s. The 3 parenting styles described are the result of research carried out in the early 1960s by a developmental psychologist called Diana Baumrind. She and her team observed and interviewed 100 middle class families with preschool children.

Those who were highly responsive and low on demandingness were seen as permissive. Finally, those parents who were observed to be highly demanding but low on responsiveness were labelled as authoritarian. Baumrind clearly favoured authoritative parenting. In the 1980s, Maccoby and Martin added a fourth parenting style. They realised that parents could be low on responsiveness and low on demandingness and they classified these parents as neglectful. Baumrind’s research is still influential today although the complexities of parenting have been explored further.

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Is authoritarian parenting really so bad? Authoritarian parents tend to see the world in black and white, good and bad. Unquestioning compliance and control are key. Children learn to conform out of fear. As an upside, they usually do relatively well in school and are less likely to misuse substances or get in trouble with the police. However, they are not as socially skilled as they might be and can find it hard to handle frustration. Girls tend to give up in the face of challenges and boys tend to react with aggressiveness. They are also more likely to suffer from low self-esteem, anxiety and low mood.

Are there any advantages to permissive parenting? Permissive parenting is sometimes seen as the cause of all of today’s problems! Permissive parents believe in the autonomy of the individual and respond positively to all of their child’s desires. They tend to avoid confrontation and the overt use of power and discipline to shape and regulate behaviour as it is seen as restrictive of a child’s natural development. The children are often good conversationalists with adults (their equals), have high social skills and selfesteem and low levels of depression. However, they can have difficulties with anxiety due to the absence of limit setting which children need to feel safe and secure. They can also become bossy and dominating in an attempt to find where the limits are.

How to be an Authoritative Parent 1. Be curious about your child – try first to understand why they are behaving in a certain way to determine whether you should let the child continue, to learn and problem solve for themselves, or whether a guiding hand is needed. 2. Set clear boundaries and say no when necessary so your child feels secure in the knowledge that there is someone watching out for them who will keep them safe.

So is it really that clear cut? Is authoritative parenting the way to go? Probably. Most parents want children who feel valued and listened to, who feel safe and secure, who know what is expected of them and fit in well with society, feeling good about themselves. Authoritative parenting is the most likely to achieve this. However, it is now acknowledged that these three categories are quite restrictive. There are times when a more authoritarian or permissive approach is the right approach for that child in that situation. The ideal is to aim to have a largely authoritative style, whilst acknowledging that there are times to get tough and times to just let it go.

Dr Helen Andrews is a Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with children and young people.

3. Gently help your child to calm when they are overwrought – children often struggle to handle powerful feelings

Through her business, Family Matters in Warwickshire, she helps parents when they can see that their child is struggling with their emotions, behaviour or development. She focuses on early intervention as the evidence is clear that it is never too early to ask for help.

4. Recognise your child as an individual who will find some things easier than others, and help them them to develop and achieve their potential.

Family Matters supports prospective parents through the final stages of pregnancy, new parents struggling with the challenges of infancy and toddlerhood and more experienced parents too.

5. Allow your child to express themselves and find their own place in the world, but guide them towards what you value most.

You can contact Helen on 01564 795337 and you can find out more at www.familymattersinwarwickshire.co.uk

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Why did you decide to work for yourself? I am definitely not a 9-5 office person! I knew from a young age that I didn’t want to do anything like that but it was more the dream of having my own dance school that decided the fact I would work for myself.

How did you choose what to do? I have been dancing since I was 3 years old and always had a passion for dance. Following my professional dance career I knew I wanted to share my passion and love for dance by teaching others.

What changed when you became a mum? My little girl Heidi is 15 months old so it’s very busy. My own mum always said I live my life by the second, which is more true now than ever before. Being super organised, efficient and having a very

supportive husband and family to help out is a blessing. I had a very short maternity leave (if you can call it that)! It’s hard to take time off when you have your own business and classes that need to continue - but I love my job so I didn’t mind.

How do you juggle being a mum and a business owner? Multi-tasking is key! Heidi often watches me plan for dance lessons, making up dance routines and sorting out the LoveBallet uniform orders and clothing. It’s lovely as I generally have the daytime free to look after Heidi, then teach when the schools close, but it means all the admin and paperwork has to be done when she is in bed, so it’s a long working day for me - but all very worthwhile and I wouldn’t change a thing.

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What have been the biggest highs for you? Doing a job I completely love, sharing a love for dance with the pupils I teach and seeing them progress. I am so proud of them all when they work so hard for their examinations or a show. They work their socks off and their hard work pays off. I have a number of pupils who have been with me since the day I started the very first LoveBallet class and seeing them work their way through the grades and come into their own as a dancer is just such a wonderful reward as a teacher.

What have been the biggest challenges? It’s hard work. I think some people have the perception that running your own business is easy, but they couldn’t be further from the truth. Getting everything I need to get done in a day is hard and I’m often up late at night working and getting all the admin done or planning the next show/exam

sessions. But the hard work pays off when I see how much the pupils enjoy performing, or when I give out their exam results. When it gets hard and I need a pick up I remember a quote “the brave may not live forever, but the cautious never live at all” - very true!

What advice would you give to mums thinking about starting their own business? Go for it - you only live once, so give it a go. It will probably be the best decision you ever take. My one piece of advice would be to make sure you create something you can be proud of - it will be hard work but worth every bit of it.

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Your local ‘What’s On Guide’ for families with bumps - 5s in Oxfordshire

The Daily Activity Planner is your one stop shop for finding virtually any and all of the bump, baby & toddler groups and classes. Visit the Toddle About website at www.toddleabout.co.uk/directory simply enter your postcode and the groups will be listed in order of distance from your home.

CHERWELL AREA

Monday

Chipping Norton

Aynho

12:45-14:30T at Glyme Hall, Burford Road OX7 5DY. Helen: 01869 323186; For 2 - 3s, (book by term). Fun football classes from 2-3.5 yrs

09:45-11:30T at Aynho Village Hall, Croughton Road (opposite Cartwright Hotel) OX17 3AP. Leena: 01296 738652; For 0 - 4s, £4.25 per session (please book). Classes at 9.45am and 10.45am

Little Kickers Football Classes

Banbury

Parent and Toddler Group

09:00-11:30T at North Banbury Children’s Centre at Hanwell Fields Community Centre OX16 1ER. 01295 271841; For 0 - 4s, £1.25 per session (drop in).

Cropredy

Cropredy Baby & Toddler Group

10:00-12:00TH at Church Rooms, Church Lane Deborah: 01295 750618; £1 per session (drop in). Not bank holidays

Shutford Baby and Toddler Group

10:00-12:00T at The Village Hall, Banbury Road OX15 6JD. 01295 788747; For 0 - 5s, £1.50 per family (drop in). Friendly group

Kidlington

Sing & Sign Baby Signing Classes

The Sunshine Centre Drop Ins:

10:45-11:45T at Kidlington Baptist Church, High Street OX5 2DS. Helen: 01993 709532; For 0 2s, £6 per class (book by 10-week term). Help your baby communicate BEFORE speech

Teenager and Parent/Pregnant with Stay & Play: 12:00-15:00T; FREE Soft Play Stay & Play: 12:30-14:00T; £1. Edmunds Road OX16 0PJ. 01295 276769

Kidlington Toddler Group

North Banbury Children’s Centre:

Musical Minis

Banbury

The Sunshine Centre Drop Ins:

Music Stay & Play: 09:15-11:15TH; £1. Health Visitor Clinic: 10:00-11:00TH FREE. Little Movers: 12:00-12:45T; For 1 - 3s, £1. Edmunds Road OX16 0PJ. 01295 276769

Little Stars Parent and Toddler Group

09:30-11:00T at The Salvation Army, 66 George Street OX16 5BH. 01295 262 449; £1 per family (drop in).

Outdoor Session

First Steps 1 - 2.5 Year Olds: 09:30-11:30TH Mums to Be: 13:00-14:30T; Health professionals Drop in Health Clinic: 13:00-14:00TH; fortnightly Babies Birth - 1 year: 13:00-14:30TH The Cabin, Hardwick C.P. School OX16 1XE. 01295 271841. £1 (donation). Drop in.

13:15-15:00T at Various Locations for Forest Walks; 0778 0786593; Contact Christine on 0778 0786593 (Drop in)

Milcombe

09:30-11:30TH at North Banbury Children’s Centre, The Cabin, Hardwick C.P. School OX16 1XE. 01295 271841; For 0 - 5s, £1 (donation). Children can play & learn outdoors

Bicester

13:00-14:30TH at Butterfly Meadows Children’s Centre, New Road, OX15 4RJ. 01295 722240; Voluntary donation of £1 per family

09:30-11:00T at Grimsbury Community Hall, Burchester Place OX16 3WT. Kate: 07825 630524; £1 per family (drop in).

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Stay and Play

09:00-11:00T at Brookside Children’s Centre, Queens Avenue, Bicester, OX26 2NR. 01869 249604; £1 per family (drop in).

SING AND SIGN

Mad Academy Music & Dance Classes

09:30-12:00T at Bicester Methodist Church, Bell Lane OX26 6JQ. Sophie: 01869 369502; For 0 - 4s, (please book). Fun, funky & physical music & dance classes

Sing & Sign Baby Signing

09:45-12:00T at Sing & Sign, Salvation Army Building OX26 4FR. 07906 055591; For 0 - 2s, £6 per class (book by term). Help your baby to ‘talk’ BEFORE speech!

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Baby Signing for babies 6 - 18 months Help your baby to 'talk' BEFORE speech Lots of Fun, Songs, Music, Props & Puppets Classes available Mon-Fri in Banbury, Bicester, Abingdon, Kidlington, Oxford and Witney.

Banbury and Bicester Helen Brawn on 07906 055591, email: helensingandsign@btinternet.com Oxford and surrounding areas Helen Foster on 01993 709532, email: oxfordsingandsign@gmail.com www.singandsign.co.uk

10:00-11:45T at Bicester Methodist Church, Bell Lane OX26 6JQ. Leena: 01296 738 652; For 0 - 4s, £4.25 per session (please book). Classes at 10.00am and 11.00am.

Daisy Baby Yoga, Massage & Postnatal

12:30-13:30T at Glory Farm Children’s Centre, OX26 4YJ. 07412 580853; For 0s, (please book). Baby yoga, baby massage & bonding classes

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Tuesday Ambrosden Musical Minis

09:45-10:30T at Garrison Centre Community Hall, Leena: 01296 738 652; For 0 - 4s, £4.25 per session (please book). 45 minutes of structured music sessions

Britannia Road Children’s Centre:

Britannia Babies Drop In: 10:0011:30T; £1 per family. Breastfeeding Support: 13:3015:30T Grove Street OX16 5DN. 01295 264068.

Banburytwinsormore

10:00-12:00TH at Hanwell Fields Community Centre, Rotary Way OX16 1ER. Simone: 07921460086; For 0 - 5s, £4 per family (drop in). Fortnightly group

Daisy Birthing Classes

19:30-21:00TH at IKidz Activity Club, 3 Bridge Wharf OX16 5AY. 07976977782; £6.67 per class (book by 6-week term). Natal yoga, active birthing, birth hypnosis

Bicester

Baby College Development Classes

09:30-12:30T at St Edburgs Church Hall, Old Place Yard OX26 6AR. 01865 436920; For 0 3s, (please book). Sensory, physical fun, music & language games

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Wednesday

Acorn Toddlers

Water Babies Swimming Classes

09:30-11:00T at Brookside Children’s Centre, Queens Ave OX26 2NR; 01869 249604, £1.

St Francis Toddler Group

10:00-11:30T at St. Francis Church, Highlands OX16 1FA. 07402 447655; £0.50 per person.

Banbury

10:30-12:00T at Bicester Methodist Church, Sheep Street OX26 6JQ. 07599 941706; £0.50 per family (book). Check before attending

Musical Minis

10:00-13:30T at Sibford School, Sibford Ferris OX15 5QL. 01295 709221; For 0 - 4s, £13.50 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

Stay and Play

10:00-11:00T at Bodicote Church Hall, Church Street OX15 4DW. Tori: 07775 857271; For 0 - 1s, £6.50 per class (book by term). Awardwinning class for 0-13mths.Free trials

11:00-14:15T at Langford Village Hall, Peregrine Way OX26 6XX. Leena: 01296 738652; For 0 - 4s, £4.25 per session (please book). Classes at 11.00am and 13.30pm

Baby Sensory Classes

13:15-14:45T at Glory Farm Children’s Centre, Glory Farm School OX26 4JY. 01869 320553; For 0 - 4s, £1 per family (drop in).

LoveBallet Dance Classes:

Kidlington & Gosford Leisure Centre:

Prima Ballerinas: 16:45-17:15T; For 3 - 5s, Fun introduction to ballet Funky Dance: 17:15-17:45T; For 3 - 5s, A lively, fun and energetic class Gymnastics Class: 17:45-18:15T; For 3 - 5s, Learn handstands, rolls, splits & more Love Dance Class: 18:15-19:15T For 7yrs+ at North Oxfordshire Academy, Drayton Road OX16 0UD. Lorraine: 07774 518949; (book).

Kings Sutton

Open Door Family Drop In: 09:15-13:00T £1 per family. Play & Activities for Under 5’s Locality Baby Clinic: 09:30-11:00T Topsy Turvey Group: 13:30-14:15T For 1-4s Grove Street OX16 5DN. 01295 264068

Kidlington

0-5s Group Drop in

09:30-11:00T at Kidlington Methodist Church, 53 Oxford Road OX5 2BP. 01865 373958.

Music and Movement: 09:30-10:15T For 0 4s, £2.75 per child. Mixed Dance: 10:30-11:15T For 3 - 5s, £3.50 Oxford Road OX5 2NU; 01865 376368. (book)

Kings Sutton Toddlers Drop in

10:00-11:30T at Millenium Hall, Astrop Road OX17. 07825 999105; For 0 - 4s, £2 per family Arts, crafts, play, singing & refreshments

Britannia Road Children’s Centre:

Bicester

Baby Group and Well Baby Clinic

13:15-14:45T at Glory Farm Children’s Centre, Glory Farm School OX26 4JY. 01869 320553. £1 per family (drop in).

Stay and Play Drop in

13:15-14:45T at Brookside Children’s Centre, Queens Ave OX26 2NR. 01869 249604. £1.

Hook Norton

Community Morning Toddler Group

09:15-11:15T at Hook Norton C of E Primary School, OX15 5JS. 01608 730697. £1 (drop in).

Thursday Ambrosden Musical Minis

13:15-14:00T at Ambrosden Village Hall, Old Arncott Road OX25 2LT. Leena: 01296 738652; For 0 - 4s, £4.25 per session (please book). 45 minutes of structured music sessions

Bodicote Toddler Group

Stay and Play Drop in

Middleton Cheney

13:45-15:00TH at Middleton Cheney Sports & Social Club, Astrop Road OX17 2PG. For 0 - 4s, £1.50 per child. Runs every other Tuesday

09:45-11:30T at Bodicote Village Hall, White Post Road OX15 4BN. janetate@supanet.com; £1 per child, 50p/extra sibling. Drop in

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10:00-12:00T at Begbroke Playgroup, Begbroke Village Hall OX5 1RN. 07594 652291; For 0 - 4s, £2 per family (drop in).

Sibford Tots and Babes

09:30-11:30T at Sibford Village Hall, Sibford Gower OX15 5RW. 01295 788711; For 0 - 5s, £1.50 per child (drop in). Toys & activities. £1 per adult, 50p per child

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Begbrooke

Begbroke Toddler Group

In the Water

Music & Singing

Banbury

09:30-11:30T at Britannia Road Children’s Centre at Bodicote Church House OX16 0TB. 01295 264068.

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Cherwell Area continued - to add your class email: info@toddleabout.co.uk The Sunshine Children’s Centre Drop Ins:

Mini Market: 08:45-09:30T For 0 - 5s. Babies Together: 10:00-11:30TH £1 per family Weaning info & advice. 1st Thursday of mth Edmunds Road OX16 0PJ. 01295 276769

Sibford Tots and Babes Drop in

09:30-11:30T at Sibford Village Hall, Sibford Gower OX15 5RW. 01295 788711; For 0 - 5s, £1.50 per child. £1 per adult, 50p per child

Open Door Family Drop In

09:30-11:30T at Britannia Road Children’s Centre, Grove Street OX16 5DN. 01295 264068; For 0 - 4s, £1 per family.

North Banbury Children’s Centre:

Family Session: 13:00-15:00TH Play activities Music for Babies: 13:00-13:45TH The Cabin, Hardwick C.P. School OX16 1XE. 01295 271841 £1 (donation).

Sing & Sign Baby Signing Classes

13:30-14:30T at Rugrats & Half Pints, Beaumont Road OX16 1QY. 07906 055591; For 0 - 2s, £6 per class (book by term). Help your baby to ‘talk’ BEFORE speech!

Bicester

Stay and Play Drop in

09:00-11:00T at Glory Farm Children’s Centre, OX26 4JY. 01869 320553; 0 - 4s, £1 per family.

Catholic Church Baby & Toddler Group 09:15-10:45T at The Presentation Convent, Kings End OX26 6DT. Katrina: 01869 252755; £1 (drop in). Toys,books,arts & crafts

Little Kickers Football Classes

09:15-12:00T at Langford Village Community Centre, 8 Nightingale Place OX26 6XX. Helen: 01869 323186; For 1 - 3s, (book by term). Fun football classes from 18mths-5 yrs

Mad Academy Music & Dance Classes

09:45-11:30T at Bicester Methodist Church, Bell Lane OX26 6JQ. Sophie: 01869 369502; For 0 - 4s, (please book). Fun, funky & physical music & dance classes

Daisy Birthing Classes

19:30-21:00T at Bicester Children’s Centre, Queens Avenue OX26 2NR. Donna: 07412 580853; For bump, £9 per class (please book). Natal yoga, active birthing, birth hypnosis

Deddington

Playbus Drop In

10:00-11:30TH at Butterfly Meadows Children’s Centre at, Windmill Centre car park OX15 0QH. 01295 722240; £1 (donation).

Middleton Cheney

Ma Mites Mums & Tots Group

13:30-15:00T at Middleton Cheney Village Hall, Main Road OX17 2LT. For 0 - 4s, £1.50 per child (drop in). 50p per extra child

Friday Adderbury

Musical Minis

13:45-14:30T at Lucy Plackett Activity Centre, Round Close Road OX17 3EP. Leena: 01296 738652; For 0 - 4s, £4.25 per session (book by term). 45 minutes of structured music sessions

Banbury

Creative Stay & Play

09:15-11:15T at The Sunshine Centre, Edmunds Road OX16 0PJ. 01295 276769; For 0 - 5s, £1 per family (drop in). Creative fun!

North Banbury Children’s Centre:

Play with Numbers: 09:30-12:00TH A group with number based activities Childminders Group: 10:00-12:00TH The Cabin, Hardwick C.P. School OX16 1XE. 01295 271841 £1 (donation) 0-4’s

Sing & Sign Baby Signing Classes

09:45-12:00T at Grimsbury Community Hall, Burchester Place OX16 3JT. 07906 055591; For 0 - 2s, £6 per class (book by term). Help your baby to ‘talk’ BEFORE speech!

Little Kickers Football Classes

09:45-11:30T at Hanwell Fields Community Centre, Rotary Way OX16 1ER. Helen: 01869 323186; For 2 - 5s, (book by term). Fun football classes from 2-5 yrs

Toddle Time Drop in

10:00-11:30T at St. Pauls Church, Warwick Road OX16 2AN. 01295 251092; For 0 - 4s, £1

Southam Road Toddlers

10:00-11:30T at Southam Road Evangelical Church OX16 2EJ. 01295 273120; £1 per family (donation). Fun activities.

Musical Minis

11:00-11:45T at Hanwell Fields Community Centre, Rotary Way OX16 1ER. Leena: 01296 738 652; For 0 - 4s, £4.25. 45 minutes of structured music sessions

Water Babies Swimming Classes

13:15-15:45T at Sibford School, Sibford Ferris OX15 5QL. 01295 709221; For 0 - 4s, £13.50 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

Multiple Treasures Drop In

13:30-15:00T at Britannia Road Children’s Centre, Grove Street OX16 5DN. 01295 264068; For 0 - 5s, £1 per family.

Musical Minis is a pre-school fun time music group for babies and toddlers. Each structered session encourages cognitive, physical and emotional development through the use of music, intruments and stories.

Classes in Bicester, Oxford, Woodstock, Aynho, Ambrosden, Banbury, Adderbury and Calvert Green (Bucks). For more information contact Leena Thakker Email: leena@musicalminis.co.uk Tel: 01296 738652

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Stay ‘n’ Play: 09:30-11:00TH Pip Squeaks 0 – 4’s: 13:00-14:30TH Bloxham Childrens Centre Hub OX15 4HP. 01295 722240. £1 (donation) per family.

Bicester

Little Kickers Football Classes

Banbury

Water Babies Swimming Classes

08:45-12:15T at Frank Wise School, Hornbeam Close OX16 9RL. 01295 709221; For 0 - 4s, £13.50 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

Hook Norton

Friday Toddler Group Drop in

09:00-11:30T at Hook Norton Baptist Church Hall, Netting St OX15 5NJ. 01608 730 697; £1.50.

Kidlington

Kidlington & Gosford Leisure Centre:

Music and Movement: 09:30-10:15T For 0 4s, £2.75 per child (please book). Encourages interaction, speech and movement Post Natal Class: 10:45-12:15T £7 per class (book). £2.50 for members. For you & baby. Oxford Road OX5 2NU. 01865 376368

Little Kickers Football Classes

09:15-11:45TH at North Oxfordshire Academy, Drayton Road OX16 0UD. Helen: 01869 323186; For 1 - 5s, (book by term). Fun football classes from 18mths-7 yrs

Saturday Morning Family Time

10:00-12:00TH at North Banbury Children’s Centre, Hardwick C.P. School OX16 1XE. 01295 271841. £1 (donation). 2nd & 4th Sat of mth

Dad’s Play Drop in

Kirtlington Baby and Toddler Group

10:00-12:00T at Britannia Road Children’s Centre, Grove Street OX16 5DN. 01295 264068; For 0 - 5s, £1 per family. 3rd Sat of mth

09:00-11:00T at Village Hall, South Green . 07740 984129; For 0 - 3s, £1.50 (drop in).

Water Babies Swimming Classes

Middleton Cheney

09:15-12:00TH at The Cooper School, Churchill Road OX26 4RS. Helen: 01869 323186; For 18m - 7s, (book by term). Fun football classes

Saturdads Drop in

10:00-11:30T at Brookside Children’s Centre, Queens Avenue OX26 2NR. 01869 249604. £1 per family. Call Centre for dates.

Bloxham

Saturdads

10:00-12:00TH at Butterfly Meadows Children’s Centre at, Bloxham Childrens Centre Hub OX15 4HP. 01295 722240. £1 per family (donation). 1st Saturday of each month

Kidlington

Little Kickers Football Classes

09:15-11:00T at Kidlington Scout Centre, Blenheim Rd .Kieran: 07412 480804; For 2 5s, (book by term). Fun football classes

13:00-14:30T at Sibford School, Sibford Ferris OX15 5QL. 01295 709221; For 0 - 4s, £13.50 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

Ma Mites Mums & Tots Group

09:15-11:30T at Middleton Cheney Village Hall, Main Road OX17 2LT. £1.50 per child (drop in). 50p per extra child

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OXFORD AREA

Monday

gift wrapping available

Personalised and embroidered gifts for all the family – hoodies, towels, face cloths, blankets, gymbags, backpacks, baby muslins, bibs and more.

Cowley

Sing & Sign Baby Signing

10:00-12:00T at St James Church Centre, Beauchamp Lane OX4 3LF. Helen: 01993 709532; £6 per class (book by 10-week term). Help your baby communicate BEFORE speech

Visit www.myhuggles.co.uk or call Sue on 07799 433057

Littlemore

Water Babies Swimming Classes

14:30-17:00T at DW Sports, Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road OX4 4XP. 01869 325499; For 0 - 4s, £13.50 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

Oxford

Baby College Development Classes

09:30-12:30T at St. Alban’s Church Hall, Charles Street OX4 3AH. 01865 436920; For 0 - 3s, (please book). Sensory, physical fun, music & language games

Musical Minis

13:30-14:15T at The Jericho Community Centre, 33A Canal Street OX2 6BQ. Leena: 01296 738652; For 0 - 4s, £4.25 per session (please book). 45 minutes of structured music sessions

North Oxford Children’s Centre:

Peep Circle Time: 09:30-10:15T; For 1 - 3s, (please book). Ask for more info Stay and Play: 10:30-12:30T (drop in). Stay and Play with Music & Lunch at North Oxford Children’s Centre, Wren Road OX2 7SX. 01865 559742.

KEY: T :Term Time H :Holidays

Rose Hill

Rose Hill - Littlemore Children’s Centre

Drop in Play For All: 09:00-12:00T; For 0 - 5s. Baby Drop In: 10:00-12:00T; For 0s. Health Visitor Clinic: 10:00-11:00T; For 0s. Baby Singing: 11:00-12:00T; For 0 - 1s. Young Parents: 13:00-15:00T; For 0 - 2s. at Rose Hill-Littlemore Children’s Centre, The Oval OX4 4UY. 01865 716739. Drop in!

Tuesday Mad Academy Music & Dance Classes

09:45-11:15T at Ark T Centre, Crowell Road OX4 3LN. Sophie: 01869 369502; For 1 - 4s, (book). Fun, funky & physical music & dance classes

Headington

Music & Singing

10:00-12:00T at Baptist Church Hall, Godstow Road OX2 8NY. Leanne: 01865 511503; For 0 - 4s, £2 per family (donation). Toys, Singing, Baby corner and refreshments

Oxford

North Oxford Children’s Centre:

Midwife Clinic: 09:00-11:00T Little Stars: 10:45-12:00T; For 0s, For parents with their first babies at North Oxford Children’s Centre, Wren Road OX2 7SX. 01865 559742. Drop in!

Childminders Group

Sunflowers Toddler Group

10:00-12:00T at Magdalen Road church Hall, 41a Magdalen Road OX4 1RB. 07837 128873; For 0 - 4s, £1.50 per family (drop in). Toys, refreshments and friendly people

Family Fun

09:30-12:30T at Headington Community Centre, Gladstone Road OX3 8LL. Rachel: 01235 521 039; For 0 - 4s, £3.20 per family (please book). Musical fun for the under 5s!

In the Water

Dandelions Baby and Toddler Group

09:30-12:00T at North Oxford Children’s Centre at Baptist Chapel Hall . 01865 559742; For 0 - 4s, (drop in). 2nd Tuesday of the month

Cowley

Busy Bees Music Group

10:00-12:00T at DW Sports, Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road OX4 4XP. 01869 325499; For 0 - 4s, £13.50 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

Lower Wolvercote

Peep Group

13:30-14:30T at North Oxford Children’s Centre at Jericho Health Centre, New Radcliffe House OX2 6NW. 01865 559742; For 0 - 3s. With books, singing, circle time

Littlemore

Water Babies Swimming Classes

10:00-12:00T at The Kings Centre, Osney Mead OX2 0ES. ; For 0 - 4s, £0.50 (drop in). A fun group for the under 5s

Physical Fun

Arts & Crafts

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For classes of pure MADness, join MAD Academy Classes in Oxford, Kidlington & Bicester

FREE Trial Class!

Call Sophie on 01869 369502 or email: sophie.hill@madacademy.com

For more information please contact Bea or Donna on 01865 436920 or at enquiries@babycollegeoxford.co.uk

madacademy.com

Book online at www.babycollegeoxford.co.uk

Music And Dance and a whole lot of fun!

Jam and Juice

Weekly parent and baby development classes from 0 to 3 years and NEW baby massage & baby yoga classes too.

Baby College Baby Massage

10:00-12:00T at Jam and Juice, St. Matthews Church Centre OX1 4LW. 01865 726102; For 0 - 3s, £1 per family (drop in). A fun group for parents,carers & childminders

14:15-15:15T at St. Anthony of Padua Church Hall, 115 Headley Way OX3 7SS. 01865 436920; For 0s, (please book). The awardwinning MamaBabyBliss® programme

Stay & Play for 0-5s

Oxford

11:30-15:15T at East Oxford Children’s Centre, Union Street OX41JP. 01865 248729; (drop in).

Baby Cafe Breastfeeding Support

14:15-16:15T at North Oxford Children’s Centre at Jericho Health Centre, New Radcliffe House OX2 6NW. 01865 559742; For 0 - 1s, (drop in).

Rose Hill

Rose Hill-Littlemore Children’s Centre:

Childminders: 09:30-12:00T; For 0 - 4s. Baby Café: 12:30-14:30TH; For 0s The Oval OX4 4UY. 01865 716739. (drop in) Drop in Play: 09:30-11:30T; For 0 - 5s. Health Visitor Clinic: 10:00-11:00TH; For 0s. Walkers and Toddlers: 12:45-14:45T; 0 - 2s. Ashhurst Way OX4 4UY. 01865 716739 (drop in)

Stay and Play

09:00-12:00T at North Oxford Children’s Centre, Wren Road OX2 7SX. 01865 559742; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). Bring a packed lunch !

Rose Hill

Walkers and Talkers Drop In

09:30-12:00T at Rose Hill-Littlemore Childrens Centre, The Oval OX4 4UY. 01865 716739.

Water Babies Swimming Classes

Thursday Botley

Water Babies Swimming Classes

12:00-13:30TH at Butterfly Meadows Children’s Centre at, Bloxham Childrens Centre Hub OX15 4HP. 01295 722240; For 0 - 4s, £1 per family (donation). For the under 25’s, Light Lunch Provided

09:00-12:00T at Westminster Sport, Harcourt Hill OX2 9AT. 01869 325499; For 0 - 4s, £13.50 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

Botley

Headington

13:00-14:00T at Seacourt Hall, Chapel Way OX2 9LS. Helen: 01993 709532; For 0 - 2s, £6 per class (book by 10-week term). Help your baby communicate BEFORE speech

09:15-11:30T at Headington Quarry Foundation Stage School, Quarry School Place OX3 8LH. 01865 762345; For 0 - 5s, £1.

Sing & Sign Baby Signing Classes

Headington

Mad Academy Music & Dance Classes

09:45-11:15T at Headington Community Centre, Gladstone Road OX3 8LL. Sophie: 01869 369502; For 0 - 4s, (please book). Fun, funky & physical music & dance classes

Splat

10:00-12:00T at St Ebbes, Lime Walk OX3 7AE. 01865 453226; For 0 - 5s, £2 per session (drop in). 18 Mths free,£2 Child,£1 Adult.

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09:45 & 10:45T at Magdalen Road church Hall, 41a Magdalen Road OX4 1RB. 07838 128873; For 0 - 4s, £3 per family (drop in).

North Oxford Children’s Centre:

Stay & Play: 10:30-12:30T; Music & Lunch Health Visitor Team: 10:30-11:30T Wren Road OX2 7SX. 01865 559742; (drop in).

Wolvercote Stay and Play

Risinghurst Japanese Toddler Group

Baby College Development Classes

12:00-16:00T at The Oxford Hotel, Godstow Road OX2 8AL. 01869 325499; For 0 - 4s, £13.50 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

Caterpillars Young Parents

Buttercup Music

09:30-12:30T at North Oxford Association, Diamond Place OX2 7DP. 01865 436920; For 0 - 3s, (book). Sensory, physical fun, music & language games

09:30-12:00T at Barefoot Books, 294 Banbury Road OX2 7ED. Sophie: 01869 369502; 0 - 4s, (book). Funky & physical music & dance classes.

Bloxham

09:30-11:30T at St Clements Family Centre, Cross St OX4 1DA. 01865 246674; For 0 - 3s, £1 per family (drop in). Play & Singing

Summertown

Wolvercote

Wednesday

St Clements Toddler Group

13:15-14:45T at North Oxford Children’s Centre at Wolvercote Youth Club OX2 8AU. 01865 559742; For 0 - 5s, (drop in).

Summertown

Mad Academy Music & Dance Classes

Oxford

Headington Quarry Toddler Group

Baby College Development Classes

09:30-12:30T at St. Anthony of Padua Church Hall, 115 Headley Way OX3 7SS. 01865 436920; For 0 - 3s, (please book). Sensory, physical fun, music & language games

Risinghurst

10:30-12:30T at Risinghurst Community Centre, Kiln Lane OX3 8EZ. 07884 063930; For 0 - 4s, £1.50 per family (drop in).

Rose Hill

Drop In Play For All

09:00-15:00T at Rose Hill-Littlemore Children’s Centre, The Oval OX4 4UY. 01865 716739; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). Thurs: 9.0012.00 & 1.00-2.00pm

Coffee morning

09:00-11:30T at Rose Hill-Littlemore Childrens Centre, Ashhurst Way OX4 4UY. 01865 716739; For 0 - 3s, (drop in).

Summertown

Sing & Sign Baby Signing Classes

10:00-12:00T at The NOA Community Centre, Diamond Place OX2 7DP. Helen: 01993 709532; £6 per class (book by 10-week term). Help your baby communicate BEFORE speech

Friday Marston

Mad Academy Music & Dance Classes

Marston

09:30-11:15T at OXSRAD, Court Place Farm OX3 0NQ. Sophie: 01869 369502; For 1 - 5s, (please book). Fun, funky & physical music & dance classes

09:45-11:30T at United Reform Church, Marston Road OX3 0EH. 01865 246954; For 0 - 5s, £2 per family (drop in).

10:45-13:15T at Marston Northway Children’s Centre, Copse Lane OX3 0AY. 01865 559742; For 0 - 3s, (drop in). Contact Phil on 07899 668286 for more info!

Northway and Marston Childminder, Parent and Toddler Group

Young Parents Group

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Busy Bees Music Group

Stay & Play

Special music sessions for babies from 2 months to too wriggly

Midwife Clinic: 09:00-13:30T Twinkle Toes: 10:00-12:00T; For 0s Baby Cafe: 10:30-12:30T Support for breastfeeding mums Gems: 13:15-14:45T; Last Fri of mth Wren Road OX2 7SX. 01865 559742

09:00-14:30T at East Oxford Childrens Centre, Union Street OX41JP. 01865 248729; For 0 - 5s, (drop in).

Risinghurst

Risinghurst Toddler Group

09:30-11:30T at Risinghurst Community Centre, Kiln Lane OX3 8EZ. 07884 063930; For 0 - 4s, £1.50 per family (drop in). Friendly toddler group

Rose Hill

Drop in play for all

Marston

Little Kickers Football Classes

08:30-12:45T at Oxsrad Ltd Leisure Centre, Court Place Farm, Marsh Lane OX3 0NQ. Kieran: 07412 480804; For 2 - 5s, (book by term). Fun football classes from 2-7 yrs

Oxford

1st Saturday

10:00-12:00T at Magdalen Road Church Hall, OX4 1RB. 07839 128873; £2 per family. 1st Sat of mth

Dad’s Army

Baby Music sessions In and around Oxford and near Didcot. Award winning, independent music sessions for very little babies, only £3.20 including refreshments.

09:30-11:30T at Rose Hill-Littlemore Children’s Centre, The Oval OX4 4UY. 01865 716739; For 0 - 5s, (drop in).

10:00-12:00T at North Oxford Children’s Centre, Wren Rd. 01865 559742; (book). 3rd Sat of mth

Rose Hill

Saturdads

10:30-13:30TH at Rose HillLittlemore Childrens Centre, The Oval OX4 4UY. 01865 716739; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). Fathers & male carers

Sunday

Saturday

Littlemore

Littlemore

Water Babies Swimming

Water Babies Swimming Classes

09:00-12:00T at DW Sports, Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Rd OX4 4XP. 01869 325499; For 0 - 4s, £13.50 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

12:00-16:00T at DW Sports, Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road OX4 4XP. 01869 325499; For 0 - 4s, £13.50 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

Call Rachel 01235 521 039 www.busybeesmusic.co.uk

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SOUTH OXFORDSHIRE AREA

Monday

Tuesday

Chalgrove

Didcot

Chalgrove Children’s Centre Drop Ins:

Wonderful Words: 09:30-11:45T; £1 donation. 9:30-10:30 18 mths+ & 10.30-11.45 0-18 mths Baby Clinic: 11:45-12:45T Chalgrove School OX44 7ST. 01491 614179.

Henley on Thames

Messy Play

10.00, 11.00 & 13.00T at Rainbow Children’s Centre, 55-57 Market Place RG9 2AA. 01491 577414; For 0 - 5s, £0.50.

Horspath

Horspath Toddler Group

09:15-11:30TH at Horspath Village Hall, Oxford Road OX33 1RT. Michelle: 07906 717008; For 0 - 5s, £1.50 (drop in). Please check before coming in holidays

Wallingford

Baby Sensory Classes

10:00-11:00T at Wallingford Sports Park, Hithercroft Road OX10 9RB. Leigh: 01980 849354; For 0 - 1s, £6.70 per class (book by 10-week term). Award-winning class for 0-13mths.Free trials

KEY: T :Term Time H :Holidays

Watlington

Watlington Children’s Centre Drop Ins:

Stepping Stones Toddler Group

09:30-11:15T at Didcot Baptist Church, Wantage Road OX11 OBS. Joan: 01235 817409; For 0 - 3s, £2 per family (book).

YogaBellies Baby Massage

Musical Fun: 09:30-11:30T; £1 (donation). 9.30-10.30 2yrs+ 10.30-11.30 under 2’s Buggy Walk: 11:30-12:30T Watlington School OX49 5RB. 01491 614179

Woodcote

Music and Play

10:00-11:00TH at 3 Stort Close, OX11 7UR. Suzanne: 07747 166 795; For 0s, (please book). Learn to massage your newborn (until mobile).

10:00-11:30T at Rainbow Children’s Centre at, Woodcote Village Hall RG8 0QY. 01189 724024; For 0 - 5s, (donation).

Henley on Thames

Wednesday

Rainbow Children’s Centre Drop Ins:

Baby Clinic & Breastfeeding: 10:00-11:45T Stay and Play: 13:00-14:45T; With singing! 55-57 Market Place RG9 2AA. 01491 577414

Sonning Common

Chinnor

Little Kickers Football Classes

Rainbow Music Group

15:45-17:15T at Chinnor Village Hall, Church Road OX39 4PG. Kieran: 07412 480804; For 2 - 5s, (please book). Fun football classes from 2-5 yrs

Tetsworth

Stepping Stones Toddler Group

14:00-15:30T at Rainbow Children’s Centre, Reades Lane RG4 9LN. 01189 724 024; For 0 - 5s, (donation).

Tetsworth Little Kites Toddler Group

10:30-12:00T at Tetsworth school Hall, 15 High street OX9 7AB. 07936 708792; For 0 5s, £1 per family (drop in).

In the Water

Music & Singing

Didcot

09:30-11:15T at Didcot Baptist Church, Wantage Road OX11 OBS. Joan: 01235 817409; For 0 - 3s, £2 per family (please book).

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Oxford Area continued - to add your class email: info@toddleabout.co.uk YogaBellies Baby Massage

10:00-11:00TH at 3 Stort Close, OX11 7UR. Suzanne: 07747 166 795; For 0s, (please book). Learn to massage your newborn (until mobile).

YogaBellies Yoga for Pregnancy

19:30-20:45TH at Ladygrove Community Centre, Tamar Way OX11 7QH. Suzanne: 07747 166 795; For bump, (please book).

Henley on Thames

Henley on Thames

Stay and Play

10:00-11:30T at Rainbow Children’s Centre, 55-57 Market Place RG9 2AA. 01491 577414; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). 15 minutes of singing

Kindermusik with Jane

09:45-17:00T at Peppard Cricket Pavilion, Stoke Row Road RG9 5JD. Jane: 07500 220588; For 0 - 4s, £5.25 per class (book by term). Music, movement, imaginary play & stories!

• Mum & Baby Yoga • Pregnancy Yoga • Baby Massage

Little Caterpillars

10:45-12:00T at Rainbow Children’s Centre, 55-57 Market Place RG9 2AA. 01491 577414; For 0s, (drop in). For first time parents with new babies

Friday Chalgrove

Room to Zoom

10:00-11:30T at Chalgrove Children’s Centre, Chalgrove Primary School OX44 7ST. 01491 614179; For 0 - 2s, £1 (donation).

Thame

Bouncing Bunnies

09:30-11:15T at Thame Youth Centre, Towersey Road OX9 3NW. 07812 480439; For 0 - 4s, £2 per family (drop in).

£5 off quote Toddle About

Classes in Didcot & surrounding areas.

Email: suzanne@yogabellies.co.uk Suzanne: 07747 166 795 www.yogabellies.co.uk

Long Wittenham

Witteenies Stay & Play

13:00-15:00T at Long Wittenham Village Hall, High St OX14 4QH. 01865 407417; For bump 5s, £2 per family (drop in). Very friendly group!

Watlington Stay and Play

10:00-11:30T at Watlington Children’s Centre, Watlington Primary School OX49 5RB. 01491 614179; For 0 - 5s, £1 (donation).

Thursday

Oakley

Oakley Baby and Toddler Group

10:00-11:30T at Oakley Village Hal, Oxford Road HP18 9RD. oakleytoddlergroup@gmail. com; For 0 - 5s, £2 per family (drop in). £1.50 for babies under 12mths.

Sonning Common

Rainbow Children’s Centre Drop Ins:

Stay and Play: 10:00-11:30T (donation). Baby Clinic & Breastfeeding Support: 13:0014:30T (donation) Reades Lane RG4 9LN. 01189 724 024

Thame

Chalgrove

Chalgrove Children’s Centre

Buggy Walk: 10:30-11:30T Stay and Play: 13:00-14:45T £1 (donation) Chalgrove School OX44 7ST. 01491 614179.

Didcot

Stepping Stones Toddler Group

09:30-11:15T at Didcot Baptist Church, Wantage Road OX11 OBS. Joan: 01235 817409; For 0 - 3s, £2 per family (book).

YogaBellies Mum and Baby Yoga

10:00-11:00TH at All Saints Youth and Community Hall, Roman Place OX11 7DE. Suzanne: 07747 166 795; For 0 - 1s, (please book). Postnatal yoga to gently tone your body

Wantage

Baby Sensory Classes

10:00-12:30T at Grove Village Hall, Main Street OX12 7JY. Beccy; 07800 568040; For 0 - 1s, £6.50 per class (book by term). Award-winning class for 0-13mths.Free trials

Watlington

Watlington Children’s Centre:

New Beginnings: 10:00-11:00T; For 0s, Breastfeeding Support: 10:00-12:00T Peep for Babies: 11:00-12:00T; For 0s, £1 (donation). Watlington School OX49 5RB. 01491 614179

Saturday

Baby College Development Classes

Sonning Common

Grace Notes & Semi-Quavers

10:30-12:30T at Rainbow Children’s Centre, Reades Lane RG4 9LN. 01189 724 024; For 0 5s, £2 (donation). 2nd Sat of each month

09:30-12:30T at Christ Church, Upper High Street OX9 2DH. 01865 436920; For 0 - 3s, (book). Sensory, physical fun, music & language games 10:00-11:00T at Thame Barns Centre, Church Road OX9 3AJ. Kate Paver: 01844 261546; For 0 - 4s, £2 (drop in). Rhymes, songs & free play

Little Kickers Football Classes

15:45-16:30T at John Hampden Primary School, Park St OX9 3HU. Kieran: 07412 480804; For 2 - 5s, (book by term). Fun football classes

Dad’s & Male Carers Group

Watlington

Dads’ Bacon Butty Group

10:00-11:30T at Watlington Children’s Centre, Watlington Primary School OX49 5RB. 01491 614179; For 0 - 5s, £2. 27 April & 25 May.

Watlington Baby Clinic

10:00-11:00T at Watlington Children’s Centre, Watlington School OX49 5RB. 01491 614179.

variableNotwith Jane

Sing & sway, laugh & play. This is Kindermusik, the most trusted music and movement programme for children up to 7yrs

FREE TRIAL CLASS Classes held in Peppard (near Henley)

Tel: 07500 220 588

www.kindermusikwithjane.co.uk

We're having a Ball! For details and availability call: 01869 323186 (Little Kickers Bicester & Banbury)

or email Helen at hjohnson@littlekickers.co.uk Classes in Bicester, Banbury, Buckingham, Shipston-on-Stour & Chipping Norton. Running weekends and weekdays, mornings and afternoons.

07412 480804 (Little Kickers Aylesbury & Oxford) or email Kieran at ktownsend@littlekickers.co.uk Classes in Aylesbury, Chinnor, Oxford, Kidlington & Thame. Running weekends and weekdays, mornings and afternoons.

Approved football training for kids aged 18 months to 7 years

For a Child’s Brain, Body, heart & Soul

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

Your local ‘What’s on Guide’ for bumps, babies, toddlers and their parents

VALE OF THE WHITE HORSE

Monday

Tuesday

Abingdon

Abingdon

09:00-10:30T at Radley College, Radley OX14 2HR. 01869 325499; For 0 - 4s, £13.50 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

10:00-12:00T at Christ Church, Northcourt Road OX14 1PL. Helen: 01993 709532; For 0 2s, £6 per class (book by 10-week term). Help your baby communicate BEFORE speech

St Helen’s Baby and Toddler Group

Sunningwell Tots

Water Babies Swimming Classes

Sing & Sign Baby Signing Classes

9.30-10.45 & 11-12.15T at St Helen’s Church Centre, off West St Helen’s St OX14 5BS. Rachel: 01235 521039; £1 per family (book).

09:15-11:15T at Sunningwell Village Hall, OX13 6RD. Jacqui: 07739 455932; For 0 - 3s, £2 per session (drop in). Arts & crafts, toys, games, singing and story time

Twins and Multiple Birth Club

10:00-11:30T at Abingdon Baptist Church Hall, 35 Ock Street OX14 5AG. 07719 400729; For bump - 5s, £2.50 per family (drop in). Meet every 2nd & 4th Monday

Abbey Toddlers

10:00-12:00T at 10 Checker Walk, OX14 2JB. 07773 211729; For 0 - 5s, £0.50 (drop in). Different craft each week and singing

10:00-11:30T at North Abingdon Children’s Centre at Dalton Barracks Community Centre, Cholswell Road, Shippon OX13 6HA. 01235 523481; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). For service families

Stay N Play: 09:00-10:30TH; FREE (drop in). Health Visitor Clinic: 12:30-14:00TH; FREE. Dunmore School OX14 1NR. 01235 523481

Didcot

Didcot

Messy Monday

09:30-11:30T at South Didcot Children’s Centre, 2 Hillary Drive OX11 8PS. 01235 511444; For 0 - 1s, (drop in). Fun learning and play opportunities

Didcot

Tea Time Play Time

15:00-16:30T at The Children’s Centre at Stephen Freeman School, Freeman Road OX11 7BZ. 01235 812969; (donation). Healthy Tea Time Snack, all ages welcome

Wantage

St John’s Toddlers

Open Garden For Family Use

13:30-15:00TH at Wantage Children’s Centre, The Butler Centre OX12 8BL. 01235 764522; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). Not staffed by the children’s centre

The Children’s Centre:

Baby Sensory Classes

10:00-14:00T at Radley Village Hall, Gooseacre OX14 3BL. Leigh:01980 849354; For 0 - 1s, £6.70 per class (book by 10-week term). 1hr classes for 13mths+ start 10, 11:30 & 1pm

North Abingdon Children’s Centre:

Young Parents Group: 11:30-13:00TH For parents under 26 years, lunch included Stay N Play: 14:00-15:30TH. With CAB Advisor Dunmore School OX14 1NR. 01235 523481

Cumnor

Busy Bees Music Group

09:00-12:30T at Cumnor Old School, High Street OX2 9PE. Rachel: 01235 521 039; For 0 - 4s, £3.20 per family (please book). Musical fun for the under 5s!

Make and Play

10:30-12:00T at The Children’s Centre at Stephen Freeman School, Freeman Road OX11 7BZ. 01235 812969; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). Fun group with lunch-please book lunch

Bumps & Babies

Faringdon

Wantage

09:30-11:00T at Faringdon United Church, Coxwell Street SN7 7HA. Megan: 07931 305109; For 0 - 4s, £2 per child (drop in). Toys, singing & stories. Extra kids 50p

09:15-11:15T at Grove Parish Church, Main Street OX12 7LQ. 01235 771479 (weekday mornings; For 0 - 3s, £1 per family (drop in). Informal play session, with story & snack

Wantage

Stay and Play with Singing & Story Time

Twins and More: 09:30-11:30TH Childminder Drop In: 09:30-11:30TH Breastfeeding Support: 12:30-13:30TH Baby Stay & Play: 13:00-14:30TH; bump-0s at Wantage Children’s Centre, The Butler Centre OX12 8BL. 01235 764522. (drop in)

Wednesday

In the Water

Music & Singing

09:30-11:30TH at Wantage Children’s Centre, The Butler Centre OX12 8BL. 01235 764522; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). With a lovely outdoor space!

Wantage, Grove and Villages NCT Branch Bumps & Babies Coffee Morning

10:00-11:30TH at member’s homes, Contact us for details. Kristal Rees: 07507 649998; For bump - 1s. Contact Kristal on 07507 649998

Baby Bar Breastfeeding

Abingdon

Water Babies Swimming Classes

St John’s Toddlers

11:00-12:30TH at Wantage Children’s Centre at Mably Way Health Centre, OX12 9BN. 01235 764522; For 0 - 2s, (drop in).

09:00-11:00T at Kingfisher School, Radley Road OX14 3RR. 01869 325499; For 0 - 4s, £13.50 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

KEY: T :Term Time H :Holidays

09:30-11:00T at Radley College, Radley OX14 2HR. 01869 325499; For 0 - 4s, £13.50 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

12:30-14:30T at South Didcot Children’s Centre, 2 Hillary Drive OX11 8PS. 01235 511444; For 0s, (drop in). Support and Advice. Lunch available £1

Wantage Children’s Centre:

North East Abingdon Children’s Centre:

Water Babies Swimming Classes

Bouncing Bumps & Babies: 12:30-14:30TH; A meeting place for prospective & new parents Baby Clinic: 13:00-15:00TH. at Stephen Freeman School, Freeman Road OX11 7BZ. 01235 812969. (drop in).

Faringdon Baby and Toddler Group

09:15-11:15T at Grove Parish Church, Main Street OX12 7LQ. 01235 771479 (weekday mornings; For 0 - 3s, £1 per family (drop in). Informal play session, with story & snack

09:30-11:30T at The Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road OX14 1PL. 01865 436920; For 0 - 3s, (please book). Sensory, physical fun, music & language games

Didcot

Toddler Time

13:00-15:00T at South Didcot Children’s Centre, 2 Hillary Drive OX11 8PS. 01235 511444; (drop in). Messy play, arts & crafts

Baby Cafe Local: 10:00-11:30T; For 0 - 2s, FREE (drop in). Breastfeeding support drop in Lego Club: 10:00-11:30T; 1st Sat of mth. For children with additional needs Stay N Play: 13:30-15:00T Lamborough Hill OX13 6DA. 01235 523481.

North Abingdon Children’s Centre:

Breakfast Club: 09:00-09:45T; For 1 - 5s, Healthy breakfast available for a donation Music: 09:45-11:15T; For 0 - 4s, FREE (drop in). Toddler 9.45am & Baby 10.45am Cloud 9: 13:00-14:30T; For 1 - 5s, FREE (drop in). Group for children with additional needs Dunmore School OX14 1NR. 01235 523481

Stay N Play

North Abingdon Children’s Centre:

Wootton

Baby College Development Classes

Ante-natal Breastfeeding Group

12:30-14:30TH at Wantage Children’s Centre, The Butler Centre OX12 8BL. 01235 764522; For bump, (drop in). 1st Wed of Month

Physical Fun

Arts & Crafts

Pregnancy

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12:30-14:30TH at Wantage Children’s Centre, The Butler Centre OX12 8BL. 01235 764522; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). Monthly: 3rd Wed of Month

Wootton Baby Bliss

13:00-14:00T at North East Abingdon Children’s Centre, Lamborough Hill OX13 6DA. 01235 523481; For 0s, (drop in). Sensory session for babies birth-crawling

Baby Movers

Now I am 2

09:30-11:30T at South Didcot Children’s Centre, 2 Hillary Drive OX11 8PS. 01235 511444; For 2 - 3s, (drop in). Stay and Play helping with school readiness

Antenatal Baby Care

13:30-14:30T at The Children’s Centre at Stephen Freeman School, Freeman Road OX11 7BZ. 01235 812969; For 0s, (drop in). Practical Tips for caring for your new baby

Faringdon

Faringdon Baby and Toddler Group

14:30-15:30T at North East Abingdon Children’s Centre, Lamborough Hill OX13 6DA. 01235 523481; For 0s, (drop in). For babies crawling (6-12 months)

09:30-11:00T at Faringdon United Church, Coxwell Street SN7 7HA. Megan: 07931 305109; For 0 - 4s, £2 per child (drop in). Toys, singing & stories. Extra kids 50p

Thursday

Young, Loud & Proud - Established Young Parents Group

Abingdon Stay N Play

09:30-11:00T at North Abingdon Children’s Centre at Hadland Road Community Centre, OX14 3RR. 01235 523481; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). For local families.

Baby Movers

09:30-10:30T at North Abingdon Children’s Centre, Dunmore Primary School OX14 1NR. 01235 523481; For 0s, FREE (drop in). For babies (6-12mths)

Baby Bliss

11:30-12:30TH at North Abingdon Children’s Centre, Dunmore Primary School OX14 1NR. 01235 523481; For 0s, FREE (drop in). Sensory drop in babies 0-6mths

Health Visitor Clinic

12:30-13:45T at North Abingdon Children’s Centre at Dalton Barracks Community Centre, Cholswell Road, Shippon OX13 6HA. 01235 523481; For 0 - 2s, (drop in). Situated in the ‘Hub’

Baby Café

12:30-14:00TH at North Abingdon Children’s Centre, Dunmore Primary School OX14 1NR. 01235 523481; For 0 - 1s, FREE (drop in). Breastfeeding Support

Baby College Baby Massage Classes

14:15-15:15T at The Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road OX14 1PL. 01865 436920; For 0s, (please book). The award-winning MamaBabyBliss® programme

YogaBellies Yoga for Pregnancy

19:30-20:45TH at Wootton and Dry Sandford Community Centre, OX13 6DA. Suzanne: 07747 166 795; For bump, (please book). Enjoy pregnancy and prepare for birth

Chipping Norton

Bouncing Balls Multi-Sports Classes

09:30-10:15T at Salford Village Hall, Salford OX7 5YW. Lisa: 07811 174 733; For 3 - 5s, £4.50 per session (please book). Learn ball skills from a variety of games

Didcot

Little Stars

09:30-11:30T at The Children’s Centre at Stephen Freeman School, Freeman Road OX11 7BZ. 01235 812969; For 0 - 5s, (please book). Referrals only, contact us for details

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Wantage

11:30-13:00TH at Wantage Children’s Centre, The Butler Centre OX12 8BL. 01235 764522; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). Up to the age of 21

Young Parents with Bumps & Newborns

13:30-15:00TH at Wantage Children’s Centre, The Butler Centre OX12 8BL. 01235 764522; For bump - 0s, (drop in). Up to the age of 21

Wootton

Stay N Play

13:30-15:00T at North East Abingdon Children’s Centre, Lamborough Hill OX13 6DA. 01235 523481; For 0 - 5s, (drop in).

Friday Abingdon TGI Friday

10:00-12:00TH at North Abingdon Children’s Centre, Dunmore Primary School OX14 1NR. 01235 523481; For 0 - 5s, FREE (drop in).

Toy Library Drop in and Play

10:00-12:00TH at North Abingdon Children’s Centre, Dunmore Primary School OX14 1NR. 01235 523481; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). A selection of toys to borrow

Harwell

Busy Bees Music Group

09:30-12:30T at Harwell Village Hall, High Street OX11 0EX. Rachel: 01235 521 039; For 0 - 4s, £3.20 per family (please book). Musical fun for the under 5s!

Wantage

Next Steps Stay & Play

09:30-11:30TH at Wantage Children’s Centre, The Butler Centre OX12 8BL. 01235 764522; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). For newly walking toddlers

Moving On Up!

14:30-16:00TH at Wantage Children’s Centre, The Butler Centre OX12 8BL. 01235 764522; For 1 - 5s, (drop in). For children going to nursery/school

Saturday Abingdon

Family Group

10:00-12:00TH at North Abingdon Children’s Centre, Dunmore Primary School OX14 1NR. 01235 523481; For 0s, FREE (drop in). 3rd Saturday of the month

Family Forest School

10:00-12:00TH at North Abingdon Children’s Centre, Dunmore Primary School OX14 1NR. 01235 523481; For 1 - 5s, FREE (drop in). 1st Saturday of the month

Dads Group

10:00-12:00TH at North Abingdon Children’s Centre, Dunmore Primary School OX14 1NR. 01235 523481; For 0 - 5s, FREE (drop in). 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month

Didcot

Family Zones

10:00-12:00T at The Children’s Centre at Stephen Freeman School, Freeman Rd OX11 7BZ. 01235 812969; For 0 - 5s, per family (donation). 27th April,25th May,22nd June,20th July.

Dad’s Zone

Water Babies Swimming Classes

10:00-12:00T at The Children’s Centre at Stephen Freeman School, Freeman Rd OX11 7BZ. 01235 812969; For 0 - 5s, per family (donation). 11th May and 8th June 2013

Didcot

10:00-11:30TH at Wantage Children’s Centre, The Butler Centre OX12 8BL. 01235 764522; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). For Dads with under 5s

09:30-11:30T at The Children’s Centre at Stephen Freeman School, Freeman Rd OX11 7BZ. 01235 812969; For 0 - 2s, (drop in). Play and Music session

14:00-15:30TH at Wantage Children’s Centre, The Butler Centre OX12 8BL. 01235 764522; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). For single parent families. 2nd Sat of mth.

11:15-13:15T at Kingfisher School, Radley Road OX14 3RR. 01869 325499; For 0 - 4s, £13.50 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

Learning through Play with a Wiggle and a Jiggle

Chilton Baby & Toddler Group

09:30-11:30T at Chilton Village Hall, OX11 0RU. 07948 311300; For 0 - 5s, £2 per family (drop in).

Fun with Food

Wantage Saturdads

Single Minded

International Group

14:30-16:00TH at Wantage Children’s Centre, The Butler Centre OX12 8BL. 01235 764522; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). For families who are new to the UK. Fortnightly

09:30-11:30T at South Didcot Children’s Centre, 2 Hillary Drive OX11 8PS. 01235 511444; For 0 - 4s, per family (drop in). Fun cooking activities with your children

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

Your local ‘What’s on Guide’ for bumps, babies, toddlers and their parents

WEST OXFORDSHIRE AREA

Monday Let’s Play

09:30-11:00T at Willow Tree Children’s Centre, Bowling Green Close OX18 2NJ. 01993 851799; For 0 - 4s, (drop in). Activities for you and your child

Carterton

09:30-11:00T at Burwell Hall, OX28 5NP. 01993 702979; For 0 - 5s, £1 per family (drop in). Play,craft activities & song time

10:00-12:00TH at St Michael & All Angels, Lonsdale Road OX2 7ES. ; For 0 - 5s, £1.50 per family (drop in). Lively Play group with refreshments.

Noah’s Ark

10:00-11:30T at Congregational Church, 4 Welch Way OX28 6JF. 01993 709992; For 0 4s, £1 per child (drop in).

Woodstock

Childminders’ Group

09:00-11:45T at Carterton Children’s Centre, Edith Moor School OX18 3HP. 01993 840318; For 0 - 5s, £1 (donation). Parents looking for a childminder welcome.

Toddler Stay & Play

Play Together

Summertown

Little Treasures Toddler Group

Bampton (Nr Witney)

09:00-11:45T at Carterton Children’s Centre, Edith Moor School OX18 3HP. 01993 840318; For 1 - 4s, £1 (donation). Sibling babies are welcome.

Witney

Musical Minis

09:45-11:30T at St. Hughes of Lincoln Roman Catholic Church, Hensington Road OX20 1JH. Leena: 01296 738652; For 0 - 4s, £4.25 per session (please book). Classes at 9.45am and 10.45am

Fun introduction to sports & fitness (3-5yrs) different sport every week!

St Michael’s Baby & Toddler Group

Tackley

Tackley Toddler Group

10:00-12:00TH at Tackley Village Hall, OX5 3AH. ; For 0 - 5s, £1.50 per child (drop in). Open all year apart from Christmas

Witney

Baby College Development Classes

09:30-12:30T at Madley Park Hall, Northfield Farm Lane OX28 1UE. 01865 436920; For 0 3s, (please book). Sensory, physical fun, music & language games

Cogges St Mary Toddler Group

Tennis, Volleyball, Football, Skittles, Basketball, Cricket and more.Classes in Shipton-under-Wychwood/ Chipping Norton. Contact Lisa: lisa@bouncing-balls.co.uk

13:00-14:30T at Carterton Children’s 07811 174 733 Centre, Edith Moor School OX18 3HP. 01993 840318; For 0 - 5s, £1 (donation). For young mums up to 23 years

www.bouncing-balls.co.uk

Tuesday

Ante Natal Evenings

19:00-21:00T at Carterton Children’s Centre, Edith Moor School OX18 3HP. 01993 840318; For bump, £1 (donation). Various Mondays through year - call for dates

Little Wrigglers

Post Natal Mums Baby Movers

09:30-11:00TH at Willow Tree Children’s Centre, Bowling Green Close OX18 2NJ. 01993 851799; For 0 - 1s, (drop in). This Session is for 0’s to crawling

Chipping Norton

ACE Playtime for 2-3 years

13:15-14:45T at Willow Tree Children’s Centre, Bowling Green Close OX18 2NJ. 01993 851799; For 0 - 2s, (drop in). For little ones who are walking

Family Centre Drop in with Singing

Bladon Baby and Toddler Group

15:15-16:30T at Carterton Children’s Centre, Edith Moor School OX18 3HP. 01993 840318; For 0s, £1 (donation). For babies up to 4 months old

ACE Playtime for 2-3 years

09:30-11:15T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 2 - 3s, (drop in).

Family Centre Drop in with Singing

09:30-11:15T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 2 - 3s, (drop in).

09:30-12:30T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 0 - 5s, (drop in).

Ascott-Under-Wychwood-Toddlers

09:30-12:30T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 0 - 5s, (drop in).

Lunch Club for 3-5s

10:00-11:00T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 0 - 5s, (drop in).

09:45-11:45T at Cricket Pavilion, High Street OX7 6AY. 07968 006451; For 0 - 5s, £2 per family (drop in).

Dads Group

11:45-13:00T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 3 - 5s, (drop in).

Wednesday

Bampton (Nr Witney)

Carterton

Chipping Norton

13:30-15:00T at Cogges Church, Church Lane OX28 3LA. 01993 779613; For 0 - 5s, £1 per family (donation).

Lunch Club for 3-5s

Walkers and Talkers

Bladon

09:45-11:30T at Church Room (Nxt to Bladon Church), Church Street . 01993 812651; For 0 - 3s, £1 per family (drop in). Activities for children, toys & singing

Carterton

Toddler Stay & Play

09:15-11:30T at Carterton Children’s Centre, Edith Moor School OX18 3HP. 01993 840318; For 1 - 4s, £1 (donation). Sibling babies are welcome.

Asian Ladies Group

11:45-13:00T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 3 - 5s, (drop in).

Twins Group

14:00-16:00T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 0s, (drop in).

First Friends

15:15-17:45T at Carterton Children’s Centre, Edith Moor School OX18 3HP. 01993 840318; For 0 - 5s, £1 (donation). For lone parents (short or long term)

Shipton-under-Wychwood

Chipping Norton

13:00-14:30T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). 13:30-14:30T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 0 - 5s, (drop in).

Standlake

Water Babies Swimming Classes

Bouncing Balls Multi-Sports Classes

09:30-11:00T at Lincoln Farm Park, High Street OX29 7RH. 01869 325499; For 0 - 4s, £13.50 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

KEY: T :Term Time H :Holidays

13:15-14:45T at New Beaconsfield Hall, OX7 6BQ. Lisa: 07811 174 733; For 3 - 5s, £4.50 per session (please book). Learn ball skills from a variety of games

In the Water

Music & Singing

Tea Time Club

Postnatal Group

09:30-10:30T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 0s, (drop in).

Physical Fun

Arts & Crafts

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West Oxfordshire Area continued - to add your class email: info@toddleabout.co.uk ACE Playtime for 2-3 years

09:30-11:15T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 2 - 3s, (drop in).

Health Visitor Drop In Clinic

10:00-11:30T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 0 2s, (drop in). Including breastfeeding support

Lunch Club for 3-5s

11:45-13:00T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 3 - 5s, (drop in).

Carterton

11:45-12:45T at Carterton Children’s Centre, Edith Moor School OX18 3HP. 01993 840318; For 0 - 1s, £1 (donation). Inc breastfeeding, bottle feeding & weaning

RAF Brize Norton Toddler Group

12:45-14:45T at Carterton Children’s Centre, Edith Moor School OX18 3HP. 01993 840318; For 0s, £1 (donation). Music, movement & simple baby massage

Baby Movers

ACE Playtime for 2-3 years

09:30-11:30T at Carterton Children’s Centre, Edith Moor School OX18 3HP. 01993 840318; For 0 - 5s, £1 (donation). Relax and chat with tea and toast 13:00-14:30TH at Millenium Building, Stanmore Crescent OX18 3UG. ; For 0 - 5s, £1 per family (drop in). Everyone is welcome not just RAF families

13:30-15:30T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 0 - 5s, (drop in).

Young Parents Group

15:15-16:30T at Carterton Children’s Centre, Edith Moor School OX18 3HP. 01993 840318; For 0s, £1 (donation). Music, movement and simple baby massage.

First Friends Extra

Chipping Norton

14:00-16:00T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 0 - 1s, (drop in). With soft play

Standlake

Water Babies Swimming Classes

09:00-11:30T at Lincoln Farm Park, High Street OX29 7RH. 01869 325499; For 0 - 4s, £13.50 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

Witney

Sing & Sign Baby Signing Classes

09:30-12:30T at The High Street Methodist Church, High Street OX28 6HG. Helen: 01993 709532; For 0 - 2s, £6 per class (book by 10-week term). Help your baby communicate BEFORE speech

bampton

Health Visitors Clinic

09:30-11:00TH at Willow Tree Children’s Centre, Bowling Green Close OX18 2NJ. 01993 851799; For 0s, (drop in). For all your Health Enquires

middle barton

Little Tiddlers (Pram Service and Sing a long)

10:30-11:30TH at Alice Marshall Hall, North Street OX7 7BH. 01869 340510; For 0 - 5s, £2 per family (drop in). Runs on 1st and 3rd Wed of month

Thursday Bampton (Nr Witney)

Bampton Baby and Toddler Group

09:15-11:00T at Willow Tree Children’s Centre, Bowling Green Close OX18 2NJ. 01993 851799; For 0 - 3s, per child (drop in). Run by local mums for local families

Burford

Stay ‘n’ Play

09:30-11:00TH at Willow Tree Children’s Centre at, Warwick Hall OX18 4RY. 01993 851799; For 0 - 5s, . Baby clinic included 2nd Thurs of month

Feeding Support Session

Yo-Yo Adult Group with free Creche

Stay & Play Baby Session

Chipping Norton

09:30-11:15T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 2 - 3s, (drop in).

Lone Parents Support Group

Family Centre Drop in with Singing

10:00-11:15T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 0 - 5s, (drop in).

ACE Playtime for 2-3 years

11:30-14:30T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 0 - 5s, (drop in).

Soft Play

11:45-13:00T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 3 - 5s, (drop in).

09:30-12:30T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). 09:30-11:15T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 2 - 3s, (drop in).

10:00-11:00T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 1 - 5s, (drop in).

Lunch Club for 3-5s

11:45-13:00T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 3 - 5s, (drop in).

Childminders Group

13:30-15:30T at ACE Children’s Centre, Burford Road OX7 5DZ. 01608 644440; For 0 - 5s, (drop in).

Standlake

Water Babies Swimming Classes

09:30-11:30T at Lincoln Farm Park, High Street OX29 7RH. 01869 325499; For 0 - 4s, £13.50 per class (book by 10-week term). Fun, action packed, progressive swim classes

Witney

Stonesfield Mother, Toddler Group

10:00-11:30TH at Stonesfield Village Hall, Field Close OX29 8EF. 01993 898212; For bump - 5s, £1.50 per family (drop in). Toys, crafts & singing. Older siblings welcome!

Friday Carterton

RAF Brize Norton Parent and Toddler Group

10:00-11:30TH at Millenium Building, Stanmore Crescent OX18 3UG. ; For 0 - 5s, £1 per family (drop in). Everyone is welcome not just RAF families

Early Days Coffee and Chat

10:30-11:30T at Carterton Children’s Centre, Edith Moor School OX18 3HP. 01993 840318; For 0s, £1 (donation). Help prepare for the early days with baby

Family Centre Drop in with Singing

Lunch Club for 3-5s

Shipton-under-Wychwood

Bouncing Balls Multi-Sports Classes

14:00-14:45T at New Beaconsfield Hall, OX7 6BQ. Lisa: 07811 174 733; For 3 - 5s, £4.50 per session (please book). Learn ball skills from a variety of games

Summertown

North Oxford Little Bears

10:00-12:00T at Woodstock Road Baptist Church, 198 Woodstock Road OX2 7NQ. 07825543325; For 0 - 4s, £1.50 per session (drop in). A friendly and informal drop in

Witney

Sing & Sign Baby Signing Classes

09:30-11:30T at The High Street Methodist Church, High Street OX28 6HG. Helen: 01993 709532; For 0 - 2s, £6 per class (book by 10-week term). Help your baby communicate BEFORE speech

Minster Lovell Mother and Toddler Group

10:00-11:30T at The village hall, Brize norton road OX29 0SP. ; For bump - 4s, £2 per session (drop in). Great range of ages,toys and activities

Saturday Bampton (Nr Witney)

Saturdads

10:00-12:00T at Willow Tree Children’s Centre, Bowling Green Close OX18 2NJ. 01993 851799; For 0 - 5s, (drop in). Runs every 4 weeks

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